On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Black and White Thursday Memories

I am sharing a youtube recording here which I will be surprised to hear if anyone remembers from the past … like way back a long time ago past!

Love Me to Pieces!

As I was doing dishes, more bits and pieces came to me as I thought about the happenings in the  house I think of as the airport house. Our neighborhood was so close to the Tulsa Airport, McDonnel Douglas and Spartan Aircraft before the Tulsa International Airport came to be. Those planes flew loud and low overhead, but we did get used to it.

Here we are now a family of five living in the airport house on Virgin Place! 
(Mom was still giving us those Toni Perms!)

My sister and I adjusted really well in this neighborhood, school and new church. There were plenty of kids on our street to play with and I remember them all! Kay and her sister, Leola down the street, Darlene and her sister Linda, Wava Joy and little brother Walter. (A funny memory comes to mind about Kay and Leola. They both were somewhat chubby and I was a beanpole. They must have resented that because Leola informed me one day that her mom had assured them that one day they would be slim and I might be "fat"! Well, that wasn't a very nice thing to say, was it?) The house to our right across the street was also a beauty shop and the family had a teenage daughter and two boys, Harold and James. The daughter was older than us and the only memory I have of her was how she looked and that she gave me a hand-me-down dress once that I loved to wear. It had darts and when I wore it, it almost looked as though I had begun to develop!! Their Mom, Mrs. Owens, was a hairdresser and when I asked begged her, she styled my hair in a French twist! 

Here I'm wearing the hand-me-down dress. That is our dog, Whiz, a champion boxer raised by my Uncle Raymond and given to us after he had passed the age for show, I guess! (The dog, not Uncle Raymond!) I have no idea!

As for Harold and James, they played house and grocery store with us and we played softball, kickball and other such games with them. What fun we had and with all the other kids on the street.

My best friend and her brother lived in the house behind us and I loved Carol and her brother Jimmy so much. It was very sad when they moved to another town because Carol and I had shared so many secrets, went to school and church together, and in the same Brownie Troop. I remember her sweet parents and the hot chocolate and cookies her mother, Delores, served to us after Christmas caroling. It broke my heart a couple of years later to learn from her mom that Carol and her Dad were killed when the plane he was testing went down. I have thought about her so many times over the years and know I will see her again one day because of the decision made one night at a revival we both attended.

I mentioned last week the records my Granny gave to us … Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Tennessee Ernie Ford and others. When I was in the 5th or 6th grade, (it doesn't matter at this stage of life), the song Love Me to Pieces inspired me to enter the talent show for the fall school carnival. I practiced and practiced miming this song and putting together my little motions to go with my performance. Lol! My mother baked a cake for the cake walk, and gave my sister and me each a dollar to spend at the carnival. Well, gee, the talent show took up all my time and after all the applause had died down, I went out only to find that my sister had spent both our dollars!!! Shame, shame!!!

Now this is kind of a sad picture. From Christmas, 1959, we are wearing the sidewalk roller skates we got for Christmas. Daddy, Momma, you got it all wrong. Our sidewalk was way too short and you couldn't even get a good start on those skates. So Daddy and Uncle Sonny drove us to our school where we could skate on sidewalks to our heart's content!** But it was just so darn cold and we are wearing dresses, no less!!! All I really ever wanted for Christmas was a pair of skates to wear on Saturdays at the roller rink. (Too expensive for somebody whose feet never seemed to stop growing.) The picture I had of myself was to skate around the rink in my own skates with pom poms and wearing a cute little short skirt. It was a dream that didn't come true until I was 17, my feet had stopped growing, and my best friend took pity on me! I know my sister will roll her eyes and shake her head when she sees this story once again! When we moved to our new house, we had a concrete drive and a garage so we could skate a little bit. Funny thing we found out later was that after we had gone to school, Momma would strap on those skates and skate on the driveway. I wonder what the neighbors thought! 

Trying to hold on to a squirmy baby brother.

