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18 May 2015

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Sometimes I feel like I am in a football game where I keep putting my head down and charging forward, only to be driven back behind the line of scrimmage. Doesn't matter if you understand football; I'll bet every one of you knows what I'm talking about. I haven't had a bad time, I'm not grumbling; it just seems that sometimes I spend a lot of time treading water. That is true whether it is maintaining my equipment, or trying to lose weight.

I think I have too much "stuff." Right now, I have 4 riding mowers in various states of repair, about 6 push mowers, and a half dozen weed eaters. Combine that with two tractors and various attachments, and you would think I have one heck of an estate to maintain. However, I hate to admit it, but I only have about 1 1/2 acres, and the school and the gym take up a good portion of that. I have a friend that thinks he needs to bring over lawnmowers and weedeaters, that he finds sitting by the curb, and leave them in my garage because "they probably won't require much for me to fix them". Or he borrows my riding mower to mow his yard, and drives it like he's in a demolition derby. I tell him he's an idiot, and he just laughs at me. I'm starting to feel convicted because, maybe he is an idiot. Anyway, he seems to have a good heart, he's just a little different. He'd do anything for my family and me though. But, he does ensure I have plenty to repair. I have quit loaning him my riding mowers. Funny, because now he works for a landscaping company now, and they let him bring home $15,000 lawnmowers to mow his yard.

My pupply (Onyx) is about 30 pounds now. The Vet says she's perfect (even with the deformed foot and leg) and, if we don't want her, he'd gladly take her off our hands. We had xrays taken to make sure she isn't in any pain or anything, and the Vet says she is fine. She's a spitfire, and you'd never know she had any deformity, if you could see her run and jump. She's finally able to go through the big doggy door, so she is now cohabitating with Mack (130 pounds), except when I have to kennel her up alone, so she will eat her food. If I was to put her food in with both of them, the big dog would eat it all, and I can't have that.

We had a great weekend with friends and family. Kind of a working weekend. The transmission went bad on granddaughter's Trailblazer, so we got one from the salvage yard with low miles on it. A couple of guys that had helped replace DD's transmission a few months ago, came over and replaced this one. We also replaced the water pump, and a tie rod end (a steering component) while they were here. I got the belt and blades replaced on my pull-behind mower deck, replaced the spindle (where the blade attaches) on one of the riding lawn mower decks, repaired a windmill that DW had drug home from an auction, entertained a slew of kids and still managed to organize the entryway mudroom. I let the 3-yr old drive the big tractor around the block (while sitting on my lap of course), pitched balls to the kids so they could hit me with line drives, and played kickball. We re-fueled with lots of hot dogs and brats. All in all, a good day.

I have failed miserably on the diet. Well, actually I didn't fail - because I haven't been on anything that even remotely resembles a diet. DW has been bringing home dougnut holes, coffee cakes, and just about everything known to stretch the limits of my (already relaxed fit) jeans. I would like to say that I have struggled and failed, but the truth of the matter is, I haven't put up much of a fight. I have to find again that drive that has always worked for me before. Buffy mentioned that she was struck by the concept of having an "End Game." I think that my downfall has always been the "all or nothing" goal plan. I need to start breaking my plan up into mini-success stories. Every pound that comes off should make it easier to bend over, go up stairs, play with the kids, improve the blood pressure, etc. I think I'm going to start thinking of this journey as a series of First Downs, where each First Down is a success story in itself, and gives me an opportunity to come up with a plan to achieve the next First Down, as I make my way down the field to the End Goal. Those that get to their end goal, really need to have an End Game plan, or they (or we) are destined to repeat history all over again. Right now, I need to concentrate on eating this elephant one bite at a time.

The Nursing Home Ministry is going full steam again. We played to a packed house last Wednesday. We are having more and more fun doing it. We found that a lot of times, we weren't getting the people out there because the Activity Director would fail to tell anyone we were coming, and all that would be there would be the stragglers that were the slow eaters, and just happended to be there when we got there. You see, the nursing home cafeterias double as the gathering center. What we have stated doing is calling that day to make sure everyone knows we are coming, and it seems to be making a difference.

Well, this is probably a long enough novel for anyone to endure. life is good. The alternative sucks. Here's praying success to all my FS Friends. Toodles!

