Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunflowers in my Future

Spring is truly here as our local drive-in theater is now in operation, for the season.  However, the wood stove is cranking and beef stew is on the menu for today, because it is cold!  

Warm again tomorrow, such is spring in Kentucky.  

Sharing an oldie from the archives this morning.  Hoping for sunflowers this summer.  Such a joyous flower.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Randoms

It's that time of year again.  Iris flowers are everywhere.  

I just don't know about the new Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks.  I enjoy their coffee every now and again, but seriously coffee should not come in rainbow colors.  

Parenthood, right here, in real words.  Enjoy

Who knew that a town in my great state will be the best place to view the solar eclipse this year?  

Sending you off into the weekend with some Jefferson Starship.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  Have a great one!  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Can I just say that today I am thankful it is Thursday?  At the end of the school year things get so busy that it is often overwhelming, to say the least.  With seventeen school days left we have two field trips, one science day, one theater day, field day, and some instruction that I have to squeeze in there, somewhere.  

Wish me luck!  

What are you thankful for today?  Let me know!  

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trillium Tuesday

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."  

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  

Make today a good one.  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Prom Success

Our weekend did not have an auspicious beginning.  The softball playing-girl of the house had some serious trouble with her allergy/asthma problems after playing ball Thursday night.  This necessitated a visit to our friendly family physician on Friday.  An unexpected day off, but truly needed.  After a steroid shot and a 9 day steroid prescription she was ready to go and breathing freely.  

After a day of rest/medication she was ready to go for Prom 2017, on Saturday.  She and I went to the softball field for a few photos.  After she asked me what she was supposed to do with the chair, I didn't think things were going to go very well, but we persisted.  

We, (I), persisted.....

and persisted.....

I think they turned out pretty well.  

She went with a group of friends and had a great time.  

A local group hosts a prom after party at the bowling alley, complete with plenty of food, bowling, and other games.  

You have to pass a breathalyzer test before you enter the festivities.  


Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Randoms

You know you live in a small town when the local florist calls to double check your order of prom flowers, because he can't read his, "memaw's" handwriting on the order form. 
 I love it.  

Yes, prom is happening this weekend and the girl of the house is attending with a group of friends.  Here are a few prom fails from Jimmy Fallon.  

If all football coaches could dance like this, it might be more fun to watch.  

I guess healthy desserts are needed, but I am not putting kale in my chocolate chip cookies.  

I heard some Johnny Cash at the ballpark this week, though it wasn't this gem.  

Linking up with Tanya!  
Have a great one!!  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for people who listen.  You know, those friends and coworkers who lend an ear when things aren't going your way or they are there to share a laugh.  I have people like this who are there for me everyday.  I hope you do too.  

What are you thankful for today?  Let me know and link up!  

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Just One More

Just one more photo of the water and sky before I mentally leave it all behind.....

Currently looking at a rain forecast tonight, which will afford me some time to catch up with everyone.  Our girl's softball team is undefeated in regular season play and their schedule is crazy.

Wishing all of you a great day!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Green, Green Grass of Home

It's always good to get away for a few days.  See new things, do new things, and get the mind out of the work routine.  However, there is no place like home.  I was astounded at just how green everything was on my return.  This farm is just down the road from my own.  There is no photoshop or filter in place with this photograph, only green grass and a setting sun. 

Nothing like the real thing.  

"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." 

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Randoms

Sharing a photo I posted on Instagram of a park next to my parent's home.  
A bench with a great view. 

Thinking of a road trip in the future?  Here is a vintage camper you might like.  

Breakfast for dinner is a favorite around my house.  If you love it too, then here are a few recipes you might enjoy.  I'll take the drunken bread pudding, please.....

I haven't used the services of an Uber driver, but if you have, maybe one of these items belongs to you. 

My Dad shared The Super Cats with me this week and now I am sharing them with you. 

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for time spent with my parents.  Some good talks, a little warm, Florida sunshine, and good food, make for a great week.  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Off We Go

Our school is finally on spring break this week and I will be absent for a few days while I spend some time with my parents.  The girl and I are off on an adventure, while the guys are holding down the farmette.  

See you on Thursday.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.  

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Randoms looks like a post is missing in the rear of this building.  
How it remains standing is a mystery. 

This week my daughter's art class has been painting along with Bob Ross.  Check him out here and let him sooth away your stress.  

Crayola is retiring a color from the classic 24 pack.  As a 2nd grade teacher, I can tell you that there are many others that need to be retired besides this one.  

