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Happy Hour / remembering Nov 22, 1963
« on: November 21, 2017, 08:29:58 PM »
That was my week to work the 1PM to 10PM shift. I was still in our driveway sitting in my service truck to check in, keyed the mike gave my call letters and called the dispatcher. He responded about half crying and screaming that the President had just been shot. I didn't ask the address of my first call instead I drove to the service center & joined the rest in the office listening to the radio. It is still hard to believe that about 15 miles from our drive, back then, our President was killed.


Happy Hour / I'm learning how to post a picture
« on: November 20, 2017, 01:48:11 PM »
sometimes there is no explanation for a picture , but this is really us sometime back.

Happy Hour / running test picture
« on: November 11, 2017, 01:25:40 PM »
trying to get going

I found my cam dwell and tach meter. For a long time all I had was a feeler gauge and a good ear for tune ups. You could just about point your finger at my vehicle, car or truck, and it would start. I think I got this meter when Jewel got the 74 Pontiac Le Mans. All I had to do was drop them in and use the meter to set them. I remember back in the day if you could find a flat head Ford that the head had never been pulled off you had made a pretty good find. I could replace a head gasket in my sleep. It was a little harder to replace one of the water pumps. Didn't have the A frame to pull a motor, used a tree limb. Those were the days.

Happy Hour / Letting go
« on: October 25, 2017, 08:53:17 AM »
A very difficult time in the elderly parent's life is letting go. This can also be, sometimes, as difficult topic for the children to bring up. Jewel & I have always met every decision in our life together head on so one day we went to an attorney to get everything in order, the more he talked the more dissatisfied we became. Jewel & I looked at each other, she nodded, we stood up, I told him we were still in full charge here how much did I owe for all this poor advice because we didn't hear anything we liked. When Teresa married our son she became our daughter with all the full benefits that our daughter would have. Everything is exactly like we want now.


Happy Hour / Sixty three years ago
« on: October 21, 2017, 02:16:00 PM »
It was when we first started talking about a plan for life. We knew it was to be together but details were sketchy at that time. Jewel was a little less than two weeks from being 18. We talked about that time in our life this morning at breakfast. In a little less than two weeks Jewel will have a birthday, the numbers will be reversed. Back then we had already started making every nickel count, we didn't foolishly spend money although I had her a full rhinestone set on lay-away at the jewelry store. That would be her Christmas present. She still has it. She gave me a leather billfold and a cigarette lighter with matching leather, I don't still have it. I do still have a leather hand made belt she gave me once with my name in the back. In Jan. of 55 there was a big promotion made about the opening of a new planetarium  at the fair park in Dallas. It was a pretty cold, but sunny Sunday afternoon we got in the Studebaker truck & went to see it. On the way back we knew it was time to marry & stop the having to kiss & say good by at her door. All this is what our memory talked about this morning.

Happy Hour / have ya'll got your flue shot
« on: October 18, 2017, 02:55:21 PM »
we always get ours about this time each year and did so last week. at our age now flue is something we don't need.


Happy Hour / I remember teaching her to swim
« on: October 15, 2017, 09:23:31 PM »
Jewel looked at this picture a long time and I was about to help her remember when she remembered. This is my Nephews little girl my G-niece who lived down the road. She adored Jewel and took to the water like a little mermaid. This little girl graduated from The University of Arkansas, speaks fluent Spanish, teaches eighth grade science, has a hard working good husband, will get her Masters by the first of the year and will start studying to become an administrator in education. She used to sit on the floor in front of Jewel and tell her she wanted to be a teacher. Jewel remembered , but I nearly forgot this little girl has two of her own now and has taught one of them to swim already.


