Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Random Dozen

It's that time again. Another edition of Random Dozen hosted by Lid at 2nd cup of coffee. So without further ado, lets get started.



1. Tell me the absolute best way to watch a movie. That depends on the type of movie. For a scary movie, it has to be late at night with the lights turned down low. For a comedy, I like to watch in the morning in my “don’t let anyone see me wearing these” clothes. For chick flicks, I prefer to let my wife watch them after I have left the room.

2. Do you ever think about your own funeral? If so, do you have specific ideas about how you would like it to be? I would like an old time southern funeral. I would like to be taken down the road in a casket on a mule drawn wagon. Then as I reach my yard, I want the band to switch to an upbeat rendition of: “When the Saints go marching in.” Then I want there to be a big party and after that burn me on a bonfire. Is this legal?

3. Are you more of a giver or a taker? That depends. If you are a money giver, then I am a taker. Seriously I am more of a giver. But just not cash.

4. Vacations: planned activities and schedules, or play it by ear? I want some things planned to a T like when and where I am going but once I get there I want to just sit and flake out and do whatever comes to mind. Don’t rush me.

5. What is one often overlooked item in your home that needs to be cleaned regularly? My work shed. When I am working outside and I finish with something I just toss it into the shed. Then when it gets too cluttered to find anything I throw a fit and spend a day cleaning it out.

6. Name a cause that means a lot to you. Anything to do with children. Child abuse, children with cancer etc. I hate seeing children suffer. MUSC is on the top of my list. They saved our son when he was first born.

7. Do you eat a regular old peanut butter jelly sandwich, or do you customize it? And by the way, jelly or no jelly? I like peanut butter and butter sandwiches. More butter than peanut butter is best. I am not a big PB&J fan. I do like J but not with PB.

8. If we were having a conversation in person, how would I know if you were nervous? Two ways: If I am just a little nervous my hands would get sweaty. If I get really nervous or embarrassed my face would turn red.

9. Do you have an elaborate bedtime routine, or just the basics of toothbrushing and jammies? I wouldn’t call in elaborate. I get my stuff ready for the gym the next morning and then I make my rounds telling everyone good night. After that I plug in my CPAP, set my alarm, turn off the light and turn down the ceiling fan. Then I fall asleep in about 5 minutes. Notice I didn’t mention jammies. haha

10. Have you ever regretted something you wrote on your blog? Not really but I did regret making comments on some other blogs. I got some nasty responses and I realized that some people blog just to start arguments with other people. Now I only blog with nice people.

11. Has anyone ever told you that you look like a famous person or celebrity? Did you agree? Ok in my younger days I had a beard and looked a lot like Richard Dreyfuss. Or so people told me. Now I look a lot like Brad Pitt only a little older, greyer, fatter and not quite so good looking.

12. If you were going to dedicate a song to a loved one or friend, what would the song be and to whom would it be dedicated? We like beach music (my wife and I) so when I get a chance, I call up and dedicate one of our favorite songs to my wife; "Miss Grace". It goes like this:

Miss Grace when you walk by
You're the twinkle in my eye
There's no need to wonder why
I've fallen for you

Ooh ooh ooh Miss Grace
Satin and perfume and lace
The minute I saw your face
I knew that I loved you

OH this is rich. While I was typing this they played another one of our favorites. Aint too proud to beg. That’s my jam!!!! Ok which one of you requested that for me?

You have questions, I have answers. Have a great random day,
Greg

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Is it safe?

I am almost afraid to walk outside these days. There are so many crazies running around that it is enough to make Mr-T look over his shoulder. But then a product like this comes along which lets me know that all is right with the world. My only regret is that I didn't think about it first.



Ok so if you were bored enough to watch the entire video, you have to be saying; "I want one of those talking dog tags" I know I did. Only I am not going to use it on the dog since I don't have one. Instead I am going to start a fashion trend and wear it myself. And for the audio, I will get a dog to bark into it.

Have a great day,
Greg

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Is it Blogworthy?

Blogworthy?

If you are like me then your blogging talents aren’t greatly appreciated by your family. I can deal with this fact. So when someone in my family makes the statement; Dad, that’s blogworthy then you owe it to your family and the blog community as a whole to tell the story. And I do think it is a good story too. The only problem I had was what to call it.

