Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's about time....

I figured it's about time to do another blog.....Me and the LOML (Love of my Life) have been busy building a gate for the side yard, decorating the yard for Christmas, going to Christmas parties and just about anything else you could think of.

I hope everybody has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year....and I will try to finish my fountain before Valentine's Day

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving



TO ALL.....

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Construction continues

Construction continues on the fountain

Starting with the base, built out wood recycled from

the back yard fence project

startin' to take shape...

this gives you an idea of the finished pump for the fountain...

Question for my fellow bloggers - should the base and pump be left natural color or painted....if painted what color

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Evolution of a simple fountain

I have been wanting a fountain for the front yard and have priced a few. WOW they are expensive. So I told the LOML (Love of My Life) Bonnie that I was going to build one. Now came the decision of something fancy, something that I had seen or something simple. With me being the Simple Man the answer was simple.
We found this tub at a yard sale and talked about using it as a planter or maybe washing the dogs. After looking at it I decided it would be the start of a simple yard fountain.

It is amazing what you can find at yard sales. I found this hand pump still in the box and never used for $12. The rusty cogs in my simple brain started turning. I told the LOML that I could use the pump as part of the fountain.

Let the construction begin...........

Building the base for the pump

Stay tuned for updates on the construction of my Simple Fountain....

Monday, October 27, 2008

Boy's Night Out

Me and my Grandson, CJ attended a Monster Truck Spectacular at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida. The show included Monster Trucks of course along with Quad Races and Show Trucks.

This is a picture of the rig they haul Bigfoot in when
they travel around the country.
This is CJ with Tiffany one of the girls that races the Quads.

This is CJ with Dan Runte and his assistant.
Dan drives the World Famous Bigfoot.

This is Jim Jack, the driver of Reptoid with CJ.

This is the finale, Bigfoot beats Reptoid

For those of us who are kids at heart, this was a fun time for all in attendance. CJ had to visit the merchandise table and Pop walked away with money left.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Missy






The Bestest Sister

in the

Whole Wide World!!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In Memory of Miss Piggy

You brought joy and smiles to our family with the way you acted. Expecially when it was time to go for a ride, you were the first one ready to go. When you would do your exercise and make monster sounds. You were always full of kisses and loved to share them. From the first time you jumped in my lap and you kissed me in the face you became a part of our family. When I would fix my lunch in the morning and you would always be there to have your wunch. You will never be forgotten and be truly missed. You will always be the Most Beautiful Little Girl in the World. I Love You.....
This is Miss Piggy and me sleeping in front of the tv.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Well..........I reported for jury duty and was very disappointed. I was selected for a judge and the trial was resolved without a jury. We sat around for 2 hours waitin' to see if we were needed by any of the other judges. They finally released us around 11:00. To me it was a wasted day.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday I have the chance to perform a duty bestowed on us by our wonderful government, jury duty. I have never been called for jury duty and I am probably one of the few people in the world that actually wants to do it. I might change my mind once I arrive and have to wait to be selected but I will finally know what actually happens.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Monday looks like we have a hurricane heading this way. I hope it is not a repeat of 2004 when we had 3 hurricanes hit Central Florida. The forecast is for it to head straight up the state but that can change in the blink of an eye.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Sittin' here, after a nice supper at Olive Garden where me and the Love of my Life Bonnie had the garlic shrimp and pasta with lemon cream chesse cake for dessert. I have always wanted to own my own resturant. My menu would consist of anything you could imagine........fried tater sandwich, fried weenies, mayonaise and potato chip sandwich. All the things you have had to eat throughout your life. I would have no printed menus, people could come in and order whatever they want. While sittin' at Olive Garden I came up with another comcept to my resturant, a rest area with easy chairs and tv's, a room with beds for those that just want to lay down and of course a place to 'waller up'. What is 'waller up' you may ask? This would be a place out back under a shade tree with a mud hole, people could just 'waller up' and relax.......

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Well..........I got everything done today that I wanted to do. mounted a new mail box, repaired 3 windows and spent time with my wife watching the NASCAR race. We did not win the NASCAR pool at work because we had Boby Labonte and Kurt Busch, but Bonnie's favorite driver won, Carl Edwards......Tomorrow starts another busy week for the Simple Man but I am looking forward to next weekend already to spend time with the Grand Kids.........probably take CJ school shopping, something I have never done. But I think it will be enjoyable.

Friday, August 1, 2008


Finally it's Friday and we have a big decision to make. Do we order pizza or fry catfish, american fries and hush puppies for supper. Me and Bonnie were going to Tampa tonight to a American Diabetes Party for her walk she is doing, but it is raining in that area and there are too many idiots on the roads when it rains. Pizza or fish????? Thought about going to a movie but nothing is on that is any good. Fish or pizza????? So I decided to blog to try to help me decide. Fish Pizza ??? Wait that would be anchovies and I don't like anchovies on my pizza. We are planning on going to St. Cloud tomorrow and see Wade and Christina, probably hit yard sales on the way. Wait, if I cook fish I will have to clean up the mess, hummmmm. Pizza it is.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thursday's Tid-Bit is Thursday. As you all know an I have been told that I am too politically correct at goes another one. People who live in Italy speak Italian, People from France speak French, People from Japan speak Japenese. Can you see where I am going with this? We live in the greatest country in the world, The United States of America. Why do we speak English and not AMERICAN?!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday' Waggles

It's HOT!!!and I am so glad to be home so I can relax and get ready for tomorrow. It will probably as HOT tomorrow as today but I will cross that bridge when I come to it. I have a question that might require thought but then again maybe not.

