Friday February 15, 2019
I got caught up with mail and laundry and then I went with Gary and Karen to DuBois to the Red Lobster. 
The ACV girls beat North Clarion to win their first-ever KSAC championship. Dave Kiehl's Kane girls won tonight and will play in the AML championship game for the 4th straight year on Saturday night. His team won the championship last year. 

Thursday February 14, 2019
Frank and I pulled into Strattanville shortly after noon. It is always good to get back home though I enjoyed our trip. Frank was planning on taking Lue somewhere to eat for Valentine's Day and I fulfilled my plans by going home and taking a nap until it was time for bed.

Wednesday February 13, 2019
Before we headed to the airport, it was lunch for one last time of the cajun/creole food. We got to the airport three hours before our plane took off since our flight didn't leave until 6pm. The airport was rather dingy, but on the way in, our Uber driver pointed out a new terminal that was being built on the north side of the airfield. We flew to Atlanta and then on to Pittsburgh. It was after midnight when we got to our hotel but I think I slept the entire trip from to Pittsburgh.

Tuesday February 12, 2019
Today it rained all day. Because of the weather, we decided to ride the only streetcar we had never be on, the Rampart/Saint Claude Streetcar Line. The one end of it was near the Superdome. Later, we went to Mother's Restaurant for dinner. It is a famous spot that features the original po boy sandwich, the Debris, which is roast beef on French Bread soaked in the debris (beef broth). Frank got the claimed most famous ham in world. Our meals were cold and we weren't impressed at all with Mothers.

Monday February 11, 2019
We arrived at the Port of New Orleans around 4:30 am. We left the ship this morning by 8:30 am. After checking our luggage at the hotel, we took off to see more of New Orleans. We took the streetcar down to the French Market and looked around. It is a 6-block long market selling goods, jewelry, and food such as alligator on a stick. Next, we took a ride on the Natchez which had a narration for first part of the tour and then a jazz band played the rest of the way. Our hotel has started to decorate for the Mardi Gras.

Sunday February 10, 2019
We crossed the Gulf of Mexico today, arriving at the mouth of the Mississippi after dark. I was hoping to see it in the daylight, but that didn't happen. We went to a musical show whose theme was New Orleans. I was most impressed with the sets and the costumes.

Saturday February 9, 2019
We docked at Cozumel at daybreak. Frank and I got off the ship for a couple hours and walked around. I had no idea what any of the people at the port were saying. Those 2 years of Spanish in high school didn't turn out to be very helpful. We pulled back out around 4 pm and began the 36 hour journey back to New Orleans.

Friday February 8, 2019
We were at sea the entire day, crossing the Gulf of Mexico. After I worked on my computer for awhile in the morning while looking out on the ocean, I went to front of the ship and walked on the treadmill and lifted some weights. In the evening, we went to a show (song & dance) in a huge theater. We took time to go the upper deck to watch the sun set, which was pretty cool.

Thursday February 7, 2019
We checked out of our hotel and walked for about twenty minutes to the Port of New Orleans where we boarded the Carnival Triumph. We were late pulling out, but we were underway around 6 pm, leaving New Orleans and sailing down the Mississippi River to its mouth and out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Wednesday February 6, 2019
Before daylight, I walked around the streets waiting for the coffee shop to open at 6 am. We spent the day exploring New Orleans via streetcars. We took the St. Charles streetcar from beginning to end. We got off along the way to see the Lafayette Cemetery and then we took a short look at Audubon Park. Next, we rode the Canal Street street car. The conclusion of my day featured more gumbo and wonderful sweet potato casserole as well as lots of other good food items.

Tuesday February 5, 2019
We were up at 3:30 am and were over to the airport in good time. We had a good flight to Atlanta and then on to New Orleans. We walked for an hour or more down along the river and up through the French Quarter, remembering some of the things we had seen a couple of year ago when we were last here. Our room at Harrah's is really nice. I tried lots of local dishes for dinner including cajun fish, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and gumbo. Everything I had was very good.

Monday February 4, 2019
Frank and I drove to Pittsburgh to spend the night near the airport. We are staying at a hotel that will let us park our car there while we are away for no charge.​

Sunday February 3, 2019
I fell asleep in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl due to lack of excitement. New England won 13-3. It was the Patriots' sixth title in the Brady era.

Saturday February 2, 2019
The groundhog indicated an early spring. 
Since I will be away on Brody's birthday, we celebrated it tonight. One of Brody's choices was for a ham dinner. I got a home-cured ham from O'Neil's. Jared, Missy, Hannah, Brody, Tari, Frank, and Lue came. 

Friday February 1, 2019
Since it had been so terribly cold the past two days, when the thermometer reached 9° today, it seemed very comfortable.​

Thursday January 31, 2019
I didn't make it down to the opening ceremony of the new YMCA but I did go down in the afternoon. They said they were swamped all day with people coming in for a tour and it looked like several people were joining when I was there. I was hoping it would be nice but it exceeded all my expectations. For our community to have a facility like that and in that location is fantastic. It took me 8 minutes to get to the old Y.

