Monday, April 8, 2024

Byron W Lacy

Byron W Lacy, You spoke to my heart

I don't know Byron W Lacy although he was my Facebook friend.  When my friend Susan came to Tech, she had gone to a JUCO in Athens, TX  (forgive me for not knowing the name) and she had gone to school with Byron and she had a book that had poems in it and I wrote them in my 'Nothing Book' back in 1976.  I wanted to put them on this blog but wanted  Byron's permission and he generously gave it to me.  So with the full knowledge and notice that he retains full copyrights and ownership here are the 2 poems I copied all those years ago:

Something Good

There were times
When I would rather
Have slept forever.

I saw you
In dreams then
And that was better
Than not seeing 
You at all.

I took to leaving
The alarm clock
In the kitchen, unset,
Where I couldn't 
Even hear it's ticking 
And moved my bed
Where the sun
On slipping through
The uncurtained window
Would not catch me

I guess something good
Has come out of
Your not needing me
As much as i need you.

I give the cat more attention
And she's happy;
I neglected her
Far too much before.


The Soft Goodbye

If you had really cared for me,
You would have told me
That someday you wouldn't.

Thanks Byron.  Thank you for touching my young heart then and my old heart now.  Thanks for letting me publish these poems.

Friday, March 1, 2024

I Love Texas Tech Baseball. And Another Thing...


I saw this shirt in a local stores ad & I adore it.  I went's a $50 shirt, not what I'd normally pay for a shirt.  Especially a white one.  I probably need a bib the same size. I'm a little messy.   But no's all mine!

In December, I was in the hospital for pneumonia & since then I've lost about 15 pounds.  I bring this up because I tried on shirt in store (over clothes) & I tried a medium which fit & a large which was a little bigger. But I'm scared I will gain weight back & then it won't fit.  I have a week to exchange & it's hanging in closet while I think.  Hmmm.  I can't decide.

Editing to add: I tried shirt on again today. & while I still have trouble wrapping my mind around a medium but I'm going for it. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

My Cheap Charcuterie Supper

 Am I creative or what?   I'm pretty happy with it.

I'm thinking of my Mom as I'm eating this.  Mom liked to eat. Sometimes she over ate but it didn't take much. At Furr's Cafeteria, where it was all you can eat, she always had 2 trays but she didn't eat everything. She saw something that she wanted to taste & got it but sometimes it was only a bite or 2.  And her lunch table always had about 10 bowls but they were small ones.  A half a cup of this, a bit of that.  She liked variety. 

See, she'd had to take over cooking when her mom died when she was 16, for her dad & brothers. Then she married my dad at 17 & had 2 babies by the time she was 21 and me 10 years later.  Then another 10 years later, she had my nephew, after my sister passed away. So she had to cook all the time. And she always tried to please everyone & she did a great job. But she loved things like fried chicken & liver & onions (yuck) which my dad wouldn't eat. So she ate them when we were out. And she especially loved sitting at a table & having someone bring her food.

She always loved the grocery store too.  We have a store called Market Street that has a section of salads & hot foods.  And at the end of the aisle, in the back of the store they have fruits & vegetables. They work hard to display them & some days they are gorgeous. When I look at the entire aisle, I think how much mom would have loved it.

I think she would have liked my charcuterie supper. I wish she was here to share with me. She is my inspiration!!  ❤❤❤

Saturday, January 27, 2024

2024 Book Page


1. The Last Commandment            Scott Shepherd

2. Fly Away                                    Kristin Hannah

3. The Yards                                    A F Carter

4. All That Is Mine I Carry With Me    William Landay

5. The Caretaker                              Ron Rash

6. Defending Jacob                          William Landay

7. The Nothing Man                   Catherine Ryan Howard

8.  Winter Garden                        Kristin Hannah

9. The Five-Star Weekend           Elin Hilderbrand

10. The Engine House                 Rhys Dylan

11.  Summer Island                     Kristin Hannah