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Friday, December 18, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Casting Crowns has a song that makes you want to just Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
"While You Were Sleeping". Turn up your speaker and enjoy my Christmas Music.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving 09

(Turn Up the volume on your speaker and enjoy my music)

We had a great time during the holidays. The only thing that could have been better is Lana and her family being here. Holidays get really hectic when the family grows and we have had to learn to share and to make the best of the day even when it is not perfect.

When Bud and I lived in Leoti, Kansas several hundred miles from family we really learned what "Family" and holidays meant. Our next door neighbor who was a sweet friend and the mother of 9 sons invited us for Thanksgiving dinner. Several of her sons and family would be there and she knew we were alone. Lana was 3 and Jana 5 months. Loppy ( as the girls called her) fell in love with our little girls. Her invitation was such a nice gesture but it wasn't the Thanksgiving we were use to. First of all the dressing was terrible. Maybe this is why Lana never developed a taste for dressing. In the north the dressing is made from different ingredients than my mothers Cornbread dressing. Instead of apple pie we had rubarb pie. Yukky I thought. It was really pretty good if you added enough ice cream but it wasn't mother's or granny Hogan's Pecan Pie. And, one of the worst things about the day. Texas A & M versus Texas Longhorns was not on our Television Cable and neither was the Dallas Cowboys. How could you celebrate the birth of this Great Country without Texas A & M, Dallas Cowboys, Cornbread Dressing and Pecan Pie. I remember Bud saying at the end of the day. If there is any way possible we will always drive to one of our Families for the Holidays. And for the most part we did. I remember more than one snowy icy Christmas that we spent on the road to Granny Hogan because we thought that was the thing to do. Note..I didn't say it was the thing to do but "we thought" it was the thing to do.

TRADITION reminds me of Fiddler On The Roof one of my favorite movies of all times.
TEVYE & PAPAS sings:
"Who, day and night, must scramble for a living,
Feed a wife and children, say his daily prayers?
And who has the right, as master of the house,"
To have the final word at home? And then he sings, "
Tradition, tradition! Tradition!
Tradition, tradition! Tradition!

We all have our traditions but we have learned to adjust when everything is not perfect. Jana and her family came and yes, we had cornbread dressing, sweet potatoes, and pecan pie. We had Texas A & M Football played lots of Joker (this is a tradition that we have started the past several years that my family loves). But, we missed the extended family because they are so much a part of our tradition.

Last Sunday I heard my friend Bryan Burgess preach on the radio as I was in the car on a short trip. He told the story of William Bradford who was the governor of Plymouth, Mass. He helped to establish the first Thanksgiving. Bryans telling of the life of William Bradford helped me to focus on what is really important about Thanksgiving and why we celebrate. It is not about Cornbread Dressing or Texas A & M. It is an amazing story and you can read about William Bradford here. I encourage you to go and read his story. His parents died when he was very young. He became a Christian at age 12 and lost his inheirtance. I am thankful for our ancestors who loved God and Country enough to live and die that we could be free to form our own Traditions. Traditions are OK as long as we keep them in perspective.

I get a devotional from a school teacher in Crane, Texas. Her prayer for Thanksgiving has become my prayer. Did you pray for the food on Thanksgiving? There is so much more that we should be thankful for.

Lest we forget:

Thursday November 26, 2009

Daily Devotional by Melinda Clements/ Perceptions Ministry

Copyright (C) by Melinda Clements/ Nov 2009/All Rights Reserved

Thank You, Lord!

I thank you for this day, my Precious Lord, for who you are and who I can be through you. I thank You for the precious blood of Jesus that took my sin and for you loving me enough to help me change.
I thank you this day, for this country and all the freedoms it represents and for each and every leader who turns to God in waking moments and ask in reverent prayer what he can do to make this country better.
I thank you this day for every man and woman who serves this country in the military who fights each day to protect me and the freedoms I enjoy. I thank You for their families and the commitments and sacrifices they have made so I can pray and do all the things I like to do.
I thank you this day for my family, each and every one; for my home, my job and my community and those who touch my life each and every day. I thank You for my life and the trials and tribulations that have made me-me!

