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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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I know it’s been awhile since my last post. The past few months has been very busy and hectic. I’ve been a bit busy with my personal life. Yes, I still have one. Granted it’s not as personal as you might think. I doubt if anyone can stay private at this point in time. Someone knows where we are and what we’re doing at any given moment. I guess that’s not a bad thing. You’ll have to forgive me, I’m typing under a handicap here, no time to get my nails shortened before I leave for the Spring Carlisle, in PA.

As always, we have experienced our share of ups and downs, but in the end we are thankful that we are still together and growing…

Please allow me to share some of our memories. I may skip a few things but here are the highlights…

Our Christmas & New Years were party filled events; so much fun. Our Christmas Eve-Eve Party (huge family Slumber PARTY) was an even bigger success than the year before. I can’t wait for it to come around again next year, I have so many new ideas. I’ve shared tons of pictures on FB. The instant camera Sparkle Booth was the HIT of the party. Who doesn’t want to dress up in goofy Christmas disguises and act silly for the camera? [insert chuckle here] I could go on for hours about that, but I won’t.

Our February trip to Moultrie, Georgia wasn’t pleasant. That went on the NEVER- DO – AGAIN list. Our hotel was the “Bate’s!” Nuff said.

In March, our weekend trip to Pigeon Forge, TN was cut short, but not before we enjoyed a few fun filled events with my wonderful Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law Sam & Cookie. Just enjoying the sites. We took a drive through Cade’s Cove. I had to stop and take a photo of the bathroom in Metcalf Bottoms, for obvious reasons. It has its own mailing address. Lots of dining out and we caught a show & had a photo made at The Comedy barn. I hope to repeat this trip again in the next few month. I’m sure all will go well.

Also in March, we had a very nice time at Chuck E Cheese with my daughters youngest Foster daughter that she fondly refers to as Francis(Can’t user fosters real names on social sites – for now anyway. The times they are a changing). Plus Shirley & I , along with our first cousin Teresa Dunn Jones, whom calls herself Terry(name droppin’ here) had a nice afternoon together at the Olive Garden or as I refer to it as “The OG!” You know me… everything good in life - involves food. That reminds me, I need to run & pick up stuff to make Chicken Taco’s for dinner. I know I have a ton of ham leftover, but I’m just not in the mood.

I have had such a wonderful and busy month already, I can’t believe that it flew by. School will be out in about 21 or 22 days if all of the FB predictions are right. YEAH! (Happy Dance) That’s always a nice way to remember Summer “IS” coming. Spring was preempted by a seemly non-ending winter. The flowers that my lawn service/landscaper has let live are in full bloom & what a blessing. I was so over the bleak winter greys. I needed to see some color. Although, we did enjoy a week away in Pigeon Forge, TN for the Spring Rod Run where the Spring flowers were abundant. Thank you, Lord!

I had rushed through tax season, not dwelling on the checks I had to write. I think I may have personally funded a third-world country. Nuff said. I’d rather focus on family events. Moving on…

While we were in there we celebrated our 35th Wedding Anniversary Vow Renewal & Reception with only the immediate family in attendance. Our usual party of 25. It was held at the MainStay Suites in Pigeon Forge. The hotel, staff and caterers could not have been more accommodating; the room was beautiful, the food was delicious and the service was outstanding. I want to express my personal gratitude to their Group Sales Coordinator, Mitch Lewis. He went above and beyond the call, putting up with a very crazed whiny bridezilla(for which I cannot apologize enough,) not to mention that he gave us a very good price on the Conference Center. Everything for our Reception was perfect. We received so many comments on what a beautiful place we picked. Anthony and I wanted you to know how pleased we were with all you did to make everything so special. We just can’t thank you enough!

I do hope everyone got a chance to see some of the pictures my daughters posted on FB. I was so glad Brandy and the girls were able to attend with her busy work schedule; she was our official family photographer. Hopefully, we’ll get to see them all after she finishes photo-shopping the daylights out of them. Brandy used her photography skills to capture the event so she’s not in very many of them.

