Monday, December 31, 2007

MaeDeans (The Published Author)

Not my bookIn case anyone is wondering, I did not write this book.
Sinners Have Souls Too by MaeDeans
I am not saying anything negative or positive about this book because I haven't read it.

It would be more likely that I would write a book entitled
Dogs Have Souls Too · or · Cats Have Souls Too.

But, alas, I'm not a writer.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Where the Wind Blows Us

A neighbor couple at the campground recently departed for their next destination. Since they had two oscillating fans with them, I'm assuming they were traveling South to an RVer-friendly climate.

This morning another neighbor is hooking up his fifth wheel with plans to visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Southern Alabama area for a month. Since Wendell and I expect to be in Alabama in early 2008, we might even cross paths again.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Texas Christmas

There's something about Christmas in Texas ... starting with temperatures pleasant enough to take a walk after a big holiday meal.

The best Texas Christmas tree I've ever seen

More Texas Christmas goodies from Arlington:The Official Tree of the Dallas Cowboys?

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve Gift

As I told my sister last night, I’m a copycat, because when I see something that someone else has done that I consider good, I copy it. This morning I ran across an article that I liked so much I feel compelled to share it:
Christmas Eve Gift by Greg Quinn
As I read this, I was reminded of a very similar story Daddy told me when I was 6 years old when I became convicted of my sins. A year or so later, when I was 7 and had ample proof that I was a sinner and could not save myself from my sins, I asked Jesus to save me from them, and I have felt ever so definitely that I am saved ever since that day.

So like Greg, let me say to you, “Christmas Eve Gift”. I pray you too have received “the greatest gift ever given on this Christmas Eve, the gift of Jesus.”

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Such grace!

Freestyle rollerblading at its finest — this is something to see! She contemplates for a bit, but you'll see why.

Thanks, Tom & Anita, for sending me this.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Recommended Reading

*The following post is an update to: Flat Out!10/26/2007

Flat Out! The Rollie Free StoryNow that I've finished reading this book and listening to its accompanying audio CD, I feel certain that this is a landmark book that "motor-sickel nuts" and history buffs will want in their libraries. Although I can't talk cams, compression ratios, fuels or displacements, I found it very interesting. I'm a fan of its author, motorcyle historian Jerry Hatfield. I've also become a Rollie Free fan. Whatta guy! Its beautiful illustrations and audio footage of his final interview help tell Rollie's story as he deserved to have it told. If you're a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, you'll understand after reading the book why Rollie devoted his entire life to beating Harley with speed.

  • My nephew, Scott Hatfield, received his copy back in August and has lots more to say about his dad's book on his own blog at I GOT MINE!
  • Gotta see it! The Rollie Free Book has its own blogspot on which Jerry has posted a number of previously-unpublished photos and memorabilia that I think are a testament to his dedication to Rollie's story.
  • A celebrity plug: Jerry has many fans, including Jay Leno, who recently recommended this book in a video entitled Vincent Black Shadow.
  • And a review so good it could sell anything: Motohistory editor Ed Youngblood, who describes Jerry as the greatest single contributor to motorcycle history, helped push him out of "author retirement" to write this book. Ed has placed Jerry's book in the top spot among his Found in Print reviews (for which you'll need to scroll down to Ed's 10/6/2007 entry). This excerpt from Ed's descriptive review is just too good to not share:
    "Rather than spin out a historical narrative in his own words, Hatfield has acted more like Free's editor, providing the context in which Free, with the help of his contemporaries, can tell his own story. Through this technique, the personality as well as the history of Rollie Free comes through, vividly."

2011 update: Although I'm unable to date this engaging article, Jerry evidently wrote it sometime after publication of Flat Out:

Phil Vincent, His Motorcycles, and What Might Have Been

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Booger Bear (A Spoiled Cat)

We lunched at a friend's home in Brandon today. I think this was the first time I had met Booger Bear.

