Hello and welcome back to the party time in the Dogpound. That is right…I am celebrating another day of living…another year and another birthday....

Hello and welcome back to the party time in the Dogpound. That is right…I am celebrating another day of living…another year and another birthday. I am not going to tell you my age… heaven forbid….but I do keep telling everyone that I am 39 and holding and holding..and holding.

Unfortunately,these days it is getting harder and harder to hold on. I know and agree with the saying that “age is just a number,” but somehow, over time, that number just keeps creeping up [like my waist line!]. I am thankful to the good Lord that I am able get around and do all the things I need to do…but I have to admit that I have lost a step or two…maybe to be honest…3 steps There is no disgrace in getting older…I just pray that I can face old age with dignity. My eyesight is poor, my teeth are leaving me, I still have that stupid “jar-thumb,” and now the inside tendon on the other arm hurts, the breathing through my nose is constricted, I take a routine of meds for this and that…..however, despite all of that, I do not look my age nor do I act my age.

Not sure if those two go together but I will take it for what it is worth. LOL I do have some special plans this year for my birthday…I am going back home to Ohio and watch my Buckeyes play some football, and if I am lucky I will get to spend some time with my sister who lives about an hour from the main campus. It has been a very long time since I attended college….I was just a country boy introduced to a big college in an even bigger city. I barely survived that first year…but after changing majors I was able to get into the swing of things and graduated with a degree in Business. The stories I could tell….but not for today….it is my birthday and I need to go pack for my trip.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” – Ausonius

COFFEE ANYONE?
A newlywed blonde went to the store to ask how to operate the new coffeemaker they received as a wedding gift. The salesman carefully explained how everything worked; how to plug it in, set the timer, go to bed, and upon rising, the coffee is ready. A few weeks later, the young woman was back in the store and the salesman asked her how she liked the coffee maker.“Wonderful!” she replied, “But… it’s just awfully inconvenient to have to go to bed every time I want to make a pot of coffee.”
That is a wrap for today. As always be good, do good, play safe, and remember birthdays will come whether you want them to or not…so just enjoy them while you can.

JR