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Monday, September 29, 2014

Short's General Store

The weather couldn't be better here in Missouri the last couple of weeks.  We are having a wonderful Indian summer.

I am being nostalgic today, so I thought I would tell you about my grandpa's General Store.  It was known as "Short's Store".  I loved going there as a kid it was there as long as I could remember.  The store was attached to my grandparents house by a breezeway, kind of a sitting area, like a small sun room.  My grandparents loved working in their store, and worked seven days a week.  Grandpa and grandma always dressed nice to go to work everyday. Grandpa wore dress pants a nice shirt and a western tie everyday.   Grandma always had a nice casual dress on.  They both worked real hard running their store, working the cash registers, the lunch meat counter, pumping gas, mostly grandpa did that, and grandpa had a butcher area in the back where he ground his own beef and cut up the meat for the store. They always had a couple of gals working there to.  The store had old wooden floors, counters with canned goods, breads, candy, penny candy, chips, toiletries, frozen food cases, clothing, cloth and sewing needs, shoes, fruits and vegetables, a big soda case, tobacco, and on holidays, they had all the extras.

Holidays were extra special in the store, Easter baskets full of goodies for sale, watermelons on the 4th of July and fireworks, Christmas, Halloween, and what was left over from those holidays the family would get to enjoy it.

Grandpa and grandma delivered groceries to people who couldn't come get them, they had running tabs for folks, credit back then.  The store was always a buzz with people coming and shopping, salesmen selling to grandma and grandpa, people hanging out and visiting while drinking a soda pop. There was marking the groceries as they came in, cleaning produce as it came in, cleaning every crook n cranny daily, along with cleaning that lunch meat area and the butcher area. They even sold kerosene.

Back in those days there weren't many grocery stores around, and the closest bigger town was about 5 miles away. people really used these general stores for their shopping.

When we were little one of my favorite memories of that store was when we would go visit. Grandpa would give us a little brown grocery bag and let us fill it up with penny candy. Now that was a treat!

My grandparents were so loving and fun! Beyond the grocery store, in their home, we had big family dinners, and grandma could really cook!  If they needed anything they would just walk over to the store and get it.  we had all the food, treats and really anything we wanted.  now back in those days that was a big deal because it was like being with rich grandparents.
Now , mind you they did well, but were not rich, but in our eyes they were.

The community were very fond of my grandparents and to this day people still remember Short's General Store.

Love you forever Grandma and Grandpa

Monday, September 22, 2014

Last Day of Summer 2014

Wow! It's the last day of summer?  Now where did the summer go? I bet you hear that a lot! probably you think it and say it too! Summer always goes by too fast for me.

When I was a kid it went by too fast, and then school started.  As a young adult I tried to get all the gusto I could out of summer, camping, fishing, swimming, barbeques, picnics, and with my kids of course.  At a later part of my younger adult life, I worked a lot so summer was work, work, go hang out with my sister in her pool, work some  more.

Then as a disabled adult, i just enjoy sitting in the sun, swimming, seeing the sun shine,hearing the birds sing, watching my grand children play, taking nice summer rides, barbeques, visiting with friends or family, and not freezing and hurting so bad in my joints.

But the last day of summer is like the last scene in a good love story.  Fall is pretty for maybe 5 days?  But for me the cooler weather, shorter days, and less sunshine,is reminder of getting older, like the fall in my life now. Don't get me wrong, I am very happy, and glad for each day. But my body gets these aches and pains in the fall, and I suppose that is why I dread the cooler weather, the end of summer coming and knowing it's new arrival will be several months away.

So I am going to enjoy today, and say good bye to my bestie, summer, until we meet again, Lord willing.  It has been a wonderful summer this year, meeting new friends, a new love, and settling in a new apartment with a marvelous swimming pool, that I enjoyed tremendously. The days were warm, but not extremely hot here, and  I have been feeling good!

I hope your summer was remarkable!  Here are some pictures  of my summer. Well IDK what happened, but some of them didn't post. lol  Oh well..... computers. :)   Pam

Foo Fighters - Summer's End

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Good Day To Blog

Another beautiful day in the neighbor hood. Warm weather, Relaxing Saturday, time spent with my sweet grand daughter and my daughter.  Nothing like a sweet 4 year old to brighten my day.  We watched the movie "The Croods" ate popcorn, and drank Koolaid.  A trip to the local park gave us some much needed fresh air.

