Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Good evening everyone.

So many things bring up memories for me these days including these pretty little radishes I pulled from my garden today.

 Springtime always meant supper included a large bowl of crunchy radishes and green onions pulled from the garden just a few minutes before we ate.

Lots of memories stem from the kitchen table.
Seven people I love around the supper table; I can picture it now.
I hope you are making some memories around your table today.

I love you. 

I am trying to get back into the writing spirit I had in 2012.
Thank you for reading.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Why Destroy It with a Camera Flash

Good morning everyone.

It is a beautiful morning in Oklahoma.  The temperature is in the 60s and there is NO wind.  A perfect day to be outside, but instead, we are enjoying easy listening music, our genre.  We have our granddaughter, a perfect 2 year old, and she is setting beside her grandpa in the rocking chair.  I could take a picture, but the flash would destroy this perfect moment.  There they are, wedged in the recliner, him with his eyes closed, hand on the remote.  She is wide awake but still as a mouse; every once in a while she glances up at Grandpa to see if he has his eyes open, sometimes yes, sometimes no.  So............she is entertaining herself by watching the music selection change on the TV and gently rubbing her eyes.  I am predicting a nap for her very 10:20 a.m.???  I thought she was out there for a second, but she is in total relaxation mode.

Aw, such a perfect moment.  Why destroy it with a camera flash?

Just a moment ago, the live music ended by the audient clapping.  My sweet little girl, clapped.  At first I didn't realize why she was clapping..............then I realized she actually is listening to the music.  Aw, my heart be still......................another perfect moment.  My cup runneth over with love.

I love you.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Pray for My Little Cricket

 My little cricket

 My little cricket with his grandpa
And here he is with his parents

Last night we were privileged to go to Logan's
3rd grade class musical about insects at spring picnics.
He was a cricket if you hadn't already surmised.
He had a little speaking part and
he was EXCEPTIONAL; never missed a beat.
His grandma was so very proud of him.

Recently, my mind has been overwhelmed with the world situation.
You can't imagine how much this little school production
reassured me that the world is going to be okay.
These little 3rd graders will be
tomorrow's leaders.
Pray for them now.
Pray for my little cricket.

I love you.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Folger's Black Silk Coffee

Good Morning Everybody.

Another fine morning in Oklahoma after a little rain last night.  Amazing what a dash of rain can do for the yard and for my spirits.  I've just had my breakfast and my morning coffee and I'm not quite ready to start my I blog!  

A few years ago my family (brother and sisters and their spouses) met at Table Rock Lake in Missouri for a little family get together.  We all had cabins and/or trailers parked next to each other so that we could easily walk from one to the other and visit.  It was always fun to walk outside in the early morn and see one of my family members up and about, stretching and enjoying their steamy cup of coffee before the rest were dressed.  Soon everybody was up and dressed, refreshed, smiling, and excited to spend another day together.  We'd walk from cabin to cabin inquiring what was for breakfast and making plans for the day.  You see, up till that point we had no plans!  And folks, that is the best way to vacation.

I consider John, my brother-in-law, the aficionado of coffee.  If John liked it, then I knew it was good.  John introduced me to Folger's Black Silk coffee on that trip to Table Rock.  I asked him if he had any coffee and he came bringing me a steamy mug of the black stuff.  I thought it was the best stuff ever and told him as much.  It felt velvety on the tongue and was so rich......and that was before I knew the name.  Certainly appropriate calling it Black Silk.  Maybe what I liked best was the fact that he brought it to me.

I had my Folgers's Black Silk coffee this morning.  I don't buy it every time for it is a little strong, but when I do I always remember John.  And just like this morning, I have vivid memories of he and I sharing a cup of coffee, I see Brenda preparing breakfast at their camp site, I see Teresa straightening up their campsite after breakfast, I see Kay with her laptop catching up on work, I see Tara and Rhonda polishing fingernails, I see Robert having his coffee at the outdoor table, I see Bill sneaking a bacon, I see Chuck walking the dogs, I see Johnny and John discussing "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", and I see me frying 2 pounds of bacon each morning.   

I hope we have more family vacations.  They were the best!  Maybe because I have the best family!  I miss you, John.

I love you.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mom's Easter Advice

Just in case tomorrow turns out like this picture...........and most likely it will if you have more than one child, remember that one day you will look back and smile.  Keep calm and remember just exactly why we are celebrating this special Christian holiest of days.

Back in 2007 I wrote a letter to my daughter which I never sent her.  I published that letter a few years back and thought it might be appropriate to republish it.  The link is below. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Layered Iceburg Lettuce Salad

Good evening everyone and I hope you have had a nice Good Friday. 

Well...........I am through with the Senior Trip memories.  My hubby is as sentimental as I am and thought it was really neat that I found my old story.  He thought I ought to share with all you since this is the 50th anniversary of my high school graduation.  I am not so sure, even after posting it, that it was a good idea.......nonetheless, it is out there!  So.........let's get on with life.  Easter is coming............and coming in rather chilly this year, rain and high of 56 degrees!!!  Where are the little dusters mom made us all those years ago?

