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I offer several different versions and will be adding more over the coming days.

 

 

 

China Visa Process
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Planning a trip to China. The Visa & Passport

My husband and I have a bucket list. We pretty much sit around on our day jobs and do the things that are required of us, but secretly in our minds we are always thinking about where we will go next.

Once we decided that we were going to just go straight to the top of the bucket list and clear off China (the number one must do thing on our list) it became a rush to the airport for us. That’s pretty much how most of our trips happen. One minute we are dreaming and the next we are booking tickets.

I admit that this one has taken me a little by surprise in the budgeting. At this moment, I am about $1500.00 over budget on what I thought it was going to cost.

One of the things I most tell people when they ask me about trip planning is to allow a markup for the things you don’t know. Something like 20-25% usually will cover it for us. This trip has, however, exceeded that for sure.

I suppose, it probably speaks to my inexperience that I didn’t budget in for the cost of a visa to either China or Cambodia. Within a week of our purchasing our tickets we realized we needed to get our butts in gear fast to round those up.

We used a company called Travisa for getting the Visa in China. We live in West Virginia so the nearest offices for the visa would be Washington, DC. I considered driving there myself, 6 hours one way, but in the end, did the math and determined that my lack of experience with the process could result in my having to drive there, do it wrong, drive home and then pay the company to do it. So I bucked up and ordered the kit and sent our passports to them the next day.

The way it works is fairly simple. Pay them the fees, print and fill out all the papers that they send you, sign everything and put all the required documents with the forms and your passports (good for at least six months past the date of travel) and drop it into the Fed-ex box and wait.

The wait was only 24 hours before our first communications came back. The company does a fantastic job keeping you updated on where you are in the process. Today the lady informed me that our bill was ready and the visa should be ready by next week and once payment was cleared they would ship our visa and passport back to us by overnight delivery and we should be ready to go. (Did I mention the wait part?)

In stark contrast to that, the Cambodian visas were a much simpler process. I used this website and filled out the paperwork online and provided everything, including a digital version of our passport photo for the visa and paid the fees associated. Within an hour, I had both mine and my husbands visas applied for and within 10 hours I had both of them printed and in my hand ready to go. You can apply for a Cambodian Visa at the airport when you land in the country but because neither my husband or I understand the language we try to take care of everything that we can in advance of  a trip to a country that will be hard to communicate in.

The visa for China has not been approved yet but hopefully we will have it in hand this time next week and I can go back to sleeping at night instead of refreshing the page just in case they send me an email for any more information that I haven’t already provided.

 


When you apply for a visa for China you need to provide quite a bit of information. I was actually pretty impressed with their system and how much information they required for a tourist to visit the country.

  • A US Passport that is good for at least 6 months longer than your trip dates. I imagine always that is because if heaven forbid something happens and you get sick and stuck in their country or some other unforeseen set of circumstances should happen that you didn’t get home on time you would still have a passport that was valid when it was time to come home. Yikes, lets don’t think about that.
  • A list of every single place that you will go, sleep and be during the trip. You provide these and they literally register you with the US Embassy in the places you will visit so that you are accounted for while in the other country with both the other country and with the American government. This makes me feel safe in several ways.
  • A copy of your flights, tickets and hotel reservations, etc.
  • A letter of invitation from the person who has asked you to stay with them or visit them and all sorts of information on that person  are visiting them, if that is the case. I didn’t have to do this because of course, I don’t know anyone in China.
  • They ask about your history, family to contact in emergencies and all the normal stuff that you would expect as well. Several questions asked what your plans were and why you wanted to visit China. That was not hard to answer since there are so many things that are amazing in China.
  • You had to provide a passport photo. We got those made at our local CVS store. You had to send that in with the packet and I assume they use that to put your photo on the visa that goes with your passport for the trip.

 

FEES FOR THE TOURIST VISA TO CHINA 


  • 140.00 China Tourist Visa Consular Fee
  • 140.00 China Tourist Visa Consular Fee for my husband
  • 25.00 to register with the US Embassy in all the places that we will visit
  • 164.00 China Tourist Standard Travisa Fee
  • 164.00 China Tourist Standard Travisa Fee for my husband
  • 44.00 UPS Next day Air returning the passports and visas to us
  • 16.52 Consular Processing Fee for speeding up the process
  • 38.00 Shipping label from us to Travisa
  • 40.00 Passport replacement fees for in case they are ever lost while traveling

Bringing the total for the Visa for visiting China to a whopping $771.52 ! That is as much as a cruise to the Bahamas on a sale weeekend ! Wow, right.

First, I would say, I love a country that makes it as hard as possible for people to just wander into it and cause chaos. So, I applaud China for that part. I sometimes wish it were far harder for people to just stroll into America without having to tell the government where they are going and who they will talk to every second. I think if we had more of that, maybe there would be less terrorism. However, it really was a huge cost that I wasn’t planning for so yikes on that part.

 

Fees for the Cambodia Visa


  • 36.00 Visa fees for each of us total & pretty much instant approval & printing

 

Hopefully, all will go well and I will update this post in a week to say how the whole process plays out and if we will be leaving for our trip to China next month with a Visa in hand. Fingers crossed….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Seven Wonders of the World

Over the last couple years we have been blessed to get to travel. I have seen so many amazing things, I can’t even count. But the list of things that we still want to see is far longer than the list of ones we have already enjoyed.

The Great Wall of China is always at the top of a bucket list. So we have decided to take one last trip this year to mark that one off while we are still able. I know, it sounds like I think I wont have enough time to see everything. My 13 year old son said “Mom, are you sure that you don’t have cancer or something that you are not telling me” when I told him that we were going to China.

I don’t feel like I am in a hurry. But I do feel like when I leave this world I am going to not have gotten to see all the amazing things that I want to see.

The truth is, so many of my friends and family say to me, YOU ARE CRAZY FOR GOING THERE when I am planning trips. Or, I AM NEVER GOING THERE, is pretty common as well.

I was around 45 when I started traveling with my husband and I cant tell you how much the experiences have changed my every day life. When I eat, I have a new found appreciation for all the many choices that I have in America. When I drive my car, I find myself praying while driving, thanking God for the opportunities that I have had and the freedom to go where I wish, when I wish.

Every aspect of my life has been altered by the time and sights I have seen while traveling.

And Bill likes to say that good travel makes you want good travel. I have a sign in my bedroom that says, Travel is the only thing you can spend money on that makes you richer. That’s so true.

We can hardly wait for our November trip to China. I have been hard at the planning stage and almost have it entirely figured out. When I first started traveling I remember how scared I was. I still have moments that I have fears. But the rewards always out weight the stress or worry. Sometimes, we get lost. Sometimes, we can’t understand what people are saying. Sometimes, I even cry. But it is ALWAYS worth it for the experience.

 

Our Bucket List Life

 

Our list of thing to see in China: 

The current bucket list items is as follows: 

 

A few things we hope to see eventually: 

  • Channel Tunnel, Strait of Dover
  • CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Golden Gate Bridge in California
  • Panama Canal
  • Washington State & Mount Rushmore
  • Victoria Falls
  • Mount Everest
  • The Great Barrier Reef in Austrailia
  • The South Pole
  • The Amazon Rainforest

 

Some of the other amazing things we have already seen:

  • The Roman Colosseum
  • Stonehenge
  • The location of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • The Pyramids of Giza & The Great Sphinx
  •  The Belize Barrier Reef
  • Hoover Dam
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Paris
  • London
  • Egypt
  • Milan & The Last Supper
  • Florence
  • Split in Croatia
  • Amsterdam
  • Dubrovnik
  • Olympia and the first Olympic Stadium
  • Greece
  • Athens, The Acropolis
  • Carnevale Venice
  • Istanbul
  • Bath, England
  • Belize
  • Cayman Islands
  • Jamaica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Turks and Caicos
  • San Juan Puerto Rico
  • St Croix
  • St John
  • Cockburn Town
  • Key West Florida
  • Nassau
  • The Bahamas
  • Cozomel
  • Cancun Mexico

A few things out west we want to visit:

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Redwood National Park
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Burning Man Festival
  • Petrified Forest
  • South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Hoover Dam (Again)
  • Lower Antelope Canyon
  • Bryce Canyon

 

I think everyone has a bucket list, right ? Ours keeps growing. We see new things in books and movies and before you know it the list needs revisions. I hope when my life is over there will be many more things that I clear from this list. But if I have to leave this life sooner than expected, I am so grateful for each and every single thing that I have already gotten to see.

 

 

 

 

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My hubs latest scary books :)

My husband is a talented writer. He writes kids books, adult only scary books with somewhat of a twisted view of things, comics, graphic novels and sweet poems and so much more. I am always amazed at the things he writes. He really doesn’t have a specific type of writing. He can write something about a sweet lover one minute and a zombie eating his children the next. I love to watch him create. Check out his work at www.BilRichardson.com.

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Complete Visitors Guide for Hatfield McCoy Feud Sites

April 2018 this page is under construction

Hatfield McCoy Country is an area that covers about 50 miles square but if you drive to each of the locations as I have them listed here you will travel many more miles than this. I have tried to give you the most direct route for seeing everything without any more backtracking than is necessary.  So, it's a very long  journey for a single day. In a perfect world you can do it all in a weekend visit. Come in on Friday and stay in one of the main towns.

  • Pikeville Kentucky
  • Matewan West Virginia
  • Williamson West Virginia

Each of these three towns will offer its own kind of charm. You can click on each of them above to get more information on starting your journey from a hotel in the individual communities.

I have built THIS MAP to begin at the Hatfield McCoy Country Museum in Williamson West Virginia #1 on the maps. After visiting the Museum you can start your journey at #1, The Hatfield McCoy Country Museum, and move along the numbered locations as I have them and you can see everything in the simplest route possible with the least amount of going in circles.

You can click HERE to go to the information page for the Hatfield McCoy Feud. There you will find all the detailed information about the feud, my family connection and the Hatfield McCoy Country Museum. 

On this page I am going to try to give you a complete visitors guide to the sites of the Hatfield McCoy Feud.

HATFIELD MCCOY COUNTRY MUSEUM

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | HATFIELD MCCOY COUNTRY MUSEUM | STOP #1

This location is first because any tour of the feud sites must begin with a little information about the history of this historic family feud.

You can visit the museum by contacting the museum directly or contacting me here at this site to set up your appointment. For the majority of the year, right now, you will need an appointment to visit the museum

  • whatwendysaid@gmail.com
  • hatfieldmccoycountrymuseum@gmail.com

 

Things to see on this stop. 

  • A replica 1920's coal camp house room
  • The Underground Theater
  • Items seen on American Pickers
  • Original documents from the Hatfield McCoy Feud.
  • A replica log cabin standing inside the museum containing historical documents that you can walk inside and explore.
  • Items touched by Devil Anse Hatfield
  • Henry Ford's script making machine
  • Burial records of Devil Anse, Johnse, Cap and Levicy Hatfield
  • Mamie Thurman's death certificate and burial records
  • A set of display panels with information about the industrial revolution and how this area and our coal mining fueled the growth of steel.
  • The Bee Ward coal mining collection
  • MUCH MORE

Turn by Turn Directions from The Hatfield McCoy Country Museum #1 to The Hatfield McCoy White Lightning Moonshine Distillery Building #2.

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

DISTILLERY BUILDING

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | THE WHITE LIGHTNING DISTILLERY BUILDING | STOP #2

This spot is sad a little since it was so filled with excitement and hope when it originally became famous. The building was the distillery for the Hatfield McCoy White Lighting television show. The Hatfield and McCoy families came together in 2012 to start a moonshine business and create the first of the Hatfield McCoy Moonshines. However, the two families proved to not be able to work together a hundred years after the feud and the business broke apart and ended in law suits and the television series cancelled after the first season. The building still stands and you can get great photos from the exterior of the structure and even peek inside the large plate glass window on the front that lets you see into the distillery.

This is worth driving by and stopping for a quick photo outside. You can get more information on the moonshine from both the Hatfields and the McCoys that came after this series and see more about the show HERE

Things to see on this stop. 

  • The facade of the Hatfield McCoy White Lighting Moonshine Distillery where the reality TV show was filmed by the History Channel.
  • The geocache at this location
  • This stop is no more than a drive by between the museum and The Coal House for a photo stop so no real time is added by visiting the location

THE GEOCACHE AT THIS LOCATION

 

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Traditional Geocache

HMGT #16 White Lightning

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UTM: 17S E 387226 N 4170570

GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

Turn by Turn Directions from #2 The Distillery Building to #3 The Coal House

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

THE COAL HOUSE

THE COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE FOR THE HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | BY WENDY AT WWW.WHATWENDYSAID.COM | THE COAL HOUSE
THE COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE FOR THE HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | BY WENDY AT WWW.WHATWENDYSAID.COM | THE COAL HOUSE

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | THE COAL HOUSE | STOP #3

This is a unique stop on your visit of feud country because the building you find here is made entirely from coal that was mined locally. Coal is our most abundant fossil fuel resource today, and is used to generate more than half of our nation's electrical power. There are many other important uses, such as in the production of iron, steel, and other metals as well as in the cement industry. 

Here at the Coal House you can see a very unique use of coal. A structure with walls that are made entirely of cut blocks of coal. A total of 64 tons of bituminous coal was used in the construction.

Locally known as "The Coal House" it was placed on the National Historic Register in 1980. It was built in 1933 with civic support for the project. Materials, labor and cash were donated by local firms and individuals, and the one-story building was designed by architect H.T. Hicks, of Welch, West Virginia. The coal used in the construction was mined locally and donated by several major coal companies.

The exterior surface of the Coal House is protected from weathering by an application mixture of enamel and varnish every two years. Thus far, little erosion has occurred. The Coal House has always been the home to the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce. Today you can go inside and experience the visitors center for Williamson, West Virginia and the Tug Valley Area. 

 

This is one of those amazing Road Side America stops that you will not want to miss. While here be sure to look at the Mountaineer Hotel that stands next to the Coal House. The Mountaineer Hotel has a pretty amazing list of previous visitors over its long history.  The lobby inside the Mountaineer is well worth seeing if you stop and find they are open. 

 

Things to see on this stop. 

  • The inside of the Coal House
  • The Large Statue of Chief Logan standing outside
  • The fountain on the grounds in front of the Coal House
  • The large selection of visitor center merchandise inside the coal house
  • The Mountaineer Hotel

THE GEOCACHE

Sweet Dice

A cache by Wendy
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GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

Turn by Turn Directions from #3 The Coal House to #4 Aunt Betty McCoy's House

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

AUNT BETTY'S HOUSE

 

THE COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE TO THE HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | PROVIDED BY WENDY AT WWW.WHATWENDYSAID.COM
THE COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE TO THE HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | PROVIDED BY WENDY AT WWW.WHATWENDYSAID.COM

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | AUNT BETTY MCCOY'S HOUSE | STOP #4

"Johnse" Hatfield, the 18-year-old son of "Devil Anse" Hatfield, and Roseanna McCoy, the daughter of Randolph McCoy, met on Kentucky election grounds in 1880.

According to accounts, Johnse and Roseanna hit it off, disappearing together for hours. Supposedly fearing retaliation from her family for mingling with the Hatfields, Roseanna stayed at the Hatfield residence for a period of time, drawing the ire of the McCoys.

Although they certainly shared a romance, it rapidly became clear that Johnse, was not about to settle down with Roseanna. Several months later he abandoned the pregnant Roseanna and quickly moved on. In May 1881 he married Nancy McCoy, Roseanna’s 15 year-old cousin.

