February 18, 2012
My week didn’t start off all that well. Spent all day Monday and most of Tuesday in bed not feeling spry. Monday was a first as far as I can remember, Vi took a day off of work to “keep an eye on me”. I kept trying to tell her I was fine but she didn’t like the look of me, hmm that might not be all that complimentary. lol.
Wednesday felt much better and we had neighbor Paul and his son Bob over for supper. Yes this is the same Paul that has been beating me at crib. I thought maybe having home court advantage might give me the boost I needed to finally beat him. What can I say, home court advantage, phooey.
Still poking away at those (&#@*) removations but the end is just around the corner and I will have more energy for the blog which I am looking forward to.
Through out all of this I am still thinking of all the things I have learned from the blog and the many things I already knew but have had so strongly re-enforced in my mind. I have a separate post saved. One in which as I think of something else I just write myself a note, hey I am memory guy.
Every time my thoughts wander in this direction I am over whelmed by a sense of, feelings of gratitude. I am such a lucky man most importantly though is I know it and I appreciate it. Some time back I remember writing thoughts along this line some time ago and was questioned how with my list of ailments I could possibly feel lucky. The answer to that is so very obvious to me. I am still here. Plain and simple I am still here but it goes beyond that. I am still here and I am living life. I do have some physical limitations but then doesn’t everyone to some extent or another. Yes, I do struggle at times when it become apparant those limitations are increasing but with a little internal work I seem to be able to get my head back in order.
Attitude, a positive attitude and the will/desire to keep going are so very important. That kind of attitude is such a blessing, the will, the desire to LIVE LIFE.
I had more to say but just got a phone call. Brother-in-law Henri is in the hospital somehow having amputated his toe.
Also prayers please for our deal blogging friend Mel and her sister. The sister will shortly be under going surgery for cancer. Please
February 12, 2012
Some times I just write about what is going on in my life. Yes, I do have a very good life beyond all of this death and dying stuff. I have in fact written of the world class crib tournaments I play when my dear Aunt Isabel visits. Yeah, yeah, yeah I know I don’t need to be reminded. It must be 5 or 6 times we have played for the “CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD” and yes each and every time she has beaten me. (I think she must be some sort of card shark that has learned how to stack the deck).
Now Aunt Isabel doesn’t live here in Winnipeg so I don’t get to challenge her as often as I would like. In here absence trying to get as much practise in as I can, I have a couple of times now played with Paul a neighbor across the street. Now I have written about those games and yeah, yeah, yeah I don’t need to be reminded he also laid a sound whopping on me each time.
A couple of days back I decided it is time to bring in the reserves to help me restore the family honor. As Aunt Isabel was not available I called on cousin Marge another avid crib player. Paul’s son Bob is visiting so Marge and I would take them on as partners. A great time was had.
Now for the good news. Marge and I won the first 2 games. After each game I actually went outside to shout it to the neighbors, huh that didn’t work so well. With the wind the temperature was something like -25. There was no one to be seen any where.
Now this is where I likely could or even should end the story. This was when Marge and I should have stopped playing. But, no we had to carry on playing 3 more games. Now I am not going to actually say who won those 3 games, that I leave up to your imagination. One of the three was even a skunk.
That is it. Paul you are in trouble now. The next time Aunt Isabel is town I am sending her over to take you on.
It was a lot of fun and I thank you Paul, Bob and cousin Marge.
February 9, 2012
Taking a break from the renovation, not complete but as far as we can go for now. I realize that at different times I have written about trying to get these different projects finished. I write about how tired I get……. I want to make sure i am giving due credit and recognition to my brother-in-law Henri. He gives a lot of his mornings to come over and help, without which most things just wouldn’t be getting done. Thank you Henri.
I will be back at the computer much more frequently for the next while any way. For my 1,000th post I asked for suggestions on what I could do to make it special. I do thank those that left me a comment. generally, it was suggested I make a list of the things I had learned while doing this blog and there are many. I have been working on that and have quite the list made up. I think I actually have a sort of game plan here, will I follow it, not likely but what can I say. I am going to try to do individual posts about many or these items and then maybe a recap or something. When it comes to this I just sort of wing it so what will come will come.
The biggest thing for me is something I have actually known all along. It is just there is a big difference to knowing it in your head and truly feeling it in your heart. This is something I constantly working on. I am getting much better, but don’t be mistaken though I do have my days but I think that comes from being human. At least that is the excuse I use for myself.
I look back through my life and realize when it came to really living life I was most often my own worst enemy. I am sure this doesn’t apply to everyone but I imagine it does to the vast majority. I wonder how often I have written “Live life, don’t just endure it” Now I know that is easy to say but what does it really mean and how do you do it? Right away I can hear many saying, I could live my life better “if only”. I know been there done that. There are thousands of “if onlys”. Or how many of us are waiting for life to get better “when”. Life will be better when I finish school, or when I get a promotion and more money or when the kids are finished school………. How good have we all become at making excuses or rationalizing why our lives are not as “good” as we would like them to be. It think it is just one of our natural human traits. It is easier to just pass the blame than except where we are in life.
I like to think we journey down the highway of life and that highway ultimately leads us ALL to the same destination Our lives are a day by day process as we make that journey. When we reach the end of that journey the same fate awaits us all. The only difference between any of us is how we make that journey, who we process and get through each day. Our lives are an ongoing sucssesion of these days until we reach the end of the highway. Each individual day is one more step towards the end of the journey. Really we all know this but just don’t want to even think about it in those terms. Think about it any journey only has so many steps in it and we just don’t know how many that may be.
February 4, 2012
Happy birthday Vi. I do hope your day is wonderful, even with working for a 12 hour shift. To Nellie, Vi’s mum I say thank you for bringing this young lady into the world those years ago. Vi thank you for being a part of my life. For putting up with me for all these years, you either deserve a medal or should be locked up in an insane asylum, hmm, I am not sure which.
Some may ask how many candles are on her birthday cake. Well in my attempt at least to remain a gentleman that I can not reveal. Let’s just say she is 39 and holding and holding and holding.
Happy birthday sweetie.
I have been talking to Vi and there is a pretty good chance she may occasionally begin adding some of her own thoughts to some of my posts or who knows maybe even have a few posts of her own.