Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy

Well, I'm actually a day late. His birthday was the 30th but I really wasn't in the mood to post anything yesterday. He would have been 81. He almost made it. Jackie came out Monday afternoon (James told her to get going between snow storms). We didn't do anything really. I got to visit with her some Monday night and we took mama to the doctor but that was really all we did. I had to keep both of my grandkids Tuesday and it started snowing, so mother and her went to the grocery store and Kmart. I stayed in Tuesday. I kept getting sick at my stomach and had a bad headache. I finally threw up and felt better but still had a headache. Then when I called mothers Wednesday morning around 10am (I actually stayed in bed until about 9:30 because the kids came over and went back to sleep)she had already left and went home. Mother said she got a call that someone has passed away and her church was going to fix a meal so she went home to do that. She is always busy with something. I was already a little blue Wednesday missing my daddy and then I ended up getting mad when Tech fired Mike Leach so my attitude pretty much sucked. No one probably wanted to be around me anyway. I know each day will get better, I just feel real sorry for mama. She seems lost to me. I think she has a friend coming to Texas pretty soon, so I will probably take her to Jackies and let her take her around to visit some. Maybe that will perk her up a little. Well, anyway Happy Birthday daddy. I'm sure he had a better day than I did.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, I haven't posted since Jackies birthday. We have been a little overwhelmed out here in West Texas. As you all probably already know, daddy was back in the hospital 2 weeks ago. He was there for 5 days and the doctors and social workers at the hospital talked to Jackie and I and thought we really should consider hospice. So that's what we did. He's pretty sick and in our minds we think we are preparing for what could happen but who knows if we'll be prepared or not. He knows he's very sick and he keeps saying he's ready to go. This is so hard to write but I feel I need to get it out at this moment. I am home alone and I don't have to pretend that everythings ok because it is NOT!!! I just want to scream...It's not just him that we are worried about, our mother is very sick too. She keeps saying she's ok, but I don't think she is. She just seems lost to me. I just wish I could take their pains away from them and bare them all myself but I can't. We prayed over him and told him it's ok if he needs to go and we will take care of mother and that we loved him and Brandy and Melanie came in and had their private moment with him and told him they loved him. Jesse got to come the first time he was in the hospital and see him, so I think he knows we all know what's coming. I would just like to ask everyone to keep him in your prayers and pray that he will just go to sleep and suffer no more. I understand that life goes on and God shows us that everyday. Even with all that is going on I still am able to have some happy moments. I will post Alyssas first school picture. She did so well the first six weeks. She's very smart just like her Aunt Brandy and her Grammy of course (ha). She is "Patriot" of the month this month. Her school mascot is the Patriot. I am still keeping Miss Prissy, that's what I call Lexi. If you don't know Lexi, you don't know what you're missing. She's like talking to a grown up. Her poor little head must hurt because I don't understand how one three year old child can pack so much info in her little brain. She can tell me on my 10 disc CD player in my car, which disc to play and what number each song is on and she can sing them too. She can go from Alan Jackson to Michael Jackson and never flinch. I just sometimes sit and listen to her when she doesn't know I am and she will recite books word for word from her "Tag Reader" and she doesn't even have it with her. I know I am bragging but isn't that what Grammys are supposed to do?
With every tear I shed I try to think of something to be happy about.
Always be thankful for the good things you have because they could be gone in the blink of an eye, do away with the things that are bad in your life so you don't get pulled down. Life is a gift. Take time and thank God for giving it to you and remember we are only here for a little while and then we have a better place waiting on us all if you want to go there. Everyone is welcome.
Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless you all.

"There is joy in the morning"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Jackie

Well, my sister is 4 years older than me once again!! I sure hope you have a good birthday with many more to come. I guess we can treat ourselves to lunch when you come as we figured out a few years ago it didn't make much since to keep flip flopping that ten dollar bill..

Friday, May 8, 2009

Pick on Melanie day

I set up until 2:30 the other morning going through boxes of the kids school stuff to give to them. Here are a few pics I ran across. I am going to be in sooo much trouble..

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My nephew all grown up

While I was at my sisters I was lucky enough to get to see my nephew. He's all grown up now. He brought out his girlfriends little boy so that we could go get some pics of him in the Bluebonnets. He warmed up to me real quick. He's got the cutest blue eyes. Jesse is so good with him and you can tell he really likes Jesse too. He looks like he knows just what he's doing on that piano. He may be a prodigy child who knows..

