January 2021 is the first Ninepatch issue that I have published and mailed without funds from our corporation.
When we closed the Ninepatch corporation at the end of 2020, funds remaining had to be donated to other 501C3 (religious/educational) non-profit organizations. Previously, these funds were carried over to the new year and paid our expenses until new donations arrived.
Georgene (our treasurer) and I are the two remaining corporate board members. We have agreed to choose three non-profits for our funds. After we reconcile the 2020 financial books, I will send those tax record donation letters.
When our 2020 Ninepatch taxes are filed, the corporation paperwork should be completely finished.
Frances Fritzie, Editor


Week 1: “What made you happy in 2020?”
Week 2: “What did you learn in 2020?”
Week 3: “What do you hope for in 2021?”
Week 4: “Have you ever been camping? If so where? If not,
where would you go if you could?”


Following are a few December 2020 comments from our Facebook page.

Week One: “I was raised to believe…”

Georgene (Oct.’20): “I was raised to believe “My house… my rules!” (It was Dad’s house.)”


Gail (Dec.’20): “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”


Frances Fritzie (Editor)

“Easy-peasy! I was trained to believe if I made the ‘right’ choices and ‘behsved myself’ my life would be GOOD!”


Week Two: “I took a risk when…”

Simon Stargazer (Dec.’20) “When I changed jobs. Each time I learned something new and valuable. Same with marriages. The Covenant of marriage works better when one accepts, cherishes and practices it always. Since both my wife and I have previous marriages, I am reminded of a saying by famous coach of the Green Bay Packers Vince Lombari who said, ‘Practice doesn’t make perfect…perfect practice does.’”


Week Three: Our sharing topic for the third week of December 2020 is, “Do you ever rehearse what you are going to say on the phone? If yes, give an example.”

Cathie (Feb. ‘19)

“I don’t. Maybe I should.”


Dottie (See her letter in AROUND THE FRAME) “Yes. I just did so today as I had a phone conference regarding my son who is in a nursing home. I wrote down the main topics I wanted to discuss.”


Our December question: “If you started a magazine, what would you call it and what would be in it?” will continue, and a new one joins in for your consideration: “Do you dream? If so, tell one of your memorable ones. If not, tell what you would like to dream about!”


In regard to December’s question about starting a magazine, DVL (See his book re-view in INSTRUCTIONS.) wrote this, “In big bold four-inch letters on cover would be

W. T. F. Underneath in small print would be, ‘Where’re The Facts?’ (I would make the name of the magazine LARGE so older people would not have to find their reading or magnifying glasses.)

The content would be political. If possible, for the first two issues I would like to interview former living presidents. I would want the men to sit down together with my staff for in-person interviews!”


Like shifting winds,

As if a hurricane

Hits you,

You always know HARD TIMES will


Those fleeting thoughts,

Those temporary fears,

Those contradictions,

You can almost feel,

The turning of one


To another,

The way it happens,

Is a smile, a word said,

A compliment not expected,

Taking a good look at what

You already know,

What you already have,

The fondness of friends,

The nearness of


Nearness close by,

Always know what you

Have stored away,

You can pull out for

Rainy days –

Or threats of hurricanes,

So easy we are,

If we only knew,

Put good memories

In front of you


While rocking in a good

Rocking Chair –

The only word I want

To spread Today

To myself and to you

Is “Smile.”

Gayle Bluebird (Dec.’20) “If you have had to move in your senior years you probably know it is not easy. In this poem I am telling myself it will get easier, new friends will be made, some-one will smile at me, someone will compliment me. Perhaps this will resonate with you. Maybe you too have a life change ahead; May it be happy with little stress.”


African lions: Internet photo

Last week I thought of this movie based on the book, “Man Eaters of Tsavo,” It told the real story of two man-eating lions that accosted a railroad crew in 1898 in the Tsavo region of Kenya. The animals were not acting like lions usually do. Maybe they weren’t just ordinary lions, either.

The whole thing is fear had taken hold of the railroad crew. There was a scene where three guys in a railroad car with baseball bats had a lion in the middle of them. One tried to shoot the lion but the creature just roared louder than ever. He roared so loud the men had to plug their ears and run out of the railroad car.

The next morning there was chaos and confusion as the leader, John Patterson, tried to keep order. He was met with accusations, anger and hostility from the railroad crew: “YOU are the PROBLEM in TSAVO”. Out of nowhere Charles Remington arrives and quickly takes charge of the situation by force. Remington’s attitude is a you’re gonna’ do what I tell you to do so I can leave here. End of story! He’s a hunter brought in to deal with the lions. But Remington has something no one there has, and that’s a coura-

geous take-charge attitude. It’s no-nonsense.

With Remington’s leadership the lions are even-tually killed and peace comes back to Tsavo.

Bookworm (Dec.’20) adds, “Lions are going to roar loud in my life. But God is louder than all of them.”


I just finished reading a book by Bret Bair. Three Days at the Brink, FDR’s Daring Gamble to Win World War II. The book goes into great detail how President Roosevelt man-aged to keep Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin on the same path – Roosevelt’s path! First, it carefully explains the difficulties with Churchill and Stalin. Second, it tells how FDR over-came the problems and last it covers the logistics of just get-ting to the meetings at Tehran, Iran and Yalta on the Crimean Peninsula.

The book leaves the reader wondering if Roosevelt had lived to see the surrender of Germany. If so, wondering about after the war if FDR had met with Stalin Churchill what would have been the outcome? Would we have had to endure the Cold War for a generation? Or would FDR have listened to General Patton and invaded Russia while the US had their army in Europe!

It is hard to believe President Roosevelt did not in-form his Vice President about the atomic bomb! Had Roose-velt lived would he have used it on Japan? General Eisenhower did not want him to use it!

DVL (Dec.’20) adds, “It is interesting to think that Roosevelt had so much confidence he thought he could deal with Stalin. Personally, I think Churchill had a more rational view of Russia’s leader. That’s what makes history interesting: how one person can make, some-times, a big difference in the world for good or bad.”


Something occurred which usually never happens. I began a book from a “general fiction” section of the library.

I read thirty-five or so pages and just put it aside. I started a different book. It was not “general fiction,” it was “fantasy.”

I just can’t get on board with the fantasy other than the Harry Potter books and some similar children’s books.

For some reason, I don’t care for adult fantasy.

Chantal (See her letter.) adds. “I have read some really good young-adult fiction, though.”


I’ve been reading more books I found at the Senior Center Library. I discovered another series: Patchwork Mysteries! I found five titles there and have read them all.

These cozy mysteries were first written starting in 2010 as part of Guidepost book. A quilt fin and a mystery are always involved. Here’s a beginning list:

1. Family Patterns by Kristin Eckhart

2. Time to Share by Jo Ann Brown

3. Muslin Mystery by Vera Dodge

4. Timeless Treasures by Cara Putman

5. Homespun Holiday by Kelly Ann Riley

If, they are available, I’ll enjoy hunting for other titles in this series!

Kay (Dec.’20) reports, “We celebrated Thanksgiving with all of our family present. This has not happened in a number of years!”


Normal is an individual thing.”

James (Dec.’20) adds, “What is ‘normal’ for one, may not be ‘normal’ for another.”