Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself. Harvey S. Firestone

The people with whom you work reflect your own attitude. If you are suspicious, unfriendly and condescending, you will find these unlovely traits echoed all about you. But if you are on your best behavior, you will bring out the best in persons with whom you are going to spend most of your waking hours.

Some people get spiritual because they see the light and some people get spiritual because they feel the heat!

How do you know if you're truly a servant? See how you react the next time someone treats you like one.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In Conclusion

After much thought, I have made the decision to step back away from the blog world. It's just not fun anymore. I will continue with some stories, tales and fun over on Facebook. I plan on leaving the blog open for a few weeks to make absolutely sure that I am finished, and to figure out how to save all of this. Whitney and I have a lot of things going on to keep us busy. I hope you have enjoyed the ride, and thanks from the bottom of my heart for following along, and thank you for the many gracious comments that I have received over the last three years.
I hope that somewhere along the way that I put a smile on your face, and in some small way, made your day brighter. May God bless you.
Wendell Wiggins

Monday, February 11, 2013

From The Corner Of My Mind

* It's a cool morning across North Texas and some say that there is a 100 percent chance of rain in the next 24 hours.
* When I arrived on location near Krum this morning, it looks like they got a whole lot more rain than we did in Decatur. There is water standing everywhere.
* W-baby mom and I took the Teryx4 out to Northwest OHV in Bridgeport on Saturday. We were the only ones there for a long time. It was cold, wind blowing and misting rain for nearly the whole time we were there. We did have a good time, but it was cold.
* The Teryx4 performed flawlessly once again. She and I did some big hills and climbed a few places that we had never been before. W-baby mom is fearless when climbing, very rarely even flinching. She is also pretty good at spotting me through the climbs.
* Still haven't tried out the new winch that I put on it 6 months ago.
* Sunday morning we went to church and had a wonderful lunch with the family afterwards at Catfish O'Harlies. We brought some leftovers home from there and this morning when I got in my truck to leave, guess where the leftovers were? Yep, left in the seat of my truck.
* If you followed W-spouse and I along on FaceBook Saturday evening, I hope you laughed. I did. I laughed harder than I had in years. Yes it was simply a joke. Nothing more.
* True, I'm gonna purchase more guns along the way, and she IS getting a pool. All in good time.
* I think I ended up with a little over a 100 likes.
* Unfortunately, nothing is going as planned right now. Mondays will be Mondays.
* The weekend went by way to fast.
* W-spouse and I hope to go see Cuz and also make a trip to Austin to see the In-laws in the next few weeks.
* The guy that they are searching for out in California, that has killed those people, his story seems to have some merit as far as getting fired for no reason. I read some background about the reason he got fired over the weekend and his story seems legit. I wonder if he was fired because he spoke out?
* NO I DON'T think what he did is right and in NO WAY approve of the killings. I am saying that WHEN he spoke out, and IF it was actually true, then I can see what set him off. I hope they detain him before he kills anyone else. If not, he's either going to kill himself, or a whole bunch of people and himself.  A bad situation.
* Lake Bridgeport is getting dangerously low. We need rain. And lots of it.
* W-spouse went and watched the new movie Identity Thief on Saturday. She said that she laughed throughout the whole movie.
* I would rather watch a movie at home than in the big movie theaters.
* Smile, it's Monday, see ya Around The Corner!

