Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Facebook Funnies,... From Snowmageddon 2018,...

Okay,.... yes I'm bored. I've been snowed in the past two days with nothing to do but eat and sleep. I took a nap yesterday and didn't go to bed until midnight. All the while figuring I would be home another day. Sadly,... I was right.

I don't do a lot of the TV things but since I'm a social kind of guy, I do a lot of Facebook. With all of that said,... here are just a few of the things I found funny or just interesting from the past two days. There is so much more but these are just a sample of what came across my feed and helped make the last two days,.... bearable.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Giving Back To St Jude,....

I want to share this story with you. A story that had a happy ending. A story that could have happened to me, you, your neighbor and it happens everyday. Children with cancer. The story below kind of spoke to me today for several reasons and I want to share it today.

It involves a friend of mine, you all probably know her as The Brown Recluse or Margaret from the Margret's Musings blog. After reading this story I want to challenge everyone who reads it to donate to St Jude Children's Hospital any amount you can give. To donate, click LesLee's Birthday Fundraiser for St Jude  She is doing this fundraiser to give back to St Jude because they rely on donations and because of the care and help her family received in Memphis. Please give,... help a child. And be thankful for your child's health. No matter their age.

And now, as Paul Harvey might say, is the rest of the story,....

When my grandson, Devon Jeremiah (Jeremiah means "God will raise up; God will set free) was 4 months old he developed a painful knot in his leg. Over the next two days, it tripled in size. His local pediatrician diagnosed him with sarcoma and sent him to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN.
My daughter and her husband were just scared kids who had nothing and had no idea what to do next. The people of St. Jude treated them with compassion and respect. They put them in a very nice hotel right next to the hospital. I was so impressed with St. Jude, and incredibly thankful. Of all things LesLee and Josh had to worry about, medical bills for Devon’s treatment wasn’t one of them; St. Jude never charged them a solitary dime for all they did.
In his first days in Memphis, Devon was again diagnosed with sarcoma by the physicians at St. Jude. (The absolute worst day of my life was when my daughter called me from Memphis to tell me that the doctors had diagnosed cancer there, too. I had been there with her for the first few days, but had come home to finish the work week out and go back on the weekend. I was at work, I hated that she was over three hours away from me. I remember holding it together while she was telling me, promising her that I was on my way. I remember calling my mom and losing it...even now, I can't type this without crying, knowing that I had a happy ending!) Devon’s blood count was very low, and he was given a blood transfusion. They did a biopsy of the knot, and put a chemo port in his little chest. All this was going on over the course of a week or so.... doctors were getting ready to do surgery, and realized, finally, that the child didn't have one cancer cell in his latest biopsy.
The doctors started going back over his medical history (remember he was only 4 months old) and realized that just before the knot formed, he'd been given a shot of Rocephin in his leg for a 104° fever that wouldn't break. With that information, they discovered that he had a hematoma from the needle sticking into a muscle, not sarcoma. A lot of prayer went up for Devon during this time, and I am so thankful that he is a thriving, healthy teenager.
My daughter has a birthday coming up this week. For her birthday, she wants to raise $200 for St. Jude. I am going to give, and I invite you to give as well. This is truly a worthy cause.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 National Championship,.... Dawgs vs Tide,...

Way back when I predicted LSU and Alabama to meet for the national title,... yes I really did that, people said, no you can't have two teams from the same conference play for the title. My answer was show me where it says that,.... Crickets were heard chirping in the back ground.

After that game the college football world screamed and threw a temper tantrum much like a 2 year old in Walmart does. Thus the playoff system as we have today was born. To eliminate the chance of that ever happening again. The committee that was formed had one task to do,... pick the four BEST teams at the end of the season for the playoff. Somewhere along the line the general public misread that task. Somehow the four best teams became conference champions. Don't you just hate it when people misunderstand and misinterpret things?

The committee this season did choose the four best teams. And that isn't my opinion, it is theirs. And they are much smarter than me. Would I be saying that if Bama hadn't gotten in? That remains to be seen but I do think Bama should have made it over Ohio St.

On with my pick for the game,....................

For most of the country this will probably be a boring game. There probably won't be a lot of high scoring in this one. There may be a big play or two but for the most part I think the defenses from both teams hold the edge. I keep saying over and over things about controlling the line. The winner of this game will have to do that. With both offenses playing into the others defense,.. ball control and mistakes will be key. The team that makes the least amount of mistakes will win this game.   With that said,... I've got to go with the Tide in this one. 17-13 in a close hard fought game. Roll Tide!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Gander Mountain OOPS Outdoors,... Back To Florence,...

