Saturday, October 18, 2014

Starting the day --- twice

So I went to bed really early Friday night --- like 8:30 p.m. --- after a busy day and still recovering from cough-induced sleep deprivation.

Then I woke up, glanced at the bedside clock, thought it said 4 a.m. (or close), got out of bed, came downstairs, made coffee and sat down at the computer to go to work. Midway through the first cup, the computer clock caught my eye --- 12:30 a.m. 

What's up with that?

Turned out the lights, went back to bed and slept 4 hours more. When I woke up this time, looked at the clock without glasses, then put on the glasses and looked again. Yup. 4:07 a.m. --- really --- this time.


I was going to complain about my cold, but other than a constant cough it was not remarkable, although miserable. Democrats healed me. The cough dissipated at last during a meeting of the party faithful late on Wednesday.

Colds and pregnancies can lead to cravings. Mine was for Kellogg Pop-Tarts --- three boxes of Brown Sugar Cinnamon consumed during the cold's critical period. Wonderful stuff.


It now seems, after a Friday meeting, that all the pieces for the Hotel Charitone commemorative book will be in place and in the hands of the printer (in Pella) next week. This is a joint project of Ray Meyer, myself and Ruth Comer with Jeri Reeve providing concluding photo/design assistance and the Lucas County Preservation Alliance/Hotel Charitone LLC as sponsors.

The text has been complete for several weeks; the final step has been selecting images to accompany the text and transferring those to the designer. So it looks like we'll publish later this fall.

Most of the copies will be sold as a fund-raiser for the Charitone project --- more details about that later.


This is one of those busy days in Chariton that provide a good deal of entertainment, but kind of drive the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street staff and volunteers to near distraction as they prepare for them.

The annual Kid's Carnival begins at 9 a.m. at the Chariton Community Center (attached to the west side of Chariton High School). There will be carnival games, goodie bags, other treats, the Smiley Train, face painting and arts and crafts.

The Halloween costume contest begins at 10 a.m. and lunch ($3) will be served from 11 a.m. until noon. From noon until 2 p.m., participating businesses will be ready for trick-or-treat visits from the youngsters.


This also is kick-off day for the week-long Art Attack event in Chariton's Main Street District (the square and a block beyond). There will be a program on the square at 11 a.m. and works by participating artists will be on display all week in various businesses and professional offices.

Visitors will be able to vote until 2 p.m. next Saturday for their favorites among the works on display (for People's Choice awards). Judges also will be visiting the displays during the week.

Cash prizes will be awarded during a program at 3 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 25, during the Lucas County Arts Council's annual Fall Festival show and sale at the C.B.&Q. Freight House.

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