Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thankful Thursday, Out with the old, in with the new


Well this is my last Thankful Thursday post for 2010. And I do think it is time for some changes. Since I am trying to cut back everywhere, I am no longer going to use Mr. Linky. I know it is only a few cents here and there but pennies add up to dollars and I need all of those I can get. So I will still be posting and you can still join in just by leaving a comment. So here is my list for the week.

I am thankful that I made it through 2010. (at least I think I will make it, I have two days left. It was a very rough year for me financially, mentally and physically but I made it.

I am thankful that we had a great Christmas and instead of asking people what they got this year I am asking what they gave this year. Its a new approach and I think a good one.

Right now I am thankful for this great cup of coffee. Although I wasn't able to cut out my caffeine totally this year I am doing to about a quarter of what I used to take in. And I do love my coffee.

I am thankful for some warmer weather. It looks like we have a week of nice weather ahead of us and I could use a break from this cold.

And lastly but certainly not leastly, (I made that word up) I am thankful for all my blog friends who hung in there while I was a blog slacker. I did make a few new ones this year as well.

Have a great day and expect more changes on my blog this year.

Greg

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thankful Thursday, Late again


Well I am just now getting to my Thankful Thursday post. I know I am late. I got up this morning a little late and I thought about rushing and getting a post out but then I thought to myself; is anyone even reading these posts? I know I have a few faithful followers but I only knew of two or three. So I went to work and at work all of a sudden I got an email from my sister asking me if everything was ok. She then asked where my TT post was. Hmmm I never knew she wingas reading them. So I guess more people are reading them than comment so I apologize for being slack this morning. And here is my Thankful Thursday list:

First off I am very thankful for having 4 full days from work. That's a big whoooo hoooo. (not whoot whoot since I am banned from saying that) Now that isn't saying anything bad against work I just need some time to unwind and recharge my batteries.

I am thankful that Christmas is just two days away. I can't wait. I have the ham ready to bake.

I am thankful That 2010 is just about over. This wasn't the best of years for me but it is behind me now and I am looking forward to a good year.

I am so thankful that I am more mature than some people I know. I can't mention any names here but if they were to read my blog they would know.

I am thankful that we still have plenty of fire wood. We have been burning it like crazy but it looks like we have enough.

Please join me in being thankful,
Greg

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thankful Thursday, Sorry I'm late.


But as the saying goes....Better late than never. I am going to use the excuse that the weather was bad but the truth is I just didn't sleep well so my mind wasn't working when I got up.

The first thing I am thankful for is that the cold snap is over. I can't believe that it got that cold this early in the year. It's only getting down in the 40's tonight and I can handle that.

I am thankful that Christmas is just around the corner. We are all ready and I can't wait.

I am thankful for my computer virus protection. I had an attack but it was caught before it got in.

I am thankful that our chickens are still laying eggs despite this cold weather. We now have more eggs than we can use but we are able to sell the extras.

I am thankful that everyone in my family is healthy this time of year. I hope it continues.

So what are you thankful for this week? Please join me in saying thanks.

Greg

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thankful Thursday, It's cold outside.


Yes it is Thursday already and my brain is almost frozen but I am still going to write a Thankful Thursday post. I could whine and complain and say; It's too cold but I am not going to do that. I like Thankful Thursday too much to complain today.

I got up last night at 1:00 and went outside to put wood in the greenhouse stove. Yes it was cold, yes I was tired but it needed to be done and so I did it. This morning, the plants are safe and warm thanks to me. God however gave me the caring attitude to keep me going.

So this Thursday instead of a list I just want to say Thank you God for giving me the opportunities to make a difference. I would prefer it if the weather was warmer but God gave me the opportunity to get wood this past summer and he has given me my health to give me the strength to get up at 1 am to keep the fire going. So many people these days are looking for the easy way out instead of looking for a way to get themselves out. I am so thankful that I know the difference and that I know where my strength comes from.

So today when you pray for something, try praying for strength and wisdom instead of the easy way out. It works for me.

Have a Blessed day,
Greg

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Holidays...Thankful Thursday


This weeks list is an easy one. I have so much to be thankful for that I could write a book. But since it is 43o AM I will stick with just 5.

I am thankful for free firewood. We (mostly my wife) spent the summer gathering wood for the winter and now we are nice and toasty even though it is 36 outside. The greenhouse is warm too.

I am thankful that I live in the country. While heading out to put wood in the greenhouse stove about 30 minutes ago, I opened the front door to find two deer standing 30 feet from me. They ran off as I went outside but they stayed in the yard off at a distance and kept an eye on me.

I am thankful for a great opportunity to raise money for needy children. The spaghetti dinner went well and we ended up with enough money to buy a lot of toys to go along with the Christmas food baskets. Now I get to go shopping. I love seeing the look on the checkout girl's face when I wheel in two carts full of toys.

I am thankful for earlybird specials on black Friday. I think the best deal we got was New Balance tennis shoes for get this: $14 dollars each. That's a big ho ho ho.

I am thankful that we had a wonderful Thanksgiving and it was peaceful with no arguing and the weather was nice enough so we were able to eat outside on the deck.

Have a Thankful day, and please join me in giving thanks.
Greg

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday (Thanksgiving)


Where does the time go? This was a short week for most of us and now it is Thursday already. I woke up early to start getting everything ready for our Thanksgiving meal. Most of the stuff was made ready last night but it was a good excuse to get up and get some coffee in me. All I have left to do is stuff the turkey and get it in the oven. And yes I do still stuff mine just because it is tradition. I make my own stuffing too using fresh herbs and I don't think you can beat the flavor.

So the first thing I am thankful for today is that it is Thanksgiving and I was able to buy everything I needed for this meal.

I am also thankful that I have a family to enjoy the meal with. Last night I stopped by Home Depot to get a few things. As I was checking out, I asked the lady at the counter if she was all ready for Thanksgiving. She said; Yes, kind of, I have a chicken to bake. She then followed up by saying that she had several invitations but that she felt that this year it would be best to spend the day alone. I have a feeling that she recently lost her husband or something like that. I thought about asking her to join us but I lost my nerve.

I am thankful that I haven't given up on fixing my wife's car. In case you didn't know, her transmission went out so I pulled it to replace a seal. I put it all back together and it ran great for about 40 miles. But then the seal went out again so now I have to pull it again. However even though this sounds like a setback, I determined that the transmission was good and I feel good about having the ability to do such a thing. I am thinking I can get it done this time in a much shorter time.

I am thankful that my mother is still with us this Thanksgiving. By "with us" I mean that she is still alive but she is down in Florida. I will be hosting my MIL this Thanksgiving. It is just going to be the 5 of us and I like it small like that.

Lastly I am thankful for this great weather we have been having. Right now it is 60 degrees and it is supposed to get into the 70's today with no rain. That means I can cook my turkey on the grill like I have done for as long as I can remember. The menu for today is;

Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potato casserole, corn, green beans, rolls, cranberry sauce and of course pumpkin and cherry pie. We are keeping it light this year. haha

Have a great Thanksgiving,
Greg

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thankful Thursday


Well I have a lot to be thankful for again this week. Things are going well for us and I have nothing but blue skies ahead. At least I hope that is what's ahead. Today I am only listing one thing I am thankful for but it is a biggie.

