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My Old Kentucky Home

I love Kentucky.

I mean, I really do.

Some of the most beautiful country you’ll ever see.


Some of the best food you’ll ever eat.


Some of the craziest people on God’s green earth!

I saw one of them today.

Well, I didn’t actually see the dude, just his truck.

But that was enough to know that he is all kinds of whackadoo!

I went to lunch, per usual, and then on my way back to work, this truck cuts me off.

What’s that???

Something is hanging down from the trailer hitch.

Something BIG is hanging down from the trailer hitch.

What could it be??

Oh my word…….

It’s a head.


Hanging down.

From the trailer hitch.

Of course, as soon as we stopped at a red light, I had to snap a picture.

‘Cause who would believe me otherwise????


I guess it’s true what Julia Sugarbaker once said….

In the South we don’t hide our crazy people.

We bring ‘em right out and show ‘em off.

Gotta love Kentucky!




And That Is Called Heartache, Madam!

So this past week was our annual trek to Louisville for the National Quartet Convention.  A fun time was had by all with lots of visiting with friends and lots of good music.

Of course, no trip with my family would be complete without a little drama.

Which is probably the main reason the Mr. chooses not to participate!!  🙂

Molly, Steve, Belle & I usually only go for the last three nights; mainly because we’re poor and have to work.  The rich ones (Marti & Kenny!) go for the whole week and since they are also so young and spry they somehow manage to work during part of the week.  Not sure how they do it!!!  I was exhausted by Wednesday and hadn’t even been yet!!!

Mom and Dad go for the whole week too and help work the booth for our good friends Tim and Mary Alice Lovelace.  They meet lots of interesting people, see lots of weird outfits, hear lots of stories and then usually forget most it before we get there!!

Sad but true!

We always manage to find some good places to eat as well.  One of our favorites is Mark’s Feed Store (or as the Mr. refers to it the “Feet” Store) but since the Mr. wasn’t going to make it, we decided to leave it for another time.

**I should probably mention here that the Mr. worked massive long overtime hours last week so while I was gallivanting around the countryside he was NOT slacking off!  I feel quite sure he’d want you to know that!!**

This year, Molly and Steve introduced me to a new place.

Buca di Beppo.

Oh my!!

It’s an Italian place and as soon as you pull into the parking lot, you can smell the garlic!

In the parking lot!


So you know it’s gonna be yummy!!!

They took us on a tour of the restaurant and the kitchen which was pretty cool.  The overall theme seems to be “Mobster Chic” which I didn’t even know was a thing.

I found this picture on their website of the room I want to sit in next time I go:


Notice the bust of the Pope on the table!!

What a hoot!!!

Or is that wrong of me???

No, I really think they intended it to be a hoot and not offensive.

{Please don’t be offended!!!}

Anyway, we had a really good time and other than having to take out a second mortgage on our house, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Check out the dessert we shared…………..Double Dark Chocolate Cake!!

Double Dark Chocolate Cake

Now before ya’ll go and get all judgy about us eating this cake, remember its DARK chocolate.

Dark chocolate is good for you.

Plus this was DOUBLE dark chocolate which means it’s TWICE as healthy as regular chocolate.

So it’s all good!!  🙂

The highlight of the week had to be our car-ride entertainment.

Belle, our self appointed Cruise Director, brought some books to read to us in the car.  And the books she brought are probably the funniest books ever written.

Junie B. Jones!!

I would like to tell you that we read those books to please Belle but, too bad for us, there were times when Belle wasn’t even in the CAR!!!

There we sat, three fully growed adults, laughing til we cried over June B. Jones!!!

Wowie wow wow!!

Remember back at the beginning of this yarn, way back when????

Remember that I mentioned a little something about drama????

Oh yes, well here it is:

Saturday, Mom & Dad’s car broke down.

Like BROKE down!!

So Marti and Kenny were going to try to fix it then come on over to the convention; only too bad for them, they couldn’t fix it and ended up waiting for a coon’s age to get a tow truck there to tow the vehicle back to Frankfort.

After they sat on the side of the interstate for half of forever, I got a text from Marti that said “Just changed clothes, undies and all, sitting on the side of the road.  If I ever get to NQC don’t come near me.  I never got my shower today!  My hair is a deflated mess!”

I don’t know if it’s because I’m such a good sister (sympathetic and all) but that just cracked me right up!!!

Yes, it’s sad that they missed the last night.

Yes, it’s sad that they didn’t get to eat yummy cake.

Yes, it’s sad that we talked about them while they were gone.

But, oh my, she changed her clothes AND UNDIES on the side of the road!!!!


Silly Marti!!!  🙂






Don’tcha just hate horn tooters??

