Thursday, April 17, 2014

Okolona Confederate Cemetery Okolona, MS

The battle of Okolona recently observed it's 150th anniversary February 22-23.  They had a reenactment and living history displays that weekend and try as I might I just couldn't figure out a way to make a visit fit into my weekend.  Oh well, maybe next year...I say the same thing about Columbus Pilgrimage and still haven't been to it either.

Last fall on the way home from Tupelo my mom and I stopped and took a few pictures around Okolona.  I stopped at the cemetery in town on Church Street and took a few pictures of the Civil War markers and the small memorial that honors the dead both Confederate and Yankee.

Okolona Confederate Cemetery Hickory Ridge Studio

Okolona Confederate Cemetery Hickory Ridge Studio

Okolona Confederate Cemetery Hickory Ridge Studio

Okolona Confederate Cemetery Hickory Ridge Studio

Okolona Confederate Cemetery Hickory Ridge Studio

Have a great day my lovelies!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Macon Stockyard Macon, MS

Macon Stockyard Hickory Ridge Studio

Macon Stockyard Hickory Ridge Studio

Macon Stockyard Hickory Ridge Studio

Macon Stockyard Hickory Ridge Studio

Macon Stockyard Macon, MS Noxubee, Mississippi

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

E.F. Nunn & Company Shuqualak, MS

E.F. Nunn & CO Hickory Ridge Studio

The E.F. Nunn & Co. building sits facing the railroad track in Shuqualak, MS and was built around 1870.  It was originally the commissary for the plantation and later a grocery and dry goods store and after that an International truck and tractor dealership.

According to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Major E.F. Nunn came to Noxubee County in 1835 and around 1845 founded the firm of Nunn and Anderson in Shuqualak in a partnership with L.L. Anderson.  The firm was advertised as a "Dealer in Dry Goods, Dress Goods, Boots, Shoes, Clothing, Hats, Caps, Stationery, Furniture, Hardware, and All Kinds of Groceries."  The building itself is described on a nomination form for the National Register of Historic Places as follows,

"E. F. Nunn & Co.: A six bay, two story brick renaissance revival structure 
(ca. 1870) , wood frame portico replaced with "tin" and corbelled 
flat parapet modified with side addition (1907) . Side addition feed store 
originally wood frame with stepped brick facade, clapboard (still existing) 
was covered with brick (1922), rear addition typical 1920' s commercial, 
second addition in 1947 matches 1920' s addition. Nunn side lot once held 
the Hamilton Hotel, a two story wood frame Greek revival structure."

E.F. Nunn & CO Hickory Ridge Studio

In Pills, Petticoats, and Plows it talks about how a young E.F. Nunn came home from the war and took on the job of reorganizing his business that he had left in his mother's care while he was away.  According to the book he had had the good sense to sell his slaves and invest the money in cotton which he sold after the war and purchased anything and everything that could be sold to market in Mobile.  Another source I found said he had written to his wife and she carried out the instructions.  However it happened Major Nunn probably made one of the best business decisions of his career.  

 Due to the fact he did not loose money on his slaves (as horrible as that is to write) and he didn't loose his cotton Mr. Nunn neatly set himself up for success after the war.  So upon his return he was able to build his business where others were completely broken.  All over the south Confederate veterans were opening country stores as a side business to generate income and help support their plantations and farms and E.F. Nunn was one of these.

His son Major E.F. Nunn Jr. continued to operate the business after the death of his father in 1873.  It became simply E.F. Nunn and Company by 1895 and continued to be operated by the descendants until the 1940s when it was purchased by the Evans Family.

On my last run to the vet in Dekalb a couple of months ago I swung though Shuqualak and took these pictures.  I particularly wanted to photograph this building.  The weather wasn't perfect but I did what I could.  I've been looking up info on the building and picking the brains of people that could tell me a little bit about it.

Then the paper came in last Thursday and I saw it was a good thing I took those pictures.

The building has been sold by the current owner to an architectural salvage company to dismantle and be sold piece by piece.  It's sad, but I know the building has been vacant for several years and would probably cost more to restore it than its worth.  And honestly what could you do with it?  There's not much left in Shuqualak these days aside from the lumber mill.  The one bank in town has finally closed.  The downtown is all but nonexistent.  There's really no one local that could buy it and make a go of having a business there.  It's sort of foolhardy to pour money into something that will never be able to make any of that money back.  Isn't it?

