This has been an interesting week.  Some person at work made a very big error, causing a very large amount of work for everyone; I mean the error happened on Monday, and I think that we will be feeling the effects of it,  going into the next year.  So the past couple of days I have been working later at the office; and coming home, talking about work.  This is something that I don’t usually do.  I found out this morning that I was not going to receive an expected pay check for my grapes; 2012 should be a fantastic vintage for California wine.  Not receiving this money, certainly has not made my spouse any happier.  I mean the quality of the wine grapes, really is good this year!  To top it off, this morning as I am getting ready to walk out the door, my wife yells to me that all but two of our ducks are dead.  This really upset my Dr. Doolittle, wife.  About the same time, our daughter came into the kitchen to tell us that there is a red fox under her bedroom window.  So I did what any good husband would do; I woke up my 18 year old son, told him to help his mother and left for work.  The last thing I saw as I drove away from the house, was my son walking outside with my shotgun.  It really has been an interesting week.

When I was driving down the driveway I asked, “Is it me that you are testing, Lord; or are you testing my wife?”   You see, even though there have been some definite trials, I really have not changed my mood or attitude.  If you ask me how I am, I will tell you that I am excellent!  The dilemma at work, well that is what it is.  The only thing that would change that is me quitting.  I like what I do.  Not receiving the extra money for my grapes?  Well, that is money that I don’t have now; so even though it would have been nice and we would be able to do some things that we were planning on doing at the beginning of the year, now we will just have to wait a bit longer.  The fox killing our ducks?  My wife is the animal lover.  The ducks didn’t lay that many eggs, (the were mostly male ducks), so no great loss for me.  Now if it had eaten the hens, that lay eggs for us regularly….that would be another story.

So life goes on and I am still in a good mood, looking forward to my future days, weeks, months and years; and it is for this, that I am grateful.

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