Me & My Muse – Day 2513: Memorial Day

Well, it’s Memorial Day, so that means I get one more extra day off. And like last year, I’m getting paid just to sit here and not do anything.  That’s how paid vacation works, right?   Every vacation day is paid, so right now, I am getting paid to enjoy Memorial Day.

These past two days of volunteering have been fun, and there’s plenty more that I want to do to help.  Work resumes tomorrow, but it will be shorter week.  Just like any other week but a day shorter.

Time to end this for now and enjoy this last day off.  This is the gateway to summer, so I’m looking forward to that.

Today’s high is going to be 87 degrees and the silver lining is enjoying one more day off.

To those of you who are enjoying your Memorial Day, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  This weekend has been quite relaxing.  Helping out has been fun.  Time to enjoy some time with my friend now…

Me & My Muse – Day 2512: COVID-19 Isolation – Day 71: Helping Feels Good…

I cannot believe the overwhelming love and support that I saw yesterday.

When I went to help my neighbors yesterday, I expect it to just be me, my parents, and my neighbors.  Man, was I wrong.  There was not just us helping, but about 30 others.  I think one group was from Coleman Methodist Church and the other one was from the West Midland Family Center.  Now that’s Some Good News right there.  We all worked between two and three hours and cleaned out the basement rather quickly.  We removed furniture, cut out carpet, and transferred everything out of the basement.  One team worked in the basement while the other team worked outside, transferring wheelbarrow loads to the road.  There was plenty of help and plenty of love.

And now I’m going to do it again.  my neighbor still needs his drywall taken out in the basement, and I’m going to help him and my dad with my brother.  We may or may not get help.  It doesn’t matter.  What matters is that I’m able to love my neighbor by helping them in their time of need.  Helping feels good.

If you haven’t done your part yet, there are plenty of opportunities to help.  Join the Sanford Strong page on facebook and you’ll get plenty of answers if you’re looking for help.  The Flood of Love is also a must join if you want to be connected with the church to help the emergency needs of different neighbors.

Hope everyone is having a good Memorial Day Weekend.  Stay sane, clean, and healthy everyone!

Today’s high is going to be 80 degrees and the silver lining is being able to help my neighbors out again.

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


Muse:  I’m ready to help again.  Just let me know when you’re ready and I’m off again.  Let’s help our neighbors, everyone!

Me & My Muse – Day 2511: COVID-19 Isolation – Day 70: Love Your Neighbor…

How do I love my neighbor?  By loving them as myself, and helping them when they’re in need.

Today, I will be headed over to my parent’s neighbors in Sanford and will be helping them remove logs and other things from their basement.  It will be a lot of work, but I am very happy to help my neighbor when they’re in need.

If you’re in this area, you probably also know someone you can help.  We are all in this together.  Let’s help our neighbors and get them back on their feet.

Stay sane, clean, and healthy everyone!

Today’s high is going 76 degrees and the silver lining is being able to help my neighbor.

To those of you who are loving your neighbors by helping them, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  I’m going to help too!  Let me know when you’re going to help.  I’m all ready to go…

Me & My Muse – Day 2510: COVID-19 Isolation – Day 69: The Weekend Begins…

Memorial Day weekend, that is.

In cutting to the chase, it’s time that I enjoy it.  it’s sunny outside and I’m going to order a pizza tonight to celebrate.

To everyone else, go and get some sun.  The Vitamin D is good for you!

Stay sane, clean, and healthy everyone!

Today’s high is going to be 73 degrees and the silver lining is the weekend being here at last.

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


Muse: Yay!  It’s Memorial Day weekend!  It’s time that I eat at my favorite business, now that they’re open…

Me & My Muse – Day 2509: COVID-19 Isolation – Day 68: The Healing Begins…

Considering everything that happened yesterday, I’m going to take it easy today.

The sun is out and I feel great.  I worked and went for a walk on my break.

With work over, I am now going to take it easy.  That is pretty much it for today.

Stay sane, clean, and healthy everyone!