Happy Hour / Come down to the lake
« on: October 13, 2017, 09:40:02 PM »
We knew they had gone to the boat club for a couple of days but I thought my window work was to important to get away. Teresa called, the lake is calm, the boat runs perfect,  the shoreline is pretty & Jimmy went to Soulman's for sliced BBQ beef ya'll come on. I'm glad we went, the windows were still here when we got back home. I forgot my camera but Jim took some pictures with his camera and printed them off for us. I copied them just now with my camera & put them in the computer. Here we are picnicking and boat riding

Late in Nov. 1999 Jewel's sister, Julia, called from Ohio seeking help. We brought Julia into our home before Christmas and these two sisters became nearly inseparable as time went by. Julia, being 13 years older than Jewel and having left home at the start of WWII left them not really knowing each other. I had cancer in 01, Julia took over which really helped Jewel. In the spring of 03 Julia was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died in our home June of 03. Here is a quote from Courage Under Fire---"I understand that for the people who really care about you the fact that you are facing cancer is very hard to swallow--they will need time managing & dealing with their emotions just as you do"----Julia wanted Jewel to sing What A Friend We Have In Jesus at her funeral and asked me to conduct the service. I show a picture of Jewel & Julia and I took a picture of Jewel just before we left for the service. Jewel sang that day as beautiful as I had ever heard. I don't know how she did it. This was to be the last time Jewel sang before a congregation.

Happy Hour / Getting these cataracts off my baby blues
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:24:36 PM »
Jewel & I have been seeing the same eye doctor at Baylor Dallas since 1989 and he told me it was time to remove my cataracts so I was set up for consultation today with the surgeon. This is the same doc who removed the cataracts from Jewel's eyes year before last. He and our main eye doc work together. My right eye will be first Nov. 13 and the left Dec. 4. There are no problems anticipated and I'm sure ready to get it done. Night driving is getting difficult when meeting a car.   

Happy Hour / Shine On Harvest Moon
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:59:24 AM »
Jewel & I watched the harvest moon rise above the trees at the creek, then partly disappear in the clouds then break through as if saying I'm here for you tonight.  A single coyote across the way on the south side started low and as it reached upward others joined in, almost immediately down on our creek it sounded like a coyote round up. Our dogs joined in with full expression with their two cents worth, then all went silent. We stayed in our chairs held hands and just enjoyed the night. That same moon is the same one that was there for us from the beginning. I take these words out of context but I like them--"Shine on Harvest Moon The Night Is mighty Dark--I can't see why a boy should sigh--When by his side is the girl he loves so true.


Happy Hour / driving distractions
« on: October 05, 2017, 07:11:08 AM »
sitting in a car today looks like you're getting ready for a blast off count down. I know all this because of the car DIL drives and the one Jim drives. we looked at new cars and backed off buying. I have to admit there were distractions back in the 50s because of personal involvement. I was almost 17 and had bought a pride & joy that did not have anything about it to distract , but we still ended up in a ditch leaning against the bank on a corner. Jewel was as proud of that PU as I was, she always would sit as close to me as possible without being in my lap. we had just go through Sabine bottom and was turning bare pin corner, almost a hard 90degree with deep sand. it does not take four hands on the steering wheel, but my two had grabbed the wheel too late into the turn causing over steering right into the ditch. No telling what might have happened if we had been texting or watching one of those TV screens in the dash. The news this morning was talking about distractions on the cars of today.

Happy Hour / what was your first voting experience like
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:17:56 PM »
Grandpa must have been the precinct chairman of the South Sabine district because the Sheriff always delivered and picked up the locked box at Grandpa's house. I well remember that. The voting poll was at the school where I was in the first grade, usually on the school's porch. I don't know what the election was about, Grandpa and another man was sitting at a table with the box when a recess time came. Our little class only had about four or five  and we all stopped at the table. Grandpa asked if we wanted to vote, of course we didn't understand, he asked could we print our names, which we could. He gave each of us a piece of paper a pencil and told us to print our name, showed us how to fold it and let us push it through the slot on that box.


