Friday, October 29, 2010

Keeping Christmas at Richland Church

This is a picture of an authentic heelhugger casket being borne into the church by Confederate soldiers during Keeping Christmas at Richland Church. It is a performance that we do annually at the 1844 historic church which includes acapella singing, an acoustic band, English country Dance and dramatic readings from Civil War diaries, journals and letters.

Production is underway for this year's event which is December 4th and 5th. Follow this link for more information.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Misi's Souvenier Challenge

Misi challenged us once again with a thought on memories/souveniers. I began thinking about memories and how I cherish each one that I hold.

In 1997 I endured a double brain aneurysm that should have taken my life according to the multitude of doctors who worked with me. I was in the ICU in a local hospital for 9 weeks. They performed the surgery to clip the aneurysm (one sealed off by itself) and it left me with severe short-term memory loss. That is why I cherish each memory.

My wonderful husband types all of my thoughts for me as I dictate. I am able to do most anything I desire, my creativity is still intact, I can cook and clean and not be mean! I adore my husband, children and grandchildren and know all of their names and quirks but I usually don't know what day it is or what the calendar holds for me on a specific day. I know everything about early 1997 back to my first growing years even what my hubby wore on our first date but I can't tell you what I had for lunch today. I know many of the ways of the 19th century way of life and how to perform the daily duties, but events since 1997 are sketchy in my mind sort of like a collage of happenings that I cannot sort through. I cook on a wood stove, preserve my own food and serve my family and my God. God has been merciful and gracious to me and I will never forget what works He has wrought in me.

Each time we go on a visit I try to buy or locate something that will help me remember. On our last trip to Maryland Frank bought me this wonderful vintage broom. It has a Hickory handle, real broomcorn bristles and a Hickory peg at the top of the bristles where it is all wired together. The bark is smooth and wonderful and when I use it in my kitchen I wonder how many women held this tool and who might have used it in the past.

My husband made me this wonderful peg shelf to hang it on in a prominent place in my kitchen. I placed a pumpkin for the Harvest season on the shelf.

On the little carved peg I sometimes leave my Charm bracelet. OK, I know it's not prim but it is important because it is like a journal for me. If you look closley at the top you will see a bell that signifies my marriage, on the right a small sterling buttocks basket I picked up at Shaker Village in Kentucky, below that on the left a grand piano that represents my musical ability. I still teach and play piano for my church. Oh, there's a Bible, a trumpet, a pine cone, birthstones and a little angel I call St. Helen. I got her in Beaufort, SC on a trip and she is named for the oldest church there.

Yes, I have souveniers, I have my memories, I just keep them a little different than most, but thank God I have them.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Misi challenged us once again to send pics of our make-do treasures. We love make-do items and seek them out before we hunt for the 'other stuff'.

Make-do means to me, something repaired that you continue to use or an item that was made for one purpose but used in another way. My previous post was about Pink Luster and it is here again but I have added some other unique needfuls for you to check out.

An old wooden funnel that I use as a candlestick. Can't you imagine someone filling cider jugs or another filling moonshine jugs with this old primitive?

This is a crockery jug spout that I use at every Living History event. It takes the place of a funnel. Folks are intrigued that I would use something for one purpose that was destined to be used as something else. It is a little weird that I would use this for a funnel instead of the funnel above, but what would I do for a candlestick?

This faince (sp?) plate and luster teapot both bear the scars of use. Both were broken many years ago and both have the same repairs with metal staples. I love that they were loved and made to use over and over.

This Fishtail handled dough tray is wonderfully old and dear. It has a large bottom repair that is tacked on with copper tacks. The hole in the interior is massive and I no longer use it but it is a conversation piece and worked when there was nothing else to use.

The bowl rack is a new one my hubby made for me, but the bowl is a vintage one. It lay under a house in Tennessee for years until it was given to me. We wired the crack shut. It doesn't work anymore except to make our minds work figuring out the many ways it served its owners.
Thank you, Father God, that you don't just throw us out when we need mending and for finding purpose in our lives no matter how tattered and torn, abused and broken. Amen

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Two Colors Post

Misi at *~1890~* challenged her readers to make a post about Two Colors. I immediately thought of this pic from my website.
I collect Pink Lustre teaware. It is English pottery and dates from the early 19th century. I love the color, the feel, the craft of it. I especially love pieces that were professionally mended many years ago as in the teapot above with staples.

Things that are lovingly repaired and cherished are my favorites I guess because I have been broken and mended by Our Father Who art in heaven...

Pamela and Frank

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Civil Folks Living History Guild

We had our first meeting of the season at our home in my Cookhouse, a recreation of an 1800's cookhouse off my husband's shop. It was a grand time where we ate Chili and Pumpkin Crunch for dessert. Coffee and Strawberry lemonade quenched our thirsts. It is such a blessing having good friends, good food, good fellowship and great weather!
Civil Folks is a group that studies period culture of the early to mid-nineteenth century. We wear period clothing and use as many items from before 1865 as we can possibly use. Most of the time the foods are prepared receipts from the same period, but tonight is was for comfort.
We are so blessed beyond what we could ever imagine!
Hope you enjoy...