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Old 05-22-2020, 05:11 AM
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Thank you for sharing that part of your story Sharon, I appreciate hearing that!


We have a pig roast planned for a fishing camp I'm hoping to attend in July, this will be my first experience. Toad, your bread & butter pickles have me drooling! Enjoy your picnic this weekend.
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:39 AM
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Good to hear from you Sharon......VBS is part of your story, Praise God.....I remember going to VBS when we lived in Paris France, my dad was stationed there in the Army, I lived in Europe for 7 years as a kid. That is the only time I remember going. We never went to church except when we visited my grandparents here in the Ozarks. My mom divorced my dad when I was 13, it was because of his drinking, we moved from San Antonio to Kansas City to be closer to my mothers family.

I started drinking when I was 3 years old when we live in Germany (1949 right after WWII). My dad bought me a small beer stein and any time he was drinking I could get my stein and he would fill it up. It sits on my desk today as a reminder of the start of my drinking career. I got drunk on my own when I was 9, I discovered a wine cellar at a place we lived in France (old French farm).

In San Antonio from age 11 to thirteen I kept drinking by stealing wine from grocery stores and my parents, started smoking at 11 years old.

In Kansas City we lived in the inner city, apartment dwellers, and ran the streets with other guys just like me, hanging out at pool halls and bowling places, doing the pinball thing. Stealing still was a big part of my life.....I wanted to quit school, but my mother insisted and I graduated high school. I had a job in a Rock and Roll band (played the guitar since the age 11)....and soon got drafted into the Army, went to Nam and smoked some dope.

Came home in 1968 and started doing Acid, Cocaine, Speed, Weed and anything that would get me high. Went to college at Indiana State (close to Ft. Campbell KY where I had been stationed, knew some girls there) and finished one year with the help of fat girls and speed.

Got busted in Missouri in 1969, got out of it and went to college in KC for 2 1/2 years, studied music. Played gigs around town until the drugs and alcohol took control....went to my first AA meeting in 1974.....it took 25 years of in and out of AA, Psych wards, and jails to get a one year chip in 1999.....been hanging in there one day at a time ever since, I don't want to go back.
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Old 05-23-2020, 02:49 AM
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Thank you Toad for sharing your story too.

Hope you and yours have a peaceful, wonderful Memorial
Weekend in all you guys do.

Mr. Charlie got our yard mowed and manicured yesterday
for us to enjoy with a short trip to Dairy Queen for a couple
cool Blizzard treats.

Choc. Extreme for him and Heath Bar for me. YUMMY....!!!!

Was able to get in the pool for exercise and cool off and
wrap up the day as we see rain in the forecast tomorrow
and a few days afterwards.

Got my Bamboo planted and in place with an Angel Trumpet
potted all waiting for some rain from the heavens to help them
grow and look their best for an added addiction to our backyard
garden of paradise.

Stay safe, sober and healthy each day moving forward on
our recovery journeys in life.

Love and care sent to you guys abundantly.
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Grocery store had 1/2 gallons of ice cream on sale yesterday for .64 cents My new addiction is cookie butter. I guess there are worse things huh?
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Old 05-25-2020, 03:19 AM
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Wow, Astro.....for a price like that for a half gallon ice cream....
sounds like a delicious steal to me. Makes me think of prices
back in the day. When there were many things a low low prices
but have been jacked sky high over the years.

Can't beat some delicious ice cream whatever the flavor is.

I split my little Hagan Daz Pistachio in 2 days. Yum...!!! Had
to have it while watching golf.

Happy Memorial Day to you guys and all our Bikers in Recovery.

Be Safe, stay sober, have fun.
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Your twin brother must live in the neighborhood, Toad.

We passed him on the way to the store at a stop sign and
had to giggle a bit and tell my husband that he looks just
like you in your picture here.

He was on his motorcycle and gear that is the spitting
image of you. It's pretty cool to see him, who ever he
is.

Anyway....just popping in to see if how your guys are
doing and just staying in touch.

Like most women during this time of distancing, they
are trying to do whatever they can with their hair till
the salons open. Me, I do my own hair. Even changing
the color.

So, as a natural brunet, I always keep the color to the
dark warm colors. However, there have been a few times
where I wanted to experience being a blonde. Once I'm
there, I'll keep it for maybe a week and then back to black
or dark brown I go.

