Pleased to meet Ya

Now it's time to say Hello to me and all my kin
I would like to thank you folks for kindly droppin' in
You're all invited back again to this locality
To have a heapin' helpin' of our hospitality!
Hillbilly, that is, sit a spell, take your shoes off
Y'all come back now, ya hear?

--adapted from "The Beverly Hillbillies" by Paul Henning

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Simple things

Isn't it amazing how the simple things in life can be the most special things of all?
Every evening, as the sun starts to go down in the sky, Stephen and I head out for our walk. It is really a special time for us. Stephen loves to listen to the birds and usually he settles in for a cat nap, and I'm just plain happy to be outside!

This past Sunday evening we were strolling along, just coming to the end of our first corner. There was a little gray haired lady standing outside. We have seen her, smiled and waved to her many times in the past. But, tonight I decided to stop and ask how she was. We struck up a nice conversation, she adored Stephen (who doesn't??!!), and she told me that she would love to walk with me, but since she is now 91 yrs old, her knee just doesn't work like it used to. (91?? I am 50 years younger! Mental note to not complain about my knee!)

After a bit, she asked me to walk around to her front door, telling me that she has something for me. She had to go into her house and meet me out front. I had no idea what it would be. Have any guesses? Well, out she came, told me to hold out my hand, and here is what she gave me:

Four brand new shiny gold dollars. One for Jerry, myself, Seth, and Stephen. I told her that was awful sweet of her. She smiled shyly, and said, "That's my hobby. I like to pass out these little gold dollars to make people smile. My family thinks it's silly. But, I don't care. I do it anyway."

Well, you know what I had to do next...I gave Miss Isabelle a hug and promised that Stephen and I would visit again soon.

For the rest of my walk, I couldn't get my mind off a blog that I had read just that morning. It was actually my husband's blog. He only writes one blog a week called:

This week was about pennies from Heaven. You should go read it. It will help you appreciate the little things in life.
Like a sweet little gray haired lady named Isabelle who makes it her hobby to give away shiny gold dollars.


  1. This is great, and I will go read your husband's blog.

    I'm finally getting by here after some visits you have made to my place. thanks for that,
    and, I saw you over at my daughter's place,
    Modern Christian Homemaker!
    I always learn from her.
    She does not post often, but it is special when she does say something.

    see you again soon


    barbara jean

  2. Oh how lovely! Miss Isabelle sounds like the kind of old dear I would like to be :)

  3. Me too, Pat! It is so much better than being grouchy.

    Barbara Jean, I enjoy all your blogs. You are very sweet!

  4. Enjoy your blogs and also Jerry's. Still miss all of your family.