Friday, November 30, 2018

....The Rest of the Journey

Picking up where I left off last week, if I can remember where I was. Looking back at my last post per our Louisville trek, we headed to our favorite Barnes and Noble on Hurstborne, scored a few magazines, then next door to Mimi's Cafe. Great relaxing place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Gotta try the tomato basil soup. Incredible!

Okay, so, we headed on to what Wendy and I think of as our hotel. Homewood Suites, also on Hurstborne, just a mile or so down from Mimi's and Barnes and Noble. We arrived five-ish, grabbed some snacks in the lobby, headed to our room, a king suite with kitchenette, great workspaces, and church quiet.

Next day, it was on to La Grange, Kentucky. Hang on a sec while I look at our receipts from our purchases there. Not sure if La Grange is one or two words (It's one word, looks like LaGrange, but my disagree on whether it's Lagrange or LaGrange. Mostly, it's LaGrange, so we'll go with that.) Got a nice coffee shop now, LaGrange Coffee Roasters, right there on Main Street. Good place, lots of seating, and it seems fairly popular. We just grabbed a cup and moved along. Pretty much everything's located on Main, with the railroad tracks running down the middle of the street. If you're lucky, you'll get to see the train run through town. Sort of a big event around there.

La Grange (I have seen it spelled that way, too) has a few more shops open than the last time we were there. And we hit most of them. You'll get a little walking in, with a handful of places to rest,  grab a cup of whatever, and eat. Here are then names of a few we hit: Arts Association of Oldham County, Mercantile on Main (fun place with vintage and kitschy items), and The Copper Awning.

Lunchtime. Used to be a great Irish pub in LaGrange, but no more. I miss the fish and the draft Guinness. Can't hardly find anyplace that has draft Guinness these days. At any rate, there's a new place called The Mayan Latin Cuisine, which we'll try next time, but we wanted quirky that day, so we hit one we've been to several times before, One Nineteen West Main. You can go vegetarian or as meatarian as you like here.

Well, that's pretty much a wrap. From there it was back down US60 towards home. Until the next adventure....

Keep writing, friends.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Helpful Holiday Cleaning Suggestions

Hi-de-ho, folks. Well, we're sliding like a greased reindeer (hmm, that doesn't sound right) toward the holiday train wreck... uh, I mean, holiday season, so it's time for Tom's Handy Holiday Tips.

You know how it is. Company's coming over, and that means you have to make like your home looks like something from one of those magazines near the store checkout where the anorexic models on the covers look all green and red and sparkly. So, how do you get the scattered chaos in your house straightened before Aunt Gonorra pops in to stay a day or ten with her demon-children from the depths of Mordor? Here's what I do. Here are a couple of photos of the floor around my work area, for example.

Now, find some decorative blankets or towels, or even a lovely shirt, and drape them over the piles, thusly:

Fold the fabric to give a charming and pleasant folding effect. Now, to complete the delusion, add a few festive holiday figures, like this:

There. Your holiday clean-up is complete, and your guests will be sure to compliment you on your decorating skills.

Be on the lookout for more helpful holiday cleaning and decorating techniques. Next time, I'll show you how to score a great Christmas tree that your kids will love. They might even want to get into the Christmas spirit when you drive them around your neighborhood at 2 AM looking for the best evergreens. Be sure to have your tree saw handy.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

On to Louisville

Soapy Dopey and Others
 Picking up from a couple of days ago:

Breakfast done at Kountry Kitchen in Frankfort. Oh, by the way, did I mention the pancakes? They have great pancakes. So, Wendy and I hopped back on US 60 (Much calmer than I64. Besides, there always seems to be construction on the interstate) and had a nice, easy drive to Louisville. First stop -- flea markets. And one of the best in that area is a Peddler's Mall way the heck out on Hurstborne Parkway. And here I'm a bit confused, because I know we headed to the left on Hurstborne when we got to Louisville and drove through a bunch of shopping stuff until we got to a less populated area. Looking back over our receipts, it's called Peddler's Mall Middletown, but when I try to find it on one of the electronic maps, it doesn't mention Hurstborne. Ah, well, moving on.

We found some neat stuff there, but didn't much. Saw a lot that we could've bought, such as:

Sure, this is a great gift idea. A creepy, Village of the Damned doll. I mean, this thing could give me nightmares.

But then, there's this little jewel:

It's a house, and a basket. What more could anyone ask for?

And then.... :

The glass duck bowl. You could set this beside the house basket.

Well, we had lots of fun at this place, so it was time to move on to the Goodwill down the road. It really does have an address of 133 South Hurstborne, and we were making our way towards our favorite Barnes and Noble and Mimi's restaurant.

But more of that later....

Keep writing, friends.

Friday, November 23, 2018

A Trip Down the Road

Ah, yes, feels good to let my fingers loose once again on the keyboard. It's been awhile since I've done so, for various reasons. All excuses, yes, but as John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." What with demolition and reconstruction of our house (otherwise known as remodeling), and computer issues, including no Internet on my newer computer (I'm on the old workhorse at present), I just haven't been bloggerly active. Wasn't in the mood. So, remind myself of a Ray Bradbury quote, and I'm seriously paraphrasing here, "Just sit down and write. That will take care of any of those moods you're having." Thanks for the reminder, Ray.

Wendy and I hadn't been on a trip out of town, just the two of us, since way before the beginning of house alterations, so I booked us a room at one of our favorite hotels in Louisville, Homewood Suites. On Tuesday this week, we headed out in the A.M., down US 60 toward Frankfort. Much more relaxing staying off the interstates as much as possible. First stop, breakfast, at Kountry Kitchen in Frankfort. A Mom-and-Pop diner that serves excellent food, especially breakfast. The pancakes, in particular, are the way pancakes should be done -- thin, with that golden-brown crust.

Breakfast done, we headed out, still on US60, for Louisville.

Okay, that's enough for now. More later.

Keep writing, friends.