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November 25, 2003

I have spent virtually a lifetime in this part of the U.S. That is long enough to know the weather, no matter how nice it is today, may not be so nice tomorrow. So, I am not paying much attention to long-range forecasts for this part of the U.S. during the extended holiday season. Whatever Mother Nature serves up will be just fine. Most of our family and friends will not be doing much traveling during that period, anyway, and I hope and pray that others who do hit the road can make it to their home or other destination safely.

Plenty of things are planned for the entertainment of those who will spend the holiday in Perry. The 16th annual Christmas Tour of Homes sounds even more exciting than usual, with trips to some traditionally decorated houses along with others in a different vein. The tour will be on Sunday afternoon, December 14, from 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets can be obtained in advance at Foster's Corner Drug and Thorn Originals, beginning Dec. 1. For, advanced tickets, the price is $6. Or, you can purchase them at the door of any of the homes on Dec. 14 for $7. Proceeds go to the fund for purchasing more Christmas decorations in the downtown area.

Part of the tradition includes an informal tea at the Cherokee Strip Museum on West Fir Avenue. Heading up the Tour of Homes are Doris Bridal, Karen Wilcox and Gloria Maine. Members of the board of directors of the Noble County chapter of the Cherokee Strip Historical Society will be host and hostesses for the tea. The tour and the tea have drawn public interest at this time of the year since this feature began, in 1987. It's fun and interesting, and you should plan to be among those who take part. And don't forget the tea; it's a great climax to a wonderful afternoon. We owe a great debt to the men and women who arrange this day for the rest of us

This newspaper is carrying a calendar of holiday events each day on the front page to help you remember all the fun and interesting things being planned for the special holiday season. We don't need individual invitations to take part. Let's put these things on our own personal calendars and take them in as they occur. Itís another way we can "think Perry" and cut down on the need for holiday travels. Check out this calendar every day and circle the ones that interest you.

To wind this up in an entirely different vein, here's a little bit of humor submitted by a faithful reader.

"All I need to know I learned from a cow. Wake up in a happy m000-d. Don't cry over spilled milk. When chewing your cud, remember, there is no fat, no calories, no cholesterol and no taste!

"The grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on. Seize every opportunity and milk it for all it's worth. Honor thy fodder and thy mother and all your udder relatives. Never take any bull from anybody. Always let them know who's boss. Stepping on cow pies brings good luck. Black and white are always appropriate fashion state-ments. Don't forget to cow-nt your blessings every day."