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Spring’s first day in 8 weeks: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 1/23/19

Hello, and a very warm greeting to you all!

This time of year, I find it is quite helpful to be intentional about our thoughts. We must thaw out our brains and remember, always, that summer is …

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Spring’s first day in 8 weeks: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted

Hello, and a very warm greeting to you all!

This time of year, I find it is quite helpful to be intentional about our thoughts. We must thaw out our brains and remember, always, that summer is coming!

Do you have any tricks that help keep your mind on warmer things? Sometimes you just have to get up and move! I think that advice is good for inside, and out!

If I am cold in the house, then I turn on the vacuum cleaner and before you know it, I am warm (and my floors are clean)! A song with a strong beat can do the same, although my floors don’t get cleaned!

The first day of spring is eight weeks away. In the meantime, keep the hat and gloves handy and move your body!

Have a great week, and remember to think warm and cozy thoughts. 

Birthdays

Happy cake day to Rachel Lawruk Killeen, formerly of Lower Swatara Township. Wishing you a beautiful January birthday on Wednesday, Jan. 23!

Emily Mattes of Lower Swatara turns 23 on Friday, Jan. 25. Enjoy your wintry birthday weekend, Emily!

Happy 22nd birthday to Dagen Hughes of Lower Swatara on Friday, Jan. 25. I hope it is fantastic!

Ethan Friedrichs of Elizabethtown turns 14 on Jan. 25. Wishing you a truly terrific birthday, Ethan!

Best wishes to Megan and Morgan Danilowicz of Lower Swatara on their 22nd cake day on Friday, Jan. 25. I hope the sun is shining for you ladies!

Delaney Fitzpatrick of Lower Swatara will blow out 12 candles atop her birthday cake on Saturday, Jan. 26. I hope it is your best party day ever!

Many blessings to Roselyn Mondragon of Middletown on Saturday, Jan. 26. I hope this ninth birthday is full of fun and surprises!

Here is a shout-out to Becky Wierman of Lower Swatara. She celebrates her confetti-popping day on Sunday, Jan. 27. Kick back and enjoy it all week long, Becky!

Best wishes for a super Sunday birthday to Keith Daily of Lower Swatara on Jan. 27. May your day be pure joy!

Wishing Jane Balmer of Londonderry Township a marvelous Monday birthday on Jan. 28. I hope this cake day is your best so far, Jane. Enjoy!

Happy 23rd frosty-filled birthday to Cody Fox of Lower Swatara on Monday, Jan. 28. Celebrate your day all week long, Cody!

Happy brand-new-teener birthday to Minda Rhodes of Hummelstown on Monday, Jan. 28. Congrats on turning 13!

Garlic Potatoes Recipe

8 medium russet or Yukon gold potatoes (about 3 pounds), peeled and cut into quarters

4 large garlic gloves, peeled

1/3 c. milk, heated

1 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1/4 c. sour cream

Place potatoes and garlic in a 3-quart saucepan. Add enough water to cover.

Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cover loosely and boil gently for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Shake pan with potatoes over low heat to dry.

Mash potatoes and garlic until no lumps remain. Add milk in small amounts, beating after each addition.

Add remaining ingredients. Mash vigorously until potatoes are light and fluffy.

Dean’s list

Congrats to Sarah Frick of Hummelstown on being named to the fall 2018 Saint Mary’s College dean’s list.

Saint Mary’s is in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Quote of the Week

“The past has brought me to today.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What do you do to keep your mind off of freezing cold January?

“Celebrate my birthday! It is Jan. 21.” — Jameson Hoffman, 7, Lower Paxton.

“I drink hot cocoa from my Yeti.” — Ann Seaton, West Hanover.

“I think of the summer, and fire, and blankets.” — Leah Courts, 9, Middletown.

“Drink hot chocolate and think of warmness, like the beach!” — Amelia Bishop, 8, Middletown.

“I put my dinosaur hat on. It’s warm!” — Jonah Cooper, 4, Swatara.

“I just spend time playing Fortnite.” — Jon Benkovic, 8, Lower Paxton.

Proverb of the Week

Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding (23:23).

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