Month: October 2014

Daily Thoughts


What does home mean? Is it just an abode?

“Home, home on the range..”

“There’s no place like home..”

“Take me home, country roads..”

Home is where the heart is..”

“I wanna go home, oh how I wanna go home..”

“This world is not my home..”

Home sweet home..”

“My Old Kentucky Home.”

“Keep the home fires burning..”

A house is not a home..”

Home is:

comfort        family       security

A home can be any size, any shape, any location,and it is what you make it.  A home can be quiet, loud, busy, crowded, sparse, close by or far away.  In our homes, we have special places that we put things that are important to us.  We are creatures of habit-there is a chair/sofa that we usually sit in/on. Home is where you want to be when you are sick.  Most of us like to go places and do things but we love home.  Home is where we can say what we think.  Home is where we eat and sleep.  You can be yourself and dress the way you want.  Home is a place to be during bad weather.  Home is a place to worship together. A home is a place to come back to.  A home is where memories are made.


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We are enjoying eating, playing spades, shopping, watching movies, visiting with each other, and the gorgeous views.

The theme of the area is black bears.  You see black bear things everywhere you go.  This reminded me of a story about a bear.

There is a main east/west road in Charlotte NC that had a great deal of traffic.  We took that road regularly to get to and from Church.  There was a million dollar house built on that road and it was set back on the road but you could see it easily.  There was a bear statue (I mean a large statue that was carved out of a big tree with a chainsaw from the NC mountains) that was out in the front yard.  We didn’t know why but it was there.  The bear would have clothes/costumes on it according to the season or a theme.  You never knew what would be on the bear. This went on for years.  At Christmas time it could be an angel, elf, Santa etc.. The bear had jerseys from the Charlotte ball teams.  During October it could be a witch or a ghost.  It was so interesting to see what the bear would be and thousands(probably lots more) of people also watched that bear.  One day the bear was gone.  We wondered what had happened to the “now Charlotte icon”.

Several months later, an article came out in the Charlotte Observer about the bear.  Evidently, everyone that traveled that road, wondered about what happened to the bear.  “The rest of the story” emerged.  A couple owned the house and they went to the NC mountain area and the man wanted to buy the big bear statue.  The wife did not want the bear and absolutely did not want in the front yard of the expensive house.  Needless to say, the man got his way, and the bear came home with them.  The wife wasn’t happy but she decided to make the best of it.  She started dressing up the bear.  I’m sure after a while she was really enjoying what she was doing.  The man died and she decided to move to the NC mountains and took the bear with her.  The bear was missed!  We were so glad that the article was published in the paper so that we knew what happened.

Sometimes, small things, cheer up people!

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My sister and I were talking about the past.  She is my “Baby sister and I’m 8 years older than her.  I got married when she was 12 and Jeff became her big brother.  She remembers different things than I do. She’ll say, do you remember a certain vacation and I’ll say no- I didn’t go-I was already married and teaching.  She is a teacher also. (My dad, mom, and my dad’s grandmother were teachers.)

Jeff has been thinning out the “bad” trees in our back yard.  Some were dead, some were damaged, and some were ones that decided to grow under another tree.  He then has been cutting up the wood and putting it on our woodpile.  We won’t have to buy firewood this year.  In fact, when I commented on all the firewood, he said that he had started stacking wood behind the pile and we had much more than I thought.  There wasn’t any firewood when we moved in last year.  It started to get cold in November/December and we realized that we would need firewood in case we lost power sometime.  I got the KS phone book and looked up firewood.  I decided to call about firewood one afternoon around 3pm.  The first company I talked to said  “Oh yes, we have firewood.”  I asked the price of a rick of wood and it was reasonable.  When I explained that we did not have any firewood and we wanted to buy some soon, the lady said  “We are loading our truck right now for 2 deliveries and we have room for another load.”  She told us they could be at our house around 6pm and they would unload the wood for us and stack it.  They arrived around 6pm and it was pitch black.  They drove into our backyard and left their headlights on and started unloading wood.  We turned on the back porch lights and Jeff moved his truck to where his headlights would give them more light.  They said that they had loaded a little too much wood and did we want to buy the little bit that was left for a discounted price so that they wouldn’t have to take it back with them.  We bought it.  Talk about speedy!  Footnote-We did lose power some time after that and the firewood kept us warm.  We love Kingston Springs!

