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James H. Gray

James H. Gray started his own town Graysville, Virginia. He was born 1807 in Augusta, Virginia. He married Rhoda Ella Wilson, and she was born in 1809. The family sets out to find a perfect place for them to settle and raise a family. The area in Floyd County, Virginia was perfect for them. James had a wonderful area by a creek. The creek would be one that our family would return to generation after generation. My Aunts and Uncles use to go swimming in the creek where James use to take buckets of dirt out of the creek to make his own bricks. All the years my family went swimming in the creek they never knew it was where some of our ancestors played there too. My Grandfather knew it was a special place, but he did not know why.

After James and his family find the place they want to call home they start to build their home with hand made bricks. They were the first family to build a two story brick home in the area. James would also go on to build a mill. The mill was the gathering place for the town. James and his family milled wheat, corn, and oats. They also were furniture makers as well as coffins. 

One of my favorite stories is after they established their inn they had a pregnant woman visit the Inn. She was a runaway slave. Her name was Mary. James and the family let her stay at the Inn, and she gave birth there. Mary had a little girl she named Hazel. James and the family  had Mary live in the house with the family and hired her as a servant. Hazel grew up with the rest of the children.

My Great grandfather would end up naming his daughter after Hazel.

James and Rhoda had my great, great, grandfather Osburn Wilson Gray born in 1833.

Lou Lou

My daughter had the ugliest doll named Lou Lou. I am not sure where she came up with the name, but she loved the doll and the name. The doll had no hair and the thing frightened me. I am not sure what it was about the doll, but it seemed supernatural. My daughter wanted to take that thing with her everywhere too. We took it with us, everywhere.

She gave Lou Lou a bath one too many times and water was stuck inside the head of Lou Lou. I tried to dry her out in the sun, and everything else, but she was starting to smell funny. I had to come up with a plan to find a new home for Lou Lou.

The three of us went to the little drug store by our house. We purchased a new doll while we were at the  drug store. My daughter was not very happy about the doll, but I really tried to sell the doll to her. She was still stuck on Lou Lou. When we left the drug store I “accidentally” left Lou Lou in the cart. We went back home, and the discovery was made that Lou Lou was gone. I went back the next day to see if we could find Lou Lou, and there was in the cart. No one would take that thing.

Things had gotten serious. I had to replace Lou Lou. I ordered an American Girl baby doll. It came via UPS, so I had to take it out of the box, get rid of the box, and hide the doll downstairs for my next plan.

This part sounds horrible, but it is true. I took a baby aspirin and smashed it. I told my kids that it was fairy dust, and the youngest in the family got one wish. My daughter wished Lou Lou would get better. I told her that we could use the fairy dust in the washer so that Lou Lou would have a new life.

We all stuck Lou Lou in the washer, and the fairy dust. I pretended to hear something downstairs, and I had to check on the banging noise. I took Lou Lou out of the washer. Got rid of all the material that the new doll came with and hid it. I called for the kids to come take a look. I took the doll out of the washer and pretended that Lou Lou had changed. My daughter loved this doll. I said “Lou Lou is cured”. She told me “No, since she looks better I am going to name her Mianna.”  WOW! I have never heard the name Mianna, but I love it. I loved it more that she was so happy.

President (If I Were Running)

If you are like me you are sick of all the political bull. I have thought about the issues, and if I were running for President here is where I would stand on the issues.

Legalize Hemp Have you read the research? Hemp can be used is so many applications. It has been found to help the tensile strength for roadways and bridges. It is sustainable, and be used for cloth, paper, and the list is endless. Hemp was used at the beginning of the developing of our country. President Washington and many of the other pillars of our nation grew it, and more importantly used it. Dow chemical was one of the leaders to make it illegal to grow hemp. Come on Dow…we need to strengthen our infrastructure. If Dow can do so much with plastic think about all that they could do with Hemp these days.

Ramifications…since city dwellers could grow hemp that be utilized for commodities that are not for human consumption many people could grow it. We could have various grades of Hemp. Since the city versions of the product would have traces of mercury, and other metals we could utilize those plants for building roads, bridges, and buildings. Having all these extra plants growing in the city will also clean the air. We could also use the seeds of the Hemp to power cars. There is an endless array of ways we could utilize it and strengthen our economy, infrastructure, and boost the moral of our country. Having contributors from all walks of life participating in making America stronger, building her up to where we should be!