My 3 day vacation

I went to Jackies for 3 days and we had a good time. We went to estate sales and found some bargains. I think Jackies already showed them off, but we also saw the terrible damage left from the fires. Here are a few pics from the Lake Arrowhead disaster.

More hail storm pics

Hail Storm 4-16-09

Here's a few pics from the hail storm we had.

Ok, I'm a dumby

Sorry about the previous post. I'm not real familiar with how to layout the text and pics together. I think it's called "preview". I will try harder next time.

Easter 2009

I am just now getting around to post some Easter pics. We had a good day. We ALL went to church. Can you believe it? Our church is huge and it was packed. Several thousand people were there. Then we went over to Melanies for lunch and the kids hunted eggs in the back yard. Here's one picture of mama and the girls. She looks 100% better in this picture. I think she is feeling human again.

One down, one to go

Here's a few pics of us pre-registering Alyssa for kindergarten. She will go to the same school that her mama and Aunt Brandy went to. It's close to my house as I will be the one having to take her and pick her up. She's going to love it and I think I am definitely going to love the break.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Old Treasures

Just wanted to share a couple of treasures. One is an old milk can I painted and put a picture of Grammy and Grandad on. On the back is the dates of their births and deaths and on the sides are a special poem that is a Tribute to each of them. The first one is "Reminisce" by Ruth Harrel and the second one is "The Road That Leads to Home" by D. Sue Jones Horton. If you get a chance to google the second one it is my favorite and I want that read at my funeral.
And one is an old stove that belonged to Grammy and Grandad. Mother had it painted with a picture of Grammy and Grandads old home that we all remember as little kids. She gave it to me for a gift one time. I have the parts that go with it, so it would actually work if I wanted to use it.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Saturday is here!!

I love Saturday mornings. I have my window open and it is nice and cool and the birds are just singing their little hearts out. I have been sitting here thinking of what all I need to do today. WOW!! I really shouldn't be on here, I should be taking care of my stuff. Did I just say stuff? Yep, that's what I said and that's all it is, so it can just wait on me!!

Jesse and Jessica and Rylan are supposed to be coming to see us today. I hope he makes it out here. Maybe we will go out to eat tonight or go to the "Main Event". I haven't met his new girlfriend but I have seen pictures of her and she is very cute. He seems real crazy about her. Jackie keeps saying she may have to adopt her own grandchildren but she might better hold off because who knows, maybe she can have Rylan. He's a cutie too. Alyssa and Lexi are so excited. I told them he's little so they will have to be careful. He will love Alyssa's room. It's like being at Disneyland. You can find just about anything in there to play with. From cars for boys to dress up clothes and heels for girls! She has a really cute room. I sure hope he's tough, because these little girls will give him a run for his money. They have more energy than I can take!!

I bet Midway Records is out junking this morning and I Have Alot of Stuff to Say is probably working on some project. Possibly for her mother. Mama gave her a few little projects to do with some pictures. I can't wait to see how they turn out.

Oh, speaking of mama, I went over there last night and she had all kind of stuff pulled out on the kitchen table. She had some pictures she had painted on canvas back in 1981. She really can paint. I think she's trying to clear out some of her stuff and throw it away but I told her to wait because she might be throwing away something Jackie or myself might want. She's worried we will talk about her when she dies. I don't know what has gotten into her, but she sure is starting to try and clear stuff out. She is feeling alot better and she looks alot better. Lee went over there yesterday and got their yard cut and cleaned up. It looked real nice. Brenda needs to get out here and do some junking. Mama told me she still has an eight track tape player and some tapes and some old 78 RPMS. No telling what all she has. I think Jackie and I are going to try and go through some of it this summer.

Well, I guess I will get started on a few projects and see how far I get. I hope everyone has a good day and don't forget to thank the Lord for letting us get up this morning.

God Bless You All.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday Lexi!!