Today I put on a dinner at work to raise money for Good Neighbor Fund toys. What we do is collect toys to send along with the Christmas food baskets. That way the families are fed and the children get something under the tree on Christmas morning. And here is why I volunteered to do it:

When I was 16 our church gave out Christmas food baskets. My best friend and I delivered a few of the baskets ourselves. One of the houses was a little shack in the woods behind a bar. The shack was about 20 ft by 20 ft. There was a kitchen with no windows, a tiny living room, a bathroom with no door and one bedroom. When we arrived to drop off the groceries, a young girl answered the door. She was about 10 and wearing a dirty one piece bathing suit. She was the oldest child and the baby sitter for her two younger siblings. The younger kids were about 5 and 3. The two younger children were also dirty and sitting on the wooden floor. There were no toys in sight.

There was an open can of baked beans on the stove burner that we assumed was their breakfast. We asked where their parents were and the oldest girl said that her mother was out and that she didn't have a father. (the mother was most likely in the bar, "working")Anyway we dropped off the groceries and then went to leave. When we got to the car we realized that we missed one of the bags. So we went back to the house and knocked on the door again. When the door was open, we could see the two younger children on the floor eating some of the bread that we dropped off. Apparently they were starving. So my friend and I went and got some toys and brought them back for the kids. We also got some people from the church to donate some used children's clothing.

So today I am thankful that I have never had to go without like so many children in the world have to do. And that is why I raise money for needy children.

Have a blessed day,
Greg

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday, What happened to fall?


Well somehow we went straight from summer to winter. This past week, we had temperatures in the low 30's and it is only the beginning of November. I guess it must be global warming. Anyway I had an awesome week and I have a lot to be thankful for so let me get right to it.

This past weekend I made the trip down to Florida to see my mother. I heard she wasn't doing well so I wanted to visit her. I am happy to say that she is doing better than I expected and that she recognized me. I was afraid that she wouldn't. We had a good visit and the trip went well but you know what they say, there is no place like home.

I am also thankful that I finally got the transmission out of my wife's car. This has been an ongoing project and I have made it to the halfway point.

I am thankful for farm fresh eggs. Our little hens are laying now and we are getting three eggs a day. They are great too and so much better than the ones you get in the store.

I am thankful for a lower electric bill. This cooler weather has allowed us to turn off the AC and our electric bills are much lower than usual.

I am thankful that Thanksgiving us just around the corner. We are planning on keeping it simple this year but I will be having my turkey and stuffing.

Have a great day and please join me in being Thankful,
Greg

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday. More little things


Another week sped by and I woke up this morning thinking; Oh God I haven't posted my Thankful Thursday post yet and not only that, I haven't even begin thinking about it yet. With what I had done yesterday though it is understandable. And I do have so much to be thankful for that it will be very easy to come up with a list.

First off I am so glad that my colonoscopy is over with and the doctor said; see you in 10 years. That will put me up in my golden years and who knows what life will be like then. So I am thankful for a clean bill of health from my checkup. (and no horseshoe) See yesterdays post.

I am thankful that my kids are doing so well in school. The youngest brought home that great report card so we got him his first new bike. Up to this point all he had was hand me downs. And my oldest son got a new car that he is paying for believe it or not.

I am thankful that I am making progress on fixing my wife's car. It has transmission problems and we don't have an extra 3000 at the moment to get it fixed. So slowly but surely I am pulling her transmission in hopes that it is just a seal and I can fix it. I am impressed that I have made it this far and not lost my temper. That in itself is a blessing.

I am thankful that the elections came out as I had hoped. I don't want to get political here but lets just say that the majority of the people that I voted for won. (Go Nikki) Did I say that?

I am so thankful that I don't live in Hatti right now. Earth quakes, floods, famine
cholera and now a hurricane. We have it so good here in the United States but many people just don't appreciate it.

Have a great day and please join me in giving thanks.
Greg

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Just my luck.

My wife says I have the luck of the Irish. Good things always seem to happen to me. I have also been told that I have a horseshoe stuck somewhere but I am not going to say where. But today I found out that the first was true but not the latter.

After 5 years of fighting it, I got forced into having my 50 thousand mile checkup. Also known as the dreaded colonoscopy. Now that it is over I have to say that the procedure was nothing but the goop that they have you drink the day before was the worst thing I have even put in my mouth. And I ate slugs in Italy. It tasted like lemonade but it had the consistency of thick gravy. I got the first bottle down ok but had to choke the second one down. If given the option, take the pills.

The procedure was nothing and here is the lucky part: I got there early and the person who was supposed to go before me was late so they let me go first. So I was in and out in less than an hour. And I only remember about 30 minutes of it because those were some good drugs they gave me. Anywhoo, guess what? I got a clean bill of health and no there wasn't a horseshoe in there. At least he didn't find it if there was.

So here are some signs that you may have picked the wrong Gastroenterologist:


He actually likes the taste of that liquid goo they make you drink.

He got his diploma while serving a prison sentence.
His website has a live web-cam feature.

“He” turns out to be a “she” and you overhear her talking about her recent painful divorce and how men know nothing about pain.

He wears a miner’s outfit complete with helmet, light and lifeline.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thankful Thursday, relief at last


Well its almost Thursday and I have so much to be thankful for it isn't funny. For the last 5 months we have been struggling trying to get our mortgage redone while the interest rates were so low. There has been one snag after another but finally we got it done.

So the first thing I am thankful for is some financial relief. Its about time but I am truly thankful.

I am also thankful that many other things are falling into place in my life. I am getting some projects behind me. I have been burdened down with so many things that it feels good to get some breathing room.

I am thankful that we have some cooler weather on the way. They are calling for highs in the 70's this weekend.

I am thankful that my chickens are all laying now. We only have three hens but we are getting three farm fresh eggs every day.

I am thankful that my youngest got a good report card. I think it is going to be a good school year.

Have a great Thankful Thursday
Greg

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thankful Thursday, Little things



Wow where did this week go? I got up this morning and didn't even think about it being Thursday already. But when I turned on my computer, I opened my blog and realized; I'm late, I'm late....for a very important date. It can't be Thursday already can it? Anyway let me get going since I have to leave for work soon.

I am thankful that I got up early for some reason this morning. I must have subchoncioushly known that it was Thursday and that I needed to do my post. However it is 430 am and I can barely spell my name at this hour much less subconsciously. Hey I did it. I must be waking up.

I am thankful that we finally got our home loan to go through. After struggling with a certain bank of America for over 4 months, we switched banks and got done in 30 days. Now it is on to bigger and better things.

I am thankful for out hottub because my shoulder has really been hurting me and the hottub gives me some temporary relief.

