My Day

OMG!

What a wonderful day!

I write posts in advance, and this was not my original post.  Instead at the last minute, I had to come up with a new post.

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It is Father’s Day.

You just made My Day!

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To be continued………

I disabled comments again today for specific reasons I will explain later.  Expect a post in a few days that will be a continuation from this one.

Thank you everyone – and Happy Father’s Day!

unexpectedly

Yesterday afternoon, I was alone resting.

Suddenly the door opens and there was an unexpected surprise.

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I am disabling comments my friends, because I need time away from WP today.

You know my appreciation for you all is great and never ending.

Thank you my friends for allowing me to take a day off.

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Lt. Dan

Do you know Lt. Dan?

Lt. Dan Taylor?

Have you heard of Forrest Gump?

Gary Sinise who portrayed Lt. Dan Taylor in the landmark film Forrest Gump formed an enduring connection with servicemen and women throughout the military community.

Gary Sinise formed a foundation that helps serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.  Click ‘Gary Sinise Foundation’ to find out more information.

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Gary Sinise also starred in TV series CIS:NY and currently in the series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

You might be wondering why I am writing a post about Gary Sinise.  Well, Gary Sinise also has a band called the Lt. Dan Band.  The MacDill Air Force Base had a free concert this past Saturday night in one of the airplane hangars and guess who was playing?  Yep, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.

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The evening weather was perfect and my Gary and I had a wonderful time listening to some great music from Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.

I wanted to share several pictures and a small video clip.

Counting Down (or up)

Today is the 23rd month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

The countdown is on.

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Countdown to what?

Well the 24th month of my blog!

Okay, no need to rush; this is the 23rd month of my blog!

Per POPCULTUREMADNESS, the best Counting Down songs –

1. One – Three Dog Night

2. Two Lovers – Mary Wells

3. Three Is A Magic Number – School House Rock

4. I’ll Tumble 4 Ya – Culture Club

5. Mambo Number Five – Lou Bega

6. 25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago

7. 7 – Prince and the New Power Generation

8. I’m Henry VIII, I Am – Herman’s Hermits

9. 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton

9 1/2. I Do What I Do (9 1/2 Weeks Theme) – John Taylor

10. 10-9-8 – Face to Face

11. 11:59 – Blondie

12. The Twelfth of Never – Johnny Mathis

13. Thirteen Women – Bill Haley and his Comets

14. Fourteen Black Paintings – Peter Gabriel

15. TVC 15 – David Bowie

16. Sixteen Tons – “Tennessee” Ernie Ford

17. (She’s) Sexy and 17 – Stray Cats

18. I’m Eighteen – Alice Cooper

19. Hey Nineteen – Steely Dan

20. 20/20 – George Benson

21. It Was A Very Good Year – Frank Sinatra (When I was 21…)

22. When Yer Twenty Two – Flaming Lips

23. Strawberry Letter 23 – Brothers Johnson

Well you know how I feel about my 70’s music.  The #23 song of the best Counting Down songs was released in 1977 and is a favorite of mine – it brings back some great memories.

Today is the 23rd month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

57 Today

Gary, Roxy and I hooked the RV on the truck and moved to Tampa a day early.

That took place yesterday and because of it, I am a little late on reading your posts and responding to comments.

I promise to catch-up today.

So, here is a little video of that travel from yesterday, and something important about today.

I almost forgot

Earlier this year in April in my post ‘Anniversaries’, I wrote the following –

Gary and I usually do not celebrate the day we met and usually do not celebrate our birthdays – maybe we need to start.

Gary and I have not reached our 1st year wedding anniversary – but I think we should celebrate it.

After many years of being together, we exist and our relationship continues.  It may be that initial spark has dimmed, and our routines are played out each, and every day and we know the other so well we have become content and relaxed and comfortable.  This is good, but that spark that was lit upon meeting 13 years ago; should be revisited and celebrated – maybe we need to start – today!

In today’s post, I write the following –

Gary and I were married 1 year ago today; today is our 1 year wedding anniversary – I almost forgot.

Our lives together for more than a decade now has us living our lives comfortable with each other and being a little complacent.

When I started my blog; it was to be about my life without having opinions about politics, social events, religion and other topics that could cause conflict.  I do not desire conflict here on my blog – I do not need it – I do not want it.

Today I felt I needed to write about Gary, me and our marriage – it is after all our 1 year wedding anniversary.

Never in my mind would I have considered marriage again after my first marriage of decades ago.  And never in my mind would I have considered marriage to another man.

But it happened and accept it or not, it is a reality – my reality – Gary’s reality.

I love Gary very much, and at times I do not always display this – you know I can be a difficult person to live with.  I am moody, mean and complain about many things.  Gary puts up with me for reasons that are unknown to me, why does he do this?

Love, what’s love got to with it?  Everything; love is universal, love is blind, love is unlimited, love is forever, love is eternal.

That is my opinion about my marriage to another man – love, what’s love got to with it?

Everything.

I almost forgot.

one quarter of one thousand years

Today is the 16th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

The date is 9/13/16 and this is blog post 16.

What is the significance of 16?

I turned 16 in the year 1976.

Do you know the significance of this year in the history of the United States of America?

Per Wikipedia.org –

The United States Bicentennial was a series of celebrations and observances during the mid-1970s that paid tribute to historical events leading up to the creation of the United States of America as an independent republic. It was a central event in the memory of the American Revolution. The Bicentennial culminated on Sunday, July 4, 1976, with the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Interesting information and facts –

Per slate.com –

It’s a simple question—perhaps so basic that it’s been overlooked: How old were the leaders of the American Revolution?

