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Thursday, September 24, 2009

What's Blooming on the Ponderosa

Chrysanthemums, this one is in red, but we have purple and yellow too.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday's Blast from the Past Photo

The bluest eyes in Tennessee, before he could walk (he never really walked he just started running) and talk.

Friday, September 18, 2009

What's ON your fridge Friday

Sometimes you get so far behind, you just need to start over!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009


This Sunday, September 13th is National Grandparents Day. We have an entire hallway filled with writings, pictures and drawings about grandparents. Because we wanted the students to know that teachers have grandparents too, many teachers have created a display outside their classroom door. I just wanted to share mine with you!
Here's what it says:

Ova and Arthur Pierce were my maternal grandparents. As I grew up they lived very near my family on the main street of Byrdstown. He was a trader. She was a homemaker. They had two daughters and four grandchildren.
Because he was a trader, my grandpa always went to bed early so that he could get up before daylight and travel to a nearby town’s stock sale. You never knew what he would have when he returned in his stock truck that afternoon. All four grandchildren always had a pony he had traded for. I loved to ride in his truck and today I still have the tin cup he carried in his glove compartment in case I wanted to stop at a spring and get a drink!
My grandmother was our main baby sitter. There were lots of things to get into at her house. We all loved to play upstairs, where she stored things in big trunks. We would go through her things and play dress up with the old hats and clothes. Granny Ova was an excellent cook and seamstress. She made most of my clothes when I was a little girl. Reading was one of her favorite hobbies. Her favorite TV show was Murder She Wrote and if you tried to visit with her while it was on, she turned the volume up!
My pa died suddenly from a heart attack when he was not much older than I am now. I was only fourteen years old and it was very devastating to lose such an important person in my life. My Granny Ova lived longer than any of my grandparents and she was part of my own children’s lives. I was very blessed to have these wonderful loving grandparents as I was growing up.

Grandpa Pierce in his stock truck

Granny Ova and Stephanie in their Easter outfits

Don’t laugh! This is a Christmas picture made with my grandparents probably around 1967. That’s me on the right, next to my Granny Ova. I think I was in the sixth grade. My glasses and my velveteen dress were very fashionable at the time! The other people in the pictures are my brother and my cousins.

Granny Liza on her front porch

Grandpa at the kitchen table. He liked to smoke Winstons and drink coffee.

My paternal grandparents were B.W. and Liza Donaldson. B.W. stands for Burah Wickless. I have never known anyone else who had that name. They are both from Clay County, TN. Their family owed a farm in Fox Springs, which was a community near the town of Willow Grove. In the 1940’s when Dale Hollow Dam was constructed they were forced to leave the home they loved because it was to become part of Dale Hollow Lake.
They moved to Celina where my grandpa continued to farm and my grandma was a homemaker. They had five children and ten grandchildren. Every Sunday afternoon my family and I made the long winding drive to Celina.
Their farm was an adventure for us. It had chickens, turkeys, cows to milk, beehives, a smokehouse, pigs, huge fields of corn, a big barn full of hay and lots of hills and hollers to explore. My favorite place was the spring and the creek that ran beneath it.
My grandparents never had much money or were able to buy us expensive presents, but they gave us something much better. They taught us to treat people fairly, help our neighbors and to love your family with a fierce devotion!

Now that I’ve become a grandparent, I understand how my grandparents felt about me. If I could go back I would listen closer to their stories. I have lots of questions I would ask and I would have recorded in diaries and scrapbooks the things they told me. Most of all I would have made more pictures!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

What's ON your fridge Friday

I have this Spongebob collage on my fridge. It was made by friend, Carson. She is in the fifth grade and lives in the same sub division as my daughters. I was lucky enough to be at her house when she was having a craft sale. I thought it was great that she was such a young entrepreneur. She had made all sorts of crafts and was selling them for 50 cents to one dollar. Her twin, Kenzie was helping her with the sale. They had set up tables in their drive and put up signs to advertise. Business was good while we were there. I also scored a popsicle picture frame. Tracie purchased some great earrings and Stephanie got some painted rocks and a shell car made from a tape dispenser. I am hoping they make this an annual event and I can go back! Good job Carson!!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ugh! A slug

You must always watch where you are going on the Ponderosa, because it is full of all types of critters!