Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!!

Goodbye 2008,,,,,,Hello 2009.

Today is ABSOLUTELY the last day in 2008. Tomorrow it will be 2009. Time goes fast. Too fast!!! I keep saying we need to slow down, but it doesn't seem to happen. Sometimes all you can do is HANG ON and enjoy the ride!

I do hope our construction projects can slow down. 2008 was a year of us building something. It started out with the Coach House here in Retama Village. Then when we got to our lot in North Ranch in Arizona, we decided it was finally time to build the patio we had been talking about for several years. (click on pictures to enlarge)

Our biggest project was when we got to our place in the Black Hills at Custer, SD. We had been to our dentist and on the way home, just on the spur of the moment, I decided to pull into Michel's Pole Building's place of business and look at some buildings that were on display. I don't have any idea what made me stop. I had been by there a dozen times and not stopped, thought about it, but didn't. I think even Ms Pat was shocked when I pulled in. She said "What are we doing?",,,,,,,"Just looking", I replied.

It wasn't but about a month later that we had our 40'X40' Pole Building up. We had been talking of building one for 3-4 years. In fact, I have talked about it many, many times on this Blog. Funny how things happen.

We are still putting the finishing touches on our Coach House here in Mission, TX. We finally got the Granite counter installed on our wet bar.

Granite is big around here and we found a guy that we really liked and he did a good job. Yesterday, I got the faucets installed. Now to get the cabinets stained.... Then we will be ALMOST done!!!!! I HOPE!!! Oh, and thanks Dale for all your expert "home decorating" advice and support.

Meanwhile, life goes on...the weather has been real good. We get our 4 mile walk in every morning shortly after sun up. Sometimes it's a little cool at that time, but it usually warms up quickly. I went for a little 15 mile motorcycle ride yesterday. I needed to mail a PressurePro System so I decided to do it on the bike. It was a nice ride and I am starting to enjoy the rides a little more.

Enjoyed watching Florida State beat the daylights out of Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl and now we're looking forward to watching the Cornhuskers play Clemson in the Gator Bowl tomorrow. Even some of the Pro-Football games are fun to watch during the final playoffs.

We hope you all have a very HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS New Year and if you're like us, you won't be awake to cheer it in. But it will be here tomorrow just the same. Then we will be a Brand New Year. We'll start it with the usual New Year's Day meal.... "Black-eyed peas" for GOOD LUCK and some fresh "Greens" for LOTS OF MONEY!!! God Bless you all!!

It is a GREAT WEEK!!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!


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Jerry and Suzy said...

And a great 2009 to you guys!

You've done a lot of good work with your building this past year. Maybe we'll save some of our casita remodeling for you to help with!

Thanks for sharing your life with us, and for following ours as well.

Jerry and Suzy

Budd Nash said...


If the life you guys are living gets any busier you will have to create a sequel and possibly a spin-off.

Making things better is often about making things different... clearly you already know this.

Have fun and Happy New Year to you, too.

Unknown said...

Mike, I hope you and Pat have a wonderful, happy new year! We've really enjoyed getting to know you both. May God bless you this year!

Anonymous said...

Mike and Pat,
Happy New Year! I love the pictures of the beach. What a neat Christmas tradition!

Carol said...

Happy New Year! It came in without us again---didn't need us to stay up at all! As always we enjoy your blog and will watch for updates all through 2009!