…today's timeline…

All my days start right around 2am.  By 230 I’m on the road and heading to Nashville Tn.  It’s just under an hour ride that I spend with a cup of coffee and Jesus, it’s a full 45 minutes of praise and worship, and a lot of prayer.  I’m sure those that can see me in their headlights think I’ve lost my mind.  It’s a time that I do enjoy a lot.  I check in at our shop and see what vehicles need to be returned and what needs to be picked up for repairs.  Today was on the slow side, but I started with one to be picked up in Franklin.  Still pouring down rain, it’s about 30 minutes to Liberty Pike, so off I went.  Back to the shop after Franklin, an hour later.  A little paperwork and a few calls, now I’m off the Hendersonville, for another pickup.  Got there and it wouldn’t start so the cables went on for a jump, and it took a little time to get it going, but all good.  Now heading back to the big city, and the rain has slacked off.  Back at the shop, I’ve got two to deliver to Brentwood, so away I go again, not a bad run as long as it’s early.  Dropped the first one off and i get a call to pick up in Columbia Tn, another hour south.  On a positive note by the time I get back to Nashville the morning rush traffic has leveled out so life is grand.  I drop that one and grab the other Brentwood run, back to the shop from the last run right at 1130.  Total out the days runs, document and check assignments for Thursday.  Off the clock at noon, and headed back home, now just a light drizzling rain.  Today was a total of 309 miles, a steady day, in the steady rain.  I prefer it to be busy, so time goes by quick.  Every day I go somewhere different, so it doesn’t get boring.  I’ve been around Nashville enough to know how to avoid certain high traffic areas, to make my days better.  I get home, right at 1pm and for this day I give thanks.  Another great day in the morning.

     I’ve decided to jump into the real blogging world this weekend and get the paid WordPress, I’ve got Thursday (dream job) and Friday (favorite childhood book) to blog like this.  I’ve no idea how this transition will go, but I’ll do my best.   

     So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.     Isaiah 41:10

…my favorites…

     My favorite quote:

“whatever it takes”

My favorite bible verse:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

We may not understand God’s plan for our lives, but trust in Him.  Everything in our lives happens for His glory. 

…reality…

     If I would hit the lottery, it would be a miracle because I no longer buy lottery tickets.  I used to, when we lived in Florida I played Fantasy 5 weekly religiously for about 9 years.  I did win a few hundred dollars a couple of times, but the money I wasted on it doesn’t compare.  Since we have moved back to Tennessee I no longer play the lottery, and I haven’t in a while but every now and then I’ll buy a scratch off ticket, just for fun.  At times I’ve thought about what I’d do with the winnings if I was to ever win the lottery, and I’m sure when I was playing I had the winnings all divided up, so much for this and so much for that, who I’d share it with, our children, family, friends and grandkids.  But this is now, and if I was to win, I’d do something for the homeless, maybe a housing project, renovated housing for those without.  I’d give to charities like the children’s hospital, for cancer research, I’d give to the humane society, ASPCA, animal control, I hate seeing those commercials showing the poor dogs and cats.  But ill never win the lottery, all I can do is give what I can now and pray for those given charge of these groups. 

     What I’ve come to realize is that I have something better than the lottery.  But first let me tell you how I want to live the rest of my life.  First I want to stop having to drive to Nashville 5 days a week and working for someone else. Spending 8 to 10 hours there, coming home in the afternoon to a few hours of rest and maybe working outdoors in the yard, then getting ready for the next day and doing it all again, over and over.  I do enjoy getting up early I don’t think that will ever change, having coffee, prayer and meditation, watching a little news maybe, then working on my blog and my social media pages.  Spending a few hours on the computer, then getting out in the garden and green house, working in our yard and enjoying the fresh air.  Coming in for a light lunch around 1ish, maybe a little more writing and then spending the remaining time in and around the house.  Life is too short, it’s time to live my life for me. There is a way to blog/write for an income and also a writing program with amazon to write and publish short books (KDP) both fiction and non-fiction, easy enough.  Just do it.  I’m just getting started.  Having the dream and desire to write and succeed is my winning lottery.  For this I’m very thankful.  Baby steps, one day at a time. I won’t quit.

     Delight yourself in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of thine heart.    Psalm 37:4 

Silence is golden…

     It’s kind of like knowing where you want to go.  And knowing the route to take to get you there.  And even to the point that you’ve started the journey.  All you have to do now is take that daily step. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it will happen and you will get there.   The same goes for this blogging.  Writing has got to be a constant.  Yesterday was a long day at work for me, and late getting home, so I postponed my daily 30 day challenge writing until this morning.  This has got to be a daily ritual.  Regardless.  This is something that I want.

