the first cool day of fall

yes, yes, months have gone by since i have written here…

busy woman i be, enjoying life and enjoying family and friends…

always music, poetry, creative people around, makes me a happy woman…

yesterday is was 88, unusually high for late October here in TN but that has been the norm…

today so far we have made it to 57 degrees, got wonderful raindrops that were much needed…

hope you enjoy this beautiful day and enjoy your lovely fall…where ever you may be…

and know that i am thinking of you and wishing you well…take care and please, always be kind…


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Grandbaby in college

I have to give a shout out to miss Phoenix Joe Mailyn…

She started her first week long classes at Carson-Newman College here in Jefferson City…

She worked hard to earn every penny of her tuition, she’s so excited to get to attend and learn…

And oh yeah, she just turned 12 on July 5th! My first grandchild in college, even if it is a week!!!!!

SMILE…now you others, pay attention, want to write about YOU next! Sarah, Alex, Ethan, Quinn….

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lordy mercy!!! it’s been forever!!!

i knew it had been awhile since i’ve written here, didn’t realize almost 3 months!

robin started tomatoes back in december and has been babying them all winter and spring.

she brought me two, some hot peppers, bell peppers, sage and basil starts.

i thought it was cool, all the tiny herbs were living and growing  in toilet paper rolls

folded on the end, filled with dirt and one plant each…it worked GREAT!!!

that girl does recycle and reuse many things, she’s such a “green” girl, it makes me smile

i bought 3 rose of sharon plants…planted mine in my biggest pot, yellow snapdragons on the 4 corners

gave one to phoenix and one to quinn, the plants will grow right along with them! planted by driveway

mine has been blooming about a week now, beautiful purple flowers with red and creme colored centers

let’s see, what do i have growing? livingroom windowbox, red and white begonias…incense and shell, Sullens plaque

then a stand with strawberries, babies hanging down the sides, hanging basket of spider plant, making flowers, soon babies

under it are the hot peppers, have 1 jalapeno almost ready to pick, plants are still tiny…then basil in the middle, bell peppers on the other side

i have always topped my bell peppers, but i sure made a mistake this year, they not only didn’t bush out, they quit growing all together! HELP!

then in the corner of the porch sits my big pot of rose of sharon in the center, 4 corners of yellow snapdragons, starting to collect seed

next is a robin tomato, roma, in the green pot with the spout on the bottom, next to it, the other roma in a black grow bag, quinn sticks as stakes, MT tie holding them

above that is a bird feeder, great bird view from the livingroom…a basket of pink petunias are next, been gathering seed, too, this heat, they keep seeding

and in the middle, next is a hanging basket of angel wing begonia, half the pot yellow flowers, other half red…really pretty dark wings

then a purple petunia, which has held on better than many in years, it’s been so hot and dry they keep seeding, so i keep gathering and watering

got these plants from the local FFA at the high school on the corner of Dumplin’ Valledy Road…they did a GREAT job this year on their plants! THANKS! smile

under the baskets on the porch are a pot of white sage, then red salvia, a biggest pot of all color impatients, they are finally looking better, got stunted by cold early

then i have a basket sitting on the porch of a spider plant with variegated leaves, the two spider plants are several years old, so happy to be outside on the porch!

nest is a basket of a very unusual cactus that got gifted to me from Judy Lynn and Hippyman in Hudson FL when they came to visit with Mathias several years ago

beside the pole, i’ve cleared a small patch to walk thru…i have Mimi’s mom, Mary crystals, a suncatcher made by Lucy and one from MT, 2 wind chimes and another bird feeder.

under these i have bulbs i tried to force in the winter, now planted and hope to bloom, don’t even remember their names, came from burpee seeds!  purple flowers! hahaha

beside it, a pot of white and red impatients, coming up volunteer is a sunflower…next a pot of rosemary makes me and everything smell so good! it’s happy there

then the gardenia plant that MT got me, some of the dirt was left over and now i have 2 moss roses blooming and a small coleus is starting to grow with them

then a red chrysanthemum, unusual flowers, pretty clusters, it’s growing in the terra cotta pot that phoenix painted all over for me several years ago…

then the pot of wonderful tasting, kentucky colonel spearmint…it’s unusual as the leaves are fuzzy…but it sure give a half gallon of tea such a sweet flavor!