Here are some names I came up with:

A stink bug by any other name…..

Something that really doesn’t taste like chicken……

Bugs, they aren’t just for birds anymore……

“And-I-gotta-da-beatle” baby…… (you may show your age if you know what this one meant)

I ate a bug and I (didn’t) like it…….



A lot of things in this world don’t make sense on the surface. Take spiders. They are scary, they are annoying and they have a tendency to spin their webs in places where I walk. But I do know without them the world would be overrun with bugs. And then there are fire ants. Anyone that has been stung by these little fire bugs knows that they pack a punch and can actually kill you if you get stung by too many. But they too have a purpose in this world because they help aureate the soil and help plants grow.

But then there are stink bugs. I can’t for the life of me figure out a use for them. They don’t do anything productive. They eat crops and spread fungus from garden to garden. Nothing eats them. (well up until now) and they aren’t even particularly attractive. Enter my story:

It was a typical day at the Market. The sun was shining. (0h wait, it was actually cloudy) The birds were singing. (Well we couldn’t hear them but I am sure they were singing somewhere) Children were playing. (wait there were very few children at the market)
OK, let me start again.

The day started out dark and gloomy. There were very few people and it looked like it would rain at any moment. However we stuck it out and by noon managed to salvage our day. Sales were down a little but they could have been worse. I was ok with what we sold. A nice lady from a few booths down stopped by and asked us if we had eaten lunch. My son replied no so she instructed him to follow her and he did. He soon returned with two nice sandwiches and a big brownie. And the best part was it was free. Most people at the market are very nice and giveaways like that aren’t all that rare.

We each had our sandwich and then began to split the brownie. It was great and I was busy inhaling it when it happened. A small stink bug the size of an eraser flew up in my face. It most likely came off of the plants in the next booth since our plants don’t have any bugs….Anywhoo, I brushed the bug away from my face but he did an immediate u-turn and flew right into my mouth without me knowing. As I began to bite down on the brownie again, I felt the bug in my mouth but my bite was in motion so I heard this crunch followed by that smell of a stinkbug, followed by an intense burning in my mouth followed by spit, spit spit, gag, gag, “Get me some water” gag, spit “hurry” (breath Greg, don’t throw up at the Market) Whew that was a close one.

I managed to get him out and didn’t totally crunch it because he crawled away after I spit it out but I learned why nothing messes with stink bugs. Not only are they unattractive, and smelly. They don’t taste very good either. And that about wraps it up for another addition of: “Strange but true.”

Have a Great Day,
Greg

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thankful Thursday. The places I've been.

Over the past few days, I have been trying to come up with a destination for a winter vacation. It will probably only be a few day break but I am trying to find a place that will interest everyone in my family as well as get in a little rest and relaxation. (This just might be an impossible task) As I go over all the possible places that I would consider going, I am reminded of all the places I have been. I have to say that I have been more places than most people. And I can truly say that God’s work is amazing and I am Thankful for everything He has given me and the places He has taken me;

1. I have been to Italy and dined on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. I had pasta, with fresh bread and sipped on wine while watching the fishing boats come and go.

2. I tasted seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf as I enjoyed the sights and sounds of that area. I don’t think I will ever forget the smell of all that seafood cooking in the outdoor markets.

3. I enjoyed a picnic along a little stream on a mountaintop up in the Tetons where the only sounds were running water from the stream and the wind whispering through the pines. The smell of the pines was incredible.

4. I listened to calypso music at a little place called Shirley Heights in Antigua as I ate island BBQ. The view from atop that mountain was amazing and awe inspiring.

5. I have seen the sunrise in Key West and the sunset from Napa Valley. I ate fresh lobster in Halifax Nova Scotia and visited castles in Scotland.
And hundreds of other places as well. So even if my life should end today I would have to say that God has been very good to me. And He promises me a great tomorrow as well. This was taken yesterday here in Charleston;




Many thanks to Mary for the use of this photo and it is in memory of Molly (her dog and companion) who passed away yesterday. If you would like to join in on Thankful Thursday, just visit Sonya's blog and sign up.

