Wednesday, May 30, 2007

More Wedding Photos!

Like y'all haven't had enough of these yet! Here are a few more!! We had such a fun time at our wedding, so I am really enjoying sharing the photos with everyone!!

We are both so over whelmed with joy with everyone's emails and comments. Thank you so very much for all the kind words of wisdom and well wishes. We love you all!

Our Fathers

Our Mothers


Ben & Holly (Bill's Brother & Sister)

In this shot, we were running towards the dune to get pictures before the sun went down. It looks like we are both running away to me

Sunday, May 27, 2007

A few more wedding pics

Like you haven't seen enough of these already! Here are a few more:)

My Little Granny with Bill and I

Both families:)


Yesterday was tons of fun! We were married on the beach and have the pictures to prove it...hehehe I just kinda wanted to walk to the beach do the ceremony and that's about it. Mom & Dad stepped it up a little notch:) We had steel drum music playing, tiki-torches and chairs for everyone to sit down if they wanted. Granny was so funny. When Dad passed me over she jumped out of her chair ran up and started taking pictures. We had to make her sit then she was only down for about 30 seconds then back up to snapping pictures! It was great:) We all had so much fun. Bill who really doesn't care for weddings was saying to me when we left the beach, 'You know this is the best wedding I have ever been to!'

Everyone had an absolute blast. It was so funny, because people kept asking, 'Do you feel different?". We would laugh and say not really:) Bill needs to get used to wearing a ring, but outside of that nothing has really changed. Well, except for the fact that it will be alot harder for either of us to get rid of each other...hahahaha

Anyhow, here are a few pictures that Bill's Sister took:) More will be coming soon!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Faces of Beau.

Pronounced Bo.....

About the only time anyone can get a 'normal' picture of my brother is when he is fishing and holding up his most recent catch, or you just catch him off guard. Here are a few pics I took of my brother last night............hehehe.........Maybe, just maybe if he sees his 'goofy' pics on the internet, he will get with the

A bit more about my brother: He is 28 and currently in the Navy. He has been in the Navy for almost 10 years now as a rescue swimmer. What is a rescue swimmer you say. You know those crazy guys who rappel out of helicopters to pull people out of the water? That is my brother:) He's a fun, fun guy and I am so happy he was able to come to the wedding!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Night Before the Wedding!!!


I did not think we would have internet access in the condo, but we do and it does not cost a thing! Is that not great? For a change a hotel/rental is not charging extra for a service! Dang, I just love the Purple Parrot in Perdido Key!

Wanted to share a few shots from the night before the wedding. Dad hired a yacht for the evening. The Captain and his crew took us for a cruise of the canal while we were wined and dined. It was absolutely fabulous!!! We saw dolphins, all sorts of wildlife and just had a lovely time.

Here are a few shots..........

A group shot. From left to right: Girls: Jamie (Beau's friend), Stephanie (me), Carol (my Mom). Boys: Tom (my Dad), Bill (my soon to be Husband!), Beau (my Brother)

Bill and I

Mom & Dad

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Time to leave.......

OK, We are in the last stages of getting ready to leave for the wedding in Florida! I have shown the open condos several times tonight. Just got home and vacumed/mopped. The one town house is almost finished and I have my girl coming tomorrow to finish it. Thank God I have her! She is just the hardest and most honest worker I have ever had and I am so thankful she is helping me out. Bill is getting excited and can barely stop talking...hahahaha I'm trying to get the laundry finished. And tomorrow morning 8am, I am dropping Miss Piper off at the kennel. I wish she could go with us, but the condo does not allow non-owner pets...grrrrrrr After that, the truck will be dropped off at the mechanic to have the O2 sensor replaced, oil changed, tune up and just get a general check up. Then we will be hitting the road and on our way to the big ol' wedding:) Well, we might have to stop in Nashville to have lunch with a friend on the way down, but that depends on what time we will be driving through. After that, it should be smooth sailing.......

With that, I will leave you with an early Eye Candy Friday shot....
The one.....
The only.....
Chirp, Chirp (Bill thought we should call him/her something:)

PS: Chirp-Chirp is now with a rehabber who will look after him while we are gone:) It's kinda sad, because he will be leaving any day now. We will miss him, and surely did enjoy him while he was here. The house feels kinda empty with out him squaking at us every 30-45 minutes to eat. Plus, it was kinda cute how he would chatter after eating. I'll tell you one thing, I'm glad to not be cleaning up any more bird poo.

And a few more photos to tide you over......

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I am Book Marked!

