Thursday, June 30, 2005
A.W. Tozer - Knowledge of the Holy
Every once in a while I can fry eggs without getting eggshell in the pan or breaking the yolks. Today was not one of those days, as you can see. Although not pretty, these eggs were cooked to perfection. Sometimes I like to make biscuits, but today I had the canned ones like my grandma used to make.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
We just got back from Oklahoma City where I submitted my application for retirement. It was a simple process and only took about 1-1/2 hours. Last night we went to see Toby Keith's new restaurant. It had just opened and the wait for a table was 45min to 1 hours so we didn't stay. However I got a T-shirt for my friend Pat who lives in L.A. I'll get that in the mail tomorrow.
When I retire, Dorothy and I want to travel, but I have a hard time sleeping in hotel rooms. Last night I lay awake for hours staring in the dark as the red light on the smoke detector blinked on and off. I wonder if I should just watch travel documentaries on TV and sleep in my own bed every night.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
For years we've been attempting, without success, to rid our yard of mosquitos. We've tried insecticide, citronella candles, and a few other things, but in the past few years the problem has worsened. In light of the West Nile virus arriving in Oklahoma, it's time to make a new departure. I put up a Martin box to coax a family or two of Purple Martins to take up residence. These wonderful birds make their nest close to human habitation and will eat mosquitos like there's no tomorrow. I'm eagerly anticipating some positive results.
Monday, June 27, 2005
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Friday, June 24, 2005
-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Sunday, June 19, 2005
- sit on the porch. This won't be my principal occupation, but an ample portion of time will be dedicated to watching the traffic go by, listen to the sounds of the country, and watching the hummingbirds jockey for position around the feeder.
- Paint. I haven't painted a picture in years, so I'm anxious to see if the talent is still there. Working for a living can sure suffocate your talents. There's something about a work-a-day job that is soul destroying and it's becoming more so as time goes by and corporations are determined to squeeze the life from their employees.
- Commerce is as old as civilization and since it seems to make the world go round, I think I'll try to generate a little cash flow from whatever talents I can put to use.
- Travel. This really should be number one. Dorothy and I want to travel while we're still young and have the desire. A road trip out west first. When I was a kid we traveled between California and Oklahoma and my dad would never stop at all those road side attractions like the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. Then as a father I refused to stop at those same places when my kids wanted to. But on this trip, we'll stop at every Indian village and cliff dwellers' ruins. Maybe we'll even see the world's biggest ball of twine. Then next year it's a trip to the Caribbean and after that Ireland, England, and Scotland are calling to us.
- There's lots of remodeling projects waiting to be done. We've been working on the house for years and years and now maybe I might just finish.
- Gardening. We'll dine on fresh vegetables every summer. The yard will be beautifully landscaped.
- Cooking. I like to cook and now I can learn some new recipes. Ravioli. Steak with Cajun Shrimp. Maybe I'll learn to bake bread.
That is by no means an exhaustive list but I think you get the picture. It's all about realizing some dreams and taking advantage of opportunities. I may even have to change the name of this blog. I'll keep you posted with a day by day journal of retirement life.