Saturday, August 27, 2011

Forgiveness; Easier said than done.



People who know me and know me well would have a hard time believing it but I have a problem with forgiveness. Yes it's true. These days, when someone does something that bothers me I let them know right away and go on with my life. So I am not adding people to “the list” these days even though one of my favorite sayings is; “You just made the list.” (a line from the movie "Stripes") And truth be known, that list is my hate list. Yes I have one and I have always had one even though it is no longer growing.

As I matured, I was able to clear my list for the most part but there were a few people who have remained on it. These were people who over my life hurt me deeply, leaving scars that have stayed with me. But I recently realized that keeping this hatred, even tucked deeply away is robbing me of my ability to totally be happy. So I have decided to let it go, to forget and forgive. So let me clear the air and get some things off my chest and put this list behind me. Some of these may sound foolish or meaningless to you but for me they were huge.

First was that little red haired boy in grade school: You know who you are. You chased me around and hit me every chance you got. You took or smashed my lunches whenever you found where I hid them. Many times you didn’t find my lunch bag hidden deep in the bushes but it would be full of ants when I went to eat lunch. What you didn’t know was that we were poor. My parents had to scrape to make that jelly sandwich. I didn’t mind the punches but I needed that food and often went hungry. And to this day if I get an ant in my food I won’t eat it. I throw it away. But since you were probably a product of bad parents and doing it to get attention, I forgive you.

All you jocks that picked on me in Junior high and made fun of me by playing mean tricks on me, and all those “it” girls who laughed when I was the brunt of those jokes: You just don’t know how much you changed my life. You set the stage for my shyness and I crawled inside my shell and refused to reach out to anyone for over 25 years. It wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I realized that people do like me and not all people are evil. So you took away a big part of my life but I still forgive you.

My baseball coach, I hated you in the worst way: You never gave me a chance to prove myself. You only let me play when the game was already won and you sat there quietly while the players played jokes on me in the dugout. But the biggest thing I ever hated you for was the time that you embarrassed me like I have never been embarrassed before or after that day. It was most likely nothing to you but those scars have stayed with me for over 40 years. All I wanted was a chance to prove myself.

So when the big game came and we were behind by one run in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded and me up, I just knew it was going to be the day. But you told me just to stand there and not swing. You told me to lean into the plate and either get hit by the ball or take the walk. A walk means we tie you said, and the next guy may get a hit. You told me "if I swung I was off the team" and I wanted to belong to something so bad that I did as you told me even though they threw easy pitches over the plate that I knew I could hit. So I stood there while they called; strike one, strike two, strike three, you’re out, as my father watched from the bleachers and I listened to the sound of laughter. I couldn’t even look him in the eye on that ride home and I never played organized sports again. But I forgive you for putting that game above my feelings. It was wrong but I forgive you.

My ex-wife. Wow you sure messed up a lot of people’s lives. I won’t go into details but it was the lying that made me divorce you. To this day I still don’t know how you could put your hand on a Bible and swear to God that you didn’t do what you did. And then when the evidence came out that you were lying you couldn’t find the words to say; I’m sorry. But all that is behind me now so I forgive you too. But you better ask someone else for forgiveness.

My mother: What can I say? Most people would find it hard to imagine that you can love and hate the same person. Trust me though, it is possible. My mother’s favorite nursery rhyme was; “There was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. And when she was good she was very very good but when she was bad she was horrid. “ I think she was talking about herself. We had good times when I was young, lots of them. And not that many bad times either. But when they were bad they were very very bad. My mother was bi-polar back when bi-polar wasn’t cool. And that was back before they even knew what it was so there was nothing to take for it. Needless to say, I had to dodge a lot of thrown dishes. So for all the times you hurt me, I forgive you. Just because you are my mother.

Some would naturally assume that I hate my brothers. The ones that are hooked on drugs that is. But the truth is I don’t hate them. I pity them, pray for them and keep my distance but I don’t hate them. I do however hate the drugs, and I hate what they have become.

I saved the best for last. Or should I say the hardest to forgive for last. “Me”. Over my lifetime, I did a lot of things that I am not proud of and there were a few people that I hurt as I went along my path. It was never malicious or intentional but I hurt them just the same. And even though I said; I’m sorry, I never forgave myself. If you are one of those people, again, I am sorry. Would you please forgive me?

So today I am throwing away my hate list because it is just too heavy to carry around anymore. I am putting hatred behind me. And if you were one of the ones on my list I hope you forgive me for hating you in the first place. In reality, I am not sure if ever really hated you personally as much as I hated your actions. There, it's done and I feel better already.


And as always, have a great day,

Greg


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thankful Thursday, just being thankful

As are most people here in Charleston, we are very thankful that Irene is going to pass us by. Of course there is always a possibility that she will change directions and come our way. Most people are confident but only God knows for sure so I am keeping an eye out.

I am also thankful that I finally took the leap and went to a Yoga class. I was hesitant because I wasn't sure what to expect but I loved it. I have been talking and thinking lately about letting my inner light shine more and wouldn't you know it but that is what the instructor kept saying in the class. So I take it as a message to me and I will do just that.

I still have the daily trials and tribulations just like always but I am getting things under control. And yes I am thankful that my blood pressure is down. So what are you thankful for today? Won't you join me in saying thanks.

Have a great day,
Greg

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ilene go away

Well the latest storm track has Ilene missing us. But the bad news is that it has the eye only missing us by 15 miles. That means if it stays on track, it will pass right over us. Just pray that it stays relatively small and that it passes at low tied. The storm surge is what we worry about here in "The Low Country". Our house though is about 15 feet higher than the houses in the City of Charleston so if we flood then Charleston will be under water.

I am not too worried about this one but then I was going to ride out Hugo in Ga. if it had hit there. And I was living in a trailer at the time. I know not too smart. Lucky for me it turned at the last minute but not lucky for Charleston. Right now I also have friends in the Bahamas so I am sure they are scrambling to get out.

We could use the rain and all but the wine festival at Irvin House Vineyards is supposed to be next Saturday and it is supposed to hit on Saturday. It doesn't look good so if you are here looking for festival information please come back in a few days and I will update you on what is going on. And for the rest of you....

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thankful Thursday, It's what I am thinking.

Wow I have so much to be thankful for today but let me start with a story.

This morning I got to get up late because I had blood-work scheduled around 8 am. Compared to my regular schedule of being at work at 6:30 this was like heaven. I got to sleep in until 5:30, whooo hooo. The only bad part about my morning was that I couldn’t eat before the blood work. But since I had extra time this morning, I made breakfast for my family before I headed out.

