Saturday, October 14, 2017

Things going well.....

Things are going well on the health front and the kitten front. It seems to be almost a daily improvement with the kittens. They are eating well with very little mess, sleeping well, being able to be played with, being gentle with their claws, playing well, all the things kittens should do.

My wife is doing much better now also. The anxiety meds seem to be working well plus the idea that the kittens are leaving us more time. We actually had time after 'luper' yesterday to stop by my sister's house and visit for a while.

They seem to be getting healthier, getting bigger, and not having any health issues. They are using their litter box on a regular basis, drinking water sometimes. and not being 'antsy' with their meals.

They play very well in the mornings between about the time I get up - 6:30ish - to the time I get my wife up - about 8:30ish. They don't make any noise, don't fight, they go to the litter box, and act like normal kittens should.

I fix them a "snack", a mix of watered-down small dry cat food which fills the need to make noise, climb my pants legs, scratch me, just the normal thing they do early in the morning. It also allows me to read the paper eat a little breakfast and let my wife sleep in for a while longer.

I have to keep checking on them from time to time because they get VERY quiet in the kitchen.

I just check them and they are all napping now after their early morning 'snack'.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kitten high five

It is so strange to see the kittens progress so much and so fast. Now it is NOT at blistering speed but if you see them daily you can see the change from day to day. Yesterday we watched them go from making a huge mess as they ate to eating out of a 'bowl' style dish and being so neat about it. We watched as our dachshund licked them up after each meal to not having 'anything' to do but play with them after each meal.

It has been so much fun to work up them, going from bottle to eating normal kitten food, from messy to just eating from having to clean them up after every meal to the dog cleaning them to them cleaning themselves.

They were wandering around the kitchen this morning in the near dark as I got up around 6. Their kennels have been left open and the doorway to the rest of the house blocked off so they free range of the kitchen area, their litter boxes, their water dish. Generally when you check on them in the late evening they are snoozing away either in their kennels or on top of them. They are not forced to go to their kennels, they just know it is a protect space.

I have not made a sound or checked up on them in the past hour and I know they are all asleepon the other side of the wall. It's 7:30 and I about to take the dog out and get my wife up.

Things started well today then fizzled as the day wore on. End up having to take my wife our local urgent care - nothing MAJOR - but the doctor suggested that she go to the local ER to get checked out and let them run a stress test. We did go but after 9pm and the fact that she came home, fed the kittens, cleaned up, took a shower, packed a get the picture.

After we get to the ER we sat in a very crowded waiting room full of needy people all complaining about the wait. - which, for us did not seem to be long. My wife was pulled to triage for an EKG, then later pulled from waiting room for X-ray then pulled for blood work then pulled for a urine test, all before we were finally taken into ER for another heart monitoring test a visit with doctor. The doctor was super nice and told us lots of good news from all the test and what he thought was going on.

He released her and said she needs to see her own doctor and the problem was to many things going on in her life and not enough "me time". We were released at about 12:05 and got home about 12:30.

This morning was a much better day. We tried a few new tricks for the kittens which worked super in morning a even better at lunch. The trick we tried was feeding them a little watered down dry cat food - Fancy Feast that our older cat loves. I went well and get my wife time fix their wet kitten food.

At lunch we tried it again and it worked perfectly. We also tried having them eat from bowls we bought yesterday on a rubberize baking sheet which also kept them from sliding the bowls across the table which saved a lot of mess.

Round 5 weeks won.......

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kittens Four, er, three...Part Four

The story of the kittens when very well yesterday as we had our granddaughter for the day and she was a very big help. She managed to help get them all to finally eat out of a dish - not a bottle. By their evening meal they were all eating a full meal then playing a long time.

The evening/night went well and we all went to bed at about 9pm. All but me got up around 7:30. I got up at 5 and read the paper, read my emails, etc. The kittens got up at about 7am and my GD and wife got up about 7:45.

The kittens ate really, really well and played all morning then went to sleep around 10.

Today they were crying around 7 but I left them in their kennels until I put out their litter boxes, took my meds, then let them out and each made a bee-line straight to the litter boxes. I slipped out and left them to play, settle down, and I got my shoes on took the dog out.

When I came back in they were quiet, I managed to slip in a fix my own breakfast, re do my meds into my pillbox, and do my last minute choses in the kitchen. Then I slipped out again and now they are quiet as can be.

My wife is now up yet I'm letting her sleep a bit longer - which is a good thing. I'm blogging away and it is still very quiet. I CAN hear patter of tiny feet so I know they are okay, so far.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kitten's part three

Kitten's part three, or I think this is part three. It could be part six, seven, eight or who knows. Things have been so crazy around here that my wife and I don't even know what day it is or when they started doing....

Even today things are going "different". One, I decided to NOT turn the light on as I got up this morning in the room next to where the kitten's sleep. It's been a good sign so far. I have had an hours worth of eating, reading my emails, reading the paper, and now continuing this blog page and not a peep out of them....

I'm actually ready for them to wake up and get fed because we are scheduled to go lunch with our grand-daughter, then go out to eat ourselves, come home and wake the kittens, then feed them and take them to their vet appointment. Will we get it all done?

Who knows? It's early yet......

Did we make it? Yes we did sort of. Got them up, fed and back to sleep. Then we made it to eat lunch with our GD, our own lunch. back home, woke them up, fed them - sort of - and made it to vet's office just 5 minutes late.

We got back home and they were all passed out sleeping. My wife ran off to LC again to do what she had promised for a fellow orchestra and I ran to Walmart while the kittens are still sleeping.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kitten sitting part two

The time of kitten-sitting has gotten much better and much worse. The better is that they are now eating - semi-eating - semi- soft - food and that is the start towards real eating which would be a good thing.

They are still being bottle fed but we can live with that. Their schedule is getting better by the day. We are getting a little relief during the day - it may not be a lot but it is something.

The worse news is that we lost one kitten the other evening. She just went peacefully into the next life while we were rocking it outside on the porch. It sort of chocked/coughed and passed away right there in my wife's hands. We buried her today.

