Welcome

It’s with great excitement at I can announce the newest member of our family: Miss Lucy Rapp. Advertisements

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Found photos

My family has always loved photos. They were everywhere and we were always taking more. I would thumb through old albums or stacks of pictures staring at much younger versions of my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. This week, someone I don’t know was posting old photos he’d found in a Facebook group to see…

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Remembering

Ten years ago was my brother’s 30th birthday. I woke up at a friend’s house when she frantically yelled into the answering machine. I watched alone in horror when the second plane hit. Back at home in my apartment, my friends and I stared blankly at the TV screen all day and into night. My…

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Learning to quilt

I’ve decided that I want to learn to quilt. Both of my grandmothers were really skilled quilters, and I used to sew a lot when I was a kid. I can hand stitch pretty well and could use my grandmother’s sewing machine. I have a sewing machine but to be honest, I don’t even remember…

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Naomi Fine Kelly 1915 – 2011

KELLY, NAOMI FINE – went home to be with her Lord on January 3rd at Life Care Center of Rhea County. She was preceded in death by her husband Charlie Kelly; parents Grover and Myrtle Cox Fine; granddaughter Kelly Martin Streets; brother, Jewell and Ross Fine and sisters Reba Holland and Willie Arnold; and sons-in-law…

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Weekly Money Check-Up

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on work clothes from a clearance sale. I feel only slightly guilty because I really needed the items and they we’re deeply discounted.  I got three skirts, a jacket and a blouse for under $100.  Not bad, I say. 2. Today I feel  pretty good towards…

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Stress? What stress?

This has been a challenging week. I realize it’s Monday, but we’ll just say “the previous seven days” and consider that this week. Maybe even longer, but I don’t want to think it’s been longer. When I was letting it all sink in, I realized that the little stress-o-meter thingy people use to measure stress…

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Ace is the place with the helpful hardware man

We had another weekend of snow.  On Friday night/early Saturday morning, my mom called to let us know that they were out of power from the snowstorm.  My mom takes care of my 94 year old grandmother so it was a bit nerve-wracking to think of her without heat.  They had an old kerosene heater,…

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Hitting too close to home

Last night I got an email from my mother in law.  As I read the first paragraph, I assumed it was just a nice “Happy 4th of July” email and read on with a light heart.  As I read on, I realized it wasn’t as jovial as I’d hoped.   As it turns out, the South…

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For my mother

Lake is very excited to be sending a message to her Granny Bren!  And to help rid the world of chapped lips.     

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It’s Friday! Now with PICTURES!

Ooof.  This has been ONE. TOUGH. WEEK.  And I am so incredibly glad it’s over.  My husband and I have no plans until Sunday when we are going to a nice brunch thrown by a very dear friend of ours.  I cannot explain how happy I am to have a relaxing weekend.  I’d guess that…

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My life was changed by a train

My life was changed by a train, on a particularly peculiar Monday, immediately following Thanksgiving weekend.  I have every reason to be especially thankful this year.  And I am. 

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My uncle Bill

One of my favorite family members passed away early yesterday morning.  My uncle Bill was so pleasant and just an all around wonderful person.   He was always so excited to see my brother and me, you know genuinely happy to know us.   When we were kids he had a rock tumbler and always gave us the…

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