Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


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Thanksgiving Faves

Did you like Turkey Day when you were a kid? What was your favorite thing?

I know. That’s a long, long ago for some of us, but come on and try. You can do it!

Remember the songs you sang at school?

♪♫ Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother’s House We Go . . . ♪♫ 

♪♫♪♫ A Turkey Sat on a Backyard Fence and He Sang this Sad, Sad Tune . . . ♫♪♫♪

Remember the turkeys we colored?cartoon turkey The five fingered turkeys we drew?

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Of course, I only remember good things. 😉

We had huge Thanksgivings. Either Mom’s family or Dad’s would come to our house or next door to the grandparents. We didn’t have a house big enough to hold all of both families at once. (Or enough china and silverware.)

We looked forward to the holiday for weeks before hand. One aunt lived in Texas, and we only saw her once every year or two, so we’d get excited to see her and find out what kind of car she was driving. (She favored cars with big fins, and last I heard she still has one of the beauties.) Some aunts and uncles lived in Colorado, so we didn’t see them often in the winter. But when everyone got together, talk about fun!

Family who lived close enough brought food. The kitchen table would be full of main dishes and veggies like Green Rice and turkey and turkey dressing (aka stuffing). Grandma nearly always made hot rolls. Award winning, Blue Ribbon Hot Rolls!!! YUM!

The counter tops were usually covered with desserts, such as Apple Cake and Pineapple Cream Pie.    

I don’t remember how much work it was, because the grown ups chased us out from underfoot, and if it was warm enough we’d play outside roller skating or riding bikes or playing tag.

If it wasn’t, we played in the garage. Put a car in the garage? Who ever heard of such a thing? We had ping pong tables or pool tables, games and toys out there. That’s where Angie (our Toy Manchester Terrier) and her puppies lived. So while we waited for the yummy food, we had lots to do.

And when it was time to eat, we had so much GREAT food! So many people we loved, who loved us right back.

I don’t think I could name my favorite thing about Thanksgiving. Food? Family? Fun? All three?

How about you?

 

 

 

 

 


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There’s a Hoedown in Town

the-girlsOne of my favorite things about my Small Town World is my church family. A more accepting, loving bunch of people you’ll never meet.

Every year for the last 10 years FC3 has had a Harvest Hoedown. Our whole Small Town World is invited to the campus for games and food and fun.

Don’t you love the clowns? They’re a hoot, even if I did get splashed with a little squirt gun play. No fair. I didn’t have a gun so I could shoot back!

We have a train and ponies for the kids to ride, a big bouncy slide for kids of all sizes!

1-the-joy-of-the-lordAnd this year, there was a game of laser tag.

crewIt’s so enjoyable to see all ages pitch in and work together to serve our STW.

davidPreacher Dave even gets a little high as he tells us about our Father and His unfailing, never ending love for us.

nailsBig girls do little girls’ nails.

Great-chili-Cook!

 David Cook and his wife, Jan, make about fifty pounds of chili for us each year.

Larry Brown grills about a jillion wieners,

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and somebody else melts gallons and gallons of cheese.

imagejpeg_0But the best job? The most fun of all? Serving the food and drinks! (My job.) While we serve, we get to talk to people we sometimes see only that one time a year, and catch up a little. We see kiddos and costumes, we see babies and babies who aren’t babies anymore.

Some of us get a little cold, a few backs get a little stiff, but if at all possible, we don’t miss this get together. At least I don’t. It’s just fun to get to be with friends and neighbors and God as the central reason for it all.

The Harvest Hoedown is the best hoedown of all! Of course, it’s the only hoedown I’ve ever been to. How about you? Ever been to a hoedown? What did you like best?


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On the Hunt

Can you believe we’ve started the final month in the first half of 2014 already? Oy!

Fun stuff going on this week in my part of OkieLand. One of my faves was when #1 son came to visit last weekend, looking for toys from his Childhood for MY GRANDSON WHO’LL BE MAKING HIS APPEARANCE NEXT OCTOBER! *grins!* Tonka Truck and John Deere Tractor are the toys he was looking for. For some reason, though, we can’t find them. 😦

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Surprised? I’m not. Since I don’t have perfect recall (some days it seems as if I have no recall at all) and we’ve moved twice since anyone has played with either toy . . .

