I looked out the window this evening before I left work. The sun was
shining and the sky was clear and blue. The weatherman said that
it would be cold this evening, but after the window survey I had
When I stepped out on the south side of the building, it was chilly,
but not that bad. When I stepped away from the shelter of the building,
the wind was blowing hard out of the north and it
almost cut me in two. I picked up the pace and got into my truck and
pulled on my leather gloves.
When I got home, Jilda had the fireplace going and the dogs were curled
up in front of it like a Norman Rockwell painting.
Jilda was hard at work on our Christmas cards. Her cards aren't your
run of the mill Christmas cards because she hand watercolors each card.
They are beautiful and several of our friends have them framed.
This weekend we'll be re-arranging the plant life in the living room
to make room for our Christmas tree. Saturday we'll get out the decorations,
put on hot apple cider, load up the stereo with Christmas music and decorate
the tree. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I hope you all
are getting into the Christmas Spirit.
I played hooky today (vacation) so me and Ol' Buddy took a ride out to
Jasper. I had to shoot a picture for an advertiser on my website and
while I was standing there setting up the shot, I looked down and saw
a yellow cat eye marble. I had not seen one in many years and it took
me a few seconds to realize what it was. What on earth was a yellow cat
eye doing by the crosswalk in downtown Jasper. It was a mystery but it
did give me an idea of a place I wanted to visit and write about this
Posey's is an old mercantile store that has been in continuous operation
in the same location since 1924. The great grandson, Randy Posey still
owns and operates the store. The door jangles with an old entry bell
when you walk in....can you say deja vu? The floors are made of heart
pine and they squeak in places as you walk through browsing the shelves.
I know Randy must have thought me strange because once inside, I stood
there a long while and absorbed the ambiance. The place smelled like
the old stores from my childhood. Posey's actually has a lot of the things
the stores had back then. In the front window there was butter churns,
old speckled blue coffee pots, and mason jars. There is an old red hand
water pump. A neighbor had one of these when I was a kid and we used
to go over to their house to get a drink of cold water when the summer
day got hot and our mouths got dry . One of us would bend over and open
our mouth and the other would pump until a refreshing stream of cold
water came rushing out.
Poesy's has fly swatters made out of metal screen instead of plastic.
Hanging on the back wall was a Radio Flyer snow sled. A kid here might
only have an opportunity once or twice in their lives to use one, but
if you need one, you can get it at Posey's. Outside on the side were
Radio Flyer coaster wagons. It was like a page torn right out of my memory.
I bought some collars for my dogs, a toy kaleidoscope and a cane penny
whistle for my niece and nephew Breeze and Stone.
I stood and talked to Randy Posey for a while about his store. Most of
the things in there are made in America. I won't bash the super stores
because they provide things that were unavailable here before they came.
But I hope stores like Posey's stay in business because not only do they
sell things that are unique and beautiful, they can also send you on
a journey back to a happy, simpler time and that's something you can't
buy at Wal-Mart.