I thank You this day for my health and the fact I live in a nation where there are doctors who work to help me stay healthy. For my wealth that is not measured in money or possessions but measured in the friends, family and God I am so blessed to share; I thank You this day for the food I partake in every day to nourish by body.

For all the blessings and miracles that take place in my life each day that I do not even recognize but are in place to make me a better person and my world a better place.
I love You, Lord--Spread blessings to those less fortunate and help me to realize the cross I bear is never as heavy as someone else's. Help me to see that things could always be worse. Help me to see You in each and every situation and to know there is nothing You and I cannot handle together. Amen.

Traditions are OK but let's add another one. Being thankful for what is really important in life.
Happy Fall Ya'll and get ready for some Christmas traditions.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Difference between citizens and politicians

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he
asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week.' The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The Congressman was very happy and left the shop. The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Stimulus Money

Sometime this year, we taxpayers may again receive an Economic Stimulus payment.

This is a very exciting new program. I will explain it using the Q and A format:

Q. What is an Economic Stimulus payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.
Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen.
Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China ?
A. Shut up.
Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the US economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:

• If you spend the stimulus money at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China .
• If you spend it on gasoline, your money will go to the Arabs.
• If you purchase a computer, it will go to India .
• If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala .
• If you buy a car, it will go to Japan .
• If you purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan
• If you pay your credit cards off, or buy stock, it will go to management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.

Instead, keep the money in America by:
1 spending it at yard sales, or
2 going to ball games, or
3 spending it on coke
4.go to the beauty/barber shop preferable The Body Shop
5. go to the Dairy Queen for Ice Cream

(These are the only American businesses still operating in the US .)
I'm going to go to a ball game with my friend that I met at a yard sale,
and drink coke with her! That should help stimulate the American Economy and the Dallas Cowboys Paychecks.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Psalms 37:4

4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

I have been meditating on this verse of scripture for some times. My question has been, "What does "delight yourself in the Lord" look like?

Websters puts it like this:
1 : a high degree of gratification : joy; also : extreme satisfaction
2 : something that gives great pleasure
3 archaic : the power of affording pleasure

Life Application Bible says, "The knowledge of God's great love for us will indeed give us delight. It is great pleasure and joy in His Presence."

Do I take great pleasure and joy in God's presence? Am I joyful and do I have extreme satisfaction.

What is your definition of "delight"? Do we expect God to give us the desire of our heart, ie answer our prayers unless we are delighting in Him.?

What do you think?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Can't wait for Government Health Care

-----(I'm not sure about these Numbers but I wouldn't doubt it)

A clunker that travels 12,000 miles a year at 15 mpg uses 800
gallons of gas a year.

A vehicle that travels 12,000 miles a year at 25 mpg uses 480
gallons a year.

So, the average Cash for Clunkers transaction will reduce US
gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year.

They claim 700,000 vehicles so that's 224 million gallons saved per

That equates to a bit over 5 million barrels of oil.

5 million barrels is about 5 hours worth of US consumption.

More importantly, 5 million barrels of oil at $70 per barrel costs
about $350 million dollars

So, the government paid $3 billion of our tax dollars to save $350

We spent $8.57 for every dollar saved.

How good a deal was that ???

They'll probably do a great job with health care though!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

James A. Measles

My brother James lost his battle with cancer on September 1, 2009 at 6:20 A. M. Mother's birthday. My sister Mary Lu said mother got a wonderful present. The Doctors gave James 3 months in August of last year but they agreed he was a fighter. He declined the chemo treatment when they said it would give him more time but he ask if he would be sick with his head over the commode for a year and then he would die. He lived a year only being in the hospital a few times for them to put in an outside drain tube from his liver. He was surrounded by his two children Shaila and Dirk, his loving wife Shari and a couple of his grandchildren. James slipped into a coma a couple of days before he died. They said the day before he died he sat up on the bed and kissed Shari and lay back down. Shari was a wonderful wife and caregiver. She lay by his side for the last month reading to him and talking about the wonderful years they had shared. I can't tell you what comfort it was to our family to know James was in such good care. That's what a good mate does. There were times she wasn't sure she could do it but she would tell you God gave her strength and grace.