Yep! I'm spoiled rotten. See? I even have my own remote for the TV.

Last year when she was still a kitten, Booger Bear took great delight in undecorating their Christmas tree daily. This year, she has calmed down — so much so that she was found sleeping among its branches.

Friday, December 07, 2007

A Visitor at Timberlake

Fixinta storm at Timberlake

Squirrely critterI took this photo yesterday while the blinds were up over the dining table.

The little fellow did not seem to be deterred from eating even when I tapped on the window.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

An Old Haunt

Years ago CS's in Jackson was a watering hole with much longer hours than it now has. People continue to fill the place up for lunch, but we first knew it as a place to play pool and have a cool brew. That was when the first video games had come out such as Pac Man. We frequently met our friends there after work. Yes, they’re famous for their Inez Burgers, but we go there for their plate lunches and to visit with Pat and Inez. We also shared a peach cobbler with ice cream.
Sorry We're OpenCome In We're Closed
Before leaving, we gave Pat a beer can (a full one) to add to his collection of 2800 or so:

Collection of 2800+ beer cans

Those who have tried Inez's massive hamburger-and-fries combo may find this Clarion Ledger article amusing:

No 34-inch waist, no service? Let me weigh in with own bills

Monday, December 03, 2007

Sacred Music

Being back in the Jackson area gave us the opportunity to attend yesterday's services at Wells Memorial UMC for the first time since last Spring. This meant being treated to music performed by its outstanding choir. Along with an inspirational 2006 Greatest Hits CD, music by the Wells choir is also featured on Carols of Remembrance, which includes songs from last year's Christmas presentation with St. John UMC's choir, to offer both congregations superb sacred music.

Wells has an impressive website that allows us to follow Keith Tonkel's weekly sermons and church ministries as we travel. Yesterday during the 8:30 worship service, someone joked that chaos reigned during the Pastoral Assistant / Newsletter Editor / Webmaster Jim Young and his family's recent well-deserved vacation. Welcome back, Jim and Michelle!

¯ And speaking of sacred music ...
There are many kinds of sacred music, and last summer I was introduced to still another kind when David Wolfs Robe AKA Flute Man performed at Devils Tower in Wyoming.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Real Christmas Music

Ray Conniff Singers
click on image to listen
We've had this music on a vinyl LP since the 1960's, and now own it on CD. The first track on it is a medley that includes The Little Drummer Boy.

We have one other Ray Conniff Singers CD, but this is THE REAL CHRISTMAS MUSIC. I'm evidently not the only person who realizes this, because Ray Conniff – We Wish You A Merry Christmas is still played in stores during December and offered by the Internet's ultimate retailer, Amazon.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum

Like most Saturday mornings, I spoke to Mother on the phone. She told me she received her first Christmas card yesterday from her sister. This reminded me that one time we received two Christmas gifts before Thanksgiving many years ago. They were sent by Wendell's sister Judy, who was definitely on the ball that year.

Wendell's other sister Patsy gave me a beautiful counted crosstitch many years ago of The Drummer Boy. I wonder what year that was? She likely did that because we had a tradition of sending Drummer Boy Christmas cards every year, but it seems The Drummer Boy has fallen out of fashion in recent years, and I have not been able to find one to send out.

This may be the only Christmas card you receive from me, so let me Wish You A Merry Christmas and A Happy 2008.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Rainbows of Fall

Rainbows of Fall
I've always loved rainbows in any form, and I love Fall, too. This combines both.

Credit goes to:
Graphic Art, Graphic Art Editing,and Web Page By: Mark C. Phillips
Over the Rainbow-version by R. Malcolm Brown, Jr.
© Solo's Hideaway Fun Pages

Also, thanks to Johnny for sending me this link.

Since the link did not seem to work any longer, on November 1 of 2011, I substituted a YouTube video by whitepine I hope you'll enjoy.

