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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  

Pops has hit 60 days of Freedom today....

And that simply "trips my trigger"!!!!!

That's right...Pops has two months, (or sixty days if you prefer) as of today)...

Friends will be hearing from me throughout the holiday weekend, as this is an emotional time for me.  I am bummed that I am not @ my brother's house in Ohio, but things just didn't work out that way this year.  So, friends of "Bill & Bob"...and Mac & Cheese will be my special company instead.....

I hope that all of you are planning to enjoy some good eating and friendships without "smoking" on the back porch....

p.s. I was in the Giant supermarket picking up some fixins, and wow...almost everything in the store is marked down, and quite a bit at that....(you might want to stock up on some of those non-perishable items that you use all the time).  

 

Okay, I'm @ work for today, and it's time to earn some donuts....I'll check back in throughout the day....Enjoy your smokefree morning....

Pops w/60 Days of Freedom....Woo Hoo!!!!!

....Now that I'm on day "Fifty-Nine"!!!....

Good morning EXer family!  I can almost taste the turkey already....Let's not forget the pecan or pumpkin pie...the sweet potatoes...the green bean casserole...the cranberry sauce....Screw it...let's eat!  Pops is "Hangry"!!!

Then I get to lay around the house napping while the football game is playing...and talk with family....(even if it is only by phone...)  

As for today, I need to stop in the market on the way home tonight & stock up on some of the hard to find fixins.....I also need to keep my senses in tune to the lurking notion of maybe just "one puff" lie that always seems to come calling around holiday season.

Enjoy your day today & get excited about what is about to take place.....

xoxoxox Pops with 59 Days of Freedom....Woo Hoo!!!!!

...I can really "patriciate"...on day "Fifty-Eight"!!!!

Good morning EXers...and get up and get yer butts moving...you'd better be ready to move around and lose a few pounds in the next couple of days...cuz the end of the week is coming...and you don't want to have to be worrying about a couple of extra pounds @ the end of Thanksgiving week!  Ummm good....bring on the pumpkin pie & the dark turkey meat with the poultry giblet gravy over the stuffing....Oh my God...I will think that I have been sent to heaven....

I'm loving this quit....I hope that you all can find some happiness in your quit....and enjoy a wonderful smokefree day today.....

xoxoxo Pops with 58 DOF...Woo Hoo!!!!!

Good morning EXers. I’m feeling like this is a good day to cut loose in the kitchen for next weeks food supply. I seem to eat much better when I cook, as opposed to going out everyday. 

This quit of mine still is very easy for me. No lurking notions of just one...etc. I’m hoping each of you will enjoy a smoke free Sunday!!

Pops w/57 DOF!  Woo Hoo!!!

On Day "Fifty-Six"!!!

Good morning EXers!  It is another gorgeous fall like.../....wintery sorta day outside.  Well, as luck would have it...thursday, after the first sleet/snow mix that we had for the year....my brakes started to fail on the car.  I didn't come this far in life to be taken out by a faulty set of brakes....So, I took the car into a shop that I trust & they gave me the bad news that my anti-lock brake control module was defective and obviously needed replacing...(the car will stop, but only after I pump the pedal several times...yikes).  I know that my attitude is changing for the better, and it really showed last night.  

Yesterday, I asked for a couple hours early release to get the car worked on....after they discovered the problem (two hours later)...the mechanic looked up the part to discover that it wouldn't be available until Wednesday of next week...Thanksgiving week to boot.  He looked @ me and said that he was afraid to tell me the price and availability...I calmly told him to just give it to me straight.  $1200 and I would have to wait until Friday after Thanksgiving.  I told him, "hey bud, it's no big deal...I am not going to lose my cookies over this sort of stuff.  I am just grateful that we caught it in time, and that I have the cash and friends and UBER connections to get through it all."  I mean, it's not like smoking a cigarette is going to magically fix my brakes all of a sudden...right?  Plus the money that I have saved in the last 56 days by not purchasing those death sticks...has almost completely paid for the work needed.  Besides, that was Friday, and we all know that Pops NEVER smokes on Friday!  (Saturdays either ;-)...or any other day for that matter....

