Monday, September 29, 2014

Young helper!


Will backhoe

Jason and MM have a future helper.  Will loves to do anything his dad does, so he was the firewood helper yesterday.  Yes, it is that time of the year to think about wood for “Big Bertha” for this winter…for them.

MM and I solve that cold problem the easy way by heading to Florida!  Forget firewood—hit the road and head south.  That’s a good plan.

This photo brings to mind a time back on the FL farm when MM needed both his truck and the front-end loader back at our house, which was a half-mile from his shop, on our own dirt road.  Brian also loved to go to work with his dad, so that was the solution to MM’s problem of needing a second driver…his little helper.

He showed Brian how to use the correct lever to lower the bucket to stop the machine, since his short legs couldn’t reach the brake, and to put it into gear and GO.  I’m sure they practiced a few times on these technique before MM jumped in the truck to get back to the house in time to get me to come watch the arrival.

A beaming Brian did as instructed, getting the BIG machine to the house with absolutely no problems.  My own heart did a few back flips at the sight of my wee boy in that ginormous machine…all by himself.

Did I mention he was only FOUR?!  He had a mile wide grin on his face when he hopped down to the ground.  Me?  Probably a gray hair emerged that day, oh so long ago, but we all survived it.

Good luck, Amy.  You are one tough mama of two rowdy boys!  Some Clairol may be in your future.

It’s just another Monday here in fabulous Mayberry, y’all, with MM tinkering on the four-wheeler, and Will out riding his motorcycle.  The only difference between men and boys is the size and price of their toys!

Do I hear an Amen?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Play ball!

Watching the antsy 6 year olds play soccer. It was nice and overcast when we left home, now the sun is baking our necks.

Which way, coach?

We love our small town living. The kids play for fun, not least at this age.

It's all good. WYWH! Bring sunscreen.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014




That cute little towhead (n. a person with very light blond hair) is my own sweet Maintenance Man with his siblings, circa 1946 I would judge.  And here the whole family is pictured, just a few years later:

Bell ClanDon, Margaret, and Marjory (Marj) are all deceased, and youngest sister Ginny has health issues now, requiring her to live in an assisted home.

Count your blessing when ya have good health! 

MM got his flight medical done on Monday, and the doc said he is in excellent health.  He had better keep it that way. 

And  I am blessed with good health, too…shown here all gussied up for my Junior Prom (long before I met MM, of course).  Yikes, we now have a granddaughter a year younger than this very same age!

Junior Prom 1962

It’s just another “remember when” day here in the beautiful GA Alps…where life is good, y’all!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

45 and foggy in Mayberry



When I wake up to 45 and foggy, I declare that summer is officially OVER and FALL has begun…and the calendar definitely confirms this as well!  Bu-bye, Summer.  You were mild this year, and we d0 appreciate that.

This year is flying by.  I think that is maybe a sign of getting older.  Kids think that Christmas will n-e-v-e-r arrive, but adults know that the calendar hits Halloween, Thanksgiving, then Christmas lightening fast.  Every year…gaining speed.

So I am still tinkering with the new laptop, getting everything installed and downloaded so that my guru can come over and hook me up to the home network and tweak the old laptop to be the auxiliary computer, rather than the main one.  Exciting stuff.


My lovely assistant will probably want to help, right after her morning nap.  Leave a message, she sez.  KC has escaped already…to the sun(less) room…for his nap.  I’m thinking they are overpaid, the slouches.

Have yourself a ginger peachy day.  Come on, sunshine!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Beta Sigma Phi fun!

We had a funny and informative forum presented by the Phi-vile Tater Sistas this morning:

Shook our booty a bit last night:

And finally managed to get a group shot of our chapter represented here at convention:

Smiles, laughter, and connecting with our sistas...197 registered!

Having fun in HotLanta, y'all!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Hair…for a good cause

Ansley (on the R) has been letting her hair get rather long this past year, and for a very good reason:  she planned on donating to Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Before, with sister, Macey:

Macey, Ansley before hair cut

Brave girl:

Ansley hair cut

And after:

Ansley, Macey hair


Ansley hair cut2

I love your new short “do.”  And smile.  And generous heart.

Thanks for making some little girl happy with your beautiful hair.  One young lady…making a difference in the world, for a disadvantaged stranger.

May we all make a contribution in some way to something worthwhile this week.  Go ahead.  Just do it.  You’ll feel good!  Pass it on…

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throw Back Thursday



Look at these children!  No, I was not 12 when this photo was taken, although I look it.  I was definitely more than twice that age.  Trust me.

This was early 1972, and I was pregnant with Haley (sorry for outing your age, honey), taken in Grandmommie’s kitchen.  I’m not sure of the exact date in 1972, since I only marked the photo as “1972,” (shame on me) but that tummy definitely “blossomed” more before Haley was born.  Actually, it blossomed A LOT more, before her arrival in late March.

This makes me smile.  So does this photo of our girl, now all grown up:

Haley '14

At the rate I am going, I will have all my old photos scanned in by 2112.  Wish me luck.

Happy TBT, y’all!