Halloween

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

2014-10-31 22.12.09Just as I started writing this, I got a Face Time call from my daughter. There was my two grandsons, down in Indy, soaking wet, just getting back from trick-or-treating. All the candy was out on the table. Of course they were chowing down on their favorite pieces. They look pretty dry in this photo. They weren’t ecstatic about bundling up for the cool temps but it help them look bulked up. Got to look good if you’re a super hero.

This is a pretty chilly Halloween evening. Right now it is probably 30° outside. We got a little snow this afternoon. Nothing stuck to the ground. I suppose though the hunters will like this, since it will provide them with some deer movement. (I’m editing this around 930pm…snow is sticking to the ground)
I am sitting at the Miller’s house in Milford. Everyone went trick-or-treating in Milford for a while. The rain has stopped for now.
I am sort of experimenting at blogging through voice recognition. It seems to work pretty good. You can do it hands free. It’s sort of like recording a voice memo but you can continue on and on and on. The only drawback, concern is that you have to do it in a quiet room, else the phone picks up a lot of miscellaneous voices. I’ve noticed where the VR will start throwing in extra words that you never said. I suppose the only real drawback is that I am doing this on an iPhone and you can’t see the total article all at one time. That makes it tough for editing and correcting the thought process of what you said or what you thought. Well everybody’s home and I’ll be noisy so I’ll sign off for now.

So now everyone is home. Everyone has candy. I’m done revising & will let this be published as is.

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New Title ….New Outlook

October 30, 2014 Leave a comment

I retired in 2008. I stopped looking for work in 2009. I became a stay at home Dad to our 12 year old daughter. My wife went back to work full time to build up her retirement pension. Now she is getting ready to retire too. It has really taken me six years to grasp the title of this blog. I have plenty of work to get done around our home. I have a list of chores I created myself. Whats great about retirement is that I get to prioritize everything. Those jobs that don’t get done…there’s always tomorrow.

Today I finished one of the 3 flower beds that needed to be completely overhauled. The only thing I saved was some peony bulbs. The other two are some where in process. I have three more that just need to be weeded and have the flowers removed. My wife want to save some of the seeds. Might rotor-till the bigger one. It late October, we have some cool weather coming over the weekend. I thought I better get the peonies back in the ground.

I do not have any type of greenhouse. So I am wondering what I should do with some apple trees I started last fall from seed. Also, I have black locus trees I started from seed. Those are things to worry about later.

Bad Optics: Obama and HHS vs Little Sisters of the Poor

September 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Bad Optics: Obama and HHS vs Little Sisters of the Poor.

Thanks to President Obama & the Democrats more charities will shut down their open doors & those that are served will become a larger burden to the public … but then that’s what the gov’t wants!!!! Everyone needs to be under the thumb of the gov’t bureaucrats – you wont need God

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A Catholic Education today?

January 3, 2013 Leave a comment

This was a reply to a broadcasted email on the greatness of the catholic school education system. I think the Catholic school model has been lost and now it is a model of supply based economics. It will never be what it was in the 40’s and 50’s. It was eroding and falling by the wayside in the 1960’s. By the mid to late 70’s a new goal was created to preserve the “Catholic School System”. Its motto was not to teach about Jesus but to provide a degree to get you into college above those students who were relegated to the public school system. It was not “God centered” but a “Entitlement” driven.

I find it difficult to support your education system. When I went to Catholic schools in Detroit, Our Lady of Good Counsel  & St Cyril and Methodius High School from 1955 to 1968, it was because I wanted to learn about my faith, to be a Catholic. These were schools built, developed, and support by a local parish community. There was community life in the school. The parents were always involved in the student activity. We didn’t have students there because they were running away from public schools, nor did we have non-Catholics. They have no desire to learn about Jesus but want the name recognition for colleges acceptance. Both of these groups have driven the cost of education beyond the means of the majority of Catholic parents.  $5,000 to $10,000 per year for a grade school diploma or high school diploma is outrageous. Your cost has been driven not because you are teaching the students about Jesus and Catholicism but because you have a limited number of seats and non-Catholics are competing for those seats. You do not make this education system available for the students that are the community but for those that can afford it. If you had Christ in mind your doors would be open to every inner-city child at no cost. The Archdiocese of Detroit  takes are funds and gives it to your schools, whether we want it to go to you or not (via CSA & Changing Lives Together programs). What do you give back?

If you were successful in your goal, “…They do so because an education that puts God in its center is as it should be, is a priority…” our Churches would be packed every weekend not just on Christmas and Easter.It has become more and more incumbent of the parents to be excellent role models and put out as Christ would. Even then we do not always succeed.

That Darn Cat

December 18, 2012 Leave a comment

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Hard to believe but  Indygo, the cat is gone. This picture is about a year old. We never really knew how old she was. My oldest daughter rescued her in 2000 or so. When she moved into a house that was her married friends, the husband at first so OK but with-in a few weeks told her either she moved or the cat had to leave. One thing that Indygo did was “talked” a lot. She was part Siamese that way.  She would always meow in the morning to let me know she was on the landing and wanted upstairs. She would boss the dog always. When we called people & sang “Happy Birthday”, Indygo would sing right along with us. She was a people cat.  When my older son would come home from high school sports & lay on the couch, Indygo was right there with him. He was never bothered by her even thought other cats would make him sneeze & his nose would really itch.

This summer she stopped eating. It took us a couple of weeks to realize nobody was really putting new food in her bowl. After a bunch a vet visits we knew she was going to be struggling. At first we thought she was pulling through but the pain in her jaw was pretty bad. She would eat a very little every so often. Then she would eat everything in sight. Her coat was pretty dull, her hair was falling out in clumps. She never socialized with the family much at all, just sleeping on the heat vent or staying in the basement, on a seat cushion next to the warm furnace. The decision relates to Long Term Care in a perverse way. I hated when my sisters had us move my Mom to a nursing home up north. I was sure there was more we could do. What was best for the person or the cat wasn’t always best for me the son/caretaker.

I was really torn as what to do. The vet wasn’t sure if surgery would even help & was concerned because of the lack a strength of a cats jaw bone. I finally put her to rest Monday. This is the second animal I had to put down. It never gets easier. I always think I hear her prowling around the house. The dog must miss her. They were always together, playing or fighting.

CFFL Week Nine

November 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Well my six week run is now done by a great game set by the Duke. Too bad I didn’t keep Alex Smith he might have put me over the edge. The I pick up Brandan whatever his last name is & he puts up 2.5 points what a jerk. OActuaslly he never had a chance since he obviously wasn’t in the game plan. I used that “Bloomberg” thingy & it told me to pick up Crabtree but do I ever listen to reasonalble advice .. never! So I lost.
I made a post earlier tonight & I still stand by it, we should never keep TE. Maybe I should make that a rule. Then the next thing is that Norv Turner should get his name corrected.
So we now have 4 teams with 5 losses & 4 more on the brink. I think this year we are all weak. We will have a team with 5 or more losses in the playoffs.
See you next week>

Taking a class to fly above the clouds

October 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Wish I could fly!

Piper 28/180 single seater. G.BSTH.

Being semiretired, I would be taking flight lessons. I always wanted to learn to fly. As a kid I never missed a show of Sky King.

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