Wednesday January 30, 2019
I picked up Jim shortly after 8 am. The roads were not that great due to drifting snow. Today was the coldest day in Clarion since Feb. 20, 2015, making it the coldest of the past 1,440 days. The low in Clarion was -8.0°. That was the lowest temperature since Jan 7, 2018 when it was -8.4°. Schools were canceled for both today and Thursday. 

The concerns of Twila returning home too soon were alleviated in the afternoon when it was decided that Twila would go downstairs to the Rehab Center for at least a week. While there, she will get physical therapy and will be carefully assessed before returning home. She seemed to be more than just ok with that decision.

Tuesday January 29, 2019
In the morning, I went to the Y for the last time, that is, the last time out at the location it has been for the past several years. The Y will be closed on Wednesday and then the grand opening for the new one, which is located  down beside the golf course, will be on Thursday. 

Twila remained in the hospital but it is uncertain for how long. They are still not 100% sure what happened. It has been suggested that it could be a Lyme's disease flare up. She is not able to walk so I can't see how she could return home.

Monday January 26, 2019
I visited Harlan and Hazel in the morning.

When I got back from the Y this morning at 6 am, Twila saw me pull in and she called. She said that she went to the bathroom at 4 am and then she woke up on the bathroom floor at 4:20. She is hurting and bruised in many parts of her body.  I wanted her to go to the ER but she refused. She called Becky to come down and help her get a shower. When Becky saw her, she insisted that she go to the ER. They believe her problem is dehydration but they will keep her at least 24 hours to be sure. They have her hooked to a monitor to make sure it is not her heart or something else. I am hoping they might send her to rehab rather than home. 

Sunday January 26, 2019
Twila said Saturday that she was not feeling good enough to go to church today but she called me this morning to get a ride. Afterwards, we went to Eat n Park for lunch. However, she did not seem very well to me. I think she needs to see the doctor.

Saturday January 25, 2019
Brody had basketball games in Clearfield and Hannah at Moniteau. 
I made a pot roast in the afternoon and wondered what was I thinking; I made enough for 4 or 5 people. Later on, Frank and Lue dropped in so I made them stay and eat. 
David called and said that he and Megan were going to a father/daughter dance this evening.

Friday January 25, 2019
Ray Karns funeral was at the church in the morning. His family came in from all over the country.

Thursday January 24, 2019
The Kane girls beat North Clarion 44-39 for their 8th straight win. Kane is 13-3 with one of those loses coming against North Clarion earlier in the season. Kane is 6-0 in their division (AML North). For Dave Kiehl, it was his 200th win since taking over at Kane. Before going to Kane, Dave was the head coast at East Forest. 

Philippians 4:8 (see above) reminds us that we choose what we think about. One secret of how to thrive while living the Christian life is to think about things that are good, pure, admirable, and to spend less time thinking about negative things. And remember, God is in control of everything. I pray that God will help me practice thinking about lovely and admirable things today. And along those lines, on Friday, I will let many of my thoughts drift off to remember a remarkable encourager that we will miss at First Baptist (Ray Karns).

Wednesday January 23, 2019
Freezing rain and bad roads caused schools to be canceled today. 

Tuesday January 22, 2019
Due to a low windchill factor, schools were delayed two hours today. Today's low of -3.4° was the lowest temperature in Clarion since Jan. 4, 2018.

​This evening it was announced that four MLB players were elected to the Hall of Fame: Mariano Rivera (unanimous choice), Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina and Edgar Martinez.

Monday January 21, 2019
Dude has been here for a couple of days. He is on his way to meetings in Cleveland. He stopped up for a couple of hours this afternoon.

In the afternoon we learned that Ray Karns had died. Ray went to our church for several years but as he got older, he had to move to Ohio where his daughter lived. Ray was in his 90s. The last I saw Ray was in August. He made the long trip in for Paul Ion's funeral. 

Today was very cold. In fact, it was the coldest of the past 380 days, Jan. 6 of last year and the last time we were 1.5° below zero was Jan. 7, 2018 when we reached -8.4°.

Sunday January 20, 2019
I went out and cleared the driveway off between 7-8am. My guess is that I got around 8 or 9 inches of snow. I got up to the church by 8:30. The woman that lives beside the church said she got 12". As I looked around, I thought that seemed right, there was more snow uptown than at my place. We ended up with 8 adults in Sunday School and about 30 for worship service. Today's low of 0.9° was the lowest temperature in Clarion since Jan. 7, 2018.

Later in the day, I watched the Saints and Rams game. It went to overtime and the Rams won and will go to the Super Bowl. However, the game was marred by a bad no-call. The Saints should have won. So now in a couple of weeks, Frank and I have to go down and hang out with a city full of disgruntled fans. I didn't finished the second game but it went in overtime also with the Patriots beating the Chiefs in OT.

Saturday January 19, 2019
I went to Brody's game today. They played Clarion at Joe's Gym. Clarion was winning big when I left.

I talked to David today. He told me that Briana is doing a report on the Beatles. I would be interested in reading that report since I like the Beatles so well. In fact, I have every one of their songs, at least I believe I do.

The snowstorm began today. I'll be curious to see how much snow we actually got. The forecast was for between 12 and 13 inches by Sunday morning.

