Monday, March 26, 2007

"No, Glenna, I'm still out there on that Lake--lost."

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

Hillary Clinton was out jogging one morning along the parkway when she tripped, fell over the bridge railing and landed in the creek below. Before the secret service guys could get to her, 3 kids who were fishing pulled her out of the water. She was so grateful she offered the kids whatever they wanted. The first kid said "I want to go to Disneyland,". Hillary said--"No problem, 'll take you there on my special Senator's airplane." The second kid said, "I want a new pair of Nike Air Jordan's," Hillary said,"I'll get them for you and even have Michael sign them.The third kid said, "I want a motorized wheelchair with a buillt in TV and stereo headset." Hillary was a little perplexed and said, "But you are not handicapped," The kid said, "I will be after my Dad finds out I saved you from drowning.!!"

Retractions first---our FV school reunion is October 13th ,not 14th--I don't think we will be going on a Sunday, do you? So remember, the FV school reunion is October 13th.--And Mrs. Worlman's name is Yvonne NOT Lvonne.

Monday afternoon I raked and picked up leaves in my yard for 3 hours. I would have these big piles of leaves and after picking up two big trash bags, I would stop and look at how many more piles I had to pick up. It reminded me of hoeing that cotton when I was a teenager. I would stop, lean on my hoe handle and look to see how far I was from the end ol the row. I was always one of the ones that had to be "helped out". I wonder, as I am older, why everybody had to start the new rows together--why didn;t they let us hoe to the end of our row, in our own time, and start again? Mycousin, Leah Highfill, was the fastest in the field and I always knew she would "help me out". Ah, the good ole days--they were really good.

Sunday, the 18th, I went to the Danville nursing home with the Mulberry FWB church. We first ate at Little John's and then on to the nursing home. Several songs were sung and Charlotte Rhoades sang two specials that were beautiful. Bro. David, Mulberry's pastor, preached a very good message. I was glad to see Loiese Jones from Mulberry who is a resident of the nursing home. Loiese was always a wonderful example to me when I was a teen ager at Mulberry church. I always noticed how faithful she was to the services and always was such a good worker for Christ's kingdom. I also saw Mary Hunt. Jim Roberson told her that Doc Oglesbee was my Dad andshe held my hand and said" I can't believe this." I'm glad Kathy asked me to go but of course she and Lacy were gong somewhere else after the nursing home and I needed to be back at Wing to teach my Bilbe class at I rode back with Jim and Vickie Roberson and Gary and Sheila Garner also rode with them. It was so good to visit with these wonderful poeople.

Ah, I've been thinking of wash day before automatic washers. You first boiled the clothes in a wash pot and I remember my mother had a punch'n stick to punch her clothes down into that wash pot to make sure all of them boiled. Mycousin, Billy, said his wife told him she neededa punch'n stick to punch her clothes down in the washer. Billy thought back to his Mom's punch'n stick. He wrote," I was so proud of myself that I had not forgotten the things Mom taught us. So I used a piece of old broom handle, drilled a hole in one end, added some heavy twine for a hangar, looped it through, sanded the 30 in. long handle to a smooth service and I had just made a new punch'n stick."Billy says that now he has a year old antique. That sounds like a good punch'n stick but my mother just used an old broom handle.

I love the Spring time when God"s beauty is revealed in the trees and flowers. One of my favorite bushes is the Flowering Almond--that beautiful pink,fuzzy flower that blooms all up the branches. I have one in my flower bed and Ican just see my Grandmother Oglesbee and my Aunt Minnie Oglesbee standing by their Flowering Almond. Mine came from my Grandmother's yard.

Loucinda Buford hosted a birthday dinner Saturday night for her brother, Sam Turner. There were 13 that attended. Loucinda said that 4 of the ones that were there, were born in the house where she now lives. An Uncle, 2 cousins and Sam, were all born there. Sammy was 65--Gee, that means that 55 years ago, I had Sammy in my 5th grade class at FV!How time flies!!

The Mulberry FWB church gave my niece Ashly Swaim, a baby shower Sunday afternoon. it was really a goodshower and Ashly is so appreciative. The Garner Pet Register, where Ashly works part time, also gave her a tremendous shower.

Fred and Russell are at Lake Texoma now. Being there, out of OKC,isvery good for Fred.He took his boat out by himself and Russ toldthe cafe owner that there was a blind man out in that boat and he probably needed to ring a bell to bring him home. The guy said "Fred can smell his way back to shore."I talked to Fred later by phone and I asked "Fred did you make it okay in your boat?" and he answers"No, Glenna, I'm still out there on that Lake--lost." That's my joking husband!!