We had a good birthday party for Lexi on Sunday Mar. 29. Her birthday was 3-27. She is all into the movie "Cars" and she thinks she is Lightning McQueen. That is the theme she wanted for her party, so that is what she got. Here's a few pics from our day.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another week has come and gone

I cannot believe how fast the weeks come and go. Jackie was here for 3 days and it seems like it was only 30 minutes. I miss her already. I was just telling Lee, I don't know when I am going to get to go see them instead of her always having to come here. She's been coming out helping out with the doctor visits. I sure do appreciate it too. Daddy was having chest pain yesterday but I went over there last night and he said he felt MUCH better. He said he was scared. Poor mama is still sick. I don't know what's wrong with her. She did have him take her to the beauty shop yesterday. I don't know why she just didn't cancel it except she said she couldn't stand the thought of having to stand there and put her head under the water and she hadn't washed it in over a week. I went over there today and they were both just in their chairs. She says as long as she sits there she's better but when she gets up she gets real sick. She said she hasn't been drinking hardly any water because it seems like it makes her sick. I don't know what I need to do but I am going to have to do something this week. She told the doctor week before last she has lost 45 pounds since last summer. Please pray for them. Maybe things will get better soon.

I am going to try and put some pictures on here from our trip to the museum just to see if I can do it. If you don't see any then you'll all know how stupid I really am, but anyway I tried. Wow, I did it...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spring Break

Well, Jackie is here to help me with the kids. Thank Goodness. Had my neck injections Monday and am much better today. We took the girls to the Ranching Heritage Museum. They loved that. We have lots of pictures but I don't know how to get them on here so I will have to let Jackie add them to hers. We came home and I cooked steaks, chicken and hot links out on the grill. It was so pretty outside. Then we had baked potatoes, corn on the cob, salad and rolls. It was pretty good. We sent mama and daddy a plate for their dinner. Poor mama is so sick, she probably didn't even touch hers. I guess I will wait until Tuesday and see what her kidney doctor says about her and then go from there. Something is wrong, hopefully we can find out and get her fixed up. Daddy is ok, just can't do much without getting wore out real quick. I fixed their dinner over at her house Sunday because they were going to have roast and neither one of them were able to do it. So I just cooked it all myself and called Jackie and told her to come on over to mother and daddys instead of to my house. She came over there so we left from there and went on to my house. If we ever get off the doctor trials we would probably all feel better. I go back on the 27th to the cardiologist and I think that will be my last appt with anyone for a while. I don't need anymore new illnesses. I wish I didn't have the problems I do have.
We also went out to the Coyote Candle Factory and saw all of the rustic furniture and wall hangings. That's a pretty neat place. I don't know if we're doing anything tomorrow or not, I would like to take Alyssa back out to TEGA and let her sign up for her gymnastics classes. She loved that. I guess I will send Lexi too. She will be almost 3 1/2 by August and I think she's probably ready. We will see.....Well, it's 1:25AM so I guess I better go to bed and get some rest for tomorrow.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Ok, since we are on the subject of old shoes, let's just all get it out there about some of our memories from the seventies. I loved the 70's, hated the 80's, tolerated the 90's and am just pushing to get through the 00's.

I had penny loafers. I was so spoiled. As soon as something new came out I had mama going right out there to purchase it for me. Go, go boots ( I really think that was the late 60's), knee boots, but only the ones that would fit real tight around my calves and that was a chore trying to find those because my legs were as skinny as toothpicks, but I finally found a pair at Bakers. My penny loafers were the new style with the big tongue. Then of course we had to go over to the army surplus store and get me some hip-huggger bell bottoms and a body suit that snapped at the crotch so you wouldn't show your crack when you sat down and the wide belt to go with them. Now they just show their crack so everyone can see their tramp stamp tatoo and their thong. And my mama thought I was a hand-full. I guess I was but it was all innocent fun.

My dresses were sooo short I had to scoot in my seat at school to sit down. Then I had to be careful going up and down the stairs at school (my school had three stories and a basement) not only to try not to show my butt but also to try and not break my leg with the clogs or the knee boots I had on. Do you remember the platform shoes? I loved those. I had a purple pair that laced up that I wore with a pink zip up in front terry mini dress. (What the ?!!**? was I thinking?) I would have beat my kids to death if they would have tried to walk out of this house in that garb. I guess it's a good thing I got rid of all of that mess because I know they would have tried to wear it.