I am thankful for our cats which keep us all amused. However we lost Mr. T last week so we are all a little sad at the moment. He ventured out in the street and was hit by a car. Even our other cats seem to know he isn't here. He will be dearly missed by all of us. I miss the little games he used to play. He would wake us up around 3 am to go outside by hitting the window blinds in our room. But when I would get up to open the door he would hide under the couch and make me hunt for him to let him out. He was a special cat.



I am really thankful for this cooler weather. It is a welcome relief from the summer heat.

Well that's about it for the day. 5 simple little things that I am thankful for. In all things give thanks. I know you have something to be thankful for too so please join me in saying thanks.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday, 33 reasons to be thankful


I could come up with a personal list of things that I am thankful for but with the events of yesterday in Chile, they all seem so small. I watched some of the rescue and it took my breath away. This Thursday I just want to say Thank you God for returning these men to their families. I loved what one of the miners said when he reached the top: He said that God and the devil were both down there with him and he had a choice to make. Then he held up his bible and said Thank you God.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thankful Thursday, Fall edition.


Well I had a funny post all ready and then I realized that it was time for Thankful Thursday. So you will have to wait a few days for that post. So here we go again with the top 5 things I am thankful for this week. Well they may not always be the top 5 but they are the first 5 that popped into my brain.

I am thankful that we are starting to get some cooler weather. Although I don’t mind hot days and I prefer them to cold, I do like spring and fall. And even though fall precedes winter it is my favorite because of the lack of pollen. I still suffer from hay fever so spring can be miserable for me.

I am thankful that my family caught fish last weekend. It is always nice to have fresh fish and even nicer when they are free and you know where they came from.

I am thankful that my garden is still doing well even in the cooler weather. I have a bunch of peppers ready for picking. I have some really hot ones and some sweet ones too. Last Friday my wife made chili with some of my peppers and it was awesome. I have the recipe if anyone wants it.

I am thankful that I have the sense to avoid dangerous situations. The other day, late in the evening, just about dark this young man was driving his four wheeler down the road with no headlights on. And it was camouflaged to boot so it was just about impossible to see. I almost pulled out in front of him and I was driving a pickup truck. I know who would have lost in that accident.

I am thankful for the awesome mornings we have been having lately. This morning I saw a great horned owl on my drive to work and then there was that awesome sliver of moon just before dawn. With clear skies like that, winter isn’t far off but I am still thankful.

Have a great day and please join me in being thankful.

Greg

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thankful Thursday, here comes the rain again.


But this time it's real rain and not troubles I am writing about. Yes we had lots of rain today and we have a lot more on the way. But I am always thankful for the rain. That is unless it rains for 40 days and 40 nights. And that is only because my boat needs work.

I am also thankful that I have a warm dry place to lay my head. When I think about all the homeless people in the world I am very thankful to have my little house.

I am also thankful that we have food on the table and have never had to go hungry.

I am thankful that our plants are growing well now that we have had some rain.

And finally I am thankful that the part I wanted to get to fix the boat wasn't in stock. While I was waiting for it to come in, I did some more troubleshooting and I found out that it wasn't the part that I needed. Had the part been in stock, I would have gotten it and they don't take returns. That little setback turned out to be a blessing.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thankful Thursday, I need a break


Is it crazy out there or what? If I told you all the trouble I have been through this year you would swear my name was Job. But it is Greg and I refuse to let life get me down. Even though I had had a hard year I am still thankful and wish to continue this meme. But this week I am swamped with work, home life and just everything. So I am not giving up because I am still thankful for everything in life. But like I said I swamped so let me make this a brief post and I will get back to my regular post next week.

I am thankful for family, friends, a good job (even though it makes me wonder sometimes), Blog friends, my God given talents, great school grades, plants, rain, free things, etc etc. Let me just say I am thankful and you should be too. If you are reading this you are alive too and that alone is something to be thankful for.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Thankful Thursday, Senior Moment


This week I went to the Senior Center. No not to move in but to help out. Our company participates in the United Way Day of Caring and each year. If work allows, I try to volunteer. Last year we had to work but this year I was able to do it. This year we helped out at a local Senior Center and also at the homes of some of the seniors. Even though I said on my volunteer form that I was good with plants and gardening, I ended up at the center doing odd jobs. But it turned out to be great anyway.

I started my day by erecting handicap parking signs for the parking spaces. While we were doing this, one lady drove up and ran over my work bucket (which was not in the parking space). This leads me to believe that these signs were really needed. When she went inside I noticed that she had several nice scrapes on her car which told me that she may also need glasses. I guess I could say that I am thankful that it was the bucket and not me that got run over.

My next project was to wash handicap vans. These vans were about 8 or 9 feet tall and I had to get on a step ladder just to wash the top. It’s no wonder I can’t see around these big vans in my little 4 ft car. While on the ladder, someone handed me a pressure washer to “help me out” but when I pulled the trigger to rinse off the top of the van, it almost threw me off the ladder. I am thankful that I didn’t fall and get hurt. I made sure to brace myself before I tried that again.

After the “van wash”, it was time for lunch so I went inside and joined the others. There were about an equal number of workers and elderly people and we let them eat first. There was one older woman who reminded me of my late Grandmother Green and she refused to eat before the workers. After we all ate, she got in line and fixed her plate. She also went around and shook everyone’s hand and said thanks for helping out. After lunch I noticed her walking herself home. I am thankful for people like that who make it easy to help others out.

During lunch I noticed that another elderly woman had fixed her plate with two double cheeseburgers, one chili dog, two bags of chips and coleslaw. I thought; there is no way that this woman could possibly eat that much in one sitting and I was right. When she finished eating (the coleslaw and hotdog) she covered her plate with her napkin and took the rest home. I am so thankful that God provides for me and my family and that he allows me to provide for others when they are in need.

After lunch I laid bricks for a new walkway. They weren’t that heavy but the bending over about killed me. When I finished that I helped wash cars again. I did notice a few people who had also finished their jobs but they just stood around instead of pitching in somewhere else. I am thankful that I am not one of those people who can stand around watching other people work.

Finally about 2:30 all the jobs were coming to an end so I went inside to cool off. They were still cleaning up after lunch so I helped move tables which set the stage for the best part of the day. Some of the women that I work with were teaching line dances to some of the seniors. They were begging for some of us guys to join in but no one seemed to want to do it. Well I am not scared so I jumped out on the dance floor. One of the ladies who was trying to learn the “Electric Slide” said; No I don’t need anyone to show me, I will just watch him. (pointing to me) I still got it……. ok ok she was about 80 but Anywhoo…..



We all had a great time and I left feeling good about myself. And the best part is I made some new friends and I am thankful for that.

Have a great day,

Greg

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thankful Thursday, We have options


I think the interesting thing about life is that we all have options. When I hear the people at work complaining about making 25 dollars an hour and having to do certain things I come back with; you could always quit if it upsets you that much. Funny thing though, no one quits. Anywhoo, this week I made some choices on some options that I had and I think we are heading in the right directions. It is too early to blog about it but I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

This week has been a good one for me. For starters I am thankful that I only have a 4 day work week. I had 4 nice days off and got some much done it isn't funny. It is nice to get projects behind you.

