Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Quote

A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don't have a top for it.   -Jerry Seinfeld

 I say this after having Xander in the house for two days.

Monday, January 16, 2012


My cousin Irma, who lives in Montana, posted a picture of four wolves circling a bull elk in the high snow country.   It was an eerie scene. And the next picture was of the elk swimming out in the river to escape (I presume) and a wolf attacking. Blood was streaming from the back of the elk, the elk braying(or whatever elks do when they scream) and the wolf snacking on it's back.

I saw these pictures as I was taking a break from gathering information for my tax forms.  It was then that I noticed how closely the wolves resembled IRA agents.  All I can say is that if the IRS ever goes away I will shoot the first person that wants to reintroduce them.

Taxes are finally done, eyes are glazed over, and the wolves are circling.  

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Quote

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
Henry Ward Beecher

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Quote

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” -C.S. Lewis

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Brian.

It is my youngest brother's 42nd birthday today. There is twenty years between my oldest brother and Brian. He likes to remind his siblings about the age differential.

 He is a hat collector.  He has about one million.  Actually 4,025 as of today.  

He goes to garage sales, resale shops, and such and rarely pays full price for them.  He has red ones, green ones, in fact every color of hat.  He has sports team hats, business logo hats, special event hats, and more.  He has some hats on display and some hats boxed up,   He has been given hats for birthdays, Christmases, and other occasions.  He has even designed hats for other people.  He is called the Hat Man.  The Missoulian and the Sanders County Ledger have both done stories on him and his hats.   And guess what?


Love you Brian and Happy Birthday.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

The thing I like most about today is that it is Day 4 into the New Year and I haven't broken even one of my resolutions.

I expected to break the first one by 4pm on Day 1, so I am feeling quite smug.  

Of course I only made three, but the second one had five sub-resolutions and the third one had one sub-resolution and still, none have been broken.

No, I am not telling you what my resolutions are.  That would be a little like telling you my birthday wish  when blowing out the candles.  I can't be a party to such nonsense.

Good luck to all those who made resolutions.  I am going for day five.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Advanced age does curious things to a person.  Like sometimes you forget that to get a Christmas letter out by Christmas you need to write it.   Hmm.  Quick math tells me if I add my procrastination with my age and subtract the current delivery schedule of the postal service this should reach you sometime in 2012.
Although the year was filled with a boatload of blessings one of the best was our middle son, Ethon’s marriage.   He found the perfect match in Cheryl, a bright young lady with a good head on her shoulders and a great sense of humor (unless it comes to all the fixins).

And in the category of good blessings with a serious twist of self pity, youngest son Levi got a good job in Kansas City and moved with Janice, Shaylin and Xander.  John and I could count on a weekly fix of grandkid shenanigans until the move and now it has become a six week fix.  Still six weeks is better than nothing.   

Lucky for us we still have grandkids in the area.  Our oldest boy Muncher and his wife seem pretty settled in to St. Charles, which is only 45 minutes away.  Muncher has a great job that he enjoys and Randa-Kay works part-time for the YMCA.  They are very busy. Braska and KiKi are a delight and never cease to amaze us.

We have been blessed this year with good friends, family and the church.   We have a warm, cozy home, a car, and lights on the tree.  We have coats, food in the cupboards, and blankets on our bed.   We have jobs, electricity, and so much more.   This year in St. Louis we have seen people go through hard circumstances, lose jobs and homes, and want nothing more than a heavy blanket and a space heater.   This Christmas I hope to look beyond the tree, the tinsel, and the glitz.   I want to open my eyes to moments of chance that give me opportunity to walk what I talk.

Hug those you love, laugh when you shouldn’t, and have a wonderful Christmas and the best 2012.

John and Carole