Sunday, December 27, 2009

Being Neighborly


We live on the side of a hill here in Topeka KS. If you were to do a google search, merely plug in our address and zero in the area I’m speaking.

Well, after taking Mark home and working out at the Y downtown, I was barely able to get my 95” Toyota into our driveway.

I see in front of me a vehicle trying to get home. It’s my neighbor on Skyline. So we try to get the vehicle going uphill. Didn’t work.

My neighbors’ vehicle is currently parked in our driveway. Being neighborly is what Jesus would expect from each of us.

My annual fowl feeding at 6th & GAGE will have to wait.

Sally was able to film our grandchild’s Christmas 2009. I am currently not ready to view the digital.

Our family therapy continues. I am not optimistic.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


12/26/2009 6:18:34 AM

It’s Saturday Morning and time for my weAkly/weekly.

Here’s hoping everyone watching this video had a good time with your family.

Sally, Mark & myself spent Christmas right here @ home.

About the only trip we made was to pick up our son and go to Christmas Eve service @ 5:00 PM. Churches services throughout the Midwest have been canceling. Our church, OSLC, is no exception. The attendance was sparse.

Watch my previous blogs to get a better understanding about the true meaning of Christmas. I have many posts on the web.

Love you Madeline.

Friday, December 25, 2009


12/25/2009 5:49:20 AM

I’m NOT dreaming of a White Christmas, I’m living it.

That is the theme of my blog this morning.

We’re in a blizzard like situation here at 5112 SW 33rd St
Sally, Mark, Julie S. & myself were able to attend church last night though.
The TV got the message wrong and the attendance was sparse but we made the 5:00 PM service. The 10:00 PM service was cancelled.

So I guess we’ll just stay home.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Christmas Memories

12/24/2009 5:45:18 AM

I had to do a 30 second video of Madeline’s Christmas presents. Sally wrapped up the presents in front of me last night. She informed me that ONE of the presents were from her Grandpa-My. J

I’ll help load the VAN and then head for 6th & Gage. The geese & ducks need me.

I used to like Christmas. I don’t anymore.


Perhaps one of my most favorite Christmas times were during my formidable years.
I grew up on a farm NE of Bruce SD

Some of my previous writings were who the players in my life were.

A “normal” Christmas for me follows:

On Dec 24th , we, my family, would prepare for the birth of Jesus. This may sound weird, but we REALLY did have the birth of Jesus as the center of our lives.

I would do the chores, feeding the animals, etc. and my job was to get some ice to make ice cream. So I would kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

The cattle needed to drink water from the Sioux river. The silage was also in the same area. So I would walk down to the river with an axe, fork & an ice bucket.

I would then open the river for the cattle, place the ice in the bucket and head back to the farm, some ¼ mile east of the river.

Mom would make the homemade ice cream. My job was to hand cranking the ice cream to perfection. It was always rewarding to open the lid and slurp the fins clean. Those were fun days! Later DAD purchased a motorized maker, making ice cream less fun.

Later on towards evening, the BIG moment would arrive!

Am I referring to Santa? .. NO !

After chores, we would eat. My parents, mainly MOM, would make fun Norwegian food. I even liked Lutefisk, still do.

Later on my uncle John and Susie Bergh would come over from Volga, SD.

Of course, this KID was chomping at the bits to open presents.

But first we would have our Christian traditions.

We would all gather together, and the kids would have to recite any Christmas program parts we might have had. I attended a one room school all during my childhood and Mrs. Bombeck would have us do the Christmas school program. One year I think I was a Shepard. Of course with only 8 kids or so, there was NOT that many choices.

So us kids would have to recite our parts to the “fam.”

Then we would ALL sing various Christmas songs. We had no piano or musical instruments in our possessions, so we all sang memory. That was FUN!

Singing Silent night was my favorite, still is.

So WHEN are we going to open presents? I’m getting impatient!


Next we would have to read the Bible.

Uncle John would read the Gospel of Luke to us. Us kids would know the story by heart. This kid wanted to open presents. Who cares about some kid being born in a manger story?! There are presents under the Charlie Brown tree

Uncle John (John Holter’s namesake) Bergh would lead us in prayer.

Can we open presents now?


