Category Archives: Mississippi

Lighten up? Did I say to lighten up?

It is going to take a little getting used to with all this white in here! The old kitchen had a beige grasscloth wallpaper. This is as close to smoky white as I could get…and it is a little whiter … Continue reading

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Mississippi’s 1936 response to polio: A contrast to the 2021 response to Covid and the Delta variant

Back in October 2020, I posted about the history of poliomyelitis and the efforts to produce an effective vaccine. Yesterday while doing some New Deal research, I ran across a couple of articles from 1936 about Mississippi’s response to prevention … Continue reading

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Day 4: Things happen, and then it is what it is not, which it now is

Yesterday was a busy day. Frankly, by the end of it, I was too tired to process pictures. We turned off the TV at 9:30 and I was asleep by 10. Mid-afternoon, Rand summoned me to the kitchen for a … Continue reading

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Day 3: Can I keep up the happy dance? I think I can, I think I can

While I was picking up the paint and the vent hood this morning, the crew was finishing the hall and mudding the kitchen/dining walls. Not wanting to overtax Abby, we sub-contracted with Steffi to check the completed hallway. She is … Continue reading

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Day 2.1: I am floored

By quitting time yesterday, the walls were done and the floor down. Even with a little sheetrock dust on it, I love it. New plywood subfloor was laid at the head of the hall–that infamous T junction with 4 doors! … Continue reading

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Day 2: What the unknown comic left behind

I try to follow my higher self rule. That means, in the wake of all encounters, be your higher self–the forgiving, loving, kindest self. Sometimes that is hard to do. There is sometimes the situation where one’s reasonable and logical … Continue reading

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Day 1: Team Amazing

Yesterday was a lesson in perseverance. All of these cabinets had to be emptied, which necessitated my lying on my side in the floor to be able to reach items in the far recesses of the ell and the base … Continue reading

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The importance of being flexible

The first year I was on faculty at the University, our department chair gave us each a pin like this one. He said he knew it was “cheesy” but he also knew we were embarking on the difficult journey of … Continue reading

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Demolition Day draws nearer and a sneak peek

This is way too much like moving. My bedroom looks like a junk store. Every nook and corner and empty space on top of anything has items from the kitchen crammed in willy-nilly. I am not covering up valuable art … Continue reading

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How Frederick Hurten Rhead’s ‘Virginia Rose’ went from Cross Plains, Texas to Taylor, Mississippi: “Thank you, Miss Mozelle”

It gets easier, as we get older It gets easier to say, “not today” And it gets easier, as we get older To say, “go away, not today” Willie Nelson, It Gets Easier, 2017 You know what I love most … Continue reading

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