The ceremony was almost ruined by the cake decorator. We had hired her husband to officiate & bring the certificate(paid-in-full – in advance,) he was a no call – no show. She refused our calls, saying in a text that she was in a meeting and didn’t have time to deal with it, but had no trouble showing up two days later, after she thought we had left the hotel, to retrieve a cake plate that I had clearly paid for… We didn’t know he wasn’t coming until the wedding was supposed to start at 5:30 p.m. and we still didn’t have a preacher. I know we didn’t need one, since we’re already married, but it was kind of the point. By 6:30 p.m. I was in tears, but Anthony and the kids were so wonderful. Brandy went online & found the wording for our ceremony. Our niece Teresa Ann South Parson’s, along with our children, called several churches in the area and found the nicest man anyone could ever ask for. He and his wife and child left his dad’s birthday party to come to celebrate with us. Such an amazing person. I pray that God will bless him abundantly for his efforts. We were so grateful to him that we put him in our group family photo.

I bought matching bow rings for each of us to commemorate for ceremony. I know it’s one we will never forget. The Grandgirlies were absolutely beautiful in their white gowns with green sashes. Trinity insisted on white high heels. I had a slight wardrobe failure at the last minute and had to run out to David’s Bridal and purchase a new gown(mine was too snug). I’m probably the only bride in history that gained weight before the wedding; Only me. I don’t feel too bad, Mandy bought about 6 or 8 different dresses before she settled on one from the Mall. I hope she can return a few them anyway. Anthony decided to rent a Tux instead of wearing the one he has because he said it would just be “EASIER,” since you can return them to any Men’s Warehouse, anywhere – except they don’t have one in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. Hard to believe since they have the most chapels of anywhere known to man. Fair enough, but my GPS – needs a GPS. We spent most of the following day returning stuff, this being the hardest. Now, we’ll be avoiding Alcoa, TN forever.

The reception was held in the hotel Conference Center. Our theme was “You’re Still the One.” Colors: White, Shades of Emerald/Sage Green, Coral, Black & hints of gold/champagne where necessary. Flower arrangements contained a mix of wildflower, thistle, hydrangea, poppy and green & white dogwoods. Eiffel Tower Centerpieces. Everything was so beautiful. My bouquet (caught by Brandy) and Anthony’s boutonniere were made by Roger Neargarder at the Village Flower Shop in Germantown. A very special thank you to him. Our party rentals were from Campbell Tent & Party Rentals in Knoxville, TN. I made the mistake of calling back and shortening the pipe and drape from 30 feet to 15. My mistake; we always learn from our mistakes. The Uplighting was in coral; it was so much fun watching the grandkids dance behind the curtain. Worth every cent.

Thank you everyone – Thank you!


    I should also apologize for any negative comments that I made have made to family, friends or distant member emails during the stressful months leading up to the event. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. Being mindful that I am only human. With that said, I should always strive to put my personal feelings aside and show Grace in trying times. So, Love to each and every one of you. Genealogy is my hobby. I spend countless hours loving and doing, but my Family is my passion. My best years are invested in them.


Happy Belated Easter Sunday to you, and here’s hoping you have had a hopping good time with food, family, & friends!


We spent a wonderful Sunny Spring day outside with the kids & the grand’s. Minus Craig whom worked late(we saved him a plate,) Tiger & Brandy were out of town & Steven said he got called in early, and Yoko, is well, but still in Japan. Hopefully, they’ll be here next year. I love it when the family is altogether. Party Central wasn’t up to my usual party gala standards; I only got out the necessities; not enough hours in the day. [Note to self: Buy two new white tablecloths for the big tables.] Easter was a major food event as usual, with me swearing, that I won’t make that much food next year. Somebody please hold me to it.


