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It's a "dozen, cousin"!

Posted by Pops Jun 25, 2019

Good morning EXers!

I've gotta run to a meeting in five minutes.  I thought I'd give out a shout for a dozen....days of freedom...woo hoo!!!!

I simply aint doing it anymore...

I will check back in later....

Enjoy your smokefree day....

Pops w/12 DOF!

Pops

Blogging on Day 11...

Posted by Pops Jun 24, 2019

Good morning y'all....

Get yer sunblock on today...and the rest of the week as for that matter...uv a&b rays are at an all time high this year.  Something about the earth's magnetic field that has been measured for the last 100 or so years now.  Apparently, when the earth's magnetic aura is low (we are approaching it's lowest level of a 12 year cycling period)...then the Sun's uv a&b rays are most high.  The scientists have built some very high-tech digislators that are capable of being within just a few nanobytes of accuracy.  According to their readings now...we are basically screwed without protection.  I'm just saying...

 

After all, we are all here trying to extend our higher quality of life and good health, starting with smoking.  A proactive move that your dear ole "Pops" is rocking 11 days today!!! Yeah to me, and to all of you who are doing this as well....

 

It's Monday morning, and I saw one of my newest leaders walking in the hallway.  I greeted him a good morning and customary, "how are you doing this morning?"  He replied, "well...as good as can be expected for a Monday morning...I guess...", as he sighed.  I chuckled, and said, "I like to look at Mondays differently these days...I think to myself, just look at all of the problems that I have an opportunity to solve by this Friday."  BOOM! How is that for impressing the new boss?!!!  Pops welcome wagon is rolling nicely this morning.

 

My chi is in sync with my bios, and now I have to get busy on finalizing these contracts on my desk.  I will check back in later this morning...In the meantime...have a great smokefree day.

 

Pops with 11 Days of Freedom...Woo Hoo!!!!!

p.s. I'm thinking that I am going to head out to "Put In Bay" when I'm out in Ohio during the 4th of July week...

They really like to party out there....

lol...probably not a good place for a sober person to be hanging out on....hmmmm oh well...there are other things to do there...

Pops

I'm a "two digit...midget"!!!

Posted by Pops Jun 23, 2019

Don't even start with me and the politically correct way to put it.  Hey, you're reading a blog of someone who used to think midget wrestling was a professional sport.  I also felt that midget tossing was great exercise....;-)  Some of us just never evolve...So me & the toads went to Shady Maple, Pennsylvania yesterday...long ride too.  We left Mount Airy, Md @ 9:30, and didn't get to the smorgasborg until 1:00.  All toll, we went on about za 325 mile ride through the back roads and twisty turns....I got so sunburn too.  And that was still after applying Banana Boat spf 50 twice!  Sun is just brutal this year.  Beware if you have any tendencies to burning....skin cancer sucks....

For some reason, last night was a really tough time for me to get through.  I simply took a cool shower & about 4 low dose zaspirin...zand crawled into bed with the boys for the night....Cheese knew I wasn't feeling good, so he stuck real close to me all night...what a soul mate he has turned out to be....Mac on the other hand...he could care less...lol.  He's the one to say, "hey, you gonna go out in that crap all day long??? then suffer" lol

I bought a loaf of the Amish Gourmet Blueberry bread with icing....ummm that is going to make for delicious slice of peanut buttered toast with jam....

Have a great smokefree Day....

Pops with "TEN" days of freedom...

Pops

Pops is one week "smober"!!!

Posted by Pops Jun 20, 2019

Good morning EXers...

All is well in the world of Pops this morning....I woke up this morning after a "full nights sleep" and exhaled deeply with no coughing whatsoever....Now that is a marked improvement from a week ago.  Today is my Friday, as I'm off work tomorrow.  I get every other Friday off.  I love that schedule.  I work 8 nine hour days, and one 8 hour day...for a total of 9 days in each pay period, and every other Friday is the tenth day that I don't have to work.  The government calls it a "flex schedule."  On July 2, I'm off until the 8th of July.  I'm heading out to Ohio for some great food and fun with the brother and friends.  He plans on serving up "pulled pork", garlic Po-Boys, wings & shrimp....We like to party hard during the 4th of July....

