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“Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t, you’re right.”
-Henry Ford

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Even though we’re still in summer-fun mode, I was curious if any of you have done any shopping for school already. Have you stocked up on pencils, crayons & glue sticks? Done any clothes shopping for the kids?

Believe it or not, I still usually end up buying a handful of things for the grandchildren and because the stores put out so many supplies, I tend to stock up on a few for the office as well; while their on the cheap.

Today, I was asked where I was during the Moon landing 45 years ago, and it’s funny, not thinking that it was in July when Neil stepped out, my mind immediately went back to my elementary school days. The teachers would escort us all down to library to watch the landings together on TV. We had to sit on our knees with our hands folded in our laps, lights turned off. If you made any commotion then you were escorted back to class without getting to witness the most exciting moments of all time unfold before your eyes.

School can be both, a learning experience and culture shock. Be prepared.

Let us know if you’ve shopped for school already this summer!


America, you beautiful, wonderful country, you don’t look a day over your 238 years.

Here’s to many more.

Enjoy the day, everyone!

Just out of curiosity, does anyone else have trouble getting the kitchen cleaned up from breakfast? No matter what type of breakfast we have (& believe me, they’re not elaborate most days), it seems to take me forever to clean up the dishes, toast crumbs, etc. Make me feel better – it’s not just me, right? Right?!? Thank you.

At my age, I’ve come to the conclusion that we’ve all set our kitchens up wrong. Scientists insist that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet we make little to no effort to prepare for it. My mom would make big meals for breakfast, but I never ate it. I didn’t like it – then or now. I cook it for everyone else, most days, but can’t really stomach it for myself. No pun intended. I don’t mind something quick with my COFFEE! Like a granola bar or donuts, something easy.

This morning, I had an epiphany & decided to round up a few ideas. If I could sit the kitchen up like a hotel breakfast bar, complete with Continental Breakfast, nothing too fancy, just the basics. The fam could just grab the milk &/or juice… Voila! And there you have it! Done & done. It would also be a way to streamline the snacks. The fruit & granola bars are already out, the kids would have to put forth effort to get to the pop & chips. What do you think they’ll grab first?

Honestly, I think if Julia Child had – had children, her kitchen would have looked a whole lot different than the one placed at the Smithsonian. Just sayin’

To include any variety of sliced bread or toast with butter/jam/jelly/honey, cheese, meat, croissants, muffins, pastries, bear claws, Croissant & Scones, rolls, pancakes with syrup, cornflakes or other cereal, yogurt/granola, coffee/tea, fruit juice(s). Use paper plates, plastic forks & spoons, paper napkins, etc.. Don’t feel guilty, you’re saving time & water. Less mess. Heck, I may even start to order the paper, I could sit & read it; gain some badly needed quiet time.

A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one’s husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it. ~ Anne Spencer

Seems a little hard to believe, but here we are! How has the first half of the month gone for you so far? Busy, busy, busy, or easy, easy, easy? Will the 2nd half be busier, or easier, than the first?

We wish a very Happy Father’s Day to Anthony & all the dads, granddads, stepdads, future or soon to be dads & father figures in our lives! We’re grateful for all of you! Anthony got a little more than he should have this year, but it’s good to be spoiled a little every now & then or maybe few times a year, just to let them know how much they mean to us.

I to take a few minutes here & wish Mandy’s dearest friend & *Anthony’s second cousin once removed, Kimberly Adkins Bain and her wonderful husband Jantzen Bain a very special Congratulations on the birth of their new son Henry Sherman Bain. Born: 16 Jun 2014 at 4:06 p.m.. Weighed 7.09 pounds. 21 inches long. A handsome addition to the family. God Bless.

I’m hoping she’ll start journaling to remember her experiences. You think you’ll never forget, but if that were true then no one would have a second child. Believe it.

Children & Family Life: Were you surprised at the impact they had on your life? Were you ready?

Note for each child

  • The child’s name, birth date, sex, place of birth, and any other noteworthy circumstance of the birth.
  • Attend any classes or programs and/or were they beneficial?
  • Any significant milestones or highlights or turning points in his or her life during this period.
  • Other people living with you in your family (or you with them), who they were & why you were all living together. Anything noteworthy that occurred in their lives during this period?

We’ll be planning a few big birthday celebrations over the next few weeks ourselves. Mandy will be going away for her birthday, it will be odd not to celebrate it together, but part of growing up – is growing independent. Starting your own traditions as a family. It’s hard to except change, but it’s as much a part of life as giving birth. Sigh. She’ll be back in time to celebrate Anthony’s with him. I may add a little B~Day table for her. Make it a twofer.

We’ve been road-tripping a lot this month to Tennessee, Indiana & around day trip to Lake Huron in Bay City, Michigan. I still can’t believe that I had that in me. Guess, we’re not that old after all. Oh wait, these lines on my face tell a very different story. How about you? Anything exciting to report?

Fill us in on your June so far!

What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven

*Yes, an Adkins on Anthony’s side. His mother Lula Mae’s sister Clara aka Clarie married an Adkins. So far, I cannot connect the two lines. I’m sure I will someday, but so far no luck.

The Friday before a big holiday can be a busy, busy day! Are you prepping for a Father’s Day party? A trip this weekend?