Soooo, my husband has beautiful hair that is full in a
whitish/grey color. Very pretty. So, I want mine to match
him and have already gone thru the process, but at
this point, blondish, im not happy with it.

So, im playing with the color again and hope I can
get to a pretty greyish color since my roots are still
brunet.

Okay, that's all I got for hair talk....lol

I worked in my yard yesterday and under our carport
where I am laying down ground cover then pavers and
pebbles to look nice. Eventually I want the entire back
covered to eliminate racking or weeds.

A swim in the pool for a cool down after working and
the day ends.

What are you guys up to?
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We are getting so much rain here that we have to mow every week, its been keeping me pretty busy. My garden is all planted, except my replacement seeds where they didn't come up.My hot peppers are doing wonderful.

Monday for the holiday we went to my wife's family farm, it is a Century Farm and has been in her family for over a hundred years. Her great grandfather homesteaded it in 1910. My place has been in my family for many years also, my great grandfather owned the property and my grandfather raised his family here. My mother was born here and I was born in the old house. My grandmother sold me some land across the 4 lane highway in 1985 and I moved from the city (KC) to the country living the hippie dream, being a city boy (I had actually spent much time on farms, working and playing), and I was not sober, I got so lonely living back in the woods that I would go down by the highway and smoke a joint and just watch the cars go by....I have adjusted...when I go to the city I want to get back to the farm as soon as possibly.

I have a long rope and during the memorial day get together I hung it from a tall limb in a big oak tree and attached a saucer swing, everyone enjoyed swinging far and wide.

Meeting are back to normal here in the Ozarks, all stores and eating places are open, barber shops and hair salons are all open.

I remember seeing a picture you posted on the trike about 8 or 9 years ago, I thought you were a natural blonde like everyone else.

You guys be good, stay away from the first one and reach out and help someone.
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Toad, I love hearing you describe the homesteads in your family, they sound peaceful and calming so I can understand your desire to be "home".

I may have to get a haircut soon, I had a phone interview yesterday for an evening side job at a grocery store, my hair is still pretty short but if I have to go in for a live interview I might need to get my summer "hi & tight, 3 & 1" !

Going to do some gardening and DIY over the weekend. I have an old wood planter that's falling apart. It's time to break it up and use the wood for edging on another bed, the basil that's in it will go into the ground and I got a jalapeno to add to that bed. I'm also working on our patio French doors, have to repair some rotted wood and rusted metal, then repaint. No down time this weekend!

Stay healthy folks!
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"There is no place like home." Is one of those iconic
sayings from the Wizard of Oz movie we'd watch a
million times thru out our lives and one that Dorothy
said best.

I grew up on West Side on Baton Rouge till I turned
18 and ventured over to the East Side. A move pivotal
in my young life as I finally gained my independence to
live and work on my own.

Through out my 20's I worked and partied and wished
for marriage so I wouldn't have to work anymore and just
be a stay at home mom. At 23 marriage happened and
within several or so yrs. I had 2 beautiful children, a boy
and girl.

With money tight and our little family outgrowing our
2 bedroom garden home, my 1st husband accepted
a new position with his job in Houston where we moved
to give the kids better schooling and more promising
life experiences.

All that happened as the kids did finish high school
and college with no addiction growing and maturing
into 2 fine little adults with careers and families of their
own today.

My life in Houston was not a happy one. For 10 yrs
all I thought about was home. My home, my comfort zone,
my familiarity, my roots, here in Baton Rouge.

Sobriety came before we moved to Houston back in
1990, some 29 yrs ago. 30 this coming August 11th.
With all the changes going on in life, I hung onto my
recovery lifelines and an effective program of recovery
taught to me in my 28 day rehab stay.

With continued maintenance and practice of the steps
and principles incorporated in my everyday life, I used
it to my advantage to help me return home, here to
Baton Rouge where I am forever grateful to reside.

I look at all the changes that have happened in my life
so far as stepping stones to get me where I am today.

There is no place like home. A saying we'd often say
after a trip to Panama City or Houston as children. We'd
be so excited to prepare and pack for these fun trips
as a family, then we'd long for the comforts of our own
beds and familiarity of our home town and surroundings.

