At 6 a.m. on Monday morning we woke up to a thick, heavy fog. Our gate posts were just visible.

Overnight the temperature had dropped to 23 degrees and the pine trees were flocked with a beautiful layer of frost. Soon the sun broke through the fog and the day turned into one of those days when you can’t stand to be in the house. Old Man Winter hasn’t decided to turn our fall weather into his favorite time of year, even though we did have some flurries last week.

The Weippe Hilltop Heritage Museum honored Veteran’s Day with a Chili Cook Off on Saturday, Nov. 10. That morning Sally Marks and Peggy Ball took time to cover the south lawn with small American flags. They were pleased when they were thanked for their efforts by someone who happened to drive by as they were finishing up their task.

Samples of two different chilies were served and then each person voted on their favorite one. After the voting everyone enjoyed a bowl of their choice along with cornbread provided by Peggy Ball and Elata Hutchins. I visited with Debbie Rhoads Crenshaw, Dennis Stroup and J R Glover as we ate our chili.

Debbie had made the trip from her home in the Phoenix area on July 11, 2018. Thanks to Google I did get to see just what this type of dust storm looked like. It actually limited the visibility to zero on the Phoenix highway during the afternoon commute.

The website explained that the Sahara Desert is known for this type of storms. Debbie returned to her home on Sunday. It was a pleasure to spend time with you Debbie.

At the end of the day Chili #2 had the most votes, both corn breads were delicious. A big thank You is extended to the members of the staff at the museum for honoring our Veterans again this year. Sally mentioned that the 2020 calendar from the Museum will honor veterans. Please take time to gather the information about any veteran that wasn’t included in the 2018 calendar and turn it in to Sally. We were im pressed with the list of names of all the veterans, living and deceased, that were posted in the entry way at the museum. What a great job they are doing. Our veterans will be remembered.

The Wild Weippe Rodeo 2019 Royalty Court is holding a fundraiser to help with the expenses the Queens incur when they are elected. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 17 and stop in at the Rebekah Lodge at 4 p.m. for a bowl of spaghetti. Dinner tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for ages 5-12.

Raffle tickets are available for three different prizes: a rifle donated by Christopherson Trucking, a handmade quilt donated by the Bird family, or a load of ¾ gravel donated by Tripco. Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five. There will also be silent auction items to bid on. Both Queen Shelby Bird and Princess Hannah VanHook are excited to represent the 2019 Wild Weippe Rodeo. Let’s support their efforts.

On Sunday, Nov. 18, Ed and Judy Berreth will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Everyone is invited to attend a potluck style luncheon with pulled porsandwiches provided by the family. It will be held at the Weippe Wesleyan Church at 2 p.m. Congratulations to Ed and Judy.

Sherry Schlader reported she is now doing business at her new location of 12997 Lower Fords Creek Road. She has fresh Thanksgiving centerpieces available. Call her at 208-435-4793.

Fresh Christmas wreaths and swags will be available along with fresh cut Christmas center pieces. All occasion cakes and cupcakes can be ordered any time.

Sherry regrets that there will be no Christmas Open House this year. She and Larry are still in the process of arranging her shop at their farm. I will miss it as her shop in Weippe was always so festive and fun. Keep us informed when you get everything arranged.

Happy birthday greetings go out to Rosena Aultz on Nov. 19.

Happy anniversary greetings go out to Ed and Judy Berreth on Nov. 18 and to Lanis and Rosena Aultz on Nov. 19.

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