Monday, November 30, 2020

ONE YEAR LATER~!

   TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 2020

          ONE YEAR LATER!


    It seems appropriate that November

gave way to December on a wet, cloudy.

somber sort of day. It may seem hard to

believe that the very first reported case

of the Corona 19 virus was discovered

on December 1st, of 2019! Most of us

knew little or nothing about it until eary

March at best. And look where we are

now! On the other hand this December,

the moth of Christmas, is  month of

hope. And, indeed, we have hope as

distribution of a vaccine is about to

begin. There is, finally, light at the end

of the tunnel. Good reason to smile! Hope

you're smiling, that you're well, and that

all your NEWS is good.  

Sunday, November 29, 2020

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS!

    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2020

   A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS!


    My wife and I, our son, and his son and

daughter spent part of Sunday at Country

Junction. a store with a little bit of everything!

Social distancing was very well observed as

was the wearing of masks. There were 

disinfecting spots throughout the store and

even a spot at the entrance where you could

have your temperature checked. Among the

numerous attractions was an arcade. I remember

when they were called "Penny Arcades." Back

then a penny, nickel, dime, or quarter would

give you access to a number of entertainment

devices. Mostly pinball machines. I couldn't

find any pinball machines at Country Junction.

Most all the devices were electronic simulators

allowing kids to pretend they were driving

race cars, or motorcycles, shooting targets,

or trying their luck winning prizes in Crane

machines. None of them took pennies! Instead

customers inserted their credit cards in a

machine, typed in the amount of money they

expected to use, then got an action card that 

allowed the kids to activate the simulators

of their choice. It's a lot easier to keep track

of pennies (or other coin denominations) in

your pocket and most parents found themselves

returning to the machine that accepted their

credit cards!   Lots of fun...but oh for the days

of the Penny Arcades! Hope you're well and

that all your NEWS is good!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

SAVING THE DAY!

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29th, 2020

               SAVING THE DAY!

   Usually, the Saturday after Thanksgiving

finds most kids and their parents here in

Plains Township crowded along the curbs

of our main street for the annual Santa

Parade. You could almost feel everyone's

disappointment when the march was

cancelled because of the virus pandemic.

But rather then let everyone down the

Township and the Plains Lions Club

made a decision. If the people couldn't

come to the parade, they'd bring the

parade to the people! So, with a massive

police escort, Santa Claus hopped on

board a Township fire truck and road

through streets throughout the

community waving to the kids and

parents watching from their front

porches totally socially distanced

from others while welcoming our

guest from the North Pole! Hats

off to our local officials and the

Plains Lions Club for starting the

Christmas season off right. Hope

everyone enjoyed the parade and

that all their NEWS is good.


Friday, November 27, 2020

OUR METAMORPHOSIS!

 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 2020

        OUR METAMORPHOSIS!


      In nature metamorphosis is a biological
change in form like when a caterpillar changes
into a butterfly.
      In magic metamorphosis is an illusion in
which two people suddenly seem to change
places.
      In our house metamorphosis takes place
when my wife has a burst of energy that
results in changing displays inside and
outside to reflect a change in seasons and/
or holidays. It usually requires several
trips to and from our shed as artifacts
stored there are swapped with those
removed from our door, windows and
walls. An elf aid would be handy. But if
you haven't got an elf a grand child will
do nicely.
      Yesterday with the help of our
grandson the metamorphosis, and
trips to and from the shed happened.
         We have seen a transformation from
a Fall/Halloween d├ęcor to "it's beginning
to look a lot like Christmas!" Houdini would
be impressed with my wife's magic! I am!
           Hope all your NEWS is good!













          

Thursday, November 26, 2020

SOME SWEET THOUGHTS!

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27th, 2020

        SOME SWEET THOUGHTS!


   I know it's after Thanksgiving but I've

got some thoughts I feel I must share. A

lot of attention is always given to that huge

Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey, ham,

stuffing, and on and on. I think we should

be paying as much attention to the desserts.

We had all kinds of desserts at our table.

Cakes, cup cakes, pies, and candy. If my

Dad were still around he'd have surveyed

the dessert offerings and said, "Isn't anybody

else having anything/" My favorite is a pie

that's been in our family since I was a kid.