Now pregnant with Johnse's child. Roseanna moved in with her Aunt Betty McCoy, in Stringtown, a small settlement not far from her father's home, because her father was so upset, and refused to look at or even speak to her.

Johnse continued to visit with Roseanna at her aunt's home, which upset her brothers. When Roseanna overheard retaliation plans to take Johnse captive, and deliver him to the county seat for outstanding warrants, she feared for Johnse's life and warned Devil Anse, who immediately organized a rescue party and took Johnse back to West Virginia before he could be transported to the county seat.

Roseanna also died at the young age of twenty-eight, some say of a broken heart. She is buried in the Dils Cemetery in Pikeville, Kentucky.

The child that Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield had together, Sarah Elizabeth, became sick at 10 months of age and died from the measles. The Baby is buried at Aunt Betty McCoy's House.

This location was also featured on the History Channel's White Lightning reality show as the home of Grandma McCoy.  

Things to see on this stop. 

  • The home of Aunt Betty McCoy (Private residence owned by Big Jim McCoy & the McCoy family)
  • The grave of Sarah Elizabeth McCoy (Must be able to climb stairs at this location)
  • A cemetery with historic markers
  • Maybe a McCoy or two sitting on the porch, if you are lucky

Aunt Betty's House

 

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HMGT #01 The Baby's Grave at Aunt Betty's House

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UTM: 17S E 392280 N 4165516

 

GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

Turn by Turn Directions from Aunt Betty McCoy's House to the Randall McCoy Well 

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

RANDALL MCCOY WELL

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | RANDALL MCCOY WELL | STOP #5

THE GEOCACHE

 

GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

 

THE COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE TO THE HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | DIGGERS | WHATWENDYSAID.COM | BILL RICHARDSON | HATFIELDS & MCCOYS | THE FEUD
THE COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE TO THE HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | DIGGERS | WHATWENDYSAID.COM

All that remains here today is the hand dug well that Randolph McCoy and his family walked to many times each day from their nearby cabin to draw water.

Today, this scenic location is washed in beauty nestled on this quite hillside. As you you peacefully walk up from the nearby creek, it is hard to imagine the horrors that faced the McCoy family here at the height of the feud.

On New Year’s Day 1888, Randolph, Sarah and their children blew out the candles and turned in for the night. Only a few short hours later, they were awakened by shouts and gunfire and their small mountain cabin became the scene of what would later become known as the 1888 New Year's Night Massacre. Sometime in the night, thirteen of the Hatfield gang, headed by Jim Vance, surrounded the McCoy homestead, near the mouth of Pond Creek, and opened fire on the sleeping family.

The family took cover and began to fire back, wounding several their attackers. To drive Randolph into the open, the marauders set the house and its contents on fire. As the family fled for their lives, young Calvin McCoy and his sister Alifair, were shot and killed, somewhere near this very well. Their mother ran to aide her son and daughter, only to be beaten over the head with the butt of a gun and left with the children to die on the cold mountain side.

Randolph was eventually able to escape into the darkness with the remaining family members.

Later that same year, Wall Hatfield and eight others were arrested by a posse led by "Bad" Frank Phillips and brought to Kentucky to stand trial for the murders of the McCoys.

Nine of the men involved in the incident were arrested and brought to trial for the New Year’s night raid. Of these men, eight received life sentences. 

One man, Ellison "Cottontop" Mounts, was hanged in front of an audience of thousands in Pikeville, Kentucky.

The remaining McCoys moved to Pikeville to escape the West Virginia raiding parties. They lived in a house at the end of Main Street in Pikeville. Randall ran a ferry across the river to Ferguson Creek. Sarah healed from the brutal beaten but was never fully herself and mourned the loss of her children until her death.

Very special thanks to Bob & Rita Scott for sharing this amazing site with the public. 
 

Things to see on this stop. 

 

  • The location where the New Years Day raid on the McCoy House took place
  • The family well of Randall McCoy
  • The spot where archaeologist discovered the remains of the burned out McCoy house
  • The spot where Diggers filmed the History Channel episodes
  • Neil Warren's garage (a must see person to talk with about the history of the feud) 
  • The historic marker at this location

TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS FROM THE RANDALL MCCOY WELL TO THE PREACHER ANDERSON HATFIELD CABIN

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

Turn by Turn Directions from The Washstand to the PawPaw Tree Incident Site

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

PREACHER ANSE HATFIELD'S CABIN

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | PREACHER ANDERSON HATFIELD CABIN | STOP #6

STOP #6 PREACHER ANDERSON HATFIELD CABIN

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  • N 37° 34.810 W 082° 10.796 
    UTM: 17S E 395815 N 4159889
  • HMGT Preacher Anderson Hatfield Cabin Geocache

GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

Things to see on this stop. 
  • The geocache.
  • The Preacher Anderson Hatfield Cabin.
  • The actual location of the Hog Trial was on this property.
  • The historic markers.
  • The spot where Ellison Hatfield was killed.
  • The spot where Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield met and fell in love.

The Hog Trial

THE COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE TO THE HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | PREACHER ANDERSON HATFIELDS CABIN | PROVIDED BY WENDY AT WWW.WHATWENDYSAID.COM | BILL RICHARDSON ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIGGERS
THE COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE TO THE HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | PREACHER ANDERSON HATFIELDS CABIN | PROVIDED BY WENDY AT WWW.WHATWENDYSAID.COM | BILL RICHARDSON ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIGGERS

In the fall of 1878, Randolph McCoy brought charges against Floyd Hatfield for stealing one of his hogs. The resulting trial occurred here and was presided over by the local justice of the peace, "Preacher" Anderson Hatfield.

Preacher Anderson was "Devil Anse" Hatfield's cousin and did not want to appear biased so he gathered a jury of six Hatfields and six McCoys to hear the case.

When the jury reached its verdict, Selkirk McCoy, nephew of Sarah McCoy and a veteran of the Virginia Confederacy, sided with the six Hatfields in favor of Floyd. The McCoys felt betrayed and open hostilities soon erupted between the Haftield and McCoy families.

Later Bill Staton, who testified in favor of his brother-in-law Floyd Hatfield was killed by two of Randolph McCoy's nephews while he was hunting. They were tried and acquitted in a trial presided over by Valentine Hatfield, uncle of Devil Anse.

Election Day Fight

Devil Anse’s brother Ellison Hatfield got into a fight with three of Randle McCoy’s sons here at an election day celebration. One of the McCoys pulled a knife and Ellison was stabbed 27 times and then shot in the back. Anse and a posse intercepted the McCoy brothers as they were being taken to a Kentucky jail and escorted them back to West Virginia.

Ellison was still alive and, according to Anse, the three McCoys would live only if Ellison survived. The following day Ellison died. Anse and his followers then transported the McCoy brothers across the river to Kentucky, tied them to several pawpaw trees and shot them.

Indictments were issued for Anse and several of his supporters, but for five years no action was taken to extradite them.

TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS FROM PREACHER ANDERSON'S CABIN TO THE ASA HARMON MCCOY HISTORIC MARKER

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

ASA HARMON MARKER

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | THE ASA HARMON MARKER | STOP #7

STOP #7 Asa Harmon McCoy Historic Marker

 

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The first known event linking the Hatfields and McCoys was at the end of the Civil War. Devil Anse Hatfield, many members of his family, and many of the McCoys fought for the Confederate Army.

With West Virginia's admittance to the Union in 1863, Devil Anse realized that, as a Southern sympathizer, he, his family and property were in real danger. Now, in the name of home defense, he formed the Logan Wildcats, which was one of the most feared guerrilla bands to patrol the Tug River's banks.

Randall McCoy’s younger brother, Asa Harmon McCoy, was a Union soldier who had waited two years to enlist in the Union Army as a private for 12 months.

Suffering a broken leg and discharged on Christmas Eve 1864, he returned home to a chilly warning from Devil Anse's ruthless uncle, Jim Vance, who despised Harmon because he had joined the Union Army, that he could expect a visit from Devil Anse's Wildcats.

Frightened by gunshots as he drew water from his well, Harmon hid in a nearby cave, supplied with food and necessities each day by his slave, Pete. But Harmon's fate was sealed. His tormentors followed Pete's tracks in the snow, discovered the ailing Harmon and shot him dead on Jan. 7, 1865.

At first, Devil Anse Hatfield was the prime suspect. Later, after finding the Wildcats' leader had been confined to his bed, the guilt turned squarely on Vance and, according to some accounts, "Wheeler" Wilson, the real gunman.

In the end, the case died with no suspect brought to trial.

TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS FROM THE ASA HARMON MARKER TO THE HATFIELD MCCOY MONUMENT AT BLACKBERRY PARK

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THE GEOCACHE

 

GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

HATFIELD MCCOY MONUMENT

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | THE HATFIELD MCCOY MONUMENT | STOP #8

STOP #08 Hatfield McCoy Monument - Blackberry Park

 

 

The Complete Visitors Guide to the locations & sites of the Hatfield McCoy Feud. Provided by Wendy at www.whatWENDYsaid.com
The Complete Visitors Guide to the locations & sites of the Hatfield McCoy Feud. Provided by Wendy at www.whatWENDYsaid.com | Blackberry Monument

 

TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS FROM THE HATFIELD MCCOY MONUMENT TO THE WASHSTAND

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Not far from the site where Asa Harmon McCoy was killed, the Blackberry Community Park, on State Highway 1056, near Ransom, KY houses granite monuments highlighting the Hatfield McCoy Feud. A timeline monument depicts a map of the Tug River, with Kentucky on one side, and West Virginia on the other, with key events and locations inscribed on the monument. Also, in the park is a four sided granite obelisk, about 7’ tall, showing pictures, descriptions of the leaders, Randolph and "Devil Anse" Hatfield and children Johnse Hatfield and Roseanne McCoy.

The McCoys in Kentucky were led by Randolph McCoy (October 30, 1825 – March 28, 1914). In 1849, McCoy married his cousin Sarah (Sally). The couple had 15 children, including 9 sons and 6 daughters (Roseanne McCoy).

The McCoys lost 5 children during the feud and Roseanne died in her 30's, supposedly from a "broken heart”. Randolph and Sarah are buried in the Dils Cemetery in Pikeville, along with Roseanne and her brother Samuel.

The West Virginia Hatfield clan was led by William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield (September 9, 1839 – January 6, 1921). Devil Anse and his wife, Levicy, had 13 children, including 9 sons (Johnse Hatfield) and 4 daughters. Hatfield formed a Confederate guerrilla fighting unit during the Civil War that he named "The Logan Wildcats."

In 1865, he was suspected of having been involved in the murder of his rival Asa Harmon McCoy, who had fought for the Union Army and was waylaid by "The Logan Wildcats" on his return home and may have sparked the beginning of the notorious feud between the two families.

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COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | THE WASHSTAND | STOP #9

STOP #09 THE WASHSTAND AT HATFIELD CEMETERY

 

THE GEOCACHE AT THIS LOCATION

 

  • HMGT  The Wash Stand/Hatfield Cemetery
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  • A cache by HMGT
  • Hidden :09/01/2012
  • Difficulty: 1.5
  • Terrain: 1.5
  • Regular
  • N 37° 34.923 W 082° 10.834
  • THE CACHE PAGE

 

GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

Among the graves in this cemetery you will find the grave of the Patriarch of the Hatfield Family, Ephraim Hatfield.

 

This is one of the most intimate of all the sites along the trail. Although the cache is located on the edge of the Hatfield Family Cemetery, please take a moment to stroll among the graves to the knoll to the grave of Preacher Anderson Hatfield (the magistrate in the Hog trial).

 

Here you will find the Hatfield family washstand. Carved from solid blocks of sandstone, this outdoor washstand is one of two which were made by Robert (Uncle Bob) Hatfield, older brother of Ransom Hatfield, and son of Elder Anderson Hatfield. The source of the sandstone is most likely the quarry which is located on the right side of Hatfield Branch just West of the Anderson Hatfield Cabin some 500 foot over the hill from the washstand. The washstand, shaded by large cedar trees, was situated near the well in the front yard of the home place. Its principal purpose was as a place for the farm workers to wash and prepare themselves for dinner prepared by Mrs. Polly Hatfield, wife of Preacher Anse. Weary travelers passing by were welcomed to stop and have a drink or wash their hands in the washstand.

 

Place your hand on the top of the stone and imagine that Preacher Anderson, His Wife and children must have touched the same spot some 120 years ago. As you feel the rough surface of the aged sandstone, know that each of the members of the Hatfield Family and no doubt some of the McCoy clan have all placed their hands in this very spot.

Turn by Turn Directions from The Washstand to the site of the PawPaw Tree Incident

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Anytime you want to skip to a particular stop on the tour you can click on it's name in this menu. I will add this menu throughout this page to make it easier to skip back and forth to the sites.

 

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE OF THE HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES:

 

 

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Bullet Journaling FREEBIES

FREE. That's right, You can print these pages for your own personal use, Absolutely FREE.

I have recently discovered BULLET JOURNALING. I have been a SCRAPBOOKER for many years and designed and developed several scrapbook products for the scrapbook industry that are still very useful in making your scrapbook pages. But recently, I began to use those same products for my new passion...Bullet Journaling.



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Now, before you start to tell me about how busy moms don’t have time to bullet journal or color pages in a day planner, just wait. In my mind, a busy woman doesn’t have time to NOT plan every single day.

 

Read the Post for the FREE Bullet Journal Downloads Below.

 

 

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Here’s my thinking, if you want to make the most out of your life each day, you need to plan for tomorrow. When I was a young girl my mother-in-law had a sister that was an older lady and she was truly uptight it seemed to me at the time. What kind of life does a person have that they get up every single Tuesday and know what they are doing that day. How can you plan for a car wash, a hair-do or a walk with friends?

Now as a grown woman with a husband, a home, a 13-year-old and tons of responsibilities I see that there’s no way I could accomplish all the things that are important to me if I don’t schedule them in. You make time for the things that matter in your life.

I also think that a person can leave a journal to the next generation that will be an amazing look into what it was like to be you. I would give a 1000 dollar for my mom’s journal of what her life was like in a normal day when she was raising three kids. But those memories are gone and can never be recovered. I want to leave those things behind for my child and grandchildren to see when I am gone. So, I journal and scrapbook. 

I do agree that I don’t have time to set down with a pen and markers and create an entire layout from scratch every week of my life when it’s time to schedule. So, I am a fan of PRINTABLES. Especially ones that are FREE. That’s why I am sharing these pages with you. If you want to get started with a day planner or bullet journal book you can just simply print these pages, punch holes in them and add them to a binder that you keep. Then you can select just the pages that work for your life.

 

Soon I will also be adding an entire LIFE BINDER that will have tons of FREE pages that you can use to organize every aspect of your life.

 

 

 

 

 

TRY BULLET JOURNALING FOR FREE !!!!

If you have always wanted to give journaling a try, now is the perfect time. Just click on the FREE BULLET JOURNAL Pages listed below by name and print them at home and start without paying anything at all. (Other than the couple of pennies it costs to print a piece of paper)

You can find tons of different types of planners out there on the internet.  But inevitably some of the pages don’t apply to your life. By printing your own selected pages you can custom build your planner to your specific needs. Planning a Vacation ? Planning a special event ? Need a gratitude journal ? A meditation journal ? A way to track your exercise progress ? You can find all those here over the next couple weeks. Just subscribe to this page and get updates as I post the entire collection.

