June 30, 2015

Keeping it Simple - At MY HOUSE

Everything Has A Story #7

Another Time - Our Texas Years at The Farm

An Old Story for New Friends ...

 [ The Content Was Written Around 2000 ]
Keep in mind this text is all in retrospect..
None of the content is in real time-today.
Only the post scripts/update notes
It was an accidental 'find' to discover it as I had once put it on the internet & lost track of it.
Our Home
[1993 - 2006 ]
It was built in 1906 & replaced an earlier log house structure that burned as I understand from older family connections relaying some of the history -This property was part of a land grant way back then. When I run across our copy of that official paper I'll insert it into this post.


1906 Primative Dog Trot Farmhouse

June 23, 2015

Everything Has A Story #6

Pop Gets the Credit

 [or blame]

 for Rescuing this Relic

This cast iron heater/stove was manufactured in Columbus Georgia 'Columbus Iron Works company' on the front-J-12-9 on the back with JOVE on both front and back and on the top 'No.12'
I have no idea when or where Ted's parents brought it home-
Thomasville or Jackson, Alabama,
Ted rescued it from the Harrisons' place on Walker Springs Road in Jackson, Alabama around 1978 or not long afterwards.

June 22, 2015

Monday Morning Thoughtful Thoughts ~

Oh no -  don't run off thinking this could be an inspirational devotion that might challenge us beyond our Monday Morning ability to endure..just allow a quiet moment or two and then we can all be on our way...into the fray.  [Well it does rhyme ]

I [almost] jumped out of bed this Monday Morning around 6:30 a.m.. Yes, it was that kind of wake up.  Sometimes I am on my feet with something akin to a 'song in my heart' and even in those
wide awake, aware times I can  fail to turn to the Lord and invite Him into my splash of happy.

June 21, 2015

Our Wedding Day- And Father's Day June 21, 1959

Waving the Dad Flag on Father's Day

[quoting David]

Personal note to LGH readers
This is a long post-but keep in mind my first and foremost intended audience is my FAMILY 
With that said...I am happy to share with blog followers and will continue my effort to be reasonably transparent...hoping there may be a few crumbs for an extended circle of friends at all levels...local, casual viewers, far away old friends from earlier years, faithful bloggers who 'get' what I am willing to lay out honestly here. I will always try to avoid leaving you on an emotional overload or embarrassing you with 'too much information'.
Please, take what you can use and be understanding and accepting of the overflow.
The Harrison House, est. June 21, 1959/also Father's Day.- 56 years ago today.  I could not have dreamed up the Father our four children grew up with..IT WAS A GOD THING!...

Steve, David, Johnny & Deanna's  Dad. 
Jonell Williams Harrison's photo.
 He was a God Fearing man who  embraced  responsibility whole heartedly, never backing away from it. I recall his pointing out to me how one could recognize that a church was a body of God fearing people. He accepted all the statements we claim of God's love but he never ruled out The Sovereignty of God...his all powerful right to do with us as He willed especially in regard to consequences ...disobedience.

June 16, 2015

Everything Has A Story - #5

Older Than Me 
Early 1900s
 Some people can really spot a BARGAIN
~Found on a trip from Crossett, Arkansas to Little Rock
A $20. steal of a deal
No kidding!
Apparently someone had already come to the conclusion it
was worthy of repurposing....little did they know!

June 09, 2015

Everything Has A Story- #4

And the Stories Just Go On and On

Let's Go Visiting Now-
Now brace yourself....This was not a freebie or  being in the right place at the right time.
Indeed not! I paid good money for this jewel.
During our Texas years, driving from Buna, past Kirbyville to Jasper I saw this [already repurposed]
old Chifferobe [also called a Wardrobe] setting outside a gem of an antique store-
for a long, long time..perhaps several years

 It was what I call the look of BARNWOOD-
Weathered, no sign of paint left. Close examination revealed that someone had made adjustments in the 'design' to make it deeper from front to back- perhaps to use it for an entertainment center- holding a television and providing shelving.
My original intent was to make use of it for my line of potpourri products in the Antique store in Jasper, Texas.

I paid a whopping $100.00 for it

June 07, 2015

June's Guest Blogger from Stringtown Home ~

Thoughtful Thoughts Worthy of Sharing-


Guest Blogger

 Heather at Stringtown Home

I'm up at 2:30 AM... my eyes are droopy from the exhaustion left from my typical Saturday, filled to the brim with fun. 
I love a good estate sale. 
We stumbled upon many, one of which I'm sure the little lady was a hoarder.  I kept reminding myself, "One man's trash, Heather... one man's trash."

Perhaps it was the excitement of the day that has me unable to drift into a sleep.
If I am really honest,  it is the worry that tends to find its way into my mind
 after the house is still and quiet. 

 I begin to think about everything that needs to be done.

June 02, 2015

Everything Has A Story - #3

 The Price Was Right

Left:  Dresser base  Far Right: Free Standing Chifferobe

Center:  Another /Oak Dresser Base

*My cousin Beverley Turner-White just reminded me: 

Another name for the chifferobe was Wardrobe

The stories: The primitive oak Dresser base with Vintage/antique glass drawer handles [center photo] was retrieved from a barn on Walker Springs Road in Jackson, Alabama in the mid 1960's.  This was the Harrison family's home .

When we discovered this old piece-our Harrison family treasure,  it appeared to have been discarded for quite some time [years] in the barn and was almost completely black.  We cleaned it up, stripped it down to 'it's beginnings' - the solid wood.
During the mid sixties it was popular to finish old pieces like this with "antiquing" colors...so it soon became a wonderful slightly weathered worn green finish.
This dresser base [could have been a wash stand]. It is considered 'primitive' and I must admit something here.  The first time someone made the observation "Oh, so you like primitive' antiques...I was shall we say very uneducated  [ignorant] about antiques and was offended.  The very idea....primitive!  Now, I embrace it.
By the way, we chose French provincial hardware for the drawers.   It took a few years for us to acquire some semblance of good taste...meaning strip the color off and get back to the real natural wood finish.
Now let's move on to the two white pieces...Treasures that once belonged to my Grandma Mobley in South Georgia.  Grandma died in 1969 and I would have been ecstatic over acquiring anything that had belonged to her &/or Grandpa.  It wasn't until 2009 that this became a reality.
A first cousin once removed - Paula asked me if I would be interested in having two pieces of antique furniture that had been our Grandma Mobley's.
And of course you know what I said!  Basically, Whoopee! Ted and I were going over to south Georgia for my high school reunion and gladly drove all over "kingdom come"  [southern expression] trying to find my relatives and take this off their hands. 

As the men loaded the the furniture my husband warned me that the mirrors would be broken by the time we reached south Alabama..Did I care? No!  I had expected to do a little work on them, at the very least replace the hardware.  Small price! Ultimately there was No damage.

It was just as you see in the pictures...it had been painted white.  After settling in with it for a while I discovered the white did not bother me and the  hardware was  never replaced.
0riginal was great!
I am positive my grandparents never bought furniture during my growing up years in the 1940's-50's
We can safely say those two wonderful pieces are without question pre WWII- possibly closer to  1900.   Are they worth much money?  Not ~
The point is
They belonged to my Grandma Mobley
That's All