Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Not sure what kind of parents we'll be....

So Hannah has had this issue with barking. Not just a little bark when someone walks down the street, but really obnoxious loud barking, jumping all around, etc. It's really a problem when the mail gets the delivered or the UPS man has a package to drop at our house (which, given Pete's job, he does every other day). Since we have family with little ones coming for Thanksgiving, we decided to nip this problem in the bud and get her a barking collar.

I picked one up yesterday after work and we put it on her right away, eagerly anticipating her first lesson. Well the mail had already come, so I went outside and rang the doorbell. No fooling her, she knew it was me and wagged her tail. Not to be outdone, Pete put on a baseball cap, went out the back door, then came around front and banged on the door really hard. I nearly fell out of my desk chair, but Hannah knew it was Pete and didn't really react.

Not 15 minutes later a stranger approached our door with some kind of flyer about a lost cat --Hannah started barking and I thought, 'at last! time for her to learn her lesson!' I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS GOING TO BE ABSOLUTE TORTURE!!! Her whole body went stiff and she yowled and yowled --which made it shock her more --and all of the hair on her body stood on end...meanwhile, I stood in the corner crying, calling for Pete to make it stop. So I'm a big sissy who can't discipline my dog.

Now Hannah is afraid to even come in the living room, she won't lie in the sunbeam (her favorite thing to do) and she followed us around all night with her little ears tucked back.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Their Place on Earth

Today we went to our good friends' Carden & Courtney's wedding. They run a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm together in Henry county. Their wedding/reception was held at the Smith-Berry Winery near their farm, A Place on Earth. It was the nicest wedding ceremony! I didn't take any pictures of the ceremony because I was practically sobbing. We sat inside a barn that opened up onto a pasture with sheep in the background. Carden's parents together walked him up to the front of the area where we were seated, then Courtney's parents walked her up from the other side. Carden's dad's a minister so he performed the ceremony. Courtney's family brought soil from her maternal grandparents' house in California, and her paternal grandparents' house in Lexington. Carden's family brought soil from the two towns in Tennessee where his two parents grew up. They poured their soils together into this decorative urn while Mr. Willis spoke about the four families coming together for their wedding and now Carden and Courtney will have that soil to plant on their farm --it sounds hokey but was really moving. After Mr. Willis' homily, several family members read different poems, and Carden's brother Damon sang a song. Once the rings were exchanged, Carden's other brother and his wife sang a song while playing their guitars. Then Carden and Courtney exchanged their vows --which they'd written themselves --it was just so nice.
The reception was a potluck, and about 30 seconds into it, Pete and I were asking ourselves why we hadn't had a potluck --the food was so good!
All the flowers were from their farm --really pretty wildflowers. Courtney's mom made the cake --the wedding topper is from her grandparents' wedding cake sixty some years ago!

The lovely bride and groom

The music during the reception was from a bluegrass duo on guitar and mandolin. (I think it was a mandolin -you'd think of all people I could identify musical instruments, oh well) We sat with all of Pete's old friends from high school --it was a mini cross-country team reunion for them.

That's mostly it, I just wanted to share what I could of such a special day. I am so happy for Carden and Courtney and so proud of how they live their lives.

Saturday, October 20, 2007


Well, we might not have won the game, but we sure had a good day with it!

At 9:30am we went to College Game Day on campus
we saw some celebrity UK fans
Then we came home to prepare for our Gator Roast
It was such a nice day -we didn't want to waste it outside-so Pete moved the t.v. out of the guest bedroom and onto the deck!

A good time was definitely had by all --and 45-37 is really not a shutout!
(if you want a wordier recap, visit Pete's blog)

Friday, October 19, 2007


well, it does in Texas.....
Tonight Pete and I went to our first high school football game in Lexington --my first h.s. football game since Cooper's Homecoming my freshman year of college ('98). We went to the Dunbar/Lafayette game --crosstown rivals, so we thought surely a good game. The game itself was good --Lafayette won with a field goal in the last second, and the night was cool and crisp --great for being outdoors. But there was no halftime show! And the stands were practically empty!
The away team only has that tiny little area of stands--it made me sad, and homesick of West Texas football. And THEN, at halftime, the poor Lafayette team had to huddle in a corner in the grass --there weren't any locker rooms for the visitors!
That's not how it was for us in Texas was it? We still had a good time, so that's all that matters. Next Friday we might go to another local high school's game --any suggestions?

Now tomorrow is the BIG GAME. I can't write too much because I'm sure Pete will have something to say one way or the other, but I did purchase a pound of GATOR meat this afternoon and we are having people over for a Gator Roast. Look for us tomorrow on ESPN's College Game Day --I'll be with the crazy redhead wearing the curly blue wig ---GO CATS!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Well, I didn't get a new car today, but I did get a new washing machine! Yay for more cubic footage of washing space!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


I usually listen to a combination of 80's pop, Outkast, and Justin Timberlake when I'm running, but I knew I wanted to take it easy today and was interested to see how I'd do with other types of music. I cued up my iPod and off we went --let me tell you, the Nutcracker followed by Swan Lake did not let me down! I don't own too many classical CDs, I'm thinking of trying Carmina Burana next.....what can I say, I'm a music dork. See my brother's blog if you need proof that it's genetic.

In other news, Josie peed on the sofa and Hannah's bed Sunday afternoon, our washing machine died while it was mid-cycle cleaning the sofa cushion cover et al, and my car died Monday driving home from HH Gregg where I was checking out new machines. So, needless to say, it's been a hectic week around here. We bought Josie a collar at Petsmart last night and are going to see if we can make her an outdoor kitty. We've heard of outside cats becoming indoor ones, but not the reverse, so wish us luck. She acted like this last year before her surgery (yes, we paid for our CAT to have surgery) and we knew if the behavior returned, we'd have to get rid of our beloved pussum. We dropped my car off at the shop this morning and they are going to run some more diagnostic tests on it tomorrow, but so far, nothing. I hesitated on getting a new machine so the repair people are going to come tomorrow to see if our washer can be fixed.

That's it from here --I'll keep you posted on any updates.

Sunday, October 07, 2007


Just wanted to assure those of of you who are headed over for Turkentucky 2007 that we'll be ready. Pete (Carter) really threw down the gauntlet last year with the deep-fried turkey in Omaha. Pete (Crawford) and I didn't want to let any of you down, so today we purchased the necessary equipment.

Let's just hope we can figure out how to use it! We might call on the skills of Omaha Pete for assistance.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Last night we had Hope and Jeff's rehearsal dinner in Louisville. Pete had a work meeting in Louisville in the afternoon so he stayed up there and I drove up after work to meet him at the church. I called when I was 20 minutes away to double-check where I should go, and, using the directions Pete printed out for me I was in INDIANA for a brief moment last night....
Thanks to cell phones we got it worked out --Pete had entered the wrong destination address on MapQuest, and Louisville pretty much blends into southern Indiana, but still...

Monday, October 01, 2007



If you've never been to one you might not understand the significance of this gift ---trust me, just drive down Nicholasville Rd and drop by, you won't regret it.