Pre-Historic Towns: Near or Where We Live…

Pre-Historic Towns: Near or Where We Live…

I had an old friend call me yesterday and ask me if I wanted to have lunch or the way she put it was “would you like to go have a steak with me”? She’s a lovely lady a little older than me and its always great conversation with her. I missed church but we had a lovely time!

The first stop stop was for lunch at “The Whistle Stop Cafe” and if your not familiar with the movie Fried Green Tomatoes this is where the name of the restaurant came from I’m more than sure.

This is the inside of Whistle Stop Cafe AMD it was late, late, in the day almost dinner time so they weren’t crowded at all. There was just one other table there. They had photos all across the wall and I took a walk around The Whistle Stop and had a look at then while my friend finished her lunch. I had a Ceaser salad, sirloin and loaded baked potatoes and it was heaven! I told my husband we’ll have to go there and I had never been I told my friend.

Here’s our late lunch! Yum and I don’t have steak often. My husbands a huge meat eater. I could live on vegetables.

There were photos of the coal mine when it was open here and I wish I had taken photos for you to see bit when I went for my walk around the restaurant I left my phone on the table. The were pretty amazing! There has been talk and newspaper articles here about reopening the mines Her but I don’t know if they ever will reopen.

This is inside the train depot here in Stearns, Ky. My husband and I live in Whitley City but it’s not far at all. Maybe 15 minutes or less. Stearns has a train anyone can ride and see all of historic Stearns, KY. Here and it takes you all the way through and around prehistoric Stearns, KY. And people are able to see all the prehistoric scenery and buildings that Stearns had managed to preserve.

These are down of the buildings they’ve manged to preserve here for history and they also have a museum here others can visit Mcreary County Museum and it let’s others know all about Mcreary County here.

This is a dress shop and other clothing here in Stearns called Choo Choo’s. I thought these were fantastic and honestly I wish more clothing and attire was like this to date. I love these dresses and clothing. I plan to go back sometime and shop and I’m sure I can find some comfortable clothing for a housewife.

The brown building here is where we have The Vendors Mall. It’s funny of booths and a person can find really great deals here and I do have decor here in my home I have purchased here.

It’s pretty amazing how they’ve managed to preserve all this here. Stearns I’d in the national prehistoric registry and I believe the heritage foundation.

I hope you’ve enjoyed all I’ve shown you here on the blog and written about today and if you are ever in the eastern Ky. Area it would be a wonderful place for the family to stop and visit and we also have huge South Fork park here. I’ll try and write a blog about South Fork sometime when after I get photos. The history of a town and preserving it is always so interesting to me.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Vicky

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Review – Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury…

Review – Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury…

Yes, it is one Karen’s older titles and I was surprised when I found it on my book shelf the other day when I was starved for a good book to read and Karen’s always are a great read.

There’s always a lesson in her books, an act of forgiveness or a faith based way to deal with hardships in life or tackle a situation head on and have plenty of courage and strength after prayer.

This book “Ocean’s Apart” really touched my soul. Connor was an airline pilot and Michelle his wife, married with 2 beautiful girls living the American dream with being the happy, perfect family.

On the other side of the world to this family in Honolulu, Hawaii is Keisha and her son Max. She is an airline stewardess raising her son alone and while she’ll has to work on a 2 day flight once a week, Rami is an older lady and friend and has cared for Max his entire life since birth.

Connor receives a phone call one day from an attorney. Keisha was killed in a plane crash there were no survivors and has left in her last will and testimony that Max is to spend 2 weeks with his biological father before he is turned over to the foster care system. Upon the end of the two weeks Connor must decide “will he keep Max and be the father he’s never known or had”?

Not only did Connor know anything about Max but neither did Michelle his wife. When he has to tell Michelle about his infidelity 8 years ago during her bout with depression their marriage starts to crumble. At first Michelle completely shuns this little boy that is impossible not to love! But run out and grab your copy at a bookstore or your local library and read this novel to see how it plays out and with love comes forgiveness and it will take a forgiveness miracle to render this situation for this family and make then whole again.

Will it happen for Max or not?

Will God answer Remi’s forgiveness miracle for Max?

I sure hope you’ll read this novel and find out. All of Karen’s books usually come with a study guide at the end of the book and she has several verses listed to add to the study at times with the study questions to help readers really dig in and become more grounded in our journey of Faith and our relationship with God.

I’ve learned so much about myself and my journey of Faith ANS I definitely recommend Karen Kingsbury’s book! Or books!

I hope you enjoy and God Bless…

Summer is passing us by and ready for fall…

Summer is passing us by and ready for fall…

It’s been a summer of full humidity here in Whitley City, KY. I’ve been trying to garden or form flowers somewhat this year. It’s been a rough year due to my COPD and I’ve did what I could around here as fat as planting and growing. It’s been a rough road this year especially after I got sick for a couple weeks.

