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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Blue Skys...........Finally!

DO YOU SEEE WHAT I SEE??????????? It's big and blue and knows no boundries? I can see it here I can see it there?? I have white fluffyness to accent my beauty.........What am I?

Yes, That's right... I am the Sky!! I am full of sunshine and wonder!

This is a picture from the weather channel website of the skytracker camera of the Ohio river. It is so nice to finally see the sun again!! We hope it will stick around. After a month of storms and rain the day has come!!


Floodwall Camera Pic
Here is in updated photo of the river. The city has a live camera on it so that we can keep an eye on th lebvels it is reaching. The last I heard we have reached over 50 feet.

Irony....I think not!

I recieved this email today and it made me laugh so it was a must share!!!

Sign over a Gynecologist's Office:
"Dr. Jones, at your cervix."
In a Podiatrist's office:
"Time wounds all heels."
On a Septic Tank Truck:
Yesterday's Meals on Wheels
At a Proctologist's door:
"To expedite your visit, please back in."
 At an Optometrist's Office:
"If you don't see what you're looking for,
you've come to the right place."
On a Plumber's truck: 
"We repair what your husband fixed."
On another Plumber's truck:
"Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."
On a Church's Billboard:
"7 days without God makes one weak."
At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee :
"Invite us to your next blowout."
At a Towing company:
"We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows."
On an Electrician's truck:
"Let us remove your shorts."
In a Non-smoking Area:
"If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action."
On a Maternity Room door:
"Push. Push. Push."
On a Taxidermist's window:
"We really know our stuff."
On a Fence:
"Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive!"
  At a Car Dealership:
"The best way to get back on your feet -
miss a car payment."
Outside a Muffler Shop:
"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."
In a Veterinarian's waiting room:
"Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"
At the Electric Company
"We would be delighted if you send in your payment.
However, if you don't, you will be."
In a Restaurant window:
"Don't stand there and be hungry;
come on in and get fed up."
In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
"Drive carefully. We'll wait."
At a Propane Filling Station:
"Thank heaven for little grills."
And don't forget the sign at a
Chicago Radiator Shop:
"Best place in town to take a leak."
Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck:
"Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promises"
Sign on a Venetian Blind Company Truck
Caution Blind Man Driving

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


This photo was catptured by a friend at her house out in the county! Pretty crazy!

More Pics

Neighbors lending hands!

Protecting homes with sandbags

In some cases it was too late. :(

My Girl!

Me and Chelsea..........
This is my best friend....... For those of you who do not know her... She is an amazing person......She has a heart of gold!!! This picture captures the very essence of our relationship....We can be sitting next to each other or miles away on the telephone... Not saying a word, but knowing what the other is thinking. We had enjoyed a wonderful breakfast with our other friends and spouses beforing going down to see the river Saturday morning before the flooding got worse.
Sometimes it's just knowing that the other person is there. Chels, I just want you to know you are a very important person to me and thought you should know!! I also wanted my followers to know that we have a very simple yet very extraordanary relationship!! I hope you are being safe through the flood!!

PS.....I LOVE this photo!! Good job Larry!

Water, Water, Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink

Water against the flood wall in downtown Paducah. 50 ft.


This is the only word you need to see before reading the rest of this blog!!!

More Flood Photos

Reidland Farley Baseball Field

Kentucky Dam

Grassy Lake Lodge, Barlow Bottoms
Smithand Lock & Dam
Confluence of the Ohio & TN rivers
Southern Il side of the Ohio River
Reidland-Farley Ball Park
(above pictures from Burkeen Appraisals, Facebook)

Reidland Farley Baseball Softball Association, Facebook Page.
Water coming through the flood gates.... This is normal.
 Above 2 pictures from Shirley Trail-Lanier, facebook.
As I sit here and upload these pictures... I hear more thunder and rain!!

Flood Levels

As of today this is the information on the flooding in Paducah.

          1937                 1914                1884                   1867                   1997                2011

The 1937 Flood in Paducah
Paducah was built on the banks of the Ohio River at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.  For almost all of its life, Paducah and the river cooperated to promote the growth of the city.  But on January 21, 1937, the Ohio River rose above the 52.7 foot flood stage and the waters flowing over the earthen levee laid seige to the city.
The flooding was caused by unusually heavy rainfall; in Paducah 18 inches fell in 16 days.  It was in January, and at times the flood waters had a skim of ice.  For two weeks the river continued to rise, cresting at 60.8 feet on February 2, and about 27,000 residents were forced to evacuate and live in temporary shelters, or with friends or relatives.  The river slowly receded and dropped below the 50-foot flood stage on February 15, and the residents started to return to clean up the mess.

The 1997 Ohio River Flood in Paducah

A total of 5 to 10 inches of rain fell over much of the Lower Ohio Valley from about February 28 to March 1, 1997. The Ohio River crested at about its 2nd highest level in the past 50 years at Paducah. Total damage from flash flooding and river flooding combined was close to 100 million dollars in the counties served by our office. There were several flood-related fatalities. Numerous evacuations and road closures were necessary. A federal disaster area was declared for most of the counties along the Ohio River.
Here is some information that I pulled from I thought it was intresting and wanted to share with my family and friends. Please continue to pray for our town. It may be small and unknown to many, but it is my home and the place where I spend my time and enjoy. It is an important part of my life and it makes me sad to see this happening. It is truly devistating.
At the website there are many photos of the flood of 1937 and 2011 please feel free to take a look.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Glorious Day

I had a wonderful Easter weekend with my honey! We went to the early services on Sunday, followed by a lunch at his grandparents house. I heard a song at church I had never heard before and it was absolutly amazing. It was so humbleing and remindful! The song was Glorious Day by Casting Crowns. Here are the lyrics.

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine
This is a wonderful song with a wonderful message. Such a good reminder and I thought I needed to share! If you get a chance listen to it via iTunes or Youtube.

I can see the light........

This is my last week of classes for my Spring 2011 semeseter!! I have successfully completed my Psychology 180 class and have an A!! I am super psyched about it! I am finsihing up a few test and assignements this week and then completeing my finals next week followed by my Birthday celebration that Saturday!! I can't wait. I am ready for summer break and then our vacation to visit family this summer!! 

Tornado Watch

Our local news channels have done a wonderful job keeping our community informed of tornados headed our way. Of course, Chris and I are the crazy people the news crews hate. They are telling eveyone to get in a safe place and hide in an interior room or hallway. We are the ones that are sitting on the patio watching the storm roll in and the winds pick up! Here are a couple of pictures from the storm the other night.

Here is how it started... You notice the sun on the left side of the photo.

This is what we saw next.

This is when