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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

And they're off.....!











Big hats, super heels, cute dresses, warm sun, good friends and a good beau, horse races with WINNINGS what more could a girl want in a weekend?? This past weekend we traveled to Kentucky to meet some friends and attend Keenland, one of the fabulous horse races in Kentucky! We had a fabulous brunch tailgate the morning of the races and then headed into the Grandstands at 1230 for the 1pm race. the inside was beautiful, gorgeous landscaping, very well kept, neat venue. Pretty dressy. I loved that there was a small string band playing as you entered, hats and horses galore! There were 9 races total and we bet a little on each, I strictly picked by name while everyone else was analyzing how much the horse had won that year, who their jockey was, etc. And it turns out, that stuff really doesn't matter, we won several races! I have never been so excited on a $2 bet before :). 'If only' we had bet more. I must say the #1 race we bet on Precious Princess, how could she NOT win, she was not favored at all YET SHE WON!!!! I wanted a picture with her but didn't make it out in time to visit with her. I'm not one to gamble so I didn't actually place the bets, my job was to pick the names and then kiss the tickets before the race, it worked! :) Fun times had by all and a wonderful, memorable weekend!! I really plan to go back to another KY horse race, it was a blast! Here are some pics! This upcoming weekend a group of friends and I are headed to Rome, Ga for Steeplechase. We go yearly so its that time of year again, so two weekends of horsies, whats a girl to do? Buy another hat is what she is to do! I truly think that is THE reason we have horse races :).

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Down on the Farm





I have a few 'favorite' spots I love to go to that are close to home and this is just one of them. I was fortunate enough to travel lots of places all over the world last year for my 30th year and saw some AMAZING sights (older blog"Thirty and the Year of Travel" on it if you want to see pics) Anyhow, out of all the places I got to see and absolutely loved visiting, there are still a few more closer to home that mean more than any statue, monument, ocean or historic building. One of those places is known as "The Farm."

Just a few years ago, some of my best friends, Staci & Andy's parents purchased "The Farm." It was a beautiful 1800s home on 420 lush beautiful acres complete w/ pecan and peach orchards, located right outside Macon, Georgia in Marshallville. However, it is very much 'off the beaten path'. Its GORGEOUS!!! The beloved home was last used as a hunting club if I remember right, and bless Andy's mothers heart, she has worked ever so long on making the home cozy and comfortable for all. It has a touch of her in every space of that house. Its perfect now and fully functional. Complete w/ old tall windows that are original, as the floors and many other details of the home show its date. It has a great side yard that I dream about and as you ride up to the 'home place' you see a white picket fence on the edge of the property and a big front porch welcoming you in. It is simply breathtaking, especially when things are in bloom, or a recent snowfall (it does happen!) or when its all green in the summertime.

The Thompson's have been MORE than generous throughout the years allowing all of us to go down there and visit. I've been with Mr & Mrs Thompson many times as well as the groups Staci and Andy bring down. I think I've only missed one trip in all the years. I just LOVE that place.

Its the one place I get dirty :) Its the one place I wear camo :) Its the one place I will shoot a gun (I hate guns usually) Its the one place I TRULY relax. Its the place I can drive a 4-wheeler, play in the mud, see Deer, saw my first coyote, and act silly the entire weekend. :) Its also one of the few places I will go without 'doing my hair' :) I just love it.

A few weekends ago was no exception, a group went down there, just as many many times before and had a great time just as many many times before. We rode 4-wheelers nonstop, shot skeet, targets (thankfully not each other, these guys are super safe!), we got muddy so much we got a truck stuck :). Laughed til we cried, ate til we popped (those are a 'given' on any trip there!) and enjoyed lifelong friendships and new ones as well. Its a place where everyone is themselves and relaxed. A place to tell stories around the late night campfires, a place to see true nature and beauty! Thanks to Staci and Andy ONCE AGAIN for hosting an amazing weekend. They are priceless and we always leave blessed by friends and full of memories, every single time we've had a visit down on "The Farm" In fact, I think Tim McGraw may have been in Marshallville that night he wrote "Down on the Farm" the first few lines describe our farm trips to a "T"
YEE HAW :) :)
Every friday night theres a steady cloud of dust That leads back to a field filled with pickup trucks Got old hank cranking way up loud Got coolers in the back Tailgates down Theres a big fire burnin but dont be alarmed Its just country boys and girls gettin down on the farm

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!


Hallelujah the Angels cried and so do I this Easter season!

I do love Easter but I am not quite sure I have loooooooved Easter THIS much since I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Easter Bunny when I was a child. Even then I'm not sure it was as exciting as this!!

FOLKS, I MADE IT, 40 DAYS WITHOUT ONE SINGLE IOTA DROP OF COCA-COLA!!!! Not even Sprite or Mountain Dew or ANY TYPE of soft drink!!!!! For those that know me and for those that read my post "Addicted" below you must know I was fully addicted on the drink!!! It made things difficult, there are sooo many meals and snacks that are meant to be enjoyed with a tasty ice cold coca-cola. 1963 Coke's slogan was "things go better with Coke" They were right back in the day! However, I had to endure water and tea and other nonsense the past 40 days. 40 days may not seem like long, but let me tell you, its MUCH longer than you think!

