…”so I trudged back up”…

20150613_125051_resizedToday has really been a laid back Sunday afternoon. After lunch my Bride decided she wanted to watch “My Show! My Show”! So that meant I was banished to The Cave. Yeah, “it’s a hard life but somebody’s gotta do it”. It might as well be Me! After bein’ down there a short time I decided to lumber down to the water & just check things out. I was sittin’ in the swing on the pier just relaxin’ & soakin’ the peace & quiet in. There were just a few boats out on the lake in our area. I heard my (favorite) neighbors walkin’ down to their pier. I throw up a friendly wave & they returned it with one. They got in the water on some floatin’ chairs & enjoyin’ the same peace & quiet. The sun moved behind some clouds, a slight breeze picked up, & the motion of the swing got my attention. I shuffled over to the pontoon boat, dug out a Life Jacket, shuffled back to the swing, folded the Life Jacket in the proper pillow shape, got the swing goin’ like I wanted it, laid down & got TOTALLY RELAXED! Thirty (30) minutes later I wake up with a light rain blowin’ in on my face. What a way to ruin a good nap! Oh well, so I trudged back up to The Cave & here I am! Hope y’all have as good of an afternoon as I have had…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…”all of us as a Family”…

MY Bride & I arrived back home last night safe, sound, & worn out. We spent the last week out in the Ft Worth, TX area with her sister & family (husband, daughter) @ their house. It wasn’t a “Vacation Trip” either. It was one of those “Family Get Togethers” about evaluating a elderly family member (NO not me, not-yet anyway) & their ability to live alone. MY Bride & Sister-in-Laws Widowed Mother is 89 years Old & currently lives by herself in Ohio. There are NO family members within a 11 hr drive or more. She is currently visitin’ with them as well. The days drug on as the Adult Children, family members, were observing daily activities, physical abilities, & conversation to evaluate memory skills, etc. of Mom. Fortunately she has not suffered any major health issues but she is startin’ to slip. And it is a slippery slope! There have been & are increasin’ “tale tale signs”. To openly discuss Assisted Livin’, givin’ up her Car, movin’ closer to or movin’ in with one of her two children (daughters), meets with a lot of resistance. I understand NO ONE wants to give up their Independence/Freedom and have to rely on someone else for most all of your/their needs. But, if we live long enough it usually takes folks in that direction. For those of you lucky enough to still have your parents livin’ it is not easy to go through. Love them all you can! My family has already lived through it & it takes a toll on all involved. But, they are Our/Your Parents & that is just what we do. No firm decisions were made but hopefully we, the family, will be able to convince my Mother-in-Law what will be best for Her & Her Family. She will be with my Sister-in-Law & her family for a few more days. So we’ll see how things go from there. While in the Ft Worth, TX area, I was fortunate to be able to separate myself from those issues to MEET & have lunch with a “FB Friend” who broke away from work for a short time. We shared only an hour together but it was enjoyable finally meetin’ & gettin’ to know him. I look forward to doin’ it again my next trip out, hopefully under better conditions. Also my Bride & I were able to breakaway, on another day, to meet an Ole Friend from our Germany days for lunch. It’s amazin’ how much you can share & catch up on in such a short period of time. I have other friends in that area but time was limited for OUR time. I hope & pray that all our efforts, as a Family, have a positive result for my Mother-in-Law. Because what ever the outcome of this “Family Get Together” is it will eventually effect all of us as a Family…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”a fond adeiu”…

Out on The Deck 5-26-16This mornin’ I was headed to my two granddaughters “Awards Day” at their school. I get into the parkin’ lot and my cell phone goes “to blowin’ up” with post on FB that I had been HACKED as folks were gettin’ FR from me, that I had not sent of course. Anyway I have to admit FB was very efficient in gettin’ a post/some posts removed. Thanks FB. I responded with the followin’ post on my FB account.

