Friday, December 28, 2007

Auld Lang Syne

I've gotten a little carried away with this Auld Lang Syne. Since I made a typo on "rendition" on the previous post, I felt I needed to give you another rendition. Enjoy!

Auld Lang Syne

This is a little different redition of Auld Lang Syne. Enjoy!

A Happy And Healthy New Year To All

I suppose this will be my last post until 2008 rolls around. Can you believe that in just three days we will start a brand new year? As usual it will take two or three weeks before I stop using 2007 on my checks.

Some of the family will be present in the Clark mansion for New Years Day. I expect to have Wallie, Manny, Travis and Mary Peyton as Rob will go back to Winston-Salem on Sunday. We will miss him and wish that he could be here to help us celebrate.

The usual fare will be on the dining table -- pork roast, blackeyed peas, sweet potatoes, cabbage and probably some other goodies I may decide to have. Traditionally, one should have hog jowl, but I'm not much into that part of the pig and will substitute the pork roast. Blackeyed peas are a must as they are said to bring good luck in the new year. Something green, some say, improves the finances, so I hope that the cabbage is green enough for that.

I usually fall asleep on New Years Eve before the old clock tolls midnight. But maybe this year I can at least watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York which, of course, is 11:00 our time. Does that count?

Who knows what 2008 will bring for any of us -- my guess is that it is a good thing that we don't know -- takes all of the fun out of living.

There is so much turmoil here and abroad that one can only hope and pray that somehow we can have peace on the planet. But that is probably asking too much -- it has never happened and unlikely to happen in this new year. We can continue to pray and maybe each one of us can make some kind of difference in the hearts of our brothers and sisters who walk this old Earth.

My wish for each of you is that the new year will bring to you the spiritual joy that you may be seeking and God will bless you and your loved ones.

I'm not much of a singer, and you are fortunate there is no sound to this post (I don't know how to do that), but I would like to leave you with this to sing in your own melodious tones:

Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Sould auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
And here's a hand, my trusty friend
And gie's a hand o' thine
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays To All

I have been remiss in my postings, but I have been rather busy. As I have said before, I hate it when a job stands in the way of things you had rather do.

Christmas is almost upon us now, and I really can't wait. It is a great time of the year, and one where we sometimes forget the spiritual significance among all of the packages, decorated trees and all of the other stuff that makes the season so much fun.

My tree looks great, if I do say so myself. Melinda does not do decorating, so if it were left up to her one would think that Scrooge lives at our house. But everything is all set for my little Mary Peyton Marble to come in like a storm on the 18th. I can see her toys and playthings all scattered throughout the house, but one overlooks these things for a precious granddaughter.

Laurette and Travis will join Amanda, Mary Peyton, Rob, Melinda and me at the Walters' house in Aberdeen on the 21st, and we will have our Christmas with all of the rest of the Walters clan on the 23rd. They will go their separate ways to celebrate Christmas day with others of their family members -- the Marbles to Jackson, Mississippi, and the Wolfes to Jackson, Tennessee. But the great thing is that they will all be back in Olive Branch for the big Liberty Bowl celebration in Memphis. I do hope that the Dawgs take a little bite out of the University of Central Florida.

I do wish for all of you a very, very Merry Christmas and happiness for the rest of the holiday season. I'm going to make a resolution for the new year that I will try to keep up with my blogging -- I know that there are absolutely thousands out there who have missed me -- one for sure. Merry Christmas Marty -- should I have put a comma there?