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Saturday, November 10, 2018


My computer seems to have broken bad. Tuesday I laboriously typed out a blog post, but as soon as I was ready to post it my computer wiped it out. This has happened three times over the last month. The other two times I rewrote the posts, but with my hand in a brace and the fact that it is painful for me to t ype, I just gave up.

The other thing that it is doing you can see in the word type in the previous paragraph. It is doing it constantly. I can't afford a new computer right now, so if anyone has any experience with this I would love to hear your suggestions for fixing it. 

I am copying and pasting it into a second blog post as I write so that I won't lose it all, but it definitely is a pain.

The weather seems to be changing on a daily basis. It has gone from 60 degrees at the first of the week to the 20s this morning . Tuesday we are expecting our first snow. I am not ready for that.

I have been spending  more time on Instagram lately. I have found that I am enjoying it more. It's not easy to build up a following so if you have an account I would love to have you follow me and I will definitely follow you back. 

I think I have gotten over 500 followers about ten times, but then I drop back down below 500 again. Frustrating.

Life seems to be zooming by. Every time I turn around it is the weekend again. I can't seem to figure out what happens to the rest of the week.

In less than two weeks it will be Thanksgiving and before we know it it will be Christmas. 

I haven't decided if I am going to decorate for Christmas this year. I think it will depend on my hand. I love Christmas decor, but as I spend Christmas in Atlanta I'm not sure what I will do. 

Well, I think my hand has had enough. I'm going to spend some time reading a new book I just picked up at the library. I love Barbara Kingsolver books. She is a great Kentucky writer.

Have a great rest of your weekend.

Christmas is coming. Don't forget to check out my vintage shop at 415 Maxwell.

Well, I think my hand has had enough. I'm going to spend some time reading a new book I just picked up at the library. I love Barbara Kingsolver books. She is a great Kentucky writer.

Have a great rest of your weekend.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018


Yesterday was a lovely warm day here in central Kentucky. It was cloudy and a bit windy before the heavy rains hit, but the 70 degrees felt wonderful. 

It was doctor day for me. In Kentucky if you are on Gabapentin you have to see your doctor every three months to have your prescription renewed. My doctor thinks it is ridiculous, but you have to follow the rules, so I dragged my old bones out the door.

While I was there I got my flu shot and the other pneumonia shot I needed. It wasn't fun trying to sleep last night with two sore arms and with this lovely addition.

I had been having a lot of pain from my wrist into my hand for about six weeks and it was getting really bad. It had gotten so that I couldn't write with a pen. I thought is was arthritis, but seems it's a problem with a tendon and I need to immobilize my thumb for the next few weeks while it heals.

Typing is not easy.

Last night the rain moved in and will be hanging around all day. I was afraid the beautiful leaves would all be blown off the trees last night so I stopped and got a few shots on my way home. 

I had hoped to get started on some needlepoint today, but that's not going to be happening now. Instead I am going to work on my shop some and snuggle down with this new book I picked  up at the library yesterday.

Have you read any of the Tana French books? Mystery, crime, suspense, and Ireland all thrown in together. This is her latest.

My stomach is telling me it is past lunchtime. I'm never one to argue with my stomach.

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Monday, October 29, 2018


Saturday started out as a typical day for me. I took advantage of a break in the rain to get out and drop off my newly painted table to my booth, stop in at Trader Joe's to pick up a few things, and then head home to enjoy my cozy apartment. 

I was in a great mood as I drove home. The trees were turning beautiful colors and I had found a new type of squash that I was excited to try out with my dinner that night. 

When I arrived home I switched on my TV to see what was going on in the world. That is when the heartbreak happened. I saw that a gunman had opened fire in a Jewish synagogue. My heart literally dropped into my stomach. 

How could this be happening in my country. Where does all of the hate come from? I have never understood antisemitism. I am not Jewish, but I do have Jewish relatives. My daughters' great grandfather was Jewish. I am a Christian. I believe that we should love everyone. 