Today the remaining three have a vet visit this afternoon.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kitten sitting......

This is a very tough time for my wife since her dad is going down in health, sort of. She went over Friday and found out he now had three new kittens that were abandoned by their mother/mothers and were "crying" like crazy. She went out, bought kitten formula and a small bottle a tried to help he dad. 91. to learn how to feed them. On Sunday we went back and he 'said' he tried to feed them two or three times that day but we think they weren't feed.

After a little talking my wife and I decided to bring them home with us. They would be dead with a couple of days if we had not. Bottle feeding four two week old kittens has been a major chore. My wife has read more and more and more online about how to care for them. She has taken one to the vet for information, talked me into helping feed one which helps a little bit.

She has gotten attached to one of them, the little gray runt. It reminds her of the cat she lost about a year ago that got hit by a car.

He dad just can not deal with all his feral cats. He loves feeding them but complains that it is too expensive yet he simple takes a bowl of dry cat food and tosses it out the back door - not enough to really feed them but enough to keep them around. We keep telling him that 1) if he would feed the mom's more they might stay around and nirse their babies, and 2) if he would just STOP feeding them they would evenvially now away and he would not have the problems of so many feral cats - he has 8-10 now.

As the days have passed on and on, the kittens have become better to deal with, they are taking much longer naps giving general only one or two to feed at a time. My wife learned to separate each of them into separate kennels so that they don't poop on each other or waller in each other mess.

we actually get to enjoy them a bit more, they tend to snuggle with me a little better, she gets to train them a little more on eating and cleaning them up a little more each day. We generally don't get much time to go out to eat unless we can catch some time BETWEEN  feedings.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Back from our "Funeral tour" but.....

Back from our "Funeral tour" but never again said my wife. The trip was just too long for 'old' people like us. The driving was just too long, the finding hotels was just too painful, her lack of meds too upsetting, meals too unlikeable, the trip back too weird.

First, we had to 'leave' right after funeral number two for our granddaughter's other paw-paw; he was just 49. From there it was a VERY LONG DRIVE to get to Dallas area but we could not find a hotel due to the upcoming Dallas/Giants game.

When we finally got to OK City things seemed to turn 'nice' We got to visit with family and friends and had a great time. There was a strange funeral service but still it was nice, then we had a nice meal with family and ended the day with more family time then a nice hotel stay.

We headed to Fort Worth which is where the trouble began. The hotel we had panned on was 'not right', it turned to be an old hotel reimaged to look nice but no way. It caused us hours of looking before we could find a hotel with space for us that night.

After finding a hotel in the DFW/FW area, it turned out to be really nice, so nice that we booked a second night even though it was a long way from my wife's sister.

After a really nice time with my wife's sister, a great day visiting, having lunch, and visiting with her dog, being turned down filling my wife's prescription, we were now ready to head home - we thought.

The next morning we found a nearby Catholic Church and stayed for a great service before heading back home. My wife was without her meds because Texas would not fill them even though she had a legal Louisiana prescription. So we had to wait til we ot to Louisiana to get it filled making the trip home 'looooooooooooong and stressssssssful'.

The trip home started nice with a nice lunch at the Collins Street Bakery but as we drove it just wore on my wife. As we got nearer and nearer to the Louisiana state line we got more and more on edge. Finally we had to just stop at small grocery store in DeQuincy and just get out, walk around, purchase a few small items before getting back on the road.

Finally after hours on the road avoiding the swollen Sabine River we made it home about dark. The cat was very glad to see us, the dog spent another nice at the PP boarding place before we would go pick him up tomorrow.

All in all it was a very strange "funeral tour" but my wife is now convinced that we will never do it again, She said "we will fly" from now on. No more long drives.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Awoke and started thinling about death......

Awoke and started thinking about death and about all the things that I need to do before it gets me so that my kids have what info they need.

Then this morning my wife took our granddaughter to school. The our grandkid's mom called to tell my wife that our grandchild's other grandpaw passed away during the night. He was much younger than us but we knew he had cancer and was in the hospital with not much time to 'live'.

He was my granddaughter's FAVORITE pawpaw. She always loved up on him, hugged him. He took her fishing, camping... I played third or fourth fiddle to her. Her mawmaw gets more attention than I do.

The other day at her birthday party she never even noticed I was there. I hate the feeling but I will just live with it for now. One day she will miss me.

We have been trying now to deal with THREE deaths in one week. One relative on my wife's side, one relative on my side and now one on OUR side of the family. Been one service already, got one to go to out of town and just waiting on the day and time for the "our" funeral.

Just got news that the 'our side of the family funeral' will be early Friday, leaving us just enough time to get out of town to make my family service.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Another "new" teacher wants/asks for help.....

Another "new" teacher wants/asks/emails me requesting help. I have NEVER turned down a request. Maybe that's why I am not making a ton of money on TPT. I just never say "no" to ant new teacher who ask for my help.

Over my 27 years of teaching I had dozens upon dozens of student teacher in my classroom from the university, and not once did I ever say "no" to any of them. That's partly why I came up with my own website - www.louisiana101. It was just to help them out. The name came from an early college class I took way back when. 

I remember each of them fondly and many went on to teaching - and many ARE still teaching. Some went on to become asst. principals, several to become principals. But I can say they all began with me way back in their early days.

Her question again started to make me think about items I have done for my store and items I need to do for my store. Sure I currently have over 570 items in my online store but I also have more I can do. The items I've done over the last two weeks have been selling about one or two a week - for "new" items. I loe the fact that I must be helping someone out there.

Maybe I'm not "teaching" anywhere but I am teaching. I still have contact with new teachers in my subject area. Thanks Kimbely.
And many thanks to all those that preceded her.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Harvey has finally moved on....

Harvey has finally moved on and with it comes dryer weather. Now that does not mean DRYER non-rainy weather but at least less rain and just maybe my yard can dry out somewhat. I can at least take the dog out in the mornings and sit in the rocking chair on the front porch for a short while.