Have a Blessed Day,
Greg

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Random Dozen Thingy.



I decided to participate again in the ever popular Random Dozen over at Second cup of Coffee. Why am I doing this you might ask?

A. Because I had nothing better to post about? No I have another post ready for publishing.

B. Because "Lid" emailed me and begged me to do it? No again, although I wouldn't put it past her to do that.

C. Because I am a nice guy? Well that is true but that's not the reason.

D. Because You my readers "want to know" and since I am a person "in the know" I will tell you.

Yep that's it.

Note: The fact that another post was needed to scoot that picture of the loveboat off my screen had nothing to do with it, I swear. Anywhoo....

Here are the questions with the correct answers:

1. Please share one middle school memory. It can be good, bad, ugly, funny. Pictures or words, I don't care, just share. Ok since I gave a bad one last time, let me go with a good one. I have always been really good in math. I made straight A’s so the teacher asked me if I would mind staying after school a while to help another student that was having trouble. And being that she was cute (tall, skinny with braces and glasses), how could I not say no. We were both so shy it was really awkward. I liked her and I think she liked me too but neither one would tell the other one.


2. What's your favorite Beatles song? This is easy; The Fool on the Hill. It always reminds me of a trip I took to Key West. And I believe it was written about me.

3. If I asked you to describe your most comfortable outfit, what would it be? Since I don’t wear jammies, and you probably don’t want to hear “Birthday suit” I will have so say workout clothes. That would sweat shorts and a tank top.

4. Would you rather host a party or be a guest? I really enjoy entertaining but there is a lot of stress that goes along with that so I prefer being a guest. So when is the party?



5. Do you think we will move completely from traditional books to digital ones, and if we do, are you OK with that? Yes I do think we will get there one day and I am OK with that. But they better put digital pictures on them.



6. Do you learn best by reading, listening or experiencing? The first and the last work best for me. I fall asleep listening to someone else reading directions.




7. If you are (or when you were) single, what is the kiss of death for you concerning the opposite sex? (That is, what is one trait or behavior or habit or anything at all that immediately turns you off from considering that person a potential match for you?) I think it would be mean people. I can deal with about anything but mean people really turn me off.




8. Snacks. Salty or sweet? Sweet and Salty nutbars are my favorite. So Both is my answer.




9. Look around you in a four foot radius. What object is around you that you didn't realize was there or forgot was there? How long has it been there? My ugly mug is still in my office right where I left it after taking a photo for Lid’s contest that I should have won. No I’m not bitter but I will be ready for round 2 of the contest.




10. What is your favorite Tom Cruise movie? I like Top Gun because I like the excitement of the flying even though I would be afraid to do it myself. That’s right I am afraid and “I Can handle the truth.”




11. You buy a bottle of shampoo and discover that you don't like what it does to your hair at all. What do you do with that full bottle? Put it in the shower and hope that someone else uses it up.




12. Your favorite Fall comfort food? (Last week it was beverage.) Chili!!! When the weather turns cooler, I want some good hot chili.




Have a Great day,


Greg

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I won, I won.


Kat over at Heart 2 Heart has given me another award. “The Friendship Award” She is some kind of giving person is all I can say. It’s kind of a coincidence that I would get this award today because earlier I was looking at all the distant visitors that I have had on my blog recently. Many of them come from places that I can’t even pronounce but somehow they managed to find me. Today for instance I had a visitor from the French Alps. I think that is just amazing that someone up in the Alps is sitting at a little computer desk, looking at my blog while outside a woman is singing “The hills are alive with the sound of music.” Well it might be happening, we really don’t know. Anywhoo.

As I was looking at my Sitemeter and all the visitors to my blog, I pondered the huge responsibility that we bloggers have. I mean what we write is out there for every person on this planet to see so it is up to us to make sure it is not only Blogworthy but child friendly. And I personally want to make sure that my blog welcomes people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world. Believe me, there have been times when I really wanted to rant and rave on here about one thing or another that is happening in my life at that time but I usually hold back on those kinds of posts. Not always but usually. Hey I try.

So I want to say Thank you Kat for giving me this award and I will try to be worthy.

