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Just Flowers

This has been such a busy week, that I really have nothing prepared for today, so I thought I would post some photos of the flowers in our yard. Some of the photos are of this Spring, but most are form last Summer. I adore our yard for the bright colors and constant active blooms all through the warmer months.

We actually have lots more, but I’m waiting for the new blooms to get updated pictures for you – they are much fuller plants this year and look lovely.

When we bought our house 10 years ago, it had exactly two trees in the yard and lots of weeds! (henbit! my yard is full of it!) All of the flowers, flower beds, rock beds, bushes and small trees (plus the actual grass that is now growing) are the direct result of all of my husband’s hard work.

Isn’t he amazing? (You can’t have him, but I will rent him out! LOL)

Have A Fabulous Day!!

Keep Smiling! They’re Contagious!!

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Our First Dog Show!!

To say that my family is full of animal lovers would be a major understatement. Most of us, with a couple of exceptions, have an deep seated love and admiration for animals of all kinds, not just pets. Most of my siblings prefer the company of animals to people. We do not understand, nor make friends with, people that don’t like animals, or treat them poorly. We champion the cause of animals everywhere.

All of this is why is seems strange that I had never been to a live dog show, having watched them my whole life on television. My sister, her daughters, and I went to our first live show this past Saturday after a wonderful morning of going to yard and estate sales (yesterday’s post), and boy, did we have a blast!!

I’m not including details with the photos because there were just too many to try keep track of.

I’ve saved one of my personal favorite breeds for last. My top favorite is Pitbull (or any variation thereof), but the Cane Corso is right up there neck in neck with them. They have a look like one has crossed it Pitbull and a Bull Mastiff.  To say that they are big, would be a joke.

Here is an 8 month old puppy that was brought to visit the show with his parents. It’s not a very good picture, but our excitement level was pretty high at finally seeing one in ‘person’.

Isn’t he stunning? Just look at that stance! That’s my arm and my sister in the shot, isn’t she beautiful?

This is a Cane Corso sire and dame that were there for the show. They were quite impressive! As you can tell, the one standing wanted some attention while the other really did NOT want to bothered.  Yup, gotta love big dogs with attitude!!

Really big difference in the mood of the dogs – One says ‘Pet me, pet me!’, while the other says ‘Go away, or else!’ Hard to believe they are from same home! LOL

Here are my nieces with a simply gorgeous German Shepherd.  Aren’t the girls beautiful?

Just so that everyone knows, my mood was great all day, and I didn’t have a single, solitary problem socializing with the strangers at the dog show, or the yard sales! I think it was because I was with my sister and her girls, and of course the dogs!

If you like animals, and get the opportunity, I recommend dog shows for ‘happy days’ outings!! If there is no official ‘show’, go to your local pound or humane society and make your own by playing with a few of their borders, it’s mood booster every time! You may even get a new best friend!

Have a Wonderful, and Wonder-Filled Day!

Don’t Forget To Smile! They’re Contagious!

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Pennies of Graves

Have you ever needed a ‘mental health day’? Do you take these type of days off on occasion just to decompress, de-stress, and concentrate on yourself? I think these days are important to a person’s well-being, mental health, and just a good, fun way to spend a little time away from the ‘daily grind’ of life. After all, I may be disabled and work from home, but my day still starts around 5 a.m. with my husband’s.  We all have stress to some degree or another and need breaks from it now and again.

Thursday, on a glorious, although chilly, Spring day, my younger sister, Jackie, and I took the day to go to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.  The area was formed in 1963 when the Army Corps of Engineers built Kentucky Dam and the Government basically stole the land from the many families that had lived there for generations. Some of the ruins of the old homesteads are still quite visible to this day – but we were unable to get through those rough roads this early in the year (my Accord can’t do too much of that!).

We were able to get to this beautiful family cemetery located on one of the little gravel roads and found that someone had truly cared for and taken care of this one many years ago and it still showed.



Someone had taken the time to plant daffodils around the graves! The more recent ones, did not have them, only the older ones, even the children. The amount of love that went into this act just made it perfectly clear that this family was close. They loved each other, and seemed to really put alot into that. It was plainly evident by not just the daffodils, but also the perfectly kept fence that went around it, the strong wooden gate with secure latch, the way there was no trash or big tree limbs laying about from the Winter, and the pennies.

Yes, pennies. Plain old copper pennies. See it? Shines bright, right in the center.

This penny could be from another soldier, or a simple friend.

Why on Earth would someone leave pennies on a grave, you ask?

