Good morning, to you, good morning to you... KATHY SCHENDLE, happy old memories on Country Club Road, love your sweet note, it is one I will keep! SUSAN & JOE CAGE… Years ago, Susan and Joe walked Grace Church’s aisle each beaming with a big smile … that was 50 years ago, Happy Anniversary! ANN & JOE LEDOUX, my Flore Le Mour, thank you, this beautiful, hardy Jasmine smelling plant is one of my favorites. I promise to take good care of it with its favorite cocktail.

PLANT COCKTAIL — 5 gal bucket of water, 2 T. Epson salt, 2 T. Miracle Grow, 2 T. Household Ammonia. Serve 16 oz. about every two weeks. I promise I will not forget as I also love my Cocktails too, a little more often though! I’m really going to take good care of this beautiful plant, as many years ago I lost mine, that was truly magnificent, in a divorce settlement.

SUE NAWAS, what fun you are, Sue gets so tickled, that you get tickled, so much fun to be around such a wonderful friend! ANN COOKSEY, always so pretty and sweet, a pleasure to see you, DEBBIE EDGERTON, everyone’s favorite, SANDRA BLATE, she knows a lot of good stuff and she is fun. JOEY HADDAD, I’m jealous, I thought I had the best trained Smilex in town. You beat me and all the books, yours is just magnificent. What is your secret? DEANIE & TOM BAKER, no one does it better… your football parties are just best… and I always win. Wat is the deal .. .pickle?

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“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant…..” Ecclesiastes …. We have been going to many funerals, it seems…. My favorite minister DR. WARREN BLAKEMAN died this past week. Warren was a big part of my life with Mike Cage. About 30 years ago, when Mike and I married, Warren Blakeman stepped into our lives, being the new minister assigned to St. Paul’s. It was love at first sight! Warren appointed me as the Head Trustee of our church, the first woman to be appointed a head trustee in Louisiana. Let the games begin, we had a ball, why not with Mike Cage backing me up! We met Warren in New York, London. In my 75 years of this wonderful life, I was thinking, I have been blessed with five men that are very important to me. As a child, I loved my Daddy, Tom Wright King, growing up, Sunday School, learning of Christ, he is next… George Snellings Jr., brilliant, kind, Mike Cage and Warren Blakeman. Bob Cudd is up there, pretty close. All just good men that I have been blessed to have spent time with.

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I don’t know why I feel so sad with Sears taking bankruptcy and I hear J.C. Penney is next… maybe just because they were such a big part of growing up in the 1940’s. I still think of Woolworths and Morgan & Lindsey Dime Stores. Sign of the times, I guess.

Speaking of old times and friends departing this old world… JAMES CONWAY LINER (DINKY) was on the list for the Grim Reaper, the lord of death, this last week. Dinky was a very old Ouachita River friend of my parents. Growing up, cruising down the river on his wonderful boat the Wee Two was just fun. Dinky was always ready to pull you on the water skis, the disk or surfboard, It is a wonder we did not all drown, back then. No one had ever heard of a ski belt.

Speaking of the Ouachita River, I saw officers recently arrested a man for jumping off the Louisville bridge. I think he was just having fun. We used to do that all the time, when the river was high and running very fast. We would jump and end up at Howard Griffin’s boat dock. It was so much fun; happy memories last forever!

How many of you remember Kenneth Aswell? This is as old river story, way back when. It was a Saturday afternoon, I was maybe 10 years old. As I remember, there were army maneuvers going on in this area and it seemed many of the men were down at the Howard Griffin Boat Dock. The rich boys Dinky Liner, Billy Coldwell, Bob Coleman, Kenneth Aswell, Louis Wield, Johnny Sherrouse, John Ansley Richie from Ruston, and Harold Woods Sr. all had the big beautiful inboard wooden Century Classic Ski Boats. We had an Outboard Johnson 25 and a houseboat.

Anyway, back to the story… there was lots of going on the dock and river, boats, doing spins, lots of waves, lots of people, music, dancing, and probably a little drinking, too. Kenneth Aswell could not swim, but he always wore a big life jacket. He hit a monster wave and was thrown out of his big beautiful Century. This driverless boat, went crazy. It headed straight for the dock, rammed it, backed up, headed back to the middle of the river and was circling Kenneth at full speed. No one knew what to do!

My Daddy jumped in our little Johnson 25 circling the wild running boat, got really close jumped into the speed boat and as he jumped he hit the off switch with his foot, turning our boat off and saving the day! It was a miracle that no one was killed! That was my Daddy! Then, a big fight… John Lacey and Wesley Liner, I think the brother of Harry Liner, got into a do with some of the big tough Army boys. My Daddy jumped in and help whip them all. If you do not believe me ask Pat Anderson!

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I love this cool, drizzling rain kind of day… a good time to cook a big pot of fresh Mustard Greens, Sweet Potatoes, Pork Roast and good hot water cornbread. Yum Yum!

I look forward to seeing you next time! Keep your heart brave and your imagination wild and be kind to all!

