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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hey That Was A Cover Song?

There are a couple songs of songs I like to listen too that I found out it was a cover of another artist.

Here is a cover of the Jackson 5 by the Piano Guys. I hope you guys enjoy.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Turning Thoughts To Summer

Now with the days getting warmer I have been thinking more about things to do this summer. I want to take some day trips around the area I live to go hiking and swimming. I have a few projects I want to work on around the house. I will be going to the Philippines this summer to send some time with Jo Anne. I am excited about the trip.

I want to be more active this summer in walking, hiking and swimming to help lose my extra weight. Besides, I enjoy the outdoors. I wish Jo Anne was here so I could show her the places I like to go to. I will take my friend, Seth, when I go swimming out at DuPont State Forest. I have brought some new swimsuits that I want to put to good use this summer at the lakes and waterfalls at DuPont. There is at least one waterfall there I like to go see that I have not been to yet. I need to get myself to start walking around my neighborhood before work.

With the first summer in my new house, I want to work on repairing and replacing some of the landscaping in the yard. I am not sure of all the different flowers and bushes that are planted in the yard. I need the clean out the flower beds and put fresh mulch down. I have wood, rock and bricks that need replacing the border the flower beds. I also need to install lighting out a lot the walkway in the front of the house and on the patio in the back. Of course, I need to get some patio furniture and grill so I can entertain family and friends outside. I have some repairs to the house caused by the winter storms.

I am really looking forward to my trip to that Philippines this summer. Jo Anne will attend the wedding of our niece. I am looking forward to see the rest of my Filipino family. I hope and pray we have good news on Jo Anne's Visa by then. I wish I had more time to spend in the Philippines. I love being in the Philippines. They are very friendly people and the food is wonderful.

I am planning on being very busy this summer and hope I have the time to share it with you here. I hope all of you have a great summer ahead.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Work And Shopping

I have been working a lot of overtime at work the past couple weeks. It looks like I will be working a lot of overtime through the summer this year. We are making some changes at work in preparation for updating the computer system later this year. The extra money is great to have but it leaves me with little time to do anything else but work, sleep and eat. I always manage to find the time to talk with my Love Jo Anne. The time change is good to make it easier to talk. I hate I am going to have a hour less of sleep to night. Sunday is my only day off and has become the busiest day of the week for me with church, shopping for the house for the week ahead and meeting with my friend and mentor, Keith. This Sunday is going to be very busy with my niece's birthday celebration Sunday afternoon.

Friday, stayed up after I got home to work on things around the house and then headed out to go shopping for clothes before work. I got some two pairs of jeans and some running shorts. I got the jeans on sale for 62% off the regular price. I needed to get some good pairs of jeans for work. I believe these jeans will hold up compared to the cheap store brand I have been getting. With the sale I ended up paying the same price for the brand-name jeans as I did for the store brand. I have been planning when the weather start getting warmer to start walking and jogging outside. I do need to lose some weight. I am glad that for the last few years I have stayed stable on my weight. I went to the new sporting goods store in town to get a new pair of shorts. I got a pair of running shorts and a pair of jammers to wear under the shorts. If I keep the walking and jogging up, I plan to get another pair of shorts and jammers. I like the new store but I had to go all the way to the front of the store to find some one to unlock the fitting room so I could try the shorts and jammers on and make short they fit. They were only marked as large which does not mean much since each company sizes differently. When I go shopping in a store, I do not want the salespeople bugging me while I shop but I do not want to have to search all over the store to find help.

While I was looking for someone to help me, I find out my friend, Joey, works at the sporting goods store. He was just there to pick up his check but he helped me find someone to help me. The lady who checked me out, I used to work with. I guess I have two reasons there to go shopping there again. I try to help out my friends and people I know as much as I can. I just hope the sporting goods store gets some more people to work the floor and not just the cash register. I know you are in business to make money but please tell me you are not just in business to make money. Tell me you want to provide me goods and services for the money I give you. I work hard for my money, I am not just going to hand it over to you in exchange for cheap stuff. I am big on customer service when I go shopping. I will be while to pay a little more for good customer service and good quality products. I believe in the long run it save me money.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Out In The Snow

The snow in the front yard.

Table on patio with 5 inches of snow on it.

I am glad the snow was easy to clear off the driveway.

This morning the road where still being worked on but in okay shape.

After dropping mom off at work, I heading to Wal-Mart.

The parking lot at Wal-Mart.

Rayna playing in under the brushes.