I might get to finally go somewhere to eat later today, my son's restaurant, our favorite restaurant or two or three or four, any place just to get out of the house after a week of being cooped up inside. I have been going "stir-crazy".

When I have taken the dog out, the ground is mushy and the yard is full for limbs, branches, leaves blown down by Harvey's winds. But for now the tree is still standing, for now.

I really just want to go over to Walmart just to walk around. I don't really want to BUY anything just walk around, meet people I know, visit with strangers, just talk to someone else for a change.

I have to go put my shoes on and get ready to take the dog out for his early morning constitutional trip.

Did that, now planning for our 'lunch' trip to CiCi's, my son's store, for a little pizza and salad plus just a time away.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Why do I need to study history?

I taught history for 27 years and loved most of my years - except for teaching world history. I did love American history and my own Louisiana state history.

"And it was then that I realized why I am a HISTORIAN.  I am a historian because each child that learns about American/Louisiana History from an outdated textbook, or is taught to believe that the study of history is only a grudging requirement for academic purposes, is being short-changed.  The history of our country/state is complicated, so chillingly complicated, that certainly there must be a parceling-out of that knowledge or a student would be overwhelmed.  But, to negate the reasons for studying our nation’s/state's past by not giving a better justification of why we study it is terrifying.

I hope my students will someday appreciate why their historian teacher made the effort to provide a fuller historical picture for them, countering the arguments presented in their limited school texts with each homework assignment.  If nothing else, the lesson I learned at school (albeit my student’s middle school) is that as a historian, sometimes it isn’t the big philosophical questions that matter, but the small, everyday questions that are critical.  That it is important to convey that History is not singular, but plural.  That point-of-view matters.  That History is a constantly evolving field, dependent upon curious scholars.  That History is more than old textbooks full of the long-dead; History is also our future.  And that is why we study History."

I know I need to get out to the country to cut grass again but it rains almost every day. I did get most- only most - of my city lot cut on Monday before it rained again.

I'm tired of looking at all the "going back to school" pictures on FB. I kills me because I can't be there with the kids of my former students. It just makes me sick.

So I just sit here creating one item after another for my store online. I have created about 15 different items in the past two to three weeks. Some have lead to others and those have lead me to - well you get the picture,

I've done several monthly activities celebrating its such as women, the Honey Bee, Military, Asian, Jazz,  etc, etc, etc. I have done a long list of them. See them at I also created several for festivals. See them at

I've also been creating a big list on general history items plus I am running sales at TPT for these and most of the rest of my online store.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blogging TpT teachers again....

I just sent this email to all my followers and fellow teachers at TeachersPayTeachers....

Hello Fellow Educators and Followers,

It is mid August and let the fun begin.

The school supplies are in the stores, the children/students will be/are entering our classrooms now/soon.  This is my favorite time of the year – always has been, always will be!

There is no telling where you are in the opening of school – first week, two weeks away, been in school a week,, preparing for school, into first chapter – who knows. But I do know you "may be" looking  around TpT for items that will help you throughout the weeks, months, the year and here they are. Here is a big 25% off Sale and I would do larger if I could – promise me, I've been in your shoes. Anything helps. Email me personally if you need help and I will see what I do/create/prepare for you.

This means ALL items in my store are marked down 25%.  Yes, over 575 items on SALE!

Also, I've been busy updating and uploading many new items over the summer.  Please take a minute to check out a few of these items. I even uploading some yesterday and today. They are all on SALE now.

Finally, I want to thank you for your support and wish you a SUPER start to your 'new' year.  I hope I can continue to help you and your students throughout the new school year with new and innovative lessons, activities and projects. Be sure to email me or comment on my TpT site.

Best of luck with the start of the school year, and like I always say, "Work smarter, not harder!"

Greg "MrE"                         

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I just wanted them to know that I currently have all my online store on sale. That means all 575 items even the ones I uploaded yesterday are on sale. I would love to do them 50% off but TpT won't let me.
As I looked I realized just how long I have been on TpT and just how man items I have created over the years. Mostly middle school history items but I have been branching out over the past year.
I haven been creating more high school items more art items and more ELA type items. I have been on since 2010 and even more so since my mini-stroke in 2013.
I want a "job", no I don't want a job, yes I heard about a "job", yes I emailed about the job, then I sent my resume, then I got a phone call. and was told the position was already filled. But I did learn they did want me but I'm on the waiting list - HIGH on the waiting list.
The job is "teaching" job of sorts. Mentoring high school students working on their final credits towards graduation - just like my grandson did before he went off to the Marines.
But if I can get this job it would get me out of the house 3-5 days a week, 20 hours a week, no duty, no lesson plans, nothing but helping kids (students) black, white, Asians, etc who really want to learn and finish school. No trouble makers, no disturbing class, just workers.

Friday, August 4, 2017

After 27 years.....

After teaching 27 years I was never tired of teaching, never drowning in paperwork, never sick of the day-to-day of teaching, never timed of my students, never just ready to quit, give it up, or stop what I was doing. I loved teaching. I loved my daily grind so to speak. I just was never ready to quit teaching But then I suffered my mini-stroke and use forced to 'rethink' my life's work. God had another plan for me.

After five years, I never knew God's plan and I really still don't. But I think I might be getting an idea. I still love the idea of teaching students, still have the dream of helping young people see what their own future has in store for them. I still have that burning desire to help "pay it forward", doing what someone else did for me all those years ago.

Even a mini-stroke can't slow me down. I have put in the years of retirement crafting my skills, creating lots, and lots of lesson ideas for someone else to use, I have worked almost daily on my webpage for other teachers to use to give them ideas for our subject matter - history, I have watched hours and hours of history-style shows crafting ideas that could make a teacher's life better.

In other words, I never stopped teaching. Oh, there have been UP days and DOWN days but all were helping me get better at my own 'craft' and I still have the feeling that God is/was preparing me for something better.

I still don't really know what he has in store for me but I think I MAY know what is next for me...the Simon Youth Foundation (Academy). It is designed to help students who struggle to connect with material to finish high school and get on to college/university somewhere. The program was created by Simon Malls in 12 states and I have one right here in our own area.

