july 4, 2019

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“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

 

dyn-O-mite!

 

The Idle Hour Country Club has consistently put on the best fireworks show in Lexington for over 20 years. That’s right. The city of Lexington has fireworks, but the country club actually does a better job of it. Hundreds gather on the lawn of what is now the old Shriner’s Hospital and wait for the sun to set, entertaining themselves with sparklers and weird glow-in-the-dark things you can throw around. Dad and I joined family and friends for the event this year. Cousin Missy brought delicious home made treats while her hubby Mike settled in next to dad. It was, as expected, a great fireworks display. Everyone was friendly. All the kids had a blast. I was especially pleased to see a mix of people on the lawn; from the young Muslim couple with their children to the large Indian family in traditional dress to the Spanish speaking guys that politely passed me on the sidewalk. We were America the Beautiful tonight. Best of all I got to spend it with dad; a real American hero.

 

buddies watching together

 

opening finale

january 5, 2019

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“As you work on breaking habitual tendencies (eliminating greed, hatred, or ignorance from your life, for example), don’t be discouraged if you’re not there yet. A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of persistence.” ~ Timber Hawkeye

 

the 50 club
old man
birthday boy

 

Mike Moore turns 50 later this week. His wife Missy took advantage of the weekend and planned a surprise party at Jalepeño’s today. Twenty-eight hearty friends and family showed up to celebrate him. He really was surprised to see us all. We laughed and talked and ate and laughed some more. I told him I’d been saving him a seat in the 50 Club. When I was leaving he said he’s left instructions with the family in case he dies before me. I am to play drums at his funeral. Doesn’t matter what I play or if I’m accompanied by any other instrument; he just wants me to play. I told him I’d brush up on Wipe-Out and end with some Zepplin. That tickled him, and honestly, I’m honored he would ask for such a thing. I wish our lives had been a little more connected when I was playing constantly so he could have made it to more gigs. But I was busy touring and playing and they were busy making money and babies. I’ve always liked Mike, but as the years have rolled by I have come to utterly adore him. He’s hilarious and we have a lot in common. And now that he’s warming that seat next to me in the 50 Club, we’ll have plenty of time to catch up on all those years we missed. I’m sure glad Missy married him. He’s a keeper.

december 20, 2018

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“If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life.” ~ Penny Marshall

 

the bombed (see below)
there’s one in every family
the bomber and hubs

 

Melissa Wilson Moore is the photobomber of the family. Here she perfects her technique in front of Tamara and Curt. Later in the evening, she and hubs, Mike, carefully store their food away in their cheeks like squirrels so I can snap one of them together. These girls married real good, let me tell ya. Mike and Curt are really super guys. I never lack for interesting conversation with either of them. It does my heart good to know they make Tamara and Missy happy. 

december 18, 2018

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“Sometimes we look for those thunderous things to happen in our life for our lives to change or go in the other direction. We seek the miracle. We seek the parting of the seas, the moving of the mountains. But no, it’s a quiet thing. At least for me it was.” ~ Ben Vereen

 

oops

 

Aunt Charlene and Uncle Tony invited us Lexington Terry transplants over for a pre-Christmas meatloaf dinner. We couldn’t all be there, but most of us actually could. I got to see cousin Tamara and her husband Curt. They’re always a delight to be with. Cousin Steven and Aunt Marcie were able to be with us, too. His Bob Ross-in-a-Santa-hat t-shirt just made me giggle out loud…all most as much as Charlene’s lemon cake in the foreground of these pictures. The food was incredibly delicious, but more than that, being with family was just what the doctor ordered. I continue to count my blessings.

