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Pops is on Day 5!

Posted by Pops Jul 14, 2020

No thanks to JIVE....Geez, the points system on this Jive website is broken again...I can't believe this outfit is still around.  They should have dumped these clowns three years ago when they came on board and just destroyed to way the older site was being run.  They tried to sell us on the fact that it was progress....more like they didn't have the expertise to duplicate the options of their predecessors.  Oh heck I've ranted enough....

Hey, I slept like a baby last night.  Only coughed a little bit when I first laid down last night.  Other than that, I slept through the night...woo hoo!  That is huge.  

I also am no longer having the smoking dreams either....I only had a couple of urges yesterday.  For my fourth day, I would think that is pretty good.  This morning after I ate my bowl of raisin bran...I was thinking that I normally would be out on the patio firing up a smoke before I even washed out my empty bowl.

I don't do that anymore....and here I am, I just got done pledging, and now I'm blogging, and next I've got to get my place ready for the carpet cleaner to come out and give my carpets a deep cleaning from Mac & Cheese being difficult...little chitz that they are....

Pops w/ five days of freedom....woo hoo!!!!! Have a great smokefree day....

Mac (the darker one)...now weighs 18 lbs, & Cheese weighs 13 lbs!!!  These two are part mountain lions....

Good morning EXers!

Hey guess what?  This morning I was out of creamer and milk.  So, I got a recycle bag and went up the stairs to the street level...and walked across the street to the local Giant Food store & purchased my goods...(okay, not just milk & creamer...) I mean after all, I did walk to the store didn't I?  And since I seem to have this overwhelming urge to stick something in my mouth at times....why can't it be a Jelly Filled roll?    I looked like a really mischevious chit after I ate it too....(it had a ton of powdered sugar on it).  So here I was sitting at my pooter, drinking my fresh coffee and wearing a black sleeveless tee shirt.  All was normal and peaceful until I took a bite of that roll & I mean it looks like half of Cuba landed on my clean black shirt.  I mean I had white powder from neckline to waistline! 

 

So my blood pressure is starting to settle down again...I took it this morning after my walk & it was 130/64 with a pulse of 62.  Those are actually very good numbers...I'm simply amazed how I forget that nicotine actually coagulates my blood and makes my heart work harder to circulate the blood through my system.  Hence, my lower legs get tired much easier than when I'm not smoking.  It was so nice to walk across to the store and have spring in my step every step of the way...I'm telling you...I'm on FIRE! with energy and hope for a better life....

 

Pops celebrating day Four...once more!!!! Woo Hoo & "Happy Monday to you too"!!!

 

Pops

Day 3 for Me!!!!

Posted by Pops Jul 12, 2020

Good evening EXers!  

I just got in from an all day ride through the countryside of Virginia today....Gorgeous landscapes.  Highway 55 (The John Marshall Highway) has some beautiful spots.  The trees are on both sides of the road and tower up so high...they actually come together in spots and completely cover you.  It's like you are riding through a tunnel.  The coolness of the shade is a welcome change from the heat that is beating down otherwise.  The ride was great, and I didn't jones one minute for a smoke while I was out...I was too busy taking in God's handiwork....We got caught in a deluge just a few miles from home though...I mean it was a real "Toad Strangler"!  Rain was coming down in sheets and blowing sideways.  I had to pull over and find shelter.  Heck, I couldn't see anything when it was pouring like that.  Anyway, we all made it home safely, nobody hurt & no bikes broke down.  That is a successful ride then.

Woo Hoo for Day 3 for Pops!!!!!!!!!

Three crusty old Road Toads....

This is my bike lit up @ night...I call is "Ghost Rider, version 2020"

 

Have a great smokefree evening!!!!!!!!! Pops w/3 DOF....Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!1

Pops

Day two for Pops!

