The year 2010 is here. The ball dropped on New Year's Eve and has been rolling ever since.

One thing for sure, when the end of the year comes, time doesn't stop and let us get off for a few days so we can rest and relax before we get back on and start going again. When we turn the calendar page, the new year has begun.

The year started with a bang for us. On the second day of January, we were in Manhattan. Our granddaughter Karen married Jeremy. They started their married life together at a beautiful ceremony in the University Christian Church. The Lord blessed them with a clear day -- a very, very cold day, but no blizzard keeping family and friends home.

The second weekend, we were in Topeka, attending the Kansas Fairs and Festival Convention. We had been selected as a team to be inducted into the 2010 Kansas Fairs and Festivals Hall of Fame. We were nominated for the many dedicated years we had served on the Ellis County Fair Board years ago and our continual work at the state fair. We had a wonderful time even though the temperature was in the single digits.

The third weekend, we attended the annual Snowball Festival at Fort Hays State University hosted by the Shooting Stars Square Dance Club. We serve the club by handling the ticket table during the Friday and Saturday dances. The music was lively, the callers unique and the dancers fascinating. We had our fingers crossed, and the weather turned out OK.

It seems we are always talking about the weather. In Kansas, a person never knows what might happen. Winter in Kansas can surprise you. We get spoiled with a few warmer days then, brrr, zero temperatures return snow, ice or fog. Hang in there, 'cause the weather always changes, and spring will be here before we know it.

We've heard people say that when you retire, you will have all this time on your hands, will be bored with nothing to do, spend hours in front of TV. Well, that hasn't happened to us. Maybe we stopped on the busy track 'cause we are on the go all the time and are looking ahead for more good times, places to go and things to see.

In 2010, we have 365 days. Shall we call the new year "twenty ten" or "two thousand ten" or "two o ten"? We guess we like "twenty ten" the best, just have to get used to writing it.

We need to remember each day is a new day and a second chance, a chance to do the things we want to do, take a tour, go to Branson, visit friends in Fort Dodge, the list goes on. Of course we will continue sharing with friends, volunteering and supporting our favorite community groups.

After writing that last statement, we wonder how we'll find the time to do all the things we mentioned. If there's a will, there's a way.

The wheel keeps turning. What's coming up? Sunday is the annual Ground Hog Supper at St. John Lutheran Church, north of Ellis, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu is pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and more. The proceeds from the freewill offering will be given to the Duane Massier family. Everyone is welcome.

In February, the Senior Socials at the Center for Health Improvement will begin Feb. 18, a fun night with jokes, skits, games and snacks is planned.

Lenten breakfast will start in Ellis on Feb. 24th.

Each day, we turn the page to read the "Restore My Soul" encouragement from God's word. This is what we read Jan. 15:

However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" 1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV.

That reading gives us encouragement, and we look ahead with anticipation.

To our readers: We encourage you to enjoy each day given to you. Make the most of it and always thank the Lord for his gift of a second chance.

Jim and Opal Flinn, Ellis, are members of the Generations Advisory Group.