Thursday, April 30, 2009

I Love A Parade!

This is the reason you aren't watching a beautiful slideshow of the many pictures I took at the Kentucky Derby Parade tonight.


We watched the parade from Ted's downtown office - several floors up and a beautiful view of the parade. I took a photo of every entry, plus a clown or two, and of course, Elvis.

As I deleted two empty folders from the disk, Newman decided to jump off the desk, and his paw hit something on the keyboard that caused EVERY FILE ON THE DISK TO BE DELETED!

It happened so fast, I didn't even realize it - until that sick feeling came over me! Oh well, at least they weren't wedding photos!





Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Revenge of the Flying Ants!

Imagine spending a lovely day with two friends - breakfast at a place called Wild Eggs, sharing stories, laughing, giving a few bucks to the Horseshoe Casino penny slots, and upon arriving home and going downstairs to let the dog outside . . . . . . . . .

I

find

the

2,000

offspring

of

this

mother


IN MY LAUNDRY ROOM!

We're talking on the floor . . . . . . on the walls . . . . . on the window . . . . . on the cabinets . . . . . . on the dryer . . . . . .

FREAKING

ME

OUT!!!!

I had no idea what they were, or where they were coming from! Your brain doesn't work when you see something that gross! I didn't know what to do first. Stepping on them didn't kill them, I was afraid to spray the entire room with the only thing I had - wasp spray!

I gathered up all the rugs and threw them outside, shut the door so they couldn't go in the family room, and started smashing them with a paper towel. Yes, I am woman, hear me roar!

What seemed like hours later, I was sweating profusely, and feeling like they were crawling all over me! When I went outside, I saw the Head Mama Ant trying to get in the window - probably to protect her 2,000 wailing children.

Did you hear me roar? I smacked her with the pooper scooper. And then ran to get the camera! After all, that is some good blogworthy stuff!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Seeing Red!

Today is the color red!

Yes, I did get this adorable red lamp for $6.49 at Goodwill. And who cares if I have to spend $20 on a shade, the lamp was only $6.49! And who cares if I might have to repaint a room to go with this adorably cute $6.49 lamp!

This is Kentucky Derby week in Louisville. The winning horse on Saturday receives a beautiful blanket of red roses. We go to a Derby breakfast every year with my parents and their friends. We didn't go last year because I thought it would be too sad not having Mom and Dad there, but we plan to attend on Saturday. I'm making red rose flower pins for the ladies.

What else made me see red today? The U.S. Post Office! For months, I have been mailing my cat beds from my Etsy shop in a large box. On Friday, one of them was returned with over $11 owed for postage. Apparently the size of my box - which is clearly labeled on the bottom by the manufacturer - is 1/4" larger on one side which bumps it into the next higher priced category - making the postage more than the cost of the bed! Of course, they want me to use their large priority box - way too small.

Since I purchase my postage on-line, I went to the post office today to get my money refunded. Let's just say based on the ridiculous conversation I had with two men in the post office, it is a miracle they even got a job in the first place! I told them they have lost a customer as I will now be shipping with UPS - at a cheaper rate! I'm sure they could care less!

And from there, I went to the bank to contribute to my now growing headache! Two weeks ago, I needed a certified check on an account, and the only thing I had with the account number on it was a check re-order form. I didn't realize until I got home that the teller kept my form. Well, I knew she wouldn't order checks because I told her I was closing the account, and she even had to re-classify the account so it wouldn't get service charged. WRONG - checks came in the mail, and a $15 charge to the account! I got the refund.

Has anything made you see red today?



Sunday, April 26, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

So Bright You Need Shades!

Spring in Louisville lasts one day. Today is the day!

It's the perfect day where the sun is shining, the blooms are budding, there is a slight breeze, and no humidity. None of those factors all combine again until next spring. So, I decided to spend most of the day outside - putting down some mulch, and cutting the grass. I have the easy grass cutting duties - on a riding lawn mower at the back of our property - nice and flat!

Here is one of the areas of the yard that we don't cut until all the wildflowers stop blooming. There is usually a mix of purple and yellow, and I love them!