So there I was on my way to the appointment and I see a big cloud over the ocean with the sun behind it. It would have made an awesome picture if I had my camera with me but I didn’t. As I drove, I kept looking at the cloud from time to time trying to see some kind of shape in it. (maybe a dog, or a face or anything that looked like something other than a cloud) But all I could see was this dark cloud with a bright silver lining. And that is when the thought popped into my mind; If only it looked like “Tater Baby Jesus”.

Ok for those who are just joining me, way back in my early days of blogging, I grew this potato that looked like the Baby Jesus. I swear I am not making this up. It was about the same time that someone saw Jesus’ face in their ultrasound but that had nothing to do with my discovery. So I named this little spud; Tater Baby Jesus. And I kept it for the longest time until my wife said I was insane and she made me throw it out. I told her that "you can't throw away Jesus" and she threatened to have me locked up.

Anyway as I searched the clouds for shapes, the thought of TBJ popped into my mind and it made me smile but the smile didn’t last long. Less than 10 seconds later, the radio announcer said: “Here’s an interesting story and it has to do with potatoes and God. Again I must say I am not making this up. So within 10 seconds of me “thinking” Tater Jesus, the radio announcer said “Potato and God”. Isn’t that amazing? I know it gave me chills too. The story turned out to be about a man that said he was working for God and he began throwing potatoes at a woman in Wally World so she wouldn't go to hell. And you thought I was crazy!

So this happening made me think about thoughts and actions. I have always tried to think before I act and I do think it is a good philosophy to have. I know lots of people who don’t do this and they often end up with egg on their face or they have to apologize for something they did without thinking. If you give it a few seconds of thought then you may hold off on doing something that deep down you may not want to do. And there is always the other side of the coin where some people who act without thinking may not care who they offend or make mad. It’s possible. But I am one of those people who care about what others think and I care about how I make others feel. So I take those few seconds and check the runner (myself) so to speak and decide what I want to do.

But this radio thing made me wonder about my thoughts. Over the past few weeks, months and years I have had some major trials and tribulations. And although I have for the most part kept my feelings to myself, (could this be why my blood pressure is so high?)I still had those feelings? Sometimes I felt like getting even, getting revenge or just coming back with a nasty comment. Like I said, for the most part I didn’t do it but I did think it. So does this make me a bad person? The Bible says that God knows your thoughts even before you think them so He must know them after you brought them into your mind. That means just thinking bad thoughts is a bad thing. But fortunately God knows what is happening in my life and maybe He is testing me and understands why I thought the way I did. And who knows, maybe I will get extra credit for not acting on my thoughts. I wonder if I passed the test?

So I guess what I am saying is this week, I am thankful for being able to remain calm most of the time and I am thankful that God will forgive me for my mean thoughts. Don’t you wish everyone was so forgiving? Oh and I thank God for such an awesome sunrise. Maybe that was a picture of God.

(Disclaimer; my family may disagree with me being calm most of the time but if they only knew what I go through sometimes)



Have a great day,

Greg


Monday, August 15, 2011

Now it makes sense

Through all this budget debate, I kept wondering what could be so difficult about passing a budget? I mean it's dollars and cents, nothing more....or is it?

Today I heard that they took the gray wolf off the endangered animal list. Funny, I never heard anything about it. How did something like this get passed without anyone knowing about it? Hmmm here is a hint;

Sen. Orrin Hatch expressed, “I couldn’t be more pleased with the inclusion of wolf-delisting language in the budget bill that passed this week.

Milkawhat?

What did this have to do with the budget? Not much I have to say. Apparently by taking an animal off the endangered list it saves us thousands of dollars. Hmmmm Trillion/Thousand. Sounds like a drop in the bucket to me. Maybe it's time to take senators off the endangered list and save the country millions of dollars.

It make me wonder what else was in that bill. I am going to do some research and find out. Enquiring minds want to know.


I'm just saying.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thankful Thursday

You know I have said it before and I will say it again. I could sit here pouting and complaining about all the things that have gone wrong today, this week, this month and this year but I'm not going to do it. I still have a choice and my choice is to be thankful for the little things in life.

Take this afternoon for example. My chipper shreader needs repairs so I spent the entire afternoon, from the moment I got home until it was dark working on it. So what could be the positive side of this? Well just before I began working, I put a pile of pears from my tree out back by the woods. About a half hour later, I saw something brown out there. Ok I didn't have my glasses on which is why I only saw something brown. I picked up my binoculars and guess what I saw? A good sized doe with twin fawns. About a half hour passed and they were joined by another doe and then by a buck. All in my back yard. Take that city folks. :)

No it didn't help me fix the chipper shreader but it did make me feel good seeing the deer in the yard. I am so thankful that I live in the country where I can see God's creatures like that.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Isn't outsourcing great?

Please allow me to complain but I promise it will be short and to the point. Is it just me or is everyone outsourcing these days? And I have nothing against talking with someone from India or Brazil but when I am trying to communicate with someone about something technical wouldn't it be better to talk to someone who speaks the same language? And I think it should be their primary language not a second language.

The other day I called a company that had the word American in the name. So when I called the 800 number I assumed that since it was American XYZ company I would dial through to someone in America. Wrong. The person on the other end was in India and we had trouble communicating. She kept saying; So what you are asking is......and I kept saying no. After about a half hour I gave up.

A few months ago I called a company in California and they had a Mexican operator. Now how smart is that? So the first person you talk to in California is from Mexico and doesn't speak English very well.

Now a friend of mine, actually two friends of mine have told me that I can ask for an operator in the United States and they have to connect me to one. Does anyone know if that is true. I mean I like talking with people from other countries but not when I am trying to do business. And that won't help with the California thing.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday, Thank God for Grandmothers


We didn’t have a lot to be thankful for when we were growing up. We were pretty poor, my parents often fought and to say that our house was neat and tidy would be a gross misrepresentation. One thing we did have, was great grandmothers. Not Great Grandmothers but great “Grandmothers”. You know what I mean. And both of them for the most part raised their families alone. One grandfather left and the other was an alcoholic so the grandmothers did what they had to do.

This past weekend I traveled to the town where I was born to attend the funeral of one of my uncles; Russell Cushing. He died at the age of 95 and he lived a good life. He was a great family man and kept himself physically, mentally and spiritually active right up to when he died. Had he not had cancer I am confident he would have lived well past the age of 100. He was the oldest living native of Ormond Beach at the time of his death. Even though he will be missed I am sure he is in Heaven and smiling down on us. I am thankful for all the family that I had growing up but as I said it is the grandmothers that I am most thankful for.

I spent many hours with my grandmothers as I was growing up. I loved talking with them and hearing stories from the past. They were both special people and held the families together. My grandmother Green had it especially hard because she was a TB survivor. Back in those days they just took you to an asylum to die when you got TB but somehow she survived. I often spent the day with her talking about gardening and birds and nature in general. She died the same year that I retired from the Navy but due to my mother being mad at me at the time she purposely didn’t let me know.

