Tribute to my Father-in-law.

Happy father’s day to the father of my best friend and wife. Even though I did not get to know him very well due to him passing shortly after our marriage. I feel I got to know him through his kids.
I am wearing his wedding band. I lost mine several years ago when I had lost all my weight. My dear sweet Mother-in-law gave me Earl’s and I have been wearing it ever since. Oh by the way I have gained a lot of my weight back oh well.


Happy Farther’s Day

This is the weekend to celebrate our father’s, dad, pop’s are what ever our children named us. It has now been 40 years since my dad passed. I do miss him he was a great man who provided for his family. He was not afraid to give us a spanking if needed which I myself needed quite often, and I feel that I am a better man for it. Of course I am not sure what my on kids feel about when I would spank them, but they have all turned out to be the best children that a dad could ask for. I know that both of my sons do not believe in spanking their boys but all 4 of them have become wonderful grandchildren in my opinion.

Growing up

We knew this day was coming. My two youngest grandsons only live about 4 blocks from us. We were having a cook out here at the house to celebrate my old man birthday of 71 years young. When I heard some kids out in the front yard, the door bell rang and the boys came into the house, they were so excited they immediately told me that mom and dad wasn’t with them but they had ridden their bikes over to find out what time we wanted them for the cook out.

They took of and went back home. After a little bit we received a text from our daughter-in-law saying the boys were on their way back to our house on their bikes so Mama went out and took a picture of them. They felt like they were getting so big now that they could ride over without their mom or dad with them.

Mothers day 2017

I would like share about three wonderful and great women in my life. First is my mother, Alice Lee “Dawson” Harbin. She was always there for me especially when I would do stupid stuff. Like when I was in grade school my cousin and I was riding a horse saddle in the back of my uncles pickup setting in the drive way. I fell off and broke my right wrist. I was right handed so I had trouble in school doing any kind of writing she would help me try to learn how to right with my left hand.

While playing baseball at school and I was hit in the mouth, I was due to go on a campout with the Boy scouts. All I could eat was any thing that did not touch my lips. She went to the store and got me some “Beanie Weenies”, little weenies mixed in with beans. I would use a spoon and pour them into my mouth.

She worked in a beauty shop, cleaning and working the cash register. I remember one time I was helping her clean after hours, and why I do not know but she gave me a perm. I had a hard time explaining to the kids in school, why I suddenly had curly hair.

Like a dummy I quit school my sophomore year, but I did get a job as a grocery stocker in a little mom and pop store in Amarillo, then as a parking lot attendant at a parking lot company in downtown Amarillo. I always gave my folks my paychecks, so if I did need any money they would let me have it. I bought a little sports car to drive back and forth to work. One morning on my way to work a tractor trailer rig ran a red light and hit me in my new sports car on the passenger side, needless to say I was messed up pretty bad. My mom was told first that I was not going to live, then that I would never walk again, but through her faith in God and her prayers I was able to come home after two months in the hospital. I loved this woman, my Mom with all my heart.

Now this special woman, Charlotte C “Guyette” Harbin, I would tell you what the C stands for but I would like to live a little longer. I met her while working at the parking lots. Her and two other girls had come down to visit my boss. I kind of fell in love at first sight. We had met before my wreck and dated some. We broke up for some of my stupid reason not hers. She went off to college and I continued working. I had my wreck in July, I had only had this car for 18 days, any way she was home for the summer, her cousin my boss told her about my wreck so she came up with him to see me.

Bam it was love all over again we laughed and talked, the fire was relit. She has put up with me now thru thick and thin for 52 wonderful years. We have three beautiful kids. She has been the best mom and wife. We are best friends and I love her with all my heart. We also have two wonderful daughters in law and 4 grandsons.

Even though I used to smoke and had a horrible temper some time, she has mellowed me out and kept me around.

Now this sweet lady was my mother in law Violet Mae. “Cowden” Guyette. I have heard war stories about the in-laws but they are not true about her. She loved me at the start and always considered me as one of her sons. She would do any thing for us, in fact when I went into the Navy we had already bought a house for I did not think I would have to go because of my wreck. Any way this sweet woman moved in with Charlotte and made our house payments the whole time I was in.

When I got out of the Navy and started working again we started paying her back till one day she just up and told us that we have given her enough. I know we had not given her enough but there was no arguing with this lady.

She always called me Jim boy, Every  Thanksgiving or Christmas she would say now Jim boy I know you haven’t had enough to eat so get in there and fill your plate again.

It’s Gone

It snowed up till around noon with the wind blowing hard. Then the sun started trying to come out and the temperatures started claiming. By the time we were read to leave the house to go to church around 5:30pm the snow was pretty much goin. Got to love this time of the year in the Texas Panhandle.

Oh No April Snow

Usually this time of year in the Texas Panhandle we have highs in the 70’s and lows in the upper 40’s . Yesterday and today April 29th and 30th we have been in the lower 30’s. I have not heard how much snow we have received and the winds have been blowing 30,40 and 50 mph.

This is what we woke up to this morning. We do need the moisture but I would like to have had it in rain. Oh well beggars can’t be choosers.

Our God is an Awesome God

I was having a little stomach issues, which turned out to be from some medication I was taking. The VA ordered a CT scan of my abdomen just to see if there was a problem. I new nothing about this until they called and wanted me to see a vascular surgeon.

I was not told what they found until I got to the doctors office. The VA stays very busy, I was asked if it would be alright if they outsourced to a doctor that is not connected to the VA.  I had no ideal which doctor to go to so I had the Veterans Choice who handles making appointments for the VA. They mad me an appointment with a doctor Irwin.

Time came for me to see the doctor, he told me that the CT scan showed that I had an Aneurysm in my artery near my groin just above where it y’s off to my Kidney. He told us that I could wait on surgery and keep and eye on, but where it is located it would be best to have it repaired.

I was not to worried about it for we prayed, and our pastor came by just before the surgery and prayed for the doctor and me. The surgery was a success I spent the night in ICU and was able to come home the next day. I have a little soreness but I am doing great. This is why that I know our God is an Awesome God.

Mom at the Helm

We went to Kemah Texas over the weekend to celebrate our son and daughter in-law birthday. We  had a great time with them Friday then Friday night we took them and our two grandsons plus their girlfriends out for a birthday dinner.

My son and daughter in-law live on their 40 foot sail boat. Every time we have been down there he has had some project going refurbishing the boat that he couldn’t take us out on it. So Saturday around noon we headed out into Galveston Bay. The wind was blowing around 25 knots so it was a little rough but the boat handled great. They extended the Jib sail out about half way and the back sail about the same. For as windy as it was we sailed verily smooth. We were doing around seven knots out to the ship channel. we sailed around for a couple of hours it was so relaxing for me and Charlotte of course the Kids and their friend who came along as a mate did all the work. We had a great time with the kids, but the weather back home was forecasting snow so we decided to cut the trip short and head home Sunday.

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Ancester DNA

Back in April of 2016 we went to on a trip back East. I was told that I had some American Indian in me so I looked it up and found that supposedly my 4th Great Grandmother was Shawnee. We went to that area of what is now West Virginia and looked up what I thought was my Sixth Great Grandfather.

My son got me a DNA kit from and so I sent it in. According to it I am 53% Great Britain, 18% Ireland, and 29% other. The other shows 0% Native American. So if I do have any Indian, it is so low that it did not even show up.,

It did support that my family came from England though so that is a good thing. I guess now if I get a chance we will have to plan a trip over their.