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Nothing better to do on a snowy day than to sit by the fire and relax after getting cold and wet outside.

The cars are all visible now, so when the occasion occurs when it’s time to escape cabin fever, we can leave the house.

If there is one thing that the dogs love more than a fresh tennis ball flying through the air, it’s a warm fire in the living room.  I’m always having to tell the dogs to move away from the fire so they don’t burn themselves from the sparks.  They make me so nervous.

It took me awhile, but the Jeep was the first one I unblanketed.  I was a little worried about the weight of the 8 inches of snow on the soft top, but it turned out not to be that bad.  The worst part about the whole process was getting down our neighborhood road.  Once I got to the main road, it was smooth sailing.  Although, when I returned home and tried to back into the spot I had left, but got stuck on the snow drifts I created when digging out the cars.  I made it almost back where I started.  Good enough.  I didn’t even need 4 wheel drive.

Just a few days ago, we took down the Christmas tree in the living room and put all the ornaments away.  The tree was placed on the back porch, still in the stand, until we turn it into mulch in the spring.  The snow storm last night dressed it back up where it looks almost as amazing as it did with lights and tinsel.  Although it’s January, it looks like a white Christmas once again.  I’ll take it.  White Christmas’s don’t come around here very often.

I hope you all enjoy the snow.  Stay safe and warm.

Simon A.

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The time has come to make a fresh start once again.  When the clock struck midnight early this morning, the calendar started its march toward December and as tradition, lots of people are making new promises to themselves for the upcoming year.  Some of the most popular resolutions for the new year are to eat healthier, get into shape, connect with old friends (in person, not online), and many others that attempt to make them feel better and better about themselves.

This year, I am no exception, but I did get a head start on a few of them.  I’m already a gym rat, so check that one off the list, although all my goals at the gym are not fulfilled yet.  It’s a work in progress.  I also recently started going to spin classes again, which I used to do and fell out of it.  I can’t remember when, but I decided to go cold turkey on my sugar in my coffee.  Some people told me to just stop drinking coffee, and since that will never happen, I did the next best thing and stopped the sugar.  It took me a few weeks to get used to the bitterness, but now I don’t even notice.  Now, if I can only kick the soda addiction.  I have gone diet, but in recent times, they say diet isn’t any better for you, so that should probably be the next thing to go.  We’ll see.

I started this blog when I turned 35.  Last week, I turned 38 and much has changed.  Life is fast.  New babies come into the family, as well as new spouses with their own families.  Some family members go to heaven to start their new journey.  My dad made that trip this past year.  Some family move into the next phase of their life.  My step-daughter is one semester away from finishing her high school/Associates Degree middle college program and she is already accepted into a private 4 year school that she will attend in the fall.  It’s only an hour away, but far enough to spread her wings and stretch.

This next year is going to be great.  Lots of things will change, I know, some for the better, and some not so good, but with my head start, I believe this year is going to be different.  I’m already ahead of the game, ahead of the resolutions.  My new habits are already taking shape.  I won’t be at the gym tomorrow as a stranger to all.  I will be there to help the new members adjust to the good life and hope they stick it out for the long haul.  Since my sugar habit is already broken, it will be easier for me to cut back on other unhealthy habits.  I know I can do it, and that gives me strength.  For once, I don’t need a new years resolution list.  I have already made my choices and they started long before the countdown to midnight.  All there is to do now is maintain and optimize the plan in order to meet my goals.

Good luck to you all in your new year journeys.

Simon.


Mother nature has a sense of humor.  She can’t decide of it should be cold or hot, wet or dry, or sunny or cloudy.  One minute, it’s bright and vibrant outside with a cool breeze.  The next minute, it’s dark and gloomy, and you can feel the storm coming.  The wind picks up and the chimes begin singing beautifully, and the next thing you know, there is a down pour.  30 minutes later, it’s back to sunny again.  I can’t make up my mind whether camping this weekend would have been a good idea or not.

As it turns out, we decided to stay home this weekend  because the forecast was so bad.  Of course, the current situation is not as bad as the forecast, but I’m still not sure I would want to be out in the woods in this weather either.  Even though we stayed home, I did setup the pop up in the driveway in order to air it out from last weekend, and also to get it ready for next weekend.  So far, the forecast looks good for Memorial Day weekend, so camping is definitely in our forecast as well.

The camper seems to be handling the wind just fine, and I checked the inside this morning to make sure the heavy rain didn’t penetrate.  Everything was still dry, so nothing to worry about.  I re-shocked it with fresh towels, clean dishes, fire starter newspapers, and clean bed linens.  It’s ready to go for the holiday weekend, but I won’t pack it down until it dries out, either tomorrow or Tuesday.  I don’t want to pack it down wet, even if it is just for a few days.  I did that once with a tent, expecting to camp the next weekend, but then when the trip got cancelled, the tent sat in a bag wet for a few weeks and by the time we opened it back up, it was ruined.  I’m not taking that chance with the pop up.  The whole weeks shows sunny, so it should be dry in a day or so.

So regardless of Mother natures plans, next weekend will be a great weekend of camping.  I just hope she remembers that it’s a holiday weekend and that staying dry will make us all happy.

Happy camping.

Simon A.


I promised myself that I would make time to write and even though it is getting pretty late tonight, I intend to keep my word to myself.  It may not be a long post, but it’s going to be from the heart.

