Me & My Muse – Day 2561: Quick Sunday Update

To review, this Sunday was pretty good.   I went to church with grandma, had breakfast with her, and went for a walk.  With the weekend over, I now need to prepare for tomorrow.  I have a busy work week ahead…

Today’s high is going to be 79 degrees and the silver lining was spending time with grandma.

To those of you who enjoyed this weekend, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  This weekend was fun.  Time to get ready for tomorrow…

Never give up!

What is the difference between a winner and a loser?

I think that this proverb that I have heard says it best.  “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

Have you ever come across a task that seemed impossible?  To illustrate this scenario, I will use the example of two different mountaineers wanting to climb a mountain.

The first mountaineer is determined to climb the mountain.  He makes a little progress and then the mountain starts to get very steep.  He started to get skinned up by the brush.  He bled, fell off the mountain and broke his leg.  Thoroughly discouraged, he left the mountain and gave up.

The second mountaineer looked up at the mountain and smiled.  He thought to himself “This mountain is quite steep.  I may skin myself, bleed, and may even break a leg.  But that doesn’t matter.  I’m climbing this mountain!”  So the second mountaineer grabbed his backpack, hoisted it on his back and began climbing.  He got a few bruises.  A few cuts and a few scratches.  He even broke his leg.  But he continued.  After the leg was well enough to walk on, he tried the mountain again.  He climbed all the way to the top and thrust his flag into the top of the summit.

What did the second mountaineer do differently from the first one?  He didn’t give up.  He didn’t let a fall destroy his dreams.  He let his leg heal and he tried it again.  He never gave up.

In the bible, Romans 8:37, it says that “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”  God loves us, and he gives us the ability to conquer any of life’s problems.

So the next time you think of giving up, remember the story of the two mountaineers.  Which one are you?  The winner or the loser?  It’s up to you to decide.

Why The Fountain?

The purpose of this blog series is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to encourage people during these dark and difficult times.

If you have never received Christ before, it is not too late to do so.  The truth is we are all sinners and have fallen short of God’s standard.  The good news is that Christ was sent to die for what we all deserved.  In believing that Christ died for you, you receive Christ and become an heir with him, with the promise of eternal life.  All you need to do is confess to him that you’re a sinner, ask him to come into your life and rescue you, and he will send you his Helper to be with you forever.  (John 14:16-17)

At the Fountain, you will always find Living Water.  Refreshing water for these difficult times.

Me & My Muse – Day 2560: Brain Freeze: Part VIII

If you read last year’s entry, you get the deal. When you have a hot day, you want a cold drink.  The solution?  A Slurpee.

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I’m not talking the cheap imitations that you find at various gas stations. I’m talking about the 7-Eleven Slurpee. This frozen drink is colder than its competitors. There are many imitators, but only one Slurpee.

And with Slurpees, you get…

Muse: A brain freeze!

What? You didn’t get one yet?

Muse: If you’re hoping that I’m going to re-enact seven years ago, that’s not going to happen. Besides, that Bad Idea possessed me seven years ago…

Aw…I miss you shouting “brain freeze”.

Dark Muse: You mean like this? *Dark Muse takes a big sip from a large Slurpee cup* AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! BRAIN FREEZE!!!!! MAKE IT STOP!!!!

Thank you.

Dark Muse: Anytime. Tee hee! I love Free Slurpee Day. Whatever form I’m in, I will never miss it. Tee hee…

But that’s not a free Slurpee. Besides, with the pandemic, they don’t have free slurpee day this year…

Dark Muse: I know. But the Intangible locations still have them!  I already had my free Slurpee. I kind of stole it. Tee hee…

But it’s FREE! You can’t steal a free Slurpee!

Dark Muse: But I can steal the cup in the stock room before they start serving them! Tee hee…

You’re not supposed to do that.

Dark Muse: So? I’m imaginary! What’s one cup? Anyway, I’m gonna get three more Slurpees! Tee hee…

Muse: Three more? Are you out of your mind? I’m getting a free one later at an Intangible location. That’s all.

Dark Muse: So? I love Slurpees! Tee hee…

Muse: *sigh* Whatever…

*Dark Muse teleports in a puff of smoke*

Like last year, I’m actually glad that I have a normal Muse to celebrate 7/11 with this year…

Muse: So am I. Did I really act like that seven years ago?

Sadly, yes. But you were in the wrong mind. Under the influence of a bad idea…

Muse: Well, it’s time for breakfast. I’ll see you later for…

Dark Muse: I’m back. Tee hee! I got another free slurpee and three more large Slurpees. I’m gonna drink them all right now! Tee hee! *gulps down free slurpee* Ohhhh!!!!! BRAIN FREEZE!

Heh heh. Serves you right for drinking it too fast.

Dark Muse: Well I can drink it as fast as I wanna! *gulps down three large Slurpees* Now I’ll…EEEEEP!!! I gotta pee! I gotta pee! I gotta pee!

Then go! I’m trying to cut down on the bathroom humor…

Dark Muse: Time to use the little girl’s room. Tee hee. Gotta go! Gotta go! NOW!

*Dark Muse disappears in a puff of smoke*

Muse: Anyway, I’ll see you later at 7-Eleven for the free Slurpee…I guess you won’t.  Intangible 7-Elevens don’t exist!  Only I can get one!  Enjoy your day off!

Thanks. For today, I will be enjoying this day. Since 7-Eleven doesn’t have free Slurpees this year, I have another plan.  I will have a Popsicle Firecracker pop.  It may not be a Slurpee, but it’s cold and refreshing.

Today’s high is going to be 85 degrees and the silver lining today is obvious. FREE SLURPEE FIRECRACKER POP. Need I say more?

To those of you who love free Slurpees or a paid slurpee or popsicle to substitute for this year, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

Muse: Free slurpees are a good break from the routine. I just time traveled to last year and got one.  I saw myself there as a Zorpozian.  Time to visit all the other past years and get my free slurpees!  Enjoy your popsicle Kyle…

 

Me & My Muse – Day 2559: A New Weekend Begins…

With another week already done, I will now begin enjoying everything that this weekend has to offer.  I will definitely work on another post for the Fountain.  Besides that, the weekend is here once again.  Time to begin enjoying it.

Today’s high is going to be 85 degrees and the silver lining is another weekend being here.

