Jul 31, 2011
One more thing I have realized is, the ones you once had the most problems getting along with (among the children that is) now seem to have a very good relationship with me and I with them. Just another thing to be thankful for this holiday. (Tuesday Nov 26 | post #2)
As the Holidays approach I find myself cleaning all surfaces around the house that are up high because I'm taller(not to mention I have a step ladder). This is just cleaning mind you, security measures for the Great Grand Grizzlers hasn't even started yet and it won't be easy this year because there's a three and a four year old (enough said). Today was light fixture day, those things that cover the bulbs (and collect bugs). You would be surprised how bright the room gets when you turn on a clean fixture, on the other hand, there is also a sinking feeling when the bright light points out how much dirt and grime there is on top of just about every high place in the room. Oh well, I guess that's tomorrows project. Before I finish this post though, let me just remind you of something I have to constantly remind myself of, that being, don't miss out on today while looking forward to trips, the Holidays and the likes. I saw some beautiful sky scenes from my step ladder today (Gladys had some curtains down being washed) and I realized the sky and the lighting this time of year touched my heart and reminded me of Holidays gone by. Don't miss out on the good of today while looking forward to good things of tomorrow. Think I'll go outside to finish my coffee, looks lovely out there. That's my opinion and you're entitled to it. Griz. (Nov 15, 2013 | post #1)
If you've been paying any attention at all over the past few years, you know that this time of year (like no other) draws me out of the house for warm sunny afternoon strolls. I can't be sure if it's the sun on my back, or the leaves changing on the vines and trees, I just love to take it all in. There is beauty in the birds flying from one tree to another against the backdrop of the autumn kissed leaves. I know it's the calm before the cold, but I just enjoy late summer as it passes into fall. Perhaps it's because I was born a late summer baby myself. Fall is a time when nature turns from glory to glory and it attracts me so. I have lived through 84 autumns now (although I don't remember them all). I don't know how much of this beauty I have left, but it's a treat have received all that I have. It's much like life, I guess, you have to enjoy what you're given. That's my opinion and you're entitled to it. Griz. (Oct 30, 2013 | post #1)
WRITER'S NOTE To paraphrase the text of a cable sent by Mark Twain from London to the press in the United States after his obituary was mistakenly published: "Reports of Gladys and myself being washed away have been greatly exaggerated." However, many people we know have needed help during this difficult time so we have been busy. Oddly enough, when we settled back into our home I found this post I had already written but had yet to post when the flooding hit. It just happened to be on the subject of "The Storms of life as a couple". I hope it is of some help. Glad and I decided years ago to "Never let the sun go down on our anger" (to quote the Old Book) and with the exception of three nights (that I can remember) we have done just that. We have somehow pressed through our differences before the lights went out. Any success we have had in our married life can be attributed to our being "Evenly Yoked" (the Old Book again). What this means is, we both have the same Faith and Values. My experience has been that, if you enter into a relationship with someone with different values than yours, when the tough times hit, the two of you will go running in different directions. However, if you share the same beliefs, you will pull together and weather the storm. I can't tell you how many storms Glad and I have survived. So many times troubles we faced in life seemed as though they could not possibly be overcome (it was the biggest thing in our life at the time). Now however, I could not even tell you what they were about. Pulling together and sharing during fearful times produces the kind of intimacy that holds a marriage together and increases love. That's my opinion and you're entitled to it. Griz. (Oct 24, 2013 | post #1)
Although I'm not a fan of the 51st State movement, I'm even less a fan of lawyers! I think we're all used to (here in Weld County) the fact that no matter what we vote for or against it will end up disappearing in the courts anyway. I am however, surprised to see the legal system involved BEFORE an election. Is this the trend of the future? Perhaps this is a good example of how this movement got started in the first place. As for who started it, that really doesn't matter, what matters is who will finish it. I think the voters should do that, not lawyers or the courts. (Oct 22, 2013 | post #1)
Eternity, it's a concept that most of us find difficult (if not impossible) to comprehend. Over time I have found that most people came to their first thoughts of eternity as a child lying under the stars and trying to imagine something that goes on forever. Childhood also seems to be the time when we have our first thoughts (or fears) of death. The overwhelming feeling of nothingness forever is almost painful. However, when we consider both of these experiences we find (if we look at it realistically) a contradiction between the two. How can both exist at the same time? A universe that goes on forever and a nothingness that never ends? When asked about such contradictions I always explain that the real question is eternal life with God as opposed to eternal separation from Him. This is where our decision to either accept or reject the free gift of Christ laying down His life so we may have eternal life comes into play. What we sense as eternity when we gaze at the stars is eternal life with God. The other feeling we sense when we try to understand an eternity of nothingness through death is eternal separation from God. We are born into eternity. How that eternity will be spent is up to us because God gave us free will. (Oct 13, 2013 | post #1)