Now at home, I am on my computer, after watching "Hell On Wheels" my favorite Saturday night program with my sweetie.  I am computing and watching TV at the same time.

In my late 50's brings an easy going life. Disabled, so the demands are minimum, I find enjoyment in simpler things more than I did when I was younger.

The world out there is becoming more dangerous each day. People killing one another, terrorists threats, disease and poverty are rampant. God helps us all!

A precious little boy named Super Sam passed away 2 days ago. He touched the lives of so many people with his courage, wisdom, love, and did I mention bravery? his smile lit up my heart and I did not know him personally, his life spoke volumes to young ad old. I am praying for his loved ones because the hole left in their lives will not be filled. But Super Sam is in the Heaven we all dream of, with no pain, running free and never to be sad or sick again.

I don't know much about blogging, but I love to write, and I hope you will join me here to be a part of this blog with your thoughts and friendship. Pam

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Beautiful Day

Today has been the most beautiful day in a long time. Perfect fall weather and sunshine.

  My heart is saddened though from the loss of a sweet little boy we all called Super Sam. He was an inspiration to thousands of people. He lost a long battle with cancer today.  He had such a sweet spirit, strength of heart, and gentleness through the fight..he touched so many lives and inspired us all! He is in the loving arms of Jesus now, running in such beauty we can not fathom in our mortal minds, and the pain is gone. His parents, sister, and so countless many will miss him and have to go through the long road of grief. But Sam made some of his decisions about living and dying with such brilliance and love, that his memory will have treasures of sweetness to bring smiles to those who loved him.

As fall is progressing, it always makes me think of the fall in our lives. I am there now, and daily i love to laugh and seek happiness above all else.  The most of my years are behind me, and sometimes it's hard to believe how fast they have passed.  Being happy is the best way we can spend our lives if possible. We won't always have lots of money or material things. But if we cherish our children, grand children, pets, sunshine, the comfort of our homes, simplicities that make us smile. We will find something to be happy about every day.

I am so thankful for Facebook, and it's enjoyment. I love my friends there, and what a wonderful way to keep up with family!  music to soothe the soul, groups with the same interests as I have. Laughter and funnies that can' be found anywhere else.  Thank you Facebook!

Friday evening and around the world we are all living different lives. Doing different things, in different cultures. So vastly apart by miles and space, but drawn together by love and good will.

Whoever reads my blog today. I pray you are blessed, and a blessing.  Pamela

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It Has Been a Long Time

Hi. Well I don't really know where to begin.... My husband and I finally went to Florida for 4 months. Blissful, happy, beautiful time there. His liver disease progressed, and on June 26, 2013 he lost the battle.  I shipped his body back to Missouri, packed our things and pulled a camper full of my belongings back to Mo.  I had a Superman Themed funeral for him, and he is placed in a Catholic cemetery in his home town.  I moved in with family to try and get my barings, while grieving my sweet Johnny, my rock.  My daughter, son in law and 4 yr old grand daughter were the closest to John and I, so we moved in a nice new home and lived together for almost a year.,  During the fall and winter I grieved hard and nearly lost my mind. I was very ill to top it all off.  I considered suicide, but my grand daughter kept me going.  Eventually we had to move in our own homes, we just did not see eye to eye any longer. I moved into a very small apartment.

I met a wonderful African American man who is also my age and disabled. He is so sweet, funny, helpful and loving.  We now live together and help each other. We are very happy! John did not want me to be alone, and begged me to move on if he was to pass away before I did. I know he is happy for me......

On the other hand, certain family members are against my decision. it is a shame that they can't get past the differences.  We are all human beings.  We love each other and love sees no color.

I thought I had lost my passwords to my blog...but I am so thankful I finally remembered them. 

God bless your life.  I will be blogging more often now, and I hope you will share with me.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Week

Here we are in the week of Thanksgiving! One of my favorite holidays!  My husbands 2 sisters went all out and bought us a grand Thanksgiving meal from The Cracker Barrell Resturant! Our fave! God bless them!  We don't know how we will feel from day to day, so we can't make definite plans to get with family, and that is why his lovely sister's did this for us. They are precious!  We also got a 100 dollar gas card for early Christmas gift. What a wonderful surprise!

I am thankful for so many things, that is would fill a book!  My family and friends! My warm home and car, pets, food, clothing, medicine, and I could go on and on.....God knows my heart. I am thankful for his son Jesus and for saving my soul from sin.

