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Big picture never had 7 a.m. casseroles

During some crazy week when you find yourself making a casserole at 7 a.m., ironing in front of television at 10 p.m. and hanging pictures at 11 p.m., ask yourself "What's a nice person like me doing in a place like this?" When you were 17 and you were going to ride off on that white horse with that prince, did the big picture include this? And when you were 30 with two small children and ironing at 10 p.m. and making a casserole at 7 a.m. (forget the picture hanging _ you never could decide where to put them back then), didn't you think you would outgrow this some day?

Same picture all these years. Furthermore, I'm still faced with the same problems. Like where did I put the controls to the electric blankets this year? (I have a way of storing things like there isn't going to be any tomorrow.) It happened that this time they were still on the beds from last year. The controls, not the blankets.

And what kind of casserole shall I take to the church dinner this time. This answer is always the same: eggplant. Twenty-five years of eggplant casseroles. "Oh, there's the eggplant. Mrs. Miller must be here." I have the recipe down pat by now.

And what is the best time of day to catch people at home when you have to make 40 phone calls? Same answer here too: Between the dark and the daylight, when the night is beginning to lower, you reach out and touch someone _ for this is the telephone hour.

When Annamarie Pityo and Doris Wikkerink planned last Tuesday's thank-you luncheon for the Golden Baton Ball, they did so long distance, from their summer vacations spots. But they got everyone together to celebrate a successful evening of cocktails, gourmet dinner and dancing at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Joan Loader was in the luncheon group, and had a wonderful collection of beaded purses for the jewelry booth at the Museum of Fine Arts' Museum Mart. Her eyes are weary, she says, from spending an evening looking over jewelry with a jeweler's loop.

The mart, which is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17, has a members-only free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15, and a $60-per-person patrons gala at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 and Jane Jarvis, internationally acclaimed jazz pianist will perform.

Some of the many fashions, jeweled sweaters and other hand-embellished creations from the mart will be modeled during lunch Nov. 13 at the Heritage, 234 Third Ave. N. Call 823-6382for reservations.

Louis M. Cyr, regional collection manager of C


S National Bank, has been named Boss of the Year by Credit Professionals of Florida at the annual awards banquet of the organization's state conference recently in Miami. This is no small honor, for the St. Petersburg resident was chosen from the nominees of 22 chapters. June Wise, Cyr's administrative assistant, was the writer of the winning letter.

Credit Professionals of Florida is an organization of individuals employed in the credit and/or collection business. Its goals are to keep its membership up to date and informed and to promote the wise use of credit by speaking before high school students and civic organizations. Doris Hughes is president of the local group, and Ms. Wise, Pat Calkins and Mary J. Cook were taken into the Career Club, a group within the group, of people employed in the credit industry for 25 years or more.

Shorecrest Preparatory School's annual Holiday Shoppe on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will bring more than 40 vendors to the campus at 5101 First St. N, so you can do your Christmas shopping right there. Handmade items, collector quilts, gourmet foods, personalized gifts _ even gifts from Tiffany & Co. of New York _ will be available. A "Kid's Secret Shop" will allow youngsters to shop for the whole family for only a few dollars.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children, good for all three days. Or you may bring canned or packaged food for local food banks or a toy for the Christmas Toy Network. These organizations and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will benefit from the event. Hours are 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Turn back to medieval times. See Lady Victoria Blackmere, Queen Gwenwyfar and Lord Treve Morningstar, jugglers and musicians, all at the Pinellas Park Medieval Faire on Saturday and Sunday. Presented by Girls Inc. of Mid-Pinellas, the fair will be at 7700 61st St. N. Hours are 10 a.m. to dusk both days. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children.