 

upright

october 1, 2018

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“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” ~ Gilda Radner

 

uncle and nephew

 

Tonight we celebrated dad’s 80th birthday. Sixteen of us were able to gather at Ramsey’s for a Monday night dinner and he was just as tickled as he could be to see everyone. Before dinner he got a call from his brother Darrell in Flatwoods, and during dinner he got phone calls from his sister Mable in Florida and great-nephew AJ at work. The clincher of the night may well have been Marcie and Steven Terry. Marcie is dad’s baby brother James’ wife and Steven, their son, is the youngest Terry grandchild. He’s also the tallest at 6’3″. Dad has always thought Steven favors his dad, but after James died, I noticed that dad longs to talk with him. He was visibly moved that Steven and Marcie drove from Stanton on a work night to be with him. It meant the world to me and mom, too. This family really pulled together to give dad a wonderful birthday. We didn’t think he’d survive to see 80, and everybody at that table was keenly aware of the gift we’ve been given to celebrate him once more. Never take your people for granted. Celebrate them at every opportunity.

 

photo by unknown Ramsey’s waitress

 

photo by unknown Ramsey’s patron (who had more energy than his golfing buddies)

july 2, 2018

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“Everything comes to you at the right time. Be patient.” ~ Unknown

 

without (photo by Lois Wilson)

 

Tony and Charlene are having a large yard sale tomorrow in West Liberty. At the last minute, not wanting to miss out on the upcoming holiday extravaganza, they threw a summer dinner for the family who could get to them in Lexington. It was a great way to spend a Monday evening, and the food was, as usual, fantastic. If I haven’t mentioned it, my aunt Lois Nell makes the best baked beans in the world. She’s also not at all afraid of my camera (see above photo). She’s getting a lot better with it, too. I better be careful or she’ll be taking all the pictures before I know it, and that can only mean one thing: I’ll be in them. That will never do. HA! I sure enjoy this bunch, and I’m really lucky they let me hang out with them.

 

with

march 27, 2018

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“Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family,
dreams that turned into reality, and likes that turned into love.” ~ TinyBuddha

 

birthday girl (snapseed)

 

We tried to have a surprise birthday party for Charlene this evening. I say tried because she was seated at a table for ten…before anyone else arrived. So much for the surprise in “surprise party.” Nevertheless, she was happy to see us all, and we enjoyed good fellowship with one another. I hadn’t seen the family since my birthday dinner back in January, but it felt much, much longer, I suppose because I’d spent so much time with them in the fall. I’ve missed them, so I was very happy to be in their company for a couple of hours. Tony’s daughter, Anastasia, joined us, too. You’ve met her son, JC, many time before. He’s dad’s buddy. Yes, I’d say, all in all, a good time was had by all, and we had birthday cake.

 

the unsurprise party (snapseed)

january 7, 2018

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“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.”
~ Tibetan Proverb

 

53

 

I had the great fortune of dining with some of my family to finish off the birthday weekend. I only get to go to Longhorn Steakhouse when mom and dad are in town, so that’s where we headed. I swear, even though they’re a chain, they make the best steaks I’ve ever eaten – and they’re consistent in that quality. Anyway, Mike Moore has a birthday four days after me (plus he’s four years younger), so I’ve dubbed him my birthday buddy. It’s a lot more fun to celebrate when there’s more than me to celebrate. I can’t think of anybody I’d want as a birthday buddy more than Mike.

 

Birthday Buddies by Missy Moore

 

This dinner with the family meant more to me than dinners in the past. I’m not sure why. I only know that I was deeply honored that they could join me. They’ve each helped me so very, very much in this life, and always when I needed them the most. So, yea, I’m still a few hours away from my actual birth date, but I’ve had the best birthday weekend I could ever want. Who knew turning 53 was gonna be so awesome?

 

this is us

 

 

december 29, 2017

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“The best things in life aren’t things.” ~ Unknown

a few of my favorite things

 

Due to illness, we delayed our cousin Christmas party until tonight. We ate, we exchanged gifts, we laughed, we watched the end of the UK Bowl Game, and we managed to take this family photo. The older I get, the more I love this bunch. They’ve raised great kids and they’re a pleasure to be with. “The best things in life aren’t things.” #Truth

december 8, 2017

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“Never regret a day in your life. Good days give happiness, bad days give experience,
worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.” ~ Unknown

 

that’s why

 

I’ll just leave this here, while reminding the universe that I’m still the drummer (and would like to play much, much more). That’s why. Plus, Mike Moore, also a drummer, is awesome and has the best shirts ever.

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