Why is it when we lie down at night to get some sleep

Our mind won’t shut down so our eyes can peep

And then when the magic hour arrives for us to wake

A few more zzzzzzzz’s we wish to take

Is it our age and body that is the culprit

Or perhaps our mind and all that is in it

Just one time I would like to lie down at night

And be off to sleep without a fight

Today I’ll work myself hard and fast

So that when my head hits the pillow I’ll sleep at last



“Change of Pace!”

I don’t know how long I’ve been blogging now but no matter what I read about blogging, it seems the theme is always – “Write about what you know.” That comment has always bothered me, mainly because to do that, with insurance being what I made my living at for twenty-five plus years, it would mean writing about insurance and well, other than taking a crack at writing a children’s book about insurance with funny characters and so forth, I just cannot wrap my head around that concept. Besides I would want to inject some humor and well, truthfully speaking – it would be hard to do.

I have had some experience writing short stories (even wrote an E-book for Kindle) and so the thought crossed my mind, why continue reading what others write today and then try to put my take on the subject into my own blog, why not come up with my own thing. So, seeing that I write a monthly column for our Community Newsletter, I decided to put such an article together for February’s newsletter. Haven’t had any feedback from those readers yet but then the printed version just came out two days ago!

So, as promised, seeing that I wanted to do something different with this blog, I thought I would share what I wrote  as my newsletter article for those of you following my blog to see what you all think. It allows me to continue the blog, utilize a completely different concept, be creative with my writing, and hopefully write my post in such a way as to entertain those of you following my blog. My guess is that not only will I continue this path for the Newsletter articles, but prepare similar but not the same type articles for you here on Lakeland Musings.

With that introduction, here goes:

As I sit here racking my brain wondering what wonderful words of wisdom I want to share with you this month, my eyes wander from the keyboard to the wallpaper that adorns my office.  After looking at it and losing myself in the titles of the bottles, I got to thinking – hmmm – how drunk would one have to be to drink the contents of any of these bottles if their titles were “for real?”


I mean – come on – who wouldn’t want a swig of Old Fashioned Rot Gut? Or and this is for all those red-blooded American Indians out there – How about some “Fire Water?”  I do not even want to venture a guess as to what might be lurking in that bottle of “Curly Wolf.” And then there is good ole “Gunpowder Cocktail – Not for the Faint Hearted.”  So as to not slight the women folk in the room we also have “Shotgun Nancy’s Whiskey.  To me it is a drink Annie Oakley might have been fond of!

But then one might also say – hey – based on some of Irwin’s past ponderings – he probably finishes off one or two of them thar bottles just prior to sitting down to write.  I’m not telling!

Fact is after partaking of some of that “Old Fashioned Rot Gut,” I plumb got soaked and before I could do anything else I meandered down to the hotel and got me a room so that I could lie down for a spell. After all, that is some pretty dad gum good whiskey and while it goes down real smooth, it sure has one heck of a kick later on.


When I woke, I knew two things – I had to mosy on down to Trader Jake’s to stock up on some vittles, but before I could do that, I needed to get some dinero from the bank.  After all it costs a heap of greenbacks to keep a good stock of this fine whiskey. Bottles such as these aren’t easy to come by.

Now many of you are probably wondering where I might be doin’ my bankin’ these days. Well, let me be the first to say it isn’t in one of those new “high-falootin’” banks like Mid-Florida, Bank of America, or Wells Fargo. Not this old cowpoke – I decided to head out to the bank Wyatt Earp and his brothers probably used – none other than good old “Boot Hill Bank.”


Of course, once I got there, that *flannel-mouthed banker (an overly smooth or fancy talker) tried to talk me into taking out a loan (always hankering to get more of my money) and so I told him – “No sir ree!” I just wanted to withdraw enough to pick up my whiskey and get some more grub/vittles. Besides I did not have time to dicker with him ‘cuz I knew I was going to have to dicker with the gent there at Trader Jake’s General Store “ifin” I was to get all I needed to hold me over the winter. But you know me – always up for bartering or trading with “Trader Jack!”


Like it wasn’t enough I had to deal with the bank and general store, one such varmint I had hoped to steer clear of was my landlord.  Not only did I need vittles and whiskey – it was time to pay my rent and he was a mean old rip (reprobate). I was hoping to put off paying the rent for another week although I know by doing that all I was doing was beating the devil around the stump (evading responsibility or a difficult task).

