Friday, October 22, 2010

Mable Paisley Mason

Mable Paisley Mason was born sometime around 1995ish. The first two years of Mable's life are a mystery, ending in April of 1997 when she was abandoned at the Lubbock Animal Shelter. Mable was pregnant and alone. After giving birth and having her puppies (which were all adopted immediately), Mable languished in the Animal Rescue Kennel (ARK) for three months.

Meanwhile, I was wishing for a dog. I had decided that on my next payday, I would go adopt. On July 15, 1997, I went to the ARK looking for a beagle puppy, whom I planned to name Paisley, keeping with the tradition of "P" names in our family. Upon arriving at the ARK, I found out that not only were there no puppies (it was Parvo season), but there were also no beagles. In the cacophony of barking and howling coming from the cages, I noticed an angelic face, sitting quietly in the corner. I asked to see that dog... her name was Mable and she not only knew her name, but also knew how to sit. Mable, a cockapoo, weighed only 16 pounds (a little more than half what she should) and had no hair on her tail. She was cut like a Schnauzer and wasn't the prettiest dog in the shelter... but she was meant to belong to me. When I sat down in the floor to talk to her, Mable crawled into my lap and my heart.

It took Mable a while to leave behind her former life. She didn't like men. It took her a year or more to grow a full tail of hair. She also never got over the fears that she brought with her... an odd fear of cameras, flashlights, storms and candles. But eventually Mable grew to be a beautiful cockapoo with fluffy, curly hair and a beautiful wagging tail. She loved walks and toys and all kinds of food. She found out that not all men were bad, as evidenced by the loving kindness of her Grandpa.


Mable was the perfect dog. She was sweet and loving. She didn't shed or pee in the house or chew on things. Mable was tolerant of just about anything. She didn't care when Emma pulled the hair on the top of her head. She let me trim her toe nails without even a whimper. She would go nose to nose with a deer with only an abundance of curiosity; no fear. She wouldn't run away from a pit bull. She let me snuggle her and give her baths, even though neither were her favorite thing.

In the summer of 1999, Mable and I bought a house. Shortly before moving in, we went with our family on a vacation to Estes Park, Colorado. All throughout the trip, Mable explored with gusto. She went off the trail into the underbrush and came out cheerfully tired. Little did we know that somewhere along the way, she was bitten by a tick and contracted Ehrlichiosis. Mable became so ill that she was at death's door. She lost a lot of weight and was hospitalized for several days. But she pulled through and was extremely healthy for the rest of her life.

Mable was the center of my world for seven years, at which time she was joined by a new sister, Meg. She didn't ask for a sister... she liked being an only dog. But she adjusted to Meg's presence just like she did everything else.


They both loved to go in the car, whether it was to the park or to Sonic or both. Sonic tater tots were Mable's favorite treat. Mable also loved to go to Lorenzo to visit Grandma and Grandpa. The absolute best thing about Lorenzo: Getting so many burrs in your fur that you're unrecognizable and you are forced into some one-on-one quality time with mom, a brush and some scissors.


Mable lived a long and fruitful life. So many people loved her and were touched by her sweet spirit. She defied the odds by surviving an illness that threatened to compromise her immune system at a young age. Mable went on to outlive many of her doggy friends and family. The vet always called her the energizer bunny... she kept going and going and going. In the end, though, Mable's body simply gave out. She trotted off to paradise on Friday, October 22, 2010.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lonesome Dove

The other day I was looking at some church records from Bear Creek Baptist Church (which doesn't exist anymore) and came across a "Brother Gideon" who visited from Lonesome Dove Baptist Church. The entry wasn't dated, but most of the others were around the 1850-1880 range, so I'm assuming this visit was during that time period. Anyway... this precipitated a search for Lonesome Dove Baptist Church, which is still in existence and has a cemetery associated with it. So today's lunch trek took me across the city limit into Southlake for a visit to Lonesome Dove.

As I've mentioned before, as I drive around this area I see signs all around me of the lifestyle that used to be here... before wealth and prosperity began to push the old out to make way for the new (and sometimes ridiculous). Driving down Dove Road is a prime example. You cross areas that are still heavy with underbrush, where it seems the Texas wilderness wants to reclaim its lost territory. In other places, it's so developed that you can't imagine a place without brick, concrete and trimmed grass.

