Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
We will pick up our rental car today around lunch and leave this afternoon to spend the night with Christie (our daughter) who lives in Brevard, NC (land of waterfalls). We will go to Covenant on Sunday. This trucking company has the own motel. While we are there next week they provide us the room and three meals a day. Yes, they have their own restaurant.
Ole Sarge charlie has quite the discussion over on his page. Check it out from the link to your right! Want good music, check out Conservative cowboy's page as well. After I read his post, I just let it sit there and listen. More good music wanted, check out Luke Stricklin's page. You can access his My Space page from here and listen to his songs. GREAT!
OK, it's about 8:00 Am here in the tar heel so it is time to get busy. We have much to accomplish today before we leave.
Oh yea, I want to should out to all the guys and gals at PSNC. They made my last day at work awesome! The gifts and cake, along with the great meal just added to my memory. Patty took pics and they gave us a album with all the pics in it and we both receive journals. Even my bosses boss, Greg , came down. It was awesome! Good bye for now and I will check in each and every time I have access. I pray that God will allow us to find a notebook!
American Bless God and God will Continue to bless America!
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Today is my last day at PSNC. I will be cleaning out my big truck and office space/cubby hole. They guys are fixing hamburgers for lunch today for my last day. It is a sweet thought. I said most of my goodbyes yesterday and I will have a few more today. I am again back to square one on a notebook. Apparently the online company I was trying to purchase from is not legit. My bank said that were trying to run my card with no name and no phone number. I contacted them and had a feeling they were no good after the conversation. I have one more chance today to get one before we start our trip. Not sure how that will work out.
I've added a new link and have called it Soldiers Salute. I spent about an hour yesterday looking at the faces and the names. Pretty Awesome! I woke this morning again and tried to watch the news. I got be honest, I just cannot bear it. It pains me to see all these Americans keep saying how we need to pull out of Iraq. They keep saying we can't win. That is ridiculous. Of course we could win. We could just blow the hell out of the country and be done with it, but that is not what we do. Opposed to some views, I believe that America has always tried to do what is right. Sure, we have screwed up in the past, but it is how we react to that. When the Generals and the troops say, "Hey, you know we do hear what you are saying over here", that should should tell anyone with a brain, lets watch what we say. Simple but apparently hard for some to do.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
My other two comrades. Drivers Mike Long and Bill Jordan(right) and myself make the driving force. That is Denise who does most everything else.
I've have become totally pissed off at notebook computers. Thus far I have ordered one online, just to be told they are out of that model. I tried to buy one in the store but most stores have been out of stock on the ones I can afford. The new VISTA program is coming after 1/31/07, which is causing most computers to rise in cost. Some I've seen will rise as much as $300.00. Anyway, I bought another online Monday and the address was wrong. So, I got that right and then yesterday they called to say my credit card would not allow them to charge it. So yesterday on the way home from work I figured out the problem. I had put a $500.00 dollar limit on my card and I would have to call and raise that for the day. Man, I can sure be stupid some time. Why didn't I think about that yesterday during the day. Darn it! Anyway, I have totally given up on walking, I guess. I have done it in over a week. That is not good. I continue to do my push ups and sit ups and my stretching, but I have got get back to walking. Perhaps after this week I can do that.
Today is Wednesday so I will make my final Mountain run for PSNC, so it is sort of a sad day. I hate goodbyes and I know everyone will be doing that. I work with some awesome people. Tim and all the guys in forest city were great. Terry in Hendersonville has been a great friend and i might add a great cook. Rick in Asheville has always been easy to work with and those guys in the garage, Bobby and Brad, are awesome dudes. Eric in Troutman has been a good friend. At every location I have made great friends and was a well liked person. It speaks well of my desire to befriend as many as possible. There are many that i will not see again before I leave, but I know it would have been a nice goodbye.
Monday, January 22, 2007
One of the side effects of going back on the road is how much I will miss playing the drums. I have been playing in the praise band at Wellspring Church. Moe is our leader and there are four us us. Moe is an excellent player so its fun to make music with him. I've been playing for about two years now and I will miss it. I've decided to leave my drums at the church so a young man named Jason can play the drums for the church. I hope that when we are in town I play every once and a while. We will see about that. I bought these drums from my brother in law and then replaced the symbols and the heads. They have always sounded pretty good, however my symbols have never been the most expensive ones. Play on!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
How blessed we really are!!!!! To blessed to be depressed or stressed. It is the blessings that should keep us HUMBLE and fighting for those who cannot fight for themelves!
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Anyway the new moterhome we bought is at the shop getting a new roof, a new awning and some other minor repairs. We probably want see it for several months. We are off to meet "The Byrds" in Hickory for supper. Wes and Lisa have been our best friends since the Army days back in 1986.
