I Will Be Missing For A Couple Days

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I Will Be Missing For A Couple Days..

Not to alarm anyone, but I will be absent for the next couple days.  I am having a medical procedure done today and it will take a couple days to recover.  Nothing major at this point as my doctor is conducting this procedure to rule some things out.  With that said it isn’t a simple procedure either so I would appreciate prayers if you would be so kind.

I am going to go ahead and schedule my Question post for today and Tuesday, but I will not be responding to comments until Wednesday or Thursday.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Danny

Flaunt Your Florals

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We’re three weeks into the spring season, yet somehow the weather just keeps getting colder, even in Texas. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dress cute while keeping warm. If you love florals, then you’re in luck. They are huge for this spring season! I like florals, but just subtle hints of floral embroidery here and there, or even floral lace patterns. After all, I am all about the minimalist approach.

Here’s a look you can achieve with a simple black/white collared top with floral design, and palazzos or high-waisted wide-leg pants with richer, warm springtime colors. I left the last few buttons of the top open for extra flare, and wore a black basic tee under it, which I tucked in.

If it’s cold enough where you live, you can even pair it with a floor length duster jacket, or a black trench coat.

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TOP: Stella Embroidered 3/4…

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Sundays Are My Favorite Day of Rest and Relaxation

Danny

Sundays Are My Favorite Day of Rest and Relaxation…

 

Some might call me old-fashioned, but I don’t do much on Sundays.  When I was a young man I was taught to rest on Sunday and I still do to this day.  I don’t clean the garage.  I don’t straighten the house.  I don’t clean my car.  I rest.

I also like to be quiet around the house so my neighbors can also rest.  My favorite neighbor is the guy who decides Sunday is the best day to operate every piece of noisy equipment he owns.  Mowers, weed eaters, backpack blowers are typically the main tools of offense.  For me those jobs are to be done on Saturday to allow for a day of reflection, family time and recharging batteries for Monday.

Oh and did I mention said neighbor usually begins at 7 am?  Lovely.

Maybe today I’ll read a little?  Or maybe watch some NBA basketball?  Or even golf?  We might even go for a stroll in the park with Bentley.

But work?  Not today.

I hope everyone out in the blogiverse has a peaceful Sunday with family.

Danny

My Favorite Part of Planning a Vacation Is the Anticipation

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My favorite part of planning a vacation is the anticipation…

I think I have said this before, but there is something about the excitement that happens  inside me when I am planning a vacation.  Evelina and I are going down to the condo in Naples in just under 2 months and I am beginning to get extra excited.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is a basket of grouper and chips!

I have been doing research to find some things to do which we have never done and restaurants at which we’ve never eaten.  So far I am considering parasailing, bike riding, a sunset romantic dinner for 2 and a few other things.  I must keep the list short because we are only spending 5 nights in Naples before heading to Disney for 3 days.

At any rate, planning and finding new things has really injected a bit of excitement into my veins especially when I realized we are less than 2 months from leaving.

For me the excitement begins to build when I start planning our route, designing a budget, scheduling reservations, etc.  Looking at new places to eat and pictures of the ocean begins building an anticipation inside me that wants to erupt like a volcano.  Each day of research uncovers something new for this trip or something I might want to put on the agenda for a future trip.

I just love the little adrenaline rush that planning a vacation releases in me.

Let me ask you, what is your favorite part of planning a vacation?   And where might you be headed this year?

Danny

Sometimes Your Freedom Is Found In Forgiveness

Danny

Sometimes Your Freedom Is Found In Forgiveness…

One of the easiest things to do is ignore or neglect a relationship in which you need to demonstrate forgiveness.  I can think of one immediately that I’m kind of doing this.

Forgiving someone can be easy if the person has not perpetrated something devious and if the person has a long track record with you.  But if someone does something awful or spiteful, then forgiving them can be really difficult.  And forgiveness doesn’t always happen if the offender does not apologize.  So there we are, offended, hurt, angry, upset, sad.  No one says “I’m sorry” and no one says “I forgive you”.  Now life moves on and the offender might not think twice about the occurrence.  You, however, think about it for a while and eventually kind of move on; so you think.

But every time you see said person you instantly recall what they did and you instantly relive the event with all the emotional side dishes.

Here’s the crazy thing…most of us have tons of these types of occurrences happen to us over the course of our life.  We relive a lot of happenings like the one I described.  It makes me wonder what the long-term impact is of holding all these events inside instead of exorcising these demons and letting them go?

Why do we hold on to these things?  Family disagreements that result in estrangement for years and years.  Lost friendships over an argument  that we cannot recall the original reason we started arguing.

Anyway, my point is to say it might be time to forgive; even if the other person hasn’t asked for forgiveness.  Why hold on to the emotions?  Why should you be the one to carry the emotional baggage?  It doesn’t make sense to me that most of us do this.

