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Palm trees go well with Christmas lights: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 12/4/19

Here we are! How did December come so quickly? I feel like 2019 took a shortcut. Somehow, it must have cheated us out of some weeks, or maybe just days!

At any rate, let us throw the red and …

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Palm trees go well with Christmas lights: LaVonne Ackerman

Beach restaurant Johnny Longboat’s on Singer Island welcomes December with a friendly “snowman.”
Beach restaurant Johnny Longboat’s on Singer Island welcomes December with a friendly “snowman.”
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Here we are! How did December come so quickly? I feel like 2019 took a shortcut. Somehow, it must have cheated us out of some weeks, or maybe just days!

At any rate, let us throw the red and green welcome mat at the front door. I see many signs of Christmas of the Florida variety. It is a treat to see palm trees wrapped in green, red and white twinkling lights.

There is, indeed, a different feel down here. I’m not talking about the lowest low of 52 last week or the 72 degrees forecasted today. It’s the beachy atmosphere with the temps usually in the high 70s, going into the 80s. It’s the beauty of the ocean colors drawing you in.

Think about this ... the average daily ocean temperature here is 77 degrees in December, while in Atlantic City, it is 59 degrees in June! Yes, I miss decorating my house, the chill in the air and scattered snow flurries, but I certainly can embrace this new kind of Christmas time, too.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, I hope you can enjoy this kind season of love and goodwill toward others. Bring on the merry and bright. Have a wonderful week, and don’t forget to share your news, right here!

Birthdays

Happy birthday to Brian Etter of Elizabethtown on Wednesday, Dec. 4. May 35 wonderful things happen on your day!

A special 22nd birthday greeting is sent to Lyndsay Truax of Lower Swatara Township on Dec. 4. Hope your Wednesday is awesome!

Geovanny Cedano of Middletown marks his 15th cake-and-ice cream day on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Enjoy!

Much love and hugs to my first born, Scotty Ackerman on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Only 32 short years ago, you made me a mom! God bless you!

Happy 20th birthday to Jacob Spears of Lower Swatara. I hope your Thursday, Dec. 5 celebration is over the top!

Devin Ruzansky of Middletown celebrates his brand new teener cake day on Friday, Dec. 6. Have a happy 13th, Devin!

Best wishes for a super Sunday birthday to Cathy Zupanovic of Lower Swatara on Dec. 8. I hope all your dreams come true, Cathy!

Happy beep-honk-beep day to Cynthia Ortiz-Sanchez of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Dec. 8. I hope your 16th cake day is super sweet!

Here’s a happy 92nd birthday shout out to CD Farr of Middletown Home on Sunday, Dec. 8. Hoping your day is full of joy!

Honk, honk, beep to Gavin Swartheur of Middletown on his Monday, Dec. 9 Sweet 16 birthday. Be safe!

Michaila Brady of Lower Swatara celebrates 23 reasons to be happy on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Enjoy your  birthday week!

Anniversaries

Happy 41st wedding anniversary to Don and Vicki Hartman of Middletown on Thursday, Dec. 5. Have a warm and cozy day together!

Darryl and Renie Bower of Lower Swatara celebrate 33 years together on Friday, Dec. 6. Hope your weekend is full of romance, flowers and chocolate!

Best wishes to Gary and Lynne Klock of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Happy 31st anniversary. Enjoy!

Cozy Pineapple Chicken

6 chicken breasts

1 c. flour

salt and pepper

1 can consommé

Pinch of ginger

1 can pineapple chunks

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

Dredge chicken in flour, salt and pepper. Brown chicken in frying pan and place in greased pan or casserole dish.

Drain pineapples (save juice). Place chunks on top of chicken. Pour consommé, pineapple juice, soy sauce and ginger into frying pan and simmer until blended. Pour mix over chicken and pineapple.

Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours. Serves 6, goes well with rice and peas.

Quote of the Week

“When faithfulness is most difficult, it is most necessary.” — Unknown.

Question of the Week

Who do you know who shows faithfulness?

“My in-laws. They had a house fire 6 months ago and were stripped of all their worldly possessions. They live by God’s chosen path, one day at a time, to create a new normal. Also, my mother, Kathy. She chose to allow God to plan and choose what she would do each day. Each morning she prayed, ‘Whatever You want me to do today, send me the person and the purpose and I will follow your plan.’ She gained 18 years on this Earth with that plan after a heart transplant in 1996.” — Amy Benner, Royalton.

“Baseball players who show faithfulness to their team by putting their all into the game and working hard at practices.” — Jayden Benner, 16, Royalton.

“My mom, because of her faith in me and how she has believed in me all throughout my life.” — Logan Benner, 13, Royalton.

“I think Miss Rachael, children’s ministry director, is very faithful, because she likes all the kids, even when they are being rude!” — Ayla Windows, 8, Susquehanna.

“Faithful? I’m not sure what that means! I guess my mommy is faithful, right mom?” Ayden Windows, 5, Susquehanna Township.

“Donald Trump. He is being faithful to his campaign promises (as much as possible), in spite of significant political opposition from both parties.” — Bill Seaton, Hummelstown.

Proverb for the Week

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones (12:4).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.