Thursday, May 14, 2009


Here you can see where it is setting from the house.

This is the new shop that we are having built. We've been in our house for a year and are just now getting it built. What a blessing its going to be I think its 24' x 30' it will have two overhead garage doors and a regular walk in door on this side facing and a window in the back


Sunday, May 10, 2009


At Church , for Mothers day, we asked everyone to share a favorite memory of their mother or the best advice she ever gave them.

So I was thinking about it and decided to share my favorite memory of my "Mama" with my readers.

On basketball game days the kids that rode the bus would stay in town to keep their parents from bringing them right back into town to catch the bus to the game.
Most of the kids were our friends because the four oldest of us kids were all born within 5 years and there wasn't a lot to do in a small community but school activities so the ball team was made up of us and our friends.

However, one day Mama looked toward the school ground (one block away) and saw two other kids walking around on the school ground and asked "Who is that walking around on the school ground?" and we said "Rose and Steve Parks" which other that one more were the only black kids in our school.

Mama said "well you kids go to the school ground and bring them here for supper because they can't play ball on an empty stomach."

That day my mom taught me to love and share with people of all races and that though we may not have a lot we should share what we have.

Until her death she always had plenty to eat and anything that she needed. She had a moderate income and was able to live in a nice apartment until her time to go home. I personally believe that her needs were met so well because she was always willing to share what she had and would not allow anyone to be hungry if she knew it.

I will never forget that Mother didn't say a lot and give a lot of instructions but I learned very young when I displeased her by her expressions. That day she taught me a lot by actions instead of words.

I hope everyone has a GREAT MOTHERS DAY.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Homemade Ginger Ale

I found this recipe in a magazine and tried it and loved it and it is sooo easy so I wanted to share it with all my readers. I hope you enjoy it.

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 cups fresh ginger peeled and sliced like coins

Put all three ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil stirring so that the sugar melts. Reduce heat and boil for 8 minutes and then set aside to cool. When cooled pour through a strainer and you have ginger syrup (it will keep in the frig for two weeks)

Put ice in a glass and pour 1/4 cup ginger syrup in over ice and then add club soda to fill glass ( I use a rather large glass and it is plenty sweet to me so you will have to suit your own taste)
and I also use Perrier water because it is a natural carbonated water without preservatives or chemicals.

Wah-lah thats it! a delicious homemade ginger ale so good for digestion and upset stomachs.

My body don't accept chemicals and preservatives very well so this is better for me and it taste
great and I really like homemade things that are easy.

Last night I made grilled steak, eggplant parmigiana and salad. I know most of you will say EGGPLANT??????????? I thought that too......but it turned out delicious! It was very Italian and I can't have pizza so I really miss having some of the Italian food. I was VERY surprised at the results. YUM! I will gladly share the recipe if any one request it. Or if you come to my house I will make it for you.

Until lata tata for now or as Ashton says Tootles

Monday, May 4, 2009

One horse town

Okay I will start my journey back into my childhood. I want to describe the small town that we move to but first I want to tell a story about Pryor.

One day Mama was going to move from one house to another in Pryor and she drove my brother, sister and me by the new house which was very close to the elementary school and told us that when school was over to just walk there because she would be busy and it was only 2-3 blocks from school.
So after school we met and headed to the "new" house. When we got there we were amazed because Mama had already put things away and there was a bowl of fruit on the table. WOW a treat! We never had fruit! So we all three grabbed a piece of fruit and went outside to look for Mama eating our fruit.

But when Mama drove up she parked in the driveway next door and when we ran over there she was so embarassed because we had actually gone into the neighbors house and eaten her fruit.
Mama apologized to the neighbor and offered to pay for the fruit but, the neighbor thought it was funny and wouldn't accept payment. However, I'm sure she locked her house when she left after

Okay brother and sister (names will come in later post) you can't call me an air head on this one I was the youngest and only six years old............haha Even tho you were only seven and eight I was the youngest!

Okay, how can I describe the "one horse town" that we moved to. It reminds me of The Little House on the prairie town and house that we moved into. The town was very behind time...........which I loved it was so country and peaceful and safe. There were about two to three hundred people in it and you could walk anywhere you wanted to go from one end of it to another. The people were very loving and friendly. We called all of the older ladies Granny or Grandma and their last names.

Most houses still had outdoor toilets and wringer type washing machines. I am really not that old but these people hadn't advanced like some had.

So I got to experience both life

We had two general stores, a post office, an ice cream parlor, an old "haunted" hotel, a railroad depot, a feed store in which the owner lived and never washed his clothes.. When he felt that the khaki suit that he wore was dirty enough he just throwed it away and bought a new one (or vice versa) I hope we had a school with grades 1-12 and there were a couple of small towns that their schools only went to the 8th grades and so when they got to the ninth we were one of the schools that they could transfer to. And that was about it.

When I first moved there one of the stores still had a wooden sidewalk and a post rail to tie horses to.....I never remember seeing a horse tied there but I do remember a black man coming to town in a wagon pulled by horses.

Everyone knew everyone else and made it a point to know their

Well that is all I will post today you will get more of the picture of the town in later posts.

coming up next..........the introduction of characters.