Bamboo is another crop that could be grown just about anywhere, and it is known to not only clean the air but the water as well. The bamboo can be utilized like hemp. It is strong, and is a sustainable resource. If the area is clean where the bamboo is grown the bamboo can be made into clothing items. If the area is in the city we can use that bamboo for fences, hardwood floors, and other building materials.

Taxes We have one flat tax. Everyone pays a percentage 10% to the Federal Government, and 5% to your state. The Federal Government will have to learn how to utilize the money that they have. States will have to also hire an accountant that knows how to count. Any entity that is sponsored by the government has to show how they spend their money. Schools, Public Works,  etc.

People that flee the country because they don’t want to pay the tax should have be taxed extra for leaving the country especially if they started their corporation in United States.

Immigration If you come to United States you must apply to stay for x amount of time or apply to become a citizen. Every other country has laws for people to become citizens and so do we. Apply for a Visa or citizenship. There are many stories of sucess from people that have worked hard to get where they are. People should work, and not get hand outs for coming into our country illegally.

Welfare No-one should make more money with welfare than working. Our system is broken, when people would rather be on welfare than work. Welfare would be on a limited bases. Only people with real disabilities would be allowed to receive welfare for a prolonged period. People would also have to work doing something. If on welfare and your child attends a public school then you would have to volunteer for the school doing something. Paperwork, stuffing folders, etc.

Audit what the people are spending their welfare on, and do drug screening. If they can afford tattoos, drugs, and sweets then they are obviously getting too much money.

Passion…people have dreams. Even if people are on welfare there is a dream in their heart. Once more people are doing something for the money that they are given the people might want to get back to pursuing their dream instead of collecting a hand out from the government.

Other Countries So much of our tax payer money goes for helping other countries. We are in debt! We have no money to help fund ANY other county. We need to worry about the people in our own county. Lets help each other. There are tribes of Native Americans living in conditions that are worse than a third world country. That is unacceptable, we need to help our own people help themselves! There are pockets of our country that are suffering. Where are all the celebrities to help our own people? Is it because they get more attention to help Africa?

Marriage Everyone should be able to marry whomever they want. I get it that some people don’t like to witness public display of affection. Honestly, I don’t care if they are straight or gay. If people are not attractive it is hard to be a witness to it. People should be allowed to do what they want in the privacy of their own home. Except hurt children.

Guns  If a person has not committed a violent crime they should be allowed to own a gun. Yes, people have been shot by accident. People have been run over by cars. Accidents have happened in the bathtub. Do we get rid of anything that could cause an accident? No! People need to take classes to learn how to be a responsible owner of a weapon.

Health Care Nothing is free. Someone has to pay for “free”. People that wants Universal health coverage from the government have to pay for it. Heath Care is expensive, for those that don’t have health coverage and want the government to provide it they will pay an additional 2% of their income to get it.

If a person is on welfare or very low income they can grow hemp and for “fair trade” value they would be allotted so much for their trade.

Charity Helping fellow countrymen will not only help your taxes. If a person gives 2% of their  income to charity they will save it from their taxes. Since 2% could be a lot of money from the very wealthy % would have to be divided over 100K. The tax break would only be good for helping our own fellow countrymen. If a person wants to help another country or entity in another country it would be a because of their own generosity.

Religion Religion and state should always be separate. We don’t want to go back in time. We have learned what happens when one religion becomes the dominate religion. Our country was founded on freedom of religion. People should be allowed to worship whomever or whatever they believe in as long as it does not bring any harm to others.

Prison If you are a criminal you will have to pay to go to jail. For everyday in prison it will cost you money. Prisoners must work!!! They have to grow their own food, and harvest it. They will keep livestock that they care for and sell. This may also become something that a prison loves to do, and thus job training. If a person is good at some kind of craft they can work in one area like the cafeteria then save the money to the prison bank, and then use the money for their passion in jail. Like sewing machine to learn furniture or car upholstery.

Murder or Child Abuse; If any person murders someone they will be put to death themselves. If not the death penalty and there is DNA evidence of said murder they will get no appeal on the tax payers dime. Said person will live in a tiny cell with no tv, no internet, and bland food. They will also be sterilized so they will not be able to have any more children to bring into the world.

