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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Summer Fun

My 14 year old grandson Levi came to visit last week and brought a couple of his 14 year old friends. Levi hasn't been to visit in the summer for a couple of years because of all his "sports" activities so he called a few weeks ago and ask if he could come and spend a few days and bring some of his friends. Of course we were delighted. The kids love to come to "small town" Texas because they pretty much get to do what they want to do. Poppy took them out shooting guns, learning to drive, to the Dairy Queen and made "Poppy's Perfect Popcorn" each night. Gran cooked, entertained them at the Watermelon Festival, took them swimming and played a few games of Joker. I might add that Gran is STILL CHAMPION winning with 2 different partners. After a few days I called Lana and said she needed to either come get the boys or wire money for groceries. I can't believe how much 3 teenage boys can eat. 30 minutes after each meal they were looking for food. We had a really good time. Levi has some very nice friends. He is the one on the left.

I took the boys to see what we call "Little Grand Canyon" in the north part of the county. It is the neatest little canyon off the road that you would never know is there if someone didn't tell you where it is. I love to go out and just take in the beauty. The boys really enjoyed hiking down into the canyon even though it was 100 degrees.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rumor has it Dolly Parton was in Knox City for the Watermelon Festival. She was sited by several people.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


I will not tell how old she is because it makes me sound really old. Of course if I have been out of school 50 years you pretty much can figure out about how old I am.
I remember that day well. My water broke and I spent about 24 hour in labor. Lana weighed 5 lbs. 11 ozs. and she was so tiny and just beautiful. She did have a big head though because they had to use forceps and she had little marks on each side. She was the youngest grandchild so she was everybody's baby. My neice Tonya thought she was her baby. She lived in the same town and was 11 years old. She was a good babysitter. My brother's children Dirk who was 6 months older and Shaila who was 3 years older also lived in the same town and they loved being together and playing together. They were the closest in age and distance so they have always been close. My sisters three daughters Shelly, Sharla and Shalyn just adored her also. When Lana started to school I think she thought she might be the only 5 year old in the world. She was sooo smart and did everything early. Of course, this is her mother talking. She was talking by the time she was a year. I will never forget feeding her at about 15 months and she said, "Jesus wept."....I thought where in the world did that come from. It seemed that our ministers daughter who kept her a lot had been trying to get her to memorize that scripture for weeks and she would never repeat it for her. What a blessing she has been to us. She is the mother of our 5 oldest grandchildren. She homeschooled for 18 years and is a grandmother. Wow. Bud and I have so often said how blessed we have been with our children. They aren't perfect but we sure think they are great.
Thanks you darling for all the years of happiness that you have brought into our lives. There is never a dull moment and we love you more than words can say.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008


My long time friend Darlene Carter died about 2:00 this morning. Paul said in Philippians 1:21-23 "To live is Christ, to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better."

I guess Darlene chose the better way. She seem to do that when I saw her last week. My cousin Ron told me the sting of death is not with the person who died but with those of us who are left here. I think that is true. Darlene is playing her piano and praising Jesus and I am left here to grieve.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I don't ever have zits...but wouldn't you know when I got ready to go to my 50th class reunion up pops this zit! Now, I'm not concerned about the 10 lbs I wanted to lose before the reunion or what cute thing I should wear....I just wanted to try and make sure my make up would cover this awful zit. Priorities are important you know.

Monday, July 21, 2008

1958-2008 Where have the years gone?

The year was 1958. # 1 Song was "All I have to do is Dream" by the Everly Brothers; U.S. Troops landed in Lebanon; Explorer 1 launched; Top Movies were Gigi, "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and Old Yeller; Male Vocalist was Perry Como singing "Catch a Falling Star";
and this beauty graduated from Tulia High School:

My daughters always ask their daddy, "Daddy, what did you see in her?". Now is that rude or what? They got that from their Daddy. I attended my 50th Class Reunion over the weekend in Tulia, Texas. I had a really good time visiting with a lot of grey headed people that I barely remember. However, I had one friend that was my neighbor and was such a blessing when I moved to Tulia the middle of my Junior year. He took me around, introduced me and for the next year and half hauled me around. He had a vehicle and I didn't and we lived 18 miles from town. He also drove my school bus. He reminded me of the time he put me off the bus to walk because I was causing trouble. Of course I don't remember it the same way and since my memory is sooo good I am sure that I am right. We had a really good time visiting and getting caught up on our lives for the past 50 years. His wife was a really nice lady who allowed me to ride to Amarillo with him for a visit with several others from our class. There were 85 in our graduating class and 14 who have died. I think there were about 35 who came to the reunion. This was the first time I had seen many of the graduates since 1958. I did go back for a 5 year reunion and when they were planning the 10 year reunion my husband told them he would donate $100. if he didn't have to attend. (I told you my girls got their rudeness from their Daddy) So, I just didn't invite Bud to attend this reunion and he was happy about that. I did run into an old boyfriend at the reunion. He was wearing oxygen and has some kind of lung disease which is incurable. The last time I saw him I thought he was going to kill me....he just didn't want to let it go and had a gun in the car and needless to say...I have not wanted to see him in the past 50 years. Where in the world has 50 years gone?

I actually attended 3 different high schools. I will be attending another 50th reunion in a couple of weeks in Olton, Texas. I was born in Olton and attended school there for a year and a half in High School. I also attended l year of High School at Kress, Texas. I was invited to their get together but since I had gone to a school reunion in Kress a couple of years ago I didn't try to make it this year.

