Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 - Day 365/0 - Tuesday...

For 2014, I resolve to change the kitchen sponge on a monthly basis.  Done...

I know some cows that are going to be happy tomorrow.  They will start the year off with two big new fresh molasses buckets.  That's hog-heaven for a cow!

End of the year went well, no complaints.  Remember last night, I said I would NOT BE waxing philosophical, and I am keeping my promise.

Let's just see what the New Year brings!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, NEW YEAR COMING, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 - Day 364/1 - Monday...

Okay, we are almost through with this year, but that did not stop the sunset from being extra glorious this evening.  I was busy trying to change light bulbs in a lamp that Jody uses to read (I think it is probably the lamp switch that needs to be replaced) and Jody wanted me to take a picture of the sunset for the blog.  He always knows best!

It was not a bad commute into work this morning, and it was pretty quiet all things considered.  I did manage to get a lot of work accomplished, and I am pretty much on the downhill side of getting everything ready for the New Year.  I am looking very forward to working a half-day tomorrow, and then being off on Wednesday.  I could get used to a four (or three day) work week, that is for sure.  Maybe there is something to that Retirement gig after all.

SO...even though we had a nice sunset this evening, I was just reminded that we are slaves to technology.  I had actually finished this entry and was uploading the photo, and the system went down.  I called the provider, and it was back up in about twenty minutes.

We are slaves to modernity, and I do not know what we would do if something REALLY bad happened.

Oh, and by the way, just in case you were wondering, I will not be waxing philosophically tomorrow.  Just giving you a heads-up!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, SUNSETS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013 - Day 363/2 - Sunday...

I got more done today than I had really planned on doing, and I still have a list as long as my arm to get done.  Tomorrow is another day!

I got some fire wood cut to the proper length to go into the stove, got the wood wagon filled for the week, and we are down now to just the new batch of wood, all of last years wood is in the wagon waiting to be used.  I may need to go get more fire wood next week, or sometime before the end of this season.  The chicken coop got cleaned out, the cattle got fed and lots of other miscellaneous things got accomplished.

Jody and I went into Austin and ran a couple errands.  It is getting cold (bitingly cold) outside.  The winds have shifted and are out of the north right now.  I stopped at Wal-Mart on the way home and got gas in the car, and the woman there said it was supposed to go down to 24 degrees tomorrow night.  I think she has been sniffing too many fumes.  The weather prognosticator did not show anything much worse than 30 degrees in the long range forecast.  I will take it.

We have a good fire in the stove, so we are all warm and toasty.  Time to go put the girls to bed for the night, and then I will be next.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, WARM FIRE, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

2013 - Day 362/3 - Saturday...

The boy dog woke me up this morning, just to wake me up.  Once I got up, he went back to his bed and stayed there til Jody got up. 

I did a WHOLE LOT of nothing today.  Okay that is a lie.  I have truth issues.  I lie all the time.  It tends to make these journal entries a lot more interesting.  I did a WHOLE LOT of stuff today, but not very much of it was interesting enough to remember or to take up space Blog-Dom.

HOWEVER, we did go to Marble Falls late this afternoon.  I had been looking forward to the Bluebonnet Café and a piece of Key Lime Pie, and when we got there they were closed for the Holidays.  I think that is an interesting business model, but, okay, as long as it works for them.  We ended up having dinner at a local fish shack type restaurant, not bad at all, but we passed on the desserts.  They did have a pumpkin cheesecake that sounded interesting though.  And then it was off to see the Christmas lights on the lake.  Very nice.  (See Selfie).  Not sure how long it has been since we have seen these, but it was more extensive this year.  We are planning (already) to go see the trail of lights in Austin next year.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, LIES, LIES, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 - Day 361/4 - Friday...

What a really good, busy, hyper and yet very productive day this was.  I got a lot of things done, and that is all very positive.  I have not had any cloud pictures lately, so I hope you like this one.  It actually took me by surprise, I was not expecting any clouds this afternoon, it seems we have been plagued with overcast cloud offerings (the grey dreary kind that, try as I might I cannot seem to see any beauty there, I guess I should try harder).

This is the last weekend of the year, and tomorrow evening Jody and I are going to Marble Falls to look at their Christmas Lights on the River.  It is always really nice, I am not sure how long it has been since we have been there.  We will most likely have dinner in Marble Falls (can you say PIE?), and then head for the lights, and try to be home before 9:30.  Late night for sure.

Lots of errands to try and get accomplished this weekend.  Lots of projects that need to get started, and maybe even finished.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, CLOUDS (the pretty kind), Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013 - Day 360/5 - Thursday...

Thursday, five days left of this year.  I took the truck in to the office today, it is time to get rid of all files older than four years.  Everything from 2009 back is going to be gone on Monday morning.  We have a date with a mobile shredder.  Fifty-Two Boxes of files and counting.  Incredible.  It is crazy how much paper we have.  Now we need to delete the electronic files as well.  Holy Dust Bowl!

I went into the office a little bit late this morning, but I was still there before 8 o'clock.  According to my friend and fellow invalid Leonard, the steroids I am taking will cause me to NOT SLEEP and be a little bit crazier than usual.  I only have two days left to take those, but I was blaming the sleeplessness on sugary Holiday Food; pies, ice cream, truffles, chocolate covered pretzels, mint bark, various cakes and other cookies.  You know, just the usual stuff.

We have new tenants moving into our office space downstairs on Tuesday, so we are also busy cleaning that out and making it presentable.  It was serving as the worlds most expensive storage locker for about the last four months.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, ORGANIZING, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

2013 - Day 359/6 - Christmas Day...

As you can see, the dog boy is less than impressed with the reptilian footwear that I was given for Christmas.  In fact, he thinks the whole thing was pretty much just a big yawn!  I think someone missed one of his naps today.

I still cannot sleep in the bed, but the big blue chair works wonderfully well.  Even in the chair I did not sleep all that comfortably last night, maybe I had TOO MANY naps yesterday.  So, no naps today if you do not count the quick one during Jeopardy and the news.  We shall see.

We had a lovely day today, stayed down kind of late, made a pile of eggs and then did a whole lot of nothing for the rest of the day.  We did go into Austin to run a coupe errands; it was kind of like the Twilight Zone, not very much traffic at all.

Tomorrow is a work day, and there will be things needing to be done to get the end of the year settled in.  Nothing terrible I don't expect.

We are planning to go to Marble Falls on Saturday to see the Christmas lights.  We were supposed to go last night, but the inability to walk put a crimp into that set of plans.  I am walking much better, particularly after I get started.


Deeds, Actions, Changes, REPTILE SLIPPERS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

2013 - Day 358/7 - Tuesday...

