july 18, 2019

“If you see someone without a smile today, give ’em yours.” ~ Dolly Parton     I hadn’t seen Annie Bassoni in a long time, too long frankly, so we made up for it with a long dinner at J. Gumbo’s on North Lime. I reckon Annie’s a regular because the super cool manager (below, whose name I don’t remember) called her by name and treated us like queens. I

march 16, 2019

“Never trust someone who isn’t kind to animals.” ~ Unknown     1. Annie Bassoni and sweet, sweet artist friend Katie Swartz from Mason, Ohio. 2. Artist and BFF Deb Chenault selling her wares as Annie and Jeanne Marie Hibberd (and my forehead) look on 3. The totally awesome maker of the coolest crows ever, artist Steve Heartsill 4. Longtime BFFs and artists David and Rebecca Miller Campbell were surprised

february 1, 2019

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, focus on what could go right.” ~ Unknown  

january 29, 2019

“Read more books than status updates. Look into more eyes than screens. Hold more hands than devices. Love more than you judge.” ~ Dulce Ruby⠀     I promised a photo of the Birthday Girl and here are two with one of her two beloved (and adorable) nephews, Josh. Annie loves her nephews beyond all telling and I was really glad to finally meet at least one of them (I

january 20, 2019

“Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV     I had three parties to get to this weekend. I made it to one. This morning, I picked up Stacy and off we went for a delicious brunch followed by three inappropriate, yet totally hilarious, games of Cards Against Humanity with

december 22, 2018

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ~ John C. Maxwell     When the winter Solstice arrives, the best possible event is a gathering of women who love me and love one another. You’d be hard pressed to find a hostess better suited for such a gathering than Jeanne Marie Hibbard. Many years

august 30, 2018

“If it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive.” ~ Unknown     Annie Bassoni cracks me up. Let her light up your day like she lights up mine and so many others in her sphere of influence. 

august 6, 2018

“Hate is heavy. Let it go.” ~ Unknown     Ann Bassoni may be the queen of practical jokes. Yesterday, we’re driving home from the Distillery District when she says, “Hey, Catherine and Susan live right here. Let’s stop.” Naturally, we all say okay. Then Annie says, “Okay, listen. We knock on the door and ask if they have any fresh baked goods. If they say no, we just leave.

august 5, 2018

“As always, the message is the same: make today count.” ~ Vicki Caroline Cheatwood     I spent 90% of Saturday working, either on work work or chores around the house. This morning, after coffee, I clipped Wally (a really good job I might add) and resigned myself to another day of work. Then I got a text from Annie Bassoni. She had a plan that included ice cream. She

june 9, 2018

“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters of our lives won’t have a title until much later.” ~ Unknown     You might recall that I had to cancel my Derby party this year, but I promised we’d get together in the summer. Stacy suggested we gather for the Belmont Stakes, which ran today. That turned out to be a brilliant idea as Justify won the Triple Crown. He