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December 31, 2007: Closing in on 2008!

  Happy New Years Eve EVERYONE!!!!!  Looks like another year is upon us.  Exciting as that may be.  I am sure it will bring amazing things to all of us!

  The latest news on the farm is that it looks like it is going to be Thursday or Friday before we know anything.  SOOOO STAY TUNED!


December 30, 2007

 OK. let’s all inhale.  No exhale.  Now inhale again.  Now exhale again.  Let’s repeat this for the next 20 minutes.  Focus on noting but that hill.  OK, well maybe focus on anything but the hill. 

Case number 001 – subject appears to be driving himself insane.  Unable to stop thinking about being back on his family farm.  Watching the sunsets…the clouds…the rainbows, the lightning, the fireflies, the coyotes, and the deer.  And what about the black panther.  Did hurry up and wait ever come up in this conversation?  I have already given up on the :whats if: this falls through.  My confidence level is setting me up for a fall?  🙂

Sooooo we are waiting tonight.  The only new news is that I found out we might find something out on Monday.  Not sure if that is a bad of good.  We shall see.  See story below called "Misfortune".  Talk about timely!

  Did I mention that my entire body feels like it could explode at any given moment?  Pease don/t call Homeland Security as I am sure they will send me off to gitmo.  Screwy people they are. 

  I am trying to figure out who is on board for this project up north.  I know Doug is because he could sense the excitement behind it all.  Not so sure about David yet.  We have to speak.

  I don’t think I have ever been or felt more right about something in my life.  It is a once in a life time opportunity.  Promises I made and kept a long time ago.   It won’t be the easiest year of my life but it will certainly be one of the more interesting!

Stay tuned…


December 30, 2007: 2 Year Mark! 730 Days!!!!!

Two people…two sides – one locked away from the other


Now THAT is something to celebrate.  100% sobriety.  A Reason to celebrate!!!!!!  WOOHOO!


The ultimate kind of freedom….



The ultimate show of freedom….




December 29, 2007: More photos from the farm…mother’s EARLY DAYS!

Mother riding one of her horses on the farm

Looks like a wintery day 🙂

Mother in front of grandmothers house…these flowers were there for years and years.  I can
remember them when I was growing up there.

Mother on the front steps of grandmothers house


Mother’s first few days on the farm!!!!!

Mother with her bathtub outside! 

Mother and her first highchair



The old farm house in the background.  I would imagine this would be my grandmothers

This looks like Dione?  See the big Oak Tree to the right in the background!

Deena with her "lunch box" for school.  They auctioned these boxes off and the boy who
big the highest got to eat lunch with the girl.  lol  I bet they would never do that today.

That would be me back in the 90s.

Suddenly before my eyes
Hues of indigo arise
With them how my spirit sighs
Paint the sky with stars

Only night will ever know
Why the heavens never show
All the dreams there are to know
Paint the sky with stars

Who has paced the midnight sky?
So a spirit has to fly
As the heavens seem so far
Now who will paint the midnight star?
Night has brought to those who sleep
Only dreams they cannot keep
I have legends in the deep
Paint the sky with stars

Who has paced the midnight sky?
So a spirit has to fly
As the heavens seem so far
Now who will paint the midnight star?
Place a name upon the night
One to set your heart alight
And to make the darkness bright
Paint the sky with stars.


Another snowy day on the farm – another one of mothers puppy dogs.  It must have snowed
a lot back then. 

Check out that old car in front of grandmothers old farm house.  🙂  Spiffy.



December 29, 2007: Waiting…

  I did sleep better last night.  The doctor gave me something to help me sleep!  So that is the good news.  I slept for once.  Sleep has been difficult since last Monday.  I think I am going to explode with excitement.  I need to find something to occupy my time.  If school was in session then I would have homework!  It isn’t though. 

  We may go to the bookstore tonight and look at some building books.  Pick out a few designs that we like.  I guess I shouldn’t put the horse before the cart.  But still…it is hard not to at this point!

  Chilly outside today.  No real weather to speak of.  Yesterday was cloudy.  Looks like a COLD week ahead.  We may dip down into the teens.  BRRRR

  It won’t be long until I will be back in CANADA!  I will be up there for at least a month.  SURELY IT WILL SNOW THERE!!!!


  So while I await news…I shall post some more photos 🙂 – from our family farm!

