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A blessed time of year PDF Print
Saturday, December 22, 2012 2:04 AM

So here it is, the weekend before Christmas. The shopping is done; well, for gifts anyway. I wrapped the last presents on Sunday. It felt good to put all the paper and accessories away and free up that corner of the living room. Whew.

We had our gift exchange at work on Friday. Everyone seemed pleased with what they got. We may shake it up next year and play some games with the bounty.

I’m hoping we get to do a little light-gazing tonight. I want to show my hubby the house in Ottoville for sure. It’s pretty neat. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the drive.

We love Christmas lights and enjoy seeing how creative people are and what’s new. In our estimation, the house on the corner of Franklin and Sixth streets is the best-decorated house. It’s a personal favorite. You don’t have to agree - just drive by and give it a chance.

A few years ago, we actually stopped and knocked on the door and asked if we could look at some of their lights so we could buy them the next year. As luck would have it, we still haven’t found them. I think they have a double-secret store they shop at and they’re not giving it up.

They’ve added a star this year - very cool. Yes, that’s us sitting at the stop sign watching it to see what all it does.

The Deitering home off 309 is amazing - again. I can’t even imagine the time it takes to do all that. He must start before Halloween.

Thanks to everyone who submitted their Top 10 Christmas Songs lists. I’ll have those put together and the results will be in Monday’s paper. We may have to make that a tradition or do something similar each year. You’ll also see the coloring contest winners. Cute, very cute.

As I looked through the lists, I had to rearrange my own a little. There are just so many you forget one or two you really like and have to move things around.

So here is a little something I want everyone to do on Tuesday. First, as your feet hit the floor say a little “thank you” that your feet hit the floor. As you spend time with your families, say another “thank you” for them and the fact you can be together. Many will spend Christmas alone because they have lost loved ones or they can’t be together.

It’s a joyous time of year full of wonder and delight and a time to gather with those we love and let them know how special we think they are.

Merry Christmas! May you all feel as blessed as I know I am.

 
It’s a family tradition PDF Print
Monday, December 17, 2012 11:28 AM

After the ladders were put away, the last zip tie ripped and the last bulb tightened, we now know who the first-ever winners in the “Betty Honigford Spirit of Christmas” decorating contest are.
I had the pleasure of traveling with the award committee Thursday evening and it was a good time. The winners were so gracious and all had stories of how they managed to pull it off.
The Heiing home has left me speechless. Those three boys must have crawled all over that place like ants tucking lights here, attaching them there. Just in the short time I was there Thursday evening, several families stopped by and took a tour around the yard. The inside is looking pretty good, too. Winning two awards must have felt good. A little reward for the effort.
Bev, Meghan and Holly were great. There was so much excitement. They were excited — the winners were excited — I was excited.

 
I know you’ve heard it before but this may be it PDF Print
Monday, December 10, 2012 12:00 PM

I’m going to say something that may surprise a few of you and those who are close to me thought they’d probably never hear: I am trying to quit smoking.

I won’t go into how it came about but know this: my husband gave me the strength to say it was OK to quit. I don’t know how to explain it but those of you who have quit or attempted to quit know what I mean. When I would tell people I didn’t want to talk about quitting because it just made me want one, they would laugh. I was serious. I have smoked for longer than I have done just about anything except breath. Ironic, isn’t it?

I have a friend who is 90-some days clean and chewing the gum like a mad man. Now he’s addicted to “chewing the gum.” I’m serious. I talked to him Friday and he was at the point where just when you think it will be OK and you can do it, it’s like the first week all over again. His eyes had that gleam that told of a man on the edge. One false move and it was all over.

 
Supporting each other PDF Print
Monday, November 26, 2012 11:16 AM

The carpeting came from one store; the furniture another; and the appliances yet another.

When my father owned his business, he made it a practice to shop locally and support those who supported his business.

It was a good practice and still is today.

I know it sometimes is more attractive to leave Delphos to shop and there are certain things that just aren’t available here. But for the most part, we have a variety of stores from which to choose our goods.

 
Farewell Apple Fruit Pies PDF Print
Monday, November 19, 2012 9:10 AM

Two lonely little Hostess Apple Fruit Pies fill D3 in the snack machine on the second floor of The Herald building.

On Friday, Hostess announced it would close after decades of providing beloved snacks to young and old alike.

No more Twinkies, CupCakes, Ding Dongs, Ho-Hos, Struessel Cakes, Suzy Qs, Fruit Pies, Donettes, Zingers or Coffee Cakes.

No more soft, moist cake with cream filling of perfect consistency. No more smooth, melty fudge over chocolate cake. No more Coffee Cake loaded with brown sugar and cinnamon. No more fruit pies with sweet, juicy bits of apple in a smooth filling. No more CupCakes with the 8 perfect loops on the top.

How did this happen? How could something that has been a part of my life forever just go away?

Well, maybe not gone entirely. Rumor has it some other company may pick up a few of Hostess’ offering.

Hostess is blaming the company’s demise on unreasonable union workers. The workers say Hostess had already filed for bankruptcy and they had given some concessions and the money from those was to be plowed back into the company. Workers say it never happened. Top management was given 80-percent raises while the company was still in bankruptcy. Blah, blah, blah.

 
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