january 5, 2019

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“As you work on breaking habitual tendencies (eliminating greed, hatred, or ignorance from your life, for example), don’t be discouraged if you’re not there yet. A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of persistence.” ~ Timber Hawkeye

 

the 50 club
old man
birthday boy

 

Mike Moore turns 50 later this week. His wife Missy took advantage of the weekend and planned a surprise party at Jalepeño’s today. Twenty-eight hearty friends and family showed up to celebrate him. He really was surprised to see us all. We laughed and talked and ate and laughed some more. I told him I’d been saving him a seat in the 50 Club. When I was leaving he said he’s left instructions with the family in case he dies before me. I am to play drums at his funeral. Doesn’t matter what I play or if I’m accompanied by any other instrument; he just wants me to play. I told him I’d brush up on Wipe-Out and end with some Zepplin. That tickled him, and honestly, I’m honored he would ask for such a thing. I wish our lives had been a little more connected when I was playing constantly so he could have made it to more gigs. But I was busy touring and playing and they were busy making money and babies. I’ve always liked Mike, but as the years have rolled by I have come to utterly adore him. He’s hilarious and we have a lot in common. And now that he’s warming that seat next to me in the 50 Club, we’ll have plenty of time to catch up on all those years we missed. I’m sure glad Missy married him. He’s a keeper.

december 20, 2018

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“If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life.” ~ Penny Marshall

 

the bombed (see below)
there’s one in every family
the bomber and hubs

 

Melissa Wilson Moore is the photobomber of the family. Here she perfects her technique in front of Tamara and Curt. Later in the evening, she and hubs, Mike, carefully store their food away in their cheeks like squirrels so I can snap one of them together. These girls married real good, let me tell ya. Mike and Curt are really super guys. I never lack for interesting conversation with either of them. It does my heart good to know they make Tamara and Missy happy. 

december 18, 2018

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“Sometimes we look for those thunderous things to happen in our life for our lives to change or go in the other direction. We seek the miracle. We seek the parting of the seas, the moving of the mountains. But no, it’s a quiet thing. At least for me it was.” ~ Ben Vereen

 

oops

 

Aunt Charlene and Uncle Tony invited us Lexington Terry transplants over for a pre-Christmas meatloaf dinner. We couldn’t all be there, but most of us actually could. I got to see cousin Tamara and her husband Curt. They’re always a delight to be with. Cousin Steven and Aunt Marcie were able to be with us, too. His Bob Ross-in-a-Santa-hat t-shirt just made me giggle out loud…all most as much as Charlene’s lemon cake in the foreground of these pictures. The food was incredibly delicious, but more than that, being with family was just what the doctor ordered. I continue to count my blessings.

 

upright

november 28, 2018

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“Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.”
~ Shakespeare

 

snappers 1

 

These two, lawzee, they love their phone cameras. I’m pretty sure they took more pictures than I did at Thanksgiving. Of course, they have kids so, there is that. Otherwise, I think they might need an intervention. I wouldn’t change ’em for nothing, phones and all. 

 

snappers 2

november 22, 2018

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“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but grateful for those which he has.” ~ Epictetus

 

gang of four

 

Once more Aunt Lois opened her home to the family so we could enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together. Last year we had over thirty of us. Mike Moore’s brother came along. This year we had a smaller crowd, no less grateful mind you, and Aaron Watkins brought his grandfather along. I love it that folks once removed join us for dinner. For instance, Lois’ neighbors, Vidia Marshall and her son William, always join us. They’re just delightful as can be and I look forward to being with them every year. The more the merrier I say, but actually, we all say that. There’s close to 100 of us in the immediate family, so we do the-more-the-merrier better than just about anyone. Plus, they let me make the ham and pies; recipes I’m perfecting with every holiday. I had a great time and I especially had a good time with cousins Renee, Jessica, and Missy. We howled with laughter more than once. All reasons to be thankful.

