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