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Saw an old friend today… sparking memories of decades ago when the Carters lived across Strong St. from the moderately populated Rhone family…. mid sixties in Bowie, during our High School days .. Marie.. Barbra.. Tommy.. Judy ..and possibly a younger sibling..

They lived in a white frame home with massive porches on two sides… Our simple home was modest by comparison…

Our Dad had been incapacitated by several strokes at the time we occupied the humble dwelling… He was confined to a wheelchair.. Mom was the sole financial supplier for our family of five..

Needless to say , our two bedroom home lacked many modern conveniences enjoyed by newly weds of today…

The plank floors were always clean , covered with bright patterns of linoleum… but were easily three inches off level from one side of the living room to the other..

We were quick to learn that the brakes on Dad’s Veteran’s wheel chair needed to stay locked down at all times… else he’d cruise across the room and crash into the wall…unprovoked.. unannounced…  He’d take out coffee tables or floor lamps or magazine racks…whatever loomed between him and the opposite wall..

Somehow Dad found this spontaneous ride most amusing.. as did we boys .. but Mom failed to find humor in any part of the situation..

Those were great times believe it or not…carefree times…simple times.. for everyone on the block except Mom and Marie…

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Here’s a report intended to unload some burdensome baggage that weighs heavier on my mind every day…

Mr. Coffee blew up this morning.. I’m drinking boiled coffee from a sauce pan…Beware !

On June 15th 2016, my wife Carolyn was diagnosed with stage 4  Uterine Cancer … She underwent a complete Hysterectomy at Harris Methodist in Ft. Worth, followed by 8 intense chemo therapy sessions at Presbyterian Hosp. in Denton..

She was declared cancer free back in February.. underwent an CT scan last month where lesions were found on her liver..

While working out details for radiation treatment on her liver, in Dallas ,which included an MRI of her complete body , lesions were also found on her brain..

The brain lesions have affected her balance and to a lesser degree her speech and writing skills..

She is currently undergoing daily radiation treatments on her brain at Presby of Denton…. she is the most resilient person I know , without a doubt.. a trooper..but after a year of almost daily trips to hospitals in Ft.Worth or Dallas or Denton or Gainesville or Muenster,  or Nocona where this battle on cancer began , the entire family needs prayers for the strength that she { Carolyn } so often demonstrates…

expecting marked improvement in her motor-skills in a couple of weeks , after her radiation is completed on her brain… marching on towards targeted radiation on her liver at that time… Gods grace is sufficient to sustain us..

Today is our 51st Anniversary.. the best 51 of my 70 year tenure on earth… I love this tower of endurance more than I love life itself…. but I’m helpless to change her plight..we need your continued prayers in this most desperate matter..

In no way is this a letter of surrender to Cancer…no white flags here on 409…just a release for pent stress that only God can change.. looking forward..never backward.. God is in control as He has been for 51 years..

Skies are always darkest just before the sun breaks the horizon…. We’re Looking for Light….Happy Anniversary Carolyn Cater.. I love you more today than ever.

God is still God… and always will be God…regardless..

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First Impressions

Looks do matter…

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Down the lane where we live …..

 

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Under New Management

Ben Dover Water Company is undergoing a hostile take-over from within… the new C.E.O. has voiced a mandate to bull-doze existing office space.. ( the house that Chock built ) in favor of more modern spaces… Hence , portable building quests now occupy the elderly subordinents time.

Ed saw an ad for a suitable building located in Burk Burnett.. He loaded the wife and his trusty dog , Buddy , for a Friday afternoon adventure to Burk yesterday…private viewing..

Arrangements had already been made with the owner… the gate surrounding said building were to be left unlocked.. but upon arrival security was tighter than Ft. Knox..

Ed was not to be deterred by a simple lock… He saw a secondary path to the advertised building behind security fencing…but had to walk three-quarters of a mile to gain entry from the opposite side..

Betsy advised she’d just wait in the truck while the partners in crime , Ed and Buddy , ventured down the forbidden path to fiscal trespass…

Skies darkened as Ed arrived at the desired building , only to find the entry door too was left locked…

having vast experience at breaking and entering , Ed whipped out his broke-blade Old Timer and proceeded to pick the lock.

Mission accomplished…Ed and Buddy were standing safely inside as the first clap of thunder announced an approaching storm… without warning it began to hail like Armageddon.. There they were trapped like proverbial rats..half a mile from Betsy in the waiting truck ..

She too was traumatized.. hail beating the new truck into submission.. Ed and Buddy breaking and entering on unknown land a mile away…noise was deafening…would the windshield withstand the beating ? …was it her time to die ?… alone and afraid. ?

Meanwhile Ben Dover was counseling the dog…we must run for our lives.. we must save Betsy from certain death and the demolition of my new Luttrell Chevrolet..

Buddy was having no part of it… even a dog knows not to venture outside when the sky is falling..

Moments later , the hail subsided and it began to rain in earnest.. a deluge of strangled frogs and ducks were passing by on life-rafts…

Right thru the middle of it Ed and Buddy Ray went dashing and splashing.. drenched… soaked..saturated.. and muddy , they arrived back where the initial decission to tresspass was cautiously made .. where Betsy was still engaged in thoughtful prayer..

Meanwhile.. the new C.E.O. is entertaining guests at the Lake Home in Nocona.. and Chock’s humble abode stands waiting for the D-8’s arrival ..

Ed’s thinking retirement.. Buddy is thinking betrayal…Betsy is still talking to the Lord…

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Working on the Homestead curb appeal… while simultaneously attempting to hold wild hogs at bay…

Tommy O’Neal and the Cowboy second string keep spooking wild boars my way..

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Yeah , I’ve heard the second-hand complaints about the lack of poison penned blogs as of late.. here’s one to stifle the Square critics for a spell..

Muenster ISD just approved a 2 million dollar bond for the sole purpose of upgrading the Championship Sports Program for the talented athletes at Public Schools of western Cooke County..

This Democratically approved gold mine will be cautiously spent on , not one but TWO Prevost Motor Coaches to transport the Champions to Austin or Abilene where the true talent comes to play… bonuses for winning Coaches , and additional professional caliber  Garlic-Shucker transfers from Montague County Schools…”Pay to Play” comes to Cooke County..

You can’t expect a Championship Team to arrive in a Dodge Caravan ?… quality players deserve quality transportation.. it helps alleviate road fatigue and neutralizes condescending peer pressure from more affluent schools in the newly producing oilfields of West Texas..

Yellow and Black busses are built for common loosers…True Champions ride in class

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These State of the Art School buses are the pride of Muenster Texas.. large enough for practicing plays in air-conditioned comfort  while in route to play-off games… luxurious enough to entise the very best in quality coaching staff…plus saves money on artificial turf and outdoor lighting and such..

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Opposition teams are intimidated before even taking the field… this modern means of school transportation gives a ten-point advantage with the first whistle to “play ball”…

Muenster ISD is at the cutting edge of athletic school transportation ..you never saw the National Honor Society geeks riding in a bus like these two…

Need a driver ?  Herky’s got the license ,  the interstate driving experience, a counterfeit log-book , and quick access to off-road diesel…. He’s road ready…

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See the similarities to today ?…me too .

as Trump would say…. Two Timothy , chapter three…

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