Monday, December 30, 2013

Moe is gone

The last time I saw my darling Moe was on December 14th. I normally did not give it too much notice because he has always taken two or three days away from home and then like clockwork returns in the morning sitting in my front windows awaiting a can of his favorite food. 
Prince and I went around the neighbors and asked if they had seen him after he had been gone a week. No one had seen my kitty. 
I told my sister that all I wanted for Christmas was a Christmas Miracle in the form of my black and white kitty. Christmas came and no miracle happen as Moe still was not here. 
After two weeks, I have to think something foul has happen to him or else he was sick and just went off to die. There is not a beautiful cat sticking his head out of the cube, it is just a dark empty hole just like the one in my heart. 
The Kitty Justice is he was a Walk On cat and now he has walked off. RIP 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Last of the Trees at the Mansion

 These are the Military Heroes Trees as you can tell by the lady in front of the stage that this area of Conservation Hall is very large. The last two of the above photos give you a better view of the trees at each end.  Students from all grades across the state and nation created the ornaments in honor of Tennessee military legends and heroes who have served our state and nation. The two large red, white and blue trees celebrate the five military service branches of our Armed Forces, children of military families and the state militia that make up the Tennessee Military Department. The two middle size trees highlight the Medal of Honor in celebration of our highest military service award recipients. The Yellow Ribbon Trees celebrate Tennessee Military Veterans. Our State or National Flag flank each side of the trees. 
Over in a corner by itself stood the Higher Education Tree. On this tree were displayed ornaments from many of our colleges, universities, technical schools, and community colleges throughout Tennessee, and it represents the importance of education for the future of our state. 
The Kitty Justice is I have finished the tour of the trees but you will have to endure artwork from the Mansion in the coming post. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dolly Parton Trees

 If yawl did not know, Dolly Parton borned in Sevier County, Tennessee is one of our true treasures. As a small child she began singing and writing songs as a multi-talented lady she has written over 3,000 songs and sold around 100 million records. Not bad for a poor little girl from East Tennesee. 
 Dolly's talents includes being an actress, author and philanthropist. She created Dollywood, a theme park in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, to stimulate the tourism industry and create jobs in her community. The Imagination Library which she started promotes childhood literacy. Underneath the trees are the little books provided to children without any cost to them. 
 The Dolly Parton Trees are adorned with coats of many colors and guitars made by Sevier County High School and paper butterflies crafted by students at Carton's Chapel Elementary School in Sevierville. Album covers and photos of Dolly's career also featured on the trees.

The flag which is directly behind the Dolly trees is one of the many items that the previous first lady, Andrea Conte, commissioned to be done with material from parts of the mansion that were being updated when the Conservation Hall was being built. 
There are two Kitty Justice in this post. First, the Kitty Justice is that every state should have someone as talented and giving as our Dolly Parton and secondly, the real Kitty Justice is that we are into real recycling. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Continue On

 After the Sequoyah Tree we went outside around and down stairs to the Bunker(this is what it was called when the previous Governor was having it built). It is really known as Conservation Hall. It has lots of artwork I will showcase after I have finished with the trees. It this tree had a theme as you entered the Hall well it was not indicated. 
 After checking out the first tree, you turn and look down the stairways to the Hall. The three trees at the end were dedicated to Pat Summitt. Since they were the Pat Summitt Trees, of course they sported the University of Tennessee colors (orange and white)
 For those of yawl who might not know about our beloved Pat, I will give you a small lesson. She is a native Tennessean from Henrietta, Tennessee. She was the woman's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 1974 to 2012. She has more wins that any other coach including Men. Her team had 1098 wins-the most in NCAA history. She lead her team to 8 NCAA titles and a combined 32 Southeastern Conference Tournament. In 1999 she was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and accumulated a list too long of awards and achievements to begin to describe them. 

 I may be wrong but I know this is a younger Pat and I believe this is when she played in the Olympics. 
 Please enlarge to read her twelve rules. 
The students of Bearden High School in Knoxville created the ornaments on all three trees honoring Pat. They also made the boxes for the ornaments which were put under the tree as presents. There were some artifacts on loan from the Woman's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville were displayed with the trees to represent a few of Coach Summitt's many achievements. 
The Kitty Justice is now you know a wee bit about my favorite coach. Go Lady Vols. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sunroom Tree

 As I strolled down the steps into the Sun room, I looked to the table on the left side of the room to see a wonderful hand painted gorge. 
 I missed a few items here as I became fascinated with the coffee table. It looks to be made from one piece of wood and again I found it very interesting. I hope you do too. 
 This room was dedicated to Sequoyah (about 1770 to 1843. He is the only person identified in history to have invented a system of writing in his own language without first being literate in another. He was born in the area that is now Monroe County, Tennessee. While he was serving with Andrew Jackson in the Creek War, he observed officers communicating using written marks on bits of paper. He called them "Talking Leaves."After the war, Sequoyah developed a writing system for the Cherokee language in which each Cherokee syllable was represented by one character. His system contained 86 characters and was so easy to learn it could be masterd by an adult within a week. Within a few years, literacy in the Cherokee language became widespread among the Cherokees. 
The Sequoyah Tree is a Leyand Cypress grown by the Duncan Tree Farm in Selmer. This tree features a Cherokee hunting jacket made from the hide of a deer on loan from the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. It features traditional Cherokee beadwork, and it is an example of the type of clothing worn by the Cherokees during his time frame. Borrowed from the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, are reproduced items which include woven baskets, beaded necklaces made from corn kernels, dream catchers, rabbit burs and arrowheads. 
The Kitty Justice is this is a very nice tribute to a Real Native Tennessean.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Drawing Room at the Mansion