Today my heart goes out to the families of those who were killed, to their community, and to all the Jewish people who live along side of us and call this country home.

Today I will mourn and then I will get out and fight the hate that is happening. This hate is not my country. 

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Friday, October 26, 2018


The forecast for my area is calling for a rainy weekend. When I woke up this morning it was so dark I thought it was still night. Imagine my surprise when I saw that it was 8 o'clock.

I hadn't gotten up once in the night, which was another surprise. That doesn't happen very often, but it sure is nice when it does. 

I have so many things on my "to do" list and rainy days are a good time to work on that list. 

Do you actually make lists of things you need to do? I still do because it is so satisfying when I get things done and can cross them off.  I have a dream that one day I will get through all of the things on my list before I start adding more items. It never seems to happen. 

The first thing I had to do was try and figure out why my speaker was no longer pairing up with my Echo Dot. It seems like technology takes a big bite out of every day. WHEW!! Now that I have that done I can enjoy some relaxing music while I get on with the rest of my list. 

I have been battling fungus gnats for the last month since I made the mistake of opening a window. After one flew up my nose I decided I had had enough. 

Fortunately the yellow sticky traps, the gravel on the top of the soil in each plant, and watering with a combination of hydrogen peroxide and water seems to have done the trick. I am tentatively taking that off my list. 

Today I need to paint a little table I got at the thrift store so I can drop it off at my booth tomorrow, add more items to 415 Maxwell, finish my blog post (almost done), and do some cleaning. We'll see how much I get done. I don't seem to have the energy to push myself like I used to.

I was hoping to do some canvassing for my congressional candidate this weekend, but if it is pouring rain that may have to get put off. I'm not much good at slogging around in cold rain anymore. 

Time to get busy.

What do you do on rainy weekends?  

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Monday, October 22, 2018


Fall finally arrived like a  freight train roaring into the station overnight. 

When I went to sleep Saturday night the wind was howling outside my window, and when I woke up on Sunday many of the trees that were green on Saturday were now bright red. 

The temperature had dropped to 33 and there was frost on the pumpkins. It felt really cold after the recent hot weather, and I was forced to give in and turn on the heat.

I love all of the varieties of pumpkins that were at the farmer's market. Some are meant for stacking, while others are perfect for carving, and then there are those that are just interesting to look at. 

I don't have anywhere to display all of these pumpkins anymore, but I loved wandering around looking at them.

There were lots of interesting gourds and Indian corn too. 

Wouldn't they look fabulous on a Thanksgiving table?

I'm not sure I have ever seen such a quick turnaround in seasons. It was like we went straight from summer to winter, but

now that it is finally fall I am going to get out and enjoy the changing season as much as possible. 

I'm looking forward to the sound of leaves crunching under my feet. 

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Friday, October 19, 2018


We are suddenly having perfect fall weather. 

The heat of summer that lingered into the first part of October has given way to cooler, sunny days. 

Highs in the fifties and sixties are perfect for getting out and breathing in the air. 

Yesterday was one of those days. It had literally been several months since I left the confines of my city and on a sudden whim I decided to take an afternoon drive. 

I imagine that this old house was once the home of a large farm family. These days its sad overgrown exterior exudes a sense of melancholy

Although the leaves still hadn't begun to change, there were still some beautiful images that called to my camera. 

The river and the old Valley View ferry were beckoning me.

I love this little ferry. It is the oldest ferry in the state of Kentucky and carries people across this stretch of the river most days of the year.

I couldn't resist taking a ride with my windows rolled down and the wind in my face. 

The river sure was muddy from all of the recent rains, but I loved those few minutes of being on the water. 

I think one of the things I don't like about where I live is the lack of water. I grew up with a river running at the back of my yard and I was seven miles from Lake Erie. It took me a long time to realize how much I took that for granted. 

There are days when I really crave just sitting on the bank of a river or lake and contemplating the meaning of life. 

There is something so calming about water, and that calmness is something I crave in these crazy times we live in.

