Response to “Nature Chills Challenge”

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My whole life, I have¬†hungered for the outdoors.¬†It has always calmed and fulfilled me. ¬†My earliest memories were of Mother telling me I couldn’t go out till the dew dried.¬† Many, many times, she caught me outdoors barefoot with a muddy-tailed nightgown before breakfast.¬† Inclement weather was no impediment.¬† We simply played in the barn, slipping out the instant the downpour was over.¬† More likely than not, we’d end up wet anyway then stay out till our clothes dried enough it wasn’t immediately obvious.¬† So much of the time I worked as a nurse, I’d go to work before daylight and come home long after dark, working on a windowless unit that shut out all hope of a glimmer of sunshine.¬† One of life’s greatest blessings is that after retirement, I am free again.¬† My husband and I camp a great deal, seeing a lot of the beach and the mountains.¬† While he fly fishes, I spend my time walking with Buzzy, dabbling in the water, or just being.¬† I can’t claim to be a fly fisher person, but I never met a fly fisherman I didn’t like.¬† I usually cook outdoors in my Dutch Ovens over an open fire.¬† My posts have come to you from the¬†hills and¬†riversides¬†of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and from the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.¬† Next summer we plan to spend time with friends in Canada and the Northwest.¬† I am grateful to be “Chilling” at this time in my life.

This picture was from one of life’s finest moments.¬† Someone called to see if I could come in and work a shift for them a few days after I retired.¬† Sent the picture with the explanation,¬† “Sorry.¬† I’m busy!”


“Don’t She Look Natural!”

This is an excerpt from Kathleen’s Memoirs of the 1930’s, my book in ¬†progress.¬†¬†Kathleen grew up in rural East Texas in the 1930’s ¬†during the height of¬†The Great Depression.

The events surrounding Aunt Ellie‚Äôs death were a¬†thrilling event¬†for me since we hadn‚Äôt invested too much affection in each other.¬† The wake was unforgettable with all its glorious food:¬† fried chicken, peach cobbler, deviled eggs, bread ‚Äėn butter pickles, dainties not seen outside ‚Äúdinner on the grounds.‚ÄĚ ¬†¬†Sprinkled with carbolic acid, Aunt Ellie lay in a pine box Continue reading