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Childhood Memories

Have you ever reminisced about your childhood?

There’s nothing like looking through old photo albums.  All those memories come flooding back, don’t they?

A walk down memory lane, so to speak.  It seems that with every turn of a page, memories come racing back of days gone by.

I found one of my baby pictures the other day.  No, I don’t remember that day at all.  I looked as if I was one or so.  I sat and wondered about times then.

Prices were lower, yes wages were lower too, but times were simpler, and in our neck of the country you were taught your manners, raised in Church and had plenty of morals, unlike today.

It would have been the spring or summer of 1967.   I was outside at my Grandma’s house walking in the yard.

I grew up in a little part of the country in the state of Tennessee, USA.   Times were simpler, neighbors knew one another, visited each other, helped one another and family was really important back then and close-knit.

My Dad worked driving a truck and Mom was a full-time wife and Mom.   There ain’t much of that anymore is there?   Truthfully, I think that is sad.

I wish we didn’t live in such a time now, that we feel we have to acquire every gadget and gizmo, and women could be home with their children full time in the early years.

But anyway, back to the topic at hand.    I remember quite a bit about my childhood.

All the times I spent at Grandma’s house.   Goodness I had fun there.   When I was really young my Uncle was still in High School and living at home with Grandpa and Grandma.   To this day, I can still see and hear him sitting outside in the yard, with his guitar.   Playing and singing, I can’t remember the song but I remember those first few words.   ” I can hear the train a coming, it’s coming round the bend. I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when.”   I think it was a Johnny Cash song, everybody loved country music then.   Most in our neck of the woods still do.

 Isn’t it funny the things you can suddenly remember at times?   I remember playing paper dolls with Mom, planting tulip bulbs together in the yard, laundry time, different kittens and dogs through the years; scraped knees, stumped toes, and fingers I seemed to constantly get smashed in the car door.   It’s amazing that pinky finger is still there when we would get ready to leave Grandmas I would be leaning up to talk and tell her bye, and before you know it, Mom was closing the door, and this crazy little girl was still leaning up talking.  OUCH, over and over again.

I remember my brother being born, I was barely three.  Well, actually I remember staying with my Aunt, Uncle, and Granny, while Mom was at the hospital and Daddy coming to pick me up with this beautiful little doll, that I still cherish today.   She was my baby, while Mom was taking care of my new baby brother. 

I remember trips to Cherokee NC to see the Indians and the mountains.  My brother was terrified of them, bless his heart!   But to me, being the big sister, I thought it was funny that he was so scared of them.  Typical sister, ain’t it? 

Times changed a bit when I was in first grade, my Daddy was a truck driver and in a wreck, broke his back; that was so scary of a time.  Mom left us with our Grandma and Grandpa, and off she went with family to Daddy.   I remember how afraid I was that Daddy was hurt and so far away.   Eventually, Daddy and Mom got to come back home and Daddy slowly started healing, but Mom was having to work then.   It was different having Daddy home with us, and Mom working, very different.   But time has a way of healing things and life changed back to normal, eventually. 

Dad and Mom decided to build us a new house, that was so exciting watching it being built, all the changes each day.  We all were so excited.  I remember I had a big bedroom with red carpet and a beautiful canopy bedroom suite.  And to this day I remember the beautiful pink bedspread with all the ruffles my Aunt bought me.  I thought it was the most beautiful bedroom ever, for an eight-year-old little girl I felt like a princess in my room. 

There was only one thing I didn’t like about our new home, the wooden bridge across the creek in the driveway.  I hated that bridge, I was scared to walk across it forever.  Then I remember after I finally got used to it, Dad and Mom helped me to learn how to ride my bicycle across that same stinking bridge.  Oh, I was terrified all over again, but hey, I finally got it.  At last, my fears were gone, but thank goodness they eventually paved it.

My brother and I had a blast together as young kids, there were only three years between us, so we enjoyed our childhood together.  Then when I was nine, my baby brother was born.  I’ll never forget that day.  We were in school, and my Uncle and Aunt came to pick up me, my brother and my cousin and told us he was born and all was well. 

We had moved into the new house Mom and Dad had built the year before and we had a ball playing outside while Mom took care of our new baby brother. 

Our baby brother required a lot of care and endured surgeries, which I remember made us all sad.  Our baby brother with foot surgery, pain and a cast.  I remember always feeling like I wanted to treat him extra special because of what he went through.

And to this day, I still do.   I love both my brothers dearly, but my baby brother and I seem to have a special bond, always have, always will.

We had a big yard, a creek, a hill, and a big field.  We would get out and play with the tonka trucks building roads and having a blast, or baseball in the front yard, we made us a playhouse around the pine trees, and for that field…. well Daddy bought us a motorcycle. Yes, it was small a something or other 60. I remember it being orange and my brother and I rode the daylights out of that thing. We had a very well worn path in that field.

