There was one song that my daddy insisted I learn to play… SAN ANTONIO ROSE. Playing it on the piano does not do the song justice, but I did play it for him – often! I have some happy memories of my dad sitting by the stereo record turntable, listening intently to his Bob Wills album. I’ve searched the internet for the album my dad played, but to no avail. I’ll keep looking as I write.
I love the name of this town in Texas… TURKEY, TX. This is where the big Bob Wills Day celebration takes place every year! Bob Wills is still the king… indeed! Country music has evolved (some of us use a different descriptive term) through the years, but classic country music is still the best in my humble opinion.
I love classic country music and offer no apology whatsoever for it. I love Floyd Cramer’s slip notes and admire a strong, brilliant voice like Patsy Cline. And nobody fiddled around better than Bob Wills!
I read something there about a tribute to the late Merle Haggard. I’m not sure if there are any original band members left from Bob Wills group, but if there are, it’s going to be a good time you can bet. I’m sure the talent will be amazing for the day’s activities.
It would be great to be there, but I couldn’t guarantee that I could keep tears from falling. When I hear that country swing sound from Bob Wills and similar bands, I can’t help but think of my daddy. If Bob Wills is playing in Heaven, I’m pretty sure my daddy is happy! 🙂
What was happening in America on Saturday, September 18, 1909???
The largest crowd to ever watch a baseball game, up to that time, turned out in Shibe Park as 35,409 spectators watched the Philadelphia Athletics beat the visiting Detroit Tigers, 2–0, on the pitching of future Hall of Famer Charles “Chief” Bender. The A’s were second to the Tigers in the American League pennant race.
Guess what else happened??? My Grandpa married my Granny! I don’t have wedding photos – I’m not even sure there are any – this plate is my precious possession to remind me of my Grandpa Frank & Granny LaVella’s wedding day. Mama told me that it was hand painted by a family friend and neighbor. It’s not valuable – but it sure means a lot to me. Granny kept this plate hanging in their bedroom on the farm.
People really do get married at an older age these days. These two crazy kids were married at 16 years of age! I think they were married at a judge’s house, if I remember the story correctly.
They had a piece of farmland willed to them, built a little house on it and started growing wheat, horses, cattle and children – by the time it was said and done – EIGHT kids!
Grandpa Frank also drove a truck to supplement their income. Granny did some sewing and took in washing to help out. They didn’t have to buy stainless for the kitchen or even entertain the notion of indoor plumbing… but they were two of the happiest people ever! They had the same beliefs and the same dreams for their family. They embraced faith in God above all and were faithful to each other until the end.
I get to thinking about that sometimes. In their life, they were so firmly rooted in family and values, the fancy stuff wasn’t important. I loved everything about staying at the farmhouse when I was little because something as simple as snuggling down in one of Granny’s quilts meant more to me than anything fancy and showy. That squeaky bed was the best, and using homemade soap every morning and eating farm fresh eggs… well those are memories that will never fade from my memory!
You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning. – Billy Wilder
In our day, it seems like we place so much importance on possessing the best of things and less emphasis on growing a strong family. In the end, what difference does it make if we have a hardwood floor or linoleum? I wouldn’t want to have an outhouse… let’s not get nuts!
I miss that farm in Oklahoma… I felt so safe and secure there in that squeaky bed with Granny’s quilt tucked around me. It gives me such comfort to know that Grandpa, Granny, mom and dad are in heaven waiting for me.
Happy Anniversary in heaven, Grandpa & Granny!!!
They are with Jesus, and one day I’ll join them. Maybe I could have that squeaky bed and one of Granny’s quilts in my mansion. I may not need it since there is no night there and I won’t get tired. Hmm… I have to re-think that, don’t I? Wink! 😉
Would it be okay if I shared a little about our visit to Ohio for our anniversary a few weeks ago? We spent a night at THE ORCHARD HOUSE in Granville, Ohio, a Bed & Breakfast about a half hour from The Longaberger Homestead.
There was great significance in choosing this room for me. One of my favorite authors is Henry David Thoreau! Obviously, my husband put a great deal of thought into this trip. It was perfect!
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. —Henry David Thoreau, Walden, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”
He was not only a philosopher and poet, but he also embraced a sort of civil disobedience and there’s something about that… well, it appeals to me.
Driving from Kansas to Ohio was in itself an accomplishment. We were weary from travel and ready to move around. Sitting in one spot except for the occasional potty break at the truck stop makes my old bones stiff and sore.
