Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Life is a fast ride.

January is hitting its stride and that makes me realize that this year, 2018, will slide to December 31st too quickly. In fact, old sledding hills have now become ski jumps covered with black ice.

When did this happen? What should I do during 2018 acceleration?

Obviously, nothing can be done to slow time down. It is what it is.

What we all must do is to examine and activate these most necessary requirements: Gratitude, Faithfulness, and Honesty. Why these, you may ask. These three weave through all aspects of living, encompassing our entire existence.

Gratitude may be silent in most lives.  What we have now is not of our own doing at all, because this has been gifted to us by God.  Yes, everyone has had to work for everything, no doubt about that. The difference is that our drive is nailed into our DNA, into our thought processes.  This is part of who we are. And this comes from God.

Be grateful and give thanks.

Be faithful in all things.  When we are faithful to who we are and what we believe, when we are faithful to those we love, and when we are faithful to paths and goals laid out before us, life moves along. Faith gives all the strength needed.

Be faithful and hold onto your faith.

Honesty. This is huge.  It is not just telling the truth to those around us, it is about being honest with ourselves. Admit it, we would like to believe that we will finish the garage cleanup in one afternoon dictated by someone in the family, we know that is pie in the sky.  Be honest. Look at the mirror and see that 50 pounds will not drop off in one year.

Honesty is a personal attribute, to be developed personally. Others wrestling with honesty have nothing to do with the honesty in your own life.

Be honest to yourself and those around you.

Gratitude, Faithfulness, and Honesty are daily goals and always a work in process.  Fasten your skis and grip your poles because life is a fast ride.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

God Bless the Irish

McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal,#McCannsIrishOats
Cannot go wrong with this product.
I am making McCann's Irish steel-cut oatmeal this morning.  Somehow Quaker's variety pack of instant oatmeal just didn't appeal.  The steel-cut oatmeal requires some time, almost an hour at this point.  But the idea of a steaming bowl of authentic oatmeal today was enticing.

Brown sugar, raisins, some butter, blueberries and milk later, we enjoyed this treat on a rainy morning. For years, decades really, our family have purchased and consumed 2% fat milk, thinking that this was good for our waistlines.  Oatmeal with 2% milk was normal for us.

Then in Ireland, I discovered that we were missing out of great oatmeal.  It happened when I was served a steaming bowl of oatmeal swimming in cream. Cream!  Real thick smooth heaven resting  on cooked oatmeal. This is how oatmeal was meant to be, drenched in cream.

We still have 2% milk, but next time we go to shop, cream is on the list.

Skimming cream from milk, Skimming milk, glass pitcher, "I Love Milk", Land O' Lakes pitcher, Milk, Cream,

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

I need cash now!

Even Jean Luc Picard struggles with money
People often laugh about the "in-the-brain-song-worms" that simply will not go away.  It doesn't matter what song it is or where it originated. It wanders and sings its way to a form of insanity.

DisneyLand?  It's a Small World attaches to some cortex, popping up now and then.

Barney?  That is a vicious one, having been a frequent babysitter for gr-daughters.  I love you, you love me...just shoot the purple dinosaur already.

Now I wrestle with a commercial series: J.G. Wentworth.  Innocuous?  Maybe. But then again it won't leave, it simply will not go away.

Talent blooms  

Another gem:

Ridden a bus lately?

Yet, another:
Upbeat, balancing in windows

I would love to discuss this with him.

How long can I put these commercials up for your viewing? I looked through YouTube and found over 20 more commercials, and that is a conservative estimate.  Thomas the Train?  Muppets? Bubble Guppies (child cartoons)?  An Octoberfest? On the mound of a baseball game? Boy Bands? Seriously injured and in a hospital bed? Every age and interest group gets their chance of cashing out on long term settlements.

As this sweetie tells you:

Sweet baby

Let's all sing along together!  I have a structured settlement, but I need.....