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Happy Hour / Sears is about gone
« on: December 28, 2018, 07:43:33 AM »
There is a little sadness felt as Sears sucks a last breath. A new Sears Roebuck catalog arriving was "as good as it gets" back then. That new catalog was hope for something new, new clothes for some or a new tool for others. How long would it take for me to save up for that BB gun. I saw Marlon Brando wearing a motorcycle jacket In The Wild One , I had to have one. I got the girl, he didn't. My girl really liked me in that motorcycle ordered from The Sears Roebuck catalog.

Happy Hour / 2019----WOW
« on: December 26, 2018, 06:51:00 AM »
Now would be a good time to listen to a song by the Carter Family that was popular during the depression years---My Dad used to sing it. Keep On The Sunny Side Of Life---recorded 1927 by The Carter Family

Happy Hour / She made us proud
« on: December 10, 2018, 05:41:55 PM »
This is Jewel's Great niece. Sunday morning she ran a marathon 31.6 miles in 5:2:19 that is setting a pretty good pace. We all are very proud of this for her. This was her first marathon, and already thinking about a triathlon.

Happy Hour / A fence row memory
« on: December 07, 2018, 09:45:33 AM »
Dad bought this new in the spring of 53. We did lots of custom cutting at the going rate of $6 per acre. We had just pulled onto a pretty large field late on a Wednesday, during the night Dad got sick. We went to the field the next day but Dad couldn't make it, the fellow we were to cut for took him home. A WD Allis-Chalmers wasn't meant for comfort, I spent three hard long hour days with that combine beating at my butt. I had my 17th birthday about a week later. Years later that's me on that same old tractor mowing my field where we live today. The best part of this memory is My Dad and the man I cut for bragged on me around the community.

Happy Hour / A photo I've never seen
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:08:00 PM »
This is my Mother and her twin sister.  On the back it only has their names, Estell and Windell. My Mom is Estell but I don't know which she is. This appears to be early teens. They were triplets but my uncle must have been camera shy however this picture was found by our cousin in his old album. For their 80th birthday my two sisters & I gave them a birthday party at the Woman's bldg. in Terrell. There was a write up all about them in the local paper. They both bought themselves a new car after that, My Mom got a Buick Century Aunt Windell got a red Ford Mustang. Mom said Aunt Windell always kept them in trouble. They would trade seats at school, Grandad bought a new Model T he never learned to drive but these two did, Mom started it Aunt Windell was behind the wheel and immediately ditched it. They did finally learn but Grandad said they went too fast, he sold before they killed themselves. He was afraid to ride with them.

Happy Hour / found a memory in the travel trailer
« on: November 16, 2018, 06:11:19 PM »
Once a month on Friday morning Jewel & I would hook up the trailer and head to a pre planned destination. Often we saw another RV up ahead, Jewel keyed the mic, come in Blimp 1 , this is Little Jewel gotcha ears on. We were members in The CB travel club. Our handle was Big Mc and Little Jewel. We would all eat out together on Fri. night, have pot luck supper Sat. night with dominoes, poker and 42. Jewel was a poker player & I played dominoes neither of us cared for 42. We would hang our name plate on a post in front of the club president's trailer. Good fun and many good memories.

Happy Hour / Birthday---Apology---celebration---friendship
« on: November 02, 2018, 09:29:18 AM »
Hello Rabbit (Donna) I have no excuse for just today seeing a message you sent me back in August however, it is fitting for today. This is Jewel's Birthday with a Cracker Barrell celebration planned with her sister Virginia and Brother Jim. Yours and the friendships we have on The Bayou Gardener has been a tremendous needed help. I plan to have a scaled down garden this next year and listen again to Donald's "Less is More" approach. Here is Jewel with that terrific smile she has always had even from then until now. She has always loved dogs, I'm the old dog in one of these. Thank you for the message , sorry for my delayed response.--------Monroe

Happy Hour / Another good concert night
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:27:55 AM »
Last night we heard two good hours of the old country classics .The Malpass Brothers & band brought many memories back not with the song but also with the voice. ---Ernest Tubb--"Walking The Floor Over You"---Hank Locklin--"Send Me The Pillow You Dream On"---One of the best George Jones--"He Stopped Loving Her Today"----It was a great night , Jewel came into our office area & I took her picture before we left.

Happy Hour / Friendships matter
« on: October 11, 2018, 05:24:03 PM »
It is always good to get a call from my friend Ben. We had good conversation with health talk, garden and curing peanuts. Ben is easy to talk with , I like him we always wish each other well in all things. Thanks for the call Ben


Happy Hour / Getting ready for winter
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:34:36 PM »
This generator started on first pull, hadn't been started since last fall. Used the electric pole saw for a load & trimmed a tree. I have another one of these & will trim another tree tomorrow with it. Hope they won't have to be started again till next fall

Happy Hour / SIS
« on: October 07, 2018, 08:48:02 PM »
I've been giving  Sis a hard time about turning 80 next week. We have coffee together every morning between 5 & 5:30. Notice the red hair our youngest sister also has red hair. Dad had a niece about the same age as he with red hair. We were the only ones kin to each in this part of the country with red hair. Our grandparents came to this part of the country in late 1800 from Missouri. In 1986 the McAnally's , through genealogy, had a Missouri get together. We met our Scotch Irish relatives many looked like us red hair, blue eyes and freckles. A couple of fellows would pass for my brother. Bless their heart

