Let There Be Light

April 12, 2011

Some time ago I installed walkway/garden lights for my mom and dad. They love them. Recently it appeared that half of the lights were no longer working. Last night I stopped by and my Dad gave me a handful of bulbs. I fixed 4 out of 5 dark lights simply by changing the burned out bulbs. One light needed to be replaced completely. Years ago I bought some lights hoping to put some in my yard. Long story short, it never happened. They’ve been in my attic for at least 10 years. I have given the lights to my parents. (I will be installing them if it ever stops raining) The new lights are metal, and 18 – 20 watts as compared to the plastic 4watt lights they have now. I also will be installing rock lights.

lightJust needed a new bulb


Rock lightRock lights Rock!



January 14, 2011

Years ago someone special gave me Life’s Little Instruction Book. For those who have never heard of Life’s Little Instruction Book, it’s a book that started life as a handbook written by H.Jackson Brown Jr for his son who was going away to college. # 35 says “Plant a tree on your birthday”.

Today, on my birthday, that’s just what I did.

Each year for the past several years, I have purchase a mini blue spruce as my Christmas tree…They are small, easy to maintain, and can be planted, assuming you kept it alive through the holidays. When I was growing up, my family always went to the same tree farm to dig up our Christmas tree, Most years we’d plant them after Christmas. A few years ago a storm knocked down one that had grown to 50 feet!

This will be the 3rd mini blue I’ve planted at my parents place. The first ever planted on my Birthday.

My Bucket List Part 1

January 4, 2011

If you don’t know what a bucket list is by now, you’ve been living under a bucket. A bucket list is a list of  anything you’d like to do before you die or “Kick the Bucket”. An example would be “Go Skydiving” or “Travel to London”  or “reconnect with my brother, sister, cousin, son…”  Getting the idea? Great.

A bucket list can be a very personal thing and the thought of sharing it can be frightening. Be brave, someone you share it with may want to join you on one of your adventures. And life is much more fun with someone else.

I am constantly adding to my list so I’m just going to share a few of them here and save some of them for later. These are in no particular order.

  • Watch a Space Shuttle Launch
  • Visit Machu Pichu in Peru
  • See the Hoover Dam
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Sky Dive
  • Visit Mount Rushmore
  • Hear a sonic boom
  • Visit the WWII war ship memorial in Pearl Harbor
  • Take a boat through the Panama Canal
  • Go to Niagara Falls

When I first started, I was writing my list on scraps of paper. I now use my iPhone. You can write out a list or get an app for your smart phone. Either way you choose,  just start your list and live your life!