Spring in Kentucky…Lake Cumberland

Hubby and I went to Lake Cumberland State Resort Park to eat dinner and see the lake recently. I took pictures while we can still see the lake through the tree branches. I have to tell you that this is one of the prettiest parts of Kentucky, but I am sure I would say that about other places too. We have quite a bit of natural beauty when you get outside of towns and brave the twisty roads to some very special spots. Kentucky has several resort parks…and all of them are in beautiful locations.

The state parks are very popular with Kentucky residents as well as many out-of-state folks. Some bring boats, some bring campers, and some just bring swimsuits and make reservations for a room, a cabin, or a houseboat.

Here are a few photos to tempt you to come to the area. (there are links below for more information)

Jamestown Dock

The Overlook


Jamestown Dock

Jamestown Dock

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
5465 State Park Rd.
Jamestown, KY 42629
Phone: (270) 343-3111
Email: stephen.eastin@ky.gov
Park Manager: Stephen Eastin, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

For more information…
state parks http://www.parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/lake-cumberland/default.aspx
maps http://www.parks.ky.gov/maps/default.aspx

For Historic locations within the state check out this link:


Thanks for visiting.

fun table decorations

Birthday for my Daddy…85 Years Young!

The weather was perfect for a birthday/Easter lunch today.
The sun was shining. The sky was blue. The grass was (and still is) green.
The breezes on the back porch were perfect.
My dad celebrated his 85th birthday this past week…and I decided to host a little luncheon for him.
My hubby did the cooking and I did the table and such.( Retirement is letting him his stretch his cooking skills, which is a good thing in my book! I cooked five days a week most of thirty years…so I am all too happy to turn over the kitchen.)

Here are a few pics of the day…

You will see the delicious ham that hubby baked,

along with my mother’s homemade banana pudding. Yum!

Yes, we did have vegetables, and some were green.

Hubby made a twice baked potato casserole with cheese, bacon, and butter. Yum again.

Chocolate cake was requested.

Sorry, no picture. I was busy cutting and serving it.

Then there is the birthday boy himself…my daddy.

Being the first child, I have been around for most of the near 64 year marriage.

I have been daddy’s girl for many, many years.

He has taught me so many things over the years, from learning to ride a two-wheel bicycle to flying an airplane. He would also share many educator tips along the way with the only one who went into education..Me.  My dad was a school principal during my growing up years. And being an educator, it seemed he was always taking additional graduate classes every year. I eventually learned what that was all about. Educators go to school most of their lives!               He was also a flight instructor near our small town, having learned to fly in his twenties.          He has quite a resumé.

Back to lunch…

The table is set and ready for us to gather around it. I have a small dining room in our downsize..but we manage to squeeze in.

The table is set

The table is set

I decided to go with colorful table decorations…as it is spring, and Easter is tomorrow.


fun table decorations

fun decorations in a formal room

08-IMG_0058Can there be too much candy at Easter?

Hubby’s ham was delicious…and I have leftovers for Sunday. I love leftovers!


Hubby’s Ham was a Hit

And here is my mother’s extra special banana pudding.

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding to Die For

too much Easter candy?

Too Much Easter Candy?

Here is my daddy…85 years young!

He is in excellent health and does whatever he wants!

85 years young

85 Years Young

And mother, equally young and healthy!

my mother

my mother….

See that white sofa below?

It is in my mama cave. aka, my quiet room, and it is an excellent napping place.

I  headed there once the kitchen was cleaned up.

My Mama Cave

My Mama Cave

Thanks for stopping by today.

I am headed to my mama cave with the comfy sofa to grab some quiet time.

Have a wonderful Easter Sunday!


camera and light

playing with my camera and light…


Friday French, translation Exercise

French dictionary

My high school French dictionary

When I began studying French in high school the only thing I had to help me was a small paperback French-English dictionary. By the end of high school that dictionary was well worn…but it went to college and graduate school. The other very useful book I eventually purchased was 101 French Verbs. During my early teaching years I purchased 501 French Verbs.

Today my college students pull out their smart phones, iPads, or tablets to do a word search. There are several online dictionaries if you want to use one.

I am giving you an assignment this week. Translate this short passage about why one should study French. You may send me your translation by copying and pasting into the comment section if you wish. The act of looking up words is the actual “on task” part of the post.




Friday French and Pinterest, a French Teacher’s Helper

Here is your Friday French vocabulary.
Practice spelling the vocabulary off and on all week. Then cover the words so that you only see the pictures. Number the pictures and your paper, then spell each word. Check your own spelling. You must interact with a word several times before that word becomes your word. (That was told to me by one of my child’s first or second grade teachers.)
Bon Weekend!



