Saturday, November 29, 2008


Thanksgiving is past now the Christmas season is upon us. JP and I had a very nice turkey day. Just the two of us but very pleasant. It was comforting to know the family was having a good day with friends and other family. We all talked and wished good things. I enjoyed my dinner and the time with JP. Drinking a little bubbly from Spain.

Today is a very nice day. JP and I will take the SSR and drive down to the beach for lunch. A short walk on the pier and cruising PCH. Not warm enough to have the top down, maybe?

When I was younger there were old guys in sporty cars and I said why? Now I am and old guy with a sporty car and I say why not. Happy motoring!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a good day.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


The month of November is going so fast. It has been a busy time. T has been visiting here for 21 days. We had a good time. I enjoyed his company very much. I will miss him. He is so mature at times but still inocent. He is just great. We used the SSR on our shopping trips, for groceries and of course some shopping for T. He had several places he wanted to go look for things. Being a soft touch(according to JP) he usually got something. T was always polite and thanked me. He also would give me a few days to recover. He like's riding in the SSR and wanted to put the top down. We did a few times. We played Horse a few times in the back yard and to his suprise I won most of the time. He said he was going easy on me. It will take a few days to get used to him going home.

Thanksgiving is this week. When we lived in ID it signaled the end of another year. The fields were frozen so our work was done till spring. When we moved to CA that all changed. Now that I am re-tired I am falling back to the time in ID. Time to look back over the year and be thankful. Health and family. The trips and experience of life. Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Today is a special day. My youngest was born. I was recalling memories this morning. They were good memories. November in Jerome, ID could be cold, and it was chilly but a good fall day. I took S to a friends house while I took JP to the hospital. Later that day I was blessed with another lovely daughter. That little girl has grown into a wonderful woman. She is still bringing me joy. As I look back over the years so many moments come to mind. As I sort thru these thoughts not one is unhappy. I always loved my girls and enjoyed their company. 4-H and dog shows, basketball in elementary school. Tennis and basketball in High school. The day I drove L to college and found it so hard to say goodbye in the parking lot. I am very emotional about my family. My wife, daughters and grandson are the joy of my life. I hope they understand how special they are to me. Happy b-day L. Love you.

T's visit is about over. I have really enjoyed having him here. We have hung out and just been pleased with each other. S is arriving tomorrow in the am. L is driving up in the pm. Friday they have planned a day at Disneyland. I will not be going, to long a day for me.

Take care.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


This blog thing is pretty cool. You write things down not really knowing who or if anyone is reading them. I know or should I say expect certain people will read these words. But I find what I write is more for me than anyone in particular.

T and I were out and about yesterday. We stopped at one of T's favorite places. Panda Express. Orange chicken is his choice food from their menu. We elected to sit outside by a fountain and have our lunch. We talked about a variety of subjects, just enjoying the nice weather and each others company. There was only a couple of other diners in the out door area. One was a young man eating alone several tables away. When he finished he walked by our table and inquired if T was my grandson. I replied yes. He commented how nice it was that we were spending time together, that he wished he could have spent more time with his grandfather. I agree totally. I enjoy so very much the time T and I share together. He is such a wonderful person. I am very lucky to be able to share this time with him. The great thing is we enjoy each others company.

I read L's blog today and was surprised at how she described my writing. It's nice to hear. I am so proud of my daughters. They are very good people. In my mind they will always be my little girls. Now I get to see them as adults. Life is good.

Take care have a great day.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Last night as T and I were watching the news they had a story about the toy hall of fame. They were putting a stick in the hall of fame. That brought back memories of how as a kid in OK we played with stick horses. Not the kind made by a toy company, but a real stick we got from the woods. We would tie some string on the end we called the head as bridle reins. Some more string for a mane. We would play cowboy, happy as a cow in clover. Our imagination and simple things were all we needed. We lived on a share crop farm just down the hill from my Mom's parents. There was a field between the two houses. They grew corn, cotton, and watermelons in this field. I was about 5 years old. Mom and I would walk through this field to visit Dad and Ma M. I had a pair of cowboy boots without any soles, just the tops. I would get my stick horse and my cowboy boots and away we went. I remember going to town riding on a wagon load of cotton picked by hand from the fields my Dad farmed. The wagon was pulled by a team of horses. We drove to the cotton gin in town so the cotton could be ginned and prepared for sale. My Dad did all his farm work with horse and mules. Our house used kerosene in the lamps for light, wood for cooking and heat. Water was hand drawn from a hand dug well in the yard. No indoor plumbing, out house out back. Years later we lived in California and my Dad kinda wanted to move back to OK but my Mom was not willing. I can see now why she didn't want to move back. Her life in OK was very hard, compared to what she had in CA. I have told the story about being born in a log cabin with a dirt floor. I didn't know any different. As a kid that was all I knew. My parent's worked hard to provide food and shelter for their family. That was my world. Nothing to compare it with. I was happy, we were happy.

When I was six we moved from OK to CA. More about that later.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Wow what the last two weeks have been. The Bell's Pasly is much better. A visit to the doc on Tuesday said things were coming along fine on that front. However the recent x-ray of my knee revealed my bone was thin. So now I will have a bone survey to see if all the bones are thinning.

My daughter from SLC came down and brought T for a visit while he is off track. He and I have been having a good time. While S was here we did a trip to see BH do a show in the Altadena. I really enjoyed the show. JP, S, L, T, and me all together. It was great. BH do a great job. I so admire people who have a talent such as they have. It was a very pleasant evening. I got to share it with people I care a great deal for.

Tuesday was election day. I am a McCain supporter, so was disappointed that he was defeated. However the choice has been made and now we need to support the new president elect. I wish him the best, and hope he will be a good leader.

God bless America.