Mother with one of her dogs…you know that every photo I have of my mother she has a dog!
I think that is a pug????  🙂  Daisy???


Mother and her horses

Mother in front of grandmothers house – major ice storm!

Ice storm on the farm – Judy Dodson (mother)


My mother playing in the snow on the farm (yes it used to snow around here) Note yet
another dog 🙂

Mother – trying to find her puppy no doubt


Mother feeding the chickens on the farm

Mother riding her bike.  Ummm I see the training wheels!!!!

That would be ME – BEAU!  The big Oak Tree to the left of my shoulder.  It still stands!

Looks like hay ride on the farm. 


Mother with her friend Leah.  Leah was adopted by a local family.  They became lifelong
friends.  I believe Leah lives in the Southwest United States. 

My mother…grandmother and unsure on who the other lady is?  My grandmothers mother?
This is in front of my grandmothers old house on the farm.

Dione riding a horse.  Scary I know!

Grandmother with some horses/ponies on the farm. 

Looks like they are hauling corn in this photo…

Just so there is proof that I had a motorcycle when I was little!  This is Dione on my bike!
Daddy helping her ride it.  Course she could never ride it as good as her big brother!

Dione on the farm…prob 3 years old???  Don’t let her charming looks fool you.  I am sure
she was up to something.

Dione stealing my easter eggs…OK well maybe she found those but I have my doubts.

Dione – hmmm too young for school?  Going to church maybe?  Looks like Deena there to
the right – obviously cut out of the photo for some reason.  Marsha Marsha Marsah…I mean
Dione Dione Dione 🙂  😉

OK, this is my cameo appearance.  I am the one with the cute butt.  Deena to the right.

First day of school it appears?  Maybe church?  Dione looks too young for school!  I am going
to guess church.  You can see the big Oak Tree to the left in the back!!!!  Still there.

That would be me 🙂  Mouse?  Frog?  lol

Going to school.  New lunch box.  Planet of the Apes?????



December 28, 2007: The mailbox…

  So I picked up this mailbox today.  This will look great at the end of the lane on the farm!  🙂  Not getting ahead of myself or anything…just sayin!

December 28, 2007: An American Fairy Tale? Day 4

  It feels like there are a thousand volts of electricity running through me today  I think the excitement has reached a point to where I can literally touch it.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt this way.  It is a different feeling than I had after everything that happened in Birmingham.  That was more of a relief than pure excitement.  This is an emotion that I haven’t felt in a long time.    Everything just seems to be coming together for a true American fairy tale ending.  Will it though?  In my heart I know it will work out.  It just feels right.  How can all of this have happened in the last month?  It has played out perfectly.  Me moving out of the house…knowing that for some reason that is what the still little voice inside of me wanted.  A rushed move at that!  From the time we made the decision to move out to the time we were moved out was less than 10 days. 

  The search for three years for a hill around here.  Never finding anything that felt right or worked.  Dozens of houses looked at.  A few had potential but then in the end I always walked away.  At times wondering why.  I think now I know why! 

  My mind is racing.  It is going faster than I could ever possibly hope to keep up with.  I was up and down all night.  I keep thinking about being back on top of the farm – on the hill.  I smile every time I think about it.  Day and night!   I just need to relax!  It is difficult though.  Waiting was never my finest attribute.

  Do dreams come true?  They have in the past!  I think for those who have followed this incredible journey will agree with that.  There are always things that simply can’t be explained.  They just are.  As I like to say – "it is what it is".  Whether good or bad at times.  Some things were not meant to be explained.  This could be yet another amazing story to join all the rest of them. 

  I have but one question on my mind and that is  "How will this end"




  Here are some old photos from the family farm.

Sunset on the old farm – looking west.

My grandmothers house on the farm.

That would be me on the farm…big baseball player 🙂

My grandpa Joe with Deena or Dione (I think Deena???)  Family Farm.

After a snow on the farm…

My mother with my grandmothers house in the background…family farm

My grandmothers old house – it was torn down years ago.  This is where we would
probably build a new house for my mother.

The old pony barn…this is where I will build my house.  On the highest point on the farm.

Me and my sister Dione – our old house in the background.

    Easter on the farm – looking to the north

My sister Dione – looks like the first day of school (our old station wagon in the background)

Me and my sisters – Easter 🙂


My mother (long time ago!!!!) up on the farm

My grandfather mowing the yard on the old farm.

