| September/October 1989

Hi Thereto all the good folks out in Steam land and I know many of you are not at home, but on the road traveling the route of the steam and antique shows. All winter long, this is what you dream of and anticipate renewing acquaintances and making new steam buddies and it never gets dull, does it? If you spot anything new, unusual, or just plain interesting, please write me and we will share with the Soot in the Flues readers.

I hope life has been good for all of you this past year and will continue to be that way. I mentioned before some of the illness that my hubby and I have had and now the most recent misfortune Ed had a large stroke on May 23, but he came home on June 6 and is slowly recovering and looking ahead to better times. There are some problems as many of you know, when recovering from a stroke, but we just take a day at a time and depend on our Faith to see us through. He is not allowed to drive yet, so that makes me head chauffeur for the time being but we can still enjoy going out for some meals and visiting with our families and grandchildren.

I have another interesting story from Wellsprings of Wisdom, by Ralph L. Woods, called 'Gift and Reward':

'I had gone a-begging from door to door in the village path, when thy golden chariot appeared in the distance like a gorgeous dream and I wondered who was this King of all kings!

'My hopes rose high and me thought my evil days were at an end, and stood waiting for alms to be given unasked and for wealth scattered on all sides in the dust.

'The chariot stopped where I stood. Thy glance fell on me and thou earnest down with a smile. I felt that the luck of my life had come at last. Then of a sudden thou didst hold out thy right hand and say, 'What hast thou to give me?'