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I’m back for another round

Been away and now I’m back for another round

Contrary to some rumors I’m not lost in the Amazon or adrift upon the back for another roundseven seas. Yes, there has been some time away, but now I’m back for another round.  How long this round will last is anyone’s guess. Prognostication is not one of my strengths.

After dad passed away (see Service with a smile) it took me a bit to get back into the swing of my new job and life in general.

Another round of dieting

My lovely wife and I are starting a new diet. It’s called Whole30. You can check out the particulars on their website if you are so inclined. At first glance, you might call the diet Paleo, but it’s not. It’s more about what you are cutting out of your diet. No sugar, no artificial ingredients, no wheat, no legumes and no dairy. It’s 30 days of eliminating anything you might have an allergy or some reaction to and letting your body heal.

Bread Stall Open Air Market

We plan to report on our journey and see how it goes. I’ve done the Paleo diet before when I dropped from 245 pounds (111 kg or 17.5 stone) down to 205 pounds (93 kg or 14.6 stone)

Tonight we are enjoying the popcorn, pizza, Pepsi and the last of the chocolate chip cookies my lovely wife made.

Goodbye bread my friend.

Labels suck (well really it’s the ingredients)

Looking at the labels of things you buy, it makes it hard to stick to the Whole30 plan. Even simple things like bacon have nitrites and phosphates. There are a few brands that don’t, but they have sugar. We may have to talk to our butcher to get bacon that is just bacon.

What have we done to our food?

Service with a Smile World War II Style

Service with a Smile throughout life

This Memorial Day finds me a bit more pensive than usual. My dad, a World War II veteran, passed away last month. He rarely talked about his experiences in the war unless he was around his other Navy buddies. Dad always looked forward to what was coming up next. Even during the war, Dad smiled and kept a positive attitude. He gave his service with a smile. Here is a short tribute to an amazing life.

Service with a smile – The Greatest Generation

Dad finally did acquiesce to telling his story. I owe this to my dear friend Jon. He worked with the Library of Congress’s Veterans History project and sparked Dad’s interest in making sure his memories were not forgotten. Dad and a couple of his friends recorded his thoughts. There was about 15 hours of video. I trimmed it down a bit and ended up with an hour and half of Dad’s recollections of World War II.

I know this is due to my grandmother’s influence. She was a strong women. Not in the physical sense, but emotionally and spiritually. Arthritis racked her body from a young age causing her difficulty in many of the tasks others found simple; buttoning a shirt, sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking. Grandma rarely complained. One of her favorite sayings was, “Things fall into two categories, Things you can do something about and things you can’t. The first you just do it and move on. The second, you pray about it, give it to God and move on.” Grandma always gave the family service with a smile.

Things fall into two categories, Things you can do something about and things you can't. The first you just do it and move on. The second, you pray about it, give it to God and move on. Click To Tweet
Service with a Smile in spite of the price.

World War II

Growing up, I got a dose of positive attitude and discipline from them both. No matter what happens, whatever life throws at you, try to give your service with a smile. And remember those that gave you the freedoms you enjoy today.

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

If we were having coffee or another beverage of your choice, I would ask, what do you do to keep things simple? What do I mean? How do you keep your life from getting complicated? That’s the subject of this Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition.

Keeping life simple, keeping work simple, keeping relationships simple. Can it be done I ask?

I sure hope so.Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

There are so many things we all have to juggle. Sit down and have another cuppa and tell me how you keep things simple. Me? Well I guess I try to take situations at face value and not read too much into them. I read email once or twice a day and either delete it or file. I only file it if I need to keep it? What about you? Any secrets to managing the deluge of digital detritus that vies for our attention every day? Come on, you can tell me. I really do want to know.

What about the physical papers that come in the mail or at the office? One of mentor’s at Texas Instruments years ago introduced me to his piling system. Not filing, piling. He uses three piles. The closest to the center of his desk is things that just came in. As the week goes on, he works his way through the pile. At the end of the week, anything in that pile moves to the pile at the edge of the desk. If there was anything in the pile at the edge, it moves to the trash. So basically, if he never gets to it in two weeks, it’s gone. His thought is that if it’s important to them, they will get back to you.

These are just a couple of things to help keep it simple. I am serious about wanting to know any tips or tricks you use to keep it simple. Please leave a comment below and of course, share with your friends. And don’t forget to visit our hostess Diana. More thoughts on simplicity are here.

Our Coffee Hostess – Parttime Monster

Make sure to stop by and visit DIana at Parttime Monster and link in your own weekend coffee share. Have a great week ahead, keep drinking coffee and keep it simple.

The simple life

The Simple Life

The simple life, thoughts from Grandma

Ah, the simple life. The words conjure thoughts of a decent and easy life, a life we imagine that our grandparents lived. Simple is not always easy. When you have to plant, tend and harvest your own food, feed and milk the cows, take care of the other livestock, life can get very busy.

The Simple LifeOften we choose to complicate life. As I said before, the simple path is not always the easy one. Simple does not mean old-fashioned or without technology. For me, it’s a mindset.

Take a moment and look at the things you do everyday that maybe doing a different way or not at all might simplify your daily “grind.” What are those things?

Some things money can’t buy

Important things which can affect your character and subsequently society as a whole are not for sale. Watch this video for a few of these. What are some of your favorite things that can not be bought? A couple of mine are love and memories.

How do you get it if you can’t buy it?

You can’t buy the simple life, so then how do you get it? For me, a lot of it is mindset. It’s a choice that I make everyday to be happy with what I have and where I am. That does NOT mean that I settle for what I have and where I am. I am always working hard at improving my finances, my relationships, my skills, etc. But I do choose to be happy with where I am.

Don’t suffer the settle for mentality

If you merely accept where you are and what you are doing, then you have succumbed to the “settle for mentality.” You can be happy and still strive to improve yourself. Learn something new, make a new friend, touch base with an old friend, save some money, make some money, share an idea, etc.

Good is the enemy of great - James C. Collins Click To Tweet

I’d love to hear your thoughts on living a simple life and what that means to you. Share with your friends. The more people joining the conversation, the better.