We have so much to be blessed for. Each of you with
your families, your jobs, your homes, cars, gardens,
a roof over our heads, food at the table and all the extras
that make life so comforting and enjoyable.

To think when we were in our addictions and what if we'd
still be there. What all would we have today? Where would
we be today?

None of the joys, blessings, promises we have come to
acquire over the yrs. would be ours today. Right?

To let go of our gift of recovery today would mean what to
you?

Me would be destruction, misery, loss, sickness, despair,
hopelessness, just the shell of a soulless person.

Faith, hope, peace, serenity, AA strong and at home with you guys.
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Thanks for sharing your story Sharon. I remember when you first came to SR you were living in Houston and soon you made the move back to your home.

I would most likely be dead if I had continued to drink and drug. ...... you don't see many 73 year old IV drug users and real alcoholics....Know why?????? They're Dead. I came in the program of AA at 52 years old, I had been in and out of AA for 25 years before that, and had always quit forever. In 1998 I decided to just take it one day at a time and do what I needed to stay sober for that day. That simple concept has given me the gift of almost 22 years. I give God all the glory.

Built a fire pit down by the creek yesterday.....family, young adults and kids from church are coming by this evening for a bonfire and hot dog roast.....we will probably play a little music around the fire too. With out AA and the grace of God I would have missed all this. I don't want to go back to the way it was.....God is doing for me what I could not do for myself.
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There are sooooo many inspiring, positive, encouraging post,
shares by others living their life in recovery that we hear and
read almost daily. Just like us here in Bikers in Recovery.

And it's not just the bikers in recovery. We have all walks of
life, all sorts of careers. Folks far and near.

You like so many is the reason why I chose to stay in recovery.
To continue working a program of recovery that proves to work
in so many lives.


Putting God before all I do, say, think, then life goes according,
like it should go. When things go haywire in my thoughts and
actions, then God of my upbringing, understanding, faith, has
gone down the road a piece.

Meaning, ive disconnected from the very source that gives me
strength, courage, serenity needed to make it thru the day or in
my everyday activities. With people I interact with.

Once I realize what is going on, I have to stop, pause for the
moment and reel Jesus back into my heart, mind and soul.

52 is not old at all to enter recovery life. But I do understand
about some lessons being harder to learn than others because
ive had a few of my own to learn too.

There are many who start their lives in recovery at all different
ages. Me, at 30 I felt like I was the youngest one there sitting
amongst many of the "old-timers", those with a number of years
sober in meetings.

It was listening to them, hanging onto their every word, staying
focused, opening my ears to hear the messages in their own
experiences, strengths, hope.... wisdom.

Then over the years, id see younger folks coming in, scared
just like I was. Ive seen and heard those going back out then
returning to let us know that alcohol or drugs was kicking them
down harder than before.

Each time someone went out and came back in to let me know
what happened to them, I dug my heels in deeper, stronger, not
letting go of all the lessons being taught to me in my meetings
or what I read in my Big Book or Step Study book.

Conventions I went to the first 7 yrs before I moved to Houston
and a few afterwards. To see the many who gathered to listen
to those who stood before us to share their stories. To experience
a spiritual awakening on that Sunday, the 3rd day of the convention.

All, I can say, I too, wouldn't be here sharing like I am if I hadn't
hung onto my beliefs and recovery.

I'm not perfect, but I strive to be what I believe God would want
me to be. The best person I can possibly be today. Sober, honest
and healthy in heart, mind and soul.

Altho we have yrs of continuous sobriety, all we really have is
today. To live it to be best of our human ability remembering kindness
understanding, forgiveness, is important.

Hubby finally got inspired and got our smoker going already
this morning because we get up early and eat lunch early.
A little bit of steak, a few pieces of chicken and maybe brisket
down the road.

Buying meat isn't something we do often. In fact its been over
a yr. im guessing. Husband like chicken and will fix that in the
microwave to have a few meals on that.

Me, I stick to the fish for my protein fix with veggies on a daily
bases or Italian Sausage, Lentils. Keeping it simple.

Id rather get a new plant in place of a big meal or something
to add to my garden and backyard.

Well, Toad, hope you guys have a blast at the bon fire with
music and roasting. Maybe smores or marshmallows.

Home grown goodness...!!!!

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To think when we were in our addictions and what if we'd
still be there. What all would we have today? Where would
we be today?

