Unreal.  Another year is shot.  Where does the time go?


Lots of truth in that one!  Imagine me at 52.  Most likely sleeping by 9PM.

I want to take this time to wish each and every one of you an extremely HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR!!  I hope that 2017 is a booming year for all of us!!


Now here’s a good idea!  Obviously something I would do!


This lady is NOT off to a good start!!


Good news/bad news.  You choose.


I think I just found me new resolution!!!!!!


And finally….



This has been the most brutal year that I can recall when it comes to famous celebrities biting the bullet.  The last few days were even more shocking.

“Star Wars” star Carrie Fisher suffers a massive heart attack on a plane.  She is rushed to the hospital for surgery, and we are told, never regained consciousness.  Her Mom, the legendary Debbie Reynolds, so overcome with grief, DIES THE VERY NEXT DAY.  I just couldn’t believe it watching this event unfold.  Debbie’s son said her last words were “I want to be with Carrie.”  And then she suffers a stroke FIFTEEN minutes later.  Unreal. 

I cannot imagine losing a child.  I don’t EVER want to find out how it feels.  To those of you who read my blog who have lost a child, I pray for you, and my heart breaks for you.  I can completely understand where Debbie Reynolds head and heart were at.  She basically died of a broken heart.

Let’s salute these wonderful wonderful ladies, kicking it off with Carrie’s legendary role in “Star Wars.”


Here is Carrie Fisher recently.


Debbie Reynolds had been in the showbiz business for around 7 decades.  She was everybody’s sweetheart back in her early days.  And it’s easy to see why.


Here is a picture of both of them together.


And, they are still together.  Evidently a bond that was and is so strong that nothing, including death can break.  Bless them both!!

3.  We found out on Christmas Day that the lead singer of the pop group “Wham” had died suddenly.  George Michael, of course, was a huge star on his own as well. George Michael died suddenly at 53.  I’m 52.  Kind of hits close to home. 

We will fondly remember him for a couple of big hits.  Well, actually quite a few hits, but these two are MY favorites.



And their multi million selling album!


Here is George Michael in recent times.

George Michael taken to hospital

4.  We need to play a little music for you.  Here are my two faves from George and “Wham.”



5.  Speaking of Christmas, I have a couple of things to share with you.  First of all, our Christmas picture.  This is my beautiful bride and myself.  OK, I will say it before you do, because I hear it all the time.  YES, I OUT KICKED MY COVERAGE…BY A BUNCH!


Secondly, we had the most, ummmm, shall I say “UNIQUE” weather on Christmas Day.  Never before have we seen a situation like this.  We had heavy downpours of rain, plus thunder and lightning and sleet. Yeah.  And then the rain froze and everyone’s yards, sidewalks and roads were like an ice skating rink.  Some people in our area are STILL without power at the writing of this blog.  Some people were without power for 4 or 5 days.  IMAGINE THAT.  Well, as us South Dakotan’s do, we made it thru it. But it was CRAZY!!  Oh yeah, I almost forgot something.  We were under a FLASH FLOOD WARNING on Christmas Day.

6.  My Minnesota Wild are currently doing something that they have never done.  They are in the midst of a 12 game winning streak.  12 GAMES. 


Plus, the Columbus Blue Jackets have won 14 in a row.  They play each other on Saturday in St. Paul.  AND GUESS WHO’S GOING TO BE THERE?  Yep, my family.  This is a record event.  Never in NHL history have two teams played each other with this big of win streaks.  Hopefully it’s an exciting game.  Hopefully the Wild keep it going.

Oh yeah.  We are also going to a Vikings game.  The Vikes and the Bears.  When I bought the tickets, this game had playoff implications.  Not so much anymore.  But, my wife is dying to see the new stadium, so it’s well worth it.

7.  All my Washington Redskins have to do is WIN on Saturday to make the playoffs. We host the New York Giants.  This is the third time in the last month that we have controlled our own destiny into the playoffs.  Hopefully we don’t screw it up again this time.

