Tag Archives: remembering

Summers on Grandma’s Farm

A gray barn like Papa’s. I took this picture near Springfield, MO.
A gray barn like Papa’s. I took this picture near Springfield, MO.


When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my parents would take my brother and I up to north Alabama to attend Maywood Christian Camp for a week, and then my dad’s parents would pick us up and take us to their farm for another week.

My cabin at Maywood Christian Camp.
My cabin at Maywood Christian Camp.


North Alabama is further from the Gulf of Mexico than my home town, thereby being a lot less humid, which was nice!

I’m sure the first day back from camp was spent resting up, we would attend church on Sunday, and then the rest of the week was full of wide-open possibilities!

Farm equipment on my cousin’s farm. My cousin now owns my grandparents’ farm.
Farm equipment on my cousin’s farm. My cousin now owns my grandparents’ farm.


Grandma always took us into town, which is Russellville, Alabama, a much bigger town than what we were used to.

She would buy us each a toy at TWL, and we would go to a big grocery store.

Since my parents owned a general store in Jachin, we weren’t used to going grocery shopping, which was great fun! We loved to help pick snacks and sugary cereals that we would consume during the week.

Then we would head back to our grandparents’ farm, and eventually end up playing in their great big gray barn, which was stocked with hay, spider webs, and so much dust.

Our parents would come and get us at the end of the week.  We were always so glad to see them and missed them so much!

We would go back home to our own piece of Alabama, which had an entirely different culture and it’s own rendition of an Alabama farm.

Our south Alabama farm.
Our south Alabama farm.

A Tribute to Uncle Buddy

At the end of last week, the last of my Grandmother’s family of origin died. Uncle Buddy was always called the “baby of the family.” My Great-Grandmother Lindsey had seven (yes, 7!) children, and I think all of them were born in their little white house in Meringo County, Alabama. http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?id=countiesRiver&countyID=marengo Great-Grandmother B lost her… Continue Reading

100th Post and an Absolutely Stephanie Give-away!!!

Hi All, I’ve been procrastinating on posting because this is my 100th post!!! I procrastinated, because I want the hundredth to be really special. How to celebrate? How to celebrate? So I’ve decided to do an Absolutely Stephanie give-away. I made these cute, little bracelets out of recycled paper a couple of years ago. I… Continue Reading

Bama Versus Tennessee Volunteers

Tomorrow, the Alabama Crimson Tide clashes with the Tennessee Volunteers. The battles between these two teams are epic. I’m posting some pictures of our 1990 band road trip to Knoxville. We weren’t supposed to win that year, but Bama somehow pulled it out. We were ecstatic. I always liked going to Tennessee because it is… Continue Reading

Why Robertsons Love Sweet Tea

Si Robertson isn’t the only Robertson who loves sweet tea. Lefty and I, like many southerners, are partial to the drink. When I was a child growing up in rural south Alabama, my family drank it like it was going out of style. (Not that it would.) Mom would get these big glass containers from… Continue Reading

Fall / Halloween Festival Memories

Well, we all had a lot of fun at Friday’s fall festival at Princess Buttercup’s school. I had a great time face painting, while Princess ran around and won a bunch of gold fish to bring home. She also got some other toy and candy prizes, too, and she brought them to me to “guard”… Continue Reading

Halloween Fun at the Fall Festival

I’ve got a Digiorno pizza in the oven. Usually, in the Robertson household, we either eat or order out to celebrate the weekend. Tonight is the night of Princess Buttercup’s fall festival at school, though. We’ve got to make dinner snappy so that we can get to Buttercup’s school by six. The parents have to… Continue Reading

Southern Fried Yummy

Every night around 5, I try to make things nice when Lefty comes home from work. It’s when we finally all get together to eat dinner. Trust me, it’s not always peace and serenity in the land of clutter, drama, and homework, but it’s what we’re striving for. Last night I made oven-fried drumsticks from… Continue Reading

Pumpkin-Carving Fun

Saturday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team was demolishing the University of Kentucky on the telly, so I got bored and set about carving a pumpkin for Princess Buttercup. She had also been begging me all day to get the job done. Earlier that morning, Lefty and I had decided to clean our garage… Continue Reading