Follow Me…and Just One More Sleep

Psssttt…Follow Me.  That’s right.  I didn’t put my usual jeans on today and I haven’t combed my hair, but that’s okay.  We’re friends.

Mister Mister

There’s a legend in Poor Valley.  “Once you get that Poor Valley mud on your feet, you can’t wipe it off.”   You’ll always want to return.    A group of bikers (bicycles) headed to MerleFest from Knoxville got lost last year and ended up late in the evening wondering where they could set up camp.   There’s no store here so they were pretty much on their own (unless you count one solitary Coke machine).   Helene was outside her home and saw and  spoke with them.  They were wistfully checking out her barn as a consideration.   They were thinking a little granola, protein bar and water from a hose and a dry, safe place to sleep.

Big Barn

Helene, however,  thought “southern hospitality” and put them up for the night under clean quilts in real beds following a hot shower.  She fed them dinner.

This year, they headed off to MerleFest  and, again, they ended up in Mendota at Helene’s place.  It wasn’t a wrong turn.  They knew our secret.  They had the Poor Valley mud on their feet.


It’ll be the same for some first time visitors who drive out to Mendota tomorrow night for the Third Annual Dale Jett & Hello Stranger Cemetery Benefit with special guest, the Poor Valley Girls. Oh by the way, here they are on the front page of the Kingsport-Times News thanks to Jessica Fischer. Love you Jess.   Here’s the link to the article.  

Kingsport Times News

They think they are coming to just hear some great music.

But they’ll drive by this…and they’ll start talking about the redbuds, Clinch Mountain, their granny’s home-canned green beans…they’ll breathe the air and they’ll see scenes like this over and over.

Trail North Fork

And at some point, they’ll put those feet on the ground. And then it’ll happen.  It really just takes a speck of dust and without a lot of rain lately, the ground is getting dusty.  Once that dust gets on those feet…well…they’ll have to come back

We have one more “sleep”…one more night before the Dale Jett & Hello Stranger Cemetery Benefit.   If you are reading this prior to Friday, April 25th, please consider plans to make the drive out to 2562 Mendota Road (your GPS will work) and hear music that is world-class while eating one of those wonderful Hormel wienies I told you about last night here.   (Disclosure…when I first put this post up…and if you know me you know my posts are full of typos as I pretty much just slap the pictures up and start typing….it said “wondering wienies” instead of “wonderful wienies”.   Please note this important correction as our wienies won’t wander but they are wonderful.  )

I’ll be there! Be sure and tell me you read my blog!! (15)

What About Those Wienies?

In a small, rural community, you can find yourself doing just about anything.    I do the Publicity for the Dale Jett & Hello Stranger Cemetery Benefit, but there is a lot of other stuff involved, too.  I made a wienie run today.    I’m so tired tonight, but I keep thinking of my conversation on wienies and smiling.   I went to pick them up as they were so graciously donated, and if   the conversation did not go exactly like this, it went something like this.

Me:  “Hello…I came to get wienies.”

Very Sweet Pretty Receptionist:   “Oh yes..we’ve got them for you, but first, what kind of wienies do you want?”

Me:  “Humm…I dunno.  What kind of wienies can I get?   I want good ones.   Only the best wienie for me!”

Very Sweet Pretty Receptionist:  “We have all beef or another kind or the red ones.”

Me:  “I definitely do not want a red wienie.”

Very Sweet Pretty Receptionist:  “Most like Hormel wieners.   It’s what they have at a lot of ballgames.”

Me:  “Okay…let’s do Hormel.   Do I still get 500 wienies if I pick the good wienie?”

Very Sweet Pretty Receptionist:   “Yes!   You can just go to your vehicle and someone will come out and load your wienies for you.”

Me:  “Thank you so much.  I don’t really eater wienies so I didn’t know.  You’ve been so helpful.”

Very Sweet Pretty Receptionist:  “I don’t eat them either.”

Out at the truck waiting…

Man Delivering Wienies:  “You’ve got yourself some good wienies here.”

Me:  “Really…that’s great!  The only wienies I’m really familiar with are Pal’s wienies.”

Man Delivering Wienies:  “These are THE BEST wienies.  You’ll love them.”

Me:  “Thank you so much for the wienies.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them!  You are so good to us down in Mendota!  We love the wienies!”

Man Delivering Wienies:  “You’re Welcome!  Anytime!”


Please come to the Third Annual Dale Jett & Hello Stranger Cemetery Benefit and try these wienies for yourself!   You may love our wienies!



I Can’t Think of Anything Else

Ok…we are now three “sleeps” away from the Third Annual Dale Jett & Hello Stranger Cemetery Benefit.   This was the first one and that’s Dale Jett digging around for a door prize ticket.  There were hundreds and he pulled out his first cousin’s name!   Crazy!     I remember that day well.  I’d […]

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Five More Days

Mendota Cemeter Quilt 3

We’re five days from the Third Annual Dale Jett & Hello Stranger Cemetery Benefit.  At breakfast this morning at Mt. Vernon UMC’s Sonrise Service, Dale Jett casually asked “do you think many people will come?”    Ohmigosh why did he ask  me?  Now I’m worried I’ll let him down. Banners went up last night.  Mike […]

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Spring Window Chalkboard Project

Spring NoTalent Chalkboard Window

I had to clean house this week.    The cleaning goes so much better if there’s a tiny project that I can look forward to in the middle of the boredom of cleaning the same old things again and again.   In a perfect world, we’d all clean each others houses because the cleaning would be […]

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Nordyke – Spring in Mendota

Luckie in the Truck

My sister, Nancy, commented “have you been on Nordyke since the redbuds have opened up?” I thought it was time to take a drive with the camera. Loaded my sidekick in the truck. It’s just not right living in the country without a truck and a dog. Look look! We almost have a new road […]

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Meeting With Jessica Fischer of the Kingsport Times News

Headstone 1

Today Oscar Harris and I met with Jessica Fischer of the Kingsport Times News since she is doing an article on our Dale Jett & Hello Stranger event that will be held on Friday, April 25.  If you are reading this, please try and come.    It’s at the Mendota Community Center, and it’s such […]

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The Bees Swarm! Again!

Bees on Tree 1

Today Gerald’s bees swarmed AGAIN!   A healthy queen may lay 2000 eggs per day, and it takes 16 days for the eggs to hatch.  The queen in his hive must be AWESOME, because this hive has swarmed not once but twice and he still has lots of bees!     Fortunately, he saw the […]

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A Bee-autiful Experience

John Rhoten

I thought this little outhouse was the perfect picture for this post, because we had bee problems this week and the word was Sh*t! Gerald (my brother-in-law) and I have three hives between us.  Last Sunday, two were very strong (one of his and one of mine) and one (mine) was weak–we suspected the queen […]

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All the Poop On Luckie Dog

This was a scary week for Mike and me as Luckie had anesthesia when having her teeth cleaned.  She was not eating properly due to a sore mouth.  No one wants a sore mouth, so Dr. Steve, who had been putting this off thinking that Luckie’s teeth might outlive her, scheduled the cleaning. Luckie is […]

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