There are 2 big trees in our front yard close to our driveway.  Last spring, Jeff started digging around under the trees and discovered that there were slate stones there.  He swept them off and they made an oval area.  It was a surprise.  We put some lawn furniture there.  It was so nice to go outside and sit there until summer came (bugs and heat).

People go fishing and kayaking down at the creek beside our neighbors house (really the old golf club building).  The people park on the little road in front of our house.  Jeff will go out ask them how the fishing is and have discussions on fishing.  He loves our house-he can get his fly rod and go down to the creek and fish.

While driving to Dickson one day, 3 turkeys flew across the road in front of us.  We were afraid that they were going to hit the car because they were flying that low.  Turkeys are everywhere around KS.

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Kathryn and Mitch (Eleanor too) are hiking Mount LeConte today.  We are keeping the other 3 grandchildren. We’re sleeping here and then taking the boys to school in Dickson and staying in Dickson for a while.  I loaded up with kid friendly snacks and lunches.

Kathryn and Mitch have hiked LeConte for several years now with Church friends from Memphis.  They are staying at an old Motor Inn (built in the 30’s I believe) that has been remodeled.  You rent the entire Inn.  There are 10 rooms with bathrooms, a large community kitchen and dining room along with lounging areas with a TV.  I’m sure that I will get an assessment.

Henry doesn’t go to PreSchool on Fridays so that will make it a little easier.

We had twin beds that we put in the kids bedroom.  When Eleanor arrived, she took over the Pack-N-Play that Maggie was sleeping in.  We couldn’t decide what kind of bed to buy Maggie.  Finally we found an ottoman that folds out to be a bed.  It is perfect for the kids room.  When we need the bed for Maggie, we just unfold the bed.  Maggie just loves it-she says “My new bed”. It isn’t very high off the floor and we bought her new sheets.  She loves sleeping on it.  It could be also that her bed is between her brothers beds.

Maggie and Henry slept until 8:30 and they are eating their cereal now.

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I never used to drink coffee.  I guess about 15 years ago I started drinking coffee in the morning.  Kathryn says that I have a little bit of coffee with my sugar and creamer. To each their own!

Coffee has become a big business.  Did Seattle start all this?

A long time ago, coffee was very simple-drink it with milk/sugar or without.  It could be brewed over a campfire.  Now days you can get coffee anyway you want.  Dark roast, medium roast, or light roast.  Different coffees come from all over the world for different prices.  Coffee shops make all varieties and flavors.  In the movie  “You’ve Got Mail” Tom Hanks comments that what type of coffee you order defines you.  Jeff and I refuse to buy coffee from places like Starbucks.  Too expensive!  I have watched teachers stop by a coffee place every morning and purchase coffee.  (The cost is $3.00 or more. That adds up daily.)  Don’t get me wrong, Jeff and I drink coffee every morning and have nothing against it.  We would rather buy a good coffee maker, good coffee, and a variety of creamers.  We can “define” ourselves at home.  Jeff even buys whole coffee beans at Sam’s club and he grinds his own coffee daily.  I prefer flavored coffees and Jeff will not drink that kind of coffee.  Needless to say, we make our own coffee around here.  Kerig came out with a very good coffee maker for people who also like variety.  I noticed that Kerig has also come out with a coffee maker with a pot.  I can’t begin to list the different ways to make coffee or the different brands that make coffee makers.

I’m going to be honest, we will spend money on Sonic’s Mocha Java Chillers! YUM!