Forgiveness is a two-way street and is not contingent on an apology.

Danny

Random Danish Memories…

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Odense…  Hometown of the very famous Hans Christian Andersen, although he spent little time there. Doesn’t ring a bell? Ever heard of The ugly ducklingThe little mermaidThe little match girl?

If you have young children, you’re probably familiar with the movie Frozen? The animation film was inspired by Hans Christian’s tale, Snedronnigeng (The snow queen).

Third largest city in Denmark, Odense is a beautiful place to wander around, especially walking along the river running through its heart. If you are patient enough, it will lead you to the city’s beautiful zoo.

If you visit, make sure to take some time to enjoy Kongens Have (The King’s garden) just behind Odense’s Domkirke (Cathedral)… One of my all time favorite parks, especially during spring, when all the flowers are in bloom.

One of Fyn Island’s gems, Odense is definately a must see, if you are planning…

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Rainy Days Make Me Contemplate Life

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Rainy Days Make Me Contemplate Life…

It is interesting that rainy days force me into deep introspection.  Maybe it is the changing of seasons from winter to spring?  I’m not sure, but today it is rainy and I can’t get my brain to shut down.

I have a lot of change going on right now.  I am about to begin a new MS medication.  I have an upcoming procedure for an on-going medical issue.  My role in my job is changing.  I am in month 3 of therapy which brings its own challenges.  And the combination of all these things happening at the same time has my head spinning.

Rain feels refreshing.  It washes away the dirt and the pollen and brings about growth and life.  Rain represents new beginnings and a chance for a fresh start.

Sometimes I would like the option to hit pause.  I’d like to be able to stop life from happening so quickly and take a moment to breathe; collect my thoughts before other events cause new thoughts and worries.  But, alas, it isn’t an option.  Regardless of how overwhelming things can seem, this rock keeps on spinning and I have to find a way to work through problems while maintaining my composure.

Maybe I could clone myself and use my clone like a stuntman in a movie?!  Every time I need a break I just call in the clone to take my place for a day while I relax on the couch?

Now that is a solution I could get behind.

Danny

You Don’t Get Big Bucks For What You Do, But What You Know

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You Don’t Get Big Bucks For What You Do, But What You Know…

I might be late to the table, but I had some recent thoughts on the fast food workers versus $15 per hour wage debate.  For those of you who might not be familiar with the debate, the fast food workers in the United States have been demanding a pay increase to $15 per hour.  My thoughts began when Evelina and I went on our New York road trip and a McDonald’s location had a ton of self-serve kiosks.

Listening to the fast workers argue for more money reminded me of something a friend of mine told me many years ago.  He said, “You don’t get paid big bucks for what you do, but what you know.”  At that time he was a pilot and I was a golf pro.  He made a great salary and I made an average salary.  His point was that he got paid big dollars not to fly a plane, but to keep it from crashing.  He had knowledge that the common person didn’t have; that being how to fly and land a jumbo jet full of passengers.

I on the other hand was a golf pro and golf pros are a dime-a-dozen.  There was no particular knowledge that I possessed that any other golf pro didn’t possess.  And when you work a job which isn’t based on specialized knowledge, you put yourself in a position to have your pay limited.  And you shouldn’t be surprised when it is.

Most jobs have a pay ceiling.  If I walked into my bosses office tomorrow and asked for twice the going rate for my position I better be one heck of a sales person or get prepared to have my request denied.

Once I recognized the value of specialized knowledge I dedicated myself to developing specific skills in my current role and voila, an opportunity presented itself.

I have recognized that if I want to make 4, 5 or even 10 times what I make now, that I must know something that others don’t know; especially something my company wants that I possess particular knowledge about.

No offense to fast food workers, but there is no particular, specialized skill set needed to perform their duties.  And because of this fact, their pay will always be capped.  Even if they get a raise to $15 per hour, how long will it be until they demand $18 or $20 per hour?  At this point we are talking simple economics; the pay will eventually exceed the value of the job.

Don’t make the same mistake, make sure what you know is incredibly desirable and sought after, not ordinary and commonplace.

Danny

Never give up your green belt for anyone!

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Methinks I doth protest too much.

But quite honestly it has to be done.
In the 37 years (is it really so long!?) since I moved to this little slice of heaven we have had to campaign against the Western Orbital Route, a quarry and an extension to our local airport.
Yes you can call me a NIMBY but I ain’t been on the losing side yet and if you’re so concerned you are quite welcome to put any of them in your backyard and see how you like it.

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So bring on the next.
Yes it’s another quarry.
Except it’s not really.
Confused?

Let me explain.
Once upon a time someone wanted to build houses on a strip of land on the edge the village, between the canal and the brook.
But it was designated green belt.
Bugger!

So that’s the end of that then.
All’s well that ends…

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