Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’ve got a Valentine’s gift for you sun lovers. In only 25 days, March 11, daylight saving time begins. That means sunrise and sunset will be approximately one hour later on March 11, 2018 than it was on March 10, so you will have more daylight when you get home from work.
According to the instructions from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) who governs the use of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 11, you set your clock for 2 a.m. to awaken you, then turn it forward 1 hour to 3 a.m.
Of course, most logical people will do that before retiring to bed.
By the way, it is daylight saving time according to that DOT governing body, not daylight savings time. In the USA it starts the second Sunday in March, which happens to be March 11 this year and ends on the first Sunday in November.
Those of you who prefer longer nights and less daylight, well, you will have to suffer until Nov 4. Or consider moving to Arizona. Not the northeastern part of Arizona but the rest of it. The larger portion of Arizona does not participate in daylight saving time but the northeastern part does.
•Here’s another Valentine’s gift, at least it can be if you are reading the Meteor the minute you get it. The CHI Madison St Joseph Hospital Gift Shop is selling all kinds of homemade goodies Valentine’s Day. They will have homemade cakes, pies, chocolates and other candies starting at 9 a.m. Don’t wait too long though. A lot of people know about those great cooks. By the way, if you’re buying a homemade goodie for a Valentine’s gift, you really shouldn’t sample it before giving it to your valentine.
•On our birthday list, a special happy birthday to Mr. James Mooney. Mr. Mooney is celebrating his 100 birthday this Valentine’s Day, having been born Feb. 14, 1918. How special is that?
Right behind Mr. Mooney is David Callahan’s birthday. Mr. Callahan will be 86 Feb. 15. Fran Frenzel celebrates her birthday Feb. 15 as well.
Greg Schilling has his birthday Feb. 16, while Jack Hunter and yours truly will do the same Feb. 18, and David Hammit blows out his candles Feb. 19. Winding out this week’s birthdays is Stacy Bennett, who has her special day Feb. 21,
•Condolences to the family of Mrs. Iris Ballard who passed away Feb. 7 at the age of 96. Mrs. Ballard loved Madisonville and continued to take the Madisonville Meteor after she moved to Bartlesville, Okla., in 2007 to be closer to her children. She was quite a lady and called me periodically with birthdays.
Mr. and Mrs. Ballard moved to Madisonville in 1983. She was known by many because of her great sewing skills and her love for First Baptist Church of Madisonville. Service were held last Friday at Bartlesville Southern Baptist Church and again last Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Madisonville First Baptist Church of Madisonville. The Rev. Jim Adams returned to Madisonville to officiate that service.
Mrs. Iris is survived by her daughter, Kay Herring and husband Bob, son David Ballard, and a large family of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
The family request memorials be made to The Journey Home at 900 N. Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006, or the Washington-Osage Baptist Association Disaster Relief Fund at 3801 N.E. Maryland St., Bartlesville, OK 74006.
•Condolences to the family of Nettie Dean, who passed away at the age of 99. Mrs. Dean is survived by her daughter, Martha Fautheree and husband Bill and family. Services will be Thursday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. at Day’s Funeral Home in Madisonville
•Don’t forget that this upcoming Friday and Saturday is the date for the annual Madisonville First Baptist Church Women's Ministry held in the church’s Family Life Center. Call the Madisonville First Baptist Church office at (936) 348-2686 for registration information.
•The annual Midway Volunteer Fire Department Steak Dinner and Dance is coming up Feb. 24. More about it next week.
•And finally, remember the comic strip Peanuts? Peanuts was a part of so many lives. Charles M. Schulz wrote the Peanut cartoons which were always destined to make you smile and often to make you think as well.
Schulz could be quite a wise sage, like when he said about Valentine’s, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”
There are quite a few great love philosophers out there. Someone who knew all about boots and what’s usually on the bottom of them shared in the Hoosier Farmer magazine; “Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.”
Don’t know who said this one, but one of the cutest Valentine quotes goes like this: “I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.”
My favorite, though, is from English author A.A. Milne, who once said to his love, “If you live to be a hundred I want to live to be a hundred minus one day. That way I won’t have to live without you.”
That one’s for you, Ronnie.
Happy Valentine’s, everyone.