Correct ruling on Obamacare

So the United States Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare.

Given the Court’s conservative makeup, I’m stunned.

I’m surprised.

I’m shocked.

I’m pleasantly pleased. Continue reading

Root beer float day for the grandkids (and me!)

Just got back from the Overland Park Arboretum with the grandkids from Colorado. Had a great time. Dylan and Carys are playing with their cousin Rylin and we’re getting ready to eat lunch and then….this afternoon….it’s root beer float day!!!!! Mmmmmmm! Looking forward to that!

And guess what? They did it again

Fact: The cost of a barrel of crude oil at 9 p.m., Kansas City time today, Monday, June 18, is $83.

Fact: OPEC in the past several months has increased oil production.

Fact: There is a world surplus of oil, especially in the United States.

Fact: There is a surplus of gasoline in the United States. Continue reading

Just one question: Why?

Just one thought before I head out to start this week with my grandchildren, Dylan, 5 and Carys, 4, visiting from Colorado:

The cost of a barrel of continues its freefall. In fact, it’s down another $1.50 to $82.52 a barrel even as I type this at 8:47 Monday morning, June 18. Yet one day last week, when we left Olathe in the morning, the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.35 (which still is too damn high) and when we returned late that afternoon it had jumped to $3.45 a gallon.

My question is why?

Dylan goes to Wales

Grandson, Dylan, 5, who lives in Windsor, Colo., with his mom Sherri, dad Ceri and sister Carys, 4, recently traveled to Wales with his dad who grew up there to visit his grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.

Here’s a slide show of Dylan getting know his Welsh roots. Enjoy!

Getting ready for the grandkids

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Posts over the next five weeks could be few and far between. Daughter Sherri and grandkids Dylan and Carys arrive Tuesday, June 12, for two weeks, and then the day after they leave, wife Terri and I leave for Seattle for three weeks to see daughter, Jessica. During the next five weeks, I’ll post what I can when I can.)

What a hectic week:

Three days of yard work and still not done; spent hours and hours scanning photos and putting together a slide show with music for my niece’s party this past weekend celebrating her graduation from Pittsburg State (she has a teaching degree in elementary education and needs a job!); spent time with grandkids Rylin and her new baby sister Ashlyn, roofer and insurance adjuster came out to survey the hail damage to our roof from last year (we’re getting a new roof), and my wife and I began cleaning and rearranging the house in preparation for the arrival of our daughter, Sherri, and her two grandkids from Colorado on Tuesday, June 12.

I’m thinking the next two weeks will make this past week feel like a walk in the park Continue reading

The joys of being a grandparent

My good friend Carl Hanson sent this to me the other day via email. Thought I would pass it along for you, especially you grandparents, to enjoy…

GRANDPARENTS ANSWERING MACHINE
“Good morning . . . At present we are not at home but, please leave your message after you hear the beep.
“beeeeep … Continue reading

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