Lonesome Dove takes you back at least a few decades to before Southlake was "ritzy." The church building is nice, but dated compared to some of the homes around. The cemetery isn't nearly as beautiful as Bear Creek, but it still has its fair share of old headstones.


I can see the family lines who made this place home... the Cates, Jones, Dwights, and others. But no Gideons in this place. At least not buried here. I didn't see very many unmarked graves, so I'm fairly comfortable stating that the Gideons are not here.

Interestingly, there were several above-ground graves... at least partially above-ground. I haven't seen many of these since our trip to Georgia, but there were several here. Unfortunately the inscriptions were mostly worn away.


Driving back, I passed areas where old wooden fences were encroached upon by new ones... saw the rise of the Gaylord Texan in the distance... and wondered once more what our ancestors would think about this place now. How much has changed in only 150 years!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Grapevine

The longer I work in Grapevine and research the area for genealogy the more connected I feel to this area. I can sit in the parking lot at lunchtime and look through the trees at the Moorhead Branch Creek and just imagine how it was when the Gideons and Hudgins first came here.


I can imagine them riding their horses past the Terrill-Payne-Fuller house (which is the oldest house still in existence in Grapevine - built 1865) on their way to the Methodist church. I drive by it now on nice paved roads in my air-conditioned Korean car. It's been recently refurbished after the passing of Alice Fuller and is now on sale - fully furnished - for $499,000. Click here for pictures.


I've been researching the cemeteries of Northeast Tarrant County in my (so far fruitless) quest to find Gaylon Bohave Gideon's final resting place. What I've found is that there are cemeteries all around that I never knew existed. Many are abandoned (hopefully the bodies were moved to a peaceful place). But some are still there. I've been driving by the Payne Family Cemetery every day for the last five years and never knew it. It's on the Nash Farm property.

It's like being on a genealogy road trip every day over the lunch hour! I really love this place. If I could move over here - even though I'm not that far away in Euless - I definitely would!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Stew

I have to admit... I complain quite a lot during stewardship campaign. Just ask Trudy. I've decided that I'm going to start calling it "Stew." Like the name of an odd uncle you cringe to see coming, not like the name of the comfort food. (No offense intended if your name is Stu.)

This year, we're trying our best to entertain Stew online so we don't have to spend a lot of time and resources mailing stuff [that people will probably throw away]. So I've spent the last few weeks designing, editing code, and tweaking the web pages that will make up Stew 2011. I think I'm finally finished!


Now, whether you're a kid, youth or adult, you can just go online and commit your heart out! Commit, commit, commit! Just don't expect me to do it too. No me gusta committing to things.

I'm ready to do something fun... like redesign the whole website. So that will be the next project! Can't wait!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Journey

This morning I went to church at First Methodist in Colleyville for the first time. The pastor was starting a series of sermons about the journey of Christian life. Was it a coincidence that just yesterday I was reading about one man's journeys through Texas?


A man named Barclay Gibson has spent the last few years wandering Texas and photographing what he sees. I found his outsider's look at Lorenzo interesting (http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasPanhandleTowns/Lorenzo-Texas.htm). What would you take a picture of if you were going through your town for the first time?

Maybe if we looked around us with new and interested eyes, we might come to appreciate what's right in front of us. Part of the sermon this morning was focused on enjoying the journey... not being afraid to backtrack a little... not being so solely focused on making it from point A to point B. That's how I'd like to live life, actually. I'm not so concerned about point B (i.e. death)... it will come when it does. But what about the living to be done until then?

After church and some other wandering around, I found myself hunting for Bear Creek Cemetery... wondering if we might eventually find our long lost cousin Galen Bohave Gideon's final resting place. This little cemetery was so enchanting... so peaceful in spite of the airplanes overhead and the golf carts whipping by just across the fence. But sadly there were many, many young lives entombed and memorialized there. I wondered if it was because of the view of the golf course.