Me and my sisters – Halloween 🙂

My mother on the farm as a child…lots of snow!!!

Mother as a baby

Grandmother holding Deena and me 🙂  I am the little guy on the left – my grandmothers
old farm house in the background

Farm from above 🙂  That is my grandmothers house on the right side of the

Mother with one of her pony’s

Mother being pulled on a sled by her dad – one of our
old barns in the background.

My mother – grandmothers old house in the back

I swear that looks like a wolf that mother has beside

Looking north from the farm.


December 28, 2007: ——


December 27, 2007: Almost midnight…

  My mind is racing.  I don’t think I can shut it down.  🙂  I guess that is to be expected.  My level of excitement is rising by the hour!  Certainly by the day.  I keep telling myself to slow down…stop thinking so much.  That doesn’t seem to be working at this point.  I keep thinking about being back up on that beautiful hill.  Our family farm!  Being there when thunderstorms roll in!  Being there to watch the awesome sunsets in the west.  Being there for SNOWSTORMS!!!!  It is just driving me nuts at this point.  I guess I will just have to be patient.  If I keep telling myself that maybe my mind will listen!  I have my doubts though.

  Word can not come soon enough!  This is like waiting for Christmas when you are a little kid.  Tick Toc Tick Toc Tick Toc!!!!

December 27, 2007: Freedom Fighter Lost…

Pakistani former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated by cowards.

Ms Bhutto – the first woman PM in an Islamic state – was leaving an election rally in Rawalpindi when a gunman shot her in the neck and set off a bomb.


December 27, 2007: A step closer…Day 3

  I think we have gone as far as we can go for now.  Apparently it will be another week or two before we can take the next step.  I guess that I will just have to be patient! 

  The American Dream is unfolding…


December 26, 2007: Hurry up and wait…Surreal – Day 2

  The day started early – 6 a.m.  I couldn’t sleep of course!  At 8 a.m. Tony came by the apartment and picked me up.  I was excited…bouncing off the walls.  Tony and Joey were trying to keep me calm.  I knew we had a lot of phone calls ahead – I didn’t know how many though!  By 10:30 a.m. we had made about as many phone calls as we could possibly make.  We are now waiting for a return call.  It sounds to me like we are just steps away from figuring some of this out.

  If that good?  Is that bad?  We just don’t know.   This is all very surreal.  The word of the day – surreal!!!!

  We went up to the farm this afternoon and took some pictures and had the "what if" conversation.  Talked about where we would build and what we would build.  Lot of dreaming going on!!!!  Hard not to.  I am so excited.  This will certainly be a let-down if it doesn’t work out.  I know if it is meant to be then it is meant to be.  Just have to wait.

  I did find out that the people who moved out of the house didn’t want to be there anymore.  They had a lot of issues with the house on the property.  So that is sort of good because at least nobody was forced out in a bad way.

  I took these photos below.  THIS IS THE VIEW OF MY LIFETIME!  GROWING UP ON THIS HILL – THIS IS WHAT HELPED ME FALL IN LOVE WITH WEATHER!  I think my excitement is building to a point where I might just explode into a million little pieces!!!!  Walking around the property today just reminded me of being a boy on the farm.  Walking the fields and looking for arrowheads.  It is so peaceful out there.  We could hear geese flying over.  This is a dream…someone wake me up!!!!

  As Brett Bloomston used to say "Patient young Jedi – patience" 

Heading for the office this morning…Tony leads the way

Tony doing his magic…lots of phone calls

Tony driving to the farm this afternoon…

Entering the New Columbia area…this is where the F4 tornado hit

View to the WEST

View to the NORTH

View to the west – the BIG Oak tree.  One of the few trees on the main land.

View to the NORTHWEST

View to the NORTHEAST



View to the SOUTHWEST

Oddly enough I found my cell phone that I lost a year or two ago while
photographing storm damage to a corn field on our old farm! 

View to the EAST

Me on the farm!!!!

View to the NORTH

View of the farm and the hill on it!!!!

  I am 100% freaked out by all of this!  I am anxious anxious anxious.  Trying to just pass the time away and keep my mind on other things.  Almost impossible at this point.




