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older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings.
Perhaps it's the quiet
solitude that comes with being the
first to rise, or maybe it's the
unbounded joy of not
having to be at work. Either way, the first few
of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.
few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a
steaming cup of
coffee in one hand and the morning paper in
the other. What began as a
morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems
hand you from time to time. Let me tell you
I turned the dial up into the phone portion
of the band on my ham radio in
order to listen to a
Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came
An older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and
a golden voice. You
know the kind; he sounded
like he should be in the broadcasting business.
Was telling whom-ever he was talking with something
about "a thousand
marbles." I was intrigued and
stopped to listen to what he had to say...
it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm
sure they pay
you well but it's a shame you have to be away
from home and your family so
much. Hard to
believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or
hours a week to make ends meet. It's
too bad you missed your daughter's
"dance recital" he
continued. "Let me tell you something that has
keep my own priorities." And that's
when he began to explain his theory of a
"You see, I sat down one day and did a little
arithmetic. The average person
seventy-five years. I know, some live more and
some live less,
but on average, folks live about
"Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52
and I came up with 3900, which is the
number of Saturdays
that the average person has in their entire lifetime.
stick with me, Tom, I'm getting to the important
It took me until I was fifty-five years old to
think about all this in any
detail", he went on, "and by
that time I had lived through over twenty-eight
Saturdays." "I got to thinking that if I lived to
be seventy-five, I
only had about a thousand of them left
to enjoy. So I went to a toy store
every single marble they had. I ended up having to
toy stores to round up 1000
marbles. I took them home and put them inside
large, clear plastic container right here in the shack
next to my gear."
"Every Saturday since then, I have
taken one marble out and thrown it away.
I found that by
watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the
important things in life.
like watching your time here on this earth run out...to
get your priorities straight."
"Now let me tell
you one last thing before I sign-off with you, and take
lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning,
I took the very last marble out
container. I figure that if I make it until next
Saturday, then I have
been given a little extra time.
And the one thing we can all use is a little
"It was nice to meet you, Tom, I hope you spend
more time with your family,
and I hope to meet you again
here on the band. This is a 75 Year old
K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"
could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow
signed off. I
guess he gave us all a lot to
think about. I had planned to work on
antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up
with a few hams to
work on the next club
Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife
up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm
and the kids to breakfast." "What brought this
on?" she asked,
with a smile. "Oh, nothing
special, it's just been a long time since we
Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we
stop at a toy store
while we're out? I need to
buy some marbles.
And so, as
one smart bear once said..."If you live to be a hundred, I
to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have
to live without you."
--- Winnie the
Tis the Month Before Christmas
Tis the month before Christmas, we're all
With so much to do, there's no ifs, ands
Buy presents, hang tree lights, pop cards in
Send gift packs, thread popcorn, find
turkeys on sale.
stringing up all through the house.
And you haven't a
clue what to buy for your spouse.
receptions, open houses with friends,
short tempers, tying up the loose ends.
With all our mad
dashing, we're reeling from shock;
Let's stop for a
minute and really take stock.
commercial, the cynical say;
If that's true, that our
fault-it's us and not they.
Take time for
yourself-though hard as that seems—
Enjoy your kids'
laughter, excitement and dreams.
Take a moment out
now, don't get overly riled,
Instead make an angel
in snow with your child.
The shortbread can
wait, and so can the tree;
What's important to feel
is a child's sense of glee.
The holidays aren't about
push, rush and shove;
They're for friendship and
sharing and family love.
Hear the bells, feel
the warmth, light up with the glow
Of a message first
sent to us so long ago:
Peace, love and goodwill, and
hope burning bright.
Merry Christmas to all, and to
all a good
Leftover Turkey and Stuffing
turkey casserole recipe is made with leftover turkey,
leftover stuffing and gravy, and a little cranberry
sauce for topping.
- 4 cups prepared
- 2 cups cooked cut
up or sliced turkey
- 1 3/4 to 2 cups
prepared turkey gravy
- 1/3 cup jellied
or whole cranberry sauce, cubed
Butter bottom and
sides of 2-quart baking dish. Arrange half of the
stuffing in bottom of dish. Add half of the turkey then
half of the gravy. Repeat layers. Top with cubes of
cranberry sauce. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
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