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Our little piece of country

Monday, October 31, 2011

We moved to our neighborhood in 1997.It was cattle,horses,pigs and chickens.Now its been taken away by noise.The airport moved here by the base about 6 years ago and you can hear the Jumbo Jets night and day,Central Texas A&M,A pathways school,A middle School,3 new Churches,A career academy and 3 new fire stations.Now they are building an overpass and new highway and taking away our country road.The cattle fields are now gleaming new houses and neighborhoods!All the things I had admired about our neighborhood was its rolling hills(gone)the mooing of cows(gone)the peace(gone) Improvements?I beg to differ when I walk outside and hear traffic,sirens and school bells ringing.The marching bands sound like they are in our yard and the church choir is so dang loud(they practice outside)Other than that everything is mama always said be careful what ya wish for little girl...hmmmm... emoticonSUSAN

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TXGRANDMA 11/8/2011 4:52PM

    I am so sorry that happened to you in your area of TX. It surely doesn't seem fair. Maybe you can sell and move a little further out? Good Luck!
I sympathize with you, as I too, detest the URBAN sprawl. I think it is close to being a sin, using up the farm land for homes!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/7/2011 11:20PM

    I live in a suburb, but up 106 steps, the street seems far away and we don't hear much traffic noise. We and our neighbours walk up from the street and there are no car doors opening and closing nearby.
Though we are by the airport and sometimes we hear the planes coming in. and in the fog, the foghorns (romantic, I've always thought).
Then there is the sound of the children playing, and other neighbours, and their dogs. I can live with that, and they have to live with the sound of my chickens as they discuss their food finds, the neighbourhood cats when they get too close, and announcing their latest egg.
I used to live in the country and we would hear the sound of animals calling to each other. There was quite a din from the geese. And when it was time to wean the sheep, the ewes would call and call all night long for their little lambs. In autumn the vintners would set off bird scarers (like cannon fire at irregular intervals.) Farmers would shoot rabbits in the evening. Not so quiet, the country where i come from...

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IILAAD65 11/1/2011 9:13AM

    Move to ILLINOIS! :)

I drive the country roads to get to Walmart from my little town. I can get to the highway in less than 10 minutes but that's if I do the speed limit. One route I see sheep and the other is corn fields, crows and cows!

I love having it all within reach but where I want to be.

In 15 years, that's some serious progress! ... so sad to see it all go.

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MARTHASPARKS 10/31/2011 9:32PM

    Progress has its price. I'm sorry you all are paying it!

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BETTERHEALTH123 10/31/2011 6:58PM

    Your blog reminds me of Joni Mitchell song - Big Yellow Taxi-- "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot. They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum and charged the people a dollar and a half to see them...

don't it always seem to go, you don't know what you've got until its gone, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.


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RRP546 10/31/2011 3:54PM

  thats progress

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A walk together

Sunday, October 30, 2011

My oldest daughter is contemplating a second marriage.She is a beautiful young woman and she's tired of waiting for the man she loves.They met 6 years ago.He insists they wait.She calls me crying all the time.He does NOT want commitment.She came over and poured her heart out on the table.What do you think?she asked.I think,you already have your answer right here I pointed to her heart.I can't tell you,it's your decision.We took a walk together hand in hand,silent for a while.She looked at me and said Mom,I want what you and daddy have.No one has ever looked at me the way he looks at you.And he truly loves you from his heart.I know honey but,love is not made to order.It's not fast food...she laughed and said Dam!We sat down when we got back home and I embraced her in a hug so tight.I wish i could get out my book of Right Answers and tell her what she wants to know...Heck im her mom and i'd love to make her feel better and give all she wants to her on a silver platter.It dont work that way though so I'll keep loving her and lending an ear when she needs it,but no advice..... emoticonSUSAN

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BETTERHEALTH123 10/30/2011 10:47AM

    Susan, When and IF you find that book of "right answers" send it my way - I'd like to borrow it.

Sometimes people just need someone to listen to them.

