Here we are not even two weeks into the new year, and already it’s been interesting. My oldest has finally started potty training, and I would be more ecstatic if we didn’t have a five month old, so we are still in diapers for a least the next two years.

I have made my first pipe tobacco order for 2017, and am looking forward to receiving it next week, and am hoping the the nice people at the Canadian border don’t pick my package at customs, but in actuality, even if they do, I paid the purchase price with Christmas money. Win, Win for me.

My wife, at the end of 2016 was wondering about why she was in pain and her joints were swelling. Turns out that she has Fibromyalgia, now that is a plus and a minus. Plus because at least now we have a cause of the pain, minus because even though this is now a recognized disorder in Canada, you have to fight tooth and nail to get any kind of financial aid from disability. We were hoping to be able to bring her home from work when her mat leave was over, but we can at least cut her back a day at work so she doesn’t have to do forty hours a week.

We are coming up to the beginning of the Presidency of Donald Trump, between him and our own Prime Minister G. Q. Justin Trudeau, it will be an interesting next 3 years as the T’s of North America lead the so called free world.

Taking everything over the last ten days into account, I realize just how blessed we are to live in relative freedom. We could live in North Korea, or we could be in some impoverished country that we can’t even get clean drinking water. We all need to consider what we have, and be thankful.

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