Wednesday, October 31, 2007







MAGGIE & SILLY FLOWER
THIS CROCUS DOWN BY THE LOG HOUSE THINKS IT IS SPRING. WHY? ALL I CAN THINK OF IS THAT IT GOT THE RAIN AND THOUGHT IT WAS SPRING. THERE ARE ALSO PEAR TREES AROUND TENNESSEE THAT HAVE THE SAME CONFUSION.
MAGGIE HAS TURNED IN HER UT ORANGE COLLAR FOR A LIPSCOMB AND LSU PURPLE. SHE IS SUPPORTING PUPPY'S SCHOOL AND THE SEC (SOUTH EASTERN CONFERENCE)
I PICKED UP HER NEW COLLAR WHEN I WENT TO PETCO ON SATURDAY AS MIMI WAS HAVING HER HAIR DONE. I KNOW IT WAS THE WRONG DAY FOR HAIR BUT SHE HAD A PERMANENT THE PREVIOUS SATURDAY SO WE HAD TO WAIT A WEEK TO GET IT WET. WE ARE SLOWLY WORKING OUR WAY BACK TO WEDNESDAY. THIS WEEK SHE WILL GET IT DONE LATE ON THURSDAY AND HOPEFULLY THE NEXT WEEK GET BACK TO HER REGULAR SCHEDULE. I USUALLY RUN ERRANDS WHILE SHE IS GETTING IT FIXED.
ANYWAY, THE NEW COLLAR IS WIDER AND MAGGIE KNEW IT WAS DIFFERENT SO SHE STRUTTED JUST A LITTLE.
I KEEP TWO FRISBEE IN THE OLD SEEDER OUT FRONT AND EACH AFTERNOON WE GO OUT TO PLAY. IF I GET CLOSE AND SHE IS NOT FINISHED SHAKING IT SHE WILL PUT HER PAW ON IT AS IF TO SAY "LEAVE IT ALONE".
THE KITTY JUSTICE IS THAT BOTH SHE AND THE FLOWERS HELP TAKE AWAY THE SADNESS OF LIFE.



Tuesday, October 30, 2007

TAKEN IN 1999 OF ZEKE, ANNA AND BETH IN FRONT OF THEIR HOME ON CEDAR STREET IN SAN DIEGO.



A STRANGER TOOK THIS PICTURE OF KITTY, PUPPY, PRINCE AND BETH AS WE WERE HEADING FOR A DAY IN BALBOA PARK IN SAN DIEGO. (1999)


APRIL 2001 AT BI CENTENNIAL MALL IN NASHVILLE OF ZEKE, ANNA , AND BETH.


APRIL 2001 WITH CAPITAL OF NASHVILLE IN THE BACKGROUND OF ZEKE, BETH AND ANNA.


FALL OF 2001 , WE HAD JUST TAKEN A TRIP TO WILSON COUNTY TO SEE THE OLD HOME PLACE. BETH AND MIMI ON BACK PORCH OF OUR HOME.


OCTOBER 2006 BETH AND ZEKE ON THEIR TRIP TO EUROPE.
HAPPIER TIMES FOR ALL THE FAMILY IN THE PICTURE ABOVE.
TODAY ANNA DOES NOT HAVE A MOTHER.
PEACE BE WITH HER.
TODAY ZEKE DOES NOT HAVE A WIFE.
PEACE BE WITH HIM.
TODAY TOM AND MARGARET DO NOT HAVE A DAUGHTER.
PEACE BE WITH THEM.
TODAY MIMI DOES NOT HAVE A GREAT NIECE.
PEACE BE WITH HER.
TODAY WE ALL DO NOT HAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL COUSIN BETH.
PEACE BE WITH US.
SHE WAS ONLY 42 AND SHE WAS NOT ONLY BEAUTIFUL OUTSIDE BUT INSIDE TOO. SHE WILL LEAVE A VOID THAT NO ONE CAN FILL.
ON OCTOBER 29, 2007 AT 3 O'CLOCK SHE WENT TO BE WITH HER LORD.
GRAN MA LUCY, MIMI'S ONLY SISTER, WELCOMED HER GRANDDAUGHTER WITH OPEN ARMS.
THE ONLY KITTY JUSTICE IS THAT BETH IS NO LONGER IN PAIN. PEACE BE WITH YOU DEAR ONE.






Monday, October 29, 2007
























GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE
MMMMMMM , Turkey is good to eat but not these. Wild turkeys legs are tooooo stringy and the breast is coarse. Or maybe I just do not know how to cook wild turkey.
Prince was working in the yard yesterday and as always he carries his camera and he got several good pictures. They came walking from our neighbors yard heading to the corn pile.
He was as still as he could be taking the pictures but those sharp eyed birds never took their eyes off of him. They did not hang around in the yard very long until they started to fly down the hill. For big birds they can take off very quickly.
The Kitty Justice is that they must know that Thanksgiving will be here soon and they do not wish to be mistaken for a domestic bird.





Friday, October 26, 2007
















LOVE M & M'S
Not the candy silly people but Maggie and the Moon.
Last evening, as dinner was cooking and Mimi and I were awaiting Prince's arrival, the Moon pecked out in its splendor.
My camera was in the bedroom, so as fast as this little ole fat short lady could run, I ran and got the camera. I took several shots but this was the best one. It is the Blue Moon and Saturday it is suppose to be full. It did not take the Moon long before it rose high enough to be covered by the dark clouds. So I felt as my blogger friend had said "It was a Thankful Thursday".
The pictures of my girl was taken as Prince ate his breakfast. She has this little stuffed Hedgehog and she wants Prince to play but I have to obliged her or she will get hairs and slobber on him. Not a good thing as he will be heading to work.
Anyway, she will talk to me , see the fourth picture. We call it "ra ra ra". That is her signal for us to pick up the toy and throw it for her to either catch or chase. Either one is a fun thing for her.
She still likes to hold the kitchen wall up and that keeps her still enough for me to capture a few of her expressions. Hope y'all enjoy seeing her as much as I enjoy her .
The Kitty Justice is I can tell everyone I have an MD and not be fibbing. Not my fault that they do not know Maggie dog.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


TIME PAST
In the picture, I was eighteen and still naive to the world. Billy and I had been voted "MOST TALENTED". I stood there in my borrowed finery and did not feel bad that I did not have a long dress for the picture.
The so called professional photographer had me stand in front of the picture so that it looks as if flowers are growing from my head.
Growing up in rural Tennessee, I was unaware that we were what society considered "POOR". Most everyone were in the same boat but some folks had more than others.
Before I started school it never occurred to me that we were poor. I thought that was the way life was. At school, I learned of water running from a facet and that there was inside bathrooms. Wow what a luxury. I was in my second year of high school before we were fortunate to have inside plumbing.
In high school, Billy and I became very good friends. We would spend hours together on one project or another. We would draw, paint and laugh at each other. Only once, did he get upset with me and it was not when he wanted us to date and I refused as it would spoil our friendship, it was when I won first prize at the Tennessee Tech Art Show and my picture with ribbon was displayed.
You see he had had several years of formal art training and I had had none but still I won first prize and his picture did not even get mentioned. But he got over it and we continued a fast and steady friendship until he graduated and I have not seen him since. At the ten year class reunion, he was not there and I have not attended any other reunion.
The word was he is an Art teacher at the schools in Smith County. I really do not know this as a fact. But wherever he is I wish him blue skies and a very happy life.
He played the snare drums in our high school band and he was the Drum Major of the band our Senior year. We always had fun on our band trips. One such one, we went to Gatlinburg and we played at UT's stadium. I had never been to such a fun place and Billy, Gayle and I hung out together. At one point, Billy took me in hand and we dance a polka dance down the middle of the streets. Then he and Gayle did the same. We were all breathless and laughing.
As stated before, I was not aware that being poor was suppose to be a sad state of affairs until some girls and boys in high school would not associate with people who had come from the rural schools. These kids were called "the hill crowd". The high school sat upon a hill in town thus the name.
The black high school was torn down and the black teens came to our school my sophomore year. Mother had taught me to treat everyone as I wished to be treated, so I became fast friends with several of the black teens. I was always friendly and kind plus I was smart so "the hill crowd" could not keep me from moving ahead.
There was a new boy from Atlanta who came to our school junior year and all the girls were a gaga over him. My thoughts were I could care less about him as he would date one of the hill crowd or popular girls. Then one day as I was making my way to the next class and it was on the first floor and I was rushing down the stairs with Gayle, he came up and asked if I liked to go on a hay ride. I flippantly said "sure as I was only half listening and thought it was a joke.
Gayle was a popular girl and she passed me a note in the next class "Do you have a date with Don?" I told her "I did not know was there a hay ride?"
Sure enough there was a hay ride and my Dad told me never to accept a date unless I intended to go on it. When I told my Dad he was furious as he did not like hay rides for teens. I could not see the harm. Then he found out it was his old friend's son and it was okay. Don could have been a murder and because of who he was it was okay.
At the time,I did not care why Dad had said it was okay all I knew I was gonna get to go on my first hay ride. Don was very nice and by dating him "the hill crowd" let me join in with them at school. I was so naive I had no idea that by dating him, I was accepted. I just thought it was my friendliness and that I was smart and that they could not ignore. I was on the Honor Roll and in the Top Ten of the graduating class.
The end of my Senior year, I was sat straight how the real world was to be. If you were going to College and not to work as I was then you were still accepted. Even my so called boy friend Don ended it and everyone of the so called Hill Crowd did not include me or speak to me at the Senior Class Dance.
The Kitty Justice is that I learned then that only Billy of the hill crowd had been my true friend.
Now it does not hurt that people think they are smarter, richer or better than me I accept them as the phonies that they are. Maybe at times I am still naive forty years later.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