So Grandma Green passed away without me being able to say goodbye and it was weeks before I even knew she was gone. Every time I visited the old town I meant to visit her grave but I just never found the time. I was always on a tight schedule when I was in town so I never made it to see her. It’s hard to believe that so many years have passed. So this time since I was in town and not on a schedule I promised myself that I would visit her grave and say goodbye.

Grandma had selected her grave site herself and I have to say she did a great job. My sister took me there and I was happy to see a well maintained cemetery. It was on one of the few hills in Daytona. Grandma’s grave was at the top of the hill overlooking the entire place.


There was a huge oak tree nearby and a statue of Jesus just to her left. So the first thing that came to mind was “she is at the right hand of Jesus looking down on us”. I knew it. If anyone was going to be there it would be her. But it was so symbolic that it made me feel good inside.


We talked for a while and I said I just wish I could have had the chance to say goodbye. Then
something very unusual happened.

As I was just about to walk away, a huge hawk appeared out of nowhere and flew up and landed on the statue which was about 25 feet away. Now I don’t know if you know anything about hawks but they don’t like being out in the open like that so close to people unless they are hunting. But this hawk wasn’t hunting. He was just sitting there looking at us. And I mean looking right at us. I had my camera with me since I wanted to get some photos of the area so I raised it and took a photo and he didn’t even fly away. I turned to my sister and said; What do you think? She just smiled and said; Who knows, it's possible. We walked to the car and the hawk remained perched on the statue until we were out of site.


I whispered Goodbye Grandma as we drove away but I am sure I will return. So I thank God for Grandmothers.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday....I'mmmmm Baaaaack

Hey everyone. Why do I hear crickets? I know I know I have been gone too long but now I am back so I hope to regain some of my faithful followers.

A lot has happened in the past weeks and months and a lot of it was bad. But instead of focusing on the bad things I will look at the bright side. In the past week, my boat broke down again and I had a flat tire on my car. The good news is we were able to make it back to the boat landing without having to paddle and the tire went flat while the car was parked at home and not while driving down the highway. So I am thankful for both of those things.

I am also very thankful for all the rain that we got over the past few days. I think we got over 6 inches and lots more in some other areas. It is so nice not to have dust rise up as I walk across the lawn. Of course this means someone will have to mow the grass this week but it is worth it.

What I am saying is even though I have had tons of troubles over the past few months, things could always have been worse and I am thankful to God for that.

Have a great day,
Greg

Letter to the Editor and Chief.

Mr. President, Men and Women of Congress and Senators:

I know you are all busy these days trying to get the budget passed (IE: pouting, throwing temper tantrums and pointing fingers) which is why I didn’t bother sending this to you. Most likely it would be lost in the tons of letters that you already have and that you have no intention of reading. I am hoping however that those of you who follow my blog (and I know the numbers are great) will read this and take it to heart.

Coming up with a balanced budget isn’t that hard. Millions of Americans have been doing it for years and with less and less each year and some of us are making it. Yes many of us are struggling but we are still in the green which is more than I can say for your budget. So I thought I would go over some basics and maybe that would help you out.

For starters there are only three things that you have to consider; How much money you have coming in and how much you have going out.

Now some of you didn’t even catch the mistake I just typed because like the health bill you didn’t bother to read it. But let me break the going out into two parts and that will make three things. In the “going out” category we have wants and needs. To put it simply, I make X amount of money and I spend it on wants and needs. If the going out is more than the coming in part then we have a deficit. It’s as simple as that. Let’s say I make 100 dollars a day and my daily bills total 100 dollars then it doesn’t matter that I want a snickers bar, I can’t have it no matter how satisfying it would be. Are you still with me? If not, suck the lip back in and pay attention.

So let’s look at an example more relevant to our country’s situation. I will simplify it so even you can understand. Let’s say we take in 100 billion in taxes and other under the table money. (I’m just giving an example here) And that we have in the going out category; SS payments totaling 50 billion, military bills totaling 50 billion, 100 billion in financial aid to countries that hate us and 30 billion to save the blue winged dragon fly. Step one is to put these items in the wants or needs category. Come on, you can do it.

Hint; Just because someone put a little extra in the collection plate to help you get elected does not increase the importance of an item.

It looks to me like there are two needs; SS and military and if we do the math that leaves ZERO dollars so we can’t give out the financial aid to the countries that hate us and we may lose the blue winged dragon fly.

News flash: Those countries are still going to hate us and we may lose the dragonfly anyway no matter what we do so why spend the money.

So guys and girls in Washington, put your petty ideas and special interest items aside and get this budget thing done. If not, the economy isn’t the only thing that will be crashing down. Remember if the country runs out of money you won’t get paid either. And if you are thinking about raising taxes, I like that idea. But raise everyone’s taxes by an equal percent. Or maybe I should just go to my boss and tell him that I am out of money so he HAS to pay me more and see how that flies.

And have a great day,

Greg

Monday, July 25, 2011

In case you are wondering....

Yes I am still alive. I wish I could say that I am doing well but the truth is I am still struggling. It has been one thing after another in my life and to tell the truth I am getting pretty tired of it. When I get one thing behind me there are two more in front of me taking its place. At this rate I will never get caught up. You name it, it has broken on me lately.

They say that when life gets this tough, God is testing you and making you stronger for something big. It must be something really big is all I have to say. My wife and I were laughing about this last night. Yes we can still laugh about it because we know that things can always get worse or be worse. I know it is only a phase we are going through or at least I hope so but just in case I am saving up wood and nails to build a very big boat for when the flood comes. :)

I will return and write again soon I promise.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thankful Thursday. The last?

Well its Thursday and that makes it Thankful Thursday but the question is where there be a next Thursday. The doomsday people say Saturday is when the end will start so if so this will be my last Thankful Thursday. I will write more on that next week. I am not counting on anything happening this weekend. Well nothing bad anyway. On a good note though I am thankful for having great kids. This weekend I am going along on a field trip as a chaperon. I really am looking forward to it and I am so thankful for the opportunity to do something with my youngest. Well its time to pack so I have to cut this short. See you next week. Well that is if.....

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thankful Thursday I'm glad I feel bad

Well since I was late last week I am going to be early this week. Ok truth is I am at the library and I won't have another chance to write so here goes.

Unlike a lot of people I know, when I do something that I know in my heart is wrong, I feel bad about it. Like when I arugue with someone, or when I tell a little fib or when I simply take the easy way out of a situation. Lately I have had to deal with a lot of difficult people and I let my guard down and went down to their level. But unlike them, I felt bad about it and hope and pray I don't do it again.

