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Long Time Gone

I was gone too long from home. Going back to Alabama this weekend was just what I needed. I cried so much this weekend but it was cathartic. Many of those tears were tears of joy.

I went home because my aunt almost died last Wednesday. She rallied and is better. She is still nowhere near 100%. She is very ill and she is elderly. It’s not good. But she was talking when I got there and she knew me. She was confused, though. She asked me was I still married. No. I have been divorced 16 years. She laughed and said good. We all laughed at that.You find the humor where you can. She said some funny things in her confusion which was also really sad. But you focus on the good of it.That’s all you can do in hard times.

I had lost all of my childhood pictures years ago and another aunt was generous enough to share hers with me. I cried like a baby. I have pictures of me with my parents and other family members that are so precious. It broke my heart and made me so overwhelmed and overjoyed at the same time. I made everyone cry because I just couldn’t stop crying at first. The first pictures I saw had me sobbing.

I saw cousins and aunts and an uncle I hadn’t seen in over a decade. I was blown away with how much love a heart can hold. It was amazing. I knew I loved them, but my heart was overflowing with love.

This morning I met with one of my oldest friends who I haven’t seen in 23 years. He is one of my biggest cheerleaders and the one of the very best men of my generation I have ever met. I’m glad to have him as my best male friend. We got to meet for a quick breakfast and the only change in him is that he has gotten wiser and kinder with age. He told me I was still pretty and I actually believed it for a minute. I hugged him today for the first time in forever and it was like a time machine. I didn’t want to let go. It was as if I had gone back in time and hadn’t made all of the stupid mistakes in life, still had all of the people in my life that I had lost and I felt loved and safe. Who would want to let that go? Unfortunately, I had to. And thankfully for him, I only teared up a little. I couldn’t watch him drive away or I would have burst into tears. I had already cried so much that I just couldn’t do it.

I hit the road and drove through my hometown of Huntsville, Alabama and just soaked it in. I thought about the what-ifs of never having left and all of that. I love that place. My heart ached as I drove east towards Chattanooga. But I kept driving. It was an easy drive. I was happy to see the signs for Asheville, North Carolina, though. I have missed my mountains and my precious cats. It was good to get home here but I do miss home there.

Praying I can make another trip this summer or fall. I need it.

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Helping Others

I saw something today that made me cry and feel the urgency to help someone else. An old friend’s niece recently passed away. I have known her family since middle school. I won’t tell you how long that has been, but let’s just say it is a LONG time. It was her little sister’s daughter. I didn’t know this young lady, but she got very sick very fast. She had down’s syndrome. She had a rough life. And rather than getting to finish it happily ever after, she passed away before reaching adulthood. It makes me tear up thinking about it.

Who plans for this? Who thinks about outliving their kids when they’re so young? They weren’t prepared financially and from what I understand, it took it’s toll.

They’re having a spaghetti dinner tomorrow in Pulaski, Tennessee to raise money for her funeral expenses. Asheville, North Carolina is a little too far away to drive for spaghetti. But since I can’t make it, I can send money. I just found out from the bank where there is a fund set up for funeral expenses that I can send a check made out to her mother’s name, Sherry Barr, and notate the account number and name of account on the check. I can mail the check to¬†Redstone Federal Credit Union, 220 Wynn Dr, Huntsville, AL 35893. This is what I am going to do.

Places With Interesting Names

I heard in a documentary of a place called Happy, TX and I thought this was an interesting name for a city. So of course I Googled places in the USA with interesting names. There’s some doozies out there! It makes me wonder what these people were thinking when they named them. Did they not think that the names would stick? Is there a way to rename a city? Can you take a vote about that?

Here’s a list of interesting names of places I thought you would like. I got it from¬†http://www.accuracyproject.org/towns.html

Miscellaneous crazy town names
Hopeulikit, Georgia
Knockemstiff, Ohio
Cut and Shoot, Texas
Slaughterville, Oklahoma
Jot ‘Em Down, Texas
Rough And Ready, California
Faggarts Crossroads, NC.
Coward, South Carolina
Spunky Puddle, Ohio
Bridal Veil, Oregon
Howey In The Hills, Florida
Bug Tussle, Oklahoma
Firetown, Connecticut
Burns Down, South Carolina
Pyro, Ohio
Frankenstein, Missouri
Goblintown, Virginia
Monks Hammock, Louisiana
Monks Misery, Maryland
No Mirage, California
Gun Barrel City, Texas
Humptulips, Washington
Looneyville, Minnesota
Looneyville, New York
Looneyville, Texas
Looneyville, West Virginia
Mormon Bar, California
Nimrod, Minnesota
Scrabble, West Virginia
Snapfinger, Georgia
Cyclone, Texas
Storms, Ohio
Hurricane, Utah
Wind Blow, North Carolina
Tarzan, Texas
Tightwad, Missouri
What Cheer, Iowa
Yazoo City, Mississippi
Zigzag, Oregon

