Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Randoms

If we have nothing else, in this small town, we certainly have religion.

For stargazers in the Western Hemisphere, a rare Black Moon will be visible in tonight's sky.  What is a Black Moon, you ask?  It is when a new moon appears twice in one month.  

May we all have this situation as we move through life.  

This is an interesting look into the bedrooms of people around our world.  

Leaving you with The Eagles first #1 hit......

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for two great kids who still enjoy spending time with their parents.  Though our son is older now and busy with his own agenda, we are still able to get together for conversation, movies, food, and whatever.    

Sharing a non-typical fence photo for today of my daughter pitching.  The girl of the house is still playing  ball on the various cities!  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Queen Anne's Lace

Said to have been named after Queen Anne of England, Queen Anne's Lace is a common wildflower in my area.  An expert lace maker herself, Queen Anne challenged the ladies in her court to make lace that would rival the patterned flower of this plant.  No one could duplicate the queen's work.  The queen ended up pricking her finger which, legend says, is the reason for the dark dot in the middle of the white flower blossom.  

Even though it is drying up with our fall temperatures, this flower head still retains much of its detail and beauty.  

"Autumn wins you best by this
 its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay."  

Robert Browning 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Time for Tobacco

Tobacco is being harvested all around us.  Or, as locals say, it is being cut.  Anymore migrant workers arrive to do this task.  It is unpleasant work, to say the least, and must all be done by hand.  The Secret Agent Farmer Man, and his twin brother, raised tobacco as teenagers to pay for their first car.  

It is not common to raise anymore, but if you paid Smalltownland a visit, you would surely see it in barns, in fields, and being transported on wagons.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Randoms

Saving one Terrapin at a time on country roads.  It's just how we roll around here.  

If you have a great picture of your dog, and I know you do, now is the time to share it.  Garden and Gun Magazine is holding their annual Good Dog Photo Contest.  I will be entering a about you?  

This Caiman gives a mean side-eye, but obviously is a bit of a softie.  

I wouldn't say I am a huge fan of Lena Dunham, but I am a huge fan of her house.    

Leaving you with my daughter's current favorite song. She is a fan of the show, Supernatural.  Alas my efforts at exposing her to classic rock have had a minimal influence.  

Linking up with Tanya!  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for my family.  Here in Smalltownland, within the span of one week, two teenagers lost their lives, in two separate car accidents.  

We never know what might happen during the course of a day.  Be thankful, be grateful, and appreciate all that you have.  

"Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need."  

Sarah Ban Breathnach  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ten-Petal Sunflower

Lately patches of pasture have been blooming with groups of Ten-Petal Sunflowers.  A native wildflower, they are also known as Thinleaf Sunflowers, Forest Sunflowers, or Pale Sunflowers.  

I had a visitor during my photo shoot and I had a hard time capturing her.  Refusing to pose, she flitted from flower to flower, in rapid form.  

Out of a multitude of shots, I finally took one where she was relatively still.....just for a couple of seconds.  I don't think she could find what she was looking for.  

It is also known as an attractant for butterflies and they may use it for a larval host.  

For me, it has been providing some beautiful scenery.  

These are common in many states.  Any wildflowers blooming in your area?  If so, 
here is a great web page that can help identify them.    

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Rainy Day

Yesterday was a drab, rainy kind of day.  

Though the sky was a wash out, the land continues to give much in the way of color.  Goldenrod and wildflowers continue to bloom.  Our annual small town festival was held this past weekend and the weather kept many people at home, including me.  

Nothing like a rainy day for a nap and a movie.  

"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down.  Without the rain, there would be no rainbow."  

Rabindranath Tagore 

Linking up with The Barn Collective.  


Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Randoms

I could certainly use some time in one of these rocking chairs today.

Tantalizing facts about Bob Ross, you know, the fantastic PBS painter that we all love.

I am proud to say that I know this person!  She is a featured/fabulous person on Poofing the Pillows. I can tell you she is just as fabulous as her home.

