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