I have been searching websites and particularly Pinterest looking for some special recipes for my Easter dinner with my family, my sisters and their families.  I just couldn't find anything that rocked my boat.  Then I saw old green recipe file box................the tried and true or in some cases, the recipes from 1975 that I had cut out to make some day............sort of like my Pinterest pins of 2016.  You know, the ones that I know some day I will make, but down deep I know I never will.

Anyway............back in the box, I found a layered lettuce salad.  Remember those?  Iceburg lettuce on bottom and layer after layer of vegetables, English peas, a good thick layer of mayonnaise/sour cream dressing, topped with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese.  I think I will have to make this for Sunday.  Besides how good it is, I can make it the night before.  Probably not on my diet plan, but maybe if I scoop off the dressing, it will be alright. 

There will be a lot going on for me tomorrow, baseball game, cleaning, and cooking......probably in that order.  So just in case I don't get back with another blog, please have a very Blessed Easter.

I love you.

My Layered Lettuce Salad

Layer next 9 ingredients in 13 X 9 X 2" pan.

1 small head iceburg lettuce, torn
1/2 medium head cauliflower, cut into flowerets
1/2/ green pepper, chopped
1 (10 oz) pkg frozen English peas, thawed
1 c. chopped celery
6 green onions, sliced
6 radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 lb bacon, cooked & crumbled
6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 (8 oz) carton sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (1 oz) pkg buttermilk-mayo salad dressing mix
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Combine sour cream, mayo, & dressing mix.
Mix well.  Spread over top of vegetables, sealing to the edge.
Sprinkle with cheese.  Cover and refrigerate 24 hours
before serving.  (You can substitute or add ingredients.)
I sometimes add sliced water chestnuts.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Reliving Prague Senior Trip - Part III and IV

Days 3 and 4.

                                                                 3rd Day  Friday

Coach came & woke us up & made us eat breakfast because we were going to Barren Fork for the day.  We loaded on the bus.  Karen Ellis had to go home today.  We stopped & got some stuff for a picnic & Coach bought us all something.

We had to wade across the creek to get to the swimming hole.  The girls were shy about going in because the water was so cold, so Coach decided to throw each of us in.  He threw me in once & decided he wasn't going to do it again, so Joyce & I were going to look at the fish & the first thing I knew Coach was behind me.  I screamed like bloody murder because there was a huge rock in the water & I was afraid I would land on it.  I had on Mary's windbreaker, too.  She told me not to get it wet.  He threw me in & it made me mad.  I was getting out of the water & him & David Flick threw me in again.  That was the last thank goodness.  We ate & Nancy, Joyce, Mary & I went up this mountain & we saw an old tabernacle looking thing.  Crazy.  It looked spooky.  So we went down.  Coach told us we didn't need to go up there.  Nothing new tonight.  We just all feel good.  Coach & Mr. and Mrs. Flick thought there would be trouble so they walked around quite a bit of the night, but they had no trouble from anyone.

                                                                 4th Day

We got up & ate breakfast again today.  We walked around & got a coke & took pictures.  We finished packing.  Phyllis' folks came after her.  We left at 10:00 a.m.  Stopped at Gore to gas up & at Checotah for Coach.  We had all kinds of food to eat.  I think most of it ended on the floor.  Sardines.  Got to Home (PRAGUE) about 12:00 a.m.  Everyone had a nice time but everyone anxious to get home.

                                                           END!  Dear Ole Prague

You know I wrote this way back when never ever expecting to let anybody know about it.  Here I am sharing with the world.  I even have my high school diary, but it shall remain private.........maybe.  Nothing in it that would shock anybody, just silly little tidbits that were so important at the time, but now 50 years later they are so insignificant.

I love you.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Reliving Prague High School Senior Trip - Part II

(Second day of our trip.)

                                                                        2nd Day

Joyce and I didn't go to breakfast this morning, but Nancy, Mary & Phyllis went.  Coach came and told us it was time to go to breakfast.  This morning we took a boat ride in a great big cabin cruiser.  Almost all seniors went.  The deepest we ever measured was 135 feet deep.  I would like to ride all day but we came in just before lunch.  We came back and ate lunch then Nancy & Joyce rode the Hondas.  Mrs. Flick was thrown from her Honda and she rested all evening.  Mary, Phyllis, & I stayed at the cabin & rolled our hair.

