Monday, February 28, 2011

The Weekend Recap! :-)

Hello again everyone!!!! :-)

I just wanted to recap what a great weekend we just had! Of course, the weekends are always fun. It seems that lately that is the only time I see my wife and youngest daughter, what with the way I work and all.

Saturday was a nice day. Trina and I got up at 7AM and had a good breakfast and then headed to Havelock to take Joseph's car to the shop. After dropping it off we paid our payment at Rent-A-Center and then went to visit with Joseph for a while. We didn't stay long because he had Barracks Duty and we didn't want to get him in trouble. After leaving there we went to a few stores and found some pretty cool buys. It was nice to be able to just shop, just me and Trina! Afterwards, we had lunch together and then went to get the car.

Saturday afternoon we took the girls with us and did a little more shopping around. We rented a couple of movies and came home. We had chili dogs for supper and watched "You Again!". It was a pretty good movie. I figured it was time for a decent comedy and that was just what we got. If you want a good laugh, get this movie.

Sunday was a totally different day. We didn't wake up until late, I think around 9:30 or 10. Trina fixed chocolate gravy and biscuits with some smoked sausage to the side. An excellent breakfast. Trina and I began sorting through pictures so I could get ready for Scanfest. Scanfest is the last Sunday of every month. It's when a bunch of folks get together, mainly genealogists, and chat while they scan photos. It was my first time to do this. Anyways, back to the pictures. We started sorting through just the wallet size pictures that we had of the kids. It was a big stack and there were several that had 3, 4 or more copies of each. I made a stack just for me and then we took the others and separated them into 3 other stacks, one for Joseph, Jessica and Julia. I figured we might as well pass along some of them to each of the kiddos so that they can start their own little collections. It was a lot of fun going through them all and the girls enjoyed it also.

After Scanfest, we had dinner. Trina fixed chicken-fried steak, red potatoes with gravy and cream-style corn. It was so good! Then everyone just retreated to their own thing and did what they wanted. Trina watched TV, Jessica texted and Julia, well, Julia did whatever Julia does! :-)  I continued to scan pictures and sort through them all. Jess came in and helped me with them for a while.

Overall, it was a very good weekend! I hope for many more like it in the future!

Here's to a good week and good reports from all my family!

Ken

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Passing Of A Landmark

Hi again everyone! Today I have some good news and some bad news!

The bad news first, Apache Better Burgers is no more! That's right! For all of you who went to H. Grady Spruce High School and hung out at the Apache Better Burgers, that landmark is gone! :-(

When did this happen? I really don't know. All I know is I knew from the moment I looked at the picture my nephew's wife sent me today I knew that it was the former Apache Better Burgers!

So, that cuts to the good news. Esmeralda and her mother have opened a restaurant there! Here's a picture she sent me today:


I'm so excited for her and 'Lil Robert! How awesome for them. At the same time I am saddened that a part of my younger years is gone. Wow! 

Anyways, that is what I have to share today! 

Have a nice weekend,

Ken

Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Happy! Joy Joy! :-)

I just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

My question would be "What are you all planning to do this weekend?" With gas prices being so high, I know I will limit my driving somewhat for the time being.

Things are going quite well for me right now! I'm in a good mood, I'm feeling confident concerning my grandson, and it's Friday! As my brother Robert wrote, "God saved my soul, I can't complain, God saved my soul!"

It's nice to know I was the inspiration for a song! :-)

But seriously, I have nothing to complain about right now! Don't get me wrong, I could think of something if you wanted me to but I would rather just enjoy the day!

Here's hoping you all have a wonderful day (lifts his coffee cup for a toast) and a wonderful weekend! Here's a suggestion, take the time to enjoy your family! Time has a way of changing things so enjoy them while you can!

Love you all,

Ken

Thursday, February 24, 2011

When I Was Your Age ...

So, a couple of days have gone by without a post! How terrible!

I guess my mind was a complete blank the last couple of days! :-)

I've been busy of late. I've had to change my sleep patterns because Trina went back to work and now I have to get up and pick Jessica up from school! Yeah, she could drive home but Trina doesn't want to let her drive the car right now, not since she ran it in the ditch the other day! :-)

Seriously, it's hard to get used to driving when you aren't used to it!

We were talking tonight and Jessica mentioned that she has been walking 5 miles a day! Upon hearing this I casually mentioned that the college is 4.5 miles from our house so she could kill two birds with one stone if she just walked home from school!

What? It would save me having to get up early to get her and she would be able to get her walking in!

OK, you're right! I guess I need to get off of here and get in the bed because she gets out at 10:45 tomorrow!

Hope everyone is doing OK!

Ken

Monday, February 21, 2011

Nice Discovery On My Genealogy Blog!

