The House on Persimmon Tree Road, Part I

The house on Persimmon Tree Road.

Last Friday I got a heaping dose of southern hospitality when I visited a very old house on Persimmon Tree Road.  The first time I saw the strange house with the porch piano was when I went with my Mom-and-Dad-in-love to Loretto, Tennessee.

“Did you see that old house?” I gasped. “It had an upright piano on the porch!”

“Want me to go back so you can take a picture,” asked by husband’s dad.

“Would you mind?” I asked.

My sweet Dad-in-love turned the car around so I could take the picture.

Upright piano on front porch.

Piano keys stripped of ivory.

I Couldn’t get the House on Persimmon Tree Road out of My Mind.

I was obsessed with the house, so I went to the county probate office as my first step in researching the place.

I had 3 questions:

1. Who owned the house?
2. When was it built?
3. Why was there an upright piano, decaying on the front porch?

I got the name of a family who lives nearby and searched their name on Whitepages.com.

Nervous but determined, I punched the number into my iPhone. You never know when you make a cold call. You can get told off or you can uncover a fascinating story about the past.

I was thankful that I got the latter.

Gabled roof.

Front porch with upright piano.

The Whites from Persimmon Tree Road.

Not only were the nearby homeowners (Ray and Glenda White) related to the original home owner, they invited me to their home to talk about the house on Persimmon Tree Road.

I brought my mom-in-love along, who lives in the same county. She conversed with Glenda while I talked to Ray.

Like most southerners who live in a small town all their lives, Glenda and my mom-in-love discovered multiple people that they both knew.

Glenda gave me a big hug when I walked through the door. The consummate extravert, she reminded me of my paternal grandma, but she is about my mom’s age. Ray and Glenda have been married 50 years.

Like myself, Glenda loves to visit flea markets, estate auctions, yard sales, antique malls, and the like.

Ray is quiet and unassuming. In the 1980s, he nearly lost his life from a sun stroke when he was working at his un-airconditioned gas station.

His great-grandparents had the house on Persimmon Tree Road built in the late 1800s.  I’ve got some more to say about the Persimmon Tree Road house, so watch for it in up-coming posts!

Meanwhile, do you have an old house you’d like for me to research and write about?  Let me know, because this has been one fun writing project!

Eaves surrounded by hundred-year-old oaks trees.

 

Do you believe that houses have eyes?

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#1900s
#southernlife
#southernfamilies
#ruralAlabama

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Top Ten Christmas Activities

What are your top ten Christmas activities?  I’m listing mine below  (in no particular order) and would love to hear from you!  Merry Christmas, and God bless us, everyone!

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Decorating the Christmas Tree and our whole house for Christmas.

I so enjoy home décor, period, but I get so much joy in pulling out meaningful ornaments and making my Christmas trees pretty.  I had planned to buy another tree for my dining room, but they were so expensive that I decided to wait for the after-Christmas sales.

Fortunately, my next-door-neighbors were tossing their tree because the lights weren’t working anymore.  They said I could have it, so I drug it across the street and put new lights on it.  I used only silver ornaments, while we used the other ornaments on our living room tree.  My “silver tree” is so beautiful–one of the prettiest I’ve ever had.  It lights up the whole dining room with it’s white lights and silver elegance.  (At least I think so!)

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Hearing my husband read the story of Jesus’s birth in Luke 2:1-20.

The story of Jesus’s birth is so beautiful.  The verses are like a balm in their rhythm and the hope they give us in our world.  I think people are more generous and kind at this time of year because so much is focused on our Lord, the Light of our complex world.

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Baking Christmas goodies

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Grandmother Lindsey (who lived just across the pasture from us, when I was growing up in rural south Alabama) used to always make the best in sweet Christmas goodies.  My favorite were her date balls, fudge, and divinity.  When I was supposed to be practicing the piano, I’d go swipe a piece between songs.  But I think she knew about it! 😉

Shopping for Christmas gifts for everyone.

Carefully selecting Christmas gifts for everyone is a favorite hobby of mine.  I like to get the best gifts at the best prices and be a good steward of my cash.

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Crafting hand-made presents for family and friends.  Being crafty in wrapping gifts.

I am in my element, my happy place, my zone when I’m making presents for family, friends, and Princess Buttercup’s teachers.  Furthermore, I like adding just a little bit of creativity when wrapping my gifts.  I’d better get on it, actually.  I’ve got only 2 weeks till show time!

Singing Christmas carols.

We went caroling last year.  I did that for the first time when I was in college and loved it!  I want to get a brave group to sing in our new (as of June 2016) neighborhood.  Any volunteers?

Spending time with family and friends.

Spending time with those I love makes Christmas a special time for bonding and building memories.  It’s the time of the year that Lefty takes time off of work, and Princess Buttercup and I love that!

Opening presents.

I’ve gotta be honest…opening presents is just plain fun!

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Silver snowflake, a gift from my friend Kibbers.

Attending all the parties and eating all the good food!

We southerners are known for our food.  It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the feasting.

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Smiling and saying, “Merry Christmas” to people I meet.
</h1>Like I said for my second activity on the list, people are so much friendlier around Christmas time.  True, traffic can be a nuisance.  And true, we’re southerners, and people from other places say that we’re friendly, anyway.  But I think people are kinder around Christmas because so many more are thinking of the Light of the world, Jesus Christ.

Tonight’s Debate, and what is Hofstra??

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The biggest game tonight!

What on earth is Hofstra and what does it have to do with tonight’s debate?

I didn’t know, either, until 20 minutes before I hit Google. It sounded like something having to do with the mob.

But no worries, your ol’ buddy Steph has done the research leg work for you.

Hofstra University is a small, private uni where the presidential debates will be held tonight. Located in Hempstead, NY (pop 750,000+ according to Google Maps), the school lies near the southwestern corner of Long Island.

For those who are interested, Hofstra’s website lists all of the university’s typical college majors:  liberal arts & sciences (including public policy, gov’t, and intn’l affairs), health sciences, engineering, nursing, education, biz, law, med, communications, fine/performing arts, and science/math.

For those (like me) who live mostly in the south and want to know about their football program…I’m sorry to say that it is no longer in existence.

Yep, the NY Times says that the Hofstra Pride team was called into an “urgent” meeting in 2009 where the lions were informed that Hofstra would be dropping its 72-year-old football program because of disinterest (whah?!?!!!) and lack of funding. And there you go. Just like that. They should have hired Nick Saban, and that would have n-e-v-e-r happened.

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What? No football team?!?

And back to tonight’s debate…

As I promised from day 1, I won’t go into my impassioned personal politics to avoid polarizing you, my beloved Readers.

Also, I try to go by the song, “God Make Us Instruments of Your Peace.”

I’ll just say: Keep it peaceful, everyone, and be sure to bring the popcorn and (lots of) chocolate while you watch the debates. It’s going to be one for the books.

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Spike and Snuggles could not care less about the debate.

Southern Shots

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When you think of the south, and Alabama in particular, what do you picture in your mind?

Magnolias.

Magnolias.

Hopefully you don’t think that we all don our 1865 garb and remember to grab our sun bonnets to run to Publix or Starbucks. Nor do we wear our overhauls (that’s what some old-timers used to call over-alls) to SEC football games.

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Today, I took a few pictures that evoke images of an earlier time period. In Friday’s blog, I plan to snap pics of 21st Century south.

Enjoy!


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Our yards usually don't look like a spread from "Southern Living" like this one does!

Our yards usually don’t look like a spread from “Southern Living” like this one does!

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