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Big South Fork Railway & Cumberland Falls Trip

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Today Jim, Benji and I went on a tour in Stearns, Kentucky, on the Big South Fork Railway to the Blue Heron Coal Mine, then on the way back we stopped off at Cumberland Falls. We took a TON of pictures, but I'm only putting a few on here. ("friend" me on FB for all the pics) We had a GREAT day finished off with dinner at Thai Smile.

Okay, THIS picture is our first with out new camera - we were both shocked when Jim went to take the pic and the flash popped open!

Just being silly!

Benji loving the train ride!

Jim said "SMILE!" ... so I did ...

Me at Cumberland Falls --- and I have to admit that Jim took a GREAT picture of me!

Jim and Me at Cumberland Falls

Me carrying Benji back up the stairs: he made it down just fine, but I was afraid that he'd smash his face on each one on the way back up! (He does that sometimes ...)

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NHEMBERGER 7/11/2012 11:56AM

    Glad I got to see your pics! I'm hoping to go to the falls soon!

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GODZDESIGN95 4/18/2010 11:47PM

    I bet my son would love that train ride. Looks fun!! toot toot!

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CHRISTFIEND 4/18/2010 11:33PM

    Lovely pictures!! I told you that Benji would enjoy the train ride!!

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TYEASLEY 4/18/2010 1:14PM

    Love a good field trip. Looked like fun. Great photos!! emoticon emoticon

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DESTINYE 4/18/2010 10:02AM

    Gorgeous - and the falls too!

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UGOGIRL51 4/18/2010 9:48AM

    Those are some great pics. Looks like you both are having a great time. Hope Benji didn't freak out... emoticon

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ANNARUTH2 4/18/2010 12:58AM

    love the pics! Looks like a lovely place to visit.

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FITPRIS 4/17/2010 11:50PM

    Those are nice pics of the family!! Have a great Sunday!!

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"An Army of Frogs"

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I'd received this in email, OMG YEARS ago, but a blog that TY wrote, and one that ...ABETTERME wrote, prompted the recollection - and the desire - to post it today.

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An army of frogs were leaping through the forest one day when two of the frogs suddenly fell into a deep, deep pit. All of the other frogs gathered around the hole to look down on their two fallen comrades.

To jump out looked absolutely impossible. They all began to sadly shake their heads and to croak out dismal and dire warnings.

"It's too deep!" croaked one frog. Another croaked that there was no way that they would ever be able to get out of the pit alive.

The two fallen frogs began to continuously jump as they tried to get out of the pit, but the frogs that were watching kept croaking louder and louder at them that they might as well stop, because they were as good as dead and just wasting their time.

One of the two frogs finally gave up and heeded the pessimistic advice of the frogs at the top. He quit jumping and literally "croaked" and died.

The other frog just kept right on jumping and leaping harder than ever in spite of all the loud croaks of disapproval from the frogs that were watching around the top of the hole. They kept croaking shouts at him to quit jumping and save himself from all the pain and suffering he was incurring as he leaped and fell back down to the bottom of the pit over and over again.

Finally, he leaped even harder than ever and to the surprise of all the other frogs he jumped right out of the deep pit. The other frogs asked him,

"Why did you keep leaping even though we yelled and croaked at you to stop?"

It was then that the frog explained to them that he was deaf and he had thought they were cheering for him and yelling words of encouragement to him the entire time!


Bottom line: Don't let the words of the small people in your life get you down. Believe in yourself! YOU CAN DO IT, no matter how big or small the project. I have faith in each of you!!! AND --- YOU should have faith in yourself!


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ALYFITN 8/30/2010 10:21AM

    This is an awesome post!! emoticon

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DESTINYE 4/16/2010 9:42AM

    Too true!

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ANNARUTH2 4/15/2010 11:26PM

    Thanks! That says it all! We can never give up! emoticon

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CHRISTFIEND 4/15/2010 8:27PM

    Rita, what great inspiration!!

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LUCKY-13 4/15/2010 8:09PM


Thanks, I really needed this today! I really enjoyed "An Army of Frogs," and the cute picture.


