Thursday, May 27, 2010

Just thought I would share some harsh reality about this tragic situation in the gulf.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

2010 Annual Tour of Homes: The Villages of Old Hickory

This image is borrowed from Nostalgiaville

This weekend was the annual tour of homes in the neighborhood I live in: The Villages of Old Hickory. It really gave me such an appreciation for the city I call home. I was unsure what I was walking into but each house was so unique and creative. I think of homes tours as being stuffy and traditional. Instead the lovely home owners who offered up their homes for us voyeurs were totally opposite. Each home owner had such lovely points of view. While I did not take my camera on the tour (it was not so much a take pictures kind of tour as it was a stop and gawk kind of thing), I did want to share some of the lovely and available houses from my wonderful neighborhood.

811 Jones St.This last one is the home of a neighbor friend of mine who subsequently is also an extremely talented photographer. See her work at http://maryclairecrow.com

I know I blog a lot about my neighborhood but I cannot help it we are having a love affair. With its sidewalks and neighborhood restaurant/marina, I couldn't be more in love!! You can find info on all three houses up for sale on RealTRACS

Friday, May 7, 2010

And then the flood came...

I am sorry for the delay between blogs. For a while I had nothing interesting to report and then the flood came. We have been dealing with our own damage from the very destructive TN flood of 2010. We have also been helping others, with more substantial damage, start to repair. The flooding in and around the Nashville area has proven to be quite devastating. My sister's neighborhood looks like a war zone. Some people lost everything. Of course, it is just stuff but when it is your stuff it is very hard to remember that. We had about three feet of water in our crawl space. This does not seem like a huge deal compared to some of the areas of Nashville I have seen but $700 dollars later it is big enough.

It is somewhat irritating to see so little coverage on the national news level. I mean with the ten minutes it received on the national news you would have thought a tiny creek over flowed rather a gigantic river, all it's creeks as well as all it's dry river beds exploded into subdivision after subdivision. Are we hurt that we received so little coverage? Yes. Will we get over it? Yes. It is obvious why we did not make the news: no looting, no gunfire, no one wading through waist deep water with a flat screen tv in tow. Instead there was a rush to rally the troops. If anything we had an over abundance of volunteers. It is a testament to the type of city we live in. Would we welcome help from the outside world? Of course! Can we make it through helping ourselves? You better believe it. At the end of the day, what really defines the heart of a city is how they handle a crisis. And did we ever HANDLE A CRISIS!!!

So we help rebuild the lives of our family, friends, and neighbors. It will take time. It will take patience. In the end though, no one can every say we didn't take of ourselves.

I am sorry for the quality of these photos but they were taken from my blackberry. This is my sister's neighborhood about three days after the flood water receeded.