As I was coming back up the hill, I saw a very dirty Mr. Tommy Turtle. He came out of his winter funk to enjoy the day, but by the time I got the camera, I couldn't find him anymore. Turtles move a lot faster than you think!

And if you're ever looking for the perfect plant to grow that

1. spreads and gets totally out of control
2. is deer resistant
3. and smells yummy clean and fresh

then plant lemon balm! I can't seem to get rid of it! I had some in my front flower bed, but it took over the entire bed, so I planted it down the hill. I must remember that I have it when I do some cooking this summer. Who am I kidding . . . . . I don't cook! I must remember to give some to Doreen when she cooks!


Apparently deer don't like daffodils either because they are all still standing!

This is our neglected garden and flower beds. The chicken wire completely disintegrated, so we have that fun ahead of us. We'll wait until it's 90 degrees, 110 degrees with the humidity, and flies biting before we start that project!

I needed my shades today not because the sun was shining so beautifully, but because I had on shorts, and my white legs almost blinded me! Have a fun weekend!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

From My Piece of Earth

Happy Earth Day! It is a windy but sunny day in Kentucky. Here is what is blooming on my piece of earth today! My dogwood tree survived the winter - I heart dogwood trees!

And is there any smell more heavenly than lilacs? I don't think so!


Our weeping cherry has a few blooms too!

And look what we have here! I see three, but there may be one more - I was risking my life on a bouncy porch chair to get this picture before Mama came back!

Love the earth!




Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Physical Challenge!

I usually post this type of entry over at my Cat in the Clover blog, but since I've been busy working on items for my shop, I thought I'd post it here so you wouldn't think I sit around all day eating bon-bons!

This is Boogers. He is one of our Catster friends, and a good customer of my Esty shop! He is a handsome tuxedo cat - modeling one of my neckties.

Boogers' Mom asked if I could create one of my Stray Cat Softies to resemble Boogers. Here is Stray Cat #6 - Boogers Mini-Me - that I completed last night.

What do you think? Do they look alike?


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Hosta La Vista, Baby!

Every spring, there is one weekend where the weather cooperates, and if we don't get mulch down, the hostas are completely open and then the job is twice as difficult. Today was the day.

I can grow hostas! They like shade, and we've divided these quite a few times - so there are many hosta beds around our property. The ones outside our fence become a stalk garden because the deer love to eat the tender shoots and leaves, and then all I'm left with are the stalks!

And look what I found under our deck! This one is in the backyard where the dog goes, so I'll have to keep a close eye if baby birds appear in it!

And you're probably wondering why we're not downtown celebrating the Kentucky Derby Festival kick-off event - Thunder Over Louisville. An air show started this afternoon, and then the largest annual fireworks display in North America begins around 9 p.m.

We don't go because 750,000 people are there! Can you even imagine?




Friday, April 17, 2009

Beautiful!

Beautiful colon - the best I've seen all day . . . . . that is how the doctor described it!


And to think I now have several pictures of this thing of beauty! I wonder which one I should pick for over the mantle?

The good news? I don't have to do this again for 10 years!

The bad news? The nurse had trouble finding a vein. On the second attempt, as the vein was rolling, I could feel myself starting to pass out. One of the nurses monitoring my blood pressure got a cold rag for my neck. Then I started sweating profusely and came thisclose to blacking out. It was the worst part of the day! Another nurse had to be called in to make the THIRD attempt at getting the IV in. They used a 22 on me - a smaller needle that the anesthesiologists don't like because the fluid goes in slower.

I told Ted to write down that needle size because I'm not going through that torture again! You should see the bruises - not nearly as beautiful as that colon!

I had Ted scan the photos for me and put it on our network so I could get them from my computer. The file name he used? Butt good pictures!

My husband, the comedian!




Thursday, April 16, 2009

Whistle While You Work!

For the past few days, I've heard the sweetest little birdie singing. I knew he must be hanging around the front porch in order for me to hear him so clearly. I peeked out the window a couple of times and saw the bird fly off the porch.

Today, a gentleman from the Census bureau left a brochure at the front door. When I opened the door, a bunch of straw and dried grass came into the hallway. That is when I saw the nest!

That little stinker built it on top of the wreath I have hanging on the door. No eggs in it yet. I wonder who builds the nest - Daddy, Mommy, or both?

