Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Talkies! Grandsons...but NOT the Robot!

Peter is a baby in this video, and Trey is three +.  Earlier in the morning Trey and I had watched a Mr Rogers show. Mr Rogers went to a robot factory and later in the show he talked about "The Clapper".  Thus, Trey's fascination with robots and mine with the clapper!

As per Peter's instructions...Press Play! Press Play!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Oh how I tried...

Oh how I've tried, I really really tried. Three days straight of trying to get Lily's video up. That video just does not want to load. Now I am just going to have to get that precious baby back over here and make myself a new video to upload. The trials and tribulations of Sush. 
Actually any excuse to invite Lily over to play can't be so bad, now can it? 

So Lily, I know we can do this...get a video of you up and running on Sush's 'blob', but it is going to take another round of 'smile Lily'...are you ready for that?

I love you a bushel and a peck...smile Lily!

Ninety Years Young Happy Birthday Aunt Beverly

Wow...ninety years of living a beautiful life. Today Aunt Beverly is ninety years young! Steve has travelled to New Orleans to celebrate this significant occasion. A party was planned, but Aunt B, is in the hospital. So the key members of the celebration, Aunt B and other family members will celebrate in a more sedate manner in the hospital room. Not a day to be overlooked no matter where the birthday girl may be.

Here's to a wonderful Aunt and a wonderful life...hope you feel better in record time!

Loves, Loves, Loves....

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Flies On The Wall

Thank you first of all to my grandson Trey for starring in this video. I believe this video is about two years old or so...
This posting is for my sisters who have said they wished they could be flies on the wall at our dinner table. It's not the real deal, but it is close enough!

Go Tim...still working on getting my Lily video up and running! 

To quote my grandson Peter, 'Press, play...press play'!

Gene,Jr~Dad~Paw Paw

My father-in-law's birthday is today. I celebrate the life of a wonderful and generous man. 

A man that gave his service to his country in WWII, and a true hero. Dad was a wonderful example for his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren for his life of dedication to God, family and work. 
I know he is in a better place but his presence here is missed each and every day.
We love you Dad, Happy Birthday...

PS Steve, maybe when you return from Aunt Bev's birthday celebration you will do a 'Guest Posting' on your Dad for me?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ladies Night...Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

For my non Cajun French speaking friends and family...before you correct the spelling in my title, read this~ laissez les bons temps rouler: Cajun expression for "let the good times roll": not used in proper French, and not generally understood by Francophones ...

Now that the boring explanation is over let's Roll the Good Times!

It was a night for celebration. The birthday girl, Laura, was ready to put on her party hat and celebrate. It was time again for 'me and my gang', to have some 'us' time. We went just around the corner but it felt worlds away from anything other than fun! 

What was important and special was connecting again with friends that have been friends for the majority of our adult lives. 

Yes, this is the group I shared with you before in the posting, You've Got To Have Friends.

We had another night of sharing, laughing and just letting go of troubles and concerns! In fact we like to start some trouble at times...! These are my Ya Ya's. Love, caring and fun, those are the words I think of when I think of these ladies.   

So it was a great night. A wonderful celebration and I am ready to do it again. Jeannette, I believe you said Cuban food for your birthday! Habla Espanol!
Loves to my gal pals!
Remember when...?

We weren't going to win any fashion awards, but after days of kids home from school for Snow Days...no one cared. Time to head over to get Laura and then away to
a n y where

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mystery Question

Let's stump the band! Well, not really the Band, but the family...

Who knows where this road leads? Not fair to scroll down to the bottom of the post before you finish reading and viewing in order. The blog author knows all...sees all!

OK here is another picture that may make it easier

But seriously? I am just giving this away!

Did you get it ? Does this help more? Or should I just come out and tell you?
Sally what do you think?

The old well ring any bells??? LOL I am a poet and oh how I know it!

So, for those who may not have guessed it. Or the next generation of readers that never were there...the answer is Cherry Valley Farm, Covington, GA. The working farm, 150 acres total, of Bet and Mac. Or if I were to use their 'given' names. Elizabeth Ann  and George Porter. (Last names intentionally omitted by the author.)My maternal grandparents.
 I use the term working farm loosely. They had cows and a bull...Mike the Bull. Remember feeding 'Baby' the calf a bottle? I do. And then there were those walks up to the RR tracks and putting a penny on the track? We would dash back down the hill and watch the train go by. After the train passed we would run up the hill and be oh so excited when we found them smooshed flat in the gravel by the tracks.When our visits were the same as his we would go riding in the jeep with Uncle Caulk, my Mom's brother. We all belted out 'The Old Gray Mare'!

After Mac died, Gramma had the farm turned into a tree farm. The first three pictures are from the tree farm days. Tall pines growing densely on property that was once so open you could see forever. The state would harvest what they needed and then plant more to replenish the crop. Very good business for Bet her daughter, my Mom worked out. They leased the land to hunters during hunting season and Bet kept an orange vest to wear if you wondered very far from the house.

When I went to school in Atlanta, Bet would come get me some Fridays so I could spend the weekend with her. Covington was about 45 minutes away from Atlanta back then. I have no idea how long it takes to get there now.  Remember Alcovey Road? That was the road you turned onto before turning onto their property. Anyway, when Bet would rescue me from school we would stop in Atlanta and she would pick out cookies and other deli delights for the weekend. I'm afraid Bet knew as much about cooking as my Mom. Umm, probably less...Gramma, my mom, could broil a steak and make fricasse chicken and potato salad that was out of this world!

