Monday, April 13, 2009

Resting From Doing Nothing...

Sorry, folks...but I'm worn out from spending Sunday doing nothing.

Well, actually I did do something! I watched the nephew, Cygnus, working on his garden. Of course, I did my part as the typical older, pot bellied, white bearded guy and offered a LOT of unsolicited advise.

The nephew, being a fairly easy going young man...did his part by courteously listening and feigning interest, occasionally nodding his head and grunting to carry out the illusion that he really heard me, and allowed me to falsely believe, if only for a moment, that I had a hand in the labor. This was done , of course, to make the old man go away happy in his fantasy, and to let the actual work in the garden continue without the unwanted or unnecessary guidance. A true win-win situation!

We work well together that way! I pretend that I am giving some useful, well received information...and the nephew pretending that the information I'm giving is useful and needed.

But you see, we're family and that's what family does! We allow the folks that want to, offer their version of what should be done and how it should be done. We do this while acting interested, even if we aren't just so we don't hurt any one's feelings. The people offering all this free advice, do so with the understanding that they will be listened to as long as they only offer once, then leave well enough alone and not nag! All is done without raising our voices and while wearing a smile!

Maybe that's just how things are supposed to be on a holiday like Easter...Peaceful! It would be nice if each and every day were that way, but I suppose that is asking too much.

Anyway, why don't we just get another cup of coffee, sit at the patio table, and peacefully enjoy the beautiful Spring morning and the company of understanding friends, OK?

20 comments:

Mattias Kroon said...

I suppose true friends are understanding friends who give advises with love and understanding.

Did it MY way said...

Hi Jim;
Glad you had a peacefu day with the nephew. His garden looks GOOD!

molly said...

You guys are so funny. You know Cygnus loved every minute of it! Your advice is, I am sure, of assistance, just as he is really listening :)
Glad your Easter break was enjoyable.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Family advice is such a wonderful. One can accept or reject it without the worry of offending anyone.

CoyotePrime said...

Morning, HermitJim, always nice to start my day with your good company. And since you're in Texas:
A big Texan stopped at a local restaurant following a day roaming around in Mexico ..
While sipping his tequila, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter being served at the next table. Not only did it look good, the smell was wonderful.
He asked the waiter, 'What is that you just served?'
The waiter replied, 'Ah senor, you have excellent taste! Those are called Cojones de Toro, bull's testicles from the bull fight this morning. A delicacy!'
The cowboy said, 'What the heck, bring me an order.'
The waiter replied, 'I am so sorry senor. There is only one serving per day because there is only one bull fight each morning. If you come early and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy.'
The next morning, the cowboy returned, placed his order, and that evening was served the one and only special delicacy of the day. After a few bites, inspecting his platter, he called to the waiter and said, 'These are delicious, but they are much, much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday.'
The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, 'Si, Senor...
Sometimes the bull wins.'

Have a great day!

JoJo said...

LOL You are to funny and so is the story above by CoyotePrime. So glad you enjoyed your day out in the sun with your nephew, you, seem to have a great relationship.
Coffee is great this morning and yes it is a wonderful day out here on the patio.
JoJo

HermitJim said...

Hey Mattias...good to see you again, my friend. Hope all is well for you.You are right about friends and the fact that what they offer is always done with understanding.

Thanks for coming by, Mattias!


Hey Tony...hope you had a good day yesterday! His little garden IS looking pretty good, isn't it?

Hey, thanks for stopping by today!


Hey Molly...how are ya today? Always good to see you! Yeah, the nephew and I get along pretty good, mainly because we understand where the boundries are.

Hope you had a great day yesterday, and I appreciate you coming by!


Hey Eddie...you know how it is with us "more mature" types. Always wanting to share our vast (in our minds, anyway) warehouse of knowledge.

Thanks for coming by!


Hey Coyote...glad to see you today!Convertion with friends is always a great way to start the day!

Enjoyed the story, although I have to admit to a certain pain after the reading of it!

Hey, thanks for the comments and for dropping in!