I am thankful that we had fresh fish to eat last weekend. There is nothing quite like fresh fish.

I also had a great day at the market last weekend and I am thankful for that. God provides for me and my family and I am thankful for that. Of course I have to work hard for my money but I am willing to do that.

I am thankful that we are starting to get some cooler weather. It was only 89 today. Can you say cold snap?

I am thankful that no matter how bad things seem to be I just keep looking at that light at the end of the tunnel. I can't explain it but I just do.

Have a great day,
Greg

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fish tale

I took the day off and my wife, my oldest son and I went fishing. I hate to brag but I think we know who the fisherman is in the family. The weather was just about perfect and we found a great spot. My son caught a ton of speckled trout but they were all about an inch shy of the limit so they all went back. My wife and I each caught one keeper though so we are having fish for dinner.

Now since most of you think fishermen are liars I won't tell any tall tales. I have photos and photos never lie. And here they are:

My fish:

Diane's little fish:


And please disregard this photo. I think the angle makes it misleading. :)



OK OK maybe her fish was a little bigger but mine had spunk.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Thankful Thursday, Roller coaster ride.


Well after last weeks great advances we took a few hits this week. It wasn't all bad though and I did make some progress in some areas.

I am thankful for the wonderful weather we had at Saturday's Grape Stomp at the Vineyard. It was so nice and the crowd was awesome. We had a great day.

I am thankful that I got my parts in for my boats. With any luck I will have them both running well by the weekend.

I am thankful that I held my temper this week when I really wanted to let a few people have it. I think I showed that I was the bigger person.

I am thankful for my sister who is taking care of our Mother. I know I couldn't do it. I am sure she is tested daily.

I am thankful that Earl didn't come our way. That is the last thing we need. It has made it cooler though and that is a nice change.

Have a great day,
Greg

Friday, August 27, 2010

And that's the truth

Now where did this "it's ok to lie" thing start. I don't know for sure but some people say it started with a certain president that lied about what he did and was never punished for it. I am not one to judge but when someone says Technically I did not do whatever that is a lie. Which leads me to my topic for today....Not telling the truth.

It’s not what you say that counts, it’s what you don’t say. Now who remembers that game show? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? Ok you can tell me in private because that would be showing your or should I say Our age. I don’t even remember the show all that well but I do remember the intro where they said their name in kind of a catchy way. I seem to recall it was kind of a fill in the blank game show and the contestant had to do the filling. Anywhoo.

Truth in advertising:

We have been doing some window (and craigslist) shopping lately for a few items and I got to thinking about advertising or more precisely truth in advertising. I remember when I got my first car. It was a 1969 VW square back sedan with a sunroof. Sounds pretty snazzy I know but it had its share of problems. For starters the radio didn’t work and it had some surface rust but I planned on getting it painted so I didn’t mind.

As most teenagers do, the first thing I did was to get a radio for the car. And not just any radio, it was an AM/FM radio and it had transistors not tubes. I know I was a big spender and it was the best that radio shack had to offer at the time. I think I paid $60 for it including speakers. The good news is that I only paid $250 for the car and I paid cash for it. The bad news is even though I had it painted it wasn’t long before the rust started showing through again. And there seemed to be rust everywhere on it.

When I bought the car, I got it from a “friend” of my father’s. He told us that it just had some surface rust and that the engine had just been overhauled. I never questioned why the engine had to be overhauled even though it was low mileage and he never volunteered the information. He also never told me why he was selling the car so cheap and I assumed it was because he was doing my father a favor. So technically he wasn’t lying. It was about 6 months later when I found out the truth about my little car.

Apparently the previous owner drove it down onto the beach in Daytona. Driving on the beach was allowed and free back then so that part isn’t anything special. However he parked it close to the water at low tide and got the car stuck. The tide came in and flooded the car up to the seats. It also flooded the engine with seawater which is why the engine had to be overhauled. That explained the rust. The car still ran well and did have that new stereo so I kept it.

When I joined the Navy, I figured it would be a while until I needed a car so I “sold” it to my brother. He agreed to make payments every month. While I was in boot camp, he totaled the car and quit paying me because “why would I keep paying you….the car is no good now” I guess that was in the fine print somewhere but I didn’t see it that way.

But the funny thing about back in the day is that most car "dealers" were truthful in their advertizing. If they put an ad in the news paper for trucks for $5000 dollars, you could go to the lot and actually find many trucks for that price. These days, the advertisements are nothing more than lead-ins to get you to the dealership. Most of the time you would be lucky to find one of the trucks at all and if you do, it most surely won’t be for the advertised price. And when you question their integrity they will show you the ad and point to the disclaimer at the bottom in teeny tiny print that says something like “exclusions apply” or “not all dealers have advertised cars” or something similar.

The last time I went shopping for a car, I asked the salesman that same thing. I said; wouldn’t it be more honest to put everything up in large print instead of hiding the negative things in fine print? He didn’t have an answer other than everyone does it. So I am guessing since everyone does it, it is ok. At least as far as he was concerned it was but not in my book.

Truth in asking:

Last week while searching through Craigslist (I love Craigslist by the way) I came across an ad from a lady asking for free women’s clothing. Here is what the ad said and I am paraphrasing:

My husband just found out he has brain cancer and he can’t work. I need some new clothes but I can’t afford to buy them with him not working.

Ok let me stop right here and say I felt sorry for the woman at this point and thought if I had some extra clothes I would gladly give them to her. But she continued:

Hospice has already stepped in and I have lost some weight so none of my clothes fit me so I am looking for something in a 4/5.

Hmmm something smells fishy here, but she goes on:

My husband didn’t have insurance and he just died so I really need some nice clothes to look for a job.

Now all that was in the same post, written on the same day, so…...

Either that was one really aggressive cancer or she is really slow at typing. I’m not poking fun, I am just saying.

Truth in sincerity:

Last week I also saw an interesting request on our company bulletin board. A woman was looking for a car for her daughter so she could drive to college. Because it was a long distance she was looking for a “very reliable car. She also asked that it be in very good condition (I am guessing because a girl just has to look good) and she mentioned a specific kind of car that she wanted (it was a kind that her daughter really liked). She then said that she only had $800 dollars to spend on the car and oh yes, one last request: She would really like a convertible. No way….Yes way.

I thought to myself; That takes a lot of nerve to post something like that. First off if she really just wanted a reliable car she would have taken anything out there that got good mileage and ran well. Secondly my first car wasn’t much less than that when you included the price, paint job and radio. And that was 1973. Is a moped a convertible? Those are really dependable.



Have a great day,

Greg

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thankful Thursday, It's getting better all the time


You know without even having to think of it, just being alive and well is in itself enough to be thankful for these days. With all that is going on in the world I am blessed just to be healthy and to have a place to call my own. However things seem to be on an upward path for me at the moment so I am going to list a few special things that I am thankful for.

My oldest has officially started college now. Wow it is hard to believe. He will be the first male in the family to go to college since I started back in 1974. I never finished though but hopefully he will.