I love this old building. I think it has been in this same falling down state for the last 25 years. I'm surprised it hasn't completely fallen down by now. 

It sits right on the road, and I wonder what its original purpose was. Maybe back in the day they didn't have to worry about cars slamming into their building. I guess a runaway horse and buggy wouldn't do the same kind of damage.

It's amazing what a couple of hours driving in the country can do to bring back serenity into your life. 

I'm going to have to do it more often. 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Yesterday I had my yearly appointment with the dermatologist to check for skin cancer. Three years ago I had a squamous cell carcinoma removed from my shin so each year I go back for a full body check. So far no more skin cancers. 

As my appointment was on the other side of town I decided to swing by my favorite place and look at houseplants. 

It isn't as if I have a lot of room for more plants, but I do love them so much, and houseplants are beneficial to your health. Good enough reason for me. 

If you have read my blog for awhile you know that my extended family owns Michler Florist here in Lexington, Kentucky. It was started by my grandfather in 1902 and is the oldest florist and greenhouses in the state of Kentucky. 

It is also where I started my love affair with plants. 

The grownup me loves to step into the front greenhouse (I call it Aunt Rose's greenhouse because it is where my great aunt kept her birds) and remember the child me who loved playing there. 

Today that greenhouse is filled with houseplants and succulents. It is paradise.  

I wandered around for a bit breathing in the smell of earth and checking out what was available before heading into the florist to get some professional help. 

None of my family was there, but one of the wonderful employees came out to help me. 

I knew that I wanted a large leafed plant for a pot that I had. The plant that was growing there for several years suddenly died last month. It didn't give me time to plan a funeral, it just dried up and died overnight. 

After a discussion on light requirements I decided on this philodendron. Since I am in a small apartment where I don't have a lot of windows I need plants that are tolerant of low light. I love this plant. 

I also needed to replace a couple of succulents that I killed off last  spring in my little terrarium. I didn't have it in a window and it wasn't getting enough sun. 

So I bought two sweet succulents and placed it in the window. Hopefully, it does better now. 

Nothing left to do but sit back and enjoy them.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018


I'm a 67 year old woman and I feel like I am hiding in the shadows. 

Many days I feel invisible, as if my sell by date has long since passed by and I am no longer needed by this society.

I hide my body because it is no longer the perfect body of my youth. 

I am no longer that perfectly slender girl I once was. 

I have lines and wrinkles and sagging skin. 

full disclosure. this is a couple of years old.

I am made to feel that if I am not youthful and vibrant then I must not be needed. 

I noticed today that there is a new movement on Pinterest (sorry, I mistyped) Instagram that addresses this issue. 

Women do not want to have to hide their faces and hands because those faces and hands are aging.

My hands have done a lot in my lifetime. They have typed term papers, changed diapers, fed a hungry family, worked in various jobs, reached out to hug children, and so much more. 

Women are beautiful at all ages. The lines and wrinkles come from living. They come from the care we have shown the world. 

I am tired of living in the shadows. It's time to come out into the light.
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Sunday, September 23, 2018


Fall has blown in, not with a whisper, but with a full blown shout.

The wind sends dying leaves swirling through the air.

Rain persistently taps against my windows. 

Temperatures that are thirty degrees colder than they were a few days ago urge me to pull out warmer clothing and snuggle under my throw while drinking hot tea. 

As I sit here all comfy in my home I ask Alexa to play some Johnny Mathis, and I am transported back in time.

If I close my eyes I can hear my mother in the kitchen and I can smell the chicken frying. 

The fire crackles in the fireplace as I curl up in my father's chair, and Johnny Mathis is playing on the record player. 

A sense of calm overtakes me and I feel safe and secure.

It's an old school kind of day. Okay Alexa isn't exactly old school, but curling up in a chair, reading a book I've picked up from the library, and sipping tea seems pretty old school to me. 

It feels perfect, and it is time to shut down the computer and turn off the phone so I can enjoy it to its fullest.
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