september 18, 2017

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“Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult.
You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.”
~ Unknown

 

Vanna reveals the chicken (snapseed)

 

I had the good fortune to share dinner with colleagues. Kathryn Lybarger, my traveling companion to and from, here doing her best Vanna White, is one of the smartest, most compassionate people I’ve ever known. She’s an excellent teacher as well, and she has taught me many things over the years. She’s also hilarious. She has a great costume readied for Scarefest in a few weeks. I don’t want to give it away, so I’ll just say that she’s hilarious for thinking of it and I can’t wait to see it. Great food. Great company. Great friend. She made the long day bearable. 

july 25, 2017

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“Whatever ought to be, can be.” ~ James Rouse

 

meal with The Dude

 

Last night, our shero treated dad and I to a delicious steak dinner after a day of errands. We had the best time being together, and the food was fantastic. They’re looking after the homestead so I can have a little adventure (more on that tomorrow). I’m so lucky to have them.

june 24, 2016

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“Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness
yet become something beautiful.” ~ Toby Mac

 

'ol blue eyes
‘ol blue eyes

 

Greg will be going back to Arizona soon. I have known him so long, and know him so well, that no amount of miles between us could ever change our friendship. He’s a tough old bird, my Greg. He’s been through the wringer and lived to tell the tale. And despite it all, he’d give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it. He’s a helper; a caregiver. We should be glad to have men like him in the world. I’ve been honored to have him with me this week. He’s a good man.

september 1, 2015

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“Nature is cruel, but we don’t have to be.” ~ Temple Grandin

 

would you eat this?
would you eat this? (snapseed)

 

When Wendy Bright was here last week we had brunch at National Provisions, also called National Boulangerie – it’s French, don’t ask me to pronounce it! I’ve been hearing good things about this European-esque bakery/brewery/grocery/restaurant for a while. I wish I’d gone sooner because it was delicious. After we ate, we perused the grocery portion of the shop. That’s where I ran across the octopus in olive oil sitting next to the sardines. Neither are my thing, but I love that there’s a place in Lexington, Kentucky that offers such delectables. Plus, their dessert case looked delicious. Like Stacy said; “Why would you eat at a chain when there are incredible places like this in Lexington?” I’m going back!

 

a sweet tart
would you eat this? (snapseed)

july 26, 2014

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“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

happy breakfast man
happy breakfast man
super hero
super hero

 

Now you can see I come by my cheesy smile honestly with both parents showing off their cheesy smiles. You have to be happy to pull off cheesy smile, and today we had things to be happy about. After mom had her lunch, she got to go home. She was feeling a lot better, too. She’ll be back Monday for a bronchoscopy and biopsy (lung), but with the filter in place (in her femoral artery) to catch those blood clots, she’s out of immediate danger. That’s a lot to be thankful for. Plus, I shared yesterday’s post on Facebook, and the outpouring of support, positive thoughts and prayers, was overwhelming. It does my heart good to know my Super Hero parents are loved so much. That’s even more happy. So, let’s hear it for Cheesy Smile Saturday!

february 10, 2012

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Friendship is born in that moment when one friend says to the other, What! You, too? I thought I was the only one.” ~ C.S. Lewis

peace is relative

Ladies and gentlemen, meet one of the funniest, most passionate, honest speaking, kindest women on the planet; Reinette Jones. I don’t care how bad I feel or how down I am, when I see her smiling face all my cares wash away. I feel like a true friend has come to save the day, or at least the moment.

a smile to stop time

In my continued streak of meaningful lunches, I dined at Ramsey’s with two of my besties; Reinette and Marie Dale, below. You met Marie in an earlier post. It was the kind of lunch that feeds the soul more than the stomach (but we ate plenty, trust me). When women sit down and talk the way we talked today, you can bet there forms a bond that’ll stick like a glob of peanut butter to the roof of your mouth. I wouldn’t have traded that hour for all the money in the world.

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