Friday, February 8, 2013

From The Corner Of My Mind

* It's a little cooler this morning than the last few days. The sun is rising fast to warm things up, and it looks like it's going to be a beautiful day.
* I wrote a long post via the IPhone yesterday that is lost in cyberspace. I typed it up and sent it via email. Apparently CenturyLink/Embarq mail server is having issues. It worked for a while last night but seems to be back down again this morning.
* I receive Internet service through CenturyLink at home, hence the embarqmail address that I have. They have changed names of the company numerous times since we started using their service 10 years ago. I'm through with it. We don't even have a land line into our house. We don't want one and don't need one. We use our cell phones for everything. They charge us more for a dedicated Internet service, than if we were to have a phone and Internet through them. Stupid. One more reason that I've had enough.
* We have a neighbor that worked for the company(not anymore)and he informed me that they are the biggest scam out there right now. True or not, I've had enough of their poor service. I pay extra monthly for a faster Internet service and rarely is it even faster than before. It takes forever to download a movie and it should only take 15 minutes at the speeds that I'm supposed to have.
* Ideas on better Internet service in Decatur?
* The bad thing, I would have to change my email address that I have had for 9 years now. Ughhhh
* Rant over.
* I have been asked to head up the men's ministry at church. I accepted.
* I reluctantly started going back to church 3 years ago. I didn't want to serve in ANY capacity at that time. I just wanted to sneak in, sneak out and get filled with the Holy Spirit. On my time frame. Things, and people change. The family at Central Fellowship have made me feel welcome, at home, and part of great family of spiritual people. I've prayed about this and see a need. I have some ideas to develop this program and any input would be greatly appreciated.
* We used to have a monthly men's breakfast, and I hope to get that started back up. We/I will have to be creative in funding any activities that me or others come up with due to the hard times our community and church are facing at this time. It can be done, and I feel I was called to this challenge.
* I hope I don't let anyone down. Onward Christian Soldiers!
* We are getting our taxes done next week. Pray about that.
* I have a GOOD friend that is a financial advisor. He would get out one of his guns and shoot me if he saw our budget.
* Looking back through some records a few days ago, it was discovered, not to my surprise, that we eat out entirely to much.
* Cuz got a visitor a few nights ago from a cousin that was in Houston on business. He was glad to see you Steve, and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.
* Remember to keep up with him and check in at care / JDGreen!
* Have a great weekend, see ya Around The Corner!

Monday, February 4, 2013

From The Corner Of My Mind

* Light rain fell on the windshield on the way over to Krum this morning. Temperature holding in the mid 50s.
* The weather this weekend was spectacular. For February.
* I worked Saturday. Just as I arrived home and stretched out, the phone rang and it was Mr. Answers. He and his lovely wife invited us out to dinner. We gladly accepted, and enjoyed a very nice meal and even better conversation.
* We did a lot of gossiping, therefore we had to meet again Sunday morning in Bible class to ask for forgiveness. Or not.
* I had offered a guy a trade on FB for one of my guns last week. He had a gun that is just like one that I used to have. I probably sold the one I had back then because I needed the money. So I wanted another to add to my collection, he accepted and we met over at the intersection of US 281 and I 20. He was in school at Abilene and we met nearly half way. We made the deal and were both happy.
* I had very little in the gun I traded off, so I hope I got the better deal. Either way, I got what I wanted and so did he.
* I am getting my CHL soon.
* I have an appointment later today for part of it.
* That Super Bowl was crazy. The blackout and the near come back were just weird.
* The commercials were not as good as I expected. I had already watched most of them online. My favorite: The Budweiser Clydesdale. next, the Doritos baby goat. Although W-spouse didn't get it.
* We stopped at Brookshires in Bridgeport on the way through yesterday and picked up a 6 pack of Shiner Bock Heferveisen(sp)? It was good, especially with a squeeze of orange.
* While at Brookshires, we ran into W-baby mom, Deven and Madison.
* We also pre ordered a pizza for 7pm. It arrived at 7:30pm and wasn't all that good.
* I wonder how many pizza's were prepared yesterday across the US after 5pm?
* Today has already started out as a cluster.
* I turned word verification on again. Since doing so, I have NOT received ONE spam email. I'm sorry folks, but it is staying on for a while. It has been nice to check my email and not have to wade through 200-300 spam emails. Because of word verification, you may need to start/sign into a google account to be able to post. It's free and simple to join. If it doesn't work, just send the comment to my email and I will post it.
* A friend of mine turned 50 last week. I thought he was older than that. It surprised me.
* I always spell received and surprised wrong the first time I type it.
* Update on Cuz: He's had a couple of setbacks that is keeping him from returning to TIRR right now. He has a sore/wound on his backside that they are working on to get healed. They performed a surgery on it last week and are removing dead skin from it every few days. It has a wound VAC on it which should help to speed the healing. The sore IS NOT down in to the bone now. That is a good thing. I had been researching the last month for a device that would allow him to use his phone totally hands free. I found one and shared that information with Sharon. Since then they ordered him one and it arrived Friday. He is now able to text and call totally hands free. He is having a great time with that. It also allows him some sense of freedom without having to depend on someone to hold the phone up to his ear for him. If you want his number to contact him, just shoot me an email or comment, and a way to get back with you privately.
* Have a great day, see ya Around The Corner!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

