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Monday, February 17, 2020 – Dressing for Court – Jury Call

Monday, February 17, 2020 – Dressing for Court

Last Monday, I had jury duty. I know I am age exempt, but I choose to answer the summons and appear. I show up because I believe serving on a jury ranks right up there with voting and serving your country in the military. One is never too old to do these things in some way.

I noted on the summons the directive to “dress appropriately for court proceedings.” This is a relative phrase to one’s thought processes regarding what is appropriate for one’s court attire.

For example, I chose a pair of black twill pants, recently creased from the cleaners and a blue pin-stripe cotton button down shirt, also recently starched from the cleaners. I wore real black shoes (i.e. not tennis shoes or flip flops.) This ensemble was accentuated and topped off with my Ruth Bader Ginsberg socks. PS – my hair was not purple at the time.

There are three district courts on the fourth floor of the Brazos County Courthouse. All prospective jurors show up at 8:30 am. The result is many, many people milling around in their appropriate court attire. Most of the people are looking at their phones or reading a book. With each opening of the elevator door a new throng of appropriately attired court clothes appeared.

But then a man of some indeterminate age between 21 and 40, steps off the elevator. HE is wearing black jeans and black T-shirt with white lettering that read:

I (Heart) Big Fat Doobies.

I was so over-dressed. I was not one of the chosen ones for my district court. Not because of my appropriate attire. Probably when I said I was a “recovering bureaucrat retired from the state of Texas.” They know that I know how the systems work.

I do not know what happened to man. He was obviously called for another court. I have a pretty good guess that he too was not chosen FOR jury duty, but perhaps chosen BY the jury for jail duty.

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Call Me!

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Hair

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Hair

Your electricity is brought to you today by my sister, father, mother and other assorted relatives rotating in their graves.

Why? Because “when I am an old woman, I shall wear purple…”

Bet you did not think the purple would be my hair! The result!

Purple 1

Here I am picking up radio stations from Mexico. The Process!Foil

Here I am feeling like I am 22 years old again. The Impact!tye dye

Thank you, Courtney. It looks great!

Friday, February 14, 2020 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 14, 2020 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Why do we celebrate this day? Let Freddie tell you that “It’s a crazy little thing called love.”

Don’t forget! Dancing around the room counts as exercise.

Happy Valentines to all.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – Here’s What I’m Thinking! What Have You Missed?

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – Here’s What I’m Thinking! What Have You Missed?

Actually nothing. You have not missed a thing. Since the first of the year ushering in the new decade, I continued to have many thoughts but did not want to share any of them with anyone. Let us see if I can catch us up on all of the items of interest. Let us begin a stream of consciousness.

LSU won the National Championship.

I turned 71 years old.

Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl.

I did not watch the Super Bowl half-time performances, but I understand many folks are upset regarding the costumes, or lack of costumes to be more precise.

The President of the United States was impeached.

The country is divided more than ever.

The Oregon women’s basketball team is playing at a new level of women’s basketball. March Madness is going to be awesome. Projected National Champion will be wearing shades of green and yellow.

I worked a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. I was missing three pieces. I have not checked the litter box. Even if I do, I doubt I will retrieve them.Peach in puzzle box

And I read a 400-page book called The Crusades. (History nerd alarm) I shall summarize for you.

In 1100 the Holy Land – aka Middle East – was claimed by both Christians and Muslims. So, the Church, as in Christian, decided to do a Crusade and everybody would walk miles through tough terrain and weather and take back the Holy Land. So, for the next 200 to 300 years, the Christians fought the Infidels. The Infidels fought the Christians. The Infidels fought the other Infidels. A Muslim named Saladin fought Christians and others that He considered Infidels. The Christians fought the Christians. And somewhere in the middle of all of this Genghis Kahn fought them all. This lasted until approximately 1492 when the New World was discovered and there were more people to fight.  The End. Except fast forward to the Middle East and today and they are still fighting over this area on the globe. Now you are brought up to current history of the region.

It is Texas. I must be ready to take off my shorts and T-shirt and find a heavy coat and layers of clothes sometime this evening when the temperature plunges into the 30’s.

And that is what I am thinking.

Friday, January 17, 2020 – Portland Headlight, Portland, Maine 

Friday, January 17, 2020 – Portland Headlight, Portland, Maine

When I opened my laptop the other day this was the image on the screen.

