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It Has Been A Year! (More or Less)

Hello to those still around!

Golly! It has been over a year since my last post and almost a year since my last Thankfulness entry! I don’t know where the time went except it is gone and a lot happened in that time. I have noticed some bloggers stopped blogging. Others are at it sporadically and some are going great guns. I don’t know if I will ever catch up on some of you, I may try I may not.

So what has been going on this past year you ask!? Glad you did! No you are not nosey…well most of you aren’t. 😉

I don’t know if I mentioned previously that my wife got a job, but she dropped it after mutual feelings and discussion with her boss. Then she started taking courses at our local community college (most of the reason for dropping her job) both semesters and is looking at one class this summer. That made a lot of change for our household just by itself.

We stopped homeschooling with our youngest two going to public schools and our first daughter going to public high school. So those of you that keep up will know that gives us 4 kids in 4 different grades in 4 different schools. Those that need a reminder it is 1 in private high school, 1 in public high school, 1 in public middle school, and 1 in public grade school. More change!

I keep building my business and that is always a constant challenge and change. I took a job in October with a plumbing company, so that was another change and then lost/left it in January, change back. (Is that like tag back?) I was still working at my own business too. I have been on Facebook for over a year now and also put up a Facebook business page where I post the work I am doing and make comments ever so not very often. (Keeping it professional you know!)

I really have to watch my time on the computer. I was spending way too much time here. So I got out and got busier with all the change and just working at the business. Some of my time on the computer is business related, electronic business paper work, spread sheets, contact list, etc.

I also have not done any work on my scroll saw in a long time. Another thing that fell by the way side. (I want more time for that) (just afraid of missing a call) I do miss that.

Recently we changed our cell phone carrier and added texting to our new package and I also upgraded to a smart phone. That will help with the business too. I now have all my contacts with me and can add or update them right there, no waiting until I get home. Having access to my different email accounts on the phone that are business related helps too. Again, no waiting until I get home for something I may have missed. Nice to join this always changing communicative world! It is smaller than it used to be!

I guess in a nut shell that is most of it!

You could say welcome back, but I don’t know how often I will be back. I will be checking your blogs, some I already have.

Until then,

Later, Harold


A Soldiers View, India/China 1945-46

Hello Everyone!

With some time off the internet last week I came across some old photos my Dad had taken as a soldier when he was over seas during WW II. He was in the Signal Core and was assigned to the Burma Road theatre during 1945-46. From the photos and having seen some of his old 8MM movies I know he was in India, Burma and China. He was one of those veterans that didn’t say much about the war. So these photos were an interesting find. Maybe there are more in my siblings possessions or still at the house.

I was going over some photos that I had been given after my Mom died Dec. 2009. My Dad had died in May 2006. I anticipated the photos being mainly of me and my family but some how these ended up in the box too.

I am sharing them with you and showing some of his writing on the back or just the photo and putting in his words underneath. I will update places and spelling after his comments.

This was the most interesting find of all the photos!

My Chinese Friend

Lee Fo Chen Sept.'45 Kwajang

After trying to look it up, it could be any number of cities in Southeast China. I am pretty sure it is not spelled right. Also I am not sure of the spelling of his friends name. I am trying my best to interpret his writing. Now for both front and back together.

I just wanted to put them side by side.

It would be very exciting to know more about this man or his family. But with my Dad gone, I figure this man is very old if not also passed on. Also with the history of China since WW II, it is not likely I would be able to find out much with the little I have.

Konming 1945 actually Kunming

Kunming is where the Burma Road terminated in China. It came from two destinations. The first starting point was Lashio in Burma (now Myanmar). After part of that road was cut by the Japanese, it was started again from Ledo in India. I think this may have been the portion that my Dad was on.

Untitled 1945

Just a date on the back of this one. I think this is still in China.

Again just a date on the back, possibly still in China.

Taj Mahal Post card

Christmas Eve service chapel at the 371st station hospital Kanchrapara, India. Pictures is the Tajma hal at Agra, India (Taj Mahal).

So at the end of 1945 my Dad is in India.