None of the joys, blessings, promises we have come to
acquire over the yrs. would be ours today. Right?

To let go of our gift of recovery today would mean what to
you?

Me would be destruction, misery, loss, sickness, despair,
hopelessness, just the shell of a soulless person.

Faith, hope, peace, serenity, AA strong and at home with you guys.
I'm not so sure how I escaped DUI's, hospitals, jails, or institutions for 27 years other than the miraculous grace of God. And I agree with Toad, if I had continued or if I relapse, that to me means to die. My life may not always be fishing trips and family gatherings, but I know that I have to work for my income to earn those privileges, and more importantly to work daily on my recovery program and faith to keep them.

I never want to feel that darkness and despair again, not when hope became reality and light returned to my life. Life is not without challenges, I'm grateful for the difficulties because I know God's plan is always good.

Hot dog roast by the creek? Sounds heavenly You both enjoy your weekend!
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Hospitals where there when I ran off the road coming home from
a local club at 2 in the morning. There was a 2 ft notch cut out in
the road less than a mile away from home where some road construction
was going on.

I remember seeing the construction even tho, I knew I was inebriated,
numb from all the alcohol I had flowing in my system and extremely
nervous for coming home as late as I was. Which wasn't the first time
this had happened.

There was channeling of road signs and flashing lights to help guide
your car threw this construction. However, if one is drunk or impaired
by a toxic substance affecting you sight, your motor skills, your judgement,
then trying to navigate thru a construction zone has to be challenging
and dangerous.

So, I can't exactly tell you what happened to cause me to veer off the
road and hit a concrete culvert sitting on top the ground. Im pretty sure
it was alcohol, anxiety and fear. And from an eye witness who saw what
had happened. This deaf man said that an oncoming car with bright
lights may have contributed to me not seeing where I was going.


That stunt sent me to the hospital via EMS truck after being cut out
of the wreckage of my car where I spent 10 days with them removing
my pincture spleen so I wouldn't bleed to death along with numerous
broken ribs, bones, my chin and part of my forehead was sewn back on.

Let's just say, I was a mess.

There was a civil trial that I never wanted to be a part of because
I knew I was impaired, drunk by police reports and breathalyzer taken
at the accident. I was definitely over the amount in my system which
indicate I was drunk.

The trail was also set after I entered and completed rehab and had
some sobriety time. So by that time, I knew how important it was to
be completely honest about that situation.

My inlaws were adamant about me going to trial because they felt
that this accident was waiting to happen if not to me but to someone
else.

I copped a resentment for yrs on that and for my meddling inlaws
that I had to do an inventory on in order to let it go, move on and
heal.

With picture taken at the scene that mysteriously disappeared, who
were they to agree or believe. It surely wasn't gonna be me. Anyway.....

The question is, did this stop me from heading back into my addiction
and back to the same watering hole and driving home at the same time
as my accident?

Nope. I was right back on the horse so to speak in less then 3 months
after healing pretty well from my injuries. This time, I did make it home,
thank God. Thank Him one more time out of the many many times He
was called out to for help, vowing to never do those sinful, dangerous,
things in life again.

However, as Ive learned later, addiction doesn't care who you call
out to for help. My addiction needed extra help. Professional help
to teach me how to not drink a day at a time.

The love, care and concern from my family got me the help needed
29 yrs ago and for that I am truly grateful. The gift of that 28 day rehab
stay with a 6 week aftercare program of recovery taught to me, set
me on the path of a life changing journey and freedom from the bondage
of my addiction for a many one days sober ahead of me.

Yes, Astro, life is not without its challenges. We have to work around
those life obstacles. Things that stand in the way of being the best folks
we are meant to be in life and around others.

With each challenge comes rewards and blessings, Lessons we learn,
grow and build upon which become our experiences, strengths and hopes
to pass onto others.

With all your outdoor work, planting, painting, a dip in the cool pool would
be a nice treat for you Astro. Maybe smoke something good on the pit like
we did already.

Our steak turned out delicious along with a salad for Mr. Charlie and
steamed broccoli for me. Maybe some new ice cream later. Rebel is it's
name. Salted Caramel.

Love you guys.
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No time to use the smoker so I made chicken teriyaki, jasmine rice, and steamed broccoli. I have a new favorite ice cream flavor, Kroger PB&J!

