An Icy December morning in our world on the
Lake of the Ozarks
Is it too late to say Happy New Year? Well, being late for some things isn't new for me, however I wish
you a happy new year now, and hope that your feelings about 2014 are the
same as ours... it's going to be a great year! I don't mean
great for "wealth" or "possessions", but, great in the aspects of life that
truly matter. Family, health, and happiness that the small things
Of course, some of that does have to do with
possessions. For instance, just hours before the Polar Vortex made
it's way to Missouri, a water line in the cabin I use for an office
decided it wanted to let its presence be known. That meant I was
planted in the kitchen, in the house, for 7 days while we cleaned up the
mess. There's a reason for the cabin (my own sanity), and
Kathy will tell you it was a darn good thing I got out of the kitchen when
I did. Not only for her mental well being, but for my health. I think I gained 5 pounds that week, and so did the dogs, but I'm back in
the cabin now and life is great.
Small things are big things. That's what I've
come to realize over the past few years. Walking out of the house each
morning to go to work, I get to enjoy all that God has provided. We
may not have a mansion (and really don't want one, too much mess to
ignore), nor do we live in a tropical climate (over rated anyway,
always predictable weather gets boring). But
we found our piece of heaven on the Lake of the Ozarks and threw the dice
on living our way. Working for ourselves and enjoying what we do,
even on the menial tasks. Although I will say there are times I ask
the boss if I can skip out early, or put off one of those less enjoyable
projects (imagine the guy in the Fed Ex commercial giving himself a new
title, since he's the boss), but, as many of you know, that just means
more work on the weekend.
I digress. The point here is that I am truly
more appreciative each and every year that passes for the small things in
life. Waking up to my best friend and partner. Exiting the
house to walk that long 50 feet to the cabin, taking in the sunrise over
the lake. Yelling at the dogs to 'quit barking at the damn ducks'
or the neighbor on the dock fishing. Writing personal notes of
thanks on packing slips as I ship out an order (I sincerely apologize
for my hand writing. I hear they are doing away with teaching cursive in
school. I'm a poster child for their cause). Small things, like Life. I guess
I've finally stopped to smell the roses as they say. Which leads me
back to being late on some things. In my zest for appreciating the small
stuff, I'm letting some of the bigger things brush aside, like paying
attention when I really need to.
Case in point was a conversation between Kathy
and I the other night. Kathy spends evenings at our dining table
doing "crafty crap" this time of year (this was our compromise in
getting her away from the couch with her millions of beads and needles,
some of which I sit on occasionally). Meanwhile I'm zoning in my
lounger as we talk about the news of the day, or her latest creation.
"Dave, we have a new book out." Kathy says matter-of-factly. "What's
it called?", my curiosity peaked. "I don't know, but it's about lynching
and vigilantes and available on Amazon". I think my carefree nature
has effected Kathy. And did she tell me we had another book in the works? Did I really blow that off?
book is called "Lynchings,
Hangings & Vigilante Groups" and is a short, good read on the dark
side of "justice". It's Kathy's fourth published book, and the
second in our partnership with
with author credits to Legends Of America, the first being "Old
West Lawmen". We have some on the way for our
General Store, but you can
also get the Kindle version directly from Amazon
In addition to the latest Book project with
Roundabout Publications, we've started putting together PDF e-Articles.
These are some of the shorter stories you find on our website that have
additional driving directions and maps that you can download as a PDF. Our
first is "Across
the Painted Desert on Route 66".
In the meantime, I have focused on some bigger
things recently to help "small things", like implementing a new remodel of our
General Store to make it
"mobile friendly". Everything should actually fit on your screen now
if you are browsing our store website by phone. Making our stories on
Legends Of America more mobile friendly is a much larger project that I
hope to take on soon.
So, here's to the small things in life that
make us happy. May they be so bountiful for you and your family in 2014
that they truly are Big Things.
Keeper of the cookie jar (when she lets me)
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