This is a picture of James one time when he came home from the navy with my sister TiaJuana. Tia Juana died December 26, 1964. I can just imagine this is the way they met in heaven.
This is a poem "I'd Marry You Again" that Shari read to James over and over the last month. She said he would say when she finished reading it, "Read it again". It was on the back of the program.

(I added this photo of all of James' family taken last summer shortly after James was diagnoised. Dirk has 2 sons and 2 daughters; Shaila has 5 sons and 2 daughter in laws. James was so proud of his family)

This is Shaila and her family with Shari at the cemetary. Just look at the beautiful mountains in the background.
Dirk, Shari and Shaila.
The Pallbears were James and Shari's grandsons. Notice they are all wearing James' bolo ties.
James had a milirary funeral. He served in the Navy during the Korean war. James was very patriotic. He always had a flag flying in front of his house. His son Dirk went out and bought a Texas Flag and hung it at half mass on the day he died. When I saw that I lost it. James loved his flags and he never stopped being a Texan.

Ten of James' nephews and nieces attended the funeral service. Tia Juana's 3 children Bob, Steve and Tonya; Mary Lu's 2 daughters Shelly and Sharla; Bob's son Bryan and my 2 daughters Lana and Jana. The cousins had a really good time getting reacquainted. The oldest Bob is 61 and the youngest is Jana who is 42. Almost 20 years between them. Below on the back row is Bob Caddel, Jana Hogan Nelson, Dirk Measles, Lana Hogan Jordan, Steve Caddel, sitting: Tonya Caddel Canada, Bryan Measles, Shaila Measles Bergquest, Shelly Grant Hackler and Sharla GrantSchaffner. Bob and Steve came from Reno, Nev. Lana flew from Austin, Jana and Bryan flew in from Dallas, Tonya, Shelly and Sharla flew in from Lubbock. There were 15 of us Measles who came to celebrate James life.

My sister Mary Lu and her husband Billy Tom and I flew in from Lubbock and Bob and his wife Bernita flew in from Dallas.
Another picture of the cousins.
Shaila's husband Brad ask us to bring dirt from Lamb County Texas where James was born and graduated from High School and got married in Mother and Daddy's house in Olton. They said he never stopped being a Texas. This was a touching moment. They ask Mary Lu, Bob and I to sprinkle the dirt.
I am so grateful for family. My parents married young and both of them came from what we would call today disfunctional families. They worked hard and kept us all together during difficult times. I am so thankful to God for His amazing grace.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dumb Questions

This is a daily devotional that I receive and thought this one worth sharing.

Daily Devotional /By Melinda Clements / Perceptions Ministry
© Melinda Clements / August 2009 / Perceptions Ministry /All Rights Reserved For reprint information contact
Dumb Questions

There is an old Chinese proverb that says, "He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever." There are no dumb questions. The only questions that are dumb are those you never asked.

How many times have we wondered or questioned the way things were and we just stayed quiet and stewed over? Perhaps it is because we are shy or maybe it is because we don't want to appear stupid. Sometimes I have questions even after I have heard the same thing over and over. I guess I'm the kind of person that needs to have a picture drawn in order to truly grasp the situation.

Sometimes I question God. Sometimes I argue with him. Many times I fuss at him to vent my frustration and my fears. The good thing is he lets me rant and rave and fuss and discuss and he waits until I'm spent and then he wants to know if I feel better. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't.

