Friday, July 18, 2008


I guess it is about time to catch up on what’s been happening in my day to day life. I am finding that making time to post can sometimes be difficult. It sure will be great to be able to slow down and smell the roses (that is on a day when my sinuses are not clogged!). It seems that all I am able to do is get up at “o dark thirty”, get ready, go to work, dodge the boss all day, get ready to go home, cut the grass, trim the bushes, clean the pool, eat some dinner, and go to bed to get ready for the same routine the next day! Sound gloomy?
There is hope! It is Friday and the long awaited weekend has arrived…:) whoopee!!! I get to sleep to about 8am and hang out in the pool! Also we have been planning a weekend camping trip for the near future… more hope. I found out there is a “get-together” of some of the RV-DREAMS family in March, in Texas… close enough for me to attend …. :) absolutely more hope!

This past week I received notice of a community meeting scheduled to discuss the offers that are expected from an oil company. It seems there is a large pocket of oil that was discovered beneath a large portion of our region. They call it the “Haynesville Shale”. It seem s folks are expecting to make a lot of money on mineral rights and selling property. Now there is some hope. Let them offer to buy my property! I will be out of here so fast it will make them dizzy and I will even throw in the furniture… :)!! I have a puny ¼ acre lot with a sticks and bricks, but because of the mineral rights; I will be asking above appraised value. Most likely, they will only offer to buy the mineral rights; then drill within a mile or two from our community. Who knows what the future may hold?
lately I have been burning the candle at both ends (so to speak)… :) When I start feeling that way it is time to remember each day is a gift from God and not to be wasted, but enjoyed. I found a quote which conveys that idea rather well; I think it was George Carlin who said,

“We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Until next time…………………


Joe and Sherri said...

Don you said it all brother! I agree and I have started living that way. I paid all my debts off today and I owe no one. I am ready for that big day Don. I pray that the Lord will give me some time to see some places I have only dreamed of. If not I know I will see a much better place...but either way my life has been good.
Plan on coming to the gathering of Dreamers in March of next year. We will have more info as time goes on...get updates on chat.

Be safe my friend

Joe and Sherri

Sandra said...

Well said, Don, even if the words did come from George Carlin. Good luck with the 'oil'!

Randy Warner said...

Hey Don,

I can relate in many ways...I like what you are doing with the blog. Looks great to me. I am also in the process of learning how to blog.

Pam and I spent 20 years in the USAF and 'retired' in 1995. Lord willing, we will hit the road next summer sometime.

Been to Barksdale a few times and was glad to see the Family Camp looks like it is in great shape. Thanks for the pix.

Randy and Pam

Dee & Jim said...

Keep up the great work on the blog! I love the Carlin saying, very true.