www.thegrove-jefferson.com                          June 2006                                      ISSN 1558-3252

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Hello, everyone! I had a special treat this month - it was like Thanksgiving at the start of Summer! My mother-in-law's birthday was on June 9th, and we were throwing a huge party for her on the 10th. One of the things that Tami prepared was a 20-lb turkey, so all that weekend as she was cooking it, the house reminded me of Thanksgiving. You can't believe how delicious it smelled as the turkey was roasting in the oven. When I woke up on the morning of the 10th, I was having visions of the Macy's parade, and the Texas vs Texas A&M football game. Man, my wife does one heckuva turkey - if you want the details just email her; I'm sure that she'd be willing to share. It's impossible to carve - the bird is so tender that the meat just pulls away from the bone. I hope that I'm not ruining my keyboard with all this drooling!!! Anyway, the tour group that particular Saturday was treated to a wonderful smelling kitchen (or a torturous one, since they couldn't dig in). We had the party that evening, and a good time was had by all... we were stuffed!

Another big milestone for me is that in our Spring garden, I planted jalapenos - and I just harvested the first crop! It was enough to pickle in one jar, so in a few months when I get to open it I'll let you know how my gardening efforts went. I'm not that adept at canning vegetables, but I got my mother on the phone for consultation, and since she's canned a thousand vegetables over the last fifty to sixty years, I at least think that I got the mechanics down. The only wild card is my gardening... but we'll see!

Sad, sad news. The Olde Tyme Restaurant & Meat Market has closed. The owners are moving to West Texas to be near their children, and it is truly Jefferson's loss. They had what was probably the best Chicken Fried Steak that you could find in East Texas. We ate there most every Sunday, so we're grieving for the place. I know that a lot of you enjoyed their restaurant as well, so I thought that I'd pass that on.

July 4th is right around the corner, and the planning for the celebration is going strong! If you're going to be in town, don't dare miss the day's activities at Otstott Park, and the fireworks display this year promises to be better than ever. We can hardly wait. More festivals and activities are in the works for the coming months, so you may want to check the Chamber of Commerce website (www.jefferson-texas.com) to stay up on the latest happenings.

6 6 6 - The Sign of The Beast

I can't tell you how many emails we received on 6/5/06 saying, "Do you know what tomorrow is?" And then the next day, 6/6/06, more people checked in with questions like, "What's going on today? Anything weird?" Finally, on the day after, we heard from even more people with, "So what happened yesterday?" I even had one lady ask me if we'd left the house on 6/6/06 just to be sure that we weren't harmed.

Honestly, 6/6/06 was a very peaceful day here at the house - no activity at all. That's not surprising to me, though, since 6/6/6 is classically associated with the devil and demons, and I think that we have quite the opposite here at The Grove. I genuinely believe that we have the spirits of former owners coming back to visit, and there's nothing evil about that. Still, everyone was asking.

While nothing supernatural happened on 6/6/06, I can't say the same for the next day. On the evening of the 7th we were sitting in the den - the new room - watching television when both dogs suddenly jumped up and ran over to the French Doors looking into the game room. They both stood there as if on point, seeing something in the next room, and watching it intently. Tami and I got up immediately to see what it was, but the front part of the house was vacant. Delaney, our youngest, even jumped up on the French Doors as if she saw something just a few feet away. Nothing was there, though - at least, not that we could see.

I also have to say that the house has been weird during tours over the last month. I purposely do not mention anything supernatural that may be happening during a tour, because I am so afraid that people will think that it is staged or rigged. If something does happen, I generally just shrug it off or ignore it completely. This last month, though, has been incredible - there have been lights going off when no one was near them, doors shutting or opening when no one was around, and music from the stereo or bedroom radios going on at odd times during a tour. We just laugh it off when people are here, but after everyone is gone, Tami and I compare notes and simply can't understand why these things are happening during the tours. It's crazy, but we just smile and say, "Whatever... just thanks for letting us live here!"

It's all extremetly interesting, so we just document it here in the GroveZine and go on. We'll see what happens in July!

Okay, time to close out a hot, hot, hot June at The Grove - Summer's here with a vengeance!

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