- to share with you how I manage to live the good life
- to share a bit of the wisdom gained from many years in various leadership positions
- to express my personal political opinions
- to lighten your burdens with humor.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
IT'S SPRING! I Must Be At The Lake!
eYes, spring has come to central Ohio. The grass has greened up, I've mowed my lawn already, the trees are just starting to bud out and the ducks and geese are everwhere. Haven't seen the resident eagle yet, nor the red winged black birds, swallows or humming birds.
I've been here for a week now. IT IS GREAT! That being said, it is still cold. It is supposed to get down to 39 degrees tonight. There is no central heat, just an electrical fireplace and several room heaters. Sleeping is great in the cold weather, under a blanket and spread. I turn off the heat when I go to bed. It was 41 degrees outside when I got up this morning, 53 degrees inside.
Just how cold is 53 degrees, you ask? I'm not certain but I can tell you that when I pulled off those warm PJs this morning, I got my clothes on in record time, including a sweatshirt and shirt jack. then, as I quickly passed through the living room, I paused slightly to turn on the heat as I headed for my van and a heater.
I HAD THE KITCHEN CLEANED UP AND DIDN'T WANT TO COOK MY BREAKFAST--JULIE WAS COMING DOWN TODAY! Can you say McDonalds?
I was so glad to see Julie and Donna, our housekeeper. They are both sweeties and I like sweeties but it was more serious than that. The television has been turned off here for the season, and that included my computer. My cell phone has gone nuts so I haven't able to call home for a couple days.
Even my kindle is acting up. Son, Mark, will take care of that when I get to him. I can read President George W. Bush's book, Decision Points, my third book on the Bush family in the last year. I can still read the book I have up but cannot bring up another book due to a wii problem.
No phone, no television, no computer, no kindle, no iPad Shuffle, WHY I AM BACK INTO THE DARK AGES!
Julie, capable person that she is, got everything back on line, excepting the kindle. AND SHE BROUGHT ME MY NEW MONITOR FOR THE LAKE COMPUTER. What a joy!. Thanks Julie-girl!
I have shook hands and spoken once to the marina manager across the street from the families retreat. Other than that, and placing an order at Micky D's this morning, I haven't spoke to a soul or read any news for a week. ALMOST LIKE BEING ON A CANOE EXPEDITION IN THE NORTH WOODS. I about talked the two girls to death.
Julie, as always, brought a car load of food. Sausage, bacon, eggs, bread, buns, cans of this and that, frozen foods, snacks, fruit--MOM COULD HAVE FED OUR FAMILY OF SIX FOR A MONTHS WITH WHAT JULIE CARRIED IN TODAY. She also brought in a roaster with a cooked beef roast in mushroom gravyi, along with which she added baked potato and corn. Oh Yes! Bumble-Berry Pie, freshly baked no less.
I am a fortunate man, and am thankful!
It has been cold and raining all week. I pruned all but one apple tree, worked on that but haven't got it finished yet. Mowed the lawn. Removed the straw and leaves from the roses and sprayed and pruned them. All ten of them made it through the winter alright. It was too windy to spray the fruit trees. I dug the deck furniture out of storage and put it back on the deck. Donna helped me put the huge, market unbrella on the table. One of the ribs was broken. Fair Wear and Tear. That same rib broke a couple years ago in another place. I can repair it. We put down the deck carpet, hard to believe how well it comes through the winter.
Did I mention that its has been cold and wet? Yes, the trees are still barren on the hills across the lake but the leaves are peeking out on the flowers and before I can get ready, summer will be here and I will be behind again, regardless of how hard I work.
Although it is too wet to plow, it was too wet last year into June, my depth control gear on my rotor tiller is broken. It is a big, rear tined rotor tiller and Sears sends someone out to the house to fix it. I hauled it home earlier and they will repair it next Tuesday. I have to go home next week for a Diner's Club dinner and I'll bring the tiller back to the lake. When I crank up that rotor tiller and start to plow, be assured that Walt Pierce will be a happy man.
Julie and Donna left about dark. I'm listening to Fox News as I write this blog. LIFE IS GOOD!
WHY WRITE SUCH A PERSONAL BLOG? REALLY, IT IS NOT JUST TO LET YOU KNOW I AM STILL HERE, BREAKING IN MY NEW HIP, AND THAT MY COMPUTER IS FASTER THAN EVER.
I want to say to you that even so late in life, that life can be exciteable beyond belief! There is so much I want to do, and am doing. Near term I'll be with my son, Todd, getting my high tech Recumbent Trike back on the road. The weather will warm up and I'll be after the crappies.
TRULY, MY FRIENDS, LIFE IS JUST WHAT YOU MAKE IT TO BE. MAKE YOUR'S GREAT!
St. John 10:10 declares that Christ came that we might have a more abundant life. It does not take money or position, it takes planning and action.