Category Archives: Environment


We currently have too many cats. It wasn’t planned, it just happened. My wife and I had two cats, Oliver and Sugaree, that are more like our babies  than pets. A friend asked if we could “babysit” her two cats while she was in between homes, and she hasn’t retrieved them! Four cats is a lot. We have multiple cat boxes and way too many cat food bowls around the house. They also make too much noise at night while I am trying to sleep! I am calling the friend and asking her to come back for her cats soon! I can’t take this much longer!!

Almost ready

I have almost everything ready for tomorrow. I put this together rather quickly, but it is working out well. We are taking the canoes with us in the back of the truck and trailering the four wheeler’s behind us. A bunch of the women are bringing dishes so that we don’t have to bring it all ourselves. I just had to get the drinks, chips, dip and the meat.

I will dry rub some of it today as well as make the patties for the hamburgers, then freeze those over night. They will keep better that way and I wont have to do it while I am there. I am also picking up my nephews tonight to spend the night with me in the tent out at the lake. If we don’t we won’t get a good spot tomorrow morning. Anyway, have a good one and Happy Labor Day!

Dog Days of this Summer

The months of July and August (so far) has been Dog Days as far as I am concerned. The hot weather never gave us any break at all. It has been hot, in the 90’s and sometimes breaking into the 100’s, every single day. And it stays hot at night, too. I remember as a kid the night would bring some relief. We could go to bed around 10:00 with all the window open and a fan blowing in the corner and be fine with sleeping comfortably. Not this year. As late as midnight and it has still been over 80 degrees. A fan just blows the hot air around, it doesn’t cool you. I have friends who have been trying every trick, like putting a big bowl of ice in front of the fan, to keep cool. Frankly, I can’t wait for this summer to be over and although I don’t like cold weather much, this heat has got us all beat down.

My grandparents

I thought I would show you the great place my grandparents retired to last year in Palm Beach Gardens. This place is absolutely fabulous. My grandfather loves to golf and so they chose a place where he can enjoy the PGA Tour when it comes to his area. My grandmother loves the weather because up here she was always cold. Now she gets around much better because her arthritis doesn’t bother her as much. She has made a lot of friends there and does a ton of activities as well.

We have the added reassurance that they are well taken care of as there is a Life Care program with assisted living, nursing, rehabilitation and memory support should they ever need it. That makes us feel much better about them living so far away. It is good to know that they are happy and truly enjoying their retirement. That is after all the way it should be. If you work hard and take care of your responsibilities, you should be able to enjoy retirement the way you want. I hope that one day I can have the same kind of retirement for my wife and I. You should check it out.

So much to do, so little time

We are getting ready for our trip to the Smokey Mountains. The preparation is killer though and takes forever. Most of it is coordinating with everyone else that is going with us, and making sure we have everything we want or need to take with us. Mostly that is seeing that we have enough trucks or suv’s to pull the trailers and campers. Some of them are using tents, so that will be easy to take care of, but we want to make sure we have enough ATV’s to accommodate everyone.

I am borrowing a couple of them from a friend so that my nephew and his buddy have their own to drive. We always go riding on this trip and everyone needs to be able to go, since it is an all day ride into the mountains. I think I have everything taken care of as far as that goes, but there are last minute additions to the trip that always occur. Guess I will have to play that by ear.