Happy Father’s Day 2010.


1926 – 1998

My dad grew up on some farmland outside of my West Texas hometown.  When he was 18 or so, he drove a combine and helped other farmers harvest crops.  He saved money and bought acreage as he could.  After he and mom married, the Army wanted him.  He went to Camp Roberts in California for his basic training before going to Korea.

I love this picture of him as it shows a playful side I didn’t often see.  And by the time I can remember what he wore, he no longer wore jeans.  So to see him in these jeans and boots, playing footsies with the Pacific Ocean just makes me smile. Big time smile!  You can read more about  him here.

So Happy Father’s Day, Daddy.  You are still in my heart and I think of you every day.

P.S. I would encourage you to digitize your family’s old pictures and slides.  Doing this with my family’s slides has brought me hours of enjoyment and memories.  Digitizing your photos also makes it easier to share the pictures with other family members, make photo books for gifts, post them on Facebook, pass them on to future generations.  I use ScanDigital to work with my slides and photos.  I first found them through Groupon. If you haven’t started using Groupon, you should! Go here and sign up. They send you an email each weekday (sometimes on Saturday) that offers you great deals. Sometimes the offer is for something in a specific city, and sometime, like ScanDigital, it is for services that can be used anywhere. Even if you don’t live in a city where Groupon is offered, sign up for a city near you. You will still be able to use the Groupons that can be redeemed online. If you decide you want to use ScanDigital, I am pleased to offer a coupon for $20 off $100 of service. The coupon code is: Rf448378. {End of commercial}

All photos and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2010.

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Happy Mother’s Day.


Mom and LoneStarLifer (about age 7)

I have been working on getting all of my parents’ slides and old pictures digitized.  More about that in a later post.  While working on the slides, I came across this picture.  I don’t remember seeing this slide, though we often spent Saturday nights looking at slides projected on a wall and I thought I had them all memorized.  I was touched when I saw this picture, as I don’t have many pictures of me and my mom in a sweet moment.    I will be having this picture printed and framed to remind me of a more innocent time in my life.

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My mom

My mom is quite a woman.  She attended college and earned a journalism degree.  I’m not going to tell you what years, as a lady never tells her real age.  She moved far away from home, lived in a boarding house that Miss Lily ran, and wrote for a newspaper.  She later moved to the small town where my father was raised to work for the newspaper, dated and happily married my father.   He was soon drafted for Korea and they traveled to California and Camp Roberts.   She could type like crazy and was able to get a job while Dad was in boot camp.  When he went overseas, she came back to Texas.  I was born about a year after he returned home.  Hmmm….

She was the kind of mom that was always there when I was in school.  Every play, music event, piano recital, school assembly, she was there.  We were at church when the doors were open and the Lord was always present in our home.  When I was in high school she went back to work and started putting money away so I could go to the private university I wanted to attend.  She became the first public information director for the town’s brand new junior college.  She held that job for at least 20 years.  Because my mom can write, she’s been active and involved in several organizations over the years, historical associations in particular.  She has written multitudes of  newspaper and newsletter articles about historical houses, events, people.  She was the reporter that called in stories to the two nearest larger towns.  She and my dad were instrumental in getting several historical markers in and around town.  She wrote a very nice book about the history of my hometown and sold all the copies.  She has worked on and contributed to many other books about city/county history.  Even today she is still active with the writing and the historical events.  She recently flew to Houston for a convention and Little J and I got to spend some time with her at the hotel.

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I love how someone wrote "Our Treasure" on this picture

My relationship with my mom has been……well, you know, mother and daughter.  I spent many years being an ungrateful child and not giving her any credit for all she has accomplished.  But, of course, as I am aging and raising an energetic, lively child, I am growing to have more and more appreciation for how she has lived her life.  Over the years she has been there for my family and me time after time after time.  My dad has been gone for 11 years, she has battled serious illness twice, she has faced disappointment and loss, but she is like Timex.  Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

So Mom, Happy Mother’s Day.  I am grateful, appreciative, and honored to be your daughter.  Many many thanks for all you have done and continue to do to make my life better.

Mom and Dad

P.S.  Are you interested in getting your pictures, slides, home movies digitized?  I have used ScanDigital for those services and am very happy with their work and customer service.  (All the pictures in today’s post came from ScanDigital.)  I first found them through Groupon.  If you haven’t started using Groupon, you should!  Go here and sign up.  They send you an email each weekday (sometimes on Saturday) that offers you great deals.  Sometimes the offer is for something in a specific city, and sometime, like ScanDigital, it is for services that can be used anywhere.  Even if you don’t live in a city where Groupon is offered, sign up for a city near you.  You will still be able to use the Groupons that can be redeemed online.  If you decide you want to use ScanDigital, I am pleased to offer a coupon for $20 off $100 of service.  The coupon code is: Rf448378.  {End of commercial}

All photos and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2010.

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Moody Monday.


Monday can be the exciting start of a new week, or a bummer because the weekend was great and over too fast.  It can start slow until your first cup of coffee or you can hit the ground running.  Thus, my Moody Mondays.  I’m going to display a photograph that I’ve taken and you can comment on your mood as you study it.

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All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

Take a Hike, Ike!


Warning!  Ike is coming!

Warning! Ike is coming!

