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Be it known...Pops is on 81....

Posted by Pops Dec 12, 2018

Good morning EXers!  What's up!!!???  Another Hump Day in this forever quit journey that we are traveling today.....

The temperatures are very cold, and it sure is nice not feeling the need to go outside and suffer through the cold bitter wind and temperatures of the eastern coast....

I'm getting excited about the prospect of getting back to Ohio for the holidays again as well....Most ot the company Christmas parties are already completed by now.  Now is the time for everyone to go out and finish up the last minute shopping for the significant others, and such....(I still am at a loss as to what I am going to get my brother for his surprise this year.  His birthday in Jan 20th, so I always combine his b day with Christmas & do them both @ once.  Last year, I got him a really nice foot massager.  ???? on this year.  He is 69, and seems to have everything a man could want....I'm easy to buy for...just get me something that has Harley Davidson on it and I am good to go....lol

Well, I guess I should be getting back to work, and earn the ducketts for the day....I will be checking back in throughout the day.  

BTW, jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007, I looked @ the cat wheels for Mac & Cheese...I'm thinking that they will probably be getting one in the near future.....

Pops w/81 DOF....Woo Hoo!!!!!

Cats running wheel - YouTube 

Pops is "Rockin Eighty"!!!

That's right...Pops has turned the time tables upside down this time around....I'm just 20 days away from being a 3 digit midget!  The first century mark in this forever quit journey that I have embarked upon......

I am so relieved to be at peace within myself these days.  I no longer am continually fighting off the urge, or thought of lighting up another smoke.  I have found that if I find myself thinking about it more than is comfortable....then I stay away from conversations about smoking.  It seems that the more I talk about it, (while I am jonsing....) then the harder it is for me to dispatch the thought from my thought process.  

Don't get me wrong, I am not advocating to avoid us, or the site in general...just take a break and quit talking about it for a bit.  Get busy doing something else in your life.  God knows there are plenty of things to be thinking about besides smoking.  Heck, it's Christmas time...try thinking of what decorations are coming out this year....how about where you will be on Christmas Eve?  Are you going to be out and about partying on New Years Eve?  If so, have you setup your designated driver already?  Remember. booze and quits have been a deadly mix for alot of our predecessors.....

Now, I ask you....wasn't that much easier thought process, than just sitting around imagining not going into the gas station and having to pry yourself away from the smoke counter?  See, just think about something different.  This too....shall pass......

xoxoxoxo Pops w/80 Days of Freedom....Woo Hoo!!!!!

Hard to believe that it has been 79 days already....Time has been flying by so quickly this year....unbelievable the speed that time travels in one's older days....Jim said it best a while back...I think it was that "life was like a toilet paper roll.....the closer to the end you get....the faster it appears to disappear."  ;-(....yikes, that is too close to reality....

Oh well, at least I'm spending the end of my days without the struggle of choking on a cigarette, or wheezing and coughing throughout important meetings, or interrupting tv programs with my loud and obnoxious coughing....

Today is another Monday...(just 15 more days til Christmas as well....)  Enjoy your smokefree day today, and remember, we are "all of us" so much better off for not participating in that deadly practice any longer....

Pops with 79 days of freedom....Woo Hoo!!!!!

Good afternoon EXer family!

I just thought that it would be nice to look into the site today and see what's shaking in the EX community...Any great goings on today?  Everything is pretty quiet, almost dull here on the Maryland front...I'm thinking that I might just get out of the house for a couple of hours and go treat myself to a movie before it goes off screen.  I have been meaning to see the Queen story...."Bohemian Rhapsody"...I hear that it is "very very good" (if you like Queen....) I personally cannot for the life of me begin to understand how anyone with a pulse that was born after 1950 or later....NOT liking Queen....Greats like, "We are the Champions," or "We will Rock You," or "Another one bites the dust!"  So, I guess that will fill up some of my day this afternoon.

My journey through No Mans Land will be coming to an end in a short while.  Let's put it this way...I'm certtainly alot closer to the last day of No Mans Land, than the first day....Pops is rocking 79 Days of Freedom today....Woo Hoo!!!!!