 

What the heck, I now get to stay home longer and play with my boys....Mac & Cheese this weekend anyway... Have a great and smokefree weekend....

xoxoxo Pops w/56 DOF & Mac & Cheese!!!

How could I possibly be mad about spending all day with these two guys?

Pops

Doing the "Hand Jive".... 2

Posted by Pops Nov 16, 2018

....On Day Fifty Five....!!:-)

Yep, you got it....It's Friday, so laugh until you "snort" lol.  I'm not so sure how that would go in mixed company....but it sounds like something some of my buddies and I could have a great time doing together...that is for sure....

so Pops will advise for you to loosen up, and get you a great big old scoop of life, and enjoy it for all that it is....(smokefree that is....)

xoxoxox Pops with 55 days of freedom....woo hoo!!!

Pops

Doing the "Hand Jive"....

Posted by Pops Nov 16, 2018

....On Day Fifty Five....!!:-)

Yep, you got it....It's Friday, so laugh until you "snort" lol.  I'm not so sure how that would go in mixed company....but it sounds like something some of my buddies and I could have a great time doing together...that is for sure....

so Pops will advise for you to loosen up, and get you a great big old scoop of life, and enjoy it for all that it is....(smokefree that is....)

xoxoxox Pops with 55 days of freedom....woo hoo!!!

 

 

Pops

Plowing through on day 54

Posted by Pops Nov 15, 2018

Good morning EXers!!!

So the old man winter is back in Maryland this morning....This is the first snow of the year today.  I personally don't think it is anything to worry about, but these Marylanders are just a bunch of nondriving idiots.  I've never seen any sect of this country as inept @ driving, than Marylanders....A little sprinkle, or heaven help us...if it is snow....then the state goes into a panic.  OMG!  Shut down "all of the schools"....call in sick....are we going to get another snow day?  I can't drive through all of the black ice...geez louise....it's panic everywhere, and for no reason at all....

I so am looking forward to putting Maryland in my rearview mirror.  I simply hate this state.  They tax too high, and support the base entirely too little.  They impose personal choice laws i.e., right to own, or women's' rights....  You name it.  If you thought you had a say in it...you were sadly mistaken.

All right....enough already...I have been whining every since I started to write this blog....So, let me get onto some good stuff....today...I have been away from any fashion of smoke whatsoever....for a total of 54 days!!! That includes no zinger thoughts, or desire to sample one more...for the good times....Who am I kidding? ...There weren't any good times anyway.  They were always a lie.

I hope you can enjoy your smokefree day today.  Remember...."keep them away from your face"...

Pops w/54 DOF!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!

Because today is day "Number 53"...!!!

Good morning EXers....today is day 53...no more wheezing, no waking up in the middle of the night coughing, and reaching over the night stand to light another smoke...only to fall asleep with it falling to the floor to burn another burn in the carpet of the bedroom.  

No more stinking body odor, or incessant coughing...and oh how I so do NOT miss those HUGE balls of phlem that were so heavy...my lack of air could not propel them far enough to clear the side of my car doors, as I spit outside the window...only to have it drip down the inside of my car door panel...yuck!!!.

NOPE, I don't miss it a bit....

A huge thanks to all of you here on this site, to help keep me focused on the issue of keeping them away from my face!....

Time to get back to earning the donuts.....Have a great "smokefree" day.

 

xoxoxo Pops with 53 Days of Freedom....Woo Hoo!!!!!

Pops

What's a Pops to do...?

Posted by Pops Nov 13, 2018

When he wakes up to find that he is on 

Day

Fifty-Two!!!

That's right...Pops is rocking 52 days!!!

Enjoy your smokefree day....

xoxoxoxo

Pops

with 52 DOF!!!

