Monday, October 29, 2012

Besting My Time!

On Friday, I walked my 6th run/walk race.  I wish I could run it, but thanks to my lovely genetics wherein my knees become jelly at the blink of an eye, I can no longer run on these pitiful old knees.  And so I walk.

I figure, I've logged 700 some miles since I started this every day, 3 miles a day journey, and you can tell it in my calves.  They are getting stronger and more defined!

So, when I signed up for the black cat chase, I was pretty excited because it would have been the first time EVER that I have properly trained for an event like this.  Shoot!  I have been doing a 5K every single day since June!

But Friday's weather turned nasty.  Cold nasty.  Rainy nasty.  Miserable nasty.  And I dressed for it. 

I'm the one dressed like a BIG ole dweeb ... complete with scarf.  Can we say SILLY GOOBER?

Oh well.  I shaved 5  minutes off of my time, and that is all I care about.  If I looked like a total idiot on the race course, fine.  Which, now that I think about it, I probably DID look like a total idiot, based on all the crazy looks I got from Frankfort's finest...

Oh well!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Photos on the Fly

What are photos on the fly?

Well, in a nutshell?  Photos I take on my cell phone, while I'm driving.

Shhhhh ... don't tell my mom.  She has a lecture about taking pictures with your cell phone while you're driving ... especially down curvy, narrow back country Kentucky roads.  The woman has a whooooooole mental Rolodex file of lectures. She got it when she got her complimentary MOM MANUAL when she left the hospital with me.  They hand those manuals out with the free diaper and laundry soap samples.  Were you not aware of this?

And yet, I digress ... back to the PHOTOS ON THE FLY

Here are my photos on the fly for today, October 18, 2012 ...

I'm sad that my cell phone didn't truly capture vivid nature of the leaves on the trees, however.  :(

Why yes!  I AM on the wrong side of the road.  Not sure why ... don't remember driving on the wrong side of the road.  Hmmmm .... 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Mother's Kitchen

I LOVE to antique and junk. 

You all know this.  

Recently, however, I have been keenly aware of the fact that I am finding more and more items in these antiques stores and junk shops that I remember from my childhood. If that isn't bad enough, I am finding, increasingly, more stuff from my mother's kitchen in these stores.  And, lest you think I am talking about my mother's kitchen from my youth, I am not.  I am talking about my mother's kitchen NOW.  Granted, my mother's kitchen NOW resembles her kitchen from my youth, basically, because we both contend that they just don't make things like they use to.  

Case in point, my mother has this glass grinder that I always remember she used to grind nuts into a fine pile of ... well, nuts.  Not that she grinds a lot of nuts these days, but she still has that little item, and I do believe it would grind away the best pile of nuts that it ever did, because, well, they just don't make things like they use to.

I happened to find a whole bunch of these glass nut grinder gizmos in one of my favorite antiquing haunts.  And guess what?!  My mother's EXACT gizmo was there as well, and it was $22.50!

I've come to the following conclusion.  My mother could Ebay her entire kitchen and make a mint!  A mint!  Mother, if you're reading this, I think you should take this under very careful advisement.  A mint, I tell you! 

Friday, October 12, 2012


I got myself into a FOUL mood today after a conversation with a friend.  I hate being misunderstood?  Don't you?  Nothing gets me more annoyed ... more upset ... more BEYOND p.o.'ed.

But then I had to remind myself, I am who I am.  I can't change it, and those that know me well and love me don't care.

I quickly changed my mood around when I stopped to make a list of all the things I truly love in this world.  When you look at the positive, the negative no longer seems to matter quite so much. Soooooo ...

I am in love with ...

  • the smell of beef stew in the crock pot
  • steaming cups of hot tea
  • freshly laundered linens
  • colorful scarves
  • cuddly cats
  • great magazines
  • a good book and comfy chair to hang out in
  • a hot mug of apple cider
  • sunny Autumn days
  • a friendly smile
  • fresh-baked bread
  • warm apple pie
  • warm, fuzzy blankets
  • fall decorations
  • good conversations with old friends
  • the hint of rain in the air 
  • chickadees calling
  • golden, orange pumpkins
  • fuzzy socks
  • a good-smelling candle

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Kitchen Re-Do

You might remember that my kitchen looked like this ...

It was ugly.  It was dark.  It was soooooo not my style.

I waited two years before I did anything about it, mainly, because I was trying to decided what, exactly, I wanted to do about it.

White kitchens have ALWAYS been my undoing.  I LOVE them!  Every picture in Southern Living or Better Homes and Gardens that included a completely white kitchen left me salivating.  The kicker for me was when I realized that a new trend is to two-tone cabinets.  I knew then what I planned on doing in my kitchen.

Vivian cleaning up after wrestling with the wallpaper border with me. 

The eating area sans wallpaper.

The eating area with the first coat of paint on top.

Kitchen!  It's getting closer to completion!

The dining area is done!


Looks soooo pretty!

Finished finally and looking good!

The green and yellow cabinets are getting painted next, and I am looking for a vintagy light fixture for the dining area.

LOVE how the kitchen looks!  So clean and sleek.
My living room was a disaster the entire time I was working on my kitchen.

More redo photos ... 

Loving the fresh, clean lines that this new look gives my kitchen.

That's the next project ... repainting that cabinet white and gray .

And finding a new light fixture ... I HATE that thing!!!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I Am In Love ...

  • with bonfires
  • Mexican food
  • time with friends
  • 3 mile walks
  • getting to know someone new 
  • fresh paint
  • crisp Autumn days
  • physical hikes
  • burning leaves
  • grand, panoramic views
  • a good cup of coffee
  • fantastic haircuts
  • a special pair of earrings
  • smaller sizes
  • old, comfy sweat shirts
  • Pumpkin Spice Lattes
  • Cinnamon Doughnuts
  • crunchy apples
  • lunch dates
  • furry kittens
  • toasty, warm comforters
  • challenged mind
  • a sense of accomplishment
  • flannel sheets
  • Maine Coon cats

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Battle of Perryville -- 150th Anniversary

Confederate soldiers readying for battle.

An encampment from afar

Confederate soldiers on the move

Confederate soldiers

Union troops!!!!

Defending the hill with big ole cannons

Union defense line

Tabby -- waiting for the action

Hanging out ... sporting some pink for Breast Cancer Awareness ... waiting for the battle to begin

Getting ready to watch their men folk

Another Union position

Union scout

This little guy was sooooo cute!

Let the cannons begin blowin'

Could never ever catch a good smoke ring ... 

Providing support for the ground troops

The cannons were LOUD!

Love this fall scene!

I think this guy was a deserter ... he looked like the real deal ... weirded me out just a tad!

Union troops

Union Fife and Drum

Cutie-patootie Flag Dude

Cutie-patootie Flag Dude

Union soldiers

Gaining the upper hand on the hill

Union troops and cavalry

Cutie-patootie Union Flag Dude!!!

Union formation

Union formations

Action shot of cutie-patootie Flag Dude
Harper's Weekly War Artist ... very cool!  He was actually selling his drawings too.