Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Being in Your Right Mind

Today is National Left-handed Day!
Hat tip to Dorito/Rowdy Gentleman who writes left-handed! And is coordinated enough to play sports right-handed!
And kudos to Sniper and Playmaker, who shoot left-handed in hockey!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Off to the Philmont Scout Ranch

Some young men I know boarded the Amtrack last Friday in Kansas City bound for Cimmaron. They have been planning this High Adventure for nearly two years. They have chosen to backpack 83 miles in 10 days in the mountains of New Mexico carrying all their supplies (replenishing water and food at stations along the way).

Thursday, July 31, 2014

500 days of Papacy

Pope Francis ate lunch in the workers' cafeteria to celebrate his 500th day at the Vatican. Despite his enormous responsibilities, he displays a humble demeanor in all instances.
The media celebrated by publishing Pope Francis' list of
10 Keys to Happiness:
1. Follow the Roman motto: Live and let live.
2. Give oneself to others.
3. Move quietly.
(I couldn't resist the pun in there for relocating, but Francis clarified he was referring to a peaceful stream and advocating kindness in a calm approach to daily life.)
4. Play with children. (He also emphasized building up the culture through leisure, reading, and art.)
5. Spend Sundays with family. (Playing with children can be repeated here.)
6. Help young people find employment and the dignity of work/service.
7. Practice good stewardship with nature.
8. Forget the negatives.
9. Respect others who think differently. (Forgetting the negative can be repeated here.)
10. Actively seek peace.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wedding Anniversary

Twenty-four years ago, we said "for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health..."

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Wheels

Have you seen the Progressive commercials? I suppose everyone knows Flo with the blue headband. I love the quirky humor of those TV ads. And Meggar loves the customer service she has received from Progressive. They have provided her a rental car, quick estimate for her claim, and rapid turn-around on her settlement check. The buy-out amount was more than fair for her Ford Explorer Sport, which already had 170,000+ miles. It served her well for all six years of high school and college. But looking for a used car on the spur of the moment proved difficult. On top of all the insurance phone calls, there was a rush of looking in the paper and driving around to dealerships. She enlisted the help of Sniper and Playmaker (who love researching cars on the internet), and Captain (who has plenty of used car experience from the days when his dad operated a used car lot). She also had support from Spencer, who happened to be in St. Louis for his 3rd exam in the CPA testing process, and accompanied her to several car lots and Craigslist hopefuls.
In the end, she chose a white Saturn Vue with low mileage, plenty of hauling space for wedding events, and a sun roof.

Monday, June 30, 2014

What Would You Do for Free?

There is a new Krispy Kreme donut store opening tomorrow about a stone's throw from the New Castle County Airport. And since we only live 4 minutes from that...
My three guys are camping out to be among the first 100 people in line!
(Won't @MilesEvans22 be jealous?!)
EACH wins one dozen donuts per month for a year!
The line could officially start forming at 3:00 pm, so I checked it out around 4:30 pm (when I got off work) and there were only 26 people so far. They were psyched about the idea! Captain helped pack them a cooler, and I made a quick dinner. Martin C offered lawn chairs and wanted to join them. They arrived at just after 6:30 pm and secured slots #34-37.  But they have to campout all night. Dorito says this is just like a No-Sleep-Thursday-Night at Camp Geiger. They have plenty of technology in tow and #KrispyKreme has free wifi.

Penn's Place Has Music

Happy to report that the live music scene is alive and well in our little subdivision historic neighborhood. Penn's Place is the original hotel where William Penn spent the first night after he landed on this continent. Now converted to a Cafe and tiny shoppes, Esther books musicians to play each Saturday in summer on her veranda. Very simple. Very relaxing. The "Acoustic Jam" duo could really deliver the 60s and 70s greatest hits. Captain and I hummed along. We enjoyed our evening mostly because we met more locals: namely Millie and Bob who own the "Oak Knoll Books."