Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Home.......I'm Blessed Indeed

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

“The Degree to which I am blessed staggers me... 
the degree to which I take that for granted shames me." 
― John Green

What I love the most about living in East Texas is how you rarely meet anyone who doesn't treat you (a stranger) like a long lost 2nd cousin or Aunt Eula.  
They will give you (a stranger) the shirt off their back which, 
most likely, came from Goodwill.......
and will tell you how very 
they are.   

They may live in a trailer with their yard ornaments comprising of old bra's and pink flamingo's that they, most likely, got for 
Aunt Eula from the local thrift shop......
yet they will always tell you how 
 they are......

It doesn't seem strange to them to ride their horse through the drive-thru of the local McDonalds......because they are just
to have a horse and a new McDonalds!

They may have a young one with a disability.......
a disability that he doesn't carry alone.....
because it belongs to the whole town......
cause, you see......the whole town family is so very 
to have this little one with a disability.  
And they show that by hosting a Handicap Rodeo 
each year so these 
little ones can, for a change, 
sit higher than everyone else.....

And where else could I be so 
to call this Home?  

This is my home.....I'm "BLESSED" Indeed.......

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cotton Shed No. 11...........Such A COOL Name.....

September 24, 2012

I just LOVE having talented friends!!  
Take my friend, Jackie Carlson, who owns a fabulous home interior store in Canton called "Cotton Shed No. 11" that is opening up on the square in downtown Canton this coming Thursday.  I was "lucky" enough to help her set up her store this week and boy-howdy......is this an incredible store!

To my girlfriends out there......get a bunch of yacking ladies together and COME TO CANTON THIS WEEKEND.......!!

The weather is suppose to be NICE........the crowds won't hit full force until November.......and you'll kick yourself if you don't stop by Jackie's new store on the square in Canton (just south of the Trade Days).  Just so you know......I'm not getting a commission for telling you all this......I just truly believe in this chick.  Her style is what I could only hope to have one day......her store makes me want to sell everything in my house and start over......She has things you will not find anywhere else....I promise!

Did I mention she's a wonderful person too??  Yep, she sure is!!!

Check her out on Facebook at 
and her new store in downtown Canton this coming weekend!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Things I've Learned From My Granddaughters.....

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Things I've Learned From My Granddaughters.....

Time at Grandpa Charlie and Lele's (Chuck & Liz) lakehouse is always more fun 
when they bring their best friend, Sophia, with them!

It takes a grand total of 6.4 minutes from the time they arrive 
to the time the guest bedroom looks like this.

Always....ALWAYS.....warn the dogs before the girls get here......

It's always fun going for a ride in the Workhorse around the neighborhood 
in the rain.....

.......Unless something falls off the Workhorse.......

.....Like the trailer hitch.......

.....And never, EVER leave the keys and unattended kids 
in the Workhorse when picking up the pieces 
that fell off......

They just may run off without you.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dear Sweet Norm......

September 15, 2012

"Walking with a friend in the DARK....
Is better than walking alone in the LIGHT.  
Helen Keller

We recently returned from a week in Rogers, Arkansas......tagging along with our friend Sue as she wrapped up the final arrangements for her husband, Norm's, gravesite.  

Norm passed away in May of this year.......

But as we stood over Norm's grave, remembering the wonderful times we've all had together; Alaskan cruise, summer trips to Missouri, weekend dinners at the lake..... I couldn't help but think how much Norm and Sue have added to our lives....how blessed we've been by their friendship.

Blessed indeed........

I read a quote today as I neared the end of a book (which everyone needs to read, BTW) called "The Harbinger" I'd like to share with you.....

"You're only one heartbeat away from eternity.  
Everything you have - your life, your breath, this moment, 
it's all borrowed, it's all a gift.  
And at any moment it all ends with a heartbeat.....
just one heartbeat, and there's no more time.  
One heartbeat and the chance to be saved is gone.  
One heartbeat and there's no more choosing - 
it's all sealed for eternal life or eternal death......
If you don't choose to be saved, then you've chosen not to be saved.  
Your life and your eternity....it all rests on one heartbeat.  
And what will you do on the Day of Judgment?"

Rest In Peace, sweet Norm......
Rest In Peace.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Quote For the Day - Septemver 10, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

"When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives
but are grateful for the abundance that's present...we experience heaven on earth."