july 3, 2018

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“To be kind is more important that to be right.” ~ Unknown

 

cock-a-doodle-doo

 

I had a morning full of errands downtown. I called Stacy and asked if she’d like to have breakfast in between said errands. She suggested Doodles, which occupies an old gas station at the corner of 3rd and Lime. Neither of us had eaten there, and being a beautiful day, it was perfect for a breakfast dining adventure. Plus, as much as possible, their food is locally grown or made. It sounded like my kind of place, and it was. We had so much fun! The food was delicious, the wait staff sweet as can be, the decor bright, and the company as funny as the roosters on the roof. As a bonus, the bathrooms are still outside of the building just like the gas stations of yore, except we didn’t have to ask for the key. I love this place!

june 1, 2018

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“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

breakfast face

 

Stacy and I have been sharing a lot of meals lately. Her life has blossomed dramatically over the last eighty days, and as a result, her sense of humor is in wicked fine form. I have to be careful when I place food and drink in my mouth so as not to shower her (or choke) when she releases a unexpected zinger. Expect it when you least expect it applies here. We had a great time at Connor and Corinne’s wedding, which naturally concluded with a simple breakfast at one of Cinci’s best exports; Frisch’s. It’s not high-dollar food that makes an occasion. It’s the company. I’m willing to risk death by dry biscuit to listen to one of the world’s funniest people. 

march 5, 2017

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“Never forget yesterday, but always live for today, because you never know what tomorrow can bring, or what it can take away.” ~ Tiny Buddha

 

what a way to start the day

 

Stacy, Annie, and I were invited to Susan and Catherine’s for brunch in their new house. PJs were optional, but as you can see, we all showed up in casual wear. What a treat it was to spend a few hours with these smart, witty, funny women. The C&S team cooked some truly remarkable vittles, too. Susan had warned us about Catherine’s homemade cinnamon rolls, but her description didn’t do them justice. They were ridiculously good. We laughed, we talked, we shared our love of grammar and gravy. It was as gorgeous around that breakfast table as the bright blue sky outside. I’m so grateful for their friendships.

 

when the plates are cleaned the talking commences

may 24, 2016

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“When I started counting my blessings my whole life turned around.” ~ Willie Nelson

 

old friend
old friend

 

Today I saw lots of people I love, and met some new friends that are already special. You’ll see them a bit later, but for now, let it suffice that my day was made when I had breakfast with Angie and Regina Barnett. You haven’t been formally introduced to Regina Barnett before now. There is so much I could tell you about Regina, but I’ll just say that we were immediate friends when we met at the Boy Scout hole (swimming hole on the Illinois River) 25+ years ago. We’ve had some of the funniest times in my life. Like the time we tried – and nearly succeeded – to sell our friend Lisa Whitworth for a sandwich. Memories of the antics we would get up to when we were younger, slimmer, and much more pliable give me endless joy. I love her so much.

february 16, 2015

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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
~ Muhammad Ali

 

I feel a song coming on
I feel a song coming on

 

The snow was nearly nine inches deep when I last snapped the shutter. I understand the final tally for the storm of 2015 is just over ten inches here in Lexington. Parts of Kentucky have several more inches. Up north they have a little less. Roads are horrible. The temperature is plummeting to single digits, even below zero later in the week. UK called off classes for today and tomorrow. UK called off work, too, except for the poor Plan B “essential” employees.

 

snow day brunch
snow day brunch

 

Stacy offered to make her delicious scrambled eggs and pancakes for our adult snow day brunch. Wally and I headed down the street, and there was close to six inches on the ground by then, just enough to make him miserable. He walked three houses then refused to walk any further. Seriously. I had to carry him, shivering like a baby, bless his little puppy dog heart. He sure isn’t like Sadie. That dog adored snow. Wally does not, well, not this particular snow anyway. At ten inches it’s almost over his head. The poor thing must have a bladder the size of Texas by now. The cats, who normally adore going outside, also thought better of it when Leo sank in over his head. I’m certain I heard him say in his most butch cat voice, “That’s rude!” At which point they both made an about face and came back inside. I am so thankful to have a warm home for them, and for myself. After the ice storm of 2003, I never take for granted how fortunate I am to have a safe, warm place to lay my head. Here’s hoping everyone is safe and warm and loved tonight.

 

too much for short legs
too much for short legs

august 10, 2013

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People don’t run out of luck. They run out of try.” ~ J. Hackett

cousins
cousins

I met my cousins for breakfast. We’ve tried to meet for dinner a number of times, but between my usual too much to do, and their having young kids, dinnertime is hard. We found this morning, however, that breakfast is pretty doggone perfect. We always have so much fun laughing and talking. It was totally worth the calories. We’re going to try to do it once a month from now on. (L-R: Renee Terry Watkins, son Adam, husband Aaron with son A.J. in the Champions cap at bottom, along with Mike and Missy Wilson Moore whose two daughters didn’t join us)

outhouse with a front porch
outhouse with a front porch

Meanwhile, we’ve had a new entry in the outhouse contest. These come from Mindy Cardenas in Wisconsin. They feature the outhouse that inspired the name of this blog. It was the outhouse that serviced the big farmhouse north of Stamping Ground, KY where I lived for a short time along with Angie Bliss Fanning (seated), Kiya Heartwood, and Miriam Davidson (with camera), all pictured here with Mindy and my beloved dog, Sadie (circa 1998). Let me tell ya, it was a beautiful little thing, but most unpleasant in winter.

Mindy leaves a load off
Mindy leaves a load off

Sadly, the outhouse is no longer standing, but the new farm owners saved this fabulous stained glass window that offered a fantastic view from the seat across a rolling ridge. It’s now hanging in their home.

november 18, 2012

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Forget what’s gone, appreciate what remains, and look forward to what’s coming next.
~ Jace Flournoy

breakfast (instagram)

For me and Stacy Yelton, breakfast at Winchell’s is never bad, but today the food wasn’t what made it great. It was Catherine Brereton and Susan Stewart that made it spectacular. They’re two of the smartest, funniest women I’ve ever met. I was snorting. Hilarity aside, their intellect, particularly in the field of creative writing, is incredibly refreshing. Our conversation really set my mind to spinning. If only I’d snapped a better pic of them, though I’m sure Susan has a snappy comeback about that. However, she’ll be hard pressed to top her description of a coffee mug with a squirrel in the bottom: “Nothing says ‘yum’ like a rodent.” <snort>

over drinks (instagram)