Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lincoln's Birthplace

In honor of President's Day I decided to pay a visit to a local landmark.  Lincoln's Birthplace is a National Park that is not too far from the farmette.  Though it seems like a sleepy locale, it gets an estimated 200,000 visitors per year.  A replica of Lincoln's boyhood cabin resides in this building.  

At the top of the steps you get a proper view of the farm.  Boardwalk trails and forest trails wind through the acreage of the farm.  

A replica of Lincoln's birth cabin is a glimpse into a hard life, or I think so.  

It is hard for me to imagine living in such a tiny structure with two children and meals to prepare.  

The spring which originally supplied water to the Lincoln family is still flowing right next to the memorial building.  Typical of Kentucky's landscape, the spring flows from a cave system.  As a child, I tossed pennies into this spring, but not anymore.  There is a much better awareness of the environmental impact of coins in the spring.  

When I was a child, this store was my favorite part of the visit.  The Nancy Lincoln Inn sells all things Lincoln, including ice cream.  

It contains many cedar boxes and small cabins for sale, as well as civil war items.  I still have the cedar boxes that I bought there, years ago.  Sadly, it was closed when I was there.  

"I do the very best I know how....the very best I can, and I mean to continue doing so, until the end."  

Abraham Lincoln 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Randoms

It is hard for me to believe that the Daffodils are already blooming.  Seems just a bit too early for Kentucky.  

I am a fan of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  In case you missed it, (how could you?), here are a few of the more unusual dogs.  

If you fancy a cup of tea and have some time for travel, this is where you need to go.

If you are looking for a quirky small town to visit, then this is your list.  

Leaving you with a Tiny Desk Concert for the weekend.  
Make it a good one.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for the small things that keep me going.  Kind words from a friend, cards/notes from my students, a text from my family, kind comments from people when I am out and about, are all things that give me that pick up when I need it.  I like to think of these people as my pit crew.  They give me the fuel I need to keep up my pace.  

What are you thankful for today?  Big or small, just lay it on me! 

 I would love to hear it.  

It's a Small Town Life

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Surprise in Yellow

I was looking for something else.  Wading deep into the photo archives, I had my mind set on another photo.  One I recalled, but remained elusive.  Then, I came across this beauty.  

Yellow paint, slightly faded, with a wonderful, rusty roof.  A deep front porch, perfect for sitting.  Or do they call it, "porching", these days?  

Then my mind began to wander as to why there are two front doors on this house.  Not deep enough to be a double shotgun style home, perhaps it held two families.  My grandparents had a house that resembled this, complete with those two front doors and metal roof. 

I loved to sleep on the couch on a rainy night and listen to the rain hit the roof.    

It's the little things that create the best memories.  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I am Kentucky

Kentucky certainly has been in the news recently.  With the publication of, Hillbilly Elegy, the highlight of the poorest town in the state, (on the nightly news, no less), and the ongoing saga of the drug plight, it can seem that this state holds no promise, beauty, or anything relevant to a prosperous future.  

I am not here to dispel any of this, my state has problems.  I am here to tell you that this is not the whole story.  There are people here who work hard, pray hard, and value their family life.  People who are educated and, despite life's troubles, do not turn to drugs or domestic violence.  

My maternal grandparents didn't have indoor plumbing until the late 1970's.  Poverty didn't propel them into a life of drugs, or anything else.  Working for a living was valued, as was making good choices for your life.  

Thankfully there are still people like them in today's society.  
People I see everyday. 

Linking up today with, The Barn Collective.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Randoms

One of Smalltownland's old homes that has a great view of the nightly sunset.  Built around 1840, it still stands, though it remains uninhabitable.   

What happens when an eclipse, a full moon, and a comet come into play at the same time?  I don't know either, but I guess we will find out tonight.  

Winter Storm Niko may be wreaking havoc in your area, but you still might appreciate these photos of it.  

My daughter got me hooked on the new Netflix show, Stranger Things, and I loved it.  Here is some info about Season Two.....not due until Halloween!  

Leaving you with some Willie Nelson for the weekend.   

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday just because it is Thursday.  You know when you are having a good week, but it is so busy that you are glad to see the end is near?  That's where I am at today.

What happening in your world this week?  What are you thankful for, be it big or small?  Link up below and let us know.

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