Sunday, October 09, 2011

A Memorable Moment

Yesterday my daughter Danielle and I were riding in the car.  The area we were in was in the woods and the trees have started changing colors heralding in the fall season.  It was quite beautiful to behold.

Looking at the trees I was reminded of how when I was much younger, probably around 10 or, of the love my mother had for the fall colors.  Every year she and my father would drive from New Jersey into upstate New York just to see the splendor of the many colors the leaves were sporting at this time of year.

I remember most often, until we were older, my brother and I being 'dragged along' for the trip, yet here I was many years later totally enjoying the painting of colors that adorned the trees.

Danielle said she was enjoying the colors too when I asked her, so I shared this story about my mom with my daughter and concluded with how happy I was to share a story with her about the grandmother she had never met, who would have most certainly found such joy and pride in her granddaughter, and most likely would have spoiled her rotten over the years!

Such moments, that capture love, life, and memories across multiple generations, are extremely rare these days and I will cherish it, as I cherish her and my mom.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Picture Of The Day 06/30/11

Reflections on the conference room windows showing I'd rather be
outside in a gorgeous day!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day Dad!

I'm really missing my dad a lot today.  Next month will be three years since he passed away.  For all of you with your dads (and moms for that matter) still with you don't make the mistakes I made.  Always thought there would be more time to talk, to ask questions, and learn more about him, and have him learn more about me.  Don't take your dad for granted, he won't be around forever!

For my dad, I'll just say thanks for being there, in good times, and in bad, and dad, I miss you so much, and I love you with all my heart!


Dad and I the last time I saw him in July 2007

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sometimes Life Hands You a Shi* Sandwich

I just feel bad for my daughter. Last month she was in a motorcycle accident and spent weeks, scabbed, sore, bruised and black and blue. She gets past that and this month has another accident. She was at the pool Wednesday and twisted her leg pretty bad. A trip to the ER with her boyfriend and her mom and they suspect cartilage damage, they want to immobile the leg to prevent further damage but it is too swollen, so they send her home on crutches and Vicodin for the extreme pain, and of course that makes her so nauseous she's vomiting. Watching her hobble back and forth with her crutches to the bathroom was really tugging at my heart strings. She goes and sees a specialist next week.

Because she has to keep the leg elevated the only way she is comfortable is in one of my recliners so she's been camped out in it since Wednesday night. I working from home this morning and she's fast asleep over on the other recliner, and I hope when she awakens today her stomach will have settled down and she will feel a little better. When I hear her cry it just cuts through me like a knife, all I want is for my three kids to be healthy and happy. They are good kids after all!

As to me, I'd probably sell my soul to the devil fora good nights sleep. :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Picture Of The Day 06/15/05

AWESOME picture of the sun rising this morning! Click for a higher res version.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Picture Of The Day 04/13/11

Sunrise by the office this morning on my way in. Love the reflection
off the hood of the Mustang!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Picture Of The Day 04/12/11

Gas prices are getting too damn high!

I Sponsored A Child

One of my Pet Peeves on Facebook is people that post about bad/sad things like cancer, homeless people, kids without food, and then they ask others to post it on their status too. And it's always prefixed by something like "Only my real friends will post this...". It just bugs me.

Why? It does no good as far as I can see, 100 of your friends seeing the same sad message will really do nothing. So, instead of that type of status message do something that can make a difference. Write to your congressman, donate to the American Cancer Society, sponsor a needy child. Post about that and then invite others to do the same. I think at the very least suffix such a message with an applicable place to do something to help, such as link to the donations page for the American Cancer Society.

Today, for about $1 a day, I sponsored a needy child. That dollar a day will help feed and clothe her, provide medicine, education, and more.

I sponsored through ChildFund International. You can visit their web site here. Consider doing doing some real good with that pocket change you've got lying about. Sponsor a child, and then post about that on your Facebook status or blog, inviting your friends and visitors to do the same thing.

OK, I am now climbing down off of my soapbox!

Still Lazy After All These Years

For those wondering if I am still around, I am. Just not really been anything unique enough for me to post about. I often post small snippets of life here in the Midwest on my Facebook page, so, feel free to visit here and see, and feel free to friend me on Facebook.

Here on my blog I'll still be posting pictures and the occasional recipe, plus any earth shattering items, and I also do this on my Facebook page too, usually with a bit more frequency.

Facebook often gets a bad rep; people concerned with privacy and the like. If you only friend people you really know and set your privacy settings to only share with your direct friends, there's nothing to worry about. Feel free to visit my Facebook page and browse; I do have some public pictures and notes that you can view without joining Facebook.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

My easy to make Baked Macaroni & Cheese with sausage, three cheeses, and a spicy crunchy topping featuring cheddar Goldfish crackers.

If you want the recipe let me me know.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Microsoft .vs. GM

Thought thus was hilarious and had to share it:

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated:

'If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.'

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash.........Twice a day.

2.. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3.... Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single 'This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation' warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask 'Are you sure?' before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You'd have to press the 'Start' button to turn the engine off.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Picture Of The Day 01/10/10

The parking lot at the office this morning. Surreal looking due to all the moisture in the air.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year & El Dios Blanco

First off, Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2011 will be an excellent year for you and yours! So, I arose this morning knowing full well what my mission was; to clean the kitchen which over the past week sine my children Scott and Danielle arrived to spend a week with me after Christmas, has deteriorated into a 'No Fry' zone. It was a mess with virtually no counter space available! Last night making hot snacks 7 for New Year's Eve did not help this situation either. I summoned El Dios Blanco, and swept through the area. See below for the before picture, followed by the after an hour later. You can click either for a much larger image in a new browser window. Note El Dios Blanco now has his feet up and is relaxing a bit.

The Kitchen This Morning

The Kitchen This Morning After Cleaning.

Note: In the interests of not permanently scaring small children for life, I opted NOT to do before and after pictures of the top of the stove........ so gross!