Valentine's Day candies on display! I could hardly believe it.

Christmas was just Wednesday, and we still have New Year's Eve to go! While all these days can be enjoyable, we just don't seem to catch a breath in between anymore before there are more things they want us to buy for the next event!

I hope all your Christmas celebrations were warm, happy ones. We had a surprise phone call from a granddaughter that made the day in our family. Even better, she's thinking about a visit!

I can hardly believe how quickly I am recovering from getting my new hip. The way they are doing this procedure now is so different! I remember taking care of patients with hip replacements, some of them weeks in the nursing home for rehab after leaving the hospital. I'mnow 2andfrac12; weeks post-op and moving better than before surgery andndash; and much faster than I imagined possible. And only two days in the hospital compared to a week in the old days.

There are a few events coming up for New Year's Eve.

I remember the services when I was a kid. We were all so delighted to actually be allowed to stay up to the magic hour of midnight, and just about every church had what we called a "Watchnight" service. Activities varied from church to church, but in general ended in prayer for the coming year.

Services we have scheduled are:

Grace Lutheran Church: New Year's Eve Worship at 7 p.m. Close the year in thanksgiving, celebrating the Lord's Supper for the last time in 2013.

New Life Community Church: will begin activities at 8 p.m., including prayer for the new year.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church is going to sponsor the seminar "Depression: The Way Out" again.

The public is invited to a free introductory DVD presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m.

The first night, people will get an overview of the eight-week program (meeting once a week) to decide if they think it would be helpful for them (or others).

For those who choose to attend the full program, Dr. Neil Nedley's book and a workbook and other books will be made available for an $89 fee.

Even if you aren't sure this would help you, a lot of interesting and valuable information is contained in the first night DVD.

For further information, call 707-464-2738.

Whether or not we make any of those infamous resolutions for the new year - those promises we make to ourselves that most likely are never kept - let's all just try to make a point of being more considerate of others.

And remember: a smile goes a long way!

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or e-mail