Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My goodness how time flies when you are having fun, er, even when you are not having fun. I did not realize how long it has been since I last posted. I have been in a funk lately about blogging or even being on the computer... I think it is called burn out.

We have been busy planting, cleaning, and visiting doctors. Cheryl finally got to see the heart specialist and he is having her do all kinds of tests. I went and had my DOT physical and passed with flying colors. To make sure my blood pressure was down I doubled up on my medicines that morning. I had the best reading I have had since I was born. Of course the after effects of doing such a stunt was not all that pleasant.

Monday I leave for a week long trip with the FFA students. Should be interesting at the very least. Cheryl is going on a trek with a group of youth. They are walking in the back country pulling handcarts and there will be at least one covered wagon. The doctor told her she is not to walk so she gets to drive and pull the porta-potty. PEEEYEWWW.

Visited your blog Foam, old buddy, and viewed the picture of a younger you. I'll bet you were quite the little pistol when you were a teen and early 20's. What am I saying, you probably still are quite the little pistol.:))

I wish I had something wise and wonderful to say but I can't think of anything. Generally I can think of all sorts of humorous things but not today. Good grief I hope I am not changing into a sober faced old man, that will never do.

I have really enjoyed driving this year. Several kids come up and joke around, tell me some of their life doings and want to know if I am going to come and watch them perform. That makes me feel good that they feel that way about me. I received a very nice card from one of the advisor's I took to Boise thanking me for the wonderful trip. All the kids signed the card too. I have kids get on the bus and tell me they are sure glad I am the driver. I asked one boy why and his answer was that I was fun. Hmmmm, I wonder if art teachers get those kind of comments? Yep, I bet they do plus many more.

Pam, I love your pictures. In fact I enjoy your blog period. You have a neat way of writing, so does Foam and you both make me envious.

Oh, I got to see the new Indiana Jones movie. I was surprised at how many did not like the movie 'cause Cheryl and I did. Maybe we don't look for realism, just enjoyment. Speaking of viewing things my NCIS ended in a strange way. They sure have a way of perking your interest so you will watch next fall to see what is going on.

I went to the bookstore the other day and was surprised at how many books there are right now about vampires. What is the interest in vampires? Speaking of which have you read the Twilight series? They are pretty good in a chick flick sort of way. I am currently reading the End of the World series and Chery is reading Indiana Jones adventures.

Got to go.

Have a nice day everyone.

Friday, May 16, 2008

You Belong in Fall

Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times...

You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings

Whether you're carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you

I just came across this while reading LOWA's blog, Muddled Ponderings of a Canadian Trapped in the States Try it. It costs nothing and you might learn something. Let me know which season you are.

Pamela I just finished reading your blog and was going to comment but with so many comments I just felt this was a better place to do it. If you want to read a humorous blog go to THE DUST WILL WAIT You will be glad you did 'cause Pam is a hoot. She is a "Shorty" "Wayne Newton" type, I think.

I miss my pal, Foam.

Just got back from spending two days at a regional track meet. The first day the wind blew and blew and blew and it was not warm. The second day was calm and very warm. Hard to keep me pleased. The kids did very well and it looks like I will be taking a bus load to Boise, ID for the state meet next week... and then the year ends for me.

Eric, my wife about had a fit when I showed her that rat at McDonald's. Now I find myself looking up above any marquee to see what might be scurrying around. I would take the deer over the rat any day.

Isn't this just like a woman? I have been gone for two days and Cheryl has missed me soooooooo much but what is she doing? She is packing up and leaving to spend some time with our daughters. Who is going to take care of me?

Here is something I picked up while reading a genealogy newsletter. Thought all of you might enjoy it... I sure did.

The Cup of Chocolate

A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired. During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work and lives.

Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups - porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the hot chocolate.

When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said: 'Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

The cup that you're drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life you have.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us. God makes the hot chocolate, man chooses the cups. The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. And enjoy your hot chocolate.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

No picture. I am too lazy. Yesterday I planted (1) tomato plant and guess what? It froze last night. Just my luck. We did manage to get some green onions and radishes though. Today I am going for the carrots and beets. It is probably funny to watch a couple of old duffers out there moaning and groaning with every move.