Child Abuse, anyone that commits a sexual act of any kind will be sterilized, and or castrated. If abusing a child the child will be taken out of custody. The child will be given up for adoption to a loving family that wants to have a child!

Education If one receives a free education that person will have to intern at a job one believes will be their passion. If after the one year of internship they want to go to college they will have some experience in the field before studying said field. If the person wants to change their major they go back to giving one year of internship.

War We need to figure out what is worth going to war for these days. We become more self reliant on our energy, and have everyone that is a super power invest in world order. We should  not have to send our children to war for other countries. Many countries want us involved when it is convieient for them, but don’t want us there for other reasons. We went to war to Iraq and took down Saddam, when he was committing genocide to his own people. Now, are we obligated to do the same for other countries? Why is it okay to help one country and not another country? Where do we draw the line?

The golden rule is best…treat others the way you want to be treated! Everyone needs to stop being so hateful to each other. Our politicians are able to collect healthcare, pension, and secret service. Our offices used to be volunteer based. Politicians should have to find a real job, just like the rest of us. We don’t get to work for 4 years and continue to collect. This is white collar welfare. The politicians really need to work together to get their work done. I am sick of reading about how little our politicians get done.

Language Apps

Flashcards For Kids Although this one is for children it is fun and gives the option of mixing it up as you get better.

Gengo Cards So many variations, and one can use it as flashcards or game.

Lonely Planet Many different languages, and tools allow a person communicate with someone if one wishes to communicate person to person.

Busuu Not really crazy about it since there are so many upgrades that nickel and dime a person. 1 star.

Mind Snacks Cute and fun, but again with the upgrades. Maybe 1 1/2 stars.

Word Race Flash cards that are timed and the game is part of game center.

Words it This is words that are scrabbled, and one must unscramble the words. This is one of my favorite!

Linguatrivia Options are available for easy, fair and intense. It give a question in the language and one must answer it in the language correctly.

ispeak Italian I used to like this one until I found itranslate This app has several languages, and speak the words and it will say it and you can read it. LOVE< LOVE LOVE

Meadow Gist

Welcome to another week of Museum Monday. These are pieces that I have in my collection. Every week bringing an awareness to the many different artists out there in the world. There are so many, with a variety of specialties.

Several years ago Meadow was one artist that became an obsession. Her work goes beyond just painting, but she also makes the costumes that are used in her paintings. I am the proud owner of many of her paintings. The detail of this painting is of the harp player. It hangs in my living room. All the paintings that are in my home are period pieces Meadow painted of the Revolutionary period of United States. I just love the authentic look of the characters in her art. She knows how to capture the people, and place them in an intimate moment. The viewer feels like they have just walked in on a moment that was a private one. The fabrics and colors of the materials that are used are so spot on with the depiction. The dress of the harp player looks soft and has so much volume. The gentleman cotton looks like it has been line dried. Soft after wearing, and just a little stiff when donning the shirt. The light coming in through the window is diffused just enough to cast an aura around the harp player. Love your work Meadow!

Redneck Royalty

Many years ago I was researching my Adkins roots. My Snodgrass line meets with Adkins line. I believe all the lines are important. All of your ancestors have contributed DNA, and make you who you are. Not just one line or another. You can’t just pick and chose all the blended characteristics and histories are now ours. It is our job to share with others, connect the dots, try to find out all we can.

So, My America Adkins born in 1857 in what was then Virginia. He parents were Luke G. Adkins (1830-1919)

 

 

and Elizabeth Lovejoy (1837-1854). America marries John Snodgrass in 1882. The two of them go on to have 8 children. My great grandmother was Minerva. She and her sister Mary will marry the Fizer brothers.

What about the Redneck Royalty? Ok, ok, I am getting to it! Keep your pants on for a minute.

Mary Adkins was “involved with Jacob Harley”….

Mary’s death is calculated between 1814-20 in Cabell Co.She is buried in an unmarked grave on Beech Fork at the mouth of Bowen’s Creek. She settled in land that was granted to her oldest son David for his service in the Revolutionary war. David himself settled in what is today Lawrence Co. Kentucky on land that he also had been granted for his Revolutionary service.

