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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
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
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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