Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday #66


Welcome to Thankful Thursday. This is the first time I am officially leading this (I guess I am officially leading, although I have no official documentation to back it up) so thank you all for coming. Those of you that have been following me for sometime know that my sense of humor comes through in almost everything that I write, even in my Thankful Thursday posts. Those that know me also know that I am almost always upbeat and positive so I am hoping to pass some of those positive thoughts and feelings along to my readers. I will hope that what I write encourages you to be positive and thankful as well and I invite everyone to join in by signing up below.

I need to caution you though that I am by no way a blogger expert so some of the links or buttons may not work at first but I will keep trying until I get them right. I have been getting lots of help from Sonya who used to host Thankful Thursday and another blogger who is one of my biggest fans. I hope you will become a fan as well. So if anything on here doesn’t work properly just let me know so I can get it corrected. And one last thing before I get into this week’s post; I cannot visit blogger from work (new company policy) so if I mess up my post before work I won’t be able to get it straightened out until after work.

This week I am thankful for and humbled by being asked to host this Meme. I don’t know what I did to deserve such an honor but I am so delighted that some of you thought I was worthy. (doing the I’m not worthy thing here) But I am dedicated to making this work, so much that I will be getting up an extra 15 minutes early just to launch my Thursday post. This means I will have to get up around 4 am (actually 3 this morning) to get this done. I think any time before lightness should be BM for "Before Morning" but then that’s just the way I think. Anyway, I thank you all.

I am thankful for my family who supports me in my crazy endeavors when I am already overworked. I do think that I work better under pressure.

I am thankful for all my blogging buddies. Lately I haven’t been posting as much as I used to but for some reason my followers have increases. I am not sure why but I am thankful for all the great comments and followers. I am thinking that that number may even increase once I get the Thankful Thursday rolling. That would make me happy.

I am thankful for all the abilities that God has given me. There are so many things I can do that the average guy can’t. Over my lifetime, I picked up so many skills that it amazes most people. Sometimes it seems more like a curse than a blessing when I get those; “Greg could you please help me with…..”Calls but I do know that it is a blessing. I doubt if there is anything I can’t do if I really put my mind to it. Well other than figuring out this blogging stuff. I bet I could even do that if I really tried. I will put that on my to-do list.

I am thankful that spring is just around the corner.(although you wouldn't know it by the thermometer this morning. It's 34 deg) Other than my allergies killing me, it is my favorite time of year. I have so much to do to get ready for spring. I have weeding, tilling, planting and bird house making to do. I have to fix our riding mower and get our boat running and work on our water system and oh yes…Get some more blogging in.

Please sign up below if you want to join in. I am borrowing this Mr. Linky this week and still working on my sidebar button but we are up and running this morning. And it's only 345. :)




Have a great day,

Greg

Monday, February 22, 2010

Just a thought

I am thinking about leading the Thankful Thursday group. I have a lot to do to get to that point where I get Mr. Linky up and running and I can figure out the ins and outs of this all but I am heading in that direction. Let me know what you think? All is well here on the Island. Work has been really hectic and so have a lot of other things but I am managing.

Last night we were out in the front yard and a bald eagle flew right over our heads. He circled for a while as if he was looking for something then flew off. Today we found a little bluebird in our front yard that had been injured. We have him in a shoe box and are hoping he makes it until the morning. Keep thinking positive and let me know what you think about the Thankful Thursday. No matter what I will be posting my list on Thursday.

I am trying out Mr. Linky. No need to sign up for this one unless you want to give it a try. If you want to though you can do it. I am working on the other parts or the post. If you are still reading I just added the photo that I plan on using. That is if it looks good. :)

Just FYI, I borrowed this Thankful Thursday Mr. Linky until I get my own generated. It is a learning process for me but I am a fast learner. So if you click on the links below the sign up list you will be taken to someone else's blog who also does a Thankful Thursday. No fair leaving me for them now. :) I may have this all corrected by tomorrow but I am not sure if I will yet so bear with me please. Or should I say; "Your comment is important to us however all of our service representatives are assisting other customers at this time. please stay on the line and the next available technician will be with you shortly. We apologize for making you wait."

One last thing; Apparently I need to upgrade to show more than one Mr. Linky. I will have that done by next week but right now I had to delete this one so that I could put on on the next post.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thankful Thursday...Up on the roof.



For anyone that doesn't know about what I do for a living, my official title is maintenance planner. That means I plan and schedule maintenance. So it was no surprise that I planned and scheduled my roofing job. I had it scheduled down to a T. Then Mother Nature stepped in with other plans.

On Friday, when I was supposed to start work, it snowed. It was the most snow we have had in 20 years. So much for plans. Then on Saturday it rained. Way to go Mother Nature. It was also just above freezing. I guess it is global warming. So here is my list for the week.

I am about 90% done with my roofing project and I am thankful that I am still standing. No one over the age of 50 should be allowed to work on a roof.

Even though my back yard is a swamp we will be needing the water this summer so I am thankful for the water.

The wood is still holding out and I am thankful for that. Our heater hasn't turned on this year and that is keeping our electric bill lower than most.


I am thankful that my youngest son is bringing up his grades. I only had to scream and shout like a maniac but he is improving. So much for being a calm parent.


