Sunday, September 14, 2014

Are You A People Person?


Pam
Susan


                                                                        Larry   
               

                                                                     Me


     Are you a people person? What I mean by that is I could stay in my office at work all day doing accounting and never speak to a person and I would be fine. Then you have people who need to be around others. They make good salesmen, lawyers, receptionists, or just fun to be around. My sister Pam, as much as she could with her disabilities, my sister Susan and my brother Larry are like that. People are attracted to them because of their outgoing personalities. They make you feel good and usually bring laughter. 
     I love to watch my cats because they're like people. BayBay is the youngest and bounces when she runs. She will come running just to let you know she's there and that she knows you're there. She constantly wants to play. Her favorite game is to find one of her toys and then pick it up and bring it to you, making this funny meowing noise.  Once she sees me, she expects me to clap my hands and praise her for the wonderful catch! I can put her toys up before I go to bed and then by the next bedtime, she's dragged them out again, letting me know she caught them. 
BayBay
     Then I have Queenie, who is a multi-colored cat that seems to be always watching, thinking.
Queenie
But there are times she also needs attention. She tries some of the same antics of BayBay but it's not the same. One reason is because BayBay is consistent, while Queenie is sometimes, plus she doesn't make that cute meow. I've caught on though and make a point to stop and listen to her and pick her up and make the same praises I would with BayBay.
     People are like the cats. Some are loners who still need attention, a special phone call or card. Just to be checked on and realize someone would miss them. Then you have people who make you feel good, yet they too need praise and special phone calls.
Have you ever seen a cat smile,
They do you know, just ask me,
I've seen them, oh what a lark it is.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

When I Hear A Train, This Is What I See.....

Larry, Susan & Judy 1954


     It is current day, when I'm sitting at my desk eating lunch. As I munch on my sandwich  I hear a train off in the distance, immediately, I'm transported to Rossville, Georgia when we lived across the street from Ceder Hill school, about 1954.
     My minds view is that of a swing hanging down from a tree limb. It must be spring, not summer as I don't feel hot. It's one of those bright crisp days with a clear powder blue sky and the air is cool. It reminds me of a day when Mother did the washing, hanging the freshly washed bedsheets on a clothesline.
     This has happened to me before, I've heard a train and again I've been transported to this same scene. I wonder why, what is the connection to hearing a train and my moment in time?
     Has this ever happened to you, a sound will bring back a past memory?

Friday, September 12, 2014

November 2013 to September 2014-What a year!

Me,my daughter Jennifer,granddaughter
Shelby,grandson Sean. 4th of July 2013

     I can't believe it's been almost a year since I last posted. Time sure has flown by. Two important events transpired the past year, one was a total right knee replacement to go with the left. This happened on November 23, 2013. The right knee has taken longer to completely heal and I still can't walk up steps without slightly using a hand rail to pull myself up. But it is a so much better than before the surgery.
     The second event is that, due to the carjacking,you can read about it here,it had gotten to the point I didn't want to travel any distance that would prevent me from getting home before dark. In July 2014 I drove by myself and stayed with my daughter and family for four days and nights! I call that progress. 
     It's amazing the milestones we set for ourselves. 
     Now it's on to goals(and it's not even
          time for New Year's resolutions):
          (a) Organize and work on my 
              genealogy.
          (b) Get into physical shape.
          (c) Get back to my writing.
          (d) Blog

Me at 3 months
To grow is only natural,
Learning is part of the process,
Allowing stresses and distractions to
interfere with it all is nothing but
FEAR......
Fear of lack of confidence,
Fear of rejection,
Fear of not being loved.
FEAR..Four letters that can cover such a
big area of life..So much wasted time.



      

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What Happened, I go to Bed and Wake up, COLD!

J. Phillips 1960


     What happened? It was in the sixties when I left work, then I wake up to thirty-two degrees!
     It seems to me that it doesn't snow like it did when I was a kid . I remember living at New Home Community on the mountain above Trenton, Georgia and having four feet of snow many times. It snowed enough one time my brother took a piece of chrome that had come off of a car and tying it to his feet and using it as a ski. It worked for him! Wish I could say the same for me. I never could get that balance right!

Larry and Poochie 1953

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Can You Smell the Sunshine?

Birmingham Museum of Art

     Today when I unlocked our showroom door to the building for one of the salesman, I took a deep breath and it reminded me of fall days when I was growing up. Days when my Mom and Aunt Jessie would heat up the black pot with water and wash the sheets, pillowcases, and towels, then hang them outside to dry. That night when we went to bed we could smell the sunshine in the bed clothes. Wonderful smell!

Monday, November 11, 2013

MY FAMILY VETERANS FROM THE BEGINNING TILL NOW!



Judy A. Harper 1966
(Picture Air Force sent to Mom for the home town
papers)

Me in my fatigues, 1967

     Monday, November 11, 2013 is Veterans Day. I would like to remember all of my family veterans.

The Harper (Hilley/Harris) side:
Thomas Hilley, American Revolutionary War
04/26/1754-03/22/1838
My Dad's mother's, Manila Hilley Harper,great great
Grandfather.
Benjamin Josiah Harris, Civil War
20 Nov 1839-27 Nov 1862
Manila Hilley Harper's grandfather on her
Mother's side Elizabeth "Lucy" Harris Hilley
Josiah was killed in the Civil War on 27 Nov 1862
Clifford William Harper, my dad
23 Dec 1916-10 Apr 1982
He served in the Army during World War II.
He was with the Military Police in the Philippines.
Jesse Ershel Harper
My Uncle Ert
13 Jul 1929-13 Apr 2004
He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict
Served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War
16 Nov 1966-20 Jul 1969
Carl Spatz III
Air Force 1990 - Present
Air Traffic Controller
Served in Afghanistan 

The Turner(Mom's side) side:
William Hunt Turner
1814-1865
He was killed on his way home from the Civil War

Clinton Rufus Turner
Mother's brother who
served in the Navy, 1944

Charlie Lloyd Green
My Aunt Jessie's husband, mother's 
sister. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

A Scream Is A Scream!

Mockingbird on my deck

Two female Finches


     I was just outside watching two young hawks learning to fly. I learned that it doesn't make a difference if you're bird, cat or human, when you scared to death, a scream is a scream. I'm happy to say, they learned to enjoy that jump off a limb, and went flying off into the sky in a straight line rather than jump, scream, flap them wings, rise and head for another tree limb. It only took four jumps!