I have always had a fascination with the city.
New York City. San Fransisco. Rome.
Large bustling cities where people are
hurrying around in every way possible,
always on the go. Where restaurants stay
open all night, and strangely - there seems
to be no grocery store or Lowes or gas
stations in sight.
(I always wondered if people who live in
the city actually cook.) LOL
I remember taking my sweet Mama to New
York City for the first time in her life.
It was the "first" of many things she had
done on that trip.
My son and I had recently moved away from
the family farm after being there for 27 years, after I remarried The Hubbs.
Looking back, I always thought that moving
away was the hardest on me...but I realized
soon after that it was hardest on my Mama.
Her babygirl and grandson literally up and
moved hundreds of miles away to a new life.
We would not have those Summer nights
sitting out on the porch watching "lightening bugs" aka fireflies light up the yard at dusk.
She would not hear the back door slamming because we had walked in to eat some of her country ham biscuits after she called and
told us to "come and eat."
But, on one fateful Saturday morning, my
sweet Mama boarded her very first plane
ever, and flew to Newport, Rhode Island
so she could visit her babygirl and her
Her first plane ride ever! And she did it
all alone. I am pretty sure I was more
nervous for her than she was. I chewed
at least four nails while waiting on her
plane to land, and until I saw her towards me.
She stayed with us for over a week. It was
just before Christmas. We toured all of the Newport "Cottages," went antiquing in little
out-of-the-way New England villages I had discovered...and had an idyllic time together. Sometimes as a family, but often it was just
me and my Mama.
But, there was one more surprise I had in
store for her.... New York City.
On a very cold Monday morning, me and
Mama and my son loaded up into the van
and headed to the Big Apple. I was
comfortable with the drive, having been
there several times before.
Mama - not so much.
Less than an hour into the trip there, it
starting snowing. Not enough to make
me turn around, but enough to make my
Southern Mama worry to death we were
gonna get caught in some horrible blizzard.
To make matters worse, I don't think she
was prepared for NYC traffic. Is anyone
ever prepared for NYC traffic? :) 70mph
smack dab down the middle of New York
City surrounded by yellow cabs and city
buses and honking horns. Lots of honking
I think she prayed and bargained with the
Lord a whole lot that day. I can still hear
her. "Lord, just get me back home and I
will (fill in the blank.)" :-)
(Years later when driving through Rome, I realized that New York City traffic was nothing in comparison) :-0
While there, we really saw the sights.
We froze to death while doing it - but it is
still something my Mama talks about today.
She loved Ellis Island and looking up
her family names. But, she especially
loved the Broadway show we took her to.
We saw "Beauty and the Beast." Fabulous!
Now you are probably wondering why
I am talking about big cities and a trip
to New York City while sharing pictures
depicting the country?
Simple. While I have a fascination with
the city and love to visit there... I am a
country girl at heart and always will be.
Barefoot. Tobacco-field tomboy. Peanuts in Coca-Cola. That kind of gal.
So much so - when The Hubbs retired from
the Corps, we moved back home. Cause the country is where I was born and the country
is where I will die. I got country dirt in
my blood. :)
Whether you live in the country, love to
visit the country, or one day want to move
to the country - I wanted to give away a
"Little Bit of Country." It's part of my
new line of "All Things Mason Jars" in my
online shop, Farmhouse Decor. Part of the American Farmhouse Collection.
Pint-Jar Soap/Lotion Dispensers.
Is this country or what? What a perfect
way to add a "Little Bit of Country" to
Look at some of the other items now
available as part of this line...
Hanging candle chandelier...
Toothpick holders. (cutest thing evah!)
A salt and pepper and toothpick caddy
And if that isn't enough...a countertop
drying rack for all of your jars and bottles
...or coffee cups. ;-)
Winning is easy. I am using Rafflecoptor
and its so easy to use. The drawing will be
open for a week, and I will be announcing
the lucky winner next Wednesday after
verifying the winners entry.
Until then, if you just simply gotta have a
"Little Bit of Country" right now, you
can visit my shop at:
Good luck to everyone...and please feel
free to share this contest. Send me the link
and if you are the winner, I'll throw in a
bunch of REAL NC cotton. :) xxoo