     The weather fooled us again, what was predicted and what we got was close to a 20 degree difference.  Then add the clouds and rain, all plans were changed.  I’m not complaining, I’m thankful, because everything happens for a reason.  I have my excuse to stay inside and write.  We do not always know why this or why that.  It’s not about knowing why, it’s understanding that God is in charge, and everything happens for His glory.  Being thankful isn’t always easy.  Especially when what happens feels bad to us.  He is looking after us the same way a parent should look after a child.  Sometimes it is ‘tough love’.  Gratitude attitude.

     Yes, sometimes I get anxious, but there is pretty much always a learning curve.  I think about waiting for spring, about being able to get out and plant a small garden, to work in the yard, just being outdoors.  And then I am reminded that to everything there is a season.  There is a reason.  Try to get and or stay prayerful.  Maybe you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, start one.  Talk to Him the same way you would talk to anyone else.  Tell him what bothers you, what changes you’d like to make.  Tell him your wants and desires.  Talk to him about what you like and dislike, tell Him what you’re thankful for.  Again it needs to be daily, a constant.  Just take baby steps,  take some time alone and spend time with your maker and creator. Maybe I am preaching to myself. Thankful.

my grown baby boy ♥️

     The topic for yesterdays writing, the one I skipped over, was ‘a proud moment’.  If I had to pick just one, I’d have to say I am most proud of my son.  I’m a worrier, not because I am in constant fear, it’s just me, it’s my mind that never stops.  I know that the good Lord watches over us all and He’s got the whole world in His hands.  I remind myself of His goodness, of how He has delivered me, how He turned my life around.  I tell myself about all the times I’ve feared the worst and even praying, and then with answered prayers He makes me realize that it’s not about me, it’s all about his grace and mercy. It’s about having faith in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I have always worried about my son, just as any parent does.  And the older we get, I have to remind myself that he is grown now and is living his own life.  He is now 33, working on 34 and he is still my little boy.  But I am so very proud of him.  And thankful.  My side of the family is not close, it’s always good to hear from family, but it’s the calls and texts that we don’t get that is to be thankful for, that silence to me is golden. So, my proud moment is that of my son.  For this I am thankful.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father…So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

two thirds to go…

     Day number 10 of the 30 day blogging challenge.  Until today all the topics/subjects assigned have been workable.  Today’s topic is ‘first celebrity crush’, and I’m drawing a blank.  I can’t say I’ve ever had a celebrity crush, I have many actors and actresses that I admire, but I can’t single one out and say I’ve ever had a crush on them.  I’m not what you might call a movie goer, I do have a few television shows that I enjoy, we usually watch a series from start to finish, and then search for another great show.  We like law and order criminal type television.  For now we are watching The Sopranos (1999), Suits, The Mentalist (2008), Blacklist, and Manifest, so you see what we watch doesn’t have to be new, just new to us.  We rotate the shows, and maybe catch a Amazon Prime Video movie on the weekend.  My favorite movie of all time, is Cool Hand Luke with Paul Newman, an oldie but goodie.  I’ve probably watched it a thousand times.  It never gets boring. 

Dickson TN

     Tomorrow’s subject is ‘most proud moment’.  And TGIF, I’m more than ready for a nice weekend, trying to get our greenhouse back together again.  Stay safe and prayerful. 

     And Jesus looking upon them said, with men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.    Mark 10:27    

…way back when…

     Today’s topic is ‘tattoos and piercings’.  Not even halfway through the 30 day challenge, and I’m looking forward to the time when I have a choice of my topic and subject.  Since these are assigned and I have committed to this, I’m not stopping, nor changing the lesson plan.  I wont quit.    

…my first tattoo…

      I’m not sure the year but I remember the day, I had decided to get my first tattoo, and I knew that I wanted a South Carolina blue crab.  I’m a July baby from SC, and my zodiac sign is cancer, so everything fit.  If you are crabbing in the SC lowcountry, legal size to keep a crab is at least 5 inches from point to point.  So I wanted my crab tattoo to be 5 and one half inches across and I wanted it on back on my left shoulder.  I had shopped around by visiting several shops in North Carolina, and that’s when and where I met Jason Moore.  I knew without a doubt that he was an awesome tattoo artist just from meeting him and talking.  Jason drew up a sketch, perfect, we agreed on a price and an appointment was made.  I remember that it was on a Saturday, downtown Wilmington, NC.  Anyway, I had the feeling that I was going to have to have some alcohol in me in order to deal with the pain that might or might not happen.  I have now been sober for almost 5 years, but at that time I was a straight whiskey shooter.  If you have been keeping up with my blog and Instagram you already know I’m an early bird, an early riser.  I arrived downtown, on the Saturday, and took my first shot to calm my nerves, I’m not sure what time it was, but it was early.  I walked around the block, getting my head together and calming my southern Baptist self down.  When I got around to the shop, it was still closed, so ok, I did another shot, and headed down the street to a coffee shop for an espresso.  I really enjoy coffee and love espresso, strolled around the block once more, and guess what?  Closed, I decided to do another shot and sit and wait.  It wasn’t much longer, the shop opened, Jason got everything prepped, he did an awesome job and love it still today.  If he was anywhere near Nashville, I have no doubt I’d get another from him.  If you want an awesome tattoo and are anywhere near Carolina Beach, NC., look him up.  You won’t be disappointed. 

