What I did on my summer vacation from blogging

A few months ago, I proclaimed on here that I had several terrific new ideas for the blog that would be fun and exciting.

After that, I wrote a few posts and then didn’t write anything for more than two months. As it turns out, my great idea was to just have a blank blog.

I call it “virtual blogging.”

The good news is that I had very few typos over the last few months. The bad news is that I likely lost most of my readers, and I missed the fun of writing these posts. Continue reading “What I did on my summer vacation from blogging”

Simple projects often turn into epic adventures

It’s funny how a simple, small project can often lead to a larger project and then to another and another until you are somehow cutting down a tree.

This happened to me recently when I had a few days off of work and decided to cut the grass in the yard.

“This will be easy,” I thought to myself smugly. “I sure am smart.” Continue reading “Simple projects often turn into epic adventures”

When you are figuring out where to go next, don’t forget to celebrate how far you have already come

A few weeks ago, I watched my son receive his college degree from the same university that I graduated from a few decades earlier.

It was a great day for him and all of the graduates, and it was fun to see so many students receive their diplomas and begin to move into the next phases of their lives.

The time at commencement made me recall how when I received my college degree in 1992, I was on top of the world but scared of it, too. Continue reading “When you are figuring out where to go next, don’t forget to celebrate how far you have already come”

The Mystery of the Missing Peanut Butter

As I walked into the kitchen on a dark and dreary Tuesday evening, I was greeted by the sounds of mysterious creaking and moaning.

“Is that the floorboard or my knees?” I asked myself in my best tough guy detective voice. “We don’t have time for that right now, we’ve got bigger fish to fry.”

I don’t actually know how to fry fish or understand why you would want to fry the bigger fish before the smaller fish, so I forged on with my noble quest. Continue reading “The Mystery of the Missing Peanut Butter”

Pets provide me with unconditional love! (Except when they are annoyed with me)

The pets at my house are often annoyed with me.

We have a small dog and a small cat in our family, and they bring us incredible amounts of joy and hair.

And while I know they love us and appreciate how we feed them, house them and assist them in different ways, I often notice how I seem to be annoying them. Here are a few examples: Continue reading “Pets provide me with unconditional love! (Except when they are annoyed with me)”

Graduation advice to help you succeed in life! Or to at least help you learn to make your own ketchup

This is high school graduation weekend in town, and it is a big occasion for my family.

The youngest kids in the family are graduating and everyone is gathering together to celebrate their accomplishments and give them gifts. The best (and least expensive) present I can present is advice, so here are some commencement comments for the graduates of 2018 here in my town and wherever you may be reading this. Continue reading “Graduation advice to help you succeed in life! Or to at least help you learn to make your own ketchup”