Flower Of The Day – May 17th

“Some people complain that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses” …Alphonse Karr

I haven’t been on here much lately as I’ve started a new job. I’m already missing my mornings spent sitting here in front of the computer contemplating different thoughts on what to write about. Trying to get into a new morning routine.

My rose is from my old church, St. Rose of Lima in Tennessee. Saw it one Spring morning and had to capture it in all its glory.  It reminds me to look for beauty in the simple things.


Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. It began as a day that included churchgoing, the distribution of carnations, and family dinners.

As with everything else, it’s become an over the top commercialization that has ruined the sanctity of it. I despise that. In my opinion, love should never be measured by the cost of a gift.

My favorite Mother’s Day memories remain the ones that began with serving mom breakfast in bed. Cards were handmade. The day was spent together as a family riding in the country. Dinner was a picnic at a park bench before heading back home. These are my early childhood memories and these are the values I’ve tried to instill in my own children.

My mother always said that the best gift you can give someone you love is your time and that costs you nothing. I do believe she was right.

While a $100 bouquet of flowers sent by FTD is thoughtful, it doesn’t compare to spending an entire day with someone and going out of your way to try and make the day special for them. That requires real effort and thought. That’s like getting a bouquet of dandelions picked by little hands that includes a big kiss and a huge hug. One gift you remember fondly, the other is a memory you cherish forever.

A Week At The Beach

I spent the most glorious week at the beach. I am truly in awe of the untouched beauty of it all. I feel so at peace here.  I so love being alone with nature. It is so quiet here except for the sound of the waves hitting the shore.  The smell of the sea fills my senses. The salt water is so healing for my skin and hair. I couldn’t possibly love it here more.

Sitting here alone on this untouched beach paradise with the birds and the occasional dolphin that goes by I feel like I’ve entered some kind of a time warp. I can imagine Gidget and Moon Doggie running around while Don’t Worry Baby by the Beach Boys plays in the background.

So many years of my life were spent cooped up in an office. Sometimes without even so much as a window. This place right here is the place I dreamed of.DSCN9209DSCN9215DSCN9226DSCN9254DSCN9269DSCN9225DSCN9268IMG_2967


A Cardinal Serenaded Me Today

This morning I went out for my walk as I always do. It’s such a beautiful time of year right now! Everything is in bloom. The colors are all so vibrant. As I’m walking I get whiffs of honeysuckle, gardenias and lilacs. I just love it!

Today, as I was strolling down my regular path I heard something above me. I looked up to find this cardinal sitting perched on a branch right above me. My first thought was, “Great, watch him poop on my head!”  Instead, he started singing.

I’ve always heard it said that when you see a cardinal it’s a deceased loved one wanting you to know that they’re around. The word cardinal actually comes from the latin word cardo which means hinge or axis. In a sense the cardinal is like a hinge on a door that opens briefly between our world and the spirit world. What a delightful thought!

I don’t know which deceased loved one might be wanting to contact me. I could think about that for hours and never really know for sure. So I choose not to ruin a beautiful moment and I let it go. It doesn’t really matter to me. It’s a loved one, that’s all that matters. I hope they’re happy with what they see and know I love them.


Kentucky Derby Hat Tradition

This weekend is the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The first race took place on May 17, 1875. The winner was Aristides and his rider was Oliver Lewis.

The Kentucky Derby has become a grand tradition and is the first race in what is known as the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown  is a series of three thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses..  It is considered one of the most difficult and prestigious accomplishments in horse racing.  The grueling schedule requires a three-year-old horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes.  In all of racing history, only twelve horses have achieved the Triple Crown. They are:

1919 Sir Barton
1930 Gallant Fox
1935 Omaha
1937 War Admiral
1941 Whirlaway
1943 Count Fleet
1946 Assault
1948 Citation
1973 Secretariat
1977 Seattle Slew
1978 Affirmed
2015 American Pharoah

Along with the Kentucky Derby comes the tradition and spectacle of the  Kentucky Derby Hat Parade. It is part of what makes the derby one of the greatest people-watching events in the world!

The fashion tradition was started by Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.  It was his vision for the Derby to be an event that the high-class would attend, similar to European-style racing events, which mandated full morning dress for men and women.

The pre-Kentucky Derby racetrack was not considered a place for women and  children because of the gambling and drinking that took place there.

The Colonel was inspired by his trips to London’s Epsom Derby and Paris’ Grand Prix. These were elegant and stylish events that attracted an upper-class crowd. Clark’s intention was to transform American racetracks from places associated with immorality and vice to places that would attract a wealthier crowd.

With the help of his wife, they were able to enlist a full wagon of high society women to go door to door telling their friends they were going to have a picnic at the racetrack. The event quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. Going to a horse racing event became an opportunity to show off the latest in spring fashion and women were known to coordinate their hats, dresses, bags, shoes, and even parasols.

That tradition lives on today with women’s hats being even larger, brighter, and more extravagant than ever!

For more in-depth information about the weekends events go to https://www.kentuckyderby.com