Okay, I am waking again.  Okay, really I am gimping along, but I have been able to forgo crutches and canes for stumbling and gimping.  It is hard to believe that yesterday morning I was in the Emergency Room, but I am here to tell you, when you cannot walk you life changes.  Crutches are okay, but you cannot carry stuff while keeping a firm grip on a crutch.  Life a coffee mug.  Or a brief case.  Suddenly you are looking for wheeled transportation.  And who put all those rugs there, I am trying to roll through here.  I may have been non-ambulatory, but I did figure out a way to carry some things around with me, but not coffee.  It worked for newspapers and magazines and prescription bottles, but not coffee.  I have even been able to cross my leg today, which is a big improvement.  I am going to try sleeping in the bed tonight, but I am NOT CONVINCED that I will be able to lay flat on my back with no discomfort.  I may need ONE MORE NIGHT in the big blue chair.  I will fill you all in on that tomorrow.

We are winding down to the beginning of (yet) another new year.  Seven more days of this year.  I have been maintaining this journal for almost five full years, and I have not missed a single day, and only been late on a couple of occasions.  I did renew my domain name, but it is interesting that I am contemplating stopping the journal.  It is a pretty big commitment, and for all the (tens of) followers out there, I think some days are more amusing than others.  I will most likely keep it going, but I wonder if I have another five years in me for this.  I know other folks that have ended their journals, and I hated to see them stop posting, but I can totally understand the hows and whys of stopping.


I even managed to do a little bit of last minute (actually it was first AND last minute) shopping this afternoon.  Not being able to walk yesterday certainly put a cramp in what had been planned for that day.  BUT, tomorrow will be the best day ever, just as yesterday and today were.

Thanks for meeting me in the parking lot with the pies Kerry!

Now everybody, go get a good nights sleep!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, THOUGHTS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Monday, December 23, 2013

2013 - Day 357/8 - Monday...

Well, my premonition of plague and viral chaos as a result of my flu shot and Shingles Vaccination have not developed into actuality, but I have been shot down in my prime with a nasty case of Sciatica.  According to the Internet (purveyor of all truths and accuracies medical and otherwise) it was either Sciatica, a side effect of Type II Diabetes or a cancerous tumor that would require a leectomy.  The people in the ER are going with Sciatica.  I have had milder cases of this before, but this time around I can't walk.  I am NOT AMBULATORY.  I started noticing this on Saturday morning while I was riding with Jody, and it got progressively worse.  Yesterday at lunch with Lynda and Michal I was having a good bit of pain, but I faked it through dinner.  When we got home, I had a couple chores to complete and then it was all over.  I slept in the big blue chair, and this morning it was off to the emergency room.

BUT, before we went, Jody went out to the front barn and found the crutches.  They were in the attic of the barn, which meant he was up on a ladder in the dark getting me crutches.  What a wonderful man.  AND two crutches work MUCH BETTER than one cane.  I'm jus' sayin'!

And speaking of wonderful (in an entirely different way), by the time I got back home from the hospital, the hydrocodone was giving me a glowing sensation and I was feeling much better.  I will take another (please) when I retire for the evening.

No work tomorrow or Wednesday, send me good wishes for the ability to walk unaided by Thursday!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, CRUTCHES, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

2013 - Day 356/9 - Sunday...

I got up really kind of early this morning, made coffee, read the paper, made a pile of eggs for me and Jody.  Then it was time to feed the chickens and the cattle.  In the past two days, we have received almost an inch of rain, and that, coupled with what we already had, leaves the ground pretty well saturated and muddy.  The feeding area back by the big barn was (and generally stays) pretty muddy, but that does not dampen the Pavlov's Cow effect that is ever present.  You name it; Pavlov's Dog, Pavlov's Cat, Pavlov's Chickens, Pavlov's Cattle...we got 'em all!

We went into town this morning to have an early Christmas lunch with our friends Lynda and Michael.  Very nice, and it is always a wonderful dinner when we visit with them.  We got home about 5:30, and there is a freeze warning out for tonight and tomorrow, so I brought all the plants into the barn and/or garage.  Then I had to go turn the water off to one of the troughs out in the back pasture.  Everything should be under control.

One day of work (tomorrow) then closing the office for two days, then two days of work and then the weekend.

I hope I can make it.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, PAVLOV, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

2013 - Day 355/10 - Saturday...

Overnight we got 0.47" of rain, and through the day we got another 0.41', so that is pretty good for us!  It is interesting to me that I can (usually) sleep through lightning, thunder and rain (like I did last night), but the sound of a cat projectile vomiting at 100 feet will get me out of bed in no time.  Lucky me!

I am posting this photo because it is the cheapest gasoline we have found lately...HEB in Taylor.  Seen any less expensive near here?  A couple miles north it was $3.09.

I understand this is a totally irrational and illogical fear, but I fully expect to be riddled with several different maladies (perhaps the beginning of a new plague) not later than Christmas Eve.  And in keeping with the spirit of the season, I expect the plethora of illnesses will be of biblical proportions.  Jody and I went into Taylor this morning and I got a flu shot and a Shingles vaccination.  I have had the flu before, and I have had shingles before.  If I had to choose one over the other, I would go with the flu without even having to think about it.  When I had shingles and recovered from it, my doctor said that, having had it I had most likely developed an immunity to it, kind of like you never have the same type of flu twice.  So at the time, he recommended that I did not need to be inoculated for Shingles.  A couple years later, he changed his opinion and recommended that I take the vaccine.  I put it off and put it off, but about a week ago a good friend of mine came down with a case of the Shingles, and I decided I would rather go ahead and get the vaccine rather than chance it.

If you never had it, you cannot imagine the pain.  Believe me.  The air hurts!

When we got back from Taylor, it was nap time all around.  Once we were conscious again, we made an unsuccessful trip to do some Christmas shopping, and gave up after one store and stopped at Schlotzsky's for lunch instead.  Then we came home and I took another nap.

I expect locusts and pestilence just any minute.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, INOCULATIONS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 - Day 354/11 - Friday...


I stayed in bed just a little bit late this morning.  I did not even leave the house until almost 7 o'clock.  Traffic was not really THAT terrible, and I think that is a preview of what traffic will be like for the next two or three weeks.  At least two, I think.  The University of Texas is officially on Christmas Break, which means all the other schools are on break, which means traffic should be a BREEZE until they all return.  Enjoy it while you can!

I actually made some good accomplishments today, and it is supposed to rain overnight and be cooler tomorrow evening.  Not cooler like it was a couple weeks ago, but cooler anyway.  Cool enough that I need to clean out the wood stove and we will get a fire going.

I have not really even begun to do any shopping for Christmas.  There is always Monday.  I have no idea how this is all going to end!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, CHANGE, Kindnesses, Wh
irled Peas, FUN!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

2013 - Day 353/12 - Thursday...

Before I get into this entry, I want to talk about this photo.  The Austin Board of REALTORS® made an investment in our community recently.  There are many ways we can invest the assets of our colleagues, and one way is to help others.  The Board donated $50,000 to the Red Cross of Central Texas and earmarked the monies to be used to help folks who were flooded out of their homes in the Halloween Floods...about 1,200 folks were forced out of their homes.  This is what REALTORS® are all about; helping folks buy, sell, maintain and reinforce the dream of Home Ownership.  How many of you have ever heard a little kid say that they dreamed of growing up to be a renter?  Really?  Okay, enough of this soap box...it is all about the good we can do individually and collectively.