Besides, that thar fella is so mean – were I not to pay my rent on time, he’d be afixin to shoot me with that double-barreled shotgun of his and next time you’d see me – would be in: Boot Hill Cemetery.

Boot-Hill Cemetary.jpg

And just between me and you – I ain’t afixin to go just yet!  Well, that’s the whole kit and caboodle ~ as far as this month’s “Irwin Ponders” goes. One never knows what I will come up with when I set down at this ‘puter. Hope you enjoyed it! Who knows, I may have created a monster cuz now I have to dream up what I will rant and rave about – oops – pardon me – ponder about next. Til next time pardner!

What does “Ten” mean to you?


Ten – what does the word ten mean to you………….well it could mean we have ten fingers and ten toes.

For some of us, not me though, ten could be the magic number of weeks, months, or years until we retire.

Ten could in fact represent the ten dollars one might owe a friend.

A happy couple may be celebrating ten years of marriage.

For the clock watcher, a worker might be waiting for those last ten minutes of his or her shift to be over.

For me, we have ten more days until we embark on yet another adventure.

So while I had hoped to get back to posting at least one article a week, (something I have already missed looking at today’s date and my last posting date), it would appear that unless I post something on or around the 28th and then again on the 4th of February, I will have missed my deadline……..again.

But, have no fear – I am trying something new with my writing (actually the piece I am thinking about is the article I wrote for next month’s community newsletter). I got wild and crazy one day just sitting at my computer and before I knew it, I had written a comical story of sorts and submitted it to our community newsletter (I write a monthly column entitled “Irwin Ponders”).

I am contemplating sharing this story with everyone – if for no other reason than to receive some feedback as to whether or not articles of that nature would be something people might follow here on this medium.

With my schedule though, I may not get around to posting it until Sunday but when I do, I am hoping to receive comments on same (pro or con as I am a big boy, I can take it).

It is good to be back writing again – something I must definitely put at the top of my daily “To Do” list. Until Sunday then!

Why do we “Cling” to old habits?


Why do we cling to so many bad or maybe bad is too harsh a word – let’s say, unproductive habits.

Not too long ago I read an article utilizing the following quote: “So many books, so little time.” – Frank Vincent Zappa

The gist of the article was that “We are what we read!”  I know of many individuals in our community that just love to read and have no problem just picking up a book and wrapping themselves up in it for hours on end. While I can truthfully say that I have never spent hours on end just wrapped up in a book, I do enjoy reading and keep blaming our daily social life as the reason I do not read as much as I would like to.

Fact of the matter is though that we all are given the same 24 hours a day to use as we see fit.  So, I have no one to blame but myself for not reading more than I do. I must admit, I tend to cling to my obsession with the television set as we do have several shows we just love to sit and watch. Fact is, were I to isolate some time from my so-called busy schedule, (you know, like giving up a show or two) I could have time to read.

It is all a matter of how we want to spend our time. I truly do enjoy reading and I should not allow my crazy mixed-up schedule rob me of the joy derived from reading books. Reading, whether fiction, non-fiction, or just staying current with the news, does serve a purpose in our life. Reading can improve our education (think “Self-help or How- to” books). Mysteries (one of my favorites) allow me to escape from reality and I allow myself to get so caught up in the story I feel as though I am there instead of just sitting in a comfy chair forgetting about many of the things I probably should be doing but will still be there tomorrow or the next day.

Take travelling for instance, if we are neither financially nor physically capable – one can still enjoy what other countries have to offer just by reading about them and then picturing ourselves in that particular atmosphere/environment. Is it the same? No. But for one brief moment in time, we have escaped from our daily routine. So much can be obtained out of the simple pleasure of reading a book.

Look upon reading a book as isolating yourself in a room with a good friend – one you are willing to spend some time with knowing that you enjoy their company and are looking forward to the time you will be spending together. A plan I intend to cling to for the entire year of 2017!

Pass it on!

Not sure I am doing this right but I enjoyed the following blog so much – I wanted to pass it on to others so I have cut and pasted it here on my site – probably the wrong way to do it but wanted to share with all my WordPress friends.


Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks Helen as your blogs are always so entertaining.