Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

For these I give THANKS

On this day, its going to become my new tradition to list those things/people that have made my life a blessing in the prior months.    No dwelling on the “real world” that isn’t,,,,

And on this day I give thanks that my Dad is still on this planet and kicking better than ever. Still chasing bees, fishing, cutting firewood, and being the ornery curmudgeon that I aspire to.

I give thanks that my Sisters are still here (scattered though we may be) and continue to be a source of sanity and opposing viewpoints in this world for me.

I give thanks that I have found an extended family in the Fosters; Bruce, Tonya lil’Steve and Ciera (and her little’un). And the extended brudders and seesters that make up the Fosters Gang, on water and around campfires.  Special thanks to Universe for bringing my lost brother back into my circles (or me into his)

I give thanks that my mother gifted me (first time on time, in forever) even if from the grave, a wonderful boat that is opening up even more pathways into a sport I already love and cherish.(expensive as it may be,,,,)

I give thanks that, while I am getting older, I am still hail and healthy, uncrippled and still quite capable.  My mind is still sharp and running around like a sixteen year old, in this old skull and worn chassis, and while I may not be as good as I once was, I am still just as good at least once.

I give thanks that the world has not (yet) forced those of us capable of such things, to throw the switch.  


I give thanks to Big Country, Sarah Hoyt, Francis Porretto, Concerned American,Mike at Cold Fury, Irish and his krew of misfits.   there is a host of others but the list would take paragraphs,  these are my touchstones every day and for them I give thanks for keeping this grumpy old Jarhead on an even keel and off the “unleash the dogs” stage.

but most importantly!!!!!   I Give thanks to YOU, my readers, handful that we are, for coming by everyday or so and checking in on this little guppy in a HUGE pond.  

All hands on deck as we head into the waves of the future,,,Into the waves 24535076039567831729


2 responses

  1. dirtroadlivin

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Appreciate the blog and your efforts. Appreciate the challenges to to look at things in a different light from time to time, or to just get affirmation that I am not the only one seeing things in a certain light. Be blessed.

    Liked by 1 person

    November 24, 2022 at 10:11 am

  2. Mike

    MOST EXCELLENT, good Sir!👍👍 Meself, I have more to be thankful for than I can shake a stick at. Mostly, that occasionally my 2 brain cells aren’t mad at each other and can communicate, leaving me able to exercise more or less good judgement😉

    Like you, I have a number of websites that I visit every day. Those you listed are a good start, to which I add this here corner of the web.

    I give thanks for both of my seesters being here. And for all of my extended family. Extra thanks for my Grandson making it through 4 deployments in The Sandbox with all parts intact – even though he has 3 Purple Hearts, nothing major. No small accomplishment for one who jumps outta perfectly good aircraft😁 Thanks for the 2 Great Grandsons that he’s provided me – with just a wee small bit of help from his spousal unit, and also that they’re headed thisaway as I type. I can barely wait for ’em to get here.

    A BIG thanks that we haven’t had to throw that switch – yet!

    Also hafta mention my numerous friends here. Too many to list. Many thanks for all y’all!!

    Y’all take care, and a good Thanksgiving to all y’all,

    Liked by 1 person

    November 24, 2022 at 10:18 am

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