Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Staying Busy on Vacation


I am on vacation! It started at 2 pm on the 18th of this
month and I will not be returning to work until Jan. 4th...
NEXT YEAR.

Now, what to do with my time????
Get somethings in order and organized.
Thinking that I just have to much stuff and
it is all closing in on me so I decided that it
was time to clean out cabinets, closets,
drawers and whatever else I can find to
mess with.

Yesterday I decided that I wanted to make a
coat rack for my hall. I got the idea from my
cousin, Kathy. So here are my versions of
what she had made.

The top one is for the coats and the second one is
to hang behind the door in the bathroom to hold my
belts and scarfs.

I got a baseboard from Home Depot, that had
the curved edge over the top. The board cost
me $8.00 but I have been able to get to racks
measuring 24 inches each and one measuring
15 inches ( for towels in the bathroom, yet to be
made).

The hooks on the top one were $3.98 each for a
total of $11.94. With the board cost cut in 3's and
the cost of the hooks, primer and white paint I
had on hand, this rack cost me about $15.00.

The bottom one was less since the hooks were only
$2.98 each. Costing a total of about $12.00. I love the
way they turned out.

In between cleaning out things and working around
the house I knit. I will stop and take a break here
and there (back issues still) and while I break...I knit.
Making scarfs.

I worked off and on, here and there on this first
one for about 2.5 days. Love the colors in this
one. Cost.....????, the yarn was gotten at
some time or another at a yard sale that
my Mom has picked up.


This one I started yesterday morning.
My mom said she wanted
a black one so I started on this one for
her. I am a bit over half done with it.

I have several that I have made for
myself here and there. It is nice
to have different colors to change
up and have something
different to wear on a given day.
Kitchen cabinets and drawers cleaned.
Secertary drawers and cabinets in the
living room has been cleaned. A BIG
pot of chili made. Next will be the linen
closet and the pantry. Then I move it
upstairs to my room......oh my gosh will
I have enough days to get all this done??
Tomorrow will be a no cleaning day..
I have a wedding to photograph. Then
Christmas eve and day will take up
sometime and there will be no cleaning
then......
Wish me luck....
thanks for stopping in,
Pam

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


Beautiful under the Christmas tree.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

True Story Tuesday - Kenny Rogers


Several, several years ago I went to
a Kenny Rogers concert with two
friends. I have always liked ole Kenny
so I was looking forward to it.

The concert was held at the Grand
Ole Opry here in Nashville and we
had really good seats, 4th row back
to the left of the stage. Not bad
seating at all.

Well, my friends decided that for some
reason they were bringing a pair
binoculars to the concert. Between
the three of us we past the binoculars
back and forth to take a good look at
Kenny. From where we were sitting
and with the aid of those strong
looking glasses, we had a great view.

After several passes of the binoculars
it was my turn again. At this point
Kenny decided to stop singing and look
my way and ask me what I expected
to see sitting that close to the stage
looking through the binoculars! Okay,
I was so red and I could have very easily
crawled under the seats in front of me.
Yes, I could see the sweat on his
forehead and the whiskers on his
chin really well…..but did he have
to announce it to the whole place?

Thanks for stopping in,
Pam



Sunday, December 13, 2009

I Heart Faces - Pets


This weeks post at I Heart Faces is about Pets. This is my dog Dakota,

he was happier posing for this shot then he was when I tried to wrap

him up in lights and put a bow on his head!


Run on over to I Heart Faces and check more pets out.



Thanks,

Pam

Friday, December 11, 2009

For those of you who know me know that
I am not much of a cooker. I actually
have done more since September then
I probably have in several years. It is
just really hard to cook for one person
so it has been easier to grab something
here or there and make the most of it.

When I married at 20 I was not much of
a cook then either. The reason then was
a bit different, I did not know how to
cook. See my Mom was a stay at home
Mom until I was in the 11th grade. But
even then she was still home to cook
our breakfast before heading to school
and there to cook dinner. Plus, she
would rather not have anyone in her
kitchen misplacing things or making
a mess. With those reasons, I never
cooked.

After marrying, I learned and became
fairly good at it. I cooked my children’s
breakfast before they headed to school
and I headed to work. And after work I
cooked a nice dinner, helped with
homework, started laundry and picked
up things all before going to bed.

