Friday, April 21, 2017



elevation changes
blue mountains
rushing water
moss covered rocks

sunrise over the mountain
and disappearing on the other side
family gathered in the kitchen
rocking on the porch
watching the traffic go by

only seeing your neighbors at the grocery store
but knowing they are nearby 
if you need them
old friends at the funeral home
cars stopping in respect

march flowers and tulips at the mailbox
reminders of past generations
dusty gravel driveway
rhodys shiny leaves
hemlock tiny cones

walking trails
rock piles marking land corners
bright tape marking house sites
history and hope of  
past and future generations


Friday, April 14, 2017

ode to Sarah

Sarah 2017 college graduate!

Ode to Sarah

Sarah's graduation day is almost here
her family will gather, ready to cheer
hundreds of millennials will fill up the chairs
a huge milestone, a momentous affair

she's the big sister in her family crew
her siblings follow her every move
what she wears, what she does, the risks that she takes
what she can get by with, the decisions she makes

they have watched her work hard over the years
earning her keep, overcoming her fears
hoping to be in her footsteps someday
walking the walk on Graduation Day

when she was not studying or working perhaps
you saw her on various social apps
facebook or twitter, posting selfies with friends
insta or snapchatting the latest makeup trends

all those years of school now ancient history
what comes next is still a mystery
minion or master, pursuit of the dollar
applying what she learned as a scholar

but a little time off, a break if you please
in between school and life, if she could just squeeze
five months at Disney, is that too much to ask
before choosing adulting as her life's task

no time like the present, just do it now
once life takes over, no way no how
so say bye to us and to Mickey hello
ride all the rides and see all the shows

diploma and degree, a real college grad
we are all so proud, your mom and your dad
your sisters and brothers and Matthew too
congratulations to Sarah, we all love you!

~granma Susan
April 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

counting down

Buddy set an official date for retirement, 12/31/19, and guess how long that is?

not that he is counting or anything...

Melissa made him the paper flip countdown calendar a while back, and just recently he received this nice electronic countdown clock from one of the girls in the main office, apparently he ends each conversation with anyone at the office, "2 years and 9 months" !!!

He is crunching numbers and making plans for projects to work on at the house. Any advice is appreciated on navigating the SSA and IRS etc. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

lookout heaven

Brace yourself! Bobbie is on her way up there.

When Bobbie Burgess gets to heaven she will be getting everything organized and moving things around and doing the books (probably involving spreadsheets for Saint Peter at the gate).

And making sure everyone has plenty to eat, right? Southern fried chicken and turkey and dressing, yum :)  

I have missed you Bobbie the last few years when your mind was kidnapped by the dreaded dementia. I hated seeing you in that awful nursing home. But now you are finally free from suffering. 

We will meet again when we can share some sweet tea and sit and talk about our grandkids. You set a fine example for them to follow, of hard work and perseverance. The smart ones take after you, and they are all smart! It was an honor to be in the grandmothers club with you. 

love you! Granma Susan

Friday, March 31, 2017

a good day

On my calendar I have a reminder of pending items, the most prominent of which is the IRS audit which started in August of last year. Every time I think of it or see that reminder it stresses me out. 

On top of that, it is tax time again and I have been working on the 4 returns we have to file this year - federal, Georgia. Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Last August, using the better part of a ream of copy paper and a couple of ink cartridges, I sent them a 2" stack of all of our 2014 transactions, and have been worrying about it for 8 months now. 

The wait is finally over with a letter received yesterday stating, "We are pleased to tell you that after further review of your tax return for the above periods, we have accepted them as filed."

Thank you so much to the mail lady (a.k.a. Melissa) for calling me with the news!

Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. ~Benjamin Franklin 1789

Monday, March 13, 2017

the big cross

The huge cross (110 feet high) is a local landmark and an icon on the very busy MS Hwy 49, the highway to the gulf coast. 

Located at Berry's Seafood in Florence, MS, the cross was funded by Carroll Berry and erected by Crosses Across America. Berry's Seafood is closed on Sundays.

We like the local fare here much better than LA, locally farm raised crispy fried catfish over mudbugs any day. So if you come to visit us, just look for the cross and we will meet you for some good food. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

camping life

campground life in Mississippi

Live Oak leaves cover everything here, 
but I borrowed the owner's rake and had them bagged up in no time!

it is not quite quilt weather and my camper quilt kept ending up in the floor every night, so we made a quilt hanger with a curtain rod on the closet door

Friday, February 24, 2017


Vicksburg, Mississippi - I love the old buildings, the architecture, like the Depot Museum, the Courthouse. The old courthouse built in 1858 is now a museum, holding such artifacts as the tie worn by Jefferson Davis at his inauguration as Confederate President, but things that caught my eye: Cursive writing, quilts, corbels. The big picture is nice, but it's all in the details.