As you can see, my boys have been watching me very closely since the 3rd of November (their adoption date) and making sure that I not do anything that they don't like...lol.  My boys deserve a clean fresh air filled home to live in....They really do give me a good purpose to fulfill now....They do wonders to help the lonliness of living alone....At night, they are both seeing which one of them can push the hardest up next to me in bed....it is a very comforting paternal sort of feel that comes over me.  I know, it sounds corny, buy don't worry, it's my journey, not yours....

Enjoy your smokefree day.....

Good morning EXers.....

I hope all is well in the EXland family.  Pops has been peacefully navigating through the No Mans Land for a few weeks now, and haven't experienced very many urges to speak of the entire time I have been in here.  Except for yesterday....for some odd reason, the thought crossed my mind that a few drags off of a smoke would taste good.  Gee Whiz!!! What a crock o crap that is.  Like I could actually experience the taste of just a few drags from a smoke....lol!  My drug of choice has always been "more"...once my addiction has been awoken, then it is alive and obnoxiously loud in my head.  Anyway, I just dispatched the lie out of my head, and continued to live smokefree.  It is so much easier to remain smokefree, than it is to go through all of the guilt and mindset changing to regain "day one" again.....

Enjoy your smokefree day...

Pops with 75 DOF!!!

Pops

Feelin Free @ Seventy-Three....

Posted by Pops Dec 4, 2018

Good morning EXers!  Enjoy your morning by drinking your coffee from the other hand, and not having a smoke hanging through your fingers while you sip your morning Joe....I'm so glad that I am no longer jonsing to have a smoke...I simply do NOT even think about it anymore.  Besides, isn't this Tuesday?  Oh yeah...I almost forgot...."I NEVER smoke on Tuesdays...."  That being said, I am off to a great start for my day.....I am smokefree, blogging about the gift of smoke free living, and see no reason to consider smoking on Wednesday either....However, I will address Wednesday, tomorrow.....

Enjoy your smoke free day....Pops with 73 DOF....

Good morning EXers!!! Pops is a rocking 72 days of freedom today...Woo Hoo!!!!!  I am sooooo glad to be able to return to work this morning....It seems that I have been away for a long time now....ambulance last Wed, rest on Thurs, VA Hospital Heart team on Friday, the weekend, and now I'm back at the grind.....

 

My brother called me yesterday after I got back from my motorcycle ride, and told me to quit playing around, and get out to Ohio now.  He found a house for $107,000, 3 br & 1 ba & 2 car gar & big lot with plenty of privacy.  Said my payment would be around $600 month with 20% down, and that I should go ahead and retire....???? I'm going to consider it for a few days......hmmmmmm

 

In the meantime, the boss just walked in, and I need to get after my work for now.....I'll check back in later...

Enjoy your smokefree day......

Pops w/72 DOF....Woo Hoo!!!!!

Good morning EXer family!  I know it is not my normal cheerful self, but I gotta tell you...I'm going to take a minute to complain this morning....

Geez!  Two weeks ago, my dr told me to get into emergency immediately for fear of the ultimate....Just a couple of weeks before, she said that my heart scan was troubling to her, and she wanted the heart team to look at it....(six weekls later!).  My aortic stint was installed in my lower aorta in Jun of 17, and now they want to look @ it and make sure it isn't leaking...

Then last wednesday, I took and ambulance ride to the emergency room for a 10 hour barrage of tests....

....and just yeterday....I spent all morning long seeing three different doctors...Yikes....

I just want to retire one day and be able to enjoy some of the golden years....it seems that my life is hosting a foot race between me meeting the retirement day, or the funeral director day....Getting old is not for sissies...that is for sure....

 

Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful to be smokefree, and am not in the least bit concerned over smoking....I'm just feeling that simply being smokefree...isn't enough.  After all, we gave up this hideous addiction to begin to live again....Tomorrow, my friends and I are going out on an all day long ride....

 

Enough of gthe whining...today Pops is rocking 70 DOF!  Woo Hoo !!!!

Pops

Doing Fine...on Sixry-Nine..

