Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy Autumn!

Happy Autumn!! It is a struggle for me to look forward to this dark time of year but this family celebration really set the tone for the season.   We had great weather, family, songs, stories, food, fun, adventures, fire and even toads!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Clothesline


A clothes line was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the 'fancy sheets'
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the 'company table cloths'
With intricate design.

The line announced a baby's birth
To folks who lived inside
As brand new infant clothes were hung
So carefully with pride.

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed
You'd know how much they'd grown.

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It said, 'Gone on vacation now'
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, 'We're back!' when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare.

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way.

But clotheslines now are of the past
For dryers make work less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess.

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line!
            -AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

More Swampstock Pictures

a bigger party than anyone knew?grandma gets down
Lydia jamsGood ol' SwampyLovely Leanne

Swampstock 2009

Good musicmuch dancingTom tells awesome stories!!Daddy plays guitarthe sun sets on the first wonderful daycampfirefire-side hulamoon rise on night two