Shopping With Miss Violet

I am making more fun memories with Miss Violet this week.  She asked me to come sit with her while her daughter, Marilyn is on a much needed vacation.  Miss Violet has decided to leave Laurel Bloomery to move to Johnson City.  She is a social person and is wanting to be around people and have a cafeteria to go to each day.  The independent living facility is brand new offering 1200 square foot apartments with the most modern appliances and gadgets.  She is very excited.  I have been helping her pack and prepare for the move in three weeks.  Today we went to our nearest town, Mountain City, to look for a queen bed and frame.

I’m meeting so many interesting people.  We first went to Cornett Furniture.  It is a large building on Main Street with old hardwood floors and a rich wood smell that takes you back to a simple time.  Mr. Cornett, asked us what we were looking for and began to show us what he had.  In a little while his wife, Edith returned. She said she had been to her exercise class. I found out they are both 91.  They are soon celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary!  I just couldn’t believe it. They both seemed so young and sharp. They have a soon to be closing sign out front.  Mrs. Cornett said they never had a credit card their whole life and never took credit cards at the store.  The new credit and debit cards has hurt their business and they just don’t want to add all this technology at their age.  She said  people used to always pay in cash.  They had also offered credit to their customers on their word that they would pay when the tobacco was sold or it was bean time, with no problems in the past.  I asked to take their picture,  but he didn’t want his picture taken.

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Main drag in Mountain City, Tennessee

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Mrs. Edith Crowder Cornett

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Driving Miss Violet to Jonesborough, Tennessee

I was so happy to discover Jonesborough, the oldest city in Tennessee. It is only 58 miles from Asheville so I can see many day trips in the future with my d.h. (dear husband).  The city is known for it’s Storytelling Festival. ( http://www.storytellingcenter.net).

Miss Violet loves antiques as I do. This quaint little town provides several really good ones. Good to me means cheap. The antique shops here are so much cheaper than Hendersonville that they look like bargains.

On Main street we found the cutest organic chocolate shop. Their chocolate is so unusual because the way they temper the chocolate makes the chocolate pieces look like glass with swirls of colorful veins running through it. I have never seen anything like it.

Our lunch was delicious at The Main Street Café. I had the best chocolate cream pie ever. My Grandma Fannie’s was delicious and this is the only one I have tasted that rivals hers. The café is in the old post office building that was built in the 1800’s. It was very impressive.

Miss Violet and I stayed at the AmericInn. It is a hotel chain that is similar to a Hampton or a Ramada Inn. I recommend it highly because of the cleanliness and location. There is a trail that you can walk to downtown directly behind the hotel.

Courthouse

Courthouse

Main Street

Main Street

Chocolates

Chocolates

Miss Violet

Miss Violet

Kid at Heart

Kid at Heart