So today's Thankful Thursday is a simple one; I am Thankful that I have that little voice inside my head that scolds me when I take the wrong road. And I do take it from time to time no matter how hard I try. But I do keep trying.

Have a great day,
Greg

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thankful Thursday/Friday

I know, I'm late but I did want to get in a quick Thankful post.

I am very thankful this week even if I still don't have a computer. But I am adjusting to not having one and realizing that I had become addicted to it. What in the world did we do before computers. I may just try to live without it now forever. The one at the library is free and it is nice and quiet down there. I have a lot going on and a lot to be thankful for so just let me say Thank you God for everything.

Have a great day,
Greg

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Three Little Birds, well kinda

If you didn’t know it, Three Little Birds is the name of a Bob Marley song. It is one of my favorites too. But it also goes along with what I am writing about today. First off I want to say high 5 to our military for getting you know who. I am not going to say his name because I don’t want to draw any attention to him or what he stood for. Let’s just say he got what was coming to him. When you sow death and destruction you reap death and destruction. More on that later.

Ok bird #1: On Saturday my wife and I, along with a friend were sitting on our patio. It was a really nice day with the sun shining through the trees and a humming bird began buzzing around our heads. He wanted to go the feeders but obviously he didn’t like the quality of the food so my wife washed the feeder and I got him some fresh hummingbird food. It was only a few minutes before he returned and this time sat and drank a bunch of food.

All of a sudden he sped off as if something startled him. And that is when his trouble began. Instead of going around our little screened porch, he ran right into the screen at full speed. I am not sure how fast they fly but it seems like it is very fast and this little guy was moving. However unlike other birds that I have seen run into screens, this guy didn’t bounce off. Apparently his long beak hit first and speared right through the screen leaving him stuck on the screen like a bug on a windshield. But he was still alive and he sat there buzzing or should I say humming.

I quickly jumped up and came to his aid. I gently put my hand around his body and then a finger on each side of his beak and backed him out. It only took a few seconds and when I opened my hand he quickly flew away. A short time later he returned to the feeder. At least I think it was the same one. This time when he left the feeder he headed in the opposite direction. Hmmm smart bird.

Bird #2: Ok this was actually the third bird and it wasn’t really a bird but it is worth writing about. While I was on my way to work yesterday morning, up ahead in my headlights I saw something on the edge of the road. No, not a deer but I did see a few that morning. it wasn'It was right on the white line so I had to swerve to go around it. It was a great horned owl and it was just standing there looking at me. I am not used to seeing them standing on the ground so I can only imagine that it had caught something and was about to fly away. Yes I know it was an owl and not a bird but there isn’t a song got goes; Three Little Owls. Or at least I don’t know about one.

Bird #3: This was actually the second bird story and it was actually three birds in itself but I want a big finish so I put this one last. Haha. I know times are hard but this is ridiculous. Someone killed a squirrel with their car in front of our driveway over the weekend. I was going to go out and move it off the road but before I could get there a buzzard flew down and got it. The buzzard was soon joined by two more. So here we have three huge buzzards eating one little squirrel. Talk about hard times. But I have a solution.

OK so back to paragraph 1. It seems no one wanted the body so they gave him a “proper” burial at sea. First off why did he deserve a proper burial and secondly; “No one wanted the body”….are you serious? Can you say redneck? Has no one ever heard of ebay? I mean come on. I am sure there is some fool out there that would have paid millions or even billons for the body. I can see it now…some big game hunter’s trophy room. You know. On the wall. Ok maybe not.

But of course there were those three hungry buzzards. I’m just saying…



Have a nice day,

Greg

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thankful Thursday, Thanks for?

I remember watching an old Jimmy Stewart movie Shenandoah when I was young. In the movie his wife; a good Christian woman had died and he was raising his 6 son’s and one daughter alone. As they sat down to dinner one evening, he gave the following prayer:

“Lord, we cleared this land. We plowed it, sowed it, and harvest it. We cooked the harvest. It wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t be eating it if we hadn’t done it all ourselves. We worked dog-bone hard for every crumb and morsel, but we thank you Lord just the same for the food we’re about to eat, amen.”


Lately that is how I feel. I have “things” but nothing fancy. I live in a modest home and drive an inexpensive car. I work hard every day and have worked since I was 16 but seldom have money. It seems like something is always breaking around my house so I seldom have the luxury to just sit and relax. And on the few occasions that I have a chance to do something relaxing like going out in my boat, in the back of my mind I have that long list of things that I need to do because I can’t afford to pay anyone else to do them.

In the past year I have had to fix cars, boats, pumps, computers, wells, septic systems, doors windows, animals, school projects, electrical things, mechanical things, hydraulics, transmissions, etc, etc and all with knowledge that I taught myself. Other than the electrical part, I never had a lick of training on anything I fixed. I either found an instruction book or I just went into it blind and “Tried” to see if I could fix it. For the most part I was able to figure the things out. I worked in rain, wind, cold heat and in swarms of mosquitoes, fire ants and sand gnats that would make a saint curse.

I have prayed for some kind of relief, any relief at all. Maybe a short period where nothing breaks or a check that arrives that was lost in the mail. A few days off with nothing at all to do would also be nice but so far no relief in sight. I fixed all these things by myself. Yes I got some help from my family but for the most part I did it alone. I got up early, worked until it was dark, cut my hands, got things in my face and eyes, hurt my knees and back. I fixed things myself and if I hadn’t done it, things wouldn’t have gotten done. God I am not sure what or how you helped me fix all the things that broke in the last year but I thank you anyway.

Amen

PS, Thanks for not sending any flooding, fires or earthquakes my way and keeping me strong enough to face another day.

Thanks for a great day,
Greg

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hello from the Library

Hey everyone (hearing crickets here).

My computer is on the disabled list at the moment which is why I didn't post last week. I am still trying to find the parts to fix it. No that's not quite true, I am still trying to find the money to buy the parts to fix it. Computer parts just aren't in my budget at the moment.

So here I am at the public library blogging. But on the bright side this is free. If they would just open the library at 4 am I wouldn't have any reason to have internet at home. I may just get rid of it yet. That would go along with my downsizing and simplifying phase I am currently going through. But anyway.....

Some good news. I got my boat working. Yea me!!! So we got to go out in the boat last weekend and man was that nice. Lets just hope it keeps running. And now it is on to bigger and better repairs. I am on a roll though so I can do it. :)

Well not much else to say right now. As Arnold said; I'll be back!!!

Take care and have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thankful Thursday, the golden years


As I struggled to get out of bed this morning, I got to thinking about why they call these the golden years. I mean I don't have a lot of gold. Maybe it is for the wealthy. Maybe it has something to do with bladder control or should I say the lack of bladder control. I just don't know anymore and to tell the truth I really don't care to have any gold. You can't take it with you so why have it. I am starting to think that way about everything. I think it is time to downsize in many ways.