Friends and family have taken this personality test and have found it to be spot on.  Seriously, worth your time.  It really only takes about five minutes.

Leaving you with some Bill Withers for the weekend.  Make it a good one, won't you?

Linking up with Tanya today.
Pay her a visit!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday to have my Dad staying with us for a few days.  Good times and good conversations are ahead.  Our English Pointer is infatuated and his hair explodes off of his body when he is near my Dad.  Hopefully we will all survive this emotional response!  

"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."  

Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Flower for the Day

A photo I shared on Instagram that I thought worthy of sharing with all of you.  

We all need a spot of color in our days.  

Wishing you a great day.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Chasing the Lion

Yesterday had me traveling to Corbin, Kentucky, the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and  I didn't even get to eat any!  

I was there to photograph this motley crew as they participated in the Lion's Chase obstacle race.  Consisting of 3.2 miles of running and 57 obstacles, it isn't for the faint of heart.  

Here is the before and after shot.  My son hates to have his picture taken!  
The obstacles were not simple things.  Here is the girl climbing the rock wall.  

These people looked like ants walking around this loop.  They are actually carrying boulders, yet another obstacle.  

Here is the son traversing the pond.  He sprinted and finished this race in 47 minutes.  Last year he finished 16th out of over 600 participants.  Still waiting for results to be posted for this year.  

The girl did here best here.......

but, ended up in the water.  

There were a lot of groups that had themes and costumes for this event.  These guys are dressed as hillbilles.  How they kept their wigs/costumes on during all this is beyond me.  

Here is just a sample of the filth 

Mud, grass, and leaves were stuck to everyone.  

It all made for one disgusting pile of laundry, but some great memories.  

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Randoms

Just, you know, a perfect rose.  

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love to see the leaves change colors.  This interactive map shows peak fall foliage times across the U.S.

I have had some entertaining flight attendants on Southwest, however this one is a real winner.  

I am in love with this dog groomer.

Sending you off into the weekend with Iron Horse doing a Bluegrass Cover that you
might recognize.

Linking up with Tanya 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for small gifts.  Cards in the mail, notes at work, emails, and kind words mean a lot.  I like to think those people are my pit crew.  They keep me going in life just when I need a boost.  

Kentucky is famous for its stone fences and I am sharing a small one here today.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Road Trip

This holiday weekend found us with a free morning, so a very short road trip was in order.  At the last minute, we ended up at Federal Hill, also known as My Old Kentucky Home.  In 1795 John Rowan, a US Senator, owned the farm and the rear portion of this house was built, with the rest coming soon after.  

Built in the Federal style, the house does not disappoint and has been kept in fine fashion through the years.  

The home was once a center of social and political activity, during its heyday.  Photography was not allowed inside, which was a pity.  Incredible examples of Kentucky cherry furniture were on display and original to the family.  The last restoration was completed in 2006 and paid for by an anonymous donor.  All wallpaper and carpeting are in keeping with the original time period.  

It is thought Stephen Foster wrote the ballad, My Old Kentucky Home, with this house as his inspiration.  Mr. Foster was a cousin to the Rowan family and spent much time at this farm.  

While I found the home to be nothing short of, "old house perfection", I have to admit that this spring house in more in keeping with my budget.  

"Houses are like people - some you like and some you don't like - and once in a while there is one you love."  

L.M. Montgomery 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Randoms

An heirloom spinning gourd just waiting to be picked. 

I will admit that my home sometimes looks like I am losing a game of Jumanji, but these bloggers really have it going on.

If you love the decorating style of the 1970's, then here is your dream home.  

You shouldn't miss viewing this art in a garden.  

Leaving you with some Jefferson Starship for this holiday weekend.  

Linking up with Tanya

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Whew!  What a week!  

Pulling an oldie, but a goodie, from the archives this morning.  This week is passing so fast, there hasn't been a minute to get out with my camera.   Thankful this week for friends who listen, laughter at lunch, and cool mornings.  

"If you can't be content with what you have received, at least be thankful for what you have escaped."