Coming back to Florence AL apparently is Gander Mountain, now known as Gander Outdoors due to being purchased by Camping World due to bankruptcy. It would serve the new company well to employ knowledgeable people that actually like working there and know what they are selling. My thought process will continue to be shop local for your guns and ammo. Places like Shotglass Dans (go ahead, click on the name) will appreciate your business a whole lot more.

Here is the article from which this came from,.... Source:

 Gander Outdoors, formerly Gander Mountain, announced 69 store openings for 2018 in a press release Thursday.
Camping World Holdings bought the outdoor retailer after it declared bankruptcy last year, shuttering 162 locations and revamping the brand to offer a better selection of guns — among other items — at better prices. The first Gander Outdoors store opened last month in Lakeville, Minnesota.
“It was important to me to bring Gander Outdoors back to many wonderful communities across the country because the employees are top notch and the stores provide great products and services for the community,” Lemonis said, adding his team has been working “tirelessly” while preparing to open the stores.
Lemonis six months negotiating with existing landlords to finalize the list of surviving stores. At one point, the list dwindled to just 57 locations.
“We feel this list of locations is very solid and ready to be up and running in the coming months,” he said. “Two locations have already opened, two more are slated to open next week and others will begin opening at a very rapid pace over the next few months.”
He said he hopes all 69 locations, listed below, will be operational by May.
Gander Outdoors openings in 2018
1. Florence, AL
2. Opelika, AL
3. Parker, CO
4. Ocala, FL
5. Pensacola, FL
6. St. Augustine, FL
7. Tampa, FL
8. Albany, GA
9. Cedar Rapids, IA
10. O’Fallon, IL
11. Peoria, IL
12. Rockford, IL
13. Springfield, IL
14. Ft. Wayne, IN
15. Greenfield, IN
16. Indianapolis (Castleton), IN
17. Wichita, KS
18. Bowling Green, KY
19. Paducah, KY
20. Coldwater, MI
21. Flint, MI
22. Kalamazoo, MI
23. Marquette, MI
24. Port Huron, MI
25. Saginaw, MI
26. Traverse City, MI
27. Utica, MI
28. Baxter, MN
29. Bemidji, MN
30. Forest Lake, MN
31. Hermantown (Duluth), MN
32. Lakeville, MN
33. Chesterfield, MO
34. Fayetteville, NC
35. Gastonia, NC
36. Greensboro, NC
37. Monroe, NC
38. Mooresville, NC
39. Winston-Salem, NC
40. Kingston, NY
41. Syracuse, NY
42. Tonawanda, NY
43. Mentor, OH
44. Niles, OH
45. Chambersburg, PA
46. Greensburg, PA
47. Johnstown, PA
48. Scranton, PA
49. Williamsport, PA
50. York, PA
51. N. Charleston, SC
52. Jackson, TN
53. Amarillo, TX
54. Ft. Worth, TX
55. Spring, TX
56. Tyler, TX
57. Fredericksburg, VA
58. Roanoke, VA
59. Appleton, WI
60. Baraboo, WI
61. Deforest (Madison), WI
62. Eau Claire, WI
63. Green Bay, WI
64. Janesville, WI
65. Kenosha, WI
66. Onalaska (Lacrosse), WI
67. Sheboygan, WI
68. Waukesha, WI
69. Wausau (Rothschild), WI

Monday, January 1, 2018

A New Year,.... A New You,....

Smoking,... once considered the cool thing to do when I was growing up, is a nasty ugly life sucking habit. April 20 2013, at 9:35 pm is a special time in my life. It is when I decided it was time to give up this "cool" habit I had been partaking in for 40 plus years.

I smoked in the house and literally destroyed a computer a year with the nicotine collecting on the components inside. Televisions as well. But now,... those haven't been replaced since I quit AND as an added bonus, I can now wear a white shirt without having to look at the sleeve facing the closet door to see if it had nicotine stains on the sleeve.

I know many smokers who don't smoke it the house. That's great!! With these low winter temps, it makes me even more glad I quit.

Most of these on the list below are true with possibly the feeling less stressed maybe not so much.
A couple of  things had to happen for me to get to the point I knew I needed to quit. I could tell my breathing was shallow especially walking up stairs or inclines. The aforementioned shirts, clothes, computers and my over all "smell". I didn't realize how bad I smelled after smoking. Then there came the monetary side of it. I was at three packs a day at almost five dollars a pack. That was $75 per week, $300 per month. So I decided to put my smoke money (some of it) in a glass container so I could "keep my eye on the prize" so to speak. And then you just have to got to want to. You have to get to that place where it isn't enjoyable anymore.

