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Working, For Free..

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 12-08-2009

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While out walking yesterday afternoon late,  my neighbor and her little girl were out in the yard. We have known this young lady since she was an infant, now 7 or 8…I called her name and asked what she was doing….She said, “I am working….for free.” Her mother and I got a big laugh out of it…Well, this morning while pulling the grass from the flower bed, it hit me, “I’m working…for free” But, when I smelled the breakfast being cooked up in our kitchen, I decided that maybe I was working for a credit…Credit for a free breakfast, fixed at no charge…The give and take of life is really a treasure, don’t you think?….

Autumn

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-08-2009

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We have friends that moved from Albuquerque to Houston a couple of years ago. They spent most of their life in Albuquerque. I was speaking with them a few days ago and mentioned to them that early morning one could now feel fall in the air. She said, “you know, I really miss the four seasons,”… and you know what, I would miss the four seasons also. I tried the last few mornings to leave the patio door open to the kitchen while sitting at the kitchen table reading the morning paper. I can’t…..It too dang cool, almost cold….Of course, mid-day, and we still have some pretty good temperatures…weather man says its our dry air…well, I am glad it finally got back..For awhile there I thought the dry air was going to get stuck over Alabama and Georgia….Man, I like dry and brown….

Writers write, huh?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-08-2009

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It may surprise you folks, but I have been writing on my novel….some….You know I told you about my main man learning how to dance….Well, he got one dance under his belt, so to speak and then “them dang old rustlers” showed up again, messing up the dance making all the young men mad, etc…But my main man got a kiss before he left the ranch chasing “them dang old rustlers”…..I don’t know, this may turn into a romance novel before its all over…It could go either way, you know “cause right now he’s ain’t really a fighter, but on the other hand, he ain’t a lover yet either…..

Grandsons, Niece and Nephews

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 08-08-2009

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IMG_1245Another picture from the reunion.  The three starting at the left of the picture are my brothers grandchildren and the two boys to the left of the picture are two of my three grandsons. My other grandson just graduated from NMSU and had just started a new job and could not join us. I have two granddaughters, one in Tucson who already has two degrees and is studying for the third (some form of nursing or health care) and another here in Albuquerque who is studying to be a nurse (I don’t know how many degrees she has but she has been going to school a long time). My brothers grand kids are a high schooler, a student at the University of Alabama and the young lady is a graduate the University of Alabama and is presently enrolled at UAB in nuclear medicine and I would be lying to you if I tried to tell you exactly. And it may be the same thing my grand daughter is studying out in Tucson, but maybe they will write in with comments to verify what it is they are studying…..and girls, boys don’t count for studying……by the way, my grandsons are both plumbers….and they are good handy men at any construction site, they are hard workers and extremely good boys (and not just cause they are my grandsons)…They have helped me on two different jobs we had going around here and they proved themselves to me….I certainly could not keep up…

Social Security Insurance

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 07-08-2009

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I may be one of the lucky ones….I am drawing some of the money that I have paid into Federal Old Age Retirement….I paid all my working life and now I am reaping benefits from some of those labors…I hope my children will be as fortunate as me, that there will be money left to assist them in their old age, but I can’t help but wonder about it….Just how many dollars are a trillion?…How long does it take to accumulate a trillion dollars?…If there are 300 million Americans and we each donated 1,000 dollars, what is that?, 300 billion and my calculator will not go that high and all ten fingers and toes don’t help…Do our congressmen have calculators that will register that many zeros?….You know folks, that may be the problem…They don’t know how much a trillion dollars are either….

Pictures/reunion/other stuff…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-08-2009

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I have some more pictures to post from the reunion, but I don’t want to bore you….I always want to run when folks start pulling out all the pictures….I don’t want to lose any of you as return readers, but on the other hand you may know some of them….They are all nice folks, I can assure you of that….I will put in a picture every now and again, ok?…I’m still waiting to hear about your favorite type blog. The water melon thumping got more comments than I expected….But that is important stuff right now, huh…I sure picked a good’un last weekend…My thumping paid off……it might have been a little luck…..

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 04-08-2009

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Well, it has taken me a lifetime to figure it out. What do you want to be when you grow up? I really believe the answer is ….Retired….I am really not lazy, maybe a little work sensitive, but other than that, I mean….I kind of like this retired stuff…I like watching the traffic jams on tv. I try real hard to stay off the streets early morning and quitting time. I hope you working stiff appreciate that…..I walk out to where I can see all the traffic every once in a while and all you guys seem to be handling it pretty well…If you see me looking, wave, ok?…..

Watermelon thumping!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-08-2009

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How can one tell when a watermelon is ripe? As the melon ripens, the meat of the melon becomes softer and sugary, slowing down the sound, giving you a longer duration on the “thump”. So, a short “thump” and its not quite sweet enough. If it sings to you with the long “thump” it is going to be a good’un, you can count on it. Now if this does not work out for you, let me know….I think it helps to have a musical ear, and listen for the note, probably an A flat, if you ask me……I was asked at the store today and I told the young man I would post this, just for him…..so here it is and it kind of depends on your musical ear….and a little luck…

Possum Trot & Coal Fire, AL

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-08-2009

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One of my favorite writers is Rick Bragg. He’s from Possum Trot, AL. He loved his Momma. I loved my Momma. We both had rough childhoods. That’s about as close as I can get to parallels in our lives other than the odd named towns we are from. I think Possum Trot may win the size war, however, I have never been through Possum Trot so I cannot say with absolute certainity. I can say, “it’s cool to be from Possum Trot and Coal Fire, AL.”  Not many folks can say that about either…But we can say there are some fine folks from each place…By the way, Rick, you can make a guess post to my site any time you like….Thanks……

Calendars

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-08-2009

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Calendars at one time helped me keep up with what day of the week it is. Now it is my pill holder or the newspaper. If I skip a day of pills, it really screws me up. Then I have to hunt down the paper (and make sure it is today’s paper) to tell me what day it is….You think I am kidding, right?….It does not happen often but when it does it really screws a person up..The one day I need to keep up with is Tuesday, that’s when they pick up the trash. They missed me this week and failed to pick mine up and that really screwed me up….did they miss me or did I pick the wrong day….I checked my neighbors and they had their trash out so I figured they missed me….Folks, you’re going to love retirement, it brings a whole new set of problems…..You know, you get out in the shop, stratch your head and try to rememeber what you came out to the shop for..so you do a couple of other jobs, go back to the house and then remember why you went to the shop in the first place…Gosh…Now what was this post about?….oh, yeah, goodnight folks….