1. This is a great quote by John F. Kennedy (re-discovered via Rick) to begin the New Year with: “We must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent or omniscient — that we are only 6 percent of the world’s population; that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind; that we cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity; and therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem.”
2. I’d like to thank all my readers for their holiday wishes, for reading and commenting, and for their continued support. Go HERE and click play to hear the rest (link provided by blog friend Pearl).
3. The above last sentence reminded me of a short poem called “Homonym” I wrote when I first met my husband Joe that went something like this: The difference between you touching my breast … and my mostly weaned child touching my breast … is like hear and here …sounds the same …but means something completely different.
4. It’s so cold that I’m keeping my left hand in my bathrobe pocket, while my other hand uses the mouse and wishes I’d put on a glove.
5. I didn’t get the ergonomic mouse hand rest that I wanted for Christmas. My husband, Joe, saved us a lot of money by giving me a soft sock to rest my mouse hand on.
6. Joe always filled my sons stocking for Christmas. Even though they are grown now, he still likes to do it, adding his special touch, buffalo jerky, lottery tickets and such. When my son Dylan and his wife Alexis came to visit Christmas day, Alexis’s 6 year old daughter looked at the hanging socks Joe had put up and said incredulously, “but those are real socks.”
7. Over the holiday someone lent my son the movie Talladega Nights. When I noticed that Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) was driving a race car with the number 13 on the side, I shouted out LOOK 13!” I wanted to get a picture of it for this 13 Thursday, but the movie was so bad that I soon left the room and forgot all about it.
8. I’m not one to cry easily, but I’ve already cried more than once in 2007, and we’re only a few days into it. The first time was watching a PBS New Hour segment on how families of those who have died in Iraq have been coping. I even cried watching President Ford’s funeral services. And *THIS* made me cry.
9. My sister Sherry told me a great Christmas story about our brother John, the black sheep character of our family who lives in Minnesota. John gave a 5 dollar tip to a woman who he gets his morning coffee from for Christmas. The next day when he saw the woman she went directly up to him and gave him a big hug and proceeded to tell him that on the same day he gave her the tip her car was towed. She was wondering what to do because she didn’t have the money to get it. She ended up buying a scratch ticket with the $5 John gave her and won enough to get her car out of hock and have some left over!
10. When I hit the computer for a second time after breakfast, I like to shout out, “Phase two in which Doris gets her oats!”
11. “When I’m with you I think of other men,” I recently said to my husband. “Wait! Let me finish,” I quickly added because he looked surprised and I couldn’t bear to think what he was thinking.” “I think of the young man you were when I met you and the man you are now,” I added. He smiled, relieved.
12. The first time I had to write the new date, January 2007, was on January 2nd when I was filling out a bank deposit slip for Museletter subscriptions. Of course I initially wrote 2006 and had to cross it out.
13. How many more times is that going to happen?