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Old Cowbelle: 2013

I turned the page of my desk calendar to 2013, and there they were. ...31 empty squares staring at me. I seemed to hear them calling to me, saying, "Ok, Old Cow, here we go on to another year; and we are all wondering, how are you going to fill us?"

I stare back at them, wondering the same thing. How in the world will I fill them? It's all uncharted territory. Not much going on there. No WELCA, no Circle during that month because of the cold and the uncertain weather. Only the Sunday squares are filled; hopefully, I can get to church, and one square has Isaac's birthday in it.

Maybe there is a Packer game or two? I can't remember when the Super Bowl is, maybe February? Or even if the Packers will still be in the running.

Who knows what will crop up during those winter days? I guess I will just take each day as it comes, thanking the Lord when it doesn't mean a doctor appointment or something unpleasant.

Looking ahead to the wintry weather, I see lots of days snowed in, reading or writing on the computer, sending and receiving e mail messages. If I were any good at all, I would fill some of those empty squares sorting and tossing, making it a little easier for my kids when I am gone. Naaah, it will give them something to do in their spare time. (They are saying, "what spare time?")


By now, I should have all the Christmas things packed away and stashed in the cabinets by the front door. Can't help wonder if I will be dragging them out again next year? It feels odd not to really make any long range plans. It's a funny time of life, trying not to look back too much, but not sensible to look ahead too far either.

But I guess it's the same with everyone, now is the only time we have for sure. "Yesterday is gone, tomorrow does not yet belong to us. So live today"? I think that used to be the closing quote on Lutheran Vespers Radio program on late Sunday nights...way back when.


I think it's a good thing to begin the New Year with a little humor. The following has appeared in my email messages so many times, I think I am meant to share them with all of you. I got a chuckle from them; hope you do too.


--The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on Water"...Sermon for tonight: "Searching For Jesus."

--Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

--Don't let worry kill you. Let the Church help.

--Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on Oct. 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

--At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is Hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.

--Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.

--Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say "Hello" to someone who doesn't care much about you.

--Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 a.m. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.

--This evening at 7 p.m., there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

--Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double door at the side entrance.

--The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge -- Up Yours."