Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Remember the Instant Win gold Derby Festival pin I got? I had to trade it in to be eligible for the Grand Prizes.

The pin I got in exchange is a rainbow pin - not a pin that can be purchased, so it is unique like the gold pin.

And now I'm eligible for a slew of Grand Prizes - most worth $2,500 and a 2010 Hondo CRV as one of the prizes too!

Along with my rainbow pin, I received this Instant Prize envelope! I couldn't wait to see what wonderful instant prize awaited me - perhaps dinner for 2, a gift certificate from an exciting, fun store . . . . . the possibilities were endless!

Drumroll, please . . . . . . . . A certificate to Kart Kountry . . . . . . good for one free go-kart or thunderbolt ride on the longest go-kart track in the world, AND one free game of miniature golf!

I know, you wish you were me!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Measuring Time

How do you measure the passing of time? If you have children, their birthdays are probably the way you realize how time has passed.

Things are a lot different in the world of the child-free family. For as long as I can remember, I've put dates on our calendar . . . . . . birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, deaths - not just our families, but also many occasions in the lives of our friends. It is my way of remembering them. I'm not always very good about sending out cards on certain occasions, but I do keep them in my thoughts on that day.

Today is the third anniversary of Autumn's journey to the bridge. You might think it is silly to keep a remembrance of that day, but every one of the dogs and cats that have shared my life have brought something special to it, and I owe it to them to keep them in my thoughts on a day that changed the complexion of our family.

Autumn was a feisty little girl, and she loved life. She was rescued from a camping area in Indiana when Ted and I had taken a weekend getaway with our dog, Patoka. It was Ted's birthday weekend. Autumn followed us around because she was interested in playing with Patoka. She slept outside our cabin. I gave her food, and a flea collar. And I cried the entire weekend for this malnourished stray.

Ted said it was the worst birthday ever. But it was also the best birthday ever because when we drove back to Louisville, Autumn was in the car with us. We took her straight to our vet's office to get cleaned up and spayed while we came up with a plan to find her a home.

We tried to pass her off as a beagle to one of Ted's colleague's boys. They took one look at her and said, she's not a beagle!

Thank you for not being a beagle, Autumn. Those boys missed out on a great dog! We'll always remember your gentle nature.

P.S. Happy 21st birthday yesterday to Zack!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Nice Surprise!

I was coming home around 6:30 tonight and saw four deer across from the entrace to our neighborhood. If you click on the picture to see it full sized, you can check out the sweet face! I was only able to get two of them in the picture. I didn't dare get out of the car or they would run.

I could never be a hunter or understand it. My neighbor is teaching his new dog to be a duck dog. He has a whistle and a fake duck, and he throws it a million times, blows the whistle for different commands and the dog goes and retrieves the fake duck.

Do we really need to be shooting ducks?

Ugh . . . . . . .

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Birthday to Remember

Today is my Dad's birthday . . . . he would have been 89 years young. Despite being almost 86 when he passed away, he never seemed like an old man to me.

I've missed him so much the past three years. It still feels strange that someone who was in my life for my entire life is no longer here. I guess you never really get over that feeling.

We plan to celebrate his life tonight by going out to dinner. We won't have the waiters sing Happy Birthday because he hated that more than anything. I'm sure the angels singing to him will sound better than any waiter could!

Instant Win!

The Kentucky Derby Festival sponors 70+ events leading up to the first Saturday in May's running of the Kentucky Derby.

Every year they sell a Derby Festival pin that acts as your admission ticket into most of the events. I buy two pins every year, and this is the first year that I was suprised with a gold Instant Win pin!

I have to turn the pin in, and in exchange I'll receive a similar gold plastic pin, and I'm eligible for 14,000 prizes and 15 Grand Prizes! The Grand Prizes include a Honda CRV and Ultimate Vacation Packages (whatever that means!).

Woo Hoo! You can click on the first picture to see a close up of previous years' pins.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Our neglected-for-three-years garden was full of leaves, weeds, growing trees, catnip that never dies, and deteriorated chicken wire. Luckily, it is located at the bottom of our property, so I don't have to see it!