Rayna playing in the snow.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Double Shot Of Snow

I left work early tonight due to the second round of snow this week. The first snow was only about an inch no work missed for it. The storm tonight is suppose to being 5 to 9 inches of snow. I am so glad it is snow and not ice like last week's storm.

I spent the day before work paying all the bills that are due before the end of the month just in case I am not able to get out tomorrow or Friday. The first snow was easy to clean up and drive in. This snow is heavier and wetter. My mom and I should be in good shape even if we get snowed in as long as the power does not go out. The snow looks so nice around the house. Here is some pictures from the first snow this week.

The house in the snow.

The patio in the snow.

A bird had some fun between the house and the garage.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Look Back At One Icy Week

With the ice storm Monday night and the record breaking lows this week, it has been one ice filled week. I feel for the people around Boston. I am glad we did not get that much snow but I would have liked the snow instead of the ice. Snow is easier to drive in then the ice. I managed to get a path cleared from the house to the road on Saturday. Sunday afternoon with the rain and warmer temperatures most of the ice melted away. I feel I wasted my time clearing the walkway now.

They closed the warehouse halfway through the shifted on Monday night. I should have gone home sooner. I did make it home safe but I hated having to park my car so far away from the house and walk the rest of the way. I did not go to work on Tuesday and Wednesday due to road conditions and I got sick too. I made one of the day off up by having to work Saturday. This coming week there is overtime scheduled.

Things went good around the house. The only damage I can see in the gutter on the one side of the garage has pulled away from the roof. I will have my bother look at that and have him help me fix it. I laid in bed a couple night this week and listened to the house pop from the cold temperatures. The house is insulated very good at I do not think I would have to worry about the pipes busting but I still left the water running on the really cold nights. I am planning on making sure I have enough ice melt to take care of the walkways in front of the house and part of the driveway through at least two storms. I also need to make a plan to the walkway between the house and the garage.

I need to get a different shovel to use to clear the walkways when it is ice more then snow. I have a snow shovel but it did no good with the ice. I used a hoe and a pointed shovel to clear the steps out front and the walkways. The ice was so hard in places the shovel and hoe just balanced off the ice.

As time goes on, I will be more prepared for different storms and see things I can improve around the house. I am glad that the house stayed warm all this week. I still need to get the wood stove inspected so I can use it for heat if the power goes off in a storm. Of course, when I get things for the patio for summer fun I will have a grill I could use for cooking.

Now with all this said, it feels good to know that I have the responsibility of taking care of things when things happen. I saw on the news the place I live was without water again during the ice storm. In the over four years that I lived there, every time the weather got cold the waterlines would bust leaving the people who live there with no water. My old landlord is in more trouble with the state over the water system. I thank God that I am not there now but my time living there severed its purpose. My pastor's sermon on Sunday Morning, summed up my life experience of plotting on and seeing things through.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I Want Snow, Not Ice!

I am iced in the house now. We got a wintery weather storm here in Western North Carolina. We had a mix of snow, sleet, and ice. Unfortunately, we got more ice last night then snow.

My sister, Lisa, and my brother-in-law, Scott, are spending a couple days to celebrate their birthdays. We had a good dinner at the Twin Dragons Buffet is Brevard, North Carolina on Sunday night. I went shopping yesterday afternoon, to get a few things for the house. It was crazy at the store yesterday. We got all we needed at the store but I do not think everything made it home with us. Mom was going to make lasagna but could not find the noodles when she went to make dinner.

I went to work last night and stayed to they sent us home at 8:30. It took me almost an hour to get home last night. Trip home normally takes me 20 minutes. I made it almost home with the car. I ended up having to park my car at the store at the other entry to the subdivision. I walk about a quarter of a mile to the house with a small mag-lite to light my way in the freezing rain. I was glad the snow and ice on the ground was soft so I sunk down as I walked helping not to slide. The morning walk down to the was a different story. The top froze over in the night. I made it down to my car in the morning but could not get the car open with the ice froze the doors shut. I walked back home and waiting for the temperature to warm up. At noon, I walked bad down to the car and management to get out on the road and go to the post office and the store to get a couple things. I was happy to get the car up to the house but I have decided not to go to work tonight. I am sure I could make it to work okay but it is the getting home I am worried about. Everything that melts today will refreeze when the temperature get in the teens tonight. I do not want to walk on ice in the dark. I would hate to fall and no one be able to see me until the morning.

Today is suppose to be the warmest day this week and this is just above freezing this afternoon. I hope the roads are clear enough to travel tomorrow. The bad thing is they are calling for more bad weather on Friday. Right now it looks like ice. I want snow. I can travel in snow.

Rayna enjoying having Scott around.