Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I am currently 61 years old and I have worked since I was 10. At the age of 10, I spent most Saturdays (& everyday during the summer) working for my Dad, who was a roofer/carpenter. I started by just toting asphalt shingles to the roof for him and his crew to put on. Asphalt shingles weigh 90 pounds per bundle. I started carrying half a bundle at a time and by the time I joined the Coast Guard (at age 17) I could carry 2 bundles comfortably and 3, if pressed. But I digress.....
I retired from the U. S. Coast Guard after 21 years, and last year I retired from Mississippi State University. I sought, and eventually found a part-time job working two days a week. Well, as I've been working less, and I've come to see that our expenses are manageable (our home & cars are paid for), I've come to covet my time more than having a job. So, effective July 1st, I will be leaving my P-T job, and I'm looking forward to it. More "me" time means I can do jobs around the home at my leisure, and stop before I get too tired and/or injure myself. More time for little "crafty" things that I do as a hobby, and (most importantly) more time to be with my sweetie.
Now, I mentioned some of the luck was not so great. In 2010, just about 9 months into my marriage, I was going home on my motorcycle when an elderly gentleman turned in front of me without warning. I had less than 10 feet to react (the skid was 7 feet long) and could not avoid him. Thankfully, I survived and the settlement I received is the big reason my home (with a new roof) and cars are paid for. I DO NOT recommend this way of earning money. I was months recovering, and have no memory of the accident or 2 months following. Probably for the best, because I'm told I was in a lot of pain. But again, I digress......
The last paragraph just brings home vividly that life is short. That being the case, and because I can, I plan on living it as fully as I can. Why Work?
Everyone have a great day
Sunday, May 8, 2016
|Happy Mom's Day! Put yours on a pedestal! (Machine gun optional)|
My first wife (and my children's mother) passed away in December, 2005. I still love and miss her, and my present wife understands that she will always have a place in my heart. (Just one of the reasons I love her.) So - to my children - remember your mom on this day.
Now, DKW lost her mom in December, 2014. Sharon was a unique character (to put it mildly) and I grew to love her in the few years we had together. DKW was (and to some point - still) devastated by her passing. The closest comparison I can make, is the extent to which my oldest was affected when Sue passed. They were more than mother-daughter, they were best buds! Now, all the kids were affected to some extent - but she seemed affected most deeply.
Now, this past December (2015), I lost my mom. (yes - with very few exceptions - December sucks for me.) It was kind of anticipated, but anytime you lose a parent it hurts. Miss ya Mom!
Now, I will be a day late - but I plan to tomorrow go put flowers on their graves, in addition to my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. (But not in December!)
In an unrelated matter, I was finally able to mow for the first time yesterday afternoon and I'm still a bit sore.
Now, the day started horribly. I woke around 4:00 AM and wanted a drink of water. As I walked into the kitchen I heard rushing water and realized the kitchen, living room breakfast nook, and a bedroom (not the master) had a few inches of water in them. I was able to cut off the water under the kitchen sink. But it took 5 plus hours to get the water up. (I filled a 3 1/2 gallon mop bucket 28 times. And that doesn't take into account the number of towels used. I purchased a new kitchen spigot, but after a frustrating hour, gave up and hired a friend to install the new one. Great decision on my part! He fixed the sink/leak and I started mowing the jungle. Its weird, I know, but I find mowing relaxing. I put in my ear plugs and am alone with my thoughts.
Now, briefly back to DKW's mom - Sharon. I have, and have always had, an affinity for cheesy Sci-fi or horror movies. If I was watching one of that ilk when she came over, she would watch a short bit and then invariably say, "Jerry, you watch weird sh*t!" So, today being Mother's Day and All, DKW and I are about to watch a TOXIC AVENGER marathon (The Toxic Avenger, The Toxic Avenger Part Two, The Toxic Avenger Part 3: The Last Temptation of Toxie, and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.). This on the heels that The Toxic Avenger 5: Toxic Twins is planned for a future release.
Everyone cherish your mom and your memories!