Sunday, June 29, 2014

How Was Your Sundae?

The ideal comfort food?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ass Wednesday

Long Fingers


Yes We Did!

When this dumpster was first delivered to my parents home my brother and I thought we had ordered one too large.  This one is 20' long and 6' deep and approximately 6' wide.  However, it was filled to the top and all the way to the back by the time we were finished.  At times, I thought that we'd never finish. But... the house, garage, and basement, are all cleaned out except for what will be auctioned next month.  It was both sad and a relief to be finished.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Somebody Help Me!

Okay, it's not that bad but I'm on the road this week.  My brother and me have the formidable task of clearing our family home and my father's shop buildings for auction next month.  It's not just all the work involved but I'm sure there's going to be a flood of memories as well.  We only have this week together and we have already seen how hours can be spent just going through our Father's wallet.  I'm trying not to be overwhelmed with the thought of what has to be accomplished this week.  My Dad turned into a hoarder after Mom's death so there are some rooms in the house one can barely pass.  He stayed away from the dining room, living room, and mine and my brothers bedrooms but everywhere else was free game for him to amass piles of junk.  He bought 100's of albums, tapes, books, sheet music, 20 plus violins/fiddles.  He bought like twenty boom boxes trying to find the best sound.  This is when his hearing started to fail him.  So the list of crap goes on and on and that doesn't include his shop buildings that are on the outskirts of town.  To top all of this I came down with a cold/sinus on Friday.  I knew I would for there were several people at work that was sick.  My bro says that it is stress but I told him I probably caught it at work.  At any rate, I will just cough and cough my way through the week. 
I hope you have a good week!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Remembering My Dad

I'm grateful this Father's Day to have had such a patient and loving Father.  Since this is my first Father's Day without a Father it will be a sad day.  The man that I never knew to weigh more than 140 pounds would have appreciated a box of candy today as much as any woman would on a special occasion.  I definitely got my sweet tooth from him. But unfortunately, I have experienced different results.  I can picture him now smoking his pipe and culling through a box of chocolates that my older brothers had sent him from the big city when they were in college. 

I appreciate his patience and laid back demeanor more these days than ever, a quality that I'm sure contributed to him living to be almost 99 years of age.  I can remember coming home after driving his 98 Oldsmobile to a high school party where it was hit in the parking lot.  I was hysterical and in tears but I can remember my friend Reb telling me that my Dad would be cool about it.  He was right.  When I got home, I told my Dad what had happened and he put down whatever he was reading that night and said, "let's go take a look at it".  I can still remember the calm that came over me.  Better than any drug that I have ever experienced.

I'm glad to have had a loving Father as well.  Although, I can only remember him telling me that he loved me as a young man once and that was when I left home at 18 years of age.  After my Mother died in 1998, he became much more verbal in expressing his affection.  I suppose he stood back and let her be the lovey dovey one all those years?

So on this sad day, I'm cherishing the many fond memories that I have of my Dad.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

You Have A Bright Future Behind You!

I'm Just Sayin'

If I were to win the powerball I might be inclined to buy me a Rolls Royce.

Sweet Ginger

It's Just My Point Of View

Monday, June 09, 2014