Take a Number Please !

Hey all,

I have the pleasure of visiting the Social Security Office this morning to take care of Terry’s Affairs. I have been trying to come here to get help for the last 10 days. Every time I drove there I continued to see a sign on the door saying the office was closed due to not having any power after Hurricane Irma. Now that they are finally open I decided to get up bright and early to go back. Once I got there, I was surprised to find such a  long line of people waiting that wrapped around the entire building just to get inside. Now once I finally got into the building, I was told “take a number please” from the Kiosk machine.  Now 2 1/2 hours later after patiently waiting, my number gets called. I was excited!  However, after going to the customer service window, thinking I would finally get things done, I was only told that this was merely a screening counter and I would need to take a seat again and that my name would eventually be called. Unfortunately they said that there were 45 people ahead of me!  Oh my God !!!!….It will probably take another 2 hours before I finally could get to see anyone to hopefully get things accomplished . This was a real test of my patience !!  Unfortunately, what I need to do can’t be handled on line or via the phone. So here I sit patiently waiting and waiting and waiting.

Hope you all are having  better day than me!

I’m In Doggie Heaven !

Hey Everyone,

Today’s my lucky day ! Gary finally went to the pet store and got me treats! Thank God I don’t have to eat any more of those popsicles for treats! I’m over them.

I think Gary is rewarding me. On Saturday, I told him to get out a bit and have some fun at the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. I told him I’d be okay in the big RV doghouse by myself. So he took my advice and went out on the town.

When Gary returned later that evening he came back $ 75 dollars richer! Now that was time well spent and the winnings can buy me alot of treats!

Terry and Gary used to enjoy going to the casino together. Although they always had fun, they usually came home with their wallets a bit lighter (Big “L”). I think on Saturday, Terry was giving Gary (and of course me) a little luck from heaven. That’s the way to go Terry!

Remember that old “Gold Diggers of 1933 movie” with the theme song….We’re in the Money. That song says it all !  https://youtu.be/UJOjTNuuEVw

Ruff, Ruff,  Roxy

Thank You All for your Patience !

Hey fellow bloggers,

Just wanted to let you all know that eventually I am going to figure out all the “ins and outs” of blogging and to blog with you on a more regular basis on Terry’s http://www.spearfruit.com blog site.  However, I have so much to learn about how to do things on wordpress  such as managing all my postings, how to edit things that I post when I make stupid mistakes and/or typos, how to import cool photos, videos and other neat graphics into my posts to make them more fun/intefesting, etc.  Just remember that as Terry indicated in several of his past posts to you that I am a bit “technology challenged.” Also, don’t know if this has something to my age or something else, but changes that occur in my life these days (either self-induced or beyond my control) are becoming more difficult for me to cope with and it will take me a bit longer than average to adjust to.

For all of you out there that have been regular followers of Terry’s Blogs and now mine….I will try to figure out how to set things up where I can begin to read and to respond back to the wonderful things that you share with other on your blogs.  I just haven’t been able to find the best way to do all this yet without becoming over-whelmed (remember I am technology challenged !)  Also, as I try to go through all of Terry’s automation files and to figure out how he had things set up on both his phone and personal computer, it is a big process for me and I territory that is that is a bit uncomfortable for me to try to figure out.   I know that Terry had way to be automatically notified about  your daily blog’s and had an efficient ways to provide timely comments back to you about what you have written on your sites and to respond back to comments that you may have made on his blogs.  Also, as Terry ‘s health diminished so quickly in the last few weeks of his life, his ability to write any more blogs, to read your blogs or to provide timely comments back became extremely limited, as a result he has a tremendous back log on emails on his accounts in the tens of thousands !  Needles to say…I will have my hands full for a while !

I will end this lengthy blog with a few  quotes about Patience for you to Ponder about:

Have a Great Weekend !  Love, Gary

Quotes About Patience


A.A. Milne

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Phooh
Cassandra Clare

“Patience, grasshopper,” said Maia. “Good things come to those who wait.”
“I always thought that was ‘Good things come to those who do the wave,'” said Simon. “No wonder I’ve been so confused all my life.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”
Paulo Coelho

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
Markus Zusak

“He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world.

She was the book thief without the words.

Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Lemony Snicket

“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid
Benjamin Franklin

“He that can have patience can have what he will.”
Benjamin Franklin
Geoffrey Chaucer

“Patience is a conquering virtue.”
Geoffrey Chaucer
Criss Jami

“To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms
“Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy
Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Lewis Carroll

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
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Fulton J. Sheen

“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”
Fulton J. Sheen
“Patience Is Not the Ability to Wait:
Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Leo Tolstoy

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
tags: patience, time
Margaret Atwood

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
Paulo Coelho

“Why is patience so important?”
“Because it makes us pay attention.”
Paulo Coelho
tags: patience
Rainer Maria Rilke

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
Henri J.M. Nouwen

“A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen
tags: patience
Neil Gaiman

“Everybody going to be dead one day, just give them time.”
Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
Orson F. Whitney

“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.”
Orson F. Whitney
“Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess:

Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples’ affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains — they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn’t agree with that of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint — it is so hard to live with some of them — but a harsh old person is one of the devil’s masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.

Margot Benary-Isbert

Rainer Maria Rilke

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Masashi Kishimoto

“There’s no advantage to hurrying through life.” -Shikamaru Nara”
Masashi Kishimoto
Margaret Thatcher

“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”
Margaret Thatcher
Criss Jami

“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy
Sarah   Williams

“[The Old Astronomer to His Pupil]

Reach me down my Tycho Brahe, I would know him when we meet,
When I share my later science, sitting humbly at his feet;
He may know the law of all things, yet be ignorant of how
We are working to completion, working on from then to now.

