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Last week Rolling Stone Magazine released one of their perennial lists, but instead of a "Greatest" list this time it was the 40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time. And they really mean of All Time.  The list includes everything from Lee Brice's relatively recent "I Drive Your Truck" to the old Honky-Tonk crooner Faron Young and his song "Hello Walls." It even includes some gems that I hadn't heard in a long long time like Pirates of the Missippi's "Feed Jake."  Rolling Stone describes the list as saying 'Like no other musical genre, country stories of loss and heartbreak turn the old "tear in my beer" cliché into a sad, salty reality.'  Well said Rolling Stone. 
But of course like any list you want to know what topped it.  What do they think is the Saddest Country Song of All Time? A song that contains the lyrics "she hides the bruises with linen and lace"  Martina McBride's "Concrete Angel" 
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The whole time I was growing up, my mother was a nomad.  She moved us ALL the time!  If she thought there was something better for us somewhere else, we moved there.  She never seemed to be afraid of change.  Then we all moved in together.
During the 10 years we lived together she fought cancer twice and won!  Those fights cost her so much though.  She lost her strength and she lost her ability to accept change.  It terrified her, I think.  Mike and I have been trying to talk her into downsizing for the past couple of years but she would have none of it.  Finally, my brother and I went to Alamogordo to look at houses for her.  She loves the high desert and Mike and I will eventually be retiring to our place in New Mexico so Alamogordo made sense.  We found a lovely little house with a view of the mountains that we thought would be perfect for her.  Three weeks later she was all moved in!  She overcame her fears and took a leap of faith.
I visited her again this weekend and I must say she is blooming!  She has a lovely relationship with the retired Air Force gentleman next door who plays guitar and sings in a group with friends.  He has restored a Model “A” Ford and she rides with him in parades.  She goes out several evenings a week and they do lots of things together.  She is happy.  She is glowing.  She is stronger.  The change she resisted for so long has changed her and it is inspiring.
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The Peterson family will be looking into this.  You should as well!

Keep Texas Beautiful and Oncor, a Texas-based electricity delivery company, invite homeowners to participate in the Arbor Day Foundation's Energy-Saving Trees program. The program is designed to promote energy conservation by giving away free trees and educating homeowners on the best places to plant the trees to lower heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer, while avoiding power lines.


While many Texas residents pay their electric bill through a retail electric company, those living in the Dallas/Ft Worth, Tyler, Waco, Midland/Odessa, and surrounding communities likely receive electricity distributed through Oncor's lines.


Homeowners can reserve up to two free trees per residence, which offer a potential savings of up to 20 percent on energy bills, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. Trees around homes not only help reduce the amount of energy consumed, but also add property value, reduce carbon created, improve air quality and more effectively filter stormwater runoff.


A simple online tool, utilizing innovative tree mapping technology, is available to guide homeowners to correct placement and selection of trees. The tool also estimates potential energy savings for homeowners.


Two- to four-foot trees will be shipped to qualifying homes beginning in October. Six tree species are available through the Energy-Saving Trees program, all of which are native to Texas, including Burr oak, cedar elm, chinkapin oak, Mexican white oak, pecan, Shumard oak and Texas redbud.


Find out more about the Energy-Saving Trees program by visiting Be sure to have your electric bill handy as the program requires the first 10 digits of your ESI (electric service identifier) ID number. If you need assistance locating your ESI ID number, please contact your retail electric company.


Energy-Saving Trees is a program available to Tree Line USA utilities that provides free trees to electric customers to plant in strategic energy-saving locations. Tree Line USA is a program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and is administered by Texas A&M Forest Service. It recognizes utilities that support good arboriculture practices and promote tree-based energy conservation.