     I now have 5 tattoos total, all with a nautical theme, except one.  And I’m probably finished.  But none do I regret.  Piercings, I’ve had 3.  None that I wear now, but again none that I regret.  It was a phase I suppose.

     Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.    Proverbs 3:5            

…alot of birthdays…

     I am getting excited about writing, I no longer dread sitting down and facing a blank screen.  I think constantly of all the possibilities of a niche for writing and of monetizing my blog site.  I’m still doing the free wordpress site for now, only because I’m still learning.  Each and every day, is a step in the right direction, my baby steps, and one day at a time.  When I get closer to the end of my 30 day challenge, I’ll decide which direction I want the blog to take and what niche I want to focus on, and then I’ll subscribe to the paid wordpress site and start benefiting from it.  Part of this learning process is to gain the confidence I need to post an awesome blog, worth reading, that people will enjoy and benefit from.  Something that will draw folks to read and to follow me for the next blog.  I’m only about 5 years away from retirement, and every day I’m preparing for that time in my life.  I feel like this blogging is what I’ve been looking for. As a way to supplement my social security, and doing something that I enjoy.

     Today is day 8 of the challenge, with the topic of ‘an old picture of me’.  If you follow my Instagram, then you know how much I enjoy taking pictures, somedays I snap pictures all day long.  I love taking pictures, but I’m not crazy about having my picture taken.  We are our biggest critic, afterall.  I enjoy going through old pictures, especially in the antique shops around town, wondering and daydreaming about who the folks are, where was it taken, I really like the older black and white ones.  I have a few older pictures, but the one I’m posting here, my sister sent it to me yesterday.  I’m guessing that the year is around 1975, it’s my mama and daddy, and me with my brothers and sister. I’m the top left guy. I think its from the Olan Mills studio taken for the church directory.  And it was many moons ago.  It’s nice to look back and see how much we have changed in approximately 44 years. And think about the different directions we have all taken. 

     Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ.  1 Thessalonians 5:18          

…my favorite meal…

     It’s a great feeling to accomplish anything.  And today is day 7 of my 30 day challenge of learning to write and blog.  The goal is to write every day to form the habit and so far I’m averaging 750 words a blog, more or less, so yes I’m proud of myself.  It may seem unfocused and or like I’m rambling, but I’m trusting the process.  Today has been a great day, again.  And I’m loving life.  I did google ‘how to get followers on wordpress’, just because I’m anxious I suppose.  And Google gave me a few suggestions and then said relax, its coming.  So I’m great with those results. 

     Today’s topic is ‘my favorite food’.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love to cook and I love to eat.  It would be easier to list the few things I do not eat, than to try and list all the foods I enjoy.  But hands down, my all time favorite, if I’m ever asked what I want for my last meal, without a doubt, is spaghetti and meatballs, with angel hair pasta, a small simple salad and garlic bread.  Done and next.  For me it’s the easiest meal and the tastiest.  I’m sure it falls into the low budget category as well. 

     Walmart is my best friend, and I visit every Friday after work for shopping.  I’m guessing that we do spaghetti at least once a month, and we get several meals of spaghetti out of it.  The first go around meal is with the meatballs, the second is with fried chicken thighs and mozzarella cheese, if any sauce is leftover, it usually goes in the freezer to be added to a soup later.  I start in the produce aisle, grabbing one container of fresh mushrooms, whole or sliced, depending on looks.  Also in produce, Walmart has a small round container of cut tomatoes, celery, onion, cilantro and jalapeno pepper if you choose the hot one.  Next is the meat department, I get the 2.25 pound container of ground chuck and the fresh small pork meatballs from the same section.  One large container of garden variety spaghetti sauce and a small can of diced tomatoes.  Brown the ground beef and drain.  Add the sauce and dice tomatoes.  You can sautée the tomatoes/celery/onions/etc. and mushrooms separately and add or cook them with the ground beef.  I bake to meatballs in the oven for about 15 minutes and then add them to the sauce.  Simmer the sauce, the longer the better, prep the salad and bake the garlic toast.  It doesn’t get any easier.  And I love that meal.

     Tomorrow is day 8, my second week already and the topic is ‘an old photo of me’.  I’m not getting any feedback, good or bad, so I’m following google’s direction and relaxing.

