Nolichucky West

Snail Mail Project- Hello There!

Time and time again I believed I finished my search for written treasures in Mother’s old trunk. Then I discover a new one. This time there was a letter inside an accordion envelope along with old documents and newspaper clippings. It was from my father while stationed in Hawaii during Word War Two, to his […]

Repurposing Vintage Linens- Doily Snowflakes

I just finished reading a post from Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is. Mary is across the country from me and in bitter cold winter weather. I have on a light sweater, it’s raining, and I just finished sweeping the porch while listening to the rare sound of the rain drops on my […]

Catching Up on My Reading – December

As is my usual routine when the hub-bub of the holidays subside I straighten, organize, and tidy up. I felt it was time to go through my stacks of books once again and spent a couple of days reading and sorting, reading and dusting, reading and reminiscing. My parents were readers and collected books and […]

The Snail Mail Project- Christmas Greetings

  “ Peace on Earth”, a beautiful and relevant sentiment on a vintage card Mother had saved in her big trunk. Today it is very peaceful in my corner of this earth. It’s sixty-five degrees on the porch, and quite sunny. The leaves on the pomegranate tree are beginning to turn yellow. The kitchen is […]

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 […]