So today I am just thankful for the little things in life:

Getting up each morning even when it hurts.

The kids even when they drive me crazy.

My wife even when she drives me crazy. (just kidding dear)

My job even when I dread going in sometimes.

My car even though it kills me to put gas in it at these prices.

And I am thankful that this thing called life is only temporary.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thankful Thursday, let it rain


You know a lot of people get upset when it rains but not me.

First off I sleep like a baby when it rains. There is something very soothing about the sound of rain when I am trying to sleep.

Secondly it makes things feel so fresh and clean. And this time of year that is especially true since it washes away all that pollen. You can see little yellow puddles all around after it rains.

And finally rain is needed to make the flowers grow. And you all know how I love plants.

So today I am simply going to say I am thankful for the rain. I know there are a lot of other things on my list but this morning, rain is at the top. So have a great day and be thankful for whatever joy life brings you.

Greg

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring is here

It's officially spring now per the calendar and also per Mother Nature. I woke up this morning to the sound of rain on the roof and some relief from all this pollen. As much as I love spring, I also dislike the way my allergies make me feel. But as I said this morning I have some relief and I am loving this slightly cooler weather and rain. I think it is going to be a great Sunday.

I spent my Saturday working in the yard and making bluebird houses. In order to stay outside I have to wear a dust mask but at least I can go out. I just hope I don't get tanned with a little white mouth. That would look strange. Anyway, I had a great day and I have some photos to share.












Have a great Sunday,
Greg

Saturday, March 26, 2011

See why I am tired

This happened a few nights ago. And I am still trying to recover.

Well it all started with the allergy attack that I had during the day. It was one of the worst ones I can remember. My eyes were swollen, my throat, ears and even my skin itched. So I got some Benedryl and off I went to bed. Around 12:20 though it began to wear off and I was having trouble breathing. So I decided to move to the couch where I could prop myself up and maybe get some more sleep. And that’s when the craziness started.

I actually thought that I would get right back to sleep when suddenly a car passing our house honked its horn. I assumed that there was a possum or maybe a venomous duck or something like that out there so I tried to relax again. And I was relaxing again when the same thing happened; Honk Honk. And shortly after that it happened again. Well I thought to myself; enough is enough so I turned on the outside light and opened the front door and stepped out. And what to my wondering eyes should appear but 8 tiny raindeer. No sleigh just a bunch of deer. They were grazing in the front yard out near the road.

People let me tell you something from someone who knows. If there are deer on the side of the road, the last thing you want to do is honk your horn. Yes it will make them run but when they run they have two options; Run in the woods or run in the street and with my track record I know which direction they will head. Just slow down and let they stay where they were in the first place. Anyway back to my story. So I yelled at them and flashed the lights on and off a few times and they went across the street into the woods.

Finally I thought I could get some rest. And again I was about to drift off when I heard a startling sound. Thump thump……Thump thump. It sounded like someone walking on our deck. And since it was about 1 am, that isn’t a good sound.

Now when I was younger I watched a lot of scary movies and if there is one thing I learned; Never and I mean never look when you hear something scary because you really don’t want to see that is making the noise. Ok let me digress here for a second. Many years ago (like 40) I was visiting someone and sleeping in their guest room. I heard a noise early in the morning just before dawn so like a fool I slowly rose to look out the window and found myself face to face with a peeping tom and our faces were only about a foot apart. See what I mean, never look.

But the sound continued and I began thinking of my options. Option 1 was to go get my shotgun and then look out the window. But that would involve walking in front of the window and who or whatever was out there would see me and maybe “get” me. So I chose option 2 which was to go against logic and just look out the window. And that is what I did knowing full well that if I saw someone on my deck I would scream like a girl and most likely faint.

So as the sound continued, I slowly looked out the window and to my relief there wasn’t anyone on our deck. There was however a very large raccoon that was eating some leftover cat food. And he kept rocking the food bowl which was making the thumping noise. Now the window was open with only a screen between us and I shouted “get out of here” but the raccoon just looked at me and continued eating. So I went over to the door, turned on the porch light and eased the door open. This raccoon continued to eat so I clapped my hands and again shouted “get out of here”. This time he backed up a foot or so but didn’t run. At this point we were only about 4 feet apart and he was a full grown raccoon.

So I looked around for something to throw at it. I found something not too heavy and I threw it at the vermin and he ran back a few more feet. So I shut the door and tried to sleep again. But alas he came back again and I had to find something larger to throw at him. This time he ran away further but I wasn’t able to fall asleep again on the couch so I went back to bed.

Then a few minutes after I got in bed, the power went out for a few seconds but it was long enough to reset all the clocks. So I had to get up and reset my alarm. And you wonder why I am tired today. Ha. Is anyone interested in some venison or maybe a coon skin cap? I may have some for sale in the near future.

Have a great day,

Greg

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thankful Thursday, It's that time of year again.


Yes it's spring and you know that that means....Allergy season. Not only are the cars yellow but right now the air is too. If you are in an area that doesn't have bad pollen, you don't know what you are missing. Just be thankful for that.

Right now I am so thankful for Benedryl. A few hours ago as I was driving home through the yellow air, my eyes began to bug out a bit. Yes my eyes were swelling. That went along with my scratchy throat, eyes, skin and hair.. Yes I believe my hair even itches. So I stopped by the local drug store and got some Benedryl. And now I am feeling better. I am by no means feeling good but at least I am not feeling like walking death anymore.

I am thankful that I volunteered to take the lead on the United way campaign where I work. I went to my first meeting today and I saw some people I know. It is always nice to see old friends.

I am thankful that the bluebirds have already decided to use the house I put up on Sunday. I am also thankful that I can make these houses myself. (photo to follow)

I am thankful that my youngest made it through this past grading session with no failing grades. Talk about a load off my shoulders.

And finally, I am thankful again for my green thumb. The plants are doing well and I think that they will do even better this year since we are downsizing a big.

Have a Great Thankful Thursday,
Greg

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Saturday report

First off let me say it was a lovely day on Saturday. And I got what I thought was a great spot at the flea market. After that, things went south.

Yes Saturday I headed to the world famous Ladson Flea Market. In case you are the only one who has never been there, let me give you some of the highlights. They have the famous flea market restaurant which is famous for things like burnt bacon biscuits, cold coffee and something that sort of resembles sausage on a bun. Sometimes it is best not to know.

Now remember it is pollen season and the air was already yellow but add to that the dust from the cars racing by and you have an atmosphere worse than anything in Japan. I kid you not. It is bad. Real bad. I washed my face almost every half hour and I had to take a shower when I got home.

The vendors are special too. Next to me was a family that one would expect to see in a low rent trailer park. (not that there is anything wrong with trailer parks) I'm just saying. Let me just give you a description and see what you think.