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MARVEEME 10/30/2011 8:50AM

    The hardest thing to do is to walk away from something that is comfortable in search of something better. My prayers are with you both.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/30/2011 2:33AM

    Your a good Mom. Your there when she needs someone to listen. I hope your Daughter figures out what she wants. emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 10/30/2011 1:31AM

    She wants him but by staying with him, she is letting the man she really needs pass her by. For a mother that is really hard. For her, it is even worse. It is so smart of you to let her figure this out herself. You sure don't want her blaming you if it doesn't work out!

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JUSGETTENBY42 10/30/2011 12:49AM

    you cannot get into someone's heart or head-----be there to listen and be suportive

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/30/2011 12:43AM

    What a wise mother you are.

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Today we were married 34 years!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sometimes it feels like just yesterday two kids were getting married.It was the year Elvis died.It was the year my mother and aunt were attacked with a butcher knife by a crazed man.It was the year my precious uncle drowned and my grams was diagnosed with cancer!We looked and acted like kids,but we tied the knot for our daughters sake.The truth was we loved each other deeply as friends.It wasnt until we were married that we realized we couldnt be apart.It was'nt cool to marry outside our race.We were treated like crap by alot of whites and blacks but we stood our ground.We went to Germany and were treated like family by the locals.We went on to have 4 daughters,8 grands,two ex son-in-laws.We have seen them graduate,get married,try drugs/alcohol/go to jail and we are still together.The world is still spinning.We have both become Grouches,set in our ways but,we have mutual love and affection for each other.We talk and laugh everyday,hold hands,hug,and give a kiss before leaving each other for the day.He has started helping in the house quite alot lately,giving soothing backrubs,and taking out the trash.He knows how to be a craphead but also apologizes when he is....LOL....Today like every year he bought me beautiful roses!He took our daughter to school because I felt green around the gills from a stomach virus...i slept until 10:00am...we had a nice lunch and shopped together.Laughed at the people going by and splurged on ice cream.All these things I mention are better than any material gift....He gives these things to me all year and says...I LOVE YOU ten times a day everyday(when he's not being an ASS)HAHAHA!!!I would do it all over again.... emoticonSUSAN

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/30/2011 3:55AM

    Congratulations, a very full marriage....and more to come!

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MARTHASPARKS 10/30/2011 1:33AM

    This is a rock solid, happy marriage. When you remember the good things, get over the occasional desire to kill him in his sleep and really appreciate the shared past, marriage is miraculous. I am happy for you and I celebrate your love and its endurance.

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MARVEEME 10/29/2011 9:37PM


That's the's not good enough to find the person you can live with, you must find the one that you can't live without. Marriage has never been a 50/50 proposition....if it's not 100/100, it will never last.


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DIZZYDOC 10/29/2011 8:17PM

    emoticon You sound like the perfect couple. You have stuck together through so much .... you are still in love and you still care and share. What a wonderful marriage you have. I hope you have many many more anniversaries.


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KOFFEENUT 10/29/2011 2:23PM

    Congratulations on accomplishing something so rare in today's culture - 34 years of marriage!!!


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FLAFLUTTERBY 10/29/2011 5:21AM

    Happy Anniversary! Blessings to you both for hanging in there and wishing you many more years together!


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SNOWANGELDIVA 10/29/2011 2:20AM

    Oh, Sue Congratulations on your ANNIVERSARY!
Your years together have seen so many things.
I'm so sorry for the times of heartache.
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Blessings to many more joyful years!!
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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/29/2011 1:48AM

    You are both lucky to have found each other and all credit to you for keeping the love alive after all this time.
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PATRICIA_97504 10/29/2011 1:08AM

    Congrats on 34 years of marital bliss.

