Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I remember the first time Michael met my family. I was petrified!! Michael, being an only child, grew up in a much quieter home than me. Besides, his family isn't nearly as vocal as my family. My family is loud. Let me say that again....my family is LOUD. I remember praying that, somehow, he would survive his first meeting with them and would be able to get a word in edge-wise. That's quite a feat around the Whitakers. We all talk loudly, we all talk at the same time, and we all think we're right and everyone else is wrong. I just KNEW Michael would run screaming from my parents' house and the romance would be over. I thought he would never be able to tolerate the Whitaker clan. But he was a trooper. He held his own. Now, he didn't really talk a lot...he stood around and watched in disbelief most of the time. But when he did say something, all the Whitakers stopped to listen. I couldn't believe it. I knew then that he would be okay. If he managed to somehow gain the attention and respect of my extremely loud family, he would be okay. And he was. That's not to say that some visits to Kentucky aren't hard on him and he doesn't want to lock himself in a room just to get some peace and quiet, but he's a good sport. And the Whitakers are so amazed when he actually does say something loud enough for them to hear, that they all actually shut up and pay attention! Miracles never cease!!
With that being said, I went home for Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago. Michael and I loaded up the car and took the six hour drive back to Harlan. I was excited because my Aunt Vivian, her husband, Jerry, my brother Todd, sister-in-law Heather, and niece Mary Addison would be there, too. My mom cooked this year instead of my grandmother (as my grandmother feels that since she's reached the age of 90, she has earned the right not to cook), and Dad just enjoys having all his family back home.
Todd and I barely said ill words (although I think there were a couple of brother-sister insults) and nothing got broken. All in all, it was a successful Thanksgiving!!
Michael, Jerry and Todd (Todd's giving Jerry a wet-willy...see, told ya...aren't we mature?)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Another view of the South side of the square and a closer view of the book store and O'Houlihan's.
College Street bathed in street light.
North side of the square (where you turn to go to our bed and breakfast!)
A view of the Lincoln County Courthouse and the gazebo where many community activities take place.
A view of the courthouse with our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree all lit up for the holidays.
A view of the moon over the corner of one of the buildings.
A view down College Street.
This group of kids was walking the square the same time I was and insisted I take their photograph. Not enough light, so they each have four eyes in this shot instead of the customary two.
My mother-in-law's house in the moonlight.
Next door to Suzanne's house is the oldest cemetary in town at the Presbyterian Church.
Another view of the cemetary in the dark.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
It didn't take us long to leave our little city's streets behind and find wide-open pasture land dotted with farms.
We spotted this old home on a graveled side road. It wasn't hard to imagine at one time it was a busy place overlooking the beautiful farmland that surrounded it.We found this beautiful little Methodist church down one of the backroads we traveled. It looked so homey and friendly that we just had to stop for a few minutes to admire it.
What a sweet front entrance with a beautiful fall wreath.
And what a nice profile!!
Some of the old barns looked as if they hadn't been used in years, but evidence closeby proved that they were very much used. It was just tough to find anyone around on a Sunday afternoon!
Nearby was the evidence of someone's hard work.
This farm is located right inside the city limits surrounded by historic homes and residential areas. Who would have thought...