Time passed and Dad started a trucking company instead of driving anymore.  To this day it’s still very successful thanks to all the hard work and sacrifices Dad and Mom made in the beginning, and Gods blessings!  And believe it or not, we all work together in the family business.   Which is really great most of the time, but, well, we are still siblings.   Need I say more?

Looking back our parents gave us a good childhood, we had trips to Florida often, that seemed like a trip we made at least once a year, and always had fun. 

We went camping a bunch at the old Circle J Campground in North Carolina.  Now those were some really fun times.  We had our bicycles with us, cookouts, hiking, tennis, ping pong, fishing, playing in the creek, puzzles, lots of other camping folks around, and an old general store, and the owner making french toast every Saturday morning.   I really cherished those summers.

I’m thankful I can remember parts of my childhood, times with family, all us cousins spending time together, family get-togethers, cookouts, swimming and on and on.

Thanks, Dad and Mom for giving us three kids lots of great memories and experiences and for loving us so.

It’s Been a While!


Yoohoo, where are you? 

 Have you wondered that about me? 

It’s ok, I have wondered that about myself the last few weeks.

I’ve sort of been lost in the fog as the above picture shows.

There’s been a lot of medical stuff going on, and well, to be honest, I just haven’t felt well. 

So, unfortunately, a lot of things went to the back burner, so to speak, and blogging was one of the last things on my mind.  

But, truthfully, I have come to realize that blogging helps me in so very many ways. 

I am able to just sit and give it a moment and the words just start flying through my brain so easily.

So, I thought today is the day to sit back down and blog my little heart out.

I’m sorry I have been silent for so long. 

I hope each and every one of you all had a very Blessed Thanksgiving, with lots of family, food, and friends.

Hopefully, most of you are getting ready for the joyous season of Christmas.  My most favorite Holiday of the year.

My apologies again for being silent so long, thought of you all often; hopefully now that medical is improving a little bit I can get back to blogging and enjoying things again.

Til next time!!

My Favorite Quotes and Why!!

These are some of my favorite sayings, that I use often and the story behind them!!! 

I hope you enjoy them and hopefully one will touch your heart, and you will use it too!!!!

Every little thing is gonna be alright!!!!!!!!!                                

This first one I heard from a lady at the department of transportation office one day while working and on the phone with her.   She helped me and then, of course, we just started talking.

Ms. Naomi told me about how she had four generations in her home that she cared for… her daughter, her grandson, her Father and herself. 

She talked about how hard and tiring it was at times

This is the saying she started using on those hard days…. and she shared it with me. 

I suppose she just needed somebody to talk with, and God just intervened and put us both on the line together.                               

But she told me this phrase, and it has stuck with me, even after several years. 

Little did I know, that I too would need that saying myself when health issues arrived.           

I say it to myself almost daily…. sometimes several times a day!!                                    

Every little thing is gonna be alright!                  

 I can do anything for eight hours; I don’t have to do every minute of my life!!!

This saying I came up with myself,  on one of those work days when nothing was going right. 

I’m sure you have had days like that as well!

I was so ready to just walk out that day, and never look back….

I bet you know what I’m talking about.

I think we all have days like that. 

Well, this day was that for me….. 

And as I sat there convincing myself, that I was too responsible to walk out…..

I came up with this one.   

I say it to myself often as well….

You know, those days when work just ain’t all that grand. 

It reminds me that it’s just a few hours out of my day, and I can do this. 

Yes, it really helps, well… it does me anyway!!

I can do anything for eight hours I don’t have to do every minute of my life!!! 

What don’t kill you will make you stronger!!!!

I’m sure a lot of you remember the horrible tornadoes that ripped through part of America in April of 2011. 

It was a very scary time.  A day and night that I pray we never go through again.

The tornadoes hit our area, our subdivision, damaging several of our homes here, taking some just completely away, and changing our little neighborhood ever so quickly……

It was a really sickening, trying, weary time in our lives.   

A day that I think, probably changed all of us one way or another.

When we started the cleanup and repairs, I kept telling myself…. we were not injured, and homes and the things in them can be repaired or replaced.

I finally started just saying this quote to myself..… 

And it is so very true and can be applied to so many circumstances in our daily lives for anybody.

It helps me to keep things in my own life in perspective.

What don’t kill you, will make you stronger!!!!                          

Learn to love yourself, because no matter where you go…. there YOU are! 

This one I thought of during a recent really low point in my life. 

I was battling the shock and frustration of some health issues that I now deal with. 

I had one of those times where, well, it all just did not seem to matter anymore.

I went so far as to pack a bag, I was going to just run away from it all

I threw bags in the car, pulled out, drove awhile. 