Oh, by the way...if you eat my brother's cooking....you'd better consider telling him how great it tastes too....lol

Okay, I guess I had better get busy on my tasks here at work this morning.....in the meantime...have a great smokefree day....

Pops with 7 Days of Freedom...Woo Hoo!!!

Pops

Day dreaming while in day 6...

Posted by Pops Jun 19, 2019

Good morning EXers....

before I forget..the banner pic today is a photo that I took from the overlook on top of the mountain in Cumberland Gap while I was on one of my many motorcycling adventures....great shot Pops!...why thank you...I thought so too...;-)

 

Geez, it sure is nice being able to sleep the night through without waking up every thirty minutes to light up a cigarette.  I know that is a dangerous practice...smoking in bed, but hey....if I was worried about dangers from smoking...then I would have quit along time ago.  Right?...You should see all of the cigarette burns in my carpet under my bed, where I would be so tired...that I would drop my smoke as I fell asleep, and the smoke would smolder away while burning a two inch long hole in my carpet...(I'm going to have to pay for a complete re-carpet job when I move...).  I have gorgeous linens that I have been purchasing for my bedroom, all of which have various sized burn holes in brand new bedspreads....what a waste of hard earned money.  As time goes by, I will use the money that I am saving from not smoking, to replace my bedspreads.

 

Speaking of not smoking...withdrawals are not too terribly bad this time around.  I am using the 21mg Nicoderm patch, and I believe that it is helping.  I still get cravings, but they are much less frequent already.  I have to remember the phrase that usually displaces those nagging thoughts..."I don't do that anymore"...then just simply move on to the next thought process. (usually work related).  In this particular instance, work is a nice distraction from the negativity.  Office mates are not nearly as supportive as they had been in the past.  I can hardly blame them either.  They are most likely making side bets as to how long it will be before they see me outside smoking another cigarette. 

 

Okay, I have had my toast already, and now I'm going to enjoy a cup of joe, and hit the bricks with everything I have.  I'm going to post a pic here.  See if you can read the sticker that I put on the back of my tour pack...lol...I love the sentiment..

Enjoy your smoke free day....

Pops with 6 Days of Freedom!

 

Pops

I have eyes on my day five ;-)!

Posted by Pops Jun 18, 2019

 Good morning EXers.....

 

Well, things are going well as can be expected...the jonsing factor isn't too terribly disturbing this time around.  I am sitting @ my desk eating my morning ritual..(a mug of iced tea, and two slices of wheat toast with peanut butter and jelly)...That seems to help keep the hunger craves away until lunchtime.  

As you can see...I'm already getting started lol.  I have a staff meeting in about 20 minutes, then it's turn & burn all day again.  My office neighbor is starting to feel some heat, as he sees that I am knocking out work at a maddening rate, while he simply sits at his computer and surfs the web for gun deals and streams his music, and spreads rumors about the state of affairs in our office these days....(you know what I mean....anything "BUT" doing some semblance of productive work...???  All the while, singing Trump's mantra, "Make America Great Again."  I could just puke....

 

But hey....I'm not smoking!!!  I'm thinking just a second...time for another bite of that toast....ummmm good....Okay, where was I?  Oh yeah, I'm alive on day FIVE!  Yep, I noticed that I didn't hack up any phlem this morning either.  I'm certainly not missing that wonderful morning exercise...you know the one....where you cough so hard, that a hunk of oyster guts come flying unexpectantly out of your mouth and lands on some inappropriate spot on the side of the car, or down my shirt....oh joy....what a great visual you get to have this morning huh?  Well remember EXers...that is just one example as to why you don't do that anymore....so there....don't say Pops never gave you anything...your welcome. 

 

Seriously, I need to get busy on this toast before the meeting and I will check back after the meeting.  In the meantime...

Enjoy your smokefree day!

Pops with 5 Days of Freedom!!! Woo Hoo!!!

Pops

Happy Father's Day....