No more opening the front door until I find out if there will be eggs. And of course, if there are eggs, I'll be a wreck until they are born, and safely out of the nest. This seems to happen every year, and usually it is in a hanging basket! Remember this nest from last summer? Well, at least it will provide good blog material!

I changed my blog header because this Saturday is the kick-off of the Kentucky Derby Festival - two weeks of events leading up to the Kentucky Derby which is the first Saturday in May.

I was so excited to find those vintage photos while looking through my parents' stash of pictures. They are from the 1950 Kentucky Derby, and my grandparents had visitors in town. Naturally, the ladies wore hats!




Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Keeping My Promise!

Ted and I made a promise to each other . . . . . . to try to be healthy and stick around for each other for a long time. I'm not talking about the promise we made when we got married because who even remembers most of what you said or did on that day?

I'm talking about the promise we made that when we turned the magical age of 50, we would do the screenings that can help prevent cancer from starting or spreading.

After all, we go to the dentist twice a year . . . . . we get flu shots . . . . . I get an annual mammogram . . . . . I take allergy shots . . . . . we get our eyes examined . . . . . . why should it stop there?

I am a firm believer in taking charge of your health and doing everything you can to prevent problems. I'm not one of those who would rather not know until it's too late! I've seen what cancer does to a family, and it is not something you ever want to experience!

So, I promised Ted that if he got a colonoscopy when he turned 50, that I would do the same when I turned 50.

He fulfilled his promise several years ago.

And yes, I'm only two years late on keeping the promise. I can forgive myself because those two years were like a whirlwind in our lives. And just when did I turn 50? I'm sure that I'm still in my 40's!

As I was driving home from getting my hair layered yesterday (and yes, Ted liked it, and yes, I figured out how to make it look the same today), I saw a billboard that read:

98% of colon cancers can be cured!

Well, the truth is they can be cured if they are caught in time. Katie Couric knows all too well what happens when they aren't caught in time.

So, even though this isn't a subject anybody likes talking about, I hope you will add getting a colonoscopy to your list of things to do when you turn 50! The good news is you only have to get one every 10 years - if only the gynocologist visit was like that!

I'll be getting mine on Friday.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Just "Do" It!

When he gets home tonight, Ted is going to discover that he has a new wife!


Well, it's the same wife, just a new do! This is a drastic change for me - layers! What was I thinking? Of course, I can never get it to look the way my hairgal does - wouldn't it be nice to have a hairgal every day?

I'll let you know tomorrow whether I made a mistake or not!




Monday, April 13, 2009

A Touch of Spring!




Enjoy a few of the pretty wildflowers blooming around my yard!




Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Springtime at the Cemetery

Ted and I went to the cemetery today to put flowers at three gravesites. There is something beautiful and peaceful about being in a cemetery when it is a gorgeous day like today. The pear tree blooms are finished, but the dogwood blooms are starting to open. These tulips were the prettiest shade of red.

These pink blooms are my favorite!

The bees like them too!

We put flowers at Mom and Dad's grave, and then walked a short distance to my aunt's grave (Mom's twin sister). A short drive from there is where my grandparent's are buried (Mom's parents). It is still so sad to think about the family that shared my entire life, and now they are gone.

This statue of St. Francis of Assisi is close to my grandparents' gravesite. It seems appropriate that the patron saint of animals would be watching over them since they are the ones that instilled the love of pets in my Mom and aunt.


I hope you all have a blessed Easter ~




Thursday, April 9, 2009

Red Hot Shower!

We had a theme - because Amelia Bedelia was her favorite when she was little.

We had a bride-to-be - because her Mom is a Red Hot!

We had flowers - because who doesn't love flowers?

We had family - because weddings and family go together!

We had food and a beautiful cake - because who doesn't want to eat three different quiches, salad, and fruit?


We had games - because the Red Hots are attempting every version of bingo before we die!



We had friends - because friends make the world go 'round!


We had Red Hots dressed as Amelia or in shower attire - because if you want fun, you have Red Hots involved!

And we had a cute dog - just because!

Oh, and there were presents, and candles, and advice, and blue drinks, and stories, and laughter, and all the other fun things that happen at a bridal shower!