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Birthday Girl

I'm unsure whether being an indoor-cat owner or working for a cookbook publisher was Carla's inspiration behind this unusual birthday cake:

Is that what I think it is?Yes, it's dirty cat litter!  Have a scoop!
But Happy Birthday to Me anyway!

And for those of you who want this mouthwatering recipe:
Kitty Litter Cake
pssst: It's surprisingly good!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Let It Snow - Let It Snow - Let It Snow

Since I'd oohed and aahhhed during a tour of South Dakota's prettiest garden last summer, Devashan's owners graciously shared these charming photos of their home and garden under a blanket of snow:

Let It Snow 14 photos

Monday, November 19, 2007

Black Notes Only

Inspirational! The history of Amazing Grace (9 minutes long)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Moving On

A selection of photos from a recent frosty morning in Kentucky:

Webshots member maedeans

Webshots slideshow: Home Is Where The Heart Is (21 photos)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Kentuckian

This song hit the charts in 1955 – the year I graduated from high school:
The Kentuckian
I thought this would be an appropriate way to bid good-bye to Kentucky as we leave heading for Mississippi for Thanksgiving.

Wolf Creek people, it’s been good!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ready for Christmas at Wolf Creek

The tree's up and decorated in the fish hatchery gift shop
Time for Christmas shopping!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Gesto de Amor (Gesture of Love)

Just picked this up by email today. Thanks, Johnny, for sending it. It touched my heart.
Gesto de Amor video (less than 1 minute long)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

San Francisco Photo Slideshows

This photographer is one of my favorites on Webshots. Of his 125 Webshots albums, at least three feature beautiful photos of San Francisco. The third one has several photos that look like fine landscape paintings.

San Fransisco's painted ladies
Speaking of San Francisco ...
My sis and bro-in-law enjoyed an October 2003 vacation there:
San Francisco 2003

Thursday, November 08, 2007

RVers Are Blocked From Voting

This article came out yesterday from the Associated Press:
RVers Are Blocked From Voting

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Worth a Second Look

When we visited beautiful Lake Cumberland State Resort Park last September before the leaves began to change color, we agreed to return in the fall -- particularly since it's only about 5 miles from Wolf Creek Hatchery, where we're currently volunteering.

Today was a beautiful sunshiny day and a perfect day to take photos of the park in all its Autumn splendor.
Cumberland Lake Resort wearing its Autumn colors

We had a delicious lunch at Rowena Landing Restaurant, which offers an expansive view of Lake Cumberland. In spite of the menu's traditional Kentucky dinners and gourmet meals, we couldn't resist ordering fried catfish ... and we chose well! Wendell also did the soup and salad bar, which included some excellent beef rice soup. We hope you feel like you're there with us as you view yesterday's Lake Cumberland slideshow on Webshots.

Woohoo fancy-cut baked potato!Worth a third look:
We visited again a week later on November 14. The drive was pretty scary because it was raining and many leaves had been blown onto the roadway. (Always on the lookout for area wildlife.) We dined at Rowena Landing, where Smitty sampled the Creelsboro Cordon Bleu, while Bob and I had the Ribeye Steak. Our baked potatoes weren't cut the fancy way as they were in our previous visit, but they were tasty nonetheless.

*Read about our first visit to this charming neck of the woods on
The Perpetual Vacationers: Local sightseeing

Record low so far


This photo of our inside-outside thermometer was taken around 6 AM. It is not a very clear photo, so let me interpret it for you:

IN 59º

OUT 23º

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Highway to Hulett

We had to miss most of the goings-on in Hulett during Bike Week last August because of the heavy traffic between Hulett and Devils Tower, but we did hear The Roosters on a Sunday afternoon. We recognize some of the "scenery" in this video that I recently discovered on the band's website:
Highway to Hulett (3 minutes)
Wednesday of Bike Week with Ham 'N Jam is something else. Here's a snapshot of Main Street in Hulett during Ham 'N Jam 2007 courtesy of Webshots member Street Eagle:

Hulett Ham 'n Jam 2007 courtesy of Webshots member Street Eagle

To see more Hulett Ham 'N Jam photos, visit the Rapid City Journal's Hulett Jam photo gallery.

