Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Several years in Kansas City

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson (for Sept. 24)

With all the new technology regarding fertility, recently a 65 year old woman was able to give birth to a baby. When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, her relatives came to visit. "may we see the new baby?" one asked. "not yet," saidthe mother. "I'll make coffee and we can visit for awhile first."Thirty minutes passed and another relative asked "May we see thebaby now?" "No, not yet," said the mother. After anoither few minutes they asked again, "May we seethe baby?" "No, not yet," repliedthe mother. Growing very impatient, they asked, "Well when can we see thebaby?" "WHEN HE CRIES! " she told them. "WHEN HE CRIES"? they demanded, "Why do we have to wait until he cries" "BECAUSE I FORGOT WHERE I PUT HIM--O.K!!"

One ofthe joys I receive from writing this column is that I receive phone calls and letters from people that read my column. I received a call from Les Cox that lives up the Booneville Rd. from Corvette Corner. He had read on one of my columns about the Blue Hole and he said he spent many a happy day swimming in the Blue Hole when he was young. He said he, his parents and siblings, lived in Kansas City. is Mom and Dad divorced in the 30's and his mother became good friends of Emma and Phineas Jones. mma and Phineas lived in Gravelly most of their life but they spent several years in Kansas City, working. When they moved back to ravelly they encouraged Les' Mom to move here, too, which she did. Les said they moved here in 1937 and lived out on the Dutch Creek Rd. just a short way from the Blue Hole..L
He said Bookie Mitchell was his best friend when they were just kids.Les went back to Kansas City in 1941 and lived with a grandparent. He later married there and they moved back here to Ar. in '83. It was interesting to me that Mary Fisher of the Yell County ecord ,is his aunt, his mother's sister. Les wanted to know about CeBelle Hunt, so Les if you are reading this, the people I asked about her says she married a Jones andthat she is deceased. It was so interesting to talk to Les.

I received a joke in the mail from Roy ighfill of Plainview--Thanks, Roy, I plan on using that joke in the future.

It was interesting--several days ago I received a letter and there were MAPS of Ar. (maybe because I am always getting lost!) and several jokes. No name and no return address but it was fun!!

I asked Shirley Aikman about her's and Larry's grandson, Paul Anthony. Remember Paul was chosen to go to the Ar. School for Math and Science in Hot Springs.Since Paul is one of my favorite teen-agers, I was glad to hear that he is doing well in the accelerated school. For you that enjoy Literature, do you remember the play, House of Horrors"? Paul was chosen for a role in this play--good for Paul!!!

Achel Fulmer and his lovely wife Marcella brought some of Achel's post cards to Bill Workman's store in Gravelly. Achel is such a talented gentleman. I love the pictures on his postcards of old buldings and bridges in our county. A lot of history there. I like to buy them forthe history to keep myself.

I met a fellow in Fowler's Cafe last week named Harold Adcock. He told me that his Uncle, Tim Sledge, lived to be 110 years old and that he lived in Bluffton many year ago. Mr. Adcock told me of his visits with Arthur Lee Hunnicutt when Arthur Lee would come back for visits.
Mr. Adcock also remembered my Dad.

Also in Fowler's last week I met John Young's mother.A lovely lady--she looked too young to be John's mother!

Think on this:: When you hurry and worry thru your day, it is like an unopened gift--thrown away. Life is not a race. Take it slower--Hear the music before the song is over.

A plan to keep the deer off the highway

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

A fellow named Joe wrote the following article-----He says---"yesterday I was buying a large bag of Purina dog chow, at Wal-mart, for my wonder dog, Athena.I was about to check out when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog!!On impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, and that I was starting the Purina Diet again. Although I probably shouldn't, because I'd ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my body and IV's in both arms.I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the Way that it works is to load your pant's pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry and that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled by my story.) Horrifed, the ladyasked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no; I stepped off a curb to SNIFF an Irish Setter and a car hit us both. I thought the guy behind her was gong to have a heart attack, he was laughing so hard!!WAL-MART won't let me shop there anymore!!!!

September 10th, our Gravelly Eastern Star honored our Masons by cooking a meal for them. We had 8 Masons attend and we were so pleased. Then later, at our Eastern Star Meeting, Shirley Jo Aikman received her 50 year pen. We were so glad Shirley came to receive her pen. She seemed proud to get her pen. Her mother, Mrs. Pearl Fowler, was always a faithful member of the Eastern Star. As I watched Shirley that night, I could just see Mrs. Pearl in those same blue eyes and her mannerisms. In Mrs. Pearl's and my Mother's day it was the "good ole days!!"

Remember and mark your calendar for October 13th--the FV school reunion. The day is fast approaching.

If you do not have a beautician and you live in the Ola area, you might try Charlotte King whose shop is next door to the exercise place. Charlotte is really great!! Last week as she was cutting my hair forthe 2nd time in 3 weeks, she asks, "Did you put Miracle Grow on your head?"My hair really grows fast.

Did you know that the very first Supreme Court justice, John Jay, said, " Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers." We seem to have strayed from that ideal in our country don't you think?

I am sad about the gentleman from Plainview with Demetia that has disappeared. A lady in Fowlers told me he went to take his regular walk and never returned. The authorities used dogs to find his trail but they got to the pavement and the trail ended. This lady told me the gentleman and his wife go to the First Baptist Church of Plainview. I pray for his safe return.