GOOD LUCK.


I tried twice to put my Shamrocks pictures on and each time got a little red "x".



This may have happen to you before but never me.

This will be their home until next spring when I will put them back on the porch.

The Kitty Justice is that if you can see them then you will have "Good Luck"

Tuesday, October 23, 2007








LAST YEARS FALL COLORS
The color last year was so brilliant that this year it is rather dull. Tennessean are spoiled with the rich colors of fall so to have one so bland this year is a disappointment.
Maybe with the cooler weather and rain we will get a little more color in the coming days.
The Kitty Justice is that has turned cool and raining.



Sunday, October 21, 2007




A BIG BUCK AND FALL AT LAST
Again, I must give credit to Prince for the picture taking.
Those big TVA towers were what made Prince's father so mad after he had built this house in the sixties. When I paint pictures of the view, I eliminate those towers and some of the pictures you can hold the camera up high enough to have them visible.
The deer cross at that spot and this afternoon we had nine munching on the corn that Prince puts out for them. The buck in the picture was a good six pointer.
The maple tree is in our neighbors front yard and it is usually the prettiest tree on the hill. This year the colors are not as majestic as usual but it is still flashing it colors to show that fall has arrived.
Our weather forecasters say we will get rain for most of the week and it will be in the high 60 during the day and into the 50's at night.
Prince and I did the last of our planting for the year. We put in the flower bed behind the garage 2 dwarf Cherry Dazzle Crapemyrtles and a hibiscus. We moved the hosta down to the log cabin as they were suffering from too much sun since the big oak was killed by lighting a few years back. The tree cutter said the oak was over 200 years old .
Also, that oak provide Puppy with a 23 inch oak leaf when he was collecting leaves for a project in third grade.
The Kitty Justice is that we may not have such a spectacular fall but at least we can enjoy a little of one.

Friday, October 19, 2007


RAIN AT LAST
Tennessee is known as the Green State, unfortunately the last three years we have gotten less rain each year.
The last two nights it has rained after dark. I looked at the rain gauge on the porch and it is showing one and half inches. WOW & WOW.
When Maggie headed out for the paper I looked around at the wet earth and was thrilled to see that it was wet under the bushes and trees.
It was rather unfortunate that with the rain, came wind and tornadoes. We were spared from each but others over the South and even into Chicago and Michigan were not so fortunate.
I thank all my Guardian Angels(Mother, Dad, Pa, Grandma, Mz Ann, Gran Dot and Lewis) for holding up the huge trees around the hill so they did not fall.
The air has a crisp wet autumn smell. There is really not anything better than watching the world come alive on such a beautiful day.
The Kitty Justice is I am so Thankful to be alive to enjoy this day and hope you are too.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


MUSIC EVERY QUARTER HOUR
Back in the 70's, I got this clock and enjoyed the Westminster chimes for decades. Then I got heavy handed and wound it too tight.
After getting it repaired several years ago at the local clock shop, it ran for a good six months and then it was silenced again. This time I think it just wore out.
When the clock man came to work on the old Grandfather clock, I showed it to him and he said it needed a new mechanism and it was gonna cost more than I had originally paid for the clock. But my Mother loved it and each time it would chime, I could hear her sweet voice saying "I just love to hear that clock."
I had to go on the other side of Nashville last week to pick it up but have enjoyed each quarter hour immensely.
The Kitty Justice is every quarter hour I not only hear the chimes but my Mother's voice.

Monday, October 15, 2007





THE JACKSON'S HILL
Prince was taking sunrise pictures when he looked back to his left at the Jackson's hill and the fog was making a ring around the hill.
The unusual beauty of nature always thrills me. I think it was amazing that Prince got it on film.
The Kitty Justice is that I am sharing this beautiful moment with you and not keeping it to myself.