Israel is having to defend herself from Hamas as I write this. my heart goes out to the innocent people being affected by this turmoil. God always backs Israel, who are his chosen people. They win because of this. They can not stand back and be bombarded by missiles from their enemies. They must fight back! May God have his way. Please pray for the people.

I am enjoying our little puppy, Molly. We take her to the dog park several afternoons a week. She has so much fun running with the other doggies. It gets my hubby and I out of the house too. She is a ball of white, soft fur. She is a sweetie, and loves attention like a little kid. lol.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you are!  I pray for those who don't have food and shelter. I pray we can all reach out to someone this Thanksgiving, and make a difference in a life.

Jesus is coming back soon to take his bride, the church, home! What a glorious day that will be!  I Thought of this as I looked at the half moon tonight, and watched beautiful white clouds sweep by it. I thought of Heaven, and the angels, and most of all of God.  He is infinite and all knowing.

May God bless yu all today and always!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Living Cheap

Hi everyone!    Well so much happens in such a short time in life!  Wouldn't you agree?  Today I would like to say " Praise The Lord from whom all blessing flow!"  Today is the Lord's day and I am rejoicing in his merciful grace and salvation of souls through the blood of Christ, who died on the cross in our place. Amen! Asking Jesus into your heart is the way you become saved for eternal life with the Lord,  in Heaven, when you die, or become Raptured.

I have had some miraculous answers to prayer since I wrote my last blog entry. We have been in much need of money, and we were blessed with $350.00 extra dolloars unexpectedly this month, that kept our electric from being shut off. Also, I have been praying for a free doggie, and that John would agree to. God does everything better than we can imagine.....I happened to be looking on Craig's list for a nice puppy that someone wanted to give away. I found one! A lady gave me a Morkie, which is a Maltese and Yorkie mix. She is white on her body, and cream colored on her ears.  She just turned 5 months old, and her name is Molly. She came with her food, 3 beds, 2 blankets, collar, leash, crate, toys, water and food bowls, potty pads and a tray for them She is up to date on her shots, and she goes on the piddle pads, and or outside, which makes it good for us in case the weather gets snowy or icy, or in cas we are ill and can not take her outside. She goes outside also, which gets me out of the house and moving more. Thank you Lord for your love to me and our puppy. PTL!!!

I have really gotten into the Cheapskate  websights lately. I am always trying to find new ways to save money. Aren't we all? The holidays are coming soon, and there is always room somewhere to save. I want to share some of my ideas with you, and direct you to some sights that teach more about ways to save money. Please share your thought on this and any other subject.


The best way to survive is by asking God to provide for you. He will!

Also cooking at home can save you lots of money. Freeze what you don't use, and save money! Freeze y6our own ice if you don't have and ice maker. Turn all lights off in the rooms you are not using. Unplug appliances that are not in use, and watch your electric bills drop. Freeze fruits or vegetables that may go bad before you use them.

Soups are a cheap way to eat. Make home made soups with stew meat, beef bone, or chicken. Use a can of mixed vegetables, beef broth, tomatoes chopped up, or what ever you woul like. It can fee you or your family for a few meals. Ham and beans are an excellant meal, make some corn bread to go with them, and have a pickle and onion on the side. Yum! Yum!  If you have any leftover, you can eat it, or make refried beans with them.

Clothing from Good Will is nice because it has been tested and weathered to show it's strength. I like it because you can afford name brand clothing from Good Will or other thrift stores. Shoes are already broke in, and clothing fits better when it has been broke in also. Usually you can purchase items that are lightly used or brand new. Thrift stores are the new department store. You will be surprised what you can save by shopping at these bargain stores.  the Dollar Tree and Dollar General are excellant stores to visit! they carry many items that are needed for everyday use and holidays at less than half the price of other stores.

Now to talk about the tragedies left from Hurricane Sandy. It breaks my heart to see fellow Americans is such dire need of basic items. Food, clothing, electricity, homes, and worst of all, loss of lives.  It turned the hands of time back for millions with basic needs not met. Gasoline has become so scarce for heating with genrators, and gas to travel in and around their own neighborhoods.
Please pray for these people, and give to the Salvation Army or the Red Cross in your area...We must reach out to our fellow Americans at this very difficult time. Remember, It could be your neighborhood, your home loss, your relatives in need someday.....

So during this month of Thanksgiving, let's give. Give love, hugs, food, clothing, money, anything you feel your friends, relatives, or neighbors need, and give as unto the Lord

If we would help each other, the needs of our world could be met.

Here are some websites that I want to share with you. God Bless!