Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Wee Bit Tipsy !!!

The pic above is my youngest [ but still MUCH older than I ] sister a few decades ago on a New Years Eve. When I copied the pic I didn't straighten it, so hence it comes to this Blog " A Wee Bit Tipsy" so to speak! That guy looking at her leg is her husband Ron, they have been married since 1961 and have seven [now all grown ] off-spring. Having seven children also means a ton of grandchildren and GREAT grandchildren and ,,,, well you know how it goes.
I really, REALLY like this photo, it not only brings back memories of days now gone, but it ALWAYS makes me smile. Way to go Punkin' ,,, you hottie you --- kick out the old year and welcome in the NEW....... KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEARTS Folks !!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

CHRISTMAS 2009







Greetings! Yessssssssssss, we survived. Hoping you did also. T'was another wonderful Christmas beginning with Mid-night Service at St. Philip's Episcopal Church here in Belmont, NY~ nestled amongst the hills of Allegany County. I will confess that leading UP to that later Service I was not estatic BUT it turned out to be so WORTH IT and such a simple yet elegant birthday party for the King of Kings & Lord of Lords.
Christmas morning I spoke with my sister Barbara and my sister Marlene before heading to Connie's for the Christmas day celebration. As always she made wAAAAAAAAy to much food and we ate 'til we nearly exploded [ Man was it GOOD !!!!!!! ], opened gifts, ate some more and then waddled on home. Lord have mercy!
I have posted some pics above, but don't have the room or time to post what I'd like to, so these will have to suffice for now. [[ Pic# 1 is Connie's Christmas tree. Pic# 2 is the table set for Christmas dinner @ Connie's. Pic# 3 is Dezzie in her Christmas day attire and Pic # 4 is Taylor Aaron on my lap after what for him was a l-o-n-g Christmas day of celebrating ! ]]
PLEASE NOTE: I have had some requests to post about issues to do with w8, as many of us ate too much over the holidays [ & possibly a few weeks or months leading up to it also! ] A new year is almost here, so I might attempt to share with you, my thoughts on w8 gain, w8 loss, what worked for me, etc. If you REALLY want to read about this, now would be a good time to WRITE ME and let me know. I am waffeling a bit as to whether to make this endeavor or not, okAAAAAAAy ??????? [[ I've already had a couple of people ask me to do this ]]
This is all for now friends. I need to hit the treadmill, then this afternoon we will visit my nephew Gary, his wife Joannie & their 3 beautiful children whilst up to my sister Marlene's.
Till we meet again, hang in there & always ,,, KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEART !!!!!!!



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Memories







PIC # 1 ) The first pic above is one of my all time favorite Christmas pics. If you knew the people involved, you would know why. My Dad is holding up some mistletoe over the heads of my Aunt [ on the left ] & my Grandmother [on the right]. The two ladies were not always smiling, let alone laughing, so this indeed is a rare pic. My Dad on the other hand, always seemed to have the joy of the Lord in his heart, so having him smiling isn't rare. Although to SEE him smiling [ from my point of few ] was rare, as it seems to me that in my younger years he was always working, so I didn't SEE him all that much. I absolutely LOVE this photograph !
PIC # 2 ) The next pic also shows someone smiling. This is Michael's Mother, standing by the Christmas tree in what would turn out to be her final Christmas. [ The film was not developed until the following August, by which time she was in heaven.] Jodi [ her proper name being Josephine ] was ill with leukemia for many, many years, during which she continued to care for not only her children [ 3 boys & a girl ] & her husband, but was also a very well respected nurse. She "lost" her battle with leukemia in June of 1969, but on that date she also "won" a presence with her Lord & Savior for all eternity. Through her journey leading up to that day, she kept a smile on her face and a song in her heart.
PIC # 3 ) Ah, the third pic is most of my family at a Christmas Day celebration in the early 70's. [ It might even have been 1970 itself, not sure.] LOVE the hair, especially on my sister Marlene seated on the floor twixt Dad & Mother. By the time this photo was taken my brother Doug had passed on & returned home to heaven. His passing [ in July of 1969 ] left a void that can never be filled. [ BTW,,, it was the passing of Jodi & Doug so close together, one month apart, that helped two 15 year old guys not to dislike each other anymore. There can be communion in grief.] My parents have gone on before us now also, leaving the five siblings in this pic above here,,,still on the the journey ,,, homeward bound.
PIC # 4 ) Final pic of the day is a picture that Michael took here at the house many Christmas's ago. He used a time lapse or some such thing on his 35mm camera to get this shot & we used this pic for the following years Christmas card. GREAT pic MJF ~ 1 !!!
So the first pic above is from Christmas 1957.
The second pic above is from Christmas 1968.
The third above is Christmas in the early 70's.
And the fourth pic is Christmas in the mid 80's.
"Precious memories, how they linger,,,," as the old hymn begins...Hey I told you yesterday that this year's Christmas time is providing a rush of emotions...and so it goes. This too shall pass.
KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEART !!!!!!!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009








Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, can you see where my mind is today ? Actually this years Christmas season is bringing a rush of memories to mind & causing topsy-turvy emotions, thus in an effort to "expell the demon of tears", we turn to comedy of course !!! I found these clippings [ as well as some others but I can only upload about 4 pics at a time on here for some blasted reason, so this is what ya get for now ] and thought "Why not SHARE them with y'all?" So I did, Justin Case you might need a laugh or two right now also. BTW,,, I just went to the top of this blog entry and looked at the clippings from top to bottom. Wouldn't some SHRINK have a hey-day with the line-up presented here? KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEART !!!!!!!


