One of our granddaughters is about to hit the two-year mark – and just a few weeks after that event she will help welcome a little sister into the house.  I figure her world is about to be up-turned, big time — so I wanted to channel a little reassurance from the soon-to-be to the already is..

To My Big Sister


 For two long years you’ve been the joy of Mom’s and Daddy’s life.

They’ve loved you and they’ve cared for you,

And though there’s been some strife,

They’ve tried to teach you how to be a perfect little girl –

But Look Out, Sister!  Here I Come to set your life a-whirl !!


Yep – Here I Come!  It won’t be long before I’m finally born –

And when they bring me home

I know your patience will be worn.

You might not like it much at first.  I’m sure you’ll wonder why

They pay so much attention to me…All I’ll do is cry!


I’m sure they’ll like me better for a while and that’s okay –

I’ll need a lot of help and care

To make it through the day.

I know you’ll try to do your best to help take care of me

And you’ll make Mom and Daddy just as proud as they can be.


Please hang in there, Big Sister – I won’t always be so small

And I will need your help

To draw some pictures on the wall,

And you will have to teach me how to be the “perfect child”

(while we push Mommy’s ‘buttons’ and we drive our Daddy wild!!)


I’m sure you’ll love me lots and that you’ll always let me know

That you’re The Best Big Sister In The World !!

And as we grow

We’ll fuss, and fight, but in the end we’ll always make amends,

And pray that God will help us be the Very Best of Friends !!


Here I Come, Big Sister !!  I LOVE YOU ALREADY!!


 Channeled and Translated by Grumpas.




As we grow up, and older, and

We let our childhood fly

We have our dreams, and plans – we have our wishes piled up high.

We give a lot of thought for what tomorrow’s going to bring —

“I’ll be a doctor.”  “I’ll be rich.”

“And me?  I’ll be your King!”

We leave the playground, add some years,

Make new friends all around –

The FUTURE waits ahead and possibilities abound !

We spend our high school days, and then our college years as well,

In trying to determine things

That only Time will tell.

I didn’t understand it then

And, somehow, still don’t know

How time can often pass on by with nothing left to show.

I tried, and still try, very hard to do some good each day,

But all too often I have let

The chances slip away.


My baby sister had a baby

Several years ago.

Just “several”?  More like twenty-five, and we have watched her grow

From little girl to college kid – then on to be a wife

Who, with her husband, started making

Plans to make their life.

And now my baby sister’s baby

Has a baby, too –

And some of my own kids have joined the game and had a few.

When did this happen?  How did all these little ones get grown

And go to school and marry and

Have children of their own?


How did I get to be the age

My Grandpa used to be?

The man was ancient – OLD, I tell you — that was plain to see !!

What hair he had was gone to grey – his back, once straight, was bent.

And he could look back on a life

He prayed had been well-spent.

My mirror tells a story I find

Too hard to believe.

My mind tells me I’m thirty-five, with aces up my sleeve,

And all the time I’ll need to give the world my very best —

Then looking at that looking-glass

Will put those thoughts to rest.


God has His own concept of Time –

It’s not the same as mine.

I think I’ll have forever ‘til I reach the finish line.

But, no – He’ll tell me when I’m done, and when I’ll take my rest –

So until then I’ll give my all

And  give the world my best.




I would rather be ashes than dust!

I would rather that my spark

should burn out in a brilliant blaze

than it should be stifled by dry-rot.

I would rather be a superb meteor,

every atom of me in magnificent glow,

than a sleepy and permanent planet.

The function of man is to live,

not to exist.

I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.


Jack London


A Treat for Break Time

Every once in a while, one of the members of my work team will bring some goodies to share.

My turn today – and I put this note out to the team to let them know.


A Treat for Break Time

On Monday nights my wife takes off and goes out grocery shopping

And leaves me home to mow, or iron – the chore list keeps me hopping!

I’ll feed the dogs, and maybe watch TV or read a book –

But sometimes (often lately !) I JUST FEEL A NEED TO COOK !!

I’ve had my dinner, so I look around for something more.


Bananas sitting in the basket looking pretty sad –

Another day or so we’ll have to pitch ‘em – and that’s bad !!

 I get the mixer from the shelf – I grab the eggs and flour

And lemon juice and walnutz – and in only half-an-hour

I’m finished and the loaf pans rest behind the oven door.


My kitchen smells just loverly – my stomach starts to growling.

The Beagle even likes it !!  (Well, at least she’s stopped her howling.)

 Banana-Nutz Bread at my desk – six little loaves to share

If someone wants to cut them up and lay them out somewhere.

Please, come get some –

and if you do, next week I might make more.


Welcome Back, Blogger

Friends, Family, and other assorted readers –

 When I started this blog a little more than a year ago, it was my expressed intent to add something to it every week or so – and I did a pretty good job for a while, writing some pretty good stuff, some okay stuff, and some…well, not so.  Then – Life got in the way just a little in the little form of Granddaughter Piper Elise (and her Mommy and Daddy) when they came home from Scotland and moved in with us for a while.  We were able to spend a lot more time with Granddaughter Alexis and Grandson Brady,as well as with more of our kids, and we were having such a good time having them all around more that I sort of slipped in my commitment to the blog. 