It’s been two days since the camping weekend came to a close.  Now that we are back home, we had to catch up on lots of things.  The lawn needed to be cut, the animals needed extra attention, and all the house work was backed up as well.  So needless to say, it has been busy around here.  But I am happy to say that things are looking good now, except the weather.  It has been a gloomy day today, with rain on and off, misty and then downpour. The dogs had to spend the day inside, which I assume is boring for them because there is nothing to bark at except the cat.

The temperature has been very nice and cool, which is great because our A/C is being stupid right now.  We’ve enjoyed having the breeze come through the open windows  and the sound of the rain makes it even better.  It’s a great atmosphere to write.  I would love to set up my writing desk in front of the window, but the room is not the correct configuration for that to happen.  Besides, once the A/C is fixed and summer hits, the windows will be closed and the sounds will be gone.  Then I’ll have to rely on Spotify for my audible motivation and inspiration.

Unlike while camping last weekend, I am now using all my fingers on the keys, making it much easier to type a post.  I know I will be able to take my laptop with me on the next camping adventure, and even though I won’t be able to publish while in the woods, I can type my heart away at speeds thumb typing on the phone can’t match.  So my next promise to myself will be to get my thoughts into a draft before packing up to come home from a trip.  Get my thoughts out while I am still in the atmosphere that inspires the thoughts in the first place.  That would make the most sense I would imagine.  The farther away from nature I get, the more detail I will lose in the creative process.  So while I sit here in bed, feeling the cool breeze from the open window, listening to the crickets and birds from that same window, I remind myself of a few things.  When I find myself lacking inspiration or the mood to put words to paper, all I need to do is simply open a window.  Nature is my inspiration and whether it’s coming from outside my bedroom window or through the canvas and zippers of my pop up camper, it will enable me to keep my promise to myself and just keep writing.

Goodnight.

Simon A.


Sunset Reflections

Sunset Reflections

Today, the gloominess finally moved out and the sunshine moved back in.  No more high speed winds.  No more rain.  Just blue skies as far as I could see, accompanied by bright warm sunshine.  This is what fall is supposed to be like.  I wish everyday was like today.  I can’t explain why, but days like this make me feel so good.  Too bad I had to work all day.  The sun did good though and stayed out for the whole evening as well.  I took a ride in the convertible to pick up my daughter and not even the construction and slow traffic could bring me down.

Not only was the sun shining today, but the moon was out this afternoon also.  It was only a partial viewing against the blue sky, but I think it’s so cool to see the moon during the day.  Someday I am going to get a nice telescope so I can see a little closer.

After dinner, my wife noticed the sunset over the neighbors house.  You couldn’t see the sun itself, but as you can tell from my photo above, the red coming off the clouds was amazing.  Not sure where those clouds came from since there were none all day, but I am glad they were there because without them, the sky would only have been a blue sheet that faced to white behind the trees.  All this beauty today makes life wonderful.  Hoping this weather stays like this for awhile and brings more beautiful days ahead.

Life is good.

Goodnight.

Simon.


It’s still dark outside, but there is still the content hum of the wind, whipping across the front porch.  The air is crisp and moist, as the rain continues to fall, although it is diminishing every day.  I believe the forecast shows that the sun will be allowed to come out today.  I hope so because all these gloomy days are getting really old.  Fall is supposed to be full of color and brightness, not overcast, dull gray, and windy.

Despite the recent spell of bad weather, I am glad for the changing season.  I know this system is temporary and the colors will return.  Leaves will float to the Earth once again, instead of flying by like bullets.  The hammocks will be hung up soon and it will be time to sit outside and enjoy the breezes and the sounds of nature.

So this is for you Sun.  C’mon out and play.  We miss you.

Simon.


I just started writing again a few weeks ago and to my amazement, you are enjoying my thoughts in print. I decided to expand my operation so that more people get an opportunity to see my work. I am very new to blogging and I didn’t know how to get the word out about my posts except for adding tags, and posting a link to my blog on Facebook. My Facebook friends like my posts and leave comments on Facebook, but they don’t have a way to follow me here since most of them are not bloggers. Well, I finally took some steps to break through some barriers. I’m not sure how it will help, as this is my first post since. We will see. What I did was finally link this blog to my Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts. My hope is to reach more people so that they can benefit from my writings.

Now that my experiment has been explained, probably making me look very foolish to you guys who have been blogging for years, I will give you some of my recent news. School is back in session as of last Monday and this semester, I am registered for 2 classes, both online, and both general electives. Since i work full time, I need evening classes, but there were none offered for the classes I need in my major. So Computer Science classes will have to wait until next semester. This semester, in the interest of knocking out some of my Gen Ed requirements, I am taking a Philosophy class in Practical Reasoning with an Intensive Writing Marker. This means that not only will I be writing blogs regularly here, but I will also be writing papers every two weeks on the Scientific Method approach for solving problems and analyzing data. This is going to be a fun class for me. I am also taking a German Literature class, taught in English, on the Middle Age German Writers and their historic impact on the country. This will give me a chance to learn about the German society, as I have already taken 2 semesters of the German language. My family ancestry is also partly German, so that strikes my interest as well. It’s going to be an eye opening semester.

I know this is a short entry tonight, but I am going to stop here because I an ancious to see how all this account linking is going to work. Please stay tuned and I promise to write again soon. Have a great start to your week everyone.

Goodnight.

Simon A.