And by the way, if you look closely, you can see a much better image of my friend and colleague Aaron behind me (the goofy guy with the bow tie)!  Note:  Photo Credit Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Today was a very interesting day.  I consciously felt no stress on the way to work this morning.  I had no meetings (none to really talk about anyway), no deadlines, nothing causing me even the littlest bit of stress.  It was very nice.

I got to the office, and was able to concentrate on work.  We did have a PM meeting in the AM, and shortly after that Kay and I went and delivered our Meals-On-Wheels route, and that was fun.  We even volunteered for a couple extra delivery days in the next couple weeks to help cover for other folks who will be out of town or otherwise obligated.  It is nice to actually cover for other folks every now and then, I certainly need to be covered now and again.

After Meals-On-Wheels, Kay and I got lunch from El Mercado and sat in the conference room and watched HGTV for a while.  Very nice.

My goal was to make it home before dark, but I was not able to get that accomplished.  Things come up and things do not always work out the way we expected.  BUT, everything ALWAYS works out the way it is supposed to!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, GIVING BACK, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 - Day 352/13 - Wednesday...

So...do you know what day it is?  IT'S HUMP DAY!!!  Yesindeedydo, it is hump day, and that is almost over already!

As all of you (my loyal and trusted followers know) I got home about mid-night last night, and was back up and at 'em early this morning.  The final event of this season was checked off the list with our office party this evening.  It was a tremendous, rousing success planned and executed exclusively and single handily by my business partner and very good friend Carrie,  It was a wonderful time, and a wonderful time was had by all as well,  The band was great, the wine was great and the camaraderie was excellent.  Putting a little bit of more effort into it, I kind of have to consider the alternative of the actions that certain people will be taking here we go again, we will awake from our individual slumbers in the morning and be very surprised that it took this log into some semblance of reality
manifested in this toast,  Just sit around and consider the alternative.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, Self Medicating and Cleanliness!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2013 - Day 351/14 - Tuesday...

...at least I think it is Tuesday...

This morning at breakfast, Claire Shipman from ABC News was our speaker, and it was a pretty darned interesting speech.  Lots of interesting insider tidbits about the administrations from Bill Clinton to George W to Barak.  Fun stuff.  Then at lunch, there was commentary by Professor Joseph J Ellis, whom I had never heard of before, but that is not saying anything.  His Wikipedia entry says he is an American historian and professor whose work focuses on the lives and times of the founders of the United States of America and he is a best selling author.  He was a very interesting person, and was spot-on with many of his remarks (in my opinion).  He was in great demand for comments after the lunch.  I ran into him sitting alone at a table in the airport and we had a nice chat, and I was allowed this 'selfie'.  So there!

I am home and happy to be here.  Full day of meetings tomorrow and in the late afternoon our company will be having its Holiday Open House.  Feel free to drop by if you are in the neighborhood!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, HYSTERICAL, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Monday, December 16, 2013

2013 - Day 350/15 - Monday...

It is 11 o'clock Monday evening and I am in Williamsburg, Virginia.  It is cold outside, I just got here, there was a cab fiasco and I am hungry.  It will get better from here.  From what I could see in the dark during the drive here from the airport, it is a beautiful historic town, and I will try to get to see a quick bit of it tomorrow between meetings.  In the meantime, this is the best photo I have.  Maybe I will have a better one when the room service burger gets here, but for now, this one will have to do...I fear this is a quiet, tasteful little hotel.  CRAP!

Today was a busy day, and there was lots of work to get done.  I left the office at 3 PM and really had no challenges with the fights even though there was no time for dilly dallying around.  Tomorrow will be the real teller...My meeting is over at 3:30 and my flight is at 5:10.  Allegedly there will be a chariot awaiting when my meeting is over to whisk me back to Newport News so I can catch that little bitty plane back to Atlanta where I can catch that bigger plane back to Austin,  I have not yet had a drink of wine (it has been ordered) but I am waiting for it to be delivered.  I remember how much fun this used to be, trying to type and self medicate at the same time, and it is proving to be fun even again.  Self medication works in a variety of states and municipalities,  JUST REMEMBER TH WORDS YOU USED TO LEARN IN CHURCH...bingo!  IT SHOULD BE all caps, BUT THAT IS CLOSE ENOUGH.

I THINK THERE IS something to be said for quitting while I am ahead, and I think I just said it.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, OLD WILLIAMSBURG, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

2013 - Day 349/16 - Sunday...

LUNATIC:  Affected with periodic insanity, dependent on the changes of the moon.  From Old French lunatique, lunage (insane)...

I expect this could also apply to chickens, but it would become LUNACHICK!  Because that is exactly what they became this evening when I was trying to put them to bed; CRAZY.  I think the moon was so bright (even though the full moon is not until Tuesday) that they thought it was still daylight outside.  I finally got them all corralled into their pen, it is up to them to get into the coop.

Miguel came out today, and we got all the chores done without too much trouble.  Then it was time for a nap, which was very welcome.  Jody and I went into Georgetown for dinner tonight, and it was Souper Salad.  Pretty good, a nice variety, but I do not recommend the baked sweet potatoes.  Baked way too long!

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day; I will take Jody to a dentists appointment in the morning, and then late tomorrow afternoon I will head out to Williamsburg, Virginia for a QUICK meeting.  Fly back LATE on Tuesday afternoon, and then another meeting on Wednesday morning.

That will pretty much finish the year...

Deeds, Actions, Changes, CRAZINESS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

2013 - Day 348/17 - Saturday...

Things went pretty much as planned today, except for the parts where I was working around the house.  I stayed in bed until after 7 o'clock this morning.  When I finally got up, I read the paper, drank volumes of coffee and made Jody and me a lovely pile of eggs.  I did a little bit of work in the office, and then I went out and hooked the trailer up to the truck for the trip into Georgetown to pick up the Polaris.  That all went well, and we got home, got the Polaris off the trailer, unhitched the trailer and then went into Taylor to get some cattle feed.  I like the Taylor Feed Store, but it is not that convenient...the Bartlett Feed Store is much more convenient, but they do not stock a particular cattle feed that I like in the winter time.  SO, it is off to Taylor in the colder months.

On the way back, we stopped at Tractor Supply where I got a new pair of winter gloves, some chicken seed blocks, and some wild bird food.  Then it was on to HEB where Jody got some salad makings and I made a personal plea for some Blue Bell Homemade in the Shade.  My fave!  I will enjoy it now, because I can see the writing on the wall, and it says sacrifice the sweet stuff at the New Year.

I have been on the rubber chicken circuit most of this month, and there is no reason to try to have any self control until after Christmas; I know there are pies in my future.  Some things are just not worth the fight.

Rumor has it Mack Brown is resigning but will stay through the Bowl Game.  I did not know Texas was in a bowl game.