I didn't find any sign of Galen or any other relatives, but I did find yet another special connection to the history of this area and its people. I'd like to explore more and take Mr. Gibson's lead by chronicling the area's history in pictures. Hopefully I'll get moving on it before I reach point B.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Marysville - Liberty - Prospect

On this Memorial Day weekend, I decided to use my Saturday to visit my ancestors in the "boonies." We have many family members buried in Cooke, Montague, Clay and other neighboring counties. I had planned to visit four cemeteries, but we (the dogs and I) were quite tired by the time we finished at the second one, so I decided to just do one more and call it a day.

Marysville
We started out north toward Gainesville around 10:30 AM. First stop was to be Marysville, TX. According to a website I found, the Daughters of the Confederacy had a ceremony out there at the beginning of May, so I figured their driving directions were probably more concise than the vague descriptions I had found elsewhere. Turns out I should have stuck with consulting Google Maps. I turned north off of Hwy 82 west of Gainesville onto FM2739. That part was fine. The instructions then said to "follow CR 417 on into town." Um, yeah. That makes it sound like "town" is not too far on CR 417, which is completely dirt and gravel. It was actually quite far. A better option would have been to come at it from the west.

My Directions to Marysville: First off, be prepared to get your car dirty. These are dirt/gravel roads. There's no getting to Marysville if you stay on paved roads. Turn east onto CR 442 from FM 373. Follow CR442 until it intersects CR 417. Turn north (left) onto CR 417, then take your next right, which is CR 462. At that point you are "in" Marysville.... or what's left of it. There is a well-kept white house on the corner of 417 & 462. I almost thought that was the "church" but the church is actually a two-story building that looks to be made entirely of corrugated metal. There is a ruin of red bricks right in front of it that might have once been a sign, but there is currently no sign anywhere in this vicinity that indicates you are in Marysville. Just past the church, there is an aging metal sign that says "CemeTeries" and points to the right. Follow the road/drive that it indicates and you will find yourself at the Marysville Cemetery.



It's not easy to get here, but it's a peaceful location and I can see why our ancestors settled here. This was a big cemetery with LOTS of headstones missing. Our TA Cox's stone had been broken and repaired. If you come here, I recommend bug spray, long pants, and hiking boots. And, although I didn't run across any snakes, I would think there were some around out there. I have marked the general location of our family's markers (Coxes, Dickeys, Deerings) on the Google map (click HERE). The most important ones I wanted to find were Thalia Arabella Gideon Cox and Sanford Harold Cox. They were apart from the others, the very last ones on their row, next to the far fence.


Thalia's marker is on the left, and it has been damaged. Someone has used two other pieces of marble to firm up the sides and done a rough repair to put the broken marker back together. Sanford's is still in one piece, but appears to be a little worse for wear compared to the photo that appears on the Marysville Cemetery website.


I was able to find all of the Coxes and Dickeys that I knew to be here. I also found the Deerings I knew about and two (or three) unmarked graves in what appears to be the Deering plot. Pictured at right are the unmarked graves. I imagine these are the ones who we think are buried here, but had no record of (i.e. Thomas Franklin Deering, who was killed by the Katy train engine, and CWF Deering, the less-than-a-year-old daughter of John J. Deering and Mary Jane Castleman).

I won't post all the pictures here, but you get the idea. To see all the pictures, visit my Flickr stream. This cemetery was the hardest to get to, so I wanted to be sure to provide accurate information for anyone who wishes to make the trek out here. It's a beautiful area, and the roads were in fairly good condition, considering they are not paved. I noticed that many of the cars in Muenster have that tell-tale white dust all over them. I'll be taking my car to be washed tomorrow. :)

Liberty
Moving on, I decided to go to Liberty next. I don't know if Liberty was actually a town, but the Liberty Cemetery is in the middle of nowhere... I'd say between Newport and Vashti, which both qualify as the middle of nowhere. You did have to go on a gravel/dirt road to get to this one... but not nearly as far off the pavement as the Marysville Cemetery was. This cemetery is very overgrown and difficult to get around. I was not able to find the family member I really wanted to see... J. F. Cappleman. I was also hoping to find his wife, Isabella Kerr Cappleman, because there was supposedly another Kerr stone. I didn't find either. I did find several Sewells, a Vandiver, some Watkins and a couple of Robinsons. I don't know if the Vandiver is related or not.


