march 31, 2017

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“Positive mind, positive vibes, positive life.” ~ Unknown

 

from the car

 

This was not shot today. No, today was cold and dreary after a cold front moved through last night. Of course, I find days like this delicious although they are aesthetically drab as the sky. I looked back through this month’s photos and found this image shot from a moving car. It’s the gorgeous farm just outside Versailles (Kentucky not France) near the Bluegrass Parkway. It’s the classic Bluegrass look with the old mansion and rolling hills. Old houses, old barns, sprawling fields like this hold great stories. I’d sure like to hear them. For the record, I wasn’t driving. Stacy was driving. In any case, I was just passing time in the car, and now here’s this sunny picture on a cold Friday. I think that’s a fine way to start a happy weekend.

march 30, 2017

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

 

patriot

 

If you recall, our shero is taking the Honor Flight to DC in May to review our nation’s many memorials dedicated to U.S. veterans, including the Women’s Memorial in which she is represented. The Nunn Center for Oral History has partnered with Kentucky’s Honor Flight folks to document as many of the vets taking the flights as possible. Our shero was in the studio yesterday as one of the first vets to be interviewed for the Honor Flight collection. This was just her first of several oral history interviews. Ever the trooper, she has pneumonia, and had been up most of the night coughing, but she was adamant about keeping her appointment, and keep it she did. All veterans do their part regardless of time served or duties required. One doesn’t have to serve in combat to matter in the big picture. Her service is just one reason she’s my shero. 

march 29, 2017

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“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

 

birthday girl and her boy

 

Most of the family in Lexington gathered to celebrate Aunt Charlene’s birthday. Her fiancé, Tony Adkins, was in town to help her mark another trip around the sun. She had gifts, and cards, and birthday cake. We laughed, and talked, and nearly froze to death in the restaurant. Only cousin Missy and I seemed okay with the temp, but then we’re at that age when cold is just fine for us. I enjoy spending time with my family. We seem to do it more as we age, and I’m really cool with that. Anytime you have the chance to celebrate a loved one’s birthday, that’s a gift. 

march 28, 2017

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“Never let it be said that to dream is to waste one’s time, for dreams are realities in waiting.” ~ Unknown

 

road into town

 

I started my day reading about Lynch, Kentucky. Like Jenkins (above), Lynch was built to accommodate coal miners and their families. And, like Jenkins, it’s struggling to stay alive. The road into Jenkins is still lined with company houses. There are a lot of coal towns in Kentucky that only have a few company houses still standing. Some have been wiped off the map, like Leatherwood where dad lived when he was a young boy. It’s very, very sad to see these once vibrant cities reduced to shadows of their former glory, but I’m equally proud of the men and women who made history in these places. The towns would have been nothing without them. I’m grateful to be from this Eastern Kentucky stock. 

march 27, 2017

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“At the end of the day, the position is just a position, a title is just a title, and those things come and go. It’s really your essence and your values that are important.” ~ Queen Rania of Jordan

 

rain walk (instagram)

 

I left the office in a light drizzle, forging ahead with no umbrella. My mind drifted back to Malone, to the country where I grew up. I’ve lost count the times I played in the rain. I was never afraid to get wet or dirty or both. It added an extra something to the experience. Those childhood experiences, those carefree moments when it doesn’t matter if you’re soaked to the bone are some of the things we grow out of, unfortunately. Adults are supposed to fuss about being caught out in the rain. Our hair becomes a mess, our immune systems’ taxed. Today, for ten glorious minutes, I let the rain wet my hair, and I enjoyed every drop. I was dry before I got home. No harm, no foul. Just pure gratitude for a childhood of springtime rains that didn’t kill me.

march 26, 2017

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“Confidence is not ‘they will like me.’ Confidence is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t.'” ~ Unknown 

 

blue (snapseed)

 

I’m sure this photo captures the mood of the Big Blue Nation (BBN) this evening. If you’re unfamiliar, I’m talking about the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. UK has one of the winningest programs in the country, and for as long as I’ve been alive, it’s been the closest thing to a pro team the state has ever had. UK played a great game against UNC for the regional bracket this evening. It was a down to the wire scream at the TV till the neighbors could hear me kind of game. I’m sorry we came out on the losing end, but it was a wonderful exhibition and both teams should be very proud. It’s nice to see players that don’t give up. Team sports teach a lot about how to be good people, and play well with others in every aspect of life. There’s always next season, and I’ll always root for the alma mater. #BBN Go Cats!

march 25, 2017

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“Make today so awesome yesterday gets jealous.” ~ Unknown

 

the fam

 

It’s been quite some time since I met up with the cousins for breakfast, so this morning’s meet-and-eat was long overdue. As always, we had a wonderful time being in communion with one another. I snorted with laughter when Renee shared a video of the aftermath of her son AJ’s wisdom tooth extraction. That kid is hilarious when he’s sober, but give him some nitrous and whatever else they had him on for pain, and he’s better than any comedian working today. I sure do love this bunch, and I’m always grateful to share some time with them.

march 24, 2017

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“Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.” ~ Unknown

 

spring fling (snapseed)

 

After National Puppy Day my feline companions were feeling a little put out by the attention Wally got. It was super warm today, so I came home and threw open the windows. Sitting in the kitchen window is Leo’s favorite thing. I kept shooting until I caught his mouth open. If you look real close you’ll notice there’s only one fang. He lost a fang a while back. He slobbers now. I try not laugh, lest it embarrass him. I had an excellent and productive week, the latter is something I can’t say very often. Here’s to an equally fantastic weekend. I hope the same for you!

march 23, 2017

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“Worrying about the past or the future isn’t productive. When you start chastising yourself for past mistakes, or seeing disaster around every corner, stop and take a breath and ask yourself what you can do right now to succeed.” ~ Harvey Mackay

 

national puppy

 

It’s National Puppy Day. Even though Wally’s not a puppy by definition, he’s a puppy to me. We headed to the backyard for a little evening shoot. He chewed sticks while I tried to photograph him. Some were more successful than others. He really doesn’t like the camera. Dogs are like people that way: some like it, some don’t. Regardless, he is one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever known. I hope you have a puppy in your life….or a kitteh. They’re cute, too.

 

many faces

march 22, 2017

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“If you want to test your memory, try to remember what you were worrying about one year ago today.”
~ E. Joseph Cossman

 

brrrrrrr (colorsplash)

 

These poor little flowers outside my backdoor have endured multiple freezes in the last two weeks, and yet they’ve managed to hang on. Such a show of resilience is heartening. Imagine my (and ultimately their) surprise when the freeze warning on my phone went off again this morning. The poor trees that tried to bloom have already been shocked into dropping their typically beautiful, but now long-browned, blooms. It was so warm in late winter that some of them skipped the bloom and went straight to leaf. Those trees are cold now, I tell you. Cold! So, we’ll miss having our usual colorful Kentucky spring, but my apple trees love the cold snap(s). I’m alright with that because I love my grandma apple trees, and I’m hoping to get even more fruit from them this year as a result. I just have to get to them before the squirrels do. 

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