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I think we got the truck one year for Christmas. To be honest, I don’t remember exactly. (#1–you have permission to correct me if I’m wrong.) But, boy! I remember the day the John Deere came to live with us.

My Man was working 24-hour call at that time. Yes, he is a pharmacist–SWOSU!–but at that time he was working in the oilfield as a logging and perforating engineer. Anyhoo, he came in one evening about eight or nine o’clock, which would have been LATE for a person who worked in a 9-5 office, but he worked in the oilfield and often came home in the wee hours.

An open-hole logging crew is usually on site, waiting for the moment the rotary gets to total depth, and it seemed to me they NEVER reached TD during the daylight.

Danny and I were excited when Gary came home while Danny was still awake, and (bigger surprise!) he came in with a big bag in his hands, which he handed to Danny.

Danny opened the bag and wow! A big green tractor! And the tractor had a trailer. (If I remember right.)

Danny loved that tractor and played with it for hours on end, plowing the carpet, towing toy cars and hauling imaginary monsters. As our other boys came along and got big enough, they enjoyed it, too.

They had the most fun when there was a pile of dirt to work on. My boys loved to build roads, dig ponds and move mounds of dirt with their toys.

Confession: If I had time, I liked to get out and move a little dirt with them. 🙂 Who cares if our jeans got a little (or a lot) dirty? We had fun!

What we didn’t know when Gary brought home that tractor was that in a few years, we would be moving to Pryor Creek. And when you live near PC, you often see entire families going to town in a trailer connected to a tractor. (Those Amish families have the best ideas!)

If we loaned you (or your kids) either toy, would you give it back? 😉 Please, send it least by October. Seriously, if you happen onto one or the other at a garage sale, antique store or flea market, call me!

Talking about dirt piles, I remember a great big one next door to Marsha Hagberg’s house when we were kids that Debbie, Marsha and I (and probably the rest of the neighborhood kids) had so much fun on! We didn’t play with trucks so much, but there was a lot of make believe (my favorite game, ever) played there.

I’m not sure this kid ever saw a pile of dirt she did like.

Was a pile of dirt a magnet to you? Did you jump your bike over it, move it with your trucks, play “Lost in Darkest Africa,” or stay far, far away from it?

Terminally Curious is dying to know!

 


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Help Celebrate the Big Three!

Guess what? I’m game!! Well, Jazzy’s game, or part of one. 🙂

We’re helping Romance Reviews celebrate their third (3!) anniversary by giving away a digital download of my book, MAKE ME HOWL!

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Click on the 3 right there and it’ll take you to the party.

 

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All you have to do once you get there is answer the questions for a chance to win. It’s multiple choice, so easy-peasy. Right?

If you have the time and like to play games, pop on over. I hope you win big time! 

BTW: I’m #1 in the questions today! (Woohoo!!!) 

Here’s my question: In Make Me Howl, why is she (Jazzy) in deep trouble?

Do you know the answer?

 

 


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Know Pride

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This is from Greer Ferguson’s blog. Greer took it from the book, “Praying God’s Word.” I haven’t been to her blog before, but I will go back, even though I couldn’t comment.

Pride.

Remember. This is the enemy trying to keep you away from all the Lord wants you to be. All the plans HE has for you. DONT LET HIM!
You have the power to SAY NO. for you have a spirit of power….

My name Is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny … because
you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment … because you
“deserve better than this.”
I cheat you of knowledge … because you already
know it all.
I cheat you of healing … because you’re too full of
me to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness … because you refuse to
admit when you’re wrong.
I cheat you of vision … because you’d rather look
in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of genuine friendship … because
nobody’s going to know the real you.
I cheat you out of love … because real romance
demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven … because you
refuse to wash another’s feet on earth.
I cheat you of God’s glory … because I convince
you to seek your own.

My name is Pride. I am a cheater
You like me because you think I’m always looking
out for you. Untrue.
I’m looking to make a fool of you.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry …
If you stick with me
You’ll never know.