This washi tape is awesome if you make a mistake on your day planner, bullet journal or scrapbook page. It is sticky like tape and you can snip off a piece and put it over any mistake easily or use it to mark special days. Looks great and does the trick nicely.

 

 

WHAT IS A BULLET JOURNAL ANYWAY ?

I personally think that the words “Bullet Journal” are just a fancy way of saying day planner. But I understand calling it something new because it is the exact same thing, only far different at the same time. In a typical day planner you don’t do much on the way of decorating but in the new Bullet Journal pages it is not just about planning your day. Its about planning, listing, setting goals, tracking your success and sometimes even your failures. Its about doodling to relieve anxiety and stress. Its about having a singular place that you keep track of not just what you have to do, but the feelings that go along with doing them.

Or, if you have a particularly busy day and don’t want to do anything creative, that reflects in the journal pages as well.

Building on my scrapbook past, I like to decorate mine a little each day. Doodles of my feelings or emotions that I can look back on next year make me happy. In todays world of Facebook and Instagram we just write things in short, partial sentences and leave them buried behind in the electronic bowels of the internet to never be seen again.

I miss the days when we wrote things down. The days when there were actual things that we could leave behind for the next generation.

DAY PLANNERS | BULLET JOURNALS

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HERE ARE A COUPLE SAMPLES OF THE BINDERS THAT I LIKE TO USE. This size is suitable for any of my FREE download pages that are listed as 3 Ring A4. Most of the FREE Bullet Journal Pages are full size sheets of regular paper because that's the way I like to roll but I do get that a lot of people use this smaller, more portable size so I will size down my FREE PRINTABLE pages to 3 Ring A4 for your printing pleasure. 

These are really nice and strong and are a great size for carrying.

 

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I put ink in it when I got it. I have printed for 10 months now and I print like a scrapbooker and I have never had to put more ink in it yet. ITS INSANE ! If you print photos, lots of papers for whatever or if you are a new FREE PRINTABLE bullet journaler and want a printer that can keep up....THIS SUCKER is amazing. I am adding a link to it here in my Amazon Affiliate Links because, why not, but so help me it is truly the best printer I have ever owned. If you decide to give a new printer a try, come back here and click on it from this link please. If you have any other questions about my experience with this printer feel free to ask in the comments below. I LOVE THIS PRINTER.

 

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My Son Michael’s Family Tree

Michael J Baisden & Son, Michael Jaye Baisden, II

Mikey was named after his father. I have so many photos of them together it is insane. I followed them around when Mikey was little and captured every single moment of them because somehow in my head from the very start I knew that they would not have enough time together.

I love all those photos now and especially love all of the scrapbook pages of them together.

(This photo is from when he came home from the hospital and a few days later his step-sister, Leann came to see him.)

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Gone, Not Forgotten

Anna Rose Wellman

There are not a lot of photos of Ann with Mikey. He was very new when she passed away. This photo makes me happy because it was the first time she had ever seen Mikey. We took him down to Lenore, West Virginia, where they lived and I snapped this photo of her holding him and she was gone less than a month later. 

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My Son Michael’s Family Tree

By whatwendysaid | April 10, 2018

Michael J Baisden & Son, Michael Jaye Baisden, II Mikey was named after his father. I have so many photos of them together it is insane. I followed them around when Mikey was little and captured every single moment of them because somehow in my head from the very start…

A Boy & His Daddy

By whatwendysaid | March 31, 2018

My son’s Daddy has been very sick for about a year. He busted a hole in his heart and then four months later did the same thing again. They call it an aortic discetion. I have personally watched him suffer through so much over the last year. We have been…

Please don’t ever be Aaron’s Mommy

By whatwendysaid | March 22, 2018

Please don’t ever be Aaron’s Mommy The sweet words of a 4 year old. 4 Mikey is four at the time of this story. 20 Aaron was 20 at the time of this tale. 100% Between the two of them they have 100% of my heart. Please don’t ever be…

Little Boy, Where’d you get your britches?

By whatwendysaid | April 9, 2009

This page is my entry for this months challenge on a blog that I subscribe to and love ! The page requirements were as listed here: 1. Use orange and brown. 2. Use woodgrain. 3. Use fabric. 4. Use something with wings. 5. Use a toilet paper roll. 6. Use…

A little family history....

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Michael J Baisden's Parents

Mike and Wendy married in 2003 and ran the Linkous House B&B in Williamson for many years together. They sold it shortly after they divorced in 2013.

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Michael J Baisden

Mikey's daddy, Mike was married to another woman, the mother of Mikey's two step-brother and step-sister. When researching for this family tree I found the marriage certificate where they got married in 1974.

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Mikey's Baisden Grandparents

Mikey didn't get blessed with lots of grandparents. Ann died shortly after Mikey was born, Earnest was already gone when he was born. So, Mikey had no grandparents on his dads side of the family.

Earnest Jennings Baisden WWII registration card
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Ernest Jennings Baisden

Mikey's Dad's Father's WWII registration card.

Papa John came and watched Mikey play his first ev

Mikey's Hackney Grandparents

John and Ella Hackney are Mikey's grandparents on the Hackney side. These are really the only grandparents that Mikey got. All of his Great Grandparents had already died before Mikey was born.

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Step-Brothers & Sisters

Mikey has one Step-Sister, Leann and one Step-Brother, Patrick Jaye. Both were grown before Mikey was born. And one Step-Brother, Jacob Aaron Stewart who lived in the house with Mikey for a couple years before he was grown and out on his own.

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My Hackney Family Name

The Results are in...I am a Hackney !!

Here are the results of my ancestryDNA test.

England, Great Britian
%
Ireland, Scotland, Whales
%
Eastern Europe
%
Western Europe
%
Southern Europe
%
Caucasus
%

I started trying to track down my daddy's name a week ago using Ancestry.com and their FREE trial membership. In that week, I have 368 years of our family name traced back to London, England near the area where Hackney's began.

My results from my DNA test came in this week and I was excited. No big surprises with my name, Hackney and my DNA results. I am 91% from England.

It made me feel secure that my parents didn't get the wrong child at the hospital that my DNA test said I was pretty much a thoroughbred at 91% Hackney. Then I started to search the internet for clues into who my dads family was and in a blink, I had spent a week digging through the internet buried in documents. 

I will squish it down into a simple to understand list of the 12 generations that make up our tree. If you are my cousin on the Hackney side, it is the exact same for you starting with whichever one of the children of Landon Hackney you are. Everything above him is the same on your Hackney tree as mine. 

 

1. Me, Wendy R Hackney and my two sons, Jacob Aaron Stewart & Michael Jaye Baisden, II

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2. This is my daddy. He is the reason I am a Hackney and he is my favorite person. Just is. Can't help myself. I love my daddy.

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3. RALPH HACKNEY

MY GRANDFATHER.

THIS IS MY GRANDFATHER, RALPH. I ONLY MET HIM ONCE. MY BROTHERS AND I WERE IN FLORIDA AND WE KNEW WHERE HE LIVED, WE DROVE TO HIS HOUSE AND WALKED UP ON HIS PROPERTY AND HE WAS ON THE ROOF WORKING.

ONE OF US ASKED IF HE KNEW WHO WE WERE. HE STOOD UP FROM THE SQUATTED POSITION HE WAS IN AND SO HELP ME I WAS AMAZED BY HOW MUCH IT LOOKED LIKE MY DADDY STANDING THERE.

HIS FOREARMS WERE EXACTLY LIKE MY DADS. HIS EARS WERE JUST LIKE MY DADS. I KEPT THINKING THAT HIS WHOLE LIFE HE HAD BEEN TRYING TO DENY THAT JOHN HACKNEY WAS HIS KID AND THAT MUST HAVE BEEN MADE MUCH HARDER BY THE FACT THAT MY DAD LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE HIM.

HE SAID YES, I THINK I DO KNOW WHO YOU ARE. WE HAD A COUPLE MINUTES OF CONVERSATION AND NEVER SAW HIM AGAIN. I WAS ABOUT 16 WHEN I SAW HIM.

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4. POPPY HACKNEY

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MY FIRST GREAT GRANDFATHER.

THIS IS MY POPPY. HE DIED WHEN I WAS ONLY 7 YEARS OLD. I WOULD THINK THAT I WOULDNT HAVE MANY MEMORIES OF HIM BECAUSE OF THAT BUT I SPENT MOST OF MY CHILDHOOD WITH HIM IN MY MIND.

WHEN I WAS SMALL I PRAYED AND TO BE HONEST, NOONE EVER TAUGHT ME HOW TO PRAY. SO WHEN I WOULD PRAY, I TALKED TO MY POP HACKNEY. I WOULD JUST TALK TO HIM IN HEAVEN. I REMEMBER SAYING TO HIM THAT I NEEDED GOD TO HELP ME WITH SOMETHING AND COULD HE WALK DOWN TO GOD'S HOUSE AND ASK HIM TO HELP SINCE HE WAS LIVING SO CLOSE TO GOD.

I CONTINUED THAT LINE OF TALK WITH MY POPPY FOR MANY YEARS AFTER HE PASSED AWAY. IT GAVE ME COMFORT IN MANY DIFFERENT SITUATIONS IN MY LIFE TO KNOW THAT HE WAS THERE IN HEAVEN.

WHEN HE DIED, BECAUSE I WAS SO LITTLE, I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND MUCH ABOUT THIS DEATH THING. I REMEMBER AS CLEAR AS CAN BE STANDING AT THE CASKET WHERE HE LAY AND MY MAMA HACKNEY WALKING UP AND PUTTING HER ARM AROUND ME AND SAYING IN HER PERFECT MAMA HACKNEY VOICE THAT HE WAS "GONE". I MUST HAVE HAD A LOOK OF CONFUSION ON MY FACE BECAUSE SHE PICKED MY HAND UP AND PUT IT ON HIS CHEST AND I SWEAR THAT WAS THE MOMENT THAT I KNEW THERE WAS A SEPARATION FROM WHERE I WAS AND WHERE HE WAS.

BEFORE HE DIED HE WAS SO VERY OLD AND HE LIVED WITH MY OTHER COUSINS IN CHICAGO SO WHEN WE WOULD GO VISIT HIM HE WOULD BE PROTECTIVE OF THEIR TOYS. I REMEMBER HE WAS IN A WHEEL CHAIR AND DIDNT STAND UP AND TATAR PICKED UP ONE OF THE KIDS TOYS AND HE STOOD UP OUT OF HIS WHEELCHAIR BECAUSE HE WAS TRYING TO GET THE TOY FROM TATAR. THAT SOUNDS SCARY WHEN YOU WRITE IT BUT AT THE TIME, TO A 6 YEAR OLD GIRL, IT WAS A STRONG ENOUGH MARK THAT I AM A 48 YEAR OLD WOMAN AND I AM STILL TELLING THE STORY. IT WASNT THAT HE SCARED ME. HE DID, BUT I REMEMBER BEING SAD AND JEALOUS THAT I DIDNT GET TO KNOW HIM ENOUGH THAT HE WANTED ME TO PLAY WITH THE TOYS.

HE ATE PAWPAWS AND HE HAD A SPORK HE HAD MADE THAT HE WOULD USE TO EAT THE INSIDES OF THEM OR APPLES WITH. THAT MEMORY STUCK IN MY HEAD.

WHEN HE WALKED, HE ALWAYS PUT BOTH HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK AND CLASPED HIS HANDS TOGETHER. 25 YEARS AFTER HE WAS GONE, MY SON AARON WAS A TODDLER AND SO HELP ME THAT KID WALKED EXACTLY LIKE POPPY HACKNEY. HE WOULD CLASP BOTH HANDS BEHIND HIM EXACTLY THE WAY POPPY DID AND TODDLE AROUND. IT WOULD BRING COLD CHILLS TO MY ARMS AND TEARS TO MY EYES EVERYTIME.

THIS SCRAPBOOK PAGE IS ONE I MADE MANY YEARS AGO.

 

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1900 Census with Landon Hackney and family listed.

Seriously, is it not the coolest thing ever that you can find these documents online at Ancestry.com. I was so super excited with all that I found. If you have ever considered getting your own tree and results from the AncestryDNA, please click on this button from my site so that I get paid for the referral. These affiliate links are how I pay for this website and all the FREE downloads I add on this site. Help a girl out !!!

5. JAMES PATTON HACKNEY

My 2nd Great Grandfather.

  • When James Patton Hackney was born on August 20, 1856, in Grapevine, Kentucky, his father, Ruell, was 26 and his mother, Westina, was 28.
  • He married Columbia May on March 29, 1878, in McAndrews, Kentucky. They had 14 children in 27 years.
  • His mother Westina passed away on April 5, 1870, at the age of 42.
  • His father Ruell Priest passed away on January 21, 1898, in Pike, Kentucky, at the age of 68.
  • James Patton Hackney died on May 29, 1932, in McAndrews, Kentucky, at the age of 75.

 

 

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6. RUELL PRIEST HACKNEY

My 3rd Great Grandfather.

  • When Ruell Priest Hackney was born on November 11, 1829, in Russell, Virginia, his father, Nicodemus, was 31 and his mother, Nancy, was 21.
  • He had 3 siblings, Alexander, James Patton and Richard Thomas.
  • He had one child with Westina Adkins and one child with Charlotte Charity Smith.
  • His mother passed away in 1860 at the age of 52.
  • His father Nicodemus passed away in 1860 at the age of 62.
  • Ruell Priest Hackney died on January 21, 1898, in Pike, Kentucky, at the age of 68.

 

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7. NICODEMUS HACKNEY

MY 4TH GREAT GRANDFATHER.

  • When Nicodemus Hackney was born in 1798 in Tazewell, Virginia, his father, John, was 38 and his mother, Jane, was 30.
  • He married Nancy Jane Hurley in 1825 in Russell, Virginia when he was 27 years old.
  • They had four children in 15 years.
  • His father, John passed away in 1843 in Russell, Virginia at the age of 83.
  • His mother Jane B. passed away on March 6, 1855.
  • His wife Nancy Jane passed away in 1860 at the age of 52.
  • They had been married 35 years.
  • He died in 1860 at the age of 62.

8. JOHN LUSTER HACKNEY

MY 5TH GREAT GRANDFATHER.

  • When John Luster Hackney was born in 1760, his father, Aaron, was 22 and his mother, Lydia, was 14.
  • He married Jane B. Vail and they had 11 children together.
  • He was 26 when they got married in New Castle, Delaware on May 16, 1786.
  • He also had one son from another relationship.
  • During the 1826 census, John Hackney lived in Russell, Virginia.
  • John Hackney served in the Revolutionary War on the Delaware line and was a Musician. He enlisted from Newcastle County, Delaware in 1777, serving under Captains John Rhodes and Peter Jaquit. He was engaged in the battles of Cowpens, Guilford, Camden, Eutaw Springs, and Ninety-Six. 
  • In 1818 he was placed on the pension roll of Virginia.
  • His mother Lydia passed away on October 29, 1766 in Frederick Virginia at the age of 20.
  • His father Aaron died on August 8, 1806 in Fayette City, Pennsylvania at the age of 67.
  • He died in 1843 in Russell, Virginia, having lived a long life of 83 years.
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9. AARON HACKNEY

MY 6TH GREAT GRANDFATHER.