As we drove up to The Orchard House, I could not help but notice the long, narrow drive leading up to the house. I think the last time I saw a driveway like that was in the movie “The Bridges of Madison County”. I knew this would be a very romantic evening from that moment.
There are twelve acres, most of it wide open spaces, perfect for walking and talking – and holding hands. On the back of the property are farm animals to see. We found goats, chickens and one sheep with a ton of wool and very long horns. There was also an alpaca with the funniest little smile.
We meandered toward the front yard and discovered an apple tree. I guess that’s why it’s called The Orchard House. The apples were green and not fit to eat, but I did find a horse in a field across the driveway who seemed interested in eating it. Somehow I get the impression I’m not the first person who has fed him an apple. It’s as though he was just standing there waiting for the notion to occur to me.
As the sun was setting in Ohio, we sat in comfy wooden chairs in the front yard. It’s strange, the house was full, yet it was as though we were the only people there! It was so quiet – all I could hear was the sound of locusts. That’s not something I’ve had memory of hearing since I was a kid.
I felt as though we were being a bit Thoreau-like in our journey. Our hearts and minds were open to every new sighting. Maybe we were just so grateful to finally be outside instead of stuck in the truck – traveling.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination. – Henry David Thoreau
Inside the house there were all sorts of good things waiting for us. In the dining room there was a glass footed cake plate with a lid, filled with slices of homemade banana bread! There were little conversation spots throughout the house where we could sit and watch TV or just talk.
The atmosphere invited us to relax and breathe. To be honest, shortly after the sun set, it invited us to crash and sleep! But isn’t that what we need to do after driving so far?
I enjoyed looking at the lovely antiques and soaking in the sense of calm around me. I packed my laptop and took it to the room, but to be honest, if I would have taken it out it would have ruined the vibe – so it stayed packed up!
Breakfast was amazing! Every Bed & Breakfast has their own specialty, and the special recipe at The Orchard House is Sweet Potato Hash. It is sautéed onion, red bell pepper and diced sweet potato (skin on), with African spice. It is so addictive and very healthy! We have made this recipe for breakfast, lunch and sometimes supper so many times since we’ve been back home. Along with the hash we were given a farm-fresh fried egg and thick-sliced bacon. Ah… it was so good!
I’m reading Walden again… it’s better than ever now that I’ve been to The Orchard House. 🙂
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished! – Mark 3:24-26
Join me in prayer for our country. My spirit is heavy and I’m so weary of the widening chasm which is leading to hate and division in America! I just want to scream – STOP IT!!! Enough already. Am I the only one?
These tragedies are happening much too often. What fuels the fire of hate that leads to this end? What is the answer for the United States? What will it take to keep the United States… well – united?
I believe with my whole heart that Carman sang about the only hope to solve America’s problems nearly 20 years ago.
If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. – 2 Chronicles 7:13-15
When will we listen? When will America humble itself as a nation before God?
The fact that this shooting happened makes me so sad, but that it happened in a church – a place that should have been safe… well, I can hardly wrap my mind around it!
Do I have the answers? No, but it’s my hope that America will seek God with a humble heart and ask Him to please heal our sick, immoral, divided, irreverent land. The Bible is not just a book – it’s the Word of God.
B.I.B.L.E. = BASIC INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE LEAVING EARTH.
Let’s continue to read the instruction Book, pray and seek God together… 🙂
Today is PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY!!! I’ve followed the latest story of attack against the Pledge of Allegiance. High School student, Samantha Jones, with representation from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, is defending her right to say ONE NATION UNDER GOD.
What a brave girl! I wonder if I would have had that kind of backbone when I was in High School? I know I would now, but back then, I’m not so sure.
The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. The AHA is representing a family who objects to the phrase being recited at one of the schools within the New Jersey school district.
Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God. Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices. – AHA lawyer David Niose
Samantha Jones goes to Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, New Jersey. The Christian-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is defending she and the school district. They say Samantha has the right to say “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
I’ve been reciting the pledge since preschool, and to me the phrase ‘one nation under God’ sums up the history and values that have made our country great. I think it’s empowering to know that, no matter what happens, I have some rights the government can never take away. No student should be silenced just because some people disagree with timeless American values. – Samantha Jones
The following quote was published in The Christian Post:
The judge seemed focused on the case, he had prepared well, and he was familiar with the arguments of each of the parties. He asked tough questions of each side, and it is difficult to predict the outcome, but we are optimistic that he will agree with every other court to decide this issue and uphold the pledge. – Diana Verm, a lawyer with the Becket Fund
On this day, may we raise up this important case to God in prayer. May God richly bless Samantha and her family and give them strength and wisdom.
