Thursday, September 3, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
As I studied the photo I had taken, I realized that my house is comprised of layer upon layer of memories, and I am now adding another layer after the death of my mother. I’m incorporating artifacts from my parents’ marriage and from my childhood into my present life and home.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
The fact that it is easy walking distance from my mother’s house may partially explain the attraction, plus I grew up in small town America with a mother from a farm background. However, my mother lived on a farm during the Depression so her stories were of hunger and hardship, instead of the beauty of the hills surrounding their small farm.
|(Wythe County, Virginia farm)|
|(Goat by Schleich toy manufacturer)|
I always examine the manuals on raising chickens or bee keeping, and other bucolic occupations, that I have zero intention of ever doing. The last time I was in a Tractor Supply store, the center of the store was filled with troughs of baby chicks. I spent ten minutes studying them to see which I would prefer, strictly from an aesthetic sense. It was like attending a chick beauty contest.
I also like other unusual products I see on the shelves. The stores stock pet items, lawn and garden products, animal feed, horse supplies, welding materials, and a plethora of other goods.
I decided to learn more about these stores since I’m such a fan. I read that the Tractor Supply Company was founded in Minot, North Dakota, in 1938 as a mail order company selling tractor parts. I lived in South Dakota for a couple of years, so maybe living next to ranchers rubbed off on me.
Today Tractor Supply Company is the largest retail farm and ranch store in the United States. They are headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, outside of Nashville. I attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee and lived in east Tennessee for 7 years. Maybe that Tennessee country vibe seeped into my blood.
Tractor Supply Company now has over 1,085 stores in 44 states. I did find myself wishing I had bought stock in the company when I found out that Fortune magazine named Tractor Supply to its list of the 100 fastest growing businesses in 2004.
Monday, May 25, 2015
|Memorial Day at our house|
|(Photo by Justin Gates, Marion VA)|
In 1945 my mother met a young sailor home on leave, Joseph Justin Scott. She was a boarder in the home of his uncle and aunt. She reported that she already knew several of Justin’s family before she met him and had a lot of respect for the family. He asked her to write to him when his leave was over, and she did. In December 1945 he returned to Marion , discharged from the Navy. They began dating and in 1947 were married.
(Photo by Susie Heath, Marion VA)
|The salute of a veteran|
(Photo by Susie Heath, Marion VA)
Saturday, April 18, 2015
This morning I joined about a dozen other Master Gardeners in a spectacular formal garden in our neighborhood to present the owner with a plaque acknowledging his participation in the upcoming Les Tour des Jardins.
|A sneak preview of a Highland garden that will be part of Les Tour des Jardins, held May 2 and 3 in Shreveport.|
Since I last posted, my husband and I went several rounds with our Metropolitan Planning Commission regarding our Little Free Library (LFL). The MPC ordered our book exchange closed because one person complained, saying the book swap box was a commercial entity. The crazy part is the MPC initially agreed and ordered the LFL shut down, contending it was a library and, thus, a commercial enterprise. The MPC later changed our offense to having an unauthorized accessory feature in our front yard.
|Featured State News in USA Today--Louisiana|
|Little Free Library chained up with citation from the MPC posted|
|Our Little Free Library had its Ribbon Cutting & Grand Reopening |
during neighborhood Mardi Gras parade!
We hope our officially registered Little Free Library will be grandfathered in, because it does not meet the requirement of a 5' setback from the sidewalk, a problematic requirement in our older, hilly neighborhood. Ours sits on a hill next to a retaining wall that we built to prevent our soil from washing down and covering the public sidewalk in front of our house.
|Our LFL sits on a hill next to a public sidewalk in our historic neighborhood.|
Monday, January 19, 2015
|Bed and Breakfast at twilight|
|The wrap-around porch would have been perfect if it weren't winter.|
|The entry hall and front parlor|
|1920's Wedding Dress of Original House Resident|
|Great-niece Anna loved the dress.|
|Cell phone shot of our room at B and B, looking lived in|
|Great-niece Anna in character on upstairs hall sofa|
|The ever-dramatic Anna and Oliver|
|My sister Beth (R) and I in formal parlor|
|Berkley Prime Crime, 2006|
Sunday, December 21, 2014
|Display of our Christmas cards as seen through a fisheye lens.|
Of course there are many holiday gatherings. Some I attend and some I skip, preferring to enjoy my own house and the company of my husband and pets. I love to socialize and have fun, but I love to be by myself, too. My group of long-time early childhood education friends kicked off the season with high tea at our friend Beth’s house. Then there was the annual party at a friend’s small Highland bungalow that is always filled to capacity.
|Standing room only crowd.|
|Patty and Dave stop by for lunch.|
We're off to the mountains of Virginia, so wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season!
Saturday, December 20, 2014
|One of all-time best Christmas compilations. |
I heard most of the musicians on this CD at a conference in New Orleans one December.
The plate rails of the music room, i.e. living room, are decorated with Ricky’s vintage Christmas albums, and he wows the neighborhood with his rooftop Santa in a rickshaw pulled by three well-illuminated bicycles!
|Ricky's annual roof-top display. |
Note Little Free Library in right hand corner of yard
is also decked out for the holidays.
The library is where my Christmas fixation really takes hold. Every shelf is decorated with some holiday vignette. It’s my room so I can go crazy and it doesn’t bother anyone else. I love the way the fisheye Olloclip lens for the I-phone made each of these photos look like a Christmas ornament:
|library decoration detail|
Look for more about Christmas at our house in tomorrow's post....