My youngest is doing well in school. I know it is only the first week but still starting on the right path is a step in the right direction.

As I said above I am healthy and that is a big thing. My wife and mother also continue to improve and I am thankful for that.

We got more rain. After that long drought we are getting rain on a regular basis now. I am thankful that I don't have to go out in the dark each morning and turn on the sprinklers.

I am also thankful for opportunities that I am given. This Saturday I am running the hotdog stand at the annual grape stomp down at the winery. I will be working with my youngest son this year and we are hoping to break the bank. Ok not really but we are hoping to do well enough to take the family out to dinner and maybe play a round of golf.

So what are you thankful for today? Please join me in being thankful. It is what helped me through the tough times.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thankful Thursday, Back to school.


For the first time in a long time I don't have to dig deep to do this post. So many positive things are starting to happen for me now that I will have to chose which ones to post. Funny thing though I almost forgot to do this. I woke up this morning thinking; Oh no, it's Thursday and I haven't even given it a thought. Then I remembered that I have been thankful for so long(even through the hard times)that I don't even realize that I am thankful. It's like they say; If you do something long enough it becomes easier and you don't even have to think about it.

The kids are back in school around Charleston. My son started yesterday and although it is still too soon to tell, I have a feeling that he will do good this year. I am thankful for that.

My older son just enrolled in College. This week we found out that he got the SC Life scholarship. That is a big financial gain for us and I am thankful for that. Yes we might actually get a college gradgiate (spelled incorrectly on purpose) in the family. I started but never completed my degree.

Last night I dropped the fuel tank on his car to repair the fuel pump. This was another first for me and that just goes to show you that at age 55 you can still learn things.

I am finally getting caught up at work. Things are improving there as well and for that I am thankful.

My mother is out of the hospital and back in rehab. Oh this is too much. While I was just typing that, the commercial came on for Life alert. So while I typed, in the background I heard; "I've fallen and I can't get up" That is what happened to my Mother. That was spooky.

I am going to put in a #6 today. (somebody stop me) Anywhoo, my wife is doing much better and starting to get around the house a bit. Yesterday we took back the wheel chair and walker that she borrowed. She is now just using crutches.

Have a great day, Drive safely, watch out for children.
Greg

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday. This is a tough one.


It’s Thankful Thursday again. I am not sure where to start this week. Life in general has been pretty trying for me lately. I have had mental trials, monetary trials and now physical trials.

I will start by saying I am thankful just to be alive. Without going into detail I have a number of medical problems at the moment but at least I am alive. Enough about that.

My mother isn’t doing well but at least she is hanging on. I have a friend who’s mother is 20 years younger and she isn’t doing well either. The mother that is. And my mother’s problems are minor compared to her mother’s problems. I am thankful that she is 82 and still around.

Oh I just realized that my eye is feeling better. I know I said I wouldn’t dwell on my medical problems but my eye got infected today for some reason. I just put drops in it and it is feeling better now. I am thankful for modern medicine.

I am thankful that I avoided an accident the other day. This crazy diver was texting in heavy traffic and she almost slammed into me. After that she quit texting though but soon I noticed that she was scratching off instant lottery tickets while driving. Some people amaze me.

I am thankful for little signs of hope. The other day while I was driving home, my son noticed that there was a huge cross in the sky made of clouds. He tried to get a photo of it but failed. All I can say was that it was amazing. I told him it was a sign and he asked if I was serious. I just said maybe it is, who knows.

Have a great Thankful Thursday,
Greg

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dining in Paris

I have never actually been to Paris but I would like to go there someday. Reason: I am a big fan of the food. I love French fries, French dressing and French bread. But now that I think of it, I am not a big fan of French toast so maybe I will have to have something a little more American for breakfast. Maybe a crepe or a pancake. I have however dinned in a little Italian Café on the shores of the Mediterranean, enjoyed a lamb dinner in a castle in Scotland and cracked lobster in Nova Scotia. But as everyone knows if you want great meatloaf there is only one place to go; Cracker Bucket! (name changed slightly to protect the guilty)

As luck would have it, on Wednesday, while we returned from our training session, there was a Cracker Bucket just off the highway. We all quickly agreed that it was what we wanted. The parking lot was full as usual because everyone loves Cracker Bucket. Or at least everyone in Orangeburg SC does. That is where this restaurant happened to be. And as is usually the case, there were a number of people rocking in the chairs on the front porch. I don’t quite know what the fascination with rocking outdoors when the heat index is 110 but to each his own.

We entered the restaurant through the trinket store. If you have been to Cracker Bucket, you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t, just imagine an indoor flea market but the junk is all new. After pushing our way through the maze of useless stuff we arrived at the counter with the “Please wait to be seated” sign. (all the fine restaurants have those signs) While we were waiting, I quickly sized up all the waitresses and came to the conclusion that we would end up with Miss Happy: Aka Alice without a smile. Remember that show Alice? If you do, hold on to that memory because another character will reappear in this story.

So the mate-ter-D (another French word I know) takes us to our table after asking the obvious question; “How many are in your party?” and; “would you like smoking or non smoking?” And a lovely table it was. It was right next to the smoking section but lucky for us the two sections are separated by a lattice panel which everyone knows can block smoke. As I looked around the room the first thing I noticed was a young man perhaps around 8 with a long Mohawk haircut. It was kind of like a mullet without the tail if you can picture that. He had that thin inbred look like one gets when their family tree has no branches. But I am sure that wasn’t his fault and on the bright side he could get an acting role as an extra if they every do a remake of the movie Deliverance. Oh and he could also be a poster child for Ritalin but again that wasn’t his fault.

So this fine young man comes up to the table next to us and dares the kid there to “Pick him up by the cheeks” Obviously they were friends because the second kid does it. That’s what friends are for. He literally grabbed this little Deliverance boy by the cheeks and lifted him off the ground. I kid you not. And not once but twice. At this point I am thinking the boy could also get a job with Circus Olay. I was totally amazed but it was short lived because our waitress “Happy Alice” showed up to take our orders. After a hearty greeting of; Haaaw Yu ta-day? She took our orders.

Now I know I said I was going to have the meatloaf but that was Tuesday’s special and this was Wednesday and all I could think about was that it might be left from the previous day so I ordered the cheeseburger. But right after I ordered it, I noticed a warning on the menu saying uncooked meat may kill you so I asked for it very well done. And trust me it was VERY well done when it arrived.

Let me back up a bit. Right after we ordered, this couple came in and sat across from me. She appeared to be about 50 to 60 and was with a man around 60 to 70. She had big hair that reminded me of Flo in the television show Alice. (see how this story is falling into place) Anywhoo she had on clothes similar to what Flo used to wear. She was proud of what she had and obviously wanted to show the “girls” off because he blouse was open almost down to her naval. The sad part is the “girls” weren’t trying to get out they were trying to head south if you know what I mean.

