You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis

Thursday, June 25, 2015

25 June 2015...gads, six months until Christmas, then our 53 wedding anniversary.
     While looking for an e-mail address found some quotes in my note book: "Life is like a ten speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use."  Charles Schultz. another good one,  "It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop." Confucius     Going slow is beginning to bother me, still lots to do and over three-quarters of a century is showing.
    John is in Washington stare, Federal Way, riding with Scott on his deliveries.  Yesterday they drove through Mount Rainier Park and stopped at a Hops Museum.  Hops and ingredient is some beer(s).  He will have really good stories to tell.
   Making good progress in the KING FAMILY album.  Will post new photos soon.  Good Day.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I can't take them with me !!    June 16, 2015.
    The them are all the family history stories I cherish.  My most famous story is about my Aunt Anna Holt (Tidwell) who stopped Union Army's advance from Fairburn, GA to Stockbridge during The War Between the States.  They finally made their pass, but it took time and made a great family story.  John's family history is dotted with several fascinating stories.  And, no one tells the stories better than John, a gifted raconteur.
    As I have worked on the Webb-McCleskey Family Histories, many of these stories are recorded for posterity, hoping that they will be read by generations to come.  More and more, it is all about the hear and now or the future.  I must admit, just this week a new Jurassic movie is breaking all box office records and the History channel produced and presented a multiple hours long history of Texas Independence conflict with Mexico.  No one will ever be sad because our family was forgotten.  NO, NO it is not forgotten and many of our ancestors are covered in detail.  Some of the families of early generations are not covered, just not enough data.  My families were mostly un-eduacted and very poor.  They arrived in America before we were a country and records were not kept.  That is John's fate as well with several wonderful exceptions.
    So, hear's hoping, down the genetic DNA we will have family historians that want to know about their ancestors.  Look, read and enjoy, I tired my very best.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Last day of May 2015
    I would love to be a writer and string beautiful informative descriptions together, recording grand and less grand events.  I am not, so we can progress with that thought.  Since May 6th Texas and Texas weather has been anything but normal.  But, normal weather is an oxymoron in Texas.  Our backyard rain gauge from 6 May until 31 May has collected 21.6 inches. In Dallas it is less than that but rainiest May ever.  Flooding all over the state, several lives loss and millions of dollars of damage done to homes, businesses and infrastructure.  Lots of rivers have not crested yet and more damage yet to come.  If any one ever reads this, they can Google Texas Floods, May 2015.
    John and I stayed in, watched rain gauge rise, cooked our meals and gave Thanks that we were in no danger of flooding.  John Jr's Shop flooded for the third time since 2007.  Very discouraging and a huge mess to clean up.
    So, what does the weather forecast for summer look like.  Forecasters have agreed that average temperature will be -5 degrees cooler, a plus.  I haven't seen or heard about rain fall amounts.  We back-up to Mr Fred Sandmann and his farm.  His wheat is ready to harvest but who knows when it will be dry enough, we are hoping he doesn't lose his wheat or if his field of small grain doesn't drown.
    All the time we were house bound I was working on The KING FAMILY Album.  With a few pictures of E.C.Webb added (his mother was a King) it will be finished.  I love this album and the wonderful colorful people and their stories.  It is a take time to read album and not a flip through.  Now thinking of where to place it.  Scott is already expressing concern over how many albums I have and how little space he has.  I certainly understand and starting to really work on returning my research to the historical societies in area where these people lived.  I see several years of work, I am not bored!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sat, 25 Apr 15.  It is easier to spend words than sort and group patterned paper.  While working on the KING FAMILY history and photo album, the papers are spread over the guest bed.  When family visited last week it was stacked and stored.  Yesterday, I started laying it out on the bed.  I am over come with quantity!! For over a year or two, I have imposed a moratorium  on purchasing more paper.  Mostly, I have adhered to this sanction.  This, I believe, will be my last family album; I do not have enough material both data and photos to do other families.  This leaves me with probably, a twelve inch or higher stack of papers falling towards heritage pages and colors.  What to do!!
  Looming on my office book shelves are about four dozen binders of different width full of family history and photos, my research.  They have to be weeded of duplicate copies, and indexed so these binders can be sent to counties where these families lived (Holt, Jackson, Kite to Fayette Co, GA; King, Webb, Brown to Stone Co, AR, etc, etc, etc).  Leaning to work one-half time on heritage album and one-half time on data management has eluded me.  I started the KING album the last few days of Dec 2014, now approaching the end of four months.  Want to finish this album and put away material.
  Looking forward to 2 May, National Scrapbooking Day; will attend fund raising crop for several classes in Collinsville High School.  This will be new experience for me.  Will see several ladies from Remember When and hope to make new friends.
  Have I mentioned Bernice?  Also, since last few days of 2014, Bernice has been addition to our family.  On our list, she is number 5 but on her list she rates as at least number 3.  I try to walk and work her everyday, weather permitting.  Good for her, good for me.  She is a rather rangy thing with border collie coloring. Today, I have decided she is less Border Collie than other breeds.  Because of her deep chest and very long legs, and long snot, I am convinced she has lots of Greyhound.  She is also bark-less which opens doors to many breeds.  The long and short of knowing her heritage is her behavior.  Border Collies have reputation of being smart and obedient.  They are a herding breed and yes Bernie is a herder....Kipper and GiGi.  Not so good a characteristic for inside dog of old folks.  Life with Bernie to be continued.......

