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

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thankful Thursday. I think.


I think it is almost Thursday and if that is the case, then it is time for Thankful Thursday. Again it has been a really busy week for me and I apologize for not visiting your blogs like I would like to. I really want to but life is really hectic for me these days. But in all this hecticktivity, (I just made that word up, what do you think?) I can still find things to be thankful for.

This past weekend I was able to help out a fellow vendor down at the market. I am always thankful when I can help someone. Our neighbor down there showed up driving a truck with a manual transmission. The only problem is that she didn't know how to drive one. And downtown Charleston is not the place to learn. So when it came time to leave, My son drove their truck home and I took the other girl in my truck. We got them home safely. Lets hope she got some lessons in this week.

I managed to keep my cool so far this week at work and I am thankful for that. But you know what they say; The week aint over yet. I am taking Friday off though so I only have one day to go. It has been a trying week for me.

I am thankful that my boys only have one week of school left. When they graduate they turn into my slaves for the summer. Its my oldest son's senior year so he turns into my slave forever. Bwahahahahahaha

I am thankful that the deer were in my yard this morning and not in the street. However when I first saw the glowing eyes staring at me in the dark I wasn't so happy. I watched too many scary movies when I was young and those eyes usually belong to some kind of evil creature. Wait deer are evil. To me in my car anyway.

I am so happy that I don't live on the gulf coast right now. What a mess we have gotten into. And I am also happy that I no longer work for a certain British Petroleum company. I'm just saying.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thankful Thursday, looking for that silver lining.


It may not seem like things are getting better for me but they are. If you judge only by the frequency of my posts you may get a different impression. Yes I am still very busy with everything from work to special projects but I am slowly but surely getting things done. Every day I check another thing or two off my list of "things to do today". I really doubt if there will be a time that I have no list but that is ok too. God's plan for me isn't to be a loafer.



This week I am thankful for a bunch of things but I will only list 5.

1. Fresh veggies from my garden. This week I picked squash and cucumbers. I have peppers about ready to pick and my zucchini is just about ready too. Tomatoes aren’t that far off.

2. A totally awesome concert by my middle schooler. The new band director they got this year is outstanding and is really doing a great job working with all the kids.

3. I am thankful for another great day at the market this past weekend. They were calling for rain but it held off and we ended up having a great day.

4. And speaking of rain we got some nice rain earlier this week. We (my wife) have been having to water all day long and that rain gave my well a break. I am always thankful for rain.

5. Finally I am thankful for my thankful attitude. With all the troubles and worries in this world, God has given me the ability to see the silver lining in almost everything. Sometimes it takes me a while but I can usually find it. Many people that I work with like to focus on the clouds and refuse to look for that silver lining. Every morning I am met with a room full of pouting people and I do my best to cheer them up. This morning I decided to start putting happy quotes on my morning report. This morning it was; “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln said that. At the end of the meeting we got into a discussion about why I put that on the report and someone piped up and said; He got shot, how happy is that?

Oh well I tied. Please join me in being thankful this week. I am sure you have something to be thankful for. How about life itself.



Have a great day,

Greg

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thankful Thursday, We can do this


Hello everyone and welcome to Thankful Thursday. To tell the truth I woke up this morning, unprepared, thinking that I would only write a goodbye post and graciously bow out of blogging forever. Life isn't easy for me these days. I have more problems than most people would be able to deal with. Between family, work and financial commitments I am just about broke. My mental and physical bank account is drained and there is no relief in site. However through it all, I keep getting little glimpses of hope and that keeps me going. When I logged on this morning to make that goodbye post, I had some great comments on my last post. Those little comments (along with some really strong coffee) gave me the strength to keep moving and not give up. So here are the little things I am thankful for this morning;

I am thankful for the person at work who told me this week that they didn't mind helping me because I am a nice person.

I am thankful for the two 100's that my youngest son brought home from school yesterday. I knew he could do it.

I am thankful for my oldest son who is picking up the slack while I work these 10 hour days. Living out in the country like we do makes it hard to do all those errands when I have to work late.

I am thankful for my wife who is out there every day watering the garden for us with a brace on her foot. She is hurting but she keeps doing what she can.

And finally I am thankful for all the great comments that I get on my blog. You never know the difference one little comment can make in someone's life. When life gets us down, it's nice to know we are not alone. And I would like to apologize for not visiting your blogs like I used to. As soon as this life slows down I will get back to it.

