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Friday, July 15, 2011

What We Learn From The Plight Of Jake

Jake's old farm truck

An Old Cowboy Poem - Life Lesson -

Jake, the rancher, went one day
To fix a distant fence.
The wind was cold and gusty
And the clouds rolled gray and dense.

As he pounded the last staples in
And gathered tools to go,
The temperature had fallen,
And snow began to blow.

When he finally reached his pickup,
He felt a heavy heart.
From the sound of that ignition
He knew it wouldn't start.

So Jake did what most of us
Would do if we were there.
He humbly bowed his balding head
And sent aloft a prayer.

As he turned the key the last time,
He softly cursed his luck
They found him three days later,
Frozen stiff in that old truck.
Now Jake had been around in life
And done his share of roaming.
But when he saw Heaven, he was shocked --
It looked just like Wyoming !

Of all the saints in Heaven,
His favorite was St. Peter .
So they sat and talked a minute or two,
Or maybe it was three.
Nobody was keeping' score --
In Heaven, time is free..

'I've always heard,' Jake said to Pete ,
'that God will answer prayers,
But the one time I asked for help,
Well, he just wasn't there.'

'Does God answer prayers of some,
And ignore the prayers of others?
That don't seem exactly square --
I know all men are brothers.'

'Or does he randomly reply,
Without good rhyme or reason?
Maybe, it's the time of day,
The weather or the season.'

'Now I ain't trying to act smart,
It's just the way I feel.
And I was wondering', could you tell me
What the heck's the deal?!'
Peter listened very patiently
And when Jake was done,
There were smiles of recognition,
And he said, 'So, you're the one!!'

That day your truck, it wouldn't start,
And you sent your prayer a flying,
You gave us all a real bad time,
With hundreds of us trying.'

'A thousand angels rushed,
To check the status of your file,
But you know, Jake , we hadn't heard
From you in quite a while.'

'And though all prayers are answered,
And God ain't got no quota,
He didn't recognize your voice,
And started a truck in Minnesota '


Always stay sweet and treat others as you would like to be treated.   XXXOOOXXOOX

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Heritage Albums Aside

my great grand daughter, Carlee
my great grand daughter, Morgan

This is what I do in my spare time ... I have spent years trying to make  heritage scrapbook albums for my children so they could know 'where they came from' ... I always get sidetracked with the sweet little pictures of my grandchildren and the great grandchildren!  I just want to pull them through the computer, but have to be content sometimes to play with them in this way and believe me, I have folders full of such pictures I have made of my little angels, but I am getting nowhere on my heritage albums!!!!!
Aren't they cute though?  You know you have to agree!!!
Be sweet and treat others as you would like to be treated.   XXXOOOXXOOX

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Warshin Clothes Recipe

Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave this 'recipe' to her grand daughter along with other bits of wisdom.  This is an exact copy as it was written and found in an old scrapbook, complete with spelling errors.
Makes me want to hang a framed copy on the wall above my sparkling white washer and dryer to remind me every single day just how times have changed and to always be grateful for something as simple as a washer and dryer that do all the work with the push of a button

old wringer washing machine
Build fire in back yard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.
Shave one hole cake of lye soap in boilin water.
Sort things, make 3 piles
1 pile white
1 pile colored
1 pile work britches and rags
To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boilin water.
Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard and boil, then rub colored
dont boil just wrench and starch.
Take things out of kettle with broomstick handle, then wrench and starch.
Hang old rags on fence. Spread tea towels on grass.
Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water and turn tubs upside down.
Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs.
Brew cup of tea then set and rock a spell while you count your blessins.

Thank you, Lord for the many 'blessins' we enjoy today!!!
 A special thanks for that lovely washer and dryer!!!