“I guess I WON THE HACKED AWARD, again! It amazes me that Lazy Ass people with NO life of their own want to disrupt others just to make themselves feel like they have accomplished something in life. LOSERS! SORRY ASS LOSERS!…..BG> ”

The awards program went off well. I’m proud of both of my granddaughters. I left there in a great frame of mind & decided to head to a near by Restaurant, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, for some lunch. Old Delta Jersey front 08-17-10I called a couple of ole friends that I knew were close by, “The Marine & The Banker”, to see if they were available. They were & we had a wonderful lunch for a little more than an hour. Good food, good friends, good times! We bid each other a fond adeiu & all went our separate ways. Until next time!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”livin’ in your town, on your streets!”…

Barrett School    1st grade  58-59 - CopyMay 21, 2017 is a sad day in American History, for many reasons. One of which is, after 146 years, The “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus” is NO MORE! My mind takes me back to a song, by James Darren, “Goodbye Cruel World (I’m off to join the Circus)”. Who of you, as a child, ever dreamed of runnin’ away to join “The Circus”? How many of you, out there, as a child, got excited when you heard “The Circus is coming to Town”! I can smell the roasted Peanuts, in my mind, right now! “Cotton Candy! Get your Cotton Candy” echoes in my mind! I remember as a small child bein’ taken to watch the Elephants, Lions, & Tigers get unloaded off of the Train. We got to watch the Parade thru Birmingham, AL. I remember my Mother takin’ my brother & I to go see “The Circus”! THREE RINGS!!! More activity goin’ on at one time than my eyes & mind could really process. WOW! Did you SEE all of those Clowns? They were EVERYWHERE! They were {{{ FUNNY }}} back then. Now everyone is {{{ HORRIFIED }}} of’em! What changed? It was truly an EVENT! And now, It’s DEAD! Talk about Unemployment! Imagine HOMELESS CLOWNS livin’ in your town, on your streets! Think about!…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

A Memory from May 19, 2015…”Thank you Coach Jimmy”…

Barrett School    1st grade  58-59 - CopyMay 19, 2015
Today being “Boys Club Day” here is a memory of mine:

My brother & I used to ride the Bus to the Boy’s Club (in Birmingham, AL), which was across the old football field of Phillips High School, down town from East Lake. We couldn’t “afford” a membership to the Y.M.C.A (thank GOD). But out of the goodness of his heart an “Ole Little League Baseball (Assistant) Coach” from Wahouma Ball Park, who worked @ The B’ham News, paid for us to have a membership there. And three (3) times we got to go to Summer Camp, @ Camp Jimmy Goodwin (a week long Camp) all (to my knowledge) paid for by The B’ham News under a Sponsorship Program, on Smith Lake. It was fun and very entertainin’. Thank you “Coach Jimmy”…..BG>

The “Ole Camp is long now closed. The property is being/has been SOLD & re-developed. The memories will be for ever in the minds all of those Kids that were lucky enough to attend “Camp Jimmy Goodwin…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…”Ole Frijolies & Cold Beer”…

Today has been a relaxin’ laid back day. My Bride had the day off so there was no real rush to do anything. Oh, I took my daughter to pickup her car from havin’ Hail Damage repaired. A good job I must say. Then I took my Brides car to get it serviced. As the afternoon progressed my Bride & I made a trip to Wally-World for items. Then later went out for an early dinner, we’re becoming “Sun-Downers” you know. A local Mexican Restaurant fit the bill just fine. I enjoyed a COLD 22 oz. Draft Beer in a {{{{{ Frosted Mug }}}}}, & “The Mexican Dinner Plate”. It consisted of a Soft Beef Taco, Beef Burrito, Re-Fried Beans, Mexican Rice, & Guacamole Salad. Not to mention a bowl of Tortillas Chips & Salsa. Quite good I must admit. My Bride had her usual #M Plate. I hope those Ole Frijolies &  Cold Beer don’t kick in later on. Hum-m-m there is a slight rumblin’ goin’ on right now…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”what I could & could’t spend”…

This mornin’ as I was sippin’ on my, second, mornin’ Mug-O-Joe I was listenin’ to the News. It seems like gettin’ caught up on local & world events, for some reason, is hard to do. You have to wade through all of the CRAP that is spewed out, from all sides, tryin’ to convince you that only their “Kool-Aid” is the one you should be suckin’ down. Talkin’ Heads…ya just can’t get away from’em. But I did happen to catch an article about todays College Graduates, with Undergrad Degrees, havein’ an average of $35,000.00 in Student Loan Debt. Could it be that money is just too damned easy to get or are the students livin’ way beyond their means? Then I thought back on my Junior College Career, that ONE long year, & I’m thankful I got out with NO Student Loan Debts. Hell my Bride told me what I could & could’t spend. And I damn sure listened to her! Oh well, lookin’ back now, I don’t regret it…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>