Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MY NEW BLOG---PAXTON PEOPLE



HARBINGER is one of my favourite words---it has all the anticipation of awaiting a holiday or the turn of a season, or many other moments of import or enjoyment.

With all the Harbingers of Spring and eclipses and SuperMoons and Equinoxes and melts and greening and the scent of First Turning already wafting across the clumps of still-lingering snow in the fields, I’m ready.  

I’ve been spending bits of days getting a little group of my posts together, little vignettes and glimpses of the People of Paxton---that little wisp of a town floating in my imagination, with its gentle pace and quiet green streets lying comfortably in the sun.   They’ve almost all appeared in Lawn Tea before, bits and pieces of lives and personalities and small quiet happenings of fleeting importance, but I’d like to have them all in one place.

When I had all the back issues of Lawn Tea printed in the past few months, they did a splendid job with them, but to get one printed of just the Paxton Folk, I have to compile all the small stories into one group---thus the fresh little blog to neighbor them in.

No doubt Sissy Covington is hosting a party or planning a trip for her and Perk, and Miss Peg Ogletree is still mowing those acres on her small tractor, followed by her dogs, and coming home to her quiet, tidy house full of books and the piano her Daddy bought her in third grade.   Harliss MacIntire is just her old self, into stuff and primping as long for Kroger as for the country club dance, and Bobbie Helen and Hairl Shumake are off to whatever game their boys are playing in tonight.

The Misses Milam are going about their small ways, tending their cats and secretly providing scholarships to deserving students, while Travis Keene greets his long-time customers at the Dress Shop and sends his ethereal music wafting over neighboring lawns on Sunday afternoons.   Meanwhile, Edelstein's Dry Goods is still doing a pretty good business in Mogen David, located just between the Shoe Section and Sewing Notions in the back.

I’ve KNOWN these people, or compiled these people from several others, or every-town-needs-one and I just thought them up.   They’re much a part of me and my thoughts and raising, and I hope you’ll drop in to have a look sometime.

And do overlook the fact that I waver in tenses from character to character, person to person in places, though every post itself will retain the "is" or the "was" consistently through.   Many of them were written when I was reminiscing on people who were a great part of my past, and whose doings were expressed so, as in the Fifties or Sixties when I knew them, and they lived their interesting-to-me lives.   They're all of the NOW and of the THEN, and always the Twain shall meet.

Their address is in my Sidebar, and I'll be updating it often until I've used up all the pieces I've already done.

And of them all, Moire non, in Paxton, Mississippi---happily  situated somewhere between Plumb Nigh and Mought Near, where you can always walk in the soft Summer rain.

Y'ALL COME SEE US!!

10 comments:

donna baker said...

Love the poor man's stained glass.

GSL said...

I can't wait to visit Paxton!

harleygirl said...

Hi! I've missed talking to you and reading your blog. I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I posted pictures of my chickens today and thought of you. :) I probably always will. We met through a chicken post. ha, ha. I hope you're doing well and staying warm!

Jeanne said...

Good morning dear Rachel, I am going to your new Blog and I am sure I will read many stories that I have missed about the Paxton people. What a wonderful idea. Can't wait.

I did write a comment about Marlee.

Today is a beautiful Spring day and Bill and I are going outside to work in the garden. The weeds love Spring too. Alas!!! This is a love/hate situation. Big smile here.
I hope you are enjoying some Spring weather too.

Much love,
Jeanne

Kathy said...

I love the idea of your new blog. I looked at it and decided to read a post each day just like a chapter of a book. This is going to be so much fun!

Maggie Ann said...

Hello Rachel, How nice to 'meet' in blogland. You are very welcome to use my memories of Grandma's home and life in your writing adventures. She and Aunt Rick lived together for many years. There was a family of 4 girls and I think 2 boys all together...then they grew up. Aunt Rick 'Ginger' her friends called her, was as skinny as a stick and carried herself like a Queen. She smoked endless cigarettes and read endless novels...in between her job at the local glass factory and her needlework, some of which she sold. She was the youngest in the family and a favorite of her Moms. She had a sort of magnetic personality....so sure of herself she was, that she attracted people like flies. And last of all....she was very proud of her tight curly red hair. She and my Gran made a very interesting pair....and lived in a Queen Bee's paradise. They were so unique I think I could write a book about them myself. They were definetly my girlhood idols. sigh....I will be enjoying your blogs Rachel, and your Paxton life! Are you publishing a book or have you one I should look for? Have a wonderful day....cozy as can be.....Maggie Ann

Maggie Ann said...

Me again Rachel....If you use my relatives...=)....in your Paxton story....please change Rick's name to something else...hubby thought it might be better- not quite so identifiable, (had to make up that spelling!)....she was always helping someone and giving things away....you'd have loved her. I think to a certain extent we should all live a Queen Bee's life and be filled to the brim with contentment. Ahh...'contentment with godliness is great gain'

Maggie Ann said...

Thank you Rachel, for your prayers and comforting th oughts! I've never heard of 'waiting grace' but I will surely need it and recognize it now. many thanks, dear new friend!

SILVERBULLETNMYPOCKET said...

I SEEM TO BE LOST? CAN'T SEEM TO FIGURE HOW TO BECOME A LISTED FOLLOWER OF PAXTON PEOPLE. NEVER MUCH OF A FOLLOWER, BUT SINCE I LIVE THERE GUESS I SHOULD REGISTER.
SURE YOU HAVE SEEN ME THERE. LITTLE BOYS WITH CHIPPED FRONT TOOTH. TRIED TO EAT A WAGON HANDLE. YES, THAT BB GUN IS LOADED. JUST A STICK WITHOUT BB'S. I KNOW WHAT A "JOIN" BUTTON IS, BUT CAN'T FIND ONE. I'LL KEEP LOOKING. AMAZING WHAT I FIND LOOKING FOR OTHER STUFF. (TO MAKE ME GO) LATER!

Kim S. said...

Oh, to have the luxury of sitting down and revisiting all of those wonderful Paxton folks in one glorious feast. So I’ve just this second gone and bookmarked it on my tablet that Jessica gave me. I can read it like a book now, not just sitting at the computer. It can go with me to the family room to be read when Mike is watching something manly and dumb, or to bed for an up-too-late session and even on vacation when the hotel has wifi! Thank you, my friend!