Nancy & Joyce got back & we all went down to get a coke and on the way we stopped at the boys cabin.  All their beds were unmade.  (Such a site)  Then we continued on our journey.  We were sitting around at the pool hall & all of a sudden there was screaming.  All of Prague's girls were being drowned by shaving cream from our boys, so, of course, we had to join in on the fun.  We went up to our cabin & our beds had been striped by our boys.  Then we went in to stay out of the firing line & they started in our back window.  We tried to hold them but couldn't.  Then Eddie came in the front & got me with shaving cream!  That stuff stings!  Then everything calmed down & everyone was happy.  We went to supper & as we were going home Nancy & I had the idea we would throw Joyce in.  So the guys in the pool were going to help us & just as we were getting ready to throw her in we were pushed in.  Clothes 'n all.

We got ready & just sat around.  Noone wanted to do anything.  So Nancy & Joyce & I went walking around.  Ronnie wanted me to go over & watch TV with them, but I didn't, & I am glad I didn't because we met these four guys in a car from Connors (a college at Warner).  They went to the dance & so did we.  Carl Dale Jones asked me to go with him to walk me home.  I did.  I danced 3 dances with him.  The guys graduated that night.  We danced to "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Bros.  Had fun. 

Oh I forgot!  We also went swimming at the pool this afternoon.  We had a big water fight.  Had lots of fun!!

And that's the way it was back in 1966.

I love you!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Reliving Prague High School Senior Trip 1966 - Part I

I have loved to write for years; maybe I should have been a writer; maybe I should have taken journalism; maybe I should have gone to college!!!  But I didn't and here I am pretending that I am a writer.  From what I found today, it looks like I wanted to be a writer a long, long time ago.

This year is my 50th high school reunion and I have been digging up memories....sometimes from the windmills of my mind....sometimes from old pictures.....and sometimes from a scrap book.  Today it was my scrapbook and in it, my senior trip diary.  What better time to transcribe it than the 50th year anniversary of that trip.  It is a little long so rather than type the whole thing in this post, I will stretch it out over a few days.  Here goes (transcribed as written in 1966 by a boy-crazy girl).

1st Day                                                 Senior Trip                                                                   1966

May 25, 1966, I got up at 3:30 a.m. and got dressed.  Karen and Aunt Azelee came down & we went to Prague with them.  We went up by Mrs. Ellis' house & then on to the high school.  It was very cold.  We left from the high school at 5:00 a.m.  Everyone took pictures & slept on the way down.  Cye Kahanek was the only parent on the bus.  Coach drove.

At about 6:30 a.m. we stopped at the Patty Ann restaurant & ate breakfast.  Everyone was beginning to feel good about that time.  Henryetta looked pretty at that time of day.  We continued on & arrived at Fin 'n Feather about 8:30.  Our cabins weren't ready so we got out & stretched.  Mary Duncan, Nancy McGinnis & I walked to the lake which was about 1 mile away.  By the time we got back, everyone was on the bus ready to go swimming.  It was very embarrassing to have them wait on us.  So we climbed on and went to Strayhorn to swim.  The water was cold but clear.  It would wake you up.

We came back to the lodge about 12:00 and ate our first meal.  We had hamburgers.  The dining hall was very pretty (blues & greens).

We finally got moved into our cabins at 2:00.  We lacked one cabin having enough so Mary Duncan, Phyllis Nicholson, Joyce Edmond, Nancy McGinnis and I got the extra cabin.  The cabins were in duplex style and our neighbors were 4 boys from Amber-Pocassy.  Every night we would talk through the wall.  After we got moved in we went swimming at the pool to cool off.  By the time we got back & got dressed it was time to go to supper.  It was a cold supper & tasted good, although I didn't feel too good.

After supper we all fixed up & fixed our hair to go to the dance. There was a skating party but we didn't go.  I danced 5 times that night.  I danced 3 with John (from Amber-Pocassy), 1 with another Amber-Pocassy boy and 1 with Ronnie Sykora.  Had a good time.  Then we went to bed & slept great.  We talked through the walls a long time.

                                                                   GOOD NIGHT

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Good Saturday Morning

Good Saturday morning folks.  I must tell you that Saturday mornings are NOT the same once you retire.  They sort of blend in with the rest of the days of the week.  I remember the time when Saturday mornings were chaotic.  There was a lot to do on Saturdays as a wind-down to the week and getting everything done that was put aside all week long.  Like:  mowing, trimming, weeding, planting, curling daughter's hair, getting the guys' haircuts, shopping, and CLEANING!  You just had to cram a lot in one day.

Just last evening the hubby and I were discussing how different our Friday nights are now than 15 years ago when we worked.  We relished our Friday nights out back then; not that we don't now, but it is different.  Before we retired Friday nights were our nights to celebrate the fact that we had the next two days off.  Sometimes we even started on Thursday nights as a celebration to the fact that the next day was Friday. 

So enjoy your Saturday everyone.  Today will not be the same for me as it was in 1990, but it is going to be good.  I have buttons to sew on a little girls' dress.  And as a throw-back to 1960, I think I will make burgers for supper (notice I said supper not dinner.  That's because it was supper in 1960.).

I love you.