Dreamer’s World January 5 2016 – The Police – Message In A Bottle

I write for the most basic of reasons. I want to share my experiences with others. It is a strange affliction that some of us suffer from. It comes from a variety of causes.
I think that one of the earliest memories I have is of my Dad fiddling with his old HAM radio. He talked to people all over the world, he kept notes on who he spoke to and I know that he had many friends that he never met. That didn’t lessen his enthusiasm for the task. He kept at it until he was too ill to continue.
I wasn’t interested at the time to continue his hobby. I didn’t want to go through all of the hassle to get a new HAM radio license, and the set eventually was sold to someone after Dad died. Perhaps it was one of his friends from the radio, I honestly don’t know.
As I grew up, I became enchanted with the idea of traveling and meeting people from all over the world. I went away to college (University of Kentucky) and graduated in 1987. I had my first real taste of life outside of the small town where I grew up and I wanted more. Financially, I wasn’t able to do much more than to join the Navy. I did so, and I saw parts of the world that the people I grew up with could only dream about. I enjoyed every place that I went to or was stationed for the 10 years that I served in the Navy.
When my Mom’s health deteriorated, I left the Navy because I was due to be stationed overseas and I knew that she wouldn’t last for that 3 year stint. Sadly, I was right. She passed away a few days short of her 76th birthday in early February 2001. By that time I had come to terms with my life and who I was. I had nearly married twice, but neither worked out. I was very lucky that things fell apart prior to the weddings because that would have made things really messy as anyone who has gone through a divorce can attest to.
I met Hal (person) in early 2000. Soon I realized that this was the person I was meant to be with. I had no fear of my choice and now almost 16 years to the day later, we are still together. Life has been good to both of us since that day. We are happy and content with our life together. I think that for too many people, they forget to be happy as they make their way through life.
Anyway, I began blogging and I have met people from all over the world who want nothing more than to share experiences and stories just like my Dad did back in the day with his old HAM radio. Whenever I think back I remember one of my favorite songs and it makes me smile. I hope you enjoy it.

Dreamer’s World January 5 2016 – Why I Chose This Tagline


This is the second entry for my Blogging 101 course offered by WordPress. It asks me to edit my tagline, but it also gives me the option to keep it as is with some explanation as to why I chose it. Obviously, I am going with the second option.
     I thought long and hard about what to call my blog. Dreamer is a nickname that I picked up years ago, so that seemed natural for me. The image that I place at the top is also sort of self-explanatory. I got this calendar a few years ago and it has been with me ever since. It has its quirks, the blocks aren’t always shaped exactly right, but that gives it a sort of charm that I like. The calendar also gives me a sense of stability. While the temptation is there to not write for a few days and then just alter the dates on the calendar to make up for that, I just don’t think that is the right thing to do. I chose the calendar because it represents time, and as my hero The Doctor would say, it can get all “Timey-Wimey” if you aren’t careful.

Dreamer’s World January 4 2016 – Back To Work And The Normal Routine

The first week of 2016 is here and I am back at work this morning. Part of me wishes that I was on vacation because I know that at some point today the floodgates will break loose, and all of the Type A personalities will lose their minds because they took time off for the holidays. I am steeling myself against that eventuality as I begin my own day here.
     I am feeling great this morning, although I did not sleep as well as I would have hoped for. Perhaps this is due to the exercise I got yesterday on the mountain bike plus all the walking that I did, I plan to continue to exercise as much as possible from now on although the mountain bike will probably remain a weekend-only event until the daylight lasts longer in the evening after work.
     So far, the morning has been quiet. The avalanche that I fear will probably begin soon when people show up to work on the West Coast around 1200 my time/0900 Pacific time. I will plan my lunch and measure my BG in the next 30 minutes or so as I prepare myself for the daily meeting and for the afternoon meetings that will follow. The meeting was uneventful and I am waiting to see if any last-minute meetings pop up on my calendar this afternoon. I am hoping that there won’t be any.
     On a personal note, I have done some walking throughout the morning as I take breaks from work and I am almost at 4,000 steps towards my 12,000 goal for the day. I should have no trouble getting there since I will have more time after work. A bike ride is out of the question, it is just too cold today and it will be dark by the time I finish work anyway.
     I just walked through the apartment to check on things and found Hal (cat) in this wonderful position

Hal (cat) was on top of a table that is filled with plants. I almost didn’t see him, but when I did, I just knew that this picture had to be taken. Sadly, right after I finished he saw the reflection from my iPhone screen on the opposite wall so he jumped down and tried to catch the moving light. Hopefully he will go back to this little spot later.
     I just spoke to Hal (person) about plans for the evening and we seem to be all set to stay here. I won’t rule out ordering dinner for delivery, but there is not a real reason that we need to go out tonight. Chinese food sounds good, so I’ll check Eat24 later today.
     The afternoon has been remarkably quiet, and I am grateful for that. It is nearly time for my 1-1 meeting with my team lead, but that always goes well. After that I will wrap things up and start preparing for tomorrow at work. At least I don’t have to get out in the cold to drive home after I am finished at work. Working from home does have its advantages. Staying home this evening will be no big sacrifice for me. I hope to get a great night of sleep as well.
     I did sign up for the Blogging 101 course offered through WordPress and I completed my assignment. I hope to get some feedback on my writing. This is not the post that I submitted, but I did invite the other participants to view my blog if they are interested in doing so.
I am finished with work for the day. I just took another walk and am at 10,000 steps towards my goal of 12,000 for the day. One more good session later on should get me past the goal.