After a two-week hiatus from writing this column, I’m back. The holidays were happy ones for me, having shared them with friends, especially my church family.

Our Christmas Eve service at Frankfort Congregational Church was well-attended. Wall-to-wall Christmas decorations made for a cheery setting and everyone enjoyed hearing the Christmas story read, in pieces, interposed with Christmas carols.

I know only one person who stayed up on New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop. You’re a better man than I, Gunga Din. As per everyone else, it was a normal night, bedtime-wise. I had a few neighbors over for a spur-of-the moment meal, but our celebration only lasted until around 8 p.m., time enough to get home and snuggle in for the rest of the night.

The recent wind and snowstorm took out power to many homes in Frankfort. I was out for about 24 hours, but thanks to my faithful generator, I didn’t have to sit it out cold and in the dark. The only problem was, I thought the generator was good for 10-2 hours on a filling. Wrong. It takes only five hours to drain a full tank. That explains why I found myself riding around at 2:30 a.m., looking to find non-Ethanol gas. I refuse to use anything else in a small engine.

Needless to say, I was unsuccessful, so I returned home. Then it came to me that my boat tank was full of gas, so by the judicious use of a large funnel, I managed to fill the generator tank, which got me through until the next morning, when the stations opened up.

Now, things have returned to normal, which is a good thing. I like normal. It’s good to be back and I wish all readers a happy and prosperous New Year.