The picture of Sally and Bet is back when it was a farm with cows, and horses (two). Thunder and Lightning were their names. Well, maybe not original but cool sounding to kids! 
There was a watering pond for the cows and horses. On some Sundays one of the local Churches would use the pond for baptisms. All together now, ewwwwww! 

Mac's brother Donald, and his wife Aunt Gertruda, lived not far away in Milledgeville, GA. Uncle Donald was retired then, but he had been President of  Emory University in Milledgeville. They referred to it in Atlanta as Little Emory! Each summer  visit to Bet and Mac  included a Milledgville visit at least once and sometimes more. They had a friend, an elderly lady we would visit at the same time. Her name was Miss Thankful. How Southern can you get? I do believe she was blind, but I may be remembering some other friend of thiers. Siblings in the know feel free to correct me in the comment department.

I guess I should have told my dear readers from the beginning that Mac and Bet retired to Covington, GA. They lived in Grosse Pointe, Michigan up until their retirement. Bet's sisters and brothers were still in Grosse Pointe.

So here's to the first to click in with the right answer. Your prize is a functioning brain. Not all of us are so lucky!

From Bet's lips to your ears...

Loves, Loves, Loves

or as many in New Orleans would say
 My hand to Gawd!

Monday, March 22, 2010

And So She Scanned...

Guess who got her scanner up and running...LOL well let me rephrase this. Guess whose daughter got her Mother's scanner up and running? Okay, Elise...credit where credit is due!

So I will post a few pictures today specially for my siblings. I am told they are  happy to have a 'Scrapbook' of sorts to view our parents when they were happy and healthy. Isn't that the best way to remember everyone? So break out the kleenex, sibs. I am doing my best to help share memories and photos of happy times, but I still get teary eyed when I write. Happy tears, yes? Well, some sadness too, I suppose. For what was...but can't be again.

My readers who are not siblings...please indulge our sentimental feelings...

This is for Sally...remember when you and Mom and Dad waved my family off to the wilds of North Cackalacky way back when? You were doing your best to keep me from crying...sorry  it was a great laugh but I still had tears in my eyes!

And Sally, this is how SYC is supposed to look...the photo is for all of us!

A Man and his boat...it makes me happy seeing him on his boat, knowing how relaxed he always felt on his Fair Lady...whether the Rhodes 19 or the Cal 25!

A funny story goes with the picture below. Daddy and I always had this thing going, you know...the LSU vs Tulane rivalry thing? He was a very good sport one Christmas to wear this bumper sticker I got him! He dressed up with his Christmas Cracker hat and surprised me as I was coming out the front door to head back to NC. I have even enlarged it on the site here so you can see the words...
Tulane Happens! And by the way...anyone else digging his 'jumpsuit'?

 Aimee, I sent you home with the enlarged rendition of your Weddding photo here, but I think we all enjoy it blog size as well. This deserves to be enlarged as much as the Tulane Happens picture...

Bill, this shot of you and Daddy and Mom's 70th, makes me smile every time!

I am not sure who I have to thank for this picture of Mom but isn't it just so her? I think this is where I started feeling like I could sign 'Sush the Great'...from 'Peckie the Great'! A girl's gotta have that ATTITUDE!

I know Daddy would raise his glass to that photo, that woman and that attitude, just like he did at their fiftieth anniversary!

And at Steve and Terri's wedding, July 24, 1999 they were still dancing and having fun! Don't they just make the happy couple?

No matter what is on the door now or what was on it then, at 5910 Memphis

Who I picture standing in front, looking just like this, are these two cherished and loved parents...

Happy Days...Happy Times...Happy Us!

We'll always have what it takes to be a Church...I started training Elise at a very young age!
Oh no, I Diddnnn'ttt!!!...LOL...Oh Yes I DID!!!

PS More pictures to come, but I am thinking I need an external hard drive or my Apple gurl will run out of space...so many photos so few bytes...get it Apple...Bytes? AH HAHAHAHA...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Love Is In The Air

Happy Anniversary Lisa and Tim! What a beautiful day for an anniversary! What a beautiful year ahead. A precious baby girl Lily to share your happiness and love. What a blessing for all! On this very special date, I gained a daughter and celebrated my son's happiness! I am so proud of you two and all you have accomplished in your six beautiful years together.

Doesn't it feel like yesterday? It does to me. I remember the fun we had at the Rehearsal Dinner.

It was so delightful to see you two glowing with happiness. Your parents, family and friends happy to witness your love for one another. Tim wondering what toasts were to come...
Then on this date, six years ago we watched you in your first dance together as husband and wife...everyone raised our glasses to toast the happy couple.


A lovely wedding for two very loving and special people...

Enjoy your day...OH HAPPY DAY!

Loves, Loves, Loves today and tomorrow and forever...
Your journey is just beginning, a story still unfolding. I am enjoying my ringside seat...

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Grandsons Are Coming!!!

Yep, you saw the title. I am so happy my boys are coming over. It is all part of a Mom hoping to help give their parents some respite. See, Steve Jr, had his wisdom teeth removed yesterday. He is doing fine with the excellent care and love from Terri. Having taken care of recovering tooth removal patients, and been one, I thought I might offer my services, and yes, get in on some fun myself.

I have heard they are as excited as I am about Aunt Elise being here too. She lends a more youthful hand in keeping up with the next generation of boys. 

So Peter, come on out of the hidy hole... 
Trey, hop up off the sofa...
Come as you are...

The Happy Meal Grandparents and your fun loving Aunt are ready for some fun!

Steve and Terri rest up...they will be returned! And your duties will need to be resumed...
Or, I mean we could work out a longer visit...but then I think you will be wanting them back...sigh.