Pray remember that I leave you all my theory complete,
Lacking only certain data for your adding, as is meet,
And remember men will scorn it, ’tis original and true,
And the obloquy of newness may fall bitterly on you.

But, my pupil, as my pupil you have learned the worth of scorn,
You have laughed with me at pity, we have joyed to be forlorn,
What for us are all distractions of men’s fellowship and smiles;
What for us the Goddess Pleasure with her meretricious smiles.

You may tell that German College that their honor comes too late,
But they must not waste repentance on the grizzly savant’s fate.
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

What, my boy, you are not weeping? You should save your eyes for sight;
You will need them, mine observer, yet for many another night.
I leave none but you, my pupil, unto whom my plans are known.
You ‘have none but me,’ you murmur, and I ‘leave you quite alone’?

Well then, kiss me, — since my mother left her blessing on my brow,
There has been a something wanting in my nature until now;
I can dimly comprehend it, — that I might have been more kind,
Might have cherished you more wisely, as the one I leave behind.

I ‘have never failed in kindness’? No, we lived too high for strife,–
Calmest coldness was the error which has crept into our life;
But your spirit is untainted, I can dedicate you still
To the service of our science: you will further it? you will!

There are certain calculations I should like to make with you,
To be sure that your deductions will be logical and true;
And remember, ‘Patience, Patience,’ is the watchword of a sage,
Not to-day nor yet to-morrow can complete a perfect age.

I have sown, like Tycho Brahe, that a greater man may reap;
But if none should do my reaping, ’twill disturb me in my sleep
So be careful and be faithful, though, like me, you leave no name;
See, my boy, that nothing turn you to the mere pursuit of fame.

I must say Good-bye, my pupil, for I cannot longer speak;
Draw the curtain back for Venus, ere my vision grows too weak:
It is strange the pearly planet should look red as fiery Mars,–
God will mercifully guide me on my way amongst the stars.”
Sarah Williams, Twilight Hours: A Legacy of Verse

Jenny Nimmo

“Waiting and hoping is a hard thing to do when you’ve already been waiting and hoping for almost as long as you can bear it.”
Jenny Nimmo, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
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“Patience gives your spouse permission to be human. It understands that everyone fails. When a mistake is made, it chooses to give them more time that they deserve to correct it. It gives you the ability to hold on during the rough times in your relationship rather than bailing out under the pressure.”
Stephen Kendrick, The Love Dare

The Gift (Part 2)

Hey all, I goofed!  Couldn’t get this photo to show up on the original blog I published called The Gift, so sending this out seperately as a “part 2” . Bear with me….trying to figure out how to post stuff on wordpress being so new at all this.  Love, Gary

The Gift (Part 1)

Dear Fellow Bloggers,

As most of you know, today (9/15) marks 2 weeks since our dear friend Terry went to Heaven. Terry lived a pretty simple life and didn’t seek extravagant things. As such, upon his death he requested that there be no funeral service, no fancy casket, no viewing and no obituary and that he simply be cremated and his ashes be placed in a plain cardboard box and mailed back to his Mom so that he could be spread on her resting place at the time of her passing. He also desired that a portion of his ashes be retained by me so that I could do what I thought was appropriate. Yesterday, while on the way back to Tampa from Orlando. I stopped by the mortuary to pick up my portion of Terry’s remains. Then today, while sitting in my RV and having a sad moment just starring at the small cardboard box realizing that this is now all I really have left of Terry (with exception of course of the fond memories of our wonderful time together) I began thinking about Terry’s last days on this earth and although he was pretty much confined to our RV, he at least had the opportunity  each day to enjoy a nice view of nature through our large window.  I then thought…what would be more fitting than to have a simple and living memorial for Terry at the very place where he left this earth and went to heaven and what would be more fitting than to place a portion of his ashes within this simple birdhouse created for him by the loving hands of his only grandson (Logan). So today I mounted Terry’s living memorial in the tree that is on the very RV lot where Terry took his last breath. My hope is that Terry’s ashes can be shared with nature and that they will provide comfort to a family of baby birds who will one day spread their wings and be ready to fly on their own to live out their lives in harmony with nature. As you know, had Terry not unfortunately become very ill, he had a desire to travel in our RV to visit as many of you his blogger friends that he possibly could.  Perhaps one day one of the very birds born at the very place where a portion of Terry’s ashes now lay, might just surprise you and show up at your homes or gardens as a symbol from Terry that he is doing just fine and although no longer here in person his sprit continues to watch over you and your families.   Love Gary

Photo of Last Visit with Terry’s Grandson (Logan) and oldest son (Timothy)wp-image-1392292219.jpg

Home Sweet Home

Hey fellow bloggers,

This is Roxy. Just wanted to let you know that Gary and I made it back today safely to our big dog house on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. We were fortunate to have no damage to our home from IRMA. Gary is resting right now from the long drive from Orlando, but I’m going to wake him up in a moment because it’s time for treats ! Ruf Ruf  !

Drinking by Candlelight

Hey all…Electricity was still out last night at my brother Jan’s neighborhood in Orlando. So, we took a walk over to his wonderful neighbor’s house for sone evening cheer and socializing. What a nice evening. The two women (Dominica the homowner and Gosha her sister) were originally from Poland and they brought out the premium vodka from Poland just for me. What fun! Gail and Dominica’s spouse are on the other side of the table and didn’t make it into this photo.  Hope to head back to Tampa on Wednesday. Cheets!

Irma Aftermath

Not too much damage at my brother”s house in Orlando. One small tree down, power still out for last 18 hours, alot of small branch debris and the lake behind their house got closer to the house by about 35 feet. As for Tampa, as best I know, seemed to be minimal damage in the RV park, so hope to return there sometime this Wednesday if the air base lets us back on by then. About all for now. Gary