may 9, 2018

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“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

~ John Wesley

tiny house

 

Since moving into my little house I’ve called it The Lodge because it looks and feels like a tiny urban lodge. But with the enormous crow’s nest now situated high atop the backyard fir tree, I feel like calling it The Crow’s Nest. The outside always looks best in spring. These shots were from two weeks ago before the dianthus along the drive bloomed and the redbuds were still flowered out. I feel so fortunate to live in such a sweet little neighborhood. 

 

three tiers

april 14, 2018

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“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” ~ Henry Miller

 

the hunter

 

I don’t like to let the cats out for a variety of reasons, but sometimes when I’m home, and it’s a gorgeous day, I can’t deny them. Their cries to go out can be heard in Tennessee I’m sure. When I give in, I try not let them out at the same time. You know the term “herding cats?” That’s why I don’t let them out at the same time. Of the two, Leo is the most photogenic, or rather, the least likely to throw me a kitteh middle finger and walk away before I can trip the shutter. I love a wide angle lens, especially for something like this where I can put it near the ground and get a sense of what his point of view might be. I’m thankful he’s feeling better without his sore eye, and he healed very well. He’s back to being feisty and brave. Leo the Pirate Lion King prowling his kingdom. That makes me happy. Makes him happy, too.

 

triptych

april 3, 2018

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“Note to self: My current situation is not my permanent destination.” ~ Unknown

 

april front (snapseed)

 

I said today was going to be a tumultuous weather day. Lexington has been spared, so far anyway, but north of here got slammed pretty good. Boy, it sure made for a beautiful sky when I left work, and it was so nice to see the students studying out in the sunshine. I feel sorry for them. They’ve been stuck inside for months. Today was the first day it has been really warm enough to bask in the sunshine. Of course, they’ll be back inside tomorrow what with the forty degree drop overnight. Nevertheless, here’s to basking in warmth and staying out of harm’s way.

 

warm (snapseed)

february 18, 2018

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“True self-love is about paying attention to our needs instead of ignoring or neglecting them. It’s about speaking to ourselves, treating ourselves, and seeing ourselves with kindness, forgiveness, fairness, encouragement, patience, and helpfulness.” ~ TinyBuddha

 

gargoyle flowers (snapseed)

 

The skies cleared, the sun came out, and the air was filled with the sound of birds and dogs and people everywhere. The Oklahoma sentry gargoyle at the back door is overseeing the daffodil growth. Just a few weeks ago he was covered in snow. Now, there are signs of spring everywhere. The coming week is expected to be a warm one, rainy but warm. May we  all have the best of weeks possible. 

march 21, 2017

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ~ Denis Waitley

 

color me spring (snapseed)

 

And how grateful am I to have a kind co-worker, Danielle Gabbard, who brings me coffee from Starbucks? Pretty doggone grateful I tell you. Today, she delivered the non-fat deliciousness in this very sweet cup, which really did say “color me spring” on the other side. It, and its contents, hit the spot and set the tone for a great, productive day. Here’s hoping your day was equally as awesome.

february 24, 2017

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“Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

spring…in February

 

It was an unseasonably warm day in The Bluegrass. The students, employees, birds, bees and pollen galore was out as if it was full-blown spring. I even went to a meeting outside. Campus feels so alive when these first warm days come along. Students are tucked neatly into their perfect places, laptops, notebooks, cool drinks in hand. Hammocks have become popular at UK. It started three or four years ago with a single hammock (we called him….Hammock Guy). Now they spring up like daffodils. With all the trees around campus, there’s no shortage of swinging spaces. It was sure hard to stay inside today, but it made for gorgeous walks when I could get out. Plus, I think all meetings ought to be outside on pretty days….in hammocks. Let’s make that mandatory. 

 

just a’swingin’

april 2, 2016

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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
~ Barbara Kingsolver

 

redbud winter (snapseed)
redbud winter (snapseed)

 

Kentuckians are experiencing Redbud Winter…again….and it won’t be the last for this spring according to the weathermen. They don’t call it Redbud Winter for nothing: look at this fine Redbud basking in the cool temps. They’re all looking this spectacular right now. Spring is always stunningly beautiful in Kentucky, but there’s something about these full Redbuds that enhance the gorgeous for me. It’s getting colder outside, and windy as all get out, but I don’t care. The view of the neighborhood Redbuds from inside my toasty warm house suits me just fine today.

march 15, 2016

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“One does not walk into a forest and accuse the trees of being off-center, nor do they visit the shore and call the waves imperfect. So why do we look at ourselves that way?” ~ Unknown

 

and the bees
…and the bees (snapseed)

 

Four days ago my largest peach tree (of two) had a single bloom. Today, it was fully loaded and buzzing with dozens of bees (I find that very hopeful). These two bees were, well, we’ll say they were enjoying some special time together. The lunch ladies, feeling the need to enjoy the gorgeous day, went out for lunch. That’s when Crystal stopped to photograph this beautiful Northern Magnolia on campus. Did I mention it was a completely splendid day in The Bluegrass? Spring is upon us. It is a time of renewal. The smell of fresh air, chirping birds, and warm sunlight can change a bad day into a good one. What a bonus that I was having a good day to begin with.

shoot this (snapseed)
shoot this (snapseed)

may 10, 2014

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“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself” 
~ Andy Warhol

 

Neal Valley
Neal Valley

 

Many young people graduated from college today. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky on this same date 17 years ago. So much has changed since then, mostly for the better. I’m grateful for even the bad things that have come and gone over those years. They were each a chance to learn and grow. The most important degree to earn is a degree from the University of Life. Go out and experience life. Try new foods. Go to exotic places, even if that’s just a neighboring city of state. Be good to yourself and others along the way. Even if you just stop from time to to time to watch the clouds roll by like you’re six years old again, the act of appreciation will pay untold dividends. Enjoy the journey.

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