Untitled 1945

Possibly in Calcutta, India now Kolkata.

Horse drawn Garrie Calcutta 1945

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Could still be in Calcutta. Another ship is in the background.

Snake charmer Calcutta 1946

Bathers in the Hoogley Calcutta 1946

Howrah Bridge Calcutta 1946

Rabindra Setu?

Loaded trolley Calcutta 1946

Monument at entrance Victoria Memorial Calcutta 1946

The King Edward VII Arch

Victoria Memorial Calcutta 1946

The Victoria Memorial Hall

I hope you enjoyed this find, maybe there will be more!

Later, Harold

I got Tagged and I am passing it on!

Hello Everyone!

There are quite a few awards that I have seen presented around this blog world, unfortunately this isn’t one of them. Neither have I been awarded any, yet or been Freshly Pressed, yet.

This is more of a game, hence the “tag”. How it started I don’t know but like any game there are rules and yes they do get broken and/or tweaked a bit here and there, so don’t get bogged down by them.  I got tagged by my ex-blog-friend  🙂  from South Africa (she’s a little upside down, down there) that little tagger, Mynakedbokkie, but I decided to play along because for the most part she is harmless. Why end a blog friendship over this? Maybe I should tag her back! OHHH Kelly!!!  It doesn’t say you can’t in the rules. So I added a new rule starting after me! 🙂

Here goes!

Of course, being tagged does not mean that you can go off on your merry way, and do whatever you want. Although I think we all would like to at most times.

 (Always rules! Rules, rules and more rules!!!)

*You must post the rules.

*Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you tagged.

*Tag eleven people and link them to your post.

*Let them know you tagged them.


So that’s juvenile. So what! So there!

Now the questions I got and my answers.

1.   What was your favorite holiday/vacation ever? Where and what did you do?

A lot to choose from here, our honeymoon in Hawaii, road trips, mountains, beaches, or camping? I’ll go with a camping trip early in our marriage, before kids. We visited family first then went camping in the southern Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. It is a beautiful area and we happened to go when there was a drought and there were no mosquitoes! But you had to be careful of the yellow jackets. They were pretty aggressive, especially around your food and garbage cans. We swam in mountain streams and lakes, walked the trails and took in the sights. We slept in a tent in sleeping bags and cooked most of our meals on a fire or a camp stove.

2.   Could you see yourself as a biker?

Totally! My dream is to ride a trike, hop on and ride cross country, with my wife sitting behind me and pulling a camper for two. Sweet! Yep! In a heart beat!

3.   What is the worst lie that you have ever told? Did anyone ever find out?

Sorry that is a bit too personal and too much water has gone under the bridge. Not that I am a bad guy, but our minds and mouths can cause so much trouble. I’m not gonna go there. To the second part I will say, yes and enough said.

3b. You just got kicked out of your country. You aren’t allowed back. What country would you move to? Why?

      (I tossed this one in from my taggers list she got tagged with.)

Australia. I just want to go there. It is big like the USA and lots to see and do. I want to know what it is like to be upside down all the time! 🙂

4.  Do you remember your first kiss? Tell us more!

An inquisitive one aren’t you?! I could say I was the boy you are worried about your little princess liking. But I think you want juicy details of an older romance. Let me just say that for the first one…one was not enough! Ah…the memories!! I have lost touch with her since (my family moved) and wonder how she is. (CM)

5.  Do you still have a love that is no longer in your life, but that you often think about? That you perhaps wonder what if…..?

Let me preface this by saying that I have heard in marriage/dating seminars with every “love” of your life you leave/give a part of your heart. (One reason against dating and for courting) I have found this to be true, personally. That being said my answer is yes, but I wouldn’t characterize it as often. Life happened and is still happening. Make the best of what you have and make your choices for today count!

6. What is the one thing that you would change about your physical self? Something that you can’t change through work and goals.

