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Friday, January 10, 2014 9:05 PM

Be good to yourself. That should be a New Year’s resolution of everyone.

Most of us have a certain amount of work we have to do but it’s more fun to spend time doing the things we want to do, the things that are good for the spirit.

We’ve been snowbound for several days now and some of you have cleaned out those dresser drawers or kitchen cabinets, and then sat down to watch TV. There are some good shows on television, especially on PBS. Many of us have become great followers of Downton Abbey on Sunday nights. If you really want to relax and get a bunch of laughs, watch Duck Dynasty.

I plan to use this winter for a three-month sabbatical when I can hibernate in sweat suits and nice warm slippers. I have so many hobbies or fun things that I like to do. I would take up quilting if I had time.

Some might say I could manage my time better and that’s probably true. I am trying to organize all my “papers” of genealogy and local history. Then there are those hundreds of pictures to put in photo albums – scrapbooks. I’m really looking forward to these three months before we have to start such things as cleaning up the dried up ferns on the asparagus patch. The quickest way to rev up my endorphins is to sit down and start scrapbooking.

My mother introduced me to that hobby when I was in about the sixth or seventh grade, and I still have those treasured books. I also have her high school scrapbook; she graduated in 1926 from St. John’s.

Among the little papers I found in one of her books of favorite poems was the following:

 

Your Hobby and Mine

By Ethel Durnal Posegate

Webster says a hobby is a “Favorite pursuit.”

That – we know was truly spoken,

And they’re loads of fun to boot.

A hobby may be ANYTHING that lets you feel relaxed.

But quickly becomes LABOR, if your mind is overtaxed.

SOME hobbies are for pleasure, just those things we can enjoy.

Which let us rise above such tasks that commonly annoy.

Then, of course, there are some hobbies, used alone for recreation.

Activities that let minds reach TOP heights of elevation.

There are beneficial hobbies – those that reimburse mankind.

Hobbies that will show a profit, when the budget lags behind.

There is NOTHING like a hobby to build character for some,

And through hobbies – what a blessing handicaps are overcome

They refute that awful feeling that all USEFULNESS is gone.

Lives are rehabilitated —- with these hobbies comes the dawn.

Of a new and brighter era, that brings hope to saddened hearts.

EVERY hobby is God-given when new courage it imparts.

Now some folks – like our minister —- just make hobbies of HARD WORK.

No matter WHAT arises you will find they never shirk.

Training YOUTH for active service—that’s their hobby that has PAID.

Watching, guiding and uplifting—-through their never failing aid,

Giving time and strength and talent to promote God’s work on earth,

That’s the hobby of our minister and is one of greatest worth.

EVERY life should have a hobby; something to revive the soul;

Something to enhance the interest, in pursuance of our goal,

Then YOU’RE called upon to answer and reveal YOUR hobby choice—-

Speak right UP —- and tell your favorite; let folks know you have a voice.

Makes no difference what your hobby, be it commonplace or odd.

If it makes for better living, it’s an instrument of God.

Now is as good a time as any to pursue a hobby or two. Maybe the following list will help you on your way: genealogy, local history, photography, bird watching, gardening, flower gardening, fishing, travel, painting or drawing, music, sports, volunteering, reading books or poetry, the Internet, Facebook and collections, such as stamps.

I know one man who has a huge tool collection and has written two books on tools. I have a vase collection that Mom got me into way back during World War II. We had a friend in the Army stationed in California who sent me that first vase made out of a piece of California Redwoods. It has a place of honor, among my many other vases, some of which belonged to my grandmothers.

Some hobbies are more for women, such as crocheting, weaving, knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, baking, ceramics, embroidery and counted cross-stitch. They aren’t just for women. Just recently, when I was at Aero Printing, a young man came in to make copies of pictures and articles for his son’s sports scrapbook.

Some hobbies are more interesting for men, such as woodworking, wood carving, hunting, fishing, checkers, electric trains and the HAM radio. The late Paul Baumgarte was a good example of a HAM radio operator.

ALSO —- write your memoirs, your life story or autobiography. Everyone has a story to tell. One of the most interesting autobiographies that I have found is “The Life and Times of Erma Miller Wehri Morman.” This lovely woman from Kalida was married twice and has nine children, one who lives in Delphos. She has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She describes the traveling she and her husband did with the children, before the day of disposable diapers. She describes life on the farm, life during the depression and World War II and many other tales. Her book is hand written and contains many pictures.

A Delphos man, we’ll call him Dick, has written “The Story of a Lifetime,” which begins with stories of his parents and grandparents. He includes life in the U. S. Army and school days. Some of his most interesting tales tell about two boys spending many happy hours along the Auglaize River in Fort Jennings. Louie Dickman, who had a bar and restaurant in Fort Jennings, paid Dick and his friend, Bob, 50 cents for every turtle they caught. They had spending money and Julie Dickman cooked up some good turtle soup.

I have two large paragraphs written of my story, which will include my husband, our kids and their kids, our parents and grandparents. I am also working on the life story of my aunt, Christine, who grew up in Germany when Hitler came to power.

This should give you something to start on. So be good to yourself and get started on a good hobby, today or tomorrow.

The snow flakes are falling again so let me share this poem with you:

 

Wrapped in Winter

By Garnett Ann Schultz

The world was wrapped in winter

This tiny world called home,

A blanket soft as cotton

As nature’s beauty shown,

A touch of magic wonder

In snowflakes as they fell,

And life held quiet beauty

That wintertime could tell.

The lane was wrapped in winter

Each tree wore ermine white,

With fence posts capped in splendor

Within the dark of night,

The pathway snug and cozy

Between the banks of snow,

And stars shone down from heaven

Touched by the afterglow.

The earth was warm with winter

In peaceful, quiet bliss,

Beneath snow’s magic blanket

A silent happiness

Within the arms of nature

All safe and glowing there,

God wrapped His world in winter

Then left a sunbeam fair.

The above poem was take from a Salesian Inspirational Book.

 

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