Washington Column for Jan. 1

Making New Year’s resolutions

I trust that your holiday season was joyous, memorable and spirit-filled.

As we flip our calendars from 2014 to 2015, there is considerable optimism that things will get better in the new year for everyone.

We begin each year by making New Year’s resolutions. Want to get fighting fit? Or kick a bad habit? The tricky part is sticking to these resolutions. New Year’s resolutions are all about self-improvement; working on improving yourself will always make you a better person.

Many of us enjoyed the holidays and parties so much that we became relaxed in our dietary habits. To be perfectly honest with you, I am somewhat guilty of this myself. January is the perfect time to refocus on our health by shedding those added pounds, thereby enabling the body to clean house and eliminate the toxins we took in while indulging in those delicious holiday food choices.

Whatever the goal we’re pursuing, no matter how difficult, we’re more likely to get there by taking one day at a time. “Forever” is hard to imagine, the future may seem far away, but every new dawn brings a chance to do what we can today. As we head into a new year, let’s take time out and be thankful for each new day.

So take a moment and enjoy the breath of life — a gift that is so precious to all of us. With this in mind, have a great 2015!

A surprise birthday party with family and friends

Mae Racer, of Washington, celebrated her 70th birthday Sunday at the Washington fire hall with family and friends.Hope Huff
Mae Racer, of Washington, celebrated her 70th birthday Sunday at the Washington fire hall with family and friends.

A birthday is a special time, a day with family and friends. It is the day when you started your life’s journey, and one day a year our family and friends help us celebrate that event.

The cold, damp weather in the afternoon did not put a damper on Sunday’s (Dec. 28) birthday party for Mae Racer, who turned 70. Daughters Beverly Exline and Hope Huff decided to have the surprise party for their mother at the Washington fire hall. They told her they were going to take her to Manassas to eat for her birthday, but they had to stop at the fire hall for something on the way.

When Mae walked into the fire hall and saw everyone, her smile, mixed with tears, told everyone there more than words ever could say.

Around 40 family members and friends, including me, came out to help Mae celebrate her special day. One whole side of the fire house wall was lined with tables of delicious food and desserts. You name it, they had it. No one was left hungry, that’s for sure. After everyone enjoyed the good food and the fellowship, we sang “Happy Birthday” to her.

Beverly and Hope thank everyone for making this birthday celebration for their mom such a memorable one.

A job well done, ladies!

Birthday and anniversary good wishes

A belated birthday wish goes out to Joshua Alther. He celebrated his day on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Birthday wishes also go out to my granddaughter, Olivia Grace Clatterbuck, who will celebrate her special day on Saturday, Jan. 10; to Beverly Exline, on Monday, Jan. 12; Danny Huff, on Sunday Jan. 18; and to a special person, my mother-in-law, Anna Clatterbuck, who will celebrate her birthday on Monday, Jan. 19.

Belated wedding anniversary wishes go out to Walt and Susan Longyear. They celebrated their special day on Monday, Dec. 22.

Bloodmobile visits Jan. 7

Please start your new year by donating a much-needed pint of blood at the Red Cross Bloodmobile on Jan. 7, at the Washington fire hall. The Bloodmobile runs 3-7 p.m.. Be sure to drink plenty of water and have a good meal beforehand. Give the gift of life! For more information, call Marie Riedel at 540-675-3638.

Have a wonderful week.