To those of you who are enjoying this Friday, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  I experienced this day already.   Time to experience it again.  You earned it, Kyle…

Me & My Muse – Day 2558: Seven Years and Counting

Well, I told her and she’s on her way.  My Muse is on her way to the Tower of Muses for a special “surprise”.  I didn’t tell her what the “surprise” is, but she’s really excited about it.  All I told her was that a “surprise” was waiting for her on the top floor of the Tower of Muses…

 

The surprise, you ask?  As a Me & My Muse anniversary gift, I have decided to provide her with her own body.  Laying on the bed is a Muse that is ready to come to life.  All she needs to do is go inside it.

 

Muse (Day 2201):  Is she here yet?  Come on, Kyle!  Let me know!  In the meantime, I’m going to check my social media…

 

Muse (Day 2312):  *eats yogurt* When is she going to come?  I have a castle to return to…

 

Original Muse (Day 2401): If she doesn’t hurry, today’s forecast is going to be a 100% chance of rain!

 

Everyone.  Relax.  She’s on her way.  Until she arrives, you all have to hide.

 

*a flood of “okay’s” are heard in the room*

 

While my Muse is on her way, I might as well tell everyone my plans for today.  I will be having a dentist appointment, working, and then relaxing afterward.  It won’t be so bad having just come back from a vacation and with another weekend starting tomorrow after work…

 

Shh!  Everyone in your places!  She’s on her way…

 

*dims light in room, until it turns off*

 

Muse:  What’s going on?  What is the meaning of this?  Why is everything so dark in here?  Kyle?

 

Me & 2556 Muses:  SURPRISE!!!!  HAPPY SEVEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!!

 

Muse:  Oh wow!  There’s a bunch of Muses in here!  One from every past day, I’m guessing.

 

And…Did you look on the bed yet?

 

Muse:  What is this?  A Muse that is laying lifeless on the bed?

 

Guess.  What do you think it is?

 

Muse:  Wait!  Isn’t it another body?  You gave me one last year!

 

Happy anniversary.  It’s another body!  You can never have enough bodies.  What if something happens to the one you are in?  That body will not come to life unless you give it life.  It is yours.  Do you want to try it out?

 

Muse:   Why not?  Well I’m trying out my body right now!

 

*Ghost Muse flies out of Muse and into lifeless Muse, which begins to flash*

 

Original Muse:  It…It feels…A little different.  This is a good gift!  What if something happens to the one that you gave me last year?  With this one, I can be prepared.  Thank you, Kyle!

 

*Original Muse gives me a big hug with her new body*

 

I have another thing planned.  All the other Muses, enjoy the show!

 

Original Muse:  Show?  Oh yeah…(The spare body was a big surprise, but I knew about the show…)

 

Are you ready?

 

Original Muse:  I was born ready. Time to get into costume…

 

Then let’s get started.  Muses, take your places.  Here we go…

 

This is a tribute to every entry that has been done in the past year.  I wrote this just for you.  I hope you’re ready, because here it goes…

 

He was hitting the DEC at…home and he got a brain freeze, which is the seventh part by the way!  It was the end of another work week where he was taming the light in two parts.  It was a soothing Sunday, which made way for a relaxing Monday.  And after two speeches, he entered the Tower of Muses again for the twenty-second ascent.

Original Muse:  What’s inside?

You know what!

Original Muse:  I can’t remember!

You can’t?

Original Muse:  I’m trapped.

You’re trapped?

Original Muse:  In this endless tribute.

But we’re almost done!

Original Muse:  No!  One fiftieth done!

Yup.  That’s right now.

Original Muse:  Right now?

Interrupting me again?

Original Muse:  Yup yup yup!

Stop stop stop!

Original Muse: No no no!

What did I tell you?  I need to finish!

Original Muse:  But you’ll never end!

Yes I will!

Original Muse:  Whatever!

Don’t believe me?

Original Muse: I don’t believe you!

Liar!

Original Muse:  But I’m telling the truth!

No you’re not!

Original Muse:  Yes I am!

No you’re not!

Original Muse:  Yes I am!

Just drop it!

Original Muse:  You drop it!

Shut your trap!

Original Muse:  Shut yours!

Can I finish?

Original Muse:  No you can’t!

Are you done?

Original Muse:  I just got started!

Well, I’m not finished!

Original Muse:  Says who?

Says me!

Original Muse:  Yeah right!

Now we’re finished!

Original Muse: Awesome! That was great! Just like we rehearsed! Only I have this awesome new spare body that you gave me and like last year, I don’t have to worry about being a ghost anymore! Time to switch into my next costume! I’ll be right back…

And now everyone…the metamorphosis! Everyone, brace yourself for an adolescent Muse!

Original Muse: More like tween.  Am I right?

Right on!  Now are you ready?

Original Muse:  Just a sec.  Had to post another Instagram…Yup! I’m totes ready.  Are we ready, Kyle?

Ready as I’ll ever be! Get ready for part two because here it comes…

He was inbeTWEEN homecoming as he made some more Marios preparing for a Sunday recharge.  He made a quickie post far from home with another meeting getting DECed out in Kentwood at the end of the line.  As he looked around, it was official.  The Twins Day Festival is coming up…

Original Muse:  Twins Day Festival?  I loved that time!

Twin Muse:  So did I! Wasn’t that fun?

Where did you come from?

Twin Muse:  Oh!  Didn’t you know?  I’m part of this scene!

Original Muse:  Yah…She so totally is.  Come on Kyle.  Look at the script.  Get woke…

*glances at script*

Oh wow!  You are so right!  Moving on…

It was a brief Sunday update with three days and free Tim Horton’s.  And with this brown haircut, he got the Twin-Con edition.  There was a pre Twin-Con checklist before he was twinning it up in Twinsburg.  And with the Twins Days Festival, there was a main event, the aftermath, and finally, the recap: for REALZ this time!  And after these events, he had a tired Toastmasters Tuesday.

Original Muse: That was so much fun!

Twin Muse:  I know!  I enjoyed spending time with my pint-sized twinnie!

Original Muse:  Who are you calling pint-sized, sis?  You’re pretty petite yourself!

Okay.  It was fun and you’re both a little short for your age.  Next!

“Not Today” he said before getting a smarter phone.  And it’s Friday where he was hitting the DEC in East Lansing.  And after birthday eve, he was wished a Happy Birthday.  And after the birthday aftermath, it was birthday dinner: Part II.  And then it was a new arrival with my first niece, followed by some weekend fanfare.

Original Muse:  Your niece is cute!  And I love the weekends!

So do I!  Phew! *drinks a glass of water* Ahem…

A SaturNESday birthday weekend was followed by some SunNESday goodNES.  The Lion King 1994 encore resulted in the last toast of the month.  Be prepared to have breakfast for dinner.  Because it’s time for the weekend.  There was a slight change of plans in the last week of summer as he finished his four miles.

