Prune picker

Prune picker is a Depression Era term for a native Californian. It was not a complement. In the thirties when I was a boy there were times that I was the only prune picker in a group. Everyone else had been born somewhere else.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cross country racing at Jimmie Davis State Park.

We went to Caney Lake today, My first visit there. The Jimmie Davis State Park is on the shore of Caney Lake. The park was the site of a large cross country race. My great grandson Ethan ran the mile and came in second! We are all very proud of Ethan.





The last hundred yards or so of the race was on beach sand. Can you imagine running a hard mile race and then trying to dash the last of the race in deep sand? Pretty tough.



Ethan and his medal.


Ethan and fellow cross country runners.


Ethan and the old prune picker.


Ethan and Paw Paw.

Jimmie Davis is a former Governor of Louisiana. He wrote the song "You are my sunshine". 

Soccer. Friday night. 9.19.14.

The Lady Techsters and the Lady Tigers from Grambling played a soccer game last night. The Techsters who have a great team this year showed no mercy. The score before I went home was 8 to zero.










Thursday, September 18, 2014

It is exciting getting old!

I have five appointments in the next few weeks for tests and procedures at the VA Hospital in Shreveport. A little 66 mile ride west on I-20. For the esophagus test on Oct 27 I will be put under so I will need someone to go with me and drive me home. I am having trouble swallowing. I hope stretching my esophagus will help. Here is a list of the tests.


If I was young I would not get to take these trips and tests! How dull!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Candidate night. Democracy alive and well in Ruston.

The Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church of Ruston had candidates night last night. Candidates for Mayor, District Attorney, and District Judge were present. One candidate for Judge Mr Rogers did not make it. A surprise candidate, Mr Mayo who is a candidate for Congressman and has been the Mayor of Monroe for 13 years, made an appearance.



Pretty church. Meeting was in the social hall.




Mr Elmore for Mayor. With the MC.


Mr Walker for Mayor.


Mr Belton for DA.


Mr Storms for Judge.


Mr Jones for Judge.



Mr Brown for DA.


Mr Mayo for Congress.

I am mulling over my choices.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

These are busy days.

Had something to do every day from last Thursday to tomorrow, Monday. Have not been able to fit in much genealogy research.

THURSDAY. Arrived at 8 am at the VA Clinic in Monroe to give a fasting blood sample. The man took about eight vials and mentioned that the Doctor was having a complete blood work up. My doc, Dr Carter, is really unloading on me (I probably deserve it). Ordered support hose, prescribed a water pill, another prostate shinker, gerd medicine, and a potassium supplement. She has set me up for stress test, heart echo test and a test of my neck arteries.

I will prove what great shape I am in if I live through all these tests!

After giving blood I gassed up at Hart's Corner in Swartz and visited with Rosa Blakley.

Drove back to Ruston to attend a lunch meeting at the VFW.

FRIDAY. Lunch at the Senior Center. Good old stuffed bell pepper. At six I went to a Techster Volley Ball game. First game of the season.



SATURDAY. Drove to Monroe to attend a track meet, Grandson Ethan ran a good race. I was proud of him. He has great running style.

Back to Ruston for another volley ball game at 10 am. Then to Arcada for the monthly bluegrass show at 1 pm.




In the evening I opted to stay home and watch the LSU football game on RV with John. Skipped a volleyball game.

SUNDAY. Drove to the Monroe library to attend a history/genealogy meeting. Excellent talk by Nell Calloway. She is in charge of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe. Her story of a vet and the traveling Vietnam Wall had me in tears.


MONDAY. At 1 pm a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Senior Center. I am glad that I will go off the board in October after serving six years.



Nostalgia !

My niece in law Diana Butcher posted this picture on Facebook. Thanks Diana for the nostalgia trip!


Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, California. (On a typical beautiful day.)

The Fair is open for several weeks every September. Many of those Septembers I was a kid on the loose. I spent days at the Fair. I knew all the holes in the fence.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Did he say 160,000 Youtube followers?

This is my youngest grandson, Drew Monson. 19 years old. The apple of his Daddy's eye. Mine too.



This is a link to a clip of Drew appearing on a Fox TV Station in Sacramento. Drew on TV

Drew has been on Youtube for seven years. He is a success with 160,000 followers. He has acted in a new movie. I am sure he will score again!

Monday, September 8, 2014

I recently purchased a 27 inch Apple iMac.

I was having a hard time reading my laptop. My eyes are getting weak. A 27 inch screen allows me to read my monitor from a distance. There are times when two monitors can be helpful. For instance the column headings on a census form can be on one monitor while you read the data in the columns on another monitor. Or a second monitor can help in the copying of data from one form to another.



These pictures indicate how much larger my view is now. I am enjoying the view.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

John likes his chickens. John likes his garden.

John really likes his seven chickens. They are fun to watch and put up in their coop every evening.



John really likes his garden. Unfortunately the chickens also like his garden. Remember this poor plant?


Recently John set out some cabbage and lettuce starter plants in tubs. The chickens ate them all. John did it again. The chickens ate them all again.

John then built a fence around his tubs.




I hope that this will keep the chickens out of the cabbage. If it does not there may be some southern fried chicken in the neighborhood.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fuel and food at Hart's Corner in Swartz.

I had an appointment with my Doctor at the VA Clinic in Monroe. You realize that Swartz is on the way to anything in Monroe or West Monroe. So I stopped for gas and a snack at Hart's Corner.


They really make a great plate lunch and sandwiches at Hart's Corner. I had a ham and cheese sandwich. See how good it is.



It was delicious!. The best thing about a stop at Hart's Corner are the Blakley smiles that go with everything.





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