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  • The month of February goes by so quickly. We’re already at the quarter point of the month, the 7th. I have a few things coming up that will make the month go even quicker.

    This weekend will be the annual chili cook-off at our church. I believe it’s the 12th year that Kathy and I have hosted it, i.e., we make the announcements for it, buy all the supplies, sodas, beer and wine for it, then facilitate the event on the night it happens.

    I usually wind up tending the bar for a good part of the evening, which is kind of funny, since I don’t drink. I went to Costco on Sunday after the church service to buy all the stuff. I always have to laugh when I’m there, looking at all the choices for beer and wine – “they send the guy who hasn’t drinken anything in 40 years to buy this stuff – what the heck do I know, what’s good and what isn’t?” I just try to guess, based on what moved last year.

    Last year, they drank a lot more wine than beer, but overall, they drank much less than in previous years. I attributed that to there being a lot more young parents with their young kids in tow. But, who knows? Maybe people just don’t feel the need to drink as much as they once did. It will be interesting to see what the “Trump-effect” is on alcohol consumption, this year. I cut most of my alcohol purchases in half, since we didn't even go through a quarter of what I bought last year.

    That’s this Saturday night. Next week, I’ll be traveling out to Minneapolis during the week (Monday – Wednesday), then flying up to Connecticut to attend my favorite retreat up there, in Woodstock, on President's Day Weekend.

    By the time all of that is done, we’ll be into the final quarter of the month, already. I like how they only gave February 28 days (29 in a leap year). I don’t know how they determined this month to be the short one, but I think it was brilliant. It goes by quickly, as it should. Before you know it, we’re into March, and spring is on the way. I'm always ready for spring by the time it ushers in. Even when it's been a mild winter, like this one has been, so far. Spring wakes me out of my hibernation, and lifts me out of the winter doldrums, which I can feel have begun to settle in. It's not a bad thing, really. More like an energy thing. I have to really push myself through these mid-winter days. Left to my own devices, I'd probably just sit around all day, and hibernate. Bears probably have the right idea when it comes to that.
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