E.F. Nunn & CO Hickory Ridge Studio
Beautiful Handmade Bricks

All I have to say is this.

Get out there people.

E.F. Nunn & CO Hickory Ridge Studio

Get out there and see your home.  Wherever you're from, wherever you live, get out and see it.  Times change, the world moves on, and things come and go.  This building has stood for over a 100 years.  It's a left over monument from Shuqualak's boom days and soon it will be gone forever.  Broken apart and sold off piece by piece by an architectural salvage firm from Connecticut.  Its handmade brick and heart pine timbers shipped off to goodness knows where.  Maybe I can slip down there one more time now that the spring light is here and the vines that grow up the side will be green.  If not, at least I have these pictures.

*Read Pills, Petticoats, & Pows here for free!
*National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form
*The Civit War And The Men From Noxubee County
*Mississippi Department of Archives and History description

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rain. I think we need to break up.

It's raining.


We had record rain last Thursday and Friday morning.  The weekend was lovely.  Then, last night...

It started raining again and it's STILL raining now.

Enough.  Enough I say!

Cease and desist.

Ok, I have that out of my system.  I'm working on a blog post for tomorrow.  I have pictures all ready and my research but I'm still struggling to get my thoughts out coherently.  (And yes yuck it up that I struggle to be coherent on the best of days.)  I want to give a little history on the building and I want to give my thoughts too so....yea.  Struggling just a little bit.  I think this is one I'm going to have to write out longhand all at one time.  Usually I would do that at lunch, but today I've got to go to the post office.

So until then, let's see some Instagram pictures from the weekend.  My user name if you want to see more is lanalpugh. 

I love playing in the dirt.  I was super excited to finally have my small patio garden ready for plants and seeds!  I will not however divulge how long I have been working on getting this bed ready. 
(I may have initially pulled out the straggling shrubs before Allie was born.)   

Saturday night was taco night!  My husband requested it so I decided to go all out.  Beef tacos with fresh homemade pico de gallo, homemade guacamole, lettuce and cheese, homemade salsa, homemade not from a can refried beans, and saffron rice.  Super, super, super good!  My sink was full of dishes both sides, but who cares!  Yesterday I threw a roast in the crock-pot before church and we had that, black eyed peas, and mac and cheese for supper.  It was just one of those weekends where we didn't feel like going out, the hubby had been on the road all week eating out, so I cooked.  Even more than usual I think because I cooked supper Friday night and breakfast yesterday too.  And yes, there will be no cooking until about Wednesday for me when the hubby gets back in because I have that much left over.  :) 

Have a great day my lovelies!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thoughts on Simple Living

Merissa has a great post on her blog Little House Living about simple living and is it even possible in today's world.  It's a great post, and she has a great blog so hop on over there and give it a read.

And then come back.  I'll wait.

You're back?  Good.

I agree completely that living simply is something we can do even now in the world of instant at our fingertip touch communication, convenience frozen anything, and cheap throw away fashion.  As she states, you don't have to go completely Amish.

You don't have to be a totally off the grid, end of the world conspiracy believing, tinfoil hat wearing loony.

I think you get the drift.

Then what the heck am I talking about then?  Simplifying doesn't mean denying yourself the things you love, just taking away the things that distract you.  To me simplifying means learning how to do more with less.  I apply this to cooking, clothes, stuff for my house, etc.  To me simplifying means enjoying the things that make me happy.  To me simplifying means learning to find the joy in the simple things in life.

And that's not to say I don't have stuff.  I don't live a minimalist lifestyle by any stretch of the imagination, but I think I've learned to strike a balance.    Here's my top simple living choices.

Homemade broccoli and cheese soup and bread

1.  I cook from scratch where I can and when it's feasible and practical.  I don't make everything from scratch, there's no way I can and work a 40 hour a week job and take care of a toddler, but I do it where I can.  For example a bag of self rising flour will make biscuits, pancakes, gravy, dumplings, pizza in a pinch, cakes, cookies, quick breads, cobbler, etc.  No need to buy those things individually when they all have basically the same ingredients.  And yes from time to time I buy a bag of cookies because I just don't want to make the darn things.  