Happy Hour / Do ya'll read protest signs held up by individuals
« on: October 03, 2017, 08:41:53 AM »
Jewel & I had to park a little ways and walk to one of our favorite Mexican food places at noon yesterday. I was aware of a man holding a pretty good sized sign, as we approached he asked how long had we been married. He looked harmless enough so I told him going on 63 years, God Bless the two of you, I can tell you're still in love--do you always hold hands-- I told him just about all our life. He didn't ask for anything--I never pay any attention to hand held signs, but I did find myself wondering later what his sign read. He was gone when we left the café.


Happy Hour / Did you ever take a trip that was a waste of time--we did
« on: October 01, 2017, 04:15:21 PM »
We both had heard about Las Vegas & all it's glory as kids, it was one of those far away places we even talked about and wondered about. I still don't know why but one day I called Jewel all excited and said" lets take a quick trip to Las Vegas". what do you mean, she asked. I'm tired of working and want to get out of here a few days. It is so easy to call the travel agency and find what they call a good deal so that's what Jewel did. We were booked at the Frontier Hotel even with a free show seeing Siegfried & Roy doing their tiger acts. The brochure showed this beautiful room with a magnificent view of a beautiful pool. The room was small, hot and behind the wall covered drapes was a little window with a view of the alley full of trash cans. I didn't have to go ballistic, Jewel did, when she got back to the room there was two bell hops and a desk clerk with her. They moved us to the room that looked like the picture without even a word of apology. We saw the free show, next night saw Shirley McClain, next night saw Bill Cosby. Jewel swam in their pool which needed some repair work. This was in Aug. of 82.  Jewel went back once more with some in her tennis club to see the Martina Navratilova---Jimmy Connors tennis match , in 92 I think. They stayed at Caesars Palace and had a good time. I have no desire to ever return to Vegas. 

Happy Hour / State Fair of Texas started today
« on: September 29, 2017, 03:30:21 PM »
We've been going through some 1962 slides. This was Oct of 62 at the fair--Jewel is getting Jimmy and herself a snow cone. I can make out the prices that popcorn was 15 cents and a snow cone was a dime. We used to go &  really have fun, but the last time Jewel & I went was in the late 90s on senior day, we got in free but paid through the teeth for everything else.

Happy Hour / Is your sibling also a close friend
« on: September 28, 2017, 09:32:32 PM »
I found a picture of Sis taken Oct. 62. It was on a slide, she is two years younger than me. You have seen her in a lot of our 50s pictures, she was in our group as teens. Sis told Teresa that she was the only one left in the family who knew Jewel's and my early years story. Back in the day there were some folks who thought Sis & I were twins. We have coffee together ever morning between 5 & 6 o'clock. The only time in our life she ever got angry with me was when she first started dating. She didn't need or want any of my help by letting some of her dates know my expectations of them. My hair wasn't as deep red as hers but red enough.


Happy Hour / Drivers License--?
« on: September 27, 2017, 12:15:05 PM »
I know and understand why there is sometimes a debate within a family about elderly still driving. It was time for Jewel to renew her license, birthday is Nov.2. I did not mention this to anyone, but left it up to Jewel as to what she wanted. We went down this morning and she left there renewed until 2023. ALZ is certainly not to be taken lightly and we don't,but we fight this disease everyday to hold onto everything we can and anyway we can. Jewel restricted herself about driving and it never comes up. We see on the news often that an elderly person gets in the car and sometimes is found in another state or not found at all. I have a safe place to keep the car and truck keys. They are never left laying around. Jewel still makes decisions and if they seem to be going off the track I gently nudge them in the right direction without fanfare. Today has been a good day for her.


Happy Hour / Do you have a family member who reminds you of your spouse
« on: September 25, 2017, 07:30:05 AM »
This is Jewel's great niece, Virginia's granddaughter, . She has competed and won in obstacle running, but now her full attention is running marathons. We give our full support and let her know how proud. I think she has Jewel's look more than any other family member. I show her picture because it went public.


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