Happy New Year 2017

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Well, 2016 was another average year for me.  Like many people, I need to take better care of myself and not let so many little things get to me.  Maybe I’ll do better with that.  I also want to experience some new things this year.  As I write this, I am listening to an Apple Playlist titled. “Here for the Party“.  It’s country music…something I normally don’t listen to.  Not bad.

I was bummed to hear about the passing of some celebrities (Carrie Fisher, David Bowie, Price, Alan Rickman, Abe Vigoda, and Kenny Baker to name a few).  When I heard Carrie passed, I watched the Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and then saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story a few days ago.

I am working towards earning my Woodbadge for Boy Scouts.  I am happy to say that i am well on my way to earring my beads.  Plus I started transitioning from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for some of my daughter’s activities.  I’ve enjoyed the last 9 years with Cub Scouts and I am thankful to have a strong group of adult leaders to take over.  Now it is time to start training for Philmont in 2018.

I wish you and your family all the best for 2017.

 

To The Deal Hunters

Now that we have consumed the turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and bottles of wine (and don’t forget the pumpkin pie)…it is time for the crazy shoppers to head out for Christmas shopping.

I wish thee well on your deal hunting.  May St. Nicholas watch over you during your hand-to-hand combat.  After all we want little “Billy” and “Susie” to have the perfect Christmas.  I shall sleep well and have breakfast around 9:00AM.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

We Thank Thee
By: Ralph Waldo Emerson

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For the song of bird and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky,
Father, we thank Thee.
For pleasant shade of branches high,
Father, we thank Thee.
For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light,
Father, we thank Thee.
For rest and shelter of the night,
Father, we thank Thee
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Happy New Year – 2013

It is amazing how much things can change within a year.  My father retired after almost 47 years, my mother closed her shop, and they purchased a new larger house to be closer to the grand-kids.  My son has taken up the Alto Saxophone and is plays it well.  He is also active in Cub Scouts and playing chess, going outdoors to ride bikes and scooters, and rollerskating.  My daughter really likes ice skating and learning chess like her big brother.  Plus she has taken an interest in sci-fi shows and computer games.  They enjoy playing with my iPad and iPod, and my daughter has a Discovery notebook “computer” with a pretend office she made in the basement for “going to work.”  Both are healthy, doing well in school, have many friends, and very active imaginations.  I am very proud of my children, and I wish them all the best in the years to come.

My wife and I are thankful for our careers.  Sometimes the hours are long and he days can be stressful, but it’s better than the alternative – being unemployed.

The family went on our first out of state vacation in three years.  The kids were excited to spend a week in Disney World.  All year long the kids kept saving their money to purchase souvenirs at all the parks.  We enjoyed Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot.  It was a pleasant and relaxing vacation, until the end.  A storm came in and caused delays at the Orlando and Atlanta airports.

We also have worked on our house by removing all the carpet during summer vacation, employed a landscaper to fix the landscaping I attempted, cleared out junk that we were holding on to for no reason, and painting the kids rooms.  I also replaced the canvas top to the kid’s swing-set to watch Super-storm Sandy rip it to shreds.  We also lost the backyard gate during the storm.  Fortunately no other damage occurred.

There was some sadness this year at home and professionally.  My uncle passed in late October, my father in-law is in the hospital, and 10 people I support at work were selected to be laid off by end on January 2013.  I attended retirement lunches and parties for several colleagues who were the best to work with and made my job easier.  Hopefully we will stay in contact and continue to have lunches through 2013.  All will be missed.

Here’s to wishing you a Happy New Year for 2013!

Happy Labor Day 2012

Happy Labor Day my fellow Americans!  

I’ve made it another year staying employed as an IT consultant.  The last year was very productive for me.  My project for migrating the client I’m assigned to from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Office is almost complete.  We migrated everyone from BlackBerry to iPhone 4S for Exchange server connection (including iPads), and shortly we will be migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Tonight I’ll be feating on slow cooked ribs, grilled corn on the cob when the rain stops (thanks remnants Hurricane Isaac).  I might tape off a small section of my office to complete the accent stripe for the office walls, and maybe read a book tonight.