Hello! Who are you, Kentucky? forum: Memories of a KY Cajun

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ImageSharon
Mar 29, 2010 8:30 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
This is a thread for Cheryl's memories. She lives in eastern Kentucky, and how she got there is her story to tell.

Cheryl, my dear, this thread is all yours. I hope you don't mind if we leave a comment or two along the way.
ImageCajuninKy
Mar 30, 2010 8:36 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I look forward to "talking" with my friends. Thanks so much for starting this for me.

My childhood was not great and much of it I would rather forget but it did have it's moments.

One of the fond memories I have is the swimming hole trips. We didn't have a good local swimming hole so we had to make a trip of it. It is really hot in south La so we enjoyed the outings very much. Mom and I would always go with Aunt Fay and her 3 kids, Danny, Dale and Penny Ann. Mom always drove and we'd pile in the car for the trip. Mom and Aunt Fay would make us a picnic lunch which was never complete until the koolaid jug was filled and packed. On special days we'd take a watermelon with us.

The swimming hole was a place called Bennet's Bridge. The water was cold, clear and moved pretty fast. That is a rare thing in south La which is known more for it's murky, slow moving bayous. There was a nice sandy beach at Bennet's Bridge and that's where I spent most of my swimming time. I was always very cold natured, and still am, so the cold water didn't call my name too loudly. I did wade around in the shallows. On shore I built big sand castles and collected all manner of things. I well remember the little green shelled snails I found so fascinating.

The high point of the outing for me was the cutting of the melon. As soon as we would arrive, we would bury the watermelon in the sand at the edge of the water. Hours later when it was time to cut it, it was chilled to perfection by the cold water. It had to be buried to keep it from floating away. More than once we had to chase a bobbing, green sphere to keep our desert from escaping. Mom never forgot the "Old Hickory" butcher knife covered with that dark patina gathered from years of faithful service. And you knew you were in for a treat when the "Old Hickory" was expertly inserted and the melon split open with a sharp, mouth watering groan. It was agony waiting for your slice but pure Heaven on earth when I got to bite into the seedless heart of my slice. And oh, the seed fights that ensued after we had consumed the last of the melon. I can still see us covered with seeds where the sugary juice stuck them to us like ticks.

Good memories. I still love watermelons and plan to grow some again this year. I may even try my hand at seed squirting too. Wonder how long my dog will tolerate my target practicing. Hilarious!
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ImageSharon
Mar 30, 2010 8:59 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
A sweet memory. We did that too, with the watermelons.....and with the seeds!
Imagesunfarm
Mar 30, 2010 9:34 AM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
Hi Cheryl, I just wandered over here from DG and was pleased to find you here. Hope you were not affected by the recent black water spill that was in the news a few weeks ago.
I have had my hands full recently as my eldest cat, Mitts [20 years] had seizures and went into a brief coma, He lived 6 weeks beyond that (until last week) but caring for him was rather like having a toddler to keep up with. I miss him very much.
The clouds are beginning to thin and the forecast looks great, so I hope to be outside a lot in the coming days.

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ImageCajuninKy
Mar 30, 2010 3:00 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Hi, Sunfarm. So good to "see" you here. Sharran has such a nice cubit and she was gracious enough to share a slice of it with me.

I am so sorry about Mitts. Twenty years is very old. I'm sure he had a very full life with you. Think of all you shared together in 20 years. Other pets coming and going, passing of friends and family members, new hairstyles that are best forgotten. LOL Bet he helped you raise your children, too. I know you must miss him very much. You will be in my prayers.

It is so hard to lose them. i wish they could live as long as people do and enjoy good health. My BC, Galloway, is 13 this year. I can see him slowing down but he is still vibrant and in good health. I am thankful for that. I am keenly aware that our years together are drawing down and I spend much more time with him now. I give in more when he wants a pet or a scratch. I know I will be glad of it later when he is gone. I don't like to think of that day. He and I have been through some hard times together and he has been my rock. Now we putter around together and hold long conversations. he has very good advice on farming and animal husbandry. A wise sage is he.

Here he is posing by the garden bed he helped me build. It has onion and broccoli in it now. He helped me plant, too. Smiling

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Imagesunfarm
Mar 30, 2010 5:32 PM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
He looks like a nice fellow and good companion. Until seeing this thread I did not realize you had moved to Pike Co. I had quite a bit of work there before I retired--the floodwall at S. Williamson, Sidney Coal, and a few jobs in Pikeville. Hope you like it there. How does your place compare with your previous one? I know I never plan to move again, though I think people should pretend to move every couple of years just to keep from accumulating so much stuff!
My trip to the garden this afternoon showed honeybees busy already and my "Egyptian" onions up. I don't what they might or might not have to do with Egypt, but that's what I was told they were. I got them several years ago when our herb club had to move our garden because the church where we met was selling their building and the new owner needed a parking lot.

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ImageCajuninKy
Mar 31, 2010 8:18 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Those look great. I used some of my fresh onions and garlic from the garden yesterday in a pot of beans. It sure felt good to gather from my own garden.

This place is much better. Our house is much nicer though it's no mansion by any means. It's an older house and it's smaller but it's in MUCH better shape and it's a single story. It also has a cellar which I make full use of. It has it's own well so I don't have to drink the city water if I don't want to. (which I don't) There is not a lot of flat ground but there is much more ground so I make the best of the hillsides. I have planted my raspberry and blueberry bushes on the hillsides. I have a creek running through the front yard. I am happy here. The folks treat us so well. Took a nearly 50% cut in pay to make the move so that's been hard and we don't have nice places for all the animals and I worry about them but I know God will work it out for all of us if we just stay true to Him. Please say a prayer for us now and again.
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ImageSharon
Mar 31, 2010 8:28 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
You are happy there, and that's what counts.
You have my prayers, Cheryl.
Imagesunfarm
Mar 31, 2010 11:18 AM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
Sounds like you made a good move, Cheryl, even if things are different. We can't always know how things will work out. Older houses have much more character than newer ones, and cellars are great for storage--as long as they are dry.
Living sustainably comes with learning to see the world in a new way.
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 1, 2010 8:01 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Our cellar isn't finished. It gets a bit of water on the "floor" from a seep but most of the floor is gravel and there is a pipe that drains the seep into the creek. I keep everything on pallets but it needs some cleaning and organizing. Everything was put under there in a hurry. Do you see a pattern developing here. LOL
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Imagesunfarm
Apr 1, 2010 9:57 AM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
Our cellar has a sump pump in it, that luckily doesn't have to work very often. My husband has found lard cans to be perfect for storing stuff in the cellar. We know there are mice down there, so don't want to put anything away in something they could chew through such as plastic or cardboard. We saved the old metal shelving from my lab, and though it is rusty it still holds lots of stuff. Nobody sees it anyway!
Living sustainably comes with learning to see the world in a new way.
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 2, 2010 3:47 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I know what you mean. It's storage and my little get away. It's been really hot here the last couple of days but it's cool under there.
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At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

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