Saturday, July 16, 2011

Simon’s Reunion, Chattanooga Tn


Friday, July 15, 2011

We left Tuesday morning early to go to Chattanooga, to have a Simon’s family reunion, tenn 001look like a dorkSmile We made the trip fine, had a lot of stops, mother did great! We had rented a home, in which Connie and I found on the internet, we rented it so we could all stay together and family could come there to visit. As we neared the home, I realized it was in a high risk area, it made me so nervous, I just started laughing, when we got in it, it was a beautiful older home, decorated pretty, but drug deals going on across the street, the dryer did not work, the stove was dirtytenn 012 (Copy)

with spilt over something and we found a syringe. tenn 003


dryer was not vented so it heated up the whole house,tenn 011

I emailed the owner to let her know that we had felt the home was misrepresented and that she may want to have the maid clean better. That I would want to know these things if I were out of state and it was my home. I had just came back from going to the grocery store and unloaded the food, it was 10pm and all was in PJ’S,  the owner called me back and said, I want you to vacate my home right now! I thought………………… and said, may I call you back in a minute, I have learned when someone is irrational to let them cool off. I looked on line for another place, could not find anything, I knew I could not move mother and all our things, Mama and Roy are elderly and we had all unpacked. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I called her back, and said I am so sorry if I offended you, you have a lovely home, I felt as a business woman you would want to know how it was left, she then said she is the one who cleaned it and she does not clean the oven or stove after each guest, she was in town in one of her other homes, one block overSmile Again, I stated what a beautiful home she had and that there is NO WAY I can move my mother who has Alzheimer's and my Grand parents out at ten o’clock at night,  we will talk in the morning. I was so shocked in how unprofessional she was, it was hard to go to sleep because of the area, also the house had five bedrooms but she failed to say one was in the formal living area,Tenn simons 122 Tenn simons 123and one off the kitchen does not have a bedroom doorSad smile so Steve and I slept in the open bedroom with our glock, there is no way I would of stayed without a gun and Steve.  The house has a wonderful front porch that sits up higher on the street the the other homes, we did enjoy the porch, after the first night we got use to the area and have been fine, seen many drug deals go down, it has been a quiet area, so I settled down, for one there was no place to go. Called the owner and said we would be fine in her home and I again was sorry if I offended her. She was nice and said ok……what a messSmile

Mother’s family came over, Tenn simons 001Aunt Mildred, Inez, Mama, Sharon, Ed, mother.Tenn simons 021mother

and Connie

Tenn simons 029mother seeing Tenn simons 031her baby brother WesleyTenn simons 061Connie, Mildred, Ed, Elmer, Mother, Wesley and rest of family


at Ryan’s and everyone came, even Mother’s friend from grade schoolTenn simons 091Smile This is mothers BF and Aunt Mildred’s BF form school.

Mother knew her brother’s and sister’s, she cried when she saw them.

Yesterday we went to Signal Mountain, we went to her mother’s grave,tenn signal mtn 050 Papa made the headstone for it and her grandfather’stenn signal mtn 051

her old home place, Papa torn down original house, but this one was form my teens tenn signal mtn 043tenn signal mtn 047tenn signal mtn 045left our out houseSmile



tenn signal mtn 046field that the everyone played inSmile you could walk through the woods to the storeSmiletenn signal mtn 014tenn signal mtn 021tenn signal mtn 018to get up the mountain you can go up the W road, it is where the road has curves and it is shaped just like a W, only one car can make the turns at a timeSmile

beautiful views! tenn signal mtn 024Then there is a little brown church in the woods, that has a congregation that still meets in it,tenn signal mtn 036tenn signal mtn 037

tenn signal mtn 026tenn signal mtn 039we sang this, mother remembered itSmiletenn signal mtn 038tenn signal mtn 029tenn signal mtn 033mother was singing the song that talks of this church, pic of song

Having a good but tiring time, has bitter sweet moments, so sad to see mother like she is, I am making her a album of the trip, today we will go to the train depot and to Sharon’s for a reunion potluck, since it was Friday we felt it would be better at her houseSmile then home tomorrow….hugs by the way the house is beautiful and furnished niceSmile but would not stay here again, due to the areaSmile  Hugs!!

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