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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Side By Side

A long skinny hall on the second floor shows the contours of a true row house.

I really couldn't find one thing that I disliked about row house living and architecture. 

Tall and skinny, side by side. Sharing a wall with your neighbors. 

There are different styles of row houses. Some are called twins, where two houses share a common wall.

These one hundred year old houses have their share of interesting quirks! Like a quarter bath! Or maybe a corner bath!! In a converted stoop out the back door.

Tall ceilings make for spacious rooms in this long and narrow dwelling.

A patch of grass in the city proper.

In the day of coal burning fireplaces. The coal chute is still in the front of the house.

Lucky to find an original floor and staircase. So many of these row houses have been stripped and flipped in the last few years.

Street parking bumper to bumper. Everyone seems to show consideration for the neighbors parking space.

These unique row homes are on a hilly street. The front stoops and porches in a row. Gradually roll on down to the end of the block.

Nice, large stoops and beautiful landscaped patches of green run along the front of the row.

Come in come in! We have just moved in! 

The Rhododendrons and Azaleas in full bloom.

Peonies and Hostas under the canopies of ancient city trees.

This is the mother-in-law suite. Over looking the back yard.

A cozy TV room snugged in between the upstairs bedrooms.

The front bedroom with great big windows that let the breeze blow through.

A mini kitchen waiting for the island to arrive for under the windows.

Great room for entertaining! 

Books and paintings. A music corner for a turntable and record albums. 

This home is so cool. I found it very hard to leave.

She was built in 1925. An antique house. The stories she can recall. The little Italian lady, named Annie, who grew tomatoes in the back yard. Canning and making sauce, down in the basement, by the light of the coal chute. 

I fell in love with this one hundred year old house in the city.

Congratulations Tim and Garen on your first home. It's a beauty!


Saturday, May 27, 2023

Honored To Be Included

Tradition says everyone gets their choice of birthday cake! Topped with one candle and lots of help blowing it out!! Happy Birthday Timothy!

Steve and I were invited to Garen's parents home, for dinner, when we were in Philly. We ate a Tangerine off of Ken's tree! Watched a video of Ken and Maroush do Italy! Enjoyed a tasty family dinner.

She is the best! Her lovely smile and happy demeanor shine like a light from above. If I had to chose a sister she would be the one!

Matriarch of the family. She holds the power! We all behave!

Gathered at one table, altogether, means so much.

This family came complete with a pair of snuggle bunnies!

Ta Da!

Thank you for the lovely time we spent with our family-in-laws!


Friday, May 26, 2023

A Book Signing Party For Lonnie And Twyla Money

Looking out at the mountain ranges from London Kentucky. The book signing was held at a tiny little country club nestled on top of a hill in downtown London Kentucky.

Oak Hill Gardens. Where they hold weddings and receptions, celebrations and book signings!

The evening before was a birthday party for the mayor's wife. The floral arrangements were over the top and they had left them on the tables for the party on Saturday!

We had snacks and fresh fruit, lemonade and ice tea.

The Guinea Hen was the door prize. You had to guess how many dots Twyla had painted on that bird!

This was some serious counting. The count was 2009, I was a low ball count. The winner was within two dots!!

The winner, with 2007 dots, was Alex Huninghake!

Two yellow birds if I ever saw them! Lonnie and Twyla Money. Such a happy, sunny couple. I always look forward to seeing them. Been stopping at their studio since 2004.

I wish I had bought this blue chunky chicken! 

Ha ha! Who bought more books than me? Darn if I didn't get her name. 

A team effort. Lonnie carves the critters and Twyla paints them. 

I love meeting Jerry and Cheryl Kerler. Neighbors of the Money's. Ask them about the Maple Tree chickens!! It was a funny story.

Twyla said, "keep taking pictures!" So I did. 

We had the crowd from "the lake" supporting the author, Karen Abney.

Lonnie's sister, Shirley. I had never meet her until the party. But I had bought her handsewn placemats over the years and admired her quilts hanging in the Money's studio. 

The signing table.

 Karen had designed a small coloring book of some of the Money's critters. It was darling, I bought four!

This is the team. The photographer, Roland Egerton, the author, Karen Abney, her son, Alex and Lonnie & Twyla.

In the middle of the whole shebang, my husband, Steve Scott, reading the book.

That's the story of the book signing.



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