Not tooters of actual horns. I’ve got no problem with those folks.  In fact, one of my favorite people in the whole world is a great saxophone player.

I’m looking at  you, Andrew!!!

The horn tooters I’m speaking of are the ones who brag about their own accomplishments.

If your accomplishment is so great, why not just wait for someone else to toot it for you?

Doesn’t it mean more to you if someone else toots your horn???

That doesn’t sound quite right.

Moving right along………

When I hear someone tooting their own horn, my usual reaction is to tune them right out.  And of course, an eye-roll is always involved.

It just gets on my ever-loving last nerve!

With that being said, let me say this:


I came in the office this morning and was propositioned right off the bat!

You see, a co-worker had ordered his breakfast from the diner down the street and asked for 2 biscuits and gravy.  Well, since an order is 2 biscuits, they gave him 2 ORDERS and would I like one?


Are you new here????

Of course I would!!!!

And for a split second I thought about grabbing that biscuit and gravy, diving in and eating my way out.

But I’ve had a good food week.

I’ve stuck to my eating plan.

I’ve been HOT for 4 days in a row with today being day 5.

I’m planning to be COLD for the weekend.

Do I want this biscuit and gravy???


But the fact that I’m wearing a shirt today that I haven’t been able to fit into and that now looks GREAT helped me stay HOT.

So no, thank you, I’ll stick with my peanut butter on double-fiber bread sprinkled with hemp hearts.


But tomorrow?

Now that’s another day all together!  🙂

So now that you’ve heard my toot, feel free to toot about me the rest of the day!


I Have the Power

When my brother was little, he loved super heroes.

His all time favorite was the Incredible Hulk.  He would tell us “You won’t like me when I’m angry” and proceed to grit his teeth and shake like he was transforming into the green guy.

It was quite hysterical.

Another favorite was He-man.

Marc watched that cartoon every day.  In each episode, He-man would protect the world from the evil Skeletor with the “Power of Grayskull”.

Personally, I think He-man could have used a good haircut!


I found out today that apparently I have the power as well.

Not the “Power of Grayskull” but the “Power of Laziness”.

Yes, I know.

You’re shocked!

When we lived in Silver Creek, there was a local restaurant called Red’s Pizza Express.  They served pizza and wings (big surprise!) and had the best subs.


The subs were so good that my friend, Cara, still talks about the sub she ate from there when she came to visit 11 years ago!!!

Now that’s a good sub!

Actually, everything was good at Red’s.

But the very best part was that Red’s delivered.

No need to cook.

No need to clean.

No need to even get up outta your chair.

Well, ok, you have to get up when they get to your house.

They won’t just walk in.

That would be weird.

I have to say that to-your-door delivery is the best invention.

I’m still waiting for grocery delivery.

That would be awesome!!

We ordered so often from Red’s that we eventually started getting Christmas cards.

From Red’s!!!

How embarrassing.

I asked around and nobody else that I knew got a Christmas card from Red’s.

Just us.

When you start getting Christmas cards from a restaurant, you are eating there way too much.

Today I found out on the Facebook that Red’s has officially closed.

That’s when I realized the power that is within me.

The Power of Laziness.

It was my laziness that kept Red’s in business all those years.

And it was my moving my laziness back to Kentucky that forced Red’s to close.

To all my friends in Silver Creek, I’m so sorry.

I should have used my power for good and not evil.

Goodbye, Red’s.

You will be missed.


To Eat or Not to Eat

Have you ever had a “Fierce” weekend?


Well, let me tell you, it’s not something you recover from easily! Especially at this age!

But I think I’m bouncing back pretty good so I thought I’d share with you today about the difficulties in my life.

I realize that we all have issues and I don’t want to discount anything you may be facing in your life but I’ve had a traumatic food weekend.

You would think that when a girl gets to be as old as I am, preparing/ordering food would be second-nature.

Well, let me just tell you, it’s not!!!

Actually, I think I did my part pretty good. It’s everybody else that just can’t get it right.

I got an e-mail from Pizza Hut last Wednesday night about…….

No, let me back up a little.

Before Fierce Fest 2012, I had gone to Kroger and basically bought out all the junk food that I could get in my cart. Chips, dips, pop, cookies; I had it all. I even got bacon for that certain someone who shall remain nameless but who loves bacon most of all. Right, Andrew?????

But when the Fierce’s had gone, the cupboards were bare.

No, that’s entirely true. There was food………I just didn’t want to be the guy who had to cook it! So life resumed with my lazy bones avoiding the kitchen at all costs.

By Wednesday, it became clear that a trip to the store was inevitable. We were in a crisis. A situation had developed that called for immediate attention. We were out of toilet paper!! Now I can do without many things in life but toilet paper is not one of them.