  • When Aaron Hackney was born on August 12, 1738, or Oct 30, 1738 (needs work) in New Castle, Delaware, his father, Joseph, was 37 and his mother, Charity, was 24.
  • Aaron Hackney was buried in a friends burial ground in Hopewell, Virginia.
  • He married Lydia Reese in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 6, 1764, when he was 26 years old. 
  • They were married in Holy Trinity, Old Swedes, Wilmington, Delaware.
  • They had two children together.
  • His wife Lydia passed away on October 29, 1766 in Virginia at the age of 20, after only a year of marriage.
  • For the two years after Lydia's death it appears he had two children with Hanna Gregg, George & Joseph. This needs further research.
  • He then married Hannah Gregg on March 31,1768 and they had eight children together.
  • He died on August 8, 1806, in Fayette City, Pennsylvania, at the age of 67.
  • Research needed for the document I found below that is from the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. Vol VI: Virginia from the monthly meeting in Fairfax County. I don't exactly know what it is saying? Aaron was married to Lydia and then he married Hanna Gregg. Don't exactly understand what this meeting note is saying ? 
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10. JOFEPH FRANCIS HACKNEY (Joseph)

MY 7TH GREAT GRANDFATHER

  • When Joseph Francis Hackney was born on September 19, 1700, in Burlington, New Jersey, his father, Joseph, was 23 and his mother, Mary, was 24.
  • He married Charity Harlan in 1731 in Wilmington, Delaware when he was 31 years old.
  • They had ten children in 40 years together. 
  • His father, Joseph passed away on September 12, 1736 in London, England at the age of 59.
  • He died on May 18, 1745, in Frederick, Virginia, at the age of 44.
  • I found a will from Charity Harlan's father where he names Charity and Joseph in his will. The photo of that is below.
  • This appears to me to be the first generation of Hackneys that are in the United States. Joseph was born in New Jersey but his parents are listed as residents of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England still and the Father died there. 
  • Questions: How did they come to have Joseph F Hackney in the United States? They lived and died in England so why was their child born in the United States. This was before the Revolutionary War so it wouldn't make sense that they were here for fighting the war? How did they come to be in New Jersey to give birth to their son? 
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10. JOFEPH HACKNEY

MY 8TH GREAT GRANDFATHER

 

  • Joseph Hackney and his twin brother Joseph John were born on November 12, 1676, in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England.
  • His sister, Susannah was born in 1677 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England when Joseph was a year old.
  • His brother, Samuel was born on August 20, 1678 in Hertfordshire, England, when Joseph was a year old. 
  • His brother Edward was born in 1684 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England when Joseph & Joseph John were 8 years old.
  • Joseph Hackney married Mary Freeman on November 11, 1705. He was 28 years old. 
  • They had one child during their marriage. This child, Joseph, would be born in the United States in New Jersey. The first generation of Hackney's to be American. 
  • Joseph Hackney was baptized in Sutton at Hone, Kent, England on July 16, 1693. The photo below is Sutton at Hone in Kent England. 
  • Joseph's mother Elizabeth passed away on April 17, 1731 in Middlesex, England at the age of 77.
  • Josheph Hackney's wife Mary Freeman passed away in 1727 in Hertfordshire, England at the age of 52. They had been married 22 years.
  • During this period in England, Smallpox was a huge concern.
  • He died on Feb 9, 1736, in London, London, England, at the age of 56. The photo below is from the England & Wales, Quaker Birth & Death Registers Quarterly Meeting of London and Middlesex. 

This is from St Luke in Middlesex, Peel, England at the Quarterly Meeting of London and Middlesex.

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Street at Sutton at Hone in Kent England. This is where the last Hackney in England was baptized before our line came to America.

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You can see here that they spell his name Jofeph instead of Joseph ?

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11. FRANCIS HACKNEY

PHOTO COMING SOON

My 9th Great Grandfather.

This is as far as I can find so far.

He was married to Elizabeth Jennings.

He had at least two sons,twins, Joseph and Joseph John

I can find some hints of the two of them marrying in England around 1675.

They lived in England around 1640's. Elizabeth Jennings was born in 1654. 

I can track Elizabeth Jennings parents one generation further here which makes my tree on this side go into the 10th Great Grand Parents. But I can only get to my 9th Great Grandparents and stay with the Hackney name. I'll keep digging 🙂

Posted in Carnival Cruise #1 World Travels

Cruise #1 Carnival Feb 2016


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Carnival Glory Caribbean Cruise

Febuary 26, 2016

This was our first time cruising. Bil and I took this trip alone. Our son stayed with his dad and it was a completely different experience than it was each of the other times that we cruised with him along.

We can never take another cruise alone now that Mikey discovered it. He actually never wants to go on vacation with us unless its a cruise.

We flew from Charleston West Virginia to Miami and then go on the ship to sail. We drove down to Key West Florida to spend a couple days before the cruise.

 

 

 

 

 


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Carnival Glory

Carnival Glory may still be my favorite ship of all the ones we have gone on. Maybe that’s because it was my first time and it was so cool but I remember that ship as having great pools and being fun to ride on.

 

 

 

 

 

 


It’s My Birthday

It was my birthday. That was just by chance. The cruise date just happened to fall on my birthday that year.

This giant clock was in one of the ports on the trip near a geocache.


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Towel Animals

Towel Animals are all the rage on a Carnival cruise. I have been on a couple of them now and getting your cabin cleaned is exciting because you want to get the next one. The steward comes in the evening and cleans your room and he folds and leaves it on your bed for you to find when you return to your room. Each day you get a new shape.


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Mahogany Bay

This little stop on this cruise was fun. We laid in a hammick for hours and people watched and we walked about watching animals play.

We also took a boat out and went scuba diving on this little pod that you sat on like a scooter. It was really cool but a tiny bit scary. Especially when I bumped into a shark while underwater.


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Holocaust Museum

While in Florida we visited a holocaust Museum that was amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Don’t Jump

This was our first cruise so I sprang for the balcony room. It was pretty nice. But when we went on our next cruise I started getting the room without the balcony because Mikey went with us and I was always scared he would climb around and fall off when I wasn’t looking. LOL


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I can’t breathe

While in the Grand Cayman Islands we took a beginner scuba diving class. I sucked really bad at it and insisted that Bil go on and I walked around the little town and searched for geocaches while he finished. I have never even tried again because I hated the whole thing so much. I like breathing air 😉


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Death

The names of the millions of men and women and children who were killed in the Holocaust are written on this enormous wall.


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Passport Stamps

This was my first time using my passport on a trip so I was so excited at each port to go into the country and get the stamps. Now, I hardly even try to get a stamp when we go places because its so much extra work. I have noticed that when you go into some countries from another country you don’t always get a stamp.


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Blondy

Cozumel was so beautiful. It was my first time going to Mexico. I remember not liking it when we went into the port because the men would walk up and try to sell me something and call me “Blondy” and then get angry at me because I didn’t want their stuff.

MEMORIES FROM THAT DAY

While we were in Cozumel we  went out to visit the ruins. This was the first time I had seen any kind of Myan Ruins. They were called the Ancient City of Tulum and it felt like it took forever to get out to them.

It was beautiful there and not horribly busy. It was great practice for my future trips to countries that made me uncomfortable. LOL

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That’s a big ole boat

 

Carnival Glory is a ship that I really want to go back on someday. We like taking cruises in February. Bil always says it makes him feel like winter lasts less time if he gets to break it up and visit some tropical place in February.

 

Awesome Memories

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The protector

This was the first time I ever swam on a coral reef. It was amazing. One of the most beautiful spots I have ever seen in person.

Belize City did not impress me at all. I hated it. I don’t ever really want to go back into Belize City. The coast, the beach and the water were the most beautiful I have ever seen though.

The city was super scary. There was the guy who walked us back to the port who insisted he was protecting us from the other people who wanted to kill the America cruisers but the entire time I just kept praying that we would end up alive to get back on the boat. I think now looking back that his job was walking around and finding lost cruise ship people and “helping” them find their way back. He didn’t ask for money at the end but he held his hand out and waited for you to give him his payment for saving you.

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Spectacular View

While we were in Florida we took a bike ride on rented bikes. My butt hurt for a couple days after but we had the best time. We met an older couple that made me feel happy because they had been together for so long. The sunsets were the most spectacular I have ever seen. Okay, up until I saw the sun set on the Great Pyramids.

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Old Friends

Many years before Bil had been in Belize. He met an artist there and when we went he wanted to look the guy up. He remembered where his house was and we took a taxi out there and he walked up and knocked on the guys door and had a nice visit with him. This is the street in front of his house.

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My Collection

Every time we go on a cruise I collect the towel animals that the steward brings up and keep them until the end of the week. I love to pile them all up for a photo 🙂

Blog Posts about taking a Cruise

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Diggers

National Geographic Diggers

Bill has loved the history of the feud for many years now. Long before it was ever on the History Channel he was studying and working to build tourism in Hatfield McCoy Feud Country. 

Bill has worked in tourism for the last 20 years in Feud Country as part of his position as Associate Professor for WVU. This moment was something he had waited a long time to see. 

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DIGGERS

In the Diggers series, Saylor and Wyant scour the country for lost pieces of American history — from Civil War buckles to family heirloom rings and silver coins. Where there is an empty yard, field or beach approved for metal detecting, the duo see a treasure trove, and will go the distance to uncover "the juice," as they call it, working in close collaboration with a local archaeologist or historian at every site. It's not just the raw value of the object that gets them excited; it's the thrill of the hunt and the possibility that the next artifact they dig up could yield the discovery of a lifetime, similar to the lucky Brit who found the Saxon hoard. In this case, it was the real McCoy!

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'Diggers' Return to Find More Hatfield-McCoy Relics

by Gail Hairston

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 31, 2015) — Descendants of both families formally agreed to an end to the infamous feuding of the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky on a national morning news program in 2003. In truth, the families have gathered often in the Tug Fork River valley, site of the McCoys’ former homestead where the vendetta reached its bloody crescendo Jan. 1, 1888. Today, the McCoys’ former property is owned by Bob Scott, a Hatfield descendant, and the Hatfield-McCoy clan gatherings there are respectful and peaceful, even celebratory and life affirming.

Such was the atmosphere in November 2014 when members of both clans convened at the old homesite outside Hardy, Kentucky.....

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The Diggers Episode

The Diggers Episode

The home of Randall McCoy and the site of the 1888 New Year's Day battle between the Hatfields and McCoys was recently escavated in search of 125 year old evidence of the feud.

The National Geographic show aired an episode with the focus on this privately owned property in Hardy, Ky.

 

Hardy, Kentucky is home to one of the sites of the Hatifeld McCoy Feud. Bob & Rita Scott opened the site up to digging in hopes of finding the remains of the McCoy family home and were thrilled with the discovery of bullets and other artifacts confirmed as from the era of the Hatfield McCoy Feud.

West Virginia University Extension Professor Bill Richardson said, "This is amazing. These appear to be actual bullets fired at the Hatfields by the McCoys in defense of their home. Nothing like this has ever been found before."

More about where it all happend

All previous posts about the Hatfield & McCoy Feud

Diggers

By whatwendysaid | April 3, 2018

National Geographic Diggers Bill has loved the history of the feud for many years now. Long before it was ever on the History Channel he was studying and working to build tourism in Hatfield McCoy Feud Country.  Bill has worked in tourism for the last 20 years in Feud Country…

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Blood Feuds

By whatwendysaid | April 3, 2018

BLOOD FEUDS Another exciting moment in our area. Blood Feuds, the show on American Heroes Channel came to do an episode about the Hatfield~McCoy Feud. Bill, my husband was interviewed on this episode and talked about the historic family feud. We had several on this episode that did such an…

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I am many things

By whatwendysaid | March 22, 2018

  My husband always talks about how he is many things. It hit me that I too can’t define myself as just one thing. I love so many different types of crafts, so many different hobbies and typically my mind can’t focus on one thing enough that I don’t have…

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Thanks to Bob & Rita Scott

What a cool thing for my husband to get to be part of this awesome thing. He so loves the history of the Hatfield McCoy Feud. I am just sure that getting to be part of this episode of the National Geographic Channels Diggers show and to be present for the dig was a thrill for him. That's him in the photo to the left with KC and Ringy as it aired on Nat Geo.

The property is owned by Bob and Rita Scott. They have been so generous to allow people to visit this spot. It sits directly in the back yard of their home so it has to be a bit of an invasion for them to have so many people come see this feud site. But the also love the Feud history and know how important this location is to the history.

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Blood Feuds

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BLOOD FEUDS

Another exciting moment in our area. Blood Feuds, the show on American Heroes Channel came to do an episode about the Hatfield~McCoy Feud. Bill, my husband was interviewed on this episode and talked about the historic family feud.

We had several on this episode that did such an amazing job speaking to our history. Reed Potter looked awesome and spoke so well about the feud on this episode, I thought.

I am adding the story below from one of the many stories about this but I also want to add a few behind the scenes photos of them filming this one.

The Blood Feuds episode can be seen online still and it is worth watching if you are interested in the Hatfields & McCoys.

I have tons of things to add to this page so I will update it as I find them.

 

BLOOD FEUDS

The Hatfields and McCoys are coming back to TV in a new show. The American Heroes Channel or AHC will highlight the famous feud in an episode of its series "Blood Feuds." The show will air at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.

AHC can be found on Channels 287 and 285 on DirecTV, 195 and 192 on DISH Netwok and 316 on Suddenlink.

AHC describes the series this way. "Blood Feuds" uncovers fascinating pieces of hidden history as America's most iconic feuds are brought to life using dramatic recreations, expert interviews, and heart-pumping storytelling. These epic rivalries feature some of the most compelling characters, action-packed conflict, and adrenaline-fueled showdowns from our nation's past. These are the men and women who changed the course of American history, one monumental grudge match at a time like William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield and Randall McCoy.

The show has very realistic re-enactments, high production values and interviews with Feud experts and descendants. Those interviewed for the show include Bill Richardson WVU Extension Associate Professor, Reed Potter, Elmer Hatfield (Descendant) Gary McCoy (Descendant), Adam Warren and others. The local elements of the show were filmed in April of 2015 and the re-enactments were shot later.

AHC is part of the Discovery Channel’s suite of networks. It was formerly the Military Channel but was re-branded. It now features shows about American history, war, the Old West and similar topics. The production company who created the show is Lion Television.

“AHC has done a number of really great looking shows with high production values," said Richardson, the Mingo County-based West Virginia University Extension agent and associate professor.

"One called 'Gunslingers' featured Kurt Russell talking about Wyatt Earp and the OK Corral. And from what I’ve seen of the other episodes of 'Blood Feud,' I’m optimistic it will portray our history in an interesting and entertaining way."

Interestingly, the Hatfields and McCoys series comes along at the same time that PBS's award-winning documentary series, "American Experience" takes a look at the southern West Virginia Mine Wars. That series will premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Richardson, the author of several West Virginia history books including ones on the Hatfield and McCoys feud as well as the Mine Wars, said both TV shows will create interest in heritage tourists visiting the area

"Every time one of these shows airs we see renewed interest in the Feud. This in turns brings tourists here and adds money to the economy," Richardson said.

You can learn more about "Blood Feuds" online at http://www.ahctv.com/blood-feuds/

Go online at http://hatfieldmccoycountry.com/ to find out more about travel sites in Southern West Virginia pertaining to the Mine Wars and Hatfields and McCoys.

 

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Posted in Paris France World Travels

Paris, France


MEMORIES FROM THAT DAY

It was June 14, 2016 and we had only arrived in Paris the day before. The 6-hour time difference made it so that we both felt like it was way up into the middle of the night when we finally settled in for the evening. Excitement and the full day light outside made it hard to close our eyes. It didn’t get dark until about 10:30 pm.