The #1 question I keep getting over and over and over again is "Will you go back to drinking coke?" Folks, are you CRAZY???? I wanted one at 9am on Easter Sunday!!! But, I promised my side-kick who endured this venture with me, we'd wait until Easter lunch with the family. Now, to continue to answer the question, YES, I absolutely will continue to drink coca-cola! It's not great for me but it's not so bad in moderation either. I plan to drink less but give it up totally?? Are you nutso?? Everyone that has been in contact w/ me in the last 40 days knows I have been on this adventure, probably due to my constant pouting, mood swings, and the 10 min it takes me to order a drink at dinner b/c I don't know what else to drink besides coca-cola :). So I'd bet they would be willing to say "now now, let her have her coke." I would like to not drink it in the mornings as my 'caffeine' and strictly limit it to meals, that part I might can do. Thats the one thing this has taught me, I don't need it as much as I think I do. However, depriving me of it forever and ever amen is just not gonna happen, no two ways about it. How can I meet my goal of having a "Coke Room" in my house on my 40x40 list if I stopped drinking it altogether? Thats no fun! And no, I don't believe in Diet Coke, I would love to love it and have tried and tried but its just not going to be my 'thing.' :)


I also would like to give a 'shout out' and dedicate this post to the late Dr. John Pemberton, who brought the beloved into my life. A pharmacist from Atlanta, Ga (even better, its home grown!) he concocted the formula in his backyard in a three legged brass kettle in his backyard. Bless you Dr. Pemberton for all the smiles you've given and meltdowns you're prevented. One day when I pass the pearly gates, I hope to see you and say to you "Let's have a Coke and a smile" (Coke's slogan in 1979).

These days Life Taste Good (2001) and nothing quenches the thirst like The cold, crisp, taste of Coke (1958) and I plan to enjoy the Real Thing (1969)for a lot more years to come...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Oh my word! My new Best Friends!!!!

Okay, so I am now fully committed to posting more :) I figure I can post about anything so here goes :)
You must meet the new most important best friends of my life, they have changed my life, and while NONE have replaced the ultimate satisfaction of COCA-COLA, they are seriously up in the running of the 'greatest things on earth' :)

Here goes....My new Best Friend, this follows me wherever I am, is soooo dependable, she keeps me up-to-date on all the social upcoming not-to-miss events, she gets my importanto emails that are telling me such necessities as- Bloomy's (Bloomingdales's) is having their fantastic 'Spring Sale' as well as keeping me in the loop with my 125 'contacts' my other best friends. She sleeps beside me and alerts me of ANYTHING that might be going on. She even tells me in the morning what the weather is going to be like so I can dress not only cutesy but appropriately :) She tells me how much to tip at dinner, even where to go for dinner and assists me when lost in the car or in the grocery store looking for a recipe! She is my rock, my side-kick, she even wears PINK all the time. She just needs a name. This my blog friends is my tried and true best friend, there for me in all times no matter how I might treat her..here is a picture of the devoted one~ the I-phone
.Again, she just needs a name!!! Suggestions?

My other new best friend, hasn't been around as BFF #1 above, BUT we were just introduced last week and I am now starting to want to hang out A LOT more. You just have that 'instant' connection, ya know? You really aren't expecting much then they give you so much more than you ever thought in just a short time! I am quite smitten with this new guy and I think we might have some weekly upcoming dates. I at least hope so. He's a bit high-maintenance, but hey, so am I. We have to stick together. He's just so darn cute and artistic and full of SURPRISES nad everyone knows I LOVE surprises!!! He's been around forever but I never thought we could be friends, because we didn't have that much in common. Now that my love for cooking has expanded the past few years and I LOVE entertaining and dinner parties this friend has already shown utmost devotion and assistance in ways I cannot begin to explain. Meet BFF #2, however, disregard the "Whole Foods" and replace w/ "Harry's" (minor detail~they're all owned by the same peeps!)


Lastly, this friend is just so pratical, we're still figuring out our 'connection' but thus far this one is great! She is DA BOMB and listen up folks, I HIGHLY suggest you get this if you don't already use it. (I may have been the last ot be introducted to her) I love to read fellow blogs and I know many of you do too. Instead of being a subscriber to everyone, or clicking on your favorite blogs EVERYDAY from your favorite list only to be disappointed b/c they haven't updated in ages (ooops) this best friend does it for me!!!!!! She is like my personal assistant in many ways and different ways than BFF #1! This friend is FREE and practical and requires NOTHING OF ME :)
She's seriously being taken for granted.....meet new BFF #3, Gmail Reader we've been BFF for about a month now I love her!!!!! This is how it works (pay attention blog readers) you simply go to gmail.com and create an email account, you can use it or not, and then at the top you have a calendar and reader and a few other things (the calendar is neat btw) but on reader you click on it and add ALL the blogs you read. Each time you click on reader, it shows you how many 'unread' blogs you have (meaning who has updated their blogs since you last looked) and takes you right to it! I may have 10 one morning to read or just 1 or 2 depending on who has updated and when. But instead of going to each and every website, Google Girl does it for me!!!!! Gmail is where its at!

Who are your BFF's??