The flower to the left is the one I’ve been most concerned about. I brought it home or was a beautiful violet color and very bright bit it’s as if the color has drained right out of it. The others are doing wonderful. It’s a cherry Zinnias I believe it said, and the white flower I’d a peony I believe it said in the tag. The basil well it aways grows fantastic and it’s wonderful to have fresh basil to cook with especially! I also have my Passions Garden Journal I’m using again this year because if YIY ever purchase this garden journal it can be used more than one year and I’m so glad I’m eve to get more use out of it. Of course, I do not have a huge, huge garden of flowers or vegetable here even though that is my goal one day!

Here are some photos of the Passions Garden Journal and log that I’ve used in this year.

It has a very well made cover with all of the little trinkets for gardening on it. Comes with all of your tabs, three book markers, just in case you want to mark certain areas. It does have an index to. You have all of your tabs for what ever it may be you like to use these for in gardening and there’s even a place for photos, personal journalist and I tried to look up photos of others using this garden journal but not many out there of this one. I’m trying to educate myself a little more than year about this garden journal and the different areas it has such as hardiness zones. Where we live and the temperatures and humidity have so much to do with what hardiness zone were actually in and how well all plants, veggies, and flowers will grow. This garden journal has several different areas of expertise and it will be quite a while before I fill it all in.

I’ve been stung by a wasp am my husband called the EMT’s and today at my doctor visit she even prescribed me an epi pen! I like from when I got stung I took a two benedryl but she’s I couldn’t get a deep breathe, and I felt dizzy my husband said it was time to call the professionals. He took my blood pressure and said it was very low but allergies will cost blood pressure to be low so that answered this question for us or anyone else that needs to know this.

My computer is on the brink of being junk so a new one is on my list. This is the main reason I’ve cut back on blogging some but it won’t be long until I have a new one.

God has poured some blessings on us lately and that’s what life is about learning how to love a generous life. I wanted to write and blog about using my garden journal for another year because it makes me content that I’m able to get this much use out of it. It’s made just like a moleskin and it’s a very well made garden journal well bonded and all. You can find them on Amazon and at any gardening website I’m sure!

Until next time continue enjoying your summer. I am ready for fall. It is my favorite season. Until I blog again God bless!

The 20 Question Book Tag…

The 20 Question Book Tag…

When is clicked on this blog post I had to be a part of this book tag because at 53, yes, I am a bookworm and I enjoy reading on a daily basis so here goes and I hope you enjoy! I look forward to reading your book tags to!

How many books is to many books in a series?

1. It would definitely depend on the author but I read the Virginia River series by Robyn Carr and there were many books in this series and loved it!

2. How do you feel about cliff hangers? I don’t really mind them but give me something to go on please.

3. Hardback or Paperback? I love both but I’m leaning towards hardback for my library at home.

4. Favorite book? A Walk To Remember

5. Least favorite book? Lasher by Anne Rice. I purchased this book and I just couldn’t get it to keep me interested or grab my attention and it’s on my book shelf. Yes, I purchased it. A friends boyfriend went on and on about her but I didn’t see it in this book.

6. Love triangles? I don’t mind them at times I’m a sucker for a good romance novel what can I say!

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish? Dangerous Depths by Colleen Cobles she’s a great writer I love her books but let’s just say enough about Bree and I just couldn’t finish the last book in the series.

8. A book your currently reading? The Lying Game by Ruth Ware and The Marriage Challenge by Art Rainer. Yes, at times I read 2 books!

9. Last book you recommended to someone? The Great Alone it was magnificent! I even wrote a review parts 1 and 2 right here on my blog.

10. Oldest book you’ve read? I would have to say Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery 1939. Who doesn’t love Anne of Greene Gables!

11. Newest book you’ve read? To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury June 2018.

12. Favorite author? Karen Kingsbury

13. Buying books or borrowing? Both!

14. A book you disliked that everyone else seemed to love? Scarlet Feather Mauve Bunchy others raved about this book but it just didn’t keep me interested. Sorry Mauve!

15. Bookmark or dog ears? Oh my bookmark always. Never, never, dog ears!

16. A book you can always re-read? The Holy Bible!

17. Can you read while listening to music? Absolutely not. I like to have complete silence when I read!

18. One POV or Multiple POV = Point of View? The more the merrier.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting? I have read several in one sitting when I have the time but not always.

20. A book you read because of the cover? The Cooking Class by Wanda Braunswetter and it was a great book! I hope I spelled that right!

Who else do you tag? Ill the book worms out there and anyone else who would like to participate! Let’s have some fun and enjoy this!

