Blogs, random thoughts, travel

  • Routine

    I’m not sure if others felt the same, but between the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s holidays and various illnesses in our household we seemed to lack any kind of routine the past couple months.
  • The Longest Night

    Have you ever made plans to watch the sun rise?  If so, you know to do so you have to get up while it is still dark.  When I was employed, I caught the sunrise most mornings on my commute. Many were glorious and actually made it worth my time to go to work. Sometimes (many) it was the ONLY thing I enjoyed about my workday!  I must admit that since I retired and put away my alarm clock, I see way more sunsets than I do sunrises.  
  • Good Timing

    A refrigerator repair should never be undertaken without first having coffee.  The clicking off and on continued while Jenni and I had our coffee, but did slow considerably.  By the time we had finished breakfast, it was no longer an issue.  (I prefer repairs like that!).  We vacuumed under the front of the unit and said a prayer it would last through Thanksgiving.
  • My Heart and Elmer Fudd

    For almost seven years I have had PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) which basically means my heart would throw an extra beat into the mix after every couple heart beats.  (This could explain my serious lack of rhythm when singing in church.)  
  • Day to Day Interactions

    Last time I was in my local post office, the Post Mistress rounded the corner and greeted me with “Hey! Are you the one they’re looking for?” 
  • A Waterfall for My Birthday

    As I sipped my coffee the morning of my birthday, Jenni asked if I had considered what I wanted to do to celebrate turning sixty, inferring the day was my choice.  I said I wanted to hike a new waterfall.  (Be careful of the offers you make a birthday boy!) 
  • The Temporary Neighbors

    Our landlord told us that he felt sorry for the family who lived next door.  He said from time to time their power would be turned off and he allowed them to run an electrical cord the 150-200 ft to his house to have a temporary power source.  He said that obviously we were not committed to continue this.
  • Picking Up Trash

    When we joined the Friends of Bald Rock several months ago for a clean-up, we found huge amounts of trash including beer bottles, spray cans, and men’s underwear.  The work of the volunteer organization was obvious this time.  It was much cleaner. They have met monthly to keep the area more presentable and less of a target for litterbugs.   

  • Old Friends, New Goals

    We recently delighted in strengthening a friendship that had been dormant for years.   A few weeks prior, I was contacted by an old friend who live...
  • Lady Bugs

    It’s debatable if the beetles we are seeing now are true Lady Bugs.  They don’t have the same reddish color but rather an orange to yellow to brown shell.  Some people refer to them as Asian beetles.
  • Just Another Ride to the Dump

    Today was just a normal, run of the mill trip.  The employees didn’t speak or make eye contact.  
  • Lazy Man’s Guide to Northern Greenville County Hikes

    I don’t have a problem maneuvering the car just right and putting the window down for a clearer view.  But if I have to get out of the car, the view better be worth the effort.