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I wrote a blog about my husband's tomato growing a few days ago. There is nothing that is more anticipated in the South than home-grown tomatoes. Except perhaps home-grown watermelons! I'm eating cantaloupe right now and I've always been too fastidious to really enjoy watermelon. I love this picture but keep cringing as I think of the pretty little outfits that are worn by these children having watermelon juice all over them. When folks had few clothes and had no automatic washers and dryers clean up would have been a problem. But isn't it a great old picture! Bring (21 comments)
$8,000 FIRST TIME BUYER TAX CREDIT - CHECK RECEIVED !!!! - 05/30/09 04:56 PM
I've been telling folks to get this tax credit by buying a house. This blog makes it very real! I hope some of my Searcy Arkansas White County readers may see this. Via Sheldon Neal -- That British Agent -- (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited):
This is an actual check from one of my First Time Buyers who bought a home last month, and immediately filed his 2008 tax return - which he had already filed an extension for - and this week received the above check !
... before his home purchase, his return was going to (3 comments)
How a bear feels when he gets tranquilized and falls out of a tree. - 05/29/09 01:29 PM
A bear story made the news in Arkansas. The state newspaper Arkansas Democrat-Gazette carried the cute story of a bear being caught somewhere in the city. They tranquilize the bear, pull a tooth for some reason and tag him and go put him out in the woods somewhere. The editorial section had this funny story from the bear's point of view. I'm not sure which writer did this but I thought it was funnier than Alan Elvis May. I loved reading it as I had my morning coffee. I hope they don't mind my sharing it with you.
We got "rolled." We haven't been "rolled" since we had young kids at home and their friends thought that was a fun thing to do. The "rolled" greeted me as I went to pick up the morning newspaper. They musta got the houses mixed up because we've just got a new neighbor who shares the mailstand with us. (The doors were banged up on these boxes the day before but they didn't knock over the brick stand.) The kids must be flirting with the teenage girl over there. But there's a sign in the yard saying she's a cheerleader? Can't they (18 comments)
This old photo taken by my friend Paula when she was doing a Girl Scout's photography project is one of my favorite of Searcy Arkansas during the 40's, I think. I've posted various pictures that she loaned me for my blog. This photo shows what is now Quattlebaum Music Store and what is still Stott's Drug Store on the right side of the picture which is the South side of the Court Square.
This photo shows Quattlebaum Music and Stott's Drugs as they were just a few months ago. I was cruising downdown and snapped (6 comments)
Memories of Searcy AR for Memorial Day submitted by Don Thompson - 05/23/09 07:31 AM
I'm reposting this blog from Don Thompson's blog with his permission. Memories of WWIII remember the Service Flag hanging in our window of the house on North Main across from the First Methodist Church. I lived with my grand parents and the flag represented their son, Alvin Graham. Then there was the terrible day a telegram arrived announcing that Alvin was missing in action. I can still hear my grandmother, Sadie Graham, breaking down and crying uncontrollably. We kept up hope that he would be found alive but eventually we learned he had died on the battlefield in France. Alvin (10 comments)
I can't believe I did that! Watch TV for two hours, that is.... - 05/21/09 09:22 AM
TV is not my thing. I rarely watch and haven't learned how to go beyond VCR and haven't taped any favorite shows in ages. But being from Arkansas, one hour away from Conway, I decided to be loyal and watch "American Idol" Wednesday night. I did take a book with me to read during commercials and when I was bored. That Adam Lambert reminded me of a new Elvis but he wasn't good at moving the hips. The glamorous face look I liked. But the newspaper today reported that Kris Allen is "humble," a good church goer and person. SO.....Conway came (18 comments)
The Governor of Arkansas is Mike Beebe from Searcy Arkansas. He used to be just a good old guy who worked as an attorney in Searcy and played golf with the fellows. He still plays golf with the fellows and is still a good guy but now lives in the Governor's mansion in Little Rock. A few years back they were playing golf and a squirrel actually picked up his golf ball and hightailed it up a tree.....actually stole the ball and probably cost the governor a stroke or two. I suspect it was some relative of our (73 comments)
What more can be said? This home inspector delivered two of these trays and sat them on our table at our office. If he brought them to us, he must have taken them to all of the real estate offices. He left his card and I'm putting it on this blog. I've used him and like him. How can you not like a home inspector who brings treats!!! I also like for them to bring brochures so that the brochure can be placed in the hands of the buyers so they can make the selection themselves. My feeling very strongly is (25 comments)
He's going to put hair on his tomato plants?????????? Gardening, golfer-style. - 05/17/09 09:03 AM
Perhaps being married to a blogger makes you fair game. Of course, he didn't ask for it when he married me because he didn't know I'd become a tattler on a blog site. But he's stuck now. What is his latest thing to do? He went to the barber shop and gathered human hair to put around his six four tomato plants! This guy has decided to grow a garden on our vacant lot. All he can handle with his golfing schedule are tomato plants. So this year so he got out the post-hole diggers and dug four holes. Around the holes he (30 comments)
