I had the pleasure of working with Carl as an Extension Agent. One of the things I remember about Carl was his e-mails. Included is the following that he sent out during Christmas one year.
I wish for you
All the blessings
Of Christmas in your heart!
Peace Joy Love
Contentment Family Friends & Neighbors
Hope Warm Feet Good Music
Stack Cake Shuck Beans Pleasant Memories
Happiness Home Sound Mind & Body, etc. etc.
So…pitch an extra flake or two of hay to the old milk cow & the mule too, and shell just a bit of extra corn for the chickens. Bring back a dry feedsack from the barn stuffed with corn shucks and put it on the porch for your old hound dog, just because it’s Christmas and you want him to sleep warm.
Put another stick of wood on the grate and fix yourself a fresh cup of good perked coffee or pour a glass of cold milk. Cut you off a good sized hunk of old fashioned stack cake, pull your favorite chair up close by the fireplace & prop your feet up on the hearth. Read the second chapter of Saint Luke from the old family Bible on the table and simply enjoy the blessings of Christmas in your heart.
So sorry for your loss. Carl was a wonderful person that is loved by alot of people.