History will be forgotten and repeat itself

If we take down statutes that immortalize Confederate Army personnel then we are guilty of  re-writing history.   2017 Race Riots and Bigotry are doing quite well in the United States of America- Land of the Free!  Statues, naming schools, or towns are symbols that change meaning the further you get away from the beginning of history. Politicians run scared of opposition and cow down to fear of what might be rather than stand up and say “Look! It is what it is!”

The German occupied people removed statues and other reminders of the Hitler-Stalin years. Children need to see these once revered people and understand the political era and agenda that erected the monument in the beginning. Only by understanding the beginning will we hope to understand its ending. I want opportunities to take my grandchildren to see monuments and open a dialog about what happen, when, and where it happened, who was involved,  and most importantly why it happened. So that they can process the information for themselves and form an learned opinion regarding the topic of discussion.

We need the physical reminders or history will be forgotten and doomed to repeat itself.

 

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I Break for Yard Sales (Across the Southern States)

Historic US 80 Hi-Way Sale Dates and Hours

  • Third weekends of April and October each year
  • Friday through Sunday, except when the sale falls on a holiday
  • 2017 Fall dates: October 20, 21 and 22
  • 2018 Spring dates: April 20, 21 and 22
  • Hours vary, but typically vendors are operating by 8 a.m. and operate until the evening

Shoppers are encouraged to stop and enjoy local cuisine, flea markets, and community events along the way. Check the Chamber of Commerce website in each individual state for more information on the sale and affiliated activities.

411 sale

The Route

  • More than 250 miles along U.S. Highway 411
  • Leeds, Alabama to Knoxville, Tennessee, with stops in Cave Spring, Georgia

Dates and Times

  • Held annually at the end of September / first of October
  • Wednesday through Saturday

    Gabby sets up on April 20-22, 2018

  • Be on the Lookout for “GABBY” at the 411 sales in Tabs storage in Centre, Alabama, 35960 and  Leesburg, Alabama. She has name brand clothing and quality merchandise for real bargains.  Appliances, pictures, furniture.

  • Tell her that her sister Kat sent you.

    31W Treasure Hunt / Yard Sale

  • Historic Highway 31 W began as a buffalo trail before becoming Kentucky’s first paved highway. Today, it’s the home of the 31W Treasure Hunt / Yard Sale.
  • The annual highway yard sale takes place each September. It spans approximately 150 miles of the historic highway, from Louisville, Kentucky to Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Antique Alley Texas – Cleyburne to Maypearl
  • Antique Alley Texas may not be the biggest or longest antique and yard sale trail on the list, but it’s definitely one of the most exciting.
  • In addition to lots of yard sale fare, you’ll spot vintage clothing and home decor, antiques, collectibles, and community events along the route. There’s a reason it’s sometimes called “Little Round Top.”
  • Antique Alley Texas takes place: May 17th thru 20th, 2018
  • and September.
  • Benton County Bargain Highway in West Tennessee
  • Looking for something to do over Labor Day weekend? Shop the Benton County Bargain Highway.
  • Started in 1998, the Benton County Bargain Highway usually has between 150 and 200 participating yard sales along its 30-mile route. The annual event takes place in Tennessee’s Benton County.
  • Highway 61 Yard Sale
  • Shop more than 60 miles and up to 300 sales each year at the Highway 61 Yard Sale in Missouri.
  • The highway yard sale route runs from Jackson to Bloomsdale. It always takes place in late August or early September, on the Friday and Saturday before Labor Day.
  • Kan-Okla 100+ Mile Highway Sale
  • Treasure hunt in two states at the Kan-Okla 100+ Mile Highway Sale.
  • The annual event takes place each September in numerous participating towns in Kansas and Oklahoma.
  • Highway 54 Yard Sale – Western Kentucky
  • Western Kentucky’s Highway 54 Yard Sale gives you two chances to treasure hunt each year. The fall event always takes place on the third weekend of September.
  • The 50-mile highway yard sale route runs from Owensboro to Leitchfield.
  • Highway 60 Yard Sale
  • The annual Highway 60 Yard Sale in Western Kentucky takes place each fall, typically in late September or early October. The event includes eight counties and approximately 200 miles of sales.
  • Highway 75 King of Trails Market Day in Minnesota – Luverne to Hallock
  • Western Minnesota’s King of Trails Market Day features antiques, vintage goods, and lots of yard sale bargains along its 400-mile route.
  • The highway yard sale always takes place on the second Saturday of September.
  • Hwy 411 Yard Sale – Leeds, Alabama to Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Bargain huntacross three states during the Hwy 411 Yard Sale.
  • The Hwy 411 Yard Sale takes place in late September and early October of each year. The route spans more than 250 miles. If you start in Alabama, you can finish the weekend in the Smoky Mountain area of Tennessee.
  • Roller Coaster Yard Sale – Kentucky and Tennessee
  • Enjoy an autumn weekend twisting along the 150-mile route of the Roller Coaster Yard Sale in Kentucky and Tennessee.
  • The annual highway yard sale takes place each fall, at the end of September or beginning of October. The scenery is nearly as exciting as the treasures you’re sure to find.
  • S. Highway 36 Treasure Hunt
  • The U.S. Highway 36 Treasure Hunt features yard sales all across the state of Kansas, from border to border.
  • The highway yard sale takes place each September. The 400-mile route includes yard sales, flea markets, and community events in participating cities.
  • Warrensburg Garage Sale
  • What’s better than autumn in the Adirondacks? That would be autumn in the Adirondacks during the Warrensburg Garage Sale.
  • The upstate New York event takes place each year at the end of September or early November. In addition to all the great garage sales, expect to see antiques, vintage clothing, crafts, and lots and lots of food.
  • Dates are approximate as found on the internet in various places.Check with Chamber of Commerce for accurate information.
  • yard sale sign