They say it takes a minute to find a special person--an hour to appreciate them--a day to love them--but then an entire life to forget them.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

it was too quiet around here with me gone

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had given their new wives, duties. The first man had married a woman from Iowa and had told her that she was gong to do dishes and house cleaning. It took a coujple of days, but on the third day hecame home to a clean house and dishes washed and put away. The second man had married a woman from
Mississippi. He had given his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. The first day he did not see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done, and there was a huge dinner on the table. The third man had married a girl from Arkansas. He told her that her duties were to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed and hot meals on the table. He said the first day he did not see anything. the second day he did not see anything, but by the third day, some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little bit out of his left eye, enough to fix himself a bite to eat and load the dishwasher.

I visited with John Young at Plainview Fowlers.We shared a slice of sugar free pie, at John's expense John is going to real estate school. You know an idle mind is the devil's workshop and John is not going to be idle since he retired. Good for him !! I asked him about our new supt. for our Two River's school district and John says he is confident she will do a very good job.

Bruce Lee, the FFA advisor at F.V. school maybe has missed his calling. Instead of a teacher, he should be a stand up comic or a comedy writer.His articles in the Record for the past two weeks have given me many a laugh. In our sad world, we need to laugh--don't you get tired of reading death and sadness? So Bruce, please write more !! ecommented that he could not believe Jessica Catlett, the Ola FFA advisor was a woman. It is strange to some of us that a lady be an Agri teacher. I saw Miss Catlett at the Donkey ball game at FV Friday night. Gee, she not only is a woman Agri teacher, but she is young and pretty.FV played against Ola in the donkey ball game. Miss Catlett. in the last few minutes, rode one of the donkeys and even made a goal. One of the boys from FV stood up on his donkey and put the ball in the basket. Bruce Lee had said it would be embarrassing to lose to a girl but FV won by a large margin.

Dr. Shelly Tippin is really "Dr. Shelly, the "Red Neck calf wrangler!" One of their cows had a babycalf and when it was only 2 days old, it got out through their fence, crossed the highway andclimbed through a neighbor's pasture fence. Shelly said she looked like an FFA boy at the Yell Co. Fair calf scramble ! She cornered the calf, took a big dive with arms out and took him down around the neck. She made a make shift halter made of rope, hobbled his front legs together and got hm back to his Mom. She said O.LBriggs would have been proud ! Three cheers for Dr. Shelly !!!

I ate lunch at Bill Workman's with Diana O'Bryant and Wayne Rhoades one day last week. Lyvonne, Mrs. Bill, told me not to go away again cause it was too quiet around here with me gone.

Last Tuesday, Loucinda and I met Dortha Putman, Peggy Brothers and Mamie Glover at Little Johns at Danville. We were celebrating a be-lated birthday for Mamie. It was good to be together. I had really missed my cousins, Dortha and Peggy while I was in OKC. I remarked that my great granddaughter, Allyson, was just like my mother and me--that she never stopped talking. Mamie did not hear that I said "me" along with my mother andshe said,"She's just like you in that she talks alll the time !"Well!That could hurt my feelings. The truth hurts, you know !Amy June Castleberry surprised Mamie with a beautiful birthday cake she had baked for her. How nice of Amy June ! Loucinda and I asked the other 3 ;ladies to go to Wal Mart at Dardanelle with us. They all declined so Loucinda and i journeyed on to Wal-mart.

I had really missed my Adventist friends and was blessed by their services this Sabbath. Joe Harrison preached a wonderful sermon on Andrew--the disciple that brought people to Jesus one by one. Bo and Kristin Hutchison dedicated their baby son to the Lord. Joe read the scriptures and Dr. Ruff held the child and prayed for hm and his parents.It was so good to see Kelly Virbel, the Sandbergs ,the Harrisons. I had really missed talking to Janet Harrison. Dr. Sandberg played the guitar and sang and Bo played the guitar and he and Kristin sang. It was a worshipful time.

It was good to see Jewelene Putman Benefield at Plainview Saturday. She and Alan were on the ir way to the dump to dump a truck load of big paint cans. Jewelene said if yu read in the paper that Jewelene Benefield shot her husband Alan for bringing home paint cans and cluttering up the yard, it might be true. So she hadconvinced him to haul offf the paint cans.

Rosetta Hunnicutt has at her flea market in Gravelly, a wash bench that did, at one time, hold wash tubs when we washed clothes on the rub board. Brought back memories of my mother and me washing those clothes every Monday morning.I told Rosetta if Robert Gwen Buford was still here, he'd latch on to that wash bench.