Today, I'm praying that I would learn how to view every circumstance from Jesus' perspective and how He thinks I should respond to each situation that I find myself in. The Christian life is to let Jesus live His life through mine. As Blackaby wrote, "living the Christian life" and "allowing Jesus to live His life through you" are two very different things.

It is really frustrating that our government has virtually lost the art of compromise. To say that we will not compromise flies in the face of democracy, doesn't it?  Compromising does not mean compromising the truth. However, truth is the one thing that does get compromised these days. And, opinions are truth.  

Friday January 18, 2019
The forecast remains unchanged, predicting that we will get around 12" of snow Saturday through Saturday night. I went to Sweet Basil with Gary and Karen for dinner. 

Thursday January 17, 2019
I stopped around the hospital on the way home to visit Dave Witherow. Dave has been in for a few days but he expects to get home on Friday. 
Hannah is still sick and hasn't returned to school.

Today was the coldest day since Feb. 8.

Wednesday January 16, 2019
I didn't have phone (landline) or internet for the entire day. They were down when I got up and didn't come back on until evening. The same occurred for Frank and Lue. It was everyone who had the same modem model as we have. 
School was canceled due to freezing rain.

Tuesday January 15, 2019
Hannah and Brody were home from school today. Missy said Hannah is running a fever and most likely has the flu.

Monday January 14, 2019
Ralph and I began our next book: How Now Shall We Live by Charles Colson. Don is down south for the winter but he is reading the book too.

Sunday January 13, 2019
I watched some of both NFL playoff games. I am hoping for New Orleans and Kansas City in the Super Bowl but I must admit Brady and the Patriots look the best right now. It is unreal that this will be the 13th conference championship game appearance by the Patriots during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.

Saturday January 12, 2019
We had our anxiety seminar at church. I went to the morning session.

Friday January 11, 2019
I never left the house today. The highlight of my day, besides coughing, was watching hours of WWII documentaries on Amazon Prime.

Thursday January 10, 2019
I went to the doctor in the afternoon. He said that that I have a sinus infection and put me on antibiotics for the next 10 days. While there I got a pneumonia shot. I got the same shot one year ago and with the one today, I should be good for the rest of my life.

Clarion's streak of 29 days with above normal temperatures ended today. We were 2° below normal today.

Wednesday January 9, 2019
Today reminded us of what normal January weather is like. We got a little snow and normal January temperatures seemed rather cold since we have been experiencing weather in the 40s and 50s. 

Tuesday January 8, 2019
For about the fifth straight day I haven't felt that great. I got some kind of respiratory illness with a dull, annoying headache.  Fortunately, I already had a follow up appointment with Dr. Tim scheduled for Thursday.

Monday January 7, 2019
In the mid morning and on the way out to get Jim Weisel to take him for his bloodwork, we started to get freezing rain. It got very slippery. We made it but I drove with considerable caution. 

Sunday January 6, 2019
After church, Twila, Jared, Hannah and I drove to Mercer and to Rachel's Roadhouse to celebrate Twila's birthday where we met Rick, Laura, and Drew. I got the ribs and they were incredible as were the sweet potato and French onion soup. The ribs l got would have easily fed a family of four and I got the regular size, not the large.

Saturday January 5, 2019
I worked on my Sunday School lesson in morning, grocery shopped in the afternoon, and did little else the rest of the day.

Friday January 4, 2019
In the afternoon, I went up to Goble's for Martha's and Alice's mother's viewing. 
Today was Twila's 82nd birthday. I took her over to Sweet Basil for dinner. Rick is making plans for a family dinner celebration for Sunday.

Thursday January 3, 2019
Martha Haggerty and Alice Swartzfager's mother died this morning. Mrs. Smathers was 92.

I spent a large portion of the morning looking for my wallet. It was not where I always put it, on my dresser. I called Sheetz and Walmart, the places I was the evening before. They did not have it. Jason and I went down to look in the garbage cans in the Walmart parking lot. I looked through the car several times, under the bed, in the chairs, etc. I began to make plans to cancel credit cards, renew my driver's license and send for a new passport card. Just before I started to cancel the cards, I walked into the bedroom and there it was, under a Christmas gift I had transferred from under the tree to the bedroom. Needless to say, I was very glad that it reappeared. I know what people are thinking, that I am continuing to lose it. However, I think either I lost it somewhere else and God put it back on my dresser or Satan was trying to see if he could get me upset enough to rant and rave and swear (which I didn't).

Wednesday January 2, 2019
In the morning I cleaned for a couple of hours, scrubbed some floors and then started to tear down the Christmas tree. In the afternoon, I ran Jim and Myrna to the Grove City Outlets where they met their daughter.

Tuesday January 1, 2019
I put the pork and sauerkraut on around 7 am and it cooked all day. In the afternoon, I cooked and mashed about 8 lb. of potatoes. Lue brought in lasagna for those who don't like sauerkraut. Gary, Karen, Twila, Frank, Lue, Tari, Fran, Ron, Jared, Hannah, and Brody were here for a total of 12 of us. After supper, we played a few rounds of Mexican Train. Lue won while I showed everyone how to graciously take last place.

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