Category Archives: Small Town Life

Friday Night Football

Tonight was the first home game for our high school. Whether you like football or not, high school football brings a community or town together.

September 4, 2009

Busy Week

This first week of school is already half over. We're struggling with getting up so early in the mornings, but everything else seems to be settling down into a routine including the substitute teaching.  Two days in the first week of school.

I love my photography and want it to continue to grow, but I do enjoy substituting at the Squirt's school. I rarely see him when I'm there, but I like knowing I'm near.  As much as he needed to get back into a school routine and driving me absolutely bananas by the end of the summer break I do feel a bit lost once he's back in school.

So here are the photos of the day. This first one is a shot of our town's library. I had to return a book that was a day late and I was thankful for the one day grace period. I wouldn't have minded paying the small late fee at all, but a grace period is always so nice.

August 11- POTD – Our library.

August 12 – Teaching this little kitten to stay off the counters has been quite the chore. He can only get on the bar because of the stools and not the counters near the sink and stove thank goodness. He likes to lay down like this and talk to me while I'm cooking.

August 13 – When I went in to wake up the Squirt this morning I realized he had fallen asleep with his glasses on. I just grabbed his little camera so technically it's not a great shot, but I just couldn't resist capturing something of the image of him like that.

Small Town Life – # 3

I wrote this post for my column over at Alabama Bloggers this past Tuesday but wanted to share it here also.

Life in a small town (technically ours is a city because of population, but we're still very much a small town) can be frustrating for some who move from a larger area. I've known many who have moved here and just couldn't handle it and moved away.

For me, I'm fairly content with living here. Let's face it when you grow up in a small community, 13 miles from a small town, not even incorporated and not even a caution light, almost anything is a step up. I do occassionally need to get to a big city (whether for shopping or just my sanity who knows)and luckily there are a few just 1 – 2 hours away. 

I won't list all the reasons we like having a small town life, but I can assure you it's never dull. Sure news wise there might not be much going on, but if you pay attention there is a lot that makes life enjoyable.

One of the aspects I love is the time between mid-July and August. We start school here a bit earlier than most districts. We start a week earlier so we can have a week off in the Fall. I'm all for it. I love having  a Fall Break.

Where was I? Oh yes. Why I love this time of year. The schools start sending out these important pieces of paper. The letters either lett you know when to pick up your child's schedule or for the lower grades  these greatly anticipated envelopes contain THE NAME.

The name of your child's teacher. Make no mistake. The day those envelopes arrive it only takes a few seconds before the phone lines start jumping. Word spreads faster than wildfire in a small town.  And if you happen to be a later delivery for your mail truck it's sheer torture.

"Who did y'all get?" (And they do mean y'all because the mom is just as much a part of getting the teacher as the child is.)

"Who is Mrs. S or Miss B?"

"Who did Jerry get?"

There have been a couple of years that a very good friend of mine has been out of town and once she heard that the letters were out I've had to go get her mail or let myself into her house to open the letter to find THE NAME.

Today was the day that parents received THE NAME for their younger children and I got the said call from a friend asking me about the teacher her child received whose name we did not recognize. This friend was on a trip with my aforementioned very good friend and when she got on the phone I knew what to ask. "You want me to go get your mail and open that letter don't you?" "You don't have to, but if you don't mind…" she replied.

Of course I didn't mind because I knew she would do the very same for me.  And in the midst of it all there was some detective work in finding out who the new teacher was. It didn't take long. Just long enough for 3 short phone conversations.

And in 2 weeks it will all start again as the parents of the older elementary aged children receive their teacher assignments.

Yes, life in a small town can be quite entertaining. You may have to look for it but it's there.  Thanks for letting me share this funny aspect of my small town life. I'm sure I'll be sharing more humorous situations of small town life again soon.

What about where you live? How does it differ in larger, more populated areas or even other small towns? I'm curious.

School Supplies & the Farmer’s Market

July 17 – School begins in just over 3 weeks. Went ahead and bought school supplies since the past years when we've gone the week before we couldn't find hardly any of the supplies. 

July 18 – DH and I got up early and headed to our local farmer's market. It's not a huge one and stretches a bit further than the photo shows, but it's still great to be able to get fresh produce. I currently have a watermelon and 2 cantaloupes waiting to be cut up, corn waiting to be shucked (thinking the DH can do that one), and squash to chopped and cooked.

More 365 Photos

May 25 – Memorial Day – The clouds poured rain most of the day.

May 26 – The kiddo woke up Monday with a breakout on his face. I thought it might be chicken pox (again), but after a trip to the pediatrician today it was impetigo and an antibiotic was in order.

May 27 – We traveled to my hometown to attend the deployment ceremony of my dad's guard unit.  My dad giving his men directions at the end of the ceremony.

May 28 – The buses pull out with my dad's unit. DS had to give his Pop one last hug.

May 30 - Went to a dance recital to see my best friend's daughter.

May 31 – The trap DH puts out to catch the racoons and possums that come in our yard caught a fox.  It was a fiesty thing. DH finally was able to use a pole to get the trap open and propped it open. The fox eventually walked out of it and returned to the woods.

June 1 – A local youth group is doing a fundraiser where they take this "crazy cow" to a business. In order to get the "crazy cow" moved you have to pa y $5.00 to have it moved to another business and the other business doesn't know they've been hit until they show up in the morning and a the "crazy cow" and note awaits them. Really a fun aspect of small town life.  This morning it showed up at my chiropractor's office which is located across from our church. Of course it had to be my photo of the day.

June 2 – Vacation Bible School – Some incredible people in our church built this train to decorate the stage at our church. It went along with the theme of Boomerang Express. I took photos of each child sitting on the train for their photo keepsake.

June 3 – DS finished up an oil pastel, an underwater scene, at art lessons this week. And a close up of one of the fish in it.

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June 4 – Another rainy day forcing me to head back indoors at our church's family life center to get my walk in for the day.

June 5 – Getting some sewing done for my etsy shop.