Adventures of RJ

Adventures of  R.J. the Llama

Chapter One

p.1 One Sunday morning RJ the Llama and his wife Patches were grazing in the pasture when they heard a truck drive over the cattle guard at the gate and stop.

[Pict:  truck and country road scene]

p.2  RJ decides he had better go have a look at the new arrivals.

[Pict:  A woman who was short and plump with flaming red hair and bright green eyes and doe white skin walked toward the fence.]

p.4  A woman strolled up to the fence. She had a quiet calm and smiling kindly face and soft voice.

p.4   She said, “Hello” as all humans do.  She had a big man with her that was known as    Farmer Bob.

[Pict: Farmer Bob in overalls leaning back on his pickup truck.]

p.5 Farmer Bob is a Native American Choctaw he looked  strong  as he stood back aways and just listened to the conversation between  RJ the Llama and his wife.

[Picture : RJ at fence and wife]

p.6 “Hello, my name is Mrs. Kathy,  she said to RJ the Llama

“Well hello  Mrs. Kathy my name is RJ and this is Patches my wife.”

“It’s a pleasure to meet you, this is my husband Farmer Bob,” replied Mrs. Kathy.

[Picture: RJ and Patches and farmer’s wife.]

p.7   “Come closer so I can smell you and see that you are not afraid of me”, said RJ.

  1. 8 “My! You are very tall and muscular; but no I am not afraid  you look so soft and huggable. May I pet you now?”

[pict: RJ and Mrs. Kathy.]

  1. 9“Yes please, I love being stroked along my back, but not too much toward my tail. Awhhh! That feels so good, thank you,” said RJ.
  2. 10 Running her hand out across RJ’s face she is surprised when he takes her index finger into his powerful mouth and gently tugs on it. He could have crushed or cut her finger with his fighting teeth, but he was just playing around to see her reaction. Then he gave Mrs. Kathy. a kiss on the cheek.

[Pict: RJ kissing Mrs. Kathy.]

  1. 11 She laughed and said, “RJ you certainly are a joy of a Llama, would you like to come home with me? I have a nice acre of land for you to graze upon. It is on the edge of the big city with lots of people, horses, dogs and cats to visit with. “

[Pict: farm animals behind fences and barn scene]

  1. 12 RJ the Llama said, “I would like that very much if my wife Patches can come with me.”

[Pict RJ and Patches and Mrs. Kathy.]

  1. 13 “Of course, I wouldn’t think of taking just one of you,” said Mrs. Kathy.

[Pict: RJ and Patches very happy]

P14. By this time the man Farmer Bob comes up and joins in the conversation. “Honey” she say’s sweetly “can we take RJ and Patches home with us to be our pets?”

[Pict: Farmer Bob and Mrs. Kathy. talking]

P15. Farmer Bob looks to his wife with amusement and asks already knowing the answer, “are you serious?” You don’t know a thing about raising Llamas.”

