18 December 2010

~The Sweetest Town in Tennessee! and a little Deuxieme Partie~

~Why is there a duck riding on the train?
Read on, and find out!~

Last week I had to venture into
the little town of
Sweetwater, Tennessee.
One of four towns in our county,
and it is like stepping back in time.

I love any excuse to take me there!

To see the shops and homes decorated,
is just the icing on the cake!

I do believe this is my fave.

Gorgeous windows.
And look at that porch!

Love the front door.
I think this is my favorite.

Or maybe this one!
Ah well, I think I love them all equally.
I would never, ever want to hurt the feelings
of a
Grand Old Home.
They are just always so kind and thoughtful.
Keeping old memories alive of past residents...

The little town is just paradise
for someone like me...
who was born in the wrong era!

A sweet little park in the middle of town.
With the original passenger rail car
that serviced
Sweetwater, many years ago.

The rail car is open each day.
It is like stepping into the
How I wish it still ran the
Atlanta~Chattanooga~Knoxville route!
I would venture into the
Big City of K-Town more often!

The passenger train was one of Sweetwater's favorite attractions in the early 1900's. The picture above tells a lot about the standard joke of the train conductor who, when asked by a passenger how many people lived in Sweetwater, replied, "Just raise your window and count them! They all gather at the station to see if any strangers come to town or if anyone leaves town when the train arrives!".
This is one of the joys of living in a small town
where everyone knows your business  name!

A Christmas Tree
honoring a
Fallen Soldier
from our community.

A painted rock,
decorated by the hand of the
Fallen Soldiers
Kind of takes your breath away to see something
like that under a Christmas Tree,
doesn't it?

And this is
Duck Park!

Yep, a whole lotta ducks live here...
The park is set down in a little valley.
And Sweetwater Creek runs through it.
These ducks are loved!
They are very friendly and most of the shops
sell cups of duck feed~
so you can make friends with
the little critters.

I don't know about you~
But, I always want to be on their good side!
Each Spring and Fall, there is quite a festival here.

If traffic is backed up in this little town,
it is because the Ducks
(and in the Spring~little duckettes!)
are crossing the road!

Things like this just give me a
"feel good moment"
Seeing a big burly trucker sitting
at Duck Crossing...
and waiting for the feathered kids to finish their waddle~
Well, you gotta love it!

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I do hope each and every one of you are
enjoying this Season!
We are :)

J is on break from school and it is wonderful to have
him home more! Of course, he is working on
a huge "to do" list that has built up over months.

Today he is fixing fence boards.
The Handy work of Annie!
He is working in her stall, also.
Annie was very bad busy last night!
What a busy bee that girl is!
I wouldn't change one iota of that girl's
sweet, charming, bossy,nosey,
"into everything"
Gotta love her....and we do!

We had several inches of snow at the first of the week!
It was lovely...
We had an ice storm Wednesday night.
That was not lovely! Icy mountain roads make for days spent at home!
Heating by wood is a blessing in our neck of the woods.
When the power went out, we were warm and well fed!
And our oil lamps have been well used.

I hope all of you are warm and cozy
this wonderful
Christmas Season!
*Don't leave yet*

~La deuxième partie~
 I won a cool giveaway this week!
I couldn't believe it.
I am never, ever lucky!
In fact, I rarely enter giveaways
because I am never, ever lucky!

You would be lucky just to meet Andrea!
Just click above
whose giveaway I won.
Even though it is awesome to get to do a little shopping
"on the house",
what I am really, really lucky with
is my Friendship with Andrea.
And that, I would never, ever
Oh, and the little
French I threw in this post?
Andrea speaks fluent French and Spanish.
She has a thing for modern languages!

I met Andrea two years ago,
through this wonderful world of blogging!
And our friendship is one of those things
I have learned to count on.
I love seeing an email from this girl in my in-box.
And it is always in English, so I can read it :)


Donna said...

Aren't small Tennessee towns the BEST?! The painted rock on the soldier's grave leaves a lump right in your throat.

And congratulations on winning a giveaway!

Karen said...

I love this little town, even it's name! Reminds me of a town in CT called Deep River. And the rocks next to the soldier's marker break my heart.

Lucy (aka RHarper) said...

Boy would I ever love to live in that town.

Red Gate Farm said...

What a wonderful town... how I'd love to visit some place like that... at the holidays or any time.

Merry Christmas,

PS. I agree with you about Andrea, she's a "keeper"!

Country Dreaming said...

I love small towns too. Their store are great fun to toodle around in.
Sounds like Annie is being her entertaining self. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Julie Harward said...

I loved the tour...I think I was born in the wrong century too! I loved the old homes all decorated so cute! And lucky you winning..so cool..you have a great week and come say hi :D

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Hi Misha! Thanks for taking us along on a visit to Sweetwater! It was beautiful, especially at Christmas. And how sad for little Caleb to have lost his daddy. No greater love...

AND, did you know, you WON MY BLOG GIVEAWAY, too?!?! Please let me know where to send your therapeutic rice bag, my friend!

Jeanette said...

The only thing sweeter than a small town is a small town all decorated for Christmas! Love those pics!

Rural Revival said...

My goodness, girl, you're always catching me off guard! And until now, I didn't think it was possible to laugh and cry at the same time.

You are just the best and you know, I feel the same way...this blogging thing has given me the sweetest friend ever. You my dear are my sister! Love ya!

LYLAS!! : )


Feral Female said...

What a beautiful town!

Cheryl said...

What a charming little town!
Merry Christmas!

Flat Creek Farm said...

What a beautiful town!! You're very fortunate to have such a place so close to you. I guess you know that already? ;) That handpainted rock from the fallen soldier's son broke my heart :(

Congratulations on your win over at Andrea's! Yay!! You will have fun shopping :) -Tammy

Trish Lamb said...

Thanks for posting about this lovely town. I intend on visiting it when I'm over there next month.