First Bonfire of the Season!

April 18th, 2014
Fun by the Fire!

Fun by the Fire!

A Perfect Fire
A Perfect Fire

 

Fun with friends

Fun with friends

 

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Great conversation

Great conversation

 

It came a little late this year….the first bonfire of the season. But, it was well worth waiting for!

What a perfect evening for a bonfire! Not too cold, yet just a little chilly so that it felt good to warm your toes by the fire!

I can’t think of  a person that doesn’t like to sit by a fire. There is something hypnotic about staring into the fire and just enjoying the evening.

What makes it even better is sharing the fire with good friends. The conversation is sometimes serious, sometimes silly and sometimes it just heads directly south, with no hope of salvaging any scrap of intelligence. But, that’s what makes it so much fun! You never know what the discussion will lead to.

I’m so glad that we shared this bonfire on this Saturday night, as the next morning, the rain began, which turned into sleet, which eventually made its’ way to snow! YUK! They said it might snow, but I don’t think that anyone expected the snowstorm that erupted by noon.

We decided we’d better head back to Hampton, thinking that we would beat the snow, or at least outrun it on our way East. No such luck. We drove a maximum of 20 miles per hour from Lexington to Kearney, arriving there after 2 1/2 hours of slow tedious driving. It was horrible! I have never driven on such bad roads in my life. I’ve driven on Highway 34 on my way to work in some pretty crummy conditions, but that is only 17 miles. The 38 miles from Lex to Kearney seemed like days!

When we left Kearney, Doug took the lead in his pickup, as I was having trouble maneuvering my Pontiac G6 in the deep snow. Luckily, things improved as we got to Grand Island, and I could unclench my hands on the steering wheel and relax a bit.

This all made the bonfire the night before even more special, knowing that we enjoyed such a perfect time the night before. It also makes me anxious for more great bonfires to come this spring and summer!

 

 

 


A Waste of Paper!

April 11th, 2014

I know that you are all getting them too………. hundreds of postcards, some as big as a magazine, touting the strengths of the candidates running for office this year. What a waste of paper and money! Honestly, do any of you actually read what they have to say on the slick cardboard messages? Mine go right in the recycling bin at the post office. The messages fill the recycling bin and are hanging out the top each day by the time that I get my mail at 5:30pm. What a shame!

I did however, receive an interesting political message in the mail this week. I thought that it was a brilliant idea, and it did NOT go into the recycling bin! Mike Foley, running for the governor of Nebraska sent a large packet of “Forget Me Not” seeds with his message printed on each side. I actually read what he had to say, and loving flowers, I took the packet home and plan to plant them in my garden. As you can see, I remembered his name, more than I can say for most of the other messages that I’ve received.

And, for those annoying phone messages that are left on our answering machine, they should be outlawed! As a matter of fact, I thought that they had been until we received several this week. And even more annoying are the phone calls when you are home.  When you answer your phone, a recorded message comes on. Blah, blah, blah. Do they think that any person in his or her right mind is actually going to listen to this rubble? Not me.

Just think how our lives would change if each candidate that manages to win their race would follow through with just ONE of their brainy ideas! It never happens. They each promise the same thing, year after year, and nothing changes. Government is just too big, and too hard to change. Why would anyone in their right mind even consider running for political office in the first place? It must be the power or the notoriety, as it has to be a stressful job.

I’m pretty sure we’ll have a new set of leaders doing the same old thing. Isn’t that the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results? Yeah, politics is insane.

 

 


The Never Ending Winter

April 3rd, 2014

It is April 3, and it is snowing. It would be a beautiful, snow globe type snow if it were November or December, but it is APRIL! It’s April I say! Mother Nature….are you listening? Are you getting old and can’t remember what is supposed to happen this time of year? Have you forgotten that the birds are back and want to build their nests and have little baby birds? Have you forgotten that my tulips are up and want to bloom, but their little leaves are shaking from being covered with snow?

Just what is up Mom Nat? I know that we are supposed to respect our elders, but come on! Get with the program! Maybe you could slip some Ginko Biloba into your morning coffee to jar your memory about what happens in spring. Maybe you too are just a little depressed from being cold for so long and could use a little shot of vitamin D to get you perkin’ again. Whatever it takes, let’s get this show on the road! I wore a sweater and my puffy winter vest to work today and was perfectly comfortable. That’s just not right! I should be thinking about switching out my closet for capris and flip flops, not rummaging around for my boots and a warm scarf.

Ok, I’m giving you until Saturday to get your poop in a group and bring on some sunshine. Whatever you have to do, get it done and let’s end this never ending winter, once and for all. I know you can do it, and know that you will. Let’s just PLEASE make it soon! Thanks!


Friends and A Few Laughs

March 24th, 2014

A longtime friend of mine called a few weeks ago to ask about a classmate of mine who had been ill. We don’t talk very often, but when we do, it’s like I just talked to her yesterday. We seem to pickup right where we left off. I’m sure she’s that kind of friend to everyone. You know those people. You feel like you’ve know them all your life, even if you’ve just met them. I have known Kris (Kristie, as I still call her!) most of my life, probably since about the 2nd or 3rd grade, I would guess. Now that I think about it, I really don’t remember when we met. It just feels like I’ve always known her! We’ve shared some harrowing experiences and a lot of memories!

Before we hung up, I said, “We need to get together!” Kris replied, “Let’s look at our calendars right now!” So we did, and agreed to meet for dinner at Chances R on Friday night a few weeks later. I also called another friend, Sharon and asked if she and her husband would like to join us. It was a date.

