Happy New Year, everyone! Hasn't 2012 been an exciting ride? The ending of the world on 12-12-12 seems to have been somewhat exaggerated. I personally like the idea that the date signifies a cosmic shift and the beginning of global changes. I insist on believing that those changes will be good and will benefit both the earth and its inhabitants. Expect it. Believe it. And we can make it happen.
Well, except for Congress, of course. I seems like they have a really hard time with this budget deadline thing. I hope one of the big changes in the coming year is that someone there will get the budget straightened out before the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.
How about our Christmas blizzard. We don't have one of those every year, or every century really. The wind was furious and we got quite a bit of snow. Luckily we didn't all lose power. The fact that all our utility poles were replaced after the big freeze 3 years ago might have helped and the annoying wind kept the freezing rain from accumulating on the lines. For whatever reason, we are thankful and we are very sympathetic to those who did lose power and those who still have not gotten it back. We know how that is.
We then had the white-out condition that is mandatory in blizzards, just like winds. I was unable to see the house directly across the street from me so visibility was indeed just about zero. Then the next day another rarity, we had freezing fog. Lots of out of the ordinary happenings around here.
Sherry Wallace could use a few get well wishes right now. She is in the hospital and not feeling very well at all. So send some prayers and some positive energy her way. Sherry, we love you. Get well soon.
I stopped last week to see Jane Fennell in the Heritage Nursing Home in Kennett. She is really an amazing lady. We had a great visit and I am looking forward to another in the near future. Six years ago she was our mail lady and knew each of us by name and address. She suffered a stroke with the birth of her precious daughter Elizabeth, 5 years ago and remains paralyzed on one side. She still remembers those on her route, however, by name AND address. And every day is a miracle for her. She sends her love to all of us.
Candy Hill has had a holiday visit from her sister, Mary Kay, who came bearing her now famous toffee, yum. Glad to see you in town, Mary Kay.
In case you aren't aware, Marvin Gore and his wife are spending some time in Rector this winter, staying in his mother's house on 3rd St. You may want to drop by and say hello. I also hear Marvin has had a minor health problem and is now on the mend. Get better, Marvin and we are glad to have you in town.
I want to remind you again of the Chili Cook-off that will be at the Rector Community Center on January 12. There will be plenty of chili to serve as well as homemade potato soup for those with more delicate stomachs. The proceeds will benefit the needs of the community center. We have got some grant money and will be needing matching funds. So come on out and enjoy the chili and support your community center.
Well, I need to go now. Let me know what is happening with you. Email me, call me or write me and let me know what blessings you shared this Christmas season. The greatest power is love. Good-by for now and good will to you always.
You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me (870) 595-4997.
514 W 3rd Street, Rector, AR 72461.
Bless our military, especially those so far from home right now. Keep the people of Newtown in your hearts. And may 2013 be the best year