Our own SYF serves only 30 students each working towards their own goals and need older adult mentors to help them succeed. My own grandson went there and now he is an upstanding, strong, and proud U.S. Marine. And maybe this is my own calling, to pay it forward, to help those in need of help in their time of need.

God, if this is your calling, please help me answer your call, give me strength to answer your call, give me strength to 'get up and go' towards your call, give me strength to go forward in this endeavor.

I just checked my old blogs and it has been 4 years since my mini-stroke, four years of boredom.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It may be....

It maybe just some time off but it means there is just something that needs to be done. I tend to have time to think when it is nice outside. The weather is COOL, not cold but cool at least for July as a front moved thru and push out the humidity which is/was nice. I even got to rock out on the front porch with the cat and dog and it was NICE. I hated to come inside.

I have been working on another TPT lesson idea about Social Media in Social Studies. It is going well for now but not near finished.
I have lots to do to complete this but the ideas are there now I just need to finish it. I spent nearly all night thinking about this and got up early to start on it. The cover is there, the teacher info is done and part of the worksheets are done. I just need to sit down and finish it - which is tuffer than you might think.
My grandson and his wife just posted some of their wedding photos which are very cool. I really like this one from the end of their wedding. It is so Marine of him and his fellow Marines. He said they got over 750 photos but he only posted about 100 of the best.
I spent part of the day out in the country cutting grass again until it just got to HOT to keep going.
My wife is work kid's day at CiCi's for my son but generally she will make nearly nothing but she enjoys her day there. She will bring our granddaughter home to spend the night since her mom has to go in to work early tomorrow. But that's okay with me.
I have been to Wal*mart to pick up a few items plus I went by Dominos Pizza (but not for pizza) and when I get out later I will go up to Walgreens to pick up my meds for the month.
After I eat lunch I plan to go take a short nap, or as I tell my - a catnap. After that I will take the dog out and maybe sit out on the front porch and rock myself to near sleep again.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Grass has been cut.....

Grass has been cut - somewhat. But it feels better and I am planning on going back next Tuesday to finish the job I started out in the country. The weather is predicted to be a little cooler and things might be a bit better.

I did get the front of the old house cut, got every thing "Round-up"ed, trees trimmed, and I hope that will make my job much easier on Tuesday. My wife will be busy at her 'job' working for our son and I will be out doing what I love doing - just cutting grass, enjoying the breeze, watching the birds, and just 'thinking' to myself.

Life does not get any better than that. I have several small trees to cut down, bushes to trim, grapes to check on, Satsuma's to check on, pears and figs to check on and stick/limbs to cut up but it's all in a day's work out there.

But I LIKE going out there even IF it does cost me money. It gives me something to do and gets me out of my chair at home. Then when I get back I can cut my city yard again if I feel like it or wait another day to do it.

I will try to get ahold of the administrator of the Simon Youth Academy  about the job that is being offered me for this fall. I am LOOKING forward to getting back to "teaching" and I know it is what God has in store for me to just bring me out of my 'funk'. It is just mentoring high school youth but it is the part of me that hated leaving teaching in the first place. And I can make a few bucks in the meantime.

Life is good - I hope - for the best.

My numbers continue to look really great. My BP numbers are good, my BS numbers are really strong and my weight is continuing to fall. Six months ago I was at 242ish and that was down from 440 when I had surgery six years ago but now it has fallen to 207 and it keeps falling. Slowly but surely. It tends to scare me just a bit but I'm okay as it falls slowly. Should make my doctor happy.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My car - FINALLY....

I finally have my car. My wife loaned me the money to get my car out of the shop and paid - temporarily - my deductible. I guess she did not want to leave me again today without any mode of transportation. I could have managed but I will gladly take my car after it has been in the shop nearly a full month.

Things have gone well since we have been back from our LONG, TIRING trip to North Carolina. I am glad that's over and don't want to do that again - at least not the same way. If we go back again, we will fly. It would be cheaper and faster.

I hope to go out to country later this week to cut grass. It has been almost a month since I was out there the last time but with rain, the trip, more rain; I'm hopping things are not completely overgrown.

I have a few items I need to take care of around here since the rain is no longer an issue. I have weed eating, Round-up spraying, and a few other chores to take care of here first before I can head out to country later this week.

Having my own car back is a very nice touch so I can drive myself to get a few things done.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Back home from the wedding

We are back home from the wedding of our grandson in North Carolina. It was a huge amount of traveling - 5 days of just driving/traveling out of 7 days gone from home. Never again says my wife. We will fly and cut down on hotels, gas, meals, etc.

Our cat seemed to do well all by himself during that time. Our dog - well we are going to pick him up this morning. And I hope to get my car - finally - this morning also.

Life can finally get back to normal. I'm oning to cut grass at our city home today and our country home tomorrow - weather permitting.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Someone else is reading....

It seems someone else is reading this blog but it came to me by a lone email about a very old blog. A former student teacher , which should tell you how old the writer/blog reader is, just sent me an email about one of my blogs from back in October. But hey, she blogs from time to time also.

I have gotten an email that just might get me back into teaching - kind of, sort of, maybe. It's a mentor's position helping at-risk, high school students. It pays a MINIMAL SALARY but who cares. It would get me out of the house, put me to doing what I should be doing, and it will use my tech skills, reasoning skills, and allow me to work with kids; something my brain has been screaming for years. God MAY have found me a place to use my talents and be a creative person - even if it is just a part-time job.

I saw the story on the local news and my wife and I BOTH looked at each other and she pointed at me and I said MAYBE. So I emailed the head of the program the next morning. I am so happy.

I got all the grass cut; plus got the yard weed-eated and soon afterwards, it began to rain  now - but I don't care.

It rain but later I took the dog out for a bit. My wife is/was tied up working at our son's pizza place.

Monday, July 10, 2017

At least I KNOW someone is reading...

At least I KNOW someone is reading my blog. It's better than no one at least.

