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October 14, 2006

Down on the Farm

Well, it's an exciting day for me. After learning how to "blog" on my cross-country trip with Julie in August, and thanks to Julie's boyfriend Dave and his computer talents, I now have my own website and blog! So here goes. Hope you all enjoy!

It is one of those glorious fall days at Thirsty Boots and I just couldnt' help take my camera out to try and catch some of the morning sunlight and sights of the farm.

A nippy start to the day.

First frost.




With a little help from a beaver, two trees (red leaves in the water) that have fallen into the pond.


Regal Lady

Goofy Tucker....clean for once.

Jay Blue continues to try to get into the cottge, her first home with Grandmother.


One of the girls.

Oreo and friends

Sweetie, the barn cat, says "Good morning."

We're putting a pergola on the guest cottage to support Auntie Kay's wisteria (grown from seeds from a 70 year old plant).

View of the setting sun on the trees through our new French doors.

Outside view of terrace.

Our gargoyle.

Setting sun on tree tops.

Fall Planting

So on this glorious fall day, I spent part of the day planting daffiodil bulbs....and not just a few, but 300. This was in addition to the 400 I panted on Columbus Day. I had help from my friend, Bev Medlin.

I met Bev years ago when our kids were on the same US swim team. She was a devoted volunteer then and is still a hard-working individual now. Bev has vast experience in landscaping and volunteered to help me plant my bulbs. Believe it or not, it took about 2 1/2 hours on Monday and 1 3/4 hours today to get all 700 bulbs snuggly planted in the ground. Unfortunately, now I have to wait approximatley 4500 hours (6 months) to view the results of our labors.

Bev recently returned from a safari in East Africa and her hike up Mt. Kilamanjaro. The following photo shows her at the peak, I believe. When I asked her how the hike was in terms on difficulty, I was not surprised by her answer....she thought they walked a bit slowly and even asked if she could carry more packs (to make it more challenging) Enough said, here's Bev....she's the one in blue!


I am very happy to have reconnected with her. She is a wonderful person.

October 15, 2006

Our Kentucky Visit

Last weekend we flew to Kentucky to visit John's cousin Tom who's been trying to get us down for years. We had a spectacular time with Tom and his friend, Patsy. From Louisville, we headed out to the country to see Tom's ultralight plane.

The "hanger," complete with turkey vulture on top> Hmmm, waiting for an accident perhaps?!

Open the barn door and voila!

We hooked the plane up to the jeep and headed down to the field.

Then unfolded it!

John suited up.

And they we ready to fly.

Taking off.

Then it was my turn.

We were flying high!

The cousins.

Driving around, we saw this biker with the Bolla shirt. Thirty years ago, John worked on the Bolla wine account and went to Louisville quite often as a result. We discovered that Patsy knew our friend, Bill Juckett, also and so invited him to her party that Saturday night!


After thirty years, together again!

With Bill and his wife, Barbara.

Saturday we drove through some beautiful horse country to go Lexington and the track at Keeneland. It was opening weekend and the track will be open all month. They take their racing seriously down in Kentucky and we had to dress up.



Keeneland now has a polyfiber track.


Churchhill Downs takes over for the month of November when the races move up there. John and I had been at Churchill Downs right after we were married in 1977. It was great to be back but it was sad to see the newly added levels to the grandstands on both sides of the famous spires.


It was an swesome weekend. Can't wait to go again!

Mother of the Year

Every once in a while, something comes along that renews your faith in everything!

In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of
triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the
pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size,
they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started
to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The
veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to
fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate
another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing
news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to
the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that
had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one
species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans"
that could be found quickly, were a litter of weaned pigs. The zoo
keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the
babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops??
Take a look........ you won't believe your eyes!!





October 17, 2006


Sunrises like the one I had on my way to work this morning make me wish I were a professional photographer. I did not alter these photos in any way.





October 23, 2006

October Weekend

It's that time of year again...the time for those "three dimensional days" - bright yellow sunlight, clear blue skies, crisp air, colorful autumn leaves gently drifting down to the ground. Or, in the case of last week, after two windy days, cascading down from the trees. Yes, it's also the time for raking or mowing (as John prefers to do) those leaves. But before the mowing, one must pick up all the sticks and branches that have also come down. (This was always a favorite chore for the kids when they were young!) After a few breezy days last week, John got busy with gathering kindling for our fires this winter.


Then it was time to play. We had a visit from Barbara Touchette and Captain Richard Graffy, John's captain in the U.S. Navy forty years ago. On a gorgeous fall Saturday, we headed off Saturday morning for a fall drive. First stop, the Chester ferry with a view of Gilette's Castle.

Waiting for the ferry with Richard Graffy.


Gillette Castle

William Gillette was famous in the early 1900's for creating the Sherlock Holmes character on Broadway. He did well enough to build a residence overlooking the Connecticut River and even had to build a special "railroad" to get the materials up the hill to the building site. It's even more fun on the inside.


We then headed toward Old Lyme down Joshuatown Road, a gorgeous drive. We saw this stunning restored barn which turned out to be owned by the parents of one of my kids in school.



We also couldn't resist taking photos of the bucholic scene across the road.



At the Florence Griswold Museum, we couldn't identify this tree. A kind of "crabapple" perhaps?

It was back home for Richard's granddaughter Jamie's arrival, martinis and dinner.


Jay Blue loves guests, especially Jamie.

Jamie brought her dog, Whisper.

And Whisper loved Tucker.

John and Richard

We visit Joseph (neighbor) and his rebuilding wall project.


The guys


October 25, 2006

Halloween's Coming!

While the Heather and Julie rev up for Harold's annual Halloween party (see Julie's blog), Jay Blue is practicing her spooky look, hoping to scare the little kiddies next week. She doesn't remember that we don't get any trick-or-treaters and I end up eating all the candy.


October 27, 2006

Happy Birthday, Teddy Roosevelt


Today is Teddy Roosevelt's 148th birthday. He was one of our most beloved presidents and for good reason. During his eight years in office, he acted against monopolies that dominated business, industry and politics; was a great conservationist and acquired western lands for our public parks; initiated construction for the Panama Canal; won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for his efforts to end the Russo-Japanese war; and finally, was responsible, an a roundabout way, for your Teddy Bear.

While Teddy Roosevelt was hunting in Mississippi in 1905, he just wasn't having a successful hunt and wasn't getting any animals. Fearing his disappointment, some of his aids managed to catch a young bear cub and tie it to a tree so he could "bag himself a bare" (hmmmm...maybe that was Davy Crockett). Well, anyway, Teddy drew the line at that and let the bear go. Shortly after, a cartoon depicting the event appeared in the Washington Post.


A toy maker in New York City heard the story and asked his wife, who was handy with a sewing machine, to make stuffed bears to sell. They were popular so the toymaker wrote to President Roosevelt for permission to use his name. The rest is history, as they say.

So....think of Teddy Roosevelt today and what he gave us..........




(Oh give me a home...)


hug your Teddy Bear..........


(or in the case of Julie and me....take him with you on a trip).


(Teddy Roosevelt would be proud!)

Happy Birthday, Mr. President, and thank you.

October 29, 2006

Christmas Before Halloween?'s not even Halloween and yet my Christmas Cactus plants are in full bloom. What's up with that? Oh, well. Might as well enjoy.


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