Friday, February 29, 2008
This is the view I see each morning from my perch at the computer. Since it was 43 degrees and raining this morning, I thought I needed to take this photo from the safety of inside. When the weather permits, I love to sit in the white rocker and just sit and have coffee or wine and enjoy the peaceful setting.
I thought this morning I would start a series to be continued whenever called "Reminiscences of Uncle Owen" Most of these are taken from his remembrances that were written in the 1950.
I was born in 1870 only five years after the Civil War in re-construction days. My father had been reared as a rich man. His mother, dying in 1863, had willed away a million dollars but most of it was a large cotton plantation in Yazoo County, Mississippi. The 200 Negroes walked off and taxes under reconstruction were increased 1400 per cent. There was nothing to do but to abandon it. My father bought a 500 acre farm in Sumner County for $7000.00 where we were raised. It is still called the Wilson Farm, now owned by Mr. Comer.
I was sent to school with my elder brother when I was five years old because there were two later arrivals and baby sitters had not been invented. My brother who was two years older and I rode a bay mare (old Fanny) to the school two miles away. Old Fanny had been ridden to Ohio by on of Morgan's Confederate raiders. Next year she broke her leg and had to be killed. Then we took my father's wartime Calvary horse.
Thomas B who is my MIL father is the two year old brother. Their father Thomas B Sr. was a Captain in the Confederate Calvary. The farm is still referred to as the Wilson Farm and has been much in the news lately . Some want to conserve it and others wish to keep building buildings. We hope for the first to happen. My MIL was the last Wilson to be raised on the farm and reads all the stories about her home place with anxiety.
The Kitty Justice is that I hope you enjoyed a little of the family history on this wonderful rainy day. Peace to all.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The rather empty parking lot should have been a clue. Being a curious kitty, I had to go in and see what was the reason the parking lot was virtually ghost lot. There it was on the door in bold black letters. "NO CLASS TODAY AS HAZEL HAS THE FLU."
I left the print outs I had done for Hazel on her desk and then poked my head into the office doorway. I mentioned it would have been nice if we could get some sort of email alert when classes are closed. You would have thought I had poured grease on a fire. She tried to be polite but it was a true struggle. She huffed "I do not have the time to call everybody."
I told her that is why I had said E-mail alert not telephone. It was as if she could not digest the different terms. To avoid her blowing a fuse, I asked if she had heard anything about Hazel's son.
Hazel's son had a kidney disease and was already on dialysis when Hazel called me to give me the GOOD NEWS on Sunday evening. "Eddie was getting a kidney transplant on Sunday night."
This subject was a safer one and the lady told me that he was doing so well he was out of ICU and had called her the day before. Then she took up the forbidden subject again and I wished her a good day and out the door I was in a flash.
Now my question is Why cannot Metro Nashville put in place a website for E-mail alerts. That would put the shoe on the public to check the site. In this day an age they need to get on the task. Money the problem? If waste was cut there would be no problem. I know this lady who can get more out of a penny than most people can get out of a dollar. I say draft her and she could fix the problem.
With gas prices being what they are and the time it takes to get prepared for a class, the miles travelled you would think Metro would get on the Internet ball. It was a 46 mile round trip for me.
Maybe we should ask the Governor for some of the $20 million (just the start up price) for that hole he is digging in the Governor's yard or for some of the lottery money which is suppose to go for scholarships but we have a HUGE SURPLUS.
Whenever, I think of any surplus, I see our officials standing in line with rolling dollar signs for eyes. Hey, this would make a neat cartoon.
The kitty justice has two sides today, one is good-Eddie got a kidney, the other is bad-NOTES ON DOORS. Unacceptable.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
It is Tuesday and I am stating the obvious BUT every Tuesday this month has had some unholy weather. Cast in point the tornado that kill so many in Tennessee.
Today the wind is howling like the banshee and those huge trees are swaying to and fro.I will be glad when February Tuesdays hides its ugly head and March Tuesday comes in like a lamb.
Now for a story from Daily News in Murfreesboro. It was a cold night and a very cold cat was meowing at a strange door. The person inside took pity on the stray cat and open the door for it to come inside to stay warm. Five feet into the home, the cat turns UGLY . He turns around and attacks the person with the fiery of only a cat can display. Well the person was taken to the emergency room with multiple scratches and bites and the cat is being checked for rabies. This is a true story.
The Kitty Justice is I do not like WIND nor do I open the door to stray cats. Wow, I am still feeling that guys pain. The cat will be forever known as the FUR BALL FROM HELL..
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
ART VENTURE HOSTESS FOR FEBRUARY standing is M & M and seated is CT.
Barbie was the last one to arrive. Her prize, to hold the bread.
Lucky J and CT with party favors. OOPS whose head is that?
The Art Venture Group met at Chappy's and the two hostess planned a Mardi Gra theme. Chappy as you recall from a previous post is from New Orleans. I arrived ten minutes late, as I had just come from my doctors visit.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
This one is also on the same wall and it reminds me of my friend Deena. Bless you.
Even up high on the cabinet above the sink we have lots of items. Sorry, this was as high as my arms would reach.
Close up of the top of the cabinet under the signs