I always have 20/20 hindsight. I can look back and see how I screwed up or how I hurt someone and I can see how I could have done things differently. I may have been talking when I should have been listening and for whatever reason I missed the concept.

My two children were very different. My daughter always had questions. She wanted to know why and the reasons behind the why. She never minded doing whatever I asked but she wanted to understand the philosophy behind the request. For my son it was pretty much okay and he would do whatever. He didn't care about the reasons why. All of us think about the reasons why. All of us get to the point where we question what is happening and why. All of stew over new concepts but will not ask the questions that will make it clearer and easier to grasp.

God always asks us to step out in faith. That means we rarely know the reasons why or the pertinence of the situation. Dumb questions are those we don't voice, either to ourselves, to others or to God. We can always question God but he reveals things to us in his time alone.

If you have a strong personal relationship with Jesus you will always be wondering why things happen. He will only let you in on the issue when the time is right for you.

I encourage my students to ask questions and seek help for those things they don't understand. God in all his wisdom answers all our questions in due time. Sometimes God says no to our prayers and requests. Sometimes we don't really need to know the answers or reasons. He will reveal to us what will be best for us in the bigger picture. That is what is referred to as "operating in blind faith." Scripture tells us, "faith is believing in things unseen" (Heb. 11:1). Faith is confidence in the reality of the spiritual things of God. If your relationship with God is strong you can question him about anything. That is what "personal" means.

I ask God dumb questions all the time and not once has he boomed at me and said, "Melinda, that is about a stupid question! Where did you come up with that one?" More times than not, with his promptings, I end up answering my own questions. Sometimes I've known the answer all along but just didn't want to admit it. I need God to reassure and nurture me. God is our father and teacher and he encourages wisdom, learning and understanding. He encourages discussion and debate. He encourages stimulating thought processes that result in a bigger and clearer picture. He wants us to grow in grace. Our ability to questions says a lot about our faith and our relationship with the Savior.

Dumb Questions are those that never come out for whatever reason. We can't learn if we don't ask. We can't grow if we squelch the very things that make us wiser. God wants to hear from you. Do that by prayer. Talk to him, discuss with him, learn from him and share him with others. That gives you a very valid and believable witnessing tool.

Remember he loves you and wants what is best for you. You are his work in progress and always remember, "God don't make no junk!"

Be Blessed This Day!

Melinda Clements

To Those who believe in God no explanation is necessary; to those who do not, no explanation is possible!

May you always fly with eagles, may you always run with wolves and walk the path of the buffalo; most of all may you always be my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Eph. 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

I have been listening and singing this song all week. Sing with me.

Here is the song, NEVER LET GO, by Matt Redman:

Here are the lyrics:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won't turn back
I know You are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

*** Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We'll live to know You here on the earth

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Two Wolves

A great explanation of life:


One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

"One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

"The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

Monday, August 17, 2009

Day Trip to Canyon, Texas

Saturday morning I got up to a beautiful West Texas day and about 10:00 after having my coffee and reading my devotional I just felt like taking a day trip. I hadn't seen my Aunt Addie in over a year so felt I needed to go see her. It was 11:07 by the time I got ready and got on the road. My friend Glenna had loaned me some CD's by Andrew Wommack called, "The Authority of The Believer" so I stuck one in the player and I was on my way to Canyon, Texas. My mother's youngest sister Addie Hill lives in Canyon in a retirement complex. They provide some of her meals but her daughter let me know Addie will tell you, "This is not an Assisted Living". Addie is 87 years old (I think, don't hold me to it)so she was about 7 when my oldest sister Tia Juana was born. A couple of months ago Addie had a little stroke and she has been a little weak since so the Doctors did a hearth cath on her a couple of weeks ago to see if she had some damage to her heart. She told me the Doctor said he wished his heart and arteries looked as good as hers did. They adjusted her blood pressure medicine and she says she feels good now.

This is Addie and I in the hallway outside her apartment complex.

