Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Let's examine listening...

We have so many things to listen too, I'm talking not just about sounds. Of course the most important thing I have to listen to is my wife, believe me I have had times when I didn't do a very good job. In fact she would probably tell you there were times when I didn't listen at all. I try, but at times I just can't understand what she is saying or where she is coming from. Next, we have to listen to our bodies/bones, our heads, our hearts, and my stomach. You notice I didn't include everyone in the last one. I don't have trouble listening to my body as it creeks and pops and pains all the time. My head is a different story and I get it mixed up with my stomach all the time. If you know me, you know this is true and my head is winning. Another thing my head tells me is that I want this or that when in fact I really don't need it, I just want it. Too many times my wants edge out the needs, but I am getting better at this one than I used to be, but I still have to be careful.

There are times I wish I had listened to my head instead of my heart and visa-versa. Like the time I got married the first time. I don't know what I was feeling or thinking, but maybe I should have thought it through a little more. I really think God had a part in that first marriage, He knew it was wrong but He also knew there were three kids that needed a dad. If I had actually listened to my heart, I would not have those three kids today and things would have not worked out so that I would end up with my wife of today and another child that needed a dad. By the time I met and married my wife I finally knew what I supposed to feel and listened to my heart. Thank you Lord!!!

What I need to learn is the difference of what my head tells me and what my stomach needs, how do I know for sure. I have never been one that could tell the difference unless I was so stuffed that I was uncomfortable. Believe me, I have been uncomfortable many times. Well, I guess I will just have to try to work this out in my head some way or continue on the path that is unhealthy. Good grief, I have trouble even writing about it. No wonder I can't listen!!!

I am sure you may come up with many more things to listen to, but these are my important ones, you pick yours.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Just another day!!!

Yes, it is just another day in my life of days. But, considering the options, this is great. I am so thankful I am here now able to even type a blog. I am also thankful that my wife and I are able to live in our house together. There was a time when all this was in doubt, but with much prayer from many people, many we don't even know, we both pulled through a very tough 2007. So when I say just another day it is with great appreciation of having just another day.

I have a very close friend, Dave, who is very close to going to be with the Lord. He has lived a very good and full life, he is 88 I think, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't live to 100. He has already lived way past when the doctors thought he would, so just another day means a lot more to him than me. I guess we don't realise how important that one more day can be.

I can remember in my fathers last days, he wanted just one more day and one more chance. He had had many heart attacks in the last year of his life and had chosen to not do what the doctors told him that he needed to do to live longer. That was another wish on his death bed, that if he could just have one more chance he would do what he was told. He told my mother on that last week of his life that he did not want to die alone. So, we all sat with him around the clock for several days. On the last day of his life he told mother he had seen Jesus and was ready to go home. It was my sitting time from about 10 PM to 8 AM. My sister and aunt came up to relieve me and I went out of the room for only seconds to let them know there was no change. When we walked back into the room he was gone. I really believe he waited until no one was there to die.

There is another strange story about his death, as my sister and children and I were on the way to the grave site, my sister and I were talking about how daddy had gone to a better place we were sure. My daughter who was only 5 at the time spoke up and said she knew grandpa went to heaven. Why, we ask her was she so sure? She said, "because I saw him going up". Wow, out of the mouths of babes!!!

So, my reason for writing this is to remember that just is another day is a precious gift from God and we should never forget this wonderful gift. So, if you are bored with it being just another day, stop and reflect on the wonder of it all and be thankful you have just another day.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Can't we all just get along?

After watching Bill O'Rilley last night I have a renewed feeling about our country. We all have to come together and back the new President Elect instead of worrying about what might happen. So that's why I say, can't we all just get along. The test for him first is going to be the economy. He has to get a hold on the economy first or he losses credibility with those that elected him. Of course, he is going to have to deal with Russia it appears, as they are already testing him the day after election.

If John McCain can pledge to work with President Obama, so can I. Time will tell if this was a good choice or not, but I for one hope and pray it was. All I know is that this country can't go on the way it is now, it has to change and that is what was promised so let us wait and see if the change comes before we jump on the "OH NO" band wagon.

The feeling I got from the O'Rilley Factor last night is that the new president will govern form the middle of the road. If he does, he will probably have more trouble with the far far left from his own party than he will from the Republicans. America can't afford the far left or the far right, we need the stability of down the middle decision making because that is where the good for the country will come from.

My Democratic friends have trouble talking about the mess we are in without getting all rilled up. Maybe I am to much of a non-worrier, but I don't like to spend time getting upset abut things I can't control. So, can't we all just get along? I will if you will. I will and I will continue to pray for the mess the new president has to take over. I for one don't know why anyone would want to jump into all the trouble nationally and world wide that President Obama is taking over. I guess he must really want to change the country, for the better is all we can hope for.

