Logo by LT Charles “Wingnut” Wickware

Latest Edition: December 2018

Well, one thing for sure: no snow this year. It’s a green and brown Christmas in south-central Wisconsin. But that’s fine, winter has only just begun and there’s plenty of time for inclement weather over the next three months. Temps will hover around 40 or so this week with some rain. I’m sure there are many of you who think that 40 degrees is thermals and parka stuff, but that’s t-shirt weather up here. We did have a real cold snap in late October and early November that prevented me from getting up on the roof and getting the lights up, and there have been some flurries and snow squalls and the long-range forecast calls for cold with little snow overall. But again, there’s nothing wrong with that as we were here for the top two record snow seasons so we’ll take the break. Michelle and I have both noticed something a bit odd, however. We have been enjoying the Holidays this year, I mean really having fun whether it’s been shopping or baking or decorating. It’s been a blast. And the reason? We’re no longer carrying all that stress from work and trying to get

everything accomplished on weekends. Time has had the appearance of slowing down so the days don’t rush by in a whirlwind. We can take thought for others and act on those thoughts, and be charitable towards those who need it most. To quote Nephew Fred from Dickens “ A Christmas Carol”: “I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”

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