Yesterday afternoon Terry and I had to have an uncomfortable video conversation with my son, daughter, and daughter-in-law. But it was necessary and one that every family should be having.
While there are no life-threatening physical issues with either one of us, we both will turn 69 this year, and we are not foolish enough to think that we will live forever. Working with a local attorney, we are in the process of setting up a family trust to protect our assets when the time comes. Since they will be the recipients of whatever we have, as well as any future royalties from my books, we needed to talk about that.
We also had to clarify that neither one of us would ever want to be kept alive by machines in a vegetative state if there was no chance of recovery. By making our wishes known to them, as well as stated in our will and the family trust, we are taking those difficult decisions away from them.
Both Travis and Tiffany were a bit weepy talking about things like this, but I assured them that #1 we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, and #2, I’m going to work hard to spend my last nickel and bounce the last check in the checkbook the morning of the day I die. It just seems better for everybody that way. If you have not addressed this issue with your family yet, please don’t put it off. We all have an expiration date, and none of us know when that day will come
Another conversation I had recently was not uncomfortable at all. That was when I told Terry, “Yes, I will take a second helping.”
It’s been a while since we have used our Orion convection smoker and we decided we needed to remedy that. So we picked up a couple of racks of baby back ribs and put them in the smoker the other day.
We love the Orion because it is quick and easy to use, cooks a couple of racks of ribs to perfection in less than 90 minutes, and they come out absolutely delicious. Served with Cuban style black beans and fixings, forget Tony Roma’s or Sonny’s Barbecue, or our local favorite, Dustin’s Barbecue. Nobody can make ribs like Terry does in the Orion.
Take a look and tell me I’m wrong. I would tell you to take a bite, but I finished the rest of them off for dinner last night. We both agree that we need to try smoking a couple of chickens, or better yet, a turkey soon.
And what makes a delicious dinner even better, you ask? How about some of Terry’s amazing banana bread? Yes, I know. I am a very lucky man.
Thought For The Day – The CDC is now saying we can have gatherings of up to eight people without issues. I don’t even know eight people without issues.