A recent newspaper article pointed out that cell phones have now surpassed the households opting for landlines. Fewer and fewer families are having landlines. They are dropping the landlines and choosing cellphones only. Verizon Communications Inc reported 39 million landline customers in March 2008 and 35 million a year later. Over the same period Verizon's wireless customers grew from 67 million to 87 million! Some of those came from the company's acquisition of Alltel Crop. But the amazing thing is that many are going cell phone only. It saves money. I hate that I can't go to (20 comments)
Here's another great old picture taken at Armstrong Springs, White County Arkansas. Armstrong Springs had a hotel where people came and stayed to drink the healing waters of the springs. Ruby Nell Woodson Moye loaned me the picture of this picture of the Armstrong family, Ruby's relatives on her mother's side. It is taken on the front steps of a house that still stands there. Ruby said that her grandfather bottled and sold the water! Sounds like he was way ahead of his time in selling bottled water. He is the 4th from left, middle row. Armstrong Springs became (6 comments)
63 year old bungalow with original owner. A long romance! - 05/13/09 08:07 AM
It was my pleasure to receive a call from the owners of this house built in 1947 and loved and pampered by the same family for 63 years! The family added on a second bath and they moved the rock wall, built the bath and put the rock wall back. They added onto a bedroom and once again moved the rock and then put it back so that the house is rock all the way around. It does not look added-on. They have put in replacement windows, security system, sprinkling system in the yard, added a detached one car garage with electric (51 comments)
This photograph of our old Smyrna Church on Highway 36 West taken in 1981 ? by one of the Armstrongs from Armstrong Springs was loaned to me by Ruby Nell Woodson Moye. She found it as she was cleaning out her desk and going through things long forgotten. The church is now undergoing restoration. The photographer's composition is very nice. Most of us would have centered the church, wouldn't we? For another view and a little history of the church, click here. From this link you can find out a lot of White County history. Go for it!!
Well, now I understand bad bad MLS photos! - 05/11/09 07:12 AM
New camera for Mother's Day! Great. I've been using my old Sony Mavica for years and I do love the thing. The floppy discs are reusable! The camera is good and heavy feeling so it's easy to hold it steady. But time marches on and I go to a party once in awhile and wanted a smaller camera so it would fit in my purse. So I have this new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150 that is no bigger than a cell-phone. I started yesterday to try to figure it out. I spent today trying to figure it out. I spend last night dreaming (24 comments)
For what do you thank your mother on this Mother's Day? - 05/10/09 09:26 AM
Mother's Day 2009. Lots of our mothers have been passed on for a long long time as has mine. I'm feeling a very strange "Thanks, Mom" this year and this day. She could have named me Flossie May. She could have named me Bessie Lou. She could have called me Minnie, ie. in Minnie Pearl. I could be an Ethel! Double thanks, MOM! So I wonder....where'd she get the name Barbara Ann? Was she reading a novel? I never saw her read a book other than the Bible. Did she see a movie? She sneered at movies and said, "That ole (21 comments)
Steve Eve's successful rocket launch to commemorate anniversary of moon landing. - 05/07/09 08:13 PM
My son-in-law has a hobby of model rocketry. His name is Mark Canepa and he has written two books about rocketry. He travels to rocket launches and photographs, launches his own rocket and writes for the rocketry magazines. He published this article about a big launch that was going to take place on April 25, 2009. He has just sent me this link to the successful launch of the largest model rocket ever launched. It is a 36' 1600 lb 1/10 scale "miniature" Saturn V rocket launch commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first landing on the moon. The launch was April (13 comments)
The Woodson family from Searcy Arkansas is shown in this portrait. There were three girls and 2 boys. The girl on the left is Ruby Nell's mother. Her mother was an Armstrong from Armstrong Springs, a community that had a hotel and lots of activity around the 1917 era. The detail in this picture is fantastic. The picture was loaned to me by Ruby Nell Woodson Moye. I've been posting a few old photos of her family. (9 comments)
What is this? A keg party? Surely not but that little child is sitting on what looks like a keg! This picture was shared by Ruby Nell Woodson Moye and shows some sort of gathering at Armstrong Springs, White County Arkansas. Armstrong Springs was a community of some size with people coming for health purposes to stay at the hotel and bask in the healing spring water. Ruby's dad is in the center with the hat. I like the fun looking girl on the right who appears to be having some fun! Probably circa 1917. (21 comments)
One of our RE/MAX agents was going through her desk and found several great old pictures of her relatives. She said I could share them on my blog. This first one is the Armstrong Springs Ball Team from 1917. Her dad, Noel Woodson, is the one on the right on the back row. The agent's name is Ruby Nell Woodson Moye. Armstrong Springs is not even known as a town at the present time but then it had a hotel which had healing springs and folks came for the healing waters, so Ruby reported. Later on it became (9 comments)
Searcy Arkansas is the seat of White County and it is surrounded by several small towns that used to be working towns. Higginson is one of them. It has a railroad track running through it that is still a very busy track. Trains speed through quite often. Perhaps President Obama's plan for fast trains will include passage through Higginson. My friend Ludean lives there and has supplied several pictures of Higginson which I've blogged in the past. I think she also supplied this one showing railroad workers in Higginson. It has Missouri Pacific Oilers working at depot in Higginson. Wikipedia (11 comments)
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