Welcome 2022! I have decided, again, not to make resolutions, but to focus on getting things accomplished to the best of my abilities. I heard of a new plan that I might tackle this year. Instead of making a general list of “Things to do Today,” divide your day into blocks, and accomplish what fits into the block at a certain time. For instance: from 10 a.m.-noon I will clean my kitchen. I start with the sink and work my way to the table. When noon comes, I stop to eat lunch, then rather than go back to the kitchen, I go to the next block which is straighten the living room. This way, you don’t get overwhelmed by one chore. The next day you start again with different tasks. It seems that when you have a limited time to do something, more gets done than if you plan an entire day to that chore. Worth trying, anyway.

New Year’s Eve, my former brother in law, Eddie Armstrong and children took me out to the Windham Diner, and we had such a lovely time. The beef barley soup was wonderful, and when my entrée of sausage and peppers came, I knew I had to take that home. Knowing there was enough for three people, I brought my dinner up to Rosie’s and the three of us had that for our New Year’s luncheon along with a bottle of Asti as a New Year’s toast. Good food and good friends are always a good way to start a year.

Did you know that Windham Diner is under new management? The food is great, and still plentiful. It’s definitely worth a visit.

I had just gotten home when Judy got a phone call from Marty and Joan to wish mom a Happy New Year. They were at the home of Dottie and Jim Dunham. Marty and Dottie (Jacobs) were best friends when they went to school at WAJ, and graduated in 1960. It’s nice to hear about old friends still getting together. By the way, they celebrated Dottie’s New Year’s Eve Birthday.

Greetings to all from those in Adult Homes: Wally Thompson and Elouise Cole who called to convey their New Year’s Greetings. Good health to you all.

Sympathy to the Davis family on the passing of Claire. Condolences to the family of Bob Story of Cairo. Services at the gravesite are scheduled for the spring.

The Hudecek/LoPresti family wishes to thank all who have sent cards and messages on the passing of Ken, also for remembering Rose’s 101st birthday.

AS I REMEMBER IT

Johnathan’s Story

There are many Christmas stories on television each year at this time, so I thought I would tell you a different story this week.

In the 1950s, a boy was born to Louise and Ed Armstrong. He was a beautiful baby who lived and grew up on the farm in Cornwallville. He went to school in Cairo when the elementary and high schools were still located in the village.

Growing up on a farm, it was a part of life to do farm chores. John did not like farming, especially the chores that went along with it, so he went to college, then decided to join the Peace Corps. After a little while, he was sent to Armenia where, as it would be, he was asked to teach....farming. While there, he had a housekeeper from Russia who had 7 children and was pregnant. Her last baby had died from the cold weather, as they only had heat, water and electricity for one hour a day. How could she take care of another baby? It was decided that John would adopt the baby, and since she was his housekeeper, she would be able to take care of her own baby.

The little boy was, also, named Johnathan and as a baby, he was baptized in the church in Durham. John and Johnathan lived in Atlanta, Georgia at this point of their lives, and John was working for UMCOR (United Methodist Conference Oraganization). When Johnathan was old enough, he was told about his mother and the poverty that he was saved from, and he started saving his pennies for her. When he was older, John took his son back to visit and Johnathan was able to give his birth mother the money that he continued to save for her.

John continued working overseas, working for Habitat in Bangladesh where Johnathan went to school with the children of many notables. He is now living out west in the United States, while his dad is still calling Bangladesh home, but is retired, and is doing a lot of traveling.

From Cornwallville, to Cairo, to the other side of the world. All that can happen if you just have an open mind and the will to help others.

Remember to have an attitude of gratitude.

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