Posted by Pops Jun 16, 2019

Good afternoon & happy Father's day for those that meet the requirement....I got a call from my son in Fla today and he and I are both enjoying our fathers day.  Hope all of you can do the same.....

I'm trudging through day 3 today.  I spent it with my knees up in the breeze with my fellow Road Toads as we were meandering through the backroad twisties that we have in Eastern/Central Maryland.  It was very scenic, and the temperature was perfect.  (78 degrees with a slight cloudy overcast)  I love riding like that.  Not too hot, and certainly not too cold.  The pace was very peaceful and the curves were not radical.  Almost all of them were gradual and the umbrella trees overhead had a wonderfully calming effect on the psyche.....

After riding for a few hours, we settled on a really authentic mexican food resturaunt and pigged out.....

Who can think about smoking when you have a poirk burrito that big in front of you!?  That will be tomorrows lunch for sure.  Day 3 has been pretty much a piece of cake so far.  Now that I am home with the boys...it's time to turn on the Pebble Beach US Open golf tourney and see how that ends up.

Enjoy your smokefree evening....

Pops w/three days of freedom!

Pops

Still "onery & full of myself"

Posted by Pops Jun 15, 2019

Hi EXers...

 

Pops is on day two (2)...

Yep, that's right..as most of you could pretty well surmise...I once again for reasons...infinitely long and not worthy of mentioning...I picked up another pack of death and proceeded to play "russian roulette" with my life.  Now, after approximately 10 months of being "totally" free of the liquid courage...I felt it was time to turn out the lights on these damned smokes as well....I'm on step one of the nicoderm patch (under doctor's supervision) and am going to go completely through the program as it is written this time.  Last time, I felt that I could handle it, and quit taking the patch after about one week at the behest of several other people's suggestions.  (People that haven't a clue about the medical research and effort that has been put into this study as well)  This time, I am going to trust in the process, and do what I am told to do by my doctor and stay the course as it is designed.

 

I did discover during my Drs visit, that my bp is surprisingly good considering all the stuff that has been going on @ work these days with regards to stress.  118/87..!!! I'm can certainly learn to like those numbers, since at one time in my life, I was 221/114...(how I lived through that time in my life is beyond me.....)  So yesterday, being day one was hectic inasmuch as I kept on remembering at different times during the day, that I would normally be outside smoking a butt.  Then I would just say that same old mantra that we all know around here...."oh yeah...I don't do that anymore..."  And so here I am at 5:00 pm, leaving work, (it's been a 12 hour overtime shift today)...and I am going home to my boys...btw, Mac & Cheese are doing absolutely great these days....What a precious joy they have become for me...we are without question...thick as thieves...

 

This last couple of months, I have been throwing "copius amounts of money" into the motorcycle.  I have joined a motorcycling club called the "Road Toads", and they have decided to call me "Pops Road Toad", and just recently patched me in as an official member...lol

 

We have fun together...just a bunch of old geazers getting together and riding for the joy of it.  None of us drink either, and that makes for a much safer journey as well....Next month, about 12 of us are getting together for a week long journey.  We are going to leave Urbana, Maryland..and travel north up through the Adirondack mountains in Pa, New York and Vermont...ending up in Bangor, Maine.  The plan is to go out to Acadia National Park, and turn back around and come back home on the other side of the Adirondacks...until finally getting home.  That should be a great trip.

 

Work has been crazy this summer!  We have people that are so fed up with the bureaucracy, that they are simply throwing their hands up and walking out without notice or anything.  Just saying "I've had enough...I quit!"  I mean people with over 25 and 30 years...just saying enough...Craziest thing I've ever seen. I don't care how stupid upper management gets...I am never going to let someone drive me away from a career that I have worked on and earned the right to retire from.  When I retire, it will be on my terms, and at the time that I choose to retire...not theirs....oh well...that's a story for pms i guess....