One year my sisters boxed up a present for me. It was a big truck.

We had no money for such expensive presents.

I remember my mother once asking me if it would be all right if there was not a whole lot of presents under the tree this year. I found out later that DAD had just purchased a ¼ section of land and we were poor. I could care less.

My childhood Christmas days were one of true joy!

I yearn to go back to those days.


I guess I’ll post this to our web.

The fowls are going to be having a visit.

I AM not invited to witness my only grand child’s Christmas again this year… Third annual.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I'm OK

I’m OK

I’m OK .. at least for now.

Sally drove me to see a “specialist” yesterday to see what’s wrong with me.

The ENT building is located right next to a funeral home, so I guess I’m good to go.

Anyway, the balance tester made me dizzy. I’m still suffering as I write this.

They ruled out my inner ear being the problem.

The next test will be my brain.

I’m reminded of the movie “The wizard of OZ”. .. “If I only had a brain.”

I’ll be giving my brain to the scarecrow. At least there’s a funeral home close by.

The best part about yesterday was I FINALLY got my 1st cup of coffee afterwards.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dizziness, imbalance & Headaches

12/22/2009 5:56:23 AM

Maybe, just maybe some specialist might be able to tell me what’s wrong.

You see, I’ve been suffering from dizziness, imbalance and headaches. I’m sick of feeling sick!

Sally will be driving me to this AM.

Wish me well.

Maybe even a prayer or two might help.

To my atheist friends, forget it, OK?

Saturday, December 19, 2009



Good Morning to all you bloggers out there in cyber space.. Merry Christmas too!
Now send me to jail.

I’m a Christian Conservative Blogger.

Anyway, enjoy your Christmas. Remember to honor Jesus’ birth.

I’ll be feeding the fowls on Dec 25th. Sally & Mark will be enjoying Christmas with my estranged son and his family.

Remember, it is better to give than to receive.

View the previous video.

Friday, December 18, 2009

My Christmas 2009

The theme of this video is, "It's better to give than to receive"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


12/16/2009 7:09:22 AM

Yesterday was an interesting day.

I get up. I do my “thing”. I turn on my computer. I turn on my TV. I get some coffee.

Have I said the word “I” enough? How’s that for being self centered? J

So anyway, after doing all these mundane things, it’s time to do fun things.

Sally has written her annual Christmas letter. Being the computer geek that I am, The letter has been posted on our web. The next function is to stuff envelopes. I can do that.

Now that the Christmas season is rapidly approaching, we’re finding many more ADS in the paper. One of the Christmas purchases to myself from myself is a new tool chest. The 95’ Toyota could not fit the BIG box, so the 73’ Ford (3/4) Truck (My hearse) was put into action. Mission accomplished!

It’s wonderful to be DEBT FREE! Thanks Dave!

So it’s back to stuffing envelopes and nursing my illness.

Treating & Preventing imbalance & Dizziness by Paul Silovsky, PT is my next read.

I’m getting tired of being drunk like .. and I don’t even drink.

Maybe I should start drinking.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Privacy in the Workforce

12/15/2009 5:40:06 AM

My daily retired schedule follows:

1) Get up
2) Do my duties (you know what I mean)
3) Get coffee
4) Prick my diabetic finger
5) Turn on my computer
6) Decide what I can blog about today.

So I get to #6 on my checklist and see on FOX and Friends a segment called


and it brought back memories of my career with the Postal Service.

From what I heard on TV, there’s a company or someone who is going to federal court over “texting” while on the job.

This news segment immediately brought back some unpleasant memories of my last days working for the Post Office.

I was a computer systems operator for the USPS here in Topeka KS. I worked as a union employee from Nov 1973-Mar 2001

My job was to run a computer.

On or about the last year, year ½ I was being harassed.

The management made my working life as miserable as possible. I used to be called in to the head office for the most frivol ice of things.

Once I got called into the head office because I didn’t pick up a supervisors interoffice mail. This supervisor was playing a game and called my supervisor to I missed his inbox.

These and other useless meetings finally got my ire. I started writing everything down.

This harassment finally got so bad that I finally had a visit with my personal physician.

To make a long story short, I was on sick leave for 45 days. I reported back to work after my 45 days off and worked for another week.