Jacob Harley, born the Earl of Oxford abt 1730 England. Son of the third English/Brit Earl of Oxford came to America as a Tax Collector and met Mary Adkins, and by common law marriage (significant other), lived with her and was the parent of several children Mary Adkins d/o William V and Elizabeth Parker Adkins SR. in Virginia. Mary was born 12 OCT 1735 – Richland, Goochland, Virginia died: 1820 Cabell, Virginia – Beech Hill, Mason, West Virginia and buried in an unmarked grave on Beech Fork – Mouth of Bowen’s Creek.

When trouble between the Colonies and England began, Jacob returned to England without his family. At his death he left a large sum of money to his son Jacob, but he refused to go to England to claim his fortune. Instead, in 1779, he, along with his mother, brothers and sisters crossed the Allegheny Mountains and later, settled in the Beech Fork section of what is now Wayne County, West Virginia.

Reference: Grace Gregory’s” Book of Remembrance” Records that Jacob was a descendant of the third Earl of Oxford.

Jacob Harley (known as the “Earl of Oxford“), the son of the third Earl of

Oxford, a Royalist.

The debate between the Adkins family is not only about Jacob (if that was his name), but also the Parkers may have been linked to Native Americans. I will have to do more research before I post it.

Pistachio Tree

A photo of our Pistachio tree. How do you open them?

Photo Fun Apps

Art Camera This allows to utilize many variations in the outcome of your photos.

Effects This one allow to change colors and even allow the user to adjust the % of color.

Card Shop This one allows the user to make post cards and email. Make little stamps too.

eCard Express Make your own cards utilizing your own photos. Frames are available, and ideas for the events.

PhotoStudio This one is uncomplicated and straight to what I wanted from an app. I take a photo, and it allows me to transform the photos into many options.

Instagram So much fun. It has limits with the variation, but the bonus is sharing your photos that were changed with your friends.

Cards This is one that I love! Take a photo and fit it in the category and send it as a real card to a real address. No stamp! It will all just be billed to your iTunes. Yeah!!!

iphoto This allow you to make some changes and then share the changes via twitter, Facebook, etc.

Tanya Amberson

Dogs, I just love them. Tanya paints some of the greatest dog paintings, and I was drawn to her dog paintings. Not every artist has a talent for painting all things. There are times when I choose an artist for a specific genera that I especially like for them to paint for me.

I commissioned Tanya do paint many dog paintings for me. In fact one year I ask her to paint several of my family members a dog painting. The one below is one of two that I have of Greyhounds frolicking in the yard. I just love the way old master painters depicted greyhounds with tassels around their neck, so Tanya included that in the painting.

She really seems to capture the essence of the dogs. Not every artist captures the essence of an animal. Tanya seems to get into the soul of the animal and shares it in her paintings. 

Sunday School 9

Greeting: Greet each child as they come in the door. Make sure they have nametags, and the parent has signed them on the sheet.

Opening:   Sign of the Cross, Our Father Prayer

Development: ART

Scripture: God satisfies the thirst and the hungers are filled with good things to eat. (Cf. Ps 107:9)

Saint: Benedict He came from a noble family, but wanted to be closer to Christ. He left his family and went to a cave to pray. It is said that sometimes a raven brought him food so he would be able to sustain himself in the cave.

Men began flocking to Benedict. Soon he built a monastery, and over one hundred and fourty men were living with him. They were busy everyday praying, clearing the land, planting crops, and feeding the hungry

Benedict and his monks built a large monetary on Monte Cassino, on the top of that mountain.  It became the home of thousands of monks. Later they went out to convert the world. For centuries they were the teachers of Europe. They were called the Benedictines.

Story: The food that never ran out (pg. 185 in Children’s bible stories)

Activity: Tasting various kinds of food, sweet, sour, salty, or making rice krispy treats with rice krispys, marshmallow fluff, and margarine. Make the rice krispys into shapes of hearts or cross.

 

Song:

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

3 Verse Short Version – 3 Verse Long Version

1. He´s got the whole world in His hands,

|: He´s got the whole world in His hands, 

He´s got the whole world in His hands.

2. He´s got the wind and the rain in His hands,

|: He´s got the wind and the rain in His hands, 

He´s got the whole world in His hands.

3. He´s got the the tiny little baby in His hands,

|: He´s got the the tiny little baby in His hands, 

He´s got the whole world in His hands.

4. He´s got you and me, brother, in His hands,

|: He´s got you and me, brother, in His hands, 

He´s got the whole world in His hands.