up on the table at the dining room window are a window box of cocks combs, not happy since cat knocked pot to the porch…change dirt, new home maybe?

on the table is a copper pot with one single red begonia in it, had 1 left over and it’s happy and full of blooms…my hens and chicks take up one round pot of rocks

the rest are growing on a cookie sheet…them and a touch me not that came up to join them…saw some tiny little shamrock plants are starting to grow there too

i have no outside spicket, so i have 2 cloth carry bags, i use 1 gallon and 2 qts size bottles, fill at the sink, get them all full, then take them to the front door

open up the screen and prop it open, reach around and sit the bags of water to the left of the door, back around and wheel over the stoop out onto the porch.

it takes 2 trips to give everyone a good drink, i enjoy the sweet smelling flowers, the herbs, peppers, tomatoes and watching the birds enjoy their food

they will come up close to me, i talk to them, yes, i’m the crazy lady up on the hill that burns sage and prays for trees! haha somebody has got to do it! smile

thanks for rolling along…time to go rattle some pots and pans in the kitchen…830pm and getting hungry! have a most wonderful day and soak up some sunshine! smile

but i must say, Thank you Creator for the raindrops you sent my way this afternoon…it was wonderful and very much appreciated! love one another! take care bye bye

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april is spinning by

how fast can this old world turn?

april just got here and now it’s half gone.

more than half, actually, as it is 4/20

yes for those in the know, this buds for you! smile

funny i went for 20 years not knowing this fact.

the things you learn from your children! smile

hope you all have a GREAT day! SMILE

gonna go roll thru the garden and smell the flowers!

i am truly a happy woman! big big SMILE


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me, myself and i

i love life, i love my family, i love my friends

sometimes folks get too overbearing in my life

trying to control my thoughts, my actions, my days and nights

i do wear my heart on my sleeve, but that’s ok, it fits well there

but don’t try to control me, my thoughts, my desires, my way of life

i enjoy an encouraging word, but not to be talked down to because i speak the truth

if you want to enjoy a life with me, come be with me, and we’ll enjoy life together as one

if not, then keep your opinions of my thoughts and my actions to yourself, where they belong


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i have sprung forward, no wait! that was a clock!

time….it keeps marching on….i say slow down time, but no, not gonna happen…

i took off my watch when i turned 40…never to wear another one again…great decision!

i have one hanging on my wall, my clock sits still at 12:30, has not been plugged in for years…

it’s nice to be at a time in my life where i don’t have to run and jump for time anymore…

when i get hungry, i eat, when i get tired, i lay down…the sun comes up, the sun goes down…

i get to enjoy the night sky, the twinkling stars, planets, visiting with Grandmother moon…

what freedom that is!  in one respect and knees keep me from freedom in another respect…

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60….going once, going twice……

i have a habit of telling folks the day before their birthday, this is the last day you’ll ever be ?? years old

well, today is that day for me…the last day in my whole life that i will ever be 60! smile

and today is a beautiful day in the smoky mountains of east TN…sunshine, blue skies, 65 degrees!

i was born in GA on my momma’s birthday, her name was Ollie. 03/07/27 and me at 03/07/55

my momma became an angel on 12/10/15…i miss her, but so happy she’s not suffering anymore.

“be happy, be happy, be happy”…she made sure we could understand those words our last visit…

all of her family had beat her to heaven, her daddy Ollie, her momma Eula, brothers Roy and Ralph and sister Modean

so now her childhood family is back complete…so many angels we know, so many angels we love…our hearts are full…

have a wonderful birthday, Momma! and know that i always love you madly! SMILE thanks for always sharing our day…

thanks for the love……….

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Happy Birthday Martha! 02.29.16 on this Leap Day 2016

Happy Leap Day to one and all…we get an extra day to love! SMILE

I must send a shout out to my sweet baby sister…her name was Martha.

Martha Ann Smith Al-zeer…she was married to Ibi…he was from Saudi Arabia.

They met as college students and fell in love…they were a GREAT couple.

Martha was 1 year younger than me…and she was born on a leap day!

