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Happy Hour / The meaning of President's Day
« on: February 16, 2018, 04:19:54 PM »
It used to be something folks understood, it was the big day for mattress sales, now there's nothing but confusion, we've seen Washington's and Jefferson's bed and was told they slept on a cotton one so we have that in common so have I. Here's where I get confused I didn't know they drove Ford trucks, I'm told on TV I can buy one cheaper on Presidents Day but I don't need one. We could use a good Washington or Jefferson mattress.


                               Monroe 

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Happy Hour / our busy day ended with sweet notes
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:32:27 AM »
our day started at the Baylor Health Care Clinic for blood work, then the Whataburger for breakfast, then 16 miles to get the car inspected , then a stop at the sub county court house to register the car, back home , had lunch, then to the beauty shop for 1pm perm appointment, then to Braums for ice cream, back home for a brief rest then off to CONCERT NIGHT where we heard some really sweet music by the Quebe Sisters , beautiful to look at and easy on the ears. Their rendition of Wayfaring Stranger was outstanding. Jewel & I got in bed last night about 10:30 feeling good about the day.

                                                         Monroe

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Happy Hour / Do you remember--the group called Up With People
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:51:42 PM »
"I'd like to teach the world a song"---Jewel was in the church choir  & often was called on for the worship solo. We both worked together as Sunday School Teachers in the young married couples class. She is a Deaconess and I am an Elder and in 1977 also the vice chairman of the board. That was the year the churches of Terrell brought a large group of UP WITH PEOPLE in. This happened over Thanksgiving week end. The large overall group was divided up with each church then providing food and shelter for their bunch. Jewel & I took two boys--one from NY & the other Venezuela. Before the board meeting was over Jewel invited not only our church group but wanted the word put out that the invitation was for any of the other kids. That Thanksgiving Day was something else. Our Sunday School class was the first to show up with food and ready to help, everybody with some of the kids brought food , there was more than enough. The next night, Friday, those kids put on a performance from their hearts--I wish whoever is in charge of the stupidity of Super Bowl half time shows would look back at the  time UP WITH PEOPLE had the stage at the Super Bowl.----Monroe

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Happy Hour / our son Jimmy is 62 years old today---memory
« on: February 08, 2018, 10:34:00 AM »
Jewel had to be hospitalized a couple of days before because of complications---the morning of Feb 8 1956 at 5 am the message was, "you need to get to the hospital immediately", the nurse met me in the hall with, "we think your wife will be ok, but we're going to lose the baby'' I followed the nurse in the delivery room and walked straight to Jewel , I was told to leave, I wouldn't go, then I was told to stand over by the wall, in a few minutes I heard our baby cry. The doctor said "a boy" . I was 19 years old but from the time I got the message until I heard that cry I had aged. I show a picture of Jewel June 8, 56 in front of a motel on my first job transfer.  Back at that time we were on the road a lot--Temple Tx.--Marshall--San Angelo--a long hot July and into August down at Laredo, then Tucson. She was by my side often living out of a suit case with a baby.. my message to all the young Moms out there is--You are God's Angels, God Bless You--

                                                   Monroe

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Today I replaced the front brake rotors and pads on the car. The bolts holding the caliper brackets on were tough , but with a 1/2"long handle break over, a good 18mm 6 point impact socket and cheater bar finally busted them loose. It was a good day.

                                      Monroe

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Happy Hour / HERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS TO SHARE
« on: February 02, 2018, 07:44:18 AM »
63 YEARS AGO tonight , when we were kids, Jewel & I got married---our journey has been beautiful --we were once asked what would we do different---our reply was--nothing, we got it right as we went along.

                                                               Monroe

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Happy Hour / getting rid of the acorns
« on: January 22, 2018, 06:19:48 PM »
I just counted nine deer eating acorns, I don't know if the dogs are asleep or just watching they're not barking. the deer are right at the dogs yard fence.

