Wednesday, June 20, 2012


There are times in life that simply defy description.  The late night of Friday, March 30th through the morning of Saturday, March 31st would be one of those time for me.

I have tried and Tried and TRIED to blog about that weekend, but to no avail.  Finally it was decided to simply wait until I might be able to compose a post about this event without ending up drowning in happiness tears.

Jaxson David Wyre, son of Sarah Lewis Wyre and her husband David Wyre entered [ FINALLY after MUCH effort on the part of his Momma ] our world on Saturday mroning, March 31st, 2012 .[ The same day the baby shower for Allegany County friends was all planned, decorated and ready to go ... Jaxson had other plans ! ]

He is precious.  He is sweet.  He is MORE than me, his Poppa G. could EVER have hoped for.  I adore this child.  A--N--D ,,, I am now crying again ...When will these tears of happiness & gratitude to God EVER cease ?

with a heart that is holding so much love for YOU that it still scares Poppa G. a wee bit.
I promise to love & protect you as long as I am physically capable of the same
and to never, ever let any harm come to you that I can possibly prevent.
I will protect you from any "monsters in the closet" real or imagined
as well as any "monsters" through-out your lifetime that might scare or upset you.
I am here for you my little guy,  always & forever.
With a LOVE so large
even Poppa G. didn't know he was capable of such tremendous love.

May God Himself grant that you ALWAYS

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Let my tree be ever green ,,,,,,,

     The more "seasoned" one becomes the more intriguing life becomes.  You would think that the longer a lifespan, the more "truths" would be revealed, kind of like an  "O Wise Grasshopper" theory or some such thing.  I must have missed something, because it sure isn't turning out that way... at all.

     I would not need the fingers [ maybe not even half the fingers ] on one hand to count the people that I've met on my life's journey whose countenance is such that they always appear unfazed by whatever life hands them.  That being said,  [ and only one person is coming to mind currently ], the impression left on my heart by said individual(s) is unbelievable.  [  If I were to mention the name of this person here & now, at least 60 - 80 percent of the people in my village would immediately know of whom I just wrote. ]  Why am I writing about this ?    Because ,,,,,,,

    Many people people [ or so it seems ] are just the opposite of what was described in paragraph two.  Every ache & pain, every hangnail, every sullen mood, every less-than-favorable word uttered to them, every negative thought they entertain ,,, is shared with any/all who will listen.  Hence one of the vast attractions to  FACEBOOK.  It provides a stage for these people to perform their "Woe is me, I'm absolutely tied to the railroad tracks of life ,,, what EVER shall I do?"  act.  Lord, have mercy on us all.

   So what things are truly important challenges in life and what are just simply a part of it ?  My tiny "hangnail" may be someone else's "complete meltdown", right ?  Well, "seasoning" has taught me that those things that remain "on the front burner" for some length of time AND are memorable for quite a while thereafter [ dare we say for years or even decades ? ] just might be the "biggies" of life.  And for the moment one is not discussing issues of life, death, marriage, divorce, family drama, etc.  but rather some other topics that, perhaps a year or ten or twenty from now, will still occupy space in your mind.

   One of those challenges is now transpiring  for us as well as some of those who are very close to us.  Because of the rather complicated issues surrounding this challenge, it is best not to go into too much detail at present.  [ Side note:  I just realized that the title of Hillary Clinton's book  published in 1996 would be very appropriate if I were to disclose here & now current challenge ... ]  Along with everything else involved with this issue, amazement abounds that one single solitary person can, for better or for worse, effect the lives of countless others,  [ Sounds idiotic when written out like that, but ,,,, ]  sometimes without the majority of people even being aware of what's transpiring all around them.

  Many "problems" in life we forget almost as soon as they are passed.  What was thought to be a big deal at one moment is hardly remembered a week later & certainly is far gone a month later.  But some issues, because of their complexity and/or intensity, remain with us for a very long time after resolution.  [  I kept  detailed journals for approx. three decades & to read some of them now makes me want to burn them ,,, such small concerns seemed so huge at the time... "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" is right ! ].  And some challenges leave marks on us that never seem to leave us.  Always there reminding us of the lessons we learned [ or should have ] from their tough tutorial. 

   I pray that a year from now, when I look back on this current time, [ oh Dear God let this be well over a year from now]  I will see that I've grown through all of this, in a good way.  That I am a stronger & better person because of what currently appears to be a thorny & possibly treacherous pathway.  As JFK said " It is only in winter that we can see which trees are truly ever green."