 

Anyway, let's rip the scab off the sore...I'm sorry to the group for not being a successful quitter as many of you have.  I realize that I know very little about this freaking addiction.  One thing that I know beyond any shadow of a doubt is this..."I will never be free of it..."  I don't care how long I have been away from smoking...if I am not careful, and keeping my head on a swivel (by watching out for any sign of waning...) I can and "have" found myself standing @ a gas station counter somewhere...asking some attendant to sell me a pack of death...geeze...unbelievable how easily I can just throw away a perfect quit just to satisfy an immature decision for a moment that turns out to be a long dangerous travel...So once again, I'm sorry, and now I have to get back to the basics.  I am now on day two, and headed home to the boys and dinner.  I look forward to hearing from you guys again....

xoxoxo Pops with 2 Days of Freedom!

Good afternoon friends...

Pops is trudging through day six of this final quit journey.  I have the truck in the paint shop today.  When they get done with the scratch in the hood, then the repair shop is installing my aftermarket exhaust....oh boy...just what I always wanted.  A "big shiny Red truck", that you can hear a mile away...

Mine could be made to look like this easily enough.....

As for the smoking is concerned....no nagging thoughts today....just getting through it one day at a time.  NOPE, and I just Don't Do That Anymore....

Pops w/6 DOF!!!

Gotta luv Jack....

Good morning EXers!  

Pops is alive and well...(at least I would like to think that I am well), and I am not struggling too terribly bad with the nicotine withdrawls this morning.  Now I will tell you this...yesterday, was quite the bugaboo, as far as craves are concerned.  Instead of focusing on the fact that I haven't been coughing with the severity that I had four and five days ago,...I instead was thinking to myself...why not just restart my quit journey to be the 1st of April, 2019?  Heck, nobody could blame me right?  

Bull S##t!!! I'm here to tell you, that as of April 1st, 2019...Pops has "FIVE"....that's right, "FIVE" days of freedom from smoking....not ONE day.  NOPE, Pops is gratefully acknowledging my fifth day of Smobriety!

Okay, I hope that all of you can enjoy some of your morning, if not the entire thing.  Remember, "keep them away from your face...." lol

 

Pops w/5 DOF!

Pops

Putting the time in...

Posted by Pops Mar 31, 2019

Good morning ☀️ friends .  I just woke up (3:15 am Sunday), and suspect that somewhere in the caverns of this disaster area that I call a “brain,”

I must have been thinking about smoking another stick of death . 

I am pleased to be able to return to the quit way of thinking and living...without very much grief. I mean, sure... I have those craves about every two or three hours. That’s when I break out my quit kit of tools, and get to spraying that can’o’whoop-ass, and keep on living without smoking. 

Well the boys are starting to get restless now... I think I will go back to sleep for now.   Enjoy this mornings greeting  

Look @ that long leg just pinning me down and telling me "don't you dare get up yet..."

You see my can'o'whoopass next to the tv?  OMG...Pops is on day FOUR!!!!!

 

Pops with 4 Days of Freedom!!! Outstanding & hooray!!!!!

 

Well, good morning to all of you on this fine Saturday morning....

I have the privilege of working all day this Saturday.  My shift started @ 5:30 this morning, and will end @ 5:45 PM, this evening...They have asked me to perform that overtime shift every Saturday throughout the year if I want it.  I immediately accepted it, as that is way too much overtime for me to turn down this close to retirement.  I guess I am rambling just a little this morning....sorry.  I will attempt to get on point now.

My days one and two, were very non eventful in terms of drama, and extraordinary tough withdrawals from nicotine.  I mean I thought about smoking from time to time, and had to remind myself that I no longer do that, and then get busy with another thought process that would take my mind off the nicotine obsession.  I am pleased to report all is well, and that Pops has quietly but firmly planted himself back into the EX community fold as a Non Smoker, whom is now celebrating three (3) Days of Freedom (DOF)!!!!!

I have added a new toy into my life since I have talked with you last....I will attempt to post a picture here ???? fingers crossed............

Big Red

One of these days, I am going to be driving in Ohio lake effect snow, and I will be needing some good traction at that...and why not get it in the way of a big bright red truck?!

 

I just love this pic....

This is one of my favs for obvious reasons....

Good evening friends.....

