Monday, September 24, 2018

Rain, Rain Go Away

Rain, Rain Go Away; Come Again Another Day.

This has really been a weird summer as far as weather is concerned. Very hot and dry and then periods of heavy rain and at the end of the summer the climax was Hurricane Florence!

Record amounts of rainfall here in North Carolina along with high, damaging winds. We were lucky and only had one large tree limb fall. Of course it did minor damage to our storage shed and took down the main power line to our house. Two days with no electricity! However, that is nothing compared to what happened closer to the coast in North Carolina. Major storm damage from winds and flooding in those areas.

Our garden this year was a flop due to weather. Usually we have more tomatoes then we know what to do with. This year only a small crop of cherry tomatoes. We did have some lettuce, cucumbers, peppers and potatoes but nothing like the usual abundance of veggies. Very disappointing this year thanks to mother nature! Here's hoping next year will be better.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

I'm originally from Connecticut but have been living here in North Carolina since 1980. It always amazes me when it snows here or for that matter even if there is a rumor of snow flurries. There is a mad rush on the grocery stores and the bread and milk aisles are completed wiped out!

Schools are closed, businesses are shut down and traffic becomes a nightmare! All this for maybe 1/2" of snow. Don't get me wrong...I'm not saying I miss the 3 feet of snow and having to shovel your car out from after the snow plow comes by and buries it with heavy, packed down snow and ice which was recently scraped from the road. Sometimes it was so cold the locks on car door would be frozen! Of course we still had to drive to work in this mess and school was still in session. It could snow from October through April; no I don't miss that at all.

I just think it is comical the way that everyone panics around here whenever there is even the slight chance of snow!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Oprah for President

If Oprah decides to run for President would you vote for her? Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Oprah already has a huge fan base so she would probably get a lot of votes. She also has lots of money. So does this make her a good candidate for President? With all the talk about women's empowerment I'm sure Oprah will have that demographic covered.

Trump has lots of money and had a big fan base also did that make him a good President? Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Keep Christ in Christmas

Nothing upsets me more than receiving Christmas cards that say Merry Xmas! It's not Xmas is Christmas. Let's keep the Christ in Christmas. He is the reason for the season!

Sure it's great to get presents and enjoy time with your family as you exchange gifts. But the greatest gift of all was God's gift of His Son Jesus Christ. Born on Christmas day.

So please remember to keep Christ in Christmas and don't send those Merry Xmas Cards.

Merry Christmas everyone and have a Blessed New Year.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

New Blog

I haven't used this blog for several years now; however, I continue to blog at . Please check it out when you get a chance. I would like to thank all my faithful readers who have followed my blog for several years now and I hope that you will read and comment on my new Ramblings and Rhetoric blog. 

Monday, June 08, 2009

To Those of Us Born 1930 - 1979

To Those of Us Born 1930 - 1979

Here is an email I received. It's so true I just had to share this.

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME !!!! OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!!

At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don'tread anything else, please read what he said. Very well stated, Mr. Leno.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn'tget tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no boosterseats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon.

We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.

We weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.. No one was able to reach us all day, and, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no videogames, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internetand no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, yard sticks, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, share it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, andwith the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

Friday, June 05, 2009

Rest in Peace "Grasshopper"

Rest in Peace "Grasshopper"

One of my all time favorite TV shows was "Kung Fu", I think I probably saw every single episode ever made! I was shocked to learn that David Carradine was found dead on Thursday, June 4th.

The 72-year-old actor was discovered hanging naked in a luxury hotel in Bangkok. There are many stories going around about the cause of his death and an autopsy was performed today. Some say he died from autoerotic asphyxiation, which involves intentionally cutting off oxygen supply for strong sexual arousal, others say suicide or murder. It will take a while before the cause of death is determined.

Carradine was the star of the 70s TV series, "Kung Fu" and also starred in the "Kill Bill" movies. He was in Bangkok filming a new movie, "Stretch".

I prefer to remember David Carradine as the soft-spoken,bare-foot, Shaolin Monk he played in "Kung Fu". You will be missed, may you rest in peace "Grasshopper".