I took Addie out to eat to her favorite Mexican Food Restaurant and she insisted on paying. I had a hard time getting her to let me take her picture. I never understook why she and my mother were so obstinate about getting their picture made. I just had to fight her to get this done. They were both such pretty ladies but you couldn't always tell it by their pictures. Anyway, fight I did and after several attempts I finally got a couple without her eyes closed.

I got to Canyon about 2:30 and got in the car to head home about 5:30. Addie had plans for a game of 88 that night at the Center so I insisted she not cancel since I needed to be on my way home.

Cd's back on and away I headed down Interstate 27. About 10 miles north of Plainview I realize I am about to pass the house where mother, daddy and I lived not long after I graduated from High School. I had moved to Plainview, gone to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company where my sister in law Shari worked. I first lived with my sister TiaJuana and her family until my good friend from High School Latrell Stewart joined me at the telephone company and as my room mate in my first apartment. We worked together and lived there for about a year when Latrell decided to marry her High School sweetheart Jack Hysinger. About this time Daddy sold his farm at Vigo Park and bought a small farm north of Plainview about 10 miles.

This is a picture of the house we lived in on that farm. I did not have a car and although I thought I was going to be making so much money I could buy one right away that was not to be the case. I made $50 a week and by the time uncle Sam took his share I didn't have much left after rent, utilities,and groceries. We lived about 2 blocks from work and we walked. After Latrell moved I moved out on the farm with Mother and Daddy and bought myself a 1954 Blue Ford. It was about 1960 when I bought it. Daddy found it and brought it home to me sight unseen and I went to the Credit Union and borrowed the $600.00 to pay him for it. I paid it out every month to the tune of about $75.00 a month. I was so proud of myself and that car. But then, I had to buy gas. After Bud and I got married in 1962 Bud traded that car for a pickup for work. I was so sad to see it go but I got his 1960 model Ford and he couldn't understand why I was sad. I told him, "That's the car I chased you in."

After stopping for a picture of the house I headed to the Cemetary in Plainview after stopping at the Dollar Store for some flowers and flags to put on Mother and Daddy's grave site. I don't get to Plainview very often so when we do we try to go by and make sure the grass and weeds are not growing over it. It is perpetual care but just the same Mother always wanted to go by Tia Juana's space and we did that often when we lived in Plainview. I know they are not there but out of respect it just seems like the thing to do. Mother always loved flowers and Daddy was a patriotic man so I got a flag for him. It is just a memorial and I was reminded of the verse of scripture
Luke 24
The Resurrection
1(A)But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
2And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3but when they entered, they did not find the body of (B)the Lord Jesus.
4While they were perplexed about this, behold, (C)two men suddenly (D)stood near them in dazzling clothing;
5and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead?

Now I know this is talking about Jesus...but I'm just saying...why do we go to the cemetery? I guess I go because it makes me feel better. I don't know if they could hear me...but I told them what great parents they had been and how much I loved them. and I felt better.

We always go to check on Shari's mother and daddys' gravesite because they are very close to where mother and daddy are buried. Shari's brother Don is right beside them. I put flowers on their graves too. Shari, this was for you and Sue.


Back in my car and back on the road listening to Andrew Wommack. Maybe this trip was for me and not for Aunt Addie. These teachings just made me realize how far below we Christian walk from the standard that Jesus meant for us to walk. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit in Acts that we might have power.
Acts 1:8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

We talk about the times we are living in and wonder when Jesus will come back to get his people but there is still much to be done.
Acts. 2 16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Jesus left us work to do and He sent us the Holy Spirit to empower us to do that work. I think I better get busy there is work for me to do.

Thought for today

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in dispair; persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed." II Corinthians 4:7-9

Friday, August 14, 2009

update on James

Talked with Shari today. Last week at James' Dr. appointment she was told that they didn't have much time. The Doctor told Shari that he was a fighter and we all know that. He is getting weaker each day, having problems breathing and last night they put him on oxygen. He did sleep better with the oxygen. She said their massage therapist came and worked on him and especially reflexology on his feet and his nausea was better. She even showed Shari where the pressure point were on his feet. She said that had really helped. James was still asleep when I talked with her about noon so I called back tonight and talked with James. He sounded weaker than the last time I spoke with him.

