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Not all fun and games….

We learned in our Happiness class that one of the traps of social media is that you only see the best parts of people’s lives and not the tragedies and turmoil that make up our daily lives but don’t show up in FB or WP posts.

So before I let you in on my next post on our annual trip to the mountains to escape the heat and humidity on the coast, let me tell you, “it ain’t all fun and games.”

Trigger alert: pain and suffering…

Last week included getting a speeding ticket on our trip to the cabin, getting a flat tire, stop and go highway traffic jams, losing power in the cabin and no firewood in a cabin advertised with ‘unlimited firewood’.

But we did make it to our cabin rental in the Smokey Mountains of NC……

It was exciting settling in to our retreat.

The first day we thought we would rent a pontoon boat and sight see on a large resivor in TN. We brought both the dogs. We were gonna do a little fishing.

We were really looking forward to the fun!

Settle down everyone!

Settle down!

(it was a long drive)

So with things not getting too lively I thought I might liven up the day….

and toss Dylan overboard…

It was an overcast day in the Smokey Mountains.

We learned the smokey mountains get there name from the moisture rising right out of the ground and water.

… Chumley was excited when we did some fishing.

The next day we hit a mountain river for some slightly more excitement…

…for some white water rafting

It was alright

Then the kids got to go to the (tower of terror) zip line obstacle course…

that took about 5 years off my life the last time I tried it.

So I did some mountain biking instead…

.…not to be confused with trail riding

It was kinda intense at the time but this ol man, relying on his bike skills from his youth, made it to the top.

Our next day was an old favorite from our last trip, mountain trail riding on horseback.

It was a lot to enjoy…

..when our horse wasn’t brushing us against trees or trying to knock us off in the trees.

Then it was back to our cabin and the neighborhood ‘Riverwalk’ park that the girls enjoyed last time;

complete with their own zip-line…

..and for some more foolishness by the stream.

We also did the mandatory campfires with whatever wood we could find.

Along with the mandatory Blair Witch type ‘ghost stories‘.

It was kinda creepy.

For instance some ‘thing’ took this video.

It wasn’t me!

The night ended up producing the Ghost of a lost nittany mountaineer!!

‘Big John!’

Like I said,


And what trip to the mountains would be complete without doing some hiking trails

in search of waterfalls before heading home

Little did I know it was a set up for a new background in a Tik-Tok video

So our ‘cool’ trip to the mountains was a lot of fun.


Did I mention speeding tickets, no power, flat tires and traffic jams?

It wasn’t all fun and games!

(But still alotta fun)


That’s about it for now knuckleheads.

I will try to do a better job next time.

Until then, we are going back to school around here, virtually.

So say a prayer for all of us.

I hope your week was a fun-filled one too!


Hello Everyone,

I would like to welcome a young lady named ‘Truly‘ to our WordPress family.

(sounds of applause in the background)

Truly is a rescue greyhound just off the track.

We are fostering Truly for a week or so, until someone adopts her.

She turns 2 years old this month, so still a pup.

She is very sweet and potty trained.

She also has a gorgeous, exotic, pseudo-tiger looking coat me thinks.

She has been getting along great with my male greyhound.

Or I should say he has been very accepting of her.

They swap food and


She has a wicked scar on her hip. Lord only knows how she got that one.

My girls have fallen in love with her already. There is talk of our family adopting her.

What do you think?

Should we?


In other news….

We completed our first day long training session on becoming foster parents over the weekend.

There are so many tragic stories we heard but I will leave that for another time.

I also completed my training to become a Mentor or Big Brother last week.

Folks, this is so simple!

Being a Mentor, here in town, involves only one hour of your time per week.



I was almost disappointed that it wasn’t more than that.

And, given the signs of the times, that one hour is a virtual Zoom call.

How hard is that?

And ‘boundaries’ are very defined for both parties before entering into a Mentor agreement.

So its safe and private….for both parties

So do you think you have some good advice or support to give to a deserving child that might not have a great positive role model in their life?

Have you been a good parent


might you be a good parent when the time comes?

And do you have one (1) extra hour in a week, over a lunch maybe, that you could give some support or hope to a child that might not have so much as you had growing up?

If so, please consider looking into being a Mentor in your area.


Yes, you could make a significant positive influence in some disadvantaged child’s life.

Think about it.



That’s all for now knuckleheads.

I will try to do a better job next time.

Until then,

be nice,

wear your (frickin) mask,

and show somebody some Gratitude.

Not Attitude 🙂

You will both be happy!

Cause everyone should be loved…

not just puppies


Social Distancing

I wanted to thank you for reading this post…

from your home…

and not mine…

so we can maintain our required social distance.

We have had a coupla crazy weeks, with lots going on and big decisions to be made,

last week and this week.

So between the 2 weeks we tried to step out and unwind and detox this past weekend.

If you know me, few things are as therapeutic as the beach and the ocean.

So come and join me…

Family Social Distancing in the ocean

I think I said before, to me, nothing beats walking in ankle deep water on a soft sandy beach and the warm sun on your skin.

I lose myself..and the rest of the world…

….and sometimes my only worry in the world is…

Is the tide going to reach my chair..

…while I’m gone.

