Exploring an amazing creature, the horse

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece, Preservist Sandy Gaile is featured in the “Getting to Know All About You” segment of this week’s Preserve column.

Sandy attended Grinnell College in Grinnel, Iowa. She received her master’s from Indiana/Purdue University in South Bend, Ind., and enjoyed her career as a speech and language therapist with Elkhart Community Schools in Elkhart, Ind. How lucky we are that this likeable gal chose her retirement home in our Spruce Creek Preserve.

Sandy is the founder, coordinator and enthusiastic promoter of the newest Preserve Club called “Horse Sense.” The club’s announcement states that the members will explore all things having to do with an amazing creature — the horse.

Programs consist of a two-part talk and demonstration concerning “Horse Whispering” by resident Horse Whisperer Jim Olson.

Recently, the Horse Sense Club promoted the “Painted Chair Exposition and Auction” at the Ocala Mall for the benefit of the Stirrups and Strides Organization. Preservists Dee Grkovich, Shirley Camenson, Babette Sparling and Sandy Gaile were among the 50 artists who proudly donated their hand-painted chairs for this exciting event.

This new club is planning field trips, demonstrations and educational talks about horses, the breeds, and their nature. In general, what makes them tick.

Sandy says she fell in love with these beautiful creatures even though at one time she actually fell off one of her loves.

From Koebbe’s Kitchen

Caesar Salad

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup Real Lemon juice from concentrate

1 beaten egg

2 finely chopped cloves garlic

2 medium heads romaine lettuce, torn to bite-size pieces (8 cups)

2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded, diced

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1 cup garlic croutons

1/4 cup crumbled bacon

In cruet combine oil, Real Lemon, egg and garlic – shake well. Chill to blend flavors.

Just before serving, combine remaining ingredients and toss with dressing. Enjoy.

Here is but a smidgen of the doin’s out our way:

Thursday, May 14 — Republican Club meeting at 7 p.m. in multi-purpose room. For information, see Rich Saunders.

Thursday, May 21 — Craft Club at 3 p.m. Make handmade cards. Bring tape, glue stick and scissors. For information, see Ethel Kleiner and Heather Garner.

Monday, May 25 — Memorial Day. Placing outside mementos. Call Frank Thomas by May 15.

Monday, June 8 — Communications community meeting at 9:30 a.m. in multi-purpose room. For information, see Carol Griffith.

Saturday, June 13 — Family Feud game at 7:30 p.m. If you would like to compete, call Heather Garner or Kip Thomas with your group of 5 players. 8 groups maximum – first come first playing.

Arthritis pool exercise every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:15 to 11 a.m. For information, see Judy Lebio.

Indoor arthritis exercise discontinued until fall.

Newspaper and aluminum recycling every Tuesday morning by the On the Level Club.

Bingo every Tuesday evening for Preservists and their overnight guests. Cards on sale from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

‘Til next time, God be willing and the creek don’t rise.

Deej and her husband, Joe, live in Spruce Creek Preserve. To submit news items or announcements leave notices in her library cubby or call her. The Koebbes are listed in the Preserve phone directory.