Sunday, December 21, 2008

First day of WINTER

WELL, winter officially arrived today, We woke up to blowing and drifting Snow, not bad, the other 8 churches CLOSED, EXCPT 2-- THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND US!!!! We left at 10 am driving thru about 10 inches of snow and drifts of 2 to 3 feet.

Me and Honey got to church and set about cooking and re heating for Stone Soup, reheated meat from 8 turkeys, 40 pounds Taters, dressing, 4 gallons gravy, 24 pounds squash, green beans, corn, Homemade Pies, cakes, cookies and candy!!! We were joined by our other committe members and we all went to work!!

We had a nice church service even though the minister was SNOWED - IN and couldn't make it but we had our service, some choir members for singing and the 24 people who showed up shared stories of what we were thankful for. At Noon the LAKE EFFECT STORM HIT full force dumping another 6 inches of snow, then it died down about 2PM, the phone rang constantly and YES, we were having Christmas Dinner. The men stopped for a picture, and we got the women to stop for a minute!!!!

We started getting in the walkers about 3PM, and then it was a steady trickle of people who came to eat and share. We served 65 very hungry people, we sent them off with full bellies and big smiles and received many "Thank-You's--God Blesses, Merry Christmas wishes, we then started cleaning up and doing dishes. THEN another LAKE EFFECT SNOW hit again dumping another 6 inches of snow in about 2 hours, After all cleaned up we plowed thru about a foot of snow to make it home, both beat, tired and sore, Out came the "Heating Pads" -"Liniment" and pain killers!!!!!! At 7;30PM were getting hit with still MORE SNOW!! The serving line is all lined up and we started serving our guests at 3PM!!!

We made some people Happy, we fed people who otherwise would have missed a good Turkey Dinner and had folks sitting around having someone to eat with instead of being home alone. I got the chance to wander and talk with our "Guests" and wish them a Happy Holiday and made sure they "ate their fill"!!

We plowed our way HOME thru the SNOW into the lot, our maintainance MEN were still moving snow, this is the first day of winter, our first snow storm was Halloween, so far todate we have between 7 and 8 feet of snow that has fallen so far!! Glad some of it melted and didn't stick around, this is our side door entrance showing the wind whipped snow and drifting snow.


Well hope your weekend was great and your all ready for Christmas!!!!

Let us not forget those whose Christmas will not be "Bright and Merry" and those who will be seperated from their loved ones!!!!!!!



Paula said...

A big pat on the back to you and Honey and the others who help for feeding those hungry people.

a corgi said...

oh my! so much snow!!! but oh no! that didn't stop you and Honey and your crew from feeding all those people! that is neat that you still had church and still made a meal in those frigid conditions!! well done


garnett109 said...

That sure is alot of snow!
You guys are the greatest risking your own selves to go to church and feed others, God Bless you Woody and the others a job well done!
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

God bless our troops!

jack69 said...

This one deserves a lot of 'ATTA BOYS, ALL ROUND FOR THE CREW', Y'all are much too tough for us folks. It is great that you guys could do the dinner. WE readers all know the attendees were blessed. Hope you can relax and lick you wounds for a day!!!

It's Just Me ~ Katie! said...

This is what Christmas is all about sharing the love with one another. Hoping for some relief from the snow comes your way. Take care and Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend,

Shirl 72 said...

Woody as Jack would tell me, another star in yours and Honey's
Crown. It is wonderful the way you
give you time to make others happy
that otherwise would not have a good hot meal. Weathered the storm, had Church and cooked.
There is not one selfish bone in
yours and Honey's body. God Love
You Both.


Debbie said...

What a great service you guys provide to the community. Wow that's alot of snow! We're getting rain here in Kentucky last week it was freezing rain and sleet. I love all the pictures but the one of the snow going into the entrance leaves me in awe, I see an Angel on the side of the building.

Merry Christmas to you, your honey and your family!


jack69 said...

Just came back to thank you for the prayers, and also for the comment on Sticky.
Have a Great Christmas.

Shirl 72 said...

Woody thank you for visiting my
Journal. Hope you and Honey have
a joyous Christmas. Let me know
what you are cooking maybe I will
want to visit you and Honey. You
are always cooking such goodies.


Randy said...

Hello Mr. Woody,

Thanks for stopping in my Jounal and THanky you for the kind comment. Have a very Merry Christmas. Please, Please, Keep all that snow up there!lol

God Bless


Adirondackcountrygal said...

Good job to all of you. I don't know how you can stand all that snow! Accckkkk!