The Shepherd left behind-a new Fable for Christmas

SHEPHERDI’m reading Tom Drinkard’s new book right now and IMHO, it is a great read! The whole family will enjoy this!


laundry tip- soap residue on your dark clothing

Tired of getting rinse water marks (soap residue) on your dark shirts? I started washing them inside out and solved that problem. I think I am packing my washer too full anyways. I was just trying to conserve soap, energy, and general wear-and-tear on my machine. The water use isn’t a problem since I have lots of well water and a 120 foot well.

the 2016 Olympics will start before you know it

I love watching the Olympics, specifically the summer Olympics. What bothers me is that in past years our athletes are sometimes an embarassment. After winning glory, endorsements, and various medals they go out and get drunk in public. THey make fools of themselves and nobody stops them. I realize most of them are adults and able to buy liquor and visit nightclubs in the host country. Under-age athletes I am sure would have chaperones, coaches, and possibly parents watching over them. So, would somebody please tell the I.O.C. that it really really looks bad? I want to add– do you ever see the athletes from Communist countries falling down face first in the street drunk? No. Just sayin’ folks…

who invented cargo pants?

I got to thinking, who invented cargo pants? I know I saw them on boys’ fasnions for years, and thought maybe they were an urban sort of design. Then I thought, didn’t the US Army wear them? I looked on Wikipedia and they originated with the British Armed Forced (1938!) and were called “battle dress”. The pockets were intended for bandages and maps. They were in the USA by the mid-40’s. Our US Paratroopers used the pockets to hold extra K-rations and ammo. Nowadays, in urban settings, they can be used to take some extra food with you instead of having to carry it in a sack.

dropping off unwanted animals

animal cruelty, dogs, horses, hay, barn, stable, pets, farm

animal cruelty, dogs, horses, hay, barn, stable, pets, farm

it’s happening again- disposal of animals to run wild

is is happening again– people disposing of their large dogs and horses in Alabama. This has happened in the past during other recessions. I live on a county road and my father-in-law always called it “dog alley”. Every so often, sometimes in the night, a person would dump off a dog and keep on rolling. The animal, often dirty, scared, starving, flea-bitten or mangy would be running around the neighborhood. At least we now have an animal cruelty law and the owner can be charged with it. About 2 weeks ago, 2 skinny horses were found wandering in Limestone County by the police. Nobody knew who they belonged to. They were put in a local rodeo grounds until a home could be found for them. More and more this happens. It has to do with the tremendous cost of feeding a large animal. When a family can no longer feed the people in the household, guess who gets kicked out to the woods? Old Trigger or Duke!