Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


Dwarfs? I Don’t Think So

I woke up coughing this morning.

That might be a great first sentence for a book about a woman whose house burns down, but that’s not what it is. It’s my life. I do a lot of coughing these days.


Why am I coughing? you ask.

Answer: Allergies. (Ugh.)

We had a lot of rain this summer. (Tons, compared to the previous few.) And because of all the rain, whatever nasty weed it is that I’m allergic to is living the wild life. And now with more rain (which I love!) I’m telling you, that stuff is going to be on steroids and sending its nasty spores charging into the air to kick my hiney.


So I’m taking all the OTC allergy meds I can find. Yeah, it makes me drowsy and droopy, but I’m not sneezy and coughy. (Those aren’t dwarf names.)


The only good thing about it is, living in Okieland, I’m not alone. Most of the adults I know have some kind of snifflies going. 😦 I don’t know what it’s like in other states. Anybody else have allergy issues?

Anyway, I vote for an early freeze this year!

Who’s with me???

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Sunday “Thanks!”

I woke up this morning to rain on the roof. Oh, how I love that sound!

I have a thing for rain, and I tried to share it with all my children. We love the sound it makes, the wonderful, earthy smell in the air while it’s coming down and the cozy, snuggled in feeling of being inside while it rains outside.

My first thought this morning was, Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  But that didn’t seem like quite enough. So I decided to let David help me.

1 Chronicles 29

10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

“Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.

11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.

12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.

13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.

Remember who David was? He was the little brother who killed Goliath, the giant Philistine, who had the entire army of Israel shaking in their sandals.

He was the shepherd boy God chose to be king over His people.

He sinned before God, and was still humble enough to ask for and receive God’s forgiveness.

He was the great-granddaddy of Jesus.

He wrote most of our favorite Psalms.

Speaking of which, this is one of mine–

Psalm 18

1- I love you, Lord, my strength.

2- The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield of my salvation, my stronghold.

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Wowed Wednesday

Old Ruby Tuesday logo and slogan

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Wowed Wednesday–Rain!

G-Man and I ate in T-Town at Ruby Tuesday the other night. As we waited for our food, we noticed a beautiful light show going on to the east.

“Do you think we’ll get rain?” I had all my fingers crossed. And my toes.

“There’s only a twenty percent chance.”

We happened to be seated in the restaurant between two very interesting groups.

One had fifty people (yep, 5-0!) in it. A wedding that had come to town. Several of the men had tattooed sleeves and one had the greatest beard. It was just on his chin, kind of skinny, hung about six or eight inches  and every 1/2 inch or so had a rubberband holding it together.

The other group (of only ten or so) was at the horse show going on at the Fair Grounds. One had a National Champion jacket. Another was kind of young and just a little bit loud and proud of the job she’d done.

Very entertaining! 🙂

So between the pictures being taken on one side (wedding) and the brags being shouted on the other, we had quite a night.

It started raining about the time our food came. (Steak for my man, Louisiana Fried Shrimp–soooo good!–for me.) First the windows got wet, then the thunder and lightning started overhead and the wind started blowing.

The delicious garlic-cheddar biscuits had us half full already, but we dug right in. Then the lights flashed. Ack!

We didn’t want to be caught without electricity in a restaurant full of people, so we paid up and took off. When we got to the door, we could see the rain coming down hard and thick and fast. Kind of like a generous waterfall during a wet spring.

My man told me to stay put and went for the car. While I waited, one of the wait staff came up behind me. “Is it scary out there?”

I laughed. How could rain scare someone? Maybe it had been so long since we’d seen it, she didn’t know what was happening. “It’s only rain. The lightning is what’s scary and it’s pretty much past us.”

She looked relieved when another girl came up. “I hope the rain doesn’t hurt.”

That one stumped me. Maybe she thinking about acid rain. “Hurt?”

“You know. Sometimes it comes down so hard, when it hits you it hurts.”

Wow. I don’t know where she was from, but I’ve been in hundreds of rainstorms over the years and I’ve never had a raindrop hurt unless it was sleet and I was riding a motorcycle wearing a helmet without a face shield.

I did my best to make her feel better. “It’s not hailing, so I don’t think there’ll be much pain involved.”

“I hope not.” She still looked worried so I decided to change the subject. A little.

“I’ve just been saying, ‘Thank you, Jesus!’ for every bit of rain we’re getting. We really need it. ”

“Uh-huh,” was her only answer, so I stopped trying.

G-Man pulled up about then, and I opened the door. No pain, but the rain fell so fast, I nearly drowned. The water was top-of-my-shoes deep on the sidewalk, so I took a deep breath and ran. I didn’t have to swim, but I thought I might have to.

On the way home, we passed two dead cars, flooded out by high water. Who knew it could rain so fast that the dry ground couldn’t soak it up fast enough?

 I just wish it had gone on and on. 🙂

I hear the people at Oktoberfest had even more fun.




Today, Wednesday, July 13th, at 5:20 am, the sky is crying! The clouds are booming, and I’m loving it!

I’m dancing in this rain. Water is running down my face, drenching my clothes and squishing between my toes. AND. I. DON’T. CARE!!!

Because it’s raining and we need the rain.

Come out and dance with me. Come on, you can. I know you can. We’ll have lots of fun, celebrating this momentous occasion.

Maybe it’ll even cool off just a little. (Fingers crossed!)

Thank you, Jesus, for the rain!!!

♪♫ Showers of blessings. Showers of blessings we need. Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead! ♪♫

Anyone know the verse?