Deeds, Actions, Changes, BOWL GAMES?, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Friday, December 13, 2013

2013 - Day 347/18 - Friday...

Why yes, as a matter of fact, it has been cold, rainy and miserable all day today, why do you ask?

But in spite of it all I remain the luckiest man in the world.

I made it to the Board this morning for a new member orientation presentation.  Ethics and TREPAC, that is my part.  I love it, especially when I give them real life examples of what goes on in our world.  Interesting stuff and fun at the same time.

After that it was off to the office, there were three meetings spread out between 11 and 4, and in the middle of those I made it to the Capitol for some stuff.  I love everything Texas, I just cannot get enough of it.

My friends Chad and John have gone to one of those non-descript states to the north where they take for granted that it will be cold.  It is expected, not a mistake.  I hope all goes well for them both, and that they are blessed in this chapter.

I get to sleep in tomorrow, then there will be a big pile of eggs, then I will head off to Georgetown to pick up the Polaris that has been in the shop for TOO LONG.  Then office work.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, TEXAS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

2013 - Day 346/19 - Thursday...

Okay, let's '86' the area Installations for another year.  That's a wrap!  This morning there was a really early Economic Forecast at the Hilton.  Angelos Angelou says this one was #29, he plans to do one more and that will be it for him.  We will see!  Of course, there is the theory of leave the people wanting more...quit while you're ahead and all that.  The thought of an additional 95,000 vehicles on our roads in the next two years is enough to give anyone pause. 

After the breakfast, I headed to the office and did some power real estate, and then I was off to Round Rock to attend the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® installation.  It was a very nice event; I would never say anything negative about any place that was serving wine at lunch!  The Officers for 2014 were installed and everything points to another successful year for their Association.

And then it was off to the Austin Board, where my colleague and fellow Director David and I presented restructuring information to the Professional Development and Education Committee. 

And then it was back to the office to do just a little bit more power real estate, and then it was time to head home.  And I made it home JUST BEFORE DARK!


Deeds, Actions, Changes, 86 IT, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2013 - Day 345/21 - Wednesday...

Okay, well this might make for an interesting discussion topic.  If I am so totally dis-interested in trying to take an interesting photo for an otherwise totally dis-interesting journal entry, BUT I go onto the dis-interestnet and find something that is a little bit interesting and take a photo of that so there will be at least a little bit of interest in the entry, I understand that I will own the copyright (my intellectual property) to that particularly un-ininteresting (or maybe slightly interesting) photograph.  But where does that leave the original (perhaps interesting) owner of the original photograph that I found interesting enough (in an un-interesting sort of way) to take my own photo of, and post to try and garner interesting discussion comments to an otherwise uninteresting day and journal post.  Does any of this make sense to you?  Have I violated some sort of (now this is REALLY un-interesting) vague and (more un-interesting) copyright law?  Can I be sued for that action and thrown into a (un-interesting) jail cell (perhaps made interesting if I could share the cell with a Travis County DA who will remain anonymous but HER first initial is ROSEMARY, and she is packin' some vodka) that is accessorily challenged and totally NOT INTERESTING.

Please feel free to discuss among yourselves...

I got home from the office at a reasonable time this afternoon, and it is still a reasonable time as I compose this entry.  But that is about as interesting as I can be for one day.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, INTERESTING STUFF, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2013 - Day 344/21 - Tuesday...

At least I think it is still Tuesday...

This is a photo of some of the Christmas lights we have hanging on the gate up by the road.  Interestingly I guess my iPhone camera cannot focus with that many points of light, but that is perfectly okay with me.

I got into the office this morning and did some power real estate, and headed off to the Board for a ten o'clock meeting.  Then another appointment and some errands and I was back in the office by about 1:30.In the office until about 5:15 and then I headed off to the San Marcos Area Board of REALTORS® (SMABOR) Installation Gala.  It was a great event, and it was interesting that I knew many more folks there than I expected.

But then there was the hundred mile drive home.  I left at pretty close to 9 PM, and it is not quite 11 now, so that is a good thing.

Jody had to take the girl cat to the vet this afternoon, she has a kidney infection and she is curled up in one of the chairs in the living room and her breathing is really sounding LOUD and difficult.  None of us are getting any younger, that is certain.

I got the fire in the stove all stoked for the night and I am ready to call it a day.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, SPARKLY, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Monday, December 9, 2013

2013 - Day 343/22 - Monday...

Good things still happen as a result of the Installation that was held on last Saturday night.  My friend Steve (a hero to many) picked up the Christmas Trees that were used at the entrance to the tent (you should have been there) and took them for re-gifting (sort of).  ANYWAY, one of the trees made its' way to the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (see the photo) and the other is now happily brightening the lives of economically disadvantaged single mom in East Austin.  Hopefully, when they reach the end of this incarnation, they will be further re-gifted and taken to the mulching site in Zilker Park after the Holidays and have another benefit to someone.  Good job from my great and totally unselfish friend Steve!

It was interesting to be able to work today without many distractions.  It was certainly a change of pace.  I got up at about 4:30 this morning and did my usual things.  My friend Mike (who was visiting from Florida for the coronation) got up a little while later, and I think we were on the road by about 6:15 (not sure).  His flight back to Orlando was leaving at 8:40, so we got him there in plenty of time.  Unfortunately he came down with a pretty bad cold while he was here (I think he brought it with him) and I am certain that everyone on the plane (not just those in close proximity to him) were delighted with his presence!  I got a voice-mail message from him that he arrived home safely and was going to bed!  No need to call him back, rest comfortably and I hope you feel better soon.

I was at the office until about 1:15 and then headed out to a couple of appointments, and ran some errands and then headed home.  It is still relatively miserable outside, weather wise.  Cold, drizzly, cloudy...just the kind of weather that makes Melody all perky but makes me and Bruce all grumpy.

Tomorrow will be a better day yet!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, ACHOO, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

2013 - Day 342/23 - The Day After!!!

Okay.  Alrighty then.  Here we all are.

I got to bed last night (really this morning) about 3 AM.  I am not sure when I got to sleep.

The Installation Event was wonderful, and there were lots of people involved with it.  I refuse to mention names (still) because I am basically petrified that I will inadvertently omit someone, and that would not be intentional, so I just want to tell everyone involved that I appreciate all your hard work more that words could ever say.

One of the things that I really liked about the Installation was that it was serious, but at the same time peppered with fun and things that were not expected.  A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and you had to pay attention or you might miss something.  This photo is of Doris E'scrow greeting my friend Warren to the stage to Induct the ABoR Foundation Board of Directors.

Lots of Fun.  Time for bed.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, DORIS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

2013 - Day 341/24 - Saturday...

I don't care what anybody says, today was a great day! 

Today I was inducted as the 2014 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®.  It is an honor that I will not take lightly, and I will not take it for granted.  I would say a lot more about it, but it is actually 2 AM on Sunday morning, and as you know, this is way past my comfort zone.

