'We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’

People, places and things I find interesting.



Saturday December 8, 2018
Tonight was our church's Christmas party. We all took a covered dish. I made hamburger stroganoff. After the meal, there were several games of Wheel of Fortune.  

Friday December 7, 2018
I stopped down at the hospital when I got word that Jim Weisel may have had a stroke.  They have admitted him.
I put up the Christmas tree and made a beginning of putting the lights on it.
Gary, Karen, and I went for crab legs at The Trails End.

Thursday December 6, 2018
I took communion to Bill and Gaye Eustice. They have moved to Country Springs assisted living.

Wednesday December 5, 2018
I took communion to Thad Miles, Louise Isaacs, and Ruth Hockman.

Today was George H.W. Bush's memorial service in Washington. All the living Presidents were there. I couldn't help notice how little attention Jimmy Carter receives. Counting the deceased, there were six Presidents within just a few feet. I thought, four of them are men whose character and integrity have never been questioned, and then, there are the other two. Quite a contrast!

Tuesday December 4, 2018
In the morning, I took communion to the Samuelsons. They are always fun. He is 97 and she is 95. 
In the afternoon, I went to see Dr. Brooks. I am getting a rash on my arms and sides. He thinks it is some sort of eczema. He gave me a steroids shot and a prescription and told me to come back in one week.

Monday December 3, 2018
I drove to Oil City today for a dentist appointment and went grocery shopping on the way back. In the late afternoon, I watched some of the George H. W. Bush memorial activities.

Sunday December 2, 2018
It was a really nice day for December. We reached 62° in the middle of the afternoon which misses the all time record high for December 2 by 1°. I never thought I would another chance this year to get all the leaves off of the yard. I spent all afternoon and got it done.

Saturday December 1, 2018
I got out the Christmas tree and carried it upstairs but I didn't put it up; then I started some Christmas shopping, online of course.

Friday November 30, 2018
I learned today that Karen's brother (Larry) had died on Wednesday. Today was his funeral. Gary and Karen were still at Matt's but came home yesterday to be at the funeral. They had planned going to Becky's but didn't make it. 

Keith Richardson got a new grandson today. Annie delivered Elijah in the afternoon. 

Former President George H.W. Bush died today at the age of 94 and Alaska had an earthquake.

Thursday November 29, 2018
Every other fall, I would have experienced several deer running out in front of me on the way to the Y in the morning. It looks like I won't see one single deer for the entire month of November. Of course, that's alright with me.

Wednesday November 28, 2018
I had planned on organizing and rearranging my office at the church for the past two years. Finally, I took the time to do it.

Tuesday November 27, 2018
I hadn't ate pancakes for supper for a long time then I remembered I had a jar of Peg Ion's apple butter. That was darn good. 

Monday November 26, 2018
The Pirates signed free agent Lonnie Chisenhall to a one year deal worth $2.75 million. Chisenhall had been with the Indians. My guess is that he will be the starting right fielder until Polanco returns which should be May or June.

Sunday November 25, 2018
Twila has stayed with Rick and Laura for the past two nights. I met her and Rick at the Elephant and Castle at the Grove City Outlets at 1 pm. After lunch, I brought Twila back home.

Saturday November 24, 2018
Lue brought in lasagna to celebrate Danny's birthday (a day late). Frank, Lue, Danny and Tari were here.
Missy had Hannah's birthday party today for her and some of her friends. She put hours into preparing for it.

​Friday November 23, 2018
Danny Wilson became a teenager today. 

​In the morning, Ralph, Don, and I went down to Allegheny General to visit Dean Greenawalt. His wife goes to our church. Dean was not conscience and on a respirator but we prayed for him. We got back home around 1:30 pm. 

David, Janna, Brianna, and Megan left to go back home shortly after 3 pm. 

Thursday November 22, 2018
I got up at 3 am and stuffed the two 20 lb. turkeys and had them on cooking by 4 am. I was busy all morning but I had everything ready by 12:30pm. Meanwhile, Lue pared about 18 lb. of potatoes and cooked a 12 lb. boneless ham. Frank brought in the potatoes around 10 am and I put them on to cook. There were 25 of us: Twila, Rick, Laura, Vi, Dude, Dan, Tari, Mike, Ann, Em, Ron, Fran, Dood, Becky, David, Janna, Brianna, Megan, Don, Matthew, Andy, Frank, Lue, Danny, and me. Later in the evening, Craig, Alisha, Tenley, Babe, and Tracy came. In keeping with our Thanksgiving evening tradition, I made waffles.

Wednesday November 21, 2018
I had a busy day which included running to Knox for the pies, setting up the chairs and tables, and making the stuffing. Dude stopped by for about an hour. David, Janna and the girls got here before 5:30 pm. We went to the Pub for dinner. Twila went too. 

