Monday, September 29, 2008


This little doggie is a perfect visual representation of how all of us felt yesterday at five o'clock when the St. Andrew's Heritage Festival was over.

The bookstore did relatively well this weekend. It did not make as much money as we would have hoped, but, thank God, this year we practically broke even and I must admit I was pleased (although yesterday turned out to be not my best physical day). And, to my knowledge, the kitchen was the big winner by doing $1000+! Saint Andrew's Church is filled with excellent cooks, as the sales have pronounced loudly. This year there was a lot of take-out instead of eat-in. Although it was different, it appears to have worked quite well.

Take-down for the festival took less than two hours, which is totally opposite from set-up, which took almost a week! By the time everything had been finished and me and hubby had finally made it home after dropping off a tray of baklava for a friend who had recently had an operation, we were exhausted. We had only enough energy to eat a bite of supper, which we had brought from the festival, and I was able to read a little of the novel currently on the agenda before I gave it up and went to bed at 9:22 p.m. Hubby stayed up longer watching a football game and relaxing in his own way.

One of the things Hubby and I did with supper was have a wonderful celebratory libation: He had a beer and I had a Parrot Bay mojito. It hit the spot, I tell you! I would have had another mojito, but, to be honest, I was just simply too tired.

Exhaustion was such the theme of the evening that Hubby did not bother to wake me up this morning really. He just gave me a kiss and went on off to work. I needed every ounce of extra sleep I got.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Saint Andrew's Heritage Festival, Lexington, KY

This weekend is our Church's festival. So, in preparation for it I am only taking one thing with me to work on, OK, maybe two: the wonderful sweater called clark, and my soon to be finished very warm socks for winter.

ST. ANDREW ORTHODOX CHURCH is a member of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, Metropolitan PHILLIP, Primate.

Antioch is one of the five original Apostolic sees of Christianity. The disciples of Our Lord were called Christians first in Antioch. (Acts 11:26).

*Services are offered in English, and all are invited to worship the Undivided Trinity.

If you are in the Lexington, KY area, check us out. Here is a schedule of the entertainment:



12:00 PM St. Andrew Slavic Dancers
1:00 PM St. Andrew Arabic Dancers
2:00 PM McTeggart Irish Dancers
3:00 PM Choir Concert (in Church)
4:00 PM St. Andrew Arabic Dancers
5:00 PM St. Andrew Slavic Dancers
6:00 PM Choir Concert (in Church)
6:30 PM St. Andrew Arabic Dancers
7:00 PM St. Andrew Slavic Dancers

Church Tours – 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM


1:00 PM St. Andrew Slavic Dancers
1:30 PM St. Andrew Arabic Dancers
2:00 PM Greek Dancers
2:45 PM Lexington International Dancers
3:30 PM Choir Concert (in Church)
4:00 PM St. Andrew Arabic Dancers
4:30 PM St. Andrew Slavic Dancers

Church Tours – 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM


KIBBEE $ 2.00
(Vegetarian) $ 2.00
(with Meat) $ 2.00
PIEROGIES (3) $ 2.00
HOMMOUS $ 2.00






GYRO $ 6.00

St. Andrew Orthodox Church
1136 Higbee Mill Road(just inside Man O'War at Clays Mill)


Saturday, Sept 27th - 11am to 8pm

Sunday, Sept 28th - Noon to 5pm


Middle Eastern, Slavic, Irish and Greek!

Choir Concerts and Church Tours...Silent Auction...


For Information call: 859.223.5091 or 859.277.1763

"Bruno" not exactly welcome?

Is it just me, or is it that people are going out on limbs to distract people from things important as well as unimportant? This reminds me of stunts pulled by the media and entertainment figures during the Great Depression we see in newsreels and read about in books on the Great Depression. What do you think?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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Friday, September 19, 2008


According to the Internets - this is Talk Like a Pirate Day! So talk you landlubbers!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Some Words That Helped Me Today

Hope is the most precious treasure to a person.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Just a question today....

It doesn't feel as if there is anything pertinent to write about today. I have been wracking my brain for something funny, intelligent, or just plain interesting to write about here, but, sadly, there is nothing coming to the forefront of the gray matter.

So, instead of writing about something pertinent, funny, intelligent or just plain interesting, I have a question for you instead:

How often do you have brain-dead days?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Gray Sky. A Good Day.

Today is a good day. The exhaustion has taken a slight vacation, and, just maybe, it will decide to live wherever it has currently gone. It would be wonderful to be able to have good days again, filled with a semblance of energy and accomplishment. The past few days have been accomplished days, but in a totally different manner. They have been days where things have been accomplished on the computer, not in the house, visible to other people. Today has been an accomplished day in both areas - in the house and visible to others, as well as here on the computer and in the writing world.

