Well, with Thanksgiving two weeks away, I guess you can say we are about into the Holiday Season and I have many things for which to be thankful and I believe, can appreciate them more than ever I just spent 8 days in the hospital in September again, much to our surprise but now am back to normal and I feel wonderful something I haven't been able to say for quite awhile. AND we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first grandchild due sometime around the 1st of December. Father and I spent last week end with Eddie and wife, Kathi, and we were so happy to visit them as we hadn't made the trip since last January to illnesses and commitments at home. We also visited with her parents and grandparents and had lots of good food and a good 'gab' session.
Time flies, doesn't it? and we are experiencing the normal events of everyday living Keli has just gotten her first pair of glasses and although one looks rather strange at first glance after never wearing them, she seems to be one of those people who looks quite well in them, at least we think so, but one little friend told her 'You shouldn't wear them, they are too big, the color isn't right and the shape is wrong for your face.' Ugh with friends like that who needs enemies? Mother also had her glasses changed and she is now in bi-focals (no remarks please). Donnie is again plagued with his yearly case of eczema. Father has his fall cold, daughter Dana finally wrangled our reluctant consent to have her ears pierced and Tommie is busy picking up new words and habits and so it seems to me we look like a normal family facing the Holiday Season and getting ready to greet the New Year hope we have the courage to face what it has in store for us.
I have a letter from Miles A. Lusk, R. R. 2, Knox, Pennsylvania 16232 and he writes, 'A good friend of mine, Gusty Sample of 1326 Beard Ave., Cambridge, Ohio is looking for pals interested in building small steam engines and who live near him to work with him in his shop. He is retired and likes to build engines and boilers, etc. but would enjoy his hobby more if he had someone to work with. Perhaps someone nearby also would like a good pal to work with and one of your subscribers would like to contact him. Gusty isn't much of a writer so I thought I would send this in for him. Thanks for any help you can give him. 'Now, isn't that a good friend? If you can help Gusty drop him a line or Miles.
I haven't any news to relate to you but I ran across this little bit a few days ago called RECIPE FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR' Take twelve, fine, full-grown months, see that these are thoroughly free from all old memories of bitterness, rancor, hate and jealousy; cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past have them as fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time.
Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. This batch will keep for just one year. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot in this way), but prepare one day at a time, as follows:
Into each day put twelve parts of faith, eleven of patience, ten of courage, nine of work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), eight of hope, seven of fidelity, six of liberality, five of kindness, four of rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad don't do it), three of prayer, two of meditation, and one well selected resolution. If you have no conscientious scruples, put in about a tea-spoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play and a heaping cupful of good humor. Pour into the whole love ad libitum and mix with a vim. Cook thoroughly in a fervent heat; garnish with a few smiles and a sprig of joy; then serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness, and a HAPPY NEW YEAR is a certainty. H.M.S.'
Well that's about it, now do have a blessed and happy Christmas season take time to get the real meaning of Christmas enjoy baking those cookies and trimming that tree enjoy those friendly greetings from friends and neighbors watch the glow on the children's faces and I could go on and on but I'm going to close with an excerpt from Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol' and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, Every One!