Exiled To An Island

Hmm…what five foods would I ask for. That’s easy.

Roast beef and gravy, fried chicken, homemade dinner rolls, riced potatoes and water.

My grandpa used to make the best roast beef and fried chicken. His secret was putting flour and seasonings into an empty C&H Sugar bag. He shook the bag until the excess flour was knocked off. He also made sure that the oil he was using was HOT! He told me that the best fried chicken had to be done in an iron cast skillet.  His chicken would simply dissolve on my tongue. It was so tender.

His roast beef would sit in the oven for hours and just simmer away. The beef also melted away once it hit my tongue. Grandma Helen’s dinner rolls were to die for. Homemade butter smeared on those warm buns. YUM!

As I sit here writing this, I can smell the riced potatoes and gravy fill my nostrils.

Oh, how I miss my grandparents and those meals!

Have a blessed day!

Laurie Jackson

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Sliced Bread

I would have to say headphones or ear plugs! Since I am a writer, I can block out so much noise. I don’t mind music playing in the background. It’s our dog, Elle, barking that drives me insane and distracts me from my thoughts.

When I sit outdoors to try to write, there’s the trains that rattle by. The highway noise is a nuisance. I don’t mind the birds singing to me. If the wind blows, I feel as if it is trying to help me in writing what I want to write. Weird, right?

I get distracted easily anyway. Headphones is the next best thing.

Have a blessed day!

Laurie Jackson

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Buffalo Penny

What year was on the penny I found– 1967.

Geesh, I had to think about that year and what I could remember about it. I was only maybe five years old. My sister, Jeanne was four years older than me.

One day, Jeanne walked out the front door and walked up the long gravel road by herself. I stood there and watched her disappear out of sight. Tears filled my eyes. I asked Mom where was Jeanne going? Tears ran down my cheeks. I didn’t understand what was going on. Was my sister going to be okay?

Mom wrapped her arms around me and wiped my tears. She informed me that Jeanne had gone to school. Mom promised me that Jeanne would return later in the afternoon. True to her word, Jeanne came back home. I was never so glad to see my sister!

I have always felt that Jeanne has been my protector when we were younger, especially when it came to getting spankings from Dad.

May your day be filled with many blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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Cupid’s Arrow–My Husband

Ode To My Husband

My wonderful loving husband is Alexander. We met on an on-line dating site. I kept looking at the photo he had provided. I looked at other pictures but I kept going back to Alex’s photo. Something about his eyes drew me in. His ears looked funny to me, though. I finally had to ask my daughter what she thought of his ears. She laughed at me and told me that Alex had ear plugs in.

So, after that, I decided to talk to him just online. We sent text messages back and forth. Then, I found out he was Canadian. He asked me if we could talk on the phone. Ummm…I didn’t want to hear his voice on the phone because silly me thought he would sound strange-being Canadian and all.

The next day, we met and went to the zoo. It was a day to remember.

I’ve been with Alexander for almost four years. It feels like I have known him a lifetime! He makes me smile. He makes me laugh. He shows me daily how much he truly loves me. He just has to look at me and my heart melts. He is my best friend, my lover, my husband. I am so truly blessed to be his wife. I thank God for Alex every day.

May your day be filled with sunshine!

Laurie Jackson

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Smell of Fresh Cut Hay or Straw

Seeing and smelling fresh cut hay (especially alfalfa) brings back so many memories for me. Many, many summers we baled many, many hay bales. It was usually my uncle and my sisters, along with myself on the wagon. It was hard work and yes it was a pretty sweaty job. Working with my uncle, though, was always so much fun.

I did not like baling hay with my dad. He was always so crabby. Besides, he made me sit on top of the bales as the wagon was stacked full. There were some pretty scary times when we baled hay across the slope of a hill. Dad told me and my sister to sit on the higher side of the wagon. I’ll never forget what he told us. “Sit on the higher side of the wagon just in case we start to roll over.” Gee, Dad, thanks for the scare! Wouldn’t it have been easier to just let us off the wagon? Nope. Needless to say, my uncle drove super slow on that slope that day. And yes, I was praying the whole time to please do not let us tumble over!

Alfalfa hay bales were heavy but I used to be able to carry four bales at one time. Now, if I tried to do that, I’d probably croak. The smell of fresh straw bales makes me smile. Why? Well, one time my cousins from the “city of Washington” came over. They weren’t used to the country life. They decided to investigate the barn. What did they discover? Straw bales. Boy, did they cause a mess! They had busted strings off the straw bales and made a big straw pile. When I discovered what they had done, it was too late. My older brother had joined them in swinging from the rafters and jumping into the straw. It looked like fun to me. Of course I had to find out for myself. Looking back now, I wish I had not gone into the barn. After the cousins left that day, we were in trouble! Dad was furious! It was worth it, though!

Hope your day is filled with sunshine!

Laurie Jackson

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Moving? When?