A friend at Gravelly, who will remain nameless, just hit her 8th deer with her car. I saw three in the ditch between Briggsville and Wing, where I hit one and about demolished my car. I wish the Game and Fish would come up with a plan to keep the deer off the highway.

As I am writing this article it is 9/11. Do you remember where you were when our country was attacked? I will never forget standing in my living room in OKC and watching, on TV, as those twin towers fell. Also I will always remember when our federal building in OKC was destroyed. I was teaching that day and the windows of our school shook and rattled, even though we were several miles from the building. Two terroist attacks that forever changed our country!!

I went to see my Doctor Friday. He gave me a prescription for OXYCLINTON--10mg. You know what that does? It relieves the stress of worrying about a woman president.

I close with another Burma Shave sign---Around the curve---Lickety Split--Beautiful Car---Wasn't it?

Monday, September 10, 2007

"I'll go somewhere and sing my songs again."

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

The Associated Press reports that New York junior Senator Hillary Clinton, narrowly escaped injury in the aircraft she was ;piloting when she was forced to make an emergency landing in S. New Jersey because of bad weather. National Transportation Safety Board officials have issued a preliminary determination-- pilot error contributed to the accident. The senator was flying a single engine aircraft. The absence of a post-crash fire was likely due to insufficient fuel on board. No one on the ground was injured.Surveilance cameras validated there was no damage to the Senator's aircraft.Her BROOM was as good as new---not a straw was bent!!

Peggy Dowdy(Wayne Hunnicutt's niece) and her husband went on a bus tour recently with the tour company Comopolitan. Peggy does such fun things that sometimes I'd like to be a little mouse and sneak in her suitcase!!On this trip, Peggy met two women that told her they read and enjoy my column. They are Nancy Gillespice from Belleville and Frankie McBride of Havana. I'm glad you ladies enjoy my column. Do you think I "Pick on" Hillary too much?

I had a dream about my Dad, Doc Oglesbee, last week. Psychologists say we dream every night whether we remember or not. Sometimes a dream remembered is so good we wish it were true and my Dad dream was one of those. In my dream, I was still teaching. The Principal and I were walking down the hall of the school--we went around the corner and there was my Dad in his Game and Fish uniform, talking to the kids that were lined up getting a drink. The Principal says", Your Dad is a favorite with the kids cause he can tell them all about the animals." What a good dream!!

I talked to my granddaughter Robyn and Jake and Allyson a few nights ago.I was talking to Jake and he said",I have to change the phone to my other ear, Nanny, I fell off the monkey bars at school and fell on my ear."I say, "Did it hurt?" and he says, "MAN, yes!" I guess that was a stupid question!!

Several days ago, I met a man named Johnny McConnell at the Workman store at Gravelly.Johnny is the grandson ofthe late Jack McConnell. Jack and his large family of 17 children. lived on the Mulberry Road when I was a kid.Johnny and his wife live in Oravella, Ca. and are here for a short visit. His wife reads my column and Johnny was telling me his favorite joke his wife had read to him.

I was without a car for one week. Tommy Metcalf brought it back last Friday and I told Tommy he was just the person I wanted to see. The car runs great! But I was without a TV for 2 weeks!!The Dish person I talked to at Russellville decided I needed a new receiver. They contacted L.R. but I also had to talk to them. It has really been an experience talking to these people. After pushing buttons on your phone and listening to recordings for 20 minutes, you finally talk to a real person.Besides my name, it seems the most important thing they need is my phone number. After telling the lady in the Russellville office--3 times-- my phone number, she informs me that her computer tells her that is not my phone number. I assure her that it is. The lady in the L..R office talked so fast, I could not write down numbers she was giving me so I say, "Ma'am will you please start over, I did not understand." Well, to her that meant I was almost deaf so she screamed during the rest ofthe conversation.UPS brought my receiver in 5 days and my brother in law, Lacey Minnie, came down and installed it for me. When we thought it was installed, a message came up on the screen--"Is not activated" and to activate it you had to call this certain phone number. A fellow tells Lacey, after getting a lot of nformation, that the receiver will be activated in 20 minutes. Well, 40 minutes later it was not activated so Lacey calls them back. Thge guy checked and said "Oh, I am sorry, we forgot to activate it, it wil lbe another 20 minutes"! The urge to kill!!!But after that 20 minutes, I had a working television.Having no car for one week and no television for 2 weeks, I read three books so that was a good thing.

September is the month for my family birthdays. My younger son's is the 11th and my older son's is the 14th.Becausetheir birthdays are only 3 days apart, I always had just one birthday party for them. Russell waited until he was married and then informed me that he hated it cause he never had his own birthday party!!Gee, it probably did emotional damage, don't you imagine?My cousin, Calton Highfill will be one year older then me, the 10th. From May until September, we are the same age which is OLD/ Then my granddaughter, Lezlie, will celebrate her birthday the 18th. My friend , Betty Lampkin will be a year older, Sept. 30th.

I talked to Larry Wilson this week. I was so sad to find out that Larry is not doing well. His heart is really out of rhythm and that condition plus the medication he takes make hm very weak and tired. Larry is not evcen well enough to play his gjuitar and sing. This man has just brought so much joy to so many people with his music, that I ask you to please pray that Larry's health will improve and he can sing and play again.. s Johnny Cash used to sing, "I'll go somewhere and sing my songs again." I want that for Larry.

Can you relate to this: That Snap Crackle Pop in the morning ain't my freaking Rice Krispies.