To all my friends

A good friend from Tom's in Jackson, Mississippi sent me this from FrontierNet:

Monday, November 05, 2007

Pretty Autumn Leaf

Anyone know what kind of tree this leaf fell from?

Someone has suggested that this may be a maple leaf. After comparing it to the maple leaf photo on the right, though, I'm thinking is something other than a maple leaf.

Our youngest daughter suggested it was a sweet gum leaf. After finding the sweet gum leaf images below, I concur.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

For cat lovers

Hope you get to see video of the kitty waking up its owner:
Cat-Wakes-Guy video

Chaos R Us

Most people we talk to who are fulltime RVers agree that life is not dull or predictable. I know I have dwelled on the temps here at Wolf Creek Hatchery, but we really did not expect them to be 27 degrees at night in early November. We have no water right now because the water hose is frozen, but it will likely thaw out as the sun warms us up. We can get water by turning on the pump and using water in our fresh water tank.

We hope to eliminate a little bit more of the chaos today on our day off.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Double Brrrrrrr!

After I got up this morning, the outside temp continued to drop. At 7 AM, it's 27º outside.

We do expect that once the sun comes over the treetops that the sun will warm things up pretty quickly.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

November already?

The day's unique start: An early doctor's appointment in Somerset, at which we were treated to this beautiful display of colorful glassware in the waiting room. And this was just the tip of the iceberg: All around us were beautiful creations of the doctor herself.

Decorative glassware display

After Wendell's appointment and a quick brunch at Cracker Barrel, we traveled 21 miles east to Daniel Boone National Forest, where the 1-mile hike in the Natural Arch Scenic Area quickly shook off the day's overcast chilliness. While I pulled out my camera for photos of the stunning arch that awaited us at the trail's end, Smitty jawboned with a tree-cutting crew that had stopped for lunch.

Lunch break Natural Arch in Daniel Boone National Forest

See more Natural Arch Scenic Area photos on flickr

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Real Heroes

Ben Stein discusses his recent book The Real Stars in the video below:

Monday, October 29, 2007


Our low last night was a chilly 30º. The same low temps are expected tonight.

After the sun comes up over the eastern treetops, things warm up pretty fast. Now at mid-morning, it's 43º outside. That's good, because Wendell is smoking a Boston Butt.

Speaking of Boston ...

We were pulling for the Red Sox in the final and winning game of the World Series. Apparently there was a little bit of celebrating going on. Can't say that I blame them.

And for Red Sox fans who want to watch their team's 2007 championship over and over again, it's actually available in an 8-DVD boxed set. That's right – all 2,105 minutes of coverage, along with a bonus disk featuring Red Sox 2007 season highlights.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Handy Dandy Device

Less than ten bucks!
Finally I got around to ordering the Smart Media Card Reader/Writer. Jeff enlightened me on the fact that this neat little helper did not even need to be installed because Windows XP recognized it and, with a Smart Media Card inserted in it, it immediately started putting the photos on the computer.

Sure wish I'd had it all along. But I just didn't know how handy it was going to be and how much expense and time it would save me, and at such a nominal cost.

Thanks, Jeff!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Flat Out! The Rollie Free Story

Flat Out! The Rollie Free Story
Flat Out: The Rollie Free Story

I've begun reading this book, which I received several days ago from its author, motorcycle historian Jerry Hatfield. Jerry has authored over a dozen books, and I can already tell that this is his best work ever. It includes an audio CD of Jerry's interview with Rollie Free, which I intend to listen to after I've finished reading. Even though he was quite a daredevil, Rollie was not killed in a motorcycle accident. He lived into his 80's and was a legend in his own time.