Summers were filled with fun time … softball, backyard showers with the hose, playing outdoor games such as Red Rover, Crack the Whip and others! I ripped the skirts off more than one dress and ruined several pair of shoes from playing so rough. We didn't belong to leagues such as kids do today, but we did have an "our side of the tracks team" and "their side of the tracks softball team." We challenged them to a play-off and beat them really good. My memory of that is not so much the game, but the victory and the prize. One of the other team's dads had been there to umpire and after the game was over, we all shook hands and he reached down into his pocket and pulled out dimes to give to everyone! I was so impressed that he had enough dimes to spare! (Say Brother, Can You Spare a Dime!!!) haha!! And it is a mystery to me what we would have done had we lost because I don't remember having an adult with us to award any prize!

How many times did we come before our parents with a friend in tow to see if they might spend the night or that we might sleep over at their house? Having that friend at our side practically ensured the answer "yes!"

School, winter, Christmases, summer … good times. The memories made in this little house are sweet to me, as well as the friends we had, the school we attended and our church. It was a difficult transition when my parents decided to build a house on the north side of town, which meant new school, new people, new church. For my baby brother, the change came at a time when he was still a toddler and my sister was still in elementary school, but I was going into junior high and at 12 years old, I made up my mind not to like anything about our new surroundings. I wondered many times how different life would have been had they not moved, but honestly, it was for the best! Besides that, they had no choice inasmuch as the new international airport would displace our neighborhood! And, it turned out, as it always does, I know God worked all these things together in that move and everything else in my life for good.

**At this point in the little tale of roller skating at the school, I stop to ponder the fact that my very over-protective parents actually thought it was okay to leave my sister and me at the school to skate for a while and then come back later to get us! Unbelievable as I was 11 and Roberta was 9 years old. Never, never in this day would we consider such a thing.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Wednesday Medley

Well, fun! Thank you, Terri and good job for the medley of questions today. 

1. What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

Right now, an amazing adventure for me would be to take the Royal Canadian Train Trip across Canada. We have wanted to do that for so long and we love train trips. 

2. Name five songs that you have completely memorized?

Ha! Really??? The other day DH had the TV on My Fair Lady and I was able to remember all the words to On the Street Where You Live! I love that song and most of the songs we sang in Glee Club I still remember: You'll Never Walk Alone, Que Sera Sera, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi, and, of course, songs of faith, Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, At Calvary, Jesus Loves Me, Nothing But the Blood.

3. What takes up too much of your time?

Facebook maybe. Blogging? Also I am caught up in a historical fiction right now and finding it hard to break away.

4. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?

Hmmmm. I refuse to watch shows led by or starring celebrities who have been so hateful toward our government, leadership, or mock our faith. 

5. What’s worth spending more on to get the best?

Food, clothes or shoes which I wear forever!

6. Tell us something random you want us to know about your week...

It's another busy week with appointments and I'm hoping we make it to see the new Unbroken movie this week. Looks like Thursday will be a time we can do that. And I'm looking forward to our concert series beginning on Saturday night, and dinner with friends. Yesterday after a full day, we drove over to see Kate's team play softball. They played very well and Kate had a good hit! So proud of our grandkids.

Monday, September 17, 2018

My Friend's Going Home Service

In August, I attended the retirement party for my former co-worker and beloved friend, Kay, which I posted about here.

Today, I attended the memorial service for her. Kay would have been absolutely overwhelmed and astounded at the tribute to her. She was a true and faithful servant who deserved the honor she was given at both her retirement party and her going home celebration today. She is in the very best place now and the memories everyone had to share of her impact in their lives was truly amazing. I learned so much from her about grace, love and forgiveness. Galatians 2:20 was her mantra and she truly lived this prayer.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Solo Black and White Wednesday

Terri has mentioned a couple of times how she enjoys looking at the old photos to see clothes and hair so I thought today I would focus on a few from the 40's and 50's. 

This one actually goes way back before the 40's, but I am including it because of the long dress and the flowered hat. I have no idea who the lady is, but she is with my Grandpa McCoy and so this was taken before he married Grandma. (Of course, silly!)

Mom with a friend. I've always liked jumpers and I hope that is a warm sweater she is wearing under the jumper. Her friend looks really cold in that cotton dress. I like her hair though!

