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Friday, October 6, 2017

Friendly Fill Ins 6 October 2017

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Here are the fill-ins:

1. October is the perfect time to go camping in the South.
Back in civilization when I was just a wee lad, we would go camping in October.  It was fun waking up on the cool mornings to a rousing fire.  Our scout leaders would be making a wonderful breakfast of blackened eggs, with blackened bacon and something they told us was grits.

Actually, after I joined Troop 80 which was led by the father of one of my best friends, we scouts would get up and cook.  Mr. Madden, our troop leader, showed us how to cook on an open fire through the year and when it came time to camp, we scouts did everything.

The crisp beautiful mornings, The smell of the fire.  It was great.

2. Halloween is a lot different today than it once was.

Back in prehistoric times when I was a kid, we would make our costumes and only trick or treat at houses in our neighborhood and only at houses where we knew the people very well.  We had spook houses and hayrides.  

Around here, people let their kids go out all alone to any place they want to go.  We don’t turn on the lights at our house because we don’t want to encourage the little rugrats.

3. Every October, I reminisce.

On October 3, 1974, our family opened Western Auto of Iva, South Carolina.  It was a “soft opening” before that.  That means we did not advertise at first while we got the store set up.  We would sell to people who wanted to buy.  People started coming in to see what we had and what we were doing.  They would usually buy something.

We were selling stuff out of our house before the building was built.  We sold stuff out of the store before we had windows or shelves.

We changed tires by hand before we opened officially.  That was a lot of work.  

4. My experience with the supernatural world is pretty extreme, but I doubt many would believe it.

When we first looked at the house that would become McClendon Manor, it was a run down farm style house on a mill hill.  If you have ever seen Green Acres and the Haynie Place you would see what the house was like.  

The electricity consisted of bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling by a twisted pair of wires in each room. The plumbing made all sorts of noises before it spit out rusty sludge water.

When I first walked through the house, I had a very odd feeling immediately after I stepped over the threshold.

Later, from time to time, that feeling would visit me in my room.  It was just like someone standing there.  I started talking to it and telling it what I was doing.  From time to time objects would disappear.  Later,  I would speak out loud and say what I was looking for.  When I came back to the room, almost always what I was looking for was right in the middle of my bed.

Lights would turn themselves on and off.  Toilet paper that my mother put on the bottom step for us to bring up later would fly up the stairs.  

My Uncle Carl and my father were afraid of the upstairs.  If someone else was not already upstairs, they would not go. I kind of liked it.

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  1. Your daddy and Uncle Carl weren't the only ones afraid of the upstairs there. I remember running down those stairs many times. I figure, though, I can thank Cousin Rose for that. :)

    I love you, my Zing.

    1. Rose may have known more than you thought at the time. I love you, my Zing!

  2. Camping in the Autumn is great up North, too. The weather is easier to adjust to, if you prepare. And, the bugs are not an issue! That is quite a story about your Manor. Some are sensitive to things like that, and in different ways. It makes you wonder what was behind the activity. Have a safe week.

    1. We figured that we disturbed something. It calmed down a little after the remodel so we figure that something was please with what we did.

  3. Thank you for participating, great answers. I love your story of your old house, very interesting and a little scary. Have a great weekend!

    1. The old house, McClendon Manor, was great. It wasn't grand or ornate, but it was home.

  4. Your fill-ins are perfect for this time of year. I loved Halloween as a kid, and I still do. Growing up, my mom always made my costume, and my parents always took my sister and me trick-or-treating only in areas where we knew the residents. And my goodness, your manor sounds like it had quite a history! Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. The house had an interesting history. It was built by Preston Brooks Gailey. He was a cotton broker. He bought and sold cotton in the backyard. The house was just a basic farm house kind of house, but it was 5,500+ square feet. It was old and in terrible condition when we bought it in 1974. My sister cried while my father signed the papers.

  5. I grew up in Southern California and did some camping as a kid and usually enjoyed it. I'm sure it's really nice where autumn is a true season, but I don't camp anymore. That's interesting about your supernatural experience. I honestly have to say I feel fortunate that hasn't happened to me, but I know some are more sensitive and enjoy those things. I have great childhood memories of Halloween.

    1. I am not normally sensitive to this type of thing, but this presence was overwhelming. Everyone who came into the house felt something. It was sort of like an odd Deja Vu experience. Have a blessed week.


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