I am thankful that we are supposed to have some warmer weather this weekend. I am ready for a boat ride and some relaxation. All work and no play...you know how that goes.

No matter what is happening in our lives we realize that we have it pretty good and we thank God for that. I used Sonya's link this week. Give Sonya a shout out to let her know that the thankfulness she started continues.

Have a great day,
Greg

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Winter wonderland.....In Charleston????

Well we finally got snow. It has been about 10 years since it snowed here so it is a big deal for us. We only got about three inches on the ground but there is more in some areas where it drifted. I heard that a few miles inland they got around 6 inches. Thats a blizzard for this area. The last time we had this much snow was right after hurricane Hugo and that was around 20 years ago. I know a lot of you just want the snow to go away but it is a nice treat for us. The bad news is that I was supposed to be already on the roof and starting that project but I now have to wait for the snow to melt. I would have never guessed that I would be delayed by snow. Enjoy the photos.







Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Again I have a lot to be thankful for but I will only list 5 things.

First off I am thankful to just be alive. I am guessing that a few of you were wondering if I still was though since I haven't been posting. Well I am and life is very busy for me but it is still live none the less.

I have a biggie this week. my son got accepted to the college of his choice. Whooo Hooo. We are all so proud of him.

I am thankful for my friends at work. I don't have a lot there but the few I have keep me smiling. Our new catch word is Milkaholic. You have to see the etrade girlfriend commercial to know what I am talking about.

I am thankful for my blog friends who are sticking with me through my lack of blogging times. Stick with me, I will be back with lots of photos very soon.

I am again thankful for all this wood that my wife and youngest son chopped. We are having another cold snap and this fire feels really good.

So what are you thankful for today. I am sure you have a big list too.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Thankful Thursday


It's hard to believe that it is Thursday again. Actually if the truth were known it is only Wednesday night but I am getting this post ready and I am going to post it early. I have so much to be thankful for and I want to get it all down on paper while it is fresh in my mind.

My day started out and ended a little scary. This morning, right after I pulled out of my driveway, a huge buck froze in my headlights. I thought oh no, not again. But to my amazement he just walked slowly across the road and went into a neighbors yard. If any hunters are reading this, it was a 10 point buck and it had a great rack. Eat your heart out hunters.

I am thankful that I didn't literally have another run in with a deer. I have been seeing them every morning for several weeks now and so far so good. It's going to be a long year.

I am thankful for another great body pump class this week. I didn't hurt myself this time and I am planning on doing a spin class tomorrow. Look at me getting in shape. Whooo Hoooo.

I am thankful for a good dentist appointment that I had today. I had x-rays and a cleaning done and I only had two cavities. That's pretty good for me because I knew I had one for a long time and the other one was a surface cavity and will be easy to fix. She said my gums were in great shape and the cleaning went really fast because I have been brushing and flossing very well.

I am thankful that God protected me on my way to the dentist. I was running late and only about a block away from the dentist. A light ahead turned yellow and I had to quickly decide if I was going to stop and be late for my appointment or run the light and be on time. I chose to stop. A young women two lanes over decided to go for it.

A truck was approaching the intersection from the side road and the guy saw that his light was about to change so he kept going and sped through the intersection just as the light turned green. And you guessed it. Right there in front of me Bam!!! The two vehicles then slid over and hit another car that was crossing the intersection from the other direction. It was an older woman and she may have been seriously injured if she had been a second sooner. I saw glass and car parts in the air in front of me.

I jumped out and offered to help but everyone seemed ok. The car that ran the light had a baby and a dog inside. When the woman opened her door to get out, the dog ran away and was lost. The woman then began crying about the dog but no one was seriously injured. I ended up being late to my appointment but the person before me was running late too so it all worked out in the end. Everyone was ok by the way but the dog was still lost.

I am also thankful that I have tomorrow off. I have a parent/teacher meeting but the rest of the day I am planning on relaxing.

Have a great day,
Greg

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The beatings will continue.......

The beatings will continue until the attitude improves around this place!!!

Apparently it isn't acceptable for some people to enjoy going to work anymore. Apparently you are supposed to come to work, hate it, do your mundane job and then return home in a foul mood. The only people who are allowed to enjoy themselves at work are upper management. You have to be in the "do as I say not as I do" group to have a good time anymore.

Yesterday we got the memo from corporate; No more blogger, facebook twitter or any other social networking at work. That includes your own time like during breaks, lunch, before and after working hours or any other time that is your own. Apparently someone was caught smiling at work and management just can't have it get out that someone may be happy at work.

On a totally unrelated note, all upper management were given blackberries recently so they can keep track of business issues. Of course none of them will be used for personal use like contacting family or friends during meetings. That just won't happen because we all know that upper management is much more responsible than us bottom feeders. :)

So if you notice that I don't blog as much any more, it just means that my computer time has been cut short. I am still here and will be blogging when I can. I also had to turn off all notifications so I won't know when you comment until I log on to blogger. Of course if you want to contact me for something important, you can always email me. They haven't turned that off....YET.

Did you know that people who occasionally tweet or FB or Blog at work are 20% more productive? They say it breaks the monotony and allows people who do repetitive tasks to work more quickly. So I guess you can expect my production and attitude to suffer as well. But at least I won't be happy and that is what is important.

Have a great day, just don't let anyone know. :)

Greg