Thursday, December 19, 2013

Off to Indiana

Howdy - off to work for a few hours and then we head out to Indiana around noon. Pray that our weather holds out - please, no snow.

I will be posting haphazardly the next few weeks - so have a MERRY Christmas and enjoy your family this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last full dat this year

Greetings - we had a pleasant dinner with Cindy's brother and wife last night reminiscing about Cindy's mom and just good ole' visiting. Thank you God for memories of past events and loved ones.

The funeral for Irene is Saturday and viewing on Friday. We leave tomorrow afternoon to head up there and after the funeral on Saturday we head toward Texas. Unless God changes our plans again.

Proverbs 16:9 NIV

 In their hearts humans plan their course,

but the Lord establishes their steps.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Good night Irene

You probably have heard, but Cindy's mom, Irene Miller, passed away yesterday morning. Quite frankly, we're still in shock as she seemed healthy except for the Alzheimer's that was bad, but not as severe as we had expected.
No funeral news yet - we're assuming Thursday, but if you are interested give us a call as we should know later today what's happening.

Romans 6:23 (NIV)

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Monday, December 16, 2013

5 days and counting

Good morning - one last week and then Vacation!! Off to south Texas - woohoo!

Meetings this morning and Rockwood this afternoon - this week is gonna fly by - trust me!

A bit warmer here this week - I know, define 'warmer' - ha!

Enjoy the blessings of the Christmas season - He is risen!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Super duper Sunday

Greetings - yes, still cold, wet and windy out - but it's Sunday! Ready to worship? Let's go!

Have a blessed day!

Psalm 84:12 (NIV)

Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Raindy days and Saturdays ... aren't fun

Salutations - hopefully the rain pushes through before our live nativity this evening. A lot of folks came through last night - it was fun!
Off to breakfast in a bit and the usual Saturday errands - have a great day!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Vacation day!

Good afternoon - we had a great vacation day!

Shopping and errands over in Mt. Juliet and just got home again. Heading off to church in a little bit for our live nativity - what a fun time of year!

One more full week and work and then - Christmas Vacation!! Next week should prove interesting - the guy I work with just gave notice and I'm wondering how much of his stuff I'll inherit - life is good!

Have a blessed weekend!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Friday! No Thursday - hey, it's my Friday!

Salutations - starting off in the teens again this morning (weatherwise, that is) - let me tell you, that's downright cold!

Mostly paperwork today - got a new contract yesterday and need to get that project going today. I hate holiday projects - my vacation won't truly be a vacation - get ready for the calls and emails! Oh well, work is still work!

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

18 degrees!!!

Greetings - it just hit me I only have 8 working days left this year!
Cindy get Kaireia next week and we head to Texas after work next Friday - woohoo! Vacation - I love to say that word ... vacation, vacation ...
Have a great day - we're not there yet.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Rolling into Tuesday

Greetings - a rainy cold night last night - we got missed by the snow and sleet but still yucky looking out there.

Well, Cindy pushed me to the Dr's office yesterday - have bronchitis and sinusitis - bring on the meds! Gotta get well for Christmas vacation!

More paperwork at work today and getting ready for a bid due tomorrow - we're off!

Monday, December 09, 2013

Rain ... rain ... and more rain ...

Well, 'pears to be a rainy day ahead - we've had a lot of those lately - just don't turn to sleet or snow.

An in-office day ahead - lots to catch up and clean up today - two more weeks until vacation! Woohoo!

Psalm 62:1

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from him.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Dreary Sunday

Greetings - I got home late yesterday from Nashville - rainy over, rain there and rain back - dreary weather.

Good to be back home - hopefully a bit slower this week - you all be safe!

Friday, December 06, 2013

Thankful for Friday

Wow - lots of rain last night and more projected through Monday - hopefully no sleet or snow with it.
A huge bid due today and then off to Nashville for some classes and back late Saturday - see if I look smarter ...

Have a blessed weekend!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Wednesday is always Wacky

Good morning - a good but long day yesterday - Somerset is about 2 hours away but a nice drive - a great client there too!