My nephew, Scott Hatfield, received his copy back in August and has lots more to say about his dad's book on his own blog at I GOT MINE!

Ed Youngblood's MotoHistory review will really make you want the book. You will need to scroll down to Ed's 10/6/2007 entry:
Ed Youngblood review - Flat Out: The Rollie Free Story by Jerry Hatfield

Also, Jay Leno mentioned the book on a video called Vincent Black Shadow on his website, Jay Leno's Garage.

* UPDATE 12/12/07: I was even more impressed with this book after I finished it! Visit my December Flat Out! blog post to find out why.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Return of the Blue Angels

Last summer while we were volunteers at Devils Tower National Monument, a Blue Angels Photo Flyover took place. It was very exciting, and they passed by what seemed like a dozen times. This morning Yahoo Videos featured this Blue Angels footage from San Francisco. Since it was filmed this year, I'm guessing the same crew was doing this show.

(less than 2 minutes)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Halloween is only a week away. Wendell recently discovered a Halloweenie photo op before the morning dew had dried:


Halloween is a mysterious holiday, and it's really amazing how much has come to be associated with it. People decorate for it, and it's sort of combined with fall festivities with the pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns. Hope I can find my Jack-O-Lantern earrings I've had for years.

While visiting HR Optical in Somerset, Wendell and I agreed that everyone needs a pair of the Halloweenie sunglasses they had on display:

Jack-o-lantern colored glasses

My friend Chris recently shared a Halloweenie game with me. People who watch Wheel of Fortune on a regular basis will probably do pretty good on this. I'm not sure if I caught on or not -- I scored 70. Here's a few hints from someone who earned a high score of 430: "It's a matter of the most frequently used letters in the English language, plus the subject matter." (But she also admitted that she had help from Lee.)

Test your skills at Halloween Hangman

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Welcome Forecast

Whew, we sure did need it! It will have to rain and rain and then rain some more to catch up from almost no rain all summer.

Kentucky Rain keeps pourin' down ...

Today is a big day here at the fish hatchery, and we're ready to shine! In addition to the official launch of the Biologist in Training program, representatives from other area fish hatcheries will be visiting to see what makes Wolf Creek hatchery so special.

*Want some mood music?
· · Hit the Play button to hear Elvis Presley's Kentucky Rain

Friday, October 19, 2007

Biologist in Training

Biologist-in-Training bookletAfter lots of planning and preparation, Biologist-in-Training was unveiled this week at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. Wolf Creek's own Environmental Education Specialist Amanda Patrick was a member of the BiT development team.

This outstanding educational program takes advantage of the unique opportunities presented by hatcheries to build lasting connections between children and the outdoors. Children can become certified Biologists in Training by completing the BiT Activity Guide available from any National Fish Hatchery in the Southeast Region.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The best dam tour we've ever had

Yesterday we had the pleasure of touring the Wolf Creek Dam. We are currently volunteers at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, which sits just below the dam. Our dam guide was so well informed about its operations and history that many of his explanations were going right over my head. But one thing I can testify to ...
It sure is big — over a mile long!

Wolf Creek Dam · Jamestown, Kentucky

Dam facts:

  • On the Cumberland River near Jamestown, Kentucky
  • Construction began in the 1940’s; completed in 1950, with the final power generator installed in 1952
  • Lake Cumberland, which was created by the dam, is the largest manmade reservoir east of the Mississippi River and provides over 40% of the total flood storage in the Cumberland River basin.
  • Benefits include:
    • Flood damage reduction - Provides a maximum flood storage capacity of over 6 million acre-feet
    • Hydropower - Produces 22% of the hydropower generated on the Cumberland River
  • Currently undergoing a seven-year Seepage Rehabilitation Project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

And some surprising Lake Cumberland trivia:
  • The lake's shoreline is longer than the Florida coast.
  • It receives even more visitors each year than Yellowstone Park.

related blogs:
The Perpetual Vacationers: Dam tourists