Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Precious Memories

Memories are an amazing things. They can bring about laughter, joy, and happiness. They can also bring about feelings of sadness, hurt and longing. Our memories often effect our days. I have to say that my good memories far outweigh the bad.  September 17th was the fifth anniversary of my grandfather's passing. There is not a day that goes by still that I don't think of him. Most of those times I smile, but sometimes I cry. I miss him so much. I decided to write this post just to share with you a few memories of my loved ones that I have. I cling to these good memories because they remind me how important being with family really is.

I can remember sitting on the porch with my Granny Sadie snapping beans and shucking corn.  I think I was maybe 6 or 7 years old. I can still see it in my mind. We would just work the day away while all her cats, she had about 5 or 6, would rub around your feet wanting to be petted. I remember going to see her everyday after school when she was sick and making sure she had taking her medicine. She passed away when I was 12 and I wished we could have had more time together.

My Pa Woody and Granny Sadie
Thinking about Granny makes me look back and think about my Pa Woody. He would sit on the porch while we worked the day away. He would play his banjo or tell tall tales to us kids.  I remember the year we got him his own liars license at the beach. He thought that was the best thing ever. He even framed it and hung it up on his bedroom wall. He was such a cracker jack.

I remember going to my Grandma Eva's everyday after school with my cousin Shane.  Both of our moms worked and she would babysit us every afternoon. She always fixed us fried bologna and cheese sandwiches and let us watch Inspector Gadget.  Whenever we had a stuffy nose or cough her go to cure was to rub Vick's Vapo Rub on our chest and under our noses. At first we fought it,but we soon learned Grandma was going to have her way. I remember that at night she would use Oil of Olay on her face and that I would sneak and put some on my face when she wasn't looking.

My Grandma Eva 

I think of my Aunt's Shirley and Gertie. They were always willing to help when we needed something and our family gatherings where so much fun with them around. One time a bird got in my grandmas house and was flying all around my Aunt Shirley and she just fell in the floor to get away from it. I remember my Aunt Gertie once singing Here comes Peter Cottontail, and the whole time she was hopping along. I got her on video doing that, it is hilarious to watch. I really wish I had the video on my computer to share with y'all, but it is on one of those old fashioned tapes.

My Aunt Shirley and my oldest Grace when they were both battling cancer. 

I remember my Uncle Lee playing his guitar and singing at our Christmas gatherings. He was so talented and had a true love for the Lord.  Unfortunately I was unable to locate my pictures of Uncle Lee. I put them away for safe keeping and now I can't find them.

My Uncle Harvey had this laugh that you could pick out of a crowd and no matter how old I was he still had trouble pronouncing my name. It was an inside joke for us.

My Uncle Harvey and me when I was about 5

My Uncles Wayne and Billy were twins and both loved coffee. My Mama says that is where I get my coffee addiction gene from.  Uncle Wayne used to send me to the store when I was a little bitty girl to buy his Lucky Strike cigarettes. I still remember it like it was yesterday.

My Uncle Wayne is in the back with the blue shirt and Uncle Billy is beside him.
The next row is my Granny Sadie, Aunt Vera, Uncle Junior, and Aunt Mary.
My Daddy and Aunt Carolyn are in front.
(My Uncle Lee is not pictured)
I am so glad and thankful for all the memories I have of loved ones that have gone on. That I can look back at my life with them and find something to laugh and be happy about.  Loving and knowing someone gives you all those memories and times to look back on.  It is the ones that you never got to know and love, the ones you have no memories or only sad memories to look on that really hurt (I am thinking of my babies with this).  When I am feeling down or just have a lot on my mind I often think  about my childhood and all the happy times we had and in an instant I am feeling better. I am basking in the love that was shown toward me and all the good times we had.

People often comment on the vacations we take and how much they must cost us. Yes, they do cost quite a bit, but we save each year to pay for them and I don't regret a single one. As a matter of fact our oldest just informed us that she wants a trip to Scotland for graduation and I am doing all I can to make that happen. (Thankfully she is willing to take a Disney Cruise as a backup trip and I am perfectly ok with that too.)  We have made so many wonderful memories with our children. That is why I vacation, It is to spend time with them and make as many memories as possible. Our oldest is two years from college and I don't know how many family times we have left together, so I am making the most of the time we do have, creating precious memories for them to look back on and cherish for the rest of their lives.


"That's my 'two-cents worth', what's yours?"

Saturday, November 12, 2016

What Happens Now?

Now that the election is over you would think things would be back to normal. On one hand there are no more political ads, phone calls or flyers in my mail box and I say, "Praise the Lord for that!". When I, a very political person, feels it is out of control then you know it is. I was hoping that life would go back to its normal state after it was all over, but I should have known better.

I have been thinking back to eight years ago and four years ago when Barack Obama became our President elect.  I remember the next day being sad and disappointed, but I got up and went about my normal everyday life. I never went out and attacked people. I never went out and burned my city to the ground. I never went out and destroyed other people's property. I just got up and continued on with my life. I continued to pray for the safety and well being of our country. I prayed for President as I have always done.  

