Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I Can't Resist!!!

O.K. I have to tell you that in Eldon gas is $1.48 for regular and $2.15 for diesel. JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT I'D GOTTEN OVER MY GAS PRICE OBSESSION!!!!!!!!!

More Christmas Pictures

Monday, December 29, 2008

Henley Christmas

Saturday evening we celebrated Christmas at my sister, Renda's house. Everybody was there together and we had a great time. We had broiled shrimp, boiled shrimp, Greg's famous ham, hashbrown casserole, green bean casserole, pecan pie, peach pie, I could go on and on. I am so thankful that we were all able to be together. I am thankful for each person in my family!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


"Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11

I want to take this opportunity to wish each reader of this blog a very Merry Christmas. No, I didn't wish you "Happy Holidays" because I am not celebrating a holiday. My family and I are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago. And while the virgin birth of this Child is truly cause to celebrate, the real blessing to me is His resurrection. As John the Baptist said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29)." That baby born so long ago came from heaven to earth for one purpose, and that was to hang on a cross to take the sin of the world, and that includes you and me, upon Himself so that one day we could spend eternity with Him in Heaven. The Bible tells us that salvation is a free gift to all who will ask Him into their heart. If you have never invited Jesus into your heart, I urge you to pray a simple prayer acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God, admitting that you have sinned, and asking Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you of your sins. Please begin to regularly attend a Bible believing church where you can learn more about God and His plan for your life. Read the Bible and pray daily, asking God to guide you in everything you do, and HE WILL! Yes, they are good tidings of great joy!!!! May God bless you!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Caragan & Cade's Christmas Program

Sunday morning we attended the production of "365 Days of Christmas Each Year" at Eldon First Assembly of God, where my sister Renda and her husband Greg, as well as my mom and dad, attend. Caragan and Cade both did a FABULOUS job in the program! Caragan even had a speaking part, although I couldn't get a picture of her because another kid stood right between Caragan and me. I am so proud of both of them! Love you Gommie-girl and Cadey-boy!!!

7th Grade Band Concert

Friday night was Alex's 7th Grade Band Concert. They played several Christmas songs and really did a fabulous job. It is amazing to see how much they have improved musically this past year. Alex plays drums and really loves it!


It took less than 24 hours for gas prices in Eldon to go from $1.43 per gallon BACK UP TO $1.55 per gallon. As of Friday, December 19th, gas was $1.55 when it had been $1.43 on Thursday. Thank heavens I filled my tank Thursday night. I know in the scheme of things it doesn't make much of a difference, BUT IT SURE MAKES ME FEEL BETTER!!!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008


I admit it, I'm like most people, OBSESSED with gas prices. Every price increase, price decrease, becomes a topic of conversation. Yes, I do have a boring life! Well, as of yesterday, the price of gasoline in Eldon, Missouri, is . . . drumroll please . . . . . . $1.43 a gallon. I know, I can't believe it either. I truly never thought we would see gas this low again. I don't know how long it will last, but I'll take every day of cheap gas I can get!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

HOW LOW CAN IT GO?????????

For my out-of-town friends and family, I'm keeping you posted on gas prices in Eldon. $1.59 for unleaded and $2.39 for diesel. If you had asked me a year ago if I thought I'd EVER see gas below $2.00 a gallon I would have said "NO." Everything I read says that gas prices will go back up, but we're sure enjoying a break from the high prices now!!!! If we could only get prices at the GROCERY STORE to get back to normal, but I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Grandma Nellie is 95 ! ! !

Thursday, December 11th, was my Grandma Nellie's 95th birthday. We celebrated with cake and ice cream at her place last night at 6:00 p.m. Grandma loves seeing her family and she LOVES ice cream, so it was a great day for her. Happy Birthday Grandma. I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Lady Stangs Take 2nd in Eldon Tourney!

Alex's 7th grade basketball team took second place in the Eldon 7th Grade Tournament this past weekend. They played a great game and I'm so proud of all the girls, and most especially Alex! The girls hung in there and never quit and THAT is what makes a team great!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

4-H Christmas Party

Last night was the Spring Garden 4-H Christmas party at the Eugene High School. There was a great turnout with LOTS of delicious food. I got to visit with several friends I don't see very often which was REALLY nice.

