Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus Lane. What is more fun that getting ready for this celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? I never tire of the stories and the miracles of this baby child, the Christmas music and the wonder of this magnificent happening. How many of you remember, many years ago, The Bing Crosby Christmas Special? At the end of the show, before he closed with White Christmas, he said, something to the effect of “This happening, so many years ago, we may never understand, but it changed the world forever!”

Speaking of birthday, Dec. 8, 1942, my birthday, and also the Immaculate Conception. How about that? Happy Birthday to CAROL CUDD & JAYNE GREEN, Dec. 4, ANNA CLAIR SEYMOUR, Dec. 6 and KAYDELL JACKSON, Dec. 9. Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you and happy birthday to all our December friends celebrating their special day!

This morning Mike asked me how I slept. I told him I slept pretty good but I was counting all the places I hurt. I would doze, then wake up counting again. Starting with the bottom of my foot, I feel hints of a bone spur, both knees have fluid and dull aches, arthritis in my little finger that burns like crazy, a terrible ear ache, my sinuses are bad … other than that I feel pretty good. Mike started singing Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you. I do thank the Lord every morning for all my blessings and letting me share his beautiful world another day. It could be worse!

Holiday parties, jeans, minks & martinis, just for ladies, three Parties in one. The Ouachita Medical Society will host this fun evening on Marie Place, starting with KATHARINE & DR. DAVIN SPIRES with light appetizers & live fire oysters and everyone’s favorite JOSH MADDEN playing his fabulous music, on to DENISE & DR. JOHN HULL for heavy Hors D’oeuvres, and a special wine selected by John, our very own wine connoisseur. We will end the evening at the home of COURTNEY & DR. ZEKE WETZEL with Desserts, Champagne & Coffee. Lots of happy holiday happenings in the Twin Cities.

Those joyful Christmas Cards are coming and I love every one!!

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DR. JOSH FERNANDES, along with a New Orleans engagement coordinator planned the perfect grand surprise to propose to JULIE ANNE MONTGOMERY. The Fernandes family and the Montgomery family were to meet in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 2 at Jackson Square at 5:15. At 5:30, Julie and Josh were strolling through the park and happened upon a path of candles, flowers and soft music. Meandering along under this glorious super moon Julie starts noticing pictures on pretty stands. Some of their favorite songs are playing and she realizes the pictures are of her and Josh. She looks up and there are all of their families. You can only imagine the surprise and look on Julie’s face. She broke into tears of joy! Josh is on bended knee presenting her with a beautiful, magical ring asking her to marry him. With a big brass band leading the family, we all paraded to Restaurant Revelation for a wonderful dinner with lots of family toasting to this happy couple. Gathering for this glorious event were her mother, REBO & husband DR. DAMON BRADFORD, brother JOE KING MONTGOMERY & wife, JENNY, cousins, SATCHIE & KATHERINE GODFREY, JANELLE, SALLIE JAYNE & GEORGE SNELLINGS and her favorite aunt, Me. The Fernandes family gathered from Portland, Ore. to Ruston … Josh’s Mother JOANNE and husband HAROLD WILSON. Brother, JOEL & SARAH FERNANDES, children MATTHEW & EMMA, sister JOANNA RYAN, sister JENNICA & husband RYAN PETTEWAY with new baby boy NICO. A glorious time was had by all!

That Sunday morning before heading home, Café Du Monde is always a must on our list. Myself, Satchie and Katherine were standing in line and we started listing with a darling young lady in front of us. Our turn comes to be seated and she was seated by herself. I looked at Satchie and she looked at me and we quickly invited her to come sit with us. TAYLOR WALKER, from Portland, Ore., was heading to Pensacola, Fla., to The Naval Base for extensive training in flying helicopters. Taylor is 24 years old. She attended Idaho University on a full scholarship and was then commissioned into the Navy. Said she had always wanted to fly. She will be in Pensacola for one year and will be transferred to San Diego. We are hoping when she transfers to California, she will be passing through Monroe and will stay with us.

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Keep your heart brave and your imagination wild! Be kind to all!

Dianne Cage

Hunting season is here. Duck, Deer, Hogs, Squirrel, Rabbit…

Lets get to cooking!

RABBIT IN MUSTARD SAUCE —

TONNY GODFREY’S

1 whole 3- to 4-pound rabbit cut into 6 pieces

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 small onion, peeled and sliced

1 cup dry white wine

2 to 3 heaping Tablespoons Dijon mustard, or to taste

2 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade)

Thyme, rosemary or other fresh herbs, to taste

2 Tablespoons flour

1 cup heavy cream

1 head garlic, cut in half

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Saute rabbit in olive oil until dark brown. Push pieces of rabbit aside; sauce onion until soft and lightly colored. Add white wine and reduce until it’s completely evaporated. Then add Dijon mustard, chicken stock, herbs, flour, cream, garlic and lightly season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, for a few minutes until ingredients blend. Pour sauce over rabbit; bake 40 minutes. Check seasonings. Serve rabbit with fettuccine and steamed, buttered broccoli.

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