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There are 345 days left in the year.
We are 5% through 2021.
This is the 3rd week of the year.
We are in the 2nd month of winter.
18 days until Super Bowl LV
71 days until Opening Day of the 2021 baseball season.
High Today: 31° at 6 am
Low Today: 21° at 10 pm
High Tomorrow: 37° at 3 pm
Low Tomorrow: 22° at 12 am
James 1:2-3 (NIV)
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
"God bestows His blessings without discrimination. The followers of Jesus are children of God, and they should manifest the family likeness by doing good to all, even to those who deserve the opposite."
- F.F. Bruce
Another Hall of Famer had died. Don Sutton pitched 23 seasons in the majors, 16 with the Dodgers. 7th all-time in strikeouts. A four-time NL All-Star. Sutton, a long-time broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves, had won 324 games (14th-most in MLB history), including a franchise-record 233 wins as a Dodger. He also holds the Dodgers records for innings pitched, strikeouts, and shutouts.
Today was President Trump’s last (full) day in office.
I did some snow-blowing in the morning. It really wasn’t necessary as we only got about ¾ inch of snow, but I wanted the driveways cleared so the sun would melt the ice, which it did. I did Twila’s driveway too. I told her last week to quit hiring a man to plow it, that I like being out in the fresh air. She wanted lunch from Deb’s so I ran out and picked up a Salisbury steak dinner for her before noon.
I finally got Missy’s Christmas present over to her. The present is kind of out of place now since Christmas is long gone and the gift was the “Night Before Christmas House” by Thomas Kinkade. The house allows one to watch and listen as the old poem is narrated by Kinkade himself with each room lighting up when they are part of the story. When the lights come on in a room, they show handcrafted and hand painted scenes and figurines. As for Kinkade, sadly he died in 2012 from intoxication from alcohol and valium.
I watched a lot of football this weekend, another two games today. I was surprised that New Orleans lost at home to Tampa Bay. Next Sunday will be the conference championship games. The Bills, who I want to win it all, travel to Kansas City where it is supposed to rain all day. The Buccaneers play at Green Bay. They are expected to have snow throughout the game totaling 3-5 inches.
I wanted Buffalo to win and they did, beating the Ravens 17-3. They will be in the AFC championship next week against the winner of the Browns and Chiefs. It will be the Bills’ first appearance in the conference title game since the 1993 season. The last time the Bills played in the AFC Championship Game was Jan. 23, 1994. They beat the visiting Chiefs that year to earn their fourth straight trip to the Super Bowl (a game the Bills would lose for the fourth straight year).” - ESPN
I have never heard of hoarfrost, have you? Ever since going to Yellowstone last summer, I have followed this National Park on Twitter.
Today they posted the following:
“Hoarfrost is a winter phenomenon that occurs on cold, clear, and humid nights with little wind. The water vapor in the air skips the liquid phase and forms as a crystal, sticking to surfaces of trees, grass, and manmade structures. Where have you noticed hoarfrost?”
I was wondering if we are going to get any bitterly cold weather this winter. We didn’t last year. It is starting to look as if the answer is no. As of the midway point of the month, we haven’t been lower than 18°. And, when I looked at the forecast for the rest of January, I did not see any daily temperatures less than 14°. Of course we must keep in mind that our all-time record low temperature in Clarion is -26° and that was the morning of Groundhog Day of 1961. We can and have experienced very cold temperatures in February.
There was no school today since it was MLK Day. Actually, it was an inservice day.
Jim Weisel is still in the hospital so I didn’t take him, as usual, to the Cancer Center. I stopped down at the hospital before noon. They said they were planning on discharging him. The plan is for him to go to Laurelbrooke Landing in Brookville. Today Jim turned 85 years old.
Missy went to the ER with a lot of pain. She has a UTI.
I went down to New Bethlehem to visit Thad Miles and then to Brookville to see Louise Isaacs and Paul Ion.
Twila said that Missy is back from North Carolina.
Sherri is gaining weight (from fluid) which is not a good thing. Maybe they will need to increase her medicine.
Joe Biden inauguration; Trump dozens of last-minute pardons
Iran releases American hostages
1966 - "The Baseball Writers Association of America elects former Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. Williams, the last major league batter to hit .400, receives 282 of a possible 302 votes. He won the Triple Crown twice, the American League MVP Award twice, and produced the highest career on-base percentage of all time (.483), even though he lost five years to military service."
Note: that his birth certificate reads Teddy Samuel Williams
from Baseball Reference
2021 NFL Divisional Round Results
Saturday, January 16
(1) Green Bay Packers over the (6) 32-18
(2) Buffalo Bills beat (5) Ravens 17-3
Sunday, January 17
(1) Kansas City Chiefs beat (6) Cleveland Browns 22-17
(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat (2) New Orleans Saints 30-20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers - 12:05 PM PT, FOX
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs - 3:40 PM PT, CBS
The last time each of this year's final four teams have played in the Super Bowl
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