When Fred and Russ came to take me to OKC, Fred had Russ unhook my washer in case we had a freeze.Russ thought he would be bringing me home and he could re-hook the washer.Since he did not, I guess I thought that washer would magically rehook itself. I finally asked Cindy Clements if she could do it for me. That tiny woman is as strong as an ox !She scooted that washer out--looked the situation over and hooked it back up so Icould wash. Bless Cindy for her act of kindness.

Mark on your calendar that our next FV school reunion is October 14th. I,m gong to be reminding you a lot, by the orders of my cousin, Billy Highfill, so maybe you will not forget.

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

seven acres of Daffodils is just breath-taking

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

The following are actual words uttered in a courtroom by an Attorney and his witness.-------
Attorney-----Doctor, before the autopsy,did you check for a pulse?
Attorney---Did you check for blood pressure?
Attorney--- Did you check for breathing?
Witness---- No
Attorney---So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
Attorney--- How can you be sure, Doctor?
Witness---Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Attorney--But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
Witness--Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and PRACTICING LAW!!

I am so glad that Robyn was taking Jake and ;Allyson to Ryan's and Heather's friday night in Kansas,so I could visit with them. I look at Jake and he looks exactly as Ryan did at 5 yeatrs of age. I forget and call Jake, Ryan and he informs he he is Jacob. I observe Ryan in his lovely home and know he is happy and successful and I am so proud of him. And I love Heather. What a wonderful wife she is!! I had such a good visit with them.

Saturday morning, Robyn, her friend Eddie, and two other ladies and I headed for Fort Smith, where Robyn and the other ladies were going to a special conference for recovering addicts. Kathy was meeting me in Ft. S,mith in front of the Inn where Robyn and her group were registered. Robyn had a map that supposedly showed her where the Inn was. After we entered Ft. Smith, Robyn drove and drove. Kathy calls on her cell phone and asks where we are. She tellls Robyn she is going the wrong way. I knew that 'cause she had just passed a sign that said we were entering Barling!! Eddie took the wheel and guys always know where they are going--right? Wrong !! He also got lost. Finally Kathy was really upset with us and talked to Eddie again. After driving in Ft. Smith for 45 minutes, we found Kathy. Ashly, her granddaughter was with her. We ate a 2 o'clock lunch and headed for Gravelly. We arrived in Gravelly about 4:30. It was several hours of drivingbut I am glad to be back in Gravelly, Ar. !!

I was anxious to see my cat, Sister. For a couple of hours, she refused to come in the house but finally I enticed her with food and now she is content in the house again. Kathy fed her outside while I was gone and it seemed at first that she liked the outside better then the house,but things are back to normal, now.

I went to the Workman's place of business right after I got back to Gravelly. I had missed them and it was good to get hugs and have a visit.

As I was driving to church, Sunday it was so good to gaze upon the beautiful Daffodils just outside of Gravelly that Wayne Hunnicutt planted a few years ago. He was so creative and planted the Daffodils to make words. The only word left is Gravelly, but they are so beautiful.

It was good to be back in Wing church and my Rover Baptist church. Hazel Russell's daughter, Rita, is visiting at Wing with her Mom. She led the singing for us at Wing. At Rover, Johnny Turner looked at my hair and said "I bet THAT hairdo cost a lot of money," which really means,"Your hair is awful!" And then he siad my hair was red but I believe Johnny must be color blind. Gee, I had missed everyone.!!

After church Sunday, Llucinda picked me up at Rover and we headed for Little John's restaurant at Danville. It was good to talk to Rex and Amy June Castleberry. Our meal was delicious. One of the cooks is Katie Fickle, Robbie's and Roy's daughter. I know Katie is a good worker so I'm glad she is there in Rex's restaurant.

After Loucinda and I ate lunch, we went to Wye Mountain to see the Daffodils. They were absolutely beautiful--seven acres of Daffodils is just breath-taking. They have a craft barn with a lot of interesting items to sell. We started back to Wing and Loucinda wanted to come back a different way. She wasn't sure which road to take but as she chose a road, she says "this FEELS right so I just know it is." I asked her what exactly was that "feeling" cause all these times I get lost, I need to know how you "feel" when it's the RIGHT way !