Posted by Pops Jul 11, 2020

Good morning EXers. Well, according to the quit clock...I am on day 2, so that's what I am celebrating...I didn't have any smoke dreams last night, and I slept pretty well.  I only woke up once about 3:00 for the old man routine pee.  Other than that, all was quite peaceful.  I'm liking that already, my morning cough has quieted down considerably.  I also noticed yesterday that I was easily able to navigate the stairs to my apartment when I came home from a late night ride on the bike after attending a meeting with friends.  We are having gorgeous night time weather here in Maryland this summer.  Last night, it was 89 degrees @ 10:00.  I was wearing a sleeveless shirt and enjoying every minute of the ride.

 

All seems to be going quite well with the quit so far except that my blood pressure is slightly elevated from the Nicoderm patch (21mg).  I'm usually 110/75 with a pulse of about 80.  The last three tests were 150ish / 75 with a pulse of 65....I can survive that, but I will certainly hope and be looking forward to the pressure returning to normal.  My doctor called me to ask why my bp was up (I report my results twice a day online) & I told them about the patch.  They were elated that I had resumed my quit & said that I should keep doing what I'm doing and not to worry about my pressure for now.

 

I hope all is well with everyone these days.  This pandemic has turned this world pretty much upside down on so many different fronts.  I've been blessed that I am permitted to telework from home and still have my job intact.  I'm so grateful for that and am feeling so much empathy for the millions of people that aren't as blessed.  I simply don't know how I would survive if I had lost my income during this time....geesh...my prayers go out to all of them every morning during my prayer and meditation time....

 

On a different note...my 3rd ex-wife....that's right...my "3rd Ex-wife" contacted me and wanted to get caught up on what has been going on for the last 15 years...So it was nice that there was no rancor, or any of the insanity that used to run rampant in our lives back then.  Anyway, to the point...she's flying out the week of labor day for a visit.  I'm sure hoping that turns out to be a peaceful and exciting week.  No strings or expectations are allowed.  We are both in agreement on that aspect....

 

So, Pops life just continues to reveal all sorts of different shades of grey with each new season....One can never tell....On the quit front...things are quite peaceful today, I hope it stays that way through the evening.  I'm having my roughest time right after I eat.  I've avoided going outside to sit on the patio for the time being.  All the ash trays and lighters are gone, so there aren't any lurking reminders.  I have to remember, it's not that I'm giving up smoking, it's that I'm giving myself a fresher and more powerful set of lungs....

 

Enjoy your smokefree day....

Pops with two Days of Freedom...Woo Hoo!!!!!!!Looking down @ the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon...breathtaking views

This is a view of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon....gorgeous views

This is Skyline Drive in the background....Blue Ridge Parkway

This is against the Blue Ridge Parkway...(Skyline Drive)...great day to ride....

This is the view from the Kinzua Bridge in Pennsylvania....how exciting is that?

These are my Road Toad brothers that I traveled with....

This is a picture I took from the "Maiden of the Mist" of the United States side of Niagra Falls.....

 

These are just a few of the sites that I get to see when touring on my Harley....I just love this countryside. The wine colored bike in the foreground is my ticket to freedom....

 

Pops

Pops

Back on Day One....

Posted by Pops Jul 9, 2020

Hey EXers!

Yep, you figured it out...the bunch of sleuths that you are....I picked up the sticks of death again & dabbled in the darkside for a couple of months....Well, I think I should know better by now...but invariably this relentless addiction catches me during those pitty pot moments & hammers away in my head...lying and telling me that it won't hurt to smoke just a couple...then months later, I come back here with my knuckles dragging and bleeding...then I get the dubious luxury of experiencing day one...all over again.

So here I am....again.  Nothing to say except thank you in advance and here's to seeing my crusty old face on here again.

xoxoxoxo

Pops on Day ONE!

You know what's great about this Friday?

I'm not working...that's what!!!!

Good morning EXers!  I'm up and at em today....I got released from the hospital yesterday, and I'm not wasting anytime sitting around the house today....My mechanic and I are going to drive to the DMV in Glen Burnie this morning and get my title paperwork squared away on that motorcycle that I purchased last September.  It should take about an hour to get there.  But, that's okay, I'm going to let him drive and we can stop at a Dunkin Donuts for some comfort food to eat on the way.  I'm going to play the role of DJ & control the tunes...I'm thinking Beth Hart & Joe Bonemassa in the great album titled "Don't Explain".  If you like blues & haven't tried it yet...do yourself a favor and try it out.  She's got so much soul....