[No pict.]

P16. RJ chimed in, “that’s OK my needs are simple, give me a dry place to sleep, food and fresh water and visit me often.  Also, as special treat for me to eat, I love carrots and llama-cookies.”

P 17 “That settles it,” said Farmer Bob, “RJ and Patches are welcome to live on our farm.”

“Thank you, Mrs. Kathy said.

[Pict.   Beaming  with joy  Mrs. Kathy. gives Farmer Bob a big hug and kiss]

End chapter one

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P18: Chapter Two:

The Llama Dome

Picture: The Llama dome is a sturdy built open sided structure, perfect for keeping dry under the downpours of Mother Nature.

  1. 18. Today the workmen crew arrives in the paddock*, they are going to build us a home.

Steel poles are put into the ground then they are connected together creating a tall roof

In an upside down V-shape, the side walls are open so that air can move around easily.

*A paddock is a small field near a house or stable with grazing for Llama’s.

P 19 One thing about living in a paddock is that there are field mice and rabbits that love to eat grains.

So we have to make sure that the Llama Feed is kept clean and dry, so  Picture & Dialogue: A chest freezer is brought in to store the dry llama feed pellets and treats.

A long rectangle shaped shallower trough is brought in to hold the alfalfa hay for eating.

  1. 20 Llamas need plenty of water to drink and to climb into to cool them off. They don’t have sweat glands and their fur is very thick, underneath their belly the hair is shorter than that on their back and sides and will absorb the water easier and the water will help keep them cool. Picture: A large water trough is set in place and filled with fresh water.  (Show pict of guard hair and soft underbelly fur)

p 21 Straw is placed upon the ground. It will provide a soft place for the Llamas to go to sleep. Taking a nap is fun for the Llamas, they just bend their front knees and down they go. They actually lay on their haunches which allow 2-3” of air to circulate underneath their body, thus cooling them down.

Define: (haunch is the hipbone and shoulder bone of the Llama)

P 22 Muck is Yuck!  The Llama’s use the bathroom anywhere they want in the paddock. Sometimes, they go on their straw, so Farmer Bob and Mrs. Kathy have to clean out the straw called mucking. They use a wide snow shovel and wheel barrow to pick up the poop. Next they take the straw and poop to the compost pile for recycling as it is very rich in nutrients and makes good soil amendments.

raw.   We are all set for RJ and Patches to come home.

End Chapter Two.

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P23 Chapter  Three:

Meeting the Family

p 23 Llamas are social animals and live in herds so they fit in real well with a pack of dogs.

Dialogue between the animals

Pict. Three Labrador Retrievers greet RJ and Patches in their barking way.

P 24 Kalona said, “Welcome friend, have you come to visit us today?”

Patches said, “Yes, but we are going to live here, too.”

“Oh you’re the Llama’s that Farmer Bob told us about,” said Montana.

P 25 Caleb:  We’ve never seen Llamas before, are you related to donkeys?

RJ:  No we’re related to the camel family.

Patches:  But, we don’t have hump backs like camel’s do. Our backs are straight and level like a donkeys.  It allows us to carry packs better, when we help our people with their chores.

  1. 26 Picture: thought bubble above Caleb’s head with an image of a donkey.

Thought bubble above Montana’s head with a hump camel image.

The  LLAMA image.

“We are glad that you have joined our family,” said Kalona.

Thank you, replied Patches and RJ. And soon we will have a baby called a cria to join our family.

END Chapter

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Chapter 4:

Patches has her cria

“Hello Patches, I see you have had your cria (pronounced cree-ah), ”said Kalona,” he is as large as I am.”

“Yes, our crias must be large and able to move with the herd in one hour after birth,” replied Patches.

“He sure is a beautiful red Llama!” reflected Montana.

Caleb stood with R.J. and listen to the women making a fuss over the cria.

Farmer Bob & Mrs. Kathy come to visit the new cria, Patches and RJ, he sure is a beautiful boy have you thought of a name yet?

“Yes! His name shall be Allen, after my grandfather,” replied R.J.

“That is a fine name,” said Farmer Bob.

“He will make a wonderful addition to our family,” exclaimed Mrs. Kathy.

END Chapter

 

 

RJ Llama

 

RJ is such a clown. He loves to tease people and is rewarded with his favorite HORSE Treats. He is docile but will love to give chase; his favorite game, with the dogs. He’s been known to go inside the house to check it out, and see where our accommodations are.