By the time I waded through the weeds, burrs, and possibly poison ivy/oak in this cemetery, I'd had about enough and so had Mable. Meg was having fun, but I was afraid she was going to fall down a snake hole, never to be seen again. She gave thought to squeezing through the barbed wire fence and running off into the pasture, but changed her mind when I hollered at her. I was disappointed that I didn't find what I was looking for, but decided to choose one more cemetery to visit and then head home. I chose Prospect, since it's the one where the Robinsons were buried.

Prospect
This cemetery is small and very easy to get to. Because it is small, you would think I would have easily found everyone, but I didn't. I never found Dolly Gay. I suppose I should have done another walk-through, but I figured I'd be back here one day. Plus, the dogs were getting overheated waiting in the car. The Robinson plot is a large gravel-covered area to the right as soon as you walk in the cemetery gate.




So that's it for today. We headed back home after this. Although I didn't see all the headstones I was looking for, and didn't find anyone we were missing (that I know of)... it was a beautiful drive and I can just imagine how the family must have lived when they were here. There were lots of rolling hills... good ranching country. In fact, I think much of the area looks just like it did when they were living here, apart from a "little bit" more pavement, a smattering of oil derricks, a luxury bed and breakfast, and a large windmill farm (the big metal kind, not the "farm" kind).

Friday, February 5, 2010

How Much is Enough?

I haven't blogged in a long time, but there was a news report that's getting some attention around here that has started me thinking. A news article aired yesterday about Dr. Ed Young, pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine. The report charges that he is taking advantage of his position at Fellowship by being too wealthy, using a private jet, and engaging in business transactions outside of Fellowship using the church's resources. See the video and read the article here.

I don't attend church at Fellowship and I don't know Ed Young or his heart for ministry. What I do know is that apparently thousands of people who worship there think the world of him. (And, by the way, I don't consider Fellowship the "competition" - we are all partners in ministering to the Grapevine community.) What I also know is that it's very difficult for pastors and other Christians to answer this question: How much is enough? Or the flipside: How much is too much? Who gets to say when the pastor's salary is too much? When his or her house is too big? When the church spends too much on travel? Who determines all of that?

I was doing a favor for a friend last night... delivering some gas money and dinner to a family in our church. As I drove away, I was contemplating this: What would it be like to have no food in the pantry, no gas in the car, and no money to fill either? I can't imagine it. Although I feel like I live "paycheck to paycheck" - I don't really. I usually have at least a little money in the bank when my next paycheck hits. I have a little in savings. I have enough to give a little away. I have some space on my credit cards. I doubt that I'd ever go without a meal because of lack of funds. So does that mean that the church pays me too much? Umm... in my opinion, no. I don't think working for the church has to mean that you must BECOME one of the poor. But what if the church paid me $200k? Would that be too much? Umm... probably. But honestly, I don't know where the line is between "enough" and "too much."

What if they paid the pastor $1 million? Imagine if you were the head of a large organization. You were on call almost 24-7. You had to travel a good part of the time. You have a lot of stress and a lot of people expecting perfection from you. THEN would your time and expertise be worth $1 million? How do you put a price on the call to ministry? There's no great formula, and yet we (the church that employees the pastor) have to come up with an amount that is fair compensation in return for what we expect from that pastor.

I don't know the answer to the "how much is enough" question, but I've pondered it a lot. I think we all have since we've been reading The Hole in Our Gospel. There is so much poverty in the world, we feel compelled to share our wealth. Even if it's just a little wealth. I would hope that all of us (not just pastors) would take a look at our level of compensation, our lifestyle, etc. and decide for ourselves how much is enough. Then use the rest to do good wherever we can. Is that pie-in-the-sky thinking? Sure it is. We live in America. Enough is never enough. But maybe it's worth the effort. Put some limits on our own "needs" and make a real difference for someone else. That's crazy talk. But lots of people are doing it.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

