Was it ever cold!

I hadn't gone to the window to look out Tuesday morning - I just noticed the sunshine streaming in and thought it would be a pretty nice day.

Until I stepped outside.

I was heading for my last pre-op stuff in Grants Pass, and had given no thought to any need for clearing frost from my truck windows.

And it turned out to be one hard frost to clear! (I stopped carrying a scraper ages ago!)

Grumbling to myself as I cleaned the stuff away with one of my grocery store cards so I could see to head out, I mumbled, "And I left New York to get away from this stuff!"

Thanksgiving over and done, now we focus on Christmas, and the programs coming up. I love music, but that of Christmas is so very beautiful I wish we would scatter it all through the year.

I miss having little ones around at Christmas. But little ones don't stay little, and even their little ones don't stay that way very long. My youngest grandchild and my oldest great-grandchild are both 15, and I just have to marvel over how very fast the years have disappeared. Of course, seeing my grandmother every time I look in the mirror just might give me a clue or two.

So I settle for all those photos my family posts on Facebook and in emails, and they're nice - but nothing anywhere near as nice as warm hugs and being able to spoil them at least once or twice!

But New York and Texas and Kansas and Wisconsin are just too far away for me right now. Maybe next year, when I have the new hip broken in.

Speaking of that, I need to ask you all to try to get your info in as early as possible these next few days. This column will most likely be done on a laptop in a hospital bed next week. Amazing what all these modern conveniences will let us do.

andbull; The Singing Christmas Tree will again ring out at Foursquare Church this coming week.

Beginning Thursday at 7 p.m., there will be nightly performances through Saturday and two on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Make sure to catch one (or more!) of these - you'll have a great experience, and can show the folks at Foursquare your appreciation for their hard work in bringing it to you. I sure wish I could be there.

andbull; At Grace Lutheran, the Advent Soup Suppers will continue Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. through Dec. 18.

Supper begins at 6 p.m., family devotions at 6:30, and worship at 6:45-7:30 p.m.

All families are welcome. Come and celebrate the true reason for the season. There will be free nursery care, and crafts for the kids. Questions? Call 464-4712.

andbull; The Cornerstone Church Christmas Choir will present "A King's Birthday" Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m.

The concert is free, but a donation of non-perishable food items will be greatly appreciated to help bless others at Christmas.

A cookie reception will follow the performance in the Youth Powerhouse.

andbull; For Temple Beth Shalom folks, the next class and service will be today at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 10 a.m. in Brookings in the Pilot building, led by Rabbi Les Scharnberg.

I hope Thanksgiving and Chanukah were great for all of you. As for Christmas, perhaps a couple inches of snow in the morning, all melted by evening, would be kinda nice ...

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email