Wednesday, December 29, 2010



Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas To All!!!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

More Christmas Memories ....

Christmas sister Valina - about age 6-is opening her gifts so fast she not only tosses the tissue paper out of the box, but also the bathrobe wrapped in it. Oh, the LOOK on her face when she thought Santa given her an EMPTY BOX!!!

Every year I gave a tin of Christmas Goodies to the men in my family. Eddie always wanted/got Double Chocolate Brownies. Charlie always wanted/got Chocolate Oatmeal Drop No Bake Cookies. Daddy always wanted/got a Double batch of Fudge. And all three of them always got Peanut-Butter Pinwheels(also known as Potato Candy) along with the Chocolate delights they requested. Daddy always opened his- took out a piece of the fudge, set the tin down, finished the piece, took out another piece, got up and went down the hall, tin in hand. Came back five minutes later, empty-handed. Mom left one Christmas morning to see where he went... and came back laughing. Seems Daddy had went to the bedroom and locked the tin of goodies in his dresser!!! It was the only thing in his life he didn't offer to share with anyone.

My Mama always made the BEST Christmas Breakfasts. Every year she made up a big ole pan of home made HANDmade biscuits. I don't mean those cut out biscuits either, I mean the kind that you sift a big bowl of flour, scooped a handful of shortening, and added powdered milk and water to and squished together, mixing with your hands!!! Then you pinch off a good half-handful of that dough, roll'em into a ball and put it on a biscuit pan til the dough's all gone from the bowl. Then you flatten 'em out a bit and stick 'em in a HOT oven for about 30 minutes til they are pipin' hot and golden brown. Then you butter 'em and fill em up with some of that ham we had left over from Christmas Eve Dinner at Grandma's house. Sometimes she scrambled up some eggs too...most times, we just ate them with the ham or got the jar of home-made Blackberry Jelly or Strawberry Jam she put up back in the summer.

Ahhh...Wonderful Memories....more tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Memories.....

....Here's another that might make you laugh....

I had two brothers and two sisters growing up. Baby Bro, Charlie, and I were ALWAYS the first up(around 4AM) and would wake the entire house up to open prezzies!! Mom and Dad thought that once we all grew up and moved out they would FINALLY get to sleep late-imagine their surprise when that first year, both Charlie and I, with families in tow, pulled up in the driveway of their house at exactly the same time...4:20 in the morning..... and started ringing the doorbell. I can still see the grin on my Dad’s face when he opened the door!!! I still wake up at 4AM on Christmas Morning too!

Dec 20, 1860...South Carolina Announces Her Sucession From The Union.

There were many reasons for South Carolina's Secession from the Union...Slavery was just the one the Union chose to fixate on for their own reasons.

This pretty well sums it up.

If I hadn't worked last night and wasn't still sick, I would have written a damn good post about it- but this will have to do for now. I just couldn't let the 150th Year Anniversary go by without some sort of mention.

Yeah- I'm Southern, and Damn Proud Of it. I'm sure y'all will understand. I'm not trying to pick a fight with anyone- I just get a bit upset when someone tries to make it all about the slavery issue- when it wasn't, it was all about States rights.... Today it could just as easily be about the law requiring Motorcycle helmets being forced on South Carolinian's just because North Carolina has a law that requires them for everyone. State's Rights.

Okay- anyway, I'm off to bed now! Night Y'all!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Just In Time For Christmas...

After a particularly long and disgusting weekend of being deathly ill, I'm on the road to recovery.

It reminds me of another Christmas when I was sick....

My younger brother, Eddie, had gotten a "Tot-Rod" from Santa- and trying to make me feel better, Eddie let ME ride it before even HE rode it! A particularly fond Christmas memory of mine!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Doesn't Do It Justice...

Well, we finally got a tree up. I know I promised Clay in our last conversation that I would have a real tree from now on...but seeing as how we aren't having the get together here this year- and The house is so upside down from all the sorting and packing we're doing, and how we have hardly ANY room in our livingroom as well with our bed set up in there because it's the only room in the house that has heat...I think he would understand and forgive me.

