“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~ Ayn Rand
The sky was gorgeous last night. The sky was beautiful today. The sky was beautiful tonight. I am completely exhausted. Goodnight, Moon. Goodnight, Venus, small dot in the dirty orange light. Such beauty.
“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”
~ Dhirubhai Ambani
With no room at the Inn (my Inn, that is), Sharon is bunking with Maggie Jacobs. We had dinner at her farm last night. It’s a truly gorgeous place. We had a wonderful meal together, meeting new friends along the way, like this mare whose name I didn’t learn before I left. I was walking near the fence and she came to me. Horses are typically curious about cameras. True to that theory, she was all about mine. We had a great time together as the sun continued to set, and she walked the fence line with me as I explored the golden hour through the pines along the drive. It was a beautiful evening filled with laughter, delicious food, new friends, old friends, and more kindness than I deserve. I was grateful for every second of it.
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ~ John Burroughs
Our Shero finally landed at Cardinal Hill where she’ll spend the next three weeks learning to walk and other things she’ll need to continue independent living. We really missed her at dinner with the family down on the Kentucky River. There were about 20 of us Terry’s gathered just below Clay’s Ferry Bridge eating catfish and BBQ at Proud Mary’s. Dad thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to many more dates with the family when mom is back on her feet. We’re a good bunch of hillbillies in the Bluegrass.
“The politics of Jesus in 5 words: Love your neighbor as yourself.
In 3 words: Love your neighbor. In 1 word: Love.”
~ Nathan Hamm
One advantage to spending time at UK Chandler Hospital is the art. Last night, when mom was moved back to her room from Good Sam (where the surgery took place), I was walking from the parking garage when I noticed this sculpture for the first time. I hadn’t noticed it in the daytime, but with the street light against the sunset sky, it popped out like it was the only thing I could see. I didn’t notice who the artist was, and I didn’t read the entire quote inscribed on the base, but I loved the work.
Our Shero continues to do well, better than expected, in fact: no temp, clear lungs, great vitals, good color. She had a hard time with the anesthesia, as she typically does, but they finally got her settled by this evening. Reinette Jones came to see her this morning, and this evening she still remembered. Pretty impressive for somebody that’s been filleted like a fish. I’m feeling less nervous about her condition today. He medical team, lead by Dr. Swaghert, is just brilliant. Between him and Dr, Silby, I believe our Shero will be dancing a jig in no time. So very grateful.
“Sometimes you just need to distance yourself in order to see clearly.” ~ TinyBuddha
I fired up the computer to make my post only to discover facebook flooded with far better views than this. Oh, yes, all of us in The Bluegrass got a big dose of beauty this evening. It’s not a great view, but it’s mine, and I’m darned grateful to have it.
“Christ didn’t let the storm change who he was… Nobody has that power over us and that’s the most important thing of all.” ~ Brother Paul Quenon
When yesterday went a different direction than any of us expected, I had to make an unexpected trip to West Liberty for additional supplies. I got to Cave Run just as the sun was setting. Even though I was in a hurry, I had to stop. I had to stop long enough to appreciate the beauty. The colors were soothing.
On the way back to Lexington darkness had set in. When I got to the Cave Run dam I realized the Super Moon was up. It was slightly above the ideal horizon line, but it was gorgeous nonetheless. I parked in the middle of the road on the dam and put the camera on a guardrail post. I didn’t have much time to play with settings, what with being in the middle of the road, but I had all the time I needed to appreciate how beautiful our planet is, and how blessed I was to see so much beauty in a few short hours.
“Please be kind to one another and all creatures. I’m asking this of you and of myself.”
~ Lori-Lyn Hurley
My goodness, what a gorgeous sunset we were blessed with this evening in the Bluegrass. I had a rare opportunity to see it because I’m in the UK Albert B. “Happy” Chandler Medical Center. I’ve sort of mentioned being here for the last couple of days. Here’s why: Aunt Janet fell and broke her hip on Tuesday. She had a partial replacement yesterday. She’s on the mend now, and doing great. She’s a tough ‘ol bird, let me tell ya! The new section of the med center (below) is beautiful and full of art as I’ve mentioned before. It’s really nice to be in a pretty place like this. I mean, if you’ve gotta spend this much time in the hospital, it’s uplifting to be surrounded by beauty. But let’s not overlook the true beauty of this place. UK Med has the most incredible staff I’ve ever met. From the young man that brings the food, to the surgeon, the nurses, the attendants, right down to the guy that mops the floor: they’re all as beautiful as the art. What a blessing to have such a fantastic facility. And to call these people neighbors is icing on the cake. We’re a lucky family.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius
Last Friday, as we walked to the The Helix Garage near the Kentucky Theater, I admired how far Lexington has come with its downtown. Like many other downtowns, Lexington is experiencing a long-term renaissance. It was a lively place when I was young and we’d come here from the mountains for things we couldn’t get at home. As a teenage I drove to nearly every rock concert offered at Rupp Arena; a sadly rare event these days (I’m not sure why they stopped the large national acts). In the early 1980’s, when I was getting my feet wet in local music scene, it was pretty lively with plenty of bars offering live bands, but the businesses had dried up and moved to the suburban malls. It was an American phenomenon and Lexington was not immune. But Friday I noticed how much color there is downtown; how much art, how much food and drink and people. There were people everywhere, and not all of them were playing Pokémon Go (but there were plenty of those to be sure). There were people milling about Triangle Park, dining at sidewalk patios, families with small children just admiring all there was to admire along the way. I’ve noticed a marked difference in the arts and in the way downtown looks during the Mayor Jim Gray era. Kudos to him for bringing the place back to life. If we could get a few more bars downtown big enough to offer local live music I’d feel like I stepped back in time thirty years with a lot more color.
“The less you respond to negativity, the more peaceful your life becomes.” ~ Unknown
Call me weird, but I actually enjoy leaving work after dark, or in this case, at sunset. I also rather enjoy gloomy cloudy days, especially if they’re drizzly. I often joke that it’s a latent British gene that causes me to like dark and cloudy. In any case, I enjoyed my walk to the car and the drive home.