Talk about making my day! I have been taking a breather this morning from painting, wedding, etc to surf knitting blogs. And look what I found! Quicksilver Crafter reads my blog! Oh My Goodness, I feel so excited, wanted and generally good! Just the little pick me up I needed during the crunch time before the wedding!!

Monday, May 21, 2007


I was tagged by Kat Here is how it works: Each player starts with seven random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write their own blog with their seven things as well as these rules. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. Remember to leave a comment for them letting them know they have been tagged and to read your blog.
Ok, I'm not going to tag anyone. I figure if you think it is a fun thing to do, you can decide to do it for yourself:)

1. I'm getting a touch of the pre-wedding The big day is less than a week away (May 26th) and there is so much left to do.

2. I love the smell of fresh lavender and have a lavender bush I have been growing for several years now just so I can run my hands through it's luscious smelling leaves.

3. I love my home state of Kentucky! In my opinion, there is no place on earth quite like it, from the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky, to the green rolling horse pastures of Central Kentucky, to the Lakes of Southern and Western Kentucky. To me Kentucky has it all.

4. I don't like big crowds. I prefer nice small gatherings of people and family where folks can spend time with each other and not get lost in the crowd.

5. I am an animal lover. I have been known to bring in stray animals and find them homes. The current 'stray' we have is a baby Blue Jay that I took away from a dog who was tossing him around. He is rather healthy and a very vocally demanding eater. Amazingly, he does not seem to have any injuries which astonishes me, because the dog was litterally picking him up and flipping him in the air repeatedly. Another week or so and he will be learning to catch bugs, fly and leaving us to make a home of his own. In the past I have taken in an orphaned falcon, bunnies, mice, kitties, puppies, horses, etc. The orphan Falcon which was an American Kestrel has a very interesting story. He had been snatched from his nest by one of our barn owls at the farm I was working on. Lucky for his little fluffy butt, it stormed that night and the owl dropped him by the barn door. I heard his calls in the morning as I was feeding the horses. After waiting a while to see if the parents were feeding him or not we brought him in. He was wet, cold and had several gouges in his wing. After, taking him to and talking with a wild life rehabber it was decided that I would keep up with his care. The gouges had some nasty things crawling around inside that I was able to remove with tweezers and a little bit of betadine. I fed him his required food at proper times and we watched and waited to see if I did a good enough job with his little wing that he could fly. I did and after spending time showing him how to fly/hunt, he is currently back in the wild where he belongs:) With that, I want to stress the point that it is illegal to keep wildlife with out a permit. If you find a baby animal and do not see the parents around, wait and watch for at least four or more hours to see if the parents are still feeding the baby, because more than likely they are. If in doubt contact your local fish and wildlife department.

6. I will not eat store bought eggs. Ever since I had farm fresh eggs years ago, I will not settle for anything less!

7. I rarely go anywhere with out the following items: Camera, Knitting and Lip-Gloss.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

Well, I found a neat idea the other day, Eye Candy Friday. Well here I am and Friday is almost over, so I better get a few 'Eye Candy' photos up before I go to bed.....
And with that, I leave you with...... The flames were taken on a recent camping trip to Red River Gorge

Wild Phlox-2006 Red River Gorge

Mustangs in Nevada - Taken on a trip to Nevada in 2005

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Knitty Night Shower

OH MY! OH MY! The girls at wen. Knitty Night had a little shower for me last night. And they simply out did their-selves! They decided to have a shower for me last night and it was just so much fun! We met at Los Tres in Nicholasville around 6-ish and after eating, the shower started. They got me a gorgeous basket handmade in Ghana and Soy Silk spinning fiber from Stones Throw Artisans in Georgetown KY. I had been eyeing both of these the last time I was there! Pat made me some lovely blue dishcloths. One has a pretty crisscross pattern on it and the other looks like really neat bamboo. Kristy brought in fluffy soft Corriedale & Border Leicester roving. Pat (S) included the absolutely most fabulous spinning fiber I have ever touched in my life! At 20% baby alpaca, 60% alpaca, 20% silk & 20 % merino, I swear this is softer than silk and full of life! I don't know who brought in the Cherry Tree sock yarn, but the colors are absolutely perfect and it is so soft and lofty. Kristy & Kim are taking me to one of Linda H's dye classes this summer which I am really looking forward to! And to top it all off, the gals all pitched in and bought the one thing on my Target registry that I thought no one would get! The NSI International Innovations Knitting Machine! It reminds me of the old sock knitting machines, which is what I plan to try and do with it:) I also promised to bring it in and pass it around for everyone to try out! Anna brought some Yummy cupcakes and Pat out did herself with the most delicious banana pudding I have ever had! I haven't had banana pudding since I was a wee little thing and I always avoided it because I thought I did not like it. I took one bit of Pat's pudding and I just couldn't stop until I had a second serving of it! Honestly, I wish I had just eaten the banana pudding for dinner instead of the taco salad! I definitely have to get the recipe for that one.

