We Are Community for the week of August 7th, 2023, by Joyce Steiner

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One of the things that I never thought about as a younger person was the number of members in my dad’s family. I had a father, an uncle and two aunts.  We had family gatherings fairly often.  We had picnics along the river, went fishing, watched TV together and did all the normal family things.  One aunt had no children, the other had one and my uncle had one child.  My father had two children.  As I have gotten older, all those family members and my husband have passed.

I am so grateful for friends.  I do not have a lot of friends but all we need are a few good ones.  There are three friends I text with each day and I am so grateful for them.  I think they would notice if I did not respond and that gives some peace of mind.   I know that I am not alone in the situation of little or no family so again, thanks God for sending friends.

I am responsible for checking accounts other than my own and like interest bearing accounts or whatever means there are to get a bit of return on one’s money.  Checked with other banks and have found that the interest on checking accounts is almost zero everywhere.  What I did learn however is that one can buy certificates of deposit even for very short terms which do have decent interest.  If you are treasurer for an organization, you may want to check on short term CDs for your group.

Try to ride my bike to get some exercise.  Was riding back toward Plymouth this week when I saw very black smoke coming from the vicinity of my home.  Now that is upsetting when the weather is so dry that in my opinion, no one should be doing open burning.  Found that my neighbor had a huge bonfire going which included furniture and wood from a tree which had been storm damaged.  It was nearly dark and when I checked the fire again near midnight, it was still smoldering.  Please for the safety of all, do not burn when it is so dry.

Bought a lottery ticket for the Mega Millions.  Did not get even one number!  My math background tells me that my chances of winning are nil but it is still nice to dream.  Just don’t waste a lot of your money as it is very unlikely that you will win any of the big lotteries.

The Plymouth Village Board met on Wednesday evening.  There was continuing discussion on the cemetery ordinance, on the ball park, having Pepsi as a vendor for the ball park, fencing along the lagoon property, the grant for the park and camper living in Plymouth.  All the Board members, the attorney and the engineer were present.  Tammy Weber was chosen as acting mayor for the meeting.

I am a member of COIPS, the Collectors of Illinois Pottery and Stoneware.  We had our 1st Annual Macomb swap meet on Saturday.  It opened at 6 am-not my idea!  I had another member of the club stay at my B&B and we enjoyed fish at Rudy’s on Friday evening.  We got up at 4:30 am on Saturday and headed to Macomb.  The meet was held on the south side of Chandler Park.  One backed into a parking space and either worked out of their vehicle or set up a tent or a display in the park.  It had stopped raining by the time we opened so that was a blessing.  There was a nice turn out for the event.  The Farmer’s market was set up on the west side of the park and we certainly helped each other out.  I think most of the 28 vendors came away with peaches, pie or other goods from the farmer’s market and they were interested in what all that crockery was doing in the park.  Macomb was very important in pottery making because of the good clay in the area and several potteries operated there.  Haeger would be the last pottery in Macomb and I am sure that many of you know about Haeger Pottery.  Good morning even though it began too early.

Hope you have a good week.  There seem to be so many in our community who have cancer or other problems.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Scatter kindness and don’t be afraid to tell people that you love them.  That just might make both your days.

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