2009 In Status Updates January-October

is recovering from the Big D NYE
is back at work.
has been playing games all night
is wasting away a Saturday
is recovering
is eating lunch
is going back to work
is dreading going out in the cold
is working on the Rotary bulletin
is back at work... again.
is soooo sleeeepy
is watching Law & Order
is reading about reverse sneezing as Meg has been doing it often the last couple of days
is just workin'
is hoping I don't have food poisoning
is NOT hurling
is content
is glad it's the weekend!!
is getting rid of all signs of Christmas
is working on genealogy
... another day another dollar
just heard that Lockney High School burned down... how sad!
is doing stuff
has already seen this episode of House
is wondering how I can get less frustrated.... and fast!
is leaving the frustration behind for a 3-day weekend
is still in her pajamas
is existing
is watching Meg stalk Mikey
is woooorkkkking... ho hum
wanted to spend this day in bed
is planning vacation
is watching the ice melt
is eating a Reese's Whipps for lunch. I love being an "adult."
is having me a lil chickn n dumplins
has cold feet
is wooorkking
is finishing up some freelance work
is living virtually and changing out laundry
is back at work... again
is feeling icky
is wishing I was a more helpful and generous person
is calling it a day
is impatiently waiting for LOST to be over so I can watch it
is just doing my thing
is going home... or to Curves? I'm thinkin' home
is sooo sleeepy
is eating lunch
is ready to go home and hug a dog... or two
is creating a family photo album so mom will be happy
is listening to the wind in the windchimes
is out of my special coffee! Oh no!
has now replenished my special coffee
is eating oatmeal and working
is losing steam
is wondering when I wrote that last status update.... I don't remember it at all!
is on hiatus from technology... see you all in a week!
is contemplating my blog
is too cynical
is listening to the Prez
is wondering why Jim wouldn't listen to the Prez
is facing the inevitable question: to Curves or not to Curves?
is watching NCIS. I guess the answer was "not to Curves."
is thankful for having a job
misses Theta Chi
is glad it's Friday
can't believe it's so cold
is playing in the dirt
is glad Mikey didn't die... yet
is thinking of maybe mowing the lawn after work
didn't mow the lawn
LOVES, ADORES, and generally WORSHIPS Fridays!
wishes LOST were on every night
is doing stuff
is back at work... and thankful for living in the US
is thinking this painting project will never end
is eating lunch and booking some face time... or facing some book time. No facebooking some time... timing facebook. Oh heck you know what I mean
is done with lunch - back to work
is going home
watching the news - can't believe how depraved people are
is listening to the rain
is... you don't want to know
is better
would rather be home
waiting for this coat to dry... then can put the furniture back... then do that last corner. Will it ever end?
checkin out the new home page
Painting is done! Headboard attached! Bed in place! Thanks, Whit! Now... declutter and redecorate?
absolutely nothing
HAPPY SAINT PATTY'S DAY!
to buy a mattress or not buy a mattress. THAT is the question.
finally got to see Slumdog Millionaire last night. What a great movie!
is sad that spring break is almost over... not that I got a break from work, but I did get a break from traffic and little munchkins at work
is thinking that all those air mattresses in the gym are sure going to make it hard not to steal a nap after lunch
I wish I could pop my neck like mom can
thinkin' it's time for bed.... soooo sleepy
It's warmer than I thought it would be today! Yeah!
ARGH!!! 1 - long day at work with limited internet access. 2 - phone message at home that yet another Curves that I go to is closing AS OF TODAY. 3 - Another fishy funeral... Mikey's dead!
just updating status
I was just going through suggesting friends for someone and kept running across Amy after Amy in my friends list. Reminds me of freshman year at McM when all those TIP pledges had to yell "Amy!" when they saw a member named Amy... and there were so many!
Half day Friday! Woohoo!
to sneeze or not to sneeze
back pain... ugh
Seems like a lot of people are having rough weeks and looking forward to the weekend... hope it gets better!
Migraine in the morning, hip pain in the afternoon... shouldn't I be too young for this??
Okay I'm going to stop complaining about pain.... starting..... NOW.
Trying to figure out whether Twitter is worth the tweet
Friday! Friday! Friday!
catching up on what's going on with people
