September 18, 1993: The AIDS Quilt Comes to Fort Worth
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September 8-12, 1993
A Visit Home to North Carolina

 

I have yet another class in New Jersey to do the week of September 13th, so I wanted to go to Florida and home again, but there was also going to be a display of the Names Project Quilt in Ft. Worth, and Grant's panel was going to be in it, and I was certainly going to go to that the weekend of the 19th of September. So I decided to forego Florida, and just went home to Charlotte on September 8th, see my Mom and play some bridge, and then go up to New Jersey to do the class, returning home on Friday, September 17th. On Saturday the 11th, Mom and I drove up to Judy's to visit with her.


I've driven from Charlotte to my sister's house a zillion times. From my Mom's condo on Park Road, I just head a bit west to I-77 and take that north to I-85 which I then take northeast towards Greensboro. In 1993, one had to kind of go into Greensboro to pick up I-40 east, but now there is a new bypass that takes I-85 well east of town to meet up with I-40.

Another difference between 1993 and now (post-2010) is that one no longer has to go through the town of Elon to get out northwest to where my sister's farm is. So many new homes and business have been built since 1993 along I-40 that there is now a direct route to my sister's from I-40; it is University Drive. It takes you around to the west side of Elon and puts you just a couple of miles from my sister's house.

My sister and her husband have lived out northwest of Elon for many years now, having moved there around 1970. Bob is a pharmacist at his family's drug store in Burlington; my sister works part-time at the local middle school. Both of them like being out in the country.


Judy and Bob have about eight acres, I think in an area of small farms and large house lots. For all practical purposes, you are out in the country, although you can be in Burlington in 15 minutes or Greensboro in half an hour.

When they bought the property the only building actually on it was an old red barn down by the road; the two of them had just the house they wanted built a little over halfway to the back of the property from the road- on the high point of the property, I think.

Judy has always had horses and other animals, and for many years all these animals were kept in the old red barn. It served its purpose, but when Judy began to board other horses, she thought that the drafty old structure was no longer suitable. A year or so ago, I was happy to make a loan to her and Bob so they could build a new, modern barn behind the house and much closer to it. The barn would be much more spacious, built with a heavy wood framework, concrete block walls, wood interiors and roof beams. Most important from a maintenance point of view, it would have a concrete floor (unlike the dirt floor of the old barn). This would permit Judy and Bob to keep the interior much cleaner (hosing out the whole thing periodically).

She and Bob designed a structure that would have seven stalls, each with an opening to the outside as well as to the interior of the barn, plus a tack room and feed storage. At either end of the building large sliding wood doors could be closed in winter or at night but left wide open in good weather and during the day. The barn took a few months to build, but was finished on my last visit here.

Now, the barn is finished, and one of the first things Judy did was to take me on a tour of it. She and Bob did the design work themselves, so she has everything she needs right where she needs it.


It is always a treat to come up to my sister's house. Like Fred, she lives out in the country, while I spend most of my time in the city. She is, also like Fred, always doing some sort of garden project around her house; she and Bob have put in a vegetable garden and are doing lots of plantings around the house.

Today, the pictures I took were just candid shots as we walked around- Judy, her mother and I, and Bob, after he got home from his family drug store. Ted was also here for the weekend, which made the visit more special. Ted is currently at UNC-Charlotte, working towards a degree in law enforcement. He will graduate sometime next year, and I think he wants to become a Charlotte policeman.

He was the one that took this picture of our Mom, Bob, myself and my sister Judy at her farm here outside Elon. Shortly after moving out here, she and Bob adopted the name "Greyfield Farms", as she would be using it when Patrikk, her prize Arabian stallion, competed in shows. It was a beautiful day, and we walked all around the farm.

There is really not much to relate about our day here with Judy, so I'll just include below the pictures that we took.


Judy and Mom

Flowers in Bloom Beside the Barn


Ted, Mom, Bob and Judy

This was taken outside their barn. Ted is holding Happy, and Bob is holding their daschund Wendy.


Judy Training One of Her New Colts

I took these pictures at Judy's behest, and have sent her copies of them.


Judy Training One of Her New Colts

I have no idea what she is doing, how she is doing it or whether the horse is doing well or poorly.


Judy Training One of Her New Colts

Judy was telling me when to take each picture.


Judy Training One of Her New Colts

Judy Training One of Her New Colts

Mom and I had a good visit, and all five of us went out to the Golden Corral for supper before Mom and I headed back down to Charlotte. I spent early Sunday with Mom, and in the afternoon took my flight up to New Jersey for my class.

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September 18, 1993: The AIDS Quilt Comes to Fort Worth
July 21-24, 1993: Three Days in Arkansas
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