In office today - another bid due and lots of paperwork so hang on. we're off!

We had the kids build and decorate gingerbread houses again when they came - it's becoming a holiday tradition - and a yummy one!

Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

To infinity and beyond

Good morning - we enjoyed the Christmas parade last night - Cindy and I think it was the first time we've been in a parade and not in a band.
Tons of meetings today and off to Somerset this afternoon. Lots of good things going on.
I love this photo of Rhiza helping Kaireia on something Kaireia was working on. These sisters sure love each other.

Monday, December 02, 2013


Well, back to work - can you believe we are already in December? In just a couple of weeks we're heading out to Texas for almost two weeks to visit family and friends - we're putting our request in now for some warm weather.
A good but busy week ahead - Our church has a float in the Cookeville Christmas parade tonight - tomorrow Somerset, KY- Friday a huge bid due and then off to Nashville and back Saturday. So hang on, we're off and running!

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.
Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Everyone is home again

Greetings - did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving? My folks are still in Florida, but Reed's family made it back home from Oregon and Rachel's family made it back home from here. Even Cindy's brother and sister-in-law made it back from St. Louis.
We enjoyed kith and kin - those kids are growing like weeds and we enjoyed them. Yesterday we put up stuff and cleaned and crashed - family takes a lot out of these old geezers! Have a great Sunday!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Company a-comin'

Thanksgiving 2012
Greetings - this is my last post this week - we've got company coming and I think Kaireia will take over my office this week. I pray you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving - we all have so much to be thankful for! Did you know that if you make over $20,000 you are in the top 5% of the world in regards to income - we are rich! And we have been poured out with God's grace abundantly - we are rich indeed!

Proverbs 10:7 (NIV)  The name of the righteous is used in blessings,

Sunday, November 24, 2013

18 degrees outside!!

If it weren't for church I'd rethink going out this morning. It's downright cold this morning and a high just in the 30's. Probably 80% of the trees have lost their leaves and it looks like yucky Winter. Waaaa - I want my Texas!
Okay, we can do this - get out there and spread blessings - have a great Sunday!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thanksgiving around the corner

Good morning from Cookeville-  39 degrees out - higher than tomorrow's projected high temperature - brrrr!

I came back through several super foggy spots yesterday from Georgia - a long trip back ...

Breakfast out and a few errands today and TTU basketball tonight - a good day.
You all be safe and have a blessed day!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Road trip Friday

Greetings - off to Georgia later this morning to pick carpet and back again. A 2 hr 20 min trip each way - so probably driving most of my day   :-)

So - having a good week? Are you getting thankful as we get closer to Thanksgiving? Be blessed my friends.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thankful for Thursdays

Salutations - I've been seeing a lot of folks in November writing a daily item on Facebook that they are thankful for - sure nicer than some of the stuff people post! So, what are you thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving?

Have a blessed Thursday!

1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (NIV)

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday - wonderful, wacky or weird ...

Greetings on another chilly morning! A great day ahead - got to squeeze a quick trip to Murfreesboro and McMinnville in today - otherwise a paperwork day.

Rachel's gang is rolling in next week - excited for that - Cindy has been getting ready - shopping, cooking and cleaning - the big three.

Well, I'm off - have a blessed day!

PS Our church has it's annual Thanksgiving banquet tonight - woohoo! Great food and even greater fellowship!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I'm back

Greetings - I had a great trip yesterday to Bowling Green and back - left at 6 am and got back around 6:20 pm - a long but great day.

Just want to get everything wrapped up this week for Thanksgiving next week - the only problem, we have a HUGE bid due the 26th - oh well ...

I need to pull an iron or two out of the fire - but hey, it's better than not having any work!

Have a blessed day.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A brand new week

Greetings from Cookeville - a bit overcast today with a huge chance of rain so hang on!
Looks like a great week ahead.
Church today and the usual stuff - tomorrow off super early to Bowling Green. KY and then back here most of the week.
I pray your Saturday went well - it was a windy day and looked stormy all day but it just teased us. It was still a great day off though. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The weekend :-)

Greetings - another day lies before us - we enjoyed a play at the high school last night - "To Kill A Mockingbird" - they did mighty good!

