D6 LIFE WEDNESDAY, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY JANUARY 15, 2014 15, DECATUR, 2014 DECATUR, ILLINOIS ILLINOIS ATT 3 # WCIA 12 , WILL 10 1 WAND 2 4 WICS 6 7 WBUI DICK ZAKER 19 Q WCIX Prairie Talk 7 W WRSP More than a few mysteries in Zakerland Somewhere, in a secluded cranny of our house, a can opener, vegetable brush and ice cube tray gather. They chuckle — once again — over the hapless humans. “Look at them,” they exclaim, “Wringing their hands over us! ‘HOW could we lose such a good can opener?’ Boo hoo! And such a small thing, they say: Where could the vegetable brush possibly be?” On wrapping up their meeting, they sneer, “They’ll never find us — bwah hah hah!” Thus is the state of affairs in Zakerland. We’re the emotional captives of three inanimate — but very tricky objects. There is no earthly reason why any of them should have escaped the kitchen. And the can opener WAS good: a Pampered Chef model that was pretty easy on the wrist. My wife and I have come to accept the notion that we always have to have a family mystery. At least one at a time. As soon as one’s solved, another pops up. We’re not your average, “single-sock mystery” household: Our clothes dryer isn’t that hungry. Buying something ahead of time can get interesting. I’ve been known to purchase a gift for my wife, just to see it take cover in a secluded corner of a closet and escape my memory. Not my wife’s, though. She picked out a nightgown for me to give her and I put it away so well that it took years to find it. As you can see, this trend isn’t recent. It stretches back almost as long as our marriage. What about the mystery people at our wedding, way back in the last century. My wife recalls them as a neighbor and his girlfriend. I insist they were wedding crashers. If so, the joke was on them: There was no alcohol at our reception. Take the case of the relatively new pair of my daughter’s boots that goes missing: Are they where they’re supposed to be, in the basket by the front door? Nope. In the next most logical spot, the front hall closet? Please: Where would be the mystery in that? A few days into this particular “case,” my wife stopped by the computer room and sighed, “This thing with the boots is driving me crazy in the head.” Me, too. I looked in both cars. I looked in the laundry room. I checked under the pool table. Under all the beds. Behind all the couches. Nothing. Nada. Negative. Zero. Zilch. This footwear somehow had made its way into the proverbial thin air. Fast-forward to the next day. The rebellious boots turned up, under a pile of sewing fabric in my daughter’s bedroom closet. Yes, I had glanced into her closet, but I certainly didn’t suspect she had dumped the fabric into the same space as the boots. Yes, this is a “miss-story,” but I swear it’s not a matter of our being absent-minded. Here’s a recent good example: We’re stopped in downtown St. Louis and open the door to switch drivers. In the time it takes us to get re-seated, we find one of the three pages of Google maps has disappeared. Gone. No one saw it blow into the Missouri sky out of the car. No one saw it slide under the front seat. You tell me where it went. And this is even a better one: A few weeks ago, I jotted some notes for this very column into the newspaper’s computer system. Boy, they were good ones, too. So, the other day, I went back to the file to add a few more precious words and — well, you can guess the rest. Some mysteries are more gut-wrenching than others. You can’t find your wallet, or car keys or cellphone. The next several minutes are panicky — until you find them in the door or the pocket of a coat you’re sure you hadn’t been wearing that day. I certainly would like to have all the time back that I’ve spent searching for things. All right, Hey, kakhi pants — you can come out now. 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Cards may be sent to 7 Powers Lane Place, Decatur, IL 62522. Mr. Seitz and Debbie Hickey were married Jan. 21, 1979, in Decatur. He is retired from General Transfer Co. She works for St. Mary’s Hospital. They are the parents of T.J. (Heather) Seitz of Mount Zion. They have one grandchild and one stepgrandchild. DECATUR — Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hopkins of Decatur will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii. Mr. Hopkins and Margaret Watts were married Jan. 20, 1984. He is retired from Local 65 Plumbers and Pipefitters. She is employed at Archer Daniels Midland Co. corporate grain accounting. They are the parents of Lynn Meister of Petersburg; Buck Hopkins of Antioch; Casey Watts of Homer; Vickey Shain of Cerro Gordo; Derek Hopkins of St. Peters, Mo.; and Jeremy Watts of Collinsville. They have 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Rawlings Mr. and Mrs. Vern Morgan RAWLINGS MORGAN DECATUR — Mr. and Mrs. Vern Morgan of Decatur celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering. Mr. Morgan and Sherry Hahn were married Jan. 11, 1964, in Decatur. They are the parents of Lori (Ben) Pinney of Ashland; and David Morgan of Tampa, Fla. They have one grandchild. BETHANY — Mr. and Mrs. Larry Rawlings of Bethany will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in Bethany Fire Station. Mr. Rawlings and Carolyn Ricketts were married Jan. 19, 1964, in Effingham. He is retired from Caterpillar Inc. She is retired from the Moultrie County Health Department. They are the parents of Lyndall Rawlings of Bethany; Jana (Sean) Nashland of Sullivan; and Juli Taber of Mattoon. They have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Personette Anniversaries Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Ferguson FERGUSON DECATUR — Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Ferguson of Decatur celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering. Mr. Ferguson and Juanice Fuller were married Jan. 4, 1964, in Brownsville, Tenn. He is retired from Wagner Castings Co.. She is retired from Caterpillar Inc. They are the parents of Rondy Ferguson and Shawn (Patrick) Shields, both of Atlanta, Ga. They have two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Anniversary announcements are published Wednesday in the Life section. The basic fee is $30 with a color or black & white photo. If you choose, you may submit two photos (a then and now) for $45. Forms with details are available at the Herald & Review, 601 E. William St., or by mail or fax by calling (217) 421-6979. PDF forms are available for download at www. herald-review. com. PERSONETTE DECATUR — Mr. and Mrs. Leland W. Personette of Decatur will observe their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. Personette and Ruth Diane Washburn were married Jan. 16, 1964, in New London, Mo. He is an Air Force veteran and is the retired manager of environment, health and safety for H.B. Fuller. She is a homemaker. They are the parents of Paul (Tami) Personette of Lindenhurst; Phillip (Melissa) Personette of Noblesville, Ind.; and Brian (Nina) Personette and Matthew Personette, both of Decatur. They have nine grandchildren. Birthdays Birthday announcements are published in the Wednesday Life section at 70-plus years of age with a black & white photo for free. The fee is $55 for a color photo. Forms with details are available at the Herald & Review, 601 E. William St., or by mail or fax by calling 421-6979. PDF forms are available for download at www.herald-review. com. Vivid memories The Herald & Review is now offering individuals celebrating their birthdays the option of running their photos in color. Call 421-6979 for details.
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