Ahhh, sunshine!  We deserve it.  On this beautiful day we had thirty-eight classmates attending the lunch at the Golden Corral at 11:30 AM.
We had Tom Hale, and Carl and Becky Factor attending from out-of-state today.  We always enjoy having them in attendance.  Tom and Carl had a nice dinner the night before with Shirley Holdren Smith and Margie Robinson McNairy.  I would bet that Tom will put some of those pictures he took at the lunch on the Web site for us (and they better be good, Tom).  We had several first timers (at least for me).  They were Bill Factor, Roger McGlade, John and JeriSue Power, and Douglas and Mary Jane Palmer who also brought their cute little grandson.  It was good seeing all of them and I hope they keep attending each month.
Shirley gave us great rules to live by:  Drink lots of water, exercise, eat lots of fruit and vegetables, take your vitamins and Co Q-10 which is a cardiovascular antioxidant, get at least eight hours of sleep, and if you have difficulty sleeping take over the counter melatonin at the dose recommended by your doctor.
John Power announced that on May 25 there will be a benefit dinner honoring Donis Toler and Ron Appersen for all the years they have worked in the Athletic Department at Zanesville High School.  All of the proceeds will be donated to the Athletic Department.  Contact John Power or the High School if you wish to attend or donate money.
Our sympathy goes out to Barbara Baughman Williamson and her husband, Kent, for the death of their daughter Debbie. Our sympathy also goes out to Jane and Amy, Debbie's two sisters. Debbie was 47 years old with special needs, and had a very loving and caring family.  Shirley passed a card around for all of us to sign.
Cornelia Bridges Ferguson announced that she has forms we can fill out if we wish to donate money to help transport animals for long distances.
We are always happy to see Mary Anna Clapper Fenton attending our lunch.  She has become a good friend to us.  We were glad to see Nancy Cohen Fawcett and her husband Harold with us again.  Harold has been having medical problems and is now doing better.  It was good to see Joann Cooper Patterson with her Mother again.
Don't forget to honor all Mothers this Sunday.  This is my favorite humorous Mother's day story sent to me by my daughter.
Last year on Mother's Day, we were having the typical rush around and trying to
get ready for Church with everyone crying and carrying on. My two boys are
fighting over the toy in the cereal box. I am trying to get my little one ready
at the same time I am putting on my make-up. Everything is a mess and
everyone has long forgotten that this is a wonderful day to honor me on mother's day. 

We finally have the older one and the baby loaded in the car and I am
looking for Eli. I have searched everywhere and I finally round the corner to go
into the bathroom. And there was Eli. He was applying my chapstick very carefully to Jack's . . .  rear end. Eli looked right into my eyes and said "chapped." Now if you have a cat, you know that  he is right--their little butts do look pretty chapped.
And, frankly, Jack didn't seem to mind.

And the only question to really ask at that point was whether it was the
FIRST time Eli had done that to the cat's behind or the hundredth.

And THAT is my favorite Mother's Day moment ever because it reminds us that
no matter how hard we try to civilize these glorious little creatures, there
will always be that day when you realize they've been using your chapstick on
the cat's butt.
So do remember this wonderful day to honor mothers this Sunday, and the amazing job that is motherhood. 
Let us live in the present with love and gratitude.
We had a wonderful time chatting with each other, and several of us stayed until 3 PM.  I hope to see all of you next month on June 12 at 11:30 AM at the Golden Corral.
Martha K. Cannon