And a partridge in a pear tree
Christmas, Florida
Christmas Cove, Maine
Christmas City, Utah
Christmas Valley, Oregon
Christmasville, Tennessee
Santa Claus, Georgia
Santa, Idaho
Eggnog, Utah
Tannenbaum, Arkansas
North Pole, Alaska
North Pole, New York
Visit our page of Christmas or holiday season place names.

Mmmmmmm — I’m hungry!
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Cookietown, Oklahoma
Candy Town, Ohio
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Bacon, Delaware
Cheddar, South Carolina
Cheesetown, Pennsylvania
Cheeseville, Wisconsin
Cheeseville, California
Cranberry Marsh, Wisconsin
Ding Dong, Texas
Rabbit Hash, Kentucky
Bread Loaf, Vermont
Whitebead, Oklahoma
Beans, New Hampshire
Oatmeal, Texas
Two Egg, Florida
Goose Egg, Wyoming
Toast, North Carolina
Chocolate Bayou, Texas
Lick Skillet, Virginia
Milk Springs, Alabama
Milkwater, Arizona
Buttermilk, Arkansas
Buttermilk, Kansas
Coke, Virginia
Tea, South Dakota
Coffee City, Texas
Coffee Creek, Montana
Hot Coffee, Mississippi
Pie, West Virginia
Twin Peaks, California
Yum Yum, Tennessee

Where’s the remote?
Becker, Minnesota
Bonanza, Oregon
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Dallas, Texas
Daniel Boone, Kentucky
Falcon Crest, North Carolina
Ironside, Oregon
Jericho, Vermont
Lancer, Kentucky
Lost, Minnesota
Mannix, Montana
Matlock, Washington
McCloud, Tennessee
Monk, Oklahoma
Rawhide, Nevada
Truth or Consequences, NM
Twin Peaks, California

Beam us up, Scotty
Enterprise, West Virginia
Tribble, West Virginia
Roddenberry, Georgia
Captain, Virginia
Kirk, Texas
Kirk, New York
Star, Oklahoma
McCoy, Colorado
McCoy, Ohio
Romulus, New York
Excelsior, West Virginia
Riker, Pennsylvania
La Forge, Missouri
Lore, Iowa
Wesley, Iowa
Crusher, Oklahoma
Wesley, Arkansas
Crusher, Texas
Minuet, North Carolina
Gamma, Georgia
Gamma, Missouri
Captain, Virginia
Archer, Montana
Archer, Florida
Archer, Nebraska
Phlox, Indiana
Phlox, Wisconsin
Vulcan, West Virginia

Quiet down out there!
Yelling Settlement, Alabama
Yellville, Arkansas
Yell, Tennessee
Screamer, Alabama
Screamer, Tennessee
Screamersville, Virginia
Loudville, Massachusetts
Hoop and Holler, Texas
Hoot and Holler Crossing, Texas
Holler, Maryland

Never? Never ever? Are you sure?
Neversink, New York
Neversink, Pennsylvania
Neverfail, Tennessee

Uh, I think I’ll pass
Boring, Oregon
Crapo, Maryland
Dull, Ohio
Hobo Station, Mississippi
Ordinary, Virginia
Poor Town, North Carolina
Poorman Side, Pennsylvania
Shacktown, North Carolina

This town’s really alive with activity!
Deadmans, Ohio
Deadman Landing, Florida
Deadman Crossing, Ohio
Deadmans Corner, Wyoming
Deadmans Corner, Maine
Dead Mans Crossing, Indiana
Dead Women Crossing, Oklahoma

Get your mind out of the gutter!
Loveladies, New Jersey
Hooker, Oklahoma
Hooker Hole, Louisiana
Romance, Arkansas
Horneytown, North Carolina
French Lick, Indiana
Sweet Lips, Tennessee
Fanny, West Virginia
Busti, New York
Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania
Big Beaver, Pennsylvania
Butts, Georgia
Buttzville, New Jersey
Dicktown, New Jersey
Erect, North Carolina
New Erection, Virginia
Dickshooter, Idaho
Intercourse, Pennsylvania
Loving, New Mexico
Climax, Georgia
Conception, Missouri
Fidelity, Missouri

