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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bits & Pieces

There is a nice chill in the air and the sun is bright and the live oaks dance with the mornings breeze. I love it.

On last evenings forecast the weather critter made a comment of possible snow flurries in the early hours of today. Sweet Wife turns to me and in a voice filled with little girl wonderment said, "Oh, I'd love to see snow." She's girly that way...

I smiled, replied, "It'll never happen. Besides, you'd need to wake awful early."

"Then wake me."

So this morning after my shower I sneaked a peek outside. Noted the temp. It was kinda dark so any trace of tiny ice particles were impossible to find. I turned back towards the bed and gently traced a finger down the side of her face. I gently bent and placed a soft kiss to my lovely wife's forehead and said, "Honey, come on or you'll miss the snow." 

She moaned, shifted slightly and softly said, "Leave me alone or I'll smash your face with the stupid alarm clock."

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Had all the guys over to the shop last night. Well, almost all of them. Couple of our friends wussied out and stayed home under their wives protection. Senior arrived with a new AR build, a pistol version of high quality. Pirate Jim flipped out his new movie carry piece, a five shot .38 by Ruger. The little sucker was as light as a feather. (BTW, when ever you attend a theater pack heat, shut down your cell phone, and for goodness sake mind your manners. Here in the deep South rules are important, otherwise you're likely to find yourself with a pistol stuck in your nose. If you don't believe me just read the Tampa newspaper.)

Now, where did I leave off....oh, Duke arrived early and we sat and chatted about all things food related. I like to cook and he loves to eat. I still need his mother's fresh beet recipe.We spent a pleasant hour in quiet conversation. All of us had hoped we'd have another drive-by. I noticed the guys frequently checked their handgun loads. Senior smacked home a full magazine, Pirate Jim, ever so often, would spin the cylinder on his little Ruger and I made sure my Para was close to hand. Duke pulled and laid several handguns within easy reach.



The boogers failed us. Maybe next month.

*****

Guess who I was able to hug for just a few minutes early Christmas Eve?

I'll tell you all about it...

Later.

Stephen










14 comments:

  1. I love your story about SW & the snow. Heh. Sorry the drive-by folks let you down, but thrilled to hear about your encounter with Little Bit.

    Welcome back, friend - you were missed.

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    1. Thank you, Rev....I also missed you.

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  2. Stephen,

    I guess Sweet Wife had sleep in mind when you did attempt to wake her in the early morning hours to see the snow (as she requested). Please give her a hug for me :-)

    Not good to have had a drive by experience, but I'm happy you and the guys were prepared just in case it happened again.

    We all know you're a good cook, do you have plans for an upcoming meal?

    What a beautiful picture of Lil Bit, and a special Christmas present.

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    1. I kinda knew she'd buck at the early hour just to watch a few snow flakes....
      I'll pass along the hugs. Little Bit has grown tall and thin. We sure miss her. Love to you guys.

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  3. Sounds like life is getting back to normal some what. My wife had kidney stones all the time. I teased her about just wanting the pain meds. Funny thing since we moved back here, she has not had an attack. If I can find our camera I will take some photos of our place and community for everyone. Diffidently not Florida.

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    1. Life is seldom normal, of late. We try. Seems to me you've made a turn for the better....take care, my friend.

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  4. Sweet wife not a morning person, lol!!!!!
    I hope you don't have another drive by. That's scary :/
    So happy you got to see Lil' bit :)

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    1. Thankfully my shop wasn't the target...it was critter on critter and I was just in the line of fire. Thanks, it was special to see the grandchildren if for only a couple of minutes. Take care, pretty lady.

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  5. Hmm, sounds like I'm going to grow up to be like Sweet Wife someday. At least as far as mornings go...

    Wonderful to hear you got the best kind of hugs!

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    1. Thank you, my sweet friend. Be careful up there.

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  6. I'm thrilled you got to see Lil' bit, I'm starting to tear up a bit just thinking about it.

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    1. Now don't get me started....she's my weak point in life. Thanks, my friend.

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    1. Me too. Long time since I'll held that little girl.

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