When I got back from sick leave, there was a letter to me stating that I was NOT to be on any Postal Service computers. What’s with that? My job was to be a computer systems operator!

So I proceed to take some more action. I write to all the government agencies I can find.

I finally get a call from the OPM in DC. The person on the other end of the phone wants to make a deal. He stated that if I would sign this legal agreement to NOT get on any Postal Service computers, I could finish my career on sick leave.


What a deal! You mean to say that this computer systems operator is NOT allowed to do his job?
That was the offer.

So I finished my last seven months on sick leave.

I was using the Postal Service computers to do my job.

The managers at the Postal Service wanted me out of there.

I was told by many of my co-workers that I could have filed a discrimination complaint for lots of $$$. I chose to quietly retire with honor.

Here endeth my final years of working for the Postal Service.

Post to

Sunday, December 13, 2009

My Health

12/13/2009 10:19:21 AM

OK …

This will be a boring report on my health.

I am suffering from a cold of some sort.

That can be corrected with proper medication.

What my main concern regarding my health is my balance problem.

I would fail a drug sobriety test and I don’t even drink.

If I were ordered to stand at attention in the military, I would fail.

So what’s one to do?

Guess I’ll find out Dec 22, 2009 at the Ear, Nose & Throat specialist.

At least they’ll tell me what is NOT my problem.

If anyone has any ideas, please let me know .. OK?

Saturday, December 12, 2009


12/12/2009 4:57:34 AM

It’s time for my video report for the week. I’ve been doing this now for quite a few weeks. I have no idea if anyone watches these videos, and frankly, I don’t care.

It’s time for my cold to leave. This illness has gone on long enough. My main illness is my balance. If I were to stand at attention wearing a military uniform, I’d be singled out.

If I were to be asked to walk a straight line, I’d fail. I’m not even drunk!

There’s a good book for anyone to read “Christmas Sweater” by Glenn Beck.

The news this week is Climategate. What a hoax!

I’m a Palin supporter. I’m a dittohead, I’ve been Hannitized and I watch FOX news.

Does that make me a homophobe, sexist , racist, the left wing liberals name call us?

We have a new business card:


I see that the video is ready to be posted to

Friday, December 11, 2009


12/11/2009 7:04:54 AM

Yesterday I was sick. No fever, just feeling puny. Sally also has the sinus cold.. My voice is back, but there’s no singing voice yet. Sorry choir.

So what does one do all day when sick? .. NOTHING.

Spent all day deleting unnecessary emails and moving emails around to various folders.

Guess I’ll get busy. The second cup of coffee is waiting.

Next week I’m to see a specialist on why I’m dizzy all the time.

Merry Christmas .. (can I say that?)

Join us on the web if you’d like


Saturday, December 5, 2009


12/5/2009 6:32:12 AM

Good Morning everyone …

Today I’d like to talk a little about religion. I said a little bit about my Lutheran faith and a blog reply I received this week. Visit our blog at and learn a little more about how I stand in relationship to my faith.

The web address to visit is:

The best way to reply to any of my blogs is to own a google account. This is the Internet technology I use. I heard on the news that our BO president had a meeting with the CEO of Google.

Did you know that my son John has GOOGLE on his Kansas license plate?
My hearse has HOLTREM on its antique plate. Can the DMV hear in Topeka do anything right? The plate is suppose to be “HOLTERM”

Now let me check on the video being downloaded and getting a 2nd cup of coffee.

12/5/2009 7:04:00 AM

The video is still uploading.

So, in 2005 I was dissatisfied with the OSLC (Our Saviors Lutheran Church) here in Topeka KS.

Our Pastor back then, was involved with the peace and justice movement and also speaking out about social injustice in our great city. I had NO PROBLEM with her expressing her opinion. My problem was she was wearing her clerical collar in public (like city hall & the Capitol building).

Pastor Susan was a speaker when WE, the voters of Kansas voted overwhelmingly that the institution of marriage is to between a man and a woman. Our beloved Pastor was a speaker wearing her clerical collar.

I decided right then and there that I was no longer part of the ELCA.

My membership and my tithing are now at Grace Lutheran, AFLC, Bruce SD

And that’s the way it is.

Yours truly in Christ,