January 13, 2011
Enjoying the snow
Well, it seems everyone enjoyed a fabulous snow day Monday at Hill Crest! There were children, parents and dogs running around everywhere! Even a few of the parents got in on the sledding and, as the picture shows, snowball fights!
How beautiful it was to see Holly Springs blanketed in the snow! It is picturesque enough -- add several inches of the white stuff and it is simply breathtaking!
Late in the evening Sunday, it was so quiet outside you could hear the snow falling. It was as if time stood still! How grateful we should be that we live in a town small enough that the children can all meet up to go sledding! If we were in some big metropolitan city, such as Memphis, there would be nowhere for the children (and parents) to go to have fun!
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Miss Taylor Leigh Nicholson and Taylor Skelton will exchange vows January 22 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
Mr. and Mrs. James Nicholson Jr. of Laws Hill announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Taylor Leigh Nicholson, to Charles Taylor Skelton, son of Trent Skelton of Ashland and Melinda Bragg Skelton of Holly Springs.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shaw and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Alfred Nicholson Sr., all of Laws Hill.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Barbara E. Taylor of Holly Springs and Joe D. Bragg Sr. of Columbus and the late Billy Skelton and Katie Skelton of Ashland.
The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Laws Hill. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. All family and friends are invited to attend.
Snow days are always holidays
Winter is wonderful! Snowed in! How fun! I have always loved the snow and used to pray for it. Every snow day was (and is now) a holiday! It used to snow a lot more than it does now.
My mother was from Waterford but went to boarding school in Potts Camp. She remembered skating on the pond and what fun it was. She also remembered foot-skating down the street and it was an adventure she remembered forever.
She said there once was a deep snow in May and the image of roses blooming, covered with snow, remained with her forever.
On Jan. 20, 1940, I lived on College Avenue. One of my “old” cousins was visiting from Cincinnati. She had a slow, drawn-out Southern drawl and she came back to my room that morning and said, “Sa-ra, Lo-is, get up! There is a foot of snow outside.” I jumped up, ran to the window and behold! The world had been transformed into a winter wonderland. My mother had equipped me as she had bought me some tall winter boots at Levy’s store and Santa Claus had brought me riding pants. Little ladies always wore dresses. Pants for girls hadn’t come into vogue yet so this was a first for me.
My friends and I played for two weeks in that snow. It was terribly cold before the snow on Jan. 17. I remember walking across the square with the icy wind blowing on my face and nearly freezing. It was 17 degrees, actual temp and a ferocious wind. I didn’t and still don’t like that kind of weather. My daddy made a big sled and all the kids in town rode on it behind his pick-up truck. School was out two weeks because the county roads were impassable as they were mud-clogged.
Each room at our house was warmed by a fireplace that burned wood. Maybe we had a grate or two in the fireplaces that burned coal. When we went to bed, we warmed a brick in the fireplace to heat, fished it out of the ashes, wrapped it in a towel and took it to bed with us to keep from freezing.
Quilts were made all the time and used, as store-bought blankets were hard to come by and cover was essential. Winter was wonderful!
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