Here is what it says;

Friendship Award ~ For those receiving this award it is bestowed on to blogs that are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement (<<<< not sure what that means). Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to six bloggers who must choose six more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award. So without further hesitation, here are my selections:

You, you, you, you, you and way in the back you. Ummm can I delay picking the 6 people please. Pretty please.

Have a great day,
Greg

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Love Boat

Oh I remember it well. Those Love Boat Cruises where the captain and crew did everything to make their passengers have the best time ever. They did everything from free babysitting to mending broken relationships. And through it all they kept those perky smiles on their faces.



Excuse me for a second while I get sick. Anywho……

Well they have done it again. Carnival Cruise Lines that is. First it was the singles cruise, then the gay and lesbian cruise, followed closely by the divorced cruise and let’s not forget the au natural cruise. But this latest one tops them all. Yes I am taking about the Cougar Cruise. But before you go looking for a big cat to take along with you on your cruise be forewarned. We aren’t talking about these cougars;






We are talking about these cougars;




And from what I have heard, the second type of cougar is much more dangerous.



That’s right, Carnival Cruise Lines is arranging a Cougar cruise for this December and it is sure to be a fun cruise as long as you are an older woman who just happens to like younger men or a young man who just happens to like older women. Now I am thinking about taking a cruise soon but I am thinking I will make sure it isn’t this one. Hummmmm Cougar Cruise! What will they think of next?



However, I do have one suggestion for the bartenders on this cruise. Learn how to make a Geritol Mojito?




“Come on boys, we’ll be waiting for you on the au natural deck.”




Have a Great Day and keep smiling,
Greg

Friday, September 18, 2009

My world keeps spinning.

A lot of people have been asking me what a Spinning is. Well first off let me tell you what it isn’t. We aren’t Whirling Dervishes or anything like that although I do think that is kind of cool in a freaky kind of way. I get dizzy just watching them spin around. We actually just ride stationary bicycles but it isn’t just that simple. The leader puts on some music and we all grove to the beat while she leads us on our ride.

We start out by warming up for a bit before getting down to business. After the warmup, our fearless leader tells us what to do. She will tell us to adjust the tension to simulate a climb or a hill and to sprint or go easy. She may also tell us to get out of the saddle which means get your butt up off the seat. Sometimes we do jogs, sometimes running and sometimes we do jumps up and down. All the while there is music playing. The room is usually dimly lit and at times the lights are turned off. That is usually when the ride is getting really intense.

The room where we spin is pretty bland so our instructor put some little butterfly stickers on the wall. It was really cool how she arranged them because it looked like the butterflies were coming out of the lamp in the front of the room. Someone obviously didn’t share our love for butterflies because they had them removed. “Party pooper” Anywhoo, with or without the butterflies it is still a lot of fun and a great workout. It doesn’t just work your legs either. I can feel it in other parts of my body as well and the best part is if you give it your all, your heart gets a great workout as well. By the time the 45 minute session is over, I am totally soaked with sweat and there is a puddle of sweat beneath my bike. Don’t worry I clean it up. We end up by doing some cooldown exercises and stretches.

The classes are mostly comprised of women but a few brave men like myself do enjoy it. My son accuses me of going because of the class makeup but I went to a few classes that were half and half men and women and I enjoyed them equally as well. The important thing is to find an instructor that you like and ours is great. Mary (one of my followers) is always positive (even when she isn’t feeling well) and she always conveys a positive message to us during the ride. Even though it is an intense workout you can go at your own level which I really like. On days that I am a bit tired, I just lay off the intensity a bit and still get a super workout. I always leave feeling great about myself.

One thing I really like is meeting people and spinning is a great way to do that. The people who go to the classes are very dedicated and most seem very friendly and positive. This past Wednesday we had a new class member. She was a girl from India. Mary asked what her name was and she said Balin----Dah.(she pronounced it like Ball+lynn then a pause and Dah) Mary asked her to repeat it and she said Balin-----Dah. When the class was over some of us were talking and Mary again asked the girl from India what her name was and she again said Balin-----Dah . We all just stood there trying to figure out how you would spell that and them Mary said; Belinda? And Belinda smiled and said yes. What we have here is a failure to communicate.