​The alarm went off at 4:00 am and both of us had long since woke up and started our shower and preparation for the makeup and hair person who would come at 4:15 am to get me ready for the big day. I was so nervous about what I would look like. I am somewhat of a tomboy and the idea of having to dress up and put all the makeup on was really stressing me out.

The lady came to the door of our little Parisian room at the Hotel Realis du Louvre and I let her inside and was thankful that she understood far more English than I did French.

That large building outside our hotel window really is the Louvre Museum. The most famous museum in the world and inside are some of the most amazing pieces of art the world has ever seen. I will need to do an entire post about those but a good example is that inside the building that I stare at while my hair and makeup is being done you can stand in front of Mona Lisa and feel the warmth of her beautiful smile.

​This is not happening ! It must be a dream 🙂

 

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THAT STUPID SOCCER BALL

During our trip to Paris the Eiffel Tower had a giant soccer ball hanging from it. It was during the World Cup Soccer Games. It was so ugly.

I kept looking up at it and wondering why in the world they would hang a giant soccer ball from my beautiful Eiffel? It has taken hours and hours of my life to edit that thing out of our wedding photos. But in some of them, I left it hanging there so we can forever remember it.

 

TOSS THIS VEIL AWAY

My feet did hurt and at one point I threw off my shoes and tossed my veil away at the steps in front of the Tower and slipped on my flip flops and I was completely ready to go. I put my bangs up, which I had secretly been dying to do from the start and tossed off the veil and we enjoyed the photos so much more at that point.

Once we relaxed and time had passed there were lots more tourists and we had crowds of people who took our photo and followed us about.

I regret not taking more photos in my veil. Once I took it off it was over. I gave it to the photographer and literally never saw it again.

A FEW PHOTOS FROM THE TROCADERO

GOLDEN MOMENT

These shots are the only ones where I was wearing my veil. I took it off because it was driving me crazy in the wind and lost it. Yikes, LOL.

Well, I didn’t really loose it. I gave it to the photographer and forgot it and never got it back.

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When I look back on this day, these steps are for sure one of the things that stands out most. Just being there and looking at the Tower from this spot was so amazing. It is so big and just sits right there in the middle of everything. I love this spot. It is not my very favorite spot there, but it is very close.

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FOREVER, PLEASE

He treated me like I was a princess this day. But I found out later that, he would treat me this good everyday. He makes the possibility of forever seem like something I want to do.

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SO DANG CLOSE UP

Did I mention that I don’t usually wear makeup ? OMG, it was so hard to let someone put makeup on my face that morning. I just let her go and trusted that it would be okay. I didn’t feel pretty as much that day as I wish now I had. He kept telling me that I was but I am such a tomboy. Looking back, I know that I will never be as pretty as the photos made me look on my wedding day. I love that day. Every girl should feel beautiful on their wedding day.

THE LOUVRE MUSEUM

The Louvre Museum was something that Bill had spent his entire life wanting to see. So getting to be there that morning and grab some shots before the tourists got so bad was cool. These shots were in front of the huge Pyramids in one of the courtyards around the inside of the Louvre buildings. I confess that Bill broke off a tiny piece of the corner of one of the columns in the courtyard and brought it home with us. (Yes, he is rotten) The piece was already broken, I swear, but he couldn’t resist taking a piece that was hanging there. We have a little bottle that has pieces of France and Italy inside. LOL, I even have a piece of the Colosseum.

​Certainly, one of my favorite parts of my beautiful dress was how much it made me feel like a Princess. I bet I spun around a thousand times in it and Bill held my hand and guided me about like I would break the entire day.

OUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Our Photographer was a sweet young girl named Gloria Villa. She was with a company called KissMeInParis and she made the day seem more like we were hanging out with friends.

​The day was not beautiful, and the forecast was for rain but thankfully it didn’t rain a drop until the last ten minutes of the shoot. The following days that we were traveling I was so jealous of how blue the sky was and how pretty the photos would have been with that big blue sky behind us. But again, At least it was not raining on our big day and how can you complain when you have the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop for your wedding photos. Just as we quit taking photos it began to rain.

I really love that Tower. It was even bigger than I had dreamed all my life. No matter where you went in Paris you could look back and see it there. I bet when it was red it was even more beautiful.

 

DAY DREAMING

The photo of me sitting on the steps is a bit blurry but I love it just the same. I love it because I didn’t really know she was taking my photo and I was day dreaming while waiting for her to get ready again.

When I look back at the photos I admit that I love my hair and makeup. I wish now that then I could have known how wonderful the photos were going to turn out. I think I would have been much less stressed out if I had known how well the dress was going to look in pictures.

 

 

 

THE VERA WANG DRESS

When I posted the photos on Facebook I was of course so excited to share them. I had a friend who commented that I had too much “boob” for a bride. It made me mad for two seconds but when I look at the photos today I am really happy that I picked the exact dress that I did. I tried on a bunch of them and I felt like I was too old for a wedding dress. I kept thinking I looked like an old lady trying to have her youthful dream wedding. But when I look at the photos now I don’t see an old lady. I see a girl who is in love and who is happy and who waited a very long time for this moment. I do think someday when the “boobs” aren’t as happy as they are today it will be nice to see them too in my photos.

​Looking back at the dress choice I think we did good. I love the waist line and love how it poofed out and when you whirled about it drug the ground and made me feel like a Princess.

Let’s face it, I am never gonna be able to say again that I was wearing Vera Wang. LOL

 

MY FEET ARE KILLING ME

The shots at the bridge crossing the Seine River were fun. The week before we went to Paris this was completely under water in a big flood along the River.

​It was still close to the water, but it had gone down enough that you could walk down the steps and walk along the banks of the River.

 

 

OOOH-LA-LA

​The shots underneath the Eiffel Tower are all some of my favorites. We walked in the middle of the road and cars just stopped. Tooted their horns and a few times I got “Ooooh La-la’s” from passersby. Oh, how Parisian!!!

​It wasn’t horribly busy yet as it was still only about 6 in the morning. The cars don’t really drive under the Tower as it looks here. They go pretty close, but it turns before you actually drive underneath it.We went over another evening and sat beneath the tower and got some amazing shots of it.My favorite part is when it lights up and sparkles every hour for the first five minutes.

​Again, What were they thinking to hang that giant soccer ball from her! Grrrrr ?

 

THE LOOK ON HIS FACE

I love the photos where we are leaping in happiness in front of the tower because of Bill.

The Photographer said for us to jump and look like we were excited to have been married. I couldn’t jump in those shoes!

​But Bill took to the sky and I love the look on his face.

He looks like he is excited to have waited his whole life for the exact right person and today he knows he found her. Did I say that he treats me like I am his Princess?

​I kept telling him that the day was special but that standing there in my dress and spinning about in front of the Eiffel Tower in the crowds of thousands of people who looked at us as we took our vows in front of Notre Dame later that day, that I did feel like a Princess. But every single morning when I wake up and look over and see him there in our bed…. I feel that special. I feel chosen. I feel like he thinks I am the most amazing person in his life and like I am his very best friend. I feel like a Princess every day.

 

MY FAVORITE SPOT ON EARTH SO FAR

​My very favorite spot ever is the little street beneath the Tower. Isn’t it the coolest place. I found it on Google Earth and kept saying all morning that I had to get photos at the little street beneath the Tower.

The street was blocked off that morning because there had been some terrorist attacks in Paris the week we were there, and they closed many streets around the tourist attractions that day.

​That left us with no cars on the little street. I was so excited. The Photographer kept saying….” Oh my gosh, I can’t tell you how lucky we are that there are not cars here” !

​I spun around a thousand times. I almost wish we had gone back to this spot alone later in the trip. It was so close to the Tower and felt so private.

​This shot makes me laugh. Bill was trying super hard to lift me up. I couldn’t stop laughing. I just knew he was gonna break his back the second day of our trip and we would be in trouble. I just long to go back to Paris someday.

I remember now that I gave my veil to the photographer at this location and I forgot it. It didn’t make it home. But so far there’s no dress either so I don’t think the veil will kill me. Fingers crossed on the dress making it back!!!

 

TINY EIFFEL TOWERS

This is the little Eiffel Towers they were selling on the streets everywhere. I love this photo. It makes me want to say…We will always have Paris. Sounds so silly, I know. But on days in our future when things are not good. We will always have the memory of this day. Last night I was stressed out about something simple. A mom day that drove me nuts. He took me by the hand and hugged me and whispered to me and said “Remember the day we got married. Remember how Paris felt. Remember the smell of the cafe”.

​There is no way that I can ever share all the photos in one blog post. I will end with this shot in front of the little cafe. I am certain I will blog about this forever.

 

JUST YOU AND ME

We didn’t take anyone with us to Paris. When we planned out our vows we knew we wanted it to be just us. So, we didn’t take any photos of that part.  When we actually got married It was just he and I and a minister that we loved, and we said what we felt in our hearts. It was simple and beautiful and was the perfect way for he and I to marry.

​Bill is the best friend I have ever had. He wanted me when I was at my worst. He took me into his arms and he molded me and shaped me and helped me to become a person that I don’t hate. When no one else would possibly have wanted me for the person I was inside Bill saw something in me that I couldn’t even see in myself.

 

LUCK GIRL

He is an amazing man. He loves me better than I have ever been loved and he loves my son like he is his own. He gets up every single day and he raises Mikey. He takes him to school. He talks him through problems. He teaches him to be gentle and loving and he impresses Mikey and I both with what a caring and loving person he is.

​I consider myself the luckiest girl in the world to wake up each day with him by my side. Our wedding day in Paris was just the cherry on the cake that has become my life.

 

ALL THE BLOG POSTS ABOUT PARIS

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Posted in Being a Mom Mikey

A Boy & His Daddy

My son's Daddy has been very sick for about a year. He busted a hole in his heart and then four months later did the same thing again. They call it an aortic discetion. I have personally watched him suffer through so much over the last year. We have been divorced for many years now, but we share a love for this boy like no other.

Mike called me from the ER the night before Christmas Eve and then he ended up having open heart surgery on Christmas Eve. He has been close to death for months. On more than one occasion he had no pulse and was unresponsive. I have had to sit our son down and explain to him that his Daddy wouldn't make it and that he needed to be prepared for his death so many times the last six months.

But today, he got the sweet surprise of finding him at his sister’s house just about ten minutes from us. He didn’t want me to tell Mikey that he was coming home so he could surprise him. When we opened the door, he was as big as his daddy. I wake up every day and see him there, so I don’t see Mikeys growth that much from one day to the next but his Daddy hadn’t seen him but once since December so to him he shot up overnight.

I don’t really have some amazing story to tell about this. It probably doesn’t mean anything to anyone but me. But I needed to say to the universe that I am thankful today that my son got one more time that he got to wrap his arms around his Daddy and feel happy.

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Posted in Carnevale Venice 2018 World Travels

Where are all the cars?

Today I was remembering the transportation in Venice while working on this scrapbook page.

 

One of the things I love most about scrapbooking is how much you think about the thing you are trying to remember with the page while you are making it.

 

In Venice your brain can never really get around there not being cars when you get there. You make the decision you are going to go someplace, and it hits you that you can’t just go out and get in the car. There are no cars. That becomes less painful once you get your bearings and realize that you truly can walk across the entire island in about an hour if you don’t get lost, but I wouldn’t count on ever going someplace that you don’t get turned around in Venice.

Several times we went out to just roam about and spent about an hour just snapping photos of beautiful doorways. We felt like we were on the other side of the world and we had seen so many things that we didn’t even care where we were.

Suddenly I stopped to catch a photo of Bill standing on a little bridge and as I backed up to get the frame I realized that we were at our hotel and the entire time we had only been on the other side of the building ?

Posted in Paris France World Travels

Paris in the snow

I love Paris. That is not a secret to the people who know me. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it in June of 2016. Of course, I was wearing my wedding dress and getting married so it was a special day already.

On my second trip to Paris it would be freezing cold and covered in the first snowfall that Paris had seen in many years. It was wet and nasty but amazingly beautiful. I am so thankful that I got to see it a different way.

The night that we walked out to see it we went to the little street where we took wedding photos especially because it is by far my favorite spot in the world. If I die, Bil knows that I am to be taken immediately to this location and my ashes scattered at the foot of the Eiffel Tower forever.

While we were walking about at the bottom of the Tower in the snow we were approached by a news crew that asked if we would care to talk about how we felt about seeing the Tower closed once we arrived. We had no idea that he meant that you couldn't go up inside of the Tower because they had shut down all of the operations due to the weather. Apparently people were pretty upset about it. We didn't plan to go up inside on this trip so we were thrilled to see it covered in snow.

This is a fast digital scrapbook page done with a photo of me being silly in the snow. I am trying to learn some advanced skills in photoshop but I am not sure I am quite ready to give my real scrapbooking up. The real pages feel so good in my hands but they take up so very much room that sometimes I want to switch over to digital scrapbooking. I am conflicted, so I will just keep doing both for now.

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Friends Forever

Friends Forever just sounds like something you write in the back of someone’s yearbook. But in this case, it’s true.

I have been friends with these girls for as long as I can remember. Though we had not all been together in the same room in the last 30 years, you wouldn’t have known it from the evening we shared. We graduated from Belfry High School in 1988 and this year will be our class reunion year.

I was thinking when I thought about writing a post on our night together that when I go to the Dr he always says, "Do you smoke" "Do you drink" as standard questions. My answer is always the same, No I don’t smoke but on occasion I do have some drinks.

Turns out last night was the occasion. Whew! Ya know that moment when you beg God to let you just live through something and swear you will never do it again, welcome to my morning.

I remember now the reason that I don’t drink.

Normally I would have a ton of photos to post but it hit me that one of the things that was so awesome about the night was that I didn’t have my phone. There wasn’t really anyone else on earth that I wanted to be talking to more than the girls there with me. That doesn’t happen very often. That and the fact that everyone agreed to no facebook photos about five minutes after we got there made it easy to put my phone away.

I don’t have a memory in my life of my childhood that doesn’t include Beckie. Her mother was like my own. She would wear me out if I needed it, talk to me like I was hers and if I fell into a ditch and nearly drowned she would always be right there to save me.

Beckie was my closest friend from the time I was in Kindergarten until forever. I have hated her and loved her and most of the memories of my life would suck if she had not been a constant that could always be counted on.

Amanda came along a few years later. To be honest, I was scared to death of her when I first met her.

She is tough. But she grew on me immediately and I can not remember my life without her in it.  Beckie, Amanda and I cheered in grade school together and between the two of them, and Chris Moon, I swear I can’t single out a memory that they are not part of.

My brother dated Angie and by the time I was in 7th or 8th grade she had become my sister and would become my sister-in-law and mother to my two beautiful nieces.  I have a dozen Christmas ornaments that are precious to me and they are all ones that came from her over the years and I cherish them. She was beautiful and sweet and had this laugh that seriously burst from her lungs like a bullet from a gun and I can’t say the word Angie without hearing that laughter over the 48 years of my life.