8.  OK.  This post may generate some comments.  Hopefully it doesn’t.  Hopefully everyone treats it as ONE MAN’S OPINION.  But here it is.

When Carrie Fisher died, Steve Martin tweeted a tribute to her that came from the heart.  Here it is.


Well, a few people went crazy and blasted Steve Martin to the point that he pulled his tweet off of his account.  SERIOUSLY?  Can’t a person have an opinion anymore?  They called this message “sexist” and “unthoughtful.”

See, here’s ONE of the things thats wrong with America.  EVERYONE IS OFFENDED ABOUT SOMETHING…AND THEY HAVE TO TELL US ABOUT IT.  And they even expect CHANGE because they are offended.  Hey, when I was younger, we were offended about stuff.  But we complained a bit and usually got over it.  Today they DEMAND change.  Today they DEMAND that things go their way.  It’s absolutely insane.  We have become so politically correct that it’s going backwards.  If 2,000 people like something and one person doesn’t, WHY SHOULD IT CHANGE?  As you can see, it is driving me crazy.  Not just Steve Martin’s unfortunate event, but every single thing that’s on the news.  Every single thing that someone is offended about and has to be on the national news to tell us about it.  C’mon America.  We’re better than this!!


How about a short and sweet one.

A set of jumper cables walk into a bar.  The bartender looks at them and says, “hey, don’t you be startin’ anything.”

I don’t know what it is, but that joke has always killed me.

Or how about this one.

Two norwegians walk into a bar.  The third one ducked.

OK, enough Tom Foolery.






I am really trying not to complain.  It’s already Dec. 10th, and we’re getting our first blast of really cold arctic air.  As far as snow, my immediate area has escaped everything so far, with parts of South Dakota and North Dakota getting absolutely buried, not once, but TWICE!!  We have been fortunate so far.  Plus, the possible cold snowy months of October, November and early December have passed.


So, that’s what this group is doing today!


And that’s the TOOTH!


Hmmm…Funny…We don’t even have a dog, yet I have a DOGHOUSE.


This one shouldn’t be funny with tax time coming soon.


Man, is this one CORNY.  Corny.  Get it?


2.  IDIOT ALERT!!!  And, that would be ME.

Most of you know that I lead worship at two churches in Houghton and Hecla, SD.  Well, it is the season of Advent, which means that the Advent candles are burning bright in both of our churches.  You probably see where this is going.

Last Sunday at our church in Houghton, I was inviting people to share the peace, and I said, “And now, may the peace of the Lord be with you always.”  As I said “always”, I outstretched my arms and BOOM,  put my hand right in the candle.  Direct flame on my hand.  The good news is that it only stung and didn’t leave a burn mark.  The bad news?  The smell of burned hair.  A smell, I DO NOT like.

3.  I think I need to put a camera in our sleeping quarters.  I have been waking up each morning with big scratches on my body.  Mostly on my legs, arms, and chest.  The strange thing is, I don’t have any fingernails to do it.  And my gorgeous wife really doesn’t either.  I hope that someone isn’t sneaking in my house at night just to scratch me.  I normally don’t notice the scratches until I get in the shower in the morning and feel the water hit the scratches.  I hope nothing “supernatural” is going on in there.  I kid about that, but if that happened, I would have to move.

4.  Painting and decorating for Christmas.  To steal from the song from the “Sound Of Music”, ‘these are a few of my LEAST FAVORITE things.’  The thought of painting makes me hyperventilate.  I can’t stand it.  However, Christmas decorating could be tied with painting, or just a little underneath it.  Maybe 1A and 1B.  I don’t know what it is about it, but I just cannot do it.  It could be my A.D.D. kicking in, I don’t know.  This year, however, I swallowed my pride and my anxiety and helped my wife decorate.  Yes, there was some anger on my part, and some frustrating words yelled a couple of times, but we survived.  I did hear a few times though, “honey, you need to chill out and take a deep breath.”  She may be right.  I just have never learned how to do that.