I want to just thank EVERYONE that has been a part of this tremendous opportunity.  You all know who you are.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, RESPONSIBILITY, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Friday, December 6, 2013

2013 - Day 340/25 - Friday...

What do you call someone who is afraid of Santa Claus?  Claus-trophobic!  HAHAHA.

I did not care for my dinner tonight at the Catfish Parlour.  Medium Catfish and Shrimp platter, please!

Traffic this morning reminded me (and a lot of other people) of Austin back in the good old days.  Relatively sparse, the infrastructure was capable of handling the amount of traffic, and no one came to a stop and not too many people had wrecks...if you do not include Texas 45 in that statistic.

Tomorrow will be a pretty busy day, the journal entry may be late, it may not post until the wee hours of Sunday morning actually, if alt all.  Like I said, tomorrow will be a busy day.

And now, if you will excuse me, there is a piece of Key Lime Pie with my name on it.  Thanks Chris and Ruby!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, ARCTIC TEMPS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

2013 - Day 339/26 -Thursday...

Okay, it is almost Saturday, I'm just saying!

Got into the office about as usual this morning, we had our PM meeting in the AM and all was good with that.  I left the office about 10:40 to head to the Austin Country Club for the Women's Council of REALTORS® Austin Chapter Installation luncheon.  It was a very nice ceremony (always is) and it is always a pleasure to get together with these folks.  This is a photo of me and my friend Laura getting ready for lunch.  Laura has been a trend setter MUCH longer than me, I am a new devotee to the bow cravat!

Headed back to the office and did some power real estate, touched a lot of papers, made several phone calls and was very surprised to see that my friend Mike's flight from Ft. Lauderdale was twenty minutes early.  It seems they actually landed twenty minutes early, but there was not an available gate for the plane so they just sat on the tarmac until a gate opened up for them.

We got home and stoked the fire in the stove, watched a little bit of news and then headed into Thorndale for dinner.  Good food all around, and now back home consuming a piece of pie before I go to bed.

The cold front has DEFINITELY arrived, and when I last looked it was 36 degrees.  There is a STRONG north wind, so the next few days look like it will be a little chilly.  We should have enough pie in the house to make in in case of an emergency.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, COLDNESS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2013 - Day 338/27 - Wednesday...

It's HUMP Day...

I made it to work at about the usual time this morning, lots of things to get (and try to stay) caught up on.  Then it was off to the Austin Area CRS Chapter Installation luncheon.  It was a great luncheon and Installation meeting, and this is a picture of Cathy and me taken by Carrie (one of the other Carrie's).  It was a great fun meeting.

After that, I had an appointment to get my haircut, and then I went home to feed the cattle (so I don't have to do it in the (forecast) cold tomorrow or the next day).  That was a sentence with a double parenthetical note in it, not a first for this journal, but certainly not an everyday occurrence!  Then I took ANOTHER shower, did a little bit of work in the home office, and then headed back into town for a quick meeting at the Board, and then on to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals Installation meeting.  Another very fine group and another great Installation program.

Tomorrow is the Women's Council of REALTORS® Installation Luncheon, and then on Saturday it will be the Austin Board of REALTORS® Installation event.

Kind of a busy schedule!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, LOTTA CHICKEN, Kindnesses, Wh
irled Peas, FUN!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2013 - Day 337/28 - Tuesday...

I don't care what anybody says, today was a long day.  Okay, really not any longer than any other day, but it seemed longer!

I had to have Jody to the dentists office this morning by 9:15.  That was kind of tricky because I was also supposed to be in a class at 9 o'clock.  SO...I got Jody to the dentist by about 8:20 and abandoned him so I could make it to the class by 9 o'clock.  I got there, and Lynda came to the dentists office and fetched Jody home.  He had an implant implanted and he is acting pretty much like nothing at all happened to him.  If that was me, I would want to see the list of available drugs BEFORE I confirmed the appointment AND they would have to roll me into the office.  I am not going to show up for that under my own power!

BUT, the class was pretty good; the biennial Legislative Update mostly, but it means I am good to teach the TREC Ethics and Legal Update Classes for the next two years.  Okay then...

I got home and the girls had already gone to bed, even though it was not quite dark outside.  And they are all accounted for still...28.

Tomorrow will be another busy day...the next ten days are promising to be busy, and then it will be next year.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, CLASSES, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Monday, December 2, 2013

2013 - Day 336/29 - Monday...

Okay, so today's temperature in Austin was a record high.  This weekend we are expecting record LOWS and I will be in a tent for a good part of that.  I'm just sayin'...

Even though I actually DID enjoy a four-day-weekend, the day was fast and furious.  I was in the office shortly after 7 AM, and got caught up on lots of things.  I left shortly before noon to go and run some errands and the get to the Board to teach a three hour class, NAR Ethics.  I really like teaching Ethics (guiding my colleagues is more like it actually) and it was a good class, about thirty folks attended.

I had gone by the pharmacy on the way to the Board (thinking I was very smug to get that errand completed) but I had to return after the class to pick up some new prescriptions that had been call in for Jody.  Backtracking at its' finest!

Tomorrow will be another busy day, I will be in a class all day long learning about how to present new educational materials to our colleagues.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, SWATIN' LIKE AN OLDIE!, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

2013 - Day 335/30 - Sunday...

It should really be called a chicken 'poop' and not a chicken 'coop' because that is what the do in it mostly.  With 28 girls in that coop they produce a lot of poop!  Just sayin'...  Anyway, I got the coop cleaned out and the rest of the lights strung up out by the road.  It seems like I did a lot more than that today (changed the HVAC filters) but that is about all I can think of right now

On the way in to Austin, they were having an old car meeting at the Walburg Restaurant.  They do that every now and then.  I am not very good at distinguishing cars before about 1946 or 1947, so about all I know about this car (other than it looks really cool) is that Jody says he thinks it is a Ford.  Who am I do challenge that?

We went into Austin and took care of some errors, and on the way home we had dinner at Macaroni Grill.  Not going to make any disparaging remarks, but not going to have anything glowing to say about it either.  Our server is either used to working with small children or thought that Jody and I were a couple of old coots that were also hard of hearing.  "Have we made our decision?"  I am not sure about you but I have decided I don't like you, now go away.

Once we got back into Georgetown, we drove around the square to look at the Christmas lights.  Very nice.

Once home, I put the girls to bed, took out the trash, brought in some more firewood and I am about ready to call it a night.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, ITALIAN STUFF, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

2013 - Day 334/31 - Saturday...

This was an absolutely GREAT DAY, except for the overcast parts and the 'I'm cold' parts and the other parts that I did not care for very much.  Otherwise, it was GREAT!  I did remember that I had an appointment at Berry Springs Park to get some firewood.  I love their firewood; a mix of hickory and pecan wood, lovely.  It burns beautifully.  This is the second year that we have gone there for our firewood.  Very nice folks, and not as expensive as you would think.  $10 for a wheel barrel full, and we got thirteen wheel barrels full in the truck.  I think that is at least a cord of wood, and for $130 I think it is a great bargain.

