Here’s the Dirt…AND THE WINNER IS…of "Literature Candles Giveaway"


One of my favorite gifts was from my sister. A small decorative silver dish with a lid and inside were 30 slips of paper with reasons why she admired/loved me – one for each day for a month. She gave this to me years ago and I still have all the slips of paper in the dish. Every once in a while I will pull a few of them to read when I am having a bad day :)!
I would like to thank everyone who submitted their wonderful ideas
for “their favorite inexpensive Holiday Gift Idea”.
It was a very difficult decision to make, but I choose BrookeS’s submission.
Everyone loves hearing that they are admired/loved by someone else.
You could use any kind of container and it not cost a thing,
but hearing that you are admired/loved by someone is a gift
you will cherish forever.
BrookeS is the winner of 2 “Literature Candles
compliments of The Clay Pot.
Make sure you check out all the wonderful ideas
submitted at “Literature Candles Giveaway“.
Thanks again for everyone participating.
Watch for more giveaways coming soon!

Here’s the Dirt…Top 5 Post to Date

Top 5
“Dirt from The Clay Pot”
post to date.
1. Here’s the Dirt…from The Clay Pot…Pumpkin Arrangements
2. Here’s the Dirt…Apple Cake
3. Here’s the Dirt…from The Clay Pot…Rose Mounds
4. Here’s the Dirt…Crunchy Fried Chicken
5. Here’s the Dirt…1311 Hanover Street
With over 3000 viewers so far,
I want to thank all of you who have
been checking out
“Dirt from The Clay Pot”.
To all my friends, fans and viewers!
I’ll keep giving you all the “latest dirt”!

Here’s the Dirt…Joe’s Christmas Gift

Many years ago, I was trying to figure out what to do for a Christmas gift to give to everyone in my family. It had been about a year since my Grandmother passed away, so I decided to write down my memories with her and give it to my family for Christmas.
I have never given something that truly turned out so special for them…and me.

This year, as you make your Christmas shopping list…sometimes it’s the simple things that mean so much to someone. Maybe you could share your stories with someone special this year.
Here’s my gift…

I Remember

I remember long, long ago as a child visiting Grandmother at her home in Ringgold, Georgia.
The perfect toys at Christmas, matching leopard pajamas for all the grand kids,
The snow one Christmas, the huge fireplace.
The tape recording of “Cousin Bessie and black eyed peas”,
The Christmas dinners sitting at our own “kid’s table”.
Green beans cooking on the stove, the bumpy driveway, the spooky basement, the hemlock we loved to climb…

Grandmother always did everything right.

I remember long ago…Billy’s accident…Grandmother moving to Winterville, Georgia to be near her brother.
I remember Winterville…visiting cousins and kin, Bigmama’s house with the huge tree in the back yard with it’s enormous branches.
The chicken coop, getting stuck in the mud in the daffodil field, riding bikes,
“The Marigold Festival”,
Even though they missed the parade, the calico dresses Grandmother bought Mary Jane and Laura to wear.

Grandmother always did everything right.

Grandmother finding places for everyone to sleep…bed, couch, or cot. Everyone crammed in her tiny apartment, her making her little “house” a home. Frescas and Fritos. Cal’s coconut birthday cake. Georgia vs. Tennessee football games, forever faithful Georgia fans. (Even though we are from Tennessee)
Billy’s hard times. The two Georgia football season tickets placed in his pocket as he was laid to rest.
Mary Jane’s shrinking dress at the funeral.

Grandmother always did everything right.

I remember going away to school…loosing touch for awhile…changes…
I remember calls from Grandmother of being lost. Mother finding her and bringing her home to Chattanooga.
I remember Grandmother moving out of her apartment in Winterville, selling her car with the “boots and umbrella in the trunk”.
I remember Grandmother selling her house in Ringgold, cleaning the dark “fuzzy basement,
the dump, “well it use to be a dump”, the re-dump.

I remember Grandmother moving to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Fridays to “Clip n’ Curl” to get the “do” done. Littlebit hanging out the car window,
lunch at Central Park, “bacon cheeseburger plain”, week after week, year after year.
“Bide Lou”, “behoove me”, the lobes, tea time, tongue twisters, “jumping off ski lifts”,
“Why Joe, you’re telling a tale”.