5.  Speaking of Christmas, it’s that time of the year for our annual Christmas TV shows to run.  Some of these actually began back in the mid 60’s when I was a child.  And they are still hits for every family.  Want to know my favorites?  Here they are.

(1).  Easy.


“Rudolph” is the one Christmas show that I looked forward to every year.  The only thing I didn’t like about it was that Santa was kind of mean and rude in part of that show.  Yukon Cornelius was one of my faves.  And there are so many quotes and lines from the show.  Lines like “I want to be a dentist.”  And then Yukon says, “You want to be a what?”  Classic.



I realize that I’m not reaching out that far from what everyone else likes, but “Frosty” is a great show.  I can still hear him saying “HAPPY BIRTHDAY.”  And who didn’t feel emotions when the little girl cries at the end when Frosty melts.

(3.)  This one may be a favorite of a few, but not everybody.


I loved the choppy animation of the show, and the cuteness of the boy.  Plus, it has a spiritual message to it as well.

6. And now on to my favorite Christmas movie.  No question.  No close second place.  It’s a movie we watch EVERY Christmas season and sometimes during the Christmas “off-season.”


Who doesn’t like the comedic wit and sarcasm of Bill Murray?  This movie has some incredibly hilarious moments, and a good message to it as well.  This has become a holiday classic in my home over any other movie.

7.  PILLOW HEAVEN.  Or PILLOW HELL.  It depends on who is talking about it.  I’m talking about our bed.  It feels like I could suffocate by lying on top of the bed without removing “pillow mountain.”


Okay, this may be a slight exaggeration, but you get the point.  I have been one of these “lazy husbands” who cannot understand why we decorate or even fix the bed every morning in the one room that nobody else sees but us.  Of course, I lose the argument every single time about not fixing the bed.  Jeannie knows that when she goes away for a few days, that the bed will be in shambles until she gets home.  It’s a given.

8.  Joseph Moscolo died this week.  Don’t know the name?  Maybe not, but if you watched “Days Of Our Lives” you will know his character.


STEFANO DIMERA.  I think one of the great villains of all time on TV.  In fact, Stefano was so terrifying to me that I used to have nightmares about him being after me.  SERIOUSLY.  I used to dream at night that Stefano was chasing me and trying to kill me.  I thought he was the true meaning of evil.  I watched “Days” religiously from late grade school until the 90’s.  When Marlena became the devil, that was the sign that I was done watching the show.

The good news for fans of the show is that Stefano is gone forever.  Hopefully. Stefano has died so many times and came back.  “The Phoenix always rises.”  Apparently, Bo died on the show and Hope believed that Stefano was behind it, so she took it upon herself to “eliminate the problem.”


I think they figured with Joseph sick in real life, it was time to end it for good on the show.  Maybe. Possibly.


From all accounts Joseph Moscolo was an amazingly great man.  I have read tributes about his kindness and fondness for others.  And in my book, Stefano DiMera will go down as one of the greatest bad guys in soap opera history.

9.  Speaking of bad guys that entered my nightmares, there is one who haunted me like crazy when I was a small child.  It was the “child catcher” from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”


I don’t know if it was his creepy look, or the fact that he was trying to catch children, but I had nightmare after nightmare about this guy when I was small.  It was to the extent that I couldn’t even watch the movie for quite a while. 


As the waitress served the elderly couple, she noticed something very unusual.  The man began to eat his meal while his wife just stared patiently out the window.  “Is there something wrong with your food?” the waitress asked.  The older lady replies, “no, the food looks great.”  The waitress asked her again, “aren’t you afraid of your food getting cold?”  The lady nicely replied “oh, that’s alright.”  The waitress finally asked “Well, aren’t you hungry?”  To which the elderly lady replied, “yes I am, I’m just waiting until it’s my turn to use the teeth.”