Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This Old Cat

I came across this wonderful poem that could have been written by John and I about our dear, sweet cat, Lacy. We were lucky enough to come up on this little sweetie 17 years ago at a local State Park where someone had dropped her off.  She wasn't a kitten so she is probably right at 19 years old! We have been so blessed since the day she came into our life!

~Lacy 8-26-2010~

This Old Cat

I'm getting on in years,

My coat is turning gray.

My eyes have lost their luster,

My hearing's just okay.

I spend my day dreaming

Of conquests in my past,

Lying near a sunny window

Waiting for its warm repast.

I remember our first visit,
I was coming to you free,
Hoping you would take me in
And keep me company.

I wasn't young or handsome,
Two years I'd roamed the street.
There were scars upon my face,
I hobbled on my feet.

I could sense your disappointment
As I left my prison cage.
Oh, I hoped you would accept me
And look beyond my age.

You took me out of pity,
I accepted without shame.
Then you grew to love me,
And I admit the same.

I have shared with you your laughter,
You have wet my fur with tears.
We've come to know each other
Throughout these many years.

Just one more hug this morning
Before you drive away,
And know I'll think about you
Throughout your busy day.

The time we've left together
Is a treasured time at that.
My heart is yours forever.
I Promise - This old cat.

for Misty- Dawn 1998

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's been a good day today!

 I am off from the ol' K and lovin' being at home! The rain has been falling most of the day, but I have loved seeing, hearing and feeling the drops fall.  I feel more energized to get things done around the house when it's raining.  
  One of John's friends sent us a sack of okra a few days ago.  I fried a bunch one night(talk about awesome...yuuuummm!) and decided to pickle several jars today.  
  I have come to love canning!  It's so relaxing and with the rain fallin' outside...it just made for a perfect day.  My tomato garden is winding down (except for the tommy toes...anyone need any???) I canned a few jars of regular tomatoes ,with the little that are coming in.  After cleaning up the kitchen, I admired those beautiful jars of bright green okra and deep red tomatoes.  Even though I look forward to eating all my garden treasures, the colorful canned veggies are just as great to look at.  I have an open shelf in the kitchen that I use just for displaying my garden jewels.  Salsa, spaghetti sauce, pickled peppers, bread and butter pickles, okra and tomatoes line the shelves. 
  Mother and Daddy stopped by to visit today, also.  Daddy always gives the horn a "toot" as they drive up into the driveway, so I can always tell when they are here. I love it when they come to visit. I shared a jar of pickled peppers and some raw okra with them. Mother and I are always sharing our goodies with each other.  She constantly surprises me at work by sending daddy in with a goody bag filled with her own baked treasures. My eyes always light up when I see Daddy comin' with a little bag in hand!!!  

Life is just so good...the simpler the better.  The name of my blog says it all...Livin' life, lovin' life...It's been a good day today! 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Friday the 13th!!!

 Happy Friday the 13th!!!  Or is it???  Many people are packing their four-leaf clovers, horse shoes and lucky coins as they venture out into the world today,hoping that they will protected from the superstitions of FRIDAY the 13th!  Watch out for ladders, cracks in the street  and black cats crossing the street in front of you,especially today.
  I did a little digging and found out that the fear of Friday the 13th stems from two separate fears -- the fear of the number 13 and the fear of Fridays.Thirteen is significant to Christians because it is the number of people who were present at the Last Supper (Jesus and his 12 apostles). Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th member of the party to arrive.(How Stuff Works)
  Christians have traditionally been wary of Fridays because Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Some hold that Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden fruit on a Friday, and that the Great Flood began on a Friday. In the past, many Christians would never begin any new project or trip on a Friday, fearing they would be doomed from the start. Sailors were superstitious in this regard, often refusing to ship out on a Friday. maiden voyage... and disappeared forever. A similar, entirely factual story is the harrowing flight of Apollo 13.
   Folklore of Friday the 13th doesn't have much to do with our fears today. The fear has much more to do with our personal experience. People learn at a young age that Friday the 13th is supposed to be unlucky, for whatever reason. So do we LOOK for something to happen on this day? You know the saying, "If you go looking for trouble, you will find it,"
  I have to work tonight and won't have any of my lucky charms with me.  I may have to climb a few ladders today and step over a few pieces of cracked concrete.  When I head home tonight and that mystical black cat crosses in front of me as I pull into my driveway, I want be worrying that bad luck is coming. As I pull into our driveway,  the most beautiful black kitty in the world, Lacy, will be there to escort me up the driveway and greet me with her 19 year old, soft sweet "meooow...".  Now if that's the bad luck one gets from a black cat crossing thier path, I'll take that bad luck all day long! Happy Friday the 13th everyone!!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

♫♫Happy Birthday to you, Granny Mae♫♫

♫♫Happy Birthday to you, Granny Mae♫♫...If my darling grandmother was alive today, today would be her 109th birthday!!!  My mother and aunt have been sharing memories of her today via email.  My memories of this sweet little lady are so numerous I can't count them!  I am sharing some pictures of her birthday in 1983 , just 5 years before she went to heaven.  
♫♫Happy Birthday dear Granny Mae♫

the hot, lazy, hazy days of summer

 This year we have had a long hot summer.  Second hottest July on record...WHEW!! I just start sweating thinking about it! Being a mature woman now, the heat seems to take a toll on me these days. Though I enjoy the great outdoors, this year I spent most of my time watching the great outdoors from the inside.  
  I remember when we were kids we never thought about the heat.  We spent endless hours playing outside.  Riding bicycles every where... roller skating in the streets...a baseball game at the neighbors house...swimming at the Royal Avenue pool...going to the creek to catch crayfish and tadpoles, and the list goes on and on.
  One of our favorite games to play was Kick-the-can!!  We would go door to door get everyone together to play this awesome game that involved kicking a "can" (a ball), everyone running to hide. Then one poor soul was left behind to find everyone without getting the ball kicked again. We spent hours hiding, many times in a ditch behind a friends house and sometimes under another friends house (I can't believe we actually crawled up under that house...spiders and creepy crawlers and all!) We usually ended up hiding together so we could talk, laugh and sneak an occasional peek to see if we had been spotted. We always ended up playing until after the sun went down. Today, the friends that use to play kick-the-can, still remember the great times we had, way back then.
  That hot summer sun never prevented us from going out and having wonderful time!  Never even thought about it.  It was such an amazing time we had, just being with our friends.
  Today, I will stand here and look out over my back yard,(from inside the air conditioned house of course),and reminisce about the hot, lazy, hazy days of summer...way back then.  I hear the shrills of screams and laughter  as if I were there now... to all my kick-the-can buddies...you remember, don't you???

Monday, August 9, 2010

 It's Monday morning and I am making my first post in my new (BLOG?).  Never thought about blogs alot.  Just one of those things that everyone else had. Never really knew what a blog was, but now I have one! My daughter-in-law's mother sent me a link to her blog a little while back, and I was VERY impressed! She is such an excellent writer! She inspired me to give it a try...so here I am!  
  So...now what???? Hmmm???? I guess I should write some inspiring words or something...and I WILL..when they come to me! This could be an exciting thing! But, it is Monday...and I have to go to work at the K tonight.  So maybe by then I'll have some words of wisdom to share. So, I will Blog-off for now!