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Someone emailed me this around the 4th of July and the story really touched my heart.  Please read it and remember the sacrifices the members of our military make for us every day.

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat.  It was going to be a long flight.  I’m glad I have a good book to read.  Perhaps I will get a short nap, I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me.  I decided to start a conversation.

“Where are you headed?” I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
“Petawawa. We’ll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we’re being deployed to Afghanistan.”

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time…

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch.  “No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks.  I’ll wait till we get to base.”

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch.  I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty  dollar bill.   “Take a lunch to all those soldiers.”  She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly.  Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me.  “My son was a soldier in  Iraq; it’s almost like you are doing it for him.”

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated.  She stopped at my seat and asked, “Which do you like best – beef or chicken?”
“Chicken,” I replied, wondering why she asked.  She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class.

“This is your thanks…”

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room.
A man stopped me.  “I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.”  He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, “I want to shake your hand.”  Quickly unfastening my seat belt I stood and took the Captain’s hand.  With a booming voice he said, “I was a soldier and I was a military pilot.  Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.”   I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs.  A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine.  He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane.  Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word.  Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base.
I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars  “It will take you some time to reach the base…. It will be about time for a sandwich.
God Bless You.”

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.

As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return.  These soldiers were giving their all for our country….   I could only give them a couple of meals.    It seemed so little….

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America ‘ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

Prayer:

Lord, hold the troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.   Amen.

Photo by Michael T. Henry Photography
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The basil was fresh out of our garden 🙂

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Today was one of those days where I was running around like crazy trying to get a lot of things done.  So I decided to make a meal that will last us for a couple of days.  We can probably get 10-12 servings out of this so we definitely have leftovers whenever we make it and it’s so easy to make.

What you need.

1 1/2 to 2 pounds of ground beef.  I used 93/7
2  packages of mushrooms (I think they were 10 oz. packages)
Butter
1 large can of whole peeled tomatoes
1 pound of pasta (I used rigatoni)
8-10 leaves fresh basil
Garlic Powder
Salt
Pepper
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (optional)

Prepare pasta to directions on the box.  I make mine al dente.
Brown the beef in a deep frying pan.  Drain out any excess grease.

Sauteing The Mushrooms

In a separate pan I saute up the mushrooms in a couple teaspoons of butter.
(I cut the mushrooms into quarters.)
While sauteing, I add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the mushrooms.


Next I put the can of tomatoes in the pan with the beef and carefully split the whole tomatoes with a spoon.
(Be careful, they’ll squirt all over your stove if you’re not gentle)
Once the tomatoes are heated, I add the mushrooms to the pan.


Tear up the basil leaves and add them along with some salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Combine with the pasta and enjoy.
(I like to sprinkle some shredded mozzarella on mine)

I hope you enjoy it.
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Isabella ~ Photo courtesy of Michael T. Henry

It was a busy day for Miss Isabella.  Saturday was my Mother’s 69th birthday and her and my Father came over for dinner.  Prior to dinner Mom and I took Isabella for a walk around the block in the hot sun.  After we came back home my Mom kept throwing toy for her to fetch.  Lots of excitement for my little one!  Michael made a garlic pork roast in the rotisserie and some yummy mashed potatoes.  I made the pork mushroom gravy and the tomato/portabella/mozzarella marinated salad.  Michael made Mom a coconut birthday cake too.  It was a yummy meal 🙂

After Mom and Dad left for the evening, Isabella decided to curl up on top of a blanket on the arm of the couch.  She’s exhausted!!

Does it take a lot to wear out your pets?

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!

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The other night I decided to go healthy and make a yummy dinner.  This time of year I tend to crave fresh veggies.

The Supplies

The Shrooms marinating in the balsamic....

The tomatoes sliced - notice my Henkel tomato knife on the side.

I didn’t get a picture of it, but I also sliced up some mozzarella cheese.

The finished result

Later when I scooped out a bowl I also added some roasted red peppers and some basil.
I also added some salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

My turkey, cheese, tomato, avocado and mayo sandwich

My sandwich was delicious!!

Two great tastes side by side.

Dinner was so yummy!!

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Hmmm…  What to blog about??  Dog poop? Nah, I think Rob Madeo has that covered….
Baby poop?  Nah, the Mommy blogs have stunk up the place with that…
Farting?  Nope, covered that last week….

If I do this to a clock will time slow down a bit?

Let’s talk a little bit about things I need to accomplish….

I MUST get my taxes done.  The 15th isn’t too far off!!  My accountant is probably swamped and I really don’t want to file an extension this year because there is a slight chance I’m going to have to pay in.  Even though it’s slight have you seen the interest and penalties they charge?  I’d be better off going to a bookie!  Seriously!  The news said something this morning about 6% interest.  BULL$HIT!  I know someone who owed $90 to the state.  He mailed in a check for the $90 around October of that tax year.  He has a bill for $120 which is all interest and penalties.  That’s more than 100%!!

I need to go to DMV and renew my registration on my motorcycle and check when my inspection is due.

I need to make a ton of phone calls.  One to a hotel, one to a friend about a trip, a couple to banks, a couple to home contractors, and one to my old employer about transferring my 401(k)….  I dread ALL of these calls!

My Friend Who Needs Relationship Advice

I also need to call my friend who needed relationship advice (my most popular blog to date) to check in with him.  I don’t dread that call because I genuinely care, but I know I’ll need to block out a good chunk of time for it.

I need to apply to more jobs.  I have companies in mind that I want to look into but not enough hours in the day to research them all!

I need to start figuring out what’s for dinner in advance.  I hate the never-ending argument with Michael.

I need to clean up things around the house.   Sort through piles of mail, etc.

I need to return books to the library.

Miss Isabella

And best of all – I need to cuddle with Miss Isabella 🙂

There’s more on my to-do list but I’d be here all day!!

Do any of you have organization tips to help my days go smoother?

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