Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A Stolen Meme...or whatever the bloggers call it!

Stolen from Janet, the countess of the Woods.....

1. Five names you go by:
a. David
b. Bossman
c. da'Wizard
d. "hey Dad"
e. "Gilbert"

2. Three things you are wearing right now:
a. Salem College sweatshirt
b. Blue Jeans
c. Pink Floyd boxers

3. Two things you want very badly at the moment:
a. a new job
b. supper

4. Three people who will probably fill this out:
Who Cares?

5. Two things you did last night:
a. Cooked supper
b. Walked the dogs

6. Two things you ate today:
a. "Hunter's Soup" from Oak Ridge's Soup Kitchen
b. Cheese crackers (supper is not ready yet)

7. Two people you last talked to on the phone:
a. Mom
b. Official from the Department of Energy (DOE)....don't ask, don't tell!

8. Two things you are going to do tomorrow:
a. Suffer through a DOE Audit
b. Work through production issues

9. Two longest car/bike rides:
a. Car ride from Atlanta to Colorado Springs, CO.
b. Car ride to Maine from Oak Ridge, Tennessee

10. Two of your favorite beverages:
a. Sam Adam's Summer Ale
b. Blue Mountain coffee

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Gilberts-The Next Generation (For Dad)

December 7, 2000 was a day I will never forget. I remember the phone call, to my wife from my sister-in-law, Michelle.......you had left us.

You were cutting wood, in preparation for the annual Christmas gathering of the families.......and it ended.

Stash notified Mom and my world went into a spin.

As an adult, I knew the day would come when I would lose a parent....but one can never expect it when it happens.

Since that day I have also lost a brother.....it's been a long road, but I hope to see you both some day.....just not today.

As I prepare for yet another Holiday, I long for the days when I heard you "clapping" in the living room, adding wood to the fire or just sitting in your chair....watching the young ones run around the house anticipating "White Elephants", stockings, gifts and the bountiful food displayed in the kitchen.

My hometown, as I knew it, is gone. My home, as I knew it, is gone.

And I now can fully understand what "losing a kid" to the world really means! My kids are grown and doing well.

Lorien is in Philadelphia and won't be home for Christmas. I remember the cards from you and Mom when I was in France during Christmas 1979.....my first holiday away from home, thanks to the US Navy. I can understand how you two felt as you spent Christmas without one of your own.

Carly is a senior at East Tennessee State University and will graduate next year. She's planning a career in teaching...but she's been planning this since age 3! She will be home this year, for Christmas....but this too will probably pass......

Terri continues teaching and I continue working.........

We miss you, Dad.....and I can assure the next Generation of Gilberts are onboard.....we will continue the legacy you left us all.....

Peace, my friend! And say hello to Mark and Stash!

I love you, Dad!


Jesus in the Bathroom

And there's not too many blog postings out there with such a title.

We have a small bathroom just off from the living room. It is usually decorated with whatever the season or holiday is currently in session.

This year we've added a little "saving grace" to the much-used room for those who happen to sample and/or endulge in my homemade salsa.

Upon careful viewing, it appears that we have also included a smaller Nativity set....for those who endulged a bit TOO much in that salsa....and are praying for the pain to end soon!

Pray hard.....and may everything come out "peacefully"!