Have a great day,
Greg

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Random Dozen, Unknows theme edition


I don't know if there is a theme this week for the random dozen. I don't know if there has to be one other than being random. If I had to guess I would say it was high school memories. So here I go with my answers;

1. Please share one memory of your high school graduation. Pics would be great!

My high school graduation was pretty uneventful. It was very formal and the participants and guests all dressed up. No one did anything “funny”. The other day we went to a college graduation and that wasn’t the case. I saw one lady with cut off jeans and there were more babies there than in a maternity ward. People blew horns and others shouted and screamed. We couldn’t even hear the speaker over all the babies crying. What’s up with that?


2. What is one "emergency use" item you keep in your vehicle at all times?

The only emergency use item in my car is the spare tire. I would however like to get one of those cattle gates to keep the deer off my car.


3. In your region, do you celebrate graduation open houses? Addendum: (If so,) how many open houses/bridal showers/weddings are on your upcoming events calendar?

We are having a little get together for our son for his graduation but other than that we have nothing on our social calendar. We are considered boring.


4. Tell me one truth you believe about motherhood.

It doesn’t take much effort to be a mother but it takes a lot of work to be a good mother. Just my opinion based on personal observation.


5. What was the last thing you broke?

That would be a little electrical sensor plug on my son’s car. When we were putting it back together I noticed it was broken so I am assuming that I did it. It may have already been broken though.


6. On average, how many pieces of junk mail do you receive daily?

Usually I get between 40 and 60 emails a day but sometimes it is as high as 80. Of those about 10 to 20 are junk and the rest are just things that don't interest me.


7. Do you like to shop by catalog?

No but I like shopping on line. Of course there is the ever popular VS catalog. :)


8. Is lawn maintenance at your house a "his job," a "her job" or "his/her job" or "that's why we have teenagers" job?

It is mostly a her job but we are trying to turn it into “that’s why we have teenagers” job.


9. Which room would you like to redecorate in your home?

The dining room but we would have to make it larger to do so.


10. Do you read a newspaper regularly, or do you read most of your news on line?

All on line for me. I read whatever pops up after I read my email and that’s about it. Right now they are saying the environment is almost at the point of no return. Imagine that.

11. Do you believe everything happens for a reason?

Yes but sometimes it just isn’t very obvious. Take the oil rig disaster for instance. I think it is telling us not to drill off the coast.

12. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

That’s a good question. I used to be more worried about doing the right thing but I am changing my ways and now trying to do things right. Doing the right thing for you isn’t always doing the right thing for someone else. It gets really complicated. If you do something right who can argue with that?

Have a great day,
Greg

Monday, May 10, 2010

Garden photos

Ok I am finally getting to posting a few photos. Some are from my garden and some others are just flowers that we grow. I even threw in a photo from the air show a few weeks ago. I hope you like them.








Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thankful Thursday, Welcome Visitors


It's Thursday and time for another edition of Thankful Thursday. It hasn't been a good week for me or so it seems. God is surely testing me. And I have to admit I lost my cool at first. But in the end I decided to let it all go and let Him handle everything. If this is what you have planned for me God then I am thankful that you think I am worth testing.

My fist item of thankfulness today may sound kind of strange. I am as always thankful for all my new visitors and followers. However, I have recently picked up a bunch of foreign followers. I have a confession: I only know how to speak/read English. So although everyone is welcome here, please leave your comments in English so I can respond. Please.

I am thankful this week for the biggest test of my life. Can you say IRS Audit? I think the remaining hair that I have that wasn't gray is now turning. But you know what? This too will pass and the good news is there will be no IRS in heaven. All our debts will be paid. Please God give me a sign that this is true.

I am thankful for another great weekend at the market. Although life is getting hard we are making it. I am thankful for every opportunity that I get. Repeat after me; Hard work is good for you.

I am thankful for the little things in life that make me laugh. Like when someone said in reference to Cinco de Mayo: "I thought that was in February." No that would be Cinco De Febrero.

And finally I am thankful for all the rain we had this past week. You should see my garden. Wait you will this weekend. I am going to take photos. Right now we have squash, tomatoes, peppers and cukes on the vine.