December 26, 2007: Christmas photos…

  We had Christmas at Deena and Tony’s House yesterday.  Had a blast.  We played "Are you smarter than a fifth grader."  The boys won…of course.  🙂

Mariah and Mother

Tommy and Ashton



Ashton, Dione, and Mariah

The Kids

Me with the kids…


Joey and Tyler.  Joey gave Tyler a bunch of money from overseas.  Maybe
Tyler will catch the collecting bug.  🙂


December 26, 2007: Day 2 :) 6:00 a.m.

I don’t think I have been this excited since I was freed in Birmingham.  I was beside myself all day yesterday.  Freaking out would be more like it.  lol  Tony and Joey were trying to help me contain all of the emotions, thoughts, energy.  Deena and Dione found out yesterday evening.  We are not telling mother.  Mainly for two reasons.  One is the fear that this doesn’t work out.  We don’t have all of the information yet.  Secondaly, we want to surprise her.

Right now we are waiting for the sun to come up.  Tony and I are going to meet this morning at 8 a.m.  He is picking Joey and I up.  We will then begin a series of phone calls.  We will attempt to find out who the attorneys are, what bank is involved, how far the foreclosure procedures have gotten, and call the court house/sheriffs department.  We will then have to figure out what to do next.

If the bank has foreclosed then that means the sheriffs department has taken over the property and we will have to wait until the auction to buy the land back.  This could be soon.  Tony believes they have 30 days or less to sell it.  This would mean the auction could be in January.  Again, we just don’t have enough information right now.

Counting the hours (minutes now) down until we do.  🙂

To say that I am excited would be the biggest understatement of the year.  Deena gave me a sleeping pill last night to try and calm me down.  Wired would be a good word for it.  I did get some sleep…so that is good.

\Will post more information later this morning.  I am hoping we find out everything today.


The American Dream Unfolding….

December 25, 2007: It happened on Christmas Day! Day 1

  I am hesitant to write down what happened today (Christmas Day).  Mostly out of fear that this won’t work out.  Perhaps I don’t want to look silly.  It is an incredible story though…regardless.  The ending is up for grabs.  How will this story end?  Is it all just a coincidence?  Will a month from now it fade from memory?  I don’t know.  I have no idea.  It is what it is.  I will be as anxious as anyone to see the final outcome.

  I have had dreams for months now that I bought our old family farm, located in Southern Illinois.  Each night I have this same dream.  The dreams are not always the same but they are similar.  I buy the family farm back (it is on a big hill as some of you know), we tear down the old house, and we build a new house on it.  I have told everyone in my family about these dreams.  I laugh about it.  Lately, though, I have become frustrated with them.  The dream has become so commonplace that I wish it would stop.  
  I should back up a little bit and fill in some blanks…

  In 1987 the bank started procedures to take our farm away from us.  This was during the big "farm" crisis (for those who remember).  A lot of farmers lost their farms (remember farm aide?).  Our family farm had been in the family…well forever.  My grandmother and her husband owned the farm.  Eventually they divorced and my grandmother and my great grandfather lived there.  My mom and dad built a house next to my grandmother and we grew up there.  When I was 17 we had financial problems and the bank started their foreclosure procedures.  In 1988 we had to move off the farm.  We lost it.

  I have always missed the farm.  This is probably why I dream about it so much.  Living on the farm was wonderful.  The view was incredible.  You could see forever in almost every direction!  You could see every storm.  Every sunset.  Every sunrise.   I have good and bad memories from that period in my life.  Like most people I suppose.  Still…at the end of the day I have always missed being on the farm.  I miss being on top of my roof and watching the meteor showers.  I miss the incredible views.  Like I said, you can see in all directions.  I miss the countryside.  I miss the HUGE Oak Tree that stood next to our house.  It is still there!  Bigger than ever!  I guess I will always be a farm boy at heart.

  Last night…Christmas Eve I had a dream.  The same dream over and over.  I woke up so many times…tossing and turning.  I couldn’t get my rest.  I had a dream that I went up to the farm and found that it was for sale.  I signed the papers and bought it.

  I woke up this morning…several times.  I couldn’t stop thinking about all of this.  I finally became so frustrated that I took a shower and got in the car and drove to the farm in Massac County.  I laughed half-way there and told myself that this was all foolishness and that I needed to get this out of the way and move on.  Perhaps this trip would be closure.   It had to be because it was driving me mad.

