Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to All

I hope this finds all of you having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. As you travel or gather with family or just veg on this day try to remember the reason for the day in the first place.

Take time and pause. Give Thanks.

This is not just the day before big shopping eve. The day for the paper with the coupons, Internet specials, and football games. The day has a special meaning.

As my in-laws have called this day the fastest five minutes in food. This takes place from the minute people sit down at the table until they stand to leave. Give thanks and appreciation for all of the work that went into preparing what ever the tradition is that you celebrate on this day.

On this day I will give thanks for my wonderful family, my Mom, my siblings, my friends, and loved ones. I will take time to say a prayer for those unable to be home with friends and family and for those who are unable to be at or in their home.

Have a wonderful Thanks - Giving Day.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Catching up with Friends

Had a great opportunity to spend time with some friends we haven't seen in awhile. To me the interesting thing with friends is no matter how long it has been the conversation and friendship picks up right where it left off.

That was our experience on Tuesday evening with some wonderful friends we had been keeping up with via calls and e-mail and text messages. We just didn't have the proper scheduling to get together. It had been that way for years. Then the planets, stars and schedules aligned to allow the unthinkable. Time together.

Over some pizza and beverages we sat around the table in their home and caught up. What a great evening.

We really enjoyed the time and can't wait to do it again.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Becoming a better Blogger

The beginning of the year is when most people make resolutions on how they will change their behavior, stop eating, start exercising, save money, play well with others, you get the picture. My resolution, a whole month early, is I want to become a better blogger. That means posting on a regular basis, following up on the postings of my blogging favorites, and learning the new cool things to add to my blog. Yep, it's out there. And, yes, I said it.

So, beginning today. The fun begins.

I'm trying out the new early resolution process since everything else is beginning early. The Christmas candy was put out after Halloween. The end of the year sales are now before Thanksgiving and people are releasing the Black Friday ads for stores in early October. So, why not early New Year's resolutions.

I hope this takes. If not, I hope you all had a good holiday season and isn't it a happy new year?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Eleven and Oh! - Can't believe it

The streak continues. This past Saturday the Alabama Crimson Tide put one on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. It appears this year the Tide owns the Dawgs from both Mississippi and Georgia. Eleven and O for the first time in years.

Tuscaloosa is getting ready for the next big game. This upcoming game is the one that can make or break the season. This sounds horrible with a perfect record but, if you lose the game to the school across the state the the whole season can be for not.

Glad the season is going well. Just want to take them one game at a time.

Roll Tide.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Election is over. Time to deliver

My fellow Americans. I am so glad the election is finally over. I have heard enough talk from politicians to fill two life times. I am thrilled the new resident for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been selected. The phone calls, the ads, the emails, and the door tags will stop. Now it is time to deliver.

To me this election has reminded me of the dog that runs off the porch to catch the car. Well, Mr. Obama, now that you caught hold of the bumper what do you plan to do with it?

It is wonderful to see the number of citizens that came out to vote. It was encouraging to see the number but disappointing at the same time. There are about 250 Million Americans. It appears that just over 100 Million voted. That is 150 Million south of the total.

The Congress is going to have to do something now. It is somewhat perplexing to me that so many incumbents that didn't do anything last term have been given the chance to return. The last session was one of the lamest in history.

Anyway, I'm sure the ads will start again in a few months. The donation requests will begin soon for the 2010 election.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trick or Treat

Ghosts and Goblins

My crew did the Halloween thing this week. First in school, fall festivals. Then a session at my office. The final was the real deal on Friday evening.

Princess Dabba appeared at school as a princess. Her excitement was having her hair curled. She did a nice job as a princess.
Here are Kassie and Boodles with a friend. An Auburn football player, a bingo card, and a clown. They had a wonderful time at my office. One bag was so full of candy the bag came apart. Now that's a lot of candy and goodies.

Here is the pregame picture before the big event on Friday evening. You may notice the addition of a Ninja in the group. My son chose a costume that would be easy to move around in and provide some protection from the forecasted lower temperatures.
A good time was had by all.

Dreaded Car Trouble

This is not a post to complain. It is a post about a statement of fact. You know, when something you depend on, and take for granted, doesn't perform as expected you can be knocked off your game. That is my experience beginning on Thursday evening.

For some reason my trusty vehicle all of a sudden started acting strangely. It is a 2002 and it does have over 180,000 miles on it. It has been a very good and trusted method of transportation. Plus, it was paid for a long time ago! It has been cared for. This vehicle is a big part of my day. We spend 130 miles round trip together at a minimum 5 or 6 days a week. This non-talking piece of equipment is an extension of my daily life. Okay, just maybe I'm to attached. This bump in the road has caused my very independence to be limited and caused a greater dependency on others!

So the car is in the shop. We are now a one car family until it returns. Hopefully today they will determine the cause of the problem and be able to restore the trusty vehicle to consistent operation. Keep your fingers crossed. We should find something out later today.