RJ rubs his head against the tree until he gets his harness off. His expression is one of self-satisfaction as he almost succeeded in getting the harness free. Underneath the guard hairs his fur is soft; he enjoys getting haircuts as they cool him down in the hot Texas heat.

One of RJ’s favorite pastimes is playing tag with the people. One time he got out of his acreage and made it up to the interstate and was starting to egress on the interstate. People appeared and made a circle with their cars so it would corral him in and give me a chance to rope him and take him back home. It was raining and I had my hand out the window holding the rope on RJ and I ran/walked his butt back home. The police were kind enough to follow us and keep us safe had their been any cars on the roadway.

Another time Rj jumped the fence into the neighbors paddock, he played keep-away for also an hour when he finally came and stood by me, I admonished him and told him to go home and he did. He was sure ornery and cantankerous when the mood struck him.

I miss my RJ so desperately. I only prayer is that he found a good home and doesn’t hold a grudge against me in letting him and his family go. Robert was so very ill and we couldn’t continue to pay out the $250.00 a month for their food, haircuts and vet bills were extra. So I gave them to a good man who promised they would have good long lives protecting his goats. As fate would allow seven years later, I can now afford their upkeep but have know way of knowing where they are located at. 😦  I know it was near Waco, TX.

Peace Rj, peace.

 

 

The Power of Friendship

The class was over, and still I sat, it was 1988. The professor, an old woman asked if she could buy me a soda pop. Her name is Dr. Edythe Leupp, a professor at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma. I had decided to drop out of college; a dream of mine since I was 14 years old. Dr. Leupp asked me to tell her my story- who am I. In a cantankerous moment, I decided, “what the heck, you want to know, I’ll tell you.”
I was enduring a serious depression, later (1993) identified as Schizoaffective Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Multiple Personalities Disorder and Post Trauma Stress Disorder. I was a mother of two very bright girls and a wife of a hard-working man. I was 27 years old, (married since I was 15 yrs.’ old) a traditional student and I was hopelessly floundering in my classes. I was the first person to get a GED and attend college in both my husband and my families. Finances were tight and I was attending a private university on school loans.
Dr. Leupp listened to my career goals of Teaching Wildlife Biology in the future. She happed to be a Teacher Education Professor. She asked me if I would give SNU another chance and come to the Teacher Education classes and she would be my Academic Advisor. I was eking out D’s and my GPA was tanked, I was overloaded, over worked, and just plain tired. But I changed my degree plan to test this old lady’s word and see if she would bail on me too.
I used the psychologists’ services on campus to help me function with the stressors of daily life. I started having anxiety seizures because of stress. I earned A’s in all my education classes. My husband was very supportive and proud of me and stood by me while experiencing my mental illnesses. Dr. Leupp was proud of my accomplishment’s and listened to my hopes, dreams, aspirations, and well as the negative stuff, she told me I was smart – brains plus- and said I was achieving success already; I had Dr. Leupp in my corner.
Mom Leupp attended mother-daughter events with me and would later say I was her success story. She talked to me about Gods love for me and helped me heal old wounds. If she hadn’t taken a moment out of her busy schedule and offered to buy me a soda pop my life would have turned out different. I would have considered myself a failure at life. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Edythe Leupp; aka Mom Leupp. She cared to see beneath the pain to the potential of what I could be. She is 95 years old and still and active part of my life.

Walking in my shoes- a father’s tale

My dear Son,
I anticipate the arrival of you birth with wonder.
I promise that I will be a great provider
of unconditional love.

I remember with delight…
The joy of hearing “Dah-dah” from your tiny lips.
The pleasure of holding your hands as you prance and
practice taking your first steps.
The excitement of your first day of school
And the name of your first girl to love.

I remember the agony you felt
when you received your first black eye
from a bully twice your size, then later,
the pride of the victory when
you cut him down to size.

The little things that were a major milestone;
like having a pimpled face, falling in and out of love,
driving your first car, the Prom Dance, and
graduating from high school.

I wait with you as you anticipate the arrival
of your child’s birth with wonder,
as you solemnly promise that you will be
a great provider of unconditional love.

I am so proud of you, and I shall treasure
all the moments we have shared
For now, you are a man
Walking in my shoes!