  As I approached the farm I saw a sign on the corner of the main road entrance.  It said 4-Bedroom House for sale.  My heart skipped a beat.  I swallowed hard.  I wonder?  Could it be?  When I got to the farm I drove past it.  Not seeing a for sale sign or anything of the sort.  I went down to the neighbors…the Quints and turned around.  The house for sale wasn’t ours.  It was a house about a mile down the road.  I stopped on the road in front of our house and peered up at it.  It didn’t look like anyone was home.  So I decided just to drive up to grandmothers old place (her house is gone now).  I drove around and looked at the view.  Sighing and missing all of the times we had up there.  Thinking about all the arrowheads I used to find in the corn fields.  Thinking about the four wheelers we used to ride.  The sled rides down the big lane!  Memories.  LOTS AND LOTS OF MEMORIES!

  I then stopped by our old house.  It appeared that nobody was home.  I stopped the car and wrote a note on a piece of old paper that I had laying in the car.  The note said "Hey guys this is Beau – I have stopped by several times in the past.  I was here last year to take photographs of the storm damage in the corn fields.  I didn’t know if you would be interested in selling the property.  If so then give me a call I might be interested."  I then left my number and email address.  I got out to stick it on the door of the house.  I walked up to the door.  On the way I noticed that the basement looked empty.  I looked in the window.  No furniture.  So I went to the door.  There was a lock box on the door.  I saw something taped to the wall inside the front door.  I couldn’t read it.  It said "NOTICE" on it…that was the only word I could make out.  I walked around the house looking for any open windows.  I didn’t see any.  I don’t know what I was going to do…I guess try and go in.  lol

  So I figured the people moved out of the house.  That was fairly obvious.  I left the note on the door hoping that someone would see it.

  I then drove down the lane and saw a mailbox.  I figured I would leave a note in the mailbox as well.  I went over to the box to see if there was any mail in it.  I needed a name.  I wasn’t sure of the name of the person living in our old house.  So I saw some mail and got the persons name.  While looking in the mailbox I noticed attorney envelopes and foreclosure notices.  Apparently, here in 2007, the bank is foreclosing on the property.  Twenty years later…history repeats itself.

  So I left them a note.  All the way home I had these strange feelings.  Several times I caught myself with tears in my eyes.  I don’t know what to think.  Is it possible that we might actually be able to get this property back?  My mother would absolutely faint.  She has been wanting to put a small house on the property for a long time.  She has asked me about even in the last few weeks.  It has been her lifelong dream to reclaim the family farm.

  I don’t know how this story will end.  I write it only to get it out.  I have so many emotions right now.  My hands are even shaking a bit.  I don’t know how I feel.  I am going to try and contact whoever knows what is going on.  I am not sure who that is.  The bank?  A realtor?  I will have to get Tony, my brother in law, to help me out – he is a realtor.

  Sigh…is it possible that this is meant to be?  I told my friend David a few weeks ago that I felt driven to move out of my house on Ashcreek.  To put it up for sale.  I didn’t know why.  I know some people thought I was crazy for moving out of that big house!  Will this all be a culmination towards something that I have wished or dreamed for for years and years?  Every hill I have ever been on has been compared to our old family farm.  It is what I set the standard with.   I guess we will all just have to stay tuned!  I will be as curious as the next person to see if this all leads to an outcome that will certainly make for a great story!

  Twenty years ago this year we lost our farm on the Metropolis Courthouse Square. Twenty years ago next year we were forced out. Could it be that we will retake what was rightfully my grandmothers. On the same courthouse square we lost it?  I told my grandmother once that I would one day get her farm back.  It could be that that day has come.




December 25, 2007: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

December 24, 2007: Merry Christmas – Toronto, Metropolis, Paducah, Flora, Benton, Karnak, Joppa, Brookport, Mayfield, Round Knob, LaCenter, Kingston, Kirkland Lake, Jacksonville, Birmingham, Atlanta, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, Indiana, Mississippi, Waterloo, New England, Romania, Florida, Ontario

  Merry Christmas to all of my friends in all of the cities 🙂  I can’t list them all!!!  I hope that all of you have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY and the BEST YEAR EVER AHEAD FOR ALL OF US!!!!!

