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Simply Be


This isn’t my usual blog type, but as I was sitting here in my study crocheting,

I looked up at this on my wall.

I’ve had it there over a year, and read it often.

But tonight it just simply struck a chord with me.

I thought I would just share it with all of you.

If we each would just choose seven of those to simply live by, our journey of life here together would be so much more peaceful and enjoyable.

Til next time!!!

Our Government

Our government, I’m seriously disappointed in the leaders of our country right now.

Squabbling, and bickering, and sometimes just being really ugly to the fellow members of our government.

Why can they not simply just stop and think about what the arguments and tantrums are doing to the American people?

I can remember my children as toddlers, those times they would act like spoiled little brats and throw those famous temper tantrums that children are so known for.

But folks, in my opinion, our Countries leaders are acting just as bad if not worse than a toddler throwing a tantrum.

They so need to quit pitching fits, put on their adult clothes and act like somebody.  They need to stop and think what their bickering is doing to our country and the people who live here.

We are citizens of the United States of America.  Our country was founded by people that cared about this country and its people, even the posterity to come.

They believed in God, had morals, and worked together as a group for the betterment of our this United States of America.

Am I an American citizen?  Of course, I am.  Born and bred in Tennessee, and it’s home; always has been and always will be.  So yes I am a southern girl, through and through.

I believe in God, do my best to live right in His eyes, still say yes mam and no sir, please and thank you.  Care about my neighbors, our Church family and have strong convictions and morals, and I work, have for 23 years now at the same place.

So I bet you can already guess I am a conservation Christian that votes  Republican.   Do I always agree with everything about their choices, goodness no.  Especially right now.

I think all this bickering and partial shut down of our government is ridiculous.  What point does it really prove?

I voted for Mr. Trump, I truly think he wants what’s best for America.   I don’t care for his arrogance and the way he acts so pompous some times.   But, bless his soul, maybe that will lessen in time; and he will become more humble.

What I do NOT agree with is the fight over a wall, and shutting down part of our government to prove a point, if I’m the President and I have the power to do this if I want.  To me, that’s just wrong!

It’s wrong to hurt all the people that live here, that vote, work hard, and do their best for their families and those around them.   Just so he can throw a tantrum because he is not getting his way over a wall.

Shame on you, Mr. President, causing hardship on the same American people that some voted you into office.  Bet they aren’t very happy with you now. A lot of people just aren’t.

Yes, we have bad people, evil people that commit hideous crimes, and yes a lot of the drug and sex trafficking and gangs may come from South America.   But evil is everywhere around us, just take a look here in America.  Its American citizens killing school children and Church members and our officers, among many others.  Our prisons are full of American citizens that have committed hideous crimes.  You can’t judge an entire country by a few evil people that live in it.  Think about that.  What would people say about us as Americans when you think of all the evil going on here in our own country?

And you are not supposed to cause hardship on your fellow man by saying, well I’m not getting my way, so I’m just going to shut a bunch of this down, till you all see it my way.

Good grief, Mr. President.

Everybody agrees to some extent about people coming to our country legally, yes all should.  No, it’s not like the Hispanic culture has to get off a boat like the early settlers did and go through the ports; or fly by jet in today’s world and go through airport security.  Yes, it is true that they can simply walk here.

But have you ever sat and listened to the horrors, brutality and inhumane treatment some of them go through to get here, to make a better life for their families?  Have you?  If not, maybe it’s high time you do.

But have you all stopped to think about how those that work hard, and love their families, simply want to come to America to build a better life for their families?  Just like all our ancestors did so many years ago?

Some of the hardest working people I see sometimes are the Hispanic culture.   Yes, we may provide benefits for many, yes people scream they take away our jobs.  But folks we provide benefits from people of all countries, don’t we?   And a bunch that does not deserve it!!!!

Wake up people, how many people in our country have drawn unemployment and lived off the government, simply because they do not want to work.  They would rather sit at home, play their games, talk on their free phones, run to the doctor for every little ache and pain, scream “oh how I hurt,” to receive prescription pain pills that they sell later to help them live their lifestyle of doing nothing except their addictive habits, watch television, play electronic games,  burn up social media with the free phones our government gave them and pigging out on the junk food that they purchase with the food stamps we provide for them.

I know I’m probably ruffling some feathers, and to me that is okay.  We have the right to think and believe and voice our opinions.  Our constitution made that possible.   But everything I have said is true.

America’s citizens that truly need help, our seniors, our veterans, the widows, those that are single parents and can’t make ends meet but work and try hard are the ones that suffer.  There’s something so wrong with our government when a Senior citizen is offered $ 16.00 a month for food assistance.  Really????

Yet we have all these lazy deadbeats in our country, yes I am talking about the American citizens, sitting on their rump drawing $ 500.00 and $ 600.00 dollars a month and more, plus all kinds of other assistance.

That is sooooooo very wrong!!!!

It is WRONG to shut down our government and make the American people suffer, and work without pay, oh yes, maybe there’s a promise that some of them will be paid later; but what on earth are they supposed to do in the meantime.

They have families to feed, gas to put in their cars, mortgage or rent to pay, lights and utilities to keep on, money for their kids’ school needs.   The old saying money doesn’t grow on trees is still true today.

