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,

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,

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,


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,

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,

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,