Other than that, I took a couple naps, Jody and I went into Georgetown and had lunch at Schlotzsky's, and then I came home and took another nap.  There is a very nice fire in the stove right now, and as soon as I put the finishing touches on this journal entry, I will be in the living room with Jody finishing off a piece of pie.

Gotta go...

Deeds, Actions, Changes, FIREWOOD, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Friday, November 29, 2013

2013 - Day 333/32 - Friday...

Okay, now it's Friday...

Even though it is Friday, today seemed a lot like Sunday, because I actually got a lot of stuff done around the house.  Got up, made a pile of eggs, drank a lot of coffee, took the trailer off the truck, did some work in the office, went into Taylor got gas in the truck, two gas cans and two diesel cans of diesel fuel, got some cattle feed, came home and spied what looked to be a new calf in the back pasture.

Yep, please meet Violet's newest calf, born yesterday (or really early today, but I am calling it yesterday).  Looks like a heifer calf, but again, I never really call them til I see them pee.  Names under consideration right now are; Turducken, Giblets, Pilgrim, Casserole and Dark Meat.  Let me know which one you prefer.

When I was putting gas/diesel in the truck and the cans, I also needed some air in the truck tires.  $120 worth of fuel and I had to pay $2 to put air in the truck tires.  I explained to the cashier that I had just put $120 of gas/diesel in the various receptacles and she told me they don't give free air anymore because people had been abusing it.  Really?  Stealing AIR?  AIR?

I also went to Wal-Mart where it was not crowded at all.  I bought some LED lights to replace the ones on the front fence, and some HVAC filters.  In case you were wondering and had been avoiding the Tractor Supply Company because of their 'cashier challenges', you do not need to put off your trip any longer.  All the cashier's from Tractor Supply have (apparently) left that company and gone to Wal-Mart (did they get a raise?).

I'm just sayin...

It was a busy day, and I did not even get into the part where I drove into Austin to run some errands and do a little bit of office work and got stuck on IH-35 for a LONG TIME because of a rather inconsequential two-vehicle altercation that resulted in NINE Police/Fire vehicles responding and backing up traffic for seven miles.  No, I am not going to get into that story with you today.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, HEIFER CALF, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

2013 - Day 332/33 - Thanksgiving...

It is about 9:30 at night, Jody and I just got home from having a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner with Michael, Lynda, Josh and Mary Ann.  We have plenty to be thankful for.

While I was sitting here in the office, I heard a chicken outside.  I had already been outside to read the meters, and sow no evidence of loose chickens, so I had closed the gate to their coop.  About ten minutes later, I heard a chicken outside the window.  I got up and caught the girl and was headed to the coop where I saw another chicken on the path.  I caught that one and put it into the enclosure.  Now there is another chicken outside the office window, and so far I have not been able to catch that one.

I will try again, but that girl may be on her own for the night.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, CHICKENS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2013 - Day 331/34 - It Only Feels Like Friday...

It is really Wednesday, no matter what it feels like.  BUT, I will take advantage of this and sleep extra late tomorrow morning.

I had an early breakfast meeting with several folks from the Austin Board and Congressman Lloyd Doggett.  We met at Sweetish Hill Café on West Sixth Street and we all sat around for close to an hour and talked about housing, governmental opportunities to make things better and a lot of this and that.  It was interesting, because he acknowledged the Installation next week and gave his regrets for not being able to attend.  It was a great breakfast, good coffee, good conversation and good points made on all sides.

Then it was off to work.  We had a PM meeting in the AM (a day ahead of schedule) and then I had a couple errands to run.  Back to the office, a little bit more work and then I headed out of the office for the long weekend.  More errands to run, some more successful than others, and then a meeting at the Austin Board. 

Once I got home this afternoon (early for me, just about 4 o'clock) I delivered some Thanksgiving Pies to the neighbors, read the meters and cleaned out the stove.  We have had a fire in the stove for about a week now, so there was a good bit of ash.  Pretty much cleaned out, and now we are back to having nice big fires.  On Saturday I have an appointment to go get a truck load of Pecan Fire Wood, so that will be great,  The Pecan wood burns very nicely.

Jody had a hankering for Frito Pie tonight, so instead of making it in the bag, he made a Frito Pie Casserole,  Very good!  Tomorrow evening we will go to our friends Lynda and Michael's for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Friday I have to go back into Austin to pick up some stuff for next week, and I need to go into Taylor to get some cattle feed.  I have been getting the feed in Bartlett, but Taylor has a feed that is good for cattle in the winter, helps them stay warmer.

Gonna be a busy four day weekend!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, FRITO PIE, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2013 - Day 330/35 - Tuesday...

Yesterday afternoon, Hubert brought over some of Pauline's cookies and a loaf of banana bread.  I have only tried one of the chocolate cookies so far, and it is delicious.  I do not think Pauline has ever made (or at least I don't remember) these cookies with chocolate in the, but they sure are good.  I will give the banana bread a try in just a little while.

I was in the office most of the day today, and (like my friend Debbie said) I am "feeling accomplished".  I left the office at about 3:15 or so, and made it home shortly after 4 o'clock, but before I left, my friend Dawn came by to visit carrying a great big Apple Pie as an early Thanksgiving gift,  It looks yummy too, but we have not cut into it yet!
  I had an appointment to take the Polaris into the dealer for a check-up, and I hope to pick it back up on Friday.  I have a lot of things planned for Friday.

Tomorrow will be a busy day again, and I only expect to work (in the office anyway) until about 1 o'clock or so.  I have a breakfast appointment (8 o'clock), then some shopping to do and then an appointment at the Board on the way home.

It's gonna be good.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, COOKIES, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Monday, November 25, 2013

2013 - Day 329/36 - Monday...

Righty-tighty, Lefty-Lucy.  Even though I do not expect it to freeze overnight, there is a chance that we could see some freezing temperatures overnight on Tuesday night.  We had more rain today, the long, steady drizzling FREEZING COLD kind of rain.  In the last five days, we have had almost two inches of rain, but that is supposed to be over with tomorrow, and the sun is expected to make an appearance early in the New Year.  This is what it is like to live in Cleveland, as best I can imagine.  ANYWAY, the whole reason for the righty-tighty thing is because I went out and shut off the water to the cattle troughs earlier this evening.  Just in case...and it is better to do it today than it would be tomorrow.

Tomorrow I have an appointment to take the Polaris in to the dealer for service (just about a year late for its' first service).  I expect they will really not care all that much, just as long as I get it taken in.

In addition, I am pretty much scheduled to be in the office all day tomorrow, and I hope to get a lot of work done in anticipation of getting five days worth of work one in three days (or in my case two days because I spent ALL DAY today in a Board Meeting).

I am looking very forward to the long weekend, expecting to get lots of sleep and maybe even go to a movie.  What are the odds?  Although I am easily influenced, I rally think I will be able to steer myself away from the Black Thursday (Friday) sales...maybe, maybe not.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, RIGHT-LEFT, Kindnesses, Wh
irled Peas, FUN!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

2013 - Day 328/37 - Sunday...