It was a mixed couple, he was black and she was white trash and I had no problem with that. And then there was the child from her first boyfriend or should I say before her current boyfriend. I know this from the conversations I overheard. And I could tell that this young lady came from some good stock. I'm talking way back in the holler Kentucky stock. She had that deliverance (married to your cousin look) She must have been around 12 or 13 and already old enough to take an occasional puff from her mother's and her mother's boyfriend's cigarette. And yes they were not only smoking but chain smoking. There wasn't a minute during the day that at least one of them wasn't smoking.

Are we getting a lovely picture here?

Anyway, she weighed around 25o lbs she was wearing a tight stretch shirt and shorts. And that shirt was so tight it was not only riding down at the top but up at the bottom. On occasion it would quickly slip up over her round belly and expose her entire stomach and also the nice ink on her back. Hold on I just threw up in my mouth a bit.

She kept losing the "girls" too and having to re-stuff them back in her shirt. And speaking of ink, she also had ink on the girls and on her arms. The boyfriend was equally attractive, sporting some ink himself. At least the girl didn't have any at least not on her back or butt or breasts because she was happily showing them off to anyone who passed by.

Now they did have some quality merchandise that they were selling. They had some toasters and can openers and some other small appliances that were still in the original boxes. Of course the boxes had gotten wet but that didn't hurt the contents I am sure. And they were selling these items for only 15 dollars each. Not too bad considering this past Christmas, Target had them for 3 dollars. They also had some used clothing but I am sure it smelled of cigarettes or worse.

And then there are the people there buying stuff. To the girl with the "you know you want it" t-shirt.....No we don't. And to the girl with the "I'm too sexy for my shirt" t-shirt.....No you aren't. And finally hot pants, leopard print high heeled shoes with fur on them and a pink shirt with the words: "I know you are jealous" may work on the runway but never at a flea market.

Sorry no photos, I didn't want to break my camera.

I'm just saying.

Have a great Sunday,
Greg

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thankful Thursday


Another week has come and gone. Where does the time go? But with all that is happening in the world it is understandable that time is flying.

This week I am so thankful just to have a roof over my head at night. Just think of all those people in Japan that can't say that one simple thing. Life is good for me and I am so thankful for the little things I have.

I am struggling with allergies at the moment but I know it could always be worse. I am thankful that it isn't worse.

I am thankful for old friends that have come back into my life. It's great to relive old memories and remember the good old days.

I am thankful that it is Thursday and I since I am taking tomorrow off, I have a long weekend ahead of me. I will be making bird houses tomorrow to take to the flea market.

Finally I am thankful for my wife. Tomorrow is her birthday so I will also be making a cake and fixing a special dinner for her. I am just looking forward to spending the day with her.

Have a Blessed day,
Greg

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday, yes I am back.


I may not be able to post every Thursday or every week for that matter but I have decided to keep my blog alive and post when I can. Funny thing though, now that I "quit blogging because I didn't have the time" I have had more time to blog. Go figure.

So today I am thankful that I am still blogging. I do love it and I am thankful that I still have some followers.

And I am also thankful that yesterday I got over my fear and gave blood. Not just one pint but two. They have this new thing where if your red blood count is high, they can take two pints and put back some of the other fluids. It made me feel good to give again since I used to do it all the time.

I have also taken over the United Way campaign where I work and I am still raising money for the Good Neighbor Fund. In addition I will be helping someone else at work raise money for the Heart Fund. I guess I am just in a giving mood and I am thankful for that.

And finally, I am thankful for my youngest son who keeps me on his toes. Today is his birthday and he is turning 14. Where does the time go?

Have a Blessed day,
Greg

Saturday, March 5, 2011

How I lost $10,000 today

Hey everyone. I know I said that I had lost my zest for blogging and I had and then Bahm!!! Along comes something so amazing and blog worthy that I just had to write about it.

I thought I had seen it all until this afternoon. I went down to the boat landing near my house to let my son do some kayaking. When we got there, a family was trying to load their jet ski. But their trailer broke in half so they had to come up with another idea. Hmmm what to do, what to do? Wait I know, we can get the jet ski into the back of our truck. But how do we do that? Wait I know, we can back the truck down the boat landing until the water comes up in the truck bed and then we can just float it in. And that's what they did.

They backed their truck down the ramp, into the salt water until there was about a foot of water in the bed. Now the truck was still running so there were bubbles coming up from the tail pipe. And then two guys got in the water and pushed the jet ski into the truck. Then they very slowly drove the truck up the ramp and tied the jet ski in.

Now the reason I lost $10,000 is because I didn't have my camera. If I did, and if I had filmed what was going on, I am sure that I would have won the $10,000 grand prize on America's Funniest Videos. I am positive of it. Only in the south.

And have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Thankful Thursday, Time to move on.



After a long thought process I have decided to leave “Blogworld.” It’s not because I haven’t enjoyed it or because I haven’t met some great people through blogging because I have. But there are other reasons that are pushing me to change directions and break away from blogging. The first and most obvious is the time involved. Back when I had more time to devote to blogging, I had a large following. I posted almost daily and I visited a number of your blogs just as frequently.

Over the past year, my life has gotten so hectic that I almost never have time to blog and when I do I am so hurried that I really don’t put the time into my posts to write anything solid. The last holdout was my Thankful Thursday posts which even though I enjoy doing, I don’t "feel" them like I used to. It’s not that I am not thankful because I am. In fact every Thursday now I wake up and the first thing on my mind is thinking of what I am thankful for. And I do have so much to be thankful for. And to those who stuck with me until the end I want to say thank you and I am sorry for giving up.

This past week and a half has been one of the worst times in my life. Although the events of this time didn’t directly lead me to quitting my blogging it did force me to meditate and take some “me-time” and that is how I can to this conclusion.

If you didn’t already know, my brother in law passed away on Sunday the 12th. It wasn’t totally unexpected but the end came quickly for him. About 5 years ago David was diagnosed with lung cancer and after the treatments he was left with only a half of lung. He was able to breathe though and function normally except that he couldn’t exert himself like before.

Over the past few months it became more difficult for him to breathe but he was still doing fairly well. Then about a week before he died, he began having more serious problems. They found something in his lung so they put him under in order to check it out. While he was under he passed away. I am so thankful that he left us in a condition of no pain. And I am 100% positive he knew it was his time to go and was ready.

The ironic thing about a death is that it brings out both the best and worst in people. And this death was no exception. I saw a side of people I never knew existed. I will leave it at that. It is kind of like being around someone who has been drinking. If you have ever heard someone say “you don’t want to be around so-in-so when they are drunk, I have news for you. Being drunk doesn’t make someone into a bad person. It just brings out what the person is normally suppressing. A bad drunk is a bad person. They just usually hide it well. I know. I come from a long line of alcoholics.