Now get this picture: We are trying to eat our meal. There is a maniac child running loose in the restaurant who has red cheeks where he was picked up. I have Flo sitting across from me (I think she was giving me the eye but it may have been an eye twitch) and the guy on the other side of the lattice panel has a smokers cough. So for some reason I zero in on the coughing sound and realize that there must be 30 people in this restaurant who are coughing. I start thinking about SAR’s and wondering when this town got infected and then Flo does something totally amazing. She takes a break from eating her salad to scratch her head. But since she obviously didn’t own a hair brush that left only one option; You guessed it, she scratched her head with her fork. And then, went back to her salad. I almost gagged. Ok I did gag but it was just a little one.

And that’s when it hit me. You don’t get entertainment like this at some fancy French restaurant. Well at least without paying for it. They need a sign outside that says “Free entertainment while you eat” at Cracker Bucket that is. I'm just saying.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thankful Thursday, Greener Grass


I just spent almost three days in a class up at our new campus. It is brand new and my initial though as I walked across the babbling brook and down the walkway that was lined with lush green grass was; I wish I had it this good. But after getting inside and taking an full look around two other thoughts come to mind; Don't judge a book by it's cover and The grass isn't always greener. Although the condition of the interior was immaculate, the offices were all tiny little cubes and there were row upon row of them. The food was overpriced and no one could see that beautiful view from their office. I will keep what I have.

So the first thing I am thankful for this week is my old shabby office. I only share my office with three people not two hundred and I like the people in my office. That wasn't the case in the big new building.

I am also thankful that the three of us don't constantly complain. Some of the people in the class did nothing but complain about everything under the sun. Again I have it pretty good.

I am thankful for clean water. Since the bottled water in the new campus was $1.25 a bottle, I decided to just drink tap water. YUCK. Talk about nasty. Then on our way back home on Wednesday we stopped at a restaurant (see tomorrow's post about that) and I got water with my dinner. Again the lemon in the water couldn't cover up the bad taste. I will stick with my water.

I am thankful this morning for some aches and pains. At 55 I am still able to work in my yard and get around pretty good. I know these pains will go away but they do remind me to be thankful I am still able to work.


I am thankful that I have a job that allows me to take time off. I plan on taking Friday off to get a few things done around my house. Of course I will throw in a little fun along with the work. I may even go to the gym to work out some of these kinks.

So be thankful for what you have and quit looking over that fence. Have a wonderful Thankful Thursday,

Greg

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thankful Thursday, As time flys by


I cannot believe that tomorrow is Thursday already. Where did the week go? My only regret is that I had several posts planned but didn't have enough time to post them so here I am again with back to back Thankful Thursdays. Better that than nothing.

Ok first off if you follow me on Facebook (and I am sure everyone does, haha) then you know I passed a milestone in my life this week. One of my mother's favorite sayings was: "If I live to be a hundred and ten........" Well I am not a hundred and ten but I am half way there. And I am still alive and well.

I am also thankful that at the ripe old age of 55 I am still able to do more things than most people I know. I may be old but I feel young. God has been good to me and kept me whole.

I am thankful that I can still make a difference in people's lives. Even though I sometimes feel like I am taken for granted by people who I work with, I can see that I make a difference and I am happy with that.

I am thankful that even though I have my down moments, I still push to the top and get back on the positive note.

I am thankful for all my blog friends who stick with me through thick and thin. Yes I know my posting has been a bit thin lately but I am trying to do better. Thanks for sticking with me.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yes Dear it's Thankful Thursday


As you may or may not know I have been playing Dr. Dad this week. My wife had an operation and I took some time off to take care of her. If you follow me on Facebook you already know this so I may not be telling you anything you don't already know. Anywhoo she is doing better and recovering nicely although she just tried to kill herself by hopping across the room on one foot to get a Kleenex. So even though it has been another trying week, I am thankful for a lot of things: (and yes I have been saying yes dear a lot lately)

First off I am thankful that my wife is recovering faster than anticipated. She had a bone fragment removed from her heel and the doctor said it was the worst one he had seen in a long time. No wonder she was in so much pain.

I am thankful for living in the country where I can see sights like this. This was a visitor we had on Saturday around mid day.






It's raining as I type this so I am adding it to my list. It has been bone dry (no pun intended honey) and we really needed this. Rain feels and smells so good. I may just run outside and enjoy the cooler temperature.

I wish I could say I was thankful for patience but I failed in this area this week. I lost my temper several times this week but I feel bad about it and for that I am thankful. Some people don't feel any remorse when they do something wrong.


I am thankful that tomorrow is payday. It has been a tight two weeks money wise and tomorrow we will get some relief. Kind of like the rain is giving us some relief tonight. Although it may be temporary, a little relief is better than none at all.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday on Wednesday


Well here I am doing my Thankful Thursday post on Wednesday night again. Well the truth is I have such a busy day scheduled for tomorrow I know I won't have time to post in the morning.

Tomorrow my wife is having an operation on her heel which has been a long time coming. She has been begging to have it done and tomorrow is the big day. I am thankful for that.

I am thankful that I am getting to have Friday off too. I will be staying home to take care of my wife while her heel heals.

I am thankful that my son will be covering for me at the market on Saturday while I again nurse my wife back to health. It is actually going to take a long time but I hope to help her through the first few days anyway.

I am thankful that we are starting to get rain on a regular basis. Everything is again turning green. We have lots of flowers blooming.

And finally I am thankful that I didn't totally lose it this week. I did kick a copy machine, yell at a gas station attendant, slam a few doors and tell a few people what I had on my mind. But I didn't lose it and I am thankful for that.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Life in the slow lane.

First off let me apologize for my recent Thankful Thursday post. I made lots of mistakes. I have excuses though and here they are:

I was tired. It was 4 am.

I wrote the post earlier but forgot to save it.

I was in a hurry, running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get ready for an appraiser.

Speaking of that you should see my chickens. You remember the cute little chickens we got this spring? Well they have gotten quite big now. And three of the “hens” are bigger than the other three. And these three tall “hens” have gotten quite aggressive. I am guessing we aren’t going to get many eggs from those three “hens” because they seem to have an attitude. It may be time to trade these three for some shorter chickens.



Anywhoo, back to the slow lane……

Some days on my way to work I stop in at my favorite gas station for a cup of coffee. It is my favorite because they do have great coffee and it is always fresh. Well most of the time anyway. Also there is a girl that works there that often gives me my coffee for free. I am not sure why, she just does it. I am guessing it is because I am always smiling and in a good mood and that is rare at 430 in the morning at a gas station. I guess I stand out because I look out of place.

This gas station also sells lottery tickets. But like many gas stations they only sell them from one cash register. I think it has something to do with accounting and keeping track of lottery sales. But whatever the reason they do it. So somewhere up in their food chain,(AKA upper management) someone decided that it would be a good idea to put up a sign so everyone knows which line to get into when they want lottery tickets. That part makes good sense but here is where the plan went astray. Obviously someone passed the buck down the chain (to the worker bees) when it came to hanging this sign.