Have a great weekend,
Greg

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thankful Thursday

It's that time again. Time to celebrate Thankful Thursday Please join me,Sonya and all the others in taking a moment to be thankful for the blessings that God has given us.

1. I am thankful for all my Blog friends. You are all really wonderful people. After my last post, I got a lot of uplifting and encouraging emails. Thank you all.

2. I am thankful for my broken riding mower. I am not sure why yet but there must be a reason for it breaking down. The part that I went to get turned out to be the wrong one so the mower is still broken. I do however have two push mowers and two boys. Hmmmm do the math.

3. I am thankful that it is payday. I thought this day would never come. That was the longest two weeks that I can remember. Doing without makes one appreciate when you have things. I am contemplating fasting for a few days very soon. Anyone want to do it with me?

4. I am thankful for another great spin class. The songs last night were uplifting and inspirational. I found myself praying through some of the ride and getting not only some much needed physical strength but some spiritual strength as well.

5. I am thankful for ever growing patients. A lot of things have been happening in my life lately that in years ago would have pushed me over the edge. Now I just think about them for a moment and then put them in the “it really doesn’t matter” pile and go on with my life. I am still having tons of challenges but they are now rolling off like water off a ducks back. Quack quack.

Have a Blessed day,
Greg

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

lalalalala, memememe Do Re Me....

Don't worry, I won't sing, It’s meme time. And not to be called a slacker, I have decided to not only do one, but two meme’s today. So I guess this is a memememe. The first one is from Kat from Heart2Heart blog. It is pretty easy. I just asked for 5 words and I am supposed to expound on them a bit.

Here are the five words that Kat gave me:

1. Love.
Love is one of those things that’s very hard to explain because it means different things to different people. I think it is a necessity in life and falls right in there with oxygen, food and water. Hey that would make a great song; Love is like Oxygen, you get too much you get too high, not enough and your gonna die. Ok, been done already.

2. Happiness.
I think the secret to happiness is to be satisfied with what you have. If you are looking for equality in this world you aren’t going to find it. Someone will always have more than you or something that seems better than you. The grass will always look greener on the other side. The secret is to quit looking over the fence and to make the most of what is in your pasture.

3. Work.
I am a workaholic. I have been working since I was 15. My first job was mowing lawns. I used to get 5 dollars to mow someone’s lawn. It was a huge one acre lot. The elderly woman only wanted it cut once a month so the grass was usually about a foot tall when it came time to mow it. I don’t think she had much money. I would mow, rake, edge the driveway, pull a few weeds and sweep the driveway all for 5 dollars. It usually took me about two to three hours to do all that. Afterwards, she would insist that I sit and cool off while she went to get my money. She would then offer me a soda which I always accepted. It was always a Fresca. Why did they ever change that recipe? Anywhoo, while I drank it she would talk and talk about all kinds of things. I think she was just lonely and needed someone to talk to. I know she had family but I never saw any of them visit her.

4. History
I have a confession. History was always my worst subject. I never saw much use in studying the past when there is nothing you can do about it. Of course later in life I heard; if you forget history you are destined to repeat it. I forget who said that though. When I was in the Navy and visiting Italy, we were offered a free tour of Pompeii. However since I slept through history classes, I didn’t know what Pompeii was so I passed on the tour. Oh well nothing I can do about that now…It’s history.

5. Inspiration
I must be easily inspired. I like little reminders around me to keep me inspired. Here are the ones that are in my office right now.

A little plaque that I got from Edie that has Genesis 2:15 on it.

A willie Nelson poster that says; Whatever happened to Peace on Earth?

A calendar photo of the Grand Canyon

An American Flag

A thank you Plaque from the Fort Johnson Baptist Ladies Softball Team.

Photos of children with cancer from Camp Happy Days.

A Weight Watchers water cup that isn’t being used at the moment. I only mention it because as I was looking around the room I saw it and at the same time a commercial came on the radio for Weight Watchers. Spooky.