...Cuz today marks day "Fifty-One"!!!...

That's right....day 51 already...wow, where did the time go?  You guys sure have been a great help to your old Pops in getting to where I needed to be in this quit...

And now I'm never alone in this journey anymore....Plus, I have two ferocious companions to sleep with me & stand guard to attack that Nicodemon in the middle of the night, if he should ever land upon my bed while I am sleeping...

Just look at the watchful eyes of these two....

Am I blessed...or what?!

So, for those that don't know yet....

That is Mac on the right, and Cheese laying next to me...

I hope all of you can enjoy a peaceful & smokefree Veterans Day....

xoxoxox Pops with 51 DOF...Woo Hoo!!!!!

Pops is introducing to all of his family....

His two most recent adds to his family....

My Boys...."Mac" & "Cheese"!...

 

Oh, and let's not forget the "nifty" significance of this day either...

Today, Pops has arrived to day "Fifty" of his new freedom!!

Woo Hoo!!!!!

This No Mans Land is a piece o cake now....

Enjoy your smokefree day...

and thanks to all of you

for your fun support in providing me with all of these great names for my boys...

the winning names came from MikeN@lanta !!!

Thanks Mike...

https://youtu.be/LgoG-axjd6sThanks to all of you....Mac and Cheese

Woo Hoo!!!

 

Pops

A stitch in time.....

Posted by Pops Nov 10, 2018

ON DAY FORTY-NINE!

Good morning EXers....well, this weekend isn't starting off in the matter that I was hoping for....yesterday, I met my new GP Doctor that I had been assigned to.  In closing, she asked that I give a blood sample for a few check she wanted to have done.  That was about 10:30 in the morning....Last night, another doctor called my cell while I was in a meeting, and relayed that my doctor wanted me to come into the emergency room immdiately for another sodium check, and another EKG.  I called the nurse advice line about 3;30 this morning and asked what was up.  She told me to get in right away.  Normal sodium levels are 3.5-3.0...and that mine are at 6.2.  She said they believe that one of my medications that I am taking, (or not taking) is causing my sodium to elevate.  (Update...it’s not sodium, it’s potassium instead). I just got my admission bracelet. Joy joyCompound that with a leaking valve....I apparantly am not in near as good a shape as I was lead to believe....hmmmm...

The doctor did tell me that it was wonderful that I had quit smoking and that I should never ever consider going back on that committment.  Not to mention, the "other" bad habit of indulging too much of....

So, I have showered, prayed, fed my boys, and now it is time to hit the road and let the stewards do their majic....

Que cera....cera....

Pops with 49 Days of Freedom!!!

 

Wait!!!....I think we might have found the problem after all....

 

 

 

POPS is on day "Forty Eight"!!!

I know it is corny...but hey, these rhymes are getting very repetitive...lol.  I challenge you to rhyme 20s through 90s without repeating gate, or heavn or jive, or sticks....you know what I mean...

But hey, on another note....this is a great day.  By the way, check out the huge celebration flag that we hang on our HQs wall for the national holidays!  It makes my heart soar to see "Old Glory" hanging like that....

 

Old Glory...

...here is the unit that I served with in Viet Nam...

Have a great smokefree Friday.....

xoxoxo Pops with 48 Days of Freedom!!!

Pops

Good morning EXers!

Posted by Pops Nov 7, 2018

I'm just not feeling it for the rhyming routine this morning....I've been up since 3:00 this morning cooking for an event that we (the Veterans) at work are hosting for this years Veterans rememberance day....This year, I am preparing enchilada casserole for about 65 people...I also made another 1/2 chaffing dish pan for me to eat @ home.  I just love this stuff.  But it is such a mess to make, I only cook it two or three times a year.  I'll send pics later....

