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I spend a lot of time on the road. I have lots of time to think and this mornings thoughts turned to the fact that Iโ€™ve got it pretty good.

I have a family, a roof over my head and food on the table.

The wife and I both have jobs so we can provide for our family.

My parents are still living and healthy. And thank God for that because they are extremely helpful with the kids.

They were before Covid and are even more so now in the time of Covid.

There are a lot of people that have it so much worse.

I met a lady today, she was in town from the coast. Her father had passed away, just a couple of days before Christmas.

I expressed my sympathy and she said, โ€œThank you. He went in his sleep, just like he always wanted.โ€

(My father has often said heโ€™d rather just go to sleep and not wake up when itโ€™s his time.)

Apparently, he had some health issues prior to this. It was expected but sudden, so a bit unexpected.

And here she was, kind of chipper even. Some people can put on such a brave face in times of tragedy. And I hope that peace is with her when sheโ€™s alone. Because I feel like thereโ€™s a time coming where it all will just hit her at once. And that can be the loneliest feeling in the world. So prayers to you, maโ€™am, wherever you are tonight.

And so Iโ€™m grateful for what I have and what I havenโ€™t lost yet. And the example I was shown today. Real grace in a rough time.

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One Of Those Days

Went to work and it was a half day I coulda split to the rest of the week.

Took my son to the doctor last week thinking he was sick and got a negative test for strep. Back today…itโ€™s strep! (At least itโ€™s not Covid. Thank God.)

I had a dental appointment that did not go as planned.

But you know what? Even on a bad day I have good things to look at.

I could not have a job.

I could not have insurance to help take care of my families medical needs.

We could be completely screwed.

But we arenโ€™t.

The thing about the bad days is that there are always good days to look ahead to. They canโ€™t all be the best day ever because then thereโ€™d never be a best day ever.

That would be a bland and boring life indeed.

Youโ€™d not know true joy. You wouldnโ€™t build any character. No experience.

And without experience, no wisdom.

So hereโ€™s to better days.

Stopped at one of my favorite places on the way in this morning.

Thatโ€™s it. Thatโ€™s the post.



So today weโ€™ve had some major excitement in our neck of the woods.

Kershaw County Sheriffs Office is in pursuit of a criminal here who broke into some cars. It wouldnโ€™t be a big deal but he took a rifle from one of the vehicles.

This has been an all day thing.

Luckily, I took the day off today and stayed home with the kids and gave my mom a break.

I have to say this is the first time in a long time that Iโ€™ve seen my tax money in action. And Iโ€™m glad our county police are there.

They certainly donโ€™t mess around. Weโ€™ve got five or six officers and cars, drones, a helicopter, blood hounds.

Iโ€™m starting to feel like Iโ€™m in a live version of Aliceโ€™s Restaurant.

So more later. It was something great to blog about. I just donโ€™t have a lot of time at the moment.


Meeting Day Part 2

Today was a long one. Three hours up and three hours back and seven hours or so worth of meeting in between. I’d be a liar if I said I enjoyed it or that it was fun. But it’s work and it was informative and we have some great tools coming on the horizon.

I did enjoy meeting some of the folks I work with that I’ve never met before and seeing the old DM in her new role as RM. I think she’s going to be good at it.

Grateful to have a job to go to, I’ll tell ya that for nothin’.

Looking forward to some changes in the near future. Our regions have changed and so will our stores. Again, I’d be a liar if I said I was completely happy about that. I’ll miss the people at one of my stores that I’ve worked with for four years, but things change and at least there’s the challenge of a new store and some fresh faces. Replacing four year long working relationships is a challenge, especially when some have finally come over to your side.

Anyway, I’m home now cooking my supper.

Hey,NC! Iโ€™ma need ya ta take it down a notch…


Seriously, it took what seemed like forever this morning just to get to the meeting and then the rest of forever to get home. Too much state. But seriously it’s one of my favorite places. Especially the mountains.

Well, to paraphrase Dr. Seuss, today is gone. Today is done. Tomorrow is another one.