I just wanted to stop by and let everyone know that I was able to recover quite a bit of my blog yesterday.If you don't know the story, let me tell you.

In May of last year, my web site was up for renewal. They sent me a message about it but I was busy moving to North Carolina, trying to find a job, dealing with our living situation and so many other things! In the process of all of this, I let my website fall of the grid due to lack of payment.

When I realized this, I called GoDaddy (my host) and immediately paid to have my domain renewed. That was no problem, however, all of the files that were on my domain were held captive. At least that is the way I like to look at it. They renewed my domain but to release the files they still had there, I would have to pay them an extra $150! I thought about this and, being as I knew I had a backup of most of my site, I told them I wouldn't pay it and had to start from a clean slate!

My web site was backed up but I didn't have a working backup of my blog. I had to start over completely. I reinstalled WordPress, got my blog back up and running, and figured all of those posts were gone for good.

Until yesterday!

I found a file that contained all my original posts from March 2007 to December 2008. It was a quick and easy import into my blog but now I have a lot of work to do to make sure that everything integrated as it should.

The beauty of it is that I didn't lose everything. In reading back through it all, I have found several posts that I am so glad to have recovered. Posts about my Dad, my Mom, my son's graduation and a series about how Dad loved dirt-track racing. There are so many cool posts that I recovered.

So, for those who like nostalgia, feel free to drop by my genealogy blog and check out some of the old posts! The blog name is Beyond Fiction!

Have a nice Monday everyone!

Ken

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Things I Am Thankful For!

Today I just want to post a few things I am very thankful for. I could never list all of the blessings I have been given because they are too numerous!

First off, I am thankful that I can still find out news about my grandson, Isaiah. I'm also thankful that, for the most part, that news is good! My poor little buddy has been through so much in the past few months and I wish there were something I could do to help him with this but, alas, all I can do is pray!

I'm also thankful that I am able to be so close to my children right now. My son is in the Marines and my oldest daughter is starting college but everyone is still at home except Joseph and he is only 18 miles away! How blessed I am! :-)

How about my wonderful wife? What a blessing! She is the greatest. My life has been so much better since she came in to it! I Love You Baby! XOXOXOXOXO :-)

Today, I found out that my niece and her sons avoided a catastrophe last night! My niece woke up at 4 AM and smelled gas. She searched and found a pilot light out on the stove. She said she was dizzy and sick when she woke up. Thank God she woke up and caught this situation! I am so thankful for this!

I'm thankful for my health today! Last month I had my physical and, besides my blood pressure being high, everything checked out very well! Now that I am on my medicine again, my blood pressure is back to normal and I am feeling so much better!

I could go on and on about my blessings. I have so many things to be thankful for! For now, I just want to say "Thank You Lord" for all your blessings and for your grace!

I hope everyone else is double-blessed what I have! :-)

Have a great week everyone,

Ken

It's Not My Fault!

I just wanted to take a moment and apologize to anyone I may have offended in my lifetime! I want you to know that I have never meant to hurt anyone!

I do have an excuse though! IT'S MY PARENT'S FAULT!!!!

That's right! I didn't choose to be born. They are the ones who chose to have me! I'm just trying to do the best I can with this life. There are no instruction booklets to tell me how I am supposed to treat everyone and even if there was one it wouldn't be correct.

OK, I know how crazy that sounds! The sad part about this is that I'm probably not the first person to say this!

I know I have made a lot of mistakes in my life. I've said things I shouldn't have, I've done things that I regret, and I am so far from being perfect (although I'm only 10 miles away from Perfection, NC! :-)

Tomorrow, I will probably offend someone else. Who knows, I'll probably pull into a parking spot that someone else had their eye on. I may take a little too long to decide upon a burger or a chicken nugget at Wendy's. It's a fact that, no matter how hard I try, I will continue to offend SOMEONE in my life.

Knowing this, I have to learn to live with it. When someone gets upset about something I say or do, I'll try my best to make sure they understand that I never meant it personally. I can't let it govern my life! I've had plenty of members of my family say and do things that have offended me but I don't hate them for that. I pray about it and ask God to help me to get over it! I have to just go on with life. It doesn't matter if it is my mother, my wife, my son or whoever it may be, I must go on!

Let's just all learn to live with each other. What is the point of holding a grudge? What is the point of bringing up past mistakes? We've all made them. We are all family and we just have to learn to love each other, no matter how annoying we might be! :-)

Love you all and wish you all the best!

Ken

Friday, February 18, 2011

This Is Actually Working!

I know it's only been a few days since I started this blog and I really haven't posted anything that is of substance yet! The main purpose of starting this blog is because I needed a place to post what was on my mind. There has been so much going on in my life and I just needed to vent some things to be able to go back to "living" again.