DianneGood morning, to you, good morning to you... KATHY SCHENDLE, happy old memories on Country Club Road, love your sweet note, it is one I will keep! SUSAN & JOE CAGE… Years ago, Susan and Joe walked Grace Church’s aisle each beaming with a big smile … that was 50 years ago, Happy Anniversary! ANN & JOE LEDOUX, my Flore Le Mour, thank you, this beautiful, hardy Jasmine smelling plant is one of my favorites. I promise to take good care of it with its favorite cocktail.

PLANT COCKTAIL — 5 gal bucket of water, 2 T. Epson salt, 2 T. Miracle Grow, 2 T. Household Ammonia. Serve 16 oz. about every two weeks. I promise I will not forget as I also love my Cocktails too, a little more often though! I’m really going to take good care of this beautiful plant, as many years ago I lost mine, that was truly magnificent, in a divorce settlement.

SUE NAWAS, what fun you are, Sue gets so tickled, that you get tickled, so much fun to be around such a wonderful friend! ANN COOKSEY, always so pretty and sweet, a pleasure to see you, DEBBIE EDGERTON, everyone’s favorite, SANDRA BLATE, she knows a lot of good stuff and she is fun. JOEY HADDAD, I’m jealous, I thought I had the best trained Smilex in town. You beat me and all the books, yours is just magnificent. What is your secret? DEANIE & TOM BAKER, no one does it better… your football parties are just best… and I always win. Wat is the deal .. .pickle?

**************************************************

“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant…..” Ecclesiastes …. We have been going to many funerals, it seems…. My favorite minister DR. WARREN BLAKEMAN died this past week. Warren was a big part of my life with Mike Cage. About 30 years ago, when Mike and I married, Warren Blakeman stepped into our lives, being the new minister assigned to St. Paul’s. It was love at first sight! Warren appointed me as the Head Trustee of our church, the first woman to be appointed a head trustee in Louisiana. Let the games begin, we had a ball, why not with Mike Cage backing me up! We met Warren in New York, London. In my 75 years of this wonderful life, I was thinking, I have been blessed with five men that are very important to me. As a child, I loved my Daddy, Tom Wright King, growing up, Sunday School, learning of Christ, he is next… George Snellings Jr., brilliant, kind, Mike Cage and Warren Blakeman. Bob Cudd is up there, pretty close. All just good men that I have been blessed to have spent time with.

**************************************************

I don’t know why I feel so sad with Sears taking bankruptcy and I hear J.C. Penney is next… maybe just because they were such a big part of growing up in the 1940’s. I still think of Woolworths and Morgan & Lindsey Dime Stores. Sign of the times, I guess.

Speaking of old times and friends departing this old world… JAMES CONWAY LINER (DINKY) was on the list for the Grim Reaper, the lord of death, this last week. Dinky was a very old Ouachita River friend of my parents. Growing up, cruising down the river on his wonderful boat the Wee Two was just fun. Dinky was always ready to pull you on the water skis, the disk or surfboard, It is a wonder we did not all drown, back then. No one had ever heard of a ski belt.

Speaking of the Ouachita River, I saw officers recently arrested a man for jumping off the Louisville bridge. I think he was just having fun. We used to do that all the time, when the river was high and running very fast. We would jump and end up at Howard Griffin’s boat dock. It was so much fun; happy memories last forever!

How many of you remember Kenneth Aswell? This is as old river story, way back when. It was a Saturday afternoon, I was maybe 10 years old. As I remember, there were army maneuvers going on in this area and it seemed many of the men were down at the Howard Griffin Boat Dock. The rich boys Dinky Liner, Billy Coldwell, Bob Coleman, Kenneth Aswell, Louis Wield, Johnny Sherrouse, John Ansley Richie from Ruston, and Harold Woods Sr. all had the big beautiful inboard wooden Century Classic Ski Boats. We had an Outboard Johnson 25 and a houseboat.

Anyway, back to the story… there was lots of going on the dock and river, boats, doing spins, lots of waves, lots of people, music, dancing, and probably a little drinking, too. Kenneth Aswell could not swim, but he always wore a big life jacket. He hit a monster wave and was thrown out of his big beautiful Century. This driverless boat, went crazy. It headed straight for the dock, rammed it, backed up, headed back to the middle of the river and was circling Kenneth at full speed. No one knew what to do!

My Daddy jumped in our little Johnson 25 circling the wild running boat, got really close jumped into the speed boat and as he jumped he hit the off switch with his foot, turning our boat off and saving the day! It was a miracle that no one was killed! That was my Daddy! Then, a big fight… John Lacey and Wesley Liner, I think the brother of Harry Liner, got into a do with some of the big tough Army boys. My Daddy jumped in and help whip them all. If you do not believe me ask Pat Anderson!

**************************************************

I love this cool, drizzling rain kind of day… a good time to cook a big pot of fresh Mustard Greens, Sweet Potatoes, Pork Roast and good hot water cornbread. Yum Yum!

I look forward to seeing you next time! Keep your heart brave and your imagination wild and be kind to all!

Dianne

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