Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Project Finally!!

The contractor finally started on our new project at the house this week due to the weather breaking and dry soil!  I'm very excited to get this last phase done and over with, besides it will be so nice to have the extra room.

This is going to be my covered outdoor area.  A large room on the back for storing lawn equipment and garden tools, etc...  Patio furniture in the winter, things like that.  You have no idea how much room I will acquire in the attached garage once this is done!  Yay...  Hopefully by the end of this week the roof will be on and get ready for concrete to be poured.  We'll have room to pull vehicles in, especially when we have bad storms and have a outdoor cooking space.  I'm very excited.  I'm hoping, It'll be ready to complete the landscaping by the time I return from Tennessee the first week of June.

Speaking of landscaping, You will not believe how my landscaping has taken off and filling in.  It's amazing!!

And do you remember that I looked at mud for 5 months!!??  well take a look at this!

Nope, I do not live on a golf course!  but it sure is starting to look like it.  We had the yard power seeded and fertilized and poof!  green carpet.

My herbs and flower containers are already busting at the seams,

My container of lettuce will be ready for its first clipping for dinner next week if it keeps this up.
Although our Spring was winter, and we went straight from 60 degrees to almost 90, obviously somethings like that, but not me.  I miss Spring!!

How are things growing where you are?? I hope everyone has a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.

Love and hugs,

Friday, May 17, 2013

The "real" reason I've been MIA!

Over the past few months I have been going through a very difficult, very emotional, trying time.  I have not been blogging because first of all, I've always wanted my blog to be my "happy" space, but in reality, I've decided, it should be my honest, what's going on in my life space and what is a blog good for if you cannot write about what's going on in your life and get support from your friends.  I've really struggled with sharing this information because it is so personal and so horrible and so painful, but here goes.

On December 31, 1984, my wedding day, was the last time I saw my mother.  On March 25, 1985 she was brutally murdered in her place of business by a 22 year old drug addict.  The crime was very horrific and brutal, I won't give you gory details, but it was bad.  He stole less than $300 dollars from her and then went back and murdered her so he would not get caught.  My mother was the most kind, loving, giving person you would ever want to meet.  She had paid this guy to do odd jobs for her in order for him to make money.  She would have given him money if only he would have ask.

Back in the day of this crime, laws were very different.  He received "Life" in prison, but then there was no "no possibility of parole" and he would have to serve 51 years before being eligible to go before a parole board.  Due to the difference in the laws from then to now, he only had to serve 20 years before being eligible to apply for parole.  He has served 28 years, but we have to fight his parole every three years now.  It is the most horrible, painful, cruel and inhumane treatment that there is.  My family and I must endure reliving my mother's murder every three years!  I can tell you that it comes very quickly!! The only thing that we as the victims can do for this hearing is obtain oppositions against his release!  Yep, that's it!

I am only sharing this information because I really needed to write about it and get things out of my head.  I have not been blogging and keeping up with my friends because of all the work and time that I have to spend preparing for this lame judicial process that we have to endure, but also because during this time, I feel so guilty doing anything fun or rewarding.

All I am asking from my best bloggy buddies is that I need prayers to help me and my family make it through this horrible process and pray that this cold blooded murderer does not get released on parole.

This is my beautiful mother with me on my wedding day.  Her birthday is June 2, she would be 88 years old and I will be traveling to Tennessee on this day to attend her murderer's parole hearing on June 4.  Great vacation!??

Bless you all.  I am thanking all of you in advance for your prayers!  I really want my life back!!

Love and hugs,

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I Just Wanted to Say Hello! and I Miss Everyone

I know I've been MIA for a while now.  I have had so much going on in my life between the sale of the big house, going to storage, buying a really small house, going through everything I own and getting out of three storage units.  Once I got most of that done, the weather broke a bit and was able to get fill dirt and top soil brought in for the yard and it took several weeks in between the weather being up and down to get it dried out enough to get it spread, graded and the yard power seeded and fertilized.  Most of the landscaping is done and it's doing great.

Then all of a sudden it's mid April and we have the Kentucky Oaks and Derby upon us!!  I have been up to my armpits in hat decorating, purse making, soap making, working more at the store that I can hardly see.  Two fashion shows and Oaks and Derby only two days away, I'm hoping things will calm down some, but that won't last long.

I just wanted to check in.  Let you all know I'm still alive, just buried alive and I miss you all.  The month of May is so busy here, but it is a lot of fun and I love every minute of it.

Will share a few photos, but will do more later when I've got more time...

Derby Hat and Fashion show at Wickland Park, Bardstown, KY...

More at Wickland Park...

Just a few of my hats...

Some of the landscaping...  It's really starting to grow and get all settled in...  Yay!!  The grass is growing like crazy...

These are a few of my Derby inspired homemade soaps..  they make great hostess gifts for Derby parties and out of town guest to take home a little piece of Kentucky!

a few of my one of a kind Derby inspired handmade purses...

My lucky one's, decorated "real" horse shoes, everyone needs a little luck!!

Anyway, as you can see, I've been a little busy and I apologize for the length of this post, but I may not be back for a few days!

I hope you enjoy seeing what I've been up to and I have been checking in on you when I have a few minutes, but I'll be back more often after this week!

Have a wonderful week, happy Derby time, if you get involved and hope everyone is doing great!

Love and hugs!!

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