I will be adding a few more pictures in the next couple of days. It was a fun weekend.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thought for the Day

I will be out of town for a couple of days so I leave you with these thoughts:

Thought for the day: Choose to live a life that matters

Great counsel for all of us - no matter our age.

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today. I am thankful for______________'

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli , almonds & walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

12. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

16 Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. GOD heals everything.

20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!

22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________.

Today I accomplished _________.

Remember....Choose to live a life that matters!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I hate cancer

Tony Snow, my all time favorite TV Newscaster died today at the age of 53. I cried when I learned the news today. Why do the good die young. He was such a kind, gentle man. Even though he was a strong conservative Tony always seem to keep his cool. He treated everyone the same as far as I could see. He was a strong Christian and I believe that is what guided his life.

Tony Snow was selected as President Bush Press Secretary in 2006. "Tony did his job with more flair than almost any press secretary before him," said William McGurn, Bush's former chief speechwriter. "He loved the give-and-take. But that was possible only because Tony was a man of substance who had real beliefs and principles that he was more than able to defend."

As he announced Snow as his new press secretary in May 2006, Bush praised him as "a man of courage [and] a man of integrity." Snow presided over some of the toughest fights of Bush's presidency, defending the administration during the Iraq war and the CIA leak investigation.

I will miss Tony and Our Nation will miss him also. I hate cancer.

I went to visit my friend Darlene on Friday who has been in Abilene Hospital suffering a second bout of cancer. She turned 65 this year. She had been anxious about retirement and whether she would have enough money to live her life out. Her husband passed away 7 years ago so she felt all the weight in making the big decisions. I can't imagine what it would be like to have to do that. The yard, the bank account, the future. All on my own. That would be tough. I visited with her for a couple of hours yesterday. She was not totally coherent. I think she knew who I was but she had that look in her eyes. I knew it wouldn't be long. She had breast cancer about 15 years ago after I had my bout with cancer. We shared a lot. Then a few months ago she had a swollen lymph node in her neck and they started all the chemo and radiation treatments. She hasn't had much quality of life since she started all of that. Makes me wonder if it is worth the effort. She is a wonderful Christian Lady, a good mother, grandmother. She played the piano for her church just 4 weeks ago.

I went to a memorial today for one of my favorite customers. Rex was in his fifties. He was a sweet, gentle man. He had had a very hard life. His brother said Rex's life reminded him of "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." He had been homeless for a year. His father was an alcoholic and he didn't have much chance from the beginning. But, I never thought he seemed bitter. We always talked about the Lord and Life. If you sit in my chair chances are we will talk about the Lord and Life. He had told me some of his past but I learned more today. He lived about 5 months after they diagnosed him with lung cancer. He had joined Gillespie Baptist Church a couple of years ago and loved it there. He was the meat market manager at Lawrance Brothers in Knox City. One of his friends helped him back on his feet and got him a job. What would we do without friends. I considered Rex a friend. I hate cancer.

I hate cancer. My sister died in 1964 from cancer. She was 35 and had 3 children. I have lost 3 very close friends with cancer. All in their sixties. We have been donating to cancer research for 50 years...and I don't see much progress. I frankly don't know many people who have done chemo who had much quality of life or lived. I know what we all say. "They are better off". Well, I don't want them to be better off. I want them to be here with me. I looked all afternoon for a bible verse but never could find it. It says something like....The good die young and no one seems to understand but God is taking them out of the bad in the future. If any of you know where it is or can find it...please let me know because I need to read it today. I need to know that God knows and understands because I sure don't. I hate cancer.

Thanks to my friend is the scripture:

Isaiah 57:1
"The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil." (NIV)

This is how it reads in the Living Bible:
Good people pass away;
the godly often die before their time.
But no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand
that God is protecting them from the evil to come.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fourth of July

We spent the 4th of July at Lana's home in Belton. They have a house on main street so every year they have a big party with friends and family coming in and out all day. With 5 kids and all their friends there is never a dull moment. This has become a tradition since Belton has a parade that is touted to be in the top 10 "Fourth of July Parades in the U.S.". The parade runs past their house so the crowd covers their yard on lawn chairs and blankets. The grandchildren range in age from 14 to 24 and one is married giving us a 3 year old great grandaughter. We are all patriotic and love the red, white, and blue. Fort Hood had several uniformed men marching in the parade and each time they marched by our entire yard of people stood and clapped until they passed. We are proud to be Americans and even though we have been pretty ticked off at "W" the past few years we all have to admit he has kept us from another attack in the country.

Lana's husband Greg got up early and started the grill. We started with sausage wraps and others brought food as the morning progressed. We iced down several large coolers of drinks and got ready for the parade at 10:00. I took pictures before the crowd started to gather. The kids had decorated the front and it was festive. Greg had his big grill set up on the patio. As soon as the parade ended he started with the hamburgers. We had a lot of food. The last pictures is of Greg...napping on his recliner. It was a good day.

Levi, Lana's youngest (14) was in a baseball tournament in Waco so he and his team mates were getting ready to leave. We got to see him play later that day. What is more American than a parade, hamburgers, baseball and no...not apple pie but their favorite Banana Pudding.

I bought a new digital camera and this was my first try at taking pictures and loading them into the computer. With the help of my gran daughters we put together this slide show. I think I got everybody but my two daughters. Actually Jana's family was at our house the week before we drove to Belton so I had a couple of pictures of her little ones before the 4th at Lana's.

Be sure and listen to my music...especially the one by John Wayne....