 

grace

october 1, 2018

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“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” ~ Gilda Radner

 

uncle and nephew

 

Tonight we celebrated dad’s 80th birthday. Sixteen of us were able to gather at Ramsey’s for a Monday night dinner and he was just as tickled as he could be to see everyone. Before dinner he got a call from his brother Darrell in Flatwoods, and during dinner he got phone calls from his sister Mable in Florida and great-nephew AJ at work. The clincher of the night may well have been Marcie and Steven Terry. Marcie is dad’s baby brother James’ wife and Steven, their son, is the youngest Terry grandchild. He’s also the tallest at 6’3″. Dad has always thought Steven favors his dad, but after James died, I noticed that dad longs to talk with him. He was visibly moved that Steven and Marcie drove from Stanton on a work night to be with him. It meant the world to me and mom, too. This family really pulled together to give dad a wonderful birthday. We didn’t think he’d survive to see 80, and everybody at that table was keenly aware of the gift we’ve been given to celebrate him once more. Never take your people for granted. Celebrate them at every opportunity.

 

photo by unknown Ramsey’s waitress

 

photo by unknown Ramsey’s patron (who had more energy than his golfing buddies)

september 9, 2018

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“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical, person that you are.” ~ Mandy Hale

 

flashback

 

I’ve been working on my backlog of photos this last week. Today, I found this gem from the 2014 Sorghum Festival (yea, I’m that far behind). That year, cousin Missy and her catering partner Tammy had a potato tent set up by the flea market at Index. She was plum whooped by the time we got there Saturday afternoon after mom and dad were in the parade. I think she’s probably rested up by now. Good memories for sure. I’m always grateful to be on hand with a camera for such times. 

july 2, 2018

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“Everything comes to you at the right time. Be patient.” ~ Unknown

 

without (photo by Lois Wilson)

 

Tony and Charlene are having a large yard sale tomorrow in West Liberty. At the last minute, not wanting to miss out on the upcoming holiday extravaganza, they threw a summer dinner for the family who could get to them in Lexington. It was a great way to spend a Monday evening, and the food was, as usual, fantastic. If I haven’t mentioned it, my aunt Lois Nell makes the best baked beans in the world. She’s also not at all afraid of my camera (see above photo). She’s getting a lot better with it, too. I better be careful or she’ll be taking all the pictures before I know it, and that can only mean one thing: I’ll be in them. That will never do. HA! I sure enjoy this bunch, and I’m really lucky they let me hang out with them.

 

with

january 24, 2018

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“Judge me when you are perfect.” ~Unknown

 

birthday girl

 

Our Shero, pictured here with elf, Missy Moore, at Christmas, turned 76 years old today. I sure didn’t think she would see another birthday after last year’s horrible accident, but survive she did, thanks be to God! While she and I will celebrate her trip around the sun next week when she’s here, today’s weather cooperated so that she and dad could get out for a nice meal, a little shopping, and some much needed socialization with friends and neighbors. Happy Birthday, young lady! You’re the strongest person I know.

january 7, 2018

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“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.”
~ Tibetan Proverb

 

53

 

I had the great fortune of dining with some of my family to finish off the birthday weekend. I only get to go to Longhorn Steakhouse when mom and dad are in town, so that’s where we headed. I swear, even though they’re a chain, they make the best steaks I’ve ever eaten – and they’re consistent in that quality. Anyway, Mike Moore has a birthday four days after me (plus he’s four years younger), so I’ve dubbed him my birthday buddy. It’s a lot more fun to celebrate when there’s more than me to celebrate. I can’t think of anybody I’d want as a birthday buddy more than Mike.

 

Birthday Buddies by Missy Moore

 

This dinner with the family meant more to me than dinners in the past. I’m not sure why. I only know that I was deeply honored that they could join me. They’ve each helped me so very, very much in this life, and always when I needed them the most. So, yea, I’m still a few hours away from my actual birth date, but I’ve had the best birthday weekend I could ever want. Who knew turning 53 was gonna be so awesome?

 

this is us

 

 

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