From The Corner Of My Mind

* That little clip was sent to me in reference of something else, but it quite possibly fits the way I'm feeling about this blog lately.
* That wind yesterday was brutal folks. The location we are on is near Krum and there is NO wind block to the West/Northwest. We fought it all day, and it was COLD.
* I can't figure out which one I like better, Netflix or Hulu. W-baby mom likes Hulu, I tend to like Netflix.
* I had a meltdown in group text the other night. Simply put, they straightened me out real quick. Things are back on track. Hence the video above.
* I/we have been invited to an Oscar party. After looking at the nominees, I'm gonna have to start watching some movies really quick in the next 3 weeks so that I can vote honestly. Les Miserable(sp)? That will be last on the list, hopefully I will run out of time before I get to it on the list.
* I got a text from one of my uncles this morning. He and I talk about guns a lot. He stated that while hiding a gun in the closet last night, he found 500 rounds of .45 ammo and 4 cases of shotgun shells that he had hidden 6-7 years ago and had forgotten about. Big time score right now.
* I installed a doggie door this past Sunday. Sophie had it figured out in less than 2 minutes. We would have never thought Archie would, since he's nearly totally blind, but we were in the kitchen cleaning up and returned to the family room later, and Archie jumped in through it. We are guessing that is how he went out also. Since then he has used it multiple times.
* When we drive up in the evening, Sophie runs out through the doggie door to meet us, then in her excitement, she runs back inside and stands at the door till we open it and we walk inside.
* Thanks for all the kind comments in the above post. I haven't made up my mind what to do yet. There have been some really good suggestions. I really don't want to go private, but that might be the only way to stop the nonsense. I could turn off the comments all together, but then I wouldn't get the attention that I desire and need, so that's probably out.
* It looks like Papa Harold is back in the Blackberry business. No, not the telephone kind either. The cobbler kind. He made a road trip out to Deleon last week and bought 50 vines and already has them in the ground. Two years from now, Madison will be able to pick them off the vine! Grandchildren/great grandchildren have a way about changing our minds about things.
* Time to get to work, see ya Around The Corner!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

From The Corner Of My Mind

Yes, it's been a while since I've posted anything. I've been busy. Busy with work, grand kids, road trips to Georgia, playing with my guns, enjoying the brief few minutes alone with W-spouse that we get in between working and doing all the above, but most of all, the negative bullshit comments that I receive in my email EVERYDAY and the countless spam emails associated with this blog are a BEATDOWN.
I started this little place on the web with the intention of being honest and forthright with my daily life and everything that follows along with it. To express my happiness, frustrations, trials and tribulations and whatever else I might feel like writing about that day.
W-spouse and I were watching TV last night. The season premier of DALLAS. While watching, she made a comment that's been on my mind ever since. She was referring to all the drama, and all the twists and turns that the characters were acting out, and said this, "it must take a lot of energy to keep up with all those scenarios". Then it hit me. It takes way to much energy to write a post, something heartfelt, something honest, something I've experienced, something I've bought and shared with you and post it with the hope that it would make you smile or feel better, and then I get a few positive comments from my loyal readers, and 20 comments from people who have nothing better to do with their time than say a bunch of negative bullshit.
Now before you "negative Nellies" start blasting away, know this. I have huge broad shoulders and most, if not all of what you say just rolls off into the trash. I NEVER take what you say about me to heart, but when you start saying things about my wife, children, my cousin, my mother and so on, that tends to get stuck in my brain. I know the truth. You have no clue. You think you do, but you don't. Your vile nature and your despicable comments leads me to believe that you have a lonely soul. Your unhappiness can not be found here. Trust me, I walked through those same lonely times in my life. I lashed out at others with hateful comments and doing bad things. I found peace in two things. God and my current wife. I urge you to do the same. Seek solace in God first, then find something or someone to fill that huge void in your life that allows you to have the time to sit around and judge others. I pray that you will.
I'm quite undecided yet as to whether or not I will continue posting. Not because of the content of the comments, but because of the spam emails (which by the way, I've tried many things to avoid) and then having to go through all the others. It's just not fun anymore. It's not a type of therapy that it used to be.
Some of you will care. I've been told that, and received numerous emails and texts saying just that. Thank you for the kind words and thanks for hearing me out.