Original Muse: Four miles?  That’s quite a workout!

It is!  Moving on…

It was a chill Tuesday and a productive Wednesday.  He was almost there before he said “Hello Weekend”.  After Mario Making time, it was time for Mario making and Fuji fun.  After a happy Labor Day, it was a double toast Tuesday followed by some Maru Sushi afterhours with 100 business cards to boot.

Original Muse: 100 business cards?  That’s totally 100!  Hundo p!

It totally is.

Original Muse:  You know it!

Time for the second half…

And the weekend is back, with plenty of writing and leisure.  That was Sunday in a nutshell with a mouthful of kimchi.  He had another helping of toast and pie before a day that I still never forget.  And after the sweet smell of sweat, it was friggatriskaideka…wha?  After doing Saturday the write way, the short update is short.

*sips a glass of water* Next page…

There was a brief summary of today, followed by a September toast, the open house edition.  He was all DECed up and it was time for a break.  He had some Friday Fuji fun before the Summer Outro.  The Muse meets the Maker.  After that, it was time for school daze.  And after a super chill Tuesday, it was life group time.

Original Muse: Life groups?  I don’t know what that is.  I prefer my fam…

To each their own.  I have my life group and you have your fam. Moving on…

It was time to open up and say AHHHHHHHH!!!!!  After that, he went to YAN before a writing weekend and a Post Done Quick X.  It was farewell September and Hello October.  And after the Wednesday whirlwind, there was a workout record.  A singles event resulted in a chill Saturday.

Original Muse: Saturdays are totally chill.  I’m so glad that it’s almost the weekend.

So am I! On to the next ten…

After brews, bible and booming voices, there was a toast to Monday.  He had another slice of pie and there was a change of plans as he drank his fresh cider.  After a MercyMe Concert, he went through the wringer.  He was taking the weekend back, with more sushi and a mid-month toast.

Original Muse: Sushi is okay.  I like the ones that have all the barbeque sauce and everything on it.

Those ones are good, aren’t they? Moving on…

He had Disney planning and a life group, followed by an itinerary and Survivor catch-up.  He reviewed his pre-Disney trip checklist before Disney Eve.  After that, it was off to the most magical place on earth, making stops at Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, and More Magic.  And to top things off, he entered the Tower of Muses for the twenty-third ascent.

Original Muse: Disney was so much fun!  That was amazing!

Twin Muse:  And we both got to be princesses!

Original Muse:  I know!  Wasn’t that cool, sis?

You kind of are right now.  Okay Elsa and Anna! Let’s continue, shall we?

Original Muse: That’s right!  We’re doing the seven-year anniversary, right?  Only 258 more! We still have a whole lot to do.  Let’s get going…

I know. Are you ready?

Original Muse: I totes am!  That princess outfit was just a warmup.  Just wait until you see this!

And now everyone…The next metamorphosis! Everyone, get ready for a legendary princess! It looks like she’s ready…

Original Muse: All changed!  I’m ready to go now.  Are you ready, hero?

Absolutely. Brace yourself for part three of this epic homage to the entries of yesterday…

Original Muse:  I am beyond words.  Let’s proceed!

It was the Legend of Muse and when he left the most magical place on Earth, it was the end of the magic.  And after a costume party, it was work sweet work.  There was candy galore with an early Survivor catchup.  Trick or Treat was the question.  On fumes was the answer.  He was falling back into a Walt Disney World recap before he began his November rotation.

Original Muse: That was a wonderful recap.  I loved how I became Tinkerbell at one point…

Yes.  I loved that.  It was good, wasn’t it?  Moving onward…

He made a November toast and a yogurt run before catchup Thursday.  It was the weekend at last with a Saturday solace and a clean room.  November snow made it a CHILL Tuesday, following by a DEC Meeting and a Survivor marathon.

Original Muse:  That much Survivor to catch up on?

Yes.  I was a little behind.  Let’s move on…

It was Friday at last with a satisfying Saturday, a Super Sunday, a Toastmasters Monday, and a Toastmasters Tuesday.  And after more Toastmasters, it was time to Let it go, let it go…YAN Friendsgiving was fun, followed by day six before the vacation begins.

Well?

Original Muse: I find vacations to be rather pleasant.  Would you like to partake in one?

No.  We need to finish this tribute.  Let’s continue…

There was gifts galore with a clean bed and gifts galore.  After Thanksgiving eve, it was a happy Thanksgiving.  He shopped till he droped before a Star Wars Marathon with Christmas music.  He then clicked till he dropped before he sang O Christmas Tree as he did his Christmas shopping.

Original Muse: *sips hot chocolate* Got my Christmas shopping done.  You really need to finish yours.

Haven’t even started.  We’re still in July, and I don’t celebrate Christmas in July. *sips water* Time for the next ten…

This is all you get, and then it’s Friday again.  He experienced some Christmas memories and The Last Jedi and then continued the Christmas memories for parts II and III.  It was a late toast and then Christmas memories part IV and V before he wrapped up this day with a progressive dinner.

Original Muse: Progressive dinners are splendid!  We had one in Hyrule Castle Town once…

That was fun, but a sad ending to YAN.  Moving on…

He saw a vanishing weekend and a Christmas countdown.  He made a Christmas toast since the Island of the Idols ends tonight.  The Rise of Skywalker Begins Tonight, followed by a Jedi hangover.  After that, he was all about that list seeing the true meaning of Christmas.  “All Aboard!” the conductor shouted before he read the poem Twas the Day Before Christmas.

Original Muse: Christmas is tomorrow!  I hope you were able to get your shopping done.

I did not.  Time for another ten…

“Merry Christmas!” he exclaimed before the Christmas aftermath.  It was time for Link’s Awakening and a second trip.  He was reflecting on the year and closing up the year.  He then shouted “Happy New Year!” as he started off rested.  He got cable and internet before he was doing clubbin’ and more moving.

Original Muse: That was to your new place.  Right?

That is correct.  Only 30 more for this set…

He was back home already with a Christmas break finale.  It was back to work with the first toast of the year.  After a January DEC meeting, he made a TLI shopping trip.  He then had an end of week winddown with an awesome entry done quick.  And after another quick one, he made the realization: Office Space was wrong – Mondays ROCK!

That’s it!

Original Muse: Mondays rock?  What’s wrong with you?  Mondays are horrible!

It’s all a matter of perspective.  Are you half empty or half full?  We’re almost done…

After managing change, now we’re cooking!  And after a dentist visit and Big E’s, the weekend is here!  There was a snow day before moving Sunday.  A chill Monday made for a cold contest toast.  And after getting through Wednesday on fumes, he exclaimed “Welcome Brother!”