My beautifully handsome drag queen has decided it is time s/he gets the story out of her life. Since it has been so long since Ms. Florentyne has been in the mind's eye things have changed, but only slightly. I can now see that the story is going to be probably a trilogy because everything that needs to happen can't happen, or really shouldn't happen in just one single book. Unless I am completely fooled, it would be a better idea to get it done in three - this way none of the story is rushed or crammed into one single volume and feeling cluttered. It all could happen in one novel. It is good to leave the current options open until we see how it is all going to work out.

It seems this particular novel can only be worked on when the writer, being me, feels like a human being.

The female love interest for our handsome drag queen has changed a little. She currently isn't a complete emotional basket case. Her life is changing, but it isn't just a mass of being swept from one place to another. It is changing because she wishes it to change. Her narration is more honest than it was in the first draft. She is the same person she was just more settled and active in the changes taking place in her world, life.

Yes, I understand these are direct reflections of the writer. Instead of making me feel like a complete ass, it is giving me pause to ponder and plot and proceed in telling the story more carefully. Her narration is helping me be more aware of different factors in peoples lives and how it affects those around them and how they make decisions. One thing I am considering with this particular version is that close to the end of this version there will be a slight hiatus while I am working in NaNoWriMo.

There is a reason for the madness of NaNoWriMo: The Narrator is going to be writing, possibly partaking in NaNoWriMo herself. Who knows, I may even write the NaNoWriMo piece under her name just to be silly. I may be able to do both, finish my handsome drag queen's story and do NaNoWriMo itself, but a novel in 30 days is almost impossible to do while working on other things, especially another novel! However, it might be possible.

Wow! It has been a while since I have felt good enough to be a writer and feel like one, too!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Fantastic Moment in Sports

I am not an overly excitable football fan, unless, of course, the Green Bay Packers are playing and then, well, I am so there...but this is an absolutely fantastic play!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

amused and tired

Sitting here at the kitchen table trying very hard to keep my eyes open and my brain awake, I looked around me and saw dogs scattered like snoring bushes with fur and fangs. Sometimes, when things aren't their best or any where near perfect a good moment just pops up like a little sweet kiss from your Guardian Angel.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Some Semblance of Reality Returns to my World

At the moment I have my fingers crossed that the old blood pressure is going to sort of behave itself. Friday it spiked into the 200s/100s which means the doctor called in a new medication and, so far, it appears to be working. It must be suiting my body because the exhaustion and absolute bone-numbing tired that has been plaguing me has finally let up some. I am actually feeling like a human being again! *knock on wood* Hopefully this is a continuing trend, because it would be WONDERFUL not to have to fight through the tired in order to have some semblance of a day. Because of the spike another doctor's visit has been requested by said physician and this means a juggling act must commence tomorrow with everything I had already booked for the week. It can't be helped, and, quite personally, it would be good to be checked out by said physician after feeling as horrible as I did last week, and especially Friday.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

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The Election of Our President Nears...

Recently I have been bombarded with questions about for whom I am going to vote for in the up-coming United States Presidential election. I was even at my doctor's office recently and a complete stranger held up two magazines. One had a picture of John McCain and the other had Barack Obama on the cover. Once I had said which one I liked, I was called a fool in no uncertain terms.

Also, a dear, dear friend of mine proclaimed proudly she was going to vote for John McCain merely because "he had a woman vice-presidential running mate" and that was her only reason. Did she look at the policies and speeches of both candidates? No, she was just excited and happy to vote for a candidate that seemed forward thinking by having a woman as vice-president. I don't care who you are, woman or man; black or white, just as long as you can show me a positive plan for the country and give me enough proof you might be able to back it up - then let me make up my own mind. Sadly, many people are going to vote for McCain merely because he has a woman candidate as vice-president - not that she has even less environmental standards than the current Bush camp. This frightens me, and it should frighten others.

On the other side, a lot of people are going to vote for Barack Obama merely because he is half black and nothing else.

So, in order to give you information about the campaigns and all of their promises, I encourage you to follow the links below and read. Make up your own mind. Don't depend on the fact that there is a woman vice-presidential candidate is present or that "a black man" has finally been able to reach the presidential candidacy. Look at what they say, their issues and plans, and make up your own mind.

Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech

Biden's Acceptance Speech

Can't find a link for McCain's acceptance speech

Palin's Acceptance Speech

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Bumps in the Road

Yes, it has been a while I am sorry to say. The more yours truly has tried to right and order things the more they have been splaying out everywhere! However, if things are truly as organized as I believe them to be, next week is going to move along quite nicely without any flubs because there are several very important appointments I need to keep for the Vocational Rehabilitation services.

In other news - life is rolling along and there are quite a few bumps in the road. Luckily I haven't been bounced out of the cart.