Before I do anything else today, I want to wish my daughter Tiffany a very happy birthday. This is a special birthday to us because early last July Tiffany’s heart stopped beating and she collapsed. She was out for quite a while before she was resuscitated. Then she crashed again at least once, and maybe twice, after they got her to the ER. It was looking very grim for a while there, and at first the doctors said if she did survive, they didn’t know if there would be long-term effects due to lack of oxygen. But I’m pleased to say that Tiffany made a full recovery and is doing just fine these days. Happy birthday, little girl. You take care of yourself, Dad needs you around for long, long time.
April is a big month for birthdays in our family. Yesterday was our daughter-in-law Geli’s birthday, Tiffany’s little girl Destiny is having a birthday on Wednesday, and on Friday my two favorite cousins, Berni Frees and Beverly McKiddy, have birthdays. There must be some wild Fourth of July celebrations every year to cause all these April birthdays, because apparently some people have been having a lot of fun!
One of my favorite things about living here is being able to go down to our dock and watch the rockets lifting off from Cape Canaveral, 20 miles to the south. Yesterday evening a Falcon took off and we joined some of the neighbors down by the water to watch it begin its journey to outer space.
They start out as just a fireball rising into the sky, a long tail of smoke and steam behind them.
And then you before you know it they’re gone and all that’s left is a contrail to tell you what happened. Soon we hear the deep rumble that finally reaches us to let us know of another successful launch.
While we were down at the dock we talked to some neighbors who had just come in from fishing. The gentleman was filleting one while I took a picture of the rest of their catch. I’m jealous.
I’m also jealous of another friend who has been getting limits of shrimp just about every night. This cooler full isn’t bad for a couple hours work. We need to get out there and do some shrimping ourselves while we can. We’ll eat the big ones and keep the small ones for bait when we go fishing.
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Thought For The Day – Everybody complains about the weather, but no one wants to sacrifice a virgin to change it.