Happy Hour / "These Are Times That Try Men's Souls"----here's why
« on: October 07, 2018, 11:14:12 AM »
It hasn't been too long ago that I bought a can of WD40 at TSC , went to pay for it and the man at the register asked my age. I wanted to know why, it was on the computer to ask he said. I went into Auto Zone a couple of days ago to get a 7mm box end wrench. I had left Jewel in the car, running with the AC on. Found the wrench stood in line while the counter man was trying to explain something over the phone. Finally  my turn I had money in hand while he punched around on the computer, what's your phone number, without asking why so there wouldn't be any delay I told him then he wanted to know the make and model of the car. I can blame my reaction for being old, being stressed , in a hurry or whatever but I lost my temper, just before I told him where to stick the 7mm wrench I told him to take my damn money so I could go. 

Happy Hour / My shop work is under the tree.
« on: October 05, 2018, 06:10:08 PM »
This afternoon I did a little shade tree mechanic work. Jewel watched and took pictures. It was time for new plugs. I asked if she would get a warm pan of water & gently wash my hands---she said no

Happy Hour / Rockn' All Night---We Belong Together---Peggy Sue
« on: September 21, 2018, 07:34:04 AM »
As soon as Jewel & I felt like we could afford one we went to Sears repo--slightly damaged room and found a $50 TV. Last night was season opening concert night. Some very special memories were brought back. American Bandstand music---The best Rock & Roll ever. Buddy Holly---slow dancing to Donna--Ritchie Valens--and never forget The Big Bopper. What a great night for that youthful feeling once again. I show a picture of Jewel upon arrival and the sheet listing some Great Songs.

Happy Hour / Love letters
« on: September 17, 2018, 04:40:52 PM »
Jewel's Mom never threw anything away like letters. Back in the day Jewel & I saw each other more than often but we still wrote cards & letters. I recently found 18 love letters I wrote to her. Most likely I would see her be fore a letter arrived. Here is a quote from me  "Jewel I got the record you wanted, You Alone, Perry Como they had just arrived and was pretty high .89 but I wanted to get it for you. I don't like Bing Crosby as you know but I bought some of his at three for a dollar. I hauled hay a couple of days and got a job yesterday up at the seed cleaning barn 6 to 6 he pays .50 a hour. I'll see you Sat nite we can just listen to the records or go to the show"------

                      I don't remember but I would bet I took her those records before Sat night.-----I found another letter telling her about getting out of the seed barn and driving the grain truck. These letters were post marked Aug 53

Happy Hour / I fully understand evaluation--but---
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:26:54 AM »
I have been on both sides of the evaluation spectrum so I consider myself fully qualified to complain. The day Jewel was dismissed from the hospital last month I was approached with the idea of some home health care. This sounded like something that was a prayer answered. It wasn't, without going into all the details I let it be know loud and clear we didn't need one more person coming out taking blood pressure, watching Jewel get in and out of bed, climb the stairs, checking the shower, wanting to know about house cleaning and food prep. I understood the first evaluation visit but after the third I wanted to know why they weren't on the same page. I told them not to come back. Jewel & I have been taking care of each other over 63 years and I'm pretty sure we know how to continue.


Happy Hour / a memory I ran across
« on: September 12, 2018, 05:31:14 PM »
My Dad died of cancer Jan. 94. While he was still able to get around a local church put together a tribute to him. Dad was an active minister for 40 years. The early years started in 1949 at a Methodist Church called Bethel. Jewel and I were the narrators for those first years covering from 49 until we married in 55. There is a montage of memories on a screen as Jewel speaks, she concluded with Dad's favorite hymn, Were You There. I talked about how as a 13 year old boy I didn't want to be a preachers boy. Time went on, mine and Jewel's friendship turned to true love and the rest is history. ----I found these pictures made on a special day


Happy Hour / A little of what I've been doing
« on: September 05, 2018, 05:08:40 PM »
Particle board was what was being used 50 years ago over the sub floor and not knowing any thing about it back then Jewel & I put it down. BIG mistake, if the stuff gets wet it turns back to saw dust. We had a dish washer seal leak a few years back & we're just now making floor repairs. I cut out the damage to the sub floor, put down tar paper, screwed down 3/4" ply wood , primed and used peel & stick tile. Just thought I'd let ya'll know we're still here.


Happy Hour / just to let you know
« on: August 11, 2018, 07:14:18 AM »
Last Saturday morning about 3:00 I called 911. Jewel was sick with uncontrollable shaking. We stayed in ER most of Saturday then ICU until late Sunday night. She went to a private room for Monday and was dismissed late Monday afternoon. Her sodium level had dropped dangerously low & it took time to bring this back to normal. Our insurance provides home health care which we'll have. She was in outstanding care from the young first responders, the two young ambulance paramedics , the care in the ER, the young lady who was her hospital doctor, and all the nursing staff. I know we get bogged down as we see & listen to all the crap going on today but there are still lots of outstanding young people out there.------Monroe

Happy Hour / It's that time of year again
« on: July 09, 2018, 03:30:49 PM »
Every year on this date I have a birthday--Jewel & I drove over to Greenville and had a quite lunch. Tonight Jimmy & Teresa are giving me a party with pizza, cake & ice cream. Jewel & I have know each other 69 of my 82 years, our life together has been interesting as we reflect back & can see the whole picture now.


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