Posts Tagged ‘family’

A Time For Joy and Peace?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Okay so they say when December comes, yeah right actually it is when Thanksgiving comes, you are supposed to get into the holiday spirit. Well I would surely love to, but of late it seems that every place I turn all I see is abandoned houses, people on the streets holding signs up saying,” Will work to feed my family!” and posts on properties that say “Thieves will be SHOT!” How then do you get to that point of good cheer and merriment? I heavily rely on my faith and can always lean on family, but I know there are those out there that aren’t as lucky as I am and my heart aches for them. It is not to say that I don’t have money problems or that I am in the greatest of health either, but even as I see the overdrafts drawing nearer and the gas bills getting higher because Old Man Winter wants to blow his cool with us, I know that there will be a light around the corner for me and we will be fine.
The Mrs. and I talked yesterday and decided that even if we can not do a great deal for everyone, at least perhaps we can do something special for some. So it is with that we decided to start ‘From Our Hearts to Your Family” and reach out to all of you to help where you can. If you can find it in your hearts, or spare change cans, any amount that you can do would start the ball rolling and before you know it we have helped a family and are on to the next!! We have set up a donation link to the right side of my page if you are so inclined to help us help others.
Thanks to all of you for sparing your time and hearts!

Just By tthe Hair of My Chinny Chin Chin!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

I must say that there isn’t a day that goes by lately that I am not surprised in some way or another.  As my last post said, our A@s was in the fire and we were on the cusp of losing our van to the dreaded “Repo Man”! (Sounds almost like a superhero doesn’t it?)  I actually thought that this time was it and there was no way to pull our butts out of this one!  This turned out not to be the case! Just as I was about to hoist the white flag of surrender and resign myself to having lost the battle of debts, a totally unexpected proposal from a totally surprising individual was presented to me!!

We were on our way out to have a consoling Whopper at BK for dinner, it was $1.79 Whopper day in our neck of the woods, when our eldest daughter said something in the back of the van that I didn’t really catch. I just figured she was gabbing about work and things with her mom, and I was still pondering and delving deep into the corners of my noodle for a solution, those who know me well will tell you that I do not like to give up or lose the battle to the debt mongers!  Little did I know that I should have been paying attention to the other conversation going on in the van!  What I had missed and found out later in BK was that my sweet dear eldest daughter had offered up the majority of her savings to keep us from losing the van!  Can you say “Knock me over with a feather why don’t you”!

I totally did not expect that to happen.   I didn’t even know that she had saved up that much money in her MM account, let alone be willing to bail us out.  I must say that she has definitely grownup/matured a great deal this past year.  I guess having a job and having to pay your own bills has taught her a good life lesson.

All I can say is I that God sure does work in mysterious ways, and I am one of the luckiest men I know to have such a wonderful daughter.  I must admit that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree where my daughter and wife are concerned!!

Thought for the day:

Never underestimate the power of family or love.  They both show there true colors and depth when you least expect it!

Did you tell your family how much you love them today?!?

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All Hail the Visiting Dignitaries!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

How great is it when you receive a phone call about an unexpected pleasantry?

Yup the end of last week we came home to a message on the Royal Machine of Messages. We were asked if the Royal Family would like to partake in a preview session for a not yet viewed or released movie.

What this entails is the following:

  • Call to affirm that we shall be attending and receive a special code for entrance.
  • Arrive at the Royal Theatre 1 hour prior to viewing of the movie.
  • Register with the Captain of this endeavour and be brought over to queue up and await further instructions.
  • After about 15 to 20 minutes of waiting in line, receive a ticket for entry into the screening session.
  • Finally, we are asked to proceed into the theatre, of course first we are informed that no cameras, recording devices, cell phones or video recording devices are allowed to be on and or utilized at all during the viewing.
  • So, after a quick search and the Princess’s purse being inspected it is off to find a seat. Ah but of course you can sit anywhere you like, just not in the “Reserved” Section. Oh the inhumanity of it all! Such impertinence!! How dare they treat His Highness and Royal Family this way!! “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS” I say!!

    Alas, being the benevolent despot that I am, and seeing that they are visiting dignitaries arriving on such short notice from the “Land of Fruits and Nuts”, aka California, I will cut them some slack this time!! tongue wink Please, No slight intended to our friends and family dwelling in Sunny California, just a poor attempt at royal revelry. 

  • Once we found proper seating, it was time to settle back, relax and watch the movie.
  • Once the movie is complete you are asked to fill out a 2 page questionnaire about the film. Keeping in mind that all comments and opinions are greatly appreciated.

    All in all the whole process takes about 3 to 3 and a 1/2 hours to complete.

    Upon finishing the paperwork, and having consumed a vastly too large amount of fluid for the royal bladder, it was a quick dash to the room of kings, knights, squires, pages and all other males and leaving the Queen and Princess behind to finish their works. Unbeknown-st to myself and the multitude of serfs attending this grand event, some of the Stars of the film were in attendance as well. It only stands to reason that they would be their as the film is based on events in the life of one of them.