One cannot help but feel sorry for those folks living in China and Myramarr ( or however it is spelled). All those children buried under the rubble and who knows what shape they are in. At least China is willing to receive help but that other place is run by a bunch of jerks. How can you refuse aid of any kind just because you don't like a country?

Did you read about the young lady who won the state track title for her school... all by herself. What an accomplishment. She must be an awesome athlete.

Not much else to say so goodbye.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, May 12, 2008

This is a picture of my friend, Chubby. He lives in our apple tree and we have developed quite a relationship. He still will not eat out of my hand but is coming closer all the time. He, and his friends, provide me with a lot of merriment just watching them carry on. He doesn't have quite as good a relationship with Cheryl and I think it is because she has too many quick movements.

Thank you Pamela for the information on the birds. I looked up Lazuli Buntings and learned a lot about them. It seems they are on a migratory route headed for your neck of the woods and Canada. Two days after taking the picture they all disappeared so I guess they are winging it further north. However, yesterday there appeared a bunch more with a lot more females this time. Maybe they went and got their wives and told them where some good food is. The white crested sparrows have not been seen at all lately so I guess they have left us for the season. Cheryl thinks I am becoming a "very" old man because I am enjoying watching them so much. She seems to think only "old" people do things like that. Hmmmm, I will give her a cuff to the ear for you since you don't appear to fit that category either.

Hey, my North Carolina buddy, how are you doing? How is the boy progressing? You sound as if you are in a depression and need some good lively activity to pep you up. What could that be? No, sex is not the answer to everything although I do tell Cheryl that.:)) Fishing, that is what you need to do. Great therapy. Who cares whether or not you catch anything. Go horse back riding. Buy a motorcycle and ride, baby, ride. If money was not so tight I would have a Harley or a Goldwing out in the garage right now. Cheryl and I loved it when I had my bike in California. I just hope you get back to feeling like your mischievous self.

Alice it was good to hear from you. I thought maybe you had been caught in one of those Canadian blizzards. Hey a Mom is a Mom. There are no set rules on Mom to whom or what.

I have been suffering from depression lately and so has Cheryl. She thinks hers is caused by all the things she has to do before school ends and mine is caused because school IS ending. I love my job and for 2 1/2 months there will not be anything for me to drive. Cheryl has some kind of surprise for me in July and won't tell me what it is. I wanted to drive for a charter bus company but she told me no, not this time.

Hope all of you had a nice Mother's Day. I didn't give Cheryl anything but the pleasure of my company all day. I even let her fix my meals so she would feel needed. I keep telling her that I don't need a special day to tell her how much I love her and appreciate her; every day is that way. If I want to get her a gift I am not going to wait until some special day comes around. Heck I bought her a shovel, hoe and other garden materials. I bought her a new fishing pole. I really splurged and got her a wheat grinder, electric, so she can make her own flour without using a hand grinder. (We are trying to make flour out of wheat to see how it works.) Now how much more loving can a man get. I even took that picture of me standing by my bus so she would not forget me.

Got to go outside and try to plant the garden. If that does not work then I have a garage to clean. If that does not appeal to me I have a tomato plant I want to put in a hanging upside down container so I can see how that works. I have shelves to put in downstairs. I have so many projects to do that I think I will wait until Cheryl comes home to see which ones she does. I think it is time for a nap. Just thinking of projects has made me tired.

Oh, I forgot, welcome to Eric who has been reading my jibberish all the way from Sweden. I think blogging is so neat 'cause you get people from all over the world let alone the United States. I would love to visit Sweden and Norway especially. What pictures I have seen they look like beautiful countries.

I took a group of children to Ogden, UT last Saturday so they could attend a Medieval Faire. They had a lot of fun and I saw some of the strangest costumes. Pixies, fairies, belly dancers (ohhhhhh yeahhhhhhh), men dressed as counts or something, ladies dressed as whatever they call the upper crust. It was interesting and in one case embarrassing. A lady came walking by the bus and she had the largest breasts that I have ever seen in my life. I apologize ladies but this woman could make a cow jealous with just one of her breasts. She would make Dolly Parton look like she had 24 watt bulbs. On top of all that she had on a thin, and I do mean thin, blouse that was straining mightily to hold everything in and not doing a very good job of it. Mercy!!!!!