5. He’s got everybody here in His hands.

|: He’s got everybody here in His hands. 

He’s got the whole world in His hands.

1. He´s got the whole world in His hands,

|: He´s got the whole world in His hands, 

He´s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the earth and sky in his hands;

He’s got the night and day in his hands;

He’s got the sun and moon in his hands;

He´s got the whole world in His hands.

2. He´s got the whole world in His hands,

|: He´s got the whole world in His hands, 

He´s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the land and sea in his hands;

He’s got the wind and rain in his hands;

He’s got the spring and fall in his hands;

He´s got the whole world in His hands.

3. He´s got the whole world in His hands,

|: He´s got the whole world in His hands, 

He´s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the young and old in his hands;

He’s got the rich and poor in his hands;

Yes, he’s got ev’ry one in his hands;

He´s got the whole world in His hands.

He´s got the whole world in His hands,

|: He´s got the whole world in His hands, 

He´s got the whole world in His hands.

If I Had A Hammer

Words and music by L. Hays and P. Seeger

If I had a hammer

I’d hammer in the morning

I’d hammer in the evening … all over this land,

I’d hammer out danger

I’d hammer out a warning

I’d hammer out love between all of my brothers and my sisters

All over this land.

If I had a bell

I’d ring it in the morning

I’d ring it in the evening … all over this land,

I’d ring out danger

I’d ring out a warning

I’d ring out love between all of my brothers and my sisters

All over this land.

If I had a song

I’d sing it in the morning

I’d sing it in the evening … all over this world,

I’d sing out danger

I’d sing out a warning

I’d sing out love between all of my brothers and my sisters

All over this land.

If I’ve got a hammer

And I’ve got a bell

And I’ve got a song to sing … all over this land,

It’s a hammer of justice

It’s a bell of freedom

It’s a song about love between all of my brothers and my sisters

All over this land.

Its a Small World

Written by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

It’s a world of laughter

A world of tears

It’s a world of hopes

And a world of fears

There’s so much that we share

That it’s time we’re aware

It’s a small world after all

There is just one moon

And one golden sun

And a smile means

Friendship to ev’ryone

Though the mountains divide

And the oceans are wide

It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all

It’s a small, small world

Head Shoulders knees and toes knees and toes. 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (we sang it in Italian)

Testa, spalle, ginocchi, piedi.
Ginocchi, piedi.
Testa, spalle, ginocchi, piedi.
Ginocchi piedi.
Occhi, orecchia, bocca, nasino.
Testa, spalle, ginocchi, piedi.
Ginocchi. piedi.

Hokey Pokey  (In Italian)

Metti il piede destro indentro

Metti il piede destro in fuori
Metti il piede destro indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti il piede sinistro indentro
Metti il piede sinistro in fuori
Metti il piede sinistro indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti la mano destra indentro
Metti la mano destra in fuori
Metti la mano destra indentro
E la agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti la mano sinistra indentro
Metti la mano sinistra in fuori
Metti la mano sinistra indentro
E la agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti il tuo fianco destro indentro
Metti il tuo fianco destro in fuori
Metti il tuo fianco destro indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti il tuo fianco sinistro indentro
Metti il tuo fianco sinistro in fuori
Metti il tuo fianco sinistro indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti il naso indentro
Metti il naso in fuori
Metti il naso indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti il sedere indentro
Metti il sedere in fuori
Metti il sedere indentro
E lo agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Metti la testa indentro
Metti la testa in fuori
Metti la testa indentro
E la agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Ti metti tutto indentro
Ti metti tutto in fuori
Ti metti tutto indentro
E ti agiti tutto attorno
Fai l’Hokey-Pokey
E ti giri tutto intorno
Questo è tutto ciò che c’è da sapere!

Jesus Loves Me (Sign Language)

Exercise: Head, shoulders, knees, and toes. (Foreign languages optional)

Prayer: Have the children repeat after you…

Do all the good that you can (r.)

In all the ways that you can (r.)

In all the places that you can (r.)

At all the times that you can (r.)

To all the people that you can (r.)

As long as ever that you can (r.) Amen

Bible Verse: 

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

Blessing: May God bless you as you enjoy using all your sense to discover and learn about God’s wonderful world.

Dismissal: Please remember to gather all the belongings of the children together, and make sure the parent signs out the child.