What about our parks that are closed, it’s tax time, the IRS, its flu season, the fact that our food isn’t being inspected, our waters that are not protected, our prisons need guards that have their mind on their job completely, our air traffic control, and on and on.

How would all of you Senators and Congress folks feel, if you lost your paycheck?    If you had to worry how you are going to get to work, or pay that doctor bill, or keep the lights on in frigid temperatures, or keep food on the table?

What is good for the goose is good the gander.  I’ve heard that expression all my life.

If you want to shut down part of the government and make them work for free.  Then why don’t you open up everything again; and this time do it right.

Make the leaders, the Senators, the Congressman, the White House staff work every day without pay, not knowing when you ever will get a paycheck.

They are the ones that are supposed to have the best interest of the American people first and foremost in their mind.  But are they?

So for all you government folks, it’s time for you to put on your big girl and big boy clothes, stop acting like spoiled toddlers, get up off that floor and stop those temper tantrums, and act like adults.

We the people had enough confidence in each of you to vote you all into office.   Stop making us all regret it, and live up to your role as leaders of our country, instead of a bunch of whining babies.

Our forefathers would roll over in their graves, seeing how our government is acting this year.

Just food for thought!!!!!

Those Ol’ Mom & Pop Places


Do ya’ll remember back in the day, when going out to eat was a little mom and pop place?   Long before all the chain restaurants took over every city and town.  You know what I’m talking about, I hope!

You walk in and they say “Well hey there Christine, how you doing, your usual?”   Those little places are fading so very fast. 

Growing up, there was this little place like that…. it was called Caesars.  I never asked how the Bramlett’s came up with the name, but it was a true picture of the mom and pop place!!! 

 I wish I could tell you the image above is of that cafe, but unfortunately, it’s not.  Times have changed, they have gone on home to heaven, and the store went with them so to speak.  But, oh back in the day, it was the best place to go.  Actually, in our little community it was the only place to go; but oh how we loved it!!!

You could stop by,  ya’ll know each other and the family members by name.  You’d hear…  Gary, get that hay up?     Connie, how’s the kids?       Hoyt that sure was a good sermon Sunday, wasn’t it?    Times sure have changed,  I miss those days.

And oh my, Mrs. Bramlett sure could cook and bake.  She would make the best biscuits this side of heaven.  Everything was from scratch, and you could taste the love in her food.  And how many were in that kitchen cooking each day, just one, her the entire day. They would open really early in the morning and not close till the evening, 6 days a week.  Closed on Sunday’s of course, Church and a day of rest!!!

Why you could get some gas and oil, have a bite to eat, grab a soda and candy bar, or some good old country housewares, all in one stop. 

But most important of all…. you would get a great big dose of friendship and blessings, a friendly slap on the back, a good firm handshake or a hug, even a prayer here and there!  

I hope you had the pleasure of growing up and having stores and cafes like that in your own little part of the world.  A true honest to goodness little place, but where the biggest part of fellowship, food and just good old stories and laughter would take place!!   

Times sure have changed…. 

I sure miss those times….. those were the days!!!


I absolutely love peace and quiet…. when people come to visit, they always say.. “It’s so peaceful here.”

We have a nephew, Brandon…. bless him, rest his soul…. he loved to visit often… He would always say…” Aunt Christine, I love coming here, it’s always so peaceful, I could stay here forever.” I so miss him, but I still hear those words often in the stillness.

I realize for a huge part of the world, they probably prefer the hustle and bustle, the noise, music, TV, games, etc. And all that’s great if it is what you enjoy….there is no right or wrong way with this.

But for me, just pure peace and quiet, that’s my preference!

The only thing I hear right now is the sound of the clock ticking here in the study. For me, a quiet morning, coffee time with God, and just pure peace as I get my day started.


Can you hear the peace and quite?…………………………….

The stillness of the moment …………………………..

The serenity??

No….. oh bless you…… find a moment or two to try it sometime……… you may find you really like it!!!


I love weekends, don’t you?

Sometimes they seem dreadfully short, but yet we love them.

But, we seem to wish the week away, and in return, our lives too, just to get to the weekend!

Monday morning…. alarm goes off you drag out of bed, get ready for work, the whole time thinking…… “Monday, oh how I hate Mondays, the weekend was way too short.”

Tuesday, “ugh…. alarm already you gotta be kidding me.”

Wednesday.... “halfway there, hump day, just two more days to go.”

Thursday, “I can’t wait for the weekend.”

Friday … “woohoo payday, Friday at last”.

We get those checks, go out to eat, enjoy the evening, tired, oh yeah, but hey it’s Friday!!

The weekend at last….. we love the weekends and look forward to them.

We live it up, sleep in, hang out, sports, hobbies, friends, family, Church, shopping, BBQs, the lists are endless!

We get time to do all those things we so enjoy.... then…. it happens….

Sunday night, it’s over, again…. and way too fast, as usual!

But hey, it’ll be back in five more days… and on and on it goes.

The moral of this .… there are five days in between those weekends…. don’t ya think we all should enjoy them too?

We all need to stop wishing our days and lives away?

So ya’ll…. let’s slow down, take each day as it comes, and enjoy it for its all worth.

Let’s stop just rushing through them, counting down to the weekends.

I bet we all would be happier and much less stressed, don’t ya imagine???

We might even see more smiles in the world, so ya’ll…..

slow down,

enjoy each moment,

oh and smile!!!!

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