Looks somewhat like a rickety photo booth
with the little fake picture background.
This outfit reminds me of our glee club outfits in junior high.

I don't know who she is, but she
has pretty features. I don't understand the hair.

Curly Top Cutie.

Mom with a rat in her hair! Yikes!
They also curled their hair in rags.

She seemed to favor dresses with cute bows.

A nice little Sunday suit.

Cute little ankle strap heels!

My Aunt Nancy still wearing braids and holding her doll. 
When her hair was finally cut, Granny saved the braids still with the red bows on each one.
I was always fascinated with those braids which Granny kept in the box of old photos and
still remember the feel of the thick braids and satin ribbons.

I like this photo because of the different expressions.
My Dad never enjoyed having his picture taken and they've interrupted his smoking time.
(He is also probably ready to head for home.)
I'm just kind of there while Mom looks adoringly at my little sister.
Grandad isn't enjoying the moment either. I wonder if he is ticked at Nancy.
Granny just keeps on smiling and wearing that interesting hat.
Nancy is pouting because she didn't get to hold the baby.
She is wearing a silk jacket Uncle Sonny brought back from Japan.
Great Grandma Sanders looking fairly pleasant. Her clothes style never changed.

Cousin Elaine looked pretty much the 50's teen here.

Aunt Nancy ready to graduate with a shorter hair style and her
pretty white dress and pumps.

Granny dressed up for church … wearing another little hat!

Up until the 70's when pantsuits became popular, my mother always wore dresses … when working in the house, working in the yard, going shopping or to church she wore dresses. She welcomed the pantsuits because "they cover my legs." Whatever she wore, she always looked nice and she always accessorized. When I was little and played dress-up, I too wore a dress, "because Mothers wear dresses."

Dress up wearing one of her old dresses and heels.

I imitated my Mother in many ways, including enjoying the feel of a pair of scissors in my hand ready to cut off the hair of any willing or unwilling victim!!! LOL!! I got in trouble for cutting my hair and also the dolls' hair! And a few years later, I cut my sister's and my brother's hair! Oh boy! I never did learn.

And here my Mom is getting ready to plant a few flowers … wearing her flowered skirt for the occasion.

I think she is holding the seeds and spade in one hand. Notice she's even wearing flats. No tennis shoes! Personally, I liked that flower bed for making roads and hills and little ponds for playing with all my cars and pretending I lived on a hill!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Weekend Recap, Grandparents' Day and Ninjas!

We were delighted to be invited
to Grandparents' Day 2018 with Kate!

#1 Grandpa and according to Kate,
spoiled by Nonnie!

Her little notes to us have made their home on the fridge now!

It was a fun time. We had lunch, visited, watched the 4th graders perform their folk dances and I even did the Cotton Eye Joe with Kate! And then, to our surprise, Kate asked informed us that we would be checking her out early from school and coming home with us! She did and we had a great visit with her the whole weekend and Saturday afternoon, her brother Jack joined us. 

Mom and Dad had a date to a boxing competition … 
fire department vs. the police department … 
Guns and Hoses facing off!
Can you guess who won? Firefighters rock!!!

After church on Saturday night, the gym was all set up for the Ninja course and the small gym with an obstacle course and bounce house for the little ones. And free food for everybody! 

This proved to be a more difficult course than the Ninja Warriors they are used to, but they still had fun and always like a challenge.

All in all, it was a lazy, rainy weekend. Sleeping late on Sunday morning, pancakes and bacon, and iPad time. Gee, I remember this.

Seems one day they're right there with you in the middle of everything … 

Now it's this!


Last, but not least, Kate shared with me how she was sick the week they had Daddy Daughter Dance and she was so disappointed to miss out. So Daddy took Kate on a special date.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Saturday 9: Gotta Travel On

Saturday 9: Gotta Travel On (1959)

Answer the questions and link up with Sam for Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme! 

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, the Billy Grammer sings that "summer's almost gone, winter's coming on." When you look out your window, do you see any evidence that the seasons are changing?

Not yet, but hopefully I will see some sign of it soon. 

I look forward to seeing some of this.