All these gals are just so fabulous and I truly am blessed to have met them and become friends with them! Everyone is just so pleasant and wonderful and different! I simply can not stop singing about how fantastic each and every one of them is! I LOVE you guys!!!! And thank you. Thank You. THANK YOU!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2007


A day at the center. The Primate Rescue Center that is:) The entire day was an ABSOLUTE success! The monkeys were boisterous and the volunteers were numerous. Boy, oh boy were the volunteers sure appreciated, because they had an over flow of visitors! From the moment the gates opened, the Center was teeming with visitors great and small. The Gift Shoppe pretty much sold out of almost everything from Peacock Feathers to Monkey Socks to Primate Books.

Here are some shots of the monkeys once we were done and the visitors had left. Luckily, I have a good zoom lense so could get in a bit closer to snap shots of their expressions. I did not get to take any shots of the Chimpanzees, but hopefully once I go to pick up a few of the display stands (borrowed from Mom's shop) I can snap a few.

Gettin a helping hand.


Why are you staring?

Friday, May 11, 2007

Busy week and Busier Weekend!!

Well, we are almost finished painting one of the town houses. Should be able to finish on Monday. Got all the properties mowed, one central air unit fixed (on my own), bought 30 bags of mulch to put out, went to knitty night (see, I worked in knitting:) and countless other things.

Today, I spent most of the day setting up the 'shop' for the Open House of Jessamine Counties local Primate Rescue Center. It is a non-profit rescue for chimpanzees, spider monkeys, macaques and various other types of primates. It really is a state of the art facility that houses at numerous primates. You really should check out the site to see how heart wrenching it is when the primates are rescued from places that just simple do not know how or can not properly care for them. The entire staff at the Primate Rescue Center are such hard working and dedicated people. They all, just amaze me!

To make a long rant a bit shorter, I will be volunteering there tomorrow for the open house. Today was spent setting up all the sale items, pricing and getting displays together. It should be a fun and busy day tomorrow. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we bring in tons of money for the rescue as they can use every little bit they can get!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

And the Contest winner is.........

Drum Roll Please!.................

Maia who submitted the Sari Silk Journal cover. As soon as I get her address, I will be sending out a bit of homespun for her:)

The contest was really fun and I am hoping to do it again at some point in the future. Which would of course be after my wedding at the end of this We will be married May 26th in Perdido Key in Florida. It should be an absolute blast! On the same token, I am excited, anxious and touch on the scared side all at the same time. Heck, we both

This is brand spanking new territory for me. In all my 32 years, I have never really had what you would call a 'boy-friend'. For the most part, all the guys I dated while very nice, just weren't right. So needless to say, I would cut the relationship short instead of prolonging the inevitable. Bill is the first one who was not on my last nerve by the second week!

Anyhow, to make a long story short, I might not be able to post all that often in the next few weeks, but will definitely make the effort to at least do a summary of what is going on:) And of course, the wedding photos will be posted as soon as I can get them up:)

Friday, May 04, 2007

Exchange Received

I feel like a bad exchange partner. It took me until now to post a picture of my exchange with Kim! Kim sent me the neatest exchange including a felt soap making kit w/ instructions, stunning stitchmarkers, and tea she bought at a ren. faire! Kim you are the bomb!

There are only 3 more days left to the 'CONTEST'. Please take the time to check it out and enter! Has been tons of fun so far:)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Well, here are the latest projects.

The first is 100% alpaca rovings dyed by yours truely. I bought 5 lbs of the combed rovings and need to do something with them as a gal can only spin so much! I am calling this colorway 'Misty Water Lily'. I dyed a small strip I plan to spin into a sample. Then I will be listing the rovings on Ebay or Etsy. I might try Etsy as I have not done that before:)

And here we have one of the Old Shale stitch socks made with the hand dyed yarn I got from Kat in England! I really like how these turned out. I was hoping I would finally get to wear a pair of my own socks, but some one sent me a funky sock exchange sheet. So, I must sigh and part with these cuties once they are done:( Oh well, I am sure she will enjoy them!

Other Fun Facts..................

I taught myself to knit by watching a woman while on a flight from Scotland to the USA in 1996.

I taught myself how to spin yarn Feb 15th, 2007. I think I've done fairly well:)

'Lunabud' is a combination of two dogs' names I was loved by, Buddy and Luna:)