The Nicoderm patch also helped me quit. And to be honest, it was easier than I thought it would be. I had urges and cravings, but looking at the jar with dollar bills in it helped a lot too. You can quit, you just have to want to. What better time to do so than a new year,... Good luck!!

Ditch the cigarettes and feel less stressed

The withdrawal from nicotine between cigarettes can heighten feelings of stress. As the stress of withdrawal feels the same as other stresses, it's easy to confuse normal stress with nicotine withdrawal, so it can seem like smoking is reducing other stresses. 
But this is not the case. In fact, scientific studies show people's stress levels are lower after they stop smoking.
If you find that you're prone to stress, then replacing smoking with a healthier, better way of dealing with stress can give you some real benefits.

Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily

People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity improves by up to 10% within nine months.
In your 20s and 30s, the effect of smoking on your lung capacity may not be noticeable until you go for a run, but lung capacity naturally diminishes with age.
In later years, having maximum lung capacity can mean the difference between having an active, healthy old age and wheezing when you go for a walk or climb the stairs.

Stop smoking gives you more energy

Within 2 to 12 weeks of stopping smoking, your blood circulation improves. This makes all physical activity, including walking and running, much easier.
You will also give a boost to your immune system, making it easier to fight off colds and flu. The increase in oxygen in the body can also reduce tiredness and the likelihood of headaches.

Stopping smoking improves fertility

Non-smokers find it easier to get pregnant. Quitting smoking improves the lining of the womb and can make men's sperm more potent.
Becoming a non-smoker increases the possibility of conceiving through IVF and reduces the likelihood of having a miscarriage.
Most importantly, it improves the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby.

Stopping smoking improves smell and taste

When you stop smoking, your senses of smell and taste get a boost. You may notice that food tastes and smells different as your mouth and nose recover from being dulled by the hundreds of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes.

Stop smoking for younger-looking skin

Stopping smoking has been found to slow facial ageing and delay the appearance of wrinkles.
The skin of a non-smoker gets more nutrients, including oxygen, and stopping smoking can reverse the sallow, lined complexion smokers often have.

Ex-smokers have whiter teeth and sweeter breath

Giving up tobacco stops teeth becoming stained, and you'll have fresher breath. Ex-smokers are also less likely than smokers to get gum disease and prematurely lose their teeth

Quit smoking to live longer

Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis.
Men who quit smoking by the age of 30 add 10 years to their life. People who kick the habit at 60 add three years to their life.
In other words, it's never too late to benefit from stopping. Being smoke-free not only adds years to your life but also greatly improves your chances of a disease-free, mobile, happier old age.

A smoke-free home protects your loved ones

By stopping smoking, you'll be protecting the health of your non-smoking friends and family, too.
Breathing in secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. In children, it doubles the risk of getting chest illnesses, including pneumonia, ear infections, wheezing and asthma.

They also have three times the risk of getting lung cancer in later life compared with children who live with non-smokers.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Kristmas Karma?,.... Not Really,...

For one Melissa Hargett,... former owner of Ups and Downs Thrift store, an early Christmas gift came early in the form of an arrest by Florence Police. Up until now, as far as public records show, she had only abused people verbally. Apparently the verbal has turned physical as she was arrested for simple assault and because she never does anything wrong, she was charged with resisting arrest too.

She still owes several former employees money they worked for. She harassed people, talked down to them and took whatever she wanted to suit her fancy. Always threatening to sue people that stood up to her. So, did Ms Hargett finally get a piece of karma served up to her? Just a small piece. Not much more than crumbs for the way she treats people. Maybe her boyfriend will wake up and move on. Looks like his momma told him to never hit a lady. This is no lady,.... she'd put the devil to shame. 

You might want to refresh yourself with what she's done Click Here

Monday, December 11, 2017

Vote Tomorrow,...

I have a confession to make. I wasn't going to vote in Tuesdays election at all. I just could not bring myself to side with either one. You have accusations on one candidate and flat out lies from the other. Remember, those are just that, accusations. Nothing has been proven. But even with that said, the guy is a religious idiot. I'm all for Christians in public leadership, don't get me wrong. But this guy is all for show. And the liar? He is just a puppet. He is the type of candidate that says things he thinks you want to hear. So this is why I wasn't going to vote. Neither candidate is worth my time. If either one were on fire I wouldn't stop to put them out.

Then I had to stop and think,... voting. It is my privilege, my duty to do so. It is my duty as an American and an Alabamian to exercise this privilege. One that was given to me by those who fought and lived and fought and died so that I can make an informed decision and get out to vote.

With that said, I have changed my mind and will go vote. You need to too.