I know I am. Maybe both. I need to get out there & whip the garage into shape for a weekend BBQ with the fam. I have his gift sitting in the family room – still in its original unopened shipping box. No one has even questioned it. I need to open it and get it ready for Sunday. I want to stock it with all the things he’ll need for work & put a big old bow on it. Men are so hard to buy for. My gift doesn’t begin to compare to the gift(s) that he bought for himself & an oversized 2 car hauler to go with, but since I didn’t complain, we’ll say it was from me. He’s on his way now to buy it some floor mats for it so that it stays clean. Go me!

Since my dad is past, I won’t be buying him anything, but my husband is the most amazing Father any child could ask for, and completely deserving of everything he gets, and more.

I’m currently deciding between a beautiful handmade card with inspirational quote or maybe just grab a store-bought yet, heartfelt card. Maybe, skip it all together & let the BBQ reunion serve its purpose. I used to go all out adding old photos to the food tables & large table runners that had oversized letters spelling out “Father’s day!” Probably not going to happen this year, but I would like to add an Americana Feel to the theme, because it should feel like a real American Holiday!

I’ve seen a dozen people on FB this week (late shoppers) asking what to buy their significant other or Father for Father’s Day? Let’s face it… because most men already have all the clothes, ties, belt buckles, boating or fishing equipment, TV’s & techno, tools & gadgets he wants or needs at this point, so what’s the “Gifter” to do? Movie or Game tickets? [Hey! You know it's your day… drop some hints, EARLY to get what you really want! Take the guesswork out of it.] Just sayin’

What are you doing today to get ready for the holiday?

To many children, this is the most special way of expressing affection for Dad on Father’s Day and to let him know how that everything he does for the family is appreciated from the bottoms of our hearts! ~ me

I Love You!

I, John CLAYPOOL of Hardy County and State of Virginia, hereby my Last Will and Testament in the manner and form following that is to say it is my Will and desire that my Executors here after named immediately after my death do take charge of my estate both real and personal and make sale thereof to the best advantage in the following manner, vizi
The landed part of my estate to be sold as soon as convenient, either by public sale or private contract at the discretion of my Executors and conveyance made for the same–the moveable part of my estate to be sold at public sale, except one feather bed and furniture which I give to my wife, Nancy Claypool…… after all my just debts and funeral charges are paid–I allow and it is my will that it be equally divided amongst all my sons and daughters, to-wit: James CLAYPOOL, John CLAYPOOL, David CLAYPOOL, Stephen CLAYPOOL, Mary METCALF, Elenor SLATER, Jane OSBURN, Margaret OSBURN, Sarah SLATER, Rachel BAKER, Hannah GREY, Elizabeth BRADIGUM, Geo. CLAYPOOL, Leah CRISMAN, William CLAYPOOL, Aaron CLAYPOOL, Philip CLAYPOOL, Nancy SINNATE and Priscilla CHICOTT….
It is my Will and I do order that one half of the legasie left to my daughter Sarah SLATER…. be given to my grand-son James, son of said Sarah SLATER..
Also I give unto my grand-daughter Mehala, daughter of the above Elizabeth BRADIGUM, one of the legacey which falls to the said Elizabeth BRADIGUM….
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Philip CLAYPOOL and son-in-law Isaac CHRISMAN, Executors of this my Last Will and Testament….
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this tenth day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fourteen,
Signed, sealed, published and ‘declared by the said John CLAYPOOL as his Last Will and Testament, who in his presence have hereunto subscribed ouri.namess Jacob MILLER Anthony Miller
I, John CLAYPOOL do make this Codicil to and as a part of the foregoing Will- as followeth: I nominate, constitute and appoint my friends Geo.- CLAYPOOL and Jacob MILLER, Executors of this 69 my Last Will and Testament in addition to those therein constituted and appointed.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 2nd day of October in the year of our Lord, One Thousand- Eight Hundred and Nineteen. JOHN CLAYPOOL Signed, sealed and delivered by the said John CLAYPOOL as. a. part of his Last Will and. Testament in the presence of us: Anthony MILLER, Wm McDONALD, Eben CHILCOTT.

At a Court held for Hardy County the 9th day of Sept-1823, this Last Will and Testament of John CLAYPOOL, dead with the Codicil thereto annexed, was presented in. Court by Jacob MILLER, one of the Executors therein named, and.-the said Will was proved by the oaths of Anthony MILLER and Jacob MfLLER….and the. said Will and Codicil ordered to be recorded….. Ed WILLIAMS Clerk

Do you have something special planned for the fathers in your life? Do you usually do a lot that day, for the special man (or men)? Or do you keep it low-key?

Men are so hard to buy for. I had ordered Anthony new personalized business cards & was all excited about gifting them. I couldn’t believe that they were sent to the Lot. I had made my Bill to – Ship to addresses different, but they sent them to the address on the card. Oops! Of course he opened them early & I had to order something else. So, I decided that a new Samsonite Leather Expandable Briefcase was needed, it came this week. I still need to wrap it before it gets opened early. Other than that, I’m sure we’ll just have a simple family BBQ here at the house, nothing fancy. Just us & the kids.

My DIL is taking her dad to see the Red’s game. Baseball a big thing in her family. We’ve never really embraced baseball (we’re a football family), but it sounds like a nice outing for a Father – Daughter Father’s Day date.

Tell us your plans!

I can’t think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a Father’s protection. ~ Sigmund Freud


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