Friday, January 18, 2013

From The Corner Of My Mind

* We left Monday evening and followed that cold front and rain halfway acros the US to the East. We stopped off in Monroe LA for the night and when we got up the temp was hovering around 33 degrees and it was raining.
* We watched the news and there was a winter storm warning posted all the way East of us across Alabama. I made a mad dash to Walkyworld to grab some snacks and and two blankets in case we got stranded on the road.
* Let me say here that we had a blanket with us but had driven up on a wreck the night before around Longview and had used it on one of the patients.
* So leaving Monroe headed East, we didn't go 5 miles and had already seen three bad wrecks. We pushed on carefully knowing we had to be in Georgia by 8am Wednesday morning. The temp hovered at 32-33 degrees but we never hit ice or snow. Just rain, and more rain. Torrential rains at times.
* In Montgomery it was 33 degrees. By the time we got to Colombus GA it was 76 and sunshine. Actually it was humid and hot on Wednesday. Thursday morning of the graduation it was raining and 40 degrees.
* All the way across Louisiana and Mississippi every creek and river was running full bank or out of bank. We never turned the wipers off till we were back in Alabama on the way home.
* I had never been to Talledega Motor Speedway, till now. We stopped by there and took pictures in the dark. And there was snow on the ground. 2-3 inches. It's hard for me to imagine snow at Talledega. Pictures to follow.
* It is currently 1:18am on Friday morning and I'm acting as co-pilot as W-spouse is in the cockpit and has full control of the IPod and has the cruise set on warp speed. We've decided to not stop, just push through. We're both ready to be home and see the grand babies and the dogs.
* We've been to Georgia to watch our son graduate from the US Army. I'm preparing a post later detailing the events.
* We are stopping for coffee and potty time.
* We should arrive at daybreak, see ya Around The Corner!

Monday, January 14, 2013

From The Corner Of My Mind

* Wow, went outside to start Black Beauty and there was a light coating of snow on the ground. It really looked like sleet, but it was soft like snow. Temperature was 28 degrees when I arrived on location near Ponder.
* We have family leaving to travel this morning. If the weather cooperates. Going East is questionable this morning and overnight tonight.
* W-spouse and I attended a birthday party off of 6th in Austin Saturday night. The venue was called The Rattle Inn. The party was to honor my SIL 40th birthday. Lots of laughter, dancing and fun. By midnight I was ready to go to bed though. We stayed till nearly 1am. A wonderful time was had by all, and I would nearly bet there was at least 75-90 people in the place. My BIL footed the bill for the open bar. I bet that wasn't cheap. They also had a photo booth set up that you could get in and take pictures. They had catered food and even breakfast burritos were served after midnight.
* W-spouse got online Friday night and was checking prices on hotels in Downtown Austin, and while looking, ran across a deal on Priceline. It didn't give the name of the hotel, but it said it was a 4 star hotel downtown. She clicked on it and reserved us a room. $95 for a 4 star room. SCORE! Yesterday when I checked out and totaled the bill, it was $146 tax and overnight valet parking for Black Beauty. Can't beat a deal like that. The name of the hotel was SFA Intercontinental. It was very luxurious.
* We arrived a little early and after dropping off the truck and our luggage, we went and walked 6th St looking for some food and music to set and listen to. As we walked by the Texas Lotto building W-spouse said "Step under the sign and let me take your picture". I then proceeded to pul out my wallet and flash a few bills while she took the picture. I then posted it on Facebook AS A JOKE and said "we've picked up our winnings and are headed to the Bahamas". I NEVER imagined the response that I would get to that. Nearly immediately I started getting phone calls and responses on Facebook. From friends and family.....and people that haven't even said hello to me in years. Private messages on Facebook and texts started rolling in. I then took it one step more and posted another Facebook post that we were boarding a plane on first class. Then I started getting phone calls. W-spouse and I haven't laughed that hard in years. Funny thing. I even got 7 friend requests on Facebook.
* If I had won the lottery, I sure as heck wouldn't being announcing it on Facebook immediately. I might later generate a post that would say, "You see those two people smiling on TV, don't contact us, we will be contacting you".
* Funny thing is, we NEVER play the lottery. We did Saturday night, just as joke. We even got two numbers right and one powerball number correct. BUT. WE. DIDNT. WIN.
* Sunday morning, just to stop the phone calls and texts, I posted another Facebook post letting everyone know it was a JOKE. Good grief.
* Tomorrow we head back East to watch our son graduate from basic training at Ft Benning GA. We received a text last night letting us know that immediately after graduation he will be headed to board a plane in Atlanta. Destination Hawaii!
* Please keep W-spouse in your prayers. She hasn't said much about it lately(and that usually means she is worried)but him leaving and headed over seas and possibly being deployed in March is weighing heavy on her heart. Truly, mine also.
* I have to get to work, see ya Around The Corner!

