As all of you know, the past few weeks, especially the past few days, have been busy as we have tried to get ready for Christmas Day. So on Christmas morning, after we had fed the cows here at Pipi’s Pasture and after the roast beef was simmering in the oven for a late-afternoon dinner, I had a few quiet minutes to sit at the dining room table and watch the fluffy snowflakes fall and ponder my columns for Saturday’s paper.
Love our enemy as ourselves — what a commandment from God’s son!
Last year, during the interlude between Christmas and celebrating a new year, I sat in my living room by a Christmas tree, of diminished interest and numbered days, and watched as rays of afternoon sunlight slowly expanded the asphalt patches on the snow-packed street.
No matter how many iterations of storybook characters come along, it’s hard not to identify with the ones you first heard as a child. Oh, wait, you say they sing in the fairy tale feature “Into the Woods?” Well, that changes everything!
One of the silliest things I have ever read was just in the Saturday edition of our local Craig Daily Press. The silliness was from someone who apparently does not understand the type of government that made this nation what it is today or did she seem to understand why the elected officials who believed the federal government should be “all” powerful were just defeated soundly in the 2014 midterm elections.
The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club (NOWE-COS) thanks the following Craig merchants for allowing the club to sell raffle tickets at their establishments: Centennial Mall Craft Show, City Market, MJK Sales & Feed, Inc., Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply and Walmart.
We would like to take a moment to say thanks to the Craig and Hayden communities for all the support and prayers that we received in our time of sorrow. You can’t imagine how much it meant to us.
It’s Christmas, but it’s going to be difficult to celebrate. It’s a time when we all take some time to think back over the past year and make some decisions about how we want 2015 to look. But, when tragedy sucks the wind out of our sails, asking the really tough questions seems wholly appropriate.
This week’s column features two books for children, one older book and another that is brand new. The first book, a Christmas book, was written in 2008. “Drummer Boy” was written by Loren Long, author of the popular “Otis” books (Otis being a tractor) that have come out in recent years. (The newest is “Otis and the Scarecrow.”)
“Just hear those sleigh bells ringing...” is being sung on the radio, Christmas decorations galore, snow falling — it's Christmas time.
I’ve been pondering Christmas. What is Christmas about? Not the holiday that we celebrate currently, but the birth of a man that would have an impact on the world forever; the birth of Jesus. No matter your beliefs, the life of this one man has impacted the world since his birth.
This week I’m featuring two candy recipes. One of my favorite fudge recipes has a chocolate bar in the ingredients, and I think it makes the fudge taste rich.
November through January is called, in many countries, the “silly season.” When I see homemade fringed and bedazzled candy cane sweaters, reindeer horn bedecked vehicles and eggnog drinking parties, I have to admit that this is a season filled with silliness. The frivolity seems to appear in the strangest of places as our President pardons gobblers and our politicians rush to pass bills like last minute gift givers rush to complete shopping on Christmas Eve.
It’s extremely gratifying when hundreds of community members show up at events that took months to plan, and it was a pleasure to watch families and friends gather at the numerous Christmas activities throughout Craig this winter.
Sometimes I think of some pretty goofy things. For example, just after the last snowstorm I saw four magpies fly into the crab apple tree outside the window. (Remember when I had seen two magpies last week?) Anyway, the tree was covered with new snow — a lot of it — and as the magpies flew from branch to branch, the snow fell to the ground. I wondered what they were doing there; were they looking for dried crab apples? And then I wondered what they would put on a Christmas wish list (if they knew what that was). Would it be crab apples or grain or bird food?