Posted by Pops Nov 30, 2018

Hard to believe how fast time is passing by these days..Yikes! I’m going to have to talk to the funeral director sooner than I anticipated   .  I’m back @ the VA hospital for overdue appts with heart team and angio team and one other. I’m pulling all of my records while I’m here & will be going to the private sector. The VA has simply become abusers of our veterans anymore. At least I can afford private insurance. To see these old beat up vets wandering through these hallways is sickening. It’s hard to believe that they used to protect our country, and now they are being wheeled into a corner and told to wait until they are called.  God save me from hurting somebody today...

xoxoxo enjoy your smokefree day today!!!

Pops

Help!

Posted by Pops Nov 28, 2018

I’m reaching out for prayers. In the hospital this am for some reason???? Tests galore & ambulance ride to the hospital. Fingers crossed 

Good morning EXer family!  I am hoping this blog finds all of you well...As for Pops...well let's just say that I am comfortable in my journey through "no mans land."  I really cannot see where the NML needs that much attention.  As I have said on multiple occasions in the past...."aint no thang...but a chicken wang"

enjoy your day.....

Pops with 67 DOF!

Pops

GOOD MORNING EXers!!...

Posted by Pops Nov 27, 2018

Pops is rocking out on day 66...woo hoo!!!! Well, it is Tuesday morning after a big holiday & now us Federal Govt employees are preparing to be furloughed again on the 12th of December for a lack of proper funding organizational control....I mean really?  Do we need to go through this every year?  If I missed my major deadlines the way that they do...it goes without saying, the government would send me down the highway & tell me not to bother darkening their doorways again.....I just don't understand how they can get away with not performing their jobs, and still maintain their employment status...No justice in that crossroad....

All that aside, today is an extremely valuable day in my quit journey....day 66....I'm feeling nostalgic I guess.....No smoking allowed NO MATTER WHAT!!!  How is your quit's health?  Have you inventoried your toolkit?  Cleaned, lubed and adjusted all of the tools needed to get you through the holidays?  Remember, it's alot easier to stay smokefree, that it is to "get" smokefree....just keep them away from your face.....

xoxoxo Pops w/66 DOF....Woo Hoo!!!!!

Good morning EXer family!  I thought that I would check in this morning, as it seems that I may be just about the only person on my team working today.  Oh my boss just walked in....(darn it...lol)  I hope all had a great weekend, as now it is time to get ramped up for the next two big holidays....I sort of enjoyed hearing all of the Christmas music in the malls.  (I guess I am getting softer in my older days)  You'd never guess that from the looks of my new profile pic.

 

We (The Road Toads) decided to go out on another motorcycle run yesterday, since the weather was right.  It was actually 64 degrees outside @ 3:30 pm.  Hard to believe it.  So in prep for the ride, I posted a crusty old biker selfie on fb... & my avatar here....so much for the softer side that wants to listen to Christmas carols lol.  I will try to post a couple of pics...

Do you see any similarities???? ;-)

Enjoy your smokefree day....Pops with 65 days of freedom...Woo Hoo!!!

Pops

Black Friday!

Posted by Pops Nov 23, 2018

Pops is off today, and it's time to play....

Good morning EXers!  I trust that all of you survived the food comas that were inflicted from yesterdays overdose of indulgence....?? So now it is time to get up, have a cup'o'joe...& get on the go....to the nearest sto....oh yeah....don't forget to bring da dough...$$$$.  lol  Sometimes I impress myself so much...my head hurts..

You want to hear something really impressive???

Today, Pops has 62 days of freedom!  Woo Hoo!!!!  At 2 packs a day, ($8.25 per pack) I have saved $1,023 since day one....Wow! That's alot'o'mozarella...!  So I guess I can afford to splurge a little bit.....

Have a great smokefree "Black Friday"!

xoxoxoxo Pops w/62 DOF!

Pops

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Pops Nov 22, 2018

Good morning EXer family...I hope all of you enjoy your “smokefree” Thanksgiving day...

I am watching the Macy’s Day prep work for the parade @ 9:00.  The boys are bouncing around after their morning feeding. They really are a hoot to watch. Comforting as well. 

So today Pops is rocking 61 days of freedom