 The mantle in the drawing room with President Andrew Jackson's protrait above. A closer look is below. 
 Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was a military hero and legendary statesman. He helped to redefine American politics through his emphasis on the centrality of the common man. After leading American forces to victory at the Battle of new Orleans in January 1815, he gained national acclaim. Voters elected him to serve two terms as President of the United States from 1829-1837. He then retired to his plantation, The Hermitage in Davidson County, where his tomb is now located. 
 The Hermitage provided reproduced items representing Jackson, including pocket watches, quill pens, a cane, saber and top hat to represent a traditional Christmas with the Jacksons. 
The Andrew Jackson tree is a Concolor Fir grown by Roan Valley Tree Farm in Johnson City. It features artifacts on loan from the Tennessee State Museum, including a small sword made from Jackson's hair and mourning ribbons that would have been worn at the time of his death. 
The Kitty Justice if you venture to Davidson County, you need to put The Hermitage on places to visit. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

County Ornaments

 Across from the dining room was a display room of Christmas ornaments for each Tennessee County and they were in alphabetical order. Luckily the Smith County(my home town) ornament was on a lower shelf. The artist that painted the Smith County ornament graduated with me and he and I were voted "Most Talented" of the Senior Class. Through out high school we could be found together with our heads and hands into some sort of art project. He may go by Bill Reece now but he will always be Billy to me. Again I apologize about the blurry camera work. 
 I took this and the one below to show my best friend who lives in Macon, GA. the Robertson County ornament when she arrives for Christmas. 

 Of course I had to take a photo of the Dolly ornament. 
When you come out of the display room to your left  in the hallway is this Nativity scene. I think it is gorgeous. The painting above of the little girls is wonderful. 
The Kitty Justice is to have a book with all the ornaments pictured along with a little tidbit about the county and artist. Do you think there is such a book and I just do not know about it's existence? If not the powers that be need to get with it and make one.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Dining Room of the Mansion

 When you enter the dining room, to the left is the mantle with President James K. Polk portrait above. See the powder horn and hunting pack, hanging from the mantle.
 I stepped across the room to get the dining room table with its decorations and I tried to get the chandelier but could only get the lower part of it. 
 This is John Siever and he was the first Governor of Tennessee. His portrait is on the wall across from James K. Polk. Someone said out loud that the rifle was Crockett's however I did not read the plaque as I intend to go back on the historical tour of the Mansion next year. Well I goofed because the rifle "Old Betsy" is on loan from the East Tennessee History Museum which I found out later. Katz Hair. 
 This is the David Crockett Tree and it is a Fraser Fir grown by Winter Green Farm in Laurel Bloomery. The tree sits in the far right corner of the room.  He was born in East Tennessee in 1786 and died in 1836 at the Alamo. He was a frontier man, state man, and American folk hero. As an adult he moved westward living in both Middle and West Tennessee. He served in the Tennessee General Assembly and the U. S. House of Representatives. After losing a congressional election he moved to Texas and we know what happen to him there. Please check out the bear skin tree shirt and the skins that were also used to decorate. 
This photo is a little blurry but I wanted you to take note of the birds on top and the hat. The room also had reproduced items on loan from Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. These items included the powder horn, hunting pack, moccasins, flintlock rifle, coonskin hat, and bear skin rug. 
The kitty justice is do you know the name of the actor that played David Crockett in the Disney's popular TV and film series? Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tennessee Governor's Mansion

 Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam have opened the mansion for holiday tours the first of December. This is their third annual holiday tour and has been named "Tennessee Home for the Holidays 2013". This years theme is "Tennessee Legends".Cat and I went Monday and Peaches was supposed to come but alas she had Grandma duty. 
 The tree in the Foyer is the Tennessee Governors Tree and it is a Frasier Fir grown by Roan Valley Tree Farm in Johnson City. Tennessee has had 49 governors, including the current Governor. Each governor is represented on this tree with his portrait and signature. Tennessee's Flag of the Governor, designed by the U. S. War Department in 1939, and original ornaments created by Governors Sundquist, Bredesen and Haslam as holiday gifts are also feature on the tree and stairwell garland. (all of this info was taken from the brochure handed out by one of the wonderful volunteers)
Cat is the lady in front waiting for me to finish photos in the foyer so we can head into the dining room. 
The Kitty Justice is the dining room will be featured tomorrow. BTW You were allowed to take as many photos as you wished as long as your flash was off. 

Monday, December 09, 2013

Flowers from Martins

 When we were in Murfreesboro, we went to Martins and picked up Poinsettias. Prince took a big one like the one above over to our wonderful neighbors. I prefer the red color as it looks more like Christmas. 
I put the above plant in my kitchen window. I saw one like it and almost got it a year ago at a local store but Martins had these in all sizes. I like to watch things grow so I got a small one. Maybe Mary Beth can tell me the name as it did not come with a name tag just a tag to advise how to care for it. 
The Kitty Justice is the house is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Back roads home

On our way home from celebrating our Anniversary yesterday, we took the back roads. In College Grove this is the prettiest site we saw. I always wonder if walls and buildings could speak what they would tell me about all they have seen. 
This little Church would have volumes to say since it has been around since 1888.