Monday, December 1, 2008


We woke up yesterday morning to a pretty good dusting of snow. It melted fairly quickly, but snowed off and on most of the day. It really was beautiful, especially since it didn't stick to the roads. I love snow . . . as long as I don't have to get out in it. Just watching those big flakes fall really puts me in the Christmas spirit!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More Deer Hunting

Well, gun season is over for this year and neither Cole or Alex got a deer. They had a lot of fun HUNTING for deer, just no SHOOTING of deer. There is another youth season January 3rd and 4th, so you can bet they'll be out there searching for that big buck again.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

$1.79 UPDATE $1.69

Yes, it's true. Gasoline in Eldon, Missouri is $1.79 (NOW ITS $1.69). Diesel is $2.49. This is the lowest gas has been here since probably 2005. The bad news is, the stock market, and my retirement fund, is going down faster than gas!!!!! DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MORE I THINK IT CAN GO DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

FFA Chapter Degree

Last night Cole, and 82 other FFA second year members, was awarded the FFA Chapter Degree. He was also installed as a junior officer Second Vice-President. FFA is THE club at Eldon High School. It is a great organization and Alex can't wait until she is in high school so SHE can be an FFA member too!

Monday, November 10, 2008


Yes, for those readers of this blog who don't live in Mid-Missouri, gasoline dropped to $1.99 over the weekend. Diesel is $2.79 which is still outrageous, but a far cry from the $3.89 for gasoline and $4.69 for diesel that we were paying just a few months ago!!! Hopefully with the October stock market crash and presidential election behind us, the economy will begin to improve.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Youth Hunt

This weekend was the Missouri youth hunt for all hunters age 15 and younger. Billy Paul and I and Cole and Alex got up WAAAAAAYYYY before the sun came up both Saturday and Sunday morning, and then watched the sun go down Saturday night and Sunday night scouring Griffith land for big bucks. Alas, we only saw ONE buck and he wasn't that big. We saw several does and honestly had a great family time. The weather was absolutely perfect, but I think the fact that it was so warm kept the "big one" back in the woods. Regular hunting season starts in two weeks so we'll be catching up on our sleep until then.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Alex's volleyball team won first place Saturday in the Waynesville tournament. They played great and were so excited! What a way to finish the season!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Outdoor Wood Furnace

Over the last few years, the cost of propane has skyrocketed. Not only do we heat our turkey barns with propane, we heat our house. So, this year, we have decided to install a Hardy Outdoor Wood Furnace. Basically, the stove burns wood and heats water to 170 degrees. This water is then circulated through underground water lines (hence the ditch through our yard) into a radiator type coil in our duct work. So, when our house cools down, instead of our furnace kicking on and burning propane, the thermostat will trigger the draft on the stove to open up, causing the fire to burn hotter and the water to get hotter and then the furnace fan kicks on blowing air over the radiator which warms up the air and blows it into our house through the furnace vents. Make sense????? A side benefit of this furnace is the hot water. Nobody in the Griffith family will EVER take a cold shower again because the hot water from the furnace circulates through the hot water heater! Hooray!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Sunday, October 12, was our 23rd wedding anniversary. I honestly can't believe we have been married that long. In some ways it seems like its flown by, but in other ways, I honestly have so few memories that don't include Billy Paul, it's like we've been together my entire life, well, it has been more than HALF my life!!! We celebrated by taking the kids with us to dinner at Baxter's at the Lake. We had a terrific time. I have MUCH to be thankful for. Oh, and I thought you might enjoy this picture of Billy Paul and I taken sometime in the summer of 1984 or 1985. Yep, that's us!! Love you Billy Paul -- here's to the NEXT 23 years together, and the NEXT and the NEXT and the NEXT!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Grandma Flo

On Saturday, October 11, my Grandma, Flossie Ellen Hall, turned 95. My Aunt Kathy hosted a birthday lunch in Grandma's honor (thank you Aunt Kathy)! As usual, there was LOTS of yummy food as my aunts are fabulous cooks. My Grandma is such an amazing woman. Raising 8 kids and taking care of my Grandpa was a full-time job but she did it, all while making the BEST CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS you ever put in your mouth and growing the biggest garden west of the Mississippi. I have such wonderful memories of Grandma's house when I was a kid, huge family dinners, a big cedar Christmas tree in the corner with those big fat Christmas multi-color bulbs and a present for each person under the tree. Thank you Lord for my grandma, she is truly a blessing to our family. I Love You Grandma!!!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Turkey Trot 5K

This morning I participated in my FIRST EVER 5K. Since June, I have been walking three miles every morning with my sister-in-law, Krista, and Dr. Jerry King. I love walking and have so much more ENERGY!!! This morning at 7:30 a.m. we started our first 5K and Krista and I took SECOND PLACE in our age division with a time of 40:02!!!!! Hooray!!!!!