But today its back to Staycation…

and the illusion of Travel and Freedom just remain an exotic fantasy.

.…and hoping the local reptiles in our neighborhood will Staycate too!

Good news!

Along the lines of being happy and bringing happiness to others, we had an orientation to become Foster Parents last week.

Its a long process, but we are happy to begin our journey….

and our version of

an ‘Instant Family‘.

Other good news is one of the other projects we were working on is coming to fruition…

….we are becoming foster parents of a young professional athlete….a retired greyhound on Friday!


The kids are excited.

Anyone care to adopt a greyhound?

They think they are royalty.

That’s it for now knuckleheads.

I’ll try to do a better job next time.

Until then….

Love someone and show them some gratitude.

Find an old friend or Mentor and give them some overdue gratitude.

It will make you BOTH Happy!


Eat some ice cream!

Its hot out there!

Ice cream will make you Happy too.

Be social,

but keep your distance


Yes its Monday.


Start of another week.

Another week closer to putting 2020 behind us.

Another week of self-investment (and reaping the rewards of previous self-investments),

another week of being above ground!

To celebrate this first day of the rest of my life I combed the web to find some of the best pokes at this virus confining, nonsocializing, travel restricting covid thing to hopefully put a smile on your face this Monday.

You can thank me later.

You can even vote for your favorite ones afterwards.

Some may be more clever then funny.

Hey, I like creativity.

So cheer up….

Its Monday!















So what do think?

Did you like any of them?

Pick your top 3…


That’s all for now knuckle heads…

I will try to do a better job next time.

And I will keep wearing my mask….

Its just the right thing to do.

Until then, stay safe, be well, perfect happiness….


Oh yea, PS, we enjoyed a good movie last week. It was kinda funny and spoke to us.

So now I want to be like Mark Wahlberg in a second way, not just the bod he has in Good Vibrations… way

We filled out the paperwork.

Stay tuned!



Knee Deep

So raise your hand if you have done or thought of this….

…Walking into a bank with your Covid mask on and asking for money.


Now is about the only time you can walk into a bank, wearing a mask, and the bank not get excited.

 So with losing my job, some dire family issues, Covid 19 and E-Learning, its been quite a year here. So with my attitude spiraling downward I followed the advice of my therapist and went to my doctor for….an anti depression prescription.

And with all the ugliness and oppression going on in the world today…

…I did not resist.

Now, had I not been on this medicine, I probably wouldn’t have told you that (let that logic marinate).

But since being on this medicine I dont mind telling you.

See? Its working!

I was not so depressed anymore and actually ride on the happy side.

A happy guy more or less.

After all, I was taking the course on Happiness too.

Now, a true story, this really happened…

A few weeks ago my pharmacist called  to tell me they were out of this anti-depressant medicine(?) prescription and that it was on back order and may not be in in some time.

I guess lots of people are depressed these days.

So, after hearing this news from my pharmacist, I paused for a bit and then said sternly,

“You know, this doesn’t make me very happy!”

Another true story…

I was at the gym to work out some issues. The gym was unstaffed and on auto pilot, including the radio station playing a country music station (not my first pick).

So I just focused on my reps.

But then a song came on where the words of the song caught my ear (country music does have some great lyrics after all). It just summed up the way I felt, or would like to feel.

The words stuck in my head….

“.…my only worry in the world is……is the tide gonna reach my chair”

Yea, sounds like the perfect phrase for someone who just had their no-depression prescription increased!

.…my only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair

Soooo…I’m just going to take my Zoloft.

This year life tried to stop me but it sure didn’t

and now I’m gonna put the world away for a minute

Pretend I don’t live in it

Sunshine gonna wash my blues away


Had sweet love but I lost it

She got too close so I fought her
Now I’m lost in the world trying to find me a better way…

Wishing I was Knee-Deep in the water somewhere

Got the blue sky, breeze and it don’t seem fair
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair

Sunrise there’s a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

Wrote a note said “Be back in a minute”
Bought a boat and I sailed off in it
Don’t think anybody’s gonna miss me anyway.

Mind on a permanent vacation
The ocean is my only(?) medication
Wishing my condition ain’t ever gonna go away

‘Cause now I’m knee-deep in the water somewhere

Got the blue sky, breeze blowing wind through my hair
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair

Sunrise there’s a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

This champagne shore washing over me
It’s a sweet sweet life living by the salty sea

One day you could be as lost as me
Change your geography
Maybe you might be….

Knee-Deep in the water somewhere

Got the blue sky, breeze blowing wind through my hair
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair…

Sunrise there’s a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

Come on in the water’s nice
Find yourself a little slice

Grab a backpack and lawn chair
You never know until you try
When you lose yourself……
You find the key to paradise



(OK…I actually just finished mowing the lawn)

Lose yourself and find your paradise!

I hope you find your own little paradise this week or next weekend….

Thanks Zack Brown Band, with a Jimmy Buffett accompaniment!

Here’s hoping the tide never reaches your chair.

….an audio start to help you find a paradise ….

That’s it for now knuckleheads.

I’ll try to do a better job next time.

Stay safe, wear a mask, love someone.

Show someone some Gratitude.

It’ll make you Happy!

…..and get Knee Deep in it.

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