Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Fridge Arrives

Today Lowes delivered our new fridge. A Samsung 20CUFT. French doors, bottom slide out Freezer. Wilma and I both notice the difference in size from our old Amana 22CUFT that was taken away today.
We have been, as the saying goes, holding our breath for almost a month now. The reason is that it was a month ago that I noticed that our Amana never shut off! It always seemed to be running no matter when you walked by it.
So a few weeks ago I mentioned to Wilma that we had to go buy a new fridge. Off we went fridge shopping, first stopping at Sargent’s, a small local appliance store. The prices seemed much higher than we really wanted to pay, and when the salesman came around to help us, he confirmed that we needed to shop elsewhere. He had both Wilma and I ready to leave within 10 minutes because of his attitude. So we did!
Off to Lowes we went. Within about an hour we signed for our new Samsung Fridge. It’s one of the “Energy Star” fridges so I will be able to claim it on our taxes this year for a write off. Won’t get much back I don’t expect, but anything is better than nothing.

imageTomorrow morning when the alarm wakes me up at 4:40am, it will be the LAST time it will have to do that. As tomorrow is the very last day I am scheduled to be at work. Even though the company celebrated my retirement last Thursday, this past week has been a “holiday work week” at premium pay, which I just couldn’t pass up. So as I pull out of the parking lot of the plant tomorrow at the end of my shift, I will be stopping at the guard shack to hand over my ID Badge. That will make it complete. I’ll Be Free!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas with the “Kids”

Our daughters, Angel and Tina, our Grand kids, Haley, Dakota, Rebecca, Brooke, and Savannah, along with Wilma’s brother Eddie and his wife Beth, spent Christmas morning at our home.
It has become the custom that the family has a great breakfast before opening any gifts.

Eddie prepares his famous home made biscuits. They can’t be beat! Along with his milk gravy, mmm good!
While Eddie is making the biscuits, Wilma is busy making the sausage patties from fresh ground pork sausage that Eddie brought from home. After we ate those patties, I doubt that we will ever really enjoy “store bought” sausage patties again! Man O Man were they good.


After everyone was done with breakfast, we all headed for the living room where the gifts were under the tree.
The Grand kids were as excited as ever.
To me, I get the most joy from watching them open their gifts, and the excitement and joy on their faces when they see what they have received.

Savannah, our youngest Grand daughter, took on the roll of Santa’s helper by handing out the gifts to everyone. For Na-Na and myself this was very welcomed.
Rebecca also joined in as Santa’s helper
Our baby daughter “Tina” kissing her baby daughter “Savannah”

I’m so proud of my Grand kids. Even gifts of clothes were well accepted. I remember as a kid that I didn’t really like clothes, only wanting toys. Bad me!
And for our two “artists” in the family, Haley and her brother Dakota, a large sketching pad with pencils were well appreciated!  Na-Na..I mean Santa, did a great job this year.

After the gift un-wrapping was completed, Na-Na had a very special announcement to the Grand Kids. A special gift from special Christmas Angels was sent just for them. As you can see it came in a small package, but was a gift of tremendous size! Thank you again Special Angels.

From our family to all of our readers, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed Happy New Year!
Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Retirement ! Finally.

Today was a special day in my life. After 38 years, I finally retired.
The Department head made a very special speech in front of not only my fellow co-workers, but the CEO of General Dynamics and 3 other “very high” ranking company executives. It really made me feel quite proud of all that was said in my behalf.
Then I was presented with a Plaque in recognition for my service to the company, and a folder with a dozen assorted items which I could pick out one to be delivered at a later date.

The company actually presented me with 2 of these plaques. My supervisor stated that the company must have thought I did “double the work” hence the double plaque! This got quite a few laughs and applause from those present.


This picture was taken with my phone camera. Sorry for not getting the entire cake but you can make it out.
The cake was presented by the UAW, along with a 30 Plus year membership lapel pin. I just couldn’t hold back the comment I made about the pin being made of pure 18 carat gold because of all the years of paying union dues. Of course everyone had another chuckle with that one. All in all it was all in fun, we all had a very enjoyable lunch furnished by the company and everyone came to shake my hand and send their well wishes.

I arrived back home around 1:30pm, Wilma was relaxing after getting the house in order. Her brother Eddie and his wife Beth were to arrive around 6pm this evening from Kentucky. Plus being Thursday, my weekly day to have dinner with my Dad, he was invited over to our home for a home made meat loaf dinner. Wilma ranks a medal for the delicious dinner she prepared.
After dinner Eddie and Beth arrived and we stayed up talking until around 11pm before I had to call it a day and go to bed.
Looking forward to all the Grandkids opening their gifts Christmas morning.
Wilma and I wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless

Saturday, December 18, 2010

In Just 2 Weeks!

I arose out of bed this morning at my usual “built in” alarm setting of around 5am. Being Saturday, I brought the laptop downstairs to read my email and the bloggers that I follow. Sitting here with my first cup of coffee, I realized that in just 2 weeks from today I will be officially Retired! After 39 years of employment, I imagine there’s going to be a little change in my life.
The guys at work, including my department boss have been kidding with me for several weeks now by asking me every time they see me, “How many days Fred?” .  They all get a laugh when I answer with the amount of days before I’m gone. But who’s counting? Smile
The coming weeks are going to be extremely busy for us. With the Christmas Holiday season upon us, Wilma has been very busy wrapping gifts, making sure no one is forgotten. We are counting the days before her brother Eddie and his wife Beth arrive from Kentucky to spend the holiday with us. There are plans already made between Wilma’s side of the family and mine, so we are both looking forward to a busy holiday season.
With the weather being so cold for the past week, even the TV weather men are guaranteeing a white Christmas. It hasn’t been above freezing in over a week, with several nights going down into the single digits. We only have a couple inches of snow, but with it being so cold it won’t be melting anytime soon. This is also when I make sure the bird feeder is always full. Wilma said the other day we had 6 squirrels along with the birds.
Until next time, be safe and God Bless.