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November 18, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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November 18, 1971

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By Jan Danford I l am smitten male kitten, my foot and say "Scat!" full well that tell that a female cat. Week another of my kittens, bringing the ray feline dependents well twenties. how could you!" I Was with undisguised that I gazed upon his g progeny, proudly upon my sagging Well I remembered the night, a mere year the infant Homer first out of nowhere - bedraggled, miserable ~ly appealing. then opened my lensive door a cautious of an inch, and he had :ly placed within the tiay muddy paw. Were sure that you were I explained, "I'd keep just can't cope with of kittens." a male! I'm a male!" he "I swear I'm a male!" round and innocent, of kitten-blue beguiled ,,COUrse you're a male!" I 'You come right in and nice warm milk." Under the falsest of Homer had joined my of free-loading felines, thieves and liars all; and there he stood before me. a scant 12 months later, flagrantly flaunting his motherhood. "Okay," I said sternly. "1'11 keep the males, but the females go to the pound." Oh, what a cacophony of caterwauling poured forth in what heart-rending volume from those poor little pink mouths! "We're males!" they cried, beseechingly. "We're males!" That's the trouble with . Women's Lib. It's carried either too far or not far enough. "You're males," I assured them ; "All six of you." 1 turned to their perfidious parent. "You, too, Homer," I added in a burst of generosity. From well-meaning friends 1 receive Male kittens and pups (they believe...) They have no excuse When they all reproduce, And this is my only pet peeve. Meeting Date To Be Changed Because the regular meeting date of the Shelton Rock and Mineral Society falls on Thanksgiving Day, the group has decided to meet at 7:30 p.m. on November 26 in the Southside Grange hall. New officers will be elected. AT CAPITAL SAVINGS INSURANCE 0,000.00 SHELTON -- _First & Ra_ilroad, 426-8211 VA~OU~I L*~,,* .'MAt it er oses Roses of ribbon bloom year-round in the home of Josephine Sparks, whose life-long interest in handicrafts has branched in many directions. Her ten-year-old son, Ricky, a fifth grader in Bordeaux school, proudly displays a roomful of boyish treasures a quilt pieced in a sailboat pattern, ceramic figures, paintings - all made by his mother. "I've made a lot of quilts," Jo Sparks explains, "including a crib quilt in a smaller version of the sailboat pattern, it hasn't been used since Ricky was a baby, but he still values it." Mrs. Sparks was reared in Shelton, arriving here at the age of three years. She was born in Uniontown, Washington. For eight and a half years she was employed by Sprouse-Reitz as a saleslady, and worked for one year in Mode O'Day. Since the birth of her son she has preferred to be a full-time homemaker, although she finds time for many outside activities. She is a 30-year member of" the Degree of Honor, and for 24 years has been a member of the Hillcrest Homemakers. "I was not a charter member," she states, "but I was one of the earliest to join." She is a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church and of RIBBON ROSES burst into fingers of Josephine Sparks. Franklin Open 9:30 to 7:30 weekdays and 9:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday rls Bordeaux PTA; she is most active in the VFW auxiliary where, as pianist, she has served as musician for the past eight years. For five years she has also been District No. 5 musician. She is a past president, and is currently chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. "I love to make things,'; Jo Sparks declares, "and the VFW auxiliary offers endless opportunities along that line." Mrs. Sparks knits and crochets, and she is a consistent winner with her fair entries. She paints on velvet, and creates salt-paintings, using tube paint. She is adept in basket-weaving, having made large ferneries, flower baskets and hampers in addition to smaller items. She works with plastic foam to create countless novelties, and she enjoys cone-work, making many wreathes and swags for the holiday season. She also utilizes cedar boughs for decorative Christmas arrangements. A favorite with her son is a smiling Santa, painted on Pelon and mounted on plywood, cut to shape with a skill-saw. Josephine Sparks sews, making most of her own clothing. She gardens, and she cans, freezes and preserves her produce. "l make all sorts of jellies, jams and pickles," she says, "as bloom beneath the talented 426-3327 as reasures we have berries and fruit trees.'" Her husband, Darrell, is a past commander of the VFW and for seven years has held the office of adjutant. He is an employee of Simpson Timber Co., now on a leave of absence to serve as business agent of Local 3-38 Union. "We love camping," Mrs. Sparks remarks, "and in the summer we take off every weekend with our camper and head for the mountains, the woods or the beach." Work will soon begin on decorations for the VFW Christmas dinner to be held December 17 in the Memorial Hall, and Jo Sparks will be thoroughly involved. For a wedding rehearsal dinner she made a three-foot-wide background arrangement consisting of 19 ribbon roses interspersed with greenery. For a VFW auxiliary installation of officers she once made many corsages fashioned of a tiny version of ribbon roses. The larger blooms are made of a rather stiff satin-finish ribbon approximately 23/4 inches wide. Cut in 6-inch lengths. Fold the upper left corner down to the lower right corner and secure with a pin. Fold to ascertain center of diagonal, and crimp to mark. Using a No. 2 knitting needle, roll one corner to center, remove needle and secure at base with a pin. Roll opposite corner to center and secure in the same manner. Remove the first pin, make a tiny pleat and replace pin. This procedure forms a cupped shape. Cut floral wire, or other suitable wire, into desired length for a stem and insert through a 1 -inch-diameter plastic foam ball, bending to secure. Place lower center of petal on ball against wire, and pin to the ball. Remove pin from pleat. Work base of petal close around stem and pin in place on ball. Remove all pins excepting those securing petal to ball. Place one more pin through base to fasten securely. A second and a third petal should be made in the same way and attached equi-distantly to the ball. This completes a rose-bud. For a large rose, continue applying petals in a circle until desired size is attained. A plastic rose calyx, available in hobby shops, should be strung over the stem to cover base of rose. Wrap wire in green floral tape, adding an artificial rose leaf midway and wrapping it in. Leaves should be placed at a slightly different point on each stem and should be shaped by bending slightly. Tiny corsage roses are made from ribbon IV4 inch wide. Fold over the end of a strip of ribbon to make a triangle. Holding the top, roll remainder of triangle til a point is formed. Turn ribbon to back to form another triangle, and roll half way. Continue rolling and folding, holding in place, until flower reaches desired size. Cut ribbon, fasten with fine wire and pull tight. Trim off excess ribbon and wrap wire with floral tape, adding a small leaf. These tiny roses are excellent for corsage work. An odd number of blooms should always be used. They are als, good as package tie-ons, and as place card favors and can be used anywhere that a tiny decoration is needed. The larger roses make beautiful arrangements and a single ribbon rose is effective in a bud vase. #7301 7" SAW ONLY Formerly Eacrett Lumber Co. "Building Products for your Home" 1332 Olympic Hwy. S. Treat the family to Dinner at the Capital! Dining out will make this Thanksgiving a feast for all . . . it frees morn from the muss and fuss of preparations. ,lust leave everything to us and enjoy delicious turkey and all the trimmings. Make your reservations now! MENU Appetizer -- Turkey 'n Trimmings -- Vegetables Our Special Dressing -- Home-Made Apple or Mince Meat Pie Choose your favorite beverage ~95 per person We Now Have Your Favorite Cocktail! Other entrees available from our menu. RE STAU RANT Phone 426-1101 426-4522 FIRST & ] RAILROAD / Mable Long, Owner Don't Miss This Sale of a Lifetime/ You'll find men's, boys', ladies' and girls' clothing, aide Christmas decorations, old fixtures, and etc. All of it is soiled merchandise, odds & ends, damaged, returned, or dated and everything from soup to nuts! Thursday, November 18, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 9