Posted on September 22, 2014 under Monday Morning Musings with one comment

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It’s getting chili outside



What’s with the TGIM? Thank God It’s Monday, of course!   Monday gets a bad rap so it’s time to change it up a bit. I , for one, am very grateful that it’s Monday and that “I live to fight another day.” If you think Monday is going to suck then it probably will… a self-fulfilling prophecy, as it were. But how about being grateful that it’s Monday and how privileged most of us are?

Day 2 of the Hot Meal program at St. James United church was launched last Thursday. Our office, Success’N Planning, under the captaincy of Rosemary, served up some mighty fine chili to the hungry. We had a lot of fun and it was extremely gratifying . It is not too late to sign up as a volunteer. You don’t have to make a long term commitment. Let me know if you are interested and I will add your name to the list. We have 7 teams and will be looking for extra hands from time to time, to prepare and serve the meals.

Tomorrow, I will be launching my first trilogy with the initial installment of “Milling About.” I worked in a sawmill for about 6 months back in the 70’s. A sawmill is a very noisy place to work and I remember my first shift distinctly working on the “green chain.” Hands up. How many of you know what a green chain is? Thought so. You are way too smart  to have worked in a sawmill. I actually enjoyed working at the mill. It’s fun to do manual work and to be able to go home afterwards with nothing to worry about other than getting the stench of chemicals off of your clothing and out of your skin pores.

So, part 1 coming up tomorrow of “Milling About.”

I was at the Farmer’s Market last Saturday and was chatting with a couple of friends. One thing led to another and the word “provincials” reared its head. I’m talking about provincial exams and not play downs for a soccer title. Any of you who wrote “provincials” know exactly the emotions that that word evokes. I decided to recreate my own angst with a story called “ All or Nothing.” Thanks to Miriam and Bernice for the brainwave.

Most of you would not know this and certainly wouldn’t care about it. I played football for St.F.X for one year back in 1972. Now that fall is here, I think about football and remember vividly the time that I donned equipment and suited up for the “blue and white.” I was telling Shane about this a few weeks ago and he suggested that I get this one down on paper. “Run For Your Life” chronicles one memorable game where I literally “ran for my life.”

My second book is in the final editing stages and will head to the printer in mid October. I hope to have it in my hands at the end of that month. And remember, I will be donating the first copy to the live auction at the fundraiser in Heatherton on October 26th. The other 999 copies won’t be available until my book launch on December  4th. Once again, I plan to do a few signings at the 5 to $1.00 on Saturday the 6th. and Saturday the 13th. of December.

Have a great week.

P.S. Don’t ya just love the aroma of freshly spread liquid pig manure permeating the atmosphere these days?

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