Years after my divorce my son moved in
with his Dad, he was 12, wanted that Dad,
male bonding thing. At the same time
my daughter moved out on her own
(only to come back several times),
she was 18. I enjoyed it in some ways
and missed it in others. But one way
that I enjoyed the kids having moved
out was that I did not have to get up
and cook breakfast, I did not have to
cook dinner if I did not want to. Learning
to cook dinner for one was an adjustment
and just became easier not to worry with it.

When my grandson was 1 year old, my
daughter and Caleb moved in with me.
I told Amber that I did not cook much
anymore. After a week of living with me
she came to me and said “ Mom, you said
you did not cook much anymore, you did
not say that you did not cook at all anymore”!

Recently I have changed a lot of ways that
I eat. I started on fruits, veggies and
chicken. I have pretty much cut beef out
of my diet due to stomach issues and a
lot of what I eat is organic. So…that
required me cooking again! I cut starches
and sugar out of my diet also. This was
going really well until my surgery on my
hands a month ago and I could not cook
with stitches and bandages on both hands.
So I have to say that I have fell off that
wagon for the past month. I am working
on getting back on it but the Holidays
make that harder.

I tell you all this to make a point….I have
been cooking more for several months,
lots more. I have also tried a few different
things in my cooking adventures that I
wanted to share with you.

Roasted asparagus – not something that
I have ever made a habit to eat. But the
other night I cooked some fresh asparagus
and it was really good. I used a recipe from
Emeril Lagasse.

Ingredients
2 pounds asparagus, tough ends
trimmed, rinsed and patted dry
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large glass baking dish, toss the asparagus with the olive oil and garlic. Season lightly with salt and pepper, and toss. Bake until the asparagus are tender and lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes, depending upon the thickness of the stalks, stirring twice. Remove from the oven and toss with the lemon juice. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Monkey Bread – I cheated on this
one and made it really easy.
A small batch (in a small bunt cake pan)
2 cans of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls –
cut each roll in fours
Layer the pieces in the pan and then
I poured a bit of melted butter over
that, adding more cinnamon. (yummy).
Continue this until all pieces are used
from both cans. Bake according to the
directions on the cans. Be sure and not
over cook. Remove from pan and pour
the icing over the top of the bread.
This was a hit at work!

Pecan Crusted Tilapia –
Tilapia filets with one side coated with
honey mustard. Press that side into a cup
of finely chopped pecans. Bake at 400 for
about 15 mins.
Fast, simple and so easy. If I have to
cook I am all about easy and fast!

Thanks for stopping in,
Pam

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Trip into the Past - Bethlehem

Last Friday evening my grandson,
Caleb and I went back in time to
Bethlehem.We walked down
the streets of Bethlehem during
the time when everyone
was called together to be counted

for the census. We watched as vendors
try to sell us their wares, as kids

played in the streets and as people
danced and sang.





Dancing and singing

As we entered the city of Bethlehem
we had to sign our names in so
that we could be counted on the
census. And as we walked the streets
we viewed and passed Roman soldiers
with their sheilds and swords.



There were vendors making baskets,
selling fine linen, selling
herbs, selling bread and one
vendor's child was even stomping
grapes to sell wine. There were vendors
that looked richer then some and
poor children that played in the
streets. We viewed shephards
tending their animals. It was a
site to view.
basket weaver

Caleb and the linen lady




Shepard

After our journey through the streets
we entered the Bethlehem
Inn. We were greeted and taken
to our seats by servants. As
we settled in, we were served
our meal, men of course were
served first.

The room was lite only by the aid
of candles and we enjoyed
talking with our neighbors as
we ate our chicken, carrots,
datas, olives and grapes. We
were also able to sample the wine
that the vendor in the streets
had made. Our servant was
named Hannah.

Then our host and his family
entered the room. This would be
Eli, his wife and children. He
welcomed us to his inn and talked about
the long journey that most
of us had to take. He talked
about the census, Ceasar and
the Roman soldiers.

Then there was a knock upon
his door. He sent some of his
loyal servants to see what was
going on. When they returned
they told Eli about a man and a
woman that was looking
for a place to stay, they had
come for the census. They
were late arrivers due to the
fact that the woman was with
child.

Eli had no more room in the
Inn so he allowed them
to bunk in the stables (yes,
I know you know the story)!