  The motto for myself in 2007 was force change!  I think I have accomplished that goal!  Now I have to work on 2008!!! Earlier this year this was the post…the goal for the year ahead



Do what you have to do in order to live life to its FULLEST.  Take advantage of every opportunity to reach new heights in your life.  Push forward.  Leave the past where it belongs…behind you.  Set GOALS and PURSUE those goals.  Don’t settle for mediocre. 
Stop making excuses and LIVE!  LIVE! LIVE! LIVE! 


Make 2007 the BEST year of your life.  Settle for NOTHING less!


  Well we definitely had change.  Lots and lots of change.  All for the better I do believe!  I can’t image what 2008 has in store for us.  I am sure there will be good and bad.  There always is!  We just have to make sure that the bad doesn’t overshadow the good.  Making the best of every situation that arises.  Moving forward and not backwards.  Always moving forward.  I am excited!  I know that I can look back on the last – well every year – and see how I have changed.  Having no regrets because all of that we do makes us who we are today.  Hopefully that is always a growing person…maturing person…and a happy person.

  I think the motto for next year is going to be "Inspire and Be Inspired – Dream Dreams"





December 23, 2007: Misfortune?

  I have posted this story several times on my web-site.  I heard it again last night in the movie "Charlie’s War".  I always keep this story close in my thoughts.  I found it to be the most true parable that I have ever heard.


Misfortune…By Max Lucado

Once there was an old man who lived in a tiny village. Although poor, he was envied by all, for he owned a beautiful white horse. Even the king coveted his treasure. A horse like this had never been seen before—such was its splendor, its majesty, its strength.


People offered fabulous prices for the steed, but the old man always refused. “This horse is not a horse to me,” he would tell them. “It is a person. How could you sell a person? He is a friend, not a possession. How could you sell a friend?” The man was poor and the temptation was great. But he never sold the horse.


One morning he found that the horse was not in the stable. All the village came to see him.


“You old fool,” they scoffed, “we told you that someone would steal your horse. We warned you that you would be robbed. You are so poor. How could you ever hope to protect such a valuable animal? It would have been better to have sold him. You could have gotten whatever price you wanted. No amount would have been too high. Now the horse is gone, and you’ve been cursed with misfortune”


The old man responded, “Don’t speak too quickly. Say only that the horse is not in the stable. That is all we know; the rest is judgment. If I’ve been cursed or not, how can you know? How can you judge?”


The people contested, “Don’t make us out to be fools! We may not be philosophers, but great philosophy is not needed. The simple fact that your horse is gone is a curse.”


The old man spoke again. “All I know is that the stable is empty, and the horse is gone. The rest I don’t know. Whether it be a curse or a blessing, I can’t say. All we can see is a fragment. Who can say what will come next?”


The people of the village laughed. They thought that the man was crazy. They had always thought he was fool; if he wasn’t, he would have sold the horse and lived off the money. But instead, he was a poor woodcutter, an old man still cutting firewood and dragging it out of the forest and selling it. He lived hand to mouth in the misery of poverty. Now he had proven that he was, indeed, a fool.


After fifteen days, the horse returned. He hadn’t been stolen; he had run away into the forest. Not only had he returned, he had brought a dozen wild horses with him. Once again the village people gathered around the woodcutter and spoke. “Old man, you were right and we were wrong. What we thought was a curse was a blessing. Please forgive us.”


The man responded, “Once again, you go too far. Say only that the horse is back. State only that a dozen horses returned with him, but don’t judge. How do you know if this is a blessing or not? You see only a fragment. Unless you know the whole story, how can you judge? You read only one page of a book. Can you judge the whole book? You read only one word of a phrase. Can you understand the entire phrase?


“Life is so vast, yet you judge all of life with one page or one word. All you have is a fragment! Don’t say that this is a blessing. No one knows. I am content with what I know. I am not perturbed by what I don’t.”


 “Maybe the old man is right,” they said to one another. So they said little. But down deep, they knew he was wrong. They knew it was a blessing. Twelve wild horses had returned with one horse. With a little bit of work, the animals could be broken and trained and sold for much money.

 The old man had a son, an only son. The young man began to break the wild horses. After a few days, he fell from one of the horses and broke both legs. Once again the villagers gathered around the old man and cast their judgments.


“You were right,” they said. “You proved you were right. The dozen horses were not a blessing. They were a curse. Your only son has broken his legs, and now in your old age you have no one to help you. Now you are poorer than ever.”