Ok on to the next meme. It comes from Lid over at Second Cup of Coffee blog. It’s called the Random Dozen post. You simply answer the 12 random questions. Here are the questions with my answers:

1. Which is worse: a long, boring meeting or standing in a return/exchange line after Christmas? My wife will vouch for me on this one. I hate doing exchanges. I will regift before I return.

2. Except for maybe Rosie O'Donnell or Ann Coulter, nobody likes confrontation, yet we all have to deal with it. When you feel cornered and defensive, do you "bite back" or become passive aggressive? Neither. I let them have their say and then I subtly get even. They won’t even know it is me.

3. Do you know anything about your genealogical background? (What country, culture, ties to prominent historical figures, or other stuff.) Yes I do. One of my ancestors came over on the Mayflower. That’s the good news. The bad news is he was an indentured servant. Oh the shame of it all.

4. What is the quickest way a person can endear him/herself to you? Just say thank you.

5. Cake, pie, cookies, or ice cream? (Note there is no "all of the above" option. You must choose one. Feel free to elaborate on flavor or memories tied to this dessert.) If you'd like, you can share a recipe, but you certainly don't have to. Homemade peach ice cream. That’s the best.

6. Females: Do you regularly change your handbag to coordinate with your outfit? No but I would if I did.

7. Are you task-oriented or relationship-oriented? I am not oriented. I am American. Wait that’s Oriental. Sorry, my bad.

8. IHOP, Bob Evans or Cracker Barrel? This is a toughie. What happened to Shoneys? I will say IHOP.

9. Have you ever left a movie in progress in a theater? Why? Almost. The first time I saw Gone With the Wind, when it got to the intermission, I stood up and started to leave. Then my friends asked where I was going and I had to admit that I thought the movie was over. They laughed at me but Frankly my Dear, I don’t…..

10. What is one area of life in which you would like to develop more discipline or organization? Blogging. I am all over the place with my blogs.

11. Was middle school fun or painful?
Ahem. When I went to school we had Grade School, Junior High and Senior High. So I will go with Middle school. It was very painful for me. I was overweight and I got picked on every day. The IT kids played tricks on me continuously. And because I was dying to have friend (and had none) I fell for their tricks all the time. My worst memory was the day I got attacked on my way home by a group of boys that were in my class. As I was riding my bike home, I passed a group of black students. One of them picked up a rock about the size of a baseball and threw it at me and hit me in the head, knocking me off my bicycle. My books and trumpet were scattered all over the road but because I wasn’t popular, no one stopped to help me. I struggled to gather my stuff with blood running down from my head. As the boys caught up with me, they laughed at me, called me names, spit on me, hit me, and kicked my stuff all around and then went on. After I got my things picked up, I took a longer way home just so I didn’t have to pass them again. Painful enough?

12. What is your favorite Fall beverage? It’s the same all through the year….Coffee.

And that’s the truth, Have a Great day,
Greg

Monday, September 14, 2009

My plans have changed.

Well I had plans on working all weekend but those plans were changed for me on Friday afternoon. About 5 minutes before I left work on Friday, my boss called me to tell me that they wouldn’t be needing my services all weekend. It seems that my schedule was so good that it could stand on its’ own. So there went 20 hours of overtime that I had planned on. And all those plans that my family made around my overtime were also changed.

When I got home on Friday, I found out that the riding mower had quit working. How bad could it be I thought. 10, 20, 30 dollars to fix? Well we are talking $300.00 just for the parts. But at least I have the ability to do it myself. I am sure it would be around $500.00 to take it in somewhere. And the sad part is I could buy a new one for about $900.00. But wait, I just found someone selling the part I need on Craigslist for $40.00. Keep your fingers crossed for me please.

Saturday, I went to the market since I wasn’t working at my regular job (as planned). My wife was going to fill in for me at the market but because I was off, I decided to go there instead. It was a slow day at first but the weather was about perfect so people finally came out in masses. We were doing pretty well too but them my son started feeling badly so we had to leave early. I hated to leave early but seeing him turning green was making me feel sick. And I did start to feel sick myself later that evening.

Even though I was feeling a little under the weather, we managed to go to church. I did make it a point to keep my distance from other people and I only shook one person’s hand during the meet and great part. He looked pretty healthy. The message was about finding what you are good at, taking time to listen to God’s directions and then going forth and doing. It could also been “let God do the planning, we should be doing.” Hey that doesn’t’ apply to me.

