Retired from the University of Texas and too old to play soccer anymore. Now, in the twilight of his years, time is spent writing in this blog, hiking and exploring Texas Parks, photography, working out, gardening and tending to the five ponds he built .
Sitting here with the rain outside limiting my action is that a voice I hear that gives me satisfaction and it’s not from someone else but I hear it from within telling me it is time to write but where do I begin I could write about the New Year but that’s already done with blogs galore in the fore espousing words as one or about the rain that falls harder than before hard enough to stop me from going out my door but the rain is old news and it’s time for something new but so far my brain is dead and doesn’t have a clue I could reminisce of the year gone by but that is somebody’s news or of the things I want to try many of which are new many though are very old and I have tried them all before and all of my good intentions have floated out the door I have some resolutions so I could talk about them one of which is to use the gym which is just around the bend not far at all from my house a short drive it will take the exercise is what I need the pounds I then can slate and to cut back on my eating to help towards that score of one hundred and fifty pounds and not a kilo more that’s only seventeen pounds to lose most of which is fat to replace it with the muscle that is hidden under that but I am a man obsessed with losing as much as I can so hiking the trails as I like to do is all a part of that plan now all I have to do is find the will to move and put the plan in action and get into the groove of exercising three times a week to build the muscles more even though I know that it will make me very sore no pain no gain is how the saying goes so I just need to bite the bullet and get up on my toes work out and sweat and grunt and groan to lose a little weight although of course the bottom line the effort I just hate to eat less and work out more sounds just like a plan all it takes is that first step with everything at hand the gym is there and the larder stocked with foods of the lighter kind so the only thing I have to do is to get myself in line now that I have worked out a plan to take off all of the weight I think tomorrow I will start let’s make it a date the sooner that tomorrow comes you can be sure I will be heading back round the bend to the gymnasium door.
Lets see a quick review of the things that I want to do now that the New Year has already begun and we have started to have some fun no resolutions did I set knowing that I would soon forget at keeping them I am not very good as least not as good as I should and generally it is a waste of time and so I have drawn the line and instead will outline this years plan hiking of course of which I’m a big fan and taking pictures while I am out on the trail with words to fit I shall prevail and post in my blog for all to see how words and pictures make harmony I plan on losing a little more weight for that what I have is extra freight to carry around an unnecessary risk to eat less is the way to the fix along with working out at the gym to try to make the body more trim and regain the muscle that I have lost as old age creeps on and is really the boss so really there is a very short list one that I can easily fix take pictures and hike as far as I can write in my blog for all of my fans cut back on my eating and lose some pounds and work out at the gym myself to confound with just how easy it really can be to make 2019 my legacy.
I have a sister and truth to tell I do not know her very well as she is ten years older than me and growing up was a mystery as I was too young to join in her games and her friends to me were just names she was the youngest of the older three two brothers and her and then came me as we were the family so urbane Barbara Eileen was her given name but we called her Peggy or Peg for short how that name stuck I cannot report she was a soldier during the war in the ATS but who’s keeping score the years pass and time moved on married was she to a Scotsman name Ron both happy to raise a family two kids so proud for all to see Jim and Sheila were their names and babysitting for me was the game as I lived with her for a short while when my own life was in a turmoil my share of life that I could do as anything else I had no clue time passed as it it always does as we lived our lives without any fuss then to America I did go my sister and family also did show along with my brother whose family and wife had followed me there to make a good life and as time passed some of them died until the only ones left alive of the adult members of the original clan were my sister and I in all of the land my sister now is ninety two and until last year had every clue and apart from being hard of hearing was as just as sharp and just as endearing and then this Christmas as we usually do I called my sister which was long overdue as in the space of the past few months she had become confused her brain that once was sharp and quick and was no dunce had slipped into its senior mode and nothing that was said would goad her brain to react in a positive way remaining firmly in the past and conversation would not last at least in anything that we could share and even though I gave it a try my sister did not know why I had called or who I was and conversation was at a loss I spoke with Gary with whom she lives who is married to Sheila one of the kids and he sadly mentioned to me that she needs to be in a Facility that understands her very needs and can give her the help to succeed to live out what remains of her life in comfort and without any strife surrounded by caregivers trained in the ways of those whose brain does not behave in the way it used to do like a poor soul that has no clue I hung up the phone feeling very sad for my sister whose mind has gone bad and wondering if that is in store any reason can I expect more or will life be kind as I end my days with my brain intact in so many ways enough to know when it is time for the life to run out of my body and mind.
I need just one more blog to fill out the rest of the year I try to blog twice a week so as not to appear too boring for those that have and take the time to read as I scribble away thoughts from my brain hoping they will heed the words I write are from the heart as twisted as that may be as I have opinions of which all do not agree it matters not what others think as this is my special place where I can write down the words that my thoughts do grace and so dear reader for those of you who have taken the time I thank you from my very heart as I scribble out each line.
I had to sit around indoors as the weather had turned to rain too wet to go outside to play on trail or garden both the same I looked around for things to do something that I would not shirk the house needs cleaning and dusting too but somehow that looks like work there is only me and three small dogs whose contribution to the cause is for each to have their special place where they can sleep without a pause to interrupt their daily routines just to clean up their dust doesn’t seem to be the way to go no need for me to make a fuss that solves the problem about cleaning the house but what to do instead I could probably take a nap and creep back into bed the dogs would cuddle up with me just to keep me safe but that would be a waste of time and my mind would chafe as doing nothing is not my way so that idea is gone so maybe I can write a poem a verse or more not long it’s just that I am sitting here with nothing much to show messing around with my PC and things are going slow trying to write a word or two to get them all to rhyme and the going is very hard and taking all of my time but wait just look what I have written words that are in verse and maybe it’s not that good but I have written worse so I will make this do for now and write another day when the brain is working not so hard but in a different way tomorrow the sun many shine and I can take a walk much better than sitting here with a brain that will not talk.
This is December and Christmas is coming just as it does every year For some, it is a time of rejoicing and to celebrate the Birth of Christ. For others it is family reunions and turkey and Christmas trees and presents, lots of presents. It is that time when entire families will go into debt and then spend the rest of the year paying it off only to begin again with the following Christmas. Presents are opened and in many cases, the contents are often put to one side and never used or are exchanged for something more “useful”. There is no thought behind the giving and none on the receiving. These are not presents of love but of necessity. Shops are decorated to promote the Christmas festivities and Christmas music is everywhere. Somewhere another Christmas tree dies as it is cut from its roots. There is way too much Christmas music and the ultimate goal of promoting the Christmas Spirit is to get the unwary to spend their money. Did I mention there is way too much Christmas music Christmas is Big Business and can make or break any one of them. Some people will respect the religious significance but those people go to Church every Sunday. Others will get religion for a day. Much food and drink will be consumed and wasted and the the homeless will go hungry. To them, it is just another day in the fight to stay alive. Old people with few resources will rely on others for a meal and others will oblige because it is Christmas. Christmas can bring out the best and the worst of human nature. Many will give while others will steal. And so it goes year in and year out. Such is Human Nature.
It is almost that time of the year again when man can be good to his fellow men friendships renewed old grudges are gone with everyone ready to carry on I’m not talking Christmas that time of good cheer but rather to welcome a brand New Year with fresh ideas and a new lease of life a time to forget any previous strife to make new friends or old friendships renew and help your neighbor and some of the few who are down on their luck and need a hand with money or food to get out of the jamb that luck and life has dealt to them and looking for help from their fellow men life itself can be very hard especially if you draw the wrong card but with help from others in better shape a whole new life it’s possible to make all it needs is that helping hand before the timer runs out of sand.
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