Sunday, October 14, 2007


BRINGING IN THE PLANTS
There are still ten left on the porch and all the annuals and herbs. The last two days have been plant days. It was nice and pleasant but if you worked hard you could raise a glistens to the brow.
There were about a couple of dozen out front around the box woods and in the corner . Plus there were 3 Peace lilies and a palm around the hickory tree. Friday I took scissors in hand and cut the ones out front back plus removed any dead. I had a whole wheel barrow full of cuttings. I also sprayed those with bug spray to remove any critters before they were placed in the basement under the grow lights.
I have saved a few to put upstairs and in the family room downstairs. However, a very few. The ones upstairs, Mimi feels she has to water so the less I have up there for her to water the better off she will be.
Since she does not venture to the family room except to watch TV with us, I will put the most of the plants there and in the basement. Those I will water. Before I put those inside, I need to spray and wipe off the pots and then wash out the saucers. Like Scarlett, I will think about that tomorrow.
Prince helped me move the plants around back and into the basement and today he is mulching the ginkgo, pink dogwood and pin oak out front. I told him I would do it next week when the body would let me but he said since he was "on call" he would help me out.
Mimi has made asparagus sandwiches for lunch so I need to go eat while they are hot.
The Kitty Justice is if I had more than one type of plant they have been sentenced to a life if they survive under the holly trees.

Saturday, October 13, 2007







THE ART OF YESTERDAY
In the early 20Th Century, ladies used their talent to china paint. One such lady was Mz. Mary's Great Aunt.
On our visit, Mimi asked Mz. Mary her "Did your Mother paint those plates?" which were on the second shelf of her corner cupboard. Mz. Mary was quick to tell us that her Great Aunt had painted those and given them to her Mother as a wedding present in 1914. At this point, I jumped up and asked if I could take a better look. Being a lady of the south, Mz. Mary said "Sure."
I carefully stepped over the telephone wire and gently picked up the plate. She told me to be flip it over and read the back. Her Great Aunt had listed who it was when they were born and died and their ancestry.
There were a total of five plates and I soaked in each ones beauty. I was transformed back in time and could smell the kilns being fired and the paint. The faces are exquisite. I marveled at the details and thought she must have used a one hair brush to paint those tiny delicate lips.
After I had admired each one, Mz Mary told us her Mother had bought the corner cupboard with the chain letter money she had gotten. Chain letters were very popular during that time and when you got one, you sent the person at the top a dollar. I wanted to ask how much she got but you do not ask that in the south if you are polite.
Mz. Mary informed us that there were a dozen of the plates but she only had room for five to display. What a wonderful gift her Great Aunt gave her Mother and now they can be passed down through her family.
The Kitty Justice is the art of the past is a true treasure of today.

Friday, October 12, 2007


MIMI AND MZ MARY
These two precious ladies have been friends longer than I have lived. They travel across the ocean together and were often asked if they were sisters.
The children clothes at the This N That shop were loving washed, ironed and mended for years by these two dear ladies. Everyone at the shop have an immense respect for their work and dedication of years of service.
Alas, over a year ago Mz Mary could no longer live by herself. She was physically capable but her short term memory had a short circuit and she was not taking good care of herself. Therefore, her son moved her into an assisted living establishment near his home. It is a really nice well kept place and she was lucky to get a small apartment rather than just a large room. They furnished it with items from her home therefore she was very comfortable in the transition.
Mimi's daughter is over 50 and before she was born these two ladies had a sewing club and made tiny beautiful gowns for the children. One of those gowns that Mimi had sewn, Puppy came home from the hospital wearing the hand sewn gown of his Aunts.
I found that Mz Mary could recall all sorts of older memories and I kept steering her to tell me stories.
One such story was her Mother in Law held a sewing club at the Church for the St. Luke's babies. She was very organized and had the outfits cut out ready for the ladies to sew. A couple had portable sewing machines which they brought and the others did work by hand. Mimi said they all did whatever the MIL asked them to do.
Mz. Mary repeatedly made three statements. 1. She was so happy to see both of us. 2. It was like living in another country. 3. She missed the shop most of all.
It was so nice to see her so well kept and she said it was the best place for her.
As Mz Mary walked us to the front door of the place, I pondered , Mimi has a sharp mental capacity and Mz. Mary has the physical capacity. The dining room was near the front door and Mimi looked around at similar walkers and said "Lets get out of here quick, before they keep me".
The Kitty Justice is I made two old best friends happy . I need to take Mimi back at least once a month. Also, I was rewarded with their happy smiles and stories.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


