Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ugly injuries, pets and dead mice

Couple of random thoughts on this Easter evening:

Hard to watch: The injury sustained by Louisville's Kevin Ware during Sunday's NCAA Tournament game, when his leg bent in a way that just shouldn't happen.

Easy to watch: Animals piling on top of each other.

In a span of just a few minutes, I experienced a little high and low while sitting here in the family room. I'm not a Louisville fan, other than I have them winning it all in my NCAA bracket. But seeing Ware's leg break on national TV while trying to make a pretty routine play was tough, and my mind quickly wandered to the emotions that his parents would be going through.

And then, I looked across the room to my sleeping wife. Curled up with her was the dachshund, with one of the cats stretched out across the dog. (photo at right)  Who says there isn't at least a little love between canines and felines? 

Allow me to take this moment to introduce the Beebe pets, for those who don't know them: The dachshund is Franki (you know, cause she's a weiner dog ... get it?). Her running mate is a black lab, Nellie. And the cats are brother and sister, Chris and Sprinkle (don't get me started on those cats' names!) The cats were shelter rescues, and Nellie is an Animal Rescue Fund dog!

My goals for the week:

Try to lose 1-2 pounds without focusing on the scale, just by getting some exercise and putting some good food in my body. 

Do a little cleaning in my garage. I think there's still a garbage bag out there with 10-12 dead mice caught over the winter.

My own rating on this blog entry is "Weak." Come back again for something more interesting than this another day.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Getting started

Occasionally I find myself, as a journalist with limited writing duties these days, craving some writing. And sometimes I take that out on my Facebook friends.

So I'm thinking about turning to a blog that won't have any real focus other than me and my life, and things that interest me at the moment. I'll post links on Facebook, and I'd love it if you'd read from time to time and give me some feedback.

What might I write about? Well, these days I'm pretty focused on being more healthy, so there's that. Sports, of course. My wife and kids and the things that make our life go around. Fishing and camping, at times. Facial hair, maybe, since I have some for the first time in my 45 years. Weather, perhaps. God and the importance of my Christian friends. Who knows what else.

I won't be real opinionated, because I generally don't like to be perceived as pushing my opinions off on others. You'll know my opinions, for the most part, by how I live. Hopefully I'll be at least a little bit humorous, because I like to make people laugh, or at least smile.

And what's the point of the title of this blog? Well, it's part of one of my favorite sayings: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass ... it's learning to dance in the rain."

So ... who wants to dance with me?