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