2.  We eat out sparingly.  We eat at home.  A LOT.  It's cheaper, it's better for the waistline and blood pressure, and we spend quality time together at the dinner table.   All good things.  Also the hubby makes a darn fine steak and I would honestly rather eat his than most restaurants.  

Wine and sewing: Always a good combination
3.  I sew a lot of my own clothes.  Now this one is not for everyone, but I've been doing it for years and I enjoy it.  I get to save money (sometimes), have beautiful things that fit me well, and don't have to go shopping.  I.  HATE.  CLOTHES.  SHOPPING.

It's almost this time again!
4.  We grow a garden.  The past two years with Allie being small I've not raised much more than tomatoes and peppers, but we do have a locally owned produce farm in Macon so I buy local where and when I can.  If I'm not growing it, I'm sure not going to purchase something grown outside the country.  I also put up produce for use throughout the year.  Easy, cheap, and not loaded with salt and preservatives.  

Getting dirty does not require cute clothes
5.  I utilize hand me downs for Allie.  Allie has new clothes on a regular basis, but for daycare where they are painting and coloring and smearing food and who knows what all else all over each other I love hand me down clothes from friends.  The thrift stores here are abysmal with much of the children's clothing on the racks needing to be thrown out instead of sold.  I love my friends that send us clothes.  It has made my life so much easier and I love yall for it!  Also my friends have great style and Allie always looks super cute.

Super sleepy and riding home with our new ball yesterday
6.  We're very picky about the toys we purchase.  I always ask myself two questions.  Are they good quality?  Is it something that's going to hold her interest for years to come?  I've been lucky that Allie is still young enough that she hasn't reached the "I want that!" stage yet.  She has lots of toys and definitely does not go without but all her stuff right now will fit in three large baskets.  She plays with everything and I love that she has a good mixture of dolls, legos, trucks, books, some electronic stuff that makes noise, and balls.  None of it is very expensive and you know what, I don't think she cares.  In Wal-Mart yesterday we were picking out her birthday presents and between a $15.00 Elmo and a $4.00 ball guess which one she put in the buggy to ride beside her and then held all the way home from the store?  You got it, the $4.00 ball.

7.  I make a lot of my own household cleaners.  Yep, I'm that kind of crazy.  I've cleaned with baking soda for years but after I had Allie I started looking at the stuff I was cleaning with and decided that I didn't want all that chemical laden stuff around her.  I use baking soda, salt, lemon juice, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide for most things and it works.  I don't have to use gloves to clean with it and if she accidentally got into a bottle of vinegar, what's the worst that could happen?  It's also dirt cheap.  End of story.  

To me these are pretty simple and I'm probably restating what's been restated a dozen times before.  And I'm not perfect.  I love a frozen pizza as good as the next person.  I made cupcakes for Allie's daycare last night with a Duncan Hines cake mix and bought frosting.

No one's perfect and Momma stayed up way past her bedtime as it was to get those cupcakes done.

But, those times I do choose to make my own pizza, shirt, or whatever are the times I enjoy the most.  I get way more satisfaction out of making things with my own two hands than buying it in a store.  I like that feeling I get with providing for my family with just a few simple ingredients.

Makes me feel all Laura Ingalls Wilder.  All I need is a bonnet and an apron.

What do you do to simplify your life gentle readers?  Do you think I'm an absolute tinfoil hat wearing nut?  Let me know in the comments below.  And if you read and got through all this, here - you deserve one of Allie's strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese icing.

I may or may not have had one for breakfast.

Have a great weekend my lovelies!  


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

1st Baptist Wahalak, Mississippi

Wahalak sits on highway 45 south of Macon and North of Scooba.  That should be clear as mud, but it's the best I can do.  I've always loved this church and on the way back from the vet in Dekalb a few months ago I stopped and grabbed a few pictures.  The day was cloudy and overcast  so these are the best I could do.  

Hope you've had a great day my lovelies!  I missed a day of work yesterday due to the stomach virus and am still trying to get over it.  I definitely don't recommend it.