…”May the Peace Of The Mornin’ Be Upon You All”…

Fresh refill on my Mug-O-Joe, the aroma waftin’ my way, comfortable in my swivel chair on The Deck, legs propped up on my fluffy pillow & stool (my Bride got for me), Ceilin’ Fan remote in arms reach (& turned on Low). Fish are bustin’ the surface catchin’ breakfast. Pete our resident Blue Heron walkin’ the seawall scoutin’ for his meal. Yeah, this is the RIGHT way to start my day, right here in the front row. Nothin’ to listen to but the sounds of Nature The Lord has provide me on “this day of Pentecost”. It’s a beautiful sermon, if ya just listen & let it sink in. Oh, Pete has company on the seawall, a White Heron. The/My American Flag, down by the lake, is hangin’ flat as there is NO breeze on the water this mornin’. “God Bless The Red, White, & Blue”! The ever changin’ reflection’s on the water are somewhat hypnotizin’, they seem to allow the sounds of the mornin’ to be better absorbed in my soul. Four Blue Birds are restin’ on the Power-lines runnin’ to the house. A lone Red Bird/Cardinal restin’ in the Large Oak down in the yard. So colorful they are. So vibrant! May the Peace Of The Mornin’ Be Upon You All…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

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…”The Message was received”…

The Holy BibleIt was quite NIPPY this mornin’ (I just love that phrase) as we settled in our seats. My Bride sittin’ to my right side. The Moon shone Bright in our faces. Bark was flyin’ of off a couple of the massive Pine Trees in front of us. Was it a sign? Naw, it was just The Tree Rats scamperin’ through’em as they seemed to play their mornin’ game of Chase. The Sun was Risin’ on our backs, but with the temperature a brisk 45 (+/-) degrees it wasn’t too warmin’. But I had thought ahead (bein’ prepared) & brought me a good ole Hot Mug-O-Joe with me to take care of my need for warmth. Lucky, for us all, there wasn’t a breeze ah blowin’, comin’ off of the water, as we were there at the waters edge  in the back of a slough. The crowd continued trod in, as they scuffed across the gravel pathways & fill the Pews there at “Chapel In The Pines”. It wasn’t “Brother Love’s Travelin’ Salvation Show” but THE MESSAGE was already there. We were just waitin’ on the Presenter to properly deliver it, with His Emphasis, & in his particular fashion He Did! I could tell that folks were receivin’ The Message, cause there was lots of head noddin’ goin’ on & accompanied by the sporadic {{{ Amen’s ! }}}. No, they weren’t dozin’ off to sleep, cause it was too chilly for that! I found it kinda strange as I sat there, maybe it’s just me, but I found myself hearin’ & receivin’ The Message yet my mind wanderin’ back to my youth as I sat beside my Mother in our Church back in “The Ham” all the way through my life to the present time, yes, with my Bride sittin’ to my right. And then as quickly as it began it was over. Brief & yet on point, The Message was received, as it has/had been thru the years. {{{{{ He Is Risen ! }}}}}…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Coincidence? I think NOT!”…

This mornin’ I overslept. My body clock was off! {{{ 6:30am ! }}} I’ve got to get up! Why? I don’t know? Strange…I staggered to the kitchen & loaded up both my Brides, individually flavored, Coffee & my Pot-O-Joe as well. I noticed lights on the slough so I eased out on the Deck. It was about 45 degrees outside. There were two (2) boats workin’ their way into the slough fishin’ all of the piers. Must have been Tournament Boats cause they were workin’ at a pretty good pace. Weekend Fishermen are much more relaxed & fish a little slower. It was amazin’, as I stood there. I notice, as the mornin’ light got better, how all of The Dogwood Trees were so pretty. Most of’em have bloomed already. They were catchin’ the mornin’ light & they seemed to glow. It was as though “they were lightin’ a path”? Simply beautiful! And just think “tomorrow is Palm Sunday”! Coincidence? I think NOT!…Whoa!!! The Joe’s ready-gotta go…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”43 years ago today in 1975″…

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What a day it was! 43 years ago today in 1975. It was a Friday. I was off work! My Bride to be worked from 8:00am till Noon that day & took the rest of the day off. I picked her at work. At 2:00pm that afternoon we met a couple of friends, who were our Witnesses, & her Parents at the Ramstein, Germany Rathaus/Town Hall. We were about to be married by the “Burgermeister/Mayor” of the Town. Her Mom served as our “Translator”, as one was required by German Law to make sure we understood what we were really doin’ & committin’ to. My Bride (to be) & I exchanged our “I Do’s”! Yes we were (& are still) Husband & Wife! Hell, I loved her so much I even married her again the NEXT day! But that’s another story. Wow, what a ride it has been. God has blessed us along our path with Two (2) wonderful children, a Daughter & a Son. We also have been blessed with a wonderful Daughter-in-law & three (3) beautiful Grandchildren! Yeah, I’m a very blessed man! To my Bride, thank you for sayin’ “I DO” back then. Oh, the $5,000.00 you had saved didn’t hurt either! It made a good down payment on our first (1st) house two (2) years later. I love you more than you’ll ever know. Happy Anniversary!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”TODAY – don’t wait!”…