I planned to go to store right after work on Wednesday. I really did. But it rained. Actually it stormed. Right when the Mr. picked me up from work. Who wants to shop in the rain? Certainly not me!

So I had gotten an e-mail that day from Pizza Hut (Remember? I think I mentioned this before) about a deal of 2 medium pizzas, breadsticks, and a side dish (we like chicken wings) for $19.99. Seems like a sign to me! What’s a girl to do but stick a box of Kleenex in the bathroom and order up some pizza!!

Since I married into a bunch of computer geeks (and we are proud of it!) I fired up my computer to order our food online. Very convenient, plus I can pay with a credit card since I never have any cash. I place the order at 6:33 and get a confirmation that the pizza will be delivered at 8:42.

That’s right!! 8:42!!!

Are you kidding me????

So I call up the Hut and ask if that is correct. The girl assured me that it was since EVERYONE orders pizza when it rains.

Did you know that???


Then apparently you are the only person who doesn’t order pizza in the rain! Good for you!!!

Well, I just informed that girl in my most perfect Me-maw tone that I was cancelling my order since we are not waiting 2 hours to get our food.

She didn’t care. Shocking, right?!?!?!?!?!?!

Of course, I apparently have no problem going out to eat in the rain. Just not to the store for TP!! We went to Aranda’s which was surprisingly not very busy. I guess everyone stayed home and ordered pizza.

Thursday. Thursday was the big trip to the store for TP. Except the Mr. had to work late and didn’t get home until 7:30 so by the time we ate, it was too late to go to the store.

But never fear!!! Friday I restocked the toilet paper and all is right with the world. Until Sunday………………..

Sunday I went to Kroger for my weekly grocery shopping. I didn’t need TP but I needed everything else. After spending $250 on food, I went home and asked the Mr. if he wanted to order Chinese. I know. I’m sad!

I called up the Asian Buffet and placed my order. They have the best Black Pepper Chicken (the best, Jerry, the best!) and the Mr. wanted Kung Pao Chicken (George likes his chicken spicy!).

We planned to watch a movie while we ate so I got everything ready so that as soon as our food came, we could sit in the living room and watch our movie and eat Chinese food. Life is good.

The food comes, I unpack it all. The Mr.’s looked great and mine looked………well, it didn’t look like Black Pepper Chicken. That’s cause it WASN’T Black Pepper Chicken!!! It was some broccoli and rubber chicken dish!

Well, this will never do!!!

I called up the Asian Buffet and did a “Who’s On First” with the Asian lady who answered the phone. I don’t mean that to be rude but I’m sure she is telling someone how she talked to some big ole hick so it’s fine. Me and the lady are not offended.

I finally get it straightened out and she assures me that the guy will bring me the correct order. So we wait.

And we wait.

And we wait.

The Mr. is finished with his food.

I ate my egg roll and soup.

And we wait.

And we wait.

Finally, after an hour goes by, I tell the Mr. that my Black Pepper Chicken is nothing more than a dream and to go ahead and start the movie. I feel like if I get too hungry, I can always gnaw on the rubber chicken. Just as we start the movie, a NASCAR driver pulls sideways into our driveway at about 120 mph and races to the door with my beloved Black Pepper Chicken!!

Now was that so hard?????

Oh, and on Friday we tried the Pizza Hut again (since it was sunny out) and when I went to pick it up, she tried to charge me 50 cents for blue cheese to dip my wings in!!! I told her, again in my best Me-maw tone, that I would have none of it!! I’ll just dip ‘em in whatever sauce I can find at home!

Fifty cents!!! The nerve!!


Food Fest 2012

Where in the world have ya’ll been???

Actually it’s me who has been AWOL. 

Truth be told, I DID have leave so I guess I was just A; no WOL.

Am I rambling????

The Mr. and I made a quick trip to Buffalo for a long weekend and Brian and Myra drove up to KY from South Carolina to ride along with us so it was even a funner trip. 


More fun?


While the main purpose of the trip was to visit family and friends, it turned into Food Fest 2012!!!

Weight Watchers???

Never heard of it!!!

Man, I had the best of intentions for eating on this trip.  I took fruit along for snacking but when faced with pizza and wings, I grew weak in the knees and all hope of sticking to the “plan” went out the window!!

Since my sisters LOVE when I give a complete rundown of my life, I thought I’d share with you today all the wonderfulness of the foods I consumed in the order that they were consumed!! 


Here we go.


