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My life has been nothing but a fight lately, and I'm feeling so sad and lonely right now.

I feel the need to get away from here and never look back.
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I don't know whats going on around here, but too much stuff is breaking right now. First it was the tv and now it's the damned washing machine, that thing is less than 2 years old. I suspect it is the belt, but who knows. I'm even beginning to suspect there is a supernatural reason for all of this aggravation, coincidence just doesn't seem likely anymore. I hate this place more and more each day, it's pushing me to my limits, and I am so stressed out right now.
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I have come to the conclusion that the houses that my father and I live in need to be either remodeled, where all of the insides are ripped out to the bare studs and outside walls, electrical and especially plumbing, everything completely redone, or they need to be torn down. They were both built around 1949-1950, and while the basic structures appear to be okay, they are worn-out otherwise. The sad thing is, what needs to be done to them, would cost way more than I could ever get back if I sold them now. A house across the street sold for only $16,000 last month to a rental company, that's down from the $20,000 they were going for a couple of years ago. This neighborhood has gone to crap, and it's not coming back.

So, until I can convince my father to move, I'm stuck here in these POS houses, which may mean I don't get out of here until after he is gone. He is too damned stubborn to realize when enough is enough, and that sometimes you just have to let go. Myself, my nerves can't take much more, later this year I plan on getting a real-estate agent to try and find me some land or a condo, where I can move to when the time comes. I've lived here most of my life, and it will be hard to leave, but I'm not staying here any longer than I have to, I refuse to keep fighting a losing battle, between the houses constantly needing some type of repair and bad neighbors, this situation is killing me.
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Sigh, I haven't been on here as much as I would like to be lately. Most I have time for is a quick check of my twitter and facebook accounts. The world always seems to throw me a curve just as I think things are slowing down, they pick back up again. It's all the small stuff that is getting to me, too much happening at once, I need a break, my nerves are just about shot.

I've been hearing Viva La Vida, by ColdPlay, in my head for the past 2 weeks. Normally, I would want it to stop, but for some reason, I find the song quite comforting at the moment, it has kept me grounded, which is something that I badly need to be at the moment. Trying to find my happy place isn't as easy as it used to be anymore. I'll get through it, just need some time that's all.

This place

Jun. 10th, 2017 12:43 pm
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This website has been very helpful for me, I have been able to vent in private, while on here, and that has helped in the last month, May was hell, and June hasn't been much better.
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Woke up this morning to find out that the idiots in New Orleans had removed the Jefferson Davis Monument overnight.

Well, I had been planning on taking a trip there within the next year, to visit the zoo, aquarium, French Quarter, the WW2 Museum, and the statues that they have/are taking down. But, if the bastards want to destroy history for the sake of not offending someone, they have offended me with their actions, and as such I will not be visiting there now. There is nothing there worth seeing or spending my money on in that city. I can visit zoos, aquariums and museums elsewhere, in cities that actually respect their heritages and histories.

For me, N.O. is now just another crime ridden, hypocritical, P.O.S. city, that should not promote itself as a historical place. Due to their attitude, they have proven that they do not care about or respect history. So, by their standards, there is nothing of historic importance there now. If it offends certain groups, it will no longer be considered important and it will be gone. It's sad, what has become of that once great city.

Also, Shreveport is being just as idiotic as N.O. now. They are considering removing a monument to the place where the Confederate Flag was last lowered there.

Louisiana, is fast becoming a place full of politically correct idiots, that are creating issues where there were none before. I never thought I'd say this, but I am really starting to become ashamed of and hate this state. I want to leave it and deny ever being here now more than ever.

Updating

May. 9th, 2017 05:21 pm
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Well, the pizza oven worked out well, I have enjoyed making 2 perfect pizzas on it so far. I used to always burn or scorch them in a regular oven.

I have been wanting to go back to either Perdido Key or Biloxi, during the past few days. Unfortunately, I have too much to do around the house right now. I really could use the time away, as I am in a slight funk at the moment, the change of routine and scenery would be good for me.

Ordered something from Costco online, hope it gets here soon, I hate having to watch for stuff to come in.

Planning on trying to see Guardians of the Galaxy tomorrow, I hope my plans don't get side-tracked.
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Yesterday, I bought a Presto Pizzaz Plus Pizza Oven, I haven't had a good way to cook a frozen pizza in years. I have read good reviews on it and am going to try it out tonight, I hope it works as well as everyone says it does, I miss eating pizza it's one of my favorite foods.
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The day started out okay, I did my usual Saturday morning errands, and started to do my regular chores, when I had to stop and cut the grass. My father had been trying to cut the grass with the rider when it stopped working. I ended up having to cut the rest with the walk-behind mower, which caused me to become useless for the rest of the day. I am having to do what I didn't get done yesterday today. I had planned on taking it easy today, so much for that.

1 Year Ago

Apr. 30th, 2017 03:49 pm
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Yesterday, marked my 1 year anniversary of retiring from my job with the city. I had been working there since 1990 and it was time to let it go. Since retiring, things haven't gone as smoothly as I would have liked them to, but I am still glad that I did it, it made life easier overall, and while I miss my co-workers I don't miss work.
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I have been doing okay I guess. I've learned to slow down a bit and take things easy for a change. Reducing the amount of time I spend on the internet has helped a lot. I feel so much more relaxed now.

As for travel plans, I was hoping to go to Florida in May, but my friend isn't able to make the trip right now, so maybe later this year. It's just as well though, I'm still kind of recovering from my drive to and from Biloxi a few weeks ago. I really need to take a trip somewhere on my own though, just to relax and get away from everything and all expectations.

In the meantime, I'm trying to find something to do around here, may go to the zoo soon, it's been awhile since I've been there. Also, a movie is always good when I can get together and see it with a friend. Whatever I do, it will be stress free.

Tired

Apr. 17th, 2017 12:06 pm
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I really don't want to live here anymore, I seem to be in a rut and can't shake it no matter what I try.

If I could move right now I would do it in a second. Sadly, I have obligations to tend to at the moment, but once they are gone I am out of this place. I did so well the few days that I was in Mississippi, and I always do well when I go to my friends condo in Florida. When I get back home it feels like all the energy I gained while away is siphoned off immediately. I need a permanent change of scenery.

Success!

Apr. 16th, 2017 08:02 pm
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Well, the pot roast actually turned out pretty good, tender and juicy, my father even had seconds which is rare for him. One of the things that helped a lot was a meat thermometer, if I didn't have it the meat would have been overcooked, as I would have went 5 hours instead of 4 in the slow cooker, which would have been one hour too long.
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At the moment, I am attempting to make a pork roast for my father, from memory, he lost the recipe a couple of years ago when he was throwing out "junk". (He never checks with me before pulling a stunt like that.) Anyway, it's in the slow cooker for 5 hours, and hopefully it will come out okay.

I wish we had a regular stove that worked properly, the current one is over 50 years old and showing it's age, unexpected extra expenses kept us from getting a new one last year. Maybe, at the end of this year we can get a replacement, the kitchen gadgets are nice, but they can't replace the real thing.
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This is my first post in the new journal. It needs to be customized a little to make it more personal, I'll get around to doing that later as time permits. So far, I like the user interface here; it seems clean neat, and user friendly.

Hopefully, I will have many good memories to put in here.
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