Monday, February 27, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

I noted its been about a week and a half since I last blogged - so I guess first I'll play a little catch-up
SHS lost in the 5A Championship game, but, as the runner-up they make the 4-team Championship Playoff in Jackson - beginning tomorrow. SHS (26-4) plays the #1 seed from the south - Wayne County (29-1). As coincidence would have it, Wayne County's one loss was to none other than SHS, but very early in the season.
After 7 games, MSU baseball stands at 6-1 with the University of Memphis coming to town tomorrow.
I've been pretty swamped with a myriad of tasks at work and lots of things I "want" to do at home. I feel like I'm coping fairly well and not getting too stressed. This past weekend though I had commitments to take care of and getting back to work today makes it seem like weeks since I've had time off. That being said, I can't really complain.
This past Saturday I baby-sat my grandson Jonas so that his dad (my son) could go out of town and pick up his wife at the airport. J-man and I spent most of the day together (at McDonald's - in the play area) and he had a great time. It was made even more pleasant since my oldest and her children were in town (from Jackson) and they happened by McD's not 5 minutes after I got there. Since her husband had a meeting to attend - They visited with me and J-Man at McDonald's. Jonas got to play with his cousins, and M and I got to visit for a couple of hours. It was very nice.
Life goes on and DKW and I are pretty content. Nothing major to report at the moment.
Everyone have a great Day!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Opening Day

Well, today Mississippi State opens the 2012 BASEBALL season (yes - baseball) with the first of a 3 game series with the Washington State Cougars. The game starts at 6P.M. and this is the first time that these 2 teams have ever faced each other. The Dawgs are expected to have a fairly good team this year.
On the Softball side, the Lady Dogs are undefeated after the first 5 regular season games and play 4 games this weekend. This is following 6 exhibition games (that don't count on their record) that they won all of. Might have to go watch a few of their games. Especially since the softball games have free admission.
Starkville High plays tonight (against Provine) in the semi-final game of the (North Half) 5A Basketball tournament. If they win tonight, they are guaranteed of being one of the 4 teams(2 from the north/2 from the south)that will play in Jackson for the overall 5A State championship and they will play tomorrow for the North Half Championship. I'll keep you informed.
And I think I forgot to mention this but the SHS Boys Soccer team are the Mississippi 5A High school Champions. About 2 weeks ago they defeated a heavily-favored Pascagoula High team 1-0 to win the 5A tournament.
Everyone have a great day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Memories, Valentines and more.....

Its been a couple of weeks since I last wrote - but my job has kept me busy - despite my back pain. I go back to the Doctor on Feb 15th at Columbus (MS) Air Force Base (one of the few perks of being retired from the U.S. Coast Guard). Not sure what's going on but I'm hopeful they can figure out something to give me relief. It hurt so this past Saturday that I was practically in tears. Not as bad today - thank goodness.
Anyway, yesterday (2/12) I was in my bathroom and looked at the calendar, remembering that - if he had lived - it would have been my Dad's 77th birthday. It brought a bittersweet smile to my face to think of him as a crochety older man. To understand, you'd have to know a bit about him. My dad was 5'6" or so and probably weighed 120 pounds (soaking wet) - but his self-image and ego was larger than Shaquille O'Neal squared! He was an avid sportsman (hunting, fishing) and worked with his hands literally from sun up to sun down most days. Unfortunately, he was also addicted to cigarettes, as was his father - and both of them died at age 56 from lung cancer.
*Sigh!* He's been gone for 21 years now - but I still can hear his voice and see his face. I miss him.
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I've been doubly blessed to have found women who loved me. When MSW passed away in 2005, I was devasted and never expected to find love or get married again. Well, as the old saying goes - "Life is what happens when you make plans". DKW and I met a little over 3 years after MSW passed away and were married in October, 2009. I hate to think of the void that would exist in my life without her and I think everyone realized how much she loves me after my near-fatal accident in June 2010. I was an invalid for a while and a semi-invalid for a few months. With her help I got through it. I never want to put her through it again. Love ya baby!
(But I would be remiss if I didn't also thank my Oldest and her husband for taking care of the yard work during that period! SO - THANKS!)
Everyone have a great Day!