Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Undeniable Facts of Life
Don't try to educate your children to be rich. Educate them
to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the
value of things, not the price.

The trip Home..  (Sherry shot the pictures on our crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in the wind and rain)

Last night we walked about three miles after the drive to North Carolina. This walk was in the woods, by the Yadkin River by a couple fields of soy beans. The soy was growing in some beautiful rich bottom land. AS we walked beside the soy I stepped into the field. That stuff is three feet high, I never realized it grew so tall. I wondered as I walked how it was harvested.

On crops. We passed some huge tobacco fields in Virginia. For some reason I was surprised to see that much growing.  And since we drove through so much farm land, we also passed a huge cotton gin. Sherry’s comment was I wonder what they do with the cotton they gin, most of our mills are closed.  That is fact.

I remember my mama’s face would be crimson when she would tell of dad kissing her the first time behind the cotton gin near Red Hill, Georgia, musta been about 1920. I always thought that musta been some kiss! WOW that was nearly 100 years ago.

Anyway, we are back in NC, and our home base for a few weeks. Sherry mentioned about maybe cancelling our Dr. Appointments and reschedule in the spring.  Imma thinking that is a good idea.

I said, ‘Going Home’. I have a friend who asked, ‘where is your home?’ Belmont is Sherry’s Home town, her home. But in reality our home is where we park it.  That is not original, but it is true. Our home stays the same, but our front yard changes fairly regularly.  Right now when we look out all we see is farm land and woods.  WE are parked in what is called overflow. We have electric and water. This is really in the boon docks, but we like it.

                              (light at the end of the tunnel!)
Sherry is looking forward to seeing many of her classmates at the coming HS reunion.  September houses our 61st wedding anniversary! It doesn’t seem long, but I guess it is. Figures do not lie.

Nite Shipslog

                         The 1911 Austin


Chatty Crone said...

61 years - whohoo!
"Don't try to educate your children to be rich. Educate them
to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the
value of things, not the price." This is exactly what we are trying to teach Andy right now as a junior. I can't say he is getting it.

Have a safe trip home.

Mevely317 said...

... and here, I used to be leery of taking the Sunshine Skyway bridge out of St. Pete!

Interesting about the tobacco and the cotton. 'Wonder if, perhaps, the bulk of those crops aren't exported. That had to be neat, standing with the soy on the verge of its debutante party. :)

Paula said...

I like that about your front yard changing. If you don't like it you know it won't be that way forever. My friend's daughter and her family have water for their front yard or they did until Harvey came to visit. They were living in a boat tied at the Marina. Now they are looking for a small camper.

Jean said...

My daughter in law that lives not far from here keeps telling me to buy a travel trailer and park on her property so she would be closer by to help take care of us, she lives out in the country about four miles from here. I have seen some nice ones just don't see living in that small of a space, but if I get disable it might be better than a nursing home. If I did I would keep my home in case I wanted to come back after I got better, more like if I got better. I would enjoy traveling if I could take my home with me I like to sleep in my own bed at night. Lol.


WOW 61 years is a long time to be married. Congratulations to you both. also enjoy the class reunion.

betty said...

I don't think I would want to be crossing that bridge, especially not during a storm! Great pictures Sherry took! Great advice too about how to raise children to know the value of things, not the price. 61 years together! That's a year longer than my age will be when I hit my birthday this year!


Anonymous said...

61 years of marriage life is a wonderful one. Congrats for you! It would be nice to have a walk in a beautiful climate. I love to have them:)

Lisa said...

We used to take school field trips to cotton mills in Belmont and Gastonia. It was always interesting and made me sorta proud of what my little town could do to a bail of cotton to cloth the world. Your right. They are gone. A lot of the mills have turned into housing apartments. Some are just rubble cement in an empty field.
61 Years? Thats a long time but still not long enough...keep going.

Welcome home

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I like how your front yard changes. No matter where you are you always seem to have a great view. I had a service man come out for my internet connection and it seems he fixed it. Hopefully it will stay that way now. I couldn't even add a picture on my blog and that was frustrating. Lots of fields with soy beans here too. I'm just a short ride from the country. They are still green, but will soon turn to gold. It's the last day of August and September will be bring a lot of changes as we welcome fall.

Dar said...

Look at you guys go, 61 yrs. together and going! It must seem like yesterday to you two, so in love with one another and life. Proud of the two of you.
I'd suppose that the cotton Still makes fine cotton shirts, the most comfortable thing in the world, and cotton sheets. The photos of your trip home were great. I never have stood in a soybean field but have tried to reach the top of sunflowers. They sure get high. At one time we had them over 20 ft. tall next to the barn. Beautiful sight. There is nothing finer than riding through country roads to remind us where our food and clothes come from.
love n' hugs from up north where we took a day off from gardening. I'll be hard at it in the morning...cucs to turn into garlic dill pickles.

Unknown said...

Educate them to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the