If you are into travel, you will appreciate these items carried by flight attendants.  

Leaving you with some Post Modern Jukebox, because I can't get enough of it myself.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This Thursday I am thankful for you.  Yes, that's right, you, the reader.  All of you who take a moment out of your day to read this blog and make a comment.  I cannot forget those of you out there who read and don't comment.  I see you in my stat counter and appreciate all of it.  

I never knew cows, kids, and small town livin' could bring a person so much joy.  
Thank you all......

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

So are the Days of Our Lives.....

Our days are full of softball these days.  The girl of the house just turned sixteen, so she isn't driving on her own yet.  We still meet up after school for drives to practice or to catch the game bus.  

Her high school team is made up of the best group of young women, this year.  They have been playing ball together since they were little girls.  

They are currently region champs and will be headed to the state tournament at the end of April.  

Not to be outdone, the young man of the house is building large structures.  He is on the left.  It seems the backside of him is the best picture I can get these days.  

"I find the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want  and advise them to do it."  

Harry S. Truman  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sad Sunday

An unexpected accident took this girl from us yesterday.  She was a faithful companion to us for so many years and her antics will be sorely missed.  

Animals, and people, don't live forever, but isn't it hard to send them on their way. 

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."  

James Thurber  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Randoms

Softball season has started, let the pitching begin!
(Yes, this is my hardworking girl.)  

Animals are the best pillows and nap buddies.  Click here, you know you want to.

Oreo the cat found a new job at a nursing home.  He knew where he was needed most.  

Need a laugh?  I know you do and you can find one here.  

Sending you into the weekend with a Disco classic.  

Linking up with Tanya today.....

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for a son.  Yesterday he turned twenty-years old.  He is an independent thinker who is not afraid to branch out on his own.  A challenge during his childhood, he has grown into a fine, young man.  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  Children, pets, family, or maybe just a peaceful moment of time.  Let me know!  

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dogs Galore

This past Saturday I rounded up the whole family and made them go to a dog show with me.  Why, you ask?  Well, I am a sucker for a dog.  Any type of dog, purebred or rescue, it doesn't matter.  

Watching the dogs in the show ring is fun, but I always like the backstage area where you can get up close and personal with dogs and owners alike.  

A lot of grooming goes on here and if you like the smell of wet dog, you are in luck.  

All shapes and sizes were represented when we we there.  

It goes on for four days and dogs from surrounding states come to compete.  

Not only were dogs being groomed, but there were puppies to pet.  Wheaten puppies, to be precise.  They were too busy, their photos turned out blurry.  

Rescue groups were there finding homes for dogs and there was even a pet psychic/communicator.  

Three rings of agility competition were going on and we watched for about an hour.  One little dog wasn't having any of it and grabbed one of the cones and starting running around the ring.  When he would stop, the handler would get close, and the dog would zoom off again.  Great fun for the audience, but I am sure the handler didn't care for it!  

"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen."  

Orhan Pamuk 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Grackles and Blackbirds

Saturday we returned home from a big city excursion to find a huge flock of blackbirds in our yard/acreage.  

They were very noisy and hard to capture on camera.  

On closer inspection my son determined that they were Grackles.  With their iridescent sheen, he said it was obvious.  To him, I am sure.  

He was able to get a little closer than I was.  He told me my camera was spooking them.  

A few years ago I shared this article about a little girl who fed crows and they returned in kind with gifts.  An interesting read, for sure.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective today.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Randoms

When your face has been in the sweet feed, your beauty game is all kinds of off.....

My nights at the softball park watching my girl pitch have just started.  When you are a pitcher you can use your skills in other ways.  

I am a sucker for a Jack Russell Terrier and this one is no exception.  

Here are a few Shepherd's Pie recipes for your St. Pat's day feast.  

Leaving you with The Chieftains on this lovely St. Patrick's Day!  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for happy children.  All is not perfect in their world, but they take issues in stride and handle problems that come their way.  We have the opportunity for some family time this weekend, and that makes me happy.

What are you thankful for this Thursday? know you want to.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Just a Random Tuesday

Straight out of the archives, this photo features an old time hardware store located on my small town square.  Currently for sale, you could be my neighbor.  

Sunday afternoon we had over forty Robins in our yard.  It was quite a sight.  With the rain and cold temperatures, I think they have hunkered down in their nests.  

The time change had my students sleepy and worn out by lunchtime, Monday. 