Shari's sister Sue and two of her kids and their children came by to visit this past week. Kelly lives in Houston and Kevin has recently moved to the Dallas area. I believe along with about 10 children. They had a good visit sitting out in the front yard.

Shari and James both said again tonight how blessed they were to have Dirk and his family so near. They are in an out several times a day.

All day I have been singing a song that we learned in Bible School this year. wish I could find it and put it on my blog but the chorus was "The Word of the God is true, We can trust Him, We can trust Him".

Please pray for them especially that they will have the strength and courage to face the days ahead.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Summer Time

Last week I met Jana and Bruce in Mineral Well and picked up Hogan and Ella to come spend the week with Gran. We had a great time even though Bud was not around to help and take Hogan to visit the horses, cows, goats and take them both to the Dairy Queen. I am a pretty good second but as Hogan said, "Poppy is my best friend" (which means he lets me get out of the car and pet the horses) They were lots of fun and are getting so big.

On Friday Jana and Bruce, Lana and Kellyn drove to Munday so we could take a trip up to Littlefield to see Mary Lu and Billy Tom. It had been a long time since they had been up that way and since Billy Tom is not traveling anymore they knew the only way we could all get together was to all go to Littlefield. On Saturday morning we all headed to Littlefield. Mary Lu and the girls had fixed cold cuts, cantelope and a delicious cake for lunch. We had a great visit all afternoon with Shelly, Sharla, her daughter Kaitlyn , Mary Lu and Billy Tom.

Littlefield has a new motel across the street so Jana and Bruce and kids stayed there and the kids had fun swimming. They took swimming lessons this summer and even though Hogan is just 4 he could swim across the pool and performed for us swimming back and forth.

Bruce and the kids enjoyed the pool and stayed with Billy Tom while the girls headed to Lubbock to the movie. We went to see "Julia and Julie". It was really good and entertaining.

After the movie we headed to Appleby's for a little "midnight" snack. Left to right: Jana Nelson, Sharla Schaffner, Kellyn Jordan (Lana's daughter) Shelly Grant, Kaitlyn Schaffner (Sharla's daughter) Lana Jordan, Mary Lu and Wilma. I think the people in the restaurant thought we were a little "high"...and we were. High on life and fun with Family. Wish the rest of our family could have been there.
Lana told Shaila we needed one more nose to make the night complete.

On Sunday Mary Lu, Shelly and Sharla again fed us. Fruit, sweet rolls, juice and coffee...more swimming and then lunch. Seems like we always find time for food. So, lunch was chicken spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, and banana pudding. I gained at least 5 lbs.

Shelly's grandchildren Ethan and Aubry and their Mom April came by to say hi and I snapped their picture. They are getting so big and are cute as can be but a bit on the shy side. Wonder where they got that...Not from our side of the family for sure.

We left Littlefield about 1:30 and after a "swing by" The Sonic we drove to Lubbock to visit with Bud's Aunt Foy. She is Granny Hogan's youngest sister who is ten years older than Bud. Foy is now living with her son Bud (which really confused Hogan and Ella) and his wife Sidna. We spent a couple of hours visiting with them and headed back to Munday.

We got home about supper time and decided we had had plenty to eat sooooo guess what? Everyone ask for Poppy's Perfect Popcorn which we are trying to find a way to market. It is the best the family plans to make a million marketing this popcorn. Now, we just need to get the word out to the masses.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My grandaughter sent this to me and she is not even married. It is good advice to those considering marriage.

The Man Rules
At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down

Finally , the guys' side of the story.
I must admit, it's pretty good.)
We always hear
" the rules"
From the female side.

Now here are the rules from the male side.