2) He admits he has laid around and played around for too long. Do you consider lazy days to be wasted days?

I make it a point to accomplish something every day because that's just the way I am. If it is raining, too cold, too hot, too this, too that, I am perfectly content to read for long periods of time, but I don't consider that wasteful. It's wasteful if there is a job that needs to be done and you don't do it!

3) Billy relaxed by fishing. Tell us about a visit you made to a pier, or a ride you took on a boat, this past year. (Bonus points if you went fishing!)

We went on our son's boat several times this year and had a great time. I can't say that it was relaxing except when we stopped to swim and play on the beach.

4) Born in 1925, Mr. Grammer was the eldest of 13 children. He and his wife Ruth were childless. What do you think is the ideal size for a family? 

I had a brother and sister. Our family of five was good, but I think four children would be a good number, ideally the older two being close in age and the younger two also. My younger brother was more like an only child since he was so much younger than my sister and me.

5) This song was very popular on juke boxes back in 1959. When were you last in a bar or restaurant that had a juke box? Did you play it?

A mom and pop café in our community had a juke box and we did play it. It's been a few years back.

6) In 1959, movie tickets zoomed up in price to $1.00 and Ben Hur was the big blockbuster. What's the last movie you saw in a theater? Operation Finale. Do you remember how much the ticket cost? $3.75. We traveled about 15 miles to attend the theater. Usually we pay $8 or $9 to see a movie.

7) Huckleberry Hound was a hit with the younger audience in 1959. What cartoon did you enjoy as a kid? Popeye. And I loved spinach!

8) In 1959, continuing dramas (soap operas) were still broadcast each day on the radio. When you turn on the radio, do you listen for talk, news, or music? I listen for Bible teaching or praise and worship music.

9) Random question -- Which competition would you rather judge: The Pillsbury Bake Off, The Miss America Pageant, or Dancing with the Stars? 

As we were growing up, our family always loved watching The Miss America Pageant and all of us judged who we thought should win, so I guess that would be my choice. Although it would be fun to judge the bake off and sample the goodies. I'm impressed by most all the dancing stars I've seen, but we don't watch that show. 

Vonda Kay Van Dyke was one of my favorite Miss Americas! Her talent was as a ventriloquist and she was such fun! As a teen, I admired her very much and also read the little book above. She was unique in that she was and still is, the only Miss America who also was Miss Congeniality. Also, always thought Bert Parks was the best host! When I was in seventh grade, the home economics classes put on a style show and our glee club leader had us singing the "There she is, Miss America!" theme song as the girls modeled their outfits.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Friday Foto Friends

It's Friday again … so soon? And time to join Deb at Breathing in Grace for Friday Foto Friends!

Pretty skies this week and now it's pouring rain, we are under flash flood warning, and the lightning and thunder are scary!! The house is shaking! Annie is hiding under the desk at my feet! I'm so glad they finished working on our water leak today, filled up the big hole and hauled away the excess dirt before this rain came. They even re-planted the shrub they tore out.

A new lake is forming behind our fence!

We have been needing this rain.

He sits outside and enjoys the show!

Earlier this week, we went out for breakfast and saw a family with this dog that looks just like Annie! I had to go ask what kind of dog this is, since Annie is a rescue and no one really knew for sure. This dog is a Shiba inu and I believe Annie is mostly that, with some other mix that gives her the wavy hair.

Their dog


I stopped again this week to get a pic of those Longhorns and as soon as I pulled in, they turned again and headed to other parts of the pasture. Hmmmm. Wondering if it is feeding time since I'm usually there at lunch or dinner time.

And this little fella ended up on the hummingbird feeder! I don't know how he did it. And I wondered how he would get down, but I turned around and then back and he was gone!!

My fotos are taken with my iPhone so they aren't as nice as all the others, but I still enjoy taking pictures and sharing them with you! Happy Friday!

We will be going today for a grandparents' luncheon with Kate. I'm so looking forward to that! And this weekend, they will be staying with us. Our church will be having a ninja course outdoors for the kids, a food truck and other fun things. Here's hoping the skies clear up!

Pretty exciting stuff for these kids!!