I have wasted this WHOLE DAY. :)
Had a great day!
soooo sleeepy
is satisfied
laundry
home from the home tour... procrastinating
um... shouldn't this day be over already?
Give us green hands... give us green feet... let us mow the lawn when it's weeettt.... everybody sing now: O God, let us be... a generation that mows... that mows the lawn before now...
Eating Oatmeal. Playing with Photoshop (it is actually WORK).
So much to do before Houston... so little time!
Publisher just locked up and lost the print version of E-News. ARGH. Time for a FB break!
in Houston for the weekend
Found out why there are always furballs when I come home from work.... Mable digging in the shag rug. :)
Thanks to Wren and Rick for the afternoon Sonic run!
Just finished watching LOST... I'm so glad no one ever stays dead.
Enter my office at your own risk today
Sonic Diet Coke. Toblerone Dark Chocolate. Feeling better. But don't push it.
somebody threw up a bunch o' lazy dog in here
Home from the Catalyst conference... a lot to think about!
is it lunch time yet??
I was going to go to bed early tonight - what happened??
Really wish it were time to go home... can you tell?
eatin' pretzels
It's Friday! And it's a 3-day weekend! For the rest of the summer!
just finished up in the yard, showered, now going to run errands
watching Q&A with the pastors on live feed
getting ready for blessing of the pets
Back from Blessing of the Pets, Botanical Gardens, Sonic... pics to follow.
Watching Hitch... I forgot how funny this movie was...
Got a call from Mom and Dad... they'll be headed into Denali tomorrow morning. Sounds like they're having fun...
I'm really glad God doesn't go bankrupt.
Why, oh why, isn't this Friday??
Back to work after a nice long weekend...
mmmm..... salmon and asparagus....
just made a birthday wish for her 35th birthday.
Donni rocks for donating to my birthday wish!
What a great weekend! Started with a birthday surprise, ended with a trip to the Kimbell, with an awesome evening of symphony and fire works/lasers sandwiched in between!
tick tock... this day is forever long!!
TODAY is my birthday. I have only one birthday wish, please donate to OMEGA MISSION INTERNAT
Thank you all for your birthday wishes today! (My apologies if the automatic Cause updates drove you nuts like they did me.) And a shout out to Donni, Anne, Melburn and Brian who donated to Omega Mission... you guys rock!
It's VBS week at work and six dogs week at home. Friday can't come soon enough!
nap time!
It's Friday! Screaming children are going home... extra dogs are going home... nice, quiet weekend to come!
Dad just killed a huge wasp nest by my front door! I didn't even know it was there!
Remembering McMurry band moments while listening to the Boston Pops play Sousa
Celebrating "Everybody Pick on Kelly Inman"
Kenya tea time
baby lizards!!!
I forgot to tell Mable happy birthday this morning! She came to live with me 12 years ago today!
Anyone know of a good *free* online file storage/sharing service?
I want to be lazy... but these dogs refuse to do housework while I'm at work. So... off to do the laundry I guess.
Mable has a corneal ulcer
Welcome to the family baby Trey!!
just realized this makes Bob a GREAT-Grandfather!!
I was going to tackle the office today. So far... um no.
It wasn't supposed to get this hot today!
Jury duty tomorrow. Ugh. Ya'll let me know if I've complained about this enough yet.
Everyone in County Criminal Court #1 settled their issues without my assistance. Had lunch with Melinda. Back at work in time for a 1:30 staff meeting. Yeah!
Keegan has his driver's permit! Watch out world!
The church has a few Women of Faith tickets left!!! The cost is $75 for Friday evening and all day Saturday. August 21-22. Get yours ASAP - 817-481-2559!
Meg is scared - rain, rain, rain. Mable is uninterested - licking paws I'm signing off - taking a weekend off from the computer See you Monday!
Home from H town
Internet access is up!
I miss Bejeweled! :(
mmm... fried apple pie. bad me.
What if Bejeweled NEVER comes back? *gasp*
FB is painfully slow today!
Should be asleep... gonna watch Letterman first though!
working on slides for Sunday
uploading ss lessons
hungry
genealogy
done reminiscing now... gonna go do something productive... maybe.
ultimate cow tongue frisbee. only in texas.
took over an hour to get *most* of Meg's hair out of my car... even with the super-duper vacuums at the car wash...
gonna call it a day...
everything is relative... everything up for debate... everything "depends"
listenin' to the carpenters
thanks for the dc rick!
still listening to the carpenters...
relieved
