Hot mama

Oh my gosh, it is so freaking hot! I am trying to stay in the air conditioning as much as possible, but I feel very sorry for people who don’t have any way of keeping cool. I know there are a lot of them out there who either can’t afford an air conditioner or can’t afford the electricity to run it.

I just awoke from a nap, and have decided that they make me feel worse instead of better. I have always been that way. I get up in a fog and can’t figure out what time of day or night it is. Older people always seem to take naps, so I guess I’ll have to get used to them sooner or later.

Speaking of getting older, have you ever looked down at your hands or feet and not even recognized them? I have been doing that a lot lately. My hands startled me a few weeks ago, and today I was completely astonished by those strange, wrinkly feet that were attached to the bottom of my legs.

Life can scare you that way. Sometimes it feels like I’m being pushed in a direction that I don’t want to go in, but there’s no choice in the matter. Getting older is definitely better than the alternative, I guess, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck in the worst way.

hot_mamaWe saw Vicki Lawrence last night in Bardstown, and she did her hilarious “Mama” character, complete with the cheap wig and fat suit. The crowd loved it. I never realized that Vicki had such a large gay following, and it was especially surprising considering we were in a small town in KY.

That’s all for now.

A Return to Love

A Return To Love
by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
Give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

La Dolce Vita


I have watched Under The Tuscan Sun twice in the last week. The first time was when my boyfriend was at his mom’s for a few days, and then I watched it with him last night. I love it, and it is now one of my favorite films. The movie has a few flaws, but overall, I think it’s a wonderful film and Diane Lane is simply enchanting. She comes across as vulnerable, yet quick-witted, which doesn’t seem like a very easy personality to put together.

Anyway, the scenes from Tuscany and Positano have given me the fever to see Italy in person. Positano is pictured above, and it is this little cliff-hanger town where all of the buildings literally appear ready to plunge into the ocean!

I did a little research, and it would seem that two people would need to have at least $5000.00 to book with a tour group. I definitely think a tour would be the way to go, at least on my first trip there. I know virtually nothing about their customs, so I would need a guide to get me from point A to point B without getting a migraine.

I guess this is one of the trips that you keep in the back of your mind, and try to arrange for after retirement or when you’re a little older. There are so many places in the US that I still want to go, and that would be so much less expensive, that it seems like I should see them first.

I have a really strong desire to see California, especially Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, & Los Angeles. I would also like to go back to Washington, DC, and New York. I’ve been all over the northeast, south, and mid-west, but I’ve never been further west than Colorado.

One thing that has really hampered my travel plans is a fear of flying. If I can’t drive somewhere, then I usually just don’t go. I think I need to work on that, so that I can broaden my horizons a little.

Off to work I go

Back to the old grindstone today. I have always hated it when a holiday falls in the middle of the week. It’s much nicer to have a 3 or 4 day weekend than to have to work the day before AND after a holiday.

Anyway, the fireworks were great! We met our friends & their kids there. I am very surprised that our tiny little town is able to provide that kind of entertainment. There must have been several thousand people out there watching. We invited our 87 year old neighbor lady to go with us, and she accepted and seemed to have a great time.

We bought tickets yesterday to go see Vicki Lawrence (from Mama’s Family.) Honey is in love with her, and records and watches the show all the time. It should be lots of fun, even though it’s going to be outside in an amphitheater. We managed to score second row seats, which is fortunate, considering most of the venue was sold out already.

This is going to be a busy week. I’ve got choir practice tonight, a class tomorrow night, and the Al Gore movie on Friday. It’s better than sitting at home, though!

This Too Shall Pass

OK… so I’ve decided to give this blogging thing a try. I always thought it would be fun, but didn’t really think I had that much to say. Hopefully I won’t bore anyone to tears.

I found the following poem online today, and instantly fell in love with it. I have always liked and used the phrase “This too shall pass” in my life when it seemed like everything was going wrong. Maybe someone else will find some inspiration from it.

This Too Shall Pass
By Helen Steiner Rice

If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-

If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-

If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too-

Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains

That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.