Monday, November 30, 2015

All Is Not Lost

There are so many things I wish I could do but can't, but all is not lost, I have friends and family that can.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lake Merritt on The Rise

We have received about 3 1/2 inches of rain at Lake Merritt this weekend. The lake level is about one foot below the top of the spillway with runoff still coming in from all the creeks. Lake may be full by tomorrow! This time last year the Lake was about 12 to 14 feet low! Boy am I going to have some fishing stories for you between now and Spring!

Religious Or Not

I have a lot of wonderful friends. Most profess to be religiously inclined, as do I. Many enjoy writing about and sharing their religious beliefs and experiences, I normally don't. That's not to say I don't enjoy reading their thoughts, because I do. I, as most folks, agree with some thoughts and disagree with others, but try not to judge them one way or the other. I try hard to be good and if I can't be good, I try to be better, but until I think I have all these things figured out, and am convinced that I do, I won't be trying to convince others that I do. For example, I have worked hard for most of my life on this thing about turning the other cheek. I understand it, I believe it should be so, and I admire those that can do it, but I would suggest that you not strike me, my family or those that I love, because I don't quite have a handle on this turning the other cheek thing yet.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

I'm One Shopping Dude

Amber and I try to have the bulk of our Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving Day so in that spirit I agreed to go shopping with her the other day. We shopped and shopped and shopped and shopped. We shopped until my legs and feet felt like they were going to fall off. I kept trying to get Amber to slow down and let me rest and it seemed like that just made her walk faster. Finally, I guess she got tired of my whimpering, she dropped me by the house and went on by herself. That was the toughest fifteen minutes I've experienced in a while.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Eau de Parfum de Mall

I have concocted a mixture that you spray around the house like an air freshener that smells like new cloths and leather accessories. I was in hope that it would deter Amber's apparent addiction for mall visits. I call it Eau de  Parfum de Mall.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

More Than Just Good Food

As I sit here in the warm, dry comfort of our home, the mingling smells of cooking turkey, ham, dressing, rolls, Jefferson Davis and pumpkin pies lifts my soul and takes me back to my sixty some-odd Thanksgivings of yesterday. I think of all the faces, the conversations and laughter that were a part of my past Thanksgivings, and just for a moment a lump grows in my throat, quickly replaced by a misty smile. Then I realize all the characters will still sit at our table it's just that the names have changed. Instead of just being Terry, I will also be Poppy, Dad and a host of other titles given to those of us given the privilege of living long enough.  It's good to be here, isn't it? Happy Thanksgiving!  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is here and the emotions of gratitude are magnified. Even those of us who may fall a little short in sharing those emotions feel the need to share an expression of genuine gratitude and love and that is good for the soul.
I am thankful for the richness my family has provided me. The richness of love, support, pride, respect and togetherness. I am thankful for the opportunity of watching my children and now my grandchildren live their lives. I am thankful for the recognition given me, whether deserved or not, as a husband, father, son, brother or friend. I am so proud to have such a wonderful family and I am so grateful to have so many patient friends who are willing to accept my ramblings, share the laughter and make the harder times a little more acceptable.
I am a lucky man. I am thankful for every day that passes. I am thankful for the memories of yesterday for they will help me face the decisions of today. I am happy. I am emotionally comfortable. I am loved. For all these things I am thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!