Ready or not, Christmas is here. I'm one who isn't ready yet and probably won't be 'till a week after New Years. Seems like the holidays come and go so fast that by the time I'm ready for it, it's time to take everything down and pack it up till next year. My husband says I have too much stuff, but each little momento is special and I enjoy getting it all out every year.
If you think Walmarts are interesting during 'normal' daytime hours, you ain't seen nothing until you've been to Walmart after midnight.
My husband and I worked at Walmart for about two years when the first store opened in 1983, which is where we met. Some 24 years later, I went back to work at Walmart for three years, working overnight.
Thanksgiving has always been special for me. My parents came from big families, but in spite of the numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, we were and still are very close. A lot of families don't get together much, if at all anymore and barely know their extended families.
Growing up, we didn't need a holiday or special occasion to get together. Every Sunday after lunch, we piled into the car or truck and went to Mama Parker and Granny Stapp's house to visit. After my grandmothers passed on, some wondered whether we'd still to get together ...
Hold on before you start rolling your eyes and moaning, 'Oh no, she's talking about the Dawgs again,' don't worry, I'm not. After last week's game against the Florida Gators, I'm speechless and that don't happen very often for me. My husband says I even talk in my sleep, but I countered that's better than snoring, right?
I bet you were secretly hoping I was through talking about the Georgia Bulldawgs, right? Well friends, you're just gonna have to endure my ranting for a little longer. Things have gotten fired up in Athens, and we've got a little something worth bragging about now and things are starting to get really interesting.
I told ya it was gonna happen and it did. But I ain't talking about the Bulldogs losing to Colorado last Saturday. I knew they still had some fight left in them and fight they did, even maintaining a 3 point lead throughout part of the game until late in the fourth quarter. I will probably be one of the last fans standing, a sucker for the underdog, rooting my beloved Dawgs on no matter how ugly it gets.
You've probably figured out by now that I love animals of all kinds, except snakes. I could talk about my little dogs all the time but I want to shift gears a little and talk about a different kind of dog, the Georgia Bulldogs. After all, it is that time of year and with football, there's always plenty to talk about. It doesn't matter where you go - restaurants, grocery store, school, work, post office and even church - everybody's talking about their beloved Dawgs.
Don't worry, I ain't gonna say nothing bad about the Dawgs ...
How many of you picked up the Wednesday Covington News and read the local business report? While I was saddened to learn that Popeye's has closed its Covington location, I started recalling other restaurants and businesses that have come and gone to Newton County. It brought back quite a few memories of fine businesses that served our community as well as surrounding areas.
Before you settle in with your coffee, you might ought to run grab your hankies before reading any further, cause this column is gonna be a real tear-jerker. I like making people laugh, but sometimes you need to let go and get things out even if people think you may need to be committed. Sometimes you don't even have to do anything for people to draw that conclusion.
Well, the unthinkable has happened and I am as puzzled as anyone as to how this happened. Deadline is fast approaching and I am facing a blank template waiting to be filled with something worthy of printing. Yes, you read right, I am at a loss for words if you can imagine that.