After my last post , Gladys reminded me that I don't (in fact) "Always look for the good in things", hence the name "The Greeley Grizzler". I am willing to admit this in order to maintain harmony in the Grizzler digs (but also to confess that wives usually make a good point about these kind of things). Along this same vein of thought (Grizzling about things that is) I (once again) have a problem with some current speaking trends. As turning the light on in the kitchen at night sends bugs scrambling, I hope shedding some light on these trends will help rid us of them. The first (and probably most worrisome) being: Beginning the answering of a question with "so". An example would be; (Q) How do you turn the faucet on? (A) So, you place your hand on the faucet handle and turn it. I don't know what University or Sales Rep (as it is usually one or the other) started this trend but it takes all sense of human contact out of a reply. This removal of the human element worries me for the future of mankind and seems Orwellian in nature. Secondly: "Taking it to the next level". Again speech is taking something to do with human emotions and relegating it to a commercial mantra. This is along the same lines as when institutions and business' had to have "a vision" and a "Mission Statement". This trend tried to make material actions seem spiritual in order to help people feel as though their government or work was now their religion. Gladys is right though, I have many things to "Grizzle " about but I'm only watching out for (what I feel) are wrong or misguided trends. That's my opinion and you're entitled to it. Griz. (Sep 12, 2013 | post #1)
I must say, I'm more thankful than upset because, my street isn't cracked, my house is intact and my families health isn't being attacked. This is why I wouldn't have made a very good politician (I don't look on the dark side enough) but rather, I tend to look for the good. Can you imagine no negative commercials, no blaming others, just positive comments about the community? This sounds all good and well but, politics is the one area I tend to agree with the old John Wayne quote "Nice guys finish last". It really shouldn't be this way but (unfortunately) it is. Idealism falls short in the light of day. In every election I tell Gladys how I think it will play out and then follow this up with "However, the opposite will probably happen". I'm almost always wrong when I forecast election outcomes (especially when I go against the polls). I guess the only serious advice I can offer sincere candidates is; find the issues that you feel truly passionate about those which truly move you. This will define who you are and what you stand for. If you just jump to disagree with everything your opponent(s) stand for you will allow the competition to define you and you will have to follow through with that for the full length of your term (should you be elected). That's my opinion and you're entitled to it. Griz. (Sep 5, 2013 | post #1)
Readers note: After 30 years as an Institutional Chaplain The Greeley Grizzler now launches a monthly column based on questions asked by patients throughout the years. The column derives it's name from the 91st Psalm 15th verse. At Passover, blood painted on the door posts of houses saved all firstborn in the house. With the first (or Old Covenant) blood was required to cover sin. With the New Covenant Christ's blood was given "once for all" to pay for sin. But why was blood always required by God for the covering of sins? A small but recurring scripture having to do with another subject may hold the key to God's reasoning. Beginning with Genesis 9:4 And including Deuteronomy 12:12, 12:16, But best quoted in Deuteronomy 12:23 "Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, you shall not eat the life with the flesh." This is stressed again in the New Testament in Acts 15:20 when rules outlined for the Early Church: "Except that we should write to tell them (Gentiles of the New Church) to abstain from eating meat sacrificed to idols, from sexual immorality, and from consuming blood or eating the meat of strangled animals." These examples all lead to the understanding that God asked for Blood sacrifice because "The life is in the blood". We now also understand that Christ (in giving His blood) also gave His life (which was in that blood) that all who would accept that free gift of His life would find themselves with God for all eternity. The Greeley Grizzler. (Aug 31, 2013 | post #1)
I'm certain I can't match anything as thrilling (or with such a sensuous title) as a naked fork but, (as they say) "the show must go on" as must this weeks post. Anyway, the dog days of summer continue keeping me indoors and at bay with my Fall lawn and garden preparations. I think Glad and I must have watched enough DVD's this summer to write a critics film guide. Thankfully the air conditioner continues to hold out as well as the iced tea and cold cuts. There comes a time in life when heat takes a heavy toll on the body human and calls for careful thought before planning each action in it's wake. I am fairly certain that the same holds true with the body politic. I think the term "Hot Head" certainly applies to those who ignore the heat of either weather or war and barge straight ahead without great forethought. During these times when our leaders and political pundants literally push us to the brink of war can they truly expect our countrymen to step out in trust in this foreign conflict of such great uncertainty? Who will they trust to have their backs? This administration which has let our armed forces down by reducing funding through sequestration? I don't think so. Believe me, this is THE war we should let someone else fight! Perhaps they all just need to watch some DVD's in the air conditioning with iced tea and cold cuts in order to allow their heads to cool down. That's my opinion and you're entitled to it. Griz. (Aug 28, 2013 | post #1)