Grandmother always pointing out holes in the Christmas tree with her cane.
The Christmas list, “Oh, I’ve got a mess”, even though we always did the shopping for her.
Grandmother never admitting she lived in Tennessee, even though she had been here over ten years.
The laughter…the fun…

Grandmother always did everything right.

I remember the fall…the move to the nursing home…visiting…
Someone going to have dinner with Grandmother every night for two years, bringing the family together,
Mother and Bebe’s endless support, never once complaining about the long hours.
Mother and Bebe now becoming the “Mother” to Grandmother.

I remember the nursing home…the childlike atmosphere. Realizing they were the children now, helping out…serving trays..rolling them to their rooms, telling them how tall I was each time someone asked.
Having conversations. Shopping for Christmas presents so everyone would have something under their tree.
How they could make my day seem special, no matter how hectic it had been.

I remember Grandmother always having a smile on her face when I walked in the room.
Me still being able to get a laugh, even though her mind was somewhere else.
Finishing her sentences for her when she was trying so hard to tell me something.
The wonderful feeling I got every time she remembered my name.

Grandmother always did everything right.

I remember her strong heart,
I remember the laughing, the crying,
I remember ten minutes til five…

I remember knowing I would be doing the flowers for the blanket. Wanting to make them special…
Flowers from the “Dawgs”, Littlebit, Riggins and Max.
Hydrangeas grown from cuttings from Bigmama’s house, brought seven hours in Cal and Cindy’s lap from their home in South Carolina, magnolias from a special friend’s home, ivy from our yard,
A little bit from everyone,

And a final touch…
A hidden “Red Ribbon” for her love of Georgia,
And one “Orange Rose” for the memories of her with us in Tennessee.

Here’s the Dirt…"Every Little Step"

“Every Little Step”
A Journey of “A Chorus Line”
I highly, highly recommend this wonderful documentary
on the casting of the revival of “A Chorus Line”.
The movie begins with over 3000 hopefuls trying out for a chance to be “on the line”. I loved following the journey these talented performers go through trying to fulfill their dreams of being on Broadway. Their struggles and triumphs will melt your heart.
Two years ago, when in New York, I decided seeing the revival of “A Chorus Line” would be a very “New Yorky” kind of thing to do. I had my seats on the 5th row. The show started…and I was mesmerized. I had chills! The talent was amazing.
I was watching the final cast selected from “Every Little Step”
live on Broadway.

Here’s the Dirt…1311 Hanover Street, 1937, Future Home of The Clay Pot

1311 Hanover Street
September 24, 1937
(Future home of The Clay Pot in Chattanooga, TN)

This photograph was given to me by a nice lady who grew up in the bungalow home which is now the location of The Clay Pot.

This photograph was taken on September 24th, 1937 on her 5th Birthday. The kids in the photograph are standing on the steps to the entrance to my shop. I’m sorry I do not remember the lady’s name. She came into my shop one day and introduced herself. Two weeks later, I received this wonderful photo from her in the mail.

Pretty neat!

This September, 2009, The Clay Pot is celebrating a Birthday, too.

Seventeen years in business!

Pretty neat!

Here’s the Dirt…NYC Florist

NYC Florist
One of my favorite things to do when traveling in to check out other florist. How cool is this neon “FLORIST” sign mixed in with all the fire escapes and scaffolding. This shop was located in The Meatpacking District
of New York City.
I could walk for days looking at all the cool buildings in Manhattan.
When I saw this sign, I had to take a photo.

Here’s the Dirt…Top Five Hits on Dirt from The Clay Pot

With over 2000 hits on my blog to date,
here are the “Top Five” most visited posts.
Here’s what you’re “Digging”.
Top Five Post
1. Crunchy Fried Chicken from C&C Bakery
2. Happy, Happy Clay at Hanover Gallery
3. The Jumper Cabin
4. Happy Flowers by Stella & Dot
5. More Summer Flowers at The Clay Pot
Thanks for all the hits and keep checking my blog!

Here’s the Dirt…ChattaMoms’ "Cutest Kids Contest"

Jayden, Jacob, and Kate
Photography by Joe Jumper
I submitted these photographs I took of three of the cutest kids I know, Jayden, Jacob and Kate. How does anyone pick a winner? They are all adorable. To see more photos and find out about “The Cutesy Kids” contest go to