Monday, January 20, 2014

Our Mountain Community

A few years back,
a member of our little mountain community
passed away
leaving an elderly widow ~L.

That fall, one of the neighbors
suggested we get her wood in for her.
(We asked her first.)
We did and have done so each year since.
Anything L. produces in the kitchen
is amazing, and she always
makes a supply of goodies...
so we won't run short on energy of course.
This year she had to be gone,
but we went and got it all done for her anyways.

There is another neighbor
who is 'slowing down' a little
and lives right across from L,
so we just walked on over and
started in splitting and stacking his pile too.
I think he had tears in his eyes~
(I'm sure it was just some sawdust.)
Afterwards, the majority of us
went to one of the neighbors house
where there was a big pot of chili
and pans of homemade cornbread waiting.

We don't bother each other regularly,
but we do watch out for each other.
We have a couple gatherings a year 
at which we all chip in.
It works out great - 
no one person is put on the spot.
If anybody needs something,
we can round up a crew with little effort.
There are so many places where 
the folks don't even know who lives
right next door.
I am so thankful for these
neighbors & friends.

PS: This was before the cold snap; had to get pictures from a neighbor:)

Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches


  1. Your helping neighbors brought back memories of stacking wood when I was growing up on the farm. That is how we heated the house. It is wonderful to have neighbors like yours. We did at one point in time, but the houses around us change ownership so fast that we don't know who lives next door. The wind is howling so I decided to do some reading tonight before I call it a day. Hope you have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

  2. what a wonderful community you live in, I am so envious. have been in Leeds over 6 years and have yet to be invited into any neighbours house. Still not managed to make friends with the neighbours, very secretive and wrapped up in their own lives.Next door do talk sometimes but if I have to call for some reason he comes out and closes his front door! never mind I can now just think of your community and not feel alone.

  3. I'm sure the Lord will bless each and every one of you for your kindness. You are already a blessed bunch just to have one another.

  4. That's the way it's supposed to be and why I like living in a smaller area, outside the city where everyone locks themselves inside, away from their neighbors. That's really great your community helps each other.

  5. Don't you love it when you know there are people who are as ready and willing to help you as you are to help them? I love living in an area like that as well. And it is such a bonding and friendly experience each time it happens. I grew up in a family like that, as well, People knew that calling my dad would bring help with lots of helpers. I learned to love doing for others.
    love the pictures!

  6. What a tremendous outpouring of consideration and care for others !
    Very impressive.

  7. That is wonderful that you have a neighborhood community that is so caring and takes care of each other. You sure don't see that in most cities!

  8. What a great community you live in....it takes a village...love it!