Well, it happened yesterday, you know, one of "those days". Sometimes we all have one of "those days" that (supposedly) our mothers told us we would have (although mine never did). I can't think of any other way to put it except to say, it felt like I was carrying a 1,000 pound weight on my back all day. I'm sure some doctor somewhere could come up with a prescription for such times but, those kind of pills usually lead to more of "those days". Any way, I trudged on through the day and (although it never got better) by the time we had dinner I knew I just might pull through. After dinner and dishes Gladys and I sat down to watch TV (of which I expected even less) however, I was soon surprised at how things would take a turn from the most unexpected place. You see, the program we watched was about the events of 9/11 as they played out for former President George W. Bush. As we watched I realized this man had (in one day) carried more weight on his back than I have or (hopefully) ever will. He was having one of "those days" no one could ever prepare you for. Any scripted plans or goals for his Presidency and for our nation would be set aside. His legacy was set out for his Presidency by others and was (like him or not) met with strength and faced with determination. Last night as I fell off to sleep, I was thankful that I could indeed sleep and would do so peacefully, unlike so many on that ominous night. That's my opinion and you're entitled to it. Griz. (Aug 22, 2013 | post #1)
I know this is kinda like those TV shows where they use clips from old episodes instead of a new episode....but I can now say I'm nearly 85 so I guess I'm entitled to the occasional repeat. That's my opinion and you're entitled to it. Griz. (Aug 15, 2013 | post #2)
"Love thy neighbor": Not as easy as it sounds. On our recent visit to see the Great Grand Grizzlers I found the youngest was firmly into Vegi Tales DVD's. For those not in the know, Vegi Tales are little cartoons designed to teach kids values and morals. They are (as the name implies) Talking Vegies. Now visits to see family are supposed to be happy events, but not so with this little Grizzler. Kids make up their minds whether or not they like someone at first sight, especially toddlers, and (believe me) this one did not like me. Throughout our entire visit every time I entered the room he would look up at me, start crying, and walk slowly away singing "God is bigger than the boogey man", a song from (you guessed it) Vegi Tales. So how does one feel? Your youngest heir hates you. I asked why and was told "I was just making things worse". We have a neighbor that constantly complains about every thing we do (which isn't much these days). We got along when they first moved in but at some point (unbeknown to me) that all changed. After trying to work this out I too decided that I would probably just make things worse. Now however, whenever I walk outside and see them glare at me that darn song goes around in my head "God is bigger than the boogey man". That's my opinion and you're entitled to it. Griz. (Aug 8, 2013 | post #1)
During these times of government over regulation (that creeps in from time to time) it seems as though every curmudgeon and cranky fringe group come out of the woodwork to tell us what they think we ought or ought not to be doing. When you see the little sign on a front door that states: "Retired person, knows everything and has plenty of time to tell you about it", you had better heed the warning these days. I think this is why (more than other years) I really enjoyed our visit to the County Fair. There is a real calm about a people that have raised their own animals and created so many beautiful things (friendly people too). I also find it encouraging that young people still contribute to our area in so many positive ways. It's just amazing how people maintain so many traditions and continue to share them with the public over the years. Gladys and I both enjoy the beauty of quilting and so many other intricate needlework projects. Artwork from young and old is fascinating as well. Another thing I find amazing is the ability of farming families to provide food from harvest to harvest through canning. Combined with eggs, beef, pork and lamb one can see that the farm family is far more self sufficient than the rest of us. I guess all of these things combine to create the calm simplistic break from the problems of the times. That's my opinion and you're entitled to it. Griz. (Jul 31, 2013 | post #1)
Writer's note: The Greeley Grizzler returns after a visit to see the Great Grand Grizzlers (complete with babysitting duties) as they are of course, out of school for summer vacation. "Hear the lonesome whippoorwill, he sounds to blue to fly. The midnight train is whining low, I'm so lonesome I could cry." So begins the old Hank Williams sr. song. Songs tying train whistles to human emotions run deep in our American culture (especially out West). I grew up (and still live) not more than six blocks from the train tracks My entire life is tied to the sound of those (whining low in the night) sounds of trains nearing street crossings as they pass by and slowly fade out of ear shot. You know, each Engineer has their own particular cadence in which they sound the whistle (or horn as they are sometimes known as these days). At this point I feel I need to remind people there's a reason for those whistles being sounded at areas where cars and trains meet. I've lived here a long, long time, (let's face it I've lived a long, long time period) but (without being graphic), too many sad things have happened at those crossings (even with those whistles). As far as the Train noise bothering nearby residents, well that's pretty much a matter of poor planning on the part of those who approved, built, or moved into housing close to trains. As far as trains sounding their whistles at crossings, I can guarantee you it will always be an absolute necessity. For Glad and myself though, we always feel at home again when we return from visits away from the sound of that "Midnight train whining low". That's my opinion and you're entitled to it. Griz. (Jul 25, 2013 | post #1)
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