And then it occurred to me. 

I was running away from the stress of the health issues I was having. 

Which meant I could not get away from the problems, no matter where I went. 

That was a huge shocker for me. 

I was trying to run away from ME!!!!

So, after that realization hit, I turned around and came home. 

Then I tried to learn to accept the issue for what it is……

to just simply love myself…… the good and the bad…

So remember……………….

Learn to love yourself…… because no matter where you go, there YOU are!!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed these……

Feel free to say them as often as you need to as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read them!!!!!!  

til next time:)

Those First Memories!!!

I have thought for the last few days, I need a place to tell my own stories. Here and there, you will find posts of such times… always titled…. Simply Me – ?????

Let’s begin….. shall we???

My first memory of Mama!!!!

I’ve been thinking a lot about my early memories as a child. A good place to start seems like…

The first memories I have are of my Mama…

Do any of you have an idea of what this picture is of?

Yes, I know…… you younger folks don’t have a clue what I’m talking about right now….

We have all kind of crazy gadgets and gizmos in today’s modern technological society….

But back in the 1960s…. this was a modern technology too…. at least for us country folks..

So what is this contraption, you may ask?

Well, it’s a ringer washer… and this is where the story begins…

I don’t think I could have been more than 2 years old since we lived in the “old house” and my brother wasn’t born yet….

I’m sure there are a lot of other things I did with Mama, during the day…

but these are my first memories with her…. wash day!!

I so remember helping Mama with the wash… and loved it!!!

My first memories of Mama are about washing the clothes…. Ain’t that weird???

But I used to love it when Mama did the laundry.

I would climb up in the chair and pull the socks out of the old wringer washer.

Thinking about it now… I’m sure I probably made her wash time longer……

but I so love that Mama loved me enough to let me help her….

Mama’s are just like that ….. ain’t they?

Anyway, back to the story…………..

I remember the excitement I would have back then when I would see them coming out of the ringer.

Yeah, I know some of you are probably thinking I’m nuts… that’s okay..

We all are to some degree….. it’s just a lot of people won’t admit it for anything…

But anyway those thoughts are for another day…..

For me, I really loved that old ringer washer…. and time with Mama…..

Silly I know, but I still smile when I think about it.

Mama and the old ringer washer……. wow!!!!

I’m smiling from ear to ear….. can you tell??

What was your first childhood memory……………

Does it make you smile??????

I so pray it does!


(Actually, this is the very first memory I have of him…. wow, never thought about that til now, when I was thinking about this part of my story to share.)

Do ya’ll remember the first toy you ever got?

Well, this is all about that time…..my first memory of my Daddy; and my first toy!!!

The very first toy I remember was a little doll, I was barely three.  Oh, I am sure I had many before this one…. but… this one was and still is so special!

You see Mama was expecting their next child, I was staying with my Aunt while she was at the hospital. The day came, for Mama to come home.

So, that morning, who walked in my Aunt’s house to get me……… DADDY!

He came to pick me up so I could go with him to get Mama and my new baby brother from the hospital.

And what did he have, but this beautiful little baby doll behind his back for me?

I thought she was so beautiful!

She even cried if you spanked her….. yes, I know…………your probably reading this with your jaw dropped right now…

Times have changed, but that’s the way t was then and still should be!

That’s a picture of what she looked like back then, not the actual picture.. but A Spank Me When I Cry Doll”

Yes, I know some of you are shuddering, at just the thought of spanking your child in today’s society

But back then.. times were a lot different…… you got in trouble, sassed your parents, were disrespectful, didn’t do what you were supposed to……. you got a spanking.

Spare the rod, spoil the child…

It’s a crying shame we still don’t live by that… I bet kids today would be a lot more respectful…

But anyway, got sidetracked… back to the story.

I think Daddy and Mama must have thought a baby doll for me, would make me feel like I had a baby to care for too, just like she did.

While she was caring for my brother, I could care for my baby…. maybe feel a little less left out.

Great plan on my parents part….. I think… don’t you?

I wish I could she’s still as beautiful as she was when I got her, but oh my….. that is so not true.

After years of playing with her… I can’t say she looks near that good now…..

But……. believe it or not, I still have her…. she is sitting on my keepsake shelf.

A little, well no actually, a whole lot worse for wear.

I have had her since November of 1968; and will forever!

But to me, she’s still so very special…….

And Daddy, why, of course….. every time I see that doll or remember it…

I smile….. because my Daddy gave it to me….. and he’s so very important and special too!!!!!

Til next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I absolutely love pictures of nature, in all its beauty. 

Here are two of my favorites… so far………..


I could just spend forever sitting there in that swing looking at that view….. true peace!



I absolutely love this picture,  I can just imagine walking through that beautiful serene place. Couldn’t you?

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