                                                            Monroe

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Happy Hour / we survived
« on: January 20, 2018, 10:39:28 AM »
about a week ago, or over, the weather person was giving a normal report of the day all of a sudden he started to get excited with , "the temperature is going to drop, you're going to feel--bla--bla--bla. Jimmy called, "daddy do you have gas for the generators, we're in for some bad weather" not wanting my son to worry I reassured him all our back ups were ready to go. The young weather girl at noon "check on your elderly neighbors and bring your pets in" It occurred to me during her time on TV that Jewel & I was who she was talking about so I thought maybe I should think about being concerned but I really couldn't. It got cold alright and when I went outside the N wind made it feel a few degrees colder, I saw a snow flake , the pool had a skim of ice on it and during the night we turned the blanket up a little. After it was all over Jimmy called , "ya'll OK" No we are afraid to get out of the house, and haven't had anything to eat in three days and Mother may be frozen, but we're OK.   

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General Discussion / I learned something that might be useful
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:07:32 PM »
The iPiccy.com that Donald has shown to use in down sizing also has another feature I really like, making a collage of pictures. It is a very neat feature and easy to use.

                                                                            Monroe

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Happy Hour / we're excited about this
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:55:35 AM »
If this entertainer is as good as advertised there will be more special memories brought back than we might be able contain. I used to walk in the kitchen , after I had met Jewel, see her Mom and loud as I could sing "Hey-Hey Good Looking Whatche Got Cooking" .Those were terrific days. Our January concert 25th

                                                                                                    Monroe

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Happy Hour / just a pillow fight
« on: January 05, 2018, 11:28:08 AM »
about 4AM Jewel woke me up with the dogs are barking I think something is wrong. I listened a few minutes & could tell there wasn't any stress of danger, but I did get the light & go out. When I came back in I told Jewel they were just having a pillow fight. I went out a little while ago & took this picture, showed it to Jewel telling her that Buddy said he didn't do this.

                                                 Monroe

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Happy Hour / Yearly Neurology visit
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:44:35 PM »
Today we went to the Texas Neurology Center Baylor Dallas. The Doc. mostly just carried on conversation with Jewel like how did she spend her time , did she read and what ,  did some strength test and watched her walk down the hall & back. After more of what I would call chit chat and Jewel right in there with him he said you're doing very good. I suppose all this must have revealed what he was looking for because she doesn't have to go back until this time next year.

                                                   Monroe

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Happy Hour / My first public job started right here
« on: January 03, 2018, 09:04:43 AM »
I ran across this fairly recent taken picture on Google.  In 1955 this was McClellan's 5&10 in Greenville Texas. Jewel was pregnant, I didn't have a job, didn't know anything but farm work which by Oct. was getting slow.  I was 19 and plenty worried. The manager of the store back then gave me a job receiving freight and working in the stock room. She took me under wing & saw to it that I got noticed by the field superintendent. I was on my way. That didn't turn out to be my career but it was my first public job which became an adventure for about three years.

                  Monroe

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Happy Hour / do ya'll do this
« on: January 02, 2018, 12:30:27 PM »
I made Jewel a chocolate cake this morning--memories were sure brought back as I scrapped the batter bowl--delicious .

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Happy Hour / what I did on a cold day
« on: January 01, 2018, 09:30:16 PM »
Our dogs are in need of new bedding so this morning Jewel & I went to Home Depot & bought a 4x15 painters drop cloth. This drop cloth is designed for hall way painting. I measured up 30 inches which will be the width and the 4' will be the length of the bed. Then all I had to do was cut & sew. I sewed by hand, doubling upholstery thread & using a tight back stitch. I've saved the stuffing from the bedding the dogs have torn up which will be used again. The painter cloth is 8oz canvas and should be a pretty tough bedding cover. Too cold to do much else. Jewel took my picture

