Tuesday, November 3, 2015

If - by Rudyard Kipling

***** This really spells it all out - "If" by Rudyard Kipling (1895)

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Another Day, Another Dollar

9am and all's well.

I am lucky. I do not have aches and pains to cope with when I get myself moving in the morning. Just laziness. I must admit though that can also be quite crippling at times.

It doesn't look too bad weatherwise even though there is some rain in the forcast. The whole week looks the same. The temperatures aren't too low to bring concern.

It is hard to believe all the years that have gone by but it was 2006 when we had the October Surprise of inches and feet of wet, sloppy snow.  Tree limbs were down all over the place and power lines were devastated. The weight of the slushy snow was tremendous.

My power was off for a week but the people across the street never lost theirs. Some people lost phone service for a long time too. If you did have a cell phone, where could you charge it?

This is one of my more vivid mental images of the past and many others had it much worse due to the overwhelming extent of the damage.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Dreary Start But There Is Hope

Starting out a little damp this morning. It is supposed to dry out later though.

No thoughts of mowing the lawn or raking leaves for now.

My tree is gone but the neighbors are sharing some fallen leaves with me so I won't feel left out.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Just Touching Base

Kind of a blah day. It is about 60 at 10am.

This is to be expected around this time of year. The whole week looks the same with showers predicted for the weekend again.

Actually, as long as it isn't raining, it is perfect weather for finishing up the yard work and just getting out and walking. There will be some sunshine and the weather will turn into the crisp days that make fall so attractive.

I have always liked the spring and fall seasons. As long as you can avoid colds and whatever ailments come along they are invigorating times. I prefer them to the extremes of summer and winter.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What Is Left Of The Tree

Just to close the record on the tree in front of my house this is what is left after the stump got ground.

Some day I should get a replacement - I hope.

Oh - the street was repaved and it is a hot day so it probably looks shiny.