As it turns out, many Founding Fathers were younger than 40 years old in 1776, with several qualifying as Founding Teenagers or Twentysomethings. And though the average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 44, more than a dozen of them were 35 or younger.

In 2026, America will turn 250 years old – I will be 66 years old.

What will this celebration be called?  What is the word that describes a 250-year anniversary?

Per wikipedia.org –

Sestercentennial

To express 2½ in Latin it would be expressed as “half-three”. The term relates to being halfway [from the second] to the third integer. In Latin this is “Sestertius” which is a contraction of semis (halfway) tertius (third)—hence Sestercentennial.

Semiquincentennial

Probably [attribution needed] a modern coined term: semi- (half) × quin (5) × centennial (100 years) = 250 years. Used by Brown University in 2015.

Bicenquinquagenary

Used by Princeton University in 1996, Reading, Pennsylvania in 1998, and Washington and Lee University in 1999. It is a coined word for an anniversary of 250 years, but the elements of the word literally refer to an anniversary of 10,000 years, as follows: bi- (2) × cen(t)- (100) × quinquagenary (50 years)

Quarter-millennial

Meaning one quarter of one thousand years.

I am not sure those in charge of the big 250-year celebration will have the official name picked long before 2026.  The celebration is only 10 years away; I would think the planning would have already started by now.

Whatever the name is picked to celebrate this occasion, I hope to be around to celebrate it and my 66th birthday also an anniversary of sorts for being on this earth.

Today is the 16th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Yes, today is the day we celebrate.

You know what today is?  How could you forget, I have written about it for weeks and months now.

Yes, today is the day the new owners sign papers to buy our home.

Yes, today is the day we leave our home for the last time.

Yes, today is the day we make our way to Pensacola, Florida.

Yes, today is the day we celebrate.

BUT WAIT – THERE IS MORE!

Today is much more than the end of a chapter and a start of a new one.

Today is not just a day to celebrate the ending and starting of chapters!

Most importantly, today is Gary’s Birthday!

Yes, today is the day we celebrate.

Yes, Gary is celebrating his birthday today.  Gary is 60 years old, or young depending on how you look at it.  Unfortunately, because of leaving our home of 13 ½ years and traveling to Pensacola, we are not having any type of party.  At the time this post is published we will be signing documents at the title company and then we will hit the road.  We will drive 288 miles to Monroe, Louisiana which should take us about 5 to 6 hours.  We mostly likely will stop several times which will add time to our trip.  Once we are in Monroe, we will stay in an RV park and rest for our next longer drive tomorrow.

So no party for Gary’s birthday today.  But maybe this weekend once we visit Gary’s mother and younger brother, we will have a party and celebrate then.  After all, he is only 60 once in his life.  A 60th birthday is a big deal – a major event.  Gary has lived a full life and has accomplished more in life than certainly many others.  If you have time, please read some posts I have written about him.

My Life Partner Does!

I Smile and Chuckle

…and I trust him.

Meet My Husband

Gary is a wonderful person that puts up with me for reasons that are unknown to me – I am fortunate to have this person in my life.

So no birthday party today as we leave our home for the last time and make our way to Pensacola.  Maybe along the way to Monroe today, we will stop to eat and have some cake and/or ice cream.

Significant day today; the home changes ownership and Gary turns 60.

Yes, today is the day we celebrate.

Happy Birthday Gary,

Love you!

Happy Birthday America

Happy Birthday America

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Google these words and first on the results is –

July 4, 1776

Independence Day July 4th. On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the “land of the free and the home of the brave” so they can begin their American Dream. The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people.

Today is America’s birthday – how will I celebrate?

It has been years since I attended festivities and fireworks.  Will I attend today?

Last year, I spent this day out of town for the first time ever on this holiday.  Gary and I were in Florida looking at locations to live and ended our trip by spending this day with his family.  This year we are staying home again as we have done so many previous years.  This is our last time to spend this holiday in our current home.  In less than a month, we will be leaving this home and starting our drive to Florida.  Today we celebrate it one last time here in this home.

In my post on this day last year ‘Parades, Fireworks & Celebrations‘, I concluded with the following –

It is a huge effort for me to be out of my comfort zone that is my backyard, away from my home, my nice lawn and garden and my cool, refreshing pool.  I am sure the home will be standing upon our return and within a day or two I will be back into my usual daily routine.

For this day July 4th with me celebrating elsewhere and not staying home in my comfort zone – there should be parades, fireworks & celebrations – for maybe I am declaring independence from my comfort zone.

In today’s post, I conclude with the following –

My last July 4th to spend in my comfort zone is here, and I celebrate.  I celebrate the house that was a home to me for almost 14 years.  I celebrate this home that has provided me warmth in the cold winter and a refreshing pool to jump into in the hot summer.  I celebrate this home that has given me shelter during stormy weather.  I celebrate this home that gave me a place to explore my imagination and create an awesome Christmas display for many to enjoy.  I celebrate this home that gave me feelings of safety and security during times of trouble, times of sorrow and times of grief.

And I also celebrate the leaving soon of my comfort zone to a new temporary location for the next several months.  I do not know where I will be next year spending my July 4th, but this year it is here one last time.

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Happy Birthday America