Beth Hart w/Joe Bonemassa

I'm not very experienced in posting, so I apologize if it doesn't link you up....

Anyway, I feel great one day after surgery, and still smokefree....

Have a great smokefree Friday....

Pops w/184 Days of Freedom!

Pops

Waiting room for surgery. :-(

Posted by Pops Feb 26, 2020

Good morning EXers. I’m hoping that all of you have a great smoke free day. I’m going into surgery in about an hour from now for the ablasion on my heart . At least I will be able to sleep for awhile. I tossed and turned all night. I’m fed up with all these surgeries.
Pops with 182 DOF 

Pops

180 Days = 6 Months!!!!

Posted by Pops Feb 24, 2020

YABBA DABBA DOO!!!

Yeppers, Pops hit the big 6 month milestone today....

Hey Hey Hey Boo Boo is right....

Pops is on fire "little buddy"

Have a great smokefree day today....

Pops with 180 Days of Pick-niking, Basket Stealing.....

Pops

Mom passed on last night

Posted by Pops Feb 22, 2020

Good morning EXErs

 

My brother called me last night and told me Mom passed away at 9:00 last night. She’s finished with having bad days. She turned ninety last December, so that a full life. 
I will be checking in later. Enjoy your smoke free Saturday 

Pops w/178 DOF

Pops

I must be in Heaven...with 177!!!

Posted by Pops Feb 21, 2020

Good morning EXers!!!!

It's Friday...woo hoo....time to get ready for some good times this weekend.  I'm working tomorrow, but I get to play on Sunday.  Forecast is all sunshine and a high of 58 degrees...can you say...vrrrm vrrrooommm...? I assure you, I fully intend to blow off any stink that may still be lingering from the week before....I'm a gonna git me sum'o'dat "wind therapy"!!!

This business of non smoking sure is paying off with great dividends...I'm soooo busy this morning.  I mean I have been literally fast-walking up and down hallways this morning so much...most people that see me are telling me to slow down, they think I'm running lol.  You know what?  I am NOT running out of breath either!  When I was smoking, I would have to crawl down those hallways...lol

Enjoy your Friday...I'll check back in later....

Pops with 177 DAYS OF FREEDOM!!!!!

Pops

Alive and Well @ 176...

Posted by Pops Feb 20, 2020

Good morning EXers....

I'm sorry that I seemed to be in the dumps most of this week...just alot going on right now....and sometimes my ability, (or lack of) to handle it seems to come out sideways.  Anyway, today is another day, and it will be lived happily and smokefree.  I can only hope the same for you.....

Don't look now, but in four more days...your old "Pops" will be rocking 6 months...!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!  I am "Sparta".

 

Good morning EXers....

I hope all of you had a better day than I did.....Heck, I was laying rubber in the parking lot as I was leaving to go home....

It seemed that everyone that I came in contact with, was just going out of their way to piss me off...:-(... and they were quite successful in that regard...almost all day long....

Now this being "Hump Day"...I'm curious which one of them will try to mount me first?  I'm so not having a good week so far....

However....I have not succumbed to the urge to go out and buy a cigarette.  Yesterday, I caught myself thinking...damn, just "one" cigarette sure would taste good, or at least give me a buzz for a couple of minutes anyway....hmmm hmmmm....I then came back to my senses, and asked myself, "when in my entire lifetime...have I purchased a pack of smokes, smoked one....then threw the other 19 away"?!!!  People, those demonic little s##ts....they NEVER run alone...they always run in packs of twenty!  Remember, one is too many....and twenty is never enough....

So Pops is still free and damned happy to be so at that....175 Days of thriving in my "smobriety"....not just surviving it.

Enjoy your day, and remember to watch your back...after all, it is "hump day". 

 

 

Pops

Terrific Tuesday....

Posted by Pops Feb 18, 2020

I love this little guy...he is my hero and example of how to get the "good feelings" message out.....