Original Muse: I’m glad he was able to make the move as well!  It’s time to wrap up this set!

I’ll say!  Just 10 more and we will be done!

After a Friday finale, he experienced some Saturday solitude.  He then saw a city, an invention, an airplane, a fish, a borrower, a castle, a bathhouse, and the fourth part of Super Bowl Large before entering the Tower of Muses for the twenty-fourth ascent.

Original Muse: Wonderful!  Set complete!  Can I go change now?

By all means!  Go and change!  Are you ready?

Original Muse: Yeah!  You may experience a change in weather but I’m ready.  I’m going to change now!

Okay.  Let me know when you’re done!

Original Muse:  I certainly will!

And now everyone…The next form! Everyone, get ready for a Muse that can control the weather…

Original Muse: All ready. And I’m in such a good mood!

And because you are, it’s sunny outside.  Have you noticed?

Original Muse:  Yes.  It’s clearly obvious that I can control the weather.  Now are you ready?

Yes.  I’m ready.  Brace yourself for part four of this epic homage to the entries of yesterday…

He had a weather Muse reporting before a February toast that gave him the fresh flavor of Wednesday.  The real relief of Thursday led to a FriNESday road trip, with plenty of Saturday goodNES.  After he was back in town, he had a snowy start to the week.  Dinner is served with a meeting tonight.

Original Muse: Was it a Toastmasters DEC meeting?  I love Toastmasters!

It was.  And I love the sun outside. Moving on to the next ten…

He had a creamy garlic chicken before a happy Hallmark day.  He was singled out and taxed to the limit.  After that he gotta go fast with the second to last club visit with another slice of toast.  And after stuffed cabbage at home, it was weekend end and hello weekend before the weekend obstacle.

Original Muse: I hate obstacles!  They really get on my nerves!

And I hate thunder and lightning!  Please calm down, as your mood does affect the weather. Time to move on. We still have 137…

Frost Fatales start today with an easy Monday and Mardi Gras, followed by a Fat Tuesday hangover.  In nearing the end, it’s here, once again. “Happy Leap Day!” he shouted, as he leapt to a March respite.  And another week begins with a March toast.

Original Muse: Toastmasters, right?  I miss Toastmasters!  Why can’t there be a meeting now?

No…You are making it rain now.  Besides Toastmasters, we can talk about that later.  Shall we continue now?

It was the middle of the road before he was almost there.  Friday is here with plenty of Saturday fun.  He was springing ahead and was TIRE’d.  “It’s-a me, MAR10!” the plucky plumber exclaimed right before he shouted “Happy Birthday, dad!”  There was another catchup day, before friggatriskaideka…wha?

Original Muse:  Another Friday the 13th?

Correct. 118 more and we’ll be finished.  Let’s continue…

It was as easy as Pi with a safe Sunday to follow.  “Le vent se leve, il faut tenter de vivre!” he declared before it became his lucky day.  The 79 days of COVID-19 isolation continued with more gaming and light in every circumstance.  And with a wand, a sword, and a key, he wanted to stay connected with a new way to do church.  He then paid his April rent and more groceries to usher in the weekend.

*Muse flashes*

Original Muse:  We’re on the COVID posts now.  I can’t continue controlling the weather during this time.

I know.  It happened rather unexpectedly, didn’t it?

Original Muse:  I have my mask on.  Are you wearing your mask?  Kyle…

I’m inside and wearing one is not necessary just as long as you’re social distancing six feet apart.  Time to move on.

There was more Yoshi’s Island gaming in the middle of another week.  And as he was nearing the end of another week, it’s on, like Donkey Kong.  There was more monkey business, with silence and motion as the weather got breezy.  Me & My Muse had it’s season finale before it was the middle of the week again.  As the week neared it’s end, he had two options: shuffle or boogie.

Original Muse:  I choose boogie!  I love boogieing!  Let’s boogie!

We can boogie later, okay?  Let’s keep going…

The city was under her control and after that the SeeD’s were jailed.  The stage is set, with Fisherman’s Horizon in the distance.  You need to find your way to mods de Chocobo.  With blue fields on a good Friday, there were eyes on me that exclaimed “Happy Easter!”

Original Muse:  Nice mix!  Love the Final Fantasy VIII theme.

I wanted to do something different with that one.  But thanks.  Time for the next ten…

After one month of the virus, the second month began.  After a mid-week stimulus, the sun is shining.  There was another weekend, which made for a quiet Saturday with a sermon and a concert.  After the busy start to the week, it was time for tomato bisque Tuesday before it being the middle of the week and tidy.

Original Muse:  I love me a tidy room.  The tidier the better!

I know.  Tidy rooms make me happy.  Just 78 more and we’re done!

He was approaching the light before another weekend arrives.  And with the Saturday solace, it resulted in a Sunny Sunday.  Week seven resulted in more groceries, more Survivor, and cabin fever.  And after a lunch walk and chicken dinner, there was more pizza.

Original Muse: What toppings?  I heard you say pizza.

Pepperoni, sausage, and jalapenos.  We can get one later.  Let’s move on, okay?

After a Sunday stroll, May the fourth be with you.  He celebrated Cinco De Mayo with a side of virtual toast.  He had chicken pasta with more Survivor.  He celebrated the National Day of Prayer, and then it was back to Friday, where he made a Saturday scramble.  “Happy Mother’s Day!” he shouted to his mother before the ninth week begins.  He then entered the Tower of Muses for the twenty-fifth ascent.

Original Muse: Nice!  We have another set all finished!  It’s time for me to go and change now!

What are you going to change into?  Remember: we’re still on the COVID posts.  Wouldn’t the story arc still be paused?

Original Muse: You’re right!  I wouldn’t change into anything!  I’m so used to the protocol of changing between series…

And now everyone…No new forms for the time being.  Because of the pandemic, this was delayed a little bit.  Bear with us, okay?

Original Muse: Yes.  Bear with us.  The change doesn’t happen until partway into the set.  It’s kind of weird.  I know…Are you ready, Kyle?

Yes.  I’m ready.  Brace yourself for part five of this epic homage to the entries of yesterday…

After a Survivor finale, his job was two year already?  He had a mid month break with more sun and more fun.  After the leftover pizza, there was a Monday monsoon.  He a break from the rain and shed a tear as he said “Farewell Sanford…”  The healing begins before the weekend begins.

Original Muse: A lot of healing was needed.  And it still is needed.

I know. We still have 48…

You need to love your neighbor because helping feels good.  After Memorial Day, the weather was heating up, with more heat before winding down.  It was finally Friday, with a chill weekend and a chill end to the month.  After that, he started June tired.

Original Muse: Late night?  It happens…

It certainly does.  Let’s continue on with this final set…

We are Sanford Strong, and after a life group, it’s Thursday already?  And now it’s Friday before starting up Saturday.  There was a Sunday short and a hot start.  “Happy 61st birthday, Mom!” he exclaimed, before he was eating more chicken and did some Thursday housekeeping.

Original Muse:  Were you visiting your parents again?

Yes I was.  They had to make an important trip.  Let’s continue…

Original Muse:  Wait!

What?

Original Muse:  I need to go and change back into Weather Muse.

Oh, that’s right!  The next ten has the story arc again, doesn’t it?  Are you…

Original Muse:  Changed?  Yes.  It didn’t take too long.  Ready to have me rule over all weather?

Not so fast.  It ends in one post.  Ready?

There was clearer skies and…

Original Muse:  Stop!  I need to go and change into my next costume!

Everyone.  This was the awkward interruption that we were talking about.  Let me know when you’re ready, okay?

Original Muse:  I will!  I’ll try to be very timely…

Ah.  I see what you did there…

And now everyone…The next form! Everyone, brace yourself for a time traveling Muse…

Original Muse: All ready. Having experienced this tribute numerous times, I should be able to nail it perfectly.

Wait.  How many times did you time travel?

Original Muse:  Just to this particular tribute that we’re doing now, over 100 times…Are you ready Kyle?

Yes.  I’m ready.  Brace yourself for part five of this epic homage to the entries of yesterday…for REALZ this time!

The time traveling Muse arrived and there was an outdoor service.  It was time to visit my kitty before a home meal delivery.  After a volunteer opportunity, he was homeward bound for a fryday.  It was another scorcher, before he exclaimed to his dad “Happy Father’s Day!”

Original Muse:  It was a good Father’s Day.  It gets better every time…

Yes.  For you it does since you get to experience again as many times as you want.  Time to move on.

It was a busy start with coming attractions.  And after a book interview, something tragic happened.  “Grandpa, you will be missed…”, he weeped as he prepared for another weekend and a relaxing Saturday.  After sympathy and family time, he attended grandpa’s funeral.  It was a short week, which made way for fiscal New Year’s Day.

Original Muse:  Fiscal New Year’s Day, huh?  Not much of a holiday.

I know.  I just wanted to acknowledge the new fiscal calendar. Just eight more and we’re done!

He went up north for the Fourth and after Independence Day eve, he exclaimed “Happy Independence Day!” and “Greetings from Hubbard Lake!” for three parts.  And after returning back home, there was no doubting with Me & My Muse at seven years and counting.

Original Muse: Yay! We did it! As challenging as it was to play Tween Muse, it was a whole lot of fun…The other forms were enjoyable too…

I know. And that performance was amazing. Anyway, that’s the tribute for this year.

Original Muse: I’m still beyond words. I had no idea that I was going to get a spare body. And then, we pulled off that flawless performance. Tween Muse, Hylian Muse, Weather Muse, and Time Muse.  We did have that little hiccup with COVID, but had a very nice workaround.  Changing into all those forms was a lot of fun.

I imagine. There were so many costume changes…

Original Muse: Yeah. It was quite the workout.  Form after form after form after form!  That was hard!

But we pulled it off, and now you have a new spare body. Happy seven-year anniversary!

Original Muse: You know, our relationship goes beyond Me & My Muse. Beyond these 2558 entries.

Indeed it does. I first started to talk about you in a couple of Think & Writes.

Original Muse: Ah. But our relationship goes beyond that even. Actually, a really long time…

It does. When I first felt creativity inside of me, that was you, right?

Original Muse: It was. All the way back when you were in fourth grade. You wrote The Brick Building. Now granted I was there before that, but I was too young to nurture my own ideas. And you heard it from me first. It was back then when I first started to have a crush on you.

26 years? You’ve had a crush on me for 26 years? And to be honest, I think that you were with me before I even started writing.

Original Muse: You’re right. I was there when you made up all those games when you were little. Where did you get the ideas? That was me. Hee hee! But I first started paying more attention to you when I was ten…

I agree. You and I go way back. All the way back to when my imagination first started taking form…

Original Muse: You were just a baby…

But aren’t we all? That’s where imagination starts. But when adulthood happens, a lot of that is lost…

Original Muse: You’re the lucky one. You still have me. And your imagination is never going to die. I’ll be sure of it!

Here’s to seven years of these, right?

Original Muse: To seven years, and many more! You started with something ExperiMENTAL, but look at where we are now!

I know…

*kisses Original Muse on the lips*

I still love the daily format. That is not changing. For shorter or longer, it’s staying the same.

Original Muse: I’m going to enjoy my new spare body. Come to my house when you’re ready…

You want me to pin you to the floor with a bunch of kisses, right?

Original Muse: *gives me a kiss on the lips* Yeah. *chuckles* See you around…

So there you have it. Seven years of this experiment. An experiment where I said that if it doesn’t work, you will never see one of these again. 2557 of them later, I believe that they’re here to stay. This is an experiment that I have no regrets in starting at all. But before I continue, some ground rules.

In very much the same fashion as last year, I’m retiring rant posts forever. If there is ever any reason why I should be angry, it should not be expressed here. I want this blog to be a resource to everyone, and full of positive posts. If I am ever having a rough day, I will let you know, but I won’t express my negative feelings on this site anymore. None of you want to read that and I feel like it doesn’t do anything constructive. If it must go somewhere, it should be in a private journal, where the only reader is me, and not all of you.

My Muse is here to stay. If for some reason you still don’t like my Muse, there are plenty of other websites to go to, besides this one. My Muse is an expression of my inner longing for a significant other and my seamstress of creativity.

The high for today is going to be 95 degrees and the silver lining is celebrating seven years of this experiment.

To all who had the patience to read this, I congratulate you.

Now if you would excuse me.  I need to go and talk to my Muse…in private…

Me & My Muse – Day 2557: Back Home…

It is official. The weekend is winding down, and I’m now back home.

To reflect, this weekend was pretty fun. I went swimming and my brother was able to come over. The s’mores were also good. Overall, it was pretty fun.

But with the weekend almost over, it’s now time to enjoy what’s left of it.

Now for the ending. Today’s high is going to be 86 degrees and the silver lining was being able to enjoy one more day off.

To those of you who like spending weekends away from home, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

Muse: I’m glad that you were able to enjoy your weekend! I surely did. Wasn’t the swimming and boat ride fun?