Menu for Easter Supper

~ Appetizers ~

Meatballs (for which Tron proclaimed were my best ones ever)

Shrimp Cocktail – off the list for next year

Cheese Chunks & Crackers

Chips & dip (less is more)


Grape snippets

Cherry Tomatoes

Mixed nuts & cashews (only one or the other next year)

Applesauce cups


~ Entrée ~

Baked Ham

Smoked sausage w/ sauerkraut


~ Sides ~

Candied Sweet Potatoes–off the list

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Green Bean Casserole

Pork stuffing – off the list

Corn pudding

Baked Beans

Deviled Eggs

Glazed Carrots – off the list


~ Breads ~

Wheat bread and butter

Crescent Rolls – off the list (purchase dinner rolls)


~ Desserts ~

Cherry Pie w/ vanilla ice cream

Coconut Cake


~ Beverages ~

Sweet Tea – Coffee – Sodas – Bottled Water – Raspberry Punch (not my fav)



    I shipped Brandy’s gift, I’m not sure, but believe at least, it will arrive in time her Birthday. I’m equally unsure if she’ll like, but it’s something useful. Crossing my fingers.


    German Township Water & Sewer development plans are scaring the daylights out of me. Not sure where I stand on the issue. I’m still trying to process it all. That’s TBC…


    Now, I’m off to pack for my business trip… what to wear – what to wear? I’m thinking… “The Keystone State” Blue & gold it is! Won’t be a problem for Anthony, his entire closet is a sea of light blue business oxfords. Me on the other hand, well… I’ll work on it, since we all know I prefer to wear black, because its slimming, and the white metals. Sure I own some gold, just not my fav.

Have a good one….

Are you working today, or do you have today off?

I was asked today for my Dump Cake recipe. I’ve seen all kinds of variations, from blackberry to blueberry and even peach, I even have an old friend Maxine’s on the blog, only because she loves rhubarb. Me, I actually prefer the plain old cobbler that every woman from church makes. I’ve eaten it for as long as I can remember; it’s just to easy to make. So here it is, hope you all enjoy it.

1 (20 ounces) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (21 ounces) can prepared more fruit cherry pie filling
1 (18.25 ounces) box yellow or white cake mix
2 sticks (1 cup or 16 Tablespoons) of butter or margarine, each cut into 12 slices
1/4 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans or walnuts, but you can use your favorite)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 for glass baking dish).
Dump undrained pineapple into a 9x13x2 baking dish and spread it out evenly.
Using a spoon, dump globs of cherry pie filling evenly on top of the pineapple.
Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the cherry and pineapple layers.
Cut butter into slices with a butter knife and place slices evenly over cake mix.
Sprinkle nuts on top if you’re using them.
Bake for one hour.
To serve, scoop cake out with a large spoon like a cobbler and add a  scoop of vanilla ice cream. Serve warm or cold.

Yield: about 10 to 12 servings


Many people miss their share of happiness not because they never found it but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.

Ada Grey Adkins Montgomery
(April 27, 1934 – February 4, 2014)

Ada Grey Adkins Montgomery age 79 of Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, Kentucky. She was born April 27, 1934 in Magoffin County, Kentucky to the late Henry and Lula Hall Adkins. Also preceding her in death is her husband Normal Lee Montgomery. Survivors include one son Jimmy (Shelia) Montgomery of Salyersville, Kentucky, three daughters Della Minix, Tammy (Charles) Wright and Valerie Montgomery all of Salyersville, Kentucky, one brother Woodrow Pete (Kay) Adkins of West Liberty, Kentucky, four sisters Ruth (Jim) Waugh of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Ann (James) Leach of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, Ruby Wingo of West Liberty, Kentucky and Hon (Ronnie) Cole Ezel, Kentucky, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren also survive.

Besides Ada’s parents and husband she is preceded in death by one son Bobby (Charlotte) Montgomery, three brothers James Adkins, Hershel Adkins and Homer Adkins and five sisters Rosa Lee Adkins, Myrtle Adkins, Rhuie Adkins, Della Long and Thelma Jean Allen.

Funeral services for Ada Grey Montgomery will be conducted at 11 am Friday, February 7, 2014 from the Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with Mark Campbell and Mike Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Cook Cemetery at Cripple Creek, Kentucky. Friends may call the funeral home after 6 pm Wednesday, February 5, 2014, all day Thursday and anytime Friday prior to funeral services.


Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.~ e. e. cummings

* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight
and bull-strong.

* Keep skunks and bankers at a

* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a
John Deere tractor.

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

* Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner
than you.

