Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The road to Faith Hill - note all photos are clickable for a larger version
I arrived home late Saturday night and the trip was wonderful!
My trip to Eastern Kentucky was bittersweet, I was allowed wonderful bonding time with old friends and was lucky enough to make a few new friends. We were able to relax, eat and laugh (A LOT). I think I can speak for all of us and say that Lonnie was on our minds and memories of him held close to our hearts, he was missed a great deal.
On May 4, we attended a memorial service for him in the beautiful, old (now rarely used) log church.
The rest of the week we worked on a few of the projects Lonnie did not have the chance to complete including...
Finishing the last couple of rows of rat wire and mortar on the back and side of the bath house.
This is a project started last year - Lonnie wanted to see the concrete exterior of the bath house more in line with the log structures already on the premises (the manse, church and hospital). Lonnie's brother Wayne stepped in as our supervisor and led us to the finish. Included in the above photo are Anne, Wayne and Bobbie.
Another project was staining some of the new floor boards in the church to match the older boards. Anne took that project on by herself - with a little help from Lonnie's brother-in-law, George.
In addition to those projects, we worked on shoring up one side of the seats that were sagging in the shelter house.
As an added bonus, and thanks to generous donors in Michigan, we had an incredible amount of clothes and household items to sort through and get ready for a free rummage for the families that live in the hollow ('holler').
We made new friends...
And lasting memories (Anne and Amanda)
Lonnie added a beautiful pond behind his cabin last year, a couple of us sowed grass around the pond. It felt odd and wrong to be up there without him, but comforting at the same time.
I found this wonderful little butterfly up by his cabin.
It was a wonderful week with an abundance of smiles and many tears. We reconnected with quite a few people we met on previous trips and had a good balance of work and 'play' time. One afternoon several of us took off on 4-wheelers in search of polk salad - this is a weed, it grows wild and is cooked up similar to greens. It doesn't matter if your hunting for it or eating it - I only heard it called polk salad. Our 'chef' James boiled it up with hog jowl and it was a big hit. I am not a big fan of greens, but did eat my fair share of the fried polk stalks, they were delicious! And that hog jowl, fried up crisp - like bacon - oh man it is wonderful.
Come sit on the porch a spell and enjoy the sounds of rain on the tin roof - and maybe a little lightning and thunder...
I did get a bit of beading done, I worked on my BFAC doll. I hope to have her finished in a week or so. I still have 3 Bead Journal Project pages to complete. I have March and May worked out in my head - I just need to put beads to fabric. I really want to finish my doll first though.
Now my latest fascination (or obsession maybe...) - orbs. Have you ever seen/noticed them in your photos? I have captured them in photos on every trip I have taken to this area of Kentucky. Inside and outside the house, in the church as well - they are seemingly everywhere. Kinda creepy, but cool at the same time.
This is the room in which I slept - this photo was taken last year. I took additional photos in the room this year, and there were orbs again, but not so many this time.
If you want to see more of my photos with orbs - I have loaded them up at Flickr, take a peek.
And just one more thing if you can stand it - are you still with me?
I wanted to share a couple of photos of the precious little kitty, he grew SO much while I was away.
He's 4 weeks old today, is very curious and is now climbing out of his box or maybe rolling would be a better description - he's getting plenty of calories!
And mama is VERY alert when there is a knock at the door or a stranger (to her) in the house, I managed to snap a photo just as someone knocked.
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman