Friday, July 18, 2008

Cumberland Gap Greetings

Hey ya'll from Cumberland Gap, KY...more specifically, B'ville. Having a great time here visiting Jen, Gabe & Gabi - friends we made while living in Germany. The girls have had a blast playing dressup, chasing the kitty & swimming! Water park fun in the day & later on we went to a Front Porch Pickin session on the courthouse steps - loved it!
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Later that night, we took a drive up to Corbin, KY to see the Moonbow at Cumberland Falls. This phenomena occurs as the mist rises from the river in the light of a full moon. Very cool!! Thinking I might need to see these wondrous falls in the daylight. My camera isn't equipped to capture the glory of this lunar rainbow, so I've borrowed one along with some info about this rarity from the KY parks department & wikipedia with special thanks.
A moonbow (also known as a lunar rainbow, lunar bow or white rainbow) is a rainbow produced by the moon rather than the sun. Moonbows are relatively faint, due to the smaller amount of light from the Moon. They are always in the opposite part of the sky from the moon. It is difficult to discern colours in a moonbow because the light is usually too faint to excite the cone colour receptors in our eyes. As a result, they often appear to be white. However, the colours in a moonbow do appear in long exposure photographs. Moonbows are most easily viewed when the moon is near to full (when it is brightest). For other than those produced by waterfalls, the moon must be low in the sky (less than 42 degrees and preferably lower) and the sky must be dark. And of course there must be rain falling opposite the moon. This combination of requirements makes moonbows much more rare than rainbows produced by the sun.
Later on today, we're saying "bis spater" to the Andersons & heading west to the 2008 Annual 510 N West End Blvd Roommate Reunion in Madisonville, KY. Can't wait!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Goodbye trusty friend

Saying goodbye is always hard for me, particulary to one who's been with me for so long. Preparing my silver Saturn for trade in, I was a bit misty eyed. Afterall, an odometer reading of 181,500 miles equals quite a bit of time together. If I average that out at 60 mph, it's 3025 hours in my car. That's alot of hours, both mundane & adventurous. 3025 hours is a good bit of singing, radio play, CD spins, traffic reports & Rush (Limbaugh) hours.

The Saturn was partner to my greatest moments; witness to many giggles, guffaws, as well as tears unseen by another as I mourned my greatest losses. I venture at least 99% of all the curses out of my mouth were from behind the wheel of my Saturn. Before ya'll get too excited, I could probably count them on my fingers...maybe a toe or two. :o)

I left tire tread spanning 2 continents & 12 countries; enduring inspection in no less than 7 languages- with guns pointed and without. It entertained (?) drivers from 6 nations. My mileage included autobahn and autostrata time, as well as near 3rd world country travel in an unnamed country - no offense Tom, Piotr & Judy. But then, I could plant a garden with all the dust transported from the country roads of Missouri via my Saturn bumper. Oh what fun!

We hosted 3 boyfriends, a plethora of dear friends, beloved kinfolk and just a couple enemies (just kidding). The Saturn enabled me to serve roughly 300 families over the course of 7 years. I would approximate that car transported me to church roughly 725 times; not counting extra services for Go, conferences, early morning prayer, refugee resettlement or Christmas production rehearsals. :o)

My 2nd drive-til-it-won't-go-no-more Saturn still looked good upon trade in. Let's see...we had umm...uhhhh - 4 new bumbers and, given a minor brush in a client's driveway the day before trade in (but after the trade in offer), might need a 5th bumper-or maybe just paint. That's not funny. On the brighter side, I did give quite a bit of business to Art's Auto. Thanks, Larry. Oh, & a bit of business to Phase I. Lest I forget, there was that moster hail repair & paint while in Germany. I can't remember that place - Openheimer or something Deutsche like that. :o) Let me add here, that I'm sure thisSaturn has more mileage in her. Remember my 1st Saturn gave up another 30,000 miles after she was donated at 212,000 miles. :o) Good cars indeed!

So with great fondness, I post these pics of my loyal silver Saturn/autobahn stickers & say goodbye. It was a good run...we had a great run together. Thanks for the memories~

Thursday, July 10, 2008


While perusing my favorite blogs this morning, I followed a thoughtful comment eventually leading to this delightful song by Michael Buble.
This catchy tune is now in my playlist AND more Buble tunes are on the way - thinking this is great music for upcoming road trip. Have a good one! AND thanks to Lynn for unknowingly introducing me to this making me smile song~

Monday, July 07, 2008

I Am Free

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. --Ronald Reagan

We celebrated freedom Chicago style this weekend with fireworks, beach play, Millenium Park, Mag mile shopping & Italian lemonade...all with good friends, Bob & Stephanie, and a new friend, Bert.

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Summer celebrations

Hello, Sunshine! We've had a delightful couple of weeks enjoying sunshine, beach play and celebrating with friends. Here are a few pics as we enjoy these lazy days of summer~
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