So today is another exciting day of my forever lifetime quit.....Pops is rocking through this no man's land with 46 days today....and now I have a couple of traveling companions that are keeping me smiling all the way throughout this journey! :-)

Know this....I am ecstatic for my newfound freedom from the chains and poison of nicotine.....I have not had ONE, that's right, not one single urge to smoke one cigarette since I began this journey 46 days ago, on the 22 of Sept.  That is an absolutely "Perfect quit date"...I have zero need to change it for anything whatsoever.  I certainly hope that each of you can feel that way about your quit date.  Have a great smokefree day.....I will check back in throughout the day today when I can.....xoxoxoxox Pops w/46 DOF...Woo Hoo!!!!!

 

And here is the start of my renown "enchilada casserole"....

...and who would've thought that would turn into this?...

...and who would've thought that, could turn into this?..

geez...am I ever hangry now.....

Pops

Help Pops Name his Boys!!!

Posted by Pops Nov 6, 2018

HELP ME PLEASE!!!!

I'm losing my mind....what do I call these guys?!!

I am going  to announce their names Sunday...

I will pick their names from your suggestions up until Saturday Night....I'm drawn to the highlighted ones so far....

 

Tom & Jerry

Mutt & Jeff

Abbott & Costello

Jan & Dean

Laurel & Hardy

Yin & Yang

Simon & Garfunkel

Bert & Ernie

Mac & Cheese

Mario & Luigi

Lennon & McCartney

Chip & Dale

Fred & Barney

Peanut & Butter

Steak & Fries

Flap & Jack

Frick & Frack

Cheech & Chong

Billy & Bob

Simon and Garfunkel

Sonny and Cher

Chad and Jeremy

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Boris and Natasha

Mork and Mindy

Heckle and Jeckle

Batman and Robin

Flip & Flop

Nuke & Duke

Oscar and Felix

Flip & Phone

Ren & Stimpy

Let me know your thoughts on the picks so far.....

(this is too much fun...) btw, the lighter one (on bottom) is actually the pioneer of the two of them...he's not afraid of anything...the other is just waiting to see what happens to him first...

On another note....

Pops is alive....with "forty five"!!!

Today Pops has 45 Days of Freedom...Woo Hoo!!!

"Pops" family would grow to "three"....

"On the weekend before day 43".....

Good morning EXers!  Well, as you can see....Pops is tired of living alone, and these two precious guys needed a home.  They are rescued from the humane shelter & were fostered for about 6 weeks until they pulled onto my heart strings....:-)...They are identical twins and have never been separated since birth, and both are in impeccable health, and are just as fun as a barrel of monkeys...both of them....(six months old)...I think I will call them "Cheech & Chong"...

Not quite sure yet...I will take suggestions for a couple of days...I was thinking about "Ring & Zing" because of the pronounced ring tail on the darker one.  I was advised against rhyming there names, as it leads to confusion....hence the Cheech & Chong route.  Plus, I am of the age where I can appreciate how close and inseparable Cheech and Chong really were.

Well, Pops is certainly happy to say that I now have 43 days of freedom...Woo Hoo!!!!!

Have a great smokefree monday morning...

btw, who knows, these guys just might outlive me.  They will probably live til age 17 or so...heck, I will be 84 by then...Now, you can understand why I rescued them...I fully intend for these two to keep me comfortable for the rest of my life...! 

Now that he is no Day 42?....

Enjoy your day....As for me....I'm out window shopping today.....smokefree of course....

Pops with 42 DOF, Woo Hoo!!!!!

Here is something for you to smile about.....

I love this pin!....:-)

Pops

How Pops day begun....

Posted by Pops Nov 2, 2018

A few hours ago....

My daily journey begun....

In the warming desert.....

I set my course for the morning sun...

As I prepared to mount my steed...

I slipped and fell...

Into a pile of "Camel Dung"!...

Before long, I relaxed and began to chuckle, I saw what was really going on....

Pops is in "no mans land"...

& today is the big..

"Forty One"!!!

Enjoy your smokefree day...You can bet that I will....

Pops with 41 Days of Freedom....Woo Hoo!!!!!