Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Finds & Randomness

Summertime usually means at least one family reunion. We traveled to south Arkansas to visit with some of my husband's family. We were a little early so we drove through the small town. When we passed the county museum, I knew I'd found a way to kill some time. Ten historic buildings depicting a typical  farming community had been moved near the museum. Among them was the Sam Terry Log house built before 1850 from cypress logs. Along with the two story log house, there was a separate kitchen, blacksmith shop, doctor's office, a general store,  potato house, and a sharecroppers house. One never knows what one might FIND when they arrive early!
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Since the museum was closed on Sundays, I had to be content with peeking in the windows. I've always wanted a spinning wheel. Not that I'd ever learn to spin wool, but I just think they're beautiful. Space is the only reason I don't have one.  Where would I put it!

Traveling through the delta region of southern Arkansas may seem a little boring to some, but to me it's fascinating and has it's own beauty.  Miles and miles of farmland stretches as far as you can see. Crops like rice, soybeans, cotton, grain corn, and wheat all laid out in precision under gorgeous blue skies.

Speaking of crops. There's a little crop of wild blackberries behind the house. I waited patiently for them to turn black and then snipped off a couple to eat. Yuk!  Bitter!  I'll just buy mine from the grocery store from now on!

There's a connection between me and sycamore trees. When I was in the fifth grade another student and I read a book out loud to the class. I remember being so nervous each day as we stood in front and read. She'd read a page then I'd read a page. I don't remember the name of the book, but I do remember when I couldn't pronounce the word "sycamore." I said "sike-a-more." I also remember the teacher was not so friendly in her correction. I may not like the reminder of it's name, but I do like their seedpods and their rough bark! Well, mostly I like their bark. It falls off once and year and makes the most horrible mess in the yard!

I did it! I drowned my flowers. I'm used to hot and dry June's, so while we were on vacation I placed several pots in plastic containers with a little water in the bottom to keep them hydrated. How was I to know it was going to rain everyday and drown my little flowers!  I replaced them this week and am now enjoying the pretty portulaca flowers. They're usually hardy, maybe I won't drown these!
Enjoy your weekend!


  1. So many lovely finds for your Friday, Cathy! I love the picture of the crops against that big blue sky and the sycamore seed pods. I agree that spinning wheels are fascinating, but I'm allergic to wool, so I don't think I'm hankering after one! So nice to look at though and I love to see them in action.
    Have a beautiful weekend.

  2. Oh yeah these are all you for sure and what I think of when I think of you. Love that old wood and that expanse of field

  3. Love the history in that old building some great finds there...

  4. Hard to imagine drowning flowers in Arkansas :) Love the those historic buildings. Beautiful texture in those seed pods.

  5. I love your "in-the-windows-peeking" - lots of things to discover that way :) Beautiful lines in the crop picture - I find it amazing that they are able to plant in such straight rows.

  6. What a beautiful old cabin! I love those little preserved and restored "towns" and really enjoy walking around and imagining what it might have been like to have lived in such a time and place. I used to hanker after a spinning wheel, too, years ago - my former mother-in-law and her sister each had one in their living rooms and I was very envious. Wonderful macro of the sycamore pods...great texture.

  7. Lovely finds. Love the little cabin and all the lines in your crop shot. Happy weekend. :)

  8. Wow! What a treasure this place is! I'd love to see it. Such 'hominess' and warmth. Beautiful photos, Cathy.

  9. Sounds like a neat place to visit, too bad you could only peek in the windows.
    I'm guessing your blackberry wasn't as ripe as you thought. We have loads of wild blackberries here and they are juicy and sweet tasting, not bitter at all.
    That was really mean of the teacher to not be more understanding of the fact you didn't know how to pronounce the word. I like your photo of the pod and I agree they can be messy. It's been fun stopping in and catching up with you.


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