The trash truck finally came by, it's a day late but hey they needed the fourth off too. I take that, at least THEY keep tp their schedule unlike the auto repair shop that DOESN'T. They told me yesterday that they "found" more damage then they estimated for and had to get ahold of the insurance company and car wont be ready for another few days. I told them just to HOLD my car when they finish it 'cuz I leaving for an out of state wedding. They can just hold in their VERY LIMITED parking area for 7-10 days - just like they TOLD me 11 days ago.

How much damage can you find in a scratch? I think they are just trying to rip off the insurance company. Plus they have ripped me off by not starting the repair work UNTIL 7-8 days after I was told to bring it in. THEN they found an issue - bullc*&%*.

They will get nothing but complains from me and no recommendations either.

We gave away the last kitten to a good home. They have a small son and a small dog that is the same age as the kitten almost. The couple seemed nice and very happy as we presented them with the kitten. All smiles around.

We made plans for the first night of our "wedding trip" by booking a room at a Drury Inn. We have stayed at Drury's before. They are great, breakfast, supper, snacks, good clean rooms and right on our route. Can't get much better than that.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I don't know anything...

I don't seem to know anything about anything. Our granddaughter DID NOT come to spend time with us yesterday. I was given ORDERS to book a hotel for our NC trip in a couple of weeks but I wasn't given the card number so I could book it. Then I WAS given the card number but told.... oh well, I did book it. But I still don't know how long it will take to drive there. It's a 1,070+ trip and I have no clue as to when - what time - we are going to leave.

Are we going to stop in Atlanta? Birmingham? Augusta? Charlotte? I just KNOW I have book our hotel for the wedding stay but that's it. I do know our son, his long-time girlfriend and his daughter are traveling with us - there and back - which limits our "vacation" time.

I had hoped to stop and visit my own cousin in Pensacola on the way back but that may or may not be a possibility. I'm not making the plans I guess.

After several days I have "learned" several things. 1) My son and his family is flying to NC not driving with us. They are leaving Sunday after the wedding and flying back. 2) My brother and his wife are leaving Sunday also for Savannah which will leave us alone up there. 3) Therefore we cancelled our stay for Sunday night and well go ahead a travel to Pensacola.

Well, at least now "I know something". Not all good news but "something".

Monday, July 3, 2017

Another week has come and gone..

Today/nearly today starts a whole new month. I still don't have my car, I'm trying to plan our trip for our grandson's wedding but I'm told to but told not to because I can't pay for it but I'm supposed to plan it. I have been given a note showing the dates of ABOUT when but I don't know if and when my son can leave his work behind.

I don't know if and when we are going to stop the first night on the way there - it's a 1,070+ mile trip to NC - do we drive it in one day or not. My son, his long-time girl-friend and his daughter is going with us so I don't know what TIME we are leaving. I was going to plan it but I got up the other morning and my wife said she knew what hotel we were going to stay at - but could not tell me two days, three, four, five days, nothing.

Oh well, I'll "book" it - I hope - whenever I told too. I will just go read a book till then. Our granddaughter is coming to spend part of the day today but I can't tell you when because I don't get told these things.

More of my "I don't knows" later.

Happy 4th of July coming up. I do know that.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

End of June

It seems to be the end of something.
  1. My car is still not fixed
  2. We have had bad weather
  3. Our Summer Concert Series is still going on
  4. Our annual doctors appointment is now due
  5. My BP/BS/Weight all look goods

It may be getting towards the end of June but there are items that still need to be taken of. Like my new car. The adjuster called yesterday - finally - and set a date for my car to into the shop to be fixed. It has been over two weeks since it was hit. Then she told me my rental car was approved - but it is a dealer in Lake Charles. Why could you not do one here in Sulphur? I guess you just take the good with the bad.

We just dealt with a tropical storm  - rain and not much wind. Did not really affect us even thought it came right through us.

My wife's concert series has gone on even with rain. It has all been indoors this summer. The Catch A Concert series has been really good this year and her dad has made each one so far.

Friday we went to have Blood work drawn before our Annual Doctor's appointment Monday - of course it's our "annual" but for me it is just another routine 'every three months' routine. Mine is due to my mine stroke, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight issue - which are all good.

All seems to be coming together on Monday - take my car in to be repaired that morning (HOORAY), doctor's appointment that afternoon, concert that evening. WOW!

Friday, June 23, 2017

The last week and a half....

There has been so many things that have happened in the past 10-12 days. It all really 'started' at the end of last but 'formerly' within the past two weeks. It all started when I decided to get a new car.

I had been researching a new 2018 Chevy Equinox, After much thoughts, daydreaming, and thinking about it I decided to trade in my 2012 Equinox. I made my way to my local Chevy dealer and started looking around. I fell in love with a new 'sunburst orange' Equinox and I was hooked. My salesmen loved it to and I ended up buying it. Wrong move #1.

The car is so new my salesman had no real clues about it other he lived the color. I bought it knowing that it should be better than my 2012 Equinox. Nope, the salesman nor I knew that Chevy had decided to cut Sirius XM from the basic Equinox. After having in the 2009-2017 Equinox basic models it was now no longer an option on the 2018. Heck, XM was the only thing I listen too. Chevy also deleted the CD play also. What a bummer this was!

I was now stuck - no complaining to the dealership, salesman, Chevy themselves, nothing. Strike number one. I then went to Wal*mart to pickup a few items. I could not find a handicap parking spot anywhere, so I parked across from the handicapped and went inside. When I came out I noticed someone had backed into my new car from a handicap space and left no note, no phone number, nothing. I went back in and talked to Wal*mart about looking at their tapes.

We saw a car back out of a handicap space. make a wide swing out and bump into my car then pull out and left. In Louisiana there is no front plate and there was no handicap hang tag. Therefore, we figured they were parked illeagally anyway, that's no note. With a note they would have been in trouble. Strike two.

I went to my insurance place immediately, filed the paperwork, had photos taken, told where to take it. went to have it appraised, then took it to a second shop, had it appraised again, then came home. It was just a 'little' ding but the cost were $2,800 and $2,300 - for a little ding. But both told me they HAD  to appraise high then pay low if the repair cost much less. Ball one.

