Thursday, February 23, 2023

Joe Todd Says "Let's Get Speedy" Life in the holler At My Quality Time Blog

Joe Todd Says "Let's Get Speedy"

Today's Quotes

To be happy--one must find one's bliss”
“We are not put on this earth to see through one another. We are put on this earth to see one another through.”
"You must always have great, secret, big fat hopes for yourself in love and in life. The bigger, the better."
"I do take very good care of myself, and I'm always in love. And by that I mean I have an appetite for life. I'm in love with beauty and things and people and love and being in love, and those things I think, on the inside, show on the outside."
"There's a saying I read recently; I painted it on the fireplace and in my studio: 'Be kind to everyone you meet, for everyone is fighting a great battle.' We all are. Everyone."
“I've always believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success.”
― Gloria Vanderbilt

Life in the holler...Little Winters...After the January thaw we are always looking forward to Spring. But here in the country Spring likes to play all kinds of tricks on us. We have what Appalachian folklore calls Little Winters. There is all kinds of good stories, legends, & myths in our folklore about these Little Winters. Along about the last of Feb. or early March we get use to a warm snap. Everything is wanting to bloom, makes us want to put away our winter clothes & Spring hits us with a frost, cold morning mist, & breezes that nips at us. Old timers, like me, knew this was coming & what to look forward too. Every change in the weather & surroundings had a name. Generally on & about a two week period there are some changes, but occasionally they get repeated.
The first Little Winter that comes along is Redbud winter. Mid march to the first of April. Periods of warm spells but still frosty mornings. Redbud trees starting to bloom, pink & red showing everywhere. Daffodils popping up all over. Also known as Apple Blossom winter because the apple trees start showing leaves & hint of blooms. Time to make Redbud jelly. Next comes Locust winter. Early to mid April. Orchards are full in bloom. Peach, pear, cherry, & plum. The locust trees are leaving out & starting to bloom. Warm days, cold nights. Time to plant them taters. Winter number three is Dogwood winter. Mid to late April to first of May. Also known as the Easter Squaw. Dogwood trees blooming, honey bees everywhere. Reminds us of the legend of the Dogwood tree. Still can have a frosty morn. Cold weather plants can be put out, cabbage, onions. Corn has been planted. Next we have Blackberry winter. Early May to mid May. Blackberry bushes blooming telling you that by July when the June bugs are flying you'll be eating blackberry cobbler. Still the threat of frost. Last we have Cotton Britches winter. Also known as Long Britches or Linsey Woolsey Britches winter. Because you are going to have need of them linen wool long johns to sleep in one more cold snap. After all of that if you hear a lonesome whippoorwill back in the holler before the summer solstice best save a log for the fire. It's Whippoorwill winter. Also known as Stump winter because you've burned up all your cut wood & there is nothing left to burn but the stump.
By now it's mid May the holler is green, squirrel nest are no longer setting on bare limbs easy prey for the hawk. There are wasp in the outhouse, hens are lying good again. Plant them matters. Enjoy the warm mornings setting on the porch sipping coffee talk'n to Jesus. Don't just call it Spring, our heritage is too full for that...Hidd'n in the holler...Lame Turtle.

Have A Great Day... Joe Todd

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

A Good Day For Jokes At My Quality Time Blog


A Good Day For Jokes

Life In The U.S.A.::: One evening a husband, thinking he was being funny, said to his wife, 'Perhaps we should start washing your clothes in 'Slim Fast'. Maybe it would take a few inches off of your butt!' His wife was not amused, and decided that she simply couldn't let such a comment go unrewarded.The next morning the husband took a pair of underwear out of his drawer. 'What the heck is this?' he said to himself as a little 'dust' cloud appeared when he shook them out .'Cathy', he hollered into the bathroom, 'Why did you put talcum powder in my underwear?' She replied with a snicker. 'It's not talcum powder; it's 'Miracle Grow'!

A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly the man realized that the next day he would need his wife to wake him a 5:00 A.M. for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5 A.M.” He left it where he knew she would find it. The next morning the man woke up only to discover that it was 9:00 A.M. and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go see why his wife hadn’t waken him when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, “It 5:00 A.M. Wake up.”

Have A Great day... Joe Todd

A Good Day For Jokes At My Quality Time Blog

A Good Day For Jokes At My Quality Time Blog

A Good Day For Jokes At My Quality Time Blog

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

A monk decides to meditate alone.


"A monk decides to meditate alone. Away from his monastery, he takes a boat and goes to the middle of the lake, closes his eyes and begins to meditate.
After a few hours of unperturbed silence, he suddenly feels the blow of another boat hitting his.
With his eyes still closed, he feels his anger rising and, when he opens his eyes, he is ready to shout at the boatman who dared to disturb his meditation.
But when he opened his eyes, he saw that it was an empty boat, not tied up, floating in the middle of the lake…
At that moment, the monk achieves self-realization and understands that anger is within him; it simply needs to hit an external object to provoke it.
After that, whenever he meets someone who irritates or provokes his anger, he remembers: “The other person is just an empty boat. Anger is inside me.“
~Thich Nhat Hanh

Have A Great day...

Monday, January 30, 2023

Billy Graham for a chauffeur


Before he died, Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his plane arrived there was a limousine waiting to transport him to his home. As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver .
"You know," he said, "I am 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove it for a while?"
The driver said, "No problem. Be my guest!" Billy gets into the driver's seat and they head off down the highway. A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap.
The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone. The trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo and he got out of his patrol car to begin the procedure.
The young trooper walked up to the driver's door and when the glass was rolled down, he was surprised to see who was driving.
He immediately excused himself and went back to his car and called his supervisor. He told the supervisor, "I know we are supposed to enforce the law, but I also know that important people are given certain courtesies. I need to know what I should do because I have stopped a very important person."
The supervisor asked, "Is it the governor?" The young trooper said, "No, he's more important than that." The supervisor said, "Oh, so it's the president." The young trooper said, "No, he's even more important than that."
The supervisor finally asked, "Well then, who is it?"
The young trooper said, "I think it's Jesus, because he's got Billy Graham for a chauffeur!"

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023



Today's Quotes...  “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
“Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt


Canada Time.... From the "Sudbury Then and Now" page.
Dan and Betty Brown. Betty and Dan Brown return from the trap line, Lake Penage/Panache (March 1948)
Source: “Fur - The Trade That Put Upper Canada on the Map” by Ralph Bice
I had the chance to meet the Browns many years ago.

These photos are from the 30's. I had the chance to spend a few afternoons with the Browns in the 60's.. So many stories...
What a blessing...

This camp was just a few miles from the Brown's Camp.. Great memories.... Have A Great Day... Joe Todd...

Joe Todd at Lake Penage in 60's

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Monday, December 05, 2022

“Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.” #Wisdom #Jokes & #Travel At My Quality Time Blog... Mingus Mill Great Smoky Mountains


Today's Quotes::: 

"Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory conforms to what we think we remember."
“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.”
"We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not."
“You have to pick the places you don't walk away from.”
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live."
― Joan Didion
#Wisdom #Jokes & #Travel At My Quality Time Blog...

#Wisdom #Jokes & #Travel At My Quality Time Blog...

Have A Great day.......
Joe Todd