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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Piggy Bank

One of our great nephews, Brett, is 3 yrs old now. His mother told him she was trying to save money so they could come down in August to visit her family. He calls her parents, his maternal grandparents, Grommie and Pickles. She said that he went and got his piggy bank and brought it to her and said, "I saved money. Can we go to Pickles house now?" I just had to scrap this story so here is my digital scrapbook page of the piggy bank story.

Well Checkup

Our great nephew, Ryan, had his one month well checkup back on June 28. He is over 11 lbs now. I did this digital scrapbook page of his well checkup. I took the colors in the picture and used a muted green (from the design in the pillow he's laying on), beige and a copper color to match his hair. He was wearing a beige shirt with the word "All Star" on it and brown and beige striped pants. I picked up the stripes of his pants in the striped paper at the bottom and used stars as an embellishment.

May My Mark Be True

The older I get, the more I realize how important memories are made as children. It seems that everything leaves an impression for good or bad. Little things like the sound of the screen door slapping closed in the summer time (before there was air conditioning), a certain smell that brings back a memory, the taste of summertime tomato sandwiches. And then there are the people who are involved in your life that make big impressions. I was blessed to have a family that was very loving, supportive and caring. My parents, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts and great uncles, etc. all made lasting impressions that come back to me. I was raised in a Christian home and was in church every Sunday until I got to be about 8 yrs old. It wasn't as constant after that but all those memories of Bible stories, hymns, the smell and feel of the church sanctuary and the basement Sunday School rooms, the nursery and toys... all those are imprinted on my mind. It is so important to give your children a good bedrock of loving memories because they will carry them all of their lives. You may think that a baby doesn't remember something but you would be wrong. They will carry those baby memories deep in their subconscious. As an adult they may not remember why they love the smell of an orange or why they are afraid of thunderstorms but a good bit of those things are from subconscious memories. As much as it's within your power to do so, leave children with good memories. Enough happens in life that we have no control over and we cannot help those things and how they affect our children. But there are so many other ways we do have control over what they remember. Be careful of arguing in front of the children, of showing disrespect of others in front of your children, especially your spouse and other family members. Be careful of how you speak to them, not in yells and curse words but in kind words and a gentle tone. Be careful to provide them with a safe, clean and loving home not one full of chaos, filth and loneliness. And be sure to take your children to a good church so they have those experiences in their hearts. One day they will be mature enough to make their own decisions about God but it never hurts to sow the seeds early and pray that they take root and give your child a desire to know God. I remember when I re-dedicated my life (as a teen) it was like coming home. I knew enough about church, hymns, services, Sunday School, etc. to where it wasn't foreign to me. It was second nature.

Anyway, I wanted to do this digital scrapbook page of my wish for our new great nephew, Ryan. I pray that I will get a chance to make a mark in his life and that my mark will be true.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Southern Dream Homes

I wanted to post photos that I found that represent Southern dream homes. Some are well known historical houses. Some are old and some are modern takes on the old. Some are mansions and some are more normal. But when you think of Southern homes, you might think of these.

A typical southern farmhouse

Tennessee log cabins

Low country home

Kentucky horse farmhouse


Sunday, July 08, 2012

Dog Trots

The dogtrot, also known as a breezeway house, dog-run, or possum-trot, is a style of house that was common throughout the Southeastern United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Most theories place its origins in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Some scholars believe the style developed in the post-Revolution frontiers of Kentucky and Tennessee. Others note its presence as far east as the Piedmont of the Carolinas from an early period. A dogtrot house historically consisted of two log cabins connected by a breezeway or "dogtrot", all under a common roof. Typically one cabin was used for cooking and dining while the other was used as a private living space, such as a bedroom. - Wikipedia My great grandmother, Lillian Vianna Conner Reese said her father, a farmer and carpenter, built them a dog-trot house. She said she never understood why he did that because you had to go through the elements to get from side of the house to the other. I think one of the main reasons they would have done it was it gave a covered outdoor living space. Back in the days before air conditioning, it gets HOT in the South. People built in practical ways to keep cool. They would have "sleeping porches" where you could pull your bed out on these porches to catch any cooling breeze. They built with high ceilings because heat rises. They put transoms on doors that allowed for privacy and yet gave you some ventilation. Often houses would have large windows that went to the floor so they could be opened to catch any air movement. Almost all houses would have porches. They needed the outdoor living space for shade and air. It became the place to sit and visit on Sunday afternoons; the place they would do chores like peeling peaches, snapping beans, shucking corn; as the coolest place to sleep in the summer. It was very practical. These were the days before air conditioning and screens. So I imagine the dog trot house was another innovation for the hot weather. Of course, now we have air conditioning and we need to keep the air conditioned air inside so we don't open windows or live on the porch like we used to. But I wanted to show you what the dog trot house looked like. I wonder which one most resembles the one my great grandmother grew up in.

On this one, you will notice that someone eventually tried enclosing part of the dog trot on this old log cabin. This happened a lot as things changed. Once screens were available people began to change. Screened in porches and adding screens to windows became important. It was awhile before air conditioning became affordable to most people. But once it became more affordable and normal and we knew what was available most homes have it. But having air conditioning meant we closed our homes up to keep it cool. This is when we began using insulation, energy efficient windows and doors, not using porches/decks/patios as much. It's too hot outside so we stay inside. It was more conducive to your lifestyle to enclose those porches, and, in this case, the dog trots to make indoor rooms.

Modern or modernized dogtrot houses.

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