Why you should not focus on results

Have you ever been in a situation where you have given it your all and you have not produced a single result?  You decide to throw a block party and you tell all of your neighbors about it.  You buy food, decorations and set it all up.  You turn on the music.  The salsa, queso, and chip bowl is all sitting there on the table.  The punch bowl is on another table.

The music continues playing.  Cars drive by, but not into your driveway.  Hours go by.  Full of regret, you turn off the music and you start putting away all of the food.  The block party is a disaster.  Or was it?

You through all the trouble in creating a party that no one would attend.  You even invited everyone too!  But no results.  But did you really fail by having no one show up.  Can someone fail by having no results?

For me, the answer to that is no.  The reason is that while you didn’t have anyone show up, you did succeed at throwing that party.  Situations like this happen all the time in life.  You try to produce the intended result, and that result does not happen.  Does no results equal failure?  By no means!  Failure is only if you give up.  The problem with so many of us is that we’re too fixated on the results.  If we stop worrying about the results, we can begin to learn from situations where we have no results.

Jeremiah was a prophet that prophesied to the Isaraelites, but no one listened to him.  Talk about no results?  But was his focus on results?  Not at all!  Jeremiah did his job, even though there was no results.

Sometimes, we have situations where we do things and end up with little or no results.  You go for a fishing trip and catch no fish.  You go bowling and score a low game.  Or that presentation didn’t go as planned.  What really matters in these situations is that you did your job.  You fished.  You bowled.  You gave that presentation.  What can we learn from the results that we produce?  For some, it may be that we’re too fixated on results.  For others, it may be that results don’t matter.  Getting good results can feel good sometimes.  But what if we get bad results?

At the end of the day, all we can do is do our jobs.  To look in the mirror and say that we have tried.  The fact that we did something is a lot more meaningful than not doing that thing at all.  Results are great, but they are not things that we should get hung up on.

Do results matter?  What matters is that I did my job and gave it my 100% effort.

Me & My Muse – Day 2556: Greetings From Hubbard Lake! Part Three: Final Day at the Lake

Well, I did it once again. You didn’t think that I would make a second one but here it is.

Yesterday, I had breakfast and got ready for the day.  I visited my dad’s friend and got some great insight on how to publish a book.  After I got back to the cottage, I went for a walk.  I then had some lunch and mowed the back lawn.  After that, it was time to enjoy the lake again.  I rode with my parents to the party store to buy some more charcoal and tortilla chips.  I then went to Vic’s beach with them and I visited with their friends.  I enjoyed some watermelon and went swimming.  We came to the house after that and prepared some dinner.

That evening, my dad barbequed some chicken legs.  My mom had some cowboy caviar made up and cut an avocado to add to the flavor.  I had two legs and scooped some cowboy caviar with some scoops and the tortilla chips that my parents bought earlier.  We then enjoyed some YouTube videos of worship music, Bob Dylan, and Norman Greenbaum.  I then gathered some kindling wood with mom in the shed to make a fire.  My brother Ryan arrived and my mom had dinner ready for him after starting the fire.  My parent’s friends returned and we visited with them, while I enjoyed another S’more.  My brother enjoyed two since he never got to have a Reese’s S’more.  After some visiting, I read a little more of the Hubbard Lake book.  I then got ready for bed and read some more of the new tract that my dad’s friend gave me earlier about what Heaven is going to be like.  I went to bed after that.  It was yet another great day.

It’s another day at the lake with another breakfast that I finished eating. The dinner was good last night and breakfast this morning was great. I am enjoying this vacation a lot and it’s been a lot of fun so far.

Having done a few things yesterday, I have reached a problem. What will I be doing today? There is so much to do and only one day left.  I’ll let you know tomorrow in the recap.  I’m sure it will be exciting.

With my Muse up north with me, we have been having a lot of fun.  I’m glad that put the story arc on hold.  It really helps so that things go smoothly for this vacation…

When this vacation is over, her Time Muse form will continue for at least 44 days. Time to enjoy day five of my day at the lake…

 

Muse: What are you waiting for?  Let’s go swimming!  It was so much fun yesterday, wasn’t it?

Yes it was.  Whoa!  You’re already in your suit?

Muse:  I am!  Let’s go down to the lake and have a swim.

Alright.  I’ll be down in a sec.

*Muse runs down to the lake and jumps in*

Muse:  Whee!

*Muse joyfully swims around in the water*

I have just one more day before my vacation is over. I will be coming back tomorrow and the vacation will be over. Time to enjoy day five!

Today’s high is going to be 85 degrees and the silver lining is being able to enjoy my fifth day at the lake.

To those of you who like extended vacations, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  What’s taking him so long?  This water feels really nice.  Oh!  I have to go!  Why didn’t I go at the house? Oh well.  I guess I’ll just…  Hmm…The water feels warm all of a sudden…Well, it’s a good thing I’m in the water!  Tee hee!

Me & My Muse – Day 2555: Greetings From Hubbard Lake! Part Two: Greetings Brother!

Well, I did it once again. You didn’t think that I would make a second one but here it is.

Yesterday, I had breakfast and went for a walk.  I said goodbye to my sister, my brother in law and my niece and enjoyed another day at the lake.  I read some of the Hubbard Lake book and made some lunch.  I  worked my way through the Second Quest of Legend of Zelda.  I visited with my parents and their friends.  I continued on my game and I went for a ride with my parents to the North end,  hoping to get pizza.  All we got was milk, with two bags of trash dropped off at the garbage collection.  The Stone Bar had a long wait and Cedar Grove was out of pizza dough.

That evening, I made a can of Chunky BBQ Seasoned Pork soup.  I snacked on my kettle chips and spicy cheetoes and had a Reeses and Kit Kat Mint Duos for dessert.  I got ready for bed, getting through another great day.

It’s another day at the lake with another breakfast that I finished eating. The dinner was good last night and breakfast this morning was great. I am enjoying this vacation a lot and it’s been a lot of fun so far.

Having done a few things yesterday, I have reached a problem. What will I be doing today? There is so much to do and only two days left…Like today, I’ll let you know tomorrow in the recap.  I’m sure it will be exciting.

One exciting thing about today is that my brother will finally be coming up north.  He really missed out on the 4th and 5th so I want him to have an amazing vacation when he comes up.  I will also be talking to one of my dad’s friends so that should be quite fun.

