Wow G-Man, what a wonderful topic.
Since the VA kicked in, we've been enjoying our fair share of blessings! That's for sure. Not having to worry, too much, about money all the time really makes a man feel free. We still have a budget and all, but it's much more flexible now. I didn't realize how bad I was making my health by cutting people's grass for money there towards the end....just before our back pay came in. Things had become very, very rough financially. Luckily though, VA kicked in and now, all is OK with the world. I find I'm much more capable of processing bullshit from other people and also, I tend to hold my temper better. Most days. LOL!
We've finally moved down to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida!! Been here about a month or so now.
During that process, I've uncovered a few computer parts I'm not using. So I have something to contribute to the next Folding event. Also have gotten a couple of fishing rods and have plans to start surf fishing once the weather cools down a little bit. Heat still kicks my ass, but I'm trying to build up my tolerance. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to health issues though.
Even though I still have all those health problems I had before, there have been some vast improvements in my headaches and such. I plan to do a re-introduction thread since I've been gone so long. I also need to do a lot of catching up on computer hardware. I've not bought anything computer related for well over a year. Unheard of previously! But the tech has changed a lot and I need to get back into the swing of things.
My daughter is now a 2LT in the Alabama Army National Guard. She is also a Senior at The University of Alabama. She is studying Criminal Psychology, which will work out well for her career in the Army as an MP!
My son is going to turn 18 this December. He is a Senior in high school and doing quite well. A soccer player, he is in great shape! He plans on joining the Army right out of high school, but he also wants to be a helicopter pilot. So the wife and I are working him over about taking advantage of the multiple opportunities he has available to him to go to College for free. I think it's working too!
My wife is extremely happy in her job with her brother building and restoring houses. It keeps her going all day long and she, like I used to be in the Army, cannot sleep past 5am and has to be doing something at all times. She is just now getting to the point where she will relax a little on the weekends. Which is good for BOTH of us! LOL!
Some days are still pretty tough. The recent downing of that Chinook in Afghanistan saw me lose a few friends. Over all though, it has made me realize just how lucky I was over all those years to never die on one of those things. I'd still crew a Blackhawk today if I could, though.
My Mustang GT project is coming along nicely. I'll also post more on that later. Until then, this is how she looks today.