Monday, January 7, 2013

From The Corner Of My Mind

* When I started my truck this morning at 5:30am the temperature was 36 degrees. When I arrived on location over near Ponder, it was 26 degrees. All the flow lines were frozen up and it took us an hour to thaw everything out.
* I worked on Saturday and W-spouse was on call Friday night. She got called in about midnight and didn't get home till around 5:30am Saturday morning. Just about the time I went out the door.
* Went to church Sunday morning and had a wonderful lunch with Mr Answers and one of his boys after church. We then spent the afternoon doing some target practice and riding the Teryx out at our daughter in laws family farm. W-baby mom went with us and later on Ava Grace went riding with us also. After that we went over and visited with Madison for a little while. They were both excited to see us, and we were more excited to see them.
* While Ava was riding with us, we asked her where she wanted to ride next, assuming that she wanted to climb so more hills, but no, she said "she wanted to go to Grans house".
* Went to Walmart last night to pick up a few things and stopped by the ammo section. There wasn't any 9mm, 45, 40, or 223. I asked the young guy working when they would get some in and he said there was a shipment arriving overnight. This morning I stopped by there to get drinks and water and strolled by there again. Just as I walked up the lady that works in that department walked up and I asked her if the 9mm had come in. It had and I bought a few boxes.
* The opinions about guns vary wildly throughout my family. The opinions about semi automatic weapons and high capacity magazines vary even more wildly in my family. I know where I stand and I know where they stand. I agree to disagree.
* I have had many different guns since I was old enough to carry one. I've always respected them and handled them in a cautious and safe manner. I have a cousin that has had guns and shot them since he was old enough to walk. He accidentally discharged a deer rifle, 270 if I remember correct, while trying to get it out the window of his truck and shot himself in the leg. He was lucky, no lingering after effects.
* The next few weeks are going to be a fast paced. We have to got to Austin this weekend for a party and then next Tuesday we head back to Georgia for W-stepson #3 graduation ceremony and Turning Blue ceremony.
* I haven't mentioned lately, but Archie the Shih Tzu that will soon be 18 years old isn't doing very good. He's blind. He's deaf and is getting more and more disoriented every day. Health wise, he seems to be ok. He can't jump up on the couch like he used to, but we don't know if it's because he can't see or he's not able. I dread the day.
* Update on Cuz: I talked to him about 20 minutes on Saturday. He was in good spirits and was just waiting to get evaluated to go back to TIRR, which he hopes to be within the next two weeks. He has had some real aggressive back spasms. According to the therapists, thats a sign of communication with the muscles and brain. Pray they are right!
* Time to get back to work, see ya Around The Corner!