The following is my introduction to TWENTY-FIVE DAYS AROUND THE MANGER, which will be out in Kindle form the first part of October. Just a little something to whet your appetite.
To My Favorite Chicken Thief
Little Georgia Lou’s father had an old car in the yard. It didn’t run, but didn’t have to for her purpose. Georgia Lou excused herself from the breakfast table. She quickly did her chores so she could go out and get in the car. She took her hymnbook, rolled the windows up and sang to the top of her lungs, “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning.” This and other old (yes, they probably were old even then) hymns kept her occupied much of the morning. Looking for cheap entertainment for your kids? Keep your old clunker and purchase a used hymnal.
But yes, as she grew, she became a little wild, as teens will do. It was Halloween night. She and a few friends found an old dark farmhouse. There it was, a chicken coop. They couldn’t help themselves. It simply was too easy. One of them (surely not my mother) grabbed a hen through the fence. They went to a vacant lot and built a fire. They then cooked and tried to eat the chicken. “That was the toughest chicken I’ve ever eaten — before or since.” With that, I think she learned her lesson. For the next eighty-five years she has been an upstanding, law-abiding citizen.
Mother and I laugh, cry, pray — and even talk together when she can get a word in edgewise. I have recently started doing more of the cooking. She is so gracious. As I bring out still another new recipe, never does she say, “Why don’t you do it the old way or just throw a roast in the skillet?” Instead, she says, “Do you want me to chop your onions or brown the meat for you?”
I’m thankful for this closet singer turned temporary outlaw turned blessing to many, whom I call Mother.
Dear Friends, at the suggestion of Dan Norsworthy and Jenny Magee, I’ve decided not to shut down MartyMagee.com, but to take an extended break–which I’ve already done.
First, I’d like to tell you a few things that have been going on. The house at left was our home in Springfield Oregon nearly 20 years ago. This was it a few weeks ago. It brought back pleasant memories as we drove by.
Speaking of houses, if you check out www.3051sierra.com you’ll see the house we’re trying to sell. It’s not like us to have every sock picked up and every dish washed. So, you can see the extra time it takes this undomestic blogger.
MILL CITY BACK YARD
If we sell our Fresno house, we plan to move to Mill City. Go to www.realtor.com and type in 1205 Third Av, Mill City OR to see our possible new place.
Here’s one reason we want to move back to Oregon:
LITA AND SADIE--CRAYOLA SPECIALISTS
Here’s a reason we’ve been holding off on the move:
MR WILSON OR PEEPING TORRANCE?
Please look for my second book. MUPPIM, HUPPIM AND ARD should be out sometime in 2010. I’m sure it will be easier to write than figuring out how to place pictures on this mind-of-its-own blog.
Meanwhile, there are a few copies of EBENEZER left.
Blessings to you all!
Filed under family, friends
I’d like to introduce you to my granddaughter, Anna Selfridge. We met Anna and her family in Ohio. In spite of difficulties, we’re having a good time. Let’s see what Anna has to say.
Hi. I am Anna. This is a picture of me on my aunt’s porch. I call my aunt Jomama. She is nice .
When Grandma and I went for a walk on my aunt’s street, we sall a bunny and the bunny was small. It had tiny ears and it was nibbling grass. When I was visiting Ohio, we stayed in an apartment. The apartment was really big. We had lots of room.We visited Tanzania before we came to visit Ohio. When we got to Ohio, I had my hair braided because I got it done in Tanzania, but now it is out. I am going to be in Ohio 2 more weeks. I’m from America and I live in Doha. Doha has sand dunes. Doha has lots of places.