Historic Flooding in my Hometown

I'd like to take a moment to solicit your prayers for those affected by the floodwaters in Pennsylvania and New York.

When the images you see on television are of far-away, unfamiliar places, your heart sinks somewhat and you think "How sad for them." When the images are of the place where you grew up, of familiar landmarks, of businesses whose owners are your friends and acquaintences, your heart breaks. 

Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania is the river town I grew up in. The Susquehanna flows directly through town underneath a giant bridge and its swells have given us a scare a time or two before, but I have never seen anything like these photos.

The downtown area.

We know a family whose home is in the flooded area near the bottom of the photo. My old high school at the top.

The river separates the town, flowing strongly under the big bridge. When I was 16 years old I exceeded the speed limit by 5mph crossing the bridge and failed my driver's test.

The town's restored historic theater is at the top left. The gray building is a flower shop, and I've entertained dreams of opening a bakery in the empty brick building next door.

The catholic church is on the left, the bank is in the middle, and on the right you can see the first of the main street buildings. Just out of view is my best friend's grandmother's furniture store.

Gay's True Value has been in business forever. Despite opposition from many residents, Super Wal-Mart has just opened down the street and it's feared that Gay's won't make it. It would be really sad to see it shut down.

 

The response from those of us who have ever called Tunkhannock home makes it very clear: we have a connection this place. Whether it's restoring a historic landmark, fighting to protect the integrity of our land, or even standing up to big-box stores that threaten small businesses, the residents want what's best for the town. It's not a perfect place, but it's home. I hope that those of us who have ventured away will return, if even for a day, to find someone who needs help and get the town back on its feet. Maybe it will be a reunion of sorts, old neighbors and classmates banding together for a greater purpose. I'll take that over running into someone at the bar any day.

Photo credits: Barb Gay

Heard | Hem -- Half Acre

Every once in awhile I hear a song I can't get enough of. I wanted to share this one with you...it is so beautiful. I love the words, too. The feelings associated with your hometown can be so conflicting. I love going home to mine in rural Pennsylvania, but there are memories there I try to leave behind.


A Peek in our Library

Hi everyone! I'm just popping in for a quick post today. I know when I shared our screened-in porch I said I would be back to show you photos of a couple other spaces in our home, and I'm glad I snapped a few when everything was still intact! As of right now, our house is in full-blown packing mode and looking pretty empty. I can't believe tomorrow is my last day of work and we only have 4 days until we pack the cars and go! I'm trying to stay afloat, and Luke is doing a great job keeping me sane. He has packed up so much of our house while I've been at work...and I love him for it.

Today I wanted to show you one of our joint favorite nooks of the house. In the corner of the living room is a bookshelf that houses our little library. We both love books and the idea of having a library in our future home, and this is definitely a humble beginning. There are lots of books we love that aren't seen here, but these things take time. I'll point out a couple of my favorite details while you take a closer look...

1) Budvase of lavender, memento from my best friend Mary's beautiful wedding.

2) Vintage Kodak Instamatic I found for $2 at an antique store.

3) One of the vintage dessert plates from our wedding.

4) The tiniest pewter frame for which I have not yet found the perfect tiniest photo.

5) Sailboat drawing by Mary, a wedding gift.

6) This was a "birthday present" for Luke last year. I definitely had personal motives in mind with this one.

7)  One of three globe bookends I've picked at yard sales. I guess I've started a collection.

8) Luke and I each subscribe to one magazine. My pick is Real Simple, his is Outside.

 

It's fun to walk over to the bookshelf and choose a book I haven't read in awhile. Speaking of things you haven't read in awhile, do any friends spy books that belong to you? I've been bad about returning in the past...I promise to be better!

We're off to spend a much-anticipated evening with great friends. I'm sad to leave these amazing people but so glad for the brief time we had getting to know them. I'll try to check in on Monday but I think it will be really hectic, so we'll see...have a beautiful weekend!