With my Muse up north with me, we have been having a lot of fun.  I’m glad that put the story arc on hold.  It really helps so that things go smoothly for this vacation…

When this vacation is over, her Time Muse form will continue for at least 45 days. Time to enjoy day four of my day at the lake…

 

Muse: What are you waiting for?  Let’s go swimming!  You never came down yesterday…

Yes.  I didn’t come down yesterday.  It was a change of plans.  Whoa!  You’re already in your suit?

Muse:  I am!  Let’s go down to the lake and have a swim…And come down this time!  Okay?

Alright.  I’ll be down in a sec.

*Muse runs down to the lake and jumps in*

Muse:  Whee!

*Muse joyfully swims around in the water*

I have just two more days before my vacation is over. I will be coming back Wednesday and the vacation will be over. Time to enjoy day four!

Today’s high is going to be 86 degrees and the silver lining is being able to enjoy my fourth day at the lake.

To those of you who like extended vacations, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  What’s taking him so long?  This water feels really nice.  Oh!  I have to go!  Why didn’t I go at the house? Oh well.  I guess I’ll just…  Hmm…The water feels warm all of a sudden…Well, it’s a good thing I’m in the water!  Tee hee!

Me & My Muse – Day 2554: Greetings from Hubbard Lake!

Well, I did it once again. You didn’t think that I would make a second one but here it is.

It’s another day at the lake with another breakfast that I finished eating. The dinner was good last night and breakfast this morning was great. I am enjoying this vacation a lot and it’s been a lot of fun so far.

Having done a few things yesterday, I have reached a problem. What will I be doing today? There is so much to do and only one day left…I’ll let you know tomorrow in the recap. Only time will tell…

With my Muse up north with me, we have been having a lot of fun.  I’m glad that put the story arc on hold.  It really helps so that things go smoothly for this vacation…

When this vacation is over, her Time Muse form will continue for at least 46 days. Time to enjoy day three of my day at the lake…

 

Muse: What are you waiting for?  Let’s go swimming!

Whoa!  You’re already in your suit?

Muse:  I am!  Let’s go down to the lake and have a swim…

Alright.  I’ll be down in a sec.

*Muse runs down to the lake and jumps in*

Muse:  Whee!

*Muse joyfully swims around in the water*

I have just three more days before my vacation is over. I will be coming back Wednesday and the vacation will be over. Time to enjoy day three!

Today’s high is going to be 87 degrees and the silver lining is being able to enjoy my third day at the lake.

To those of you who like extended vacations, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  What’s taking him so long?  This water feels really nice.  Oh!  I have to go!  Why didn’t I go at the house? Oh well.  I guess I’ll just…  Hmm…The water feels warm all of a sudden…Well, it’s a good thing I’m in the water!  Tee hee!

Me & My Muse – Day 2553: Happy Independence Day!

In honor of our country’s 244th year of independence,  I will raise the flag and display it proudly.

 

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This morning, I will be having a nice breakfast with my family, since I’m up north for the Fourth.  I don’t know what it will be but it should be pretty good  We haven’t gotten everything out yet…

A little later today, I’ll either go swimming or do something else.  Later on, we might see some fireworks when the sun sets.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate…

Muse: I’m seeing them with you. The Realm of Imagination doesn’t have fireworks. I have to get ready for tonight. Happy Independence Day! I’ll see you tonight!

Thanks. I’ll see you tonight at the fireworks.

It’s time for another salute to the flag. The symbol of our freedom that we still have. Happy birthday America!

The high for today is going to be 85 degrees and the silver lining is seeing fireworks with my family tonight.

To those of you who love celebrating the Fourth and fireworks, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse: Happy Independence Day, Kyle! Time for a shower…

Me & My Muse – Day 2552: Independence Day Eve

Now that I’m up north, I can begin relaxing.

Usually, I get up north the night before the Fourth of July.  In this case, it is the day before the Fourth.

 

Muse: So what do we do now?

Whatever we want to do!  Having just had a breakfast sandwich, I’m ready to go for a walk around the lake.

Muse:  I think I’ll join you!

I just need to get out of my pajamas, so hang on.  I’ll be ready in a moment.

Muse:  Okay, I’ll see you then!

*Muse vanishes in a beam of light*

 

It’s now time to enjoy this vacation.  I will go for a walk around the lake.  I may go swimming later and do some reading.  This vacation will be a little more chill since there will be no boating.  I’m here for my family, and especially for my dad.  Time to get going…

Today’s high is going to be 85 degrees and the silver lining is being able to enjoy my time up north before the Fourth of July.

To those of you who are enjoying this Fourth of July Eve, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  Kyle better get out there or I’m going to start without him.  At least it will give me a head start.  Time to begin!

Me & My Muse – Day 2551: North for the Fourth

With this short week all finished, I’m now in the final stages of checking all the things that I packed.  Swimming suit?  Check.  Flip flops?  Whoa!  They’re not in there but now they are!  Check!  Sunglasses?  They’re in the car.  Check!  Mask?  Check!  Laptop?  Can’t pack that until last.  But check!

As a departure from all the past years that I have spent the Fourth of July, I will be heading up north for the Fourth like last year.  I am hoping for good weather so that I can see the fireworks.  You can’t have fireworks while it’s raining.

Oh, and the story arc is frozen for this whole weekend so we can relax and take it easy.

 

Muse:  Yay!  I’m all packed!  Are you?

Just about.  I just need to double check a few more things.

Muse:  I don’t.  I have only done that about 20 times.  Well, let me know when you’re leaving!  I’m heading back to my house to read a book while I’m waiting.  Bye!

*Muse vanishes in a beam of light*

I honestly don’t have too much more to pack.  When everything’s in the car, I will be on my way.  My brother will join me later.  Either tomorrow evening or on the 6th.  I don’t know that yet.  I will probably stop at a place in Standish to eat.  There will be traffic delays, so I’ll be ready for that.

Time to land this so I can be on my way.  It’s time that I begin my Fourth of July vacation!

Today’s high is going to be 91 degrees and the silver lining is being able to go up north for the Fourth of July.

To those of you who like road trips and spending time with family, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  Is he going to leave yet?  I have already finished two chapters and I’m still waiting!  I think I’ll go and check again…

Me & My Muse – Day 2550: Fiscal New Year’s Day

Guess what, everyone? It’s New Year’s Day! Okay. Maybe not New Year’s Day, but it’s New Year’s Day for the Fiscal Year. Starting today, the calendars will all roll over to the beginning of a new Fiscal Year. Isn’t that exciting?

Not excited? Okay. Well, I am. I am going to relax for the day, and…

Muse: Kyle, I would like to talk to you about something important.  It’s regarding my time traveling  Can we meet in my room?  Oh, and be sure to come soon since it’s important, okay?