     But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.  Luke 6:35        

…eyes wide open…

     I was taught another great lesson yesterday.  Writing cannot be rushed.  It has to flow from the inside out.  I was taking the subject given and trying too hard to write what I thought would be interesting enough to be read.  We all have triggers that make us who we are.  For me I’m learning that if I will just write what I’m thinking or feeling, it’ll all fall into place.  It’s like some of the quizzes and surveys we take, there is no wrong answer.  For now, this is all a learning process for me, just write and enjoy the journey.  I do enjoy sharing my days with you all, yes, we are where we’re supposed to be, and there is a reason for everything and for everyone that passes through our lives.  We have to keep our eyes wide open and ears open.  It also takes being prayerful and thankful.

     Today’s topic is ‘3 personality traits that I am proud of’.  The first one that comes to mind is my sense of humor.  I like that I find humor in everything.  I spend a lot of time laughing and smiling.  I have learned its good to be able to laugh at ourself and I do, a lot.  Its part of my being easy going, and laid back, not to be so uptight that we can’t laugh or even crack a smile.  Life is too short for that.  Laugh out loud. 

     Another trait is that I’m positive about life, I try to be positive about everything.  I believe that everything happens for a reason.  And I believe that it’s not about the action but about our reaction that makes our worlds go around.  Think before you react. Crap is going to happen, regardless, just because of the world that we are living in and I know that its this world that we are only passing through and life goes by fast, and the older we get the faster it moves.  I try not to have bad days.  I’ve found that a great way to prevent that is by starting every day being positive and by being thankful.  If we start our days with positive affirmations and being truly thankful, it only gets better.  Give thanks for everything. Whether you believe it or not, thoughts become things, if you are thinking bad thoughts you’re going to have bad days and vice versa.  Train yourself to think positive thoughts, post positive quotes, memorize positive scriptures, and I promise your world will change.  Be the change.  If you find yourself having negative thoughts, cancel them.  Say it out loud, ‘cancel’.  Replace those thoughts with positive ones and give thanks.  We all have a lot to be thankful for.

     Another trait that I have that I’m proud of is my compassion and generosity.  I don’t wish harm on to anyone, and I am more than willing to help anyone, we can all make it successfully and be happy.  I suppose that my beliefs help form my traits, we are put where we are to be beneficial to others, we are blessed to be a blessing.  We should all pray for each other.  I know that somebody prayed for me.  We should all have the mindset that we can help each other.  How can I help you?  What can I do to help you succeed?  I don’t have a Facebook account but I do enjoy Instagram, I guess because I enjoy taking pictures, and sharing my world there.  I pray for everyone, all those that cross my path daily, and I pray for your success in all that you do.  If you have a special prayer request feel free to send an email or comment.  We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.      

     Tomorrow will be day 7 of this 30day challenge, and the topic is ‘my favorite foods’.  That’ll be easy enough cause I love to cook and I love to eat.

     Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.  Philippians 4:6,7     

…gratitude attitude…

     I have to say that I am enjoying this journey.  Although most of my days seems to be routine, at a glance, each day is so very different.  And now with me learning this writing, it makes me think and to look at each day differently.  The goal is to gain the habit of writing down my thoughts and feelings and then to improve on that. I have started reading other blogs and getting help and instructions from others.  For this I am thankful. If you are reading this and feel so moved, please subscribe to my blog.  I am only blogging daily for now (30 day challenge), then I’ll settle down and start blogging only twice a week.  When I publish a new blog, it’ll notify you that its posted and ready to be read, thanks in advance for your support, I welcome your comments and suggestions. I’m still trying to find my ‘niche’ here, but I’m sure that’ll happen in time.

     Today is day number 5, I can’t say that it’s getting easier, but now I do look forward to sitting down and writing and not so dreadfully.  Its been a lazy day, the weather is wintery and kind of gloomy, so most of the day has been indoors.  We’ve adopted a neighbor’s cat, I don’t think she was getting any attention there, so she’s pretty much taken up a home away from home here.  She’s a dull yellowish/white with the softest blue eyes, and we’ve decided to call her ‘snowball’.  It seems that we rescue every where we go.  In Florida we rescued a Quaker parrot (Luci) off craigslist, parakeets (Roxi) & (Rubi), from the neighborhood, hundreds of plants, just about anything that was being neglected and needing TLC, seems we are magnets.

     The assigned subject for today is ‘my guilty pleasure’, but for this I’m drawing a blank.  From what I understand this is something that you would enjoy and not want to tell the world, something that you would hide from others.  I enjoy a bowl of ice cream and milk every night before bed, but I don’t feel guilty about it, maybe I should post a picture. I enjoy telling others about my life and my days, both good and bad.  I would hope that I am somewhat of a positive role model to others.  I don’t hide my past, I’m not proud of some of it, it’s been a trip, for sure.  I’m sure in a future blog, ill write about how I was in the past, and how I overcame addiction. I now have a gratitude attitude.

For with God nothing will be impossible.     Luke 1:37