* It don’t take a very big person to carry a

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every path has a few puddles.

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t
never gonna happen anyway.

* Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best

* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get
older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

* Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t
botherin’ you none.

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a
rain dance.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever
have to deal with, watches you from
the mirror every mornin’.

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a
lotta that comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot
easier than puttin’ it back in.

* If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some
influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.
* Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing. ~ John Cage

As I’m preparing for the upcoming Holiday’s and trying not to stress out about all the changes the house and our personal lives will endure over the next few months, I find that flexibility & organization are the key to my sanity at this time of the year. I have all of my Christmas gifts bought and mostly wrapped. Well, if you can call putting them all in Sally’s shopper bags, wrapped. I find it the easiest way for me to do our “Christmas Eve Eve Party.”

Our lives have undergone so many changes over the past few years, the kids marriages with families of their own but, I still want them all together for Christmas, preferably under my roof.  The only way to achieve this is to be flexible so we’ve created our own Holiday aka Christmas Eve Eve. It was originally met with great contention by my oldest son, but he too, has come around. Its hard to juggle the In-laws and Outlaws at the Holiday’s so less stress makes us much happier people.

It also makes me think of my mom, past Thanksgiving’s at Mom’s & Grandma Dorothy’s house(s.) I’m sure everyone remembers the story I’ve told many times, about our dinner table breaking in half on year, it almost hitting my oldest sisters, sister-in-laws 2 year old daughter that was sitting under our table. They used to use the table-leg to hold the back of a child’s dress or shirt down, that way they couldn’t move. Instant babysitter. Not to worry, they had toys or a coloring book to keep them busy. Rarely ever fussed, because they were in the same room as the grown-ups. Now they just use play pens.

I’ll drive by Grandma’s house now and again, and I have to laugh. It seems so tiny, but never did as a child. She always made room. Her house was always clean and freshly decorated for each impending Holiday. To this day, I still have no idea where she kept all of those decorations. Anyway, back to dinner. Her table was freshly set for each person to sit down, always her fine china, minimal food on the table, mostly sliced bread and butter, gravy, things like that, but the kitchen was covered. She’d (or our mom’s) would make your plate in the kitchen and then either you or she would walk it to the table.

Her house was small, but her heart was big, the dining room table was turned sideways in the room, to allow for 8 people or more comfortably, we couldn’t all eat at the same time, so she asked us to come in about an hour apart, that way when people got up, you could sit and talk while you ate & ate, no one was ever rushed. We also had no idea whom we’d be eating with. I always enjoyed eating with my Uncle Brock. He was so funny, he’d mock her as she was talking, making jokes and taking the food or dessert off our plates that he knew we weren’t going to eat(gooseberry pie – yuck), so we could get up from the table(as was the custom back then). Then he’d laugh as she fussed at him for wasting food. Later, he’d wink at us, letting us know that he was okay with taking the heat.

It was never too crowded. She always made room. Ladies sat in the kitchen, gossiping as usual. Grandpa would be in the living room watching TV, either Football or Horsing Racing aka taking a nap. Can’t remember what most of us kids did, we just filtered back and forth, watching Grandma cook and or hand-wash all of her dishes, she didn’t have a dishwasher.  This went on all day. I loved to watch her boil dumplings, she’d use a fresh chicken or turkey with its eggs still inside and they’d float to the top. She’d scoop them up and offer them to us kids as we yelled, “Gross!” But the truth is, I loved it, it was so good. Its the goofy things that you remember the most.

So as I’m trying to decide what to make or not to make this year, I try to remember its only about being together. Nothing else matters, if the gravies brown or who likes what kind of cake, every one will get fed. Spend time together and hopefully, when I’m gone they will carry on these traditions for as long as the Lord tarries. And, know that I did everything in my power to show them the same love that their Great-Grandparents showed me. That it the tradition.

So I’m going to share this years menu with you, and my mom’s recipe for Ambrosia Fruit Salad. To be honest, no one here likes it but me. I make it every year, just because my mom did; it was her favorite. Thank you Mom, for all of your inspiration and unwittingly all of the memories you’ve helped me make with my children, and grandchildren and hopefully, maybe even their grandchildren. I’ll try and keep your memory alive, as I share, all of the things that we talked about and did together while we cooked. I still think of the stories you told me about Grandma Elvie and how she decorated her deviled eggs, every time, I make them.