A tough one! I guess I would not mind being taller. I’m 6’0 and shrinking? So just a couple more inches I think…6’2 or 6’3

7.  Do you remember the first time you got absolutely trashed? Remember anything about it?

I didn’t really ever get trashed. Did I act like it? Yes! Purposefully! I really had people (other kids at the time) wondering. I don’t like beer and it doesn’t really agree with me. Too many bad tastes as an under-aged minor possibly? Not that there were that many. Just tastes! I never over did it, but my stomach didn’t like it if I had more than a tasting.

8.  When you were a child, what was the one thing that you always thought you could be or wanted to be? (Before life blind-sided you?)

I always wanted to be a cowboy or a soldier. Typical boy dreams…anything where I could shoot a gun. We played Cowboys and Indians, Army, traipsing through the woods and around houses. Startling the neighbors every once in a while. We got up early and got to playing. I remember waving to a neighbor through her window as she made breakfast and we went past guns in hand in search of the enemy and saving the world!

9.   What food would you not eat, because you are too busy thinking about what it used to be? (When it was alive)

I’ve eaten most any kind of meat. I figure if cooked right it will all taste good. No matter what it was when it was alive. Now the question says food. But it also says when alive. So I take it to be meat…my prerogative! If cooked and prepared right, meaning it won’t kill you, I’ll at least try it. Insects and such are not food in my world!

10.  If there is one person that you could ask God to bring back for a little while longer, who would it be?

Good question! I would have to go with either my Mom or my Dad. Once I knew they were dying, they went too fast. I know that was good for them but gave me and others little time. But I KNOW I will see them again. No question in my mind about that! And what a reunion that will be!

11.  What is your favorite day of the week? Why?

When I was working/employed it would have been Saturday. It’s the weekend baby! Now being unemployed and taking work any time I can get it, I would have to say Sunday. It is the only day that is different than the rest of the week. I and my family go to church and worship God with like-minded fellow believers. It is a good way to start my week. I would also suggest this for everyone.

Here are those that I am tagging. You’re it! If you are more than a one person blog, maybe mix up the questions between you and have fun! I tried to not get too personal so let’s keep it light.

Figfacts Legos

Kings Konnections

Lego A Day

Off the Base

Sheila Landry Designs

Art, Travel and Life

Big V and Little Sy

Eric and Jill went up a hill

The Real Full House

Think. Write. Live.

Steadily Skipping Stones

Now on to the questions put before you!

  1. What is the strangest thing to happen to you or someone else (you saw it) while on a vacation/trip.
  2. What is your most romantic memory (or if it hasn’t happened yet) wish?
  3. What is the corniest thing you did while in school? I’ll allow any school.
  4. Who would you like to invite to dinner (living on earth) and what would you ask them?
  5. What is your favorite home comfort food? Whether it is packaged or someone has to make it?
  6.  Tomorrow you get to pick anything for your 3 types of meals…breakfast, lunch and dinner. What would you pick?
  7.  Next week you can go one place anywhere on Earth for a whole week. Where would you go and why?
  8. Which Biblical Old Testament figure would you like to go back and just be able to be around them, like best buds. Why?
  9. If you could be any musician/singer/instrumentalist or just have their talent who would it be and why?
  10. A philanthropist just gave you 10 Million Dollars and you have to split it 10 ways to give it away in one month. They will judge you on how well you do it. To who and how much do you give? Based on your decisions you will be given 1 Million Dollars or 1 Thousand Dollars
  11. If you get the 1 Million Dollars, what will you do with that?

I hope you all have fun with it! If there is anybody else who found that they were giving their own answers while they were reading them, please jot them down and post a link in the comments. I know I did!!! We all do!

Remember to leave a link in the comments- it might take some time for you to work through, so it would be great if everyone knew that they could now visit your blog.

Lastly- there is no pressure!!!! Do it, don’t do it! But know that I really would like you too…. And inquiring minds want to know!

Let me get moving to let you all know!!!! It’s the last job on the list.

I hope I do this right or you will never know you were tagged!

Later, Harold

On hiatus

Hello Everyone!

There will be no posts until at least Wednesday maybe Thursday. As the title says I am on hiatus for a couple days.

Have a great week! I will! Post at ya later, Harold

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