My daughter and granddaughter team up

to make it these days. We call it 'Dad's Pie."

It's simple enough. A gram cracker base 

filled with a mixture of Eagle Brand 

condensed milk and some lemon. It has

been known to add an inch to my waste

before I've actually eaten it. But even

though it comes after the turkey dinner

it's well worth the (wait/weight)! Hope

you had a great Thanksgiving and that

all your NEWS is good! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

STUFFED WITH HISTORY!

                    NO NEWS IS....

THANKSGIVING DAY, NOV 26th, 2020

      

  THE HOLIDAY WE OBSERVE TOMORROW

IS OBSERVED IN 5 OTHER COUNTRIES IN

THE WORLD, BUT ON DIFFERENT DATES

AND IN DIFFERENT WAYS. BUT THANKSGIVING

IS, IN SO MANY WAYS, A TRUE AMERICAN

HOLIDAY.

   THE STORIES YOU HEARD IN ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL ARE TRUE. IN 1621 THE PILGRIMS

HAD A REALLY GOOD HARVEST AND THEY

HELD A BIG FEAST TO GIVE THANKS. THEY INVITED THE INDIANS TO JOIN THEM AND THEY CAME WITH

SPME FOOD OF THEIR OWN. TO THIS DAY I HAVE

NEVER ATTENDED A THANKSGIVING DINNER

WHERE GUESTS DIDN'T BRING STILL MORE FOOD

TO THE TABLE!  BUT THAT ORIGINAL THANKSGIVING

WAS NOT AN ANNUAL AFFAIR!


IT MAY SURPRISE YOU TO KNOW THAT, IF THOMAS

JEFFERSON HAD HIS WAY HE WOULD NOT HAVE

THANKSGIVING...AT LEAST NOT AT THE NATIONAL

LEVEL. JEFFERSON WAS QUITE DEDICATED TO THE

CONCEPT OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

THAT HE REJECTED APPEALS TO HAVE AN ANNUAL

DAY OF PRAYER AND THANKS.


PRESIDENT LINCOLN FINALLY ISSUED A PROCLAMATION

ESTABLISHING THANKSGIVING IN 1863..PARTLY IN THE

HOPE IT MIGHT HELP BRING THE NORTH AND SOUTH

BACK TOGETHER IN THE MIDST OF THE CIVIL WAR!


BUT LINCOLN WAS ACTUALLY RESPONDING TO A

PETITION THAT WAS IGNORED FOR 30 YEARS!

IN A VERY REAL SENSE THE FOUNDED OF

THANKSGIVING WAS A WOMAN.  SARAH JOSEPHA

HALE. SHE WROTE THOUSANDS OF LETTERS AND

ARTICLES URGING OFFICIALS TO HAVE A DAY OR

PRAYER AND THANKS FOR OUR BLESSINGS. IF YOU 

DON'T KNOW HER NAME FROM ALL THOSE EFFORTS

YOU MAY KNOW HER FROM A SONG & POEM SHE WROTE.

  "MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB."


  SO MUCH HISTORY TO BRING US WHERE WE ARE

TODAY AND TO GIVE US ALL THE MORE REASON

TO GIVE THANKS.  

  HAPPY THANKSGIVING! HOPE ALL YOUR NEWS IS GOOD!    

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

CHEF BOY OUR DAVE!

   WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25th, 2020

              CHEF BOY OUR DAVE!

    I've decided to help out with the Thanksgiving

meal preparations this year. My "new school

thinking" can speed up things a bit! For instance,

that old fashion thermometer my wife uses to

check the turkey. I plan to replace it with one of

those new ones you just point at the subject and

get a reading. But then I got to thinking. Why

check the bird's temperature? It's not sick! It's

dead! It fact its frozen. And guess where I found

it? In the refrigerator!!! You shouldn't try to

defrost it in the fridge, It's cold in there! I plan

to just toss it into the microwave for an hour or

two and it will be all ready to reheat tomorrow.

Yes indeed. I'll probably get the Household

Helper of the Yer Award. Don't you think?

Hope you're helping too and that all your NEWS

is good!