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Midi file playing is "Heavenly Sunlight"
 
 
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The 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 hours
of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A 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
typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to
hand you from time to time.   Let me tell you about it:

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 across
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.   He
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...

"Well, Tom, 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 seventy
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 helped me
keep my own priorities."   And that's when he began to explain his theory of a
"thousand marbles."

"You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic.   The average person
lives about seventy-five years.   I know, some live more and some live less,
but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.

"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.
Now, stick with me, Tom, I'm getting to the important part.

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
hundred 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
and bought every single marble they had.   I ended up having to visit three
toy stores to round up 1000 marbles.   I took them home and put them inside a
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 really
important things in life.

There's nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out...to help
get your priorities straight."

"Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you, and take my
lovely wife out for breakfast.   This morning, I took the very last marble out
of the 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
more time."

"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 Man,
K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"

You 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 the
antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to
work on the next club newsletter.

Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss.   "C'mon honey, I'm
taking you 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
spent a 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 want
to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you."
--- Winnie the Pooh.
 
 
 

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It's That Time Of Year

Tis the Month Before Christmas

Tis the month before Christmas, we're all going nuts;
With so much to do, there's no ifs, ands or buts.
Buy presents, hang tree lights, pop cards in the mail,
Send gift packs, thread popcorn, find turkeys on sale.

Decorations need stringing up all through the house.
And you haven't a clue what to buy for your spouse.
School concerts, receptions, open houses with friends,
Long lineups, 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.
It's crassly 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 night.

Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

This tasty turkey casserole recipe is made with leftover turkey, leftover stuffing and gravy, and a little cranberry sauce for topping.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups prepared turkey stuffing
  • 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

PREPARATION:

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.
Serves 4.

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