Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Another Year Has Gone By

It was three years ago today that my Dad passed away at the age of 85. I hope I live to be 85, and I hope I look and act younger than 85 when I get there. He did.

There are times it feels so strange to not have my parents around. I guess when you've had someone in your life for your entire lifetime, you don't even think about what it will be like when they are no longer part of it.

But, you can still imagine how they would react to certain things. Take last night, for example. My Dad was a huge U of L fan. Now, if you know anything about the state of Kentucky, you know that basketball is the #1 college sport. And the biggest rival for the University of Louisville is the University of Kentucky. Blue was my Dad's least favorite color!

So, last night when the #1 ranked University of Kentucky Wildcats played South Carolina, and the headlines this morning said:

No. 1 and Done: Kentucky Falls to South Carolina

I knew my Dad would be smiling!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Saint Laura of Louisville

I became a Saint over the weekend. I heard it takes three miracles to become one. In my case, it only took two miracles because the case involved two 80+ year old women!

What miracle did I perform, you ask?

I got one of those 80+ year old women, my mother-in-law, signed up for automatic bill pay for her main bills - electric, gas, phone, cable, garbage pickup, and water. Now, you may think this was an easy task, but add in the factor of her being practically deaf on the phone, and you'll understand why it was more difficult.

And then there is the other 80+ year old woman - my mother-in-law's sister. She is not married, has no children, and refuses to get either a power of attorney or a will. I think I convinced her to let me get her bills automatically paid too. Oh sure, I had to pull out the 'ole what if you have a stroke and can't sign your name story. She is one tough nut to crack. Her main concern was not being able to balance her checkbook to the penny.

Here are two items to add to the list of things you don't want happening to you when you get old - stubbornness and deafness! And is it really that important to balance your checkbook to the penny? I'm not convinced!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Good Music, Bad Clothes!

Tonight we're going to the Louisville Orchestra's Pop Series - Disco Days and Boogie Nights! Ahh, the 70's! I graduated from high school smack dab in the middle of the decade . . . . where hair couldn't be longer or straighter . . . . . . . where clothes were nothing but hideous!

This is one of my senior photos. All senior photos in the 70's involved a tree . . . . either sitting on it, posing with a hand on it, or peeking out from behind it.

It should be a flashback kind of night!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Weird Weather!

Well, we're not having massive amounts of snow, or major flooding like in other areas of the country, but it has been very foggy the past few days. This picture was taken while I was driving home this afternoon. We're supposed to maybe be in the 60's tomorrow and 30's all next week! I'd just like to see the sun again soon!

I was happy to see on the news that the dog in California that was stuck in a flooded area was rescued by helicopter today!

Stay safe!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Curiosity Kills 'Em Every Time!

I locked the cats in a bedroom yesterday while the carpet was being cleaned. Funny how they can spend the entire day in that bedroom every other day of the week, but the minute the door gets closed on them, staying in one place takes on an entirely new meaning!

Banging on the door didn't get them what they wanted, and as soon as the machine started making noise, they decided being in the bedroom was a good thing.

Of course, the minute I let them out, they had to explore!

We finally got everything moved back in place, and it feels good to have clean carpet - at least until the first hairball comes up!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Honey Do . . . . .

When almost everything had been moved out of the bedroom because the carpet is getting cleaned tomorrow, I couldn't think of a better opportunity to paint the ceiling.

After all, I've been looking at the repaired area from our roof leak problem for over a year. And now that the new roof is on and there isn't a chance of a repeat leak, I did some suggesting and begging to have Ted paint the ceiling today.

I don't mind painting walls, but ceilings take too much strength. So, I was the supervisor and helper. You don't realize how dingy your ceilings are until that fresh coat of paint goes on!

What did you do on this Martin Luther King holiday?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Blast From the Past!

Over on Facebook, we've been having fun putting up retro pictures for our profile picture. It is fun to see what friends looked like as young kids, teenagers, or young adults.

In looking through my parents' photos, I came across this picture of me - probably my first photo with a cat. It must have been a premonition of my future with felines! The cat was either Sammy, Chessy, or Tabby - the three we had when I was little.

Don't those retro curtains crack you up? Have a great weekend - I'm glad our snow is gone!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What We Didn't Know!

The first Red Hot get-together for the new year was dinner at P.F. Chang's tonight. Phyllis was our hostess, and we had to email her two things that we didn't think anyone in the group knew about us.

And then the guessing began. We've all been friends for years, and thought we knew everything about each other . . . . . . but we didn't! It was a fun game - try it sometime with a group of friends.

The dessert tray was too tempting for Sharon - plastic or not!

We missed you, Doreen!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Laura Treks!

In November, I'll be Trekkin' for Ta-Tas in the land that I love - Arizona - in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure! It is a 60 mile walk over three days, and lots of training needs to take place between now and then!

I thought I'd document my adventure in a new blog - Laura Treks! I hope you will support me on this journey by following my new blog. And if you give to any cancer organizations in 2010, I would greatly appreciate your helping me reach my $2,300 goal by clicking on my donation page which can be found on the right side of both blogs.

I'll be walking on the Trekkin' for Ta-Tas team, and walking in memory of my Mom, her twin sister, and my cousin. I'll also be trekkin' in honor of my aunt and Ted's cousin. All these people in my life have had breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer, or in my Mom's case - both.

If you donate to my goal, please let me know who in your life has had this terrible disease - I'll have their names with me as I walk! And don't forget to get your annual mammogram in 2010 - I've got my appointment tomorrow!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Bags of Love!

Despite what you may think after looking at these photos, bags of love does not refer to the ones under my eyes or around Ted's middle!

Some of my favorite pictures of us are from special occasions in beautiful locations. This is from my first trip to Arizona while Ted was attending graduate school in Tucson. It was during Thanksgiving and we took a trip to the Grand Canyon.

We got engaged around Thanksgiving time in Sedona, Arizona.

We went back to Sedona on our 20th wedding anniversary, and tried to find the same rock to take this photo.

And this past summer we were in Utah at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. I love this picture because it was one of those set the camera, run to get in place, and hope it turns out pictures. The background almost looks fake it is so spectactularly beautiful! And yes, I realize we are wearing the same colors from the 20th anniversary picture. We do own more clothes!

Which brings me to Bags of Love! I had our vacation photo turned into a 16 x 20 canvas print and it arrived today. I was very pleased with the quality - be sure to check out the Bags of Love website the next time you want a unique, personalized gift! They offer photo books, calendars, bedding, home gifts, and lots more! You'll also find a link on the right side of my page to their website.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Do You Click Everyday?

It takes less than a minute to help out six deserving charities. And you only have to go to one site. Each button below represents a group - surely you are passionate about one of these. Put one on your blog to remind you to click each day. Once you click, you'll notice tabs across the top of the page for each of the six sites - it's a good New Year's resolution that won't cost you a dime!

Purple - Animal Rescue Site

Pink - Breast Cancer Site
Blue - Child Health Site
Orange - Literacy Site

Yellow - Hunger Site

Green - Rainforest Site
Each click represents different things - from paying for mammograms, cups of food, or feeding animals. And you'll also find some very cool stuff from the sponsors at each site - unique gifts for all occasions!

I've made it easy for you today - click one of the buttons and get started!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Winter has arrived. This is a view from the front porch.

This is the view from the back deck.

Okay, winter can now be over. Stay warm!

Sunday, January 3, 2010