These are our rules!
Please note.. these are all numbered "1 "

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
You're a big girl.

If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down.
You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports

It's like the full moon
or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want.
Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!

1. Yes and No

are perfectly acceptable answers

to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem
only if you want help solving it.

That's what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago

is inadmissible in an argument.
In fact, all comments

become Null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you're fat,

you probably are.
Don't ask us.

1. If something we said

can be interpreted two ways

and one of the ways

makes you sad or angry,

we meant the other one

1. You can either ask us

to do something
Or tell us how you want it done.
Not both.
If you already know

best how to do it,

just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible,

Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus

did NOT need directions

and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors,

like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit,

not A color.

Pumpkin is also a fruit.

We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it
will be scratched.
We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong

and you say "nothing,"

We will act like nothing's wrong.
We know you are lying,

but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question

you don't want an answer to,

Expect an answer

you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear

is fine... Really .

1. Don't ask us

what we're thinking about

unless you are prepared

to discuss such topics

as baseball or golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape.

Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this.
Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;

But did you know

men really don't mind that?

It's like camping.

Fun Times

We started a new Bunco group last night. One of the girls dubbed us the "Bunco Babes". We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. It is a completely mindless game but it took us awhile to catch on. That's what happens when you get older and begin to lose some brain cells.

A former resident and friend came over from Seymour (about 25 miles) to give us instructions. Here is Cindy McWhorter and Brenda Huckabee trying to tell us, "This is serious business".

Sister in laws Shirley and Barbara Bowman. They didn't know the other was coming.

Cindy McWhorter and Brenda Huckabee (We went to church with Brenda and her husband in Plainview about 25 years ago)

Judy Hubbard, Jackie Lowrance, Ronnie Cude, Front row Nancy Harris and Barbara Bowman.

We had about 3 who didn't come and we hope they show up next month.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Praise God for the Stimulus Package

(If you click on the pictures it will enlarge to full frame)

Bud and I left Munday last Monday (7-20-09) about 7:00 A. M. Bud had a trip to Fowler, Indiana so I went with him. I have never been to Indiana so thought it would be a good time to tag along. We left Coleman about 2:00 P.M. on Monday. We drove to Weatherford and got there about 3:30 P.M.

The trucker had to fill up with gas and there is a curfew on I-20 around Dallas from 4 to 6 so we walked around the truck stop and ate an early supper. We drove to Caddo Mills and found the truck a place to park and Bud and I drove on to Greenville to find a motel. We got checked in about 9:00 P.M. We had to be back at the truck stop at 6:00 A.M. (by now you know that this is NOT MY KIND OF TRIP...I DON'T DO 6:00 A.M. VERY WELL) It was really foggy so we couldn't leave until that burned off. We went into McDonalds at the Truck Stop and got a bit of breakfast and coffee. I really had to watch the amount I drank because they don't stop every town.

The trucker decided he had a problem with something on the truck and called in a mechanic ...we finally got on the road about 10:00 A.M. We spent that night in West Memphis, Tenn. We drove in hard rain a good bit of the day. They didn't have a permit to go into Illinois and we weren't far from there so the trucker called the office and had them fax the permit to our motel. Bud got up at 5:00A.M. and picked up the truck driver for breakfast. I actually got to sleep in until about 7:00. We waited until about 10A.M. for the permit and then we were on the road again. Now it is Wednesday. We drove to Gilman, Illinois and actually got there before bedtime. It was about 5:30 P.M. when we checked into the motel.