Then I found out from the Shelter adjuster that I would have a rental car and I have a $500 deductible. Not bad but I can live with it. I just have to wait on a call back from the repair place I selected. Ball two.

While waiting I also have been researching a zero-turn mower for father's day since my old mower just quit on me. I have compare several, talked to my nephew who has his on lawn service, compared them to our zero-turn out in the country which cost over nine grand. I read reviews, read comments, thought about it for days, looked over warranties, compared notes, over-analyzed, figured out where I would buy it, who would deliver it, when they would deliver it, how much savings I would get, etc., etc., etc. Where could I buy it online, pay for it on line, and I even "chatted" with a salesperson online about it. I looked a all the pros and cons. There were several cons - nothing major, and several pros - nothing major either, Then I waited till the very last minute to purchase it.

I purchased it just before Father's Day and it was delivered on Father's Day from the store just around the corner. It was MUCH less than the nine grand commercial unit we have in the country. Much smaller than the 60" in the country. Much under the commercial, acre-sized machine we have in the country, much less gas tank than our country baby but it should do just fine for our in-town yard here. It's a 42" mower but fine for a half acre here. I went from an EX-Mark to a John Deere. Ball three.

Full count. Now I going to go to the collision place this mourning to see went they can take my car, then come cut the grass and see how the mower works.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hospital stay...

Hospital stay but NOT for me. My wife's dad went in yesterday (Thursday) for Congestive Heart Failure and they kept him overnight. He is 92 and drove himself, then called us and let us know where he was.

If they let him out today he plans to drive himself back home. That's what he thinks. That's not what my wife plans.

He thinks he can still drive and do all the things he used to do but not so much anymore. But I'm not the one to make those decisions. I did that years ago for my dad. It's time for someone else to make those decisions.

I will just sit back and wait...

They DID NOT let him go home. He had to stay several more days, then just when we thought they were going to keep him for ever more days, he called my wife EARLY Sunday morning about 7:30 to tell her "The Doctor released him, and he was packed and ready to go home."

Toke my wife by surprise. She is on the list as his 'power of attorney' and they did not even call her. Course, he dad only tells her what he wants to. She managed to find out that the heart issues are to serious to handle right now so her dad just said "NO, he will probability die soon anyway". He's 92 so you just don't know. Come to find out the diabetic nurse has not seen him yet, the nurses have not released him yet, we have taken his car home so there is not much he can do but WAIT for my wife to get there.

Ten he calls back to ask if she just wants to pick him up at the "emergency room where they started last Thursday". My just told him "NO", just sit in the room till I get there". But he does not really understand.

She is going to have problem when she does get there but I wish he the best.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

God's Not Dead....

God's Not Dead, He's Surely Alive.

I just finished watching God's Not Dead 2 - AGAIN. And it was just as good as the first time I saw it - maybe better. I was a great story even though I KNEW what was about to happen.

It again lifted my spirits - which have been down. I still want a job and I'm still looking through the paper every day and I know God will point me in a direction but which direction I don't know yet.

My wife has been busy 'teaching' with her youth orchestra classes, busy working from time to time with my son's new job, plus the church choir and our granddaughter's school but I'm just left sitting here. She scampered off this morning to do a local "petting zoo" for the youth orchestra - which I call a "playing zoo" where they show off the instruments to little kids in hopes of getting them interested in orchestra.

I'm left reading through the classifieds looking for any job possibilities. from there I intend to mail my applications. Who knows what God may have in store for me.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Just thinking about - nothing, I guess

I'm just thinking about nothing but need something to do while I'm just sitting here. I really need to head out to the country and try cutting grass, I NEED to cut grass in town but my mower does not work so I stuck waiting on my nephew to come fix it, I need to finish and upload a couple of items to TPT, but I just don't feel like it, I need to check through and continue my search for my GG-Grandfather but I do that what seems to be EVERYDAY, I need to-, I need to - I need, on and on and on.

What I need to do is DO SOMETHING but I sit here trying to decide what I want or NEED to do while I can. I guess I will leave this blog for the time being and come back when I have made up my mind.

Went out to the country yesterday morning to cut the grass. I got most of it  done but plan on going back tomorrow or next day just to finish. It felt really good just to be out there with ehe birds, cool breeze, and just quietness. I love it but it was a long way out there. I finally left as it got hot.

Today it has been raining A LOT. I'm glad I cut the grass in the country yesterday and my nephew cut our grass in town yesterday because there is no way it could have been done today.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

This OLD guy just wants....

This OLD guy just wants things to go back the way it used to be...or there about. All I want is to go back before my mini-stroke, to life with the use of my cane, to a time when I could just walk around the yard, climb a ladder, do yard work. But, I guess that is not happening.

There are things that I'm happy for NOW but there are more that I'm unhappy for now also. I mean I do still get around - sort of, I still get my typing done on my TPT project - sort of, I still sleep well each night - sort of, my Doctor visits have gone really well - glad of that. But then there are things that have not gone as well as they could/should/would have.

I tend to sit around a lot more than I used too - sort of, I still go to store often - sort of, I still drive - sort of, I still go over to my sister's -sort of, I still go out to the country to mow grass - sort of, I still day dream of the things I want to do - sort of, and I still eat - generally better than I used to.

I still go to church on a regular basis and would even IF my wife did not take me, still eat a lot more veggies than I used to but they are good for you, I eat way to much juke food but NOT that kind, just normal juke food- if their is such a thing as normal. I just want to do my normal - or what USED to be normal stuff.

I do tend to sleep very well at night - generally 8-9 hours each night. Which is good, I guess. I'm still on "school time - up early. go to bed early". I still 'think' about school EVERYDAY which is good and bad. I tend to work on school items even though I do not have a class anymore.

"So I'm just this OLD guy wants things to go back the way it used to be...."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Another OLD guy

Alright, here goes. I’m old. What that means is that I’ve survived (so far) and a lot of people I’ve known and loved did not. I’ve lost friends, best friends, acquaintances, co-workers, grandparents, mom, relatives, teachers, mentors, students, neighbors, and a host of other folks. I have no children, and I can’t imagine the pain it must be to lose a child. But here’s my two cents.