Easy Easter Table Decorations

This will be short and sweet…with a pic or two.

I am still playing with some quick and easy table decorations.
This one is just too simple…and can be remade for different themes by using different flowers and different filler.

You will need three (more or less) clear glass vases. Mine are about eight inches tall.(two dollars each from the local dollar store.)

A bag of Easter grass, divided among the three vases.

Silk Flower stems of your choice. I used flowers that I used for a Derby party centerpiece.

Put grass into the vases. Stick the flower stems down into the grass.

Optional…add wide ribbon or burlap around the vases.

These are just fun table decorations…for a fun event. I can see using additional vases lined up down a longer table, or in a circle for a round table.

When I find nice silk flowers I usually pick them up to add to my arsenal/collection of decorator items.(You understand…the recycle and reuse theory of home decor. My flowers were on larger stalks…but I had hubby use wire cutters to cut them off to make individual stems. I have used this set of daisies in several containers. I have another collection of fall flowers that I use and reuse also.

Easy centerpiece

Easy Centerpieces

Dollar Store Vases

Dollar Store Vases

silk flowers in green flower pot

Flowers in green flower pot

I have an abundance of daisies…so I stick them in various containers. (If I wanted a more permanent arrangement I would a more secure base.)
The purpose of these arrangements is to have something quick, easy, and inexpensive.
If I wanted to use fresh flowers, I would probably buy color coordinating wide ribbon to wrap around the vases.
The possibilities are endless.


Love Pink!

Love Pink!

This one has a clear glass shaped vase…and the stems have been twisted.

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Coffey's Store Shipping Trunk

Our Old Trunk and the General Store

My husband’s family ran a general store from about 1900 to sometime in the 1950s. His grandfather started the store, then his parents ran the store after the death of his grandfather. So, my hubby has quite the collection of stories to tell about growing up in the store. But that will be for another time.

What started me to thinking about the old store was a post by Karianne from Thistle Wood Farm Blog. She was talking about “old” objects. That made me begin thinking about the old things I have around my house. When I say “old” I don’t mean junk that can hang around for ever and it is just plain old stuff. What I am talking about is something that is old, that has a history, that has a story…and is really old. I have four or five items that fit into that category: family high chair, my mother’s baby cradle, my great great grandmothers porch table, an antique Coats and Clark spool cabinet,  and an old shipping trunk.

For today’s chat I want to show you the old trunk. This was a trunk that was used to ship things to the old general store. As to what kind of items that were shipped…who knows. It was the early nineteen hundreds and general stores sold everything. My hubby has told of buying trips to Louisville and Cincy with his parents when he was a little boy.  They had to supply the store with everything from farmer needs to kids lunch boxes.  Ok. Back to the old trunk.

After the family sold the store, the old trunk was living in an old detached garage for years. It held water hoses and yard tools. Apparently it eventually started to fall apart from being abandoned. Back in the nineteen seventies my mother-in-law decided to repair her father’s old shipping trunk. Then she presented the trunk to hubby and me for our rustic house in the woods. She lined the wooden trunk with wallpaper, and painted the metal corners with new black paint. Some of the old leather straps are still there…though cracked and broken. We pulled it out of storage recently and found that there is some repair work needed….but that adds to the charm. Knowing that this trunk is part of the family history makes it even more special. It is part of “our” Kentucky history. The old store building was torn down…but we have this old trunk to remind us.

Coffey's store

Coffey’s Store trunk


Coffey's Store

Coffey’s Store

Coffey's Store Shipping Trunk

Antique shipping trunk

1900s shipping trunk

antique shipping trunk circa 1900

I love old things…especially when there is a family story.
Have a great week.

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Friday French on Sunday and Pinterest

Oops! This week just zoomed by and I failed to give you French on Friday.

With that, here are a few vocabulary words to learn, or practice.

days of the week

days of the week

20130725-170242.jpg IMG_2438 IMG_2440 IMG_2455 IMG_2444 IMG_2459 IMG_2452 IMG_2471 IMG_2457 IMG_2464 Most images were found on Pinterest, which is a great source of visual aids for French teachers. I do not know who should receive credit…. If you have never visited MyKentuckyLiving on Pinterest, consider yourself officially invited.         I have created two pinterest French boards. I even encourage my students to go to my boards. One is called All Things French, and the other is called French, language education.

Have a great week!





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