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I had hoped to return one day to take better photos. Now I hope that I may return one day when it has been restored.
There’s 1 Truth In Life, Change Will Absolutely Happen
Every morning I wake up around 4:00-4:30 am. I grab a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and I head downstairs to make my morning coffee. Two creams, two Truvias. I hit the Power button on my laptop and check emails from 3 separate accounts, delete what is trash and add the rest to my To Do list.
Next I select SportsCenter to play in the background while I begin working my way through my To Do list. I like sending emails out early because I imagine no other human is up at that hour sending mail and there are many times when I will get a response back quickly. I usually work until 6:30 am after which I’ll grab a shower, get dressed and head out to begin my day, usually leaving the house by 7:05 am.
The longer I ride this rock around the universe the more I find myself set in my ways. I don’t have to really look at the clock at this point as I can feel the time and sense when it is time to shower. We all have routines and to some degree we all get set in our ways. That is until something happens that rocks us or disturbs our complacency.
We rely on our routines and our minds have to have them to operate. If the mind had to focus on every single task like driving or brushing our teeth or making coffee, it would become completely overloaded which would result in a meltdown. So routines are a necessary thing.
Then something happens that isn’t normal; isn’t usual. Typically change occurs in the form of a death in the family, unexpected pregnancy, getting fired from a job or maybe the shock of an unexpected birthday party. Regardless, change will happen. And ironically change might be the only thing that is consistent in life.
Evelina and I are going through some big life changes right now, some really good and some not so good. I think I told everyone about Evelina’s broken arm and surgery. Then she had kidney stones and a surgery for that. Those 2 events disrupted our life for 4 months. Talk about disrupting routine!
We are now in the beginning stages of building a new house and I’m having to deal with the stress associated with the home buying process.
At my age I don’t like change a lot. My routines have left ruts deep like a motocross track. They serve an exact purpose which is to allow me to get from task-to-task without using much thought or energy.
And now even bigger changes are on the horizon, news that I’ll probably be sharing in the coming months so be on the lookout for an update! I’m trying to be more flexible these days and I’ve been working diligently on being more patient. I’m changing slowly, but surely, but I would hazard a guess that Evelina would say more slowly than anything else.
I hope everyone has a great Sunday!
“Where is that eight track player we used to have? Remember it was a portable we took on picnics? It was plainjane, no phosphorescent filaments needed, or connection to the Internet to use. I was going through my dad’s boxes from the attic and found a large collection of eight tracks. I can’t wait to listen to them again.”
His teenage son rolls his eyes.
I Wonder Why I Get Bored Easily
In 2014 I was forced into working for myself. I had gone out on disability at the end of 2013 due to a MS symptom flareup which knocked me on my butt. To supplement our income I began buying items at auction and reselling them online. It wasn’t much, but it kept the bills paid; and it was fun! Over the next year the business began to grow and take on its own identity resulting in me buying and selling furniture.
I would travel to auctions across North and South Carolina buying vintage and antique furniture, loading up my truck and heading home to clean it and sell it. I learned a lot. I struggled a lot. But then in 2016 my passion for it shifted.
Going to auctions lost the shine. I had to talk myself in to wanting to make the drive and go through the hassle of sitting for hours to buy a few pieces of vintage gold. I didn’t enjoy it any longer.
Throughout my life I have recognized this pattern. I discover something new. I become obsessed with this new thing. I get bored with new thing. I move on to something different. For many years I thought I had an issue with “sticktoitiveness”, but over the last few years I have realized that after 2-3 years of doing something I become bored.
I’m not sure why I am geared like this. My dad worked his entire career for the same company a feat I admire, but could never do for myself. The thought of doing something over and over just isn’t for me. For a long time I thought there was something wrong with me, that I should be able to stick with one thing for a long period of time.
But over the last few years I realize I’m okay with switching and changing things up.
I wonder if there are others out there like me? Do you find yourself bored with your job, hobby, relationship? Do you find yourself wanting a new challenge?
Why You Should Always Do the Right Thing No Matter What
Do you believe that life has a way of coming full-circle? I do in many aspects. Some might say that eventually you will pay the price in the afterlife, but I also think those who do the wrong thing pay prices during this life.
I was recently involved in a situation in which a lady got caught doing something wrong with money. I don’t know why she did what she did, but I don’t think the beginnings of her actions began with ill-intentions. I think she got away with an impropriety the first time and then it snowballed from that point. Regardless of her motives, she knew what she was doing was wrong, yet she continued her pattern for over a year before getting caught.
The whole scenario was a reminder to me to always focus on doing the right thing…no matter what. A friend of mine always says “It’s never the right time to do the wrong thing and it’s never too late to do the right thing.”
My personal belief is that doing the right thing returns to a person in positive vibes and doing the wrong thing returns in negative vibes. I do believe that life comes full-circle and that acting contrary to this principle is unwise. Ultimately we will all reap what we sow.
I wonder how many people live their lives focusing on doing the right thing?
The Last 3 Weeks Couldn’t Have Been Crazier!
Wow is all I can say. As many of you might know Evelina broke her arm before Christmas ice skating and had to have surgery to repair the broker bones. She finally got her pins removed and cast off just before Valentine’s Day and we thought we were in the clear. Life could get back to normal. Nope.
Near the end of February she began experiencing pain in her back which resulted in an emergency room visit to discover she was passing another kidney stone. We’ve been through this situation several times in the last few years. The urologist decided to send her home and keep an eye on the movement of the stone.
After a week we had to go back to the ER and this time she was admitted for 2 days, surgery was performed and they were still not able to remove the stone. At 8 mm this stone was one of the largest the doctor has ever seen and it was lodged in the ureter so deeply that he was not able to remove it.
Last week they were able to remove the stone successfully and Evelina is now recovering nicely. Just when we thought things were turning the corner I found out yesterday I have bronchitis which is producing a wicked nasty cough. Medicine, medicine, medicine.
We are sick and tired of being sick and tired!
Obsidian is a naturally forming volcanic glass. This makes it neither a crystal nor a mineral, but I refer to it as a mineral. I have a couple of specimens, a black tumbled stone and a sphere of Snowflake Obsidian, but I had never seen Mahogany Obsidian prior to finding this gorgeous piece in a local shop called Mystic Moraine Minerals. The staff is amazing and very knowledgeable. They offer a wide range of crystals and mineral for sale, both raw and tumbled. They also offer classes in wire wrapping and other interesting crystal related things. If you would like to check out the Facebook page you can find it at @MysticMoraine
Like all Obsidian, this variety can be found anywhere there is or has been volcanic activity, but two nice sources are China and India. It gets its beautiful color from either Magnetite or Hematite inclusions in the molten material. As the lava cools it can form…
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by Apostle Gabriel Cross
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A Quick Update If You Are Interested…
I know it has been a minute since I last posted something other than a reblog or a question. The truth is I haven’t had much interest in writing anything and I’m not sure why. Every time I’ve opened up a new draft I have deleted it after a few seconds and then moved on to something else.
Today Evelina and I are going to Tanger Outlet to do a little shopping. The strange thing is it was my idea and I’m actually looking forward to walking around and looking at stuff. I’d like to find a new belt, a couple of packs of new white t-shirts and maybe a new shirt. Plus they have a little food court there where we might be able to find a good lunch.
Other than that not much new going on in our lives. Oh, we are building a new house which is incredibly exciting and stressful all at the same time.
I am not traveling as much with the job, but it looks like that will end in the next couple months and then I’ll be out on the road. I was a little upset about getting grounded, but I’m realizing that everything seems to work out for a reason and I believe my body and mind needed the break.
That’s all for now. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!