Anna came in later in high school. She was this amazingly strong and hard person. At the time, I didn’t have a clue just what a survivor she really was. I was young and just like my 12-year-old son today, I had my head so far up my own butt I dint know just how much she needed me and Amanda and Beckie and Angie. I admit that my heart hurts a little now looking back that the world treated her so badly at such a young age. Her brother Mike died of AIDS and it was one of the first cases of AIDS that anyone here had ever seen so close up. It was 1987.  But when I was dancing with her tonight and cracking up, I swear to you all I could think to myself was that the things that she endured, the hate, the death, the loss of her brother, just all of the things that a kid shouldn’t have to suffer, sucked but they made her the person she is today and she really is a great person. Mostly, I was just thankful that she had been added to my life and that we had so many memories together. I was also thinking that she had some awesome dance moves. LOL

I guess the thing that makes us work still today when we are all together is that you can pair up any two of us and we still work. We are all friends and we can work as a team or one on one and do anything we set our minds to. We are grown, strong, independent women but the second you reunited us we became 16-year-old girls again. For one single night, there were no kids, bills or responsibilities, just 5 five girls laughing. And dancing 😉

I am not one of those people that spends much time with friends. I love to be home and I love to be with Bill. It was effort for me to even go to be honest. But I woke up today, sick to my stomach but alive, and all I could think was how much I loved my memories with these four girls.

In life we are doing good if we just have one person who we look back and think how blessed we are to have them. If we have one friend that we know would come to us and save us if we needed them. We are lucky if we get one single person who we can say has always been a part of our lives.

But I got four. I love you girls. Lets not wait 30 more years to reunite. I am just sure I will not be able to dance like that again next time if we do.

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Planning a trip to China. The Visa & Passport

My husband and I have a bucket list. We pretty much sit around on our day jobs and do the things that are required of us, but secretly in our minds we are always thinking about where we will go next. Once we decided that we were going to just go straight to the top of the bucket list and clear off China (the number one must do thing on our list) it became a rush to the airport for us. That’s pretty much how most of our trips happen. One minute we are dreaming and the next we are booking tickets. I admit that this one has taken me a little by surprise in the budgeting. At this moment, I am about $1500.00 over budget on what I thought it was going to cost. One of the things I most tell people when they ask me about trip planning is to allow a markup for the things you don’t know. Something like 20-25% usually will cover it for us. This trip has, however, exceeded that for sure. I suppose, it probably speaks to my inexperience that I didn’t budget in for the cost of a visa to either China or Cambodia. Within a week of our purchasing our tickets we realized we needed to get our butts in gear fast to round those up. We used a company called Travisa for getting the Visa in China. We live in West Virginia so the nearest offices for the visa would be Washington, DC. I considered driving there myself, 6 hours one way, but in the end, did the math and determined that my lack of experience with the process could result in my having to drive there, do it wrong, drive home and then pay the company to do it. So I bucked up and ordered the kit and sent our passports to them the next day. The way it works is fairly simple. Pay them the fees, print and fill out all the papers that they send you, sign everything and put all the required documents with the forms and your passports (good for at least six months past the date of travel) and drop it into the Fed-ex box and wait. The wait was only 24 hours before our first communications came back. The company does a fantastic job keeping you updated on where you are in the process. Today the lady informed me that our bill was ready and the visa should be ready by next week and once payment was cleared they would ship our visa and passport back to us by overnight delivery and we should be ready to go. (Did I mention the wait part?) In stark contrast to that, the Cambodian visas were a much simpler process. I used this website and filled out the paperwork online and provided everything, including a digital version of our passport photo for the visa and paid the fees associated. Within an hour, I had both mine and my husbands visas applied for and within 10 hours I had both of them printed and in my hand ready to go. You can apply for a Cambodian Visa at the airport when you land in the country but because neither my husband or I understand the language we try to take care of everything that we can in advance of  a trip to a country that will be hard to communicate in. The visa for China has not been approved yet but hopefully we will have it in hand this time next week and I can go back to sleeping at night instead of refreshing the page just in case they send me an email for any more information that I haven’t already provided.   When you apply for a visa for China you need to provide quite a bit of information. I was actually pretty impressed with their system and how much information they required for a tourist to visit the country. A US Passport that is good for at least 6 months longer than your trip dates. I imagine always that is because if heaven forbid something happens and you get sick and stuck in their country or some other unforeseen set of circumstances should happen that you didn’t get home on time you would still have a passport that was valid when it was time to come home. Yikes, lets don’t think about that. A list of every single place that you will go, sleep and be during the trip. You provide these and they literally register you with the US Embassy in the places you will visit so that you are accounted for while in the other country with both the other country and with the American government. This makes me feel safe in several ways. A copy of your flights, tickets and hotel reservations, etc. A letter of invitation from the person who has asked you to stay with them or visit them and all sorts of information on that person  are visiting them, if that is the case. I didn’t have to do this because of course, I don’t know anyone in China. They ask about your history, family to contact in emergencies and all the normal stuff that you would expect as well. Several questions asked what your plans were and why you wanted to visit China. That was not hard…

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The Seven Wonders of the World

Over the last couple years we have been blessed to get to travel. I have seen so many amazing things, I can’t even count. But the list of things that we still want to see is far longer than the list of ones we have already enjoyed. The Great Wall of China is always at the top of a bucket list. So we have decided to take one last trip this year to mark that one off while we are still able. I know, it sounds like I think I wont have enough time to see everything. My 13 year old son said “Mom, are you sure that you don’t have cancer or something that you are not telling me” when I told him that we were going to China. I don’t feel like I am in a hurry. But I do feel like when I leave this world I am going to not have gotten to see all the amazing things that I want to see. The truth is, so many of my friends and family say to me, YOU ARE CRAZY FOR GOING THERE when I am planning trips. Or, I AM NEVER GOING THERE, is pretty common as well. I was around 45 when I started traveling with my husband and I cant tell you how much the experiences have changed my every day life. When I eat, I have a new found appreciation for all the many choices that I have in America. When I drive my car, I find myself praying while driving, thanking God for the opportunities that I have had and the freedom to go where I wish, when I wish. Every aspect of my life has been altered by the time and sights I have seen while traveling. And Bill likes to say that good travel makes you want good travel. I have a sign in my bedroom that says, Travel is the only thing you can spend money on that makes you richer. That’s so true. We can hardly wait for our November trip to China. I have been hard at the planning stage and almost have it entirely figured out. When I first started traveling I remember how scared I was. I still have moments that I have fears. But the rewards always out weight the stress or worry. Sometimes, we get lost. Sometimes, we can’t understand what people are saying. Sometimes, I even cry. But it is ALWAYS worth it for the experience.     Our list of thing to see in China:  The Great Wall Beijing City The Forbidden City The Temple of Heaven Tiananmen Square The Avatar Mountains Tianzi Mountain Cable Car Fenghuang City Hauihua & Changsha Guilin and the Li River Angkor Wat in Cambodia The current bucket list items is as follows:  The Great Wall of China Angkor Wat, Cambodia Machu Picchu in Peru The Taj Mahal in Agra, India Petra in Jordan The Red Sea The Leaning Tower of Pisa The old city of Jerusalem & places where Jesus lived Berlin and the Berlin Wall Run with the Bulls in Spain Go to the Cannes Film Festival in France See the city of Naples and visit Mt Vesuvius The City of Pompeii Visit the Amalfi Coast in Italy Sicily Cinque Terre Point Go to Ireland See Edinburgh Visit the Krampus Parade in Austria La Biennale di Venezia Arsenale in Venice, Italy Visit Seville Spain and Semana Santa: Bellavista Visit the Day of the Dead in Mexico City Morocco Switzerland Galapagos Islands Hermitage Museum The Haag Museum Stay in an Ice Hotel Prague Warsaw Madagascar Dubai Go on Safari in Africa Brussels Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro (And a visit during the time of the Carnival Festival)   A few things we hope to see eventually:  Channel Tunnel, Strait of Dover CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario Canada Golden Gate Bridge in California Panama Canal Washington State & Mount Rushmore Victoria Falls Mount Everest The Great Barrier Reef in Austrailia The South Pole The Amazon Rainforest   Some of the other amazing things we have already seen: The Roman Colosseum Stonehenge The location of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia The Pyramids of Giza & The Great Sphinx  The Belize Barrier Reef Hoover Dam The Grand Canyon Paris London Egypt Milan & The Last Supper Florence Split in Croatia Amsterdam Dubrovnik Olympia and the first Olympic Stadium Greece Athens, The Acropolis Carnevale Venice Istanbul Bath, England Belize Cayman Islands Jamaica Dominican Republic Turks and Caicos San Juan Puerto Rico St Croix St John Cockburn Town Key West Florida Nassau The Bahamas Cozomel Cancun Mexico A few things out west we want to visit: Yellowstone National Park Mount Rushmore Redwood National Park Antelope Canyon Burning Man Festival Petrified Forest South Rim of the Grand Canyon Hoover Dam (Again) Lower Antelope Canyon Bryce Canyon   I think everyone has a bucket list, right ? Ours keeps growing. We see new things in books and movies and before you know it the list needs revisions. I hope when my life is over there will be many more things that I clear from this list. But if I have to leave this life sooner than expected, I am so grateful for each and every single thing that I have already gotten to see.        

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My hubs latest scary books 🙂

My husband is a talented writer. He writes kids books, adult only scary books with somewhat of a twisted view of things, comics, graphic novels and sweet poems and so much more. I am always amazed at the things he writes. He really doesn’t have a specific type of writing. He can write something about a sweet lover one minute and a zombie eating his children the next. I love to watch him create. Check out his work at www.BilRichardson.com.

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Complete Visitors Guide for Hatfield McCoy Feud Sites

Hatfield McCoy Country is an area that covers about 50 miles square but if you drive to each of the locations as I have them listed here you will travel many more miles than this. I have tried to give you the most direct route for seeing everything without any more backtracking than is necessary.  So, it’s a very long  journey for a single day. In a perfect world you can do it all in a weekend visit. Come in on Friday and stay in one of the main towns. Pikeville Kentucky Matewan West Virginia Williamson West Virginia Each of these three towns will offer its own kind of charm. You can click on each of them above to get more information on starting your journey from a hotel in the individual communities. I have built THIS MAP to begin at the Hatfield McCoy Country Museum in Williamson West Virginia #1 on the maps. After visiting the Museum you can start your journey at #1, The Hatfield McCoy Country Museum, and move along the numbered locations as I have them and you can see everything in the simplest route possible with the least amount of going in circles. You can click HERE to go to the information page for the Hatfield McCoy Feud. There you will find all the detailed information about the feud, my family connection and the Hatfield McCoy Country Museum.  On this page I am going to try to give you a complete visitors guide to the sites of the Hatfield McCoy Feud. COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | HATFIELD MCCOY COUNTRY MUSEUM | STOP #1 This location is first because any tour of the feud sites must begin with a little information about the history of this historic family feud. You can visit the museum by contacting the museum directly or contacting me here at this site to set up your appointment. For the majority of the year, right now, you will need an appointment to visit the museum.  whatwendysaid@gmail.com hatfieldmccoycountrymuseum@gmail.com   Things to see on this stop.  A replica 1920’s coal camp house room The Underground Theater Items seen on American Pickers Original documents from the Hatfield McCoy Feud. A replica log cabin standing inside the museum containing historical documents that you can walk inside and explore. Items touched by Devil Anse Hatfield Henry Ford’s script making machine Burial records of Devil Anse, Johnse, Cap and Levicy Hatfield Mamie Thurman’s death certificate and burial records A set of display panels with information about the industrial revolution and how this area and our coal mining fueled the growth of steel. The Bee Ward coal mining collection MUCH MORE Turn by Turn Directions from The Hatfield McCoy Country Museum #1 to The Hatfield McCoy White Lightning Moonshine Distillery Building #2. You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site. I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next.  COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | THE WHITE LIGHTNING DISTILLERY BUILDING | STOP #2 This spot is sad a little since it was so filled with excitement and hope when it originally became famous. The building was the distillery for the Hatfield McCoy White Lighting television show. The Hatfield and McCoy families came together in 2012 to start a moonshine business and create the first of the Hatfield McCoy Moonshines. However, the two families proved to not be able to work together a hundred years after the feud and the business broke apart and ended in law suits and the television series cancelled after the first season. The building still stands and you can get great photos from the exterior of the structure and even peek inside the large plate glass window on the front that lets you see into the distillery. This is worth driving by and stopping for a quick photo outside. You can get more information on the moonshine from both the Hatfields and the McCoys that came after this series and see more about the show HERE.  Things to see on this stop.  The facade of the Hatfield McCoy White Lighting Moonshine Distillery where the reality TV show was filmed by the History Channel. The geocache at this location This stop is no more than a drive by between the museum and The Coal House for a photo stop so no real time is added by visiting the location THE GEOCACHE AT THIS LOCATION   GC4KNV9 ▼ HMGT #16 White Lightning A cache by HMGT Message this owner Hidden : 08/30/2013 Difficulty: Terrain: Size:  (regular) 59 Favorites Related Web Page N 37° 40.524 W 082° 16.730 UTM: 17S E 387226 N 4170570 GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE. Turn by Turn Directions from #2 The Distillery Building to #3 The Coal House You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site. I have built the map already and…

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Bullet Journaling FREEBIES

FREE. That’s right, You can print these pages for your own personal use, Absolutely FREE. I have recently discovered BULLET JOURNALING. I have been a SCRAPBOOKER for many years and designed and developed several scrapbook products for the scrapbook industry that are still very useful in making your scrapbook pages. But recently, I began to use those same products for my new passion…Bullet Journaling. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here.   Now, before you start to tell me about how busy moms don’t have time to bullet journal or color pages in a day planner, just wait. In my mind, a busy woman doesn’t have time to NOT plan every single day.   Read the Post for the FREE Bullet Journal Downloads Below.     Subscribe | Follow These 3 Templates Rock and I designed them 🙂 You can search about on this site and find lots more information on these three templates. I designed them with Hot Off the Press and I use them constantly on my scrapbook pages and in Bullet Journals. Check them out on my scrapbook tab.   Here’s my thinking, if you want to make the most out of your life each day, you need to plan for tomorrow. When I was a young girl my mother-in-law had a sister that was an older lady and she was truly uptight it seemed to me at the time. What kind of life does a person have that they get up every single Tuesday and know what they are doing that day. How can you plan for a car wash, a hair-do or a walk with friends? Now as a grown woman with a husband, a home, a 13-year-old and tons of responsibilities I see that there’s no way I could accomplish all the things that are important to me if I don’t schedule them in. You make time for the things that matter in your life. I also think that a person can leave a journal to the next generation that will be an amazing look into what it was like to be you. I would give a 1000 dollar for my mom’s journal of what her life was like in a normal day when she was raising three kids. But those memories are gone and can never be recovered. I want to leave those things behind for my child and grandchildren to see when I am gone. So, I journal and scrapbook. I do agree that I don’t have time to set down with a pen and markers and create an entire layout from scratch every week of my life when it’s time to schedule. So, I am a fan of PRINTABLES. Especially ones that are FREE. That’s why I am sharing these pages with you. If you want to get started with a day planner or bullet journal book you can just simply print these pages, punch holes in them and add them to a binder that you keep. Then you can select just the pages that work for your life.   Soon I will also be adding an entire LIFE BINDER that will have tons of FREE pages that you can use to organize every aspect of your life.           TRY BULLET JOURNALING FOR FREE !!!! If you have always wanted to give journaling a try, now is the perfect time. Just click on the FREE BULLET JOURNAL Pages listed below by name and print them at home and start without paying anything at all. (Other than the couple of pennies it costs to print a piece of paper) You can find tons of different types of planners out there on the internet.  But inevitably some of the pages don’t apply to your life. By printing your own selected pages you can custom build your planner to your specific needs. Planning a Vacation ? Planning a special event ? Need a gratitude journal ? A meditation journal ? A way to track your exercise progress ? You can find all those here over the next couple weeks. Just subscribe to this page and get updates as I post the entire collection. This washi tape is awesome if you make a mistake on your day planner, bullet journal or scrapbook page. It is sticky like tape and you can snip off a piece and put it over any mistake easily or use it to mark special days. Looks great and does the trick nicely. My Favorite Washi Tapes Washi Tape Selection on Amazon     WHAT IS A BULLET JOURNAL ANYWAY ? I personally think that the words “Bullet Journal” are just a fancy way of saying day planner. But I understand calling it something new because it is the exact same thing, only far different at the same time. In a typical day planner you don’t do much on the way of decorating but in the new Bullet Journal pages it is not just about planning your day. Its about planning, listing, setting goals, tracking your success and sometimes even your failures. Its about doodling to relieve anxiety and stress. Its about having a singular place that you keep track of not just what you have to do, but the feelings that go along with doing them. Or, if you have a particularly busy day and don’t want to do anything creative, that reflects…