Now I am not ragging on the gas station employees. There are some great ones. I put the girl who gives me the free coffee at the top of that list. However there are also some employees there that ummmm how do I say this gently….. there are some employees there that aren’t working their way through law school or medical school. Case in point; I had the good fortune (NOT) to talk with someone the other day while in a fast food restaurant line and he said it best: (and this is a quote) “Some of them people aint too bright. I know I cus I used to work there. I quit cus I had problems with the manager. That’s where yer problems really is. Them managers is morons.” Now who can argue with that!!!!

OK where was I? Oh that’s right, the lottery line. So somehow the people at the bottom of the food chain at the gas station were told to put up this sign to make things work more smoothly. Now if it had been me, I would have hung the sign high over the lottery cash register because it says “Lottery this register only” This would have allowed anyone checking out to see the sign. But where do you think the worker bees put the sign? That’s right, taped to the counter where the only one who could see it was the person already there at the register. A lot of good that did. It kind of reminded me of those directional arrows that they paint on the road just before you get to an intersection. Unless you are the only one on the road, good luck seeing them. Usually they are covered up by the cars in front of you and you are forced to change lanes quickly at the last minute. Soooooo……

Yesterday on my way to work, I felt the need for more caffeine so I stopped. The line was particularly long so my coffee friend came out from the back and opened up the other line. She was seeing two customers to one compared to the other cashier. (Can you tell where the problem was?) So I am up to third in line when the other person finally says; I will take the next customer. The guy in front of me switched to the other line and then said; I want 5 power ball tickets to which the cashier said: (you guessed it) sorry you will have to get in the other line. Here’s your sign. Grrrrrrr. Someone else got in that line so I stay put because it only made sense. OK OK I was hoping for free coffee. And I did get it along with a free doughnut. Double Bonus!!!! Life is good!!!!

When I left the gas station I was in a good mood and I settled into the slow (right) lane to enjoy my ride. But I had one of those special people behind me. I was doing the speed limit but this person felt the need to get right on my bumper. He was so close to me that I couldn’t see his headlights. It made me nervous since it was in a construction zone so I moved over to the fast (left) lane and let the moron pass me on the right. I tried to rationalize what he was doing thinking he must be turning right soon so he wanted to stay in the right lane. Wrong!!! After he passed me on the right he moved into the left lane just ahead of me and turned left.

On second thought just leave the lottery sign where it is. It wouldn’t do any good. You can’t fix stupid.

Have a great day,

Greg

Thankful Thursday, Are you protected?


I have done some pretty stupid things over the course of my lifetime. By all rights I shouldn't be here typing this but for some reason God has protected me. Some of the things I have done should have killed me but I am still here so I must be doing something right.

Like the time we tried to see how close we could get to the back of a semi-truck while it sped down the highway. Oh and we were on a motorcycle. I think it was 10 feet and we were going 90 mph. Not too smart I know.

Then there was the time I went cliff diving. I dove off of a 100 ft cliff into a river that I knew nothing about. I almost got knocked out not to mention almost ripping both arms from my socket. Obviously it is harder than it looks. So is the water when you dive from that high.

And there was the time we went into a restricted area while in Italy. We stumbled upon some guys loading automatic weapons into their car. We had to hurry to get out of there before they noticed us.

Just yesterday on my way home, I got stopped by a train. As luck would have it, I was in a hurry so they stopped the train before it totally cleared the road so the gates stayed down. We sat there and sat there for over 30 minutes. Finally some people began slipping through the gates and crossing behind the train. Finally I had enough too and I decided to go for it. About half way up the line, a lady pulled out in front of me to do the same thing. She was going a bit slower though so she held me up. Just as we got near the front of the line to make the cross we saw blue lights coming from a side road. We quickly found an open spot to pull back into the waiting line. Another lady decided to go for it though and was given a hefty ticket for crossing the tracks. Had that car not pulled in front of me, I would have gotten that ticket. Whew that was a close one.

So I am thankful for all the things that God does to protect me even when I do something stupid.

I am thankful for the cooler weather we had last week, I needed a break from that heat wave and it came just in time.

I am thankful for my family who worked hard this past week trying to get the house looking for for an appraiser visit. He comes today. Pray for us. We need a good appraisal.

I am thankful for the strength that God gives me to continue when most people would simply give up. Don't think I haven't considered it but in the end I push on.


I am thankful for all the little things that make my day. Sometimes all I need is a little ray of sunshine through the clouds to keep me goign.

So what are you thankful for today? I am sure you can come up with something.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thankful Thursday... I need a shovel.


I need a shovel because I may have to dig deep for this one. Seriously,even though I have a lot to be thankful for this week has been less than outstanding. Friday night our washing machine died. No biggie, we got two marginal years use out of it. It hasn't been the best investment we ever made. But thanks to the miracle of credit we were able to get a new one. And that was just the beginning of our week.

I went to the "other flea market" on Saturday to try and sell a few day lilies while they were blooming. Around 10, someone came up and said; Sir did you know your tire was flat? DOES IT EVER END? CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!!! So I packed up quickly and managed to make it to a gas station where I was able to pump up the tire before it went totally flat.

So on Saturday night I installed the new washer. The rest of the week was going well until today when my garden well pump sucked air and ruined the check valve and now I have to make major repairs. Ok enough whining. I am still thankful. Things could have been a lot worse. So here is my list.

I am thankful that we have great credit and it seems that everyone in town wants to lend us money. If you want to be added to that list just tell me what the interest rate is.

I am thankful that my tire didn't go flat while I was out in the sticks where there was no gas station.

I am thankful that I am able to install my own washing machine. I know a lot of people who have to call a plumber to do that.

I am thankful that I was able to figure out what was wrong with my water pump and right now I think I can fix it easily enough. Maybe I should be a plumber.

Oh I almost forgot. Last Thursday, when I went to the local dump site....There on the ground was a shovel. I guess it was a sign of things to come. I am thankful for the free shovel. :)

Have a great day and focus on the positive.

Greg

What are you "saying?"

Don't you just love how some people rattle off wise sayings? I know a couple of people who have a saying that fits almost every situation. But if you know me, you know I like to analyze everything so I just can't let it go sometimes. Take this one for instance:

"You can't teach an old dog new tricks" I hear that a lot and I have a feeling the old dog they are referring to is me. My first thought is why not? A 95 year old woman graduated from college recently so I know it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks too. And you can't use a shock collar on a 95 year old woman either and you can on an old dog. Well I guess you could but it might be frowned on by some people.

But more importantly why would you want to teach an old dog new tricks. I am talking dogs here people forget about the 95 year old woman. I mean imagine you have had this dog for say 10 years and one day you wake up and think: Hmmmm I wonder if I can teach Spike to shake hands? Why didn't you do that when Spike was a puppy? It would have been a lot easier.

I really don't think it is so much that you can't teach him new tricks I think it is more that you start thinking Spike may not be around much longer so why bother. Not that there is anything wrong with going to college at 95. That's all I'm saying.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I voted for Thankful Thursday


Yes it's Thankful Thursday time again. And it is back by popular vote. I toyed with the idea of giving it up due to time restrictions but a lot of you voted (emailed me) and said keep it going so here I am and since it is Thursday, here we go.