Take that thing outside!
Deadhorse, Alaska
Horse Head, Virginia
Deerhead, New York
Horseheads, New York
Hungry Horse, Montana
Spotted Horse, Wyoming
Buffalo Mop, Texas
Gray Mule, Texas
Mule Barn, Oklahoma
Forked Deer, Tennessee
Lame Deer, Montana
Running Deer, Virginia
White Deer, Pennsylvania
Sleeping Buffalo, Montana
Monkey Box, Florida
Monkey Run, Missouri
Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky
Possum Trot, Kentucky
Possum Grape, Arkansas
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Elephant Park, Colorado
Bearmouth, Montana
Tiger, Oklahoma
Tiger Bay, Florida
Turkey Scratch, Arkansas
Billy Goat Hill, Alabama
Goat Town, Georgia
Bat Cave, North Carolina
Dogtown, California

Where did I leave my keys?
Accord, Massachusetts
Cadillac, Michigan
Chevrolet, Kentucky
Dodge, Massachusetts
Dodge City, Kansas
Ford, Mississippi
Plymouth, Michigan
Pontiac, Michigan
Visit our page of automotive place names in the U.S..

Go to Hell – Hell, Michigan, of course!
Hell, Michigan
Hell, Riverside County, California
Hell Hollow, New Hampshire
Hells Corners, Ohio
Half Hell, North Carolina
Devil’s Backbone, Connecticut
Devils Den, California
Devils Elbow, Missouri
Devils Lake, North Dakota
Devils Slide, Utah
Devils Tower, Wyoming
Devil Town, Ohio
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Red Devil, Alaska
Seven Devils, North Carolina
Visit our page of U.S. Halloween place names.

Heaven only knows
Angel City, Texas
Angel Fire, New Mexico
Angels Camp, California
Angeltown, Tennessee
Heavenly Hills, California
Heavenly Valley, California
Little Heaven, Delaware
Heaven Heights, Massachusetts
Convent, Louisiana
Pray, Montana

C’mon get happy
Happy Valley, Hawaii
Happy Land, Oklahoma
Happy Hills, Massachusetts
Happyland, Connecticut
Happy Hollow, Ohio

You do what to toads?
Toad Suck, Arkansas
Lizard Lick, North Carolina
Toadvine, Alabama
Frogtown, Illinois
Frogtown, Mississippi
Frog City, Illinois
Frogmore, Louisiana
Frognot, Texas
Mousetown, Maryland
Mouse Island, Maine
Squirrel Town, Ohio
Chipmonk, New York

Penny for your thoughts
Penny Hill, Delaware
Nickel, Texas
Dime Box, Texas
New Quarters, Louisiana
Dollar, Tennessee
Coin, Iowa
Money, Mississippi
Money Creek, Minnesota
Money Island Beach, North Carolina

You’ve got to be an awfully bad cook
Burnt Water, Arizona
Burntfork, Wyoming
Burnt Cane, Arkansas
Burnt Cabins, Pennsylvania
Burnt Chimney Corner, North Carolina
Burnt Corn, Alabama
Burnt Creek, Georgia
Burnt Factory, Virginia
Burnt Factory, West Virginia
Burnt Hickory Farms, Georgia
Burnt Hills, New York
Burnt House, West Virginia
Burnt Mills, Maryland
Burnt Ranch, California
Burnt Prairie, Illinois
Burnt Tree, Virginia
Burnt Woods, Maryland
Burnt Woods, Oregon

Get the bug spray
Mosquitoville, Vermont
Fleatown, Ohio
Flea Valley, California
Ticktown, Virginia
Tick Bite, North Carolina
Bug Hill, North Carolina
Roach, Nevada
Roaches, Illinois
Cricket Corner, New Hampshire
Cricket Hill, Georgia
Grasshopper Junction, Arizona
Shoofly, North Carolina
Spider, Kentucky
Spiderweb, South Carolina

Because I said so!
Why, Arizona
Whynot, Mississippi
Whynot, North Carolina
Ynot, Montana

What do they say?
Talking Rock, Georgia
Hollow Rock, Tennessee
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Point of Rocks, Wyoming
Bean Rock, Alabama

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