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My Son Michael’s Family Tree

Michael J Baisden & Son, Michael Jaye Baisden, II Mikey was named after his father. I have so many photos of them together it is insane. I followed them around when Mikey was little and captured every single moment of them because somehow in my head from the very start I knew that they would not have enough time together. I love all those photos now and especially love all of the scrapbook pages of them together. (This photo is from when he came home from the hospital and a few days later his step-sister, Leann came to see him.) Gone, Not Forgotten Anna Rose Wellman There are not a lot of photos of Ann with Mikey. He was very new when she passed away. This photo makes me happy because it was the first time she had ever seen Mikey. We took him down to Lenore, West Virginia, where they lived and I snapped this photo of her holding him and she was gone less than a month later.  Blog Posts about Mikey A little family history…. Michael J Baisden’s Parents Mike and Wendy married in 2003 and ran the Linkous House B&B in Williamson for many years together. They sold it shortly after they divorced in 2013. Michael J Baisden Mikey’s daddy, Mike was married to another woman, the mother of Mikey’s two step-brother and step-sister. When researching for this family tree I found the marriage certificate where they got married in 1974. Mikey’s Baisden Grandparents Mikey didn’t get blessed with lots of grandparents. Ann died shortly after Mikey was born, Earnest was already gone when he was born. So, Mikey had no grandparents on his dads side of the family. Ernest Jennings Baisden Mikey’s Dad’s Father’s WWII registration card. Mikey’s Hackney Grandparents John and Ella Hackney are Mikey’s grandparents on the Hackney side. These are really the only grandparents that Mikey got. All of his Great Grandparents had already died before Mikey was born. Step-Brothers & Sisters Mikey has one Step-Sister, Leann and one Step-Brother, Patrick Jaye. Both were grown before Mikey was born. And one Step-Brother, Jacob Aaron Stewart who lived in the house with Mikey for a couple years before he was grown and out on his own.

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My Hackney Family Name

The Results are in…I am a Hackney !! Here are the results of my ancestryDNA test. England, Great Britian 91% Ireland, Scotland, Whales 4% Eastern Europe 2% Western Europe 1% Southern Europe 1% Caucasus 1% I started trying to track down my daddy’s name a week ago using Ancestry.com and their FREE trial membership. In that week, I have 368 years of our family name traced back to London, England near the area where Hackney’s began. My results from my DNA test came in this week and I was excited. No big surprises with my name, Hackney and my DNA results. I am 91% from England. It made me feel secure that my parents didn’t get the wrong child at the hospital that my DNA test said I was pretty much a thoroughbred at 91% Hackney. Then I started to search the internet for clues into who my dads family was and in a blink, I had spent a week digging through the internet buried in documents.  I will squish it down into a simple to understand list of the 12 generations that make up our tree. If you are my cousin on the Hackney side, it is the exact same for you starting with whichever one of the children of Landon Hackney you are. Everything above him is the same on your Hackney tree as mine.    1. Me, Wendy R Hackney and my two sons, Jacob Aaron Stewart & Michael Jaye Baisden, II 2. This is my daddy. He is the reason I am a Hackney and he is my favorite person. Just is. Can’t help myself. I love my daddy. 3. RALPH HACKNEY MY GRANDFATHER. THIS IS MY GRANDFATHER, RALPH. I ONLY MET HIM ONCE. MY BROTHERS AND I WERE IN FLORIDA AND WE KNEW WHERE HE LIVED, WE DROVE TO HIS HOUSE AND WALKED UP ON HIS PROPERTY AND HE WAS ON THE ROOF WORKING. ONE OF US ASKED IF HE KNEW WHO WE WERE. HE STOOD UP FROM THE SQUATTED POSITION HE WAS IN AND SO HELP ME I WAS AMAZED BY HOW MUCH IT LOOKED LIKE MY DADDY STANDING THERE. HIS FOREARMS WERE EXACTLY LIKE MY DADS. HIS EARS WERE JUST LIKE MY DADS. I KEPT THINKING THAT HIS WHOLE LIFE HE HAD BEEN TRYING TO DENY THAT JOHN HACKNEY WAS HIS KID AND THAT MUST HAVE BEEN MADE MUCH HARDER BY THE FACT THAT MY DAD LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE HIM. HE SAID YES, I THINK I DO KNOW WHO YOU ARE. WE HAD A COUPLE MINUTES OF CONVERSATION AND NEVER SAW HIM AGAIN. I WAS ABOUT 16 WHEN I SAW HIM. 4. POPPY HACKNEY MY FIRST GREAT GRANDFATHER. THIS IS MY POPPY. HE DIED WHEN I WAS ONLY 7 YEARS OLD. I WOULD THINK THAT I WOULDNT HAVE MANY MEMORIES OF HIM BECAUSE OF THAT BUT I SPENT MOST OF MY CHILDHOOD WITH HIM IN MY MIND. WHEN I WAS SMALL I PRAYED AND TO BE HONEST, NOONE EVER TAUGHT ME HOW TO PRAY. SO WHEN I WOULD PRAY, I TALKED TO MY POP HACKNEY. I WOULD JUST TALK TO HIM IN HEAVEN. I REMEMBER SAYING TO HIM THAT I NEEDED GOD TO HELP ME WITH SOMETHING AND COULD HE WALK DOWN TO GOD’S HOUSE AND ASK HIM TO HELP SINCE HE WAS LIVING SO CLOSE TO GOD. I CONTINUED THAT LINE OF TALK WITH MY POPPY FOR MANY YEARS AFTER HE PASSED AWAY. IT GAVE ME COMFORT IN MANY DIFFERENT SITUATIONS IN MY LIFE TO KNOW THAT HE WAS THERE IN HEAVEN. WHEN HE DIED, BECAUSE I WAS SO LITTLE, I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND MUCH ABOUT THIS DEATH THING. I REMEMBER AS CLEAR AS CAN BE STANDING AT THE CASKET WHERE HE LAY AND MY MAMA HACKNEY WALKING UP AND PUTTING HER ARM AROUND ME AND SAYING IN HER PERFECT MAMA HACKNEY VOICE THAT HE WAS “GONE”. I MUST HAVE HAD A LOOK OF CONFUSION ON MY FACE BECAUSE SHE PICKED MY HAND UP AND PUT IT ON HIS CHEST AND I SWEAR THAT WAS THE MOMENT THAT I KNEW THERE WAS A SEPARATION FROM WHERE I WAS AND WHERE HE WAS. BEFORE HE DIED HE WAS SO VERY OLD AND HE LIVED WITH MY OTHER COUSINS IN CHICAGO SO WHEN WE WOULD GO VISIT HIM HE WOULD BE PROTECTIVE OF THEIR TOYS. I REMEMBER HE WAS IN A WHEEL CHAIR AND DIDNT STAND UP AND TATAR PICKED UP ONE OF THE KIDS TOYS AND HE STOOD UP OUT OF HIS WHEELCHAIR BECAUSE HE WAS TRYING TO GET THE TOY FROM TATAR. THAT SOUNDS SCARY WHEN YOU WRITE IT BUT AT THE TIME, TO A 6 YEAR OLD GIRL, IT WAS A STRONG ENOUGH MARK THAT I AM A 48 YEAR OLD WOMAN AND I AM STILL TELLING THE STORY. IT WASNT THAT HE SCARED ME. HE DID, BUT I REMEMBER BEING SAD AND JEALOUS THAT I DIDNT GET TO KNOW HIM ENOUGH THAT HE WANTED ME TO PLAY WITH THE TOYS. HE ATE PAWPAWS AND HE HAD A SPORK HE HAD MADE THAT HE WOULD USE TO EAT THE INSIDES OF THEM OR APPLES WITH. THAT MEMORY STUCK IN MY HEAD. WHEN HE WALKED, HE ALWAYS PUT BOTH HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK AND CLASPED HIS HANDS TOGETHER. 25 YEARS AFTER HE WAS GONE, MY SON AARON WAS A TODDLER AND SO HELP ME THAT KID WALKED EXACTLY LIKE POPPY HACKNEY. HE WOULD CLASP…

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Cruise #1 Carnival Feb 2016

Carnival Glory Caribbean Cruise Febuary 26, 2016 This was our first time cruising. Bil and I took this trip alone. Our son stayed with his dad and it was a completely different experience than it was each of the other times that we cruised with him along. We can never take another cruise alone now that Mikey discovered it. He actually never wants to go on vacation with us unless its a cruise. We flew from Charleston West Virginia to Miami and then go on the ship to sail. We drove down to Key West Florida to spend a couple days before the cruise.                   Carnival Glory Carnival Glory may still be my favorite ship of all the ones we have gone on. Maybe that’s because it was my first time and it was so cool but I remember that ship as having great pools and being fun to ride on.             It’s My Birthday It was my birthday. That was just by chance. The cruise date just happened to fall on my birthday that year. This giant clock was in one of the ports on the trip near a geocache. Towel Animals Towel Animals are all the rage on a Carnival cruise. I have been on a couple of them now and getting your cabin cleaned is exciting because you want to get the next one. The steward comes in the evening and cleans your room and he folds and leaves it on your bed for you to find when you return to your room. Each day you get a new shape. Mahogany Bay This little stop on this cruise was fun. We laid in a hammick for hours and people watched and we walked about watching animals play. We also took a boat out and went scuba diving on this little pod that you sat on like a scooter. It was really cool but a tiny bit scary. Especially when I bumped into a shark while underwater. Holocaust Museum While in Florida we visited a holocaust Museum that was amazing.                   Don’t Jump This was our first cruise so I sprang for the balcony room. It was pretty nice. But when we went on our next cruise I started getting the room without the balcony because Mikey went with us and I was always scared he would climb around and fall off when I wasn’t looking. LOL I can’t breathe While in the Grand Cayman Islands we took a beginner scuba diving class. I sucked really bad at it and insisted that Bil go on and I walked around the little town and searched for geocaches while he finished. I have never even tried again because I hated the whole thing so much. I like breathing air 😉 Death The names of the millions of men and women and children who were killed in the Holocaust are written on this enormous wall. Passport Stamps This was my first time using my passport on a trip so I was so excited at each port to go into the country and get the stamps. Now, I hardly even try to get a stamp when we go places because its so much extra work. I have noticed that when you go into some countries from another country you don’t always get a stamp. Blondy Cozumel was so beautiful. It was my first time going to Mexico. I remember not liking it when we went into the port because the men would walk up and try to sell me something and call me “Blondy” and then get angry at me because I didn’t want their stuff. MEMORIES FROM THAT DAY While we were in Cozumel we  went out to visit the ruins. This was the first time I had seen any kind of Myan Ruins. They were called the Ancient City of Tulum and it felt like it took forever to get out to them. It was beautiful there and not horribly busy. It was great practice for my future trips to countries that made me uncomfortable. LOL That’s a big ole boat   Carnival Glory is a ship that I really want to go back on someday. We like taking cruises in February. Bil always says it makes him feel like winter lasts less time if he gets to break it up and visit some tropical place in February.   Awesome Memories The protector This was the first time I ever swam on a coral reef. It was amazing. One of the most beautiful spots I have ever seen in person. Belize City did not impress me at all. I hated it. I don’t ever really want to go back into Belize City. The coast, the beach and the water were the most beautiful I have ever seen though. The city was super scary. There was the guy who walked us back to the port who insisted he was protecting us from the other people who wanted to kill the America cruisers but the entire time I just kept praying that we would end up alive to get back on the boat. I think now looking back that his job was walking around and finding lost cruise ship people and “helping” them find their way back. He didn’t ask for…

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Why is this time so scary?

The entire time you are pregnant you think of everything that can go wrong. They are so fragile, and it is definitely a scary time as a mother.
When they hand you a baby and you hold it for the first time, you are certain of what they will become. You imagine at that moment their entire future. They will go college, marry the man or woman of their dreams, have your grandbabies and they will be safe and happy. I think it’s a pretty standard mom dream.
When they are in this middle age, just before puberty, right after their childhood, you are just happy if they still laugh.
My daddy is 71 years old. We were talking, and he said how he would love to be 25 again, but only if he could be 25 in like 1960. He said how he didn’t really want to be a kid again if he had to do in today’s world.
I immediately thought of my son. Am I the only person who thinks it’s harder to be a child today than it was in the late 70's and early 80's ?
I pray that when he looks back on his childhood he remembers his without fear.
Every single time I walk into his room and see him there asleep in his bed, I pray for his future. I beg. I plead with God that he can go to college, meet the person of his dreams and get married and someday lay my precious grandchild in my arms.
Tonight, I was listening to him in his room playing on video games and I could hear his laughter through the wall. I walked past his room and cracked open the door and there was this man sitting there in the chair where my boy sat just yesterday.
I have made every single decision for this person up until now. When to go to bed, when to get up, when to eat, to sleep, to play and suddenly, there’s a young man sitting in my house.
I am no different than every other parent. I ache when I think of my tiny little son that once bounced about from room to room and fell into my arms like I was the greatest place on earth at the end of the day. I miss his tiny toes. They have been replaced with size 10 ½ shoes. Smelly shoes!  I miss holding him down to tickle him. That’s been replaced with me begging him to let me up before I get mad.
In like 55 days he will turn 13.
There’s a time when a child is no longer a baby. When a son is not yet a man but not really a boy.
When a daughter is no longer a girl but not yet a woman.
Why is this time so scary when you are a mother?

 

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Smile !

One of the things that I didn’t know in advance was how many photos would be taken of us by strangers while at Carnevale.  I guess, I thought it would be fun, but I don’t think I ever knew that photographers would come from around the world to photograph those of us in the costumes and masks.  On the first day when we put our costumes on and walked out to San Marco Square we were shocked by the fact that we couldn’t reach the square. As soon as we made our way out of the tiny little street that met up with the Grand Canal we were met with a rush of paparazzi and every single step we took for the next four days was labored.

​With what is a space that feels less than a single square mile and a gathering of more than three million people, it becomes a close encounter quickly in Venice. But the feeling of excitement when you are pursued by thousands of photographers is hard to explain. I remember thinking after a few hours that it was mad that so many people pressed for a photo. We had all kinds. Those who waited patiently in line for their turn and respectfully stepped in to snap a selfie, those who grabbed a hold of you physically and wouldn’t let go until their spouse captured the shot (witch), those that were so adorable you couldn’t resist stopping to snap a photo and hoping that you would later find it on social media and my favorite were those where a guy with a giant camera and self-contained light would pounce on you and start snapping what felt like dozens of photos and before you knew it he was directing you to move left or right and place your hand here and bend like this and had totally taken over the situation. Those are the men and women that you took the time to hand your email address to and just prayed that they would share it with you later. Some of those photos have been shared with us and it has been like an adventure every single day since we got home to search the bowels of the internet for just one more of the thousands of photos that exist now out there somewhere just waiting to be found.