Who remembers tent dresses? Paper dresses? Jackie had one that looked like the yellow pages. Where did you get that thing? Leather skirts? I got in so much trouble at school one time. Mama (she was big on trying to sew for us, Jackie remembers the rain coats she made!) OMG! Anyway, mama had made me a light blue leather skirt I think with what she had left over from a jumper she made Jackie, and that was one of the most hidious things she made. It was so long, it came down to my knees. So you know me---as soon as she let me out at school, I ducked around the closest cubby hole I could find and rolled it up about eight times. I didn't care that now I have this big BULGE around my waist, at least I was COOL.. Oh, brother..Anyway, it only took a second for my teacher to realize what I had done and I was pulled out in the hallway and made to roll it all the way back down and she marched me right back in the room in front of all of my classmates. I was so humiliated. She should have whooped my butt. I looked real stupid because I also had on a pair of tan mocassin shoes.

Oh, and back to mama and her hidious outfits she sewed. This is no joke. She went to the store and bought some Naugahyde! Ok my Webster says: Naug-a-hyde (nog' e hid') trademark for an imitation leather, used for upholstery, luggage, etc. Do you see anywhere in this definition to use to make your stupid teenager a jumper??? Me either!! It was brown and it was HEAVY.. Anyway she did, she made me this stupid jumper that probably weighed seven or eight pounds and I wore it to school. Covered buttons and all. I'm glad she didn't decide to line it. Boy that thing sure was warm and did I mention heavy? I don't know who helped me get it off and on but I am certain that one person was not capable of doing it. I think today that would be called child abuse. That's probably really what happened to my neck.

Well I guess I better go for now. I will look forward to hearing everyones 70 stories. I have a lot more memories of some of the things my mama did to us I will share with you later. God Bless her.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

No News Is Good News

Well, it's been a while since I posted on here, but I think I detected a hint from my sister that I needed to. I haven't been up to anything real exciting. There's not much out here in West Texas to get too excited about. Oh, I did purchase Brandy and myself a ticket to the Alan Jackson Concert. He will be here May 14. I wanted Jackie to go with me but she wasn't sure she would be able to. Alyssa was wanting to go but the tickets were too expensive and I don't know that she would really like it all that well.

I went to a "Momentum" Conference at my church Fri night and all day Saturday. It was really good. I left feeling real "lifted". Lisa Bevere from Denver, Co. was a guest speaker. She was good. She does a lot of good work and writes books. If you get a chance go She has a website that is good. She has been trying to get the word out about child trafficking. (sp?) It is terrible that those kind of things really go on. I can't even imagine.

I need to have a garage sale but I hate dragging all of my junk out. I don't even know what all I have. I bet I will run across something I've been looking for. Lee thinks all of his stuff is made of gold. Why is it that men hate to turn loose of their junk? They NEVER forget what they have either so you can't even like sneak it in because as soon as you do they will ask about it. I know he has some jackets he's had 30 years. Now if he hasn't worn them by now do you really think he is going to start? I think the next cold spell we have I will bring out his OLD and I mean OLD leather jacket and tell him he is either wearing it or it is out of here. He knows good and well he can't fit in that junk anymore. I know I will never be a size 7 again and if I am ever that lucky I am not going to wear that old stuff I wore in 1985. I am going to treat myself and go buy some new stuff. I sound a little bitter don't I? Sorry, I didn't get on here to vent so let me shut up now.

I went and got my hair trimmed today and Lexi stayed with mama and daddy. Before I left we were sitting in the garage and she looked at daddy and said "Papa, has your defibrillator gone off in your heart anymore?" She said "that scares me." She was over there in December when it went off and I guess she didn't want that to happen anymore. She's real smart.

Well, I guess I will watch Nancy Grace now and see what she has to say.

Take care~

Monday, January 19, 2009

Beautiful Day Today

It was so nice today and I have spent nearly all day inside. I drove mama to the doctor this morning and then back home and other than taking the dog out and following Albert outside this afternoon when he picked up Lexi, I have just been inside on the computer. I don't like staying on the computer long. I feel guilty like I should be doing something else, but I sure blew it today because other than doing some posting of rent payments, I didn't accomplish anything. I guess I better get off of here now and fix some dinner for Lee. Oh well, there's always tomorrow and if not then I guess I worried over nothing huh?

Friday, January 2, 2009


Here's a few pics Jeanne Ruth took on Christmas Eve. Her and Helen Ruth were nice to bring daddy some potato soup and goodies after his hospital visit.