Shelly Hunter was up at Olean at her parents. Her parents weren't doing well and needed her. Jason had to rush up yesterday afternoon. Shelly and her parents were overcome with carbon monoxide and taken to the hospital. They are going to be ok but I guess it was close call. The father had to stay overnight. Shelly and her mother were released but have to go back Thursday for another treatment.

Tuesday November 20, 2018
I tried to nail down the number of people coming Thursday. My best guess is that we will have 26 for the 12:30 pm meal and another 8 (34 in all) coming later.

Monday November 19, 2018
I bought the stuffing and other ingredients today. Walmart was busy. 

Sunday November 18, 2018
Hannah's birthday is Thanksgiving Day so I told if she wanted me to cook something today for her dinner, I would. She answered baked beans and ribs. Jared, Missy, Hannah, Brody, and Twila came up for dinner. I gave Hannah her birthday presents. After we ate, we watch a CD of their trip to Jamaica and then I showed some of my pictures of my trips then we looked at photos of the kids when they were younger.

Saturday November 17, 2018
I spent the most of the day cleaning, sweeping, and scrubbing floors, getting ready for this coming week. I even washed some curtains today.

Friday November 16, 2018
To think that three days earlier I was mowing the lawn; then today, schools were canceled and I had to snow blow the driveway, removing the several inches of snow I received over night. 
Those of us that have Comcast Xfinity went several hours without phone, internet, and TV.  I used the down time to clean out the garage. Late in the afternoon, I got the turkeys out of the freezer to start thawing.

Thursday November 15, 2018
We were under a winter storm warning. I canceled Thursday morning Bible study because of the advisory saying the road would be slippery from snow and ice.

Wednesday November 14, 2018
Several people showed up at the church to load the nearly 400 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  

David told me that Janna's sister had her baby. With what happened the last time, everyone was rather anxious. But the baby arrived and is doing well as is Julie. 
David also said his truck died and he had to go and buy a new one.

Tuesday November 13, 2018
Le'Veon Bell did not report to the Steelers by today's deadline. He cannot play the rest of the year. I was glad he didn't come back.

Monday November 12, 2018
Today's low temperature was 22.4°, the lowest mercury reading in Clarion since it was 21.7° last April 7.

I mowed the lawn for the last time this year. I will still have to blow some leaves off the yard over the next few days, but the mowing is done.

​Hannah wanted to get her hair highlighted for her birthday. She was taken to the hairdresser today. 

Sunday November 11, 2018
Today was the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I. 
I had the sermon again today. Jason has been gone for two weeks and will be gone again this week, arriving home on Saturday.

Saturday November 10, 2018
I picked up Brody at 10am and we went for breakfast. While waiting on our order, we worked on his Christmas and birthday list. Hannah and Jared traveled to State College with a friend of Jared's and his daughter. They saw Penn State win against Wisconsin. 

Friday November 9, 2018
I went with Frank & Lue to Sweet Basil's for supper. On the way back, we commented on how late it seemed, though it was only around 6 pm.  
Jared called and said he and Hannah are going to the Penn State game Saturday.

Thursday November 8, 2018
Becky Brooks organized the Fall Senior Harvest Banquet that was held at the Roseville Grange. We had a good turnout and it was a good time with a good meal. Becky told us it was the 25th anniversary for this annual gathering that started off in her basement in 1993.

I did stay up to watch the Steelers and they looked very good as they walloped Carolina 52-21.

Wednesday November 7, 2018
I saw where Bob McWilliams died. He was the principal, then the superintendent of Union School District, and for a few year, he was the superintendent of record for my school. I guess he died of Lou Gehrig's disease

Tuesday November 6, 2018
It looks like there was indeed a large turnout for the midterm election. The Democrats won control of the House while the GOP held on to the Senate. Wolf, Casey, Thompson, and Oberlander were all re-elected to another term.

Lue's office was closed for the election. As she and Frank do every year, they went to Salamanca to get the turkeys that we cook for Thanksgiving. 

Monday November 5, 2018
After I left the church in the morning, I went grocery shopping and bought some things for Thanksgiving. In the evening, Ralph and Don came over as usual as we continued our discussion of the book The Jesus I Never Knew.

Sunday November 4, 2018
Since baseball season is over, I got back to watching the Steelers. They looked pretty good today. After the game, I picked up Gary and Karen and went to Brookville to eat.

Saturday November 3, 2018
I spent the morning finishing the sermon for the next day. In afternoon, I mowed up leaves in a light rain. 

Friday November 2, 2018
It is dark for quite awhile when I get back from the Y in the mornings. That will change some next week because we turn the clocks this weekend. 

Thursday November 1, 2018
I met our formal pastor, Keith Richardson, for dinner at Eat n Park. We had a good talk for about an hour and a half. He is up from South Carolina, staying with his daughter and doing some babysitting for her. 

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