The attorney for the unidentified atheist family goes on and on about his client’s rights – that having the phrase in the Pledge offends them. The thought of taking it out OFFENDS ME – WHAT ABOUT A CHRISTIAN’S RIGHT TO HAVE THE PHRASE STAY THERE??? I’m sick and tired of everyone else’s rights coming before Christian’s rights! This country was founded on CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND PRINCIPLES. If you don’t like the phrase, you don’t have to say that part – but don’t take it out because there are many (including me) who will say it regardless! It calms my spirit to know that the God of creation has this mess of a country in the palm of His hand. There’s no better place it could possibly be!
They already took prayer out of schools – they booted God clear off campus – and wow – that’s really working out well for us, don’t you think? We never had shootings at our schools – but our teachers taught us to respect our Country, our elders, and our Higher Power! It’s my RIGHT to pray – it’s my RIGHT to say UNDER GOD when I recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Anyone who is uncomfortable can make a choice to either not say the Pledge or not say the part that is offensive to them. There are plenty of things that non-Christians do that I’m uncomfortable with – and you know what? I don’t make them stop – I just don’t join in.
No matter what the official outcome is, the powers that be will never force me to leave out the words UNDER GOD from my Pledge of Allegiance. Instead of having more of a separation between church and state, there needs to be a knitting together of the two. I’m praying for this country – now more than ever. And – by the way, I’m praying about the part of the Pledge that follows – INDIVISIBLE. Uh-huh – yep – I’m praying about that part too. ❤
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA;
AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS; ONE NATION UNDER GOD;
INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
And the verdict came in – here is an update – 2-5-15
We need more young people like Samantha. Well done, sweetheart! ❤
It’s not too late to order your copy of Lucinda Berry Hill’s new devotional book! Everybody needs a new devotional book to begin this new year, right?
If you were in your school’s orchestra and happened to play the violin, your parents were saints! When a person is first learning to play the violin, it can sound like fingernails on a chalkboard! It was bad enough for my parents to have to hear me practice the piano, but there is nothing like the sound of a budding violinist! But once you get past that stage, with encouragement, practice, love, and fiddle camp, this can happen:
Today is VIOLIN DAY! I played the clarinet in many orchestras and got to see the instruction given violinists. It’s interesting to watch the unspoken language between the conductor and the first chair violinist. So much goes on in the orchestra that most people aren’t privy to. It’s not as easy as they make it look – trust me.
This is precious – I love to watch the little ones, don’t you?
I know – this was 8 years ago – but one thing is for sure – now he is potty trained!
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. – Leopold Stokowski
This blows me away – such beauty from one so young!
There is no shortage of young talent on You Tube! Listen to this!
Honestly, at 7 years old, I was out making mud pies after the rain! I’d like to say that experience helped my culinary skills, but I still have not made my own pie crust – shhh… don’t tell!
I’m so impressed with the talents of these youngsters, but to be honest, my musical taste veers toward the “fiddle” sort of violin. There’s an old musician’s joke:
What’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin? You don’t spill beer on a violin!
Yee-haw! Let’s go to the Grand Ole Opry!
Here he is on his own front porch:
Nailed it! Does she have a country soul, or what?
He will be playing at barn dances – probably already does!
There’s a thin line between country fiddlin’ and Celtic fiddlin’… learn to play those rolls an’ there ya go!!!
Makes me want to put my clogs on! Wait… I don’t have clogs. How about fuzzy socks?
Bravo to all the young talent around the world! Your talent does not go unnoticed and we appreciate the contribution you make to our lives!
Silent Night… Holy Night. That about says it all…
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. A safe, peace-filled, worry-free, no-stress, love-enriched New Year. May God bless you as only He can. 🙂
If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill? Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!
Bow to your partner, bow to your corner, circle left, alemand left … swing and promenade home.
A square dance is a dance for four couples (eight dancers) arranged in a square, with one couple on each side, facing the middle of the square and has roots that stretch back to 15-century Europe. Singing calls were introduced in traditional square dancing before World War II. It’s the singing calls that make square dancing unique.
SQUARE DANCING DAY is a day to celebrate this fun dance. There are an estimated 191 calories burned by doing 30 minutes of square dancing, so the health benefit alone is worth cheering for! When I was a kid we had neighbors who were members of a square dancing club and went out once a week to do si do. They were in great shape and it seemed to enrich their marriage.
