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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Are You Up To A Little Story Telling??

Good Morning Prim folks.  Hope you have all had a wonderful week.  Would you shoot me if I said I am ready to decorate for Christmas???  I never like how things look in my house when the Christmas decorations are put away.  Seems this year I am having more trouble than normal getting things to pull together. Oh well, I will get it done.  Don't  guess the Mister would think to kindly to me dragging all that stuff out again. 

So,, are you comfy and cozy?  Want to go get something to drink and snack on?  I have a story to tell you. So here goes.

Many, many years ago there were 4 young men.  All these guys were friends and decided to go out on the town for the evening.  They stopped off and picked up 3 "Ladies of the Night" and took them under a bridge to spend the evening.  They began drinking and the evening took a bad turn.  Three of these guys took turns shooting the 4th young man with a pistol.  They then all left the scene leaving the young man for dead.  Lewis, the young man who had been shot was not dead but badly injured.  He crawled up to the road where he got help and was taken to the hospital. Once at the hospital the authorities were called but the young man would not tell who or why he was shot.  He suffered severe gun shot wounds and it took around a year for him to heal completely.

After a full recovery Lewis went on a mission..  He hunted down each man that had shot him and left him for dead and shot and killed them.  Remember this was years and years ago when revenge although not right by no means, was often sought.  There was a trial and Lewis went to prison for his crime and served for many years.  He was sentenced for man slaughter and not murder because of a plea deal. 

While in prison, Lewis had to work in the coal mines. They carried lanterns down in the mines as they were working.   And this is why I am telling you this story.  Lewis was  Mr. P's grandfather.  And Mr. P. has the lantern he carried with him in those mines. Hold that thought for a minute....

Now, fast forward to  today.  Have you ever seen something you wanted , didn't know why, and didn't know what you would do with it if you had it?  Well, this had been the case with me for months.  While in an antique store a good while back, I saw this box.  An ugly box, but it spoke to me the first time I saw it.  The price was too steep, so I would comment  on it and walk away. But I so wanted that old box.

Well,,,, the Mister being the kind man he is, who knows after 39 years I am a little crazy, but loves me anyway comes in on Christmas Eve evening dragging a big cardboard box all wrapped pretty and inside was my box.  Yep, did I say he was a good man??  Well it has sat in the floor until today.  It had not spoken to me what to do with it yet.  But today the inspiration was there.  Thus the reason  for my story.  Here is pictures of "the box"

Love that old wood.  And it is so smooth.  I just wonder what the box was used for.  I am sure it will find it's way around every room in my house.  So ,, what did I do with it.  Okay back to the story.Remember the old Cold Miner's Lantern?
Well, I found the perfect spot to display them both.  The lantern has been hidden in the back of the bookshelves as long as we have had it.  Today it has a new home.
I really like how this display turned out.  And I can't end my story without saying  that Lewis came out of prison, turned his life around and settled down.  He married, was a wonderful father to 4 children and was the perfect grandfather to many little ones.  He and Mr..P
 were very close.  I was honored to know this man for a few years before his death.  This story was never talked about among the family.  It was not something he was proud of.  These  details were shared with Mr. P when he and his grandfather were on hunting trips rabbit and coon hunting and just recently was shared with me. 
Now you all know the story of the Cold Miner's Lantern.  Hope you have a wonderful blessed day.  Tell someone you love them and never forget we are all blessed.
Until next time......


  1. Wow! What a story and a very special treasure. I love that box! No wonder it spoke to you! Such a wonderful man, that Mr. P.! You displayed it perfectly! What a unique box...love the patina on it. Sure is a keeper. I love your lantern in it and everything else as well. Such a treasure! Enjoy!


  2. What a story! And your display turned out PERFECT!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  3. Angela, That is some story to be handed down through the family with the lantern! Your display is so perfect. Love it!

  4. Your box turned out wonderful.I loved hearing the history and story.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  5. hope your lantern isn't haunted! :-) love the display though, you are so talented!

  6. Love your display, the box is awesome. What a story!

  7. Thank you for sharing such an interesting story and piece of your history. The box is amazing and I love the lantern displayed in it. We are so blessed to having such thoughtful, loving husbands! Enjoy...

  8. Wow...Angela! Your story brought tears. Thanks for sharing your husband's grandfathers journey. The story shows much Faith and persevering. I too love the old wood and how smooth it becomes over the years of use. Your display looks awesome! The lantern....priceless! Have a great week :) K

  9. Wow, what a story. That's really something. Love the box, I can see why you were drawn to it. So glad Lewis went on to have a family of his own.

  10. Wonderful warm story and I really love that prim box so....you displayed it great...love it......Blessings Francine.

  11. Love that story. What family history. I also love the box and the lantern in it. I think it just looks wonderful.

  12. I love your box and how you have the things displayed in it...so pretty!! Thanks for sharing your hubby's father's story...so glad he turned his life around.

  13. wow! you knocked my socks off with that one!
    I love the shape of that box, I might have to drag out my table saw and make me one, but it could never hold the history yours does!
    how wonderful of your Mister to share the box, and the memories.

    Angela, it always amazes me, no matter how vile, and wicked we can behave, there is always hope for redemption. Write the story down for Darbee, she can share it with her own granddaughter one of these days. And tell how good her granddad was to her.

  14. The patina on that box...a beautiful piece to dislpay such a wonderful treasure. My paternal grandfather had to go to jail for a few weeks for moonshining during prohibition. Darbee Rae sure needs to know this story of redemption. Have a great week, Janice

  15. OMGosh! What an excellent piece of the past in both the tale and the lantern. That was so horrible that happened to grandpa. He must have been a stronger person for it though to be able to go on in life so positively.
    That old box is perfect and I love the gathering you've displayed in it. I'll bet your hubby got one huge hug for picking that up for you. What a sweetie!


  16. Great story so glad I went and got a piece of apple cake and hot cuppa.
    Love the awesome love box from Mr P. What a great gift.
    The lantern looks awesome in it too.
    WOolie Hugs

  17. Wow!! What a story. Love your box & your display!!

    Have a wonderful week~Becky

  18. I started reading this story the other day on my Iphone. Halfway through the story your blog just disappeared. I was about to die to get home to read on my computer. Just now got the chance to finish. And I LOVE that box and I LOVE that story.

  19. Hello,New Friend! What an awesome story! I love the box and you have found the perfect way to display the things you have with it! It's a wonderful gathering! I believe I've just found (thanks to your message in my box today) a great blog to add to my reading list! Thanks!!!