The Great Alone – Part 2 and Review

The Great Alone – Part 2 and Review

Yes I finished this book the following night and other than what I had to do around my home, laundry, cooking up recipes I was reading and I had my nose in this book. If not for all that I would have never stopped and someone would not been able to pry it away from me.

How the book start out in 1974 but is in to parts and goes into 1978 in the second part and Leni is now 17 years old, and is happy and content living in Alaska and does not ever want to have to leave and the way Kristin Hannah writes about the beauty of Alaska you’ll feel like your there.

Things are falling downhill as they are to sinking deeply into despair or at least this is how there feeling with no way out and Leni’s father despises the Walkers and Matthew is her best friend and is a Walker and she is sneaking and seeing him in secret.

Large Meg who used to be his attorney tells Ernt Leni’s father a story.

Sit down and your lucky we don’t just take you outside and kill you right now and this is after they see what he’s done to Leni’s mother and her condition and black and blue face. She goes onto to tell Ernt Leni’s father “I had a sister and she loved her husband very much but he used to hit her and I called the police one time she begged me not to ever do it again. He ended up taking a hammer to my sister and killed her and he told them she came at him with it. We couldn’t even have an open casket service and he’s out there walking around free. I came up here to get away from all of that and now your here. This is what your going to do! I know about Vietnam and what it’s done to many of our soldiers but your afraid of the dark Ernt aren‘t you? Your going to pack your shit and go north for the winter and work for the pipeline for very good money which your family needs. Ernt says “I can’t leave my family alone”. And of course she replies “I’m moving in pack your shit”.

Things are going so well and out of the blue he comes home one day says he was fired from his job for drinking and promises he wasn’t. They all know he’s lying. Life goes on and continues to worse for Leni’s mother and they know it’s just a matter of time. He’s up in the middle of the night having them pack their bug bags, has Leni taking apart guns and putting them back together. She could do it in her sleep.

Leni is still seeing Matthew and her father wants all to go against the town because he wants it basically to remain like a compound and no new insiders in and no new business when they all won’t side with him he really loses it and has Leni and her mother caged in behind this wall he’s built and that’s when they realize this really is The Great Alone and Leni tells her mother we could leave and they do after he beats her when he’s passes put drink only they wreck the VW van and Mr. Walker saves Leni’s mother for it is the first person Leni runs to for help. Her mother doesn’t press charges and through a night of passion Leni becomes pregnant. She hates her father and won’t even speak to him or talk to him and when she goes home one night tells him and he flies into a rage beating Leni her mother does the only thing she knows to do to protect them and screams

“Not my Leni! She shoots him and kills him and then they put the body on the snow mobile take it out into the wild drill holes in the ice and throw him in. No one will ever know we’ll say he disappeared the think or Leni’s been talked into this by her mother because she always had been and she loves her mother.

Marge tells them they must leave because police, judges, and juries do not feel sorry for battered women and of course they tell Marge that they don’t know where he is that he’s disappeared. They leave Alaska and go to Settle back to her mother’s parents and are living fine had things they have never had. The finest clothes they love Leni’s son and they have a good life until her mother gets sick with cancer and is dying. She writes Leni a letter and tells her to go home to Alaska confessing. What will happen when Leni returns to Alaska with Matthew son?

I don’t want to tell you all of the book there still so much more great reading to do. This book was rated number 1 on amazon. com for best book this year! It’s a sure book you’ll want to read this year! I promise!

Until next time I hope you’ve enjoyed this review!

You can go to here to read reviews at goodreads. com

It’s my favorite book so far this year and yes it’s that great of a read!

I loved this book…

Vicky XOXOXO

The Great Alone –

The Great Alone –

This is my current read and I’m not finished with it yet but I still wanted to blog about it because it’s such an interesting book and I think anyone who loves to read as I do will definitely enjoy this book because it’s that good!

It starts off in 1974 and Leni that’s telling the story in the book is 13 bit it’s still an adult read by author Kristin Hannah and it’s an amazing adventure you’ll feel lime your there!

This is the old bear that leads up to trying to attack Lani’s father all while he’s driving here to Alaska when a guy that was in Vietnam with her father that died while serving our country leaves him land in Alaska in which he receives a letter from the man’s father.

It’s a triumphant and challenging time for all of them as a whole and a family only Leni is caught in the riptide of her parents passionate, crazy, stormy relationship, and how much they truly love each other even though she doesn’t understand it. Her father can’t hold down a job, he drinks to much and he doesn’t treat her mother to well either that she can see of and he has flash backs and nightmares about Vietnam that makes things even worse at home and elsewhere. She is desperate for a place to belong, stay in one school and have some actual real friends for a change.

