Friday, September 18, 2009

Fall is in the air

I have read many blogs lately about the feeling of Fall in the air. Personally, the Fall of the year is my favorite time of the year, period.

I was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, one of the most beautiful (and most disgusting - but that's another blog) places on the face of the earth. Situated at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Prestonsburg (my hometown) was made for Fall. Around this time of the year, God begins his painting in this part of the country. The trees begin to change from green to reds, golds and oranges. Around the middle to end of October, there is not more beautiful place than Eastern Kentucky.

It's much, much more than the colors that makes me love this season oh so much. I love the smell of the crisp air. Fall plays on all of your senses. The smells of the air, the tastes of fresh apple cider and pumpkin pie, the sounds of the leaves crunching under your feet, beautiful colors all around. It's almost sensory overload!

I espically love the Fall because of festival time in Eastern Kentucky. I grew up going (religiously) to the local fairs. Paintsville holds the Kentucky Apple Festival. The downtown Paintsville area is set up with booths as far as the eye can see. You can samlple fresh, right before your eyes, apple butter. This was generally the time of year in which my family would all meet at my great grandmothers house. We always had the best time. The very next weekend is the Jenny Wiley Festival, held in my hometown of Prestonsburg. Since it was right around the corner, I spent every waking minute in the festival area. It has since shrunk in size since my childhood, it is still a wonderful time to see old friends I have lost touch with.

This year, I will venture back home for the Jenny Wiley Festival. I hold no great hopes for the festival this year, as in the past I have been disappointed. However, I will be able to see friends that I haven't seen in years. That is always a treat. Hopefully this year it will be just cool enough to wear long sleeves. I have missed that fall tradition.

Monday, August 31, 2009

All is right with the world?

Today, I love life. Is that an odd observation to make? I mean, most days I like life and some days I am frustrated with it. But today, I love it. I make this statement only to ask "All IS right with the world?"

We stumble through life with both moments of bliss and moments of melancholy. Sometimes the moments of bliss are often missed in the moments of melancholy. As of late, my moments of bliss have been triggered by nothing in particular. Maybe my favorite song on the radio or the warm sun on my skin. Today's bliss was triggered by a few things. First, I had the most magnificent weekend with my husband. We went to the drive-in movies on Saturday night to see a few 80's movies. Then Sunday, we "played house". We went to Lowe's to purchase a new lawn mower, then to the grocery. We didn't do anything spectacular or out of the ordinary, just nice "us" time. Today's bliss is also thanks in part to the weather. It seems that when the weather is nice, so am I. This is my favorite time of the year. From about Sept. 1 to Nov. something-another, I am generally in my happiest. The Fall of the year makes me smile. From the smell of the air, the sound of the leaves crunching under feet, I love the Fall. There is something so magical about it. I think a lot of that love goes back to Eastern KY. There can't be anywhere prettier than Eastern KY in the Fall.

I ask the question again "All IS right with the world?" I ask for one reason, is the proverbial other shoe about to drop? I mean, can we have the happiness without the tragedy? Can we? I have heard that you can't have the good times without the bad to remind you of the good. So I ask, is my "bad time" a'comin'? It scares me. I hate pondering if and when this "bad thing" is going to occur. Is that bad thing a lost parking place or worse? Is that bad thing as simple as a red light or worse? I dare not to recognize the possibilities.

So, for my fleeting brief moment of bliss, I will enjoy. I will enjoy the sun shining through the window, even if it is not from my office. I will smile it and thank God for it, for tomorrow it might vanish. I thank Him for the weekend I have shared with my true other half. I dream of the endless possibilities of future bliss.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Giving this a whirl

So, this is my first blog!

I love to blog and felt inspired after reading a friends. I am often inspired by others by way of artistic outlets. Be it photography, singing or writing, I love the artistic side of myself! Ok, maybe some might not consider it "art", but I love feeling artistic. Maybe that's it. Maybe I just like to feel as though I am artistic. I love to express myself.

Anyway, welcome to my world. It's mainly uninteresting. It's sometimes wacky. It's generally mundane. But frankly, it's the only one I'm gonna get on earth so I gotta' make the best of it.

If you are following me, I will warn you, my writing is not good. It will be grammatically incorrect. It will probably have lots of misspelled words. But, that's who I am. Perfectly imperfect!

So, here we go........