All but one checkout counter was fully functional. Though the lines were not yet long, there was a customer at every counter. I was down there promptly at 7 am to get molasses for gingerbread. I was certainly surprised so see the place so active, but I found out that the store had actually opened at 6 am each morning this week. The checkout lady told me there'd been a line this morning waiting for the doors to open!
With reduced frig space during the holiday season, it is always nice when it's cold enough outside to keep cold drinks. But you do have to watch the thermometer so this doesn't happen. (I actually heard the explosions the previous night but could not pin point where the sound was coming from....)
Joanne Fontaine, my mother's care manager, organized a pizza and cake birthday party for her last week. Laurie and I attended, as did a few of the women who alternate providing care for her for a few hours each day. She received gifts and cards, and Richard and Lee Ellyn sent flowers. She seemed to have a very enjoyable time.
We went down to Fort Benning Georgia last week for Reed's graduation from the United States Army Infantry School.
Shown below, you will see him being awarded (the sole recipient in his Company) the Army Achievement Metal and Certificate of Achievement during the Friday graduation ceremony. He also received the Soldier of the Cycle award and plaque "for outstanding leadership and dedication to duty" at the Turning Blue Ceremony the day before.
Here is a sequence of shots from Graduation, at about 9:15 am on the frosty morning of December 3. It is hard to see Reed in the first and second picture, but he is marching with the color guard. In picture #3 Reed is the fourth soldier in from the right.