Next up on the weekend plans, we decided to go fishing. I went down and got bait and them started to get the boat cleaned and ready. One of the nice things about where we live is that you can catch our own bait less than a mile from our house. If you want to see some photos where I get my bait, check out my Examiner web page.




As I usually do, I decided to give the motor a try just to make sure everything works before I get to the boat landing. (This is something a lot more people should do) Anywhoo, I turned the ignition switch and “click click click.” Oh noooo dead battery, Change of plans again. But I am determined to go out in the boat so I pushed onward. I put the battery on the charger and we hung out at home for a short while. Finally after about an hour we were ready to go.

We got to the boat landing, and the motor started right up. Whoo Hoooo, I love it when a plan comes together. So I go to put the motor in gear and nothing happens. It won’t shift into forward or reverse. I knew what was wrong though (it’s a long story and it deals with procrastination) and after a few minutes were ready to take off. So we head out down the river and I notice that the streering is very loose.

I look back and see hydraulic fluid leaking from the steering cable. So we decided to stay close to the boat landing and try to salvage what was left of the fishing trip. We barely made it back to the landing with any streeing at all.
I think God had other plans for me this weekend. What do you think?

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thankful Thursday, trying to stay positive

Wow where do I begin. Thursday just kind of snuck up on me. And I do want to participate in Thankful Thursday.

1. I am thankful for having a job however I just spend three days in class listening to everyone complain about their job. Obviously others where I work don’t share my enthusiasm for having a great paying job. Obviously $24.00 an hour isn’t enough to sit in an air conditioned classroom eating free snacks and sodas and listening to someone tell you how something works. But I am thankful.

2. I am thankful that while I was in class these past few days someone made some changes to the schedule I have been working on for the past 8 months. Unfortunately, they didn’t know what they were doing and they ruined my schedule, causing me to do major rework. And the outage that I wrote the schedule for….It starts tomorrow. No biggie, I have a backup. And I am thankful.

3. I am thankful for the opportunity to make lots of money. I will be working 10 hours a day, 7 days a week for the next two weeks. It will allow me to pay all my taxes so the government can spend it on really important things. At least I have a job. Keep telling me that.

4. I am thankful for a comfortable chair. My back is killing me because I pushed myself really hard last night at spin class in an effort to reduce some stress. I had to skip the gym this morning to try and recover. Repeat after me;“Pain builds character, pain builds character, pain builds character.”

5. I am thankful for a very thoughtful blogger award that I got from Kat over at Heart2Heart. At the moment I don’t have the time to pass it along (see #2 above) so I will give it to everyone who visits me on a regular basis. Thanks Kat.




Have a great day,
Greg

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Well I hope you have an explanation for your actions

Apparently some of you have been lax in your blogging duties. Apparently some of you have been missing and haven't been blogging much lately. Oh wait, that's me. I am soooooooo sorry. I actually took some time off for the Labor Day weekend and apparently I am having a little trouble getting started again. So what has been going on with me you might ask:

golfing with family
fishing with family
swimming with family
gardening with family
dinning with family
relaxing with family
So Labor day was all about family for me.


And now I am back at work. And they have me in another class which prevents me from blogging during the day. Talk about torture. But I promise I will be back to my usual blogging self in a day or two. I have my next post all planned out and ready to go once I get some time to write it. So please come back in a day or two for the complete update. See you soon,

Have a great day,
Greg

Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day thoughts.

I know why we celebrate most holidays but for the life if me, I don’t know what Labor Day is all about.

Is it a motherly thing where we celebrate giving birth? If so then it would only be a female holiday. And we all know that men do a lot of Labor Day celebrating so that isn’t it.

Are we celebrating working hard? If that is the case, I know a lot of people who should never be allowed to celebrate this one. (Some where I work)

I do believe it has something to do with working but it still doesn’t make any sense to me; I thought getting a day off for working hard was called “vacation.” And all those people who work at department stores don’t get much of a holiday because they have to work the Labor Day Sales. Not to mention all the men who slave over a hot grill all day to make the perfect hamburger.