Thursday, April 16, 2015

16 April, noon.  Bernie and I are still training!!  Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisper, says, "calm and assertive."  
     I will try and take some photos of the wildflowers.  No need to try most days, too much wind.  To day would be great day to photograph if wind would lay; light gray sky prevents shadows.   No Blue bonnets in the neighborhood but plenty of pretty wildflowers (I have no clue of names).
     We had very short, 3 days, visit with Spencer and Scott.  High light of trip for them was attending Medal of Honor parade.  Gainesville is host city to Medal of Honor recipients.  All living Medal of Honor recipients are invited each year to attend weekend honoring them, the festivities end with huge parade.  So glad Scott and Spencer here to see.  Not many people get to see so many brave men together.  John and I are very proud that we were in Army and did what was called for service.  John served in Trieste, (now a part of Italy) during 1953-54. It was a wonderful year for him.  He regrets everyday that he was not sent to Korea.  He served several years in Reserves but pressure of growing a business in Houston; he resigned a Lt Col.
    I did a dietetic internship in Brooke General Hospital, San Antonio, TX, then remained on staff afterwards.  A great experience with some really nice people. You know the story, married John and got out.  1st Lt Judy M Webb.

   

Saturday, April 4, 2015

4 Apr '15, 59 degrees, light wind, noon, BEAUTIFUL day!!!   Have been removing young thistle, adding bleach to septic system and working Bernie in obedience.  Watched Cesar Milan last night, what I have been doing with Bernie isn't getting results I want.  She has no intention of Heeling.  At least we are exercising and the neighbors see us trying.  LOL  Bernie is part Border Collie and part something with long snot and legs, probably from cow dog type, maybe greyhound, or some other hound.  Hounds are not noted for being easily obedience trained.  Of course, the few photos I have of Bernie are on my phone.
    Yes, I am still working on my album.  Stuck on a page using canvas as back ground.  Will put it up as soon as I finish.  JMW

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mar 14, '15.  This morning, I was invited to ride to Denton (TX) with John where he planned to shop at Harbor Freight.  This was an exciting invitation for Harbor Freight shares a parking lot with Hobby Lobby.  It has been a long, wet, icy, snowy, cold Winter in North Texas; I haven't visited Hobby Lobby, Michael's or Joann's but maybe once each.  Actually, it is more a moratorium on NOT buying more scrap-booking  supplies than the weather that kept me away.  Today, I did a lot of looking and only bought a bottle of glue and two stamps. A success story, for I found several pads of gorgeous paper but I must use up some of this beautiful paper in stash first, I bought no paper.  
    The Kathy Orta Files designed, Retrospective 365 album, that I am filling with Heritage photos of John's KING FAMILY ancestors is progressing nicely.  In fact, closing here so I can add another page to the album.  JMW