Like many of you, I could not wait for the end of 2020. 2021 was the start of a brand new year. Things couldn’t get any worse. But, then they did. Difficult things, bad things, unexpected things can happen at any time. I have learned that the only thing that I can control is my reaction. Perhaps, all of us can try to change our reactions this year.

Life is different than any of us have ever imagined, but there is still good in the world. We are all in these times together. Try not to jump to conclusions and above all do not let politics ruin friendships or wreak havoc on your family. Try to see things from a different perspective. Practice kindness and try to listen to another’s point of view. My reaction to all of this is to find the good. If I can’t find the good, I need to find a lesson.

Most of my friends know a little thing that I do. Whenever someone is making me a little mad, I try my hardest to do something nice for that person. So, I will share a story with all of you about the time I made chicken noodle soup. Some one in my house was a little grouchy (I won’t name names) and they had a sore throat and were grumbling. Now, I asked would you like me to make you some soup? They did not want soup. Anyways, later that night someone said “And you didn’t even make me soup!” So, I was fit to be tied and ready to run my mouth. I decided to zip my lip and make homemade chicken noodle soup. Well, I soon found out that I had no carrots. So, I got a head lamp and went out to my garden and dug up the tiniest carrots that anyone has ever seen. Many nasty thoughts were going through my head. I went back inside and made a batch of soup. I was still angry but doing my best to be kind. Anyways, I served up a big bowl of soup with a smile. After about 15 minutes, I had finally settled down and decided I would have a cup of soup myself. Honestly, it was the worst soup that I had ever tasted in my entire life. It was awful. I went into the other room and saw the empty bowl of soup. I smiled and gave one of my Tom’s a big hug. He is usually very picky and would tell me in one second flat if his food did not taste good. But, he ate the entire bowl and did not say one word. He learned his lesson and I learned mine. So, if you are just trying to do something kind and your heart truly is not in it, it does not work. You need to show kindness with a kind and loving heart.

Monday night Bingo is back Jan. 18 at the Northmoreland Twp. Vol. Fire Company. The kitchen starts serving at 5 p.m. Games start at 6:30. Masks are required. A great way to support our local fire company and have some fun. Mark your calendars for Jan. 29 when it will be having a Ham Dinner Drive-Thru only, 4-6:30 pm. Dinner is $10.

My son, Tommy, will be celebrating his ninth birthday Sunday. It is so weird not to be planning a big birthday party. However, we did agree that we will have a pool party this summer. A do over or make up party if you will. Tommy’s Grandma will make him homemade apple pie per his request.

Please send me an email at slholdt@gmail.com if you have any good news to share.

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