Saturday, March 31, 2007
THE NATCHEZ TRACE
As you climb the entrance to the parkway from
Hwy 96, you enter into an enchanted purple world.
I am a true Tennessean and I have never encountered so many redbuds blooming in one place. I did not feel so short changed when Mimi announced "She had never seen so many redbuds at once." Now this cute little lady is not only a true Tennessean but eighty nine years of age. As we crested the top of the entrance and headed home on the Trace, a breathtaking view came into site . Just a giant clump of trees in full glorious color.
I kept asking Prince to stop here and there, so I could try to capture those wonderous trees on film. It was not hot or cold but like Goldielocks would say "Just right". A gentle breeze touched the bare skin and a melodious sound came from the trees from our tiny feathered friends.
The kitty justice is it was not only Eye but Ear and Touch Candy. A day to remember.
SPRING 2007 ON THE HILL
This year everything has bloomed earlier than usual because Tennessee has been having temperatures above normal.
Prince never gets hot but last weekend he kept saying "It is toooooo hot for this time of year."
I am sure the next couple months we will have those different winters( redbud, dogwood, locust etc etc) In the south, there is a name for every little cool spell until summer hits us like a hot oven.
I love springtime but this year our spring has been cluttered with plain ole TOO HOT. Southern women glisten in the summer but never in the spring until this year.
A Cousin of a Cousin said it best, when she dubed the Bradford pear trees, the weeds of trees. At this time of year, you cannot go ten feet without seeing one. Every yard at least one and sometime MORE. There must have been a blue light special on them years ago for EVERY subdivision entrance has a dozen or more. After they get a certain age, the branches break off or if the wind blows two miles an hour a branch will break off. Then they look like smiling hillbilles. BUT after winter even those cotton tops on toothpicks are refreshing. I guess you could say that is the kitty justice.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
NEVER SAY NEVER
Just a little background before I start the sermon of the day. I am President of the This N That Trift Shop which gives ALL our profits to St. Lukes Community House. Check it out by going to www.stlukescommunityhouse.org Anyway we are non profit and we have at least 3 board meetings a year. Yeah a Board Meeting. Can you just see Kitty Justice swinging a board around the room and other characters doing the same.
First of all our secretary had the nerve to take off for 2 months to ride her bike along with some other crazy ladies across the country from San Diego to St. Augustine. What an adventure. She sends us little excerts of her travels and she and the other ladies are having a marvelous time. How I wish my back would let me ride a bike. I think it would be more fun for me to be in a chase truck. I begged our previous secretary to take notes for this meeting and she graciously said she would. Alas, when I got to the shop, she had taken her hubby to the emergency room. I scrambed around and asked another lady to take notes if Mz Elly did not arrive. Her hubby was doing better and she came in just before the meeting started. Who says Prayer are not answered?
Mz Corn Dog advises to go to Vegas in order to people watch. NOT. All you have to do is come to a board meeting. I think the world of all our volunteers as they give of their time unselfishly to help others and WITHOUT ANY and I do mean ANY RECOGNITION being made. One of my number one Pet Peeeeves "do volunteer work just to get a picture in the paper, news letter etc" So if you are looking for pictures and fame you best not volunteer at the shop.
It was a small group that met as others were on Spring Break with family. In fear of offending some I cannot describle them now but will do so as soon as my Presidential term is over. Nine more months. Two years is Long enough to be President.
I love a challenge better than eating chocolate so when my idea of publishing a cookbook by the volunteers in time for Christmas was given the 'NEVER CAN BE DONE', I started plotting on ways to get it done. Mz. Elly innocently stated that we would have to test each recipe. Now I do not think all the Non Profit organizations who sell cookbooks test each recipe. We are just a little shop NOT Southern Living. Besides those who provide the recipes will have tested them on their families for years.
I came home and googled and found the largest publisher of cookbooks with a free kit. I put my information in for the free kit faster than a duck on a june bug. I plan to contact each and every volunteer. Those who have email they will get a blanket email asking for recipes and help with the project and the others I will spring for the stamps and send the request by snail mail.
Never say never. The kittyjustice is that saying that phrase is like trying to train a kitty to come when called. Not gonna happen.
If by some small chance you read this and have any suggestions "Do not hesitate, send them quick. "