NC furniture shopping


One of the great advantages I have when looking for furniture in North Carolina is that I am married to Princess Gail.  I can tell right away if the piece is going to work or not. Like in this picture. This chaise lounge clearly gives her a headache.  See?  So it was a no go.

She looked a lot better on the entertainment center.

The Queen’s Meme #6 ~ Suzy Sunshine Did Not Show Up Today


I’m playing one of Mimi’s memes today. Great subject!  She’s not only the Queen of Memes, she’s the Great Dame of Lame Dates! LOL  Check out her dating profiles blog for a few laughs. Guys, be warned, don your flak jackets, helmets, and any other protective gear you might find!

From the Queen Herself:

Welcome back to the Queens Tuesday Meme.

Are you up for the challenge? Take a look at these seven dating profile headlines from real dating sites. Imagine you are trying to find a date and these gems have just landed in your inbox. How would you respond to them? Write a comeback response to each one. Be sarcastic, be funny, be brave! Spelling errors not my own. Names and locations have been changed to protect the terminally single. If you need inspiration, go
HERE for hundreds of funny examples.
You know you wanna play!

In honor of my 500th “Bachelor of The Day” to post this week on my site called Dating Profile Of The Day we bring you The Dating Meme. For three years I’ve been rummaging through online dating profiles to find the zaniest and most ridiculous profile headlines out there. They write ’em. I spoof ’em. Do you know that some folks are grammatically insane?? And some are just insane.
Ergo, today’s meme was born.

Okay, Mimi. So here are my answers, written as a real woman should reply, from a man’s perspective, being the man’s man that I am am!

1. Birdbrain looking for a mate

I’m short and tweet! Looking for a Birdbrain to lay on my egg!

2. Where Are All The Bad Girls?

Here we are! Me, myself and I! Call us!

3. A Good Woman Is Hard To Fine

A hard man is good to find!

4. Does God Know You’ve Escaped From Heaven?

Actually, I was let go. So, let’s go!

5. I Put the Fun in DysFUNctional

Jackpot! I’ve dated soo many functional men, and they are NO FUN! Call me!

6. Does this profile make me look fat?

ooh, no! I love a man who looks like he could out-eat me and out-drink me!

7. I’m a no nonsince person with little tolorrance for stupitity

I love it when guys pretend they can’t spell. You are soo funny!

Thanks, Mimi! That was fun! I was able to tap into the girly side of me!

; )

3 hours to kill, or enjoy

These are exciting days. For the past seven months, I have been driving back and forth every week from Toledo to Winston-Salem, as I started an exciting new job on the first of the year, and as we complete the countless tasks of relocation. The big move finally happens in three days! I am right now sitting on a comfortable rocking chair on a balcony at the main concourse of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, waiting 3 hours for my connection to Detroit Metro where Princess Gail will pick me up. I have time to either participate in travel anxiety, or peacefully reflect on all the good things in my life, for which I’m grateful. Since this is a gratitude blog, I choose the latter!

Gail has been capably managing all the details back home in Toledo. She is a master organizer. She has trimmed down our household as our new home has considerably less storage. We were advised to “edit” our belongings, and really, that’s a good thing. Little by little we have accumulated stuff we no longer use, need, or want. But getting rid of stuff is a chore! And the stuff that has emotional meaning takes extra thought. Well, Gail has edited away these past seven months.

We didn’t want to own two homes at the same time. Our house in Toledo has been slow to sell. The big move has to happen now because of Eric’s school. We also didn’t want to leave an empty house back in Toledo. So we waited until last month to buy a house in Winston. And wouldn’t you know it, a few weeks later we got our first offer on our Toledo house, and it looks like we’ll close in early September! We won’t have a double payment! Man, I am GRATEFUL!!

Speaking of grateful, I just bought a little iPhone app called Gratitude! The idea is to write down 5 things I am grateful for every day. Perfect for me!

I feel very blessed right now. All the important people in my life are healthy. All are doing well, working hard, gradually moving ahead in every way, as I see it. Not that there aren’t problems, issues, and some sadness. Sure there are. That’s part of life. I’m sad to be putting physical distance between me and my four adult children. But I see answers to all the problems, issues and sadness. All in all, things are good. We are blessed and I’m grateful.

I will now sleep with my wife every night, instead of 4-5 nights per month. I am very grateful for that! (I hope she is,too! LOL)

And I am very grateful for the exciting opportunity to start a new life in North Carolina. I have learned many lessons through the mistakes I made in my previous life in Toledo. And I am older. I value and savor the many blessings that seem to always come my way. My next job will be to see how I give them all back, pay them forward.

Okay, I better stop. Just because I have all this time on my hands doesn’t mean I should abuse my readers with my wordiness!


WAM 2009 – It was great!!!

I couldn’t post from the road on day 2 because my phone did not get service in Dewitt, MI!  I’m guessing AT&T doesn’t run the ads “More bars in more places” in Dewitt, MI! Anyway, our day 2 was an awesome 112 miles! We were scheduled to do more than the 100 so that the third day could be just 88 miles and we could all finish early for the reception event in Chelsea.  Our day 2 was highlighted by the grueling distance, thundershowers with hail for about two hours, and then a slightly breezy, partly sunny, mid 70’s beautiful Michigan day!

Day 3 was tough. Everything hurt. We got up at 4:45 AM to catch the shuttle from our hotel back to the bikes, then a quick breakfast, filled up the tires and water bottles, and were clipped in to our pedals before 6:30. It was dark, cloudy, and drizzling at the start, but not for long. It turned into two or three hours of a cold, drenching rain in the morning, making the road a bit hazardous. We were not part of the many slips and falls of the morning. We got through okay. Then the day broke out into another partly sunny but majorly windy day, I’d guess about 15 to 20 MPH winds from the way the flags were blowing. It was coming out of the west, so it was mainly a crosswind for most of our north-to-south ride, with occasional turns into the wind which would slow us way down to about 12 MPH, and occasional joyful bits with the wind at our backs. The last thirty miles were pretty hilly, but by then we were energized for the impending finish.

We were greeted by our “Wish Child” and his family. Make-A-Wish hooks us up with a specific child that we ride for. Michael C had leukemia and got his wish to go to Disney World two years ago. He is in a remission now and feels well. Seeing the kids takes all our own pain away, and makes it all worthwhile!

I am grateful for my health and vigor. I am EVER so grateful for the opportunity to do the ride this year with my son, Kevin! He is a joy to be with, and I couldn’t be prouder! I want to express a special gratitude for the dear family and friends that supported my ride this year! Thank you! With your help, Make-A-Wish will be able to provide 250 more wishes this year! That’s what it was all about!

Here is a part of our team. We are all ready to do it again next year!



WAM Day 1- Traverse City to Big Rapids

We did it! 100 miles through morning fog, then glorious weather for 80 miles, then a cold wind and rain for 15 miles. We loved it all! We have a nice group this year, nine of us in all. Our team name is Carbon and Tux. We all wore our tuxedo jerseys on the first day, which are always a big hit. The people are great, the other riders, volunteers, and Make-A-Wish staff.

So right now I am majorly sore, after spending 7.5 hours on a bike in really hilly terrain. It’s not what you think. It’s my neck, shoulders and legs that hurt the most!

And tomorrow we’ll do it again. And then again the following day. It’s exhausting and great fun at the same time. And the real beneficiaries are the Make-A-Wish kids. The moneys donated will pay for many wishes!

Here’s our team at the end of the day: