WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DOTSY?

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DOTSY?

ENDING THE DAY AT FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS WITH #89 ON THE JUMBOTRON!

ENDING THE DAY AT FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS WITH #89 ON THE JUMBOTRON!

STARTING DAY AT AHS PEP RALLY as SENIOR FB PLAYERS LINE DANCE W/ THEIR MOMS!!!

STARTING DAY AT AHS PEP RALLY as SENIOR FB PLAYERS LINE  DANCE W/ THEIR MOMS!!!

SEEING NATHAN'S "PEEWEE AGGIE" CHUMS FOLLOWED BY TIME WITH OUR FAVORITE PLAYER #89!!

SEEING NATHAN'S "PEEWEE AGGIE" CHUMS FOLLOWED BY TIME WITH OUR FAVORITE PLAYER #89!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

QUOTES AND QUIPS

Addictions come in all sizes. One of my al anon prayer partners confesses she is addicted to quotes.
Comparatively speaking, that's not a bad addiction.
Yesterday, alongside my collection of her quotes, "Suggestions are control coming through the back door", I added her latest one, "Expectations are pre-meditated resentments."
Seriously. Those are worth pondering, for many of us, I'd say.

At church Sunday, teacher, Rad, who is full of quips, shared two quips---"lunch on the grounds" in the south is *deviled eggs up to your eyeballs" (Mother called them dressed eggs. Maybe, she felt the devil's name should have no access to a church event.) His second quip reminded us that too often folks go home,
after church, to feast on "roast preacher." 
Son, Buddy, recently quipped, with serious undertones of truth, that parenting is difficult in this generation of "eye rolls and earbuds." He also quipped that he too often had "IDS"--irritable dad syndrome.
Humor's purpose in the midst of a sermon is often a way of facing the realities of our day to day lives in an accepting way. 
Together. Fellowship on the same side of "suffering" whether it's addiction or parenting difficulties. Knowing earth is not our final home does in no way negate that it is our home today. Humor can help make the best of what life offers us in the moment.

The quotes are helping remind me to leave my "control" tendencies in God's hands and the quips are helping to lighten my load/burden with humor as I stumble.

Quips that bring laughter can be therapeutic.
According to scripture, "He who has a merry heart has a continual feast," (Proverbs 15:15) even when one, with an egg allergy, attends his church's fall dinner on the grounds".

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

GAL PAL GETAWAYS!

What does a "Gal Pal Getaway" look like......
I already know that a sweet friendship refreshes the soul. (Proverbs 27:9)
For T-cups--it's a mystery trip known only to one who plans the trip. Destination usually revealed at start of trip but not this time. New jaunts were explained upon arrival. Those in back seat felt as if we were somewhere beyond our state---California, maybe.
A Full Circle of "Tennessee Treks, Trail and Back Roads"included.............Walking Tall Trail, Civil War Trail, w/ catfish at Hagy's, Amish wagon rides,
RR crossings,
Hoopee Rides....
and lots of cuisine from old timey boardinghouse to mealhouse....
.....dips from Capt'n Rodneys (REAL Capt'n Rodney joined our Pic.)
not to mention fried pie sundies at Soda Pop Junction
and hominy casserole & collards-- plus baked apples with a little of the Lynchburg"product" stirred in and a touch of the "product was tasted in the REAL whipped cream on the buttermilk pie at Miss Mary BoBo's......
to RH Cafe with lobster  rolls. Champagne was also available.
.....Even met Bubba at 9 Back St. (backroad address) Mulberry, TN lavender farm.
Banana pudding for the Banana Pudding festival.
BREAKFAST! BREAKFAST! BREAKFAST!
1 Banana w/ 1 Egg--Delish! we had to try it to believe it.
Feasting and feeding on God's Word after breakfast!
"New" Long Island friends at Marcy Jo's Mealhouse community table

So grateful we ended each day for Triple R---Rest & Relaxation at the Ranch--filled with cows, horses, chickens + 1 rooster, a baby doll sheep, a mini horse, a mule named Duke, bee hives,
an amazing "she shed" 
& LOTS OF PORCHES.

"Full Circle" Ranch, no less.......
...a place to refresh one's soul! **

**Trip Addendum---A few hours after we returned Saturday one of the gals had a stroke. Tuesday another gal had gallbladder surgery. Life Lesson learned----enjoy  the  moments God gives---because our days are gifts from the hand of God. (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)
We could be of good cheer knowing that God was in the plan (Mattie Dear) Even in those scares & struggles, there was fullness of joy in His presence as we prayed together for each other! (Psalm 16:11)

Monday, September 30, 2019

30 DAYS HATH SEPTEMBER.....

....BUT WHERE HAVE THEY GONE??????????

Thursday, September 26, 2019

TIMELY THANKFUL THURSDAY

No time. No panic. No pressure. 
Having a "blended" cuppa this Thursday morn.
A BIG spoonful of gra-TEA-tude stirred in to my at-TEA-tude cuppa.

Trying not to slosh---

Saturday, September 21, 2019

ACRONYMS OF ADVICE

In times when one is overwhelmed---even trying to read a newspaper or text full of acronyms---of which one doesn't have a clue---KISS comes to mind.
K eep 
I t
S simple
S weetie
Just yesterday a friend sent a text explaining acronyms for "senior" (OLD) citizens. I needed a laugh so the timing was perfect.
Will continue this thought on more of a spiritual realm as I recall and reflect on two personal acronyms as I have focused meditating on words lately---SEEK & FOCUS!

I will share those two acronyms of advice soon. 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

MORNING MESSAGE FROM "THE MESSAGE"

Last week's message dealt with "moments"---a real challenge for me!
Living in the moment sounds simple but for type A personalities not so much.
Living in the "if only" regrets of the past or the "what if worries/fears of the future can rob one of the "present tense life" which is a gift especially for those who walk with God. (Matthew 6:34)
Son, Josh, has been reminding me of this and I am trying to "unschedule" and enjoy as I remember walk is a present tense verb.
 

Steep your life in God-reality, God initiatives ad God-provisions. Don't worry about missing our. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. (Matthew 6:33, The Message.
Having precious granddaughters around helps me get back to the now and enjoy the "present" which is a great morning message for me as I steep a cuppa His reali-TEA!

Friday, August 30, 2019

MOMENTS: MOMENT BY MOMENT

Why is it so hard for me to stay in the moment?
A. D. D. (Always Distracted Dotsy)
Remain. Simply focus. Remember; He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Started this morning with a cuppa simplici-TEA---will let you know how it goes through out this jam-packed Labor Day weekend!
Last night's supper for AHS wide receivers.
Nathan Liles #89, our favorite Allen High School senior and team members rejoiced and found satisfaction in all their labor--which is a gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 3:13)
Andrew and John Parker, future AHS athletes with YaYa and Poppy while Noah was in the sound booth and Caleb was with friends somewhere in the vast stadium.
Auburn vs Oregon @AT&T stadium.
Auburn was only ahead in the last few moments but those were the 9 seconds that counted---27-21!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

AUGUST 20, 2019 NEW ARRIVAL

....a special delivery of sorts!  A perfect package. Worth the wait. A delivery that brings smiles!
Grandchildren are indeed the crown of the aged! (Proverbs 17:6)
The big sister smile says it all!
Even the "package" smiles!
She's wide-eyed and curious to see what Aunt Maeve has seen.....
And is wide-eyed to hear her big sister read to her!
But.....eyes closed for her serene Saturday walk at just 11 days old.

Friday, August 9, 2019

50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

LOTS OF 50th LISTS---until lists are edited & print ready you can reminisce with us...from by-gone anniversaries.
Wedding 8/9/69

10th anniversary---Folks folly but smaall tin cup gift b/c we splurged on the food.Our 13th was lunch at Doeblers Dock. We went on a Saturday for the “special,” 10¢ shrimp and oysters. ..................
14th anniversary was on a brief (1 night) cruise to Bahamas w/all 3 Our 15th in Hot Springs AR at the renown Hamilton House, a treat from friends Boyd and Deborah (kids too just not at dinner)
Our 15th in Hot Springs AR at the renown Hamilton House, a treat from friends Boyd and Deborah (kids too just not at dinner)
From the mid-80s to the early 90s, Larry’s 


Our 25th anniversary was just a month after Mommar and Grandaddy's 50th (7/21/69)....which we
 later we shared our silver anniversary (25th) with dear friends Sam and JoLynn---1994 in North Carolina at Greystone Inn w/ lots of tee time guys & tea time gals. 

position as coach of US Racquetball team gave us opportunities to celebrate anniversaries in exotic places: Le Meir in Hamburg, Germany and an outdoor restaurant in Caracas, Venezuela.



Our 30th found us as empty nesters with a little spare change so the gifts were memorable---tickets to symphony in the garden (though Josh & Molly came too) and a fall weekend "alone" (so no pics) at the Hemlock Inn in NC.

41st  anniversary---at Baptist Hospital for Mommar's surgery, fulfilling of those 1969 vows “in sickness (we include family here as well) and in health, for better or for worse” which we made unto the Lord on this day 41 years ago.