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Years ago when we left home during the winter we always took extra outerwear due to possible inclement weather. In this electronic driven age, along with the clothing, Chuck and I make sure we have the cell phone, the Tom-Tom, my laptop (just in case it’s needed) and of course, my IPod. The car becomes “home central”. Our cell phone is hooked up to Bluetooth so we converse with callers through our steering wheel. We listen to music or watch movies by plugging my IPod into the car’s electrical system and the Tom-Tom will assuredly get us where we want to go. Of course the trip never begins until I use the remote starter to warm the car before leaving the garage. Re-reading this makes me very aware how easy it is to become overly spoiled and a slave to all of the high tech gadgets available.

A beautiful memorial service was held last Friday evening at Trinity Lutheran for Luann Ashpole. Pastor Christopher had a wonderful message for everyone who attended. The church was filled to the brim with people who cared for Luann, Steve and family and wanted to express their love, thoughts and condolences. It sometimes is hard to understand why this happened to someone so young and full of life. A funeral mass was held Saturday morning in Munich. Again, we offer our sincere sympathy and love to the family of Luann.

It seems like our January thaw is over. We have had some very cold weather and more is on the way for the next few days. Predictions have us at minus 25 degrees by Saturday with no relief until into next week. It is a good time to keep the fireplace lit.

The first page I turn to when we receive our Reader’s Digest is the “Word Power” page. The February issue deals with words pertaining to love and romance. One of the words listed was shivaree. I had not thought about that word for years. The explanation given in Reader’s Digest was: loud music played as a joke outside a newlywed couple’s window. That brought me to remembering years ago all the “Julebakkers” that used to come to our farm home during the Christmas season. It would be so exciting and so scary all at once. Julebakking is a Norwegian custom (I think) of dressing in costume, going to people’s homes where they hopefully would not be identified and then given candy, apples, oranges, etc. David & Loretta, Ruth & Greg, Orlando & his sister, Cora and Chuck & I went Julebakking maybe 30 years ago. To this day I remember how much fun we had!

Plans are in the final stage for a memorial at the site of Odalen Lutheran Church. An 80 foot high cross will be erected in memory of, and as a testament to the faith of the pioneers and the people who worshiped there down through the years. The cross seemed a fitting tribute as the steeple of Odalen was a landmark that could be seen for miles. Once again there will be a reflection of beauty in Haug’s Lake. Other “interest points” will also be at the site.

Congratulations to Shauna Johnson on her upcoming marriage January 30th. Sam and Debbi, along with 15 family members and friends will be going to Las Vegas for the wedding. I am sure they will have a very fun time being together on such a happy occasion.

Thank you, Brandon, for checking on the website. I’m glad you keep your mother on her toes!!!

Also, thanks Irma G. in Fordville for reading the website. I am glad you enjoy it. Have a great day!


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January 17, 2008

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Things I've Learned:

That being kind is more important than being right.

That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

That love, not time, heals all wounds.

That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.