Oh yeah, I am the trash-man (no liquids please)!  By the end of my volunteer shift, my standards were reduced and I was accepting liquids and trash of all sorts.  The Austin Empty Bowl Project today was another great success...maybe just the best ever!  Although it was rainy and cold, the quick thinking on the part of Hester and Kris (and most likely the venue management) meant that folks did not really have to endure the bad weather, but were, for the most part, sheltered and kept warm.  It was a really tremendous event, and next year (the 18th) will be even better.  Onward and Upward!  It was especially nice to re-connect with someone I like VERY MUCH, Kelly.  I need to see if I can find her on FaceBook.  AND, it was great to see my colleagues volunteering their time; Kerry, Ruby and Chris.  Thanks guys!

I got home and crawled onto the big blue chair and snoozed for a bit before getting up and going into Georgetown for dinner.  Jody and I went to the Catfish Parlour for dinner, always really good.

There are rumors (I don't believe it, but I will check back in with you tomorrow) that there will be sleet and freezing rain overnight and into Tuesday.  It just reeks of Weather Weenies if you ask me.  BUT, a lot will depend on what the School District does as to whether or not we have business as usual tomorrow.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, EMPTY BOWL, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas FUN!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

2013 - Day 327/38 - Saturday...

Though the weather outside may be frightful, the spirit INSIDE tomorrow at the Empty Bowl Project will be DELIGHTFUL.  This just in from Empty Bowl HQ:  , The 17th Annual Empty Bowl Project will take place, rain or shine.  Much of the event will be moved indoors to accommodate our guests and volunteers.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  We have lots of hot soup, a great music lineup, and plenty of bowls.  We look forward to seeing you all!  Jody and I actually just got home from the Preview Party and it was very nice and very well attended.  If you have even half a chance, please go out and support this great effort that benefits The Capital Area Food Bank and Meals-On-Wheels.  If you need more information just click on this link:  http://www/austinemptybowl.org.  Thanks!

It was a busy day today, got up, messed around, made a pile of eggs, read the paper, drank a LOT of coffee, worked on a presentation I was making to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, and then headed into the office.  I got back home around 4 o'clock and then Jody and I headed back out to the Empty Bowl Preview Party.

Gonna be a busy night!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, EMPTY BOWL, Kindnesses, Wh
irled Peas, FUN!

Friday, November 22, 2013

2013 - Day 326/39 - Friday...

Holy Lightning Batman, what's all that shakin' going on?

Most of the night last night was spent trying to soothe the Boy Dog.  Neither Jody or I remember any mention of lightning and thunder, so we did not put his ThunderShirt on him until after the noise started.  We tried sleeping with the lights on in the bedroom, so he really could not pay attention to the flashes of lightning, and with the tv on so he (maybe) would not hear the thunder.  Didn't work.  I took him to the closet, and that did not do any good.  Jody took him into the den and fell asleep in his chair.  Overall, it was just a long, sleep deprived night.  I am certain I slept more than it feels like I did, but it does not feel like I got much sleep at all.  This photo was actually taken yesterday before the rains started.  The weather prognosticators say we may not see the sun again until next Thursday.  I am already grumpy.

Adding to the grumpiness, I was in a meeting in Marble Falls today from 10 AM until almost 6 PM.  That makes for a long meeting.  Jody and I were supposed to go out for dinner tonight at a new restaurant we had net tried before, so that was called off.  We decided I would stop at Wendy's and bring home some chili.  It was a good plan until they said they were out of chili.  WHAT?  OUT OF CHILI?  I can comprehend someone being out of key lime pie (well, not really because no one around here knows how to make a key lime pie.  DO YOU HEAR ME SHANNON?), but how can Wendy's run out of chili.  SO, I had to devise an alternate plan and go to Schlotzsky's and get two half Originals and two bowls of chili and two mini-Cinnabon's for tomorrow morning.  AND WHEN I GOT HOME I discovered that they had cheated me out of one of the half sandwiches.  I will be escalating this call with management tomorrow.

For tonight, I am going to bed.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, CHILI, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013 - Day 325/40 - Thursday...

I guess this guy is pretty used to me checking the meter.  This is not the first time this guy has been featured on the journal, it is however, the first time that he was enjoying the shelter on top of the meter.  It was not really a problem, I could see the numbers I needed so there was no need to really disturb him.  It always does surprise me when I see him in the enclosure, sort of like when you run your hand up under a rat snake in one of the nesting boxes in the chicken coop.  With a frog, however, I HARDLY ever run screaming like a girl.  Hardly ever...

Today was a really amazing day, I was on a manic high for the entire day, beginning at about 4:30 this morning when I checked e-mails for the first time.  All I can say is, my friend and colleague is AMAZING. 

There were only three clients on our Meals-On- Wheels route today, I cannot think of the last time that we had that few clients.  Those we had, however, were happy to see us.

Going to Marble Falls tomorrow, that should be kind of fun!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, FROGS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2013 - Day 324/41 - Wednesday...

There is not much about me that I think is special, but there is one thing (I think) that stands out above the others.  I am the luckiest man on earth.  I know, I know, many folks stake a claim to that, but really, I AM the luckiest man on earth.  One of my lucky attributes is that, every now and then, I see something beautiful where other people just take something for granted.  Quite often it is in the shape and grandeur of clouds, much to the chagrin of many of you that follow this journal on a regular basis.  Today, I saw these lovely blooms, hundreds of them, climbing a wall on the corner of South Congress and Riverside Drive.  There they were, minding their own business, just BEGGING for someone to pay attention to them.  The other folks that were putting gasoline in their cars looked at me like I was crazy (honest they were, I know what that look looks like) when I left the nozzle in my car and walked 75 feet away to take this photo.  And once I took a minute to take a look at the picture, they are even more beautiful than I remembered them to be, and that is generally not something that happens with a digital photograph.  You are welcome!

Good day in the office today, got lots of stuff done before I headed out for a variety of meetings and appointments.  Tomorrow will be a day of not so many (but not less important) chores and meetings, including my Meals-On-Wheels route.  Fun times!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, BEAUTY, Kindnesses, Wh
irled Peas, FUN!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2013 - Day 323/42 - Tuesday...

It was a full house today at the Austin Board, and the overflow was in a separate auditorium with live AV feed.  Great discussion with the Association members about listing syndication.  It is all about education, and giving the Brokers the authority to make the decision about what is best for their listings.  Nothing will really change if the Brokers don't want change, it is just their decision to make.  Nothing more, nothing less.

It was also a really good day in the office today.  The Meals-On-Wheels route I have been delivering (okay not the same route all the time) since 1997 is no longer MY route.  It is now the company route, I am sharing it with them.  Okay, our office is helping me with the responsibility of delivering.  It was a great training session; MOW came to the office for the training, and it is a lot different now than it was when I started in 1997.  Very much more sophisticated now than it was then.  Maybe I should try to sophisticate myself up, what do you think?

