…”TRAGIC! Both were TRAGIC”!…

The sun was up, the steam rose from my Mug-O-Joe this mornin’, as I stepped out on the Deck to survey my back yard. There are only a couple of small limbs, some branches, & scattered leaves across the yard. It’s a good thing too. My chain saw died on me about a year & a half ago & I haven’t bought a new one yet. I need to get that done! Maybe, just maybe, “Irma” sensed that – I don’t know? Stranger things have happened!  Where I live, in “The Big Pell” (Pell City, AL) we were fortunate to be spared by “Tropical Storm Irma’s” devastation. We did experience rain (2 to 3 inches maybe), some moderate winds, but nothin’ to complain about. We were on the tail end of “Irma”. I happened to be watchin’ the Late News last night when “Irma” was officially bein’ down graded to a Tropical Depression. As I was listenin’ to that I was readin’ a FB post by a local friend, from across town, askin’ if anyone had lost Power? Just a second or two passed by & our Power Flickered! Just enough to knock out our Satellite TV, all of our electronics {{{ Beeped }}} ,as they do, a couple of times when power is lost then they all reset. The lights flickered but NEVER went out! It was as though “Irma” was wavin’ good-bye to us & movin’ on. We were fortunate not to be in “Irma’s Path of Destruction”. I can’t even imagine what others have been thru & now face as they get on with their life’s. Many will have a very long road in front of them. I guess the cliche’ here is “it could have been worse”! My sincere condolences go out to those that have lost loved ones durin’ this tragic event. I don’t want to, in any means, be thought of as over lookin’ the recent events with “Hurricane Harvey”, all of those affected buy it, & those too that were lost. God Bless EVERYONE affected by these tragedies. All I can say is “TRAGIC! Both were TRAGIC”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

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…”Be prepared folks”…

Right now, it seems like, our country is battlin’ for its life. Literally! There are Wild Fires in the Western part of our Nation. Both Professional & Volunteer Fire Fighters are battlin’ as hard as they can to bring’em under control & extinguish’em completely. On our Gulf Coast, mainly The State of Texas, is sufferin’ some of the worst Floodin’ in their history! And the Rain is still fallin’. This is all the result of Hurricane Harvey, that is now a Tropical Storm. It appears, as though, it’s goin’ to be hangin’ around for several more days in that area. The side effects from HARVEY will be effectin’ others for some time to come. Such as GAS availability. Prices WILL, and in some cases already have, BE RISIN”! Almost as fast as the Floodin’ there in Texas. Then there all of those Dumb Ass “Anti-Everything” Organizations fightin’ in the streets across our nation. They’re servin’ no real purpose other than they hate what the other stands for with NO REAL Resolve possible. And, as if that’s not enough, we have all of our Lying, Thievin’ Professional Politicians fightin’ each other, Party -vs- Party, in WASHINGTON DC, OUR Nations Capitol, over who’s goin’ to put the most money in THEIR pockets before they vote to approve or disapprove any actions to help the Common Citizens. All I can say is “God Help Us”! And then there are those who want to eliminate that possible option to us. Be prepared folks & “watch your 6″…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”she’ll reach ever higher each day”…

Eight years ago God gave me a New Branch on My Family Tree. Oh how it has continued to grow & bloom into such beautiful limb. So straight & tall. I have been truly amazed by the direction this new limb has steered the direction of my life. I was fortunate enough to retire just a couple of weeks prior to this Little Sprig Buddin’ into such a tiny limb.  Watchin’ her grow & now swaying in the breeze yet always comin’ back to this straight little limb growin’ even longer, stronger, and more beautiful as the seasons go by. I look at her in amazement. It makes me so proud to be able to be close enough to witness all of the changes she has experienced. I now realize that we all have grown new foliage for the new season. I too have bent in the breezes & weather my storms. My bark grows thicker & darker thru the years & decades. My limbs have begun to weaken, we all hate to admit that, & some get weaker as each storm takes it toll. As I approach each new season of renewal I appear to have fewer leaves, my colors aren’t as vivid as they once were on my individual branches. My roots get a little loose in the soil around me. But I sprout others & send them as deep as possible into the soil around me to hold this Old Trunk upright, to support those other limbs that depend on my strengths as the Storms continue to rage & blow my way. Some Old Trees are looked upon as “Trees Of Wisdom”. I don’t know where I rate there. That’s for others to judge. I now understand it’s directly related to the seasons, the storms, the climate around us, the denseness of the forest around us, & the transplants we have weathered give us our Strength & Wisdom. And yet as the risin’ of each mornin’ sun radiates it warmth upon us we always seem to try to stretch just a little higher than the days past. To that little eight year old Branch, I can only hope I have been able to give her the shade and protection I have all of my other Branches thru the years. Now as she celebrates a new “Ring” in her branch I wish her love, strength, & wisdom. I know she’ll find her proper place in the sun & she’ll reach ever higher each day. HAPPY EIGHTH BIRTHDAY Josie Marie Gray. Always remember, Your Papa LOVES YOU!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Maybe some of you heard this”…

Tonight my Bride & Daughter both turned in just a little after 10:00 p.m. I told my Bride “I’ll be along after the News”. Well, after the News I found myself surfin’ the channels. I came across an Info-commercial for a 9 CD Package, “Faith, Hope & Country” by Time Life. It came on at 10:30 p.m., & as always they’re in a loop. These songs were just tearin’ at me! “The Faith & Hope” songs were mostly Old Gospel songs. Sang the way they were when I was a child, on Sunday Mornin’ TV, & in Church. Choirs used to just rattle the rafters with’em, & the Congregation singin’ along, all in harmony. I can actually hear my Mothers voice, in my head. I thought she had a beautiful voice. Now days they sing some of’em, but they have been rearranged, & the Hymnals are rewritten. Many of the Old Songs have even been deleted from’em. Songs have been speed up &/or slowed down. Too many have been made so “Gender Neutral” to please all of the PC folks, & OTHER groups, as not to offend’em. And in doin’ so have lost a lot in the meanin’, translation & delivery. I’m sittin’ here just captured by’em. I’m actually sittin’ here just “Cryin’ like a Baby”. I’m talkin’ bout my shirt sleeves are WET from wippin’ my eyes & face! “The Country” songs were all of the Old Patriotic songs, (God, Country, & Flag) we learned as children in both Church & in School in Music Class. I’m tellin’ya “I was HOOKED”! NO I’m not buyin’ anything, but they had me! The list of recordin’ artist is unreal. It’s now a few minutes before Midnight & it is wrappin’ up. My eyes are swollen & stingin’ from my own salty tears & I need to crash. Maybe some of you heard this, or will get to at a later date. I highly recommend it. Goodnight all…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>