Hey JoJo...hope you had a good day and some sunshine yesterday, my friend! I'm always glad when folks like the little commentaries that I put out there, especially when they leave such nice comments!

I sure am glad you could take the time to wander by for a visit!

Rod said...

Nice story Jim.Actually just think how much better life would be if everyone treated people that way holiday or not.
Thanks for the story

Rod

HermitJim said...

Hey Rod...good to see you. I hope you had a good Easter with the family.

I guess that it would be asking too much for folks now days to follow the golden rule...all the time!

I sure do appreciate you coming by, my friend!

Argentum Vulgaris said...

Families are a many splendid thing... sometimes. I have had many conversations of a similar ilk with my grandsons & daughters, knowing full well at their age it goes in one ear and out the other; and it won't be for some years they suddenly realise the "Bode velho" (Old Goat in Portuguese, I live in Brazil) was right after all.

Lovely post, related completely.

My first time here, I was attracted by two words, coffee and hermit. I came at the behest of your comment on CoyotePrime's blog this morning.

Glad I did, will follow, see where you lead me.

AV

Bullseye said...

I'm pretty sure the nephew was more than happy to listen to all advice give by a dear friend and family memeber. We should all be so lucky as to have an Uncle Hermit. All I have is this naggin woman to give me orders...LMAO

Mayberry said...

Ha ha! That gave me a good chuckle.... I know LOTS of people like that! And yes, I act interested, smile, and agree with 'em. Heh heh heh.......

HermitJim said...

Hey AV...glad to have you come visit all the way from Brazil!

Sad how we sometimes don't get the change to say "thank you" to all the old goats in our lives until it's too late.

I thank you very much for coming by, my friend.


Hey Bullseye...I think he's always glad to listen as long as I eventually go away! Besides, I keep the coffee pot going all the time!

Thanks for coming by, Buddy!


Hey Mayberry...glad I could give you a chuckle today. I think thast we all know folks like that...they mean well, but sometimes don't know what they are talking about. So we just nod, grunt, and soon they go away!

Thanks for the visit, my friend! See ya in Gonzales!

Ginger said...

Evening, HermitJim! I'm late for coffee but I'm still enjoying the humor. Sounds like you had a lovely day. I did a lotta nuthin' yesterday, too.

HermitJim said...

Hey Ginger...good to see you today! I'm glad you had a restful dasy, and sometimes that's all we need to recharge a bit...

Never too late for coffee, as I keep the pot on all the time!

Hey, thanks for coming by today! I appreciate it a lot!

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Coyote Prime-- one clue the guy mighta been a yankee disguising as a Texan... "sipping" his Tequila.

We Shoot it here.:

Like a lotta other stuff...

And Uncle? yeah--what Molly said!

Bullseye-- Wanna trade for a day? Like the comment above-- be interesting to see where it leads...

A killing, I'd wager, but...

Mayberry, he got it right. As usual...

Hey Hermit! Great post, my man! People are gonna think we plot this-- cross-links to the others' site without even a clue!! HA!

Thanks for the wariche...(tex-mex slang pronounced "wal-each-eh")!

Menana...

Cyg

HermitJim said...

Hey Cygnus...anytime spent any where near the garden is good! Looks like Molly knows how we roll!

Hey, thanks for the drop in...

Lydia said...

Aww what a nice story. Thanks Jim. :) I agree with Rod, it would be great if everyone were like that. Wini-win situation for sure, so why not ?

:)

I missed coffee today too :( But Ill be here bright and early tomorrow for some.

Have a great night Jim.
lydia

Stephanie in AR said...

Love those lazy days, but if everyday were as nice would we appreciate them?

Thanks for the coffee.

HermitJim said...

Hey Lydia...You know the coffee is always on for friends! I'm so glad you could come by...

What a goodday, when friends drop by and Spring is in the air! Never hurts when a lot of the friends are pretty ladies, either!


Hey Stephanie...lazy days are good! And you are right, if each day was like that...we probably wouldn't enjoy them as much!

Thanks, Lady, for stopping by!