05 May 2015

23 April 2015

Good Afternoon, FS Warriors! Well, I had ham and beans and rice for lunch yesterday, and then chile with beans for supper, after the nursing home gig. DW must have thought I was suffering from a bean deficiency or something. We had fun at the nursing home, but it was kind of disappointing. They have a new Activities Director, and he wasn't there last night, and he failed to notify any of the staff that we were coming. So, the only audience we had were the ones that were slower eaters, and hadn't finished their supper, so hadn't been wheeled back to their rooms. I think our group outnumbered the residents that were present. We were happy to entertain them, but performers feed off the crowd also. We go there to have fun as well. We know from previous visits that the residents love for us to come, and there would have been a lot more present if the word had been passed. So, we are going to have a word with the Activities Director.

Tonight we have the Over 50 Seniors potluck. Everything is about eating. Haha; I was told I had been volunteered to be on one of the bible answer challenge teams tonight. We never even knew they had such a thing. This ought to be interesting. Another night without mowing. My yard is going to need baling. And to top it all off, there is frost warnings for the night. Since we have a District Convention all day Saturday, I don't need anyone doing a Rain Dance, because tomorrow is going to be the only time I'm going to be able to mow for a while.

The dogs are doing well. It has been kind of cold being out there with them for 30 - 45 minutes in the morning. That little spitfire has so much energy; she travels at warp speed from one end of the yard to the other. I hate to pen her up for the day, but I don't think it's going to be long before I can put her in with the big boy. She was 28 pounds last week when DW took her to the Vet for her shots. My wiener/cocker spaniel mix has been 28 pounds for the last 10 years. She is only about 3.5 months old. She's a cutie though. I have to intentionally devote more attention to the big dog so he doesn't resent her getting too much affection. So far so good.

It's great to have power out in the gym and I'm looking forward to another day when I can actually work out there. There's never a lack of things to do. We have not heard hide nor hair from the deadbeat tennant who was going to work some of his debt off. He has shown his true colors. Looks like I'm going to have to reach out and touch someone. The guy that I paid to help me a couple weeks ago was a Godsend, and I will continue to hire him to help me. Now that I have had good help and it has been over 3 weeks since I offered the deadbeat the opportunity to work off his debt, I have taken that deal off the table. He can get a job somewhere else (but I suspect that isn't going to happen; hard to get a job when you're just whining and not looking). Well, enough of that; I'll just get agitated thinking about that.

Since I've got all this extra time on my hands, I've decided to create my own web server. I registered the domain, "www.OldBrickSchool.com" and I will be hosting a website in the near future. It won't do you any good to go there yet; I haven't put anything on it. But since it will be my site running from my own server, I imagine I will put up there whatever strikes my fancy. I'll let you all know when it goes live.

Well, I've run out of ramblings. Hope everything has a great day and an even better Friday. Toodles!

20 April 2015

Good Evening, FS Warriors! Just another manic Monday! Haha! In case you didn't catch it, that's a song, but of course you can't hear me singing it. You should see my scars from the new puppy. She has teeth like needles and one arm looks like I've been in a gladiator fight in the colosseum. I've taken a few videos but by the time I get them uploaded and posted, she'll be all grown up. I spent most of the day writing up a proposition to get my youngest team member promoted. It's hard to get people promoted in-place. It's easier to transfer to another position or location to get promoted. I'd rather not lose him. So, I gave it my best shot; if it happens, it happens.

Stopped to get a tool to help with rust removal on the truck, and there just happened to be a Hardees right around the corner. Whoops, I did it again! Two cheeseburgers - but, Oh wait, I had a diet coke. :( They're not that great; I don't know why I do that. To be quite honest, DW has been unpredictable lately, something off kilter with her meds or something. She's been in touch with the Doc, and to the ER, and I don't know whether she is going to be in bed all day or up and and about and going to make supper. Well, today she was energetic, so I ended up eating two cheeseburgers and then taco salad when I got home. I'm not telling her I ate on the way home. I'm a glutton, but I'm not stupid.

The pup is too young to be left wtih the big dog all day; heck, she can't even get through the big doggie door yet. So she stays in a fairly large kennel all day. It's about half the size of a normal bedroom. and it has a wide open view to where the big dog comes in and lies up next to her. I go out with them both for about 45 minutes in the morning at about 4:30 or 5, and about the same in the evening, during the week. When I'm working outside on the weekend, I have them both out with me, and they both stay right with me. She's a spitfire, and she loves to pounce on him and latch onto his ear. Her teeth are really sharp, and he can only take so much of it, and turns on her and lets her know it, but then he comes back and gives her kisses later. I think they are going to be just fine when she gets some of the puppy out of her.

Nursing home visit Wednesday, and Seniors dinner Thursday. District church convention all day Saturday. Next week should be a little more relaxed, but who cares, I'm livin the dream! Haha! Better than the alternative. Still looking at the sod from above. Hope everyone has a great evening, and a better day tomorrow. Toodles!

18 April 2015

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