Today’s high is going to be 70 degrees and the silver lining is being able to unwind and it being sunny outside.

To those of you who are enjoying yourselves on this Thursday evening, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  It’s so nice outside.  I think I’ll go for a walk…

Me & My Muse – Day 2508: COVID-19 Isolation – Day 67: Farewell Sanford…

Well, it happened.  When you have a flood and a dam failure in Sanford, this had to happen:

With that dam failure in Sanford, it basically destroyed the entire community.  Sanford is gone.  The community that I grew up in is gone.  The hardware store, Sanford Pizza, the Centennial Museum, all gone.

All that’s left is a crushing blow in our community in a middle of a pandemic where the governor still does not to reopen our state.

I don’t buy the cases and deaths narrative.  Both of these have been going down everywhere.  Just look at Georgia and Florida.  They’re both doing really well right now.  Wisconsin is open.  Indiana is open.  Ohio is open.  But Michigan is not open.  And don’t go telling me that it is open because Whitless decided to open up Northern Michigan and the U.P.  What you’re leaving out is the most important parts of Michigan.  Maybe open up every county except Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb, like what Indiana did.  Take a common-sense approach instead of a blanket approach.

I have much more to say about this, but I’ll save it for another post.  Because today is not about getting on my soapbox about reopening the state.  It is about the recent flooding in a community that I love very much.

And when we get down to the very core, we are all human beings.  And when disaster strikes, we look out for one another.  I don’t think that we have quite gotten there yet, but if we can all set aside our differences and learn to work together, maybe we can stop having petty disagreements over matters like power and authority.  Who really decides the balance of power?  And shouldn’t wealth be a tool to help the greater good, instead of a cruel asset to control the weak?  If you take the wealth away and every single possession away, all you have humanity, all bared and exposed.  When a terrible tragedy like a flood takes everything away from someone, that bare humanity is there.  The problem then lies with those who think that their solution is better, or they forget the concept of values.  A tragedy can bring out both the best and the worst in a person, and the whole goal is to find the very best in that person.  Most people will want to pursue that end.

And while we see things slowly heal with these values in Midland, Sanford is beyond healing.  It may come back some day, maybe in the same name or a different one.  All I know is that a dam failed.  Water overflowed.  And as a result, a village was lost.  A village where I grew up in.  In digging through the things that I had to get rid of, one of the things were my Yearbooks.  All of my elementary and high school years were all gone.  I dried the pages that had my pictures and threw the rest away.

And that’s the truth that we’re all faced with.  It doesn’t matter how many things you accumulate in life.  When you die, you can’t take it with you.  You could be buried with it, but in death, you can’t take it with you.  So as I threw my things out, I thought of this.

But in parting, there is a glimmer of hope.  When we lose things like possessions in a basement, it gives us an opportunity to start over.  To begin anew with new memories and new dreams.  Sometimes, the old has to be lost for the new to arrive.  So I’ll let you all with that bit of hope for tonight.

Stay sane, clean, and healthy everyone!

Today’s high is going to be 68 degrees and the silver lining is being able to help my parents, uncle, brother in law, and cousin clean out the basement.

To those of you who are hanging there in the midst of this flood, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  That was a terrible flood.  I’m glad that you’re okay.  I’m going to miss that basement.  So many fond memories down there… *sniff* *sniff*

Me & My Muse – Day 2507: COVID-19 Isolation – Day 66: A Break from the Rain…

And my, do we need it!  From all the rain that we got yesterday, there was a flood warning in my area until 10:15 this morning.

With both the rain and work over, all that’s left is to unwind with a Toastmasters meeting.  I don’t know when things will get back to normal.  All I can say is that it will be one step at a time.

After the Toastmasters meeting, I will be calling it a night.  I will then go to bed.

Stay sane, clean, and healthy everyone!

Today’s high is going to be 62 degrees and the silver lining is the rain finally stopping.

To those of you who don’t like flooding, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  I’m glad that there wasn’t any flooding in my house.  It rained a LOT.  Why, my backyard is still flooded!