So no matter why you are celebrating, who has plans for Labor Day? I have a full weekend schedule. Here are a few of the things on my list:

Go to the market, Go to Church, Go golfing, Go fishing, Go to dinner at a friend’s house, Grill something, Work in the yard, Work in the greenhouse, Work on the boat, Get ready for Tuesday.

Whew, no wonder they call this Labor Day.
Have a great Labor Day weekend,
Greg

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

And the winner is...Thankful Thursday

Another Thankful Thursday is here. I wasn't sure I would get this out because I have class all day today. However my co-worker volentered to cover the morning meeting for me so I have an extra 45 minutes to get this done. So before I run out of time, here goes;

1. I had another great spin class last night. I am not hurting as much as I did the first few weeks so I must be getting stronger. I thank God for the strength to continue on my quest to get in shape. I also thank Mary for keeping us motivated.

2. A biggie for me this week has been my amazing children. I am so thankful that I have great boys who have some really great values.

3. I am thankful for my wife who does so much around the house and I know I don't say thank you near enough. She does everything around the house so I don't have to.

4. I thank God for all the amazing blessings he keeps giving me. I must be doing something right because things just keep going my way. I feel the need to do more too.

5. I am thankful for all my blog friends. You are all winners in my book. I wish I could give you all gifts but that just isn't possible. I can however give away something to the winner of my giveaway so without further ado, the winner of the giveaway is...."9Thinks".

Well that's what the ticket I drew said anyway. Actually I used Excel to make the tickets. Remember that some of you got lots of entries because you visited my website and blog often. So when I did a "copy and drag" of the names to make multiple names, Excel decided that I wanted to make a string of numbers. So it did 2Thinks, 3Thinks, 4Thinks.....9Thinks... So the winner is actually Heidi over at "2Thinks."

It will take me a few weeks to get the gift package ready because my supplier is taking the week off but I will get it out as soon as possible. I will get together a grand prize selected especially for you Heidi.

So enjoy your Thursday while I sit in a boring classroom and try to stay awake.

Have a wonderful Thankful Thursday,
Greg

Sorry, I can’t help myself.

I know it isn’t proper and we shouldn’t do it and some people hate it when we do it. The Bible even says we shouldn’t do it. But some of you parents out there know that there comes a time when the urge to do it is just overwhelming and we have to do it before we burst. Of course I am talking about bragging, and not just any bragging; “Child bragging.” For the sake of the non parents, I will make it brief (even though I don’t want to).

Yesterday at school, my youngest son (Sean) was on the playground when another student toppled over. From the sound of it, he was having some kind of seizure. One teacher ran to his aid but none of the students offered to help. (None except Sean that is) I have to say that this is middle school and the children do need to maintain that “cool image” but where is the compassion for another human being?

Anywhoo, Sean ran over and helped the teacher with the other student. Sean is only 12 but he is a large boy, (standing over 6’ tall) so he was able to physically help the teacher out. The teacher asked him to stay with the boy while she ran for help. From what he told us, none of the other students offered to help while the teacher was gone.

Soon help arrived and they were able to assist the student. After the incident, the teacher was talking with Sean and told him; “God made people like you big so he could fit in a really big heart. “ Sean really is a great person. He is dying for someone to check out his blog too if anyone has some spare time. It is called Sean’s art.

In other news, (and you thought I was done bragging) my older son was nominated yesterday for “Student of the week” at his High School. This is his senior year and it looks like he is going to finish in a blaze of glory. Whoo Hooo, double bonus! Ok I’m done bragging.

Have a great day, I am!
Greg

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

In case you were wondering....


No I didn't forget about the giveaway. Did you? I have to get together all the entries and put them all in a hat the size of Texas and get a name drawn. After that, I will be picking up the prizes, getting them all in a box and shipping them out to who knows where. I figure this may take me about a year or so. Please be patient. Seriously, I will try to get this all done in the next few weeks. So stand by for the winning name if you happen to be one of the people who entered. I will have that posted in a few days. Some of you have more than 20 names in the hat and I do want to get the numbers correct.

Stay tuned and have a great day,
Greg