I am thankful for the chance to vote in our primary elections. Just think of all the people who don't get to do that. And we had a runoff here and I voted in that as well. Remember if you don't use it you lose it so go out and vote whenever you can. The only sad part is that a lot of people don't vote or they vote based on a name or a color. For instance I heard a lot of people voted for Al Green because the name sounded familiar. I guess they were "Tired of being alone." Wrong Al Green people.

I am thankful for opportunities to make a few extra dollars. They really are all around us if we just look. God has been very good to us in this area. No 100 million dollar lottery but a few dollars in a coffee can.

I am again thankful for the ability to fix things that God gave me. I am amazed at the people who can't repair anything and I can fix almost everything. Notice I said almost.

I am thankful for family. This week our youngest has been away at 4-H camp and we really do miss him. It's funny, those little things he does which upset us just don't matter.

I am thankful that this week is almost over. It has been really hot and I have been doing some outside work. If you want to sweat, just come to SC. Hey that could be a new motto. :)

Have a great day and be thankful,
Greg

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

That deer in the headlight look.

I swore I wasn't going to post anymore deer stories because I think they were jinxing me but I have to tell just one more. I will keep it short. Yesterday on my way to work Bambi decided to take a walk on the wild side and cross the road in front of me. Bad move for a dear you know. Anywhoo she didn't run, jump, trot or even sashay not that a deer can sashay, she just walked. So I came to a stop while she cleared my lane. But she didn't continue walking she just got in the other lane and stood there.

It was a face off...man against beast as she stood there looking at me not 10 feet from me and right beside my car. Not knowing what to do, I rolled the window down and spoke to her; "You know, this is why you guys keep getting hit. You can't just stand in the road." Bambi just stood there looking at me while I spoke and then gave me that "Like whatever" look as she turned and walked slowly away. The nerve of some animals. That took a lot of gall to just stand there. What if I had a gun?

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thankful Thursday, I see the light


Welcome everyone to another Thankful Thursday. I want to thank everyone who stuck with me through the darkness. Yes I have been a bit down lately and some of you have noticed and commented but now I am beginning to see a small glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and I am hoping it isn't a train. :)For the first time in what seems like forever I had had a lot of good things happen to me and I don't have to search for thankful items. Some of these may sound trivial but little things add up.

First off I do want to thank everyone who has been giving me pep talks and keeping me motivated to keep pushing on. You know who you are and so does God and he thanks you as well.

I finally got my little boat running well. It took persistence and a lot of hard work but it is running well now. The reason this is such a biggie is because with money so tight, going out in the boat is the only vacation my family is getting. Those family boat rides seem like heaven.

Our insurance is going to pay for my son's teeth to be fixed. I have two insurance companies, one for medical and the other for dental. As it turned out neither covered wisdom tooth removals so we were left high and dry and my son needed his removed. One dentist was booked so we went to another who said they would submit the paperwork even if we aren't covered. Well the insurance company said they would cover most of it anyway. That's a big money load off our shoulders.

We got rain this week. It only gave us one day of relief but some is better than none. I am still getting lots of cucumbers and peppers if anyone wants some. :)

It looks like we can get our house refinanced which will give us some more breathing room. Even though we were making it, it was by the skin of our teeth and that skin was starting to get a bit thin. (too much brushing I guess) Anywhoo things look good and we should be doing better in a month or two. Keep praying for us but I think we are on the right track.

I could actually go on but I am going to leave it at 5. No sense being boastful. Did you notice this was actually done on Thursday this week? See things are getting better.

Have a wonderful day and please join me in being thankful
Greg

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thankful Thursday, I think?


I woke up this morning and sat and thought for a while; Is it Wednesday or Thursday? On one hand I wanted it to be Thursday because that would mean the weekend was one day closer. However if it was Thursday then I missed my Thankful Thursday post and that would have upset me deeply. But I realized that today is Wednesday so I had time to write my post. But I had a very busy day and I was just about to hit the hay when I realized that again I had almost missed writing my post. So let me get right to it so I can go to bed. :)

I am thankful that when my wife's car broke down on Monday that the kids weren't hurt. My oldest son was driving it when the transmission went out. If you remember we just had it fixed to the tune of 2000 dollars and we just went past the warranty period. Oh well, its only money.

I am thankful that I only have two more days of OSHA training. I haven't had this much fun since I had a root canal.

I am thankful that I got new tires on my car. It was beginning to shake and it was starting to make me sick.

I am thankful that the graduation party went very well last Saturday. Everyone who came got along well and they were very generous. The graduate liked that part too.

I am just thankful to be alive right now. With all that is going on in my life it doesn't take much to make me happy. The simple things in life are the best and sometimes that is all I have.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Thankful Thursday, it's summertime.


It's officially summer. Or so the weatherman says. From what I have seen it has been summer for quite some time now. We have already had some upper 90 degree weather and we are into that summer weather pattern. You can also tell it is summer because a lot of people are complaining about the heat. You won't hear me complain because I prefer heat over cold. But let me get to my Thankful Thursday post since that is what this is all about. With so much going well for me right now it is hard to pick just a few but here goes:

First off my oldest son graduated from high school. Even though that doesn't sound like anything earth shattering, there are a lot of kids dropping out these days. I am thankful that he stuck with it.

I am thankful for the fresh cucumbers and tomatoes that I just picked from my garden. There is nothing quite like fresh veggies that you grew yourself. Ok maybe I had a little help from God.

I am thankful that the two snakes that I flushed out this week weren't poisonous. One was a glass snake and the other was a rat snake. The glass snake actually crawled across my hand while I was working on my hands and knees and the rat snake was the biggest one I have ever seen. It was about 4 ft long.

I am thankful for all the free plants I got last Saturday from a friend of mine. She got them from a friend and then passed them along to me. Now all I have to do is re-pot them and I can either sell them or keep them for myself.

I am again thankful for the rain that God has given us. We have been getting it at night and we wake up with the air smelling fresh.

I hope you have something to be thankful for this week. I am sure you can think of something.

Have a great day,
Greg

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day photos

Well we had an absolutely wonderful Memorial Day. I got up early and we worked from sunup to sundown. But then to me this day isn't about having a good time. It is about remembering those who died so that we could spend the day with our families. And I did get to spend the day with my family and they worked right along side of me. One of the things we did today was to work in our gardens. So here are a few photos that I took today. I hope you enjoy them.

This is a water lily in our pond.



This is one the cats that we rescued. His name is Tigger Tiger.



This is one of our day lilies. It is called Plum Crazy



This is a pink Day lily.



This day lily is called an Orange Sherbet.



This is a Purple Mexican Petunia with a moth in it.



This day lily is called Lemonade



This is our main Hydrangea. It can change from pink to blue if you change the PH of the soil.



This is a French Hydrangea





I caught this Dragon Fly by our fish pond.




Check out how big our chickens have gotten.




This is a Chevron daylily.



And finally this is an Angel Wing Begonia.




I hope you had a very special Memorial Day,
Greg