Monday, December 14, 2009



HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYLENE MAY LEWIS

My Darling Niece-In-Law

Today is Ky's Birthday & on the off-chance that she MAY look at this blog at some point either today or tomorrow I want her to KNOW how MUCH her Uncle Greg loves her. Since I first met you at Alan's home in September of 19?? it has been SUCH an interesting journey = NEVER boring with you Ky. Whether that journey has been through all our ups & downs of life OR whether that journey has been you trying to get your vehicle into our garage WITH the travel top that was higher than our garage door,,, it is NEVER boring with you Ky ! Please know that a song that I learned years ago comes to mind on this, your birthday... " I give thanks to the Lord for you always, the great gift he has given to me..... as we walk life's weary road, you make less my heavy load,,,and we share each others burdens 'long the way." Uncle Greg loves you Kylene May,,,today and A-L-W-A-Y-S !!! Happy Birthday Sweetie. KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEART !!!!!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Camleot Choraleer Christmas Party 2009












I had a request from one of my loyal followers for pictures from last night's Camelot Choraleer Christmas Party, especially a pic of MJ & GK. So as not to disappoint [ something that I can apparently do quite readily according to some ], here are the pics requested. We had an excellent time, not everyone was able to make it, but still TONS of food & we laughed until our faces actually hurt. Yet another grand evening for the Camelot Choraleers! KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEART !!!!!!!



Thursday, December 10, 2009

"and forgive us our trespasses AS WE FORGIVE THOSE who trespass against us,,,,"
How many people SAY that phrase in the prayer taught by Jesus Himself
and yet continue to hold grudges, feelings of revenge, etc.?
Do we really STOP TO THINK that we are asking God to use the same amount of forgiveness on us as we use towards others?
I know I need LOTS 'o FORGIVENESS and therefore I TRY to use lots of it towards others . Time for the excuses to STOP, regardless of how "justified" we feel about our "hurt or injustice". PERIOD.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I rather think that the photo above is RAY DeTINE when he was in High School. He was a terrific sax player and word has it he adore's Santa, so yep, this is probably him for sure.
[ Hey Ray, this is posted as a response to that last E-mail you sent me concerning the woman who you thought must "know" me.... GOTTCHA ! ] ; - )

Tuesday, December 8, 2009



The above pic is my "screen-saver' at this moment. It always makes me laugh for some odd reason, kind of like my friends! [ Heavy on the "odd" ] What's YOUR screen-saver right now? Does it express your current mood? What does it say about you? Is it totally professional because you are at work? WHY is IT your screen saver at the moment? Just wondering,,, with a mind that rarely seems to quit. And so it goes... KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEART !!!

[ Missing you Murphy . May your A. be a happy one. ]

Monday, December 7, 2009

THIS 'n' THAT


Helloooooooo out there ! Not that anyone actually READS this, but hey, ya never know. I apologize for the lack of updates. Life, just keeps comin' at ya till it STOPS & ya meet your Maker....

Which brings me to the FIRST topic. My Deart'O Connie has weathered the passing of BOTH of her parents in a matter of 13 days. Although in both cases they had health problems, etc. losing both parents in such a short time span is not easy. Due to Connie's FAITH and the FAITH of her parents, we know this is NOT "Good-Bye" but just "See Ya Later" so to speak. [ Not the case with everyone btw. Like it or not, there ARE qualifications in order to enter the heavenly realm. That's a topic for another day however. ] I remain rather concerned about the Con-Miester, as this death deal can hit us at the strangest times & for the oddest reasons, regardless of how strong our FAITH is. I'm here for ya Con, when that happens, as I am rather sure it will. [ Picture above is of Maybelle & Harold Russell, with Sarah Lewis in the middle. Taken years ago when Sarah was a teen. It's one of my favorite pictures of Connie's parents.]

Second on the agenda [ and these are not in any particular order, except for #1 really needed to be #1 as I'm sure you

understand. ] My friend Donna Holmes came through her surgery in fine "shape' and is now headed for a entirely NEW "shape". You go girl,,, I am so SOOOOOO proud of you Donna Ray Edwards Holmes ! [ Here comes that BIKINI ! ]

Third, I am really disappointed in President Obama. [ Don't get excited conservatives, I still support the Prez & find him refreshing after the previous 8 years before his arrival at the White House ] Although I am not wise in all that's happening as regards Afghanistan, sending more troops there just doesn't seem the thing to do. I rather agree with one commentator who said that Obama was elected to get us OUT of this mess, not further into it. If he is trying to appease the "right", why bother? They are going to hate him regardless of what he does. [ Those same people who watch FIX ( FOX ) news & think it is "real".] If he did it to take some kind of a "middle stance", again "why" ? Taking a middle stance would just seem to stir up negativity on both the conservative side AND the progressive side. And he certainly made no points with the VERY progressive folks. I just don't get it. Is there SOMEthing that Obama AND Bush knew that we do not? [ VERY possible btw ] Personally I think President Bush was a good man, but misguided, esp. by his V.P. When "W." seemed to go his OWN route, to me he was at his best. When he followed his V.P [ or others of that ilk ] he wasn't so good,, at all. At any rate, it is an awesome job and one I wouldn't want BUT this sending in more of our young people to DIE in a land that has never appreciated [ or tolerated ] outside interference for any length of time, is a MYSTERY to me. If you can explain it to me, I promise to at least LISTEN to you!

Fourth, how did ADVENT get here so quickly? And Christmas soon to follow. Good Lord, I truly DO feel like my 'rents.... "The older I get the faster the years go by".

This BLOG entry is toooo long. I need to shut up now. [ OKAY! I fully realize that is not truly going to happen, but work with me people ! ] This is all for now, although there is MUCH more on my mind,,,, when isn't there ?

And remember loved ones,,, whatever you are doing, at least attempt to KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEART! ( Miss ya Murphy ,,, wherever ya are. ) gks

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