“What we think, we create. What we feel, we attract. What we imagine, we become.” ~ Unknown
The Paris drive-in uses Canon cameras. As a Canon owner I can appreciate that. They were safely ensconced behind glass inside the awesome retro-esque concession stand. My companions and I made the most of our short visit to the drive-in with a few selfie reflections. I love my people. I really do.
“Whatever you do, make sure it makes you happy.” ~ Unknown
I woke up feeling pretty crappy yesterday so I made quick work of my errands before the sore throat gave way to fever and chills (which it did, of course). I passed the Lulu Lemon shop with this on the front window. I love a positive word. That alone made me feel better.
“Let today be the day you finally release yourself from the imprisonment of past grudges and anger. Simplify your life. Let go of the poisonous past and live the abundantly beautiful present.”
~ Dr. Steve Maraboli
The Michler’s Christmas Fair – way back the first of December – doubled as an excuse for the Happiness Gals to convene for our Christmas celebration. Not all of us could be there (we missed them), and none of my shots are very good. So, since I’m rarely in the group photos, I thought I’d lead off with a blurry self-portrait courtesy of the fair’s tuba player. That we’re missing excellent pix of the day is irrelevant really. What mattered was that we were together sharing conversation, laughter, and good cheer. I love my gals. They’re such a blessing.
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
We drove home by way of Cade’s Cove, Tennessee. We stopped at the Gregg-Cable House and farm. Dad told me a lot about his grandfather Prater’s grist mill at the head of Railroad Fork, as well as his saw mill and myriad barns and outbuildings. It’s interesting watching him look back on the way things used to be. He didn’t talk about it much until recently because he did a lot of work on the farm and in the mills. He’s a tough guy who has worked since he was a very little boy. I’m glad he’s sharing. I’m all ears.
“Try not to get lost in comparing yourself to others. Discover your gifts and let them shine!”
~ Jennie Finch
The Lunch Ladies made a trek to the University’s latest eatery, la Madeleine. It seemed fitting that we should try French given recent events. We loved it the moment we walked through the door. They serve breakfast all day. Lord help me! They also have incredible desserts and pastries made fresh in the store every morning, so we were told. It’s a little pricey, but not so bad that we won’t go back. The Lunch Ladies alone will keep the place in business. la Madeleine wins Wednesday.
“Two things to remember in life: ‘Take care of your thoughts when you’re alone’
and ‘Take care of your words when you’re with people.” ~ Unknown
One of my favorite things is breakfast on the weekend. In fact, if I could afford it, I’d have breakfast out every day. Winchell’s makes the best breakfast anywhere – killer biscuits and gravy – but Ramsey’s is a mighty close second. Plus, Ramsey’s has this killer old formica table. No day can be bad when it starts with eggs and bacon.
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing so gentle as real strength.”
~ Sitting Bull
My reflection doesn’t look nearly as fat as I feel these days. I think me and Weight Watchers are gonna date again. Get a few pounds off now so I can put them back on for the holidays then take them off again for spring. I can’t let my gallbladder die in vain, can I? I owe it to that once proud and noble body part that so selflessly sacrificed its life so that I could see bones I didn’t know I had while standing naked in the shower; so that a size 10 would be so big another lost pound would have me buying an 8 (something unheard of since age 14); so that my thighs were no longer rubbing together like flint sparking a fire. No, I must honor my valiant gallbladder and stay slim…ish. I’ll start by eating all the ice cream in the house and swear never to bring it in again. Right after I finish off the BBQ chips, and these little cake things.
“Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.” ~ Naguib Mahfouz
The calendar says it’s November. The outside temperature says January. A few days ago we were enjoying a mild fall with beautiful skies and moderate temps. Today, we’ve had snow showers off and on all day. I was sorely underdressed. I’m toasty tonight, ever so thankful for a roof over my head and heat. Tomorrow: layers. Many, many layers.
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn.”
The weather could not have been better; mid-70’s, low humidity, and one tiny cloud that high-tailed it to the state line right fast. It was the perfect day for the Fourth of July. At an hour and thrity-five minutes, Lexington’s parade was the longest I ever remember. If the kids were expecting floats, candy, and Shriners in funny cars they were disappointed. There were a couple of floats, little candy, and no Shriners at all. They’d all been replaced by politicians. I’ve never seen so many in one place. It didn’t matter, though. I had a great time. Then, we grilled out, watched lightning bugs, and played with sparklers like we were children. It was a beautiful day.