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TYEASLEY 4/15/2010 5:57PM

    Awwww, I love this. Never give up. That's the THIRD story that I can recall where being deaf worked for them as a strength and not as a disability. Helen Keller, Ray Charles and the frog. . . emoticon

You never know your stengths until you keep pushing yourself to succeed. Thanks! emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/15/2010 6:04:37 PM

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FITPRIS 4/15/2010 2:35PM

    Smart frog and a smart team leader!!

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SMILINGEYES2 4/15/2010 2:15PM

    I have seen this before also but it is well worth repeating. Thanks for posting.

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Saturday, In The Park ..

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Well, it wasn't the fourth of July emoticon emoticon
But it WAS a BEAUTIFUL day. Sun shining, which normally I don't care for b/c of the migraines, and lots of fresh air.
Actually, today was a FULL day for me. It's been a LONG time since I've done the things we did. First of all DH and I went to a MALL (I do NOT "do" malls ...) up in Lexington and walked all over the 120+ stores. SO MANY PEOPLE! I was a total nervous wreck. BUT it was all good. I didn't have a panic attack (which I normally DO with that many people) so that's a bonus! We had Gyros (found out they're pronounced like EUROS - you know, the European money exchange?)
We came back to the hotel and picked up Benji so we could meet up with Jewelry_Lady and her family at the park (yep, Saturday, In The Park!) where we had some really great steaks that her hubby grilled up, baked sweet potatoes and fresh grapes and strawberries. We were there chatting it up for about 3 hours - ME! IN THE PARK! FOR THREE HOURS!?!?! Yep! That's something I really just never do. But it was GOOD! Fact is, I felt as if we'd all known each other for a LONG time, not just having met everyone!
Benji tried out the dog park for his 3rd and 4th times now. He does pretty good for an old dude - LOL Those adolescent dogs kind of startle him. LOL
So at the end of the day I looked in the mirror and my eyes are alert, my skin tanning and I feel HAPPY.


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LORELIA 4/13/2010 2:34PM

    That sounds like a fun day - and I have the same issues with being around a lot of issues, so I understand how it feels when the panic doesn't happen. Days like that are great!

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CHRISTFIEND 4/11/2010 4:31PM

    Rita, I'm so glad that you enjoyed your day!! I felt a lot better after yesterday too!

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DESTINYE 4/11/2010 12:32PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day and the move really sounds like a good one!

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ANNARUTH2 4/11/2010 1:27AM

    Sounds like a wonderful perfect day! Yippie you are happy!

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FITPRIS 4/11/2010 12:53AM

    That is really awesome! I'm glad you had a good day!

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LUCKY-13 4/10/2010 11:06PM

    Glad you had a good time. The weather's getting nicer and you'll be able to spend more time outside. Wonder what summers are like up there?

Hope you get some good news soon about the house.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/10/2010 11:04PM

    Sounds like a lovely time was had.

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TYEASLEY 4/10/2010 11:04PM

    It was a fabulous day!! emoticon

Glad you were headache free, that's emoticon

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What a trip!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Although I had a blast meeting both REVRACE24 and JEWELRY_LADY, I'm glad our trip has come to an end. The windy roads had me gasping for breath, my knuckles white on the steering wheel.
The view that greeted me on the west side of Lexington was breathtaking. Tears came to my eyes as I thought, "THIS is where I could spend the rest of my life!" Of course, we're not stationed in Lexington. Rather, we're in Richmond, about 22 miles from the center of Lexington. But that's fine.
Last night we had Applebee's for dinner where I lost (another) filling on an onion ring (!!!) WELL. Needless to say, that killed my appetite.
Today was spent with 4 hours in a dentists office to replace the filling (I'll need a crown as well) then DH and I looked at 4 of the houses that I'd printed on my handy dandy spreadsheet. We've got 2 definite "NO's" and 2 we have to look inside to determine whether we'll consider them or not.
We're going to go by 10 houses tomorrow to get an idea whether we want to see inside or not. We've got an appointment on Monday with the Realtor to see the houses that we don't cross off our list.