Her mother Cora will do anything or go anywhere for her father whim she loves with all her heart.

At first Alaska seems to be the answer and everything is going great as planned. In a remote corner of the state in an independent community and the people love the life they’ve created here in Alaska of strong men and even stronger woman.

But, as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to come apart as well.

The long sunlit days and the generosity of the locals helping them out and preparing and with dwindling resources there help is making up for what they don’t have because they came to Alaska very unprepared for the more than fierce winters.

As winter does descends on Alaska, so do the perils outside, pale in comparison to threats from within inside there home.

In their small cabin, covered in snow, and 18 hours of darkness in the book winter and at night, Leni and her mother know the terrible truth: they are on their own in The Great Alone and in the wild there is no one to save them but themselves.

It’s a portrait of human frailty and resilence, and how a family learns to survive as the modern American pioneer is revealed in the Spirit if a vanishing Alaska, a place of incomparable beauty and danger.

This is an up all night read and you won’t be able to put it down. How Kristin Hannah writes about Alaska it’s as if we’re right herewith them.

It’s that great of a book! I had to write and blog about it now that’s how good it is!

Your going to want to add this book to your TBR list for sure this summer!

I anxious to see his this book ends but I am enjoying the story so much!

It’s an exceptional masterpiece…

You may head over to goodreads to read all reviews.  I just can’t stress enough how great if an author Kristin Hannah is! I hope you enjoy this review!
(Image is from Google photos)
Our Backyard Chickens and the New Addition…

Our Backyard Chickens and the New Addition…

We’ve been quite busy since Fathers Day when I knew I had hear small faint chirping as I walked slowly and as I approached our chicken house but, I still saw nothing and if they were even born yet they were hiding up under Mama and sleeping.

We went ahead and attended church the following morning then after words on Fathers Day there they were with first 2, then 4, then 6, then 8, and I was starting to loose count because the way they were moving around and hiding because they would get scared and hide when we would approach the chicken house or they would hear us but, there they were the cutest little baby chickens alive and well!

There doing quite well and I didn’t want to put water in anything to deep and I used pie pans, milk jugs, and the bottom of water bottles. I trimmed them down to there height and enough to where they wouldn’t drowned.

I hadn’t thought about it But on backyard chickens where I’m a member and someone told me pie pans were good for this and if you have chickens or raise chickens you can find out any information you need to know from their website. They have anything you needed know here.

I was uneducated about chickens for years and the last few years I’ve edu ate myself because I knew I wanted to have chickens when we purchased this place and moved here. Wean teach ourselves or learn how to anything of our choice.

About a month ago one if our roosters disappeared and everything was fine for a while and then my other rooster disappeared and then the next night one of my chickens was gone. Poor girl all that was left in the chicken house was the floor being covered with feathers. We assumed a fox and a friend of mine told me a fox will leave the feathers because they can’t pick them up and carry them with them.

My husband and I knew we had to figure out a way to keep the babies safe or he’s the carpenter he did. I’m just a helper when need be. We have another chicken house behind our house and after he fenced it off all around the outside and moved the door on the other to this one it was in good shape!

We moved the ladder and one of the perches and knew they would be safe and so far they have been.

Here is the end result and I’m so pleased with it. I do have some red paint I may add but I’ll have to add some white to the trim to. We stopped here because we plan to add a larger run to it also for them especially now since I’ll have a pretty decent size flock.

Her last baby didn’t make it and we lost our roosters and a hen but look What God had blessed us with!

There just adorable and I hope they all make it. The Mama coma and huts my door and let’s me know they want an evening snack. I just cut a fresh pineapple and gave them what was left of the rind and the middle. Yesterday it was the stems and access from fresh spinach. I don’t know if I’ll keep them all if not I’ll sell them. We’ll see and I told my husband people in this county will be calling me that chicken lady!

I enjoy getting the fresh eggs and their both good layers. Only problem the other chicken jeeps going in the other old chicken house. But I told my husband were going to have to fix, repair and make it safe because I can’t keep all of them until chicken house their in because it’s not big enough and we’ll work through it and be ready for Fall and Winter. I haven’t had to purchase eggs since I’ve had them and this part I love and fresh eggs are better!

I love all of the egg holders and fresh eggs do not have to be refrigerated until you use them. Don’t clean them until your ready to use them and they’ll last about a month.

I’m over my illness and it’s cooled off some and boys humid here in Whitley. We’re even managing to have some cool comfortable evenings and that’s when my nose is in great book. I’ve read quite a few lately.

We’re blessed to have the life we do and I thank God daily. Make the most of it and enjoy the dream of what ever it may be you create. Until next time and I’ve read some great blogs today. Keep up the great writing my friends and God Bless…

It’s time for coffee and some reading!