Have a Great day,
Greg

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Random Life, Random Dozen


I am participating in the Random Dozen meme over at Second Cup of Coffee again this week. As usual I haven't a clue where she gets the theme or the questions. But I play along anyway just to amuse her. :) So without further ado:

1. What was the last thing about which you procrastinated?

There are so many things I could say here, it is hard to pick just one. Right now I am procrastinating on a report my boss wants. I finally figured how to handle the things I don’t want to do. If you put the ball in someone else’s court you can sit idly by while they procrastinate. It works try it.


2. How long does it take you to fall asleep, and do you sleep through the night?
I usually fall asleep in less than 5 minutes. However I am up off and on all night.


3. Which decade would you choose to exemplify your favorite fashion styles?

I think the 70’s were pretty hip. There is nothing like jeans with stuff written all over them when the bottom is frayed. I was cool.

4. What is your personal best dish to feed a crowd?

“Off the cuff humor.” Almost every day at work, someone will make a totally moronic statement and I can’t help but come back with a witty remark. I make a lot of people laugh. Now if we are talking real food, I would have to say lasagna. I do make a mean one.


5. Are you an impulse shopper? What was the last thing you bought on impulse?

Not usually but sometimes I see something I just have to have. It’s usually food. You should never shop while hungry. Last week I went grocery shopping at the commissary. I wanted to get some sardines because I have been reading about how good they are for you. I came home with some sardines in Louisiana hot sauce. How could anyone resist them? (note to self; Don’t buy them again)


6. What is one wish you have for your own funeral?

I want a simple funeral. Nothing too fancy. Just a 5 mile procession on a mule drawn wagon being lead by a Dixieland band playing a dirge, When we get to our house they break into “When the Saints go marching in” and everyone has a big party. (notice I said “we”. I plan on being there) Well duh, it’s my party. As I said, nothing fancy.


7. If it's true that joy is in found in the simple things in life, what does your joy look like today?



Oh you don’t even want to go there. Ok I know this is bad but lately I have been in a mood and what I really need is to see someone who does something stupid get what’s coming to him. I just saw it on the internet. That guy that ran out on the field at the baseball game and got tazed. I like that. Simple but enjoyable entertainment.


8. What is your favorite type of bread?

Pumpernickel with lots of butter.

9. What trait do you fear developing the most? (Laziness, greediness, grumpiness, etc.)

Fear??? I guess it would be grumpiness. I have my moments now but I would hate to be that way all the time.

10. What trait would you like most to develop?

Is wealth a trait? Right now I could use a little extra pocket money. I think I am the way I want to be most of the time.


11. Which room in your house best reflects your personality? Why?

I really can’t relate to a room. I am more of the outside type of person.

12. How do you maintain balance in your life regarding, work, family, church, other organizations and activities, and blogging?

Balance? What is that? I just try to do it all and usually fail.

Have a great day,
Greg

Sunday, May 2, 2010

It could only happen ot me.

So there we were on Saturday, on our way home from the marketrday. We were driving along, minding our own business, not hurting anyone. We were on the Island Connector, heading toward James Island. We had a car right on our tail but life was good. As we drove along, I looked in the rear view mirror and said to my son; hey something looks funny with that tarp.

Ok since we take plants to the market we put a 6' by 8' tarp over the truck bed. This keeps the wind from damaging the plants. But to keep it down we usually attach it to the truck body. Well yours truly came up with an easier way to to attach it. Just strap it to the big wooden table that I made. It sounded good. Really. I mean this table weighs about 60 lbs so it was pretty heavy, so what could go wrong?

Have you ever seen one of those drag races where they use the parachutes to stop the cars? Well that's what I saw in the rear view mirror. But our parachute wasn't attached to the truck, just the table. So all of a sudden this tarp blows up like a parachute, and I screamed OMG there goes the table. Now we were doing 55 mph and there was a very small car following close behind me.

So I swerve off the road and as I get in the breakdown lane all I can think of is; Where's the table? I mean I couldn't see it anymore and although the car that was following me too close swerved, it didn't crash. My first impulse was to just step on it and speed off. But then I remembered that the banner from the winery was attached to that table so I had to stop. I figured that it bounced off the bridge into the water.

But after I got off the road, I discovered that the table was still hanging on by a bunji chord. Talk about a stroke of luck. And that is just a sample of what I have been going through lately.

Have a great day,
Greg