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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



Let’s see how far we can get this week before my fingers freeze to the keyboard and run through a few random thoughts…

  1. Thankfully we are only a couple weeks away from caucus night. I’m still unsure who I will be supporting but I’ll sure be glad when the commercials end.

  2. Cold enough for you? The older I get the less excited I am about the cold weather. I think the rest of this week won’t be too terrible, but when they look into next week and talk about single digit high temps it makes me want to head south as soon as I hit the Powerball.

  3. Speaking of Powerball. Unless someone hit it big, by the time you read this the jackpot should be somewhere around 1.5 Billion. Honestly that is a ridiculous amount of money. Let’s hope someone local hits it big and feels philanthropic to their hometown and their favorite underpaid newspaper columnist.

  4. Is it strange that winter brings about so many different “comfort foods”? This past week I’ve hit most of the major comfort groups; Chicken and Noodles, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Chili.

  5. Somehow I think Chili shouldn’t be called a “comfort food”. Especially after the last few days for anyone who has had to be around me.

  6. Fred and Ethyl, the two chickens living out behind the house at my place, have proven to me that they are simply freeloaders. They have yet to lay a single egg. Unless they are secretly selling them on the black market.

  7. In one of the many Facebook groups I belong to, there was a discussion about restaurants that are no longer around that you miss. It really made me miss the old Harris House in Stuart. Sometimes having that kind of place makes the best memories.

  8. How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Anyone have an elliptical machine they are ready to get rid of yet?

  9. I was reading an article on the history of strawberries in Iowa the other day, and I think I’m going to put a bed in this summer. Many years ago I had planted a few and although I know it is just as easy to go to the store and buy them, there is something wonderful about fresh homegrown strawberries.

  10. It was sad to see that the face of the old “Garage” building in Earlham feel over the weekend. Sad when landmarks come down.

  11. Finally this week. Although it seems cold and frustrating right now, keep in mind that spring is only a couple months away and then it will be time to get out and clean up all the sticks in the yard in short sleeves!

See you next week…remember, we’re all in this together.