Later on during our meal the
same loyal servants came
crashing into the room, yelling
that it was hugh, firey
and it had a tail. After calming
them down, Eli finally
got out of them that it was a
star, right above the
stables. It was hugh, firey
and it had a tail!
Eli mentioned that the tail
must be the finger of
God pointing down upon them.

Things seemed to settle down
once again when
there was another issue,
there were theives
around the stable. Eli
sent his people back out
to find out what was going on.

The servants arrived back
with two theives
with their hands tied
behind their backs.
Only upon questioning
these mean did Eli
learn about the shephards
(theives) and
how they came upon his
stable. How the angels
sang to them and how they
followed the star to
the stable to glaze upon the
baby that was born
in a manger, Baby Jesus.


After having all this explained
everyone in the
Inn got up and went
out to the stables so that
we too could look upon
Baby Jesus. What an awesome
site to behold.

I have taken this trip into
the past several times in
the last few years. The
birth of Jesus takes
place at Silver Springs
Baptist church in
Mt. Juliet, TN. You can
travel back within
the church to Bethlehem
5 times with a
given week. There is no
fee for this transport
it is given to anyone who
wishes to view it
by the church members
of church. This was
the first time for me to take
Caleb and I am
so glad I did, he so enjoyed it.

Thank you for stopping
in and remember
that Jesus is the reason
for the season.

Pam

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


Pic of niece when I gave her the birthday gift from me.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

True Story Tuesday - The Seat Belt

Many years ago a friend I was out running
around with a friend, Jill.
We were going shopping and then to
do lunch in her car.

Each time we got into the car to go
somewhere I noticed that the seat
belt was acting up a bit. It seemed
to be a bit hard to slip into the slot
and I was having to push on it really
hard. But when I went to release it
every thing seemed to be okay with it.

UNTIL…..when I got back in the car
on our very last stop I really had to
force the belt into the slot but before
I could make mention of it we started
talking and I forgot. When we arrived
to where my car was parked and I
pushed the button to release the belt,
I realized I was stuck.

The button would not push in far
enough to release the belt. I pushed,
she pushed, I pulled, she pulled…but
it would not work. So between gasp
of laughter from us both I suggested
that we go to her brother’s house to
have it cut off! She suggested loudly
that we were not cutting that belt, then
she rolled with laughter yet again. Oh
my gosh what to do.

Thank goodness that seats in cars today
will lean back almost to laying position!
I laid the seat back and started to wiggle
out of the belt over the back of the seat,
almost landing in the back seat. The funny
thing about it was that as I wiggled and
released another section of my body, the
seat belt would tighten up more and more.
When I out, thank goodness, the belt had
tightened up to the point that you could
not slid a body back into it. As far as I know
that belt never worked again.

Okay, stop laughing!

Pam

Monday, December 7, 2009

I Heart Faces - Sweet Dreams

I Heart Faces this week is titled Sweet Dreams.
Go by and check out all the pics.

http://iheartfaces.blogspot.com/











My grandson, when he was 11 days old. He is now 1 yr. old.



Pam

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


Daughters dog.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Hoping that you all had a great Thanksgiving.
I sure did. Family, laughs, good times and
great food.

Thanks to my brother, Ray and my sister in
law, Lori for having Thanksgiving at their
house which is big enough to hold us all and
we all can move around. Love you guys.
Everything was so nice. We all bring something
but thanks really goes out to them for what
they do and for allowing all to join in.

We had turkey, ham, dressing, two kinds
of sweet potatoes, creamed taters, and
cheese taters. Baked beans and green
beans, corn casserole and rolls. We
had sweets, and sweets and more
sweets!

We were able to visit with each other,
take family photo's and enjoy each
other.

My Thanksgiving was made even better
when my nephew, Chase asked me to
go with him after dark to downtown
Nashville to photograph. Chase has
recently gotten into photography and
he wanted to do night shots of buildings
and city shots. I was all to willing to
join him and honored that he asked
his FAVORITE aunt! Okay, that might
be a stretch but that is my story and
I will stick to it!!!