Officially, Hurricane Ike came ashore Saturday, September 13.  As far as I’m concerned, Ike started showing his fanny about noon on Friday the 12th.  Both Big J’s and my office were closed so we were home all day watching TV.  Phil Archer on KPRC Channel 2 was standing on the Galveston seawall, saying, “GET OUT!”  At noon the water was already beginning to surge over the seawall.  And then they would interview these people who said, “I’ve hunkered down through the other storms and I won’t leave for this one.”  Those are the people they later found in their homes (if they were lucky), guarding their precious stuff with their lifeless bodies.  We were far enough inland that the Gulf surge was not a concern or we woulda’ been out of there also.

Rescue helicopters flew over our house all day after the storm.  This one is refueling in mid-air.

Rescue helicopters flew over our house all day after the storm. This one is refueling in mid-air.

 We kept running to the dollar store to buy more batteries, water, paper plates, Ritz crackers.  It was weird what I ended up stocking the pantry with.  Stuff we had never eaten and weren’t going to eat.  We kept going outside to look at the sky.  We kept pacing because there was too much nervous energy running through us.  We kept waiting. 

Obviously not their first hurricane!

Obviously not their first hurricane!

 Around 8:00pm or so, the wind started picking up.  Psych was playing on TV.  Big J WENT TO BED.  And SLEPT.  Little J and I stayed up to watch TV.  We began losing electricity around 10:30pm and totally lost it after 11:00.  I finally convinced Little J to get on a pallet in our bedroom and he also slept.  Not me.  I was hearing every noise going on outside.  It was getting hot and stuffy in the house with no electricity.  I opened a window, but by then it was raining really hard so I could only crack it.  I had a battery powered radio on which I could listen to a TV band.  So I’m huddled in the recliner by the barely-open window, listening to the radio, hearing the wind grow more and more fierce while trying to catch a breath of air from the window.  After a while I started hearing branches snap.  I looked out the window just in time to see our back fence fall.  The house was creaking and crackling.

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I was the most scared I have ever been in my life.  At the point when the winds were the highest, I had the strangest feeling that this was the first time I had ever really had NO control over the situation I was in.  I prayed and handed it over and told God He was really going to have to take care of this as it was way too big for me!!  It also reminded me that we can be smart and have technology and electricity and computers and blah blah blah, but when Mother Nature gets ready to do her thing, we have to just step back and let her go!!!

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Sometime in the early morning hours the winds started to subside. And I started breathing again.  I stretched out on the couch and listened to the damage reports on the radio.  Big J FINALLY woke up and stumbled back in.  Little J slept through the whole thing.  After a long night, I finally went to sleep for a couple of hours.  When daylight came, we went out to inspect what Ike had wrought.  The street that leads to our house is covered by a tree canopy.  The street was carpeted with leaves. 

Big J walking on the carpeted street.

Big J walking on the carpeted street.

 It was a sight.  We had a pine tree in the front yard and it was standing, minus one large branch.  We took a stroll around our neighborhood.  Here’s what we saw.

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No electricity for a week.  We were lucky.  My boss was without for two weeks.  My office was open Monday.  There was some damage to the building, but not enough to keep people out.  I drove downtown each day with rollers in my hair, and I would put my makeup on and fix my hair when I got to the office.  Little J was out of school for a week, so it was kinda a bummer to go into work, but at least there I had air conditioning.  Some office buildings a few blocks over were out of commission for weeks.  I would take my laptop each day and charge it.  At night we would watch a movie until the laptop died, then go to bed as there was nothing else to do. 

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There was one good silver lining from this time.  Two or three nights we got together with good friends and put our food together.  I think we grilled one night.  We played games by lantern or large flashlights.  It was fun, in spite of the circumstances.  When one family got a generator, we thought we were in high cotton!

Little J cleaning up.  It was so humid and hot.  And no air conditioned house to back into after working.

Little J cleaning up. It was so humid and hot. And no air conditioned house to go back into after working.

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All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

Friday Faves. Yes, I’m still hearting Carnival Spirit Alaska.


Today’s Topic:

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I don’t know what was best…

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Having a different menu every night……

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Being able to order one or five appetizers…

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Having attentive, happy servers…..(sorry, no pics of the servers, too busy eating and watching glaciers out the dining room window)

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Leaving the tablesetting and dishwashing to someone else……

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Eating all the dessert I wanted…..

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All this was great.
But the best part was sitting with my guys and family at the end of the day,
sharing good food and stories of the day.

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Let’s have one more dessert before we close for the day.
I’ll have one more piece of that chocolate cake over there.

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All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

First Day of School.


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Third Grade. 2006.         
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          Fourth Grade. 2007.
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                                                                                                         Fifth Grade. 2008.         
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Sixth Grade. 2009.
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All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

Don’t Blink.


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I turned on the evening news
Saw a old man being interviewed
Turning a hundred and two today
Asked him what’s the secret to life
He looked up from his old pipe
Laughed and said “All I can say is”

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Don’t blink
Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you’re twenty-five
and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

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You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your “better half”
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you’re praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don’t blink

 

 

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I was glued to my tv when it looked like he looked at me and said
“Best start putting first things first.”
Cause when your hourglass
runs out of sand
You can’t flip it over and start again
Take every breathe
God gives you for what it’s worth

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Don’t Blink

 

Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you’re twenty-five
and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

j13Don’t blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your “better half”
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you’re praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think   J on train
So don’t blink

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So I’ve been tryin’ ta slow it down
I’ve been tryin’ ta take it in
In this here today, gone tomorrow world we’re livin’ in

 

 

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Don’t blink
Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

 

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Don’t blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your “better half”
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you’re praying God takes you instead

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Don’t Blink.

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 Happy 12th Birthday, Little J!!!!

 

Don’t Blink written by
Casey Michael Beathard
Chris Allen Wallin
Performed by Kenny Chesney

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.