This is the rear escort driver Dee. We picked her up in Texarkana. Texas does not require a rear escort on this size load but other states do. The truck driver couldn't remember her name and kept calling her "that girl". He was a real red neck and not politically correct at all. She just laughed about it. Dee, Bud and I went to get New York pizza for dinner. They called it New York Style and even though Bud likes pizza he didn't care for this. I had a salad and a piece of pizza. That fast food gets old. We took all kinds of snacks and an ice chest of water, cokes and my gochi because they don't stop for lunch . But as I said we didn't drink much. Got up at 5:00 A.M. the next morning to wait again because of the fog and rain. Finally left about 8:00 A.M. We were only 35 miles from the job site but it was still a little foggy so we didn't drive very fast. They sent us to the wrong field...We waited for 2 hours and finally they took us back about 10 miles and when the truck was parked they cut us loose. I told you all of that to say..."Nobody but somebody like Bud Hogan could do this job." He has the patience of Job. I would go crazy. Bud says it reminds him of the army. Hurry up and wait and that is what we did.

The fields were beautiful with green corn and soybeans. It was a beautiful sight to see the wind towers in the background. I know the enviormentalist don't like this but I thought they were pretty.

If you will look over in the right background you can see a big crane that picks the towers up and place them on top of the base.

Job for a little vacation.

Bud's nephew Mike Hogan lives in Culver Indiana and he and his wife work at Culver Academy. Mike is Director of Development. Natalie works with the Equestrian Program and especially working with youth in the summer camp program. Mission statement for Culver Academy is "Culver educates its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual - mind, spirit, and body - through an integrated curriculum that emphasizes the cultivation of character."

It was about 90 miles from the drop off site so we drove on over to see Mike and his family. The drive was beautiful. Corn Fields and Soybeans and rolling plains and lots of trees. Everything was so green and the temp was about 80-82. We had a really nice visit with Mike family. I slept until 8:30 the next morning and it was heavenly. Bud got up early and went down and had coffee as soon as it was ready. This motel had a full breakfast and the best Cinnamon rolls that would melt in your mouth. Bud said it was a little better than what he usually stayed in. Mike invited us to stay with them...but we didn't want to be in their way and they all work so we just had him make a motel reservation.

They took us on a tour of the campus and we got to watch Natalie and their daughter Natalie work with the kids in the summer camp program.

This is their daughter Natalie (14) helping her mom with the kids riding classes.

Mike and the girls took us to a wonderful Italian Restaurant for dinner that night. Natalie had to work at the camp so the girls entertained us with dinner and pictures from their riding escapades. Mike, Natalie (14) Lillian (16) and Bud. Their son Josh was at camp and we did not get to see him.

We started home about 1:00 on Friday. We had a beautiful drive on a lot of back roads coming home. We had decided we would just drive until we got tired so about 9:00 just east of St. Louis (by now we are on the interstate) there was a truck/trailer wreck and we were in a traffic jam for 2 hours. Drove about 10 miles during that time. I took this picture out of the front can see the car lights for miles.

Cars, truck, vans as far as we could see in both directions. When we finally got through it was about 11:00 and by the time we found a town 11:30 and there were no motel rooms to be had...we went on to the next town and nothing except a suite which was a smoking room and I wasn't going to pay 150.00 for a smoking room so we went on down the road. Finally found a pretty much dump about 12:30. Didn't look too bad but it stunk. I had a can of frebreeze and thank goodness we took our own pillows. I didn't sleep too good. That was really the only problems we had on the entire trip. It went really well and we had a good time. I borrowed a friends little DVR and watched 2 movies, read 1 book and Bud and I listened to a book on tape on the way home. We got home about 8:30 last night and it sure felt good to get in my own bed. Needless to say we didn't get up at 5:00 A. but we did get up in time for church. My friend Cindy called and told me she was fixing lunch for us since she knew we were getting in late so I didn't even have to cook. I made a pea salad and cut up a cantaloupe. It has been a leisure day today. Bud had his usual coffee with his brother James and I took a nap.

As far as the stimulus is concerned it is my understanding that the big companies building and putting up these towers got some kind of a tax incentive to continue building the windtowers. Now that's a Stimulus Package I can live with...TAX CUTS.

Bud left again this morning for Iowa. Got to the site at 11:00 and finally left the yard at 4:00. Hurry up and wait.