You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint paradise, then in you go. – Nikos Kazantzakis
There are social advantages to being part of a club and square dancing sounds like fun, doesn’t it? You get to wear cute outfits and dance to some of the best music (in my opinion). Everyone needs to get out of the house and socialize once in a while.
Aren’t they cute? It’s never too early to learn to square dance. It’s a good way to socialize, exercise and stay mentally sharp.
If we dance amongst the rooftops, is it not that much further to jig into the starshine? – Terri Guillemets
There are square dancing clubs across the nation. If you don’t know how to square dance, your local club probably offers lessons and there are many helps online as well. There’s no excuse to sit on the sidelines and watch anymore. Put your prettiest square dance dress on, fix your hair and make-up and get out there!
It seems like being part of a square dancing club might be the last place to find a “partner”, but many singles have been successful by joining a square dancing club. If you are single, the idea is to enjoy your life and if you like to square dance, just do it and if that special someone shares your passion for square dancing, that’s great! Swing your partner and do si do! Wink! 😉
My father was a Veteran of WWII. He fought in the battle of the Aleutian Islands from June 1942 through August 1943. Japanese garrisons were established on a pair of islands owned by the United States, west of Alaska. Japan had seized the uninhabited islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands. It was the only land that Japan would claim that belonged to the U.S. during the war. It’s believed the Japanese held the two islands to prevent the U.S. from invading Japan via the Aleutian islands.
The occupation was a blow to American morale. In May, 1943, U.S. troops retook Attu and three months later reclaimed Kiska. This experience helped them prepare for the long “island-hopping” battles to come as WWII raged across the Pacific Ocean.
I am so proud that my daddy was a part of that and he survived and was able to come home and enjoy the rest of his life with mom and me. The sad thing is that he died at age 62, unable to retire and really enjoy his “golden years”.
I give this background because I feel I need to explain why I feel so patriotic at times. I tear up when I hear the National Anthem. I feel pride for the soldiers in this country. The men who are willing to go fight for our freedom should be paid more than the men wearing helmets out on a football field – to be sure!
Today the most wonderful thing happened. I don’t believe anything in this life is coincidence and this is no exception. I was walking out of the Village Inn restaurant toward my car. A car pulled into the stall next to mine. I stood behind my car waiting for the folks to get out of their car so I could get in to mine. I watched a frail little woman come around the car from the driver’s side. She opened the passenger side and an older gentleman got out. He was a little bent, but his cap caught my attention. He was a Vietnam Veteran.
I debated in my mind and said a quick prayer. Should I speak or not? At that moment, as though God allowed me to see it, I saw the silver cross he wore around his neck – it was like God was telling me it would be alright to speak. I did.
We had the most wonderful conversation! They told me about their married life and traveling all over the country. It touched my spirit to hear about how they made a home wherever they went and raised their family. They told me they would not choose a different life if they could. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Their love of God and country reinforced my sense of patriotism and made me even more proud to be an American!
Just before they went in to the restaurant and before I got in my car, I mentioned that I was spending the entire week of Independence Day in prayer for America. They asked if I’d mind if we agreed in prayer for America and it was an awesome season of prayer and I knew God was in the center of that circle!
What a great day to go out for lunch, huh??? God bless America – and America, bless God! ❤
I invite you to join me to PRAY FOR AMERICA this week. I will fast as I can, but definitely spend a great deal of time praying. An awakening needs to take place in this country – big time!
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14
I’m saddened by the recent stream of scandals in our government. It’s scary that there have been no consequences for some very bad actions. Most people under the age of 24 are more interested in the World Cup than their own country’s issues. I conducted a little experiment on facebook out of curiosity. I asked my friends to voice their opinions about Benghazi and there were some definite lines drawn from the responses I received. I have many friends who have knowledge and are informed about current events, but they were all over 30 years of age. My friends who are younger than 30 were either uninformed, or did not know what I was talking about! I actually had a few ask me to explain. How can young people be so out of touch???
I was in Jr. High School during the Watergate scandal. Of course I’m a current events as well as a history buff, but I was probably better educated about that scandal than most kids my age. This STRING of scandals (can you keep up)… is fascinating to me. It’s frustrating me a lot, but fascinating at the same time. Frustratingly fascinating. Let’s pray!
Let’s all pray for America this week! I hope in the near future, the U.S.A. will once again be the great nation it once was! I pray that God will bless her and protect her. We need God in America again! 🙂
National honor is national property of the highest value. – James Monroe, first inaugural address, 4 March 1817
Almighty GOD; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States of America at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of The Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen
– George Washington’s prayer for America