Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year

 2020 was a shit show, but most of us made it through.

2021 doesn't look all that good either...sigh.

Enemies are seeing us about to change leadership to one that they think will be a lot easier to push around, hence the sword rattling.

The chinkflu has us afraid of ourselves.

A whole country full of kids are not getting an education.

 DC is in shambles, split between communists and cowards.

 

My few things I'm happy about is sometime in June I'll become a great grandpa, (bout time Alesha ;) ).

I think Trump will be re elected and a lot of orange jumpsuits will be issued.

So far, my health is holding up. Not bad for 77.

The kids are doing good.

My shooting has fallen off a lot due to ammo but I have enough reloading stuff to keep my hand in.

9pm is a good time for a little sippin' outa that jug of 12 year old up in that cupboard.

Y'all try an' make the new year a good one.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Monday, December 14, 2020

Never forget

 The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,

 I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. 
 My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
 My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
 Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
 Transforming the yard to a winter delight. 

 The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
 Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. 
 My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
 Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
 In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
 So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream. 

 The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
 But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. 
 Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the
 sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
 My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
 And I crept to the door just to see who was near. 

 Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
 A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. 
 A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
 Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
 Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
 Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child. 

 ‘What are you doing?’ I asked without fear,
 ‘Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here! 
 Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
 You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!’
 For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
 Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.. 

 To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
 Then he sighed and he said ‘Its really all right, 
 I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.’
 ‘It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
 That separates you from the darkest of times. 

 No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
 I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me. 
 My Gramps died at ‘ Pearl on a day in December,’
 Then he sighed, ‘That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.’
 My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘ Nam ‘,
 And now it is my turn and so, here I am. 

 I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
 But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile. 
 Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
 The red, white, and blue… an American flag.
 I can live through the cold and the being alone,
 Away from my family, my house and my home. 

 I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
 I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. 
 I can carry the weight of killing another,
 Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
 Who stand at the front against any and all,
 To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.’ 

 ‘So go back inside,’ he said, ‘harbor no fright,
 Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.’
 ‘But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
 ‘Give you money,’ I asked, ‘or prepare you a feast?
 It seems all too little for all that you’ve done, 
 For being away from your wife and your son.’ 

 Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
 ‘Just tell us you love us, and never forget. 
 To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
 To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
 For when we come home, either standing or dead,
 To know you remember we fought and we bled.
 Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, 
 That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.’

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving

 The kids are having their day out of town or with others and all of the indoor dining is closed, so I think I'll make a sandwich and a beer.

Weather is nice but the range is probably crowded so that is out.

Reloading is caught up, guns are cleaned and oiled, truck is washed, but nowhere to go...sigh.

I hope y'all have good, safe day today and every day.