Archive for November, 2012

Speaking of Umbrellas . . . a comment from Barbara Slayton

November 30th, 2012 Comments off

Seeing your story about umbrellas reminded me of something funny that happened years ago when we were living in Forrest City, Arkansas, which at that time had still an old plantation mentality about it and people, the older ones, spoke in more genteel ways.

 One Christmas I ordered Mac a power saw from Sears, among other items ,and I got a call telling me that my orders had come in at the local catalog store downtown.  

I went by to pick them up only to be told by this little old lady (think about how they are described in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and you will see her) that everything came in but my umbrella.  

Knowing that I didn’t order one of those, I asked to see the order form that had been written when I called it in and sure enough, there on one line was written “Umbrella” and I questioned her about it and she said “well, honey I couldn’t couldn’t spell parisol so I just wrote umbrella instead! ” 

What?  I said “power saw and she heard parisol’? I sure didn’t know I spoke like that, but apparently I was more southern than I thought!

 We reordered and Mac was happy but said that he would liked to have seen what kind of parisol would have cost as much as his saw did!  Me too.  



November 30th, 2012 1 comment
Little Johnny watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face.“Why do you do that, mommy?” he asked.

“To make myself beautiful,” she answered and then began removing the cream with a tissue.

“What’s the matter?’ asked Little Johnny. ‘Giving up?’

Pelicans in North Alabama . . .Photo by Richard McCann

November 29th, 2012 Comments off
Taken from Facebook – Thanks to Richard McCann
“A few weeks ago I reported seeing hundreds of pelicans flying over the Tennessee River. Mary Etta Taylor asked if I had pictures. I didn’t, but I saw this small group hanging out on Flint Creek beside Alabama Highway 67 in Decatur as I drove home from the gym Tuesday. I rushed on home, about 3 to 4 miles, grabbed the camera and caught this bunch. Don’t be misled by the cranes in the background. Look closely at the beaks of those in front and it’s clear they are pelicans. In North Alabama!
These are American white pelicans, not the brown ones you see all the time on the Gulf. The underside of their wings is rimmed in black feathers, really neat looking when they fly overhead. It is difficult to see in the photo how big they are. They’re big birds.

Book Club: ‘The Chaperone’ by Laura Moriarty

November 29th, 2012 Comments off


I really enjoyed this book, thanks to Diane for lending me the good read.  Yes, some day I will get Kindle, but for now I am still turning the pages by hand.

Part of a review by 

The New York Times bestseller and the USA Today #1 Hot Fiction Pick for the summer, The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both.
Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.

The Next Generation Getting a Nuzzle – Double R Stables, KY

November 29th, 2012 Comments off

Timeline Photos – Couldn’t Get This One With an Old Kodak Brownie

November 28th, 2012 Comments off

With God’s comfort and assurance . . .

November 27th, 2012 Comments off

Even when we don’t understand . . .

November 27th, 2012 1 comment

Hello Friends,

I hit 70 in October and it hit me back!  Not sure what knocked me down but I am back on my feet and feeling much better. Tests say I’m just fine, so even if I don’t feel great – apparently I should!

Fortunately I work in advance on the blog and so was able to keep something on every day. I always checked in to see if I had comments or if I had made some glaring mistake that needed correcting.

During the past few weeks I have learned how very important it is to have support from friends and family.  I learned that instead of hiding my weakness, it helped me to call and ask for prayer when I needed it.  Sometimes I just needed to talk, to be distracted.

It is humbling to be the one who is the subject of prayer instead of the one doing the praying.  It gave me new insight along those lines.

One night about 3:00 am when I was awake,  God reminded me that when I pray for the needs of others that I need to release those needs to Him.  It was as if he said, “Pray and Release, and I’ll take it from there.”  

I hadn’t been well enough to go to church for a couple of weeks and it felt really good to be there this past Sunday.  Our Associate Pastor Scott Hinsche, at the end of his sermon, talked about the meaning of ‘Amen’ which we say at the end of our prayers.  He said it meant ‘Let it be” and added that when we pray we need to give it to God, ‘let it be and let it go.’  

When I heard Scott say that, it was confirmation of what I had been told in the middle of the night.  I accept it as further guidance in helping me to not carry burdens for others too heavy for my shoulders. I must release them to the One in charge of all things.

 Let it be and let it go.  



Tea Time?

November 27th, 2012 Comments off

Keep it to “Yes, Sir!”

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A cop pulls my buddy over:

“Hey, didn’t you see the stop sign back there?”he asks.

“Yup,” my buddy answered, “but I didn’t see you!”

Yeah, he got a ticket!

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