After The Diploma

What happens after the diploma? I have memories of my 12 years of public education ending with graduation from Westbury High School in Houston, TX. I think I said something like,

“I am so glad this is over!”

TAMUGood attitude for someone who was about to start as a Freshman (FISH) at Texas A&M University in Collage Station, TX. I was ready for freedom from all the ‘restrictions’ of high school and freedom from living at home. I was a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. I had arrived.

And I fell in love with my soul mate. We got married. I left Texas A&M and joined the US Army to “Be All You Can Be”. That was in 1967.

Fast forward to 1978

U of HAfter a 10 year span of serving in the US Army, I remember thinking that I really need to go back to college and get a degree in something. All the cool jobs required a degree. Off I went, in hot pursuit of my degree. For the next 5 years, I gave up everything for a college degree. My wife and kids stuck with me through this time even though I was an absent husband and dad. My focus was on ‘getting the degree’. Goal accomplished in 1983. I graduated from University of Houston  with a BSET (Bachelor of Science in Electronic Technology). Now I can go get one of those cool jobs. I went from one cool job to another. Moved my family from Houston, Texas to West Lebanon, New Hampshire, to Dayton, Ohio and back to Houston. Then one more move to Corpus Christ, TX for one more cool job – only to lose it like many others before.

Fast forward to 1995

After my last job loss, I did some major soul-searching. Eight months later, I had an Epiphany. God literally shook me and said,

Reflecting back on my life and education, I realized I had not applied any of my education to my life. So I did that.

Fast forward to 2011

I retired from my dream job. You could say I graduated – not from school, but from work, full of book learning and experiential learning. Now it was time to apply my experiences. It was time for me to transition from success to significance.

Fast forward to today

So what happens after the diploma? What happens when a student completes a course? Application happens. That’s right, application. The diagram below calls it Steady State Phase.

If we do not apply what we’ve learned, we lose what we learned. The Steady State Phase falls flat.

To my classmates from Blogging101, I encourage you to keep on keeping on. You may be behind on some of the assignments. Do not let that keep you from finishing what you started.

I wish I had learned that lesson way back in 1966.

Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.


Guest Writer Today

We have a guest blogger today. My wife Carol, aka TrailBoss, has agreed to write a post for today.

Hello Blog Friends.

Well, Jerry has been trying to get me involved in the blogging since he started it. He has completed the Blogging 101 course now and during that course he created a page for me—Carol’s Corner. So I guess it is time to start my blogging life. :)

I have been thinking about what to start with and have come up with a topic that I am sure many of you full-time quilters and sewers can relate to–how do you store ALL of that Thread???

My Li’l Sis, Donna, is coming to visit the end of February and I have asked her to take a storage box of my stuff to her house to keep for awhile. Therefore, I need to do some major rearranging in my Corner before she gets here. If you read J’s blog about Carol’s Corner you have an idea what my mess looks like at this time.

I have decided to start small. ;) Below I have a picture of the amount of thread I have now. I have it all stored in a bottom drawer that I really need to use for something else.

Carols Threads

I currently keep it all in zip lock bags sort of by categories: embroidery threads (blues/greens/purples; reds/yellows/oranges; browns/beiges/tans; black & whites), hand threads, regular sewing threads, hand embroidery floss, pearl cottons. Well, you get the idea.

My question for y’all is:

What have you found to be the best way to store your threads, taking as little room as possible?

And yes, I know that I really need to thin the number I have and I plan to do that also. That’s really tough because I just might need one of them sometime. (sigh)

I would greatly appreciate some feedback from all of y’all, especially those of you who are RVers or live in small spaces. I have declared to myself that the next days we have off I will begin the major rearranging. However, as I said above I am now starting small.

I’m looking forward to hearing from y’all, thanks for stopping by.


Special thanks goes out to the TrailBoss. She gave my fingers a break. If you are not a quilter or sewer, please feel free to share this post with your friends who are. You can copy/paste this link for sharing.

Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.

Jerry Sig1

Friday Photo

Today’s assignment: develop a regular feature for your blog. The idea is to have a post that is regularly scheduled. Developing a regular feature builds expectation from readers.

Photography is one of my hobbies. I love to take pictures, especially of places we visit. I am sure I can keep you entertained with a weekly photo feature.

I’ve already posted a couple of photos in response to the The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge prompts Express Yourself and Serenity. I also posted a photo in response to the Blog Event assignment with a Weekly Pet Share.

Say hello to the 1st Friday Photo.

6:49 AMWe lived in Corpus Christi, TX for 20+ years. I may not be a water person, but I did enjoy the view. This photo was taken at 6:49AM on 10/26/11 off Ocean Drive near Poenisch Park. It reminds me of Genesis 1:3.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Top iPhone App Roundup

WagginMaster (aka Jerry):

There are some cool iPhone apps here. Take a look.

Originally posted on ElleKae:

I’ll be the first person to admit that I’m obsessed with my iPhone. Separation anxiety? Yes, I suffer from it. Today I’m sharing my all-time favorite and most used iPhone apps from ‘Photography’ to ‘Productivity’ and everything in-between. You’ll see how I edit my photos and the apps I can’t bear to travel without. I also spoke with a few major online influencers to see which apps they can’t get enough of. Heres the what’s what of the App Store~


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Brand! Blavatar! What’s Next?

Today’s assignment: extend your brand with one of the following: a custom Blavatar, a custom image widget, or a Facebook fan page. When I read that, I felt like Charlie Brown.
I understand the need to extend my brand but just did not want to do the assignment. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense.Time to tackle this assignment.

What in the world is a Blavatar? A blavatar is an avatar for blogs. An avatar is an icon or image representing a particular person in computer applications such as blogs, forums or other social networks. Another term that you may see is Gravatar. This is a Globally Reconized Avatar. I decided to take that approach – for now.

We have a yard sign that is planted in front of our RV wherever we park.

BLAVATARI squared up the image and added the name WagginTailsRV on it. That is the name we picked before we retired. It represents the wagging tails of our fur babies as we travel along. I will be working on a better image that represents this theme. If you guys know a sketch artist or someone who could help with this, please let me know.

I want to have an image or a series of related images that will link this blog with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social networks.

One more assignment to go, I think I will finish this course. Thank you for following along with me and thanks for the support. I also appreciate the new bloggers who are following Tales From The WagginMaster.

Jerry Sig1