The old man spoke again. “You people are obsessed with judging. Don’t go so far. Say only that my son broke his legs. Who knows if it is a blessing or a curse? No one knows. We only have a fragment.Life comes in fragments.”


It so happened that a few weeks later the country engaged in war against a neighboring country.All the young men of the village were required to join the army. Only the son of the old man was excluded, because he was injured. Once again the people gathered around the old man, crying and screaming because their sons had been taken. There was little chance that they would return. The enemy was strong, and the war would be a losing struggle. They would never see their sons again


“You were right, old man,” they wept. “God knows you were right. This proves it. Yours son’s accident was a blessing. His legs may be broken, but at least he is with you. Our sons are gone forever.”


The old man spoke again. “It is impossible to talk with you. You always draw conclusions. No one knows. Say only this: Your sons had to go to war, and mine did not. No one knows if it is a blessing or a curse. No one is wise enough to know. Only God knows.”


December 23, 2007: WINDY!!!

  Wow – what a wild night of wind.  The pressure gradient behind that storm system was and is AMAZING.  Rapid pressure drops and rises are being reported across Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.  Winds gusted over 50 mph at the NWS Office in Paducah.  Wind damage was reported across McCracken County.  Winds of nearly 70 mph hit Chicago.  Numerous reports of wind damage have been received across the State of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin/Michigan.  Near blizzard conditions are also being reported in portions of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  Nasty little storm!

  Had a wonderful lunch the other day with Sue.  She brought me the most wonderful gift – some photographs that she made into notecards.  I will certainly treasure them!  She is fast becoming or has become a talented photographer.  I told her not to forget the little people when she becomes famous!!!!!  🙂

  Went out with the family yesterday and watched the new Treasure Movie.  It was OK.  I think I liked the first one better.  National Treasure.  🙂   We had a blast at Applebees afterwards.  Always entertaining to get together with the kids.

  Cold this morning…it is chilly in here.  I guess that is because I don’t have the heat on and slept with the window open.  I love being cold at night and covering up with a bunch of blankets!  That is the only way to handle winter.  🙂  Works for me at least!

  I might drive up to Paducah to check out some houses later.  I don’t think I have ever been more torn over a decision on where to live.  I have looked at big houses, small houses, medium size houses, houses in the country, houses in the city, houses in other counties!!!!  I guess it will happen when it happens.  Debating the whole downsize idea.  I want something errr life to be a bit more simple.  Doesn’t everyone want that though?  🙂  Just have to figure it out.

  Now this is a cool car!




December 22, 2007: Watch me on television – Winter Weather Special :)

  Thanks to Sue Henry for sending me this link!  You can watch our Channel 2 "Winter Weather" special online. 


  Looks like wet weather for tonight.  Thunderstorms are likely…strong winds as well.  A slight chance for flurries on Christmas.  Nothing exciting though.  Another storm system might bring some precip to the region on Thursday and then again for the weekend.  No BIG snowstorms are currently forecast.  Just can’t get the snow to move into this region.  BIG snows over the coming days from Kansas to Wisconsin.  Blizzard warnings in Kansas tonight! 





December 20, 2007: Christmas Week…Weather

  Everyone is asking about the weather for the week of Christmas.  Right now there is a 20% chance of snow on Christmas Day and a good chance for rain or snow on Wednesday and Thursday of next week.  Confidence is growing that there will be a significant  storm later next week across our region.  The question is…rain or snow?  Too early to determine that.

  Will keep an eye on both systems!



December 19, 2007: Looking for sunsets…

  Well – don’t let anyone tell you that Paducah doesn’t have ANY good views.  They are just few and far between!!!!  Here are some shots from tonights sunset – west part of Paducah.  The land is for sale but who knows for how much.  The guy never calls back!  lol  This is the same land that I looked at a couple of years ago.  Never did figure out what he wanted for it.  Maybe he will call me back.  I think this is one of the best views in the City of Paducah.  I have never found anything similar. 


  Oddly enough, we are now torn between a house that is located in Downtown Paducah and some out in the country.  Anyway…tonights sunset photos 🙂 from that land.






December 19, 2007: Christmas Snowflakes???


  I have been watching a storm system for a few weeks now – centered around the 25th.  The models go back and forth between rain and snow.  This mornings model shows a heavy snowstorm for West KY.  It is still six days away and I don’t EVEN need to say how these things go.  We all know how hard it is to get snow.  BUT…there is at least a CHANCE for a SURPRISE SNOWSTORM on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I will be keeping a close eye on it!!!!!  As always!!!!