THIS IS WHAT I LIKE TO PAINT
She has not been named and she is the last one I painted before I started doing buildings. YIKES.
I did our good friends house in Collinwood and will get it framed and give it to them for Christmas and then the West Hills Baptist Church.
Life gets in the way and I cannot find time to paint at home alas I only get to paint two or three hours a week and if I can get there four or five hours a week. Of course, it is a social gathering so we have hen sessions with rosters to chime into our conversations.
I was sending a Potato Casserole recipe to Edward to take to the tailgating for the Vandy game this weekend and I thought I will not go near the computer tomorrow, therefore I thought I would post a second time today.
The Kitty Justice is that the Saints will smile upon me and give me extra time to paint.

WEST HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH


This is a gallery canvas so I painted all four edges yesterday and did some touch up on the foreground.


I need to take a better picture so I can have some cards made. I suggested to Sis to have the cards sold to members of the Church and anything over the expense of having them made should be used to feed those in need. She thought that was a good idea. I think each card should sell for at least $3.00 each or 4 for $10.00.

The Kitty Justice is I can avoid painting pictures of buildings and go back to painting my Geisha girls.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


SUN ON A STICK
Another good one by Prince. He held the camera over his head to avoid the TVA power lines and this is the results. I think it is COOL.
Those TVA lines were put in after the house was built. They take your land and pay you for a ride away. A good story about Prince's Father was after they paid for the land , one of the workers killed a huge rattlesnake and being proud of his kill, he brought it to show Prince's Father. Lewis told him "I sold you the land, not the snake". He was rather put out with them for invading his view.
Back to the story, this was taken yesterday morning as today it is overcast. A CHANCE of rain. At 6 AM there was a slight sprinkle.
Sunday it was 90 degrees(tied a 10-10-1980 record) and yesterday it was 92 degrees on the gauge in the car on my way home. TOO TOO HOT FOR OCTOBER.
All the weather people said it would start raining Monday night and continue through Tuesday and then a cold front would come through making the temperature more like October weather.
So far the rain is not here therefore, will the cool weather arrive. I will let you know.
When Maggie goes out for her runs, a dust trail follows her every where. Prince aerated the front yard and put out some grass seed but if it does not rain we have fed the birds expensive food.
The Kitty Justice is that only Mother Nature knows if we will get rain .

Monday, October 08, 2007


SIS AND KITTY SATURDAY NIGHT


Sis called and asked if Prince was on call this weekend and he was not so we met her and her husband Stanley at The Hermitage Steak House. It is a sure thing that you will get a good meal and great service when you go there.


Stanley was having a good evening with his breathing. Usually he cannot walk across a room without being out of breath and he has to use oxygen at home. So it was a rare occasion for us to get together. Most often we meet at their house just in case he needs the oxygen it will be available.


Sis and Stanley ordered the senior fillet and I do not know what part of the cow that comes from. Maybe it is just an old cow. I told Sis that the menu stated that the senior fillet was for those 60 and over. I like to get her to admit that she has made 60 and actually ran over.

Stanley ran and owned several restaurants so he is rather persnickety about where he wishes to eat. I am sure each time he was inspected he made a perfect score because his employees always were cleaning or else they were out of there.

Prince told Sis who is rather gullible that he went by her Church every morning and afternoon. She wrinkled her brow and looked confused and then she fell for it and asked "How do you go by my Church?" He told her with a straight face that it was sitting in our living room waiting for me to finish it. Then we all had a good laugh.

The Kitty Justice is that you better watch out for Princes's quick wit.

Thursday, October 04, 2007


HIGHWAY TO WHERE??????
THE KITTY JUSTICE IS THAT YOU GET TO FIGURE OUT THE REST OF THE STORY.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007
















GOOD MORNING FROM THE HILL
AS I WAS BUSY IN THE KITCHEN, PRINCE WENT OUT ON THE PORCH AND SNAPPED THESE PICTURES A FEW DAYS AGO.
WHEN I PUT THEM IN MY FILES , I DID NOT HAVE TO ENHANCE OR CROP AS HE HAS A NATURAL TALENT FOR GETTING JUST THE RIGHT IMAGES IN THE EYE OF THE CAMERA.
THE KITTY JUSTICE IS HE WILL TAKE THE PICTURE AND I WILL PAINT THE PICTURE.