My niece Ashly has found out her baby is a boy and the Dr. says he will probably weigh 8 pounds when he is born !She has chosen the name Wyatt Nathaniel. Isn't that pretty? Iam so glad that she plans to keep going to college. My Dad's influence filters down to 3 generations--the teaching that we just must get an education--that we needed to go to college. shly is determined to graduate and I am proud of her.

I have a dear friend in Noble, OK with whom I taught school in Moore, OK in the early 60's. She called me while I was in OKC and told me she intends to go to Washington, D.C. and Virginia, the last of September. She says, "Glenna, I want you to go with me as my guest."Can't beat that can you?

Remember--when you spend time with someone you give them part of your life.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Gunsmoke every day

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

A mother took her five year old son with her to the bank on a busy lunchtime. They got behind a very large woman wearing a business suit complete with a pager. As they waited patiently, the little boy said loudly,"Gee, she's fat !" The mother bent down and whispered in the little boy's ear to be quiet. A couple of minutes past by and the little boy spread his hands as far as they wou;d go and announced,{I'll bet her butt is this wide !"The fat woman turns around and glares at the little boy. The mother gave him a good telling off and told him to be quiet. After a brief time, the large woman reached the front of the line. Just then her pager began to emit a beep,beep, beep. The little boy yells out,"Run for your life, she's backing up !"

Every morning my alarm clock here in OKC is the sound of Matt Dillon, Doc or Festus talking on TV's Gunsmoke. Fred watches several shows of Gunsmoke every day--the parts he can see--
Matt begins to look pretty good after sev eral shows.

It is definitely a small world. Loucinda travelled to Harrison last weekend to see her friend Diane, who just lost her husband. oucinda told me she went to church with Diane Sunday andshe said, "Now Glenna that is one S.Baptist preacher that I enjoyed listening to him preach. "She then told me his name was Tommy urner. I almost fainted. I taught school for 24 years with Tommy's mother here in OKC. Then I remembered that Tommy had accepted a call to the Harrison church. I called his Mom and told her to tell Tommy he was the only S.Baptist preacher Loucinda has ever been impressed with.

I was sorry to hear that Hazel Russell of Wing last her son in law, David, last week to cancer. My prayers are with the family.

I was scratching my back with a fork this week. Russ comes in and says "mom, you don't put that fork back in the sliverware drawer when you get through, do you?" Well shoot a monkey, I DO know better then that !"

Charles and Rita Daniel have a great-grasnd-daughter named Rita Margaret. Rita was to be back in Hot Springs last Friday.C harles went to Ted Buford';s funeral and then he and Loucinda went to Little John's restaurant at Danville, Rex Castleberry's restaurant. They had not opened officially, but the cook fixed Loucinda and Charles hamburgers and fries and Loucinda says they were excellent. The restaurant has lifted off with a bang and they have had a lot of business

I received word that Mary Alice Ferguson Carroll has been taking cancer treatments. She was finished with the treatments but she had kidney failure and is in ICU. I don't know what hospital. I pray for Mary Alice. he and I graduated together at FV in 1949.

Watching the trial to see where Anna Nicole Smith was to be buried made me realize all over again the moral decline of this country. The people fighting for custody of the baby and not one cares about the child--they just want all the money that comes with the deal. I'm so glad I was raised in the late 30's and the '40's when I did not ever hear such things. My cousin Billy Euel and I were talking about our wonderful parents and how they raised us right with discipline and love. Billy said"When one of us 6 kids would be mad at another and would do something mean to them, our Mom would make us hug our brother or sister and say we were sorry." He said you were careful not to fight with your siblings cause you did not want to have to hug them. Ah, forthe good ole days !!

Maggie and Tom Sullivan just came back from visiting son Alan and his sons in Nebraska. One grandson was 10 while they were there. Tom showed me a book from a children's book club of which he is a member. He orders the books for the grandchildren. I was impressed with the books. More of us grandparents should consider books for presents instead of those toys we waste our money on.

Ruby Short of Rover is in a nursing home in La. Her hiome at Rover is up for sale. It makes me very sad cause Ruby loved her home and had lived there for many years. I really miss her at Rover church. She was very faithful to all services.

Jonnie Sue Willis is in re-hab at St. Joseoph's in Hot Springs. Paula from Ala. is in Mena with Pam as of now.

Fred's expensive prescription that was supposed to take away his desire to smoke is not working for him.He says he seems to want a cigarette even more. I was sure hoping this would help him cause others said it really worked for them.

Maggie Sullivan and her twin sister, Marie Herrin plan to go to Branson to celebrate their birthday, March 17th. Sounds like lots of fun.

Remember--Don't let what you cannot do, interfere with what you CAN do.