The “Small Things,” are truly the best memories.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

~ appetizers ~
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Relish Tray

~ beverages ~
Pop – Water – Sweet Tea
24 cans Coke

~ soup ~
Beef Barley Soup

~ main ~
Turkey & Dressing
Glazed Ham

~ sides ~
Mashed Potatoes
Turkey & Brown Gravies
Baked Beans
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Corn Pudding
Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Deviled Eggs

~ bread/rolls ~
Dinner Rolls
Pull Apart Bread

~ desserts ~
Pumpkin Pie w/ Whip Cream
Blackberry Cobbler
Cherry Cheesecake
Chocolate & White Cupcakes
Mom’s Ambrosia Fruit Salad


Ambrosia Fruit Salad


2 cans or 1 lg can of fruit cocktail, well drained
1 sm can of mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup shredded coconut
8 oz tub whipped topping, thawed (save container to store leftovers or put half the dessert back in and pop into the fridge to send home with someone. Trust me, it never all gets eaten.)
*maraschino cherries, drained and halved as a garnish (optional)


In a medium size bowl , toss in the first three ingredients. Fold in the cool whip. Place a few sliced maraschino cherries on top as a garnish.
You can add pecans or walnuts if you like – I usually toss a few on top of mine, just because, but I never put them in my dessert. Some people add a few mini marshmallows if you like those in it, mom did on occasion, but not usually. The cherries were always my favorite. I’d pick them out and try to get the most. sh


Ah! on Thanksgiving day….
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?
~John Greenleaf Whittier


• 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
• 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
• 3 eggs
• 1 1/2 cups white sugar
• 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (may sub pumpkin pie spice)
• ½ teaspoon vanilla
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
• 1 cup chopped pecans
• 1 cup butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×13 inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Mix well, and spread into the prepared pan.
3. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over the top of the pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over the cake mix, then drizzle with melted butter.
4. Bake for 60 minutes, or until done. Top with whipped cream when ready to serve.
May be served hot but is often better after a night in the refrigerator. Serves 18.

Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin. ~ Simone Schwarz-Bart

Janet Fannin
(August 27, 1955 – August 12, 2013)

Janet Adkins Fannin, 57 years, 11 months and 16 days olds of West Liberty, KY passed away Monday, August 12,2013 in the St.Claire Medical Center, Morehead, KY after an extended illness.

She was born August 27, 1955 in Salyersville, KY daughter of the late Ben and Ethel Montgomery Adkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her, son,David Shawn Fannin. Five sisters, Ileen Williams, Edith Whitt, Faye Manning, Sue Paxton and Mae Adkins. One brother,Charles Adkins.

She is survived by her Companion, Edward Fannin, West Liberty, KY.Two daughters, Michelle Fannin and Mary Holliday, both of West Liberty, KY. A son, Edward Fannin Jr., West Liberty, KY. Two sisters, Mabel Pennix and Alice Scurry, both of West Liberty, KY.

Seven brothers, Hager Adkins, Lonnie Adkins, Wheeler Adkins, Russell Adkins, all of West Liberty, KY. Roy Adkins of Mt.Sterling, KY. Herbert Adkins, of Owingsville, KY. Robert Adkins of Salyersville, KY. Six grandchildren, Dakota(Chinphasinee)Stamper, Cierra Holliday, Hunter Chase Clark, Madison Fannin, Maylea Haney and Tyra Scott Fannin. One great grandchild, Dakota Brantley Stamper.

Funeral Services will be 11:AM, Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Chapel with Elder Benny Wright officiating. Burial in the Scurry Cemetery, Jones Creek, KY.

Visitation 6:PM, Wednesday at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home, West Liberty, KY.

Pallbearers; Bruce Wingo, Randy Williams, Hager Adkins Jr., Lonnie Adkins Jr., Shane Sheets and Ballard Fannin.

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. ~ Oscar Wilde


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