Showing posts from May, 2009

Reniassance Festival

Every year for the last 25 or so years there has been a Reniassance Festival held in Arrington Tn., which is about a 55 min. drive from the house. I have been wantingto go
for years and there has never been an excuse since it runs for 4 weekends in the month of May. This year I went...finally.
check it out at

There on the site where to festival takes place is an actual castle built or the last 25 years by the Freeman family. You are able to view the lower level of the castle which is included in your festival
ticket. The buses over to the castle stop running about 2 hours before the festival is finished for the day. My friend, Debbie and I got so tied up in walking the festival, and me taking pictures that we missed the
castle. But thats okay also since we hada blast. Check it out.

People who are involved in the festival dress in the mid-evil times but the fun part is that a lot of people that attend the festival also dr…

Wild Ride

Years ago I owned a 1987 GM Sierra pickup.
Big thing, with big hauling mirrors on the side
and you had to step up into it. Loved that truck.

My brother Ray gave me that truck when it was
about 5 years old. It had the hauling mirrors on
the side because that is what they used to haul
Chase’s race car around when he started racing

I had not had the truck a couple of weeks when the
motor went out. Well, Ray was not going to let that
be a problem so he had another one put in for me.
Let me say, right here and now that I have two of
the most awesome brothers around.

After having the truck repaired things seemed
to be going well for awhile. Then one thing or
another would go out. Master cylinders for the
brakes, wheel cylinders, alternator, to the
regular stuff like brakes and shocks. It even
with stood the tornados that hit downtown
16 years ago. Most cars were thrown around,
into each other, glass blown out, but not my
truck. But the one thing that really got me
the most was when the accelerator stuck…
My niece Holly, who I have written about before
went out for class president for her school. Last
week she found out that she got it. Her best
friend Grace got the VP spot. Holly worked on
her posters, which were so cute. The
slogan she used was “Got Holly, She does a student
body good”. I am so proud of her.

Yesterday she took part in her Volley Ball teams
car wash. To funny to watch these kids out TRYING
to wash cars while they are goofing off. But I can
honestly say that she
took a part in washing her aunts car!

My other niece, Jessica, went to her prom the
other night. Beautiful dress but I have to question
the shoes! She wore some strange looking tennis
shoes, high tops with this silky long dress.
Go figure….Kids. To funny. I did not see the outfit
on her, she did show me both the
dress and shoes a week or so ago, but Lori my
sister in law sent me pics.

These girls are nuts! Anyway, I know Holly
will do a good job and she is very out going.
And I so hope that Jessy had
a good time at her prom.

The pics …

Work Anniversary

Friday will be the 1st anniversary of my last day with
the Department of General Services for the State of
TN. And then Saturday will be my first anniversary
of my present job with the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation for the State of Tennessee. This past
year has really gone by fast and it does not seem
like I have been with the TBI for a year.

I started working for the State of Tennessee,
Department of General Services, Printing Division
right out of high school at the age of 18. After two
years of working there, having met my ex there,
gotten married while working there, I left to have
my first child, Amber. That was in December of 1980.
I stayed at home with her for a year or so then I
decided that I needed to work, a least part time.
So I worked a mixture of different places like
McDonalds, Revco and Kmart. After being away
from the printing division for 4 years, I was asked
did I want to return. The guy I had worked with in
the camera room and dark room was moving over
to the art room and they nee…


Hello. Been a few days since I last posted on my blog
here. But sometimes life gets in the way of things like
this. My last post told about allergies, this time of year
and stuff like that. Well, the allergies kicked up and
actually put me down for a few days. I use to take
allergy shots but I stopped them 3 years ago. The
last couple of years have not been bad but this year
I paid. Funny thing about it was that the pollen count
was way down to almost nothing when it hit me….
but I am sure what got me was mold spores.
Over 7 days of rain and the mold kicks in.

Anyway, enough about that.

Over the last 5 or 6 years I have reconnected with
several people that I attended high school with
(the internet is great). I was able to do this via our
school website (which is awesome and manned by
one guy) or Facebook. But anyway, back about six
years ago I started wondering about people from
school, I think it’s part of getting older and you
want to kind of connect or reconnect with your
younger days….your youth, the…


Okay, its bad enough when the pollen is up and
you can justify allergies, but when the pollen is
down from rain….then comes the mold. The stuffy
nose, drainage and the cough. It’s a pitiful feeling.

I took allergy shots for years only to drop off and

stop taking them in 2006. I figured this would
be the year the allergies would kick back in
and the shots would be out of my system for
sure. Actually its not been that bad until today.

Right now I am sucking on a cough drop and trying

to keep from rubbing my eyes. The chest is tight
and the nose is running…wait, now its stopped
up again… alternates between the two.

We are having a break in the rain today….or at

least until tonight at some point. Cloudy just the
same. We have not had a nice sunny day in over
a week. Mother Nature, its time to give it up and
let the sun shine.

Thanks for stopping in,

Kids on the Block Fund Raiser - Chair-ish the Kids

Thursday night I attended the fund raiser for
the Kid's on the Block, Chair-ish
the kids. Kid's is a non profit group that
takes puppets into the schools, churches,
and other organizations to teach kids about
life's issues, like blindness, deafness,
CP, teen pregancy and so much more.

Every year they hold an annual fund raiser that
is centered around chairs. Most items donated by
local artist involve chairs, painted chairs, decorated
chairs, and paintings of chairs.

I have been a part of Kid's for the last 5 years. The
first year I donated a childs painted rocking chair.
The next year it was a stool with Jack and the Beanstalk
painted on it. The last 3 years I have donated a painting
with a chair in it. Those items can be seen in my post
for Feb. 21, 2008 (Charish the Kids)and then this years
project is posted on Feb. 22, 2009 (Granny's Front Porch).

During the fund raiser, there is a live auction which is
so much fun to watch. I saw a wooden, hand made toilet
seat, shaped l…

Art Showing

Last Saturday was my night. I had my very first art showing for my paintings. The showing took place at a small gallery in Watertown TN. Owners Mitch and Dianna Laney, Gallery of the Mad House Wife. Awesome, cute older building in a small town about 45 minutes outside of Nashville.

I have been painting for almost 9 years now. Not finding out I could do it until I was 40 years old. I had taken art class the last two yrs. of high school. I painted a couple of paintings, one of which hung in my Mom's dinning room from 12th grade until I produced my first painting in oils. Mom got the first one since she is the reason I took up painting.

I started sketching in color pencils and Mom saw some of the things I had done. She told me then that I needed to take up painting. Told me to look into taking a class. I of course said I would but just put off calling places. One day while leaving my brothers house, she saw people going into a home two doors down with canvas'. Mom went down to checkit out to…

Spring Showers

Those April Showers have moved into May it
seems. Although we can always use the rain,
I like it better when it comes a day at a time
and not several in a row. Here in Nashville
we have scattered showers that started on
Tuesday, and this morning we have had
several really good rains. Apparently a storm
or two came through last night but I slept
through that!

This being Friday I would love to know that

the weekend is rain free, but that is not the
case. And there are so many things going on
this weekend around Nashville and the surrounding
counties. I personally would love to take in the
Nashville Craft Fair but at the same time I am
thinking I need to stay home and start working
around the house…rooms to paint and things to
do. Maybe with the rain, that will keep me home
and maybe I can get something’s done.

As I type this the rain beating against my window

here at work as slowed down. At least maybe that
will mean I will not get as wet going to the car for

The sky’s look gray, cl…