The pic just doesn't do the tree justice. It's MUCH prettier than it looks in the photo.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's Baaaaaaaaaack!!!

After some Technical Difficulties and a reprint, Paul's book, The Restless Dead, is back and available for purchase. All profits made from sales until January 16th goes to the "Child's Play" Charity.

To read all about both The Restless Dead and Child's Play or to purchase The Restless Dead, Click HERE!!!

Many Thanks to all who buy it and have been supportive!!

Happy Holidays!!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

My Christmas Wishes...

On a different level..

I wish every homeless person had a safe, dry, warm place to live.

I wish all the hungry people in the world had food and didn't have to worry about where their next meal was coming from.

I wish every person had a job and wasn't on unemployment benefits....or at least could GET unemployment benefits if they couldn't honestly find a job.

I wish there were no cemeteries- I wish all our loved ones were with us still.

I wish people all got along. No arguing, no name calling, no bad feelings.

I wish there was no wars.

I wish............there was Heaven on Earth.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Remembering Clay....

Happy Birthday Doo. None of our lives will ever be the same without you here, Son.

You always made us laugh. And gave us hope when we couldn't see it. And you gave the best hugs. The last time we saw each other, we didn't hug when I left- we blew air kisses to each other because you was taking a phone call, trying to help out a friend...and I was on my way home to get ready to go to work that evening. We thought we would have a lifetime of being able to give each other hugs and kisses. Who knew your young life would be ending so suddenly such a short time later. Just two short days....But I remember one particular hug, a short time before. You and Frank had come to the house and just sat and visited for a couple of hours. And when you left, we hugged and it was a particularly long and tight bear hug and you said, "I love you, Sweetie. No Matter What." There was a reason that sweet moment stuck in my mind. And now I know why.

Because on days like today, when I cry and want one of those hugs so badly, I can remember....remember your happiness and contentment with your life. And remember that you will always be with me...No Matter What.

I still have your voice-mail from your phone stored on my computer...and sometimes I just sit and listen to it..over and over and over- just to be able to hear your voice again.
I miss you so much.

Happy Birthday Baby Boy.
I Love You A Million Bazillion -cause that's the biggest number a three year old could make up.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I'm Still Alive.....Barely.

So I'm slowly but surely recovering from my illness. Thank God.

Had some good news recently and that has made me both feel absolutely awesome- and a bit scared. I'm going to be trying something I've never done before. I'll tell ya what it is after I've done it, but I'm not ready to talk about it on here quite yet....not the time to tell the world, ya know?

Paul finally finished his NaNoWriMo deal and I've read it. It's awesome! Not at all what I thought it (as in the story) would be!!!

So I've decided to take a weeks vaca in Mid January to get some work done around the house. I haven't properly spring- cleaned since my dad passed in '05 and Clay in '07. Just haven't been in the right frame of mind to do that. Til now. And it's become a necessity recently. So I know I can't get any time off before the holidays are over- so I've decided Mid January will be the perfect time for it.

Anyway, That's all for now...Time to shoot off to work for 12 hours. Gee- that sounds like a LONG time, doesn't it? ...It usually passes quickly....Hope it does tonight, too!

Friday, December 03, 2010

I Dunno...

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Oh Goody.....

Well, back from Doc Visit....Bad ear infection in Left ear-woke up this morning almost completely deaf in it ..... and a lesser infection in the right one.
Got antibiotics and (something Paul has told me on several occasions that I have up to now just took with a grain of salt) I can't wear ear-buds IN my ears anymore- close to them or around my neck-yes- IN THEM...NO.

On the upside...No permanent damage done.
I think I need to LISTEN to my husband more often from now on.

Life goes On.....

Short & Sweet.....or Sick.

I've been sick since Thursday....Coughing, stuffy head, sneezing, RAW throat, achy all over, headache and, for the first couple of days, a low grade fever.

Worked all weekend anyway, and these past two days, have been in the bed mostly, sleeping it off.

I hate being sick.