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Dierks Bentley has a new single and a new music video to go with it.  The song is "Say You Do"  and it is a bit of a heartbreak ballad. The opening lyrics are "Don't worry about the damage done, Just let those words roll off your tongue."  In the song Dierks is trying to come to terms with a either a really bad recent argument, or a complete break up.  But according to the music video Dierks mourning process is as about as epic and manly as I can imagine.  He flies a plane to the middle of nowhere, then rides a motorcycle to a cabin further in nowhere, and drinks whiskey and chops wood until he comes to terms with everything.  What? What! Who does that Dierks?  Who are you?  I want my entire life to be what you do for a day after an argument.  Seriously I'm trying to feel for you, it's a beautiful song but all I can think of is how cool your motorcycle is.  IT IS A REALLY COOL MOTORCYCLE.  How do you keep it so clean stashed in the woods?  Where do you gas it up at?  Do you make bio-diesel when you aren't sad about stuff?  Did you build a cabin far away from the water solely so you could drive your motorcycle there? 

Watch the video for yourself below.  Fun Fact:  Dierks Bentley is a licensed pilot so that is definitely him really flying at the beginning (Puts Drunk on a Plane in perspective doesn't it?)

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Kenny Chesney - The Big Revival Release Date: September 23rd, 2014


Big & Rich - Gravity Release Date: September 23rd, 2014


Josh Abbott Band - Tuesday Night EP Release Date: September 23rd, 2014


Lee Ann Womack - The Way I'm Livin' Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

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Our granddaughter was baptized this weekend in Fort Worth.  All 7 of her grandparents were there.  Now you may think that would be a little awkward, after all, it IS 4 ex-spouses and 3 new spouses all trying to get along.  And I am very proud to say that we all did better than that!
We had a lovely bar-b-que at Gwendolyn’s house on Saturday evening.  We had a fantastic time!  Everyone helped, we all shared in cooking, set-up, clean-up and pouring wine and beer.  We also heard some of those great stories your kids never tell you until they know they are past the age of punishment!  Hair raising tales that make you wonder how they survived their teen years and how is it possible that you didn’t know about it?!
And all the grandparents got plenty of baby Gwen cuddle time.
A child led us to put differences aside and focus on the one thing we all had in common…this amazing baby girl. 
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I'm a big fan of NASA, rockets, and all things outer space.  So imagine how awesome it felt when the news broke earlier that Midland International Airport has just been approved as the first Commercial Space Port in the country.  Yes, the Federal Aviation Administration has officially certified Midland as a Spaceport.  In fact the new name will be "Midland International Air and Spaceport".  West Texas has a Spaceport... and that will go down as one of the best sentences I've ever written.  Obviously this is brand new, and things are still being planned out.  You can read the full details hereBut in the not too distant future we will be able to watch rockets blast off into space from our own backyards... and not too soon after that I'll get to say what will be my new favorite sentence "I think I'll go to outer space today"
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We have puppies.  We are exhausted.  People always say that you don’t really know what it is to be a parent until you have TWO children.  Bill Cosby says that’s because with only one child you always know who did it!  It is the same with puppies. 
Our two, Augie and BB, are inseparable, and energetic.  It is always amazing to me how different their personalities are.  Augie is the scruffy terrier.  He is timid with new people, is very still and sweet when you hold him, sleeps in bed with us, and is very protective if he perceives a threat.  He can also be shamed into better behavior.
BB is in every way the opposite.  BB is the little Pomeranian mix.  She is so adorable she gets forgiveness because her cuteness is impossible to ignore.  She is not particularly cuddly, doesn’t know a stranger, and cannot be shamed into better behavior because she truly believes everything she does is golden!  She is bold, independent, and very, very naughty.  At the Lonestar Sanctuary they called her “Xena Princess Puppy” for a reason!
Everyone says the best way to potty train them is by using crate training.  But it is really hard to put a shelter puppy into a crate.  Our two were found wandering in the streets and they have serious separation anxiety when we leave them alone.  So we will just keep taking them outside every 15 minutes until they learn, or we do.
Sometimes we question our wisdom for adopting two puppies, but we never question our decision to adopt THESE two puppies!
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