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The Green and Yellow House

Front view of the green and yellow house.
Front view of the green and yellow house.

I think old houses inspire my writing more than anything. Who can resist an aged home that has a history? Babies were born there. Families lived their lives there. And in the old south, loved ones were laid out on their cooling boards in parlors while a mother, daughter, nephew, or friend kept a vigil during a “wake.”

I found this old home for sale in Athens, Alabama near the main part of down town. It’s for sale, and I’d love to buy it! I think the last owners must have used it as an antique store, judging by the sign on the front and the novelties left over on the front porch.

What do you think happened in this old house? Do you think there are any ghosts therein?

Row of houses, now used for businesses.
Row of houses, now used for businesses.
Hydrangeas!  My favorite!  I may ask the seller if he/she will let me take a small cutting so that I can propagate it.
Hydrangeas! My favorite! I may ask the seller if he/she will let me take a small cutting so that I can propagate it.
Victorian trim work adds charm to the front porch.
Victorian trim work adds charm to the front porch.
The back garden is perfect for the afternoon cup of tea.
The back garden is perfect for the afternoon cup of tea.

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Trick-or-Treats!

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, Trick-or-Treating was a very big deal. Mom would bring two brown grocery bags from the store and cut a diamond-shape at the top of each one for handles. Then David and I would color them with our crayons. We would use these as our treat… Continue Reading

Seeing Green

First of all, thank you to my seller friends at eBay for sharing their Green Stamps photos with me. I encourage my readers to go buy from these people if you are looking for vintage Green Stamps memorabilia. I am going to post their eBay sites at the bottom of today’s post. Also thanks to… Continue Reading

Still Hyped Up from VBS

We just got finished with VBS last night. The entire church building was decorated like the interior of a medieval castle, in keeping with the theme: The Keys to the Kingdom (of God). There were skits, arts and crafts, snacks, and Bible lessons for the kids. I remember VBS when I was growing up. I… Continue Reading

A Ride in a Glass Bottom Boat

Do the pictures in this post bring back memories to any of you? If so, then you’ve taken a ride in a glass bottom boat at Silver Springs, Florida. I found this old picture in one of Gramma Findley’s albums. It was taken around 1973. When Gramma and Papa Findley retired from the store, they… Continue Reading

Save More, Shop at Findley’s Store

I mentioned before that Gihon Springs Grocery was a big part of our lives when I was growing up in rural south Alabama.  After all, it was the main source of livelihood for my family, and it had been in my family for two generations.  Papa Findley had established it.  (I need to find out… Continue Reading

The Price of Eggs in 1981

In 1981, the cost of eggs was $.69 a dozen, a gallon of Clorox bleach was $.73, and the sale price of a 2 liter coke was $.98. On Friday nights, more than 55 million viewers were watching the cult phenomenon, “Dallas,” according to A.C. Nielson numbers. I learned all of this from an April… Continue Reading

The Creek and a Galvanized Wash Tub

Summertime always reminds me of the creek that ran through our pasture and then all the way to the Tombigbee River.  The creek was icy cold on a hot summer day.  Dad made his own bridge across it that would be swept away nearly every spring with the heavy rains. I’ve seen that creek as… Continue Reading

The Coffin-Makers’ River

According to www.britannica.com, Tombigbee comes from the Choctaw Indian tribe word for “coffin makers.” It sounds like the coffin makers were the tribal undertakers of their day. Their job was to clean the bones of their dead and lay them to rest in boxes. I just found out this little tidbit of information, but if… Continue Reading