Tennessee People | Friendliest People on the Planet


Tennessee has some of the most beautiful sights in the country, but this guy right here was the most beautiful sight of all! Every time we’ve been in Tennessee, we’ve been impressed by the friendliness of the people, but this guy took the cake!

When we pulled into our camping spot, we noticed a tire was smoking. When Grampa Tom took it off, he was amazed we hadn’t lost it while driving down the road. The bearing was completely gone! We asked around about someone to fix it and were told to go over to Shade Tree Repair, just a couple of miles from the campground we were staying at in Rock Island State Park.


We drove over and explained our situation. We were amazed that they agreed to come to the campground to look at it. Most mechanics won’t make house calls. Matt Turner, the owner of the shop came and looked it over. In the course of our conversation, we found out that the shop he runs was originally owned by his father. He loves the area and told us where we needed to go to see the sights. He thought it wouldn’t take much to fix and promised to come back that afternoon. I asked how long it would be until he knew what it would cost so I could be sure to have his money ready. He said, “Don’t worry about it, I’ll find you.”

So we spent the afternoon out taking in Tennessee fall beauty. You really have to go there! The pictures just don’t do it justice.

When we got back, Matt was just finishing up. I asked how much we owed him. I figured it would take a big chunk of change. We were at his mercy, but having someone come to the campground to fix the wheel would be worth whatever he decided to charge. His answer? “Nothing.” He refused to take a dime!

What an answer to prayer! I figured it would take most of our reserve money if not more. I was prepared to call relatives and ask them to wire money! I don’t know how this guy makes any money. He spent most of the afternoon working on our trailer! May God Bless him many times over!

Enjoy the pictures!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

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Lake Tenkiller Hike

Someone dumped a dog here and apparently there is no animal shelter anywhere near, so he has become the camp dog. We all feed him scraps and he has adopted us. He’s a really sweet dog, but he cramps my walking habits! He follows me where ever I go. I can’t go far because he stands in the middle of the highway to protect me from oncoming cars and the other way out of the campground has a house with dogs.

So today, I decided to find a place I could walk without the dog 🙂

I found a park just before the Tenkiller Dam that has a walking trail that is about a mile long. I’m not terribly into wilderness hiking, but this was an easy trail.


The trail is about a mile long. I didn’t get all the way down it. It was getting a bit late and I had done many rounds of the campground with the dog earlier  🙂


This is the island the sign talks about. It’s pretty visible from the park, but you only catch glimpses of it on the trail. Maybe there’s a really good view at the end of the trail. I definitely need to go do the whole thing sometime.


I just love how the sunlight streams on to the forest floor.


There were a few rock paths and hills to challenge the balance and the heart,


 some pretty drop offs to challenge my fear of heights 🙂


and several nice places to rest, which I didn’t partake of 🙂

It was fun, but I doubt that you’ll see me with a backpack doing one or two day hikes anytime soon. Maybe if Grampa Tom could go with me. He’s doing much better on uneven ground than he used to, so never say never 🙂

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

New (to us) Truck!

So how do you get an F250 with 48,000 miles for less than $20,000?


Because the interior is a little rough! That doesn’t matter to us! Apparently the guy who owned it was an older heavy set man who couldn’t get in and out of the truck very well like Grampa Tom was for many years, so the seat is worn and it’s not the cleanest, but we’re OK with that. According to the Carfax, it has only had one owner and no accidents or other catastrophes. And the people at the dealership said he has traded vehicles with them for decades 🙂

We saw it online, and I have an internet friend that I have known for 9 years that I have never met up in Salina where Long-McArthur is so we decided to go take a look. There were no pictures on the internet yet. They hadn’t even detailed it when we called. We were expecting some sort of major problem, but it runs well and everything seems to work right so we bought it!

Making the decision to have truck   payments after 3 years of no debt was difficult, but we really needed to do it. Our old truck was just having a lot of difficulty pulling the camper up and down hills 🙁

And I got to meet Kandy after all these years! Dumb, dumb us were so excited, we forgot to take pictures! Oh well, we have to take it back up sometime this next week to have it detailed and transfer the goose neck hitch from our old truck to this one, so hopefully we’ll get some then 🙂

Long-McArthur is the biggest Super Duty dealer in Kansas. We could see why! They even gave us a 48 month warranty on the transmission, drive train and motor!

We are going to keep the old red truck. Grampa Tom just can’t let it go after 291,000 miles. It will sit here in Kansas until fall unless someone comes to drive it home before then.

So for your viewing pleasure:

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God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Poppy Dean’s Antiques


One of the most interesting stores in Rosebud, Texas is this treasure chest! Poppy Dean’s Antiques.

From the outside, it looks interesting, but once you step inside …


I had to ask, what kind of a store was this to begin with? I expected J.C. Penny or something similar. Nope! The original store occupying this building was the Tarner-Henslee Company. Marvin said he had seen a picture of it from 1896. In the picture, there was a dirt road and 3 buildings. On the first floor they had a general merchandise store and the balcony was the display area for horse drawn buggies!


The old hand pulled lift used to get them up there is still there.

The store is full of cool old stuff and Marvin’s knowledge made it like a museum tour! Here’s just a few of the displays. You will have to go there yourself to get all the details cause I didn’t write it all down.

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This is just a fraction of all the goodies they have 🙂 I’ve got dozens more pictures!

If you are in the area, be sure to stop by and tell them Grama Sue sent you!

The Tree Twister


For the past several days, I’ve had my eye on this rosemary. Yesterday, the shop they were in front of happened to be open when I was over there, so I went in to ask how much they were.

“Not for sale.” 🙁

But the shop was fascinating (I’ll save that for another post.) So I spent quite a bit of time talking with Marvin Bernsen about things there, how the harvest was going, etc.  After I’d been there for a while, Marvin showed me some of his own exquisite art work made from mesquite wood.


Marvin is a multi-talented guy. He is a retired farm mechanic who is currently going to craft shows with his artwork. His card says he also does auto cad drafting, steel detailing and house plans. (I didn’t talk to him about that.) And he helps out at Poppy Dean’s Antique Shop too.

As I was leaving, I asked if he was sure I couldn’t talk him out of one of his rosemary plants. He said only one was his, the rest were his boss’s, but he would give me one. He wouldn’t take any money, they aren’t for sale! Such a sweet guy! He showed me his potting soil. Said he makes his own by composting the mesquite shavings from his art work.

So I brought up one of the boots that my boss’s son gave me to plant something in and transplanted it.


It looked really cool last night with the solar light stuck in it 🙂

If you’d like to contact Marvin about his art or his auto cad drafting service, you can call him at 254-583-4203 or email: mhbrosebud@yahoo.com

God Bless You All!

~grama sue