We spent two days getting it all cleaned up and added new black plastic fencing to keep the deer and bunnies out. The catnip is getting transferred to some pots. We're hoping the seedless blackberry bushes come back to life.

I have a lot of different bulbs in the flower beds around the garden, and the deer are already eating the new growth. They don't like daffodils, so I'll have a few blossoms to photograph! The garden is Ted's responsiblity. It's enjoyable until the summer gets here and the flies start biting!

Do you have a garden? What do you plant?

Monday, March 22, 2010

I Can Pick 'Em!

Tonight starts another round of Dancing with the Stars! The Red Hots drew names and put $5 in the pot! I have a better chance of going to the moon than winning this time.

I guess there is always hope. Remember how last season started? I didn't think I had a chance to win it, but extra picks when mine got knocked out landed me with Donny Osmond, and we all know how that story ended!

I'm hoping all the old people will already be in bed and not able to vote for Buzz. I desperately need the extra pick again!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

King of the Wild Frontier

Ted was a fan from the time he was 9 months old - notice the Davy Crockett pants! What little boy didn't want to grow up to be just like Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett?

Fess Parker died today at the age of 85 - on his wife's 84th birthday. We heard it on the news tonight while we were eating dinner. It made me all teary-eyed to think of his wife, and that is when Ted promised that he won't die on my birthday!

Good to know . . . . . . .

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Here's hoping your day is full of green goodness or risk getting pinched! Newman may or may not be Irish, but he will be getting kissed today!

I don't advocate cats smoking!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Count Us In!

Our official Census form arrived today. I knew it would be arriving this week because apparently the government has extra money to throw around and can send out reminder letters that this form will be arriving the following week.

I was so irritated that money was spent on a reminder letter - how ridiculous! I can think of many charities that would love to have that money!

Have you been counted yet?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

All Hail to the Hail!

We had quite a hail storm early this afternoon. It was so loud from the ice pounding on the house and windows - the cats were running to hide under the nearest bed!

And now the sun is out and it's 54 degrees! I'm looking forward to the clock change this weekend. I love having it stay light late in the evening!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Red Hots Do Fancy!

The Red Hots played grown-up last night and went to Seviche's restaurant! We usually don't do fancy schmancy, but after all, it was Red Hot Bargain Babe's birthday, and you only celebrate 55 once in a lifetime!

Enjoy the food tour!

I can't wait to ditch the black shoes in favor of open toes and pedicures! Looks like Peggy has already gone there!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Call Me . . . . . Or Not!

I'm declaring today a no-phone day! Isn't it pathetic that people can't enjoy doing anything anymore without constantly checking their phone for text messages or phone calls? Are you really that important? Really?

Before I left for my training walk around the neighborhood, I called AT&T because my house phone has been humming and full of static. Of course, I didn't get to actually talk to someone - the entire report was done by me either talking to some recorded gal or punching in numbers.

She mentioned something about an $85 service charge, blah, blah, blah, couldn't hear the entire message because of all the static.

So, as I'm enjoying my walk and listening to all the birds singing, my cell phone rings. It only rings twice and then it stops. I noticed that it was my mother-in-law. So, I called her back because her sister has been in the hospital for a week due to low blood platelets. As you may remember, these are the two gals that gained me sainthood.

Well, after the phone call, I know my sainthood is still going strong! My MIL can't hear on the cell phone - with or without hearing aids. So, on her original call to me, she didn't know how many times it had rung, and didn't know if I had even answered it.

It was a miracle that she answered when I called back, but the entire conversation was one sided because everytime I tried to say something, she would blurt out, I can't hear anything on this phone! She wasn't even sure when to hang up but luckily someone else was in the room, so I got all the scoop from them.

As I headed home, I saw the AT&T guy in my yard working on my home phone. He discovered that it was a problem on the outside, so I won't be charged anything. I was impressed that they came out that quickly. AT&T must be hurting for business . . . . . . or wants to impress me so that I'll switch my cell phone to them.

If they make a phone my MIL can hear on, I might consider it . . . . . . .