 

 

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Top Things to NOT see in Cairo, Egypt (And a few you should)

When we arrived in Egypt we had been traveling for a very long time. I think we were about 14 days into the trip. We had been to Paris and Venice and it was not our first time to either, so we felt at ease in both locations.

That was not the case with Egypt.

Of all the places I have ever visited, Egypt is the one that felt the most like I was in a foreign country. It seemed like everything was odd. Simple things seemed different. I don’t know exactly how to explain it, but I will try.

In the United States we throw trash in a garbage can and a truck comes and gets that, and a bigger truck goes to get that, etc. I don’t even know where it ends up, but it is handled by some type of system larger than I care to think about. Its just the normal way it works here. In Egypt, they don’t handle the trash at all. If you used it, you dropped it when you were done with it. It laid there until it rotted, someone else wanted it or it got covered over with some more trash. I know, it’s a “third world country” everyone keeps telling me. But somehow in my brain I didn’t expect the trash to be like it was. I hate this hotel !

I feel spoiled by our systems. I feel blessed, but also spoiled. I love the magic system that makes old crap go away in the United States. (Yes, I know, I know, we pay for this and we make entirely too much trash but that’s not the topic of this post.) Anyway, it took a minute to get used to what in my head was one, or probably the most amazing places that I have ever been, having so much trash to wade through. How can the world let Egypt, the Pyramids of Giza, the most amazingly, spectacular place left from an ancient civilization just become a trash collection site? It stumps me.

It got me to thinking about home. I started to think of how many times people have came to our area in West Virginia and shook their heads at the crap that people toss out their car windows onto the side of the road. It really makes me angry at my neighbors.

We live in some of the most amazing mountains. The trees are beautiful and green and when you go away from here for a while you really start to need to smell the leaves again and feel dirt and rocks under your feet. I hate concrete worlds. I dream of living in Paris or Venice but so help me, I fear I may miss my mountains.

The night that we arrived in Egypt, it was late. Like 4 in the morning. So, all the things that felt so different stood out more than they would have had we seen them for the first time at say noon, with the lights on. Had we been on our own for the trip, without our guides, I really think I would have ended up spending the whole time in my room. Except, my room was so damn dirty that I couldn’t wait to go someplace else. It was a catch-22. I was afraid to go outside and inside I didn’t want to sit down anyplace.

It sounds like I didn’t have a good time at all but so help me I am so happy that I had this experience in my life. I am sure that I will always think of this trip to Egypt and be more thankful for the simple things that I am blessed to have in my life. Today is Monday. On Mondays the magic truck comes to my house and whisks away the crap that I needed to get rid of and I never see it again. Did I say that I love that?

I guess this journaling has become about the things that I didn’t like instead of about the things that I did. Sometimes those things are worth remembering too, I suppose.

While bitching, I guess I should note the man that came to let us in when we arrived at 4 am to our hotel. We were with a guy who we didn’t know  for sure wasn’t going to kill us, so we were already on edge. He turned out to be a sweetie and had he not been with us during the entire trip I would have been scared to death. He is the only person on our entire trip that did not ask us for money. Seriously, if we spoke to a person, we were asked for dollars. And apparently one of our dollars is worth a butt load of money in Egypt. I suck at exchange but when the pizza you have for dinner costs like 125 of whatever their currency is and you look at your statement later to see that they took something like $12.00 out of your account, I am thinking maybe our dollar is worth more there than it is at home.

The gentleman that let us into the huge iron gate that was protecting us or keeping us out is the case, at the moment, stumbled to the door to let us in and started to grab our luggage. We had tons of luggage since we had our costumes from Carnival still with us. He picked up one of the small bags and then yanked the large one from my hand as if to say, “NO, you must let me carry these”. I thought, okay, this is going to be okay. The man who had escorted us from the airport said in his gentle voice to Bil to just go upstairs and make sure that we were okay before he would leave us there. This just scared me even more that this person was scared for me and he actually lived there. I was scared out of my head at this point, but it was four in the morning and I figured it was far safer inside this place than it was out riding around at four in the morning. I hate this hotel.

 

I should tell you that the little man that let us in was shorter than me. He was wearing exactly what a costume designer in a Hollywood movie would have him wear. A long dress of an outfit and a sorta turban thing on his head, a fabric belt that tied about his waist and hung long on one side. His skin was a beautiful color chocolate and he had a face that I truly will never ever forget. He was wrinkled and worn, and he had a giant spot of some kind on one side of his face. Funny the things you remember when you think you may need to file a police report later.

I usually just carry my own luggage. I am for sure not used to someone taking it forcefully from my hands. By the time I left Egypt I would learn to just give that crap up and dig into my purse for some money because anyone who yanked things from your hands was doing it because in their world if they could knock you down and drag your luggage from your hand then that meant they had provided a service to you and by Gosh you now owe them some money !

The cost…. only $200.00. Yep, no joke. I mean in the end that only meant $5.00 but they always started high when they set their price, I guess that is so that they can force you to negotiate. It reminded me of my ex-husband. That’s his way of negotiating too. He was awesome at this. Me, I just want the sticker on the thing to say how much it costs at the start. If I pull in to your yardsale I don’t know that I want your old shitty yellow flowered dishes until I see the quarter price tag on them.  Just tell me how much it is going to cost and be done with it. No negotiating, please.

When the little man got to our room he was the first person we had really had any communication with since arriving in Egypt. He dropped our luggage in our room and pointed at things and showed us the absolutely filthy, crap soiled toilet and showed us the funny little bathtub that was completely covered in streaks of some bodily substance that I have yet to identify  and pointed at the extra cover on the beds, which would later become the most valuable commodity in Egypt when I came down with a cold when I woke up freezing to death for the fourth night in a row  and a roll of toilet paper that he had placed on a table for us. Then he stuck his hand out and asked for his tip. I think his words were, “Now, You pay me?”

Okay, I just pretended to not understand a word he was saying. Bil would later pay him but at 4 in the morning I was not ready for my lesson in the exchange of Egyptian to American money.

You get the point. It was not the Trump Towers or anything. But, Just before he left the room he said, “Oh, AND….” And I can still remember the sound of his sandy feet as he drug his slippers across the concrete floor a final time. He reached for the curtain and whipped it back in a sorta Vanna White kind of way and there it was…. The reason we had picked this nasty little hotel over the nice big hotels back in Cairo city….the window slid open and, right there, in the yard, just in front of me, not more than 500 feet from my nose, was the Pyramids of Giza. The Great Sphinx was just sitting right there outside the window.

 

Yes! I so love this hotel and I have decided that I am totally staying here again someday. For 4 days I would use every single spare moment standing right there in that window trying to soak up just a little more of the amazing view. I don’t think I will ever see anything more spectacular than the view out my nasty little hotel window again. Every morning the sound of muslim chants rang out on the hour at like 5 am. In the distance, it sounded exactly like that Hollywood movie we were working on before. The sun came up and cast shadows on the Great Pyramid and you could watch it move further and further up to the peeks. At night the sun would set and it would illuminate them like I had applied just a little too much saturation to the photograph in my head. In the afternoon, the sun would line up with the top of the pyramid almost like they planned it that way 5000 years ago.

This is the best hotel ever !!!

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Everything I can remember about Egypt

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Italian Men Fall In Love Quickly

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To just not be forgotten

I don’t know that I will ever be able to remember everything that I hope to remember about our vacation to Venice. Some days I really can’t focus because my mind is so cluttered with the memories and it feels like I could never forget a single detail. But the truth is I do. I forget most things that are feelings or moments, sweet and precious. I have photos and I look at them often, but I find that the little things that I write down are in the end the things that I get to recycle and experience again in my mind.

Does that even make sense?

My oldest son is going to be thirty years old in January. That doesn’t seem possible to me. Am I that old? Is my youngest son really going to be 13 in May? Once, I held their little bodies in my arms and fell in love with them. I don’t think I will ever forget those days.

Once, I was published in a book. Like in a library. Those don’t exist much anymore. Libraries or books. But someplace there’s a volume sitting on a shelf with words in it that I wrote and a scrapbook page that I designed. It was amazing, and I don’t think I will ever forget how that felt.

Once, I held a geocaching event and 518 people showed up in my yard. It was the most amazing thing and I don’t think I will ever forget that day.

Once, I stood in front of the Eiffel Tower and I held so tight to the hand of the man that I love truly more than anything that I have ever known. I wore a dress that was huge, and I strolled the streets of Paris like I was a princess and I never take a breath that I don’t think of that day.

Once, I stepped out onto the streets of Venice and for that week, I was famous. Thousands of photographers, mobs of people from all over, pushed and shoved to get a photo of me. It was the single most crazy amazing thing ever and I will absolutely never forget that day.

I am going to live as much of life here as I am able and experience enough that when I am forced to go, screaming and kicking, I hope I can think to myself that I am satisfied with the life I left behind.

Tonight, I watched the movie CoCo with Bill and we both cried at the end. I felt myself thinking that all anyone ever really wants from life is to just not be forgotten.

I pray that somehow in my life I have done something that left a mark large enough that when I am gone someone just remembers me.

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Please don’t ever be Aaron’s Mommy

Please don't ever be Aaron's Mommy

The sweet words of a 4 year old.

Mikey is four at the time of this story.

Aaron was 20 at the time of this tale. 

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Between the two of them they have 100% of my heart.

Please don't ever be Aaron's Mommy

Mikey is 4 and Aaron is 20. Needless to say there are a few years difference in their ages. I pretty much started over a whole new family with Mikey. But for as long as Mikey is able to remember Aaron has been "Bubby" and has been a steady part of his life.

If Mikey looks outside and see's Aaron coming into the guest entrance he will run around the house and make his way to the side door to open it to let "Bubby" into the house.

Aaron likes to wrestle with Mikey and rough him up. It always ends in me saying to them "Okay thats enough" Because I'm scared Mikey will get hurt ! Although now that I am thinking back it seems I remember that Aaron is usually the one who walks away in pain ? Mikey seems to always catch him just right.

 

Today Aaron was with me when I went to pick Mikey up from school and it was raining and Aaron said he would just jump and go get him. As I watched out the window I thought it was sweet to see them together but I could see right away when Mikey saw Aaron that he was upset. I got out and started to walk toward them and Mikey said, " Oh Mommy, I thought you were not going to be my mommy any more !" He was so upset.

Our nightly story has always been that we tell about the day. He says, "Tell me about my day" and wants you to repeat line by line whatever he did that day. So tonight when we went in and climbed into the bed for our story he wanted to hear about how Aaron picked him up from school. "Tell me Mommy about Aaron coming to get me from school today".

I started to tell him the story and realized right away that he does not get that Aaron is my child. He realizes that he is his brother but doesn't understand that it also means that I am Aaron's Mommy.

I said to him  "I am Aaron's Mommy too" and he immediately started crying and said, "Mommy, I don't want you to be Aaron's Mommy !" I tried to explain but he just had more questions than he did answers.

 

"Does Aaron have a daddy" he said. I told him yes that Aaron did have a daddy and he said...NOT MY DADDY ! I think he was certain that he was not going to share his mommy and now be expected to share his daddy as well.

I guess I never really put much consideration into what Mikey thought of me and Aaron together but I realize now that he thought Aaron was "his" bubby and that was okay as long as it didn't mean that he had to share his mommy !

Funny how his little mind works. "Please don't ever be Aaron's mommy" he said.

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It truly is like I raised two only children.

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Beautiful Day

I love to scrapbook about our travels.

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I am only just learning to do digital scrapbooking. I have been paper crafting for many years now but in the last six months I have tried really hard to learn to use photoshop.

I had a software by Microsoft that I used since 2016 and when I upgraded my computer this last time, sadly, it stopped working with the new windows versions. I almost took the computer back.

I figured this was the perfect time to give digital scrapbooking a try since I needed something to learn on. I discovered a website where I have spend hours downloading lots of goodies that I can use to make the pages.

I think learning shadows and layers is freaking hard. I will get there. For now, I am just thankful that every now and again I can create a page that I am not ashamed of.

The funny thing is, I could make this page with real paper in just a few minutes. LOL

I thought digital scrapbooking would be faster. NOT SO !

Does anyone have suggestions for good digital scrapbook beginner blogs or sites? Love any suggestions you may have.

 

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Little Boy, Where’d you get your britches?

This page is my entry for this months challenge on a blog that I subscribe to and love !

The page requirements were as listed here:

1. Use orange and brown.

2. Use woodgrain.

3. Use fabric.

4. Use something with wings.

5. Use a toilet paper roll.

6. Use song lyrics in your title

I met these qualifications in the following ways….

Of coarse my paper choices were orange & browns and I used my Tim Holtz inks for distressing in Orange and Brown. Then I cut down a piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper to a 8 1/2 x 11 size so that I could run it thru my regualar printer and do journalling on it. This piece of paper was a piece of brown woodgrain which was requirement number two.

For the using of a piece of fabric I really had a struggle. I used to be a quilter before I picked up scrapbooking so I’m no stranger to fabric..I just hardly ever touch it

now. and I dislike sewing in a major way . So, to be sure I met the qualification I used a piece of fabric to roll up and make a stem for my flower. I just laid out a piece of fabric and snipped off a circle(-ish) piece and rolled it up into a tube shape and then used my Tim Holtz Mini Stapler to hold it together. I made the little leaves using scraps from the butterfly.

Next It asked for something with wings ! Yeah ! You know my new butterfly template came in handy here ! The template is now ready for purchase online at the Paperwishes.com site or fromAmazon. It was designed by me and manufactured by Hot off the Press. It is a great template and for the few dollars you pay for it I think a great investment.

Butterflies are very popular on pages and it can be used to make so many different perfectly complimenting embellishments for all your scrapbook pages.

I laid the Template over the “toilet paper roll” and marked it and cut it out. I used the edge distresser to run along the edges of the butterfly and then inked again with Tim Holtz inks. The part that I love about the butterfly is the antenna’s on it.

When I make my butterflies I love for it to be a dimensional antenna so I am always looking for the perfect thing to use to make them and today I discovered the absolute perfect item !

I cut two pieces from a cluster of plastic flowers and it made these adorable little antenna’s ! I love em ! I cant wait to use them again and again ! I’m thinking you could dip them in some glue or spray them with sticky spray and you could make them all glittery and shinny Or you could use a magic marker and color them black. So cute !!! Just stick a sticky dot back behind the butterfly and slide them down in behind !

The final qualification was that the title be words from a song. I thought this would be harder than it actually was. I just got the new Droid phone from Verizon and it has an app on it that lets you click on it and from the push of a button you can find just about any song online for free ! You can then touch it to keep it on your phone as a full song or ringtone ! Loving the droid !!!!

So I searched for Britches (hillbilly for pants) and it came back with a little folk song titled “Little Boy, where’d ya get those britches” and I knew it was meant to be !

The photo is one I snapped of my son Mikey about two weeks ago in his first pair of “Big Boy” pants…the first pair that are a size in little boys and not in the toddlers. “They look just like daddy’s pants” he said.

So there ya go ! A page to enter and some cool techniques to share !

This is the link for the challenge and I gotta tell ya…its my first time entering a challenge….so if I win….I will let you know ! If I loose…I will post the page that beats me:)  http://alacartechallenge.blogspot.com/

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