One more thing while I am on this Soap Box, during the last four years especially, the major media, celebrities and even my own friends I spoke about have referred to President Bush as just Bush. Even if you don't care for what he has done, you show disrespect to the office and the country by not calling our president, President. I promise to all ways refer to President Obama as President Obama no matter how I am feeling about him. He will be my president, just as the White House is my house. So, let us all show respect to the office and to the person in that office, if we don't it just drives us farther apart as a country.

That's all I have to say about this, so have a good day and coming weekend and I love you all.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Weather Teller

Good morning everyone,

As I sit here doing nothing I looked around the room and noticed I have a weather ball, a glass ball filled with red water that has a tube running out the bottom of the ball and up to the top where another very much smaller ball is located. When the weather is changing for the worse, the red water rises up the tube to the small bubble on top. I think this is correct, the barometric pressure rising makes the water rise. This forecasts when the weather is changing, like now for instance, the red water is clear up to the top and in the small ball or bubble. Bad weather is coming.

On the wall across the room is another weather forecaster, a very old thing with a dial that goes from stormy to change to fair. Now it is on change, I don't know how old this item is but it was my fathers pride and joy when he was alive. He thought he could forecast weather with it and be ahead of what was coming. Anyway, it was one thing I really wanted of his after he passed.

Then, on the opposite wall is an in-door out-door thermometer, which of course lets me know what the temp is in or out, but it doesn't forecast any weather change, only weather or not a coat is in need for the day.

Then, of course, I have this computer thing on which I get daily and sometimes twice daily weather updates from KWCH TV in Wichita. Also on the computer, I have a link to the Intellacast Weather Radar site. With this I can also see the weather change as it happens. It will show tracking of fronts as they move in, which by the way one is moving in as I type this. So, the weather is supposed to be colder and wetter.

What started all this looking around the room was the fact that I was popping some Tylenol for the pain in my knees and I thought, why do you need all these things to tell you the weather is changing. My arthritis in my knees is a full 24 hours ahead of any of the mechanical devices I have to go by. Some people may say I am crazy, but ask any one with the same problem and we all agree, the weather change has a great affect on how we feel. My sister stated to me yesterday that even she when she was younger thought that old people that complained were just crazy. Well guess what, now that she is older and has the problem she to can predict the weather ahead of time. In fact, I bet all weather stations employ a whole room full of old people just to advise when bad weather is about to happen. Wow, maybe I should look into this. Maybe I have discovered a new way to make money. I wonder, can this be one of those stay-at-home jobs I always get e-mails about that I just delete. Maybe I better start looking into them closer.

Have a good remaining week and pray for our country and our new leaders.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bored with nothing to do

So, here I sit at this computer bored and nothing to do so I will blog. Wait, does that rate at something to do? Anyway, what do I blog about today. Let just see. It's windy and warm outside, not bad for November 1st but not very interesting. I always have understood that when you have nothing to say, talk about the weather.

The election is tomorrow, yea!!! I am so ready for it all to be done with. I am tired of nothing but political ads and news full of nothing else. Who ever wins, I hope it will be the best for our country. I have my opinion but will not share it on a blog. If you know me you know my opinion and I have not changed.

This is the first month in a long time where the first two weeks are pretty much empty, so we will probably just sit around and watch the boob tube. What fun!! All my football teams pretty much suck. Kansas City had the game won yesterday and let it get away, so whats new. Dallas just plain stinks and Denver is not far behind.

I am getting over a sinus infection and am feeling much better than I did all weekend. How do they start anyway?

We played cards on Friday night with friends and once again, the men dominated. I am sure it will all turn around on us someday, but until then we will continue to be the poor winners that we are. The girls get tired of all the bragging, but hey, when your hot your hot.

I can tell you one thing, this is not helping the boredom situation.

I have a sort of funny thing happen over the weekend. On Saturday I got up and made coffee and breakfast. No, that's not the funny part. I had the remote control sitting on the table by my coffee cup where it should not have been. You might guess, I spilled the coffee right in the remote. Now you know a man without use of his remote is pretty much lost. We got by all day by only changing the station, manually, one time. I went to bed early, who could stay up if the remote didn't work. Well anyway I got up Sunday and tried the remote and low and behold it worked. Guess is dried out. There were a few buttons that didn't work at first, but after a while all but one worked. Thank goodness, I couldn't have gone another day with out the remote. I took it in this morning and exchanged it. I have vowed to keep it out of harms way from now on. I can't face another day like Saturday.