Enough Tim.

That is all for today. Hope all is well and behaving.

Have a nice day everyone.

That is all for today.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A real short one today. I am very tired and don't know why so I am heading to the next room for a nap. Just wanted to wish one and all a very happy mother's day. Pardon my religious references but mother's are very special people. You have such tremendous responsibilities placed on your shoulders to raise, love and nurture. My mother died when I was six months old and much of that love and nurturing I missed out on. I have a very special place in my heart for a mother who has that special relationship with her children. God knew what He was doing when He created mothers.

Happy Mother's Day and have a nice day everyone.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

No picture today since my time is somewhat limited. I thought of a couple of things last night and wanted to post them before I forgot what they were.

First: I watched Moonlight and of course enjoyed it immensely. Each night Cheryl and I kneel for prayers and after we are finished we kiss each other, tell each other we love Tim, then plant a kiss on the neck. After Moonlight we went through our evening ritual but I really clamped down on Cheryl's neck. Unlike the women in the movies she starts giggling and laughing when I am trying to be a serious vampire. Kind of takes all the fun out of it for me. Of course there is the problem of me having no teeth. All my teeth were pulled the day after I graduated from high school and all I can do on her neck is gum it good and proper. Makes for a great hicky though. So you can see why I get frustrated with her laughing at me. (I sure hope she does not read this 'cause then I am in real trouble.)

Second: For my friend Foam. I never did get the email. If you wish to send it again I would appreciate it. Part of the problem is me. After getting so many spam mails over the years if I don't recognize who it is I just delete it. I think that is what happened. I didn't recognize your email address. Too many women wanting to enlarge something. Darned if I know what they want to enlarge but they sure seem anxious to help me out. Then there are the ones who want to help me meet my perfect mate. What the heck do they know? I have my perfect mate. Last, but not least, are the ones who are going to make me rich overnight without me having to do a blasted thing. Yeah, right.

So my friend I apologize and I still would like to know the answer to my question. Thanks to you, Pam, and the Barn Goddess for sending me information on how to improve my header. By the way Barn Goddess, (if you read my blog again), how about some more blogs? Anyone who likes horses, hunting, hmmmm, I forget what else you had down, has to be OK in my book. I won't hold it against you for being an OKY. It seems like you said you were originally from Michigan. What town? I lived in Michigan for just about two years, mostly in Ann Arbor and Alma.

I think I have rambled on enough for today. Been thinking of changing my blog name, got any good suggestions? I just thought of Tim's BS Corner. How about Life Around the Old Blarney Stone? Hmmmmmmmmm.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

OK, a question. How do you guys put those neat looking pictures and etc on your blogs at the top of them? Pam is a great one and there are others.

Pam, I enjoyed your video of your backyard. We used to have lots of trees and stuff in our yard but poor Cheryl married a man who worked in the woods cutting down trees and when he bought himself a new chainsaw he just had to see how well it worked. Now we have less trees and bushes and lots of tears from the female faction of the home. Of course she could not see that many of the trees and bushes had been unattended in years and needed to be removed. Oh no, they were supposed to last until the end of time. Our apple tree remains because the squirrels have a home in it. They can run up and down "inside" the trunk almost the entire length of the tree. One limb is hanging by a thread but I can't cut it off, oh no.

I have to admit when I got my new chainsaw I felt like the "new" chainsaw massacrer. (No, I can't spell either.) I would see a tree and give my manical laugh as I revved up the motor. Bwahahahahaha. They didn't stand a chance.

Welllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll, I woke up this morning and what did I see? Snowballs forming on the lawn in front of me. Spring had brought me such a nice surprise. Snowballs forming right before my eyes. Yep, it is snowing............................. again. My run got canceled yesterday due to snow and it looks like the same thing will happen today. I don't mind but this woman I am married to seems to find all sorts of things for me to do. Personally I think I should be allowed to lie down and conserve my strength but she doesn't think I need any. I would say "beauty rest" but we all know whatever beauty there was left a long time ago and now I am an ugly old toad.

Read in the news today that a model made 35 million dollars last year. Heck, Foam could do that in her sleep.

Seems like there was something else that I was going to comment on but cannot think of what it was so will close.

Have a nice day everyone.