 I still have been writing, and mostly the same sort of thing as before – some little something for one of my cohorts at work, some piece of a eulogy (sadly, a couple in fact), and some GoodBye words for some of our workmates who were, finally, taking their leave of the cell…er, cubicle in which they might have spent some years, and some fun stuff to help my team sometimes get through the daily toil.  I just have neglected to bring them home to put out here.

 But now I am back.  I want to re-commit to doing some fun, and some serious, writing – and I want to re-invite you to join me for the walk.  I will try to keep myself on some sort of regular schedule, and I hope that the things I put out here will please at least a few of you – and sometimes, even a larger number of you.  I will probably occasionally bring one of the older entries to the front again — but that is one of the peculiar prerogatives of the writer.

Please do share the link to this blog with your own friends and family and assorted other acquaintances and Facebook and LinkedIn associates.  I will be pleased to share anything that I write with anyone who wants to use it somehow.

 And Please — do let me know if you like, don’t like, or don’t really care about anything you see here.  I can’t say that I will try to please everybody, but will try to not offend many either.

 Safe Journey and Good Fortune to you all.

 We Are, As Always,

At Your Service,


MISSING !! Kidnapped ??

oh, the sadness


My candy bar’s been kidnapped! My Butterfinger’s lost!

No ransom note – no words to say what its return will cost!

Some heartless soul was reeled in by the promise of a treat.

I know that it’s my own fault, though – those things are just too sweet!


I’ll be okay – I’ll try to muddle through the day to come

(but hope whoever took the thing adds five pounds to his Bum).

I’ll be more careful from now on to put my treats away

And not tempt Paul, or anyone, to spoil another’s day.



Oh, the sadness — (sniff, sniff…)

Meadow Mountain – a Luv Pome

Meadow Mountain

There was a time, and not so long ago,

When the wind had never learned to play the trees –

Only the cries of weary souls unable to feel easy.

Then you, with the velvet voice of Nature’s Only Child,

Sat down on Meadow Mountain and began to teach them all the songs you’ve learned.

Now Melodies and Symphonies unheard before are sung to me by every passing breeze.


From time to time the softest day falls dark,

And clouds will grow with bitter cold and rain.

Then, like a friend whose feelings turn to fire,

Release their passion only to strike painfully.

Then, once again, you bring to light the softness of yourself

And up on Meadow Mountain you are teaching them the gentleness of dawn.

Now prisms shine and iridescent morning breaks to join the Wind and Sun in new refrain.


So many things I need to learn to do –

Like how to feel the Harmonies, and know the soft massage of Morning Dew.

So I am here to learn from Meadow Mountain all the feelings I can know from

Loving You.



As we all know, this is the time of year when every magazine and newspaper, and every television show  in the country, if not the world, offers some sort of retrospective view of the past 12 months.  Everything from “TEA TIME” to the “SOUTHERN LIVING” to “The Today Show” to the “Evening News” tries to give us their own special and individual take on the major events of the year.  And most of us read them or watch them, I think, because we want to see if we missed anything when it went by the first time around. 

And I have always figured that I would not let such an opportunity get by me should it ever present itself.  But I wanted to take a look at a little more of my life than just the past 12 months.  Something more like a “Hey You, Have You Really Learned Anything Yet?” kind of a look.  I have borrowed a few of these from some other folks, because I liked the way they say it.  And some of them have definitely come from the past couple of years, what with the major changes that have taken place in our lives, including a couple of weddings and a couple of new grandkids and assorted other happenings.  It has taken me a lot longer to grasp some of these things than it should have.  (“I’m Picking It Up As Fast As I Can, MOM!!”)  I am trying to carry these things with me as I travel along, and I hope that you can find one or two in here somewhere that you can take along yourself as you travel into another year.

Happy New Year, Friends.

Safe Journey and Good Fortune as you travel into, and through, 2014.


Some Things I Have Learned

It’s not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.

Life may not be always fair – but it is still good.

You shouldn’t compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do.

You shouldn’t take yourself too seriously.  No one else does.

It’s not what happens to you that’s important.  It’s what you do about it.

When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

No matter how much you care, some people just don’t care back.

It’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be – and I am still working on it.

Don’t compare your life to the life of any one else.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.

You should always leave loved ones with loving words.  It may be the last time you see them.

When it comes to going after the what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

You can keep going long after you think you can’t.

Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “in five years will this matter much?”

We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

Either you control your attitude or it controls you.

What other people think of you is, really, none of your business.

Heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

Learning to forgive takes practice.

Money is a lousy way of keeping score.

Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

Bring out the best china.  Use the best bed linens.  Wear your fancy lingerie.  Don’t wait fr a special occasion — TODAY is special !!

I’ve learned I am still learning…and that there is still hope.

Happy New Year.