Contributed by James Snyder on Jan 16, 2021
We had a long, hard week with problems and difficulties that took time to solve, if they even were solved. It is quite interesting to me that when I solve one problem, two other problems appear. I think they’re all waiting in line.
In particular, one day was rather difficult and zapped both of us
Contributed by James Snyder on Jan 9, 2021
I have lived long enough to know that the only change that has any kind of reality is the change in my pocket. I keep track of that change with great supervision and count it every day.
When people tell me that this is a New Year and there will be a lot of changes this year, I search my pocket
Contributed by James Snyder on Jan 2, 2021
It is not that I am colorblind; I just am color indifferent. Red and blue and yellow are all the same to me.
This, on many occasions, has challenged the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, who is very meticulous when it comes to describing anything or anyone.
In remodeling my office at the
Contributed by James Snyder on Dec 26, 2020
It's hard to believe, but another Christmas has come and gone. It comes so slow but leaves so fast. I guess I'll never understand that. This Christmas was probably the most unusual that I have ever experienced.
When I was young, I remember those first Christmases; they were so slow in
Contributed by James Snyder on Dec 19, 2020
It’s that time of the year when the conversation around the dinner table in the Parsonage has to do with naughty or nice.
I must admit it's not my favorite conversation because what is naughty, and what is nice? That all depends on who you're talking to. The Gracious Mistress of the
Contributed by James Snyder on Dec 12, 2020
I have been trying lately to remember my first Christmas. I know my memory isn't perfect, but I thought maybe I could bring up some old memories of my first Christmas.
Unfortunately, I couldn't think of a thing about that first Christmas of mine. Of course, it might be that I was only five
Contributed by James Snyder on Dec 5, 2020
During holiday seasons, I enjoy indulging in special food. My favorite during this time of year is the Shoofly Pie. Nothing hits the spot quite like this.
Although the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage restricts this kind of culinary activity during the rest of the year, I tried to get a pass
Contributed by James Snyder on Nov 28, 2020
The one thing I don't like is when somebody deliberately lies to me. Trust me; this has happened quite a few times in my life.
Sometimes, by accident, they say something that isn't true; they just got their facts mixed up.
Other times, it’s a ploy to deceive me and get something from
Contributed by James Snyder on Nov 21, 2020
It was one of those weeks. It seems that every week of mine is "one of those weeks." Just when I think everything was looking fine, I discovered I was looking in the wrong direction. I should know better than thinking.
Several problems developed with my vehicle, and I had to take it to
Contributed by James Snyder on Nov 14, 2020
As far back as I can remember, every time I would leave the house, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage would say, "Be careful. Drive safely."
It’s as though she doesn’t think I could drive carefully without giving me some instructions. I think it has become just a routine for
Contributed by James Snyder on Nov 7, 2020
I have had a certain dream many times over the years. Of course, it might lean towards being a nightmare if it does not come true.
The dream is that one day in the week; I can have everything go my way. The nightmare part of that dream is that it never tells me which day everything will go my
Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 31, 2020
I have learned in my life, and probably just one thing: things have a way of catching up with me. I can't get away with anything.
It's not that I don't try. There were a few times when I've come pretty close to getting away with something, but it didn't turn out the way I
Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 24, 2020
This past week was one of the best weeks I've had in a long time. I got everything completed, as well as some overdue projects.
There’s no feeling quite like the feeling of having accomplished your goals for the week. As far as I was concerned, this called for an Apple fritter celebration.
Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 17, 2020
For several weeks, or has it been years, I’ve been waiting for an important package to come through the mail. I don’t know why they call it snail mail because I have seen snails crawl faster.
With all our technology today, you would think that mail could come in on a particular schedule, and
Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 10, 2020
I thought I had everything organized and in order. It just shows how useless my thinking is these days.
There are many piles in my office and on my desk, and I know what is in each pile. Everything is organized to my specifications. My rule is: if I can't find something, I don't need it.
Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 3, 2020
Last week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage came up with a brilliant idea. At least, at the time, it seemed brilliant.
“Why don’t we,” she began, “take Monday off and just chill?”
Since it's been a long time since I did any chillin, I had to ask her, "What do we chill
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 26, 2020
I usually don't complain a lot. When I do I get caught in some dilemma that I can’t talk my way out. You think I would learn my lesson, but I'm still in the learning curve.
It was a long week, and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I had a busy schedule. She went her way, I went my
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 19, 2020
I must admit I don't get away with very much, and I never have. It's not that I never try. It's just that whenever I try to get away with something, it always backfires.
I wish there were a class somewhere entitled, "How You Can Get Away with Anything." I certainly would sign
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 12, 2020
To say the least, and I usually do, this summer has been quite a journey for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and myself. I can't remember a summer equal to the one we just went through. The fact that we got through it is amazing.
We have been staying at home more often than usual, but
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 5, 2020
It has been a busy week, more so than any other week. Just when I thought I was caught up, something else presented itself without my permission.
That seems to be what life is all about. I remember my father telling me when I complained to him how busy my life was and how my employer wanted me to