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SWEETTOOTH712 10/29/2011 12:11AM

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/28/2011 11:54PM

    Happy Anniversary. emoticon

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My grandkids enlighten me...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Yesterday had me so worn out from the dental office...I almost dropped upon arriving at home..guess what my 19 yo grandson missed the bus and didnt have money for a taxi...there i went again!I picked him up got in some terrible traffic and he asked could i take him"real quick"to get groceries.What the heck I needed fruit and veggies i'd knock that off my list.I had to laugh at him when i saw his cart loaded down with junk food and soda!To the top full(thank goodness for big trunks)I keep my opinions to myself about junk food because Kayla buys her share and so does my hubs!We were leaving the store when I looked up and saw him taking a bag of food out and dropping it in the Food For Families food drive heart just melted!When he was young we did that together. emoticonmy little man has a big heart.He grinned over at me and said I never forget grammy...He tried to pay me gas money but,that selfless act of kindness from a teen MAN was more than enough.My lesson here was that when I was teaching them about giving was,that he was listening emoticonall along!! emoticonSUSAN

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MARTHASPARKS 10/28/2011 2:23PM

    Your grandchildren are magnificent. They have their grandma's heart!

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BETTERHEALTH123 10/28/2011 9:08AM

    Very nice picture. Your grandson looks happy.

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KOFFEENUT 10/28/2011 1:29AM

    I know you're proud to have such a fine man in your life - and you should also be proud of the part you played in demonstrating the values he clearly picked up!

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JSPIN74 10/27/2011 2:52PM

    awesomeness emoticon emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 10/27/2011 2:38PM

    and you melted my heart!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/27/2011 2:24PM

    Awww, what a good boy.

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Mom I forgot to tell you....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My brave little grandson is ten and supposed to be a man for the dentist!poppycock!!I feel like if they hold back tears it makes them mean.Gilbert was scared and I could see it on his face!He has had a toothache for two days and had to get it drilled and filled.His dentist was an angel from heaven but,she told him he was a big boy and not to cry....I said can i talk to you outside?Yes,i said he is a big boy but he can cry all he wants!So please keep that in mind.He was sitting in that chair with his heart beating out of his little chest and I pulled out his fave music with earbuds.I saw his body relax immediately.She turned and smiled and said grammy knows,i dont know all and it was a moment when i just thought of what a music buff he is.He was honored with a bravery medal a dentist's goody bag,and stickers!He talked nonstop after the numbing meds wore off about how his grammy is the bomb?oh well i'll take the honors thank you...we ate some grilled chicken salads for lunch and for someone that wasnt that hungry he ate his salad and some of mine plus some!I was taking him back to school and he says Aaliyah has an appointment at 2 at the same dentist...really?my phone rang and my daughter says MAAAA!I forgot to tell i dropped off Gilbert the great and signed out Aaliyah the human talking machine....she got in the car and said Im starving to death!!!Thank goodness i have that music in my purse the dentist will need!! emoticonSUSAN

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/27/2011 2:13AM

    So cute, you are a great nana.
I agree about the crying, you always feel so much better after a blub, it's nature's way of getting you over stuff...

Sleep well, sleep til after 8! emoticon

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BARBAELLEN 10/26/2011 10:10PM

    Awww. So cute.

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MAMAG476 10/26/2011 3:51PM

    Way to go gma. I believe you got a handle on the little ones. I had to take my granddaughter to the doctor the other day because she was just dying of right side pain. I told her she looked fine to me when Haley got into the car but we went to the clinic anyway. Which was a poke and feel here. Continue with Tylenol and use warm packs on her stomach. So time to leave and she wants to go to Gma's house instead of going back home. Which was a big no. Her mom just started a new job and Haley dont like it one bit. They have to go to the babysitter's at 5am. I wouldnt like it either. emoticon

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DEBLYNN323 10/26/2011 2:39PM

    emoticon....what a wise woman you are! Your grandchildren are very lucky to have you as a grandma and a friend!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 10/26/2011 2:30PM

    LOL! the dentist is gonna need the music...niiiiice.
My manchild is nervous at the dentist and he can take them out with a sweep of his Goliath sized mitt. I think when professions do their duty day-in and day-out they forget that this is a new and absolutely vulnerable experience.
Hope grand daughter has a pleasant visit.

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