 

 

Good morning EXers...how's it going this morning?  Good I hope.  I got up this morning, indulged in my morning Joe & fed the boys....then got right after it.  Burning the candle down from 0500 hrs until 0230 hrs....busy schedule today, but not time for dilly dallying outside @ the smoking pole...because hey....Pops does NOT do that anymore...PERIOD!  NO MATTER WHAT!  I know it all seems pretty repetitive, but when you think about it....smoking is repetitive, and persistent.  The demonic powers of nicotine addiction lurk in almost every corner of my life...I am used to them being there now.  There's nothing I can do to chase them away, but I can at least coexist with them around.  I don't have to be afraid that I might abandon my quit just because a nagging urge or memory comes back into my head.  Thoughts and urges are temporary and fleeting.  They come and they go....

 

The one thing in my life that is constant, is that I need to do everything that I possibly can to enhance and strengthen my resolve to live a healthier lifestyle than I had been living prior to my "Golden Years".  There's not alot of time left, but what is left, if lived properly, can be exhilarating and fun...

 

Another thing that is obvious, I have to get some work accomplished, or they are going to pull my chair right out from underneath me.....Enjoy your smoke free day today.

 

Pops w/174 DOF!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!

Pops

Another Monday.....

Posted by Pops Feb 17, 2020

Good morning EXers!

It's Monday morning, (Presidents Day) and my bosses asked me to come in and work on my holiday....(they will have to pay me dearly for the time though....;-)....so here I am dumping another wheel barrow of gold bullion into the back of my new "Red Ram Pick-up Truck"...so don't feel sorry for me...I am truly a blessed man to have the ability to still be working at my age.  Still, I couldn't resist the urge to cry a little river for me anyway....geeze...I can be such a pitty pot...whiner sometimes..lol.  I was not very happy to see the Daytona 500 get rained out yesterday, only to have it air today, when I am not going to be available to watch it...! grrr....(there I go again....poor me...poor, poor me....) "bullc##p", I have a dvr, and I can record it and watch it whenever I want to....

I really need to get over this need to whine...it is not becoming, and I simply cannot stand to hear anyone else do it.  

I hope everyone enjoyed there weekend and kept it smokefree...as Pops did....It sure is nice to not hardly ever think about drinking, or smoking either one in my case...my life is filled with some pretty special things, and people to interact with....that makes things much more fun and tolerable. 

Plus, this new retirement plan of mine, complete with date and place...gives me alot to look forward to...!!!! I'm actually pretty excited.

I downloaded the counter on my phone, and I now have 1,166 days before retirement....how cool is that?  I also have 534 days of sobriety, and let's not forget the biggie here...173 days of "smobriety"!!!! Woo Hoo!  I am loving this newfound freedom of mine.....I hope that all of you can get that brand new me feeling....it's exhilarating!

 

Ooops!  I put up another one of his funny memes, and then noticed he was smoking a cigarette in it....(at least he was admitting that he was doing something stupid in it....)

 

I'm smiling all day long today.....know why? cuz I'm thriving @ 173 days of smokefree freedom.....!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pops

So here's a loving Valentine Day Poem.....

"Roses are Red......"

"I like spaghetti......."

"Especially with meatballs"

"So tell me....."

"When will it be ready.?...."

 

Lol

 

I understand that I am single because my cantankerous old butt is unfit to live with....but hey....do I constantly have to be reminded of it every Feb 14rh!??? Geez Louise...go home, stuff yer partner full of chocolate and whatever they might want after that....then shut up about it....

Let the rest of us get on with our normal routines.....Do you have any idea how hard it is going to be for me and my friends to get seating at our normal Friday night restaurant?  Hell we might all have to settle for some fast food joint!  I am not going to give in to Mickey Ds....no matter what!  I might be able to stomach a Subway sandwich, but that is about as far as I am willing to go down the junk food alley.....

But hey, on a much brighter side of things....I'm smokefree for 170 days and soon will be @ the halfway mark to getting another "key".  So....you get a brand new pair of roller skates.....and I'll get a "brand new Key!" ;-)

Okay, I'm getting "rummy" now.  I guess I will have to go and fold my "clean" laundry....ugh....I so dislike doing that chore...

Pops w/170 DOF