  I say BRING IT ON!  Now that I have said that…I am sure it will rain.


December 18, 2007: Channel 2 – Winter Weather Preparedness

  We taped at television show this morning on Channel 2.  The show will air on and off in the coming months.  I believe it will first air on Thursday Night at 5.  Something like that.  The show was on winter weather and winter weather preparedness.  Glenda Adkisson, from the American Red Cross, Mike Nadolski, from the National Weather Service, and myself were the guests on the show.  Glenda was the host. 

Channel 2 – earlier this morning


December 15, 2007: Rain rain and more rain…flooding

  Well so much for winter.  I guess we knew this was coming.  Still bites.  TON of rain overnight.  The NWS issued numerous flood warnings for most of the counties in Western Kentucky.  All of them as a matter of fact.  Looks like Mayfield received 2-3" of rain.  Creeks are out of their banks.

  Meanwhile a blizzard is forecast to hit David and Doug’s area.  Heavy snowfall of 10-20" or more is likely across portions of Ontario.  That and high winds will cause extremely high drifts.  I wish I was up there to see all of that.  🙁

  An EXTREMELY active 2 weeks ahead for this region.  Heavy rains and possibly snow?  Stay tuned.  Rolling eyes here on the snow subject.  I won’t count on snow here anymore.  Never happens.  🙂  Maybe if I keep saying that then it will actually snow. 

  Some photos from Mayfield…took these this morning.  Water all over the place.


December 14, 2007: More heavy rain coming…

  I swear, living around here in the winter drives me nuts.  What was going to be a nice snowstorm is now a rain event.  Looks like we will still get the 1-3" of snow on the backside of the storm.  That was my initial forecast so I guess I will stick with it.  Mostly rain will fall though tonight and tomorrow.  Heavy rain is likely across Western Kentucky.  I am expecint 1-2" of rain.

  Looks like HEAVY snow to our north.  A FOOT of snow is possible across portions of Illinois and Indiana.  Toronto as well.  Go figure.

  Welcome to winter in this region.  Rain Rain Rain.

December 12, 2007: Back to the drawing board…


🙁  Seems like there are days where everything goes wrong for the right reasons.  I think today was one of those days.   This house just doesn’t feel right.  I was excited for a bit though.  Something just tells me to hold out.  I always listen to that little voice inside of me.  That little voice is saying that this is not the one.  So I shall wait.

December 12, 2007: Snow or rain?


  SCHOOL IS OVER!  For now! 

  We are still looking for snow and rain this weekend.  Just a question of where does that pesky snow/rain line setup.  Right now it looks like several inches of snow will fall across the Tri-State Area.  Stay tuned!


December 11, 2007: Winter finally arriving? Grades today…


  I get my grades today.  YAY 🙂  ALL FINISHED!  Well, finished until next semester!

It appears that winter is finally arriving.  The NWS and local forecasters have finally changed their tune about the coming weekend.  Snow is likely across the region on Friday and Saturday.  Additional storms appear possible between now and Christmas.  Several of them may produce snow as well.  As always, in this region, one shouldn’t become too excited this far out.  It seems like the last few years have brought more disappointments than anything else.  We will see how the weekend system turns out.  RIGHT NOW it looks like 1-3" of snow across the region.  Let’s hope this doesn’t end up as rain.


  Meanwhile, Oklahoma is a disaster zone.  State of emergency has been declared.  The photo below was taken from a news reporter in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Incredible images.



December 10, 2007: FINALS and SNOW?

  I have finals today.  THIS IS IT.  I WILL BE SO GLAD when this semester is over.  The hardest semester yet.  I will know my grades tomorrow.  Crossing fingers.

  There COULD be some snow this coming weekend.  I realize that all the local forecasters are calling for sunny or partly sunny skies.  They could be wrong though as a strong storm system might move in from the Southern United States.  It is going to be a close call for this region.  I might know a little more tonight or tomorrow.  Stay tuned and cross your fingers.  I need some snow.  🙂


  Meanwhile, out in Oklahoma – this is the aftermath of what happened last night.  Total disaster for those people.  They are saying it is one of the top icestorms ever for Oklahoma City.

Some pictures from the media