It was a beautiful, but gray day, with a temperature of almost 60 degrees in Zanesville!  Many of the nineteen classmates happily arrived without a coat for the first time in several months.
Shirley opened the meeting asking us how many had made a resolution at the beginning of the year to exercise more and lose weight.  She went on to share that a friend's grandfather decided to walk five miles a day when he was 90 years old!  He kept this up for several years, and at 97 no one has any idea where he is. 
Most of us get heavier as we get older because there's a lot more information in our heads.  So we are not fat, we are just really intelligent and our heads couldn't hold any more so it started filling up the rest of us!  That's Shirley's story and she is sticking to it!
Lois Mareen Havens came today with the friend she has been caring for.  Mary Lou fell, broke her ankle, shattered a bone in her foot, and also injured her other foot.  They repaired the breaks with plates and screws in her ankle and foot.  Mary Lou said she really hasn't know Lois for that long, but she was right there to help her, and cared for her until she could finally walk again!  Otherwise, Mary Lou said she would have been in a Nursing Home!  What a true friend Lois has been to Mary Lou.  We enjoyed having them both with us today and hope that Mary Lou will return with Lois for our lunches.
Sondra  Hickman Philip's sister-in-law, Eleanor, made it to the lunch today.  She is walking slowly, and did not have her boot on today after the long haul with an Achilles tendon tear.  Way to go, Eleanor!  Sondra's husband, Robert, also made the lunch today.  It was good to see the three of them.
Maryanna Fenton said she saw Barbara Rath Bauer, and that she looks great and is living in Canton, Ohio.
Lois Havens had a nice chat with Sandy Geyer Miller on the phone.
Melonie Schultheis Sterling saw Helen Varner Barks at a funeral home and visited with her for a while. 
Shirley Stadler sent me a card and told me to say "hello" to all our classmates.
Those on our list who need our continued prayer are:  Nancy Cohen Fawcett and her husband Harold have not been to the lunch for several months.  Shirley learned that Harold is having dialysis three times per week for his remaining kidney. 
Carolyn Stiers Lanning sent me an E-mail saying that Sonny is having cardiac bypass physical therapy three times per week, and physical therapy for post shoulder surgery twice a week and is doing well.  It keeps them both busy. 
Stanley Slack's wife, Wanda, who was in a car accident and is paralyzed from the waist down continues to need our prayers.
Gwen Curry's husband, Paul, had a heart attack six years ago and hasn't been to see a doctor since.  He had a fall breaking a rib, and it was diagnosed as another heart attack.  He was in ICU for nine days.  He has diabetes, a very low thyroid function, staph infection and a mass in the pancreas.  The next step is to get a biopsy of the mass in the pancreas.  Gwen said it is fortunate that three days before Paul's fall and heart attack that her son closed his store, so she is no longer working there. 
Gloria Warner Poynter and Jane Peugh Caldwell visited with Carolyn Balog Waite after the last lunch bunch at her home.  They said Carolyn is improving slowly after her spinal surgery and is walking with a walker.
We will remember all these classmates and spouses in our thoughts and prayers.
Shirley presented me with a darling teddy bear holding a heart shaped box with a beautiful pill box on the inside topped with a colorful dragon fly for doing the notes.  Thanks so much to all of you for your thoughtfulness.
Shirley reminded us that Saturday is Valentine's Day, and each of us turned to the persons around us for a hug and told them we loved them.  She then read some inspiring quotes for Valentine's Day and shared the blessing with us.
Remember your sweetheart on Saturday.  "Love doesn't make the world go round.  Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."~ Franklin P. Jones
"When you are in love with someone, it inspires you and gives you hope.  You have faith that even if you can't be with them on earth, that if God wills, you will be with them one day in heaven."~ Unknown
I'm looking forward to seeing all of you next month on Tuesday, March 10, at the Golden Corral.
Martha K. Cannon