Vietnam War

During the Vietnam War, it became popular to leave coins on the graves of fallen soldiers. The denomination of the coin held significance in this case. A penny was left by a casual friend or acquaintance. Someone who trained in boot camp with the deceased would leave a nickel. A soldier from the same company would leave a dime and a family member a quarter. The coins were a way to for soldiers to leave a message to the family of the fallen when they didn’t have direct contact. The money was also sometimes considered a down payment on a beer or a hand of poker when the mourner met the deceased again.

Paying the Ferryman

The custom of leaving a coin for the dead to pay the Ferryman to take them into the next world goes back to Greek mythology. Charon, the Ferryman of Hades, is said to require one coin in payment. Any spirit that cannot pay the fee is left to wonder the shores of the River Styx, between this world and the next. It was tradition to leave the coin in the dead person’s mouth or to place coins over the eyes of the deceased. It is common now to see pennies left on a grave to pay the ferryman.


Pennies are left on graves, most of all, in remembrance of the deceased. Leaving a coin from your pocket is a way to leave a part of yourself at the burial site. The coin is a visual reminder that, even in death, the memory of the deceased lives on. It is also a sign of respect to the dead, as it shows that their memory has value to you and is something you want to commemorate.


Coins left in Remembrance. (I’m not showing the entire stone here because it’s that of a very small child.)

We took many pictures that day, but I really wanted to share these first to show the beauty of the love, devotion, and respect, that this family had, and still has, for each other and their roots. It brings to my mind the old days when families really stuck together and took care of each other.

Do you ever wonder what happened to change things? I’d love to know your opinion on this! Please comment and let me know what you think!

Have a Wonderful, and Wonder-Filled, Day!!

Don’t Forget to Smile! They’re Contagious!


A Drive on One Back Road

A simple country field that we saw shortly after turning onto the road.  Every Spring in the country, daffodils pop up in some of the oddest places!

My sister and I went for nice, long drive in the country yesterday during which I stopped to take a few pictures.  I’ve always loved photographic art and have wanted to take classes but I never have.  All I used was my phone (it’s a Samsung S7 Active), and the filters it provides – I haven’t even downloaded any different ones! I’ve left a bit of a “riddle” I guess you could say at the end with two pictures. The situation depicted has baffled some of the locals in the area for years. Perhaps you can answer it.

An Abandoned Barn

Not as dilapidated as some, this old stock barn brought to mind what society tends to do to the members of our society that are not as useful as others. It ignores and abandons them.

We came upon this beautiful barn that has obviously seen more useful days. Thinking that it must be in rougher shape than I thought since it was abandoned, I went inside hoping to get some photos looking up into a ceiling full of holes……only to be quite surprised by the solid wood structure I stood in. I didn’t take a picture looking up because the second floor is actually still there! I didn’t venture up there, my sister was waiting patiently for me to finish my picture taking, or I certainly would have! Here are some pictures of the barn and its contents.

The second floor opening where they would load and toss out the hay and feed bales to the animals.
A view from just inside one door and looking straight through the other into the woods behind the barn. Looks like “The Light at The End of The Tunnel” to me.
Each stall of this barn has a window, which makes this the barn with the most windows I’ve ever seen! 

You just never know what you might find in an old barn in the country. This one didn’t have much in it at all. A few critters scurried about when I walked in, but they were too fast and hidden for a photo. Maybe one day I will sit quietly in a corner for a few hours until they come out…..I would most certainly do that for a good picture or two!

One of the feed troughs in the stalls. As low as it is on the wall, I am thinking this was for a small group of cows? It’s too tall for pigs, and too low for horses. I think.

Directly across the road from this barn, was a little shed hiding in the trees:

The Riddle

OK, here’s the riddle. We happened upon this tobacco barn in the middle of this open field. For those that don’t know, this is where tobacco leaves are hung up and smoked. It’s a wonderfully sweet and pleasing smell in the country air that most have come to love. Unless of course you work in it – that is a different story!

Notice anything strange? This old barn has a brand new mailbox. See a house? Anything that looks like one might have EVER been there? 

A view across the road from the barn so that you can see that there really is NO HOME to receive this mail.

Across the road, and STILL NO HOME.

A couple of interesting close-ups.

After speaking to my brother-in-law, who has lived in this area his entire life, I was told that this barn has always had a mailbox. But, why? No one seems to know. I suppose the folks that own the land know, but finding them and simply asking would take all of the fun out of it wouldn’t it?

If it’s mail for the farm, why wouldn’t it go directly to the people?

If it’s personal, why at the barn?

For that matter, why at the barn period? No matter what kind or who’s mail it is, WHY AT THAT BARN in the middle of BFKentucky?

I just don’t get it. But I’m the ‘crazy’ one? Um, YEAH. LOL

Have a wonderful, and wonder-filled day today!

Don’t forget to smile! They’re contagious!?