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Saturday, February 7, 2009


Well, I am a little bit late to wish a couple of special people Happy Birthday. There is an up side to that though. If I forgot to wish you a Happy Day on the Day that means you can still celebrate!!

Deb celebrated her ?? birthday on Thursday by going to McDonalds for a "Happy Meal" I can hardly wait until I am as "old as you".

I see you are still celebrating and I hope you had a Happy Day!!

And Yet another Birthday in the house. My friend Arlene is also having a birthday. She says she is 59 but I say she is about twenty years ahead of her time that makes you 39 Leno. Hope you also had a happy day!!

Here is my favorite photo of Leno taken at the RV Rally last year. We were having a "chat" lesson and Chris Guld of "Geeks on Tour" snapped this photo and published it with an article for the RV Net Magazine. Leno (in the blue), Ellie in the pink, Yours truly across from Ellie in tan, and for the life of me I cannot remember the other ladies name...someone please jog my memory and help me get over this senior moment!!

And on a sadder note: Tribute To A Friend

It is with deep regret I mourn the passing of my friend, Juanita Wilson. This is a lady I have known since I was born. I have lots of memories of Juanita. The one thing that stand out most in my mind is how much she liked people and how much she did for them. If she didn't have anything good to say about someone she didn't say anything. She was really special.

She lived about a half mile down the holler from us so every time we went somewhere we passed her house. She always had a great big vegetable garden and lots of pretty flowers. She loved to quilt and would come to our house for quilting parties with my Grandmother and my aunt Bonnie. I don't think she ever missed a Ladies Aid Society meeting either.

She loved to entertain and was a good cook. She and her husband Worth had built a new milking barn and we had a big party in the holler in the barn to celebrate. It was some fifty years ago and everytime I pass by the barn I think of it.. It is one of the few times I can remember walking up the holler in the dark.

She was very involved in our church activities and made me an angel costume to wear in the Christmas play and made sure my angel wings were straight. She was also there at my baptism. I remember it so well. At school she would always send those big sugar cookies --I can still taste them. They were - oh so good.

My sincere sympathy to her sons Ron and Alfred and the rest of her family. I want to share a poem with you . It is one of my favorites and I am sure it was one of hers too.

Crossing The Bar

Sunset and evening star,And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

Rest in Peace, Juanita.

And That's It For Today.


Leno said...

? what happened..

Jenny Johnson said...

I was waiting for you to catch up lol

Speedy said...

You are just toooo good JJ.

Hello from Sherri and I

Leno said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes Jenny. You are so sweet...
I am sorry to hear of the passing of an old friend. Sounds like a very special lady..My sympathy.

A couple of newer paintings 2019 said...

A beautiful poem for a very special lady in your life. May she rest in peace!