Halt! This story arc will resume tomorrow. One Privilege, ENGAGE!

*Time Muse transforms into Muse*

Muse: Oh.  You’re working on that big anniversary post, right?  Okay.  We’ll continue on it tomorrow. It’s very important!

Okay. Enjoy your day off.

Muse: I will. Time for some reading!

Time to enjoy the remainder of this day. After that, I will call it a night.

Today’s high is going to be 88 degrees and the silver lining is it being so warm outside.

To those of you who are happy about the Fiscal Year beginning, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

Muse: Time to catch up on some reading. I can’t wait until tomorrow. I want to tell him about that time period…

Me & My Muse – Day 2549: A Short Week…

And a short entry to go with it.  With only four days before the Fourth of July, I’ll be taking the four days off after that.

What that means for me is a long weekend.  Time to begin the end of this week, and get ready for the last two days of this short week, which is tomorrow.

Today’s high is going to be 85 degrees and the silver lining is only having a three day work week.

To those of you who like long vacations, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  The Fourth being on a Saturday works for me.  Enjoy your day!

Me & My Muse – Day 2548: Grandpa’s Funeral…

Okay. I’ll be real serious. I don’t feel that today is the kind of day where I should be writing one of these things. Today, I will be attending my grandpa’s funeral.  That’s about it. I’m really going to miss my grandpa.  May he rest in peace.  I will see you in heaven, grandpa.  I know that we will meet again…

Today’s high is going to be 85 degrees and the silver lining is having one last chance to say good bye to grandpa.

To those of you who have lost a dear loved one of yours, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

Muse: *sniff* *sniff* I will not bother him. This is a very sad day for him. I will let him have his peace. Do what you need to do, Kyle!

Me & My Muse – Day 2547: Sympathy and Family Time

To offer a simplified summary of what happened today, I attended an outdoor church service on the south lawn, had lunch, took a sympathy card over to my grandma, and visited my parents.  I got to see my aunt Sherrie and uncle Kirk at both my grandma’s and my parent’s place.  I got to visit my parents for a short time and then left.

I will now get ready for the funeral tomorrow.  My week will be a little bit different but everything will be all right.

Today’s high is going to be 84 degrees and the silver lining is being able to spend time with my family.

To those of you who like spending time with your family, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  This is not time for the story arc either.  I will let you do what you need to do.  Hang in there, Kyle…

Me & My Muse – Day 2546: Relaxing Saturday…

The title says it all.  I read my audio bible and did my devotionals.  I continued on my Final Fantasy XIII-2 game.  I had a great breakfast today, with my “famous” breakfast scramble and my cartoons. I played Super Mario Odyssey, had lunch, and went for a walk.

So far, so good.  Now continue on this wonderful Saturday…

Today’s high is going to be 85 degrees and the silver lining is having the Saturday to relax.

To those of you who are enjoying this Saturday, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  This Saturday is quite relaxing.  It’s the 15th time that I experienced this Saturday, but who’s counting?

Future Muse:  I am.  It’s my 27th time!

Muse:  27th, huh?  I’ll get there eventually, and then I’ll tell my past self…

Future Muse:  I already did!

Muse:  Exactly…

Me & My Muse – Day 2545: Another weekend…

With work done for the day, I am now ready to enjoy another weekend.  I will play my game and enjoy some pizzas.  Following that, I will call it a night.

Today’s high is going to be 86 degrees and the silver lining is another weekend being here.

To those of you who are glad that it’s Friday, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  It’s another weekend at last!  Where should I timetravel to next?  I think I’ll do that but I’ll read a book first…

Me & My Muse – Day 2544: Grandpa, you will be missed…

Last night, I received some hearbreaking news.  My grandpa passed away yesterday.  From what my mom told me, he went peacefully, in his sleep.

This is very devastating news for me to receive.  Especially with what has been going on with my dad.

My last time that I saw grandpa was on Father’s Day.  He was in his bed, and I told him that I went to church, and that I was reading through the Psalms.  And I will not forget the look on his face.  His face lit up like the sun and he said “You are?  Oh, that’s good!”

My grandpa is now in a much better place.  He has ascended to heaven.  A beautiful paradise that he’ll be able to enjoy forever.  I am sure that his brother Ken was one of the members of the welcoming committee up there.

With my grandpa in heaven now, I would like to say a few things about him.  A few fond memories that I had with him that I enjoyed.

First of all, I owe it to grandpa for being such a wonderful influence in my life.  It was grandpa that helped me come to know who the LORD is.  From a very young age, he taught me the bible and I learned about it through songs (The B-I-B-L-E, Jesus Loves Me), videos (Kids Sing Praise, Psalty, Quigley’s Village), and bible studies.

One Christmas night, I will never forget what grandpa did.  In tears, he wanted all of his grandchildren to come to know who the LORD is.  It was that Christmas that everyone was there.  Me, my brother, my sister, my parents, my aunt Kari, uncle John, my cousins Sean (and his wife Elyse), Colin, and Kelsey, my aunt Sherrie and uncle Kirk, my cousins Margo and Karlee, my uncle Kelly, and course, my grandma and grandpa.  We were all there.  And grandpa was in tears.  Knowing God was important to him and it was also important to me.

Grandpa has always been loving and caring and worked hard in his earlier years.  In the later years when he moved back to Michigan, I went to church with him and grandma and regularly ate breakfast with them afterwards.  Grandpa, I will miss enjoying a smothered omelet at Stackers while I update you on what’s going on in my life.

In life, the most important thing is how we live it.  How we influence others.  How did we love them?  How did we treat them?  Grandpa did all of this well during his brief 89-year journey on earth.  For me, I know that I have lost someone very important and dear to me in my life.  But grandpa would want me to keep moving.  To use everything that I have learned from him to be a great influence to others.  To love one another the way Christ first loved us.

Grandpa, I’m going to really miss you.  I know that you always liked building things and doing things with your hands.  I look forward to seeing what you have built in heaven.  I’ll send you the right materials, so be sure that you use them.  I’ll see you in heaven, whenever that is.  I love you.

 

Muse:  I am very sorry to hear about grandpa.

It’s okay.  He’s in a better place now.

Muse:  This is not a time for me to be a time traveler.  That’s hanging in the costume room for today.  I’ll resume that tomorrow.

Thanks.  Now to finish this entry.

Today’s high is going to be 80 degrees and the silver lining is being able to reflect on the life of my grandpa.

To those of you who have grieved over the loss of a loved one,  I hope that you all have a fantastic day.

 

Muse:  *sniff* *sniff*  I’m going to miss him.  Hang in there, Kyle…