Goodbye ole Friend, not really we only had it one year.
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Theodore Roosevelt 1907
Can TV be a habit? Yes I watched the beginning of "24"
- Yes I watched American Idol (Except Tuesday at 9:00-"The Unit"
- Yes we watch Animal Planet almost every night or Discover for a little while anyway.
- I tried hard not to watch the news...Boring and Depressing-Internet news is my method.
- By the way if you like "The Unit" click here for the opening cadence.
Most of us have many habits. Smoking, eating or biting our fingernails. Some habits are bad and are bad for you, while other habits are good and can be good for you. I have the worst time getting into a habit of taking my medicine sometimes. At times we have to leave a habit and make a choice. I know that there are some choices that I need to make regarding my health. TC and I both paid a visit to our doctors yesterday. TC id a diabetic so she has to really watch what she eats and the way she takes care of herslf. The doc was happy with that. We bot still need to lost a little and exercise more regularly.
There are as many good habits we have and that is nice. For instance I cannot walk by a light that is on and not turn it off. I catch myself knowing that the light is off but checking the switch anyway. Or safety for example, I have many good habits when it come to driving a semi. Habits that we form can for certain be good and bad and I think that may just depend on that person and the person he or she lives with.
Friday, January 19, 2007
This weekend we are continuing to weed out things we don’t need. We had a 1992 Coleman pop us camper and we decided to give it to River Ministries. We are going to sign the title over today for Dawn and then get it Polk County on Saturday. We also found out that we will leave for Chattanooga Tenn. Next Sunday. We will start orientation on Monday Jan. 29th. We will be there the whole week as TC must go through a refresher course. She is very nervous about this because she has not driven a semi since 2002. But, I know she can do it. She can do anything.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
So many times we can get so bogged down by details it is hard to function. There is an old saying, "Let go and let God". To that I say we have made a covenant with the Almighty through His Son, Jesus Christ and that being sealed through His own Blood. This is something that Jesus had done, not us! Everyone reading this can have that same relationship that comes with a peace that passes all understanding. Amen
And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20
New Living Translation © 1996 Tyndale Charitable Trust
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
I also bought the following movies:
- Outlaw Justice-with Kris, Willie, Travis and Waylon
- The Last days of Frank and Jesse James with Kris K, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson
- The Eagle Has Landed with Robert Duvall-My favorite Actor (TC gets mad but I buy everything I see with him in it.
- Three more great movies to add to my collection!
Saturday, January 13, 2007
If you have the time you can check out this. Jett Hitt is a composer and horse back riding guide at Yellowstone National Park. This is something I intend on doing before I die, I hope. His music is almost religious. Check out this page and download the movie. I promise you it will move you. If you like the wild and anything cowboy you will love it. The link should take you to the page and download. Enjoy!
Friday, January 12, 2007
I had an awesome meal with my wife last night. We went to SAGEBRUSH, our favorite steak house. I probably gained the 5 pounds that I've lost but I hope not. Today I am off from work so I will be running all day to accomplish as much as possible. Not sure how you do things, but I am a make a list person. I must make a list for everything I do. It gives me great satisfaction to check something off my list. Been that way my whole life and sometimes it drives my wife crazy. Overall though it does help me with accomplishing things and being organized. I need it!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Anyway, here is my regular post!
Yesterday went pretty well. Some of my co-workers were actually mad at me for a while. I guess I can take that as a compliment.(I think) Anyway, it was the usual; “Hate to see you go”, and stuff like that. I am glad that part is over and I really do feel released. Now each day is pretty boring, packing, thinning, throwing away. I will spare you all the boring details.
We had a great phone conversation with our son last night. Seems he was actual a little more upset about us leaving than we thought. (Actually I had hoped he might feel that way). As it were, he talked about it and we were able to clear some stuff off the surface and it felt like I was talking again to my son.
This Saturday the men of our church are gathering for a men’s breakfast and plan a men’s retreat. Not sure I make the retreat but I am going to breakfast. I enjoy eating meat and shooting a little bull. I like it most because most of us have spilled our guts and have very little to hide. Makes a great morning. Be SAFE
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I have lost 5 pounds since starting my diet. I am down to 235 and i want to get down to 220. i have a ways to go but I will get there. My wife called a little while ago just to pick me up. She knew this was going to be hard, but now it is over.
So far the dates are as follows. Today or Tomorrow I will resign at PSNC with a two week notice. On January 30 we will enter the orientation part of our new adventure and will be dispatched out on Thursday FEB. 1st. I will try and add more later.