A few errands today and just enjoying a warm weather day that's come back for a spell. It's 48 out today supposed to hit high 50's - hey, summer's back!

You all have a blessed day - isn't God good!

Friday, November 15, 2013

I thought this Friday would never get here

Wow - a long hard week - thank you Lord for being gracious and getting us to Friday! This has been a week full of bids, client meetings, phone conferences and just plain old busy-work. It's time to charge up this old battery and start over.
I hope God has blessed your socks off this week - sometimes you gotta talk to Him for Him to talk back - and then you gotta listen - just saying. Have a great day.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Yawn .... better get going

Good morning - it's sure hard to get out from under the coverings when it is so cold - brrrr.
Another intense week but it's almost over - hang in there, we're close!

Psalm 95:2 (NIV)

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

14 degrees!

Greetings - it got a bit cold last night but they are calling for low 40's later this afternoon - what happened to me that I think 40 is warm! My San Antonio blood is changing ...

A busy day ahead and church tonight. Hang in there, we'll get through this.Photos of my grandkids sure help!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Photo - 2 years ago

Greetings - can you tell the kids haven't given me photos for awhile? I've been sifting through old photos I didn't use before - those kids are still cute! (But new photos would be nice - hint, hint)

It is COLD outside and it won't get a lot warmer today - it's snowing in Nashville - will we get some??

Okay, fall has left us - maybe not officially but weather-wise it's history!

Love you all - have a blessed day!

Monday, November 11, 2013

And we're off ....

Another week lays before us - sorry I didn't post yesterday - just got tied up - why are Sundays always so busy?
We've a cold front coming through Tuesday - high Wednesday and Thursday in the 40's - brrrr! A slight chance of snow as well.
Well, hold on, we're off .....

Saturday, November 09, 2013

28 degrees!

Salutations - evidently a cold front is moving though this coming week - I thought this was cold!
About to head out for breakfast and errands and a final (?) mowing today. Saturdays are nice - hey, Tech basketball starts tonight too! Let the fun begin. Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 08, 2013

No more casual Fridays

Good morning - well, it's official, no more casual Fridays at our office. We've got a few folks who decided about 4 years ago to start wearing jeans on Friday and now probably 80% or more do on Friday and about half do so the rest of the week. No more - management took over and casual is out - if you saw how it has degraded you'd agree. For myself, I've never worn jeans or casual to work so no problem. I think it's a matter of respect.
I was going to bring church dress into it but that would open a real can of worms. All I know is, I'm glad God knows my heart!
Have a blessed Friday!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Photo - 2 years ago - Dec 2011

Good morning - another fine day here in the Upper Cumberlands. We had some rain last night so it's cooled down a bit with high's in the mid 50's today but our rain should be gone for now.
Meetings and paperwork as usual today - kind of a deja vu day.
So you having a good week? Our church is already making plans for Thanksgiving and even Christmas events - wow - I bet the rest of this year is gonna fly by - hang on tight!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Arrggggably a long day ahead.

Good morning mateys - today is my easiest day this week - I'm already sorry I said that. No client meetings and no deadlines today - tomorrow and Friday - that all changes ...

Earlier this week they said about 70 today - now the high is projected closer to 67 or 68 with lots of rain tonight. I'm coming back as a weather man ...

Hope you are all doing great - God continues to bless us - hang in there, we're halfway thru this ole week.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

November ..

November ... just saying it is kind of like telling folks I'm 59 ... how in the world did we get here already! This year has just flown by.

This picture was taken yesterday and Rach sent it to us ... at least a couple of folks don't mind Mondays!

Well, another busy week - do you feel like you could get more done if clients didn't keep wanting to meet? If those pesky clients could stay away I'd be all caught up!

Well, work calls (although it sounds kind of muffled) - you all have a great day!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Did you remember the time change on Sunday?

