Well not the universe, but the geographic center of Tenneessee, which is my universe. This marker is at 35° 51.251′ N, 86° 21.98′ W, or in plain talk, off of Old Lascassas Hwy. At one time Old Lascassas was a little two lane road and this marker was right beside the road and pretty dangerous to get out and look at. It now has a small parking area and a nice plaque.
I thought I’d participate in this challenge to take pictures of some things around my home that I love. Our house is really old, built around 1878. Over the years through the many renovation projects that we’ve been through, various objects have been found in walls and floors. It’s really cool to read the old newspapers and magazines we’ve found. Old marbles, glass bottles, and even coins lead me to wonder who they belonged to, did they miss them, was it intentional? I hope you enjoy seeing just a few things from our house that I love.
A Civil Service exam, old medicine bottles, marbles, and nails from our house.
My front door. Old crackled paint and a beautiful old door knob.
My kitchen windowsill. It holds a few things I treasure:a carnival memento, a foreign trip souvenir, and little treasures that I’ve discovered along the way.
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We had a stunning sunrise this morning!
To pick only 2 favorites from 2009. This is the task and harder than it sounds. I have so many and not because they are great works of art by any means, but because of the memories that they invoke. Mostly I love the ones that come from time spent with family and friends. My daughters are often with me when I’m out shooting and I’ve made some really good friends here locally through a photography Meetup group. So here are a few (I couldn’t just pick 2, sorry!):
This was taken at the Discovery Center, Murfreesboro, TN. The butterfly landed right on top as I was taking my shot and stuck around for about 30 more pictures.
One morning while getting ready for work, my oldest daughter called me upstairs to view this amazing sunrise. So, me and my 2 daughters took several shots while standing on her bed. A fun and memorable couple of minutes!
My 2 Favorite Girls
My Daughters! What’s not to love about them. They are so sweet and have been good to me this past year with their dad deployed to Iraq (he’s on his way home this week!).
Recently I went back to the battlefield to get some shots. Because it was so very cold this day, I didn’t last very long! The battlefield was having a week long event of re-enactments, tours, and such. I feel for those who volunteered to do this because like I said, I only last about 5 minutes before I high tailed it back home.
The first Sunday Stills of 2010! I hope to participate in more of these this year. This group has the greatest bunch of folks who participate (many of them every single week) and they never fail to impress me with their talent and ingenuity. Happy New Year to you all! ~Rhonda
Cake my youngest daughter made and decorated.
Barns hold a special place in my heart. The older the better, but I am often drawn to the unusual. This barn has some really cool architectural elements that you don’t see on many barns. I think that the decorative shingles are such a special touch.
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Most who know us are well aware of our trials and tribulations at home renovation. We have had super people work on our house and then again, we have also had the corrupt who have done crappy work and taken us for a financial joy ride. Our house was built around 1878 and has really stood the test of time. It was built solid as a rock with the many features of a time gone by that we love. Here are a few brief snapshots of a day in the life of a renovation:
When I left for work in the morning, this is what the back hallway looked like. June 2007
When I returned home in the afternoon, it looked like this! New doors, windows, sub-flooring, and walls. This contractor was awesome! June 2007
Moral of this story: Home renovation is not for the faint of heart. But with the right contractor, a little knowledge, and deep pockets it can be a great experience.
I love living downtown so close to the Murfreesboro square. I am reminded everyday of the history of my town by the architecture that surrounds me: old homes, remnants of brick sidewalks, carriage stones still taking root in front of homes, and by our beautiful courthouse that presides over the Murfreesboro square. Our courthouse is only one of a six town square courthouses that date back prior to the Civil War still in existence in Tennessee. At one point, Murfreesboro served as the capitol of Tennessee. Next time you visit the town square, take a moment to look at the courthouse and imagine the downtown as a bustling town center or as it was occupied by Union forces. There is a lot of history here!