Last Day Before Vacation

I would love to sit here today with a good book and some Glenn Miller on the record player. I’ll go to work though. It’s my last day before a little holiday break and maybe some adventure. This old chair will be waiting for me whenever I make it home.

Happy Christmas Eve to you and yours.

Architectural Details

There’s nothing like a building with surprising architectural details. Here are a few from the Henry Clay Estate down in Lexington, Kentucky. It’s called Ashland and it’s spectacular. You can tour the home and grounds for a nominal fee and the volunteers are thrilled to have visitors so consider a visit if you’re ever in Lexington and have some free time.


Click here to read about the Cat Who Lived at Ashland. It’s a neat story, especially if you’re a cat lover.

It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas

Ready or not, Christmas is almost here. For the record, I am not ready but will pull it together before the big day. Meanwhile here’s what’s happening around my house: classic music on the record player, books, candles and decorations…….


I captured this image with my phone Wednesday on the trip home from Columbus. A trek to the big city for a work function had me leaving town right as traffic was picking up on Rt. 23. To avoid the craziness I jogged over to Rt. 104 for a peaceful backroad journey south to Chillicothe.

This scene was too good to resist. Doesn’t it look serene?

This is beautiful farm country and, one of these days, I’m going to pack my camera and spend a Saturday morning driving 104 in search of more scenes like this.

Gallipolis In Lights

Our friends down in Gallipolis have put together a stunning Christmas display at the city park again this year. If you’re looking for someplace close to home to get you into the holiday spirit, this would be a great option. I visited Sunday night and it was a sight to behold despite the drizzling rain and cold. Local churches take turns offering a live nativity and free refreshments. Businesses and organizations decorated scores of trees that line the sidewalks. Santa’s house is there and they have some of the lights timed to music. You can drive all the way around the park’s perimeter but you’ll be missing out if you don’t park and walk around. Here are some vaguely blurry phone pictures to illustrate.

While you’re in town, there are a few really good restaurants and some nice antique malls including one across the street from the park. There’s also a box in the park where you can donate to help with this event.

Click here to learn more! 

Places I Always Photograph

There are some places in this world that I just love to look at and sometimes (ok, repeatedly) stop to photograph. After work last night I swung by one of those places for a few quick phone pictures. It all may look like junk to other people but I just love the buildings and the car for some reason. Plus the sky and light were lovely at this old garage!  Enjoy!