I know it's been awhile, and I'm apologizing for that.  My head just wasn't right, and I was not ready to resume my quit.  I'm happy to say that I am now done, and am now back to day "one"...I've been here before, and I know what I'm in for.  I can only hope that it won't be as bad as it certainly can be.  I have quite a bit of experience in not smoking, and at one time I was committed to the concept of "NOPE".  That is the only way that this quit will survive.  I will do my best, and just keep plugging away, one moment at a time....I certainly am looking forward to the days that I rarely think about smoking at all.  My experience has taught me to focus on the positive, and stay away from the victime role of being chained to nicotine.  I will do my best to break free of that bondage agaion, and with alot of diligent work and prayer...perhaps those chains will loosen up sooner, rather than later.  

 

I would like to thank all of you for all of your well wishes that you sent me while I was out there.  I read each of them, and they are a huge part of why I am back here at all.  God bless each and everyone of you.....

 

Pops, on Day One!I will have to post some new pics later....these two have turned into mountain lions......I just love em to death....

Pops

Pops is alive @ 105!!!

Posted by Pops Jan 5, 2019

Good afternoon EXers!!! Well, all was well on the return trip home to see the boys....(except for the speeding ticket I got on the Pennsylvania Turnpike...grrr)  I was in such a hurry, I forgot the speed limit drops to 55 after going through the Allegheny tunnel....shoot.  Oh well, this too shall pass.  So the holidays were a real hoot in Ohio, but I was homesick for my cats, and my home group meetings as well.  I attended alot of meetings while I was in Ohio, but nonetheless, I missed my corp group of friends.  We are all going out on another motorcycle trip tomorrow.  Not far, Leesburg, Virginia is all.  It will be good to straddle the iron pony again too.  I went out to the garage to check on it, and I do believe it missed me too...lol.

The homecoming to Mac & Cheese was wonderful.  At first they sort of snubbed me for being gone so long...but Pops knew how to put the squash on that noise.  As soon as I picked up their food dish, they were rubbing on my legs and purring like diesel engines...Last night, they finally let me rub their bellies...now they jump up on the bed and lay on their backs waiting for me to scratch and rub their tummies....as that is what good "Pops" do isn't it?  

On the work front, I see the government hasn't made any forward movement towards getting us furloughed employees back into action...Oh well....this too shall pass.  Fortunately, I am drawing social security and have enough shored up in savings to survive the shutdown for awhile.  However, there are many co-workers that aren't that blessed.  Many of them are living paycheck to paycheck.  We got our last check on the 31st of Dec.  But, if we aren't back to work on the 14rh...that is when all hell will break loose for both sides of this rediculous and childlike behavior squabble.  I am not voicing any preference to either side, as I don't feel that either of them are worthy of my approval.  I just hope that the voters once again will go to the polls and fire the entire lot of them.  NO INCUMBENT returns!  

In any case....smoking isn't going to make the situation anymore palatable.

NOPE....I simply do NOT do that anymore.....

Okay, it is time for me to get something to eat.  I brought back a couple of dozen "Garlic Poor Boy" sausages.  They are to die for.  I like to mix them in with some sauerkraut and swiss cheese for a hoagie sandwich to die for.

xoxoxoxox Pops with 105 DOF  Woo Hoo!!!!!

My niece in England said that I look like a viking, so I put in these viking runes just for her.....

My biggest item on my "bucket list" is to travel every mile of route 66 on my Harley..

Good afternoon EXers!  Happy New Year to all of us.....smoke free quitters...Yay!!!!

Things have been quite busy here in Ohio...this last week has consisted of constant eating and going out with friends and family...We are going to two different New Years eve parties as well....After I get back from those, I am going to attend a meeting for the other selfish behavior that I no longer am participating in.  All in all...this has been a wonderful visit to Ohio.  The only downside to the trip, is me desparately missing my two boys....My neighbor has assured me that they are fine, but she has assured me that they are looking for me all of the time....I am planning to return to Maryland sometime friday.  I have missed you guys too...looking forward to hearing from some of you.  Please enjoy your new year's eve and be very careful if you are out on the road tonight.....and remember that we don't smoke anymore....

xoxoxo Pops w/ 100 Days ...Woo Hoo!!!!!

Mac & Cheese....