I wish I could say you get used to people dying. I never did. I don’t want to. It tears a hole through me whenever somebody I love dies, no matter the circumstances. But I don’t want it to “not matter”. I don’t want it to be something that just passes. My scars are a testament to the love and the relationship that I had for and with that person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are a testament that I can love deeply and live deeply and be cut, or even gouged, and that I can heal and continue to live and continue to love. And the scar tissue is stronger than the original flesh ever was. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are only ugly to people who can’t see.

As for grief, you’ll find it comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you’re drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the beauty and the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it’s some physical thing. Maybe it’s a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it’s a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive.

In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don’t even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on and float. After a while, maybe weeks, maybe months, you’ll find the waves are still 100 feet tall, but they come further apart. When they come, they still crash all over you and wipe you out. But in between, you can breathe, you can function. You never know what’s going to trigger the grief. It might be a song, a picture, a street intersection, the smell of a cup of coffee. It can be just about anything…and the wave comes crashing. But in between waves, there is life.

Somewhere down the line, and it’s different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Or 50 feet tall. And while they still come, they come further apart. You can see them coming. An anniversary, a birthday, or Christmas, or landing at O’Hare. You can see it coming, for the most part, and prepare yourself. And when it washes over you, you know that somehow you will, again, come out the other side. Soaking wet, sputtering, still hanging on to some tiny piece of the wreckage, but you’ll come out.

Take it from an old guy. The waves never stop coming, and somehow you don’t really want them to. But you learn that you’ll survive them. And other waves will come. And you’ll survive them too. If you’re lucky, you’ll have lots of scars from lots of loves. And lots of shipwrecks.

The following story was written by a user on Reddit. It was written in response to a post.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wondering if this will go on till I died

I have just been 'wondering; if I will have to live like this for the rest of my life or can I change it. What I'm talking about is my 'mini stroke which I had three years ago. I have prayed every day and several times on Sunday, I have said several Hail Mary's and researched 'mini stroke or TIA' but all I  find is how to prevent one and what it means. That's not good enough for me. Can I rehabilitate it, can I make my life much better?

I seems no one knows but I am at least trying to make my life better. My brain still works so I am still creating activities for social studies classes but I just can't 'field test' them. I still type on the computer even though it is one handed which is not too bad. I can still go out to eat even though it does not take much to fill me up. I can still read - I read the paper online every day, I read magazines each month, I email and read them as often as I get them, and I read blogs almost every day.

I listen to Pandora while I work on my laptop, I can still daydream, take naps more than I used to, I still cut the grass in town and out in the country, I still go to my doctor  every three months for my checkups. I am still checking my BP,BS, & weight every day and filling out an Excel sheet daily.

I still take the dog out every couple of hours, still sit on the swing, still drive myself to Walmart, Walgreen's, Dominos', and a few other nearby places. We still visit Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond from time to time. We still go out to eat almost daily. But I tend to use a crutch more than I used to or want to.

I do got to church weekly, say my prayers, visit to other parishioners, and do most of what I need to. I think all done well the last three years but I just don't know anymore.

Went to the doctor today for my 3-month visit and she bragged on all the things that are going well. She only wishes I could exercise more but knows I am doing the most I can. Everything looked great and she was super happy with what I done. My wife complained that she was gaining weight while I was losing mine but I still think she looks fantastic. I joked with her telling her I would gladly give my weekly shot if it would make her feel better by she said "NO".

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Just looking for my family history

It seems like I have been searching forever for my GGG-Grandfather. There are things I know but there is so much more I don't know. So, therefore have to just keep looking. I know my GGG-Grandmother was born in Desoto country, Mississippi and "may have" gotten married there to an 'English', but I can't be sure. Again it means I just have to search long and hard in and around Desoto county to see if I can find a Robert English. So far no luck even with a POSSIBLE marriage date of the mid/late 1850/60.

I think they should have gotten married in Mississippi but it was during the Civil War so records are scarce  or mostly non-excise. I don't have anything but the fact they had a child in 1865 but by then the dad was out of the picture and mom was remarried by the 1870 census.

All I have is a map of the counties around
DeSoto, Mississippi.

From there I just need to keep looking for any sign of him in earlier census records.

I have found out that Mary Lue moved after her birth to Lafayette, Mississippi so that is another lead but it does not do much, just leads in in another direction. Still I am no closer to Robert than I was.

After days on end of searching I began to drift over to my other love, my TPT site and I worked on a couple of new products for sale. But all the while I was still thinking of my past grandfather. Think of things that might have happened to him. Things like I know he was not killed during the Civil War due to the fact that his son was born that final year of the war. But something happen to him due to the fact that my past grandmother remarried short after in 1668 from the stories I have read.

Odds are he died in Texas on or near the birth of his child but I can't find any records. So that leaves me just looking, reading, searching, and digging. what was going on in north Texas during that time? I don't know but I'm still looking while I'm working on other things - when something news hits me.

Monday, February 13, 2017

What you already know

This may seem anti-climatic but the new federal judge is.....

Well we don't really know yet but the word is out. President Trump picked a good one we think but we just have to wait on the senate, the democrats, the media, etc.

It is funny that I finally fill out my tax return THEN various places start sending me my tax notices. Where were y'all in January BEFORE I needed you?

Now I can go back and edit my tax return and REFILL them again. Bummer!

I really just wanted a salad today but my wife had other ideas plus she got up late and was eating breakfast at lunch. So much for my salad ideas. Then she wanted me to go with her to Walmart - I just said NO. I ended up having a Birdseye rice steamer for lunch.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tax Returns

It has been over 25 years since I began filing my Tax returns with H & R Block but this year I just figured out that my wife and I have really nothing to file except our retirement checks. When I figured out that we had on other income except those, no extra, no side jobs, no side income, nothing; I just figured I would do it all online with H&R Block website. It was easy. Had it all done in under an hour and it only cost me $14. Which is way less than the couple of hundreds it cost me each year for the last 25+.