I never needed a safe space, a therapy dog, group hugs, or crayons to express my feelings.  I didn't sign up for support groups or counseling. I didn't need to. You see, I am a grown up, mature woman. I am not a whiny little cry baby that throws a tantrum when she doesn't get her way.

When I see all these protesters, some who are paid and others who are just blind to the truth, displaying themselves in such a fashion it only confirms what I already knew. Somewhere out there are parents and college professors who are raising a generation of Feminazi women and emasculated men.  They want the women to be masculine and the men to be feminine.  News flash: I can get a lot more done by being a woman than I can by acting like a man. There is so much I can say on this matter, but I will save that for another post.

Back to what happens now. I believe a series of several things need to take place.

1. Our current President needs to go on the news and tell the protesters that the election is done, there is nothing they can do to change the matter and they need to cease and desist. He talked about a peaceful transition of power, but his words do not match his actions. He must condemn what is going on and demand an end to this violence.

2. The news media needs to stop showing these riots and giving these people attention. They also need to stop the race baiting.  They just keep talking about how white America voted for Trump. How this election was a white lashing. How men turned out to vote for Trump. They need to tell the truth that people of both genders and all races voted for him.

3. Hillary Clinton needs to do the same as the others. She needs to stand up, condemn what is going on and demand the violence to stop. 

4. And the rest of us need to be on our knees praying everyday, multiple times a day for the violence to end and for the success of our President Elect.  We need to grasp the fact that if Trump is successful then America is successful. We prayed during the election and now is not the time to stop. We must do as Paul the Apostle taught us, " We must pray without ceasing!" (1 Thessalonians 5:17) 

Do I honestly believe that things will settle down? Yes I do. I believe that in time, even if the things I suggested do not take place, things will settle down. I know people are hurt and disappointed. For some people this was their first time being able to vote and I understand the pain they feel.  It was the exact way we felt both times that Obama was elected.  This election was not about male America versus female America. This election was not about minority/immigrant America versus white America. This election was not even about Democrat America versus Republican America. This election was about hard working, patriotic America versus free loading/it's all about me America.

 In 1961 John F. Kennedy made his inaugural speech and the most famous line was, "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."   I honestly believe that we have left that ideal behind and embraced the opposite, "ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you?" and that my friends is a sad, heartbreaking state to be in. 

"That's my 'two-cents worth', what's yours?" 

Friday, November 4, 2016

The case AGAINST Hillary Clinton

I have two words to explain my case against Clinton: Supreme Court!

How could I willingly support or vote for her simply based on this fact? To much is at stake in our country's future for me to support her as my choice. I know we live in a free country where we are able to make the choice of who will be president (or at least they want us to believe that we do). I was already questioning our political process, but this year has made me look even closer at the out in the open bias that our media outlets show to the Clinton's. It is almost as if we are already living in a socialist nation where the powers that be are running everything.   Now back to the Supreme Court. First off I have to remind my readers that the justices are not elected but are appointed, meaning there are only two ways they leave the bench, retirement or death. With the passing of Justice Scalia this year that left an open conservative seat on the bench. I say Conservative because that is what Justice Scalia was. In the next four years the president will have the chance to appoint two maybe three new justices to the court, if Hillary is that president she will appoint liberal justices who will work to change the way our country is run.  I want to see Roe v. Wade overturned. I want to see a marriage amendment that supports traditional marriage. I want to know that our Second Amendment right is protected. I want to know that my First Amendment right of free speech is protected.  I see so much from the left that if you don't agree with them you are wrong and they want to remove our rights to say what we think if it is disagreeable to them.

The Supreme court is not the only issue. There is the fact that she is also a liar, a murderer, a thief and unfit to serve. She denied four Americans protection which resulted in their deaths, then lied about why they were killed and said, "What difference at this point does it make?"  She sent emails that were pertinent to our national security over a private server and then tried to cover it up. She is blaming everything that is not right with her campaign on Russia, which is the dumbest move ever. Apparently I was wrong when I assumed she was smart enough not to poke the bear.

Almost everyone I know is voting for and supporting Trump, but the few who are voting for Hillary have two reasons why.

 The first, she is a woman. To me that is not a justifiable reason to vote for someone. That is like saying I am going to eat four gallons of ice cream at one time. I know it is bad for me, will make me sick and most likely help make me fat, but I love ice cream so I am going to do it anyway. Both ice cream and Hillary are bad for you.

 Second, they want to keep and I quote, "getting their free stuff and getting even more free stuff."  We have raised a generation of entitled idiots! Yes, you read that right. I said IDIOTS! All they ever do is run around hollering about free insurance, free college, free phones, free everything. When will they realize that free isn't exactly free.  Just because they are getting it at no cost doesn't mean it didn't cost something. There are men and women out there who are working fifty and sixty hours a week just to make ends meet and provide for their families. Why you might ask do they have to work that much? Because their taxes are so high each week. Why are they paying such high taxes? Because someone has to provide this stupid, moronic generation with their "free" stuff.  See what I mean. Free is not really free.  What are they going to do when the majority of the nation is no longer working, so no longer paying taxes to provide all this "free" stuff.  Then we will be able to say welcome to the United Socialist States of America.

"That's my 'two-cents worth', what's yours?"