    Can You Guess Who I Am?

    The movie “Gracie”was based on this lady’s life.

    Just for grins I will give you until tomorrow to see if you can answer who the mystery actress is!!
    Ah we see his Royal Highness has a sense of humor!!

    Until Tomorrow My Subjects!!

  • Happy Gobbler’s Day!

    Friday, November 24th, 2006

    Yup it is that day again.  Time to stuff not only the bird , but to stuff yourselves as well!  As is true to form the Queen and myself did stuff our 21 pounder, however, we did well this time and did not gluttonize at dinner.  Now sandwiches a few hours afterwards was a different story!!  Well you can’t blame us for that, we had sooo many other items to eat that the turkey kind of took a back plate to it all.
    I must say that it was a rather nice day this year.  We shared it with the Queen’s father and his sister-in-law, as well as with the HS Princess and the College Princess!  It turned out well and the Queen’s pappy was happy he had the chance to see the two Princesses this year!!
    All went off well and without a hitch!
    So Here’s to wishing all of you a Happy, Healthy and Memorable Thanksgiving to you all!  smile

    Without Pain What Would There Be?

    Friday, October 20th, 2006

    Did you ever think that at one point in your life that your days would be rated on a “Pain Scale”?

    Tonight I sat on my couch while the Queen had headed off to the Royal Chambers, she hasn’t been feeling up to par lately.

    Thinking about how things were when we first had been wed, the energy and verve of life, the constant willingness to want to do things and the energy to do them. Who would have thought that in the 6 years that we have been married my life would have changed so much. Please don’t misconstrue what I am saying, I love the Queen and the fair Princesses that I now have as my family, and would never change the fact that we were wed, nor do I have any doubts or second thoughts. What I am saying is that in the 6 short years my life has changed drastically. I have watched my Queen and myself become physically and mentally chopped down to our proverbial quick.

    To sum it up here are some of the major contributors.

  • 4 days after moving family from MI to NY King forced to return to Houston Texas as the AC pipe leaks through the kitchen ceiling
  • Queen given ultimatum from job, return to MI or let go, (telecommuting jealousy issue), there goes major second income!
  • King gets sick, asthma kicks his royal but!!
  • 9/11 strikes and job market tanks in NY and nation’s unemployment rates hit highs
  • Oops here comes LTD (long term disability) and Salary cut
  • Queen’s main job is chauffeur to King trips to physicians reach high levels and hospitalizations occur. Queen’s employers don’t understand and let her go, King hits all time low as he knows it is his fault.
  • Queen’s depression increases as jobs are non existent for required availability.
  • Queen starts Corporation and opens On-line Store, Yippee!! , if only it were as successful as we hoped!! ( check it out A Trove of Treasures)
  • Queen and King in Car Accident
  • Castle Floods from 8 days of torrential rains!!
  • King trips in Bank
  • Queen has cyst on knee
  • Queen and King van gets backed into at gas station
  • Bank says not at fault King didn’t lift feet high enough entering bank!
  • Physical therapy not working, King recommended for possible shoulder surgery

    Well now the Queen has a stomach ailment that will not quit! SO what now? We constantly try to find the silver lining, but I guess my glasses are near sighted worse than I am!!
    I guess you don’t get given more than you can handle, or so they say. I do count my blessings, the Princesses, the Queen the Royal Canines, The Royal Fishy – Beau, and the fact that we get up every morning and have friends and loved ones that do care about us. Hmm I guess things could be worse!!

  • Yeah To Thee Queen Mother!

    Saturday, May 13th, 2006

    Thine Day Hath Come!

    Tis the day that thou shalt hold thy Mothers in grand esteem.
    In this keep my Queen shall be revered by all who dwell in and around the realm!
    So it is decreed under punishment of banishing!! ( Or the stocks with jesters launching whipping cream pies at the perpetrator’s faces, much more the merrier!)

    The festivities of the day shall be as follows:

    • Resting
    • Lounging
    • Being Served and waited upon, (a normality whence there are young ones about! HEH HEH HEH)
    • Feasting
    • More Lounging
    • More Resting

    That should keep the spirits of the fair Queen at highest levels!

    The Feast shall be as follows:

    • Squab with sauce de BBQ (aka BBQ Grilled Chicken)
    • Pomme De Terre salade mashez (aka Mashed Potato Salad)
    • Les Aspargas Grillez avec le sauce du lime y bur ( aka Grilled asparagus in lime and butter)
    • Salad des cucumbur (aka Italian cucumber salad in oil and vinegar)
    • Pour Dessert Les cakes du verz (aka cupcakes)

    A hearty feast fit for a Queen!!

    So Today’s Royal Edict: Treat Thine Mothers with the utmost joy, relish her to heights yet unknown for one day when you are one of the aged and gray, you will heap regrets upon thy self for the times you did not let her know that if it were not for her love, caring, guidance and support you would not have made it to where you are now. After All SHE is and always will be your Biggest Fan!!