It didn’t take long and we were reminiscing about the “good old days”, and there were a LOT of them! I don’t think that the spouses found the conversation nearly as entertaining as we girls did, but they managed to share a few stories themselves. It was so much fun to see these cherished friends and remember all the fun that we shared when we were kids! My stomach hurt I laughed so hard!

It makes me wonder why we don’t slow down and do this kind of thing more often. We get so busy “living” that we forget the important things in life, just like this. As we left, we all agreed that we need to get together more often. I hope that we each make a point to actually make it happen. I know I could use a good laugh a little more often!


Greenery in the Winter- Week 23 – Project 365

March 17th, 2014
#54- Inside jungle

#54- Inside jungle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#56- Nice to see GREEN!

#55- Nice to see GREEN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#55- Behind the Waterfall

#56- Behind the Waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#57- Fun to see flowers in February!

#57- Fun to see flowers in February!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#58- Very pretty

#58- Very pretty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#60- A pretty mess!

#59- A pretty mess!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#59- Angel Wing Begonia

#60- Angel Wing Begonia


Opryland Hotel- Nashville, TN

March 12th, 2014
Opryland Hotel Atrium View

Opryland Hotel Atrium View

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Cumberland River inside the Opryland Hotel
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Cascading Waterfall

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While visiting Kara in Nashville, she treated us to a stay at the Opryland Hotel. What an amazing place! I googled the hotel and found that it contains 2,881 hotel rooms! It is so large, that when we went to leave, we got lost!! We wandered around for about 20 minutes trying to find our way out! I was just beginning to think that we would never make it out and would miss our flight back home, when we ran into a nice man working at the hotel, who helped us find our way out.

Besides the beautiful indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls found in the Opryland Hotel, there is also an indoor river running through the jungle like atrium. We were there on a Sunday night, so the boat was not running, but it looked like it would have been an enjoyable ride.

Glass Sculpture in the lobby

Glass Sculpture in the lobby

At the top of the Delta Atrium in the Opryland Hotel

At the top of the Delta Atrium in the Opryland Hotel

 

This beautiful hotel is a great place to visit, even if you aren’t lucky enough to get to stay there! There is so much to see! We hope to visit the hotel again next summer when we return to Nashville for Kara’s graduation.

 

 

 

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Doug & Kathy enjoying the scenery!

 

 


Loving Nashville- Week 22- Project 365

March 11th, 2014
#35 I Believe in Nashville

#47 I Believe in Nashville

#48 Kara & Doug at Centennial Park in Nashville

#48 Kara & Doug at Centennial Park in Nashville

#49 Cool Old Tree

#49 Cool Old Tree

#50 Weird Tree

#50 Weird Tree

#51 The Parthenon in Centennial Park- Nashville

#51 The Parthenon in Centennial Park- Nashville

#52 Parthenon sculpture

#52 Parthenon sculpture

#53 Very Cool.........

#53 Very Cool………

 

 

 

 

 

 


Visiting Nashville

February 27th, 2014
Visiting Belmont University

Visiting Belmont University

 

Doug & Kathy on campus

Doug & Kathy on campus

Doug & I visited Kara in Nashville a couple of weeks ago. She is attending Belmont University, and is working towards her doctorate as an occupational therapist. The last time that we headed south to see her was when we moved her in August of 2012. It was “drip sweat” hot during that trip!

We landed in Tennessee on Friday afternoon to 55 degree weather. It was fabulous! And, before the afternoon was over, it was raining. It seemed like forever since we had seen rain! The best part was seeing Kara! We toured the Belmont campus when she first moved to Nashville, but now that she has been attending for a year and a half, she could show us the actual classrooms where she’s learning about all sorts of body parts and what they do.

Last November, when Doug had his knee surgery, when Kara was home for Thanksgiving, she explained to him what they had done and what he should do to speed up his recovery. While we visited this time, I told her about my sore fingers, and she told me what was wrong and gave me an exercise to stretch out something in my fingers (that I don’t remember the name) to help ease the pain.

Me & Jack Daniel

Me & Jack Daniel

 

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Chase, Jack Daniel & Kara

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064On Saturday, we headed to Lynchburg, Tennessee to visit the Jack Daniels distillery. It was a little chilly, but Kara said that was a good thing when it came time to head inside the actual plant. She had visited earlier in the summer, and the smell of the fermenting mash and whiskey were pretty strong inside when it was so hot outside. It was a fun and interesting tour.

Stay tuned, and I’ll give you a tour of the Opryland Hotel in my next post!

 

 


Snow & Cold- Week 21 Project 365

February 27th, 2014
#141 Glad I was inside

#141 Glad I was inside

#142 A cold seat

#142 A cold seat

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#143 Lovin’ the snow

 #144 Lighting the way


#144 Lighting the way

#145  Frozen weeds

#145 Frozen weeds

#146 Beautiful snow

#146 Beautiful snow

#147 Flocked tumble weeds

#147 Flocked tumble weeds

 

 

 

 

 

 


Still Winter- Week 20- Project 365

February 6th, 2014
#134- Still Digging

#134- Still Digging

#135- A cold bench

#135- A cold bench

#136- Bright but cold

#136- Bright but cold

#216- Cool shadows

#137- Cool shadows

#138- Enjoying the day

#138- Enjoying the day

#139- Waiting for Spring

#139- Waiting for Spring

#140- Majestic Eagle

#140- Majestic Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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