Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Scripture: Good

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to
forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto 
all them that call upon thee.
~Psalm 86:5

Friday, January 29, 2016

Relay For Life T-Shirt Quilt

During my winter hibernation time, I try to get caught up on quilting projects that I have started.  Yesterday, I finished this lap quilt made from Relay For Life T-shirts.

I had the idea to make this more than two years ago.  These quilts are not hard to make; what took so long was finding the right T-shirts.  They were all Survivor shirts in purple and white.  It took a while at the thrift store to find enough, but I found the last purple one I needed just a few weeks ago.

I had just enough for the lap quilt size.  I was afraid if I waited until I found enough T-shirts for a full size quilt, I might be too old to remember how to make them.

I used the back of the T-shirts for the back of the quilt, so you will be able to see some of the sponsors for years to come.

This quilt will be donated to the Woodmont Warriors relay group.  It will be auctioned off at their fundraiser sometime in the early spring.

I hope it finds a good home. I am going to miss that stack of T-shirts.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mountain Breeze Reunion

Thirty years after they broke up, the Russellville High School band, Mountain Breeze, reunited recently for a concert to benefit Kerry Gilbert.  It was amazing.

Special guests included The Secret Sisters.  

I can't think of a better way to spend a cold Saturday night than in a packed auditorium with people we love, listening to our favorite music. It was a night we will long remember.  I am so thankful we were able to attend. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Scripture: Freedom

Live as people who are 

free, not using 

your freedom as 

a cover-up for evil, but 

living as servants of God.

~1 Peter 2:16

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Yesterday (01/19/16), Jerry Sharp, Pam Sharp, Hub and I had dinner at Miss Mary Bobo's in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Lynchburg, with one traffic light and approximately 600 residents, is known worldwide as being the home of Jack Daniel's Distillery.

Miss Mary and her husband had boarders in their house in downtown Lynchburg, and became known for the meals she prepared for them every day.  Soon, it was turned into a restaurant where guests sat at one table and passed the yummy bowls of food around just like they would do at home.  As they grew older, Miss Mary and her husband ceased having boarders, but the restaurant remained open.  The restaurant today, now owned by the Jack Daniels Corporation, is in the original house, although it has been renovated several times since it was built in the early 1800s.

You must make reservations to dine there.  We got there about 12:45 for our 1:00 reservation.  After we checked in, we waited in the gift shop until 1:00.  At one, someone rang a dinner bell, and we were taken to our dining room (they have seven) and all seated at the same time.  Servers brought food in big bowls and platters to our table.

Our hostess told us about the history of the restaurant while the food was being brought to the table.

See the fried chicken?  In addition to the chicken, we had cornbread muffins and butter, beet pickles, pinto beans, mashed potatoes, fried okra, cabbage casserole, roast with gravy, and some baked apples flavored with Jack Daniel's whiskey that were fabulous. For dessert, we had pecan pie with whipped cream flavored with Jack.  The restaurant is located in a dry county and no liquor can be served, but it is okay to use it to flavor our food. Of course, we had sweet iced tea with lemon and coffee with dessert.

We really enjoyed the people we were seated with, and it was a great dining experience.  Miss Mary Bobo lived to be 102, no doubt because of the good food she ate daily.

After we finished eating, we strolled through downtown Lynchburg for a little while, but it was freezing and we couldn't  linger in the cold wind.  We are looking forward to going back in the springtime.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Scripture: Gifts

Every good gift and every perfect gift 

is from above, coming down from the 

Father of lights with whom there is no 

variation or shadow due to change.

~James 1:17

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mary Lynn

In Loving Memory
Mary Lynn Stricklin Horton
January 12, 1937-December 2, 1990

Let's just pretend, because it is your birthday,

that the lump in your breast was a mosquito bite
that disappeared in a few days and your life
stayed normal, if normal can describe life.

I will call you up and tell you to come by, the
coffee is on and there is coconut cake.
We'll talk about hair color and plants. You will be
amazed at how the grandchildren have grown. 

We will speculate about Rosie's new man
and how high the price of groceries will rise
because of the early freeze. I will make you a
copy of that quilt pattern you've been wanting.

We will giggle at old stories: the time you broke
your foot riding a bicycle, the leaves in the chicken stew.
We will groan about our weight gain and I will say
your boobs are as big as the moon.

 We will refuse to talk about cancer. We won't
think about chemicals and radiation and
Lord help us get through this.  There will be no
emaciated body that lost its strength to talk about.

When it is getting close to suppertime, we will hug
and I will say Happy Birthday and you will say
Forty, again, and then you will go home.
But not very far, so I won't miss you.
~Wanda Stricklin Robertson

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday Scripture: Blessed

 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
~Matthew 5:1-12

Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome, 2016

Once again, we have been
given another chance, another
attempt to get it right, another
calendar with blank pages that
will be filled, one way or another.
How can we fill them?
With a lot of laughter and crying,
some compassion, and more
than a little kindness. We can
stand boldly for what is right.
We can buy some seed,
Plant something, anything,
and watch it grow.  We
can share what we know and
what we grow, green happiness.
 We can do something we have
never done before; something
so far outside of our comfort
zone that no one believes you
can make it.  But you will.
 We can go somewhere we have
never been before, in a car or
a train or a ship or a book.  We
can use our minds to soar through
the stars and come home again.
 We can pray for wisdom and
apply the gifts we are given.
We can listen, we can linger,
we can love, and we can hug.
It can be the best that's ever been.

~Wanda Stricklin Robertson