Screen saver lighthouse

On My Photographs wall is this picture. I took it in 1975. It was the summer Honeyboy and I visited Mrs. Traugh in Maine.

my lighthouse

As you can tell the photographers were standing at almost at the same spot.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Wednesday, January 15, 2020,

I have no thoughts today. But you didn’t think I was going to leave up that banner all year, did you?

January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020 –

Congratulations to the LSU Tigers! It was a great game. Thank you for showing just how much more being in the SEC means.  Enjoy the victory; enjoy the long-term glory it will bring to the Coach O and the coaches and the players.

Moving on. I bought a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. I had forgotten how much fun they are to work. I really did not want a puzzle with 1000 pieces, but I could not resist the books.

Here it is Monday after week one.Puzzle 1

Then I received help.

Peach in puzzle box

Here it is Monday after week two.Puzzle 3

Any bets on whether it will be finished by Monday after week three?

Monday, January 13, 2020 – TODAY! The Division I NCAA College Football Championship

Monday, January 13, 2020 – TODAY! The Division I NCAA College Football Championship

TO:  The LSU Tigers

FROM: The Institutions of Higher Education created by The Morrill Act (Land grants Universities),

The schools of the Southeastern Conference,

The people of Louisiana, and

Those who have roots there even though they do not live there

DATE: January 13, 2020

SUBJECT:  Beat the Hell Out of Clemson

GEAUX TIGERS! Bring that trophy to Louisiana!

We are all wearing purple and gold today.

Besides, nobody looks good in orange. It does not match any other colors and does not rhyme with any other words.

Look, even my cat. Obviously, she is a descendant from the line of one of the LSU’s Mike the Tiger.

Peach on LSU shirt

This message is only good until November 28, 2020!

Friday, January 10, 2020 – Until November 28, 2020 Continued

Friday, January 10, 2020 – Until November 28, 2020 Continued

Many of you know that Donnie Daye was my first cousin. His mother and my mother were sisters.

Donnie played on the 1958 LSU Championship Team. He was a blocking back for Heisman Winner, Billy Cannon. Allegedly Donnie threw the block in the Halloween game that sprang Billy Cannon down the sideline to score against Ole Miss.

I only have a few LSU sports related memorabilia, but I do have this shirt, some pictures Donnie’s wife Penny sent and a pic or two of me and Billy Cannon. My conversation with Billy Cannon is a great memory.

Billy Cannon 8.10.2014 2014-08-10 005 (600x800)


Billy Cannon 8.10.2014 2014-08-10 004 - Copy (600x800)

Me: Mr. Cannon? Will you sign my shirt?

BC: Oh, my goodness. Where did you get this?

Me: In Godsheaux’s in …

BC: In Plaquemine, Louisiana?

Me: Yes. Donnie Daye is my first cousin. I was visiting our aunt who lives there a couple of years ago and bought this commorative shirt.

He moved the shirt to side, and we talked for about five minutes before he signed my shirt.

Billy Cannon 8.10.2014 2014-08-10 003 - Copy (800x585)


I was able to get both Donnie and Billy to sign it.shirt 2.1

shirt 3.1

Check it out – Favorite Aggie Cuz!

Donnie and Penny

Donnie and Penny Daye

Tribute to Donnie on field (800x800)

Donnie passed away in December 2017. This is LSU’s tribute to Donnie the following football season.

Donnie, Penny and Billy have since gone to the Big Game. But I am thinking they are saying with me…


Sugar Bowl


Thursday, January 9, 2020 – Just Until November 28, 2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020 – Just Until November 28, 2020

Dear Friends and Especially my Family from Louisiana and to Donnie and Penny Daye and Billy Cannon in Heaven,

I have always believed that had my parents not moved to Texas I would have an LSU degree on the wall. Instead, there is a sheepskin on the wall from Texas A&M University.

Therefore, LSU fans, in anticipation of your upcoming game on January 13, 2020, celebrating the birthdays of myself and the lovely and talented CSE, who is actually from Louisiana, and the National Football Championship Game, I have written a song in anticipation victory.


Come on Joe, we gotta go me oh my oh

We gotta go pole the pirougue down the bayou

The S-E-C it just means more me oh my oh

Son of gun let’s have big fun on the bayou

Well jambalaya and a crawfish pie; make Clemson gumbo

Cause that night you gonna get football’s ma cher amino

We’ll pick guitars, fill fruit jars until Novembro,

Until then you gonna bring it on the bayou.