Lord, let this current challenge prove my tree to be 'ever green'.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

"Bless me readers, for I have sinned.....

... I promised to blog once a week in December & I failed to do so."
I will graciously accept whatever [ ? ] punishment you deem necessary  ;-)

Happy " JAXSON" Year !!!!!!!
For those that may not know, Sarah Lewis Wyre is expecting her [ their = hers & her husband David's ] first child, [what I consider my first grandchild ]  We already know that the baby is a boy, with the planned name of JAXSON David.  Therefore I am wishing everyone a "Happy JAXSON year , as to me JAXSON = JOY FILLED   ;-)  This is SUCH an EXCITING time.  Watching / listening to Sarah alone is sooooooo much entertainment.  She is a HOOT !  I spoke with her via the tele on Jaxson's Year day [ 1-1-12 ] for just shy of 100 minutes and laughed so hard my face hurt afterwards!  Yes, we also shared some serious moments, which was a good thing also, but it was the laughter twixt the two of us that was so very precious to me.  Hey Sar, if you happen to read this, do you KNOW how MUCH I love you and how PROUD I am of you ? Just sayin' .......

So the HOLIDAYS were delightful, from Thanksgiving clear through  Jaxson's Year Day.  Busy, but totally delightful.  As I stated in a previous post, the battle over Christmas vs. holidays when extending a greeting is such "poo-pah".   If you are that concerned about sounding "religious"  [  and in fact wearing it on your coat sleeve ], doesn't "holiday" come from or remind most of us of the words " holy day" ?  Can't you in fact & in deed wish someone "Happy Holidays" and in fact be wishing them "Happy Holy Days " ?   Would seem to me that the content of our lives should speak much louder than the mere words coming out of mouths. 

Connie [ Sarah's mom & my dear "friend" + ] once again prepared a Christmas that was UNbelievable.  The decorations, the MEAL [omG the food was delightful AND there was enough for at least two platoons to have been fed ], the drinks, the gifts [ TOO much, absolutely TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much.  I try to talk her into doing LESS each year = so far = not happening.  NEXT year will be JAXSON'S first Christmas, so maybe THEN we can concentrate on the baby. ]  It was a delightful day, one that now lives on "Memory Lane" , to be visited on those days that aren't quite as special  ;-)  

My eldest sister Barbara got [re]married on Saturday last, December 31st at the Belmont Baptist Church with the reception in the upper room at The Beef Haus in Wellsville, NY.  Both Barbara and her new husband Charles, had sent their spouses onward to heaven in the last few years, so to be as seasoned as they are [ 75 & 74 years young ] and find such happiness is indeed a blessing beyond description.  They have known one another since their years at ol' Belmont Central School.  What a great day their wedding day was for our entire family.  God is good all the time, all the time God is good !!!!!!!

Attended a Happy Jaxson's Eve party the very same night of the afore mentioned wedding.  This was held at the home of Joe & Laurie Mead here on Noble Street in B-town.  Small gathering: Joe & Laurie, Dana & Sue { Tronetti } Ross,  John & Diane { Fuller } Maynard,  Carol Mead and Mike & I.  Had a good time = MUCH laughter.  Joe & Laurie's home was decorated in a truly festive manner and that, combined with the refreshments [ both solid AND liquid ! ] and great company made for a splendid evening.

Mike was off from work the week after Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and Jaxson's Year Day.  MUCH needed time off for him.  Of course NOW he is back at work and it is freaking freezing her.  Minus 6 degrees this morning.  I shouldn't complain as our friend Marcine [ a classmate from our days at BCS ] lives in Minnosota and her temps make ours look like a tropical heat wave.

Welllllll, shiver [ literally ] me timbers, I have turned into "Chatty Kathy" or some such thing.  Time to quit & hit the treadmill [ not a January thing, I do it ALL year round folks ].  Please KNOW that I wish the BEST for all of you, I truly do.  May not say it enough, but your love & friendship mean the world to me.  That's always been the case, but ESPECIALLY as we become a wee bit more seasoned.
Life is so short, best ENJOY IT whilst we can,,, for these days too shall most certainly pass away.

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A huge THANKS to all who spoke up concerning yesterday's KASIYH Blog post. I admire each and every one of you. * * * ...