Country Music Legend Lynn Anderson was injured in a car accident while on the way to perform at the George Jones Tribute Concert. She's on the mend.....
Twas the night before Thanksgiving, (No this isn't turning into a poem!) And I'm sitting here, having completed my work week and preparing for a 4-day weekend. The only thing concrete on my agenda for the next four days is a trip to Charlottesville on Saturday for the UVA/VT Football game (yeah, I'm not sure why I even bother, either!)
The older I get, the more I appreciate memories and past experiences and Thanksgiving is certainly near the top of the list. My parents have both passed on and everyone is so busy, so Thanksgiving, pretty much, is just another day of the year... except for the memories! Growing up, I remember getting up early on Thanksgiving morning, helping my mama get the turkey ready to go in the oven, we'd have coffee, and then watch a little of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. While watching the parade we'd peel potatoes. We'd then leave the TV and go to finish our holiday meal. I was always in charge of making the Mashed Potatoes (I make some FANTASIC Mashed Taters!) while my mom prepared the stuffing, gravy, desserts and everything else. She was the ultimate multi-tasker. We'd sit and eat as a family before football, naps, and leftovers happened again.
When I got a little older, my sister, Ginger, that lives in Tennessee and her family would come and we'd, again, cook, eat, and spend time together, as a family. Those were very special memories! (Just don't let my niece, Connie, be in charge of the gravy...... we made that mistake one year!) Oh, I hope she doesn't read this! My sister began a tradition bringing Jones Sodas, they always would make a holiday collection of soda flavors.) So.... sometime in the middle of the afternoon, we'd try these crazy flavors like TURKEY AND GRAVY, SWEET POTATOES, PUMPKIN PIE, and the infamous BRUSSEL SPROUT flavored sodas. (The Brussel Sprout flavor is the only time I was forced to use the special bucket we kept close by, just in case......)
This Thanksgiving, I have SO much to be thankful for: a great family, friends, my health, my faith, my dream job, a new radio studio, my Little Brother Dalton (my best friend in this entire world).... the list could go on and on. But as I'll be turning 40 next year, I'm thankful for the memories of Thanksgivings past and the fact that my parents and family MADE those memories for me.
It's easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle, cooking, Black Friday preparations and even shopping on Thanksgiving... but, especially if you have children or grandchildren, take some time to enjoy their company, laugh a little, cry a little and make those memories. Those memories will mean so much more to them than any food or present they could ever get.
From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to wish each and every one a very Happy, Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving!
JMU has fired head football coach Mickey Matthews after 15 Seasons.....
Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was discharged from the hospital Friday morning.
Read the story HERE
The Rev Billy Graham has been hospitalized in Ashville, North Carolina....
Click HERE for the story!
Country Music Legend, Ronnie Milsap, will be releasing a new CD on January 28. The album will be titled, "Summer Number Seventeen."
See The Album Cover and get more details HERE
George Strait announced that his final concert will be held June 7, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX (The home of the Dallas Cowboys).
A "Who's Who" of Country greats will be performing that night and Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel will be Opening the show.