Chase came by and picked me up and
out we went camera's in hand. I did
not do that much shooting but I enjoyed
watching him. He is very talented and
I think he got some really great shots
to work with. Can't wait to see what
he turns out using an effect called
HDR. I was very impressed listening
to him tell me about the steps he
takes to get the finished product.
Thanks Chase, I really had a great time.

Now my day is slowing down and I
think I will curl up on the sofa with
my dog and chill out a bit.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Grandson's Surgery

Yesterday my grandson, Dustin Jr., aka DJ,
had surgery. He was born with a club
foot a year ago.

He did really well through the surgery
and was able to
go home in just a few hours.

Being the CAMERA person I am, not
only do I have
my professional camera, I always
have a point and shoot
in my purse. So here are some pics
of DJ after surgery.



my daughter Amber with DJ after surgery in the
holding room.


After he woke up....not sure about that cast on his leg

Looks like he is saying "this thing has to go"
Pretty big cast for a little guy.
Look at those eyes...still suffering from the
effects of being put to sleep (that just sounds
so wrong) and the pain meds.
Thanks for stopping in,
Pam




Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


wedding I shot a yr. ago.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hands and Stitches

Okay, so I had surgery on my hands, yes, both
of them 11 days ago. For those just reading about
this I had a cyst removed from my ring finger on
the left hand and a bone spur from the thumb
on the right hand.


I have not been limited much on typing (that is
my job) except for the first 4 or 5 days and it
was a hunt and peck sort of thing. After that I
can type, just not overdo it. The thumb is
still swollen but both are healing nicely.

My biggest issue is that I have to keep them
dry. So washing your hands is fun! I normally
wash the thumb and two fingers next to the
thumb on the left. Washing the right hand
is a bit better, I can hold the thumb out and
wash the whole hand. I have learned to work
with it.

The next problem with keeping them dry is...
showering and washing your hair. Yes folks,
I have showered and I do wash my hair..daily!
I have been wearing latex gloves with rubber
bands at the wrist to keep water from running
in. Not so bad except by the time the shower
is over, I am ripping the gloves off. You have
to have the rubber bands tight you see so I
get them off before the hands turn blue.
Shampooing is an issue, do you know how
hard it is wearing latex gloves to know if you
have gotten all the shampoo out of your hair??
I just stand there a bit longer to be sure it is
getting out cause I sure can't feel it.

Okay, out of the bathroom!

The next issue is cooking! I have bandaids on
the fingers but try cooking and not getting that
wet! So I take the bandaids off and then the
stitches really get wet, but I figure I can dry
them and the air helps.....but do you want
raw chicken around that area???

There are more issues that I have learned to
work around but I don't want to bore you so
I will add a few touches to this blog on this
subject and let it go. One issue is just
being limited on things you can do. There
is that fear of hitting or knocking them. Not
being able to limit over 5 lbs and not being
able to really use them for things like
painting, crafts or even stripping that
table I started on before surgery.

Last but not least, changing from park to
reverse or drive. My car's gear thingy is
between the seats (auto), but there is a
button on the side that you have to push
in before moving the gear stick. Its on my
right side of course, and there is the issue
of the swollen thumb! Okay so I turn my
hand and use my first three fingers to
do this now...course I wonder how many
times I try with the thumb before I feel
the pain??

Anyway, this is life in my eyes or should
I say with my hands.
Thanks for stopping in.

Pam

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Heart Faces - Autumn Beauty



Hello...this is my first time to be a part of I Heart Faces at
iheartfaces.blogspot.com
This shot is my niece, Holly. I had her out taking pics of
her this weekend and this is one shot that I just love.
Look at that face, laughter, smiles and fun.
Thanks for stopping in,
Pam

Thankful

Caleb...just last fall

Caleb and Nana (I) taken a couple
of years ago.

I am addicted to Facebook! I found it almost
a year ago and I have been a daily visitor since,
and I must add more then once a day ( I don't
even count it )....

I have reconnected with friends from school
(and I have been out a while), its a great way
of keeping up with family in other states and
just daily chit chat.

Last week there was a post (can't remember who
it started with) that asked you to post something
that you are thankful for from then till Thanksgiving.
I have posted that I am thankful for family, friends,
my job, and my health so far.

I was telling my sweet grandson, Caleb who is nine
about this and then I asked him what he was thankful
for. His reply, after just a second of thought was that
he was thankful for his great family! That reply made
his Nana happy, it was a sweet reply and he did not even
have to think about it.