anyone know how to hide all app updates on the fb home page?
Welcome to the family Flannery!!
had the best intentions this morning... so far nada
Another weekend gone and not much to show for it... but at least I have something clean to wear tomorrow. Just don't drop by the house. You'll have to fight the dust-bunnies for access to the couch.
All the staff ladies in the office this morning are wearing peach. We didn't even call each other!
Parental units come today
Today's my Friday... eek I have too much to do!
El Fenix, loong nap, now to go hear about Kenyan missions
M&D gone... just catching up on all the status updates. I don't know how you guys are old enough to have Kindergartners starting school today, much less 10th graders. I'm certainly not that old!
SWAMPED! Plus it's like a gazillion degrees in this office!
Vet says Mable is "past her expiration date"
stuffed up
lunch with Dana today!!
I would like my head to quit hurting now. Thank you.
There was a little glimmer of hope that it might be an ear infection, curable by antibiotics.... but no. I'm buying stock in Advil. Anyone in?
Kellie and I are prepping to head to Mesquite for Kenley's 6th birthday party! Camilla better have lots of pizza... I'm still hungry even after my oatmeal!
It was a good day. We were surprised to see a zebra in someone's backyard in Colleyville. If you're rich enough to own a pet zebra, you need to give some money away. Like to me.
Go grocery shopping... or not?
argh
ugh
I'm not cut out to be a maid. My feet hurt!
My house smells like dog. Uber dog.
I don't wanna go to bed cuz that means the weekend is over... *sigh*
Is it strange that I just had the sensation of wishing it were Christmas time?
Good meeting at work today... pay day... rain stopped... chicken express for dinner... doesn't get much better than that!
I have the song from the Early Show stuck in my head... a lot happens Early.
Two things I'm tired of: rain and headaches. Two things I'm ready for: to push "print" and vacation.
I hadn't planned to watch Survivor this season, but I seem to be doing it anyway...
Is anyone a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution? Opinions? Pros? Cons?
What to do, what to do....
My mind is on vacation, but my body is still at work.
Going to Cheddar's. Anyone wanna guess what I'm gonna order?
Is it naptime yet?
Greek Fest!
500 things to do in 5 days
three more days before vacation!
Last day of work! Then ROAD TRIP!
Calhoun, Georgia.
On today's agenda: courthouse, library, archives, Gideon land, Gideon cemetery, Fite cemetery
Forgot to take pics of Gus and Sugar... the Henderson's bloodhounds. They were happy for the opportunity to slobber all over me. :)
Today: Court house, library, Damascus church, New Echota, outlet mall, covered bridge, Dallas (GA) B&B
Had a big breakfast at the B&B, then headed to Douglasville. Douglas County Library. Now a nap (maybe?). Later a cemetery (maybe?). Food sometime.
Today we visited with Thelma Pate and visited the Oliver Gaines Barron homeplace. Cool.
Georgia Archives.
Today: driving.
Enough driving for today. Still feel like I'm moving, but I'm sitting on the bed.
Home to Texas today!!!
Home now. Back at work. Busy!
Mmm.... Starbuck's....
Thanks, Dr. Ratliff, for undoing the damage done by driving too much. I heart my chiropractor.
I have nothing to say.
Busy!!
Does anyone know if Christian Ministries (aka Religious Life) is going to have a reunion at homecoming?
Four more hours of work.... then ALA CUMBA!
McM wins. Tech wins. UT wins. Sounds like a good day for football... if you like that sorta thing. :)
Why do I always get stuffy when I come to Homecoming? Is it the motel room air? the bonfire air? am I allergic to Abilene??
home.
just the teensiest bit overwhelmed
Remembering sweet Maxine McGregor this afternoon...
What am I doing next weekend? Funny you should ask! Just hanging out with the girls... in New York.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Roses and thorns

So thanks to Lorie for this idea... she and her family share roses and thorns at dinner each evening. Well, those "children" with whom I eat dinner (i.e. dogs) can't share roses and thorns, so I'll just do it by myself on here! So for today... rose - new computer game (Age of Empires III). Thorn - got absolutely nothing done this evening! :)

Wonder what this will do?

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First test worked... status updates updated. Except it doesn't include blogger on status updates. So trying this... I think it should post everywhere (Blog, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter).