Pictures of Spring (A.K.A. some photos not posted)

Scan18I promised some photos, so with the opportunity at my fingertips to show you what I have been seeing the past few Sundays, I can’t wait to put these on for you!

I apologize that they are not immediatly seen on my page. My parents computer will not post this formate like my laptop will. I hope you will click on the scans and let me know what you like!Scan1

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Internet Nomad

Well, this blog must officially be popular! This past friday I found a polite letter in with my paycheck, informing me that blogging on company computers will no longer be allowed. I have to admit that I was not surprised that I had been had, but rather the fact that I have so many of you wonderful readers that my own workplace has now joined the fray and discovered that my spare time was spent recently talking to you! Now the dilemma remains, how do I continue an enjoyable blog with no internet at my home (still) and now personal use on work computers?? Well, tonight I am officially sitting at my parents kitchen table, feverishly plugging away on their laptop. It feels strange to use their computer. I compare it to wearing someone elses underwear, that’s weird!

With that said, I have to tell you about my brother, Easton’s elaborate high school graduation in Kentucky. This past Wednesday, I woke up at 5 a.m. and ran. I then headed off to work until 2 p.m. I then grabbed Lynden and the two of use were off to Owensboro, Kentucky, a two-hour drive if you travel non-stop! With cold sodas in hand and a fresh cheese stick pizza from ‘Little Italy’s’ to eat on, we headed off. I have to tell you that the cheese stick pizza is like a traditional cheese pizza, but instead of pizza sauce, it is first covered with a buttery, garlic spread and then topped with 1/4 of an inch of mozzarella cheese! It is then cut into strips and then again in half to offer the purchaser 20 pieces of pure heaven! Anyway, the graduation was held inside of a large sports complex and had close to 400 students graduating! It made my graduation from 1997 look pitiful and thrown together! It was as though he was graduating college! Still, it was wonderful to see my youngest brother cross the threshold into the next chapter of his life! It lasted 2 hours, which pasted by much faster than I had thought it would, but, with two assistant principles calling out names, you can guess it would go quickly!

Let’s see, Wednesday, a great graduation, Thursday, a great night with my sons, Friday, PAYDAY, Saturday, a great evening at my best friends house grilling out with him and his family with my boys. All adding up to the end of a great weekend of picture-taking! 

As my sons, went home, I reached for my camera to head out. Then I realized what I had hoped would not happen during this project! The data card I was using for the ‘Spring’ leg of the picture book was lost! After tearing my home apart nd sifting through my Jimmy, I realized what had regrettably happen. Last Sunday, the shorts I had worn out snapping shots was the oldest pair I owned. It was after that day was over, I deemed them bound for the circular file, however, my disk in the pocket was not in the mix. 400 pictures are sadly sitting in the local landfill…Thank God I Printed My Pictures After Every Sunday!

Now as I sit in my parents kitchen I remain grateful to buy another disk and keep going!  On and up I like to think. I do long for the internet in my home soon though. I feel like an internet nomad, traveling from house to house, bumming the net to blog my adventures!

I hope your laughing as much as I am at all of this. For one day, soon, it will all be so well worth it!!

Live With Passion!!!

Thank God I Printed My Pictures!

Well, this blog must officially be popular! This past friday I found a polite letter in with my paycheck, informing me that blogging on company computers will no longer be allowed. I have to admit that I was not surprised that I had been had, but rather the fact that I have so many of you wonderful readers that my own workplace has now joined the fray and discovered that my spare time was spent recently talking to you! Now the dilemma remains, how do I continue an enjoyable blog with no internet at my home (still) and now personal use on work computers?? Well, tonight I am officially sitting at my parents kitchen table, feverishly plugging away on their laptop. It feels strange to use their computer. I compare it to wearing someone elses underwear, that’s weird!

With that said, I have to tell you about my brother, Easton’s elaborate high school graduation in Kentucky. This past Wednesday, I woke up at 5 a.m. and ran. I then headed off to work until 2 p.m. I then grabbed Lynden and the two of use were off to Owensboro, Kentucky, a two-hour drive if you travel non-stop! With cold sodas in hand and a fresh cheese stick pizza from ‘Little Italy’s’ to eat on, we headed off. I have to tell you that the cheese stick pizza is like a traditional cheese pizza, but instead of pizza sauce, it is first covered with a buttery, garlic spread and then topped with 1/4 of an inch of mozzarella cheese! It is then cut into strips and then again in half to offer the purchaser 20 pieces of pure heaven! Anyway, the graduation was held inside of a large sports complex and had close to 400 students graduating! It made my graduation from 1997 look pitiful and thrown together! It was as though he was graduating college! Still, it was wonderful to see my youngest brother cross the threshold into the next chapter of his life! It lasted 2 hours, which pasted by much faster than I had thought it would, but, with two assistant principles calling out names, you can guess it would go quickly!

Let’s see, Wednesday, a great graduation, Thursday, a great night with my sons, Friday, PAYDAY, Saturday, a great evening at my best friends house grilling out with him and his family with my boys. All adding up to the end of a great weekend of picture-taking! 

As my sons, went home, I reached for my camera to head out. Then I realized what I had hoped would not happen during this project! The data card I was using for the ‘Spring’ leg of the picture book was lost! After tearing my home apart nd sifting through my Jimmy, I realized what had regrettably happen. Last Sunday, the shorts I had worn out snapping shots was the oldest pair I owned. It was after that day was over, I deemed them bound for the circular file, however, my disk in the pocket was not in the mix. 400 pictures are sadly sitting in the local landfill…Thank God I Printed My Pictures After Every Sunday!

Now as I sit in my parents kitchen I remain grateful to buy another disk and keep going!  On and up I like to think. I do long for the internet in my home soon though. I feel like an internet nomad, traveling from house to house, bumming the net to blog my adventures!

I hope your laughing as much as I am at all of this. For one day, soon, it will all be so well worth it!!

Live With Passion!!!

 

A Beautiful Day

Yesterday, I seemed to be consumed with Barney & Lexi more than any project I have going right now! I recently sent the story to Glimmer Train Press which is having a literary contest. Fingers crossed, they look like a wonderful publisher!

Now I am sitting here, at work, and dreaming about the countryside and more pictures! I took a delivery earlier to the very area I was snapping shots in on Sunday and I became flooded with thoughts of how grateful I was to be out in the beautiful day!

I soon will be traveling to Kentucky with my oldest son, Lynden to attend my youngest brother, Easton’s, high school graduation! Looking forward to it!

As I said, I’m at work and (for the sake of needing a paycheck) must stop short my chatter! Please live with passion.

What A Beautiful Day!

Yesterday, I seemed to be consumed with Barney & Lexi more than any project I have going right now! I recently sent the story to Glimmer Train Press which is having a literary contest. Fingers crossed, they look like a wonderful publisher!

Now I am sitting here, at work, and dreaming about the countryside and more pictures! I took a delivery earlier to the very area I was snapping shots in on Sunday and I became flooded with thoughts of how grateful I was to be out in the beautiful day!

As I said, I’m at work and (for the sake of needing a paycheck) must stop short my chatter! I want to end by saying, LIVE WITH PASSION!

Just Another Day Pt.2

I’m sorry but writing at work is not always the best thing to do, thus I had to stop!

After Lynden went home with his mother, I was left with only the sounds of the clock ticking and the fridge humming to keep me company. I laid on my bed and stared at the maps of Lawrence County that I have on my wall and pondered just how far across my home I have come in only four short months and hope others are inspired. Do you mind if I ask if you are?? I hope so! See, I want to be successful as a children’s book author but I also want to inspire other people to reach out there and grab their dreams! I’ve given myself no more than two years to reach that vision I think to myself every morning!I know I can do it! I must!! I WILL!!!

As for you who faithfully read this, to which I am ever so grateful for, I dearly hope you keep reading and talking with me! Know that you can make whatever it is you want out of life to happen, you just have to believe! And , please forgive me for not posting pictures from the picture book. I push my limit by writing at work and can’t imagine losing my job right now. Never the less, I with have the internet again and will post a slew of pictures! I would love to hear what you think of them!

Since it is almost time to leave my lunch break, I return to work with a smile on my face and a stride in my step, knowing soon it will all come true! Live life with passion!!

Just another day in paradise!

This morning my alarm clock went off at 5:15. I opened my eyes put my feet on the floor. I love the feel of the carpet on my bare feet. Before I climbed out of bed, I made sure to put a smile on my face. You see, no matter what my day was like previously, I always make sure to smile before I leave my warm and mildly comfortable bed. It is my way of being grateful for simply waking up.

I used the restroom and put on my running clothes. I then turned on my computer to listen to my fifteen minutes of Anthony Robbins. I began my “Hour of Power”, or, “My TIme for short”, by going through my fifteen minutes on a CD I have. I admit I parcticly have it memorized, but having Tony there always takes it to the next level. I breath my four by four pattern, get grateful and finish by telling myself what I want and seeing it for real. It’s a wonderful feeling to feel that good at 5:30 a.m.!

With my running gear on and my cell phone in my pocket, I make my way up the street one block, to the high school track and run for 45 minutes. During which time I pretend that I don’t have to be to work in an hour and that I am a successful children’s book author who begins my mornings with a run before returning home and sitting down in my comfortable office to sip on hot sweet tea and begin writing or calling my agent or publisher and discussing Marky, Slash & Levy, Barney & Lexi, Mario Gunzel or Jack. (Jack, whom is my collaboration with author A.B. Walters) Merely warming up before I take my sons, Lynden, Ethan & Rylen off to school, which is only three blocks away from my home.

Then I check my cell phone and notice that it is almost 6:30 a.m. and I make my way back down the street and return home. I take a hot shower and finish my Anthony Robbins CD before heading off to work. Now that the boys are out of school, I am finally able to ride my bicycle to work, thus saving money on gas!

I ride seven short blocks to the local lumber yard where I work and begin my “Non-Me Time” earning a paycheck. Don’t get me wrong, of the jobs I have had in the past ten years, I enjoy this one the most! I just spend my nine hours dreaming of my stories and my picture book, and one day, soon, I will do things  for myself and not someone else who is living their own dream. It stays busy dreaming alongside waiting on customers, loading lumber and delivering shingles with a roof ladder. I case you do not know, a roof ladder is a motorized ladder that hauls the shingles off of the delivery truck and takes them to the room of a home. It is also what began to hum and smoke on me yesterday when I used it. It was then I missed my desk I had been thinking about earlier during my run and longed to return to it.

Still very much happy, yet fvery tired and sluggish, I left work behind and picked up Lynden for an evening with a frozen pizza that he loves. They are very good. We finished our meal with a trip to the ice cream shop before he got bored with no internet and game to play at my home and had his mother come pick him up.

More to come!

Pump Jacks and Litter Bugs

I have to say that not having the net at home is the biggest drag one can feel when trying to blog about things you enjoy. I so wish I could post pictures but being at work, that’s right I really should not be on, I do not have the opportunity to do that. Never the less, I am so patiently waiting on the moment to arrive when I will once again, be in the net world of the living, lol!

As for this past Sunday, it was a beautiful and quiet afternoon. One filled with oil field pump jacks for as far as the eye could see and money being made around every corner! To finish the day off, on my last road, I came across a large amount of litter in the road, to which I felt I should do my part! I turned around in a field and went back to fill an empty dog food bag I happen to have in the back plum full. I left behind the satisfaction of doing the right thing!

Well, it is time to head home to my netless abode. I hope you enjoy this, even without the photos. I promise they will be back!! Live with Passion!

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