Bill Hight recently received a Christmas letter from his friends, Doug and Linda Phillips, that so tickled his holiday funny bone that he felt compelled to share it with his Mason County neighbors in time for a holiday grin.
"This year we didn't go on a Caribbean cruise for a week for lack of funds. The last two or three years have been pretty rough for us. We have fed our sheep and cattle everything they have eaten. Our wheat was planted but never came up. The river went dry so no irrigation. My tractor broke down and we can't buy diesel for it anyway and now our old pickup needs new tires.
"This week we marked lambs and half of them have the sore mouth. In 2011 our well went dry. I'm not sure we will be able to pay the taxes this year.
"We moved in this house in the picture (roof falling in, walls collapsing). It's not much but keeps us warm and dry. So far we have plenty to eat as long as we have deer and coons. Getting tired of coons though. Linda and I would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. With no kids we don't know who to leave our fortune to.
"Hope you have a good year.
"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
"Doug & Linda"