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You can almost hear a collective sigh of relief as the biggest portion of the holiday is over. Soon 2011 will be history and we will start making plans and memories in 2012. For myself, I am hoping the new year will bring health, wealth and happiness. I don't ask for much, just a good share of each. Add a little fun, work, relaxation and spontaneity and it could be a great year. I have given up on making resolutions. They only last a few weeks into a new year for me. However, I do try to set some goals and make a few plans of things I want to accomplish in the new year.
HANCOCK - It sometimes seems like hurry up and wait is the theme of life. We rush and rush and then wait and wait. We are so busy getting things done and then we wait for the next rush to hit. We hurry through our schedules to make an appointment only to sit and wait our turn. We pass slow moving traffic just to come up on another slow vehicle that we're unable to pass. We rush to get projects done at home and work and then wait for the results. It is never ending sometimes. During the holidays there is a lot of hurrying and a lot of waiting.
HANCOCK - Toys have advanced a lot since the fifties. With the advent of Christmas, I have been spending more and more time in toy aisles and looking at toy catalogs. Five little grandchildren means a lot of toy shopping. In recent years I have kept up on the latest in toys and especially the most popular ones as far as my grandchildren are concerned. The advances made in toys over the years has always interested me, especially since I was a child. Toys have become much more educational, safe and attractive.
The older I get the more I start to think about retirement and the more I start to fear it. I am not sure if I will ever be ready to fully retire and certainly not in the near future. I know many very happy retired people but also some who are not quite as delighted to stay home day after day. That would be my biggest fear. To spend every day at home, just watching the clock, TV re-runs or the driveway to see if someone comes to visit.
Fall can mean a lot of things. Harvest, cooler temperatures, preparing for winter, hunting, and my favorite, Church suppers. You can tell that the fall season is setting in when you start to see fliers and advertisements for lutefisk, meatball, chicken, or turkey suppers at area churches. For many of these churches, the fall supper has been a tradition for decades and attracts many of the same followers each year. We have a few annual church suppers that we like to attend and it just doesn't seem right if we miss them. You tend to know exactly what to expect in both taste and menu.
The Hancock City Council is considering whether to hire a firm to help reduce the amount of clear water being pumped in the community's sanitary sewer system. Council members learned that there is more water going into the sewer system than there is water coming out of the water tower. This amount seems to spike after heavy rainfalls and during snow melt. This is a good indication that additional water is coming into the system from outside sources.
In my opinion a young child can never have too many dolls. A doll for each arm is just not enough. You should also have one for your bed, in strollers, tiny cribs, buggies and even a tub full of extras. This is in total disagreement with my daughter. She keeps telling me that her daughters (my granddaughters) have too many dolls. I beg to differ. When I was growing up I had two dolls: a baby doll and a Barbie doll. I longed for more dolls. Each Christmas and on their birthdays my friends would get a new doll. I just smiled and continued to play with my doll.
HANCOCK - People were hopeful yet skeptical. Some said it would never work while others worked hard to make it work. There were those who offered support, both financial and vocal, while battling the nay-sayers and pessimists. The optimist won this battle. Those who said LifeRight would never succeed have been proven wrong in a big way. The Christian outreach program for those most in need of help, has worked. Since LifeRight was founded in 2007, 45 men have gone through the program and half of them have turned their lives around and been baptized.
Rollerskating is a lot like riding a bike. You never forget how but after a while, your body protests every time you do it. I grew up doing both sports regularly. I enjoyed biking but I really looked forward to the few opportunities each year to go rollerskating. It was always lots of fun, involved family and friends and seemed quite romantic in my young mind. I learned to rollerskate at Perkins roller rink located north of Morris on Pomme de Terre Lake. The building is still there but was converted to a camp some years ago.
Every time I hear about the possible government shut-down (which is often lately), I feel as if our elected officials are letting us down. In some ways they are holding taxpayers hostage while refusing to work toward an agreement. As taxpayers we deserve more. We take our responsibility in electing them seriously. We should get the same in return. When election day comes around we are prepared and educated on the issues. Ready to cast our votes in a timely matter. We don't have the option to say "I just can't decide so I am going to vote later." A deadline is a deadline.