Deeds, Actions, Changes, SYNDICATION, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Monday, November 18, 2013

2013 - Day 322/43 - Monday...

This photo became much more interesting because my friend Steve taught me how to crop photos a couple weeks ago.  Easy schmeezy!  I am glad I got to see this sunrise because it was WAY DARK by the time I got home tonight.

Typical office day; worked, checked Face Book, worked, checked Face Book.  You get the idea.  I was in the office until about 2:30 and then headed out to a couple meetings.  I am actually doing a little bit of real estate along the way as well.  What a concept.

Tomorrow will be a morning in the office and an afternoon at the Board, but there will be great accomplishments in both arenas!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, SUNRISE, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

2013 - Day 321/44 - Sunday

My opinion of myself as a genius was confirmed today when the photo sensor that I replaced yesterday shut off the flag light when the sun came out.  I should have majored in electrical engineering in college.  Okay, make that I should have majored in SOMETHING in college, something other than Fraternity and Spades.  BUT, I AM a wicked Spades player.

I got to sleep in a little bit late this morning.  Got some grass cut at, and between me and Miguel we managed to get the chicken coop cleaned out, the cattle fed, the grass cut from the fence line at the back pasture, the electric fence fixed (these electric fences are tricky) and some weeds pulled up in the front.  The stove also got cleaned out so I am ready for the next time we need to build a fire.

Right now, however, we have turned the air conditioner back on.  It was 90 degrees today, and just a few days ago it was threatening to freeze.  There is really nothing unusual about that.

It either will or it won't.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, SOMETHING, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

2013 - Day 320/45 - Saturday...

Last night as we were leaving for Steve's Birthday party, we noticed a box lodged under the gate up by the road, and a sticky note stuck to the gate.  It turned out to be a UPS box that was left up by the road and not brought up to the house.  We must have a new driver in the area, because usually the boxes are left on the porch or by the garage.  Is this a sign of the times?  Has UPS been taken over by the USPS?  Anyway...

I put the box in the trunk since we were heading to Austin, and I did not want to have a box on the back seat of the car.  I remembered the box this morning and opened it after breakfast.  It was these two beautiful cows sent from our friend Joe Mac and Carolyn in Mississippi.  Joe Mac served in the Navy for many years, and it seems one of his ship mates made these two cows.  We think they are great and wanted to share them with you.  Thanks Joe Mac and Carolyn, they will have a place of honor here on the edge of nowhere!

I did manage to stay in bed extra long today.  I got up, made coffee, read the paper and made a pile of eggs for me and Jody.  I thin went out to dismantle the photo sensor on the flag light outside.  We have (literally) paid hundreds of dollars in the last month to get this sensor fixed, and it still is not working.  I took the whole thing apart (took photos of which wires went to what, just in case) and went to four different placed before I found the $6 sensor.  Came home, put it all back together, and it immediately came on.  You would think that was a good thing, but it is a photo sensor, and it should only come on when it is dark outside.

So, that leaves me with two possibilities.  First, the high dollar electricians wired it together incorrectly and it is 'hot' all the time OR the sensor just needs to settle in, and maybe when it gets light in the morning it will shut itself off like it is supposed to.

Time will tell...

Deeds, Actions, Changes, SENSORS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Friday, November 15, 2013

2013 - Day 319/46 - Friday...

This particular art installation is kind of a work in progress, and it has been progressing for about the last 90 days or so.  First there was the covered wagon.  Then they added the plastic longhorns.  I am not sure what that says about historical (or hysterical) accuracy, but I am just calling it as I see it.  Today they added the windmill and the water tank.  And this is all on a berm at the Crestview RV Center near Walburg.  Interesting.

As I reported yesterday, the city is infested with F1 people.  And tomorrow there will be the UT Football people.  There is not much room left for the people/people.  250,000 visitors to the city this weekend.  I hope they remembered their credit cards!

We went to help a friend celebrate his birthday tonight at Iron Cactus in Northwest Austin.  We deviated from our usual modus operandi slightly.  We are usually the first ones to arrive and the first ones to leave; today we were only the first ones to leave!  Happy Birthday Steve!

I get to sleep in a little bit tomorrow, and I am pretty happy about that.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, DIORAMAS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2013 - Day 318/47 - Thursday...

There have only been a few occasions in the (almost) five years that I have been doing this journal, that I have not posted a photo that was taken ON THE DAY of the posting.  I took a couple absolutely adequate photos this morning or an absolutely adequate sunrise, but it seems I deleted all of the photos not just the one that was all black (obviously badly aimed).  AND, since it was WELL beyond dark when I got home, there was not too much photo-worthy.  SO, the photo of the day is one that I took last Sunday in San Francisco at the Foreigner concert.  Pretty cool, front row seats, wormed my way up to the stage (just one woman was between me and the stage and the last time I saw legs like that they were firmly attached to a grand piano).  Needless to say, she was not willing to cooperate and I thought I had made her an offer she could not refuse, but she did.  ANYWAY, I hope you enjoy this photo.

As fate would have it, it did not even freeze here overnight, and there is no threat of another freeze in the long term (seven day) forecast.  Maybe a little bit of rain.  That is good news for the morning glories, and all the rest of the plants around the house.

F1 madness has started, and it will be CRAZY all this weekend.  Jody and I are going to a birthday party tomorrow night, but it will be a little bit north of the chaos, so that should be okay.  I am looking forward to the weekend!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, GROUPIES, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

2013 - Day 317/48 - Wednesday...

The freeze was much lighter than it was predicted, and that is a good thing.  We had a fire in the stove last night, first one of the season, and it was a big chore to a) get it started and b) keep it going.  It was still burning this morning when I got up and I added some firewood to it, and there were still some embers burning when I got home this afternoon.  I added some more wood to it, babied and pampered it, and it is going again very nicely.  It is not supposed to be as chilly tonight (depending upon whom you listen to), and then there will be a warming trend.  The morning glories took a little hit; there are some freeze marks on them but they are still going to survive for the most part.

A really busy day today, but tomorrow will be better.  Not as many meetings, deadlines and hurdles to jump over.  AND I get to deliver my Meals-On-Wheels route.  What could be better than that?

Deeds, Actions, Changes, STUFF, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2013 - Day 316/49 - Tuesdy...

There is a lovely Iris blooming out by the circle, and a few others here and there.  I noticed it as I was all bundled up after having turned the water off to the troughs in the back pastures, in preparation of the light freeze we are expecting tonight and the next couple days.  This is not a good sign.  This is a bad sign.  This is not going to be helpful to the morning glories.  By the morning, there is a good chance they will all be nothing more than a mushy mass of deadness.  I am not really happy about that.  It is not supposed to be this cold this early.  Does not bode well.

First day back at work after being gone for a week, could have been worse, it could have been a LOT worse.  Overall, things were pretty great actually.

Did I mention that it is supposed to go down below freezing tonight.  I thought so.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, COLD, Kindnesses, Wh
irled Peas, FUN!