Breakfast at Waffle House:  We didn’t even get 30 miles down the road when we stopped for our first “feeding”!!  I had a yummy bacon, egg & cheese sandwich with hashbrowns & grits but I kept it “lite” with a Diet Coke.  But never fear because as soon as we finished breakfast we went across the road to get me some Dramamine so I could read my Kindle and since I HAD to have something to wash the pill down with……………..I got a Dew!!  🙂

Lunch at Wendy’s:  Lunch consisted of a GRILLED chicken club sandwich (thank you very much) with fries and Diet Coke.  See………..I can eat healthy!!

Supper at my in-law’s:  My father-in-law makes the BEST spaghetti and meatballs!  The BEST!!  But since I’m being so health conscious, instead of eating regular spaghetti noodles, I opted for the spaghetti squash.  Pretty good choice, I’m thinkin’.  Of course, I covered it completely with delicious sauce and meatballs, yummy mushrooms and soaked it all up with a couple of pieces of nutbread (aka sesame bread) and butter!  Also, since I’m being totally honest, I drank the 24 oz. Mt. Dew my father-in-law got me!!!  How could I say no??????  Then we celebrated the Mr.’s and Andrew’s and Myra’s and my birthdays with cake and ice cream!!!  But I skipped the ice cream.  I’m on a diet after all.


Breakfast at Tim Hortons:  I really wasn’t going to get anything for breakfast since it was getting to be lunchtime but I went in with the Mr. and was forced to order an apple fritter and wash it down with another Mt. Dew!  Leave me alone………I was on vacation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lunch at Sunset Grill:  One thing that Western NY does better than anywhere else I’ve ever been is summer!!!  There are lots of seasonal hotdog stands and ice cream stands and the fresh air from the beach just makes you hungry.  Ok, so we hadn’t been to the beach yet but that apple fritter just didn’t do it for me!!  So at Sunset Grill, I gobbled down a burger.  Ok, it was a cheeseburger.  Ok, it was a bacon cheeseburger.  Ok, it was a bacon DOUBLE cheeseburger!!!  But it had lettuce, tomato and onion on it so it was like having a salad with meat!!!  Right????  I also at a few curly fries and of course………..yet another Dew!

Supper at Pasquales:  If you know me but at all, you know that I have a thing for Pasquales.  They have awesome pizza and wings but the real draw for me is the Italian Dressing for the salad.  I dream about this stuff!!!  Not really but it’s pretty good.  I passed on the Dew for supper……….only because they didn’t offer it!  I had a Dr. Pepper instead.  Yummy!!


Breakfast at Tiffany’s:  Just kidding!!  No breakfast on Saturday.  Slept too long!

Lunch at Mighty Taco:  Buffalonian’s have a real soft spot for Mighty and I like it too but I wouldn’t travel 500 miles specifically for it.  But I had tacos, nachos & of course, Mt. Dew!  Oh……..I forgot to tell ya……when you read that part about tacos & nachos, you have to use a NY accent.  Ask Molly.  She does it good!  I also had an apple empanada.  It was tasty!

Supper at the in-laws:  One of my favorite things that my mother-in-law makes is her famous bbq burgers.  I don’t know if they are really famous but they should be!  I ate a couple of burgers and some potato salad and to make sure that it was a balanced meal, a couple of pieces of watermelon.  And to drink, let’s all say it together, Mt. Dew!


Breakfast at Denny’s:  Sunday was the Mr.’s birthday so we went to Denny’s so he could get his free Grand Slam.  I had a Philly Cheese Omelet!  Soooo good!!!  Also some hashbrowns & toast.  But the Dew-cation was over so I got a Diet Coke.

Lunch at Arby’s:  We stopped on the way home at Arby’s and since I had blown my diet already, I got a bacon beef & cheddar sandwich with onion rings (a vegetable, might I point out!) and the ever present Dew.  We were still on a trip after all.

Supper at Zaxby’s:  When we got back to the house, there was no way I was gonna cook so the boys went over to Zaxby’s for carry out and I had chicken strips, fries, slaw & yummy Texas toast with a Diet Coke.

Fast-forward to Tuesday. 

Weigh-in night.

I really wasn’t going to go but the Mr. convinced me that I should.  I stepped up on the scale and *gulp* gained 5.8 pounds!!!!  How did THAT happen??  I had only lost 6.2 before the trip.

Now if I was any good at math whatsoever I would tell you that the last month was for naught but that’s just not the Weight Watcher way!! 

I’ve picked myself up. Dusted myself off. 

(Why am I dusty????)

And got right back up on that wagon. 

Of course, I needed a little boost. 

Pika legs, you know.

Today is a brand new day.

Please don’t judge me for my gluttonous vacation.

But please DO pray for me. 

I’m having Dew-withdrawal of epic proportions.