Monday, October 29, 2018

walking the line

this weekend we were out walking property lines, looking for corners, iron pins, flagging, because Kyle and Allison want to move to the mountains!

which house site to choose? 

Carrie wanted to make sure her site was marked clearly so no one would get it.

A beautiful day to walk in the woods, the leaves are starting to turn, the air is cool and crisp. And we are getting new neighbors!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Shall We Gather

We have had many family gatherings at Tumblin Waters over the years, birthdays and holidays and picnics and sliding down the waterfalls, but two will stand out in my memory and both involve sister Kay. The Wedding almost 45 years ago, Christmas 1973, and last Sunday's funeral/celebration of life also for Kay.

For far too many years now we have mourned the absence of our parents from our family gatherings. Being the oldest generation is hard to get used to, we became The Elders, and Kay was The Eldest as I often liked to remind her. But losing one of our own generation is like taking a gut punch, a wake up call, a reminder that there is more sand in the bottom of the hourglass than in the top.

Shall We Gather at the creek… the setting was perfect, a cool fall day, blue sky, the background sounds of the stream flowing by and the breeze in the towering trees, the warmth of a campfire to gather around. Kay would love it, I could imagine her there watching over us and smiling, especially when she saw so many of us in Tennessee Orange in her honor (thanks Michelle for that idea!).

It is nice having a resident clergy in the family, Heidi did an excellent job honoring Kay, leading us in the old songs, telling stories of her namesake and aunt Kay. Sue read a letter from Kay to her Daddy. Ethan reminded us Kay was not just the cat lady but had strong beliefs in other areas including working with the underprivileged and politics. The family then climbed up to the Upper Falls to scatter Kay's ashes in one of her favorite places on Turkey Creek, happy memories shared of eating watermelon in the creek and sliding down the falls.

During the service, the occasional baby cry served as a reminder that although we lost one, life goes on. Just look around and you will see the future of this family, the babies being passed around between aunts and uncles and grandparents, and the little ones gathered around the campfire and playing in the creek.

A live well lived, Kay is gone from our sight but not our hearts, we will miss her dearly. Hopefully she is now free of her ailments and can visit with all of those gone before her - her mother and daddy, two-mama, hey maybe she will get to meet Pat Summitt!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

the cat lady

are there any stray cats in heaven? If so, y’all gather at the gate, soon you will all be taken care of because the cat lady is on her way…

A champion of kids and old folks and animals, Kay worked over the years as an educator, a social worker at DFACS and the nursing home, and in her off time she rescued animals, fed them, took them to the vet, placed them in caring homes, we are talking hundreds of animals over the many years.

Born a city girl, Kay loved these north Georgia mountains, loved to hike them and camp out in them. She moved to the mountains and lived as an independent soul until one day the love of her life dropped in. We had dubbed her a spinster, but she found someone to put up with all of her quirks, and a fellow animal lover. This feller had a beautiful farm which she loved, lots of room for animals and kids to roam.

I had no sisters growing up but was blessed to earn three as an adult, one of which was my sister and best friend, Kay. Rest well my friend, and take care of those heavenly cats!  

Kay Curbow 3/24/1942 - 10/11/2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


The joys of home ownership (JOHO) means that there will always be work to be done on the house. If you own a house, you know this very well. Some things are small and are taken care of as time goes on, like the recent replacement of all light bulbs in our house to LED ones. The bigger things require planning for time and money and have to be worked into a schedule. In the retirement planning process we met with an advisor and one of the tasks was to come up with a retirement budget, which prompted the spinoff of a list of home maintenance projects/renovations which we wanted to accomplish, along with an estimate for the budget.

replace cedar siding on the back wall of the house (the Southern exposure has taken its toll, all the other sides are fine)
replace 3 wooden windows on back wall of house
remove old paneling from master bedroom, replace with ?sheetrock
replace all carpet on upper level of house
new metal roof for shop
move AC outside unit to other side of house (away from screen porch for noise purposes)

These projects were slated to start after retirement (12/2019). But Buddy can't wait until retirement. The fact that we are working closer to home and can come home every weekend makes it harder to wait. First on the list is replacing the cedar siding. We bought new windows a few weeks ago to replace the old wooden ones, the new vinyl ones are sitting in the shop.

This weekend, the weather was nice, "I'll just start pulling off the cedar siding, a little at a time, it won't hurt anything, as the old 1976 siding is underneath."

I am working on a baby quilt with my sewing machine under the window, and the next thing I know, here come Buddy - "Uh you are going to have to move your sewing machine, I am taking going to replace this window… right now!"  It seems the old siding did not extend all the way around the windows and by pulling off the cedar planks there was no protection from weather. So the schedule was suddenly escalated.

By Saturday evening, we had 2 new windows on the main level, the cedar is removed from half the back wall, just one more window to go. A very productive weekend. I wonder if all of the projects on the list will be done before retirement?

Monday, August 13, 2018

so many stories

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything
When you've got no one to tell them to

~from Brandi Carlile The Story

the gathering together for a family construction project was almost fun at first...

this family has so many stories, I so wish I had gotten Kay's stories down before it was too late 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

the ramp

Heidi, Sue, Buddy, Jenny, Tracy



Ethan and Lisa

The Crew

Tracy, Jenny, Sue, Kennon, Ethan, Abby, Cody, Buddy

Coming together to build a ramp for Kay because that's what families do.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

the gate

The gate…

Well it has happened, we have installed a gate at the road/trail to the Lower Falls. Gone are the days when there were no boundaries and all were welcome. The reason for upgrade was because some folks were abusing the road with 4-wheelers. Sigh.

We felt this was necessary in order to keep the area like it is for generations to come, for our kids and grandkids and great-grandkids!

Monday, May 28, 2018

howdy howdy

We are in Elberton, Georgia for a bank job… well a bank remodel. The job actually started 2 weeks ago by another superintendent who was filling in until Buddy could get here. The campground owner helped us get backed into the site, apologized for the wet ground, said it had rained 11" in the last 2 weeks. Buddy apologized right back, stating that he was the reason for the rain, sticking out his hand, "Howdy, they call me Muddy Buddy."

Elberton is the granite capitol of the world, we passed by many granite plants, giant hunks of granite, tombstone manufacturers, we hope to get to the granite museum in town soon, and of course out to see the Georgia Guidestones, aka 'America's Stonehenge.'

The campground owner is John and his son Barry runs the place. Barry was very nice and helpful, made sure we had everything we needed, made sure we had his cell phone programed into our phones, just call anytime. He used to work for DirecTV and has all campsites wired for DTV, just an extra $10 a month and he will install a receiver. Pretty neat, one less thing to drag out and set up, the satellite dish. But there is no DVR, so we are watching TV old-school, whatever happens to be on, if we want to watch something in particular we have to be on the couch at that time, no recording for later. I like it, keeping it simple. But Buddy is itching to get out the satellite, he does love his toys. 

Lots of very tall pine trees here, hence the name Pine-Der-Rosa Campground. 

Actually this is the second time Buddy has camped here, he was here 9 years ago working on the same bank, stayed in this campground in his dad's old Holiday Rambler. When time to leave, John talked him into selling his camper so it could stay there and be rented out for fishermen coming to the nearby Lake. So after we got all settled in, we walked over to see the old camper, it is still there!