First Things First
***Congratulations to Wayne Hall of Londonderry for winning our contest about the shopping carts. Wayne does a lot of volunteering around town, and he has been an active member of ALERT here in town for years! Thank You Wayne for all you do.
***A local family needs all of our help. Please go to this site and give what you can! Actually give a little more even! Three of our children in town, sadly faced the loss of their mom to breast cancer three years ago and now their dad has been taken from them too. They are with their grandparents but they need our help and prayers. If you know anyone who could donate remodeling time to refinish their basement which would help with much needed living space, please help through this site.
***Elwood Orchard’s Corn Maze is Open! One of our nicest family memories will always be this Corn Maze. This year they open at 8 am to 6 pm daily and they will be opening for their Night Time Maze fun the last weekend of the month from 7 pm to 10 pm. Remember though you have to get there an hour before close in order to begin the maze. Flashlights are required. Look at this picture of Vanessa Magoon, Justin Apostol and Mackensie Farrell they were just heading into the Corn Maze Adventure about 10 years ago!!!!
I still can’t believe this one myself, but this week I hit the Road, yes “Speechless”! What an interesting thing especially for someone who loves to talk like me! Definitely something I, We, take for granted.
Monday was prescheduled for me completely. I had planned to be in my daughter’s school as a substitute teacher, something I so love doing. I thought to myself in the morning how can I conduct classes without a voice? My first class walked in and they seemed very surprised when they saw me standing at the front of the room making hand signals and pointing to the board. What a great way to get a class’s attention! I did have a tiny squeak of a voice, and they seemed to be awe struck that I was their sub!
I think they were equally surprised when they realized that the class would go as planned, but instead of a lot of words there would be more pointing and many things written on the board. Once they figured out how this would work, they got right down to business and even finished the assignment early. You never really know what a day will bring. Lots of hot tea, great kids, a new way to communicate and still being able to get the job done.
In one class it was really funny, it seemed because I was talking so softly, that set the tone of how they were talking to each other and me, very soft, hard to hear whispers, So so cute! Funny how “we” really do set the tone for so many things in our lives.
Thank Goodness the kids were great but the day kept going downhill for me health wise though. I was able to get a “cold” coke which I thought might help my growing sore throat. In a “not thinking move” I tried to balance the soda on my books and make my way down the hallway in between classes.
Well “what else could happen” did. I was moving fine and balancing everything until suddenly I tripped and the soda went flying across the floor and even splashed up onto the wall! What a picture. I did my best to grab a roll of paper towel and start blotting up the puddles. Books on floor, me on my knees like Cinderella, just soda instead of ashes, what a mess, one minute until the hall would be full of students, I was picturing the slipping and chaos I would cause. Just not enough time for me to clean the entire mess up. I tried to go as fast as I could; I knew it was hopeless.
Out of the Blue this great student named Richard, in very neat clothing I might add, started grabbing paper towel and he helped me clean up the entire mess. I kept telling him he didn’t have to help me, I didn’t want him to ruin his outfit and be late for his class but he insisted! How Great is that! I plan to surprise Richard with a bag of treats sometime next week. He sure didn’t have to help, and even with me really insisting, he gently got to work and together we were done with a few seconds to spare even. What a difference Richard made in my life, those moments. I was feeling pretty sick and beaten until he crossed my path.
Along with the idea of being pretty sick this entire week, and we all know there is so much “stuff” going around even a new virus that I had not heard of before. I did have one really great unexpected find that I want to tell you about.
When someone in our family is sick we are big believers in the old chicken soup theory to help you feel better. Our favorite is called Avgolemona Soup, a Greek Style chicken soup. When the head cook is sick, it’s just not great to make soup for yourself. One day at lunchtime I decided to look deep into my cabinet and see if I could find some kind of canned soup I could have. I wasn’t very excited about the idea of “canned” but I needed something.
I saw a can of “Its Greek to Me” Greek Style Chicken Soup I had bought just in case the girls wanted to try it, and I was curious as to how it would compare to my homemade version. I had bought it quite a long time ago. I knew I had nothing to lose and I was prepared to be disappointed, after all it was far from homemade. Well I’m only including it here; because I want you to know how really “Beyond Delicious” it was. (Bart had used this description of something a few weeks back and I could not wait to use it, and I will again somewhere down the road).
Take a look at this picture. The fresh lemony flavor surprised me and it was like heaven on my throat. It was not over salty, the chicken broth flavor was I would say a solid 9, the only thing I would add more of is the tiny pasta pieces, there were surprisingly few, which did surprise me, I never thought that would be my only complaint. This is a great one to have waiting in your cabinet or to take with you for lunch someday. What a pleasant, grateful surprise. Let me know what you think if you try it.
Well I guess it’s time to end this Speechless Endless Coughing week, finally. I do want to end with something that left me completely “Speechless” this morning at about 5am in a Gift From God kind of way! I took Shea out and something told me to walk outside with him. He went down the stairs to the grass and I just stood and looked up at the dark early morning sky. ”Speechless”. Crisp Stars, Shooting Ones, a Crescent Moon and a couple Planets too. I tried to take a picture for you on my IPhone but nothing came out, so I decided I wanted to share this free app. My friend Lisa found. It’s called Star Chart. You just hold your phone or IPad up to the night sky or day sky even and it will show you all the stars and planets. I promise you will love it and you’ll be shocked at what’s happening just above us.
The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60′s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.
Sherry is an account manager for the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center. You can follow her at Twitter.com/Sherry_CVC
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