                        Monroe

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Happy Hour / What was a good memorable New Year's Eve you have had
« on: December 31, 2017, 08:58:02 AM »
Jewel & I have been together every New Years Eve --Church watch night service as kids, parties at our home for kids, hob nobbing parties with builders, dinner theaters with champagne flowing from a fountain with a dance at midnight, but the one memory we talked about this morning at breakfast was the New Years Eve we worked all night putting down a new floor. Our first floor covering was what we could afford at the time--the cheapest 12x12 floor tiles on the market. About a year after I became service mgr. more money was coming in so we started re-doing where we had done el-cheapo. We had managed already to get the light fixtures we wanted and had some carpet installed but couldn't decide about the entry hall. About the mid 70s a builder friend called & wanted me meet him at a house being finished out. It was beautiful with everything pretty well finished except the den floor. The flooring men was putting down an individual vinyl tile that looked like a brick face that caught my attention. I started asking questions & found out it was new on the market & their company was the distributor which catered only to builders, no retail sales. Jewel & I went back to this new house after the floor was finished , she liked it. We located and found the company & was asked if I was a builder showing a customer. I told him I was, he wanted to know the name and get my tax number. This kind of crap was nothing new to me , I had a tax number and business cards, bought every thing I needed , was welcomed back any time to see all their flooring displays. Out of all the New Years Eve things we did this floor was what we talked about. It took all night to get it done. I show you a picture toward the front door. I show you a 5 lb rolling pin that Jewel rolled over the tile as I set them 

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Tools and Equipment / another obselete tool of my past
« on: December 27, 2017, 04:20:46 PM »
our company did lots of shop work mostly brought in by dealers in the area. I had three of these tempscribe instruments for refrigerator and freezer jobs. We could wind it up, set the chart to the time of day and in a few hours or over night know  what the problem was. After repairs were made we always ran another follow up chart. This instrument told us the temp.--off & on cycle--defrost pattern--and how the defrost termination switch was doing. I sold two of these to the fellows who bought me out. We also solved lots of problems in the customers house with one of these. It told us every time a refrigerator door was opened and what time. This kind of service is pretty much a thing of the past.

                         Monroe

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Happy Hour / A thought about traditions
« on: December 25, 2017, 04:15:01 PM »
The traditions we remember today were started at an early age--These kids will remember every Christmas day with their cousins, opening presents together, seeing what each other got, then playing the afternoon away. Some had games, some dolls, one of the older boys got a drone that was fun to watch his first flight attempt. Christmas Day at Aunt Teresa's and Jimmy will be what they talk about when they are adults. Jewel & I also had a good day just sitting and watching. Here are a couple of the pictures I took. Jimmy is in the middle with some of the kids. I think the count today was 31.

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Happy Hour / Do you know any Christmas trivia
« on: December 24, 2017, 11:28:01 AM »
I saw a question raised which made me take a look & was surprised----What was the Christmas movie being shown the year you were born-It was "The Three God Fathers"--Well I knew it couldn't have been the movie I remembered with John Wayne called "The Three Godfathers" but I found out that the one I remember was a remake of the one made in 1936 starring Walter Brennan which being about 6 mo old at the time I don't remember. Then I found out that the 1936 version was a remake of the silent version made in 1916 starring Harry Carey. These three outlaws robbed a bank in a town called New Jerusalem, started across the desert, came upon a dying woman giving birth & headed back to New Jerusalem with the baby.   

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Happy Hour / something I had never done---
« on: December 20, 2017, 12:38:37 PM »
Christmas week of 1988 Jewel & I pulled into a RV park in Edinburg, Tx. which once was an orange grove. The lady parked us beside a loaded orange tree, told us we could eat what we wanted while there. This was a totally new experience for us, almost like a fulfillment of stories we had studied and talked about. I show a picture of me peeling an orange. The next day we went to a citrus farm and bought bags of oranges and grapefruit. We were such an adventurous  couple, lived on the edge.

                                 Monroe

                                   

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