A harsh dose of reality………………….

Been laying low the past 3 days…. mostly because I was so tired I didn’t want to move. I guess our trip to the states and the running done when we got back here finally caught up to me. I checked out of the hospital a lot earlier than the doctors advised and the following couple of weeks, I wound up doing pretty much everything they said I shouldn’t. I guess it finally caught up to me. Finally feeling like I had ‘recouped’ enough – I agreed to help a friend work on his roof.

I was almost 400 words into this story and realized I hadn’t even got good and started, so backing up – I’m gonna give you the ‘Readers Digest‘ version: Wound up dang near feinting while trying to stand up from a shade break….. left the job to come back to the condo for a couple of bottles of energy drinks (Spark) – back on the job feeling much better – for about 30 minutes – then I HAD to take a break because I could not hardly hold my paint roller (on a 12’ extension pole) – more energy drink…. dang near passed out trying to climb the ladder back up to the roof……. stabilized, back to work…… forced myself to finish the section I was painting before I finally had to tell my buddy that I had to wimp out on him.

In my mind I tried to justify it – I had been sick, didn’t eat enough, out in a blazing hot sun, but I had to accept the fact I just couldn’t go on [safely] any more. It was the first time in well over 50 years I had to walk off a job because I couldn’t hack it~! That is one tough bitter pill to swallow right there~! But due in a large part to a promise I made to my bride, I made that call ( I promised her I would be careful) An assessment of the situation, working ‘weak’, working on a very narrow ledge, 15′ off of the ground, in intense heat, with little or no chance of a decent rescue if I went down – I really didn’t have to think about it very long.

By the time I told my buddy I needed to stop – I was about to be in trouble. He helped me to the ground, got me cooled off and some liquids in me and a candy bar to nibble on. We sat and sipped a couple of beers while looking at one of the prettiest views you can imagine. I finally felt decent enough to head back to the house.

Cooled off, showered and rehydrated – I am feeling great now. I plan on going back Monday to help finish what I started – but I intend to be better prepared and a hellva lot smarter. I promise~

Good Night Ya’ll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thankx for stopping in.

Kylen, my Honeybear and Kinsley Ray

One of our sunsets

Fun up at Blues

Another Sunset

And a sunrise

The roof I was working on-

The view from my rest area


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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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