Last week, I promised to have extra news for you because of Valentine’s Day. I’ll begin by telling you about Mary Parkhurst’s birthday on Valentine’s Day and Ron and Arlene Garvens helping her celebrate with supper at China Buffet in Mauston. On the west end of the neighborhood, Chip Marty also got a year older on Valentine’s Day, and he enjoyed a day with his kids while mom Mary had to go to work.

Back at the east end of the valley, Steve Schumann was in Camp Douglas on Saturday to attend the visitation for Joanne Schumann Connors at St. James Catholic Church.

On Monday my sister-in-law Darlene Martalock came from South Ridge and brought me some Valentine cookies. Christopher Young and son Kit took me out for Valentine supper at Dorset Valley Schoolhouse Restaurant. At noon Wednesday, I had lunch at the Young guys’ home, and on Thursday, I took three of my Amish neighbors to Westby.

Tuesday evening was the Kendall Lions Club’s monthly meeting at the Pony Express Supper Club and Lounge, and Ron Garvens attended, as did Allan Vlasak, Lynette Vlasak and Sally Dana.

Ron and Arlene Garvens went to Mauston on Friday to meet Alice Kissinger of Eau Claire for breakfast at the Roman Castle Restaurant as she was on her way to Illinois. On Saturday, Arlene attended a KTY Jun Quilt Guild meeting at Mauston United Methodist Church.

On Tuesday afternoon, Leslie and Marcine Reeck of Hillsboro visited Mary Parkhurst, and at noon Friday, niece Ginger Parkhurst of Lone Rock had lunch with Mary.

Brett Marty played a Royall fourth- and fifth-grade basketball game at Brookwood on Saturday morning, and in the afternoon, the Marty family went to Wisconsin Dells to see Mary’s niece Reese Zellmer play on the eighth-grade Edgerton team.

On Wednesday, Sally Dana met the mahjong group at the Kendall Public Library, and on Thursday, she and Lynette Vlasak lunched at the Dorset Valley Schoolhouse Restaurant with Darlene Martalock and Sharon Finucan. On Thursday the gals watched great-niece Layla Marty play basketball on the Royall Middle School team. On Sunday, Lynette and Sally were at the Elroy Movie Theater to see “Alaskan Nets,” a fundraiser for the Royall basketball program.

The Lord is keeping us entertained with the weather this month, as we have gone from subzero to a small blizzard to one day of 45 degrees, with a prediction for more snow this week. Living in Wisconsin is challenging at times, and many of our plans often need to be altered or canceled. Whatever, we can always rely on God to take care of our needs as we continue to go about our daily lives. Praise the Lord anyway!