I'm gonna miss Dot, the lady who has done ours for most of that time. That's what I was really paying for I guess. I did it all online, I mailed it online, paid my state taxes online, will have it deposited paid for it online, will not time about it till next year I hope. I am having TWICE as much taken out of my check as my wife is even though her check is over twice as much as  mine. It is because she "doesn't want more taken out of hers" because she will notice it.

I'm the one who 'retired' early so I don't get as much; I'm the one on disability due to my mini stroke but don't really get anything; I'm the one on Medicare but they don't pay much and take out most of it, I'm the one not really working much but she still is even though they don't really pay anything.

I have leaned just to make it on what little I now get. It's enough for a few groceries here and there. I tend to sit on the porch anyway.  Most days but I don't really get bored - not much - I just daydream of what should be, what used to be, what was, dream of
 what could be.

I spend time reading blogs, emails, posts. I sleep more than I used too. I don't dive my car much even though I can, A tank of gas last me a month or more now. I tend to pay for lunch early during each month and my wife pays at the later parts of the month.

Friday, January 27, 2017

23 & Me

I ordered the 23 & Me kit and waited for the results to come in. When it arrived I learn just what I had heard/knew from my on research at but nothing new. It did now give me any leads, no real hints, nothing. I found out that I was 47% British/Irish or 99.8% Northwestern European. I already knew that!

I at been told the story that my GGGGgrandfather was from somewhere over there while his wife was from Ireland. Tell me something I don't know.

My only problem is that my G-Grandfather's father died before my G-Grandfather was born. I can find no real mention of his name, any real mention of his birthplace, no real mention of his death, nothing. Did he die due to a problem in the Civil War? My G-Grandfather was born in February of 1867 so he was conceived in 1866. So what happened to him. He was born in Texas in 1839 so the story goes but there is no censes records of him anywhere or any place.

There is no marriage records, no birth/death records, no Civil War records, no Texas Independence records, no church records, nothing. Where do I need to search now?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

I'm done !

I'm done with my local paper, local news, national news, Facebook, all of it. Every day they are FILLED with Trump news, anti-Trump news, media wars, lies, anti lies, etc. I have had enough. I just want or need anymore of any of it.

I get tired of the killings, murders, looting, burning, etc, Where is all the 'good news'? Where is all the local feel-good stories? Even now, the sports is filled with basketball. I am waiting on baseball, then softball. then football.

I really have nothing to write about. I guess I can write about my cat and the fact that he misses his buddy that was killed a could of months ago by a car. He still misses her. They were together for over ten years. He generally sleeps with me most nights now.

My BP/ BS/ weight numbers have been really good lately. My BP is right where the doctors wants it, my BS numbers are down where she bragged on them at my last visit and my weight is down to the lowest it has been since before my gastric bypass six years ago. Even my wife has seen a difference. It is down to 121 with is two pounds below my lowest GB weight and going lower each day.

My weight had bounced around 142 after in had settled dropping at 127. now it is below even that, so I am very happy. I just wish I could have a 'tummy-tuck' but I can't afford it.

I just have to find some things to talk about that does revolve around the other stuff. Our local Honor Band is coming up in a couple of weeks. My wife finished the program and we are going to go pick them up later today.

My diet consists of non-fried food with it great. I having more salads, lots of spaghetti, crawfish etouffee, boiled shrimp, veggies, and dry cereal. Even things I used to like now make me quezzy.

I have things like helping my son buy his own business. Helping  my grand-daughter with her 2nd gran homework, visiting with my sister, eating more salads, watching less TV, etc.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I have had enough and it is only day four...

I had had enough of news about this new president. It is only day four and I am SICK of the news already. I don't want to watch ABC, CBS, NBC. FOX, THE BLAZE, anything. I have heard and seen enough. Even my local news is filled with this dribble.

I don't want to hear Donald's ramble about things, I don't want to heard any more from Spicer, no more from Conway. I don't want anymore from the Today Show, Meet the Press any of it.

Can they all just go away?

I hate to say it but I miss the local news about the local murders, killing, thiefs etc.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


What in the world am I/have I been doing these last several days/weeks/months? I am not sure but  know I have not been here. Oh I know that I have been trolling these pages reading what others have blogged about, reading and answering my emails, reading the online paper, watching a little TV, but not really blogging. I wonder why?

Over the past 3-4 days I have been slaving over my computer/printer. They have not worked together and I had to get them to work so that my wife could print the Honor Band program before she took it to the print shop. I got it to work just about fours hours before time. I had to download the driver for the printer; strip the driver from my computer; re upload the driver; and try to make it all 'talk to each other again.

Before all that I have been getting nauseated from a week shot my doctor ordered but lately I figure out if I take the shot LATE at night just before I go to bed, I can sleep the effects off and I am okay the next day. It has been a smart move.

After weeks of unseasonable weather we finally good some rain last night. Now our back yard looks like lake but the temps are still up. We are suppose to get more rain tomorrow and the next day also. We did get three days of winter two weekends ago with temps down in the 20s but since then we have seen nothing but A/C time with temps up to the mid 70s.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Doctor's Appt

It has been a long time since I left a doctor's appointment in such a good mood. Yesterday was that day. Doc bragged on everything it seems, from my BP score to my BS readings, to my weight, to my A1C, to my...well you get it. 

Even when I and my wife told her about my nausea, Doc came back with it was probably the Bydureon shot I have to take once a week. It may also be causing my temporary illness and weight loss.

I got another Bydureon shot yesterday and end up slightly sick all day but not bad. I woke up this morning, weighting myself and I was down another pound. I can take that.

We also got my granddaughter yesterday, her last non-school day. She was sick and slept most of the day.

Anyway back to ME, my weight was down to 219, the lowest point since my gastric bypass years ago. My BP was down to 128 over 71 which was so low the doctor cut one of my meds back to just one pill a day, my BS was 110 which is so low she said it was now closer to normal for me.

She did schedule me for a gallbladder ultra scan Thursday just to check why I have been getting nauseated. But that's ok with me.