Some people will probably think we are nuts for moving yet again. We have lived here in Callao for over a year. I have tried to settle in and be happy here. It’s hard. Not really knowing anyone here in this small town. Although, I have met a wonderful couple that live next door to us. I do enjoy chatting with them every now and then. I am not an extrovert. Neither is Alex. I, for one, do not do well in large groups of people, especially if I do not know anyone. I feel uncomfortable and I have panic attacks.

Alex and I have talked about this and have agreed to move closer to the kids. Like I said before, I have truly tried to make this place work. After having a particular conversation with my beautiful daughter, it hit home for me. Even though, she is 21, she still needs me. One thing she said brought tears to my eyes. She said that while she was at work, she was craving Bob Evans. She wanted Bob Evans and she wanted it with her Mama Bear! My eyes were wet after she told me that.

Living two and half hours from her and her brothers, makes me want to move back yesterday. I feel like I am missing out on so much. A niece is having a baby soon. My daughter is growing into a beautiful, smart woman. I am still blessed to have my mother around. Life is happening all around me, constantly changing.

I guess one reason I need/want to move closer is in case, (God forbid) something horrible happens. I don’t want to have to drive for hours on end before I reach my kids. December of 2013, my third son was beaten up in a bar fight. When I was shown my son’s picture, I nearly screamed! My throat closed and I could not breathe. My son was beaten up past the point of recognition. Where was I when this happened? Miles away! Thing is, my son didn’t tell me until I saw him on Christmas Eve. Then, he only told me because his eye was red and he had a scar below that same eye.

I have noticed that since we moved here, Alex has been having some medical issues. I realize he has CFS but other stuff has been going on such as body aches he’s never had before. Perhaps the house is making him ill. There was mold in here when we bought the place. There may still be mold behind the walls that we can’t see.

Besides, moving helps eliminate stuff.

May your day be blessed with sunshine and laughter.

Laurie Jackson

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Proud of Me

My husband shows me each and everyday how much he is proud of me. He doesn’t have to say a word. I can see it in his eyes.  Even though, I struggle with depression and mood swings, I know Alex is proud of me. He knows how hard it is for me dealing with these types of emotions.

My daughter says she is proud of me. Why? Well, at my age I had decided to go back to school and get a Bachelor’s degree. I graduated with a pretty good GPA as well!

My mom has told me how proud she is of me, too. She thinks I am an amazing woman. She knows the struggles I have gone through and I am still standing! She has literally seen me fall flat on my face. She was right there helping me back on my feet, especially after the divorce I went through.

I am honored that these guys are proud of me. I would hate to fail them now!

May your day be filled with blessings!

Laurie Jackson

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No Thanks!

What place would I not visit? Deep dark caverns or caves because I am claustrophobic! If I am in small, tight closed in areas, I can’t breathe. I know–breathing is overrated. Even so, I like breathing. It’s just who I am.

During my previous marriage, my then husband had this brilliant idea to take a tour in a cave. Why I agreed to this is beyond me. We had our 18 month old son with and I was pregnant. We were also dragging along a stroller….Need I continue? Well, let me tell you that there were some tight places that I thought I could not fit through. My then husband was as thin as a stick and he had trouble getting through some of those crannies. He kept apologizing to me about taking the tour of the cave. I was never so excited to breathe fresh air as I was on that day!

Never again will I go through a cave–pregnant or not!

May you have a blessed day!

Laurie Jackson

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Empty Nest

Well, I am feeling kinda blah. I am suffering from a mixed bag of emotions right now.

I have six grown children (five from a previous marriage). I am so very proud of each of them. They each have their own lives. It’s just been me and Alex for the last couple of years. I thought, in time, that I would get used to this. I went from having children come and go quite frequently to BAM! just me and Alex. I have to admit I miss my kids daily. Yes, I call them and talk with them.

The other day, Alex suggested to me that at this point of my life, I should be concentrating on myself. Basically, getting to know me again. I’m not used to putting myself first. Even growing up, I had always put others before myself. I saw my mother (and still see her) put herself second. I truly do not know how she was always so calm raising eight kids (almost on her own). I don’t know how she does it now. She keeps herself busy with the grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is rarely home. Guess it’s time for me to have a chat with Mom.

I am so proud and honored to be Mama to my kids. I know they will always need me. I realize there is a time in life when I just have to set them free to live their own lives. I know deep in my heart that they love me. They also know that my door is always open to them. I always tell them that I am here for them. I am just a phone call away.

I love you, Elmer, Kyle, Casey, Jesse, Adele and Tabitha!!!!

Laurie Jackson

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Breaking The Law

As a child, I have to admit that I was not the best child. A time when I did not listen to my dad, I got burned. My younger sister had asked me to stop chasing her. I did not listen to her. She told on me. Dad came out and spanked me and yelled at me.

Now, as an adult, because of my upbringing, I have not broken any law. I am 52 years old and I have not gotten one speeding ticket. (Been driving since I was 19). I don’t mean to sound braggy.

Have a super night!

Laurie Jackson