Today is one of those “Special Days” we all have in our life’s. Yes even YOU have had’em but, too many of you, are embarrassed to admit’em. So with today bein’ Epiphany Sunday” I felt this was the perfect time to face my reality. Many of you, TOO many of you, have known me for most of my life. Others of you for just a short period in that spectrum. Others don’t know me at all other than thru my ramblin’s & thoughts. Yes, there are those of you, if you stop to think about it, have either thought it or even said to others, “What the hell is wrong with That Boy”? Hell even my own Family Members have & have admitted it to me (as a Beloved Uncle, who has passed, did). The lack of my responsibility & focus on things as Education & Behavioral issues. “Boy! I’ve told you too many times…”! Oh how that rings in my head. There’s a lo-o-ong list, too damn long, of tale tale signs there as I look back & reminisce. But what a trip it has been! In recent times there has been a New Product that has made it’s way into my/our house. I’m not really sure if made it here by my Daughter or my Bride. But the fact is “it made it here”! Now this particular product raised my curiosity for sure. Why?, I wasn’t sure. Anyway, from time to time I’d sneak me a taste of it. I couldn’t tell the difference in it & several other products, maybe hundreds, that look & taste just like it! This type of product has entered into my life in many forms & from many different vessels. Is there a difference? Heck, I don’t know.  Many of you may be in a better position to judge that. Hell, maybe even YOU! So, with today bein’ “Epiphany Sunday” I thought I’d share my “Epiphany” with y’all. It’s really simple, too damn simple, if ya think about it! I’m attachin’ a “Learnin’ Aid” for you, most of you. You probably saw it right off the bat! If not then you’re even slower than me. I always had trouble with “Curve Balls”. I mean, maybe YOU should try it. TODAY – don’t wait! You’ll never know if you don’t…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>smartwater

…”To all of you, out there, “from My House/Family”…

“The Reason For The Season”, Christmas Day! The day that reunites us, with differin’ opinions, is drawin’ nigh. We, the believers, of the Christian Faith will in just a couple of days be, once again, celebratin’ The Birth of Jesus Christ, The Son of God! To save us all from Satan’s power. When we were (have) gone astray“. To forgive us of our Sins, if we accept him as Our Lord & Savior. Thank you God for such a wondrous Gift/Blessin’.

I would like to take this time to share Seasons Greetin’ & A Happy New Year to you all. The shelves are all runnin’ thin with those Special Gifts. Google, Ebay, Yahoo, & others are now so over whelmed that their systems are beginin’ to suffer from “overload”. For those that work in that industry “if it starts ta smokin’ back way & shut’er down before she blows”! The wrappin’ paper, cellophane tape dispensers, & spools of ribbon are bein’ flung, twisted, & knotted by those in a state of panic! Whew, there now it’s perfect! Many of you will be loadin’ up & hittin’ road to visit your family & friends. Be safe as you make your way “to and fro”.

To all of you “from My House/Family have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…” I will NEVER NEVER”…

The Ghosts & Goblins shadows are still in sight! The Wild Turkey is still runnin’ loose in the Woods or has already been put in a Bottle! And there are those out there already tryin’ to force “X” on us & want us to celebrate it. What or Who is “X”? In my family we have always looked forward to Thanksgiving. Not only for the upcomin’ wonderful Thanksgiving Meal, Family & Friends gatherin’ in our home, a Wonderful Thanksgivin’ Meal, & the Thanksgiving Parade on TV. Because we all know, by the reactions of the little children, that Santa Claus is always @ the end of that Goofy Parade. And we all know once that Friendly/Fat/Lovable Character, all adorned in his Red & White outfit,  is either drug down the street in a “Rusty Ole Sled by Eight (8) Mangy Deer” or Riddin’ on a Float with Wavin’ Elfs, & the tossin’ of Candy Canes is completed can the Football Games finally begin! The commercial world created the “X” Day. They were/are so busy to get out ahead of the “Great Pumpkin” & the “Thanksgivin’ Turkey” that they didn’t even create their own Character. They tried to down-play the “Reason For The Season” by gettin’ You, The Consumer (& mostly Women), to rush out & buy their over produced, over priced products, mostly manufactured over seas (to lower standards & quality) so they can make their year end sales look better. Why do you think they reduce their prices at the END of the year? Can you say “Old Inventory”! Why do you think they call it “Black Friday”. Because “EVIL has always be shrouded in BLACK”! How many of you paid too much for those same, or similar, products earlier in the year? {{{{{ SUCKER ! }}}}}…As for My Family & Me we have & always will accept “Christ” into our home & Celebrate His Birth as “The Reason For The Season”. Not “X”! “X-Mas” has NO PLACE in My Home or Life. I will greet you durin’ this festive season with “Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas & Happy New Year”. I hope you will respond to me in a similar manner. But I will NEVER NEVER wish you or greet you with Merry X-Mas!…”Hold.em Hook”!…..BG>The Holy Bible