Monthly Archives: June 2013


Jacqueline: “I …

Jacqueline: “I want to go to the store and get some Mini Oreo’s.”
Theodore: “Well, I want Mickey Oreo’s.”
Jacqueline: “Once upon a time, I want to go to the store and get Mini Oreo’s, Teddy wants Mickey Oreo’s. The End.”
Theodore: “Let’s put it on the list. I need a pen.”

The twins enjoy the Disney movies and Disney characters. They have several toys from the Disney line of products. Among their favorites are Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. They are constantly taking inventory of the Mickey and Minnie’s they have. So when talk of Mini Oreo’s started, it was obvious that there also must be Mickey Oreo’s at the store. They talked about this subject off and on, for more than an hour, carrying around a note pad that they claimed had a list including both Minnie, and Mickey Oreo’s.

Twin quotes

After choosing the coolest day of the last five to actually venture in to the kiddie pool on our deck, the twins were soaked, and cold. Upon getting out of the pool after they were “skating” by sliding their feet on the liner under the water, they grabbed the towels that were nearby. Before drying themselves off, they proceeded to dunk their towels in the water, soaking them to the point of being almost too heavy to lift. Then they complained about the towels not drying them or warming them. I wonder why. As I lovingly asked them, “Do you have any brains in your heads?” Jacqueline responded matter-of-factly, “Nope. Just water in my head.” Dumb question by me.

Once I had them dried off, at least a little bit, and clothed (partially), they asked for food. I was already prepared and started sandwiches for them. Theodore asked, knowing we were out of ham, “Dad? Can I have a softie (not toasted) ham and cheese, with pretend ham?” I replied, “Of course you can Theodore! One softie cheese and pretend ham sandwich, coming right up!” He laughed, and went off to tell his sister the tale. He said, while laughing, “Dad is making me a pretend ham and cheese sandwich.” She asked, “A softie, Teddy?” His answer, “mmmm hmmm!”

So I completed the sandwiches and delivered them to their seats atop their rocking horses. They ate half a sandwich each while watching one of their shows, and before I could get the materials put away, they asked for more. Anticipating this, I had already made another softie for them and delivered it right away. Jacqueline said, with a chuckle, “That was really, really, really, fast!” Theodore accepted his sandwich, cut into triangles, and said, “Great job Dad.” I laughed and said thank you as I walked back to the counter. They both shouted in near unison “Thank you!” without turning from their show.


The twins watching a show on horseback

Wildlife moment

I didn’t get any of this on camera as my camera was outside in my vehicle, but we had a wildlife moment out back this morning. It started with my son spotting an animal at the edge of the yard. He came to me to verify its identity. It was a bobcat. So, the two of us watched the bobcat for a minute or two as it sat quietly, interested in something we couldn’t see in the distance. Then, just like that, the cat disappeared to the woods along the river. Minutes later, our house cat trotted out back, obviously picking up on the scent of the bobcat. As our cat stalked the area where the bobcat had been, his attention was also drawn to the same area that had intrigued the bigger cat. We couldn’t see what the cat was checking out behind a small hill, thick brush, and some young trees. Then charged a doe, snorting and lowering her head. The deer took four or five aggressive steps towards our cat. Now the deer was right behind our deck and our cat had run full speed to our sliding door where I let him in. The deer turned for the woods after noticing me. But, our yard full of clover was too much to resist. The deer sauntered back down the grade to the grass. Meanwhile, our cat was whining incessantly to go back outside, so I let him onto the deck. The cat saw the deer and stayed put behind the deck railing. The deer saw the cat and did an about-face, turning toward the deck and lowering her head again. The deer kept her distance before deciding to gracefully high-tail it back in to the woods, snorting for all to hear along the way. And thus was the start to my day; fifteen minutes of entertainment, just by looking out the window.

Daily visitor

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A regular visitor to our back yard, this deer was chomping on ferns this morning.

Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day again and I thankful for my Dad. I have spent even more time with him this past year, and I so grateful for that time together. Happy Father’s Day Dad!


It’s Father’s Day today. One of my favorite days of the year really. I am fortunate to be a dad myself. Today isn’t about me though, it’s about my dad, and all the real dad’s out there. It’s not difficult to father a child, most any guy can do that. However, being a father, being a dad, that takes time, effort, patience, perseverance, and belief in something greater than yourself. For me, and for many, that something greater is God. I know there are millions of dads out there who, like me, believe in God, trust in Him, and have prayed often, just to keep our dad heads above water.

Fathers get their instructions in fatherhood passed down to them from their fathers. Each of them also brings their own experience and observation to the position of dad. My dad learned from his dad, and he’s done the best he…

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The Revolution

Living in a way-to-busy world that revolves around the revolution of that world. Here’s a thought, or two.

There’s a world out there I think, but I can’t see it
If I can’t get these plans together I’ll throw a fit
What day is it? Does it matter cuz I am so far behind?
If another thing goes wrong I may lose my mind
I am tired again, but it’s only been four straight years
Most of the silence I hear is drowned out by my tears
I have it better than most, but I wonder if that’s true
Maybe I’m the one not living, depressed, and blue
My simple life’s anything but, there’s another way, right?
 I mean, I sleep okay, but I still think all night
Caught up in the days that seem only to revolve
Around the revolution of this world I must solve
Didn’t I read somewhere about living hands free?
Time for an about-face, today I decide, to just be

Six Words You Should Say Today

One day I hope to write my own piece on this topic, or at least something close to it, but that wouldn’t be to take anything away from this wonderful piece. Rachel nailed it. This is tremendous. Thank you for writing these words.

Six Words You Should Say Today.