Right after he passed, I heard someone say; “Why did God let him die? We prayed for a miracle. Why didn’t God answer our prayers?” I think God letting him go was the miracle. He was ready, he had a full life and he was beginning to struggle just to breathe. He did more in his 55 years that some people do in 100. To me not making him hold on and suffer was a miracle and again I thank God for that. So when you pray for a miracle remember that you may not get exactly what you were asking for.

This past week I also got a virus on my computer. Talk about bad timing. We were supposed to go out of town and I needed to print out the hotel reservations. I also had to get directions and check the bank balance and send emails and check my facebook page and my work emails and and and….. And that’s when it hit me. This computer thing is running my life. I mean I have to be on it enough at work so why am I spending so much time on it at home? It just doesn’t make sense. And when I get a virus like this, I take it as a personal attack on my privacy. The government won’t do anything about these hackers.

In fact a lot of time they are hired by people like Microsoft after they destroy millions of computers just because they are so smart. If I were in charge I would have a different fate for them. Like I would see how well they write a virus program with their toes because they have no fingers. You know an eye for an eye kind of thing. Anyway that is water under the bridge. I will clean my computer and get some new memory. And that brought up my next thought; “memory?”

It seems anymore when we see the word “memory” we think of computer memory. And that stands to reason since most humans revolve around the computer instead of what really means something; Life itself. This past weekend I attended the wedding of one of my nieces. It was a wonderful wedding and reception and I enjoyed everything about it including those little scallops wrapped in bacon and prawns the size of little lobsters. Can you say yum!! On the way to the wedding there was an airplane doing some sky writing. We watched as he made a smiley face and then spelled out the words "Jesus Loves you." I thought that was pretty cool.
One of best parts of the wedding was seeing some old friends. “Richard and Susan”. They have stayed in contact with my sister and I knew them quite well “back in the day.” We attended the same church when I was very young and we went to the same church camp. I actually went to camp with Susan’s brother Paul and their father drove us. Wow that was over 40 years ago but I can remember it like it was yesterday. The wedding and reception were quite a ways apart so we rode there in a bus. I sat in front of Richard and Susan and we sang some old church camp songs. Now THAT is a memory.

I started out blogging as a method to draw people to my real estate website. When I quit selling real estate I continued to blog and write stories. I think I wrote some pretty genuine heartfelt stories back then and much of it was very therapeutic for me. But now I feel the need to spend more time with my family and create new memories. Unlike computer memories, real memories can’t be erased or hacked. And real memories are something that you can take with you no matter what.

So I am no longer going to blog, or facebook, or twitter and I am going to concentrate on meeting people face to face or calling them on the phone where I can hear their voice or see what is in their eyes. I think it is much more personal, much more real and the way it was meant to be. Now I don’t hold it against anyone who wants to blog or facebook or twitter, especially if you are separated by many miles. But it makes me wonder when I have lived in the same house for 30 years and had the same phone number for that long why some people have only contacted me via facebook. I do have a phone. I think it is a way to say, hey I am still out here, I know you are still out there, I want to say hi, or whatever but I don’t want direct contact so let’s just leave it at that.

Anyway, I still enjoy writing and may someday write that book that I always dreamed about. I will still be around so if you want to contact me, call or write and yes you can still email me. Well for now anyway. I may give that up someday as well.

And have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday, Rain and more Rain


I woke up this morning to the sound of rain on the roof. So that occupied my mind until I realized that it is Thursday and time for Thankful Thursday. This week has been hectic for me but I still have time to stop and be thankful.

I am thankful for this rain although I do believe we have had enough for now. The yard is soaked. On the other hand we just put in some winter plants so they are getting watered very well.

I am thankful for the strength that God has given me to get over some recent hurdles. I am still in mid-air but I believe that I will make it over them all.

I am thankful that God kept me safe yesterday on my drive home. I had 5 close calls in traffic but I made it home safely. All the close calls were due to cell phone use in heavy traffic. People put away those cell phones when you are driving.

I am thankful that my house is dry and warm. I can hear the wind howling outside but all is well in here.

I am so thankful for the ability to keep calm with all the chaos in my life right now. If there is one thing I have improved on in the last year it is this ability.

So even if you life is in chaos like mine, take the time to stop and say thanks. Things could be a lot worse.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I got the diet man blues.

When I was a child, I used to stand in front of the refrigerator and just stare into space, hoping that something good to eat would jump out at me. Well nothing good every jumped out at me. Of course I was never on a diet back then. But we are on a diet now. The only way we are able to stay on our diet is to remove all goodies from the house. I mean you can't snack on junk if there isn't any junk in the house.

I know it's a weak method of dieting but it does work. Because a box of cookies in our house would last about as long as a one legged chicken in Ethiopia. About two minutes I would guess. Not long at all.

So tonight my youngest son went to the refrigerator and did the open and stare routine. But guess what? He saw something. It was cold, sweet and not on our diet. It was an ice cream sandwich. I had fallen out of the box and it free for the taking.

Have you ever seen what chickens do when you toss a juicy worm in the midst of them? Well that's what it looked like in our living room but it wasn't chickens and a worm. It was starving people and an ice cream sandwich. I opted out of the frenzy, heading for another room. I figured that once you dissected that ice cream sandwich into 4 pieces it wouldn't be worth the struggle. So I gave up my share of that ice cream sandwich.

But then a few minutes later the same boy went back to the refrigerator and guess what? He found another one. By the time I came back into the living room both sandwiches were just a memory. Oh well I missed my chance. But tomorrow is weigh in day and I think I lost again this week.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thankful Thursday, Its almost spring


If yesterday was any indication, spring is just around the corner. Not only did the groundhog not see his shadow but here in SC it was sunny and 75. I will take that anytime in February.

So the first thing I am thankful for is that lovely day we had yesterday. Today will be 25 degrees colder but at least we had one day.

I am thankful that I am doing well on my diet. I will be down another two lbs this week making it a total of 8 lbs lost in three weeks. I can do it.

I am thankful that although we aren't getting more this year we are adjusting and living with less. I really don't mind but it took some getting use to.

I am happy that our chickens are doing well. Two days ago, a hawk tried to get to them but they all managed to escape. They are still laying eggs as of yesterday anyway.

I am happy that it is Thursday and Friday is just around the corner. It has been a hectic week for me at work and I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend. It is supposed to rain but I have no outside activities planned so bring on the rain.

Please join me in saying thanks and have a great day,
Greg

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

On the edge

I have never been much of a trend setter. I mean I still wear bell bottoms and sandals. The only good news is that those things are coming back into style. So when I heard about this thing called a droid, I decided just to wait.



