Nolichucky West

A Repurposed Vintage Suitcase

The telegram reads,” Am starting on my way now and will be in Johnson City tonight. Go to bed early sleep well and I will visit you. Santa Claus.” A telegram from Santa Claus! It is dated December 25th, 1930 and is addressed to Mother and her brothers. She must have been nine years old. […]

More Vintage Buttons

This photograph of Mother is from 1951. I believe she had just arrived out west from her home near the Nolichucky River, but had not yet met Dad. I have been studying every detail of this photograph searching for items we still have in our home. I do recognize the little clock behind her. Right […]

Vintage Buttons and Holiday Flowers

Two vintage trunks sit in the living room. One functions as a coffee table, with television remote controls and magazines on top. The other holds the television. Inside both is my treasure of holiday ornaments and decorations. As soon as Thanksgiving winds down I open the trunks and place all of their contents across the […]

A Few Thanksgiving Thoughts

This book, a paperback book from 1935, A Book of Living Poems has been sitting on the shelf as long as I can remember. Inside the front cover is a handwritten inscription to my father, “ December 15, 1944, Merry Christmas Frank, from your friend Violet.” I do not know who Violet was, this was […]

What I Learned – October

I’ve decorated my house with leaves, pumpkins, gourds, and other reminders of autumn. But it has just begun to cool off outside. Today the high is predicted to be eighty-nine, and the low is fifty-two, which makes the morning delightful.   The plants, animals, and I are rejoicing in the cooler weather. A few weeks […]

My Home, My Hobby-Halloween

Someone came knocking at my wee, small door; Someone came knocking; I’m sure-sure-sure; I listened, I opened, I looked to left and right, But nought there was a stirring in the still dark night; Only the busy beetle tap-tapping in the wall, Only from the forest the screech-owl’s call, Only the cricket whistling while the […]

Snail Mail Project – Halloween

I have rows of old scrapbooks on my shelves, but have only been able to find one snapshot of a vintage Halloween. Maybe it’s because my father, the family photographer, was busy dressing up and enjoying every moment of trick-or treating along with us. But here we are a spaceman, pirate, and me, the bunny. […]

What I Learned – Summertime

July has exciting monsoon storms here, August becomes muggy, September wears me out as the heat continues. But I look to the north where wildfires rage, to the east where floods are receding leaving devastation, and to the south where the ground has shaken the lives of so many and have to berate myself for […]

Vintage Button Flowers

I have mentioned before that I was the lucky one to inherit Grandma’s button box. It’s very full now, some are sorted by color and in mason jars on the craft room shelf, and others are still in this big old wooden box. I can spend hours sorting through and picking buttons for special projects. […]