Oh yea, we took our RV to the shop and we are getting a whole new roof put on it. It is not cheap but, we will not have to worry about it leaking over the winter.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
We have also started thinning out things here in the house. I figure we will take a lot clothes and stuff to the ministry and then we will have empty out our storage building. We are going to have to have a hard heart and just throw some stuff away and give away some furniture. You see, I don’t believe in yard sales. When I am done with it I want to give it someone who might need it, not sell it to them. I am also setting the date on which I will have my cable and internet cut off. I am taking SGT advice and get some kind of laptop with wireless in order to keep this up and have access. I would not trust truck stop computers.
My wife asked me again is what we should do. I said again yes. The hardest thing about this is leaving my job. It is the only thing that we have left that tie us down to this area. If my Dad and Daughter have their way when we get through in December, I would go back to being a pastor anyway. Is that their desire or God’s Will. I do not know as I can not even imagine doing that again, but I do want to do what God wants me to do. Well again that is enough for today. I hope that by the end of the day I have determined who our carrier will be.
Monday, January 08, 2007
TC and I are nmaking the correct decision and we are now making plans to quit our jobs and go back on the road. This time we will work for someone else instead of the headaches of being an owner.opertor. On Sunday morning a peace that passes all understanding swept over me and for TC it came after a conversation with Christie, our daughter. I could see it in her face and hear in her voice that she too was at peace. These decisions have many connotations, yet there is a sense of excitement and awe that is just floating. That is all for now and I will add a little each day concerning this.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
11. Do not want more for the sake of wanting more. I may already have what it is that I’m looking for.
12. Center of God’s Will
13. No more “What If”
14. Regular diet and Exercise
15. Be thankful for the small stuff
16. Enjoy what is already here.
17. Accomplish something or help someone every day.
18. Do things I’m good at; don’t shy away from a challenge though.
19. Let you goals guide you; if they are aligned properly.
20. Focus on what really matters.
21. Think “so what” or “oh well”
22. Remain in your purpose.
Looking around the web site in the link provided earlier I found a lot more info that was pretty interesting. I guess it is the way you look at it. Some of this stuff is really good. I do not know why I came up with 22 of them from a list on 100; I guess they just moved me. I am trying to bring these to a top three, so that is a project I am working on over the next day or so.
I wanted to add a link to a blog I am reading daily. SGTDUB is stationed in Afghanistan and on his site you can follow also his wife and his daughter’s blog as well. I have become so interested in this family and pray for them daily. I would ask you to do the same.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
1-Purpose-What is mine? Knowing this is healthier
2-Goals should align with one another.
3-Less TV: Only watch specific shows that I am interested in.
4-Remember where I came from!
5-People who are happy do not get everything they want, but they want most of what they get!
6-Open Mind- Solid Beliefs
7-Tell others how much I appreciate their friendship!
8-If I don’t know; guess positively
9-Be a good citizen; especially as I get older!
10-Schedule things around the house. Being on a schedule is much better than winging it each and every day.
I will end there today. These things did not come in any specific order. No one means anymore than the other. I think I will try and have maybe a top three when it all over with I don’t know. I have started my diet this week, so things are sort of out of whack. I will begin drinking tons of water and eating as little as possible. I do not intend on spending tons of money for special foods, I just want barely enough to keep me going. I want to lose weight and become more fit but I also want to say healthy.
Just had to edit this post to add this link. David Niven PhD. was the author and he has may other books. I found it to be quite interesting so I amy purchase a few of these. Click the above link and it will take you to where you can view some of his stuff.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Three Doors Down, a rock group, has a song called,” Duck and Run”. It uses phrases like,
This World can’t turn me down but I won’t turn away,
I won’t duck and run because I am not built that way,
When everything is gone there is nothing that I fear,
This world can’t bring me down, because I am already here.
Down on my Knees, I am already here
I must have told you a thousand times I am not running away.
Pretty cool song I think. I like the part about already being on your knees. If that is the position that you know you will end at then why not start in that position, on my knees.
Why is daily life seem to be so difficult some times? I think because we allow the little things to become big things, when they shouldn’t. Some may not have the ability of will to prevent those things from becoming larger than they should be. When they do become too large, then many things in life become too hard to bear. I have faced those things and as I look back now I think, “Why was I so stressed about that”? IN reality here are some things that I think will happen:
* Things will always pass!
* Don’t decide today as it may seem simpler tomorrow!
* God will never give you more than you can handle, it just seems like it for a time!
Make each day as SIMPLE as it can be!
These are just suggestions so take them as such. So many people their relationship with God has to be one way or the other. God is so versatile that He can provide us with his love no matter where we have been or where we are going. Just let Him love you.
Over the weekend I read a book entitles, “100 ways to be happy”. Now, I do not believe that happiness comes from following a certain plan, but there were so many good things that I think would help. The book looks at scientific proof of people actually being happier because they were doing or are going to do certain things. For example pet owners were 28% more satisfied than non pet owners. Things like that. I have rounded out my top 20 things for myself and I will begin posting them tomorrow.