Sunday, November 22, 2009

Southern Snow

There is snow in Southeast Alabama! Yep, I am telling you the truth. I wouldn't yank your chain like that! It is the end of November and we have some southern snow! Take a look!

Southern Snow! is a cotton field but, it is about as close as we get to snow down here. Now admit does look sorta like snow......doesn't it?

There are several bolls of cotton on each plant.....

This is a an open boll of cotton and the black thing beside it is a closed boll....

We have so many fields of cotton around here, I think sometimes we get used to them and forget to stop and look at how pretty they are. We may not get snow around here like our Northern neighbors do but, I think our fields of cotton are just as breathtaking!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Letter To Myself At Seventeen

For those of you familiar with country music, you have probably heard the Brad Paisley song "Letter to Myself". Well, on a local internet forum, that I am a member of, a poster asked people to post a letter to themselves at seventeen. I have thought about this for several days now and I am going to attempt to do it now........right here....on my now......okay, goes.

At seventeen, it is okay if you don't know what you want to be when you "grow up", most people still don't know the answer to that in their forty's. You don't have to go into business, just because your Mama tells you that is what you have to do. Follow your heart and do what you KNOW you are good at. Contrary to what some will tell you, you CAN make a living painting pictures and your photography is good enough so don't give up on that!

It is okay to keep being friends with that guy that has the curly hair and blue eyes. Yea, you know the one I am talking about. Make sure you stay friends because he won't be here in a couple of years and you will never get the chance again to tell him how special he was to you.

Yes, you will always be close to your brother and sister and the three of you will need each other a lot in the coming years and the closeness you enjoy now will get you through all of the bad stuff.......I promise.

You won't have those six kids that you think you want to have someday but, the three that you do have will fill your heart so full of love that it really will not matter.I am not going to tell you what you have (boys or girls) that will take some of the fun out of it.

When your Daddy disappears out of your life, remember that you did nothing wrong. Don't waste all of those years trying to figure out what you did wrong or could have done differently. Just continue to love him and let the hurt go. When you forgive and forget it allows you to keep the door open for him to come back. You just never know!

You are a better judge of character than you realize. The people that you think are your really good friends? They really are and they will continue to be your friends for the rest of your life. I promise.

Make sure you tell your Granddaddy Hartley how much he means to you. Give him extra hugs and soak up all that love he has to give you. All too soon he will be gone but, his love will follow you through the rest of your life and he will always be a presence in your life. Your Granny? Oh you will have her for many years and you will be old enough to know how important she is to you and she will know it!

That little voice you hear in your head? Yea, that one. When it tells you not to do better listen cause it will keep you out of trouble if you will let it. And, when it tells you everything is going to be alright? Listen because it is the truth.

Mistakes? Oh yea are going to make some mistakes. Some, are pretty big others not so much but, I am not going to tell you what to do differently. You need to make those mistakes because they are what will make you the person you are later in life. You won't be perfect but, you turn out pretty good if I may say so myself.

And last and certainly not least, that boy that you have had your eye on for so long? Well in a few weeks he is going to finally ask you out! You are going to fall deeply in love and he is going to hold your heart in his hands. There are going to be times that he may bruise your heart a bit but, he is going to hold it close and he is going to heal the bruises. He is going to become your best friend and those three beautiful children? He is the one that will give them to you. Your lives will not always be easy but, you will come through it all together and be stronger for it. You are going to hurt together, you are going to cry together, you are going to laugh together and well, you are just going to always be together!

Enjoy being seventeen because before you know are going to be a forty-seven year old me writing a letter to your seventeen year old self.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fun At The Fair

In the area where I live, one of the highlights of the fall season is the National Peanut Festival. Peanuts are the number one crop here and almost half of the peanuts grown in the nation are grown within our area! The Peanut Festival is one of the largest festivals dedicated to the peanut and the peanut farmer!

Our band boosters has a booth at the fair and the parents and kids work the booth to help raise money.

Everyone works really hard!

No really......we work really, really hard!

Hmmmmmm.......well we were a little slow that night but, it really is a lot of hard work. Fun, but hard!

We sell funnel cakes, fudge puppys and cotton candy of course!

When our shift was over, me and the princess decided to walk down to the exhibit barn and take a look!

There were all kinds of perserves, honey and pickles.....

There were pumpkins with jewels and stuff on them......

and really cool painted pumpkins.....

but, this was one of the strangest things we saw!

Yep! They were selling panties at the fair. Not just panties but $1.00 panties! Have you ever? Well, you know we had to go in and check them out and guess what.......

Yep......they had panties. All colors, styles and sizes. And, before you ask....NO we did not buy any. We just looked and giggled and took pictures while the really strange panty selling man gave us strange looks. HE GAVE US Strange looks. Hey Buster.........WE aren't the ones selling ladies panties at the THERE!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fun Night At The Football Game!

The last football game of the season is always the weekend of Halloween. Our band dresses up for this occasion in costumes rather than their band uniforms. It makes for a really fun night!

Silly girls!

We had a flapper!

and a ballerina, a cat and an Egyptian queen.......

a leprechaun even made an appearance......

The Princess and two of her best friends!

Minnie Mouse even came by to visit!

The Auxiliary girls went all out. We had cowgirls, bunnies, bat girl, a gypsy and even Michael Jackson made an appearance!

The Princess decided to be a gypsy!

The Color Guard looked waaaay too cute for their own good!

The last ball game is always sad because for some, this is their last game ever. For others this is just the beginning. At least they went out with style! What a fun night for all!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Introducing Tucker

I gave my hubby T, a Great Dane puppy for Father's day! Yes, I am crazy and I admit it. I already had seven dogs but, the way I look at is......Hey!......What's one more.....right?

Tucker was the size of my poodles when we got him. He weighed 12 lbs at 10 weeks old and now weighs 81 lbs at six months old.

Can you pick out the one that does not belong?

Tucker is a brindle colored Dane and he blends in with everything!


Tucker thinks he is the size of a poodle. Unfortunately he is not!

Tucker tends to lay down where ever he wants and he really does not care if you need to get by.

Tucker has these hangy down jaws that just beg to be touched but, since he does not like that I just settle for taking pictures of them!

Tucker is the newest member of our family and he has definitely made his place in our hearts! Just look at that face!


I mean come on! How could anyone resist this big ole mug?