See ya 2017………….

Another year – shot -right in the touchas~! What a year it has been though… wow… started off like most of the last 45 years… working…. cold… working and thinking there has got to be more to it than this….. then, May 1st — OOh-Rahh~! Retirement….. what a wonderful place to be…..  🙂  Thankx to a good paying job that I put in 33+ years at and a wonderfully smart tax advisor (ping me if you’d like her contact info) …… I got to make my dream come true….. romping around in the Caribbean. If you’ve never been, make it a  point to go at least once….. you will never regret it~! Yea, yea, I know, you like cold weather and the mountains and all that other stuff….. but trust me…. take a trip to anywhere in the Caribbean– just once…….. Those of you that know me well – know, I don’t ramble on endlessly about just anything. You also know, when I do make a statement like that,  I am saying it from the heart.

Me and my Queen went out for a really nice New Years Eve dinner….. really hard to beat. About 80*, on the waterfront,, watching the sun set. A VERY agreeable meal washed down with 2+ bottles of a nice Zinfandel wine….. something we rarely do, but it ‘worked’ this evening. Was hoping for a big fireworks display, but I think it was a little early. We came home and I poured my Bride into bed (apparently not used to the grape).  I had to smile as I tucked her in….. she had the most wonderful smile on her face that I have seen in months….. It truly was a magical evening for us….. realizing our dream and watching it unfold in living color….

As I sit here now typing this, it sounds like WW III outside….. good lord these people get happy with explosives, I thought me, Paul and Josh were bad about it………… not sure I’ll get out in time to catch some if it on my camera – if I do, It’ll be tomorrow before you see the pictures, as I am struggling to combat the effects of the grape myself~~~  😉

Just stopped for a smoke break and watched some of the fireworks…. Got some pictures and hopefully later a little video as they start cranking up……. wow – these folks are serious~!

I’m going to take a minute to mention by name some of the people in my life that I am thinking about now (especially those freezing their a$$e$ off) but they also have been such a huge part of my life and I’m not sure my life would have been the same without them in it……. [disclaimer] if you don’t see your name mentioned here…. You  can bet it is probably more because of the grape than the love…… so please don’t take offense~~~

Mein Schotzie, Mouse & Grant, Stephie & Josh, Rachael, Honey Bear & Michael, (<- and all their kids)  Ela, Daniel, Susan, David, Leta, Joe, Nelia, Bradford, ‘Lil Sis/Cuz’ Susie, Paul, Angela, Roland, Letty, Ernie, Ricky, Jim, Doris, Steve, Nicole, Annie, Tina, Susan C., Eric, My ‘damn neighbors, Andy, Jackie, Joanie, Toni, Lorelei, Sarge, Jennifer B., Vera, Robin, Alex, Christina……………… I could probably sit here until I sober up listing names – but where is the fun in that ???? To those mentioned here and the probably countless hundreds I can’t remember right now — THANK YOU for being a part of my life and all you have done to help me make 2017 and my life what it has been………. THANK YOU. I love you and wish you the happiest New Year of your lives~!!!

My Queen~ <3

Damn wind kept messin’ my hair up~!  (all 3 of them)  😉

Lobster something or other…..   😉    ^

Octopus spaghetti  ^

Good Night ya’ll … sleep tight……….and Happy New Year~!!

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Born in Germany as an Army brat - I moved permanently to the United States about the time I was ready to start school - Dad put to me to work when I turned 13 tearing off roofs and packing shingles.. I did that, DE tasseled corn and bucked hay all the way through high school. After graduation, moved down South for a year or so trying to figure what I wanted to do. Finally came home and joined the Air Force serving almost 5 years - which included a 3 year tour in Germany, where I met my Queen. Came home and started working as a roofer. Economy went to crap and I knew I would not be able to support my growing family the way I wanted to, so I pestered the HR department at General Electric until they hired me. A very quick almost 34 years, 4 Daughters and 9 Grandkids later - here I am .... waiting as patiently as I can, to start the next chapter of our life - romping around in the Caribbean Sea checking out the various islands that we have not been to yet. Holy $hit what a ride~!!!! ;-)

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