Lazy, Cold Saturday in The Mill

Endie Connell on a lazy, cold Saturday…

Man, it’s a cold day again! I knew the recent cold snap wouldn’t last long, but who suspected that arctic air would show up again so quickly?

Oh well, the winter chill is a temporary thing. Eventually, it will warm nicely, even up here in Cold Country, and for now, we focus on work and school and  home and make sure to keep lots of plush sweaters on hand.  In fact, I have to head to Foster’s Clothiers later to pick up birthday sweaters for the Quigley girls. Cloosie wanted them to get Wii games, but my goal is to give kids productive gifts that don’t focus on video games.  No doubt Daisy and Breanna will be polite, but it’s May and Byron, their parents, who’ll really appreciate the sweaters (until the next Arctic Clipper blows through the township — then the girls will see how wise Auntie Endie is).

I do want to check out the clothing shop… Cloosie says the work on it was finished this morning and no doubt he did a beautiful job. How lucky are Joe and I? Our son is a normal kid blessed with all kinds of skills that he puts to use for the collective good. The kid is a Miller through and through.

As far as MoP development, I believe Romero Clinic will be finished shortly and there is talk about building an eatery nearby. That’s a good idea — docs gotta eat. Granted, OBC is not far away, and there is a cafeteria in the clinic, and Tessa’s Tearoom is nearby (love it!), but many people think it may be a good idea to have a 24-hour restaurant and/or convenience store right by Romero. Discussions continue. I don’t know my opinion yet; at this point, I’m just keeping an open mind.

Georgia Grant, Ari Lieber and I are focusing on new signage for many of the area businesses. Much has already been finished, but there is more to do. And the greening project continues as we cultivate the woodland areas. Additionally, we are continuing work on Mill Friends Academy, and work on the new recreation facilities is under way as well.

In terms of home stuff, Joe is almost always busy with BestMore Department Store — the economy is hitting everyone hard. He’s working with Edmund Singh at Illumination, the solar and lighting store, to come up with cross-promotional strategies for eco-conscious heating appliances, and Joe and Ed are part of the continuing effort to work on the town’s electric grid. He takes it very personally that The Mill is completely self-supporting in terms of energy and it’s fast becoming his main hobby, next to coaching peewee soccer. He’s got to spend some quality time with Cloosie, though — we understand that he has much to do with work and all, and so does our extremely busy son, but the boy misses hanging with his dad. I’ll have to plan an activity for them next weekend.

Life at the Mill Messenger is settling down somewhat after the inauguration hoohah. It’s amazing — even Canadians are excited about President Obama. I wish the guy well. He’s a great man to take the world forward, but as a progressive, my reservations remain. Thank goodness we as a community have no ties to the US federal government (though many Millers have dual citizenship, the township is fully independent from the US and Canada).  At least he’s neither Bush nor McCain. And heck with everyone — Michelle looked aMAzing in her inaugural wear.

Actually, we’re all settling down. Kids are back in school after the holiday break… Chinese New Year celebrations filled the town with magnificent color and sound that cut through the cold… after the nuptial epidemic that hit in the last quarter of ’08 — Reg and Ari, Marga and Eric, Windy and Rowan, Sharonda and Mark — I have no waiting wedding invitations for the first time in a while. There is news about one potentially budding romance: WGPM cameraman Jon Nixon has been in love with designer Veronica Gillespie (our freest of free spirits) for years, even through the time when she was with Ari (she dumped him and left town and after nursing a seriously broken heart, he fell for Regina; then Ron came back and found that Ari had moved on — it was not pretty). Happily, all are friends again, and she’s finally starting to notice young Mr. Nixon (’bout time)… Joe says not to meddle, but my goal is to get them paired off stat.

I also want to find a fella for Ari’s mom. Hildy Lieber is a fantastic woman, and she’s been alone since her much-missed husband Nathaniel passed away in 2000. She keeps way busy with her real estate work and volunteering, and oh my goodness, the work she does for the local synagogue, but such a vibrant, beautiful, smart person shouldn’t be alone, should she? Ari’s on board with my yenta mission — he has his eye on a couple of potential suitors (including my wonderful new friend Farouk Hossan).  Hildy agrees that Farouk is a total dreamboat, yet she resists out of shyness. So we’ll see how that goes.

My darling son is calling, so I’d better run. Must pick up those sweaters and prepare dinner for Joe and Cloosie (jerk pork with carrots and jasmine rice). Then Paxie  Goldman, Darla Payne and I are having a girls’ night dancing at the Peacenik Starlight nightclub. We deserve it! (I will not be out too late, or Rev. Sims will have my head in the morning…)

Stay warm!



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