What's happening in your world?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Choose Happiness

My Friday morning started off as usual.  An early wake-up followed by packing up the Suburban in an effort to get out the door in a timely fashion.  My daughter and I have our routine down pat and we drove away on schedule without a care.  Typically she dozes on our twenty minute ride to school, that day, however, she had a lot on her mind.  

Happiness was on her mind.  

She had watched two documentaries on Netflix and had some fresh ideas on life.  Happy and The Minimalists, had a decided affect on her sixteen-year old persona.  We started a conversation about what makes a person happy in life.  Is it their circumstance, their mental state, or maybe their monetary state?  We talked a lot about mental attitude and being truly thankful for what you have.  Being happy, it seems, doesn't depend on what you have.  That was our take-away from our conversation.  

Can I just say that I am happy?  I am thankful for all that I have, and it isn't all perfect, please know that.  I think being happy is a choice we make each day.  Make that choice today.  I did, and it makes all the difference.  

Sharing this barn today with The Barn Collective.  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Randoms

Another natural spring in our area.  This one is located in the area where my mom grew up.  

Here are a few sports photos that are worth your time.  

Ben and Jerry's has some new ice cream flavors that my daughter will love.  Cereal flavored ice cream is a thing.  I will pass.  

I have gardened with straw bales before and shall be doing it again.  Here is a little inspiration to get you started.  

Sending you off into the weekend with some Post Modern Jukebox.  

Linking up with Tanya today  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for our early spring temperatures.  Our weather has had its rainy moments lately, but it is so great to take my class outside and then come home from work to walk with the dogs.  

Mother Nature....don't you love her?  

We are supposed to get snow on Saturday.  I know, I seems a bit freakish after all of the brilliant weather.  And, it isn't a dusting either.  They are forecasting several inches.  Though the last time they did that, not even a flake fell from the sky.  Time will tell.  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  Spill it!  
Inquiring minds want to know.  

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mellow Yellow

You know when you think there is nothing at all happening and then you just take a good look outside?    That's how it is today, because spring is springing early and the fields are awash with Daffodils.  

Yellow is the color of the moment.  

They are all about sun worship on a glorious day.  

What a great ambassador of spring.  

"Daffodowndilly has come to town, in a yellow petticoat and a green gown."  

Traditional Rhyme  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Super Sunday

It's been a Super Sunday here in central Kentucky.  Great temps, sunny skies, and no plans.  That means a great afternoon at home with supper on the grill and a walk with the dogs.  

Does it get any better than that?  I don't think so.  

Sharing a barn for Tom's Barn Collective, today.  

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Randoms

You know when you just want a shot of a calf, but the pig pops up in the background?  

Ree Drummond needs some help naming her new cookbook.  Click here, if you are game.  

If this were closer, it could be my own, little weekend get-away.  

It's been a while, so here is some Jimmy Fallon.  I always watch his clips because I can't stay up late enough to watch him at night.....

I have heard Stevie Wonder on the radio several time this week, thus he is your escort into the weekend.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This home, (built between 1810-1825) contains a yard full of Daffodils.  They have naturalized over the past two hundred years.  They even extend well beyond this photograph.  

Thankful this Thursday for all being well.  Yesterday brought a fierce round of storms with the possibility of tornadoes, but all was well.  The stormy weather passed with a few tree limbs in the yard and a couple of pieces of siding missing from the house.  

Excellent results, I say!  

What are you thankful for this Thursday?  Weather related or not, just let me know!  

It's a Small Town Life

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Fine, Old Face

Would you believe me if I told you that it has been warm enough to have the top off of the Jeep?  Sure enough and a drive through hills and hollers was the perfect activity for one of those days.  We drove through a part of our county that goes deep into the land, with no way out, except to turn around and go back the way you came - hence it is called a holler.  

Several of the roads I remember, but a few did not ring any bells.  We made a left turn down a small, residential/farming road and here sat this beauty.  A spot of gingerbread trim remains at the top of the roof line, obscured by some tree limbs.  The original tin roof tiles also remain.  The front porch has fallen down, but you can see its tin tiles in the front door heap.  Here we have those mysterious, two front doors and slight askew, I think.  

You can see a small bit of a red barn on the right of this photo.  A farming operation was in full swing when we passed by, with plenty of farmers and tractors in action.  

If you were to sit on that old front porch, this would be your view.  Even in the dreariest of seasons, this is a beautiful scene.  

"The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of our universe."  

Masanobu Fukuoka

Linking up with Mersad today.