Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Today's Link
Flowerpot Days

Saying for the Day
Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
~Hal Borland

Picture of the Day
(From the archives)

I have been doing some thinking about the New Year.
I do that with some trepidation because thinking gives me a headache and after an hour or so I have to take a couple of aspirins and watch some mindless TV. The same sort of thing a lot of people will have to do tomorrow because of the excessive drinking tonight.

I have been trying to decide what will be NEW for me in the New Year.

I know a lot of things will be the same:
1. I will live in the same house
2. Will ride in the same car ( Betty drives)
3. Will work on the same layout.
4. Will keep up this same blog.
5. Will have the same wife ( Thank God)
6. Will have the same mortgage.
7. Will have the same children and grandchildren .
8. Will have the same illness.
9. Will belong to the same church and keep up its website.
10. Will serve the same God.

That means that my day to day life won’t change much.

So what will be NEW.

1. I will have a new President ( Have no idea where he will take us )
2. Will find some new bloggers and increase my links list.
3. Will put a new roof on the house.
4. Will plant some new flowers.

And that is about it, For some of us the New Year won’t change things very much.
Despite the parties and the celebrating and all that horn blowing when it’s all over life will be pretty much the same.
We will have the same hopes and dreams.
We will have the same wish list.
But we will go on living pretty much the same life.

So I don’t worry much about the New Year.
My newness comes every day when The God who made it all renews me. Luther says that every day we drown the old Adam in our Baptism and we come forth as a new person in Christ. That new person can handle anything that comes in the New Year.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal.
The Happy Pigeon is ready for one great celebration tonight. Pigeon Ekola, the owner, has had a three story tower erected on the roof of the main building. At midnight a huge plastic potato will come sliding down and hit the ground just as the New Year begins. Inside the Happy Pigeon there will be a dance band and loudspeakers will carry the music out into the street. The band will be playing your usual New Year’s Eve tunes.
The only sour note came in the form of an e-mail that Pigeon got this morning from Homeland Security telling him to be sure to check the potato for a bomb. It is “ an obvious target for terrorists “.He has asked Tommy UK to come and check everything out.
Herman has decided not to go to the big celebration. Instead he is joining a group of people over at Last Lutheran who will pray in the New Year. They will ask God to bless the nation and Pigeon Falls.
As of this morning the Lake of the Loons hasn’t frozen over but Tommy UK is still worried about the whale.
Petrovich and his wife will be back on Monday. He is working on translating another group of driblets.

Wrap Up
Had a wonderful day but not much time on the computer. Pat and his sons came in last night, a day early, and two of the boys sleep in the computer room. During the day I was busy enjoying their company so I didn't get to the computer. I played canasta, Alex and Pennie against Betty and I and Alex and Pennie won. But I enjoyed the game. Even as I write this Pat and his boys are making saffron buns. Life is good. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Happy New Year, my friend!

May you be blessed much happiness and many joys in 2009!

May the world be blessed with Peace & Justice!

3:48 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Pigeon Ekola is asking a kid to check the potato for a bomb????

4:38 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Pigeon Ekola is asking a kid to check the potato for a bomb????

4:38 AM  
Blogger Living on the Spit said...

Oh, happy New Year, Dr. John. You are such a blessing to have in my daily life.

I look forward to learning more from you.

Love ya,


5:24 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Well whatever the new year brings for you I hope it includes good health and happiness m'dear. :)

5:29 AM  
Blogger Finding Pam said...

Your thinking post was quiet interesting. "That new person can handle anything that comes in the New Year." Thank you for reminding me of this. I already feel better thanks to your post.

Maybe, tonight the music will be so loud that it will break up all the ice in the lake and the whale will be free.

Have a Happy New Year! Blessings to you and Betty and your family.

5:44 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Ahhhhh! You will have a NEW visitor for Easter! (speaking of whom I need to check on when she returns to me and who gets her next...) AND you will have NEW adventures in Pigeon Falls!

I'm beginning to think Petrovich should just back away from the driblets! Maybe they're better left UNtranslated!

A BOMB in the POTATO? Why in the world would terrorists want to target little ol' Pigeon Falls? That really WOULD be a mystery!

6:16 AM  
Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

Happy New Year and may you breath easier on all levels in this new year. Thanks for consistently posting on your blog.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Your creative mind has gone into overdrive re: the giant potato! However, it makes more sense than what goes on in Times Square, NY, which latter activities I will not be watching, either.

A very happy new year to you and Betty, Dr. John. Thanks for your words of wisdom.

8:49 AM  
Blogger jmb said...

Well put Dr John. The truth is that often we don't have the opportunity to make great change in our lives even if we have the will. But we can change the way we view it and maybe that is good enough.

Lord give us the strength to change the things we can, to accept the ones we can't and the wisdom to know the difference.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

9:06 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

i so agree with the quote...

still, i wish you a happy and fulfilling year ahead.

10:42 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Wishing you Betty and your Family a Very Happy New Year.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

"My newness comes every day when The God who made it all renews me. Luther says that every day we drown the old Adam in our Baptism and we come forth as a new person in Christ. That new person can handle anything that comes in the New Year."
Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year!

2:09 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

My last couple of New Years have brought me plenty of changes! I look forward to this one being rather sedate.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Louisiana said...

i owe you an email but with a fam of 6, the odds are that eventually we be sick during the holidays and this was our year. as one gets better, 2 or so go down, lol..i haven't been able to go around and wish everyone a great new year eve's but i hope you all know that i and the kids love you much and we wish you all the best. asap i write you. we are happily together tonight, family together is a blessing from God and so i'm happily sick amongst sick, lol...

pls know i have missed you all much and that i never forget the pieces of my heart you all have.

enjoy tonight and tomorrow and the next..until soon, hugs and kisses from us all here. xoxo

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Crazy Object B. said...

remind alex that pennie wants a rematch with him and me in canasta.

Happy new year see you tommrow!

5:24 PM  
Blogger Cherie said...

How great that you could spend so much time with your family. Good times! Happy New Year! Blessings to you and all you love.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Happy New Year, Dr. John and Betty -- may all the drama in your life this next year take place in your stories, while laughter and love fill your days!

8:14 PM  
Blogger tsduff said...

I'm a little worried about the whale too.

I like your New Year reflections. I for one hope to have some good changes - such as a new mortgage, a new job, some weight loss and prosperity - all changes.

All the best in the new year to come to you and your loved ones.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

For me everything will be the same too. The roof we did last year.
I have no hangover today because I only drink Champagne without alcohol ! yes, that exists and it tastes wonderful !

11:59 PM  
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