Sunday, August 1, 2021

Overcast, Thunder Storms, Temperature 98 Degrees

Count Your Many Blessings, Name Them One by One

So the question of the day is, Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

That question in turn inspired me to reflect on what we’ve been through this year to date, and what is happening now.

Yes, it is hot here in Jacksonville. The bottom number above is the temperature in the shade. The top number is inside Elvira. But as a good friend noted, I’m not carrying 70 pounds of combat gear on my back, I’m not in danger of getting shot when I go to take the garbage to the dumpster, and I don’t have to worry about stepping on a land mine. Count your many blessings, name them one by one.

COVID is soaring out of control in Florida, especially here in Jacksonville. However, to date we are both still healthy and intend on staying that way. To that end we have gone into self imposed isolation venturing out only when we need necessary supplies. Count your many blessings, name them one by one.

I have prostate cancer but I am being treated at what I believe is the very best facility for this type of cancer on the East Coast. I did my homework and decided that, yes, Proton Therapy was the best option for me. So I came to the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. The entire staff is absolutely wonderful. Everyone is so compassionate and caring. I’m absolutely convinced that this is no more than a speed bump in the road of life and I’ll soon be over it. Count your many blessings, name them one by one.

We’re at a fantastic RV park. The RV park we are in is well maintained and well taken care of. The staff here is also absolutely wonderful. Our site has the top three things I look for in a site – dead level, all utilities are right at hand, and satellite friendly. But the big plus is, it is at best only 20 minutes from where I am receiving treatment. Count your many blessings, name them one by one.

Elvira is a wonderful home away from home. Our rig is in great condition for its age. Mechanically, it is in the best condition that it can be. Inside, it gives us a spacious, comfortable home. It shields us from the sun and protects us from the rain. The floorplan is just right for us. To date both A/C’s have been handling the heat. Count your many blessings, name them one by one.

Our home base in Mt. Olive Shores was the find of the year. The price was right and out of the five people wanting to buy it we won out. Our house is spacious but compact. It is a comfortable place to hang out when we are not on the road. The RV port attached to it allows us to park Elvira out of the elements when we are there. It truly has all that we were looking for in a house. Count your many blessings, name them one by one.

OK, we’re not where we expected to be at this point in the year. We were heading to Mount Rushmore and then on to Yellowstone. OK, we didn’t make it that far but my oh my what we’ve been able to see and do is beyond words.

This is just a very brief glimpse of what we have been able to do.

We explored Jekyll Island. What a beautiful island and with so much rich history. We saw so much, and again learned much more of our country’s history.

This was a definite highlight for me.

We were able to explore the historic town of Charleston by land and sea.

We were able to visit with some good friends we had not seen in several years.

We had a great time with Ms. Barbara’s sister, Carol and her husband, Bob. Little did we know that this would be the last time we would ever see Carol. She passed away a short time thereafter. This only makes this time with them even more precious for us.

We crossed off another item on our bucket list with our visit to Frontier Culture Village.

We were able to spend a good deal of time with our daughter Amanda and her significant other, Ben. What beautiful memories we have of our time together.

We can’t forget the good times with Adam and our grandson Jarrett. My grandson plays a mean game of Mexican Train!

Then, too, we had a great time with my son Adam and all our grandkids and their significant others.

I had an absolute blast when I went cart racing with my son Adam, and my two grandson’s Jarrett and Mikey!

On into PA we rolled and had a really great time with my sister, Cindy and her husband, Charlie and let’s not forget our four legged friend, Eddie.

This was an unexpected find which turned out to be a super place to visit. My only regret was that the weather that day was bad and I could not go up in a glider. I’ll be back.

Count your many blessings, name them one by one

The above is just a tiny, really tiny glimpse of our year to date. OK things didn’t turn out like we thought they would. But so what. The most important part of this year has been the time we’ve spent with family and friends. Sightseeing was just the icing on the cake. Our glass is definitely half full.

. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it we are two of the most blessed and fortunate people in the world.

So how about your glass? I hope as you reflect back on your year to date you too can say that your glass is half full.

God bless.


  1. What a wonderful post! And yes, you do have some challenges right now, and your plans have had to change. But you have done so much! And you have been with those you love! So many good things, and the best is that you are getting the treatment to kick this cancer to the curb! As you say – God is good – all the time! I am glad you are doing a self-imposed isolation. No matter what, we can control our focus and our attitude. Stay safe, stay cool, and enjoy your Sunday! God bless you and Barbara!


    1. Oh yes, God is Good All The Time! We are taking it one day at a time, giving thanks each day for the blessings we enjoy. We still have a lifetime in front of us to do and see what we want. God’s best and blessings to you and Dan.


  2. This was a beautiful blog. Very positive! Yes, our glass is definitely half full. ‘We are too blessed to be stressed’ is a saying I repeat often. The virus is playing havoc here also. The Assisted Living facility had to stop visitation again and Mom is terribly depressed. At 103 she is tired. We window visit and she said it is so nice to see faces because everyone is back to wearing masks inside and they aren’t allowed to go into their friends rooms. I will sing one of my songs tonight, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, which always helps me. Prayers still going out for you both. Have a great week.


    1. My prayers are with your Mom and you. Turn your eyes upon Jesus is a favorite of mine. If you don’t mind I’m going to borrow your saying “I’m too blessed to be stressed” and pass it around. Have a great week.


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