Good morning,
This time change was the 'good' way - yet it still hasn't felt right yet. I'm getting too old to switch my sleeping patterns - maybe I'll take a nap after lunch - just lay down behind my desk, no one will notice.

The temperature is in the low to mid 60's all week, except Wednesday when we're to hit 70 degrees - we're hitting freezing about every night now - the plants and trees are sure showing it.

Well, I'm off, have a blessed week! (And for those of you sick - get well!)

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Christmas 2011 photo

Good morning - a bit foggy out there, but otherwise downright cold! Only 30 degrees to start this morning - a lot of wind and rain yesterday and a lot more leaves coming down.
Cindy made it home safe and sound - pray for Audrey as she has a couple of weeks and the stint comes back out.
It's Sunday - enjoy worship today!

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Leaves are falling ...

We've lost a lot of leaves this past week - looking more like winter than fall ... just hope warm weather isn't completely gone yet.
Cindy is headed home - a pretty day to drive. I'm getting some paperwork out of the way - have a great weekend!
(Picture is Asher taking his mulligan)

Friday, November 01, 2013

FFFFFFriday ...

Salutations ... an overcast Friday - our storm radio went off all night with tornado watches - I'm still here so evidently nothing happened except a lack of sleep ...

A super windy and rainy day yesterday - not a good day to drive to a pre-construction meeting over 2 hours away and back again - it sure helped me sleep hard though (except during tornado watch warnings).

Mostly paperwork today - Cindy is still in Ohio and probably back tomorrow - pray Audrey heals well.

No other news - just another great, long, tiring, exciting, mundane, weary week.

Love you all - enjoy!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Road trip Thursday

Well - last night I learned I won't ever teach kids again - wow, they never stopped talking!!

Off today to Ft. Campbell and multiple stops each way to and from - can you say 'Road Trip'!

A chance of rain today & super high winds - schools already scheduled to close early(??).

Well, hang on - we're off ...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Back in the 70's today

Greetings - Cindy made it to Ohio safe and sound yesterday. Probably spoiling kids already.
Mostly meetings for me today - this day will fly - and church tonight - I'm teaching Cindy's 5th-6th grade class - should prove interesting.
How's God been working on you this week - anything new? Have you been listening? Have you asked?

Psalm 17:6 (NIV)
6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Faster than a speeding bullet ...

Another fine day here in Cookeville - a bit of fog out there that should burn off in the next few hours - warm weather ahead ...

Cindy is off to Ohio today for most of this week. She is staying with that Adams bunch - gotta spoil those babies.

Same ole' here - another day of work - let's see where today heads!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Don't be puzzled!

Good morning - another fine day ahead - we're warming back up this week - fall has returned - woohoo!
Fall has been so cold and so dry the leaves are falling off and many have not turned colors yet - it sure isn't as purty as past years.
Cindy is off to Ohio later this week - it's going to be might quiet here! I pray you all have a great week.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

November 1983

Rachel loaned me her scanner and it can scan negatives (not slides - too bad) - anyway, I scanned a few strips yesterday of negatives - hope you enjoy these oldies but goodies!

Have a great Sunday!

(Reed and Rachel with Grandma and Grandpa Parker; Galen and Charlotte and kids)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Good morning

Whew - slept in a bit and starting to feel normal again - must have been a harder week than I thought!

A few errands today, mow the lawn (last time?) and some paperwork to catch up at work and for SS class tomorrow.

What are your plans today?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Freezin' Friday

It was hard crawling out of bed this morning - these dark mornings are hard! Plus we were down in the 20's last night - where did that come from? Hey, it's fall yet!

Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork today .... life is good. Lunch is the annual "Cooking on the Square" event for Habitat. Yes, it will be cold, yes it is for a good cause, it is it lots of gumbo, yes I'll be freezing.

Well, that's it for now - get up and get going!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Another fine morning ...

Other than cold and dark, it's a might fine morning ... Another night below freezing - bring on those flannel sheets and 'lectric blankets!

Well, having a good week? I know it has sure enough been a busy one. I guess we'll rest in heaven!

Gotta go - have a blessed day!