So, just a few days in to it, I am noticing a difference already! Last night at work my mind was clearer than it has been in weeks! I had so many thoughts rushing through my mind that I thought I was going crazy! :-)

Seriously, I am feeling so much better. I've been depressed for a while now because so many things are going on in my life and I have no control over them. It's one of the not-so-pleasant side effects of being a grandparent whose child is going through a divorce. I always looked forward to being a grandparent and for the first year and a half it was awesome, then all of this!

Nonetheless, things will work out in the long run. I have to have faith. Isn't that what you do when you encounter a situation that you have no control over? You simply have to place it in God's hands and just have faith that he will work it out. Simple enough! :-)

If I ever offend anyone by anything I say here, it's definitely not my intent. My intent here is to just write about what is on my mind and, in a since, my readers are my counselors. It's like I'm sitting down with you and sharing with you all what is bothering me, what questions are hankering at me, or perhaps I am just sharing some great idea I have that will probably never come to fruition!

And it is working!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Ken

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Embracing Technology

I've been thinking a lot today about how my family uses technology. There are some of my family members who are on Facebook. Some are there just for games, some to keep up with everyone and some are just "there" and rarely check in! I've found one or two who actually have a web site or run a blog.

There are some members of my family, however, who I cannot find a digital footprint for. Is this because they don't want to be a part of technology? Is it because they are afraid of technology? Maybe they just feel like they are too old to be a part of it!

15 years ago I could have understood this! The internet was new and folks weren't really sure what to make of it. Today, the internet and social networking is so commonplace that you wonder why some folks don't embrace it.

There are a ton of things to consider when discussing this topic. I think one of the main ones would be the fear of identity theft. It's true you have to be vigilant about protecting your information. I wish there were a way to comfort people's fear of this. There are so many ways to protect yourself, the main one being to just use common sense. I've been online for over 15 years now and I've never had any problems. Of course, if someone stole my identity they would probably end up giving me money! :-)

What are some of the reasons that folks don't want an online presence? I'm curious about this! Would anyone be willing to share why their family doesn't want to be online? I'm sure they all have cell phones. Why not make the jump to the internet? There are a few who are online but have family members who aren't. Would any of you be willing to share a little insight as to why that is?

On a side note, I recently learned that my oldest sister just got her a Yahoo! email address! Woo Hoo! Baby steps, baby steps! I'm proud of you sis! :-)

Have a good one everyone!

Ken

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Another Humpday!

I'm just chilling out before heading to work in a couple of hours! I hope everyone is doing OK today!

There's not a lot on my mind today. Of course, the day is young so there will be plenty of drama soon. The one main thing that is on my mind today is that my daughter-in-law has posted on her Facebook that she is moving to Durham to be closer to the hospital. I'm glad for her because that will make it easier on both her and my grandson.

The one thing that displeases me about this is that now my chances of seeing my grandson will be very limited! Our relationship with our daughter-in-law hasn't been going well lately. That's what happens when the children are going through a divorce! That's life! It's just not a good time for it all! I understand that her and Joseph weren't able to make things work but I don't understand why that automatically means that Trina and I are no longer considered a part of our grandson's life.

It doesn't make sense!

All I can do right now is pray! I will continue to pray for my grandson. I will continue to pray for my daughter-in-law. I will continue to pray for me because I need to be wiser than ever before now! I've already said some things I shouldn't have but I love my grandson and I don't want him ripped out of my life now!

I know this might be something that would be considered personal but the simple fact is that divorce is really never a "Personal" thing. It is usually some really ugly public spectacle! I am of the opinion that if you are upfront with folks about what is going on in your life then they can better relate to your posts, your Facebook updates and your general attitude about life.

So, I am sorry if I have said something I shouldn't have but I am only speaking from my heart. The last few days have been so hard. Heck, the last month has been hard because I haven't seen my grandson and there doesn't seem to be any seeing him in the future also. :-(

So, there it is! I do covet your prayers. For my grandson, my son, my daughter-in-law and the rest of my family. It's hard enough to deal with Isaiah's cancer, but when you add this extra drama on then it becomes a little overwhelming!

I'll drop it at that! I'm sure I will be able to think of more later to post but I believe you get the gist of what I am trying to say today!

Until next time,

Ken

Welcome To Ken's CyberWorld

I've been contemplating starting another blog lately and now I have finally done so! I already have a blog entitled "Beyond Fiction" but it's main focus is my genealogy research. I find myself wanting to post things that are on my mind but they aren't really genealogy related. Thus, the birth of Ken's CyberWorld.

I know that the title may not be original because it's not the first time I have used it. My first web site, at Geocities, had the same title. However, the difference here is that this will be my place to post whatever is on my mind each day! 

So, if you want to know what is going on in my life besides genealogy, this is the place to be! 

Have a wonderful day everyone! 

Ken