Benji thought he was a hot-shot or something earlier this evening. I had him outside (yeah, no leash ...) in a courtyard and a guy came around the corner with his German Shepherd and his dog started hollering and growling at Benji. Now, Benji is EVERYONE's friend, but when that dog came at him, BENJI took off bouncing on all 4 feet, hollering back! I was like, "You're too OLD and SMALL to take him on!" The man was peeved with me and said, "Get your dog on a leash!" ... AS IF!!! WE were there first, just relaxing in the sun. HIS dog verbally attacked MINE! AS IF Benji could do ANY damage to his massive dog.

So, that was my "excitement" for today. LOL (Darned "Napoleon Complex"!)

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FITPRIS 3/21/2010 1:10AM

    I'm glad life is kind of settling down for you!

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CHRISTFIEND 3/21/2010 12:38AM

    So glad that you are enjoying the sights!!! I hope that you find THE house or RANCH of your dreams!!

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TYEASLEY 3/21/2010 12:28AM

    emoticon You always tell your stories that make me feel like I was there. My tooth hurts by the way after hearing your dental woes. What a trip indeed. Happy house hunting. Be careful with Benji, he sounds like a poser. emoticon

I want to see the view that brought tears to your eyes.


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ANNARUTH2 3/20/2010 11:40PM

    Gosh! you will be a little over 4 hours from me! I come through that way all the time when I go to my hometown in Va. I turn east at Lexington and go on RT 64.
Or if I drive straight through to my sister's in Myrtle Beach, I go right by Richmond. You are welcome to come visit me anytime.
Or I could meet you somewhere.....whatever works!
That country around Lexington is beautiful horse country!
Sorry about the dental problems. Hope you get everything straightened out.
And find a beautiful house!!! emoticon

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Jewelry_Lady & Me!

Friday, March 19, 2010

I had the opportunity to meet up with Jewelry_Lady today on our trip. HOW AWESOME IS THIS!?!?
I want everyone to know that when I became the team leader for the SP Class of January 6-12, 2008, she was one of the first ones to join the team and has been a big help since! She participates in most challenges and is always there for other team mates.
We enjoyed a (rather quick) lunch at Subway for our visit today. As she is only 1-1/2 hours from where we now are (YES, WE MADE IT TO RICHMOND, KY TODAY!!!) we will undoubtedly see more of eachother IRL!!!!!

Of course, Jim is a nut-ball when taking pictures (what IS it with people having to have other people POSE?!?! Just SHOOT the darned thing!) so I inevitably have my mouth hanging open or my eyes closed or some silly expression! (At least we didn't have to wait for him to count to 20 ... or 100 ....!!!)

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89MAESTRA 3/25/2010 11:10AM

    It's nice you guys could meet. Even tho I live farther in sticks than about anybody, I discovered that another sparkperson lived about 2 miles across the prairie from me. I'd seen her on another team, and at an occasional community event, but never met her. She had just married a neighbor of mine. Still haven't met her, and I'm not sure she even lives there anymore, or if they are still married. Anyway, SP worked really worked for her cuz she's really skinny. Sparkpeople is "working" for me too, but skinny....not so much ;)

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GRAMMAP1 3/23/2010 10:02PM

    That is socool that you have been able to meet Team members. So far I have met nobody face to face, but it would be fun. emoticon

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TNDARLINGTON1 3/22/2010 2:52PM

    That is awsome!

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DESTINYE 3/19/2010 9:38PM

    That is great! And its a lovely picture!!! So glad you got to meet and will live relatively close-by!

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FITPRIS 3/19/2010 9:36PM

    I agree with Annaruth! I don't know of anybody else that have met soooo many out of staters!!

I'm glad you made it!! Have a great weekend!

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CHRISTFIEND 3/19/2010 8:59PM

    I really enjoyed meeting you IRL. I look forward to us having lots more visits together.

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ANNARUTH2 3/19/2010 8:58PM

    If you keep on traveling around the country pretty soon you will meet us all! WooHoo! emoticon emoticon

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