Saturday, March 26, 2016

Home and Home

This week took me to Kentucky for a few days.  Sometimes the 11 hour drive isn't all that "environmentally friendly."  
-A gas refinery on the border of Kentucky and West Virginia-
It was my youngest brother's birthday on Tuesday, so we celebrated by going out to lunch.  
It was an enjoyable day that ended with my baking his favorite, chocolate brownies, to celebrate his growing older.
My visit was to also (finally) order the marker for my brother's grave who died last year.  Even though it will match the headstone of our parents, it could have been done via phone and e-mail.  However I felt that this was something that needed to be done in person.

Once again, I stayed at the Airbnb I had stayed at in the fall.  It's a lovely home and the room that is spacious and quiet is perfect for me! The homeowners, a retired dentist and his wife, are both warm and welcoming. I feel lucky to have found such a nice place to stay when I visit Kentucky.
All too soon my visit was over, and I was on my way back home to Virginia.
Carl did a great job single-parenting the dogs and the cats too.
Today, I spent time with the dogs, and caught up on things around the house.
I caught Todd and tried to take his picture with a spring-flowered headband for Easter.
Of course, he made it clear he would have none of that!
Sheba was a little more cooperative, but trust me, she didn't like it either.
What we do like is this great weather we've having this weekend.  I hope you're having a good weekend too!  Happy Easter!


  1. That's quite a drive all by yourself.
    Glad you made it safely.
    I totally get why you needed to pick out the marker in person.
    The Airbnb, so it's a room in their home? I suppose that would make you feel safer than a hotel but I'd want a room where they supplied a dog for the end of the bed!
    Love all the photos and I'm sure your brother loved that delicious brownie!
    I bought a flower band similar to yours for Blue put he ran and hid under the table! (well, as much as he can hide, which means he stuck his head under there! LOL!)
    Glad you are home safe and sound.

  2. Have never tried Airbnb, but heard on the news they are really taking off in Cuba. Your poor doggies look so cute in the headband, I don't know why they wanted it off so quick. Glad you made the trip safely and got back home to your loved ones.

  3. Headgear and terriers don't mix.

  4. We were about to write the same thing as Kismet! Glad the weather was cooperative for your journey. SHE will be in Leesburg from 11 Apr - 2 May, been watching the weather.

  5. Well, is it any wonder Todd didn't like his headband? It's a pink one - not what a macho chap needs at all!
    Good to know you're safely home and all is well.
    Happy Easter.

  6. Chloe sure can relate to how Todd feels! I am glad you were able to go and take care of the stone with your brother. I have a friend who also uses AirBnB and just loves it! She stays all over Europe! May you and your family have a blessed and Happy Easter!

  7. Hello Kim, Happy Easter to you and your family. I am glad you had a safe trip and enjoyed the AirBnB stay! Cute furbabies.
    Have a great new week ahead!

  8. Glad you got to see and spend time with your brother . That looks like a cozy room I do prefer bnb's to hotels/motels they are so homey and the food is always better to. Oh my Todd your a hoot . Thanks for sharing , glad all are well , Have a good day and a Happy Easter to you all .

  9. Family rituals take on special significance at Easter. It's clear Todd understands this.

  10. A bittersweet trip:( But it must have been nice to share a birthday celebration with your brother.

    Happy Easter to you and your family.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  11. Happy Easter to you all!

    Aroo to you,

  12. i'm glad you're back.
    macho todd. how dare you get a PINK one!
    and the rest of your family. fur and not.
    boy could i go for that brownie and ice cream.
    now i want one.
    i'm pavlov's dog! XOXOXO♥

  13. Happy Easter Kim, oh cannot pull one over on that terrier!!!!! Love the ears on Sheba, sweet.... Glad your safe back home but nice to go on a holiday.Blessings Francine.

  14. Happy Easter to you, Carl and your extensive animal family.

  15. Long ride for you . . .
    I agree, some things are best to be done in person.
    I stayed in my first Airbnb a few weeks ago.
    I too liked my stay . . .
    Silly we are sometimes, dressing our doggies!
    Happy Easter . . .

  16. For sure the Golden Pines Gang missed you :-) What a lovely bedroom ... glad you found a great place via AirBnB.
    Hope you guys had a relaxing Easter. Golden Love n Woofs! Sugar

  17. I'm glad you're safely back home, and I'll bet the furry ones are too!

  18. My father's gentlemans farm retirement place was in the Cumberland area of Kentucky. I miss driving that way now. Looks like you might have eaten at the Olive Garden with a tour of Italy plate. Hope you had a wonderful Easter.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog
    Sweet William The Scot

  19. I always love coming home after a trip. Todd cracks me up, such a character he is! Happy Easter!!!

  20. Hi Y'all!

    Glad your trip was successful. Hope y'all had a wonderful Easter. It rained here all day, but it didn't spoil our day.

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  21. That can't have been an easy trip but I'm glad you had a warm and friendly place to stay. I'm also glad that you had your dog family to greet you when you got home!

  22. So, what would you be willing to give up to get rid of the refinery? Certainly, your car would be the first thing to go, then probably fresh food and vegetables, most likely anything that moves in a truck would be unavailable. Most likely, you would be limited to what you could grow on your property, electricity might not be so dependable as it is now, no trucks to fix damages when they occur. Just something to think about when you wish something away

    1. KCD, respectfully, I wasn't saying that I wanted to get rid of the refinery, only that the scenery wasn't always "environmentally friendly" during my drive as it is in other places, as another picture showed. I appreciate your comment and your reminder of a refineries "necessities." Hope you're having a good week!!

  23. For some strange reason your on the road photos always remind me of The Walking Dead

  24. Kim,, we thought about you- the whole time on your trip. So glad you made it home safe.


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