I mean why rush into anything that involves technology. Before you know it, it will be obsolete and you can get it for free. And I was right. Well it isn't free yet but it will be. Before long, out came the Android. And that is quickly becoming passé.



So I decided to come up with my own idea…something cutting edge….something so “far out” that no one else has even thought of it. And it came to me. It is kind of a cross between the Android and a pet rock. I call it an Asteroid.


Not that kind of Asteroid, this kind of Asteroid:



See how easily it fits in the palm of my hand? I have the first one I am happy to say but I am willing to go out and get more for you for a small fee. So what does the Asteroid do you might ask? Well before we get to that let me tell you a couple of other things about this wonderful device.

First off it doesn’t need batteries. That alone is worth a fortune.

And it doesn’t make that annoying ((((((((DROID)))))))) sound. In fact it doesn’t make any sounds so it will never wake you up if you are sleeping. It also won’t interrupt any business meetings or disturb you while you are on the phone.

It also comes with a 100% money back guarantee that it will never go bad, so you don’t have to buy a warranty. See how much your savings are adding up?

Asteroids are pretty much indestructible so if you drop it you never have to worry about breaking it.

And finally no two Asteroids are the same. (it’s a scientific fact) so you will never get yours mixed up with someone else’s.

So what does it do you might ask. Well not a whole lot to tell the truth. It does look good and it can be used as a paper weight when you aren’t trying. And you could be the first person you know to own one and isn’t that cool enough?

So send me your money and I will send you an Asteroid. Don’t wait too long or you won’t be the first to own one.

And have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday. I blame it on old age.



Have you ever been just sitting around relaxing and all of a sudden you get the feeling that you are forgetting something or that you have forgotten something. Well such is the case with me and it is getting more and more frequent. Just a few minutes ago I was sitting here letting my mind wander and I thought mmmmm tomorrow is Friday. And that's when it hit me. If tomorrow is Friday then today is Thursday and that means Thankful Thursday and its evening and I haven't posted yet. Now don't give me that look. You know the look I Mean:



But fear not because it is still Thursday and the kids are busy so I get to use the computer and do my post.

This week I am very thankful for quiet time. I really enjoy my quiet time because it gives me a chance to think and reflect. Last weekend it was very quiet and peaceful around our house so I took some bird photos. Unfortunately there were no birds to be found so I had to give it some time and they finally came back. I think I know why they left.

No birds there.


None here




Here is one, wait thats not a real bird



I think I know why they left



I am very thankful that we have lots of birds where we live. It always reminds me of the passage about not worrying because the birds in the sky don't worry and God takes care of them. We should get an honorable mention here because we spend a fortune on bird food.



I am thankful that my diet is still going well. I didn't lose as much this week as last but I still lost and that makes me happy and thankful.


I am thankful that my BIL is again recovering. He went back to the ER for a few days but he is supposed to come home tomorrow. Just a touch of pneumonia I hear.

And finally last but certainly not least. I am thankful for my family who takes care of things around the house while I am off bringing home the bacon. Man some bacon sounds good right now. No no I am on a diet.


Have a great Thankful Thursday
Greg

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thankful Thursday


Well I had an awesome week last week. Those that follow me on Facebook know that things have finally fallen into place and I was able to get some much needed rest. I have so much to be thankful for so let me get right to it.

We have had some really great weather this week. We got a break from building fires in the greenhouse which means I got some extra sleep. I am so thankful for the warmer weather.

This week I got some financial issues in order. Without going into detail let me just say that it is giving us some relief. I am thankful for that.

The warmer weather allowed us to get some yard work done and I am thankful that I am in shape enough to do yard work.

I am thankful that I am doing well on my diet. So far so good. I am thankful that I have the will power to lose weight still at age 45. Ahem.

I am thankful that I remembered to do this post on Wednesday night instead of having to rush and get it done at 4 am on Thursday. I know that isn't that big of a deal for some people but I hate having to rush.

So please join me in being thankful this week. I am sure you have something to be thankful for.

Greg

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thankful Thursday, "Just Enough"


Wow Thursday already. Another week has come and gone. (Thursday to Thursday that is)
I wasn't sure if I would be able to write this morning because my computer was acting up when I first turned it on and I had to track down the bad file before I could continue. I am not sure where this google file is coming from but I am going to keep an eye out for it now.

It was a good week for me. I didn't get everything that I wanted but I did get everything that I needed. I had enough troubles to keep me trying but enough successes to keep me smiling. I had more good times than bad and although nothing jumps out as spectacular for me this week I am still healthy and happy and that's enough to say: Thank you God for all you have given me. I know I will never be rich and famous but I do think I make a difference in at least a few people's lives.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thankful Thursday, giving it up


Well if you are just joining us, Thursday is the day that I devote my blog to giving thanks. I give thanks every single day for all the gifts that I receive but on Thursday I write some of them down. And although I am giving up lots of things these days I am not giving up my blogging. I enjoy it too much. So let me list a few things that I am thankful for.

I am thankful that we all made it through 2010. I said WE because if you are reading this then you are here with me as well. Although it wasn't my best year I did make it through and I still have a lot to be thankful for.

I am thankful that I woke up to a warm house and that I do have a nice house to live in. It isn't anything fancy but it is clean, warm and there is a lot of love inside.

I am thankful that for the most part I am feeling pretty good these days. I am on another diet by the way and I am losing some lbs. Along with that I am giving up some things that are bad for me and I am feeling better for it.

I am thankful for blog friends new and old. I Like it when I get comments from old friends and new ones as well.

And finally I am thankful that I am getting a few projects behind me. Even though I keep getting more plied on top, God gave me the determination to keep pushing onward.

So what are you thankful for today? Please pause for a moment and say thanks with me. And have a great day,
Greg

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Enough is enough

You know just when you think you have heard and seen it all, someone or something comes along and makes you say NO WAY.

I love reading Craigslist. In fact I think they should call it Gregslist. I might use that name when I decide to make my own trader page so don't get any ideas. And there are some pretty crazy things on Craigslist but this one the other day really took the cake. It went something like this:

Wanted....ramp for our pig

Well I am sorry but I just had to read that post. In my head I imagined an sweet elderly couple that needed a ramp so that their pig could get on the porch or into the barn or something like that. But I was wrong. What they needed was a ramp so that their pot bellied pig could get into bed with them. That's right, this couple sleeps with their potbellied pig and because it is "so large that they can't lift it" they need a ramp.

Is anyone grossed out here like I am. My mother used to say; if you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas but what do you get when you lay down with pigs? Bacon? I just don't know. Now I tried to imagine a little pink pig like Arnold Ziffel



but I think we are talking more like this:




And that is just wrong.

Sorry I had to speak out on this one.

Have a great day,
Greg