There comes a time when a man realizes his mortality.
How’s that for an opening statement?
With my birthday coming up, I’ll have one more year in my 30s, then I’ll be “old.” I don’t think 40 is all that old, but I guess old habits die hard. My friends like to remind me that I’m the “old man” in our circle, even though I’m not the oldest one.
This past Saturday, we gathered to lay my maternal grandfather to rest. Grandpa had 87 good years on this earth: husband, father, grandfather, business owner, Korean War veteran. He loved his St. Louis Cardinals and Nascar racing. He loved his family; the day before he passed, my mom had brought my grandmother to the hospital to visit him, and some of his last words were to my grandmother: “Mary, I love you.”
I know that I won’t live forever, that I’m mortal. I also know that I’ve made my arrangements for the afterlife. Now, to live in a fashion that gets the most out of every day, not in some extreme sense, but to live each day in a satisfied manner.
I haven’t written in a while, so I thought it was time to do so.
I’m sitting in my living, on the new to us loveseat Holly and I bought on Sunday, letting my mind spool down from my day. There’s a fire in the fireplace, and Lumos is next to me, wishing he was on my lap instead of my laptop.
I’m so very thankful for many things today.
A great group of friends who get together on a regular basis.
A church family we enjoy.
A solid job.
A warm home.
Food on the table and in the pantry and refrigerator.
My amazing wife. Love, you are truly out of my league.
These are just a few of the things that bring joy to my life at this time. I am content.
Another birthday has come and gone.
Another lap around the sun in this race called life.
To be honest, I don’t really see birthdays as all that special anymore. When I was a kid, it was always “I wonder what presents I’ll get,” and “I wonder what kind of cake Mom made me.”
Anymore, it’s almost just another day.
My birthday still means something to me, just not in the same vein it did when I was a kid. I received several birthday well wishes on Facebook, and for that I am grateful. I know there are folks who didn’t need a reminder to know it was my birthday. I took doughnuts into work for everyone in the office and had a normal day at work, followed by my normal Thursday evening. Nothing about that day particularly stood out, other than it was a Thursday. Holly and I went to AJ Bombers on Friday night and had burgers, and met up with her family on Saturday for lunch. I enjoyed the company and the celebration, but something felt different this year.
I know I’m running the risk of sounding like an ungrateful bastard; honestly, it meant the world to me to be honored on my birthday, but I can’t figure why this year felt “different”, or even what felt “different” about any of it.
Maybe it’s the thought that this is year my 20 year reunion of my high school class, and that I really didn’t like high school.
Maybe it’s that I’m 20 years removed from high school.
Maybe it’s that I’m not getting any younger.
Maybe it’s that I realize that I’m getting older, and there’s nothing I can do about it.
ok, so I’ve been a little slack on the whole writing thing…my bad.
I started school up again. I attend class once a week at the local tech school, working to improve my knowledge in the black magic of information technology. This semester’s class: Linux. So far, I’m loving it. I have previous experience with Linux in a couple of different forms, so this class will fill in gaps and stretch my mind.
Holly and I took an afternoon and headed to Chicago for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants for a delayed Valentine’s Day meal, then bopped around town before hitting the Hard Rock Cafe to replace the Hurricane glasses Holly prefers to use around the house. We stopped by Lincoln Park, but it was too cold to get out and walk around the lagoon in the conservatory as we like to do in the summer.
At this point, I’m ready to be done with winter, just like everyone else. The forecast calls for more snow this week before a warm up. I’m ready for baseball and racing season to start.
As the weather has made quite clear, Wisconsin, and most of the country actually, is enduring a harsh cold snap. The high today hit 15 below zero, and the wind chills were near 50 below zero.
That makes for a fun day when one of your cars won’t start.
Fortunately, my wife already had a planned day off of work, so I was able to take her car as she had no plans to venture out into the Hoth-like abyss.
I was able to get my car started after getting home from work, so we now have (as of right now) to functioning cars. We’ll see what the morning brings.
The other lesson we’ve learned, being new to home ownership, is to make sure the exhaust for the furnace is clear and free from ice. We’ve now had to clear exhaust three separate times since Friday. Our furnace is one year old and has a built in safety feature to shut down when it can’t exhaust properly, so our indicator has been a less than warm house.
I don’t ever recall hearing the phrase “polar vortex” when I was a kid, or even before today, but that’s what meteorologists are calling this wonderful phenomenon that we are experiencing. I always thought it was just really really cold, and that in a few days, it would pass, as this cold snap is forecast to do. It’s going to be a little weird on Friday when we hit 35 degrees and it’ll feel like spring.
Packer football is done; now it’s the countdown to racing and baseball. Hopefully this year proves to be a good one for both my drivers and my local nine.
Hello friends, it’s been far too long since I last wrote anything. I plan to start writing more and to stop making excuses for not writing. I generally have something on my mind to write about, but then when I sit down to write, the desire to write either leaves, or gets derailed by some other endeavor.
To bring everyone up to speed, Holly and I bought our first home last year. We purchased a condominium in Waukesha, close to both of our workplaces and with all the usual conveniences nearby. We very happy with our purchase and enjoy our neighbors. Lumos acclimated pretty quickly to the new place, aside from the hardwood floor on the main level, and even that isn’t so scary now.
I think, to get the writing process rolling, I’ll spend the next month trying to write daily. I don’t promise that the entries will be lengthy or mind-blowingly awesome, but just trying to purge the system and shake off the cobwebs.
Friend, thank you for joining me on this journey.
Time to catch everyone up, and hopefully, keep this thing going.
I’ve been taking classes at a local tech school to further my education. I’ve taken one class per term, with two 8 week classes this semester, balancing school with work.
It’s all gone pretty well. I’ve worked hard and received good marks in my classes and made some new friends in my field.
Holly and I are buying a house; a condo actually. We close in July and are eager to move in. We weren’t thinking of buying until we received an unsolicited letter from a local Realtor that had a chart showing how much money we could save if we bought and locked in on a mortgage, instead of paying ever increasing rent to someone else. We contacted a Realtor some friends of ours have used and started the discovery process. We looked at several places, deciding on our new home based on price, convenience and the updates that had been done. We’re looking forward to being home owners.
I’ve started monitoring what I eat. I’m not cutting back necessarily, just keeping on eye on my food intake.
Well, that’s a start. Catch you next time.🙂