JANUARY 7, 2010

From this Chair…

By Cloann McNall

   The holidays are over and the dismal days of January are here. Now we are faced with bills to pay for Christmas gifts and the dark overcast days of winter in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

   As of today (Monday) the snow is gone and the rain is falling. But the days are slightly longer since Winter Solstice Dec. 21. This is the shortest day of the year.

   Due to that date falling on Monday I was unable to attend Julie and Alex Irby’s Winter Solstice party which is a great hit with their many friends.

   My daughter and son-in-law Lynette and Larry Codr of Meridian were here for the New Year’s weekend.

   These two are excellent cooks and we had a fabulous time sharing recipes and cooking. One entrée included a delicious pumpkin pie baked with bourbon.

   We were among New Year’s Eve dinner guests of Betsy and Bruce Lang at their beautiful big home in Peck.

   This is our third year to enjoy such a treat and it was four years ago that the Phantom and I enjoyed getting to know each better at the Lang’s New Year’s Eve party.

   That was 2006 and the Langs were in the process of building their home and were living in a smaller place on the property.

   Time marches on and nothing stays the same. However, sorry to write, one thing remains the same and that is the economy remains so sluggish in Clearwater County.

   It took awhile but the poor economy is finally catching up with the Clearwater Tribune. Readers can tell this from the size of their papers.

   Hopefully things will pick up after this month. The only good thing I’ve found about January is the fact my third and youngest daughter, Marcie was born. She was the first baby born in 1963 in Lincoln County, CO. Guess what I received for such an accomplishment?

   You’re right. A free subscription to the county newspaper, The Colorado Plainsman which our family owned and published. It was 20 degrees below zero on the Sunday morning (Jan. 20) she was born in Hugo, CO.

   I had read if an expectant mother eats calcium pills when labor pains start it will speed up things!

   Well, it did. I was at the hospital for less than 40 minutes when Marcie was born. And in the delivery room for no more than 20 minutes.

   Even though it was a speedy delivery her love and support to me has never wavered once in all these years. God knew what He was doing when He sent her my way.