Morning all:

Quote Of The Week:

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” Benjamin Franklin

This morning I am enjoying one of Pieter & Jeanne’s home-grown lemons, hot water, and honey. I just know that this will be the final cure to get 100% over the remnants of my cold. Now, Marcia, her cold is another story; she just placed a call in to the doctor.

Happy New Year! Marcia and I wish all of you a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2008.

2007 has been a great year for our family. We have all been healthy (except for current colds). We have a new granddaughter – Dinah, who is cute and bright as a button. The two older grandsons are both in pre-school and are learning as if there is no tomorrow. And, Kellen talks up a storm—we actually recognize a word sprinkled here and there into his “conversations”. Adrianne and Tevita not only bought their first home, but then discovered it to be a historic Sears “Kit” home. Jason and Cathy have been supporting each other with their new baby and Jason’s school work as he is finishing his Geographic Info Systems (GIS) graduate certificate at the Pennsylvania State World Campus. Vince is heading up the LEEDS sector of his engineering firm. This week we drove past the campus of Stetson University when Vince casually pointed out a campus building which was the first “green” building in Florida and one of his early projects.

And, through these Ramblings, I managed to thoroughly enjoy every Saturday morning with you and my mug of coffee. It’s been a great year.

While the whole family was together in Florida this past week Marcia and I stayed at a historic bed-and-breakfast, established in what had been a hotel during the 1920s Prohibition era. Giving the kids a tour of the place and our room they immediately asked if either of us had seen “The Shining”. The next morning at the breakfast table with another guest he leaned over and asked if we were reminded of “The Shining.”

Guess what we did? Kirstin ran to her local library and got us a copy of the classic Nicholson movie. Snuggled in our creaky 4-poster bed with our little portable DVD player parked between us we watched, you guessed it, “The Shining”.

The meal that everyone “wowed” over was at an old grist mill in a state park about an hour’s drive out of Orlando. Here we were able to fix our own pancakes to order on built-in table-top griddles.

Make it a great week. Remember your blessings, and stay safe if heading out to celebrate the New Year.

Cheers,

Dirk

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