Thursday, October 23, 2014

#1,771 Haunted Hospital + Fair.

Today, I took an adventure.

Growing up, every kid in Jones County had a very real fear of the haunted hospital at the end of 1st Avenue in a really rough part of town. It was the old South Mississippi Charity Hospital, and it closed in the 1980s. I can't find an original photo of it, but I think this might possibly be it, found on a postcard:

People always said it was one of the most haunted places in Mississippi, and when my brother and I were in high school you would always hear of a few very brave boys venturing into it in the middle of the night on a dare—usually around Halloween. They always swore they saw and heard terrifying things inside, lurking in every corner, but I was (of course) too terrified to go. My brother drove me past it one afternoon after school, only because I was brave enough in the broad daylight—but only to look at it, and only from the car, and only passing by. It was a very creepy place, an enormous structure, dilapidated, sitting up high on a hill at the end of the dead end street. A national radio show wanted to broadcast live one Halloween night, but Mayor Vincent politely declined and asked that they not—it was just too dangerous, structurally. It's a place I had a few nightmares about growing up, just the mystery of such a place—right here in Laurel. A few years after I finished high school, there was a fire:

And then it was no longer a building, but the ruins of a place that was once widely considered haunted.
Now, the brush has grown so tall, what's left of the facade isn't visible from the street.

And now, what I'm saying is... Ben, Josh and I went there this afternoon while we were looking at some of Josh's new real estate purchases in the area. And I, for the first time in my life, overcame my crippling fear of this place and went inside the old charity hospital. And going through the back entrance was just about as scary as I imagined it would be.

There was some very creepy graffiti.

And then, it took my breath away.

And I wasn't afraid anymore, I was just fascinated. And confused by how such a strong, beautiful building could crumble to this. We explored, and found things that made the hair on my arms stand up:

And it was one of those moments when my childhood collided with my life in real time, and it was a funny feeling. Standing there, in the place I've been so afraid of all my life, without fear—just awe.

Later, I drove out to the country to see mama and was awestruck again by the season. Isn't fall kind of a miracle?

And later, we went with Jim and Mal to take Lucy on her first trip to the fair.

Where we fed a camel, I think.
The end.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#1,770 TCB + The Great Pumpkin.

It was another 90 mile per hour day where I barely looked up from my computer. I've got a little letterpress notebook Friedrich, our head pressman, gave me and I carry it with me all the time. I'm constantly making lists of things to take care of, ideas, and if I don't have the little notebook it feels like my life is out of control. As you can see, I've got another bigger notepad that keeps up with my Lucky Luxe to-dos, but it stays on my desk at the studio.

I'm asking for this planner for Christmas. Take note, Ben.

Before I knew it, it was getting close to 6:00, and time to go over to the pumpkin patch for the annual Great Pumpkin showing.

And afterward, there was some very skilled shadow puppeting:

Y'all, I'm beat. And I'm feeling so good lately. Life is really fun right now.

My sister-in-law Lyn's surgery went well this morning and she's recovering at a university hospital tonight. She's in a lot of pain, but sleeping a good bit which I think is good news. I know they would appreciate if y'all could send up one more little prayer for she and Sam, Jared and Ellie if you think of it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#1,769 Flora + Mallrats.

I've been hard at work on a new flatprint-only design for our collection over the last several weeks and today they finally rolled off the press. It seems there's a movement toward casual, colorful weddings happening and I've never really offered anything that's organic, modern and antique all in one suite... So I'm really happy to introduce y'all to Flora:

After a long day at work, we went to our super 80sish mall (the stuff my childhood dreams were made of) and had supper AT CORN DOG 7. Because we've apparently stopped caring about what happens to our bodies.

We washed that down with a little snickerdoodle delight from the ole Classic Cookie.

And then spent about $10 in quarters letting Lucy ride the exact same rides that gave us great thrills as little children.
Yeah, Impulse Inc. You ain't kidding.

Monday, October 20, 2014

#1,768 Busy and Cozy.

It was such a very long, busy, great day at the studio and all over town.

I had meetings with Laurel Main Street and city hall and website issues and new orders and shipping confusion (that was resolved quickly, thankfully) and by 6:30, I was totally whooped. Mallorie stopped by the patch and bought some grey pumpkins and dried corn stalks this afternoon but left them in the back of Ben's truck so we delivered them after work and I snapped this photo of their most delightful porch after she got it all set up:

Then we met up with the usuals + Ross and Laura at Sweet Peppers for hot soup out on the patio.

And it took every last ounce of energy to greet Ben's mama at our house, take a hot bath and get into my flannel pajamas for a mug of Honeycomb and Friday Night Lights. And in case you ever wondered what I think of when I think about the way home feels—this is it.

Ben's mama is staying here tonight on her way to the coast to help out Sam and the kids since Lyn will be going into the hospital for major surgery for her gastroparesis on Wednesday. I know she's feeling very anxious today and tomorrow, and would so appreciate if you could send a prayer up for them in the coming days. Brooke—I know we can count on you!

We got the VERY good news that our beloved young adult class leader and mama hen, Mrs. Ina, after being diagnosed with a very rare form of lymphoma a few months ago and undergoing several rounds of chemo, is now in remission and cancer free. We're all so thankful we could bust!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

#1,767 Sunshine Sunday.

It was just one of the best Sundays you could ask for. We were in another cool snap, with brisk breezes and tons of sunshine. We went to church, we had lunch on the porch, we stayed outside.

 We had a cookout and ultimate frisbee in Gardiner Park for youth.

We watched The Walking Dead and Friday Night Lights with our friends, we ate too much, we stayed up too late for me to write anything meaningful because my brain feels foggy. We had fun. I hope you spent plenty of time outside this weekend, too.
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