There was more rotted wood on the patio doors than I thought so that's turned into an extensive project, I replaced some of the wood yesterday, patched and filled as best I could. I'm off to Home Depot this morning for paint. It's extremely hot so yes a dip in the pool yesterday felt great!

Thank you again for sharing more of your story Sharon. We are all miracles in some way, aren't we?

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Awwwww, I miss Krogers.

We had a Kroger here in Baton Rouge yrs ago that
eventually fizzled out. Then when we moved to Houston,
I was sooooo excited to have one around the corner
from where we lived.

I always liked their floral dept.and gift section with some
special and unique gifts. One in particular was a musical
box with a Rose inside a tall clear glass container. I got
one for my daughter after I got sober because it played
Wind Beneath My Wings.

At one of the conventions I went to here in Baton Rouge,
I attended the Sunday Speaker meeting and the lady speaker
was telling her story mentioning the song by Bette Midler,
Wind Beneath my Wings and I remember getting chills
which later I realized I must have been having a spiritual
awakening in early recovery.

Anyway.....Later thru the yrs, I went looking for another
music box for myself with no luck. Anyway, when I hear
Kroger or think about it, I like to reflect on that music box
and that special experience I had in early recovery.

We had some nice weather this morning in the way of
low humidity and low tempts, like as if a front came thru.
But looking at the days tempts, it will change to the 90's
and …..well.....it will be heating up quickly.

Hope your door project turns out nicely when all finished.

Our front door is painted green on the outside and red
inside, because red is my favorite color. I can never have
too much red.

Here is a link about the colors of front doors and what
they mean. This may help you decide on the color you
want.

https://www.pjfitz.com/blog/door-ins...ays-about-you/
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Ooooh your door colors sound very pretty. Our front door is a stained wood but it does need refinishing, maybe I'll give it some color when the weather cools. Our patios doors are getting a coat of white semi-gloss, it makes them look clean and they "pop" a little more, the exterior was a light tan color. I took down some nasty stained cloth blinds and just filled the holes, for now we'll let the sunlight in.

Have a beautiful week!
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Hey guys....

Just popping in for a moment today to say hello.

I dont know if I ever shared that my son plays music in
the United States Navy Band. He and his little family moved
from Texas to W. Virginia a few or so yrs. ago and thru the
miracles of sobriety, I recently connected with him as well
as my daughter.

After I left Houston yrs ago to return to my roots and hometown,
my marriage of 25 yrs came to an agreeable end. Both of us have
remarried with no communication between us. With this divorce
and remarriage, there became a distance between my 2 wonderful
kids or I should say adults.

Both are married and have their own families and are healthy,
happy and living life to the upmost. Which is truly a gift from Above.

Anyway, I thought you guys would enjoy the music the Navy plays
and my son gives me a heads up to let me know where to look for
him in the videos.

He's only been with the Navy Band for a few yrs. now, so there aren't
many videos with him in it just yet. And then with the lockdown, they
haven't been traveling to perform either.

He plays the Trombone in the brass section.

Here is the link of the website and I normally have them connected
to my facebook to get updates and notifications of a new video available.

https://www.navyband.navy.mil/concert_band.html
If you see on the right where they say meet the musicians,
click that, then click Brass and down the line you will Trombone
and under that down a bit you will find my sons name. Ken M.

https://www.youtube.com/user/usnavyband/videos

Here are some videos of their music if you want to watch and
listen. The one with the Lion King, which is the latest one my
son sent me. He is almost at the end of the video where he is
located on the right side with the trombone section. You will see
the conductor then up right a man no glasses, then behind
him is my son with glasses holding his trombone.

Anyway....I dont expect you to recognize him at first cause it
take me time to find him since they dont zoom on any of the
musicians for very long. So, I have to stop and start the video
until I can freeze him to say.... I See My Son...!!!! lol

Okay guys, that's all I got for now. If I find another video with
him in it, I will share it with you guys.



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Very impressive about Ken.....I have always heard that North Texas U. was the place to go for music education....good looking kid.

thanks for sharing sharon
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Definitely a handsome man there, and what talent. He played for the Boston Symphony Orchestra??!! Thank you for sharing this with us, that's really cool!
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