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Yesterday morning. Some people don't find the beauty in it but I do. The only problem with it is the very cold temps we have now. The driveway is all cleared now and the sun is shining but bitterly cold. No need to go out for a  smoke cuz I don't do that anymore. People in the southeast and southwest look what you are missing.

Everyone stay inside today and enjoy the warmth and watch some football. Go KC and LA.


Lost my baby brother (56 yrs old) to lung cancer back in October now I get a call yesterday that my sister (68 yrs old) has passed away. She had a weak heart and really bad COPD. Both were smokers to the end and nothing I said could change their minds. So it looks like another trip to hometown in Iowa next week.

I now have 3 brothers left. The oldest (73 yrs old) never smoked cigarettes but has 2 or 3 cigars a day, then me (71 yrs old) quit 4yrs & 3 months ago thanks to EX, then next brother (63 yrs old) never smoked but is an alcoholic and last brother (61 yrs old) quit smoking 11 yrs ago. No health issues so far with any of us and hopefully it will stay that way. Don't want big tobacco taking anymore of my family or anyones family for that matter.

Didn't really want to write this blog but if it can help anyone make the decision to quit smoking then it has fulfilled its purpose.

Stay smoke-free everyone.



I take terrible pictures

Posted by meWisconsin Dec 20, 2018

Added my Christmas avatar but I'm not very photogenic so don't laugh too hard.


Pulled into the grocery store parking lot this morning just in time to watch a lady get out of her car take 2 long drags off her cigarette then throw it on the ground. At the front of the store is a large ash can not more than 20 feet from her car. I was curious and couldn't help myself so I asked her why she didn't wait until she got to the ash can to throw her cigarette away. I quess she was having a bad day because her response would have made a sailor blush. I had fun with the situation so maybe I will keep asking that question when I see people throw out their butts. If you don't see me for a while that means I asked the wrong person and got my butt kicked. Have a great smoke-free day.




Posted by meWisconsin Nov 22, 2018

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. It doesn't matter if we are with family or friends or just spending the day with one's self, we have a lot to be thankful for. The addiction to cigarettes is not part of our life anymore. We can sit at the table enjoying a fabulous meal without worrying about how to sneak out for a quick smoke. 

Hope this day finds everyone happy to be smoke-free and in good health.




Posted by meWisconsin Nov 14, 2018

Do I leave tomorrow morning for deer camp or spend the day at home with my wife on our 49th anniversary? I think we all know my answer to that question. It is a good thing my wife is very understanding. After all the years I spent on the road trucking I missed a lot of anniversaries so it is not a big deal for her. I will make a steak and baked potato on the grill tonight so that will make her happy. 

This will be my 5th smoke-free deer camp so really looking forward to it. Hope everyone is doing great in their quits and enjoying the smoke-free lifestyle. Will catch up with everyone when I get back next week.



PS. Had a great time in Las Vegas last month. Didn't win a lot of money but didn't smoke over it.

1522 DOF

Heading out this morning for my yearly trip to Las Vegas to see my old Vietnam buddies. One man less this year. Bruce from Calif just died 2 weeks ago. We will raise a toast to him. 

Got a pocket full of money because I don't have to buy cigarettes anymore so looking forward to a good time.

If you see Pops congratulate him. A little birdie told me he was on day 30.

Everyone enjoy this wonderful Monday.




Posted by meWisconsin Oct 20, 2018

Where's Pops on day 28? I missed him yesterday on day 27 but I"ll bet he felt like he was in heaven. I don't know if Ken is having fun trying to rhyme each day but it gives me something to think about.

Keep up the great quit Ken.




Posted by meWisconsin Sep 23, 2018

They never seem to end. 4 years and 8 days into my quit and a nightmare about smoking appears out of nowhere. It was so real that I could actually taste and smell the cigarette. When I woke this morning I rushed to the bathroom to brush my teeth. It was that bad. Even after all this time people we have to remain vigilant. I'm headed out the door shortly for my morning walk so I can get some fresh air into my lungs and try to forget that horrible dream. Everyone have a fantastic Sunday.



364 days to 5 years

Posted by meWisconsin Sep 14, 2018

Yup today is my 4 year anniversary of being free from cigarettes. Couldn't have made it without the help of everyone here at EX. Looking forward to many more years of being smoke free and enjoying the friendships I have made here at EX.



I'm still here

Posted by meWisconsin Sep 8, 2018

I've been absent for a couple of months but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking of everyone. There has been some pain in my life lately that I am finally starting to get over. I don't want to bore everyone with the details but suffice to say "I did not smoke over it."

Looking forward to my 4 year anniversary next week. I will be checking in more often in the future. 



A very sad day

Posted by meWisconsin Jul 11, 2018

My beloved Jackson has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Massive heart failure is what the vet told me. He was only 9 years old. I quess God needed a Golden Retreiver at his side. 



Summer time

Posted by meWisconsin Jun 21, 2018

Nothing says summer like a nice comfy chair and a glass of lemonade(vodka optional). Welcome to summer everyone.

Terry 1376 DOF


Flag Day

Posted by meWisconsin Jun 14, 2018

Fly them high and fly them proud today.

Terry  1369 DOF


Roadtrip to Delaware

Posted by meWisconsin May 5, 2018

Leaving in the morning for a drive to Delaware to see an old Navy buddy. Years ago this 1000 mile trip would have been a 3 PACKER  but now it will be smoke free. Can't wait to get started. Not sure what we are going to do but how much trouble could two 70 something old salts get into.

Hope everyone is enjoying their smoke free lifestyle, I know I sure am. I don't get on here as much as I used to but I still think about everyone. Will let you all know how the trip went when I get back.

Terry 1329 DOF