| January/February 1960

  • Soot in the flues

  • Soot in the flues

HI to all you wonderful people well here it is time to get the Jan.-Feb. issue out and its still November funny how things are to be up to date anymore you must keep two months ahead of everything, one of these days we'll meet ourselves coming back. Did you ever notice though, that's how it is with everything, in the sweltering heat of summer, they have the fur coats out and the snow suits displayed and in October all the Christmas items are out Santa doesn't come at Christmas anymore, he gets here before Thanks-giving (in the stores) he probably doesn't want to miss the big football games. I don't know, sometime I just wonder how it would be to do things closer to the Big Day. I'll tell you one fella though that never worries about getting there on time the stork I must admit he advertises in plenty of time and sometimes he keeps with the modern trend and gets there a few weeks early, but as a rule dates or speed don't mean a thing to him jet age or not. Sometimes I wish I could hold back time a little, not really, but just till I catch up with the fast moving world. Because right now besides the IRON-MEN Family and the Branyan family duties, my daughter and I are participating in a 3-act play which while it is fun is also quite time consuming. You may get a chuckle if I tell you I'm supposed to be a high school senior in the play (having a rough time hiding the bulges, etc, but anything for the good old P-TA). Also a Mardi Gras this week sponsored by our Civic Club and we're helping with a table there two nights. Too much going on but all for good causes, the money from this will help buy some new books for the New High School Library. Also our football team, on which our son plays Varsity end, has gone the whole season with no defeats and haven't even been scored upon we have one more game to go you can imagine the tension mounting with each day. Then too, my husband just had a vacation the past two weeks, and we went to the Grand Canyon near Wellsboro, Pennsylvania for two days (while a very brave friend of mine kept the four children). And to get to the more serious side( it was a very beautiful trip. The leaves and countryside in the northern part of Pennsylvania are more advanced than right around here and it is a sight that leaves you breathless. I never feel closer to God, than when I look at something so beautiful as this. I imagine the Grand Canyon in Arizona is beyond verbal description. I am so thankful that I've been privileged to be able to see and feel the wonderfulness of God's blessing, for I know I take so many things for granted in this life, but once in awhile when you stand ,and gaze at the beauty of the mountains or ocean, etc., it's like new life flowing into you and you are grateful for everything.

We are getting reports on the Steam Reunions and if yours didn't get in yet, don't be discouraged as it takes time to get to all of you. Heard from Eugene A. Hake, of Stage Road, R. D. 2, Akron, New York, recently and he says, 'We have been promoting the idea of a Steam Organization in this locality in the formation of a social group for those interested in this form of recreation.' Good luck, Gene, hope you make it. I'm sure this type of organization is not known of too much in that section.

Heard from H. L. Kendig who tells us they were in Enola in September, and to the Threshermen's Picnic at Williams Grove. Their daughter lives in the vicinity hereabouts. Shucks, why didn't you stop and say 'Hello' to us.

I don't know what you folks want me to write in my column, sometimes I feel I'm not writing as I should, but fortunately I've had no complaints. I just write what I feel I know of just hope you don't get tired of me. Try this poem for size

When the weather suits you or not, Try smiling;
When the coffee isn't hot, Try smiling;
When your neighbors don't do right, Or your relatives all fight,
Sure it's hard, but then you might, Try smiling;
Doesn't change the things of course, Just smiling;
But it cannot make them any worse, Just smiling,
And it seems to help your case, Brightens up a gloomy place;
Then it sort o'rests your face,
Just smiling.

Bye bye for this time and keep smiling through the New Year, won't you


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