The only leap-year baby I  have ever known! Another pisces, oh lawdy!!

She would be 15 today! I’ve known and loved her since high school…

I loved her Mama, her crazy Daddy Ed and even little brother and big sister.

Many a time, I turned into their driveway to visit and pick her up to go ride around.

That’s pretty much what you did in Monroe, GA, was ride around and listen to music.

I got to know Martha more when she lived in her Condo just outside of Atlanta.

We’d visit each time we came from Missouri to Georgia, our children loved playing in her pool…

You could always tell her place as each step going up had pots of beautiful flowers blooming!

Her home was always like a jungle…inside and out, sometimes even a HUGE raft could be found!

We got the pleasure of listening to her neighbors practice music quite often, it was Collective Soul.

She told me they were kinda religious guys, but sure were pretty and their music was kick ass!!!

Come to think of it, Martha was the one that turned me onto ZZ Top too! Down at Lynn Peters’ dads BBQ joint.

Martha and I always seemed to live many states apart, her in Georgia and then in Arizona and Florida, too.

I was in Florida, Colorado and then Missouri too. She came to visit us the most on the Bado farm in MO.

Her and sometimes we even got to play with her Daddy, Ed. He was quite the character, full of jokes and tales.

And when 2 crazy guys robbed and stabbed her at her condo door, she came to stay with us about a month or so.

It gave her time to heal, we loved having her there, were so thankful that she was tall and the stabs didn’t end her life.

Yes, she was very tall and I was very short, our weights always alternated between thick and thin but that was fine.

We loved each other with all our hearts, she loved Darlin’ too and loved all my children…she loved being Aunt Martha.

We were also pen pals and wrote crazy letters and postcards from all over the world to each other, about once a month.

She was thrilled when her and Ibi took their trip to Greece and many more countries, I can’t recall them all…Great fun!

She was living in FL, Boynton Beach the last letter I got from her…She went to sleep on her couch and never woke up.

An new angel was born. Her ashes were placed near her Mama…so she could forever  hold her in her loving arms…

Her older sister, Joyce, let us have a few things that were hers. I am sitting here looking at her sunshine and moon box.

Only the sunshine on the bottom shows the true colors, the top and sides have worn down with use for many years now.

Darlin’ joined Martha as an angel in 2003…I think she loved him almost as much as I did…we were very close, I’d be happy to share.

So sweet girl, enjoy your birthday today, CRANK UP the tunes in heaven, hey, you’ve got the good musicians, let them play on.

Happy 15th birthday…I mean lordy, even my granddaughter, Sarah is older than you now!!! SMILE…you age quite well, my dear.

Thanks for all the crazy memories, all the love, laughter, music,  hugs and tears we shared together! Thanks for being my best friend!

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February 27, 1978 and February 27, 2016

I never realized…until just now… it just hit me like a ton of lead…

I enjoyed 27 years with my dear Darlin’, 24 married, first 3 just for fun.

And we were married on February 27th… I had never realized…both 27

That date has been a day of bittersweet memories since Darlin’ passed in 2003

But now it comes to life again! February 27, 2016 will be a GREAT day in Georgia!

My dear friend Peachy’s daughter, Erin is marrying a wonderful guy named Colin…

Hang on, this gets even more freaky with numbers…

Colin was born on my birthday, March 7th…not sure of his year

And they will be married this Saturday, February 27th, the same day as Darlin’ and I

How fantastic!!! New love, new memories, makes me shake my head in wonder!

And it makes me SMILE….. with love…..Congrats you two! Love, Auntie C

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Joemas 2016

Happy Birthday in heaven, Darlin’ (01.22.55 – 01.16.03)

hard to believe it’s been 13 years since you became an angel

our family has grown, your children are wonderful adults now

sweet grandbabies from ages 5 – 15 bring us all joy and happiness

tacos and a chocolate pie for you, my love…thoughts to you above…

we had good times, we had bad times, we shared them all with lots of love

thanks for loving me and letting me love you…i will always cherish you in my heart

PS….i miss hearing your laughter…i miss your thoughts and ideas…i sure do miss you…smile

with love…from me, ray, jesse, robin and marty

to grampy with love from sarah, phoenix, alexander, ethan and quinn

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