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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

08 April 2015

Good Morning, FS Warriors! I GOT DA POWER! Haha! A couple fellows from the power company came over with their bucket truck yesterday while I was at work and hooked me up. DW stopped and talked to them when she returned from the doctor yesterday. They told her it was an awesome installation, and since they were in the neighborhood, they would just go ahead and hook it up. Apparently, they see some pretty shadetree work occasionally. So, hallelujah, no more 150 foot extension cord from the school to the gym. Yay!

I won the election! Twice as many votes as the one running against me. Kind of surprised me since he has lived there quite a while longer than I have. However, he has earned a reputation as a whiiner and an instigator, actually costing the county quite a bit, forcing them to conduct superflous investigations, and countless unnecessary paperwork. Unfortunately, the general populace isn't privy to all that information, so it was good to win regardless.

All in all, it was a good day yesterday. Tonight, we are performing at a different nursing home. One of our enthusiastic supporers in the church volunteered to contact nursing homes and book some gigs. Now we have to pull back on the reins a bit because we are booked every two weeks, which believe it or not, is about as much as we can handle with all the other things we have going on.

The dogs are doing great; it's very cute to see the pup take off across the yard and pounce on top of the 120 pound Lab - over and over again. He tolerates her more and more, but when he has had enough, he lets her know it. Well, just wanted to thank you all for your support. Hope everyone has a great "hump" day. Toodles!

07 April 2015

Good Morning, FS Warriors! It's been a crazy busy few days. Yesterday, the power company called me, and they don't want to take the Lineman's word for the quality of the installation, so they are going to send one of their engineers out to take a look at it before the Lineman installs the meter and hooks up the overhead power lines. It's OK with me. Last night, I figured I had better install the indoor service and make sure there were some functioning circuits, just in case he comes today and wants to look outside and inside. I didn't get done until about 10:30 last night.

Then I had to get up a little earlier this morning. First, I try to spend at least 30 minutes with the new puppy and Mack out in the yard before I go to work, and before I put her in her kennel. She has a pretty large space with lots of toys and a clear view of Mack, but I don't feel comfortable keeping them together when I'm not around. She's ALL puppy and likes to jump on him and bite his ear and pretty much annoys the heck out him. He tolerates her pretty well, but after awhile, he snaps at her and makes her back off. He's a pretty big fella at around 120 lbs., so I figure it will be at least a month before I'll let them both run wild together without me around. She can't even get through his doggy door right now.

The second reason I had to get up early was to vote. Even though I always vote, this time I'm on the ballot. I was only appointed to the board temporarily to fill a vacancy. Now, the election will determine if they will keep me on there for another 4 years. It's in the Lord's hands now. I enjoy it, but I won't be devastated if I'm not elected. I just don't care for the ones that are running against the existing board members; they appear to be in it only for their own agenda.

Trying to watch what I eat, and that seems to be what I'm doing these days - watching it all the way from my plate to my mouth. :) I'm sure I'll do better. I am definitely an emotional eater. When I'm stressed, as in trying to get too much done at the same time, I tend to eat whatever is available. Not good, I know, but I'm just being real here. I hope everyone has a great and wonamous day. Toodles!

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