My Dads Birthday

Today would have been my dad’s 81st. birthday.

My dad either liked you or he didn’t there was no in-between.

Dad wanted a better life for us than he had as a kid. Our parents saw to it we had everything we wanted or needed and we were very grateful. As an adult, I learned to appreciate this much more.

Dad, I  miss you more each day, month, and year that you are gone but I will never forget you.

Happy Birthday, Dad, I love you and give mom a hug for me.

This is my 500th. post on this blog talk about good timing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura was pounding down and increasing as it etched closer and closer to the Texas/ Louisiana coast.

I hate to see these storms hit anyone but I am grateful we did not see the brunt of this one. It hit about 160 miles east of Houston, Texas.

As of 6 a.m. we have not even gotten a drop of rain but we could use a few inches because lately we have been dry as a bone.

I am sure our family, friends and neighbors in Louisiana will see some heavy rains and winds out of this and hopefully not a lot of damage.

Our son and the company he works for will be some of many workers out there getting the power back on. Rest assured you are in good hands.

Please say a prayer to keep everyone safe these workers risk their lives everyday.

Texas it might be time to ask yourself ” Do you need to cry”?

If you live near the Texas Gulf Coast take a deep breath and relax and do something fun today.

Family Drama & Greed

I grew up with family drama all around as the years went on it seem to get worse.

On my mom’s side of the family, she had two brothers but she was the oldest. They all quit talking to each other many years ago after my grandparents had died.

My mom even held up the sale of my grandparent’s house to irritate one of them knowing they just wanted the money to gamble with. She talked to me about this several times. My parents spent years and years working and saving money so money was not an issue for them and neither one would have gambled away large sums of money.

The last time the 3 siblings saw each other in person before my mom’s death was 20 years before at my great aunt’s funeral. This was only because they all had to be there at the same time. My mom told me the tension was pretty bad at the time and things would never be the same again this was in 1999.

They all 3 lived 300 miles apart close enough they should have visited each other at least a few times a year. The 3 of them never even really knew each other as middle-aged adults much less during retirement.

Our children have not seen either great uncle in 26 years. They do not know me or my family and therefore have no say so in anything that happens.

They never talked on the phone or kept in touch until my dad was diagnosed with cancer in August 2014 then she and Brother B spoke a few times a week. She never spoke to the youngest Brother D until my dad passed away and they were never as close as she was with brother B.

Neither of my moms brothers (my uncles) came to either one of my parents funerals now that says A LOT! This is called FAMILY Love.

Most of the time family issues boil down to two words JEALOUSY or GREED and sometimes both.

Sometimes people get so jealous of the relationships of others they have to try and destroy those relationships.

Every family has its issues and I honestly thought my mom’s and her brother’s drama was bad enough but that was until my mom died.

My parents only had two children my sister and myself.

I can tell you this much this drama was neither one of us because we would have never done such a thing.

I have family members involved in this greed.

My dad warned my mom about this he said: ” Watch Your Back”.

I knew who he meant and those I am closest to know who would take advantage of my mom.

I am ashamed of some members of my own family and I have to wonder how you can justify your actions.

How do you sleep at night knowing what you have done?

The others involved with you are just as guilty as you are as of right now I know of 4 of you.

Bribery is a whole different issue but bribing with money that is not yours REALLY! 

Accepting a bribe is another issue for my other family member that is involved in this greed.

I hope you get the feeling you are being watched by big brother because you are.

Your time will come and all your lies will not help you this time.

The backroads of Louisiana

Along the country back roads in Louisiana in the middle of nowhere was the prettiest wildflowers growing on the sides of the road.

I think these are part of the Rudbeckias family of flowers but I am not for sure.

Yellow wildflowers in the middle of the piney woods make a striking photo early in the morning.

Nature’s beauty is there to remind us life will return to normal it is just a matter of time.

 

Through the piney woods

Jeanelle our youngest daughter and I made a road trip through the piney woods of Louisiana very early Friday morning.

When you are 300 miles away from where you need to pick up paperwork you have to leave early we left at 5:00 a.m.

I love the drive through the woods the small hills and the changes in the landscape are really nice.

The roads are cut through the trees and that alone makes for a nice perspective picture.

This was a nice break from the pandemic stuff we just did not think about the bathroom issues. With all the fast food places being drive-through and curbside only you are left to stop at the little stores. Sometimes finding one of those that looks clean and not superpopulated can be an issue.

I took plenty of Clorox wipes to disinfect the things we touched and to keep our hands clean.

I would not advise a road trip for anyone right now due to the bathroom issues. It is the little things we take for granted.

We moved from Jonesboro Louisiana to Houston, Texas when I was 5 years old. My dad landed a good-paying job at Brown and Root and they wanted me in good schools in the fall. It was a better opportunity for our small family of 4.

We went back 4 – 5 times a year to visit my grandparents on my moms side and my grandmother on my dad’s side. We spent a lot of weeks in the summertime at my mom’s parents.

My dad spent a lot of time deer hunting there when it was deer season.

Years later my grandparents bought a weekend home on Toledo Bend outside of Many Louisiana and this meant we could do a weekend trip and meet just about 1/2 way for the both of us. There was some good bass fishing in Toledo Bend.

Louisiana has always had a special place in my heart but I think that was mostly the unconditional love we received from our grandparents.

Going back in time to the state I was born was very nostalgic for me especially since I have not been there in many years.

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