The question: When we are pumping gas into our vehicles, how do we know the pumps are accurate. You may see the stickers on the pumps where they have been checked by the State, but remember the State as well as other branches of the government set the gas prices.....HUMMMMM

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday's Adventure

Woke up early this morning to go to the Ledger in Lakeland for their crepe myrtle sale. Miss Piggy and Max decided they would join us for the ride. We selected 3 'Muskogee' crepe myrtles and brought them back home and planted them........But, the adventure does not stop there, we are going to Dundee for a health fair. I am sure if we see any yard sale signs on the way that the truck will automatically turn toward the sign.....

Monday, July 14, 2008


Well, it's Monday..........another fun filled week of working in the heat. But I look at it this way it is a countdown to the weekend.
Another delicacy I enjoy is gravy on my fries.....Try it you'll like it.....It is sooooooooo good!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008


It is a lazy day around the Simple Man household......Bonnie mowed the grass and did some gardening this morning......I went and picked a newspaper and Miss Piggy and Max went with me......We stayed up late and watched Kyle Busch win the race again..........Missy, Bonnie found the potato stroganoff Hamburger Helper at Winn-Dixie and we will have that for supper.........Everybody have a good week........

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Miss Piggy went on a great adventure yesterday....She went to the Humane Society with us and picked up Wade's new puppy, Dixie. We met Wade and Christina at Poinciana McDonald's to deliver the puppy. While we were waiting Miss Piggy suggested that maybe we should EAT!!! So we got a bag of burgers and ate them in the rain.....
Well it has finally happened. What you may ask? I have found the best server (waitress) in the world and she works at Bob Evans in Lake Wales, Florida....Hard to believe I know but my wife Bonnie and me went to Bob Evans to eat the other night and Ashley, the best server in the world took our drink orders. Bonnie ordered ice water and I ordered Sweet Tea (two words) Ashley asked both of us if we wanted lemon and of course my wife does and I don't. That is the first time a server has not assumed that everybody in the world drinks lemon in their sweet tea (two words). KUDOS to the way the food was good too!!!!!!!

Friday, July 4, 2008


Monday, June 30, 2008


WOW.........Monday at work went fast, now if the rest of the days go that fast it will be the weekend again........plan to go walking with my wife later and then back home to relax in front of the tv and fall asleep......

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Lordy - Lordy........tomorrow morning starts another 40, but this week coming up they only get 32. Friday is a paid holiday for me and the start of a 3 day weekend which will more than likely be a busy one....

Saturday, June 28, 2008


What to do............go to yard sales, go to the Eagle Lake celebration, stay at home watch tv all day and finish laundry, clean up the back yard. So many things to do and only 2 days to do them.
Decisions - Decisions

Friday, June 27, 2008


It's Friday - It's Friday - It's Friday............everybody sing along.........It's Friday - It's Friday - It's more time..........It's Friday - It's Friday - It's Friday...........

In regards to Wednesday's post:
As far as food orders being not right......I always thought a hamburger is a hamburger and a cheeseburger is a cheeseburger.......but try to tell the people at Wendy's this

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Thursday finally...........a storm just past through with lots of rain, thunder and lightning. One more day until the weekend, I love weekends. Not much going on today, trying to figure out what to eat for supper is about it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hump Day Question

Have you ever been to a restaurant and you order your meal a certain way, such as well done steak and they bring it to your table and of course it has to go back because it is not cooked right. Or, when you order a burger with mayo, mustard, lettuce and onion only and they bring it to you and it has ketchup and tomato on it, not what was ordered.

Question #1 - Do you get mad at the server or the cook.
Question #2 - Who is responsible to make sure your meal is correct before it is brought to your table.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesday' tid-bits

Tuesday, what can be said about Tuesday that has not already been said. The thing I like about Tuesday is that it is the day before Wednesday (hump day), which means only 2 days left until Saturday. A not so hectic day at work today like I thought, got alot of painting completed which means less painting to do Wednesday and Thursday. We are painting the amphitheater on Lake Silver for the big **July 4th Celebration** (which will actually be held on the 3rd).

Until tomorrow fellow bloggers.....

Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday's message

Monday is finally here and gone......wonderful day at work because with today being Monday that means 4 more work days until the weekend....I am cooking southern fried chicken wings and taters for supper and can not wait....they are sooooooo good!!!!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday in Polk County

Well.............It's raining again and it will probably last most of the day, lots of thunder and lighting and Miss Piggy (our little wired haired dachsund) is deathly afraid of both. Not much to do while waiting on the NASCAR race from Sonoma California (I hate road courses).

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Well it is finally here, the first day of summer and it is raining all day. No complaints here though we need it badly. Went to Wal Mart and bought some t-shirts off the clearance rack and some t-shirt transfers. Gonna try to make some Simple Man Originals, a new clothes line that I hope to introduce to the world one day.

Friday, June 20, 2008

It's finally Friday

Finally..........Friday, the end of another long work week. it's HOT (94 degrees in the shade) and tomorrow is the first day of summer. I am ready for a relaxing weekend to spend time with my family and just take it easy because I know that next week is going to be hectic.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thursday's Thoughts

Thought #1:
Why do servers at resturants assume that everybody drinks their Sweet Tea (2 words) with lemon.

Thought #2:
Remember when gas rose to $2.00 a gallon and people started complaining,while milk cost over $3.00 a gallon and nobody complained.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wednesday's question

Question of the Day
Is it Sweet Tea or Sweetea?