Two days later when he came to stay the night with me
I asked him again what he was thankful for. Without
thought he replied that he was thankful for Sgt. Young.
This sparked my attention so I asked who that was.
Sgt. Young, a man my grandson has never met, is the
husband of Caleb's math teacher. Sgt. Young is a doctor
in the service and has just returned from over seas.

Now I know that the teacher talks to her students about
her husband and where he was because Caleb told me
a few weeks ago that she was not there that day cause
he was coming home. I think that is so neat that she shares
this experience with her kids. They now know that Sgt. Young
was at war, protecting them but he was also the doctor
to help with the injuryed. What touches me more is that
my nine year old grandson knows the importance of this and
he is thankful for Sgt. Young and the job he has done for
everyone.

They say things like "out of the mouths of babes", and I
consider this reply to me as being out of the mouth of a
very sweet, loving and kind hearted young boy. I am
blessed and very thankful for him in my life.

Thanks Caleb,
Love Nana

Thanks for stopping in,
Nana aka Pam

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ladybugs

As the weather outside is getting cooler here
in Nashville TN. the bugs are starting to
venture indoors. That ranges from spiders
(which I am deadly afraid of) to Ladybugs.

As I sit at my desk at work I find those
harmless little bugs all over the windows inside.
Now our windows are sealed tight (suppose to
be) but somehow these little bugs keep
finding their way in.

Today, I noticed I had rolled over one in my
floor....oops, didn't see you there.

With that a discussion got started here in the
office about the color. I always thought of them
being red with black spots. The ones that are here
in the office are orange/red with black spots.
So with that discussion of color I had to run to
my favorite source of info...the internet. Had I
had the internet in school I would have graduated
with the highest honors and been the smartest one
around. I read from it all the time.

Anyway, this is what I found out.
Did you know...
Not all ladybugs are really ladies (course not...don't
they need a male???)???
Ladybugs are also called Lady beetles or Ladybirds
All ladybugs are born black
There are over 5000 different kinds of
ladybugs worldwide
Ladybugs are a type of beetle
Ladybugs chew from side to side
Ladybugs make a chemical that smells
and tastes terrible so predators won’t eat them
It only takes the larvae, or baby ladybug,
about one week to grow into an adult
Ladybugs eat aphids
Ladybugs hibernate for the winter
Ladybugs are commonly known to be
red with black spots, but they can also
be found as orange with black spots
or black with red spots
The colour, pattern of markings, and
the number of spots on a ladybug
will help you identify what type of
ladybug it is (okay, time to start counting)
A ladybug beats its wings 85 times
a second when it flies (like a hummingbird..fast)
Ladybugs are cold blooded
If you squeeze a ladybug it will bite
you, but the bite won't hurt
The spots on a ladybug fade as the
ladybug gets older

Thought that info was rather fun and interesting.
And since I was at a loss for a blog today and
still recovering from finger surgery...it was an
easy blog.

Thanks for stopping in. Please leave a comment
so I will know you were here.

Pam

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stair Redo

Morning all,

This post is done in reply to a question
that Gail at My Repurposed Life had.




The stairs after the removal of the carpet. Your basic
building material grade wood...not much to work
with. And I really could not get into the expense of
putting finished tops on the stairs or ripping these
out and putting in all new.


First I primed and painted the rise in white. I did not
paint the over hang lip (for lack of knowing that it is
actually called ), instead I stained it. But being that
the stairs were not good grade wood or pretty enough
to redo I went with this wood looking product.
This is a product that I found at Lowes. It comes in
strips of about 4 inches wide and....oops, forgot the
actual lenght! Sorry.....But this stuff is easy to work
with, it is your basic peel and still flooring only in
strips. Cuts with sissors.


My issue was that my stairs did not meet together and
there was a gap there. So...the fix for that was corner
round, stained.




So there you have it...my finished product. I have had
a couple of pieces slip and had to re-glue them..so I
suggest getting the glue that you can apply to the back
of the floor product. It will prevent slipping of the
product that way.

Hope this helps Gail.
Pam






Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday







Tuesday, November 10, 2009

True Story Tuesday -Hand Surgery

I found myself at a loss for True Story Tuesday
this week and somewhat limited on being able
to type something up....so I decided to make that
my True Story Tuesday.

See last Friday I had hand surgery. Now leave it to
me to not be able to leave it at one hand but I had
to do both! Yep....I did.

On my left hand ring finger I had a small cyst up
from the joint. This had been here for years and
only became an issue when I hit it on something.

Now I can take pain very well but when I hit this
small thing on my finger, I actually would get sick
at my stomach. See picture below, not very big.

Like I said, it had been there for years and I would not
have done anything with it.....UNTIL.......


this thing popped up on my right thumb. It was a bit more
of an issue for one, it looked bad. For another it was starting
to bother me so I went to the doctor to see about them. Dummy
me thinking this was an office fix! NOT. It was going to require
surgery, out patient to remove these. Well, I figured I only wanted
to go in once so get them both at the same time. That seems
to be a pattern I follow (in 1998 I had a heel spur.....one on
each foot, had both removed at once).....yep, I only want to
go into surgery once!

This the thumb bandaged up after surgery. It turned out
to not be a cyst after all. It was a spur which required
some shaving and scraping to take care of it.


Sorry, pic is a bit dark. Can't have a woman on pain
meds operating a camera! This would be the finger.
I was wrapped up like a mummy and I had to wear
these until Monday afternoon, at which time I could
remove them.....and believe you me, I was ready for
them to come off! They stopped me from bumping them
on everything but I was so limited on what I could do.


The bandage was removed from the thumb....looks yucky huh?
Don't know if you can tell but it is pretty swollen here.


and the finger....this one seems to be the one bothering
me the most and I figured the thumb would be......
goes to show, you never know.
Okay, I have hunted and pecked to do this blog today and
I am calling it quits!
Later,
Pam






Thursday, November 5, 2009

Give Away

I so love a free product to try.

A few weeks ago I actually won a
Hazelaid necklace made out of Hazelwood
and I am wearing it now.

Lauren over at Green Peas Review
is having another give away. Her
blog is where I won the necklace.
Go check her out at
http://peasaregreenreviews.blogspot.com/2009/11/crunchy-clean-laundry-detergent.html

Today she is offering a give away from
Crunchy Clean Laundry Detergent.
http://crunchyclean.com/
Crunchy Clean is all natural and
environmental friendly detergent.
Worth looking into and giving it a try.
So go by the above sight and check them
out also. Sounds very interesting.

Thanks Lauren for getting these offers
together.

Pam

Just a Few Hints

The other day a woman at work made the comment
that her shoes squeaked. So I shared my fix that I
learned via the internet. Lifting up the in sole of your
shoe and sprinkling powder in them and replacing
the in sole. She tried it and it worked great. I posted
this fix last week....

But that conversation lead to another one.....

She proceeded to tell me that her nieces dog had
been laying on her jacket and it was covered with
hairs. She had been using a lint roller to remove them.
I then told her to put the jacket in the dryer on
air dry for about 10 minutes. That will remove those
dog hairs.

You can also do this with silk flowers or vines for
knocking off the dust. I usually put mine in a
pillow case and throw them in the dryer.

If the dust is more stubborn then throw a damp
rag in the pillow case also! Thanks Mom for
that tip.

Speaking on pillow cases:

Do you hate to dust off the ceiling fans? So dislike
it when you wipe them and all that dust up there
goes here and there? Take a pillow case and put it
over the blade like you would if you were slipping
a pillow in there. Gather it up on the open end and
slid it back off the blade...taking the dust with it.

Thanks for stopping in.
Pam

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wordless Wednesday- Daughters Dog


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

True Story Tuesday - Driving/Racing/Nephew



My nephew started his driving career
really early in life. Chase was just a
little tike when he decided to jump in
his Dad’s vehicle and back it out of
my Mom’s driveway. He could not
have been more then 3 years old or so.

We were all outside at Mom’s for some
reason when we looked up just in time
to see Ray’s vehicle rolling out of the
drive, you could barely see Chase’s head
bouncing up and down as it rolled down
and right across the street in to the ditch.
At the point that he hit the ditch, the
head disappeared as his body slid down
and out of the seat into the floor.

All was well, Chase was fine. It has been
a source of fun and laughter ever
since. Chase is now 26 years old.

But it really did not stop there with his
driving experience. When he was about
8 to maybe 10 years old when he took
his favorite Aunt Pam (that would be
me!!!) out for a go cart ride. My
mistake! We were having a fun time
in the lot next to my brother’s house
just riding around and laughing. Chase
wanted to take Aunt Pam for a ride,
so I hopped on. Now at this time I
was thinking this could not be a bad
thing, everything will be fine, NOT…..
Chase picked up speed, turned taking
a curve to head back the way we had
just come and I went flying. He
actually through me off the cart
right onto my butt (excuse me, my rear).

All was okay, I did not suffer from
my flying off the go cart experience
but it did make me think twice about
riding with him again.

If you are thinking this is the end of
this story, its not! When Chase was
14 years old my brother called me
and asked did I still have a stick shift
car. At that point I did not but my
daughter had one and she was just 17.
The reason for this out of the blue
strange question was that Chase needed
to learn how to drive one. Okay, like me
you are probably thinking why at 14 he
needed to learn to drive a stick….right?
Well get this, you can’t get your drivers
license until you are 16 but at 14 you
can drive a race car.

Yes, I said race car. Chase was going
to start driving race cars. Now before
I go on with that part of the story let
me first go over the part of me teaching
him to drive a stick. He pretty much
had the basic part down, he knew how
to shift since he had rode four wheelers
and motorcycles. So my part of
teaching was not that hard. But true
to Chase form, he had to scare the
crap out of me!

We are driving around the neighborhood
and he is practicing his shifting and
learning to use the clutch, brake, gas
pedal and stay on the road. With all
that done and things going well, he
heads down the main street that is a
straight through from one entrance
of the neighborhood to the other. It
has a couple of small hills and curves
and one stop sign. As we head down
this street Chase ask me when he will
be able to shift to 5th gear in which
my reply was that since we were in a
neighborhood that was not going to
happen. Now, he is a Montgomery
and we kind of have a mind set of our
own and don’t really like to be told
that we CAN’T do something.

The speed picked up, we topped a hill
and he say’s, want a bet? Okay, so I
was wrong, he was able to shift to 5th
gear, but not before I got my scare. As
he was shifting and operating the
clutch at a higher speed then he was
use to for a learning practice, he almost
looses control and I see the mailbox
headed for my side of the car! YIKES.

Chase was able to control it and all was
well, we did not even hit the mailbox.
But my heart was pounding and I
decided at the point, training was over
and he was ready for the track.

Chase went from racing go carts (he
knew how to take those curves with
or without me), to racing ARCA, BUSCH
and then Craftsman trucks. If any of
you ever followed racing my nephew is
Chase Montgomery. He took fourth
in overall points as a rookie in ARCA
in 2002. He also became the youngest
to ever win the pole in Daytona and he
also won first place in ARCA series in
Daytona. Later after leaving ARCA for
BUSCH he finished his rookie year in
10th position.

Through racing Chase was able to meet
many interesting people including Alice
Cooper when one year he raced with
Cooper’s name and picture on his car.
Cooper attended some of the races
and him and Chase have even gone
golfing together.

As his racing career moved on Chase
was signed by the late Bobby Hamilton.
I will never forget a comment he made
once when being taking to the hospital
in Texas after hitting the wall at the
track there. Apparently when the ER
doctor came in to see about him, the
doctor was not aware of the fact that
Chase raced cars, when asked what
happen Chase proceeded to tell the
doc that his boss ran him into the
wall. I am thinking at this time the
doctor was a bit confused until it all
came to light and he learned that
Chase was a race car driver. It seems
that while trying to pass at some
point, Bobby accidently pushed Chase
into the wall. Hey, it’s racing and it
happens.

Chase is no longer racing these days
but the desire to be on the track is
still there for him.
I was able to enjoy (actually walk a
whole in the ground) watching him
race at the old and new track here in
Nashville, in Memphis, at Bristol,
Lowes Motor Speedway and several
times in Daytona. I have viewed his
races from home, the stands and the
pits all the time remembering the
“driving experiences” that lead up to
his being out on those tracks. And
knowing all along, that I would never
have taken anything for being thrown
off the go cart or almost eating a
mailbox by him. Love you Chase.

Check out his website and read all
about this young man at
http://www.chasemontgomery.com/

Thanks for stopping in to read about
my nephew.
Pam