Comings and Goings

Dana spent a week with her mom during the first of October while I was out of town. And on Friday, we picked Lauren up from Covenant for a long weekend—she’s off on Monday and Tuesday. It has been nice to have her home for a few days.

We missed the Fall Festival at the Folk School this year since we were both out of town. Other than the year it was rained out, I believe that’s the first one we’ve missed since we’ve been here.

I will be a Classical Conversations tutor again, briefly. I am subbing for the freshman class this Tuesday. Hopefully, this will be the bunch I will inherit (and that Rebekah will join) next year. I know most of them, and it should be fun—other than discussion Billy Budd, one of my least favorite books we read in CC. They would happen to be doing that one, the week I am there.

Speaking of reading, Rebekah and I have started Les Miserables for our world literature class. I am excited to get to read it again, and Rebekah is enjoying it so far. In addition to that, she is also reading an account of Lewis and Clark for US history.

So we are staying busy as we near the midpoint in the semester with school; piano lessons; tutoring—we’re all doing that—some paid, some volunteer; babysitting; events with the youth group and church; and the comings and goings of daily life. Busy, but good.

The garden is still going strong as we’ve had a long bought of warmish weather. But it is supposed to be in the 30s at night most of the week, so things should begin to slow down considerably. The warm weather has kept the green on the trees longer than normal. By this time, the hill across the way, is usually pretty colored; it is still mostly green. This week should move things along, hopefully.

Finally, there is a house that we’ve had our eyes on for a couple of months or so that may be difficult to obtain. It is going into foreclosure, and I’m not sure how hard it will be to seek to buy it, as it is not a local bank who has the note. But we are going to pursue it, nonetheless. We should know something by November.

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Bucket List?

I don’t have a bucket list. And if I did, I’m not sure I would have thought to include this unless someone had brought it up. But going to a concert at the Ryman (home of the Grand Ol’ Opry) would be something I would want to do.

Dana and I drove to Nashville after church yesterday, and so after last night I can check off that non-existent item on my non-existent bucket list. And it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime concerts. Just a few days ago was the 20th anniversary of Rich Mullins death. (If you don’t know Rich Mullins’s music, you are missing out on arguably one of the best singer-song writers that has ever been.)

Numerous artists (Andrew Peterson, Andy Gullahorn, Andrew Osenga, Jill Philips, Finnegan Bell, Ben Shive, Gabe Scott, Jeremy Casella, and others) sang and played numerous instruments (including a bagpipe, accordion, several strings, and a hammer dulcimer) in covering almost 30 of Rich’s songs in a tribute concert to a man who influenced so many of those on stage. I’m not a huge fan of cover songs. Few are done really well. But this was a fabulous concert that ran three hours in a neat venue. I’m thankful that we got to go.

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The End of an Icon

It sits nestled in the very corner of Clay County. It’s owned by a man named Clay Logan. It is called Clay’s Corner—an apt name. I pass it on every trip to town. It is the morning gathering place for the locals. It hosts a Friday night convocation of musicians and whoever else can fit into the back room for a jam session of fiddles, guitars, and basses. And on New Year’s Eve, a couple of thousand folks gather for the Possum Drop, where (depending upon what lawsuit PETA has filed), they lower a caged possum around midnight after music, skits, and general fun. It’s also where I buy gas for the lawn mower—it’s one of those old analog machines, and you can’t pay at the pump.

And last week it closed. Clay has decided he’s ready to hang up the general-store-manager role. He said the Possum Drop will go on as planned this December 31, however.

A couple of times since we’ve lived here a hurricane or tropical storm has hit the North Carolina coast, and we’ve been asked if we were affected. Seeing how we live over 500 miles from the North Carolina coast, there is usually no sign of storm in our neck of the woods. Irma, however, is not supposed to stay on the coast but come north through Georgia right into our neck of the woods with tropical storm force winds. If it follows the track below, it will pass right over us (we’re just south of that S on the map). The last time I was in a tropical storm was at a UT football game sometime in the 90s when a storm came ashore from the gulf and went right up I-35. I don’t remember who we were playing, but it came quite a squall; there was a rather lengthy delay, and then all was well. I’ll be curious to see if this is anything like that.

The garden is still plugging away. We did pull up two tomato plants today to make room for some spinach and kale, but we are still getting okra, though the cool nights have certainly slowed it’s growth (it was 46° this morning), and my peppers are producing well again. One of the plants is taller than I am and putting out some rather good sized jalapeños.


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And Then There Were Three

We dropped Jenna off last night at Belhaven to begin her junior year.

She’s all ready to go and should have a fun year with a class in aesthetics, Victorian Lit., History of Grammatical Structures (they are using a text book I used in college a long time ago), biology, and honors where the subject they will tackle (from looking at the reading list) appears to be something to do with the role of work.

We also got to see Lauren briefly on our way back home as we dropped off some essentials that she needed, like her coffee mug.

I think we’ll probably feel like we’re missing someone for awhile. But I am personally looking forward to diving in with Rebekah in lots of fun subjects this year in school. Adjustments for everyone ahead.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the total solar eclipse from our front yard. Jenna hung up her Eno that she got from the Baileys and we hung out in the shade of the trees in the front yard as it got dimmer and dimmer. The final few seconds before the sun was completely obscured was like someone turning down a dimmer switch. And then this bizarre scene for the next two and a half minutes.

It was very much like a deep dusk and yet very different. The feel and the colors were all somehow not dusk-like at all.

As David would say, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Ps. 19:1).

And just as quickly as it happened, it was over as the dimmer switch was turned back up—not all the way, but it was a clear difference between completely covered and almost.

It was such an enjoyable event, that I’m already thinking that in April of 2024, I might need to take a vacation back to my hometown as they will be on the center line.

In other news, Lauren is doing well in her first week away, making new friends, working hard, getting books bought, and figuring it all out. We have Jenna for just five more days. Dana started back babysitting today for the Classical Conversations group. Rebekah added two more subjects this week: history and Spanish and will add Botany and World Literature next week. We are starting with the Odyssey.

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Goodbye #1

One girl is off to college. We dropped Lauren off today at Covenant, got to meet all her roommates, and got her settled in. She has orientation activities for the next several days before she starts class on Thursday. We are very excited for her, but we will miss her greatly. We have Jenna for another few days—she goes back next Sunday—before we’re just down to Rebekah.

We stopped off at a used book store on the way home and sold a bunch of books—and bought a few more, mainly for Rebekah’s world lit class.

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First Day of School—Sorta

Today is Rebekah’s first day of her sophomore year, sort of. She’s starting math today. The rest will wait until next week after we take Lauren to school. But no back pack this year, no actually going anywhere, as she will be home all week. We are still hoping that there is another student she will be able to work with on botany and literature, and there is a chance she will work with some other students on Spanish as well, but for the most part, the kitchen table (or couch) will be the classroom this year.

I spent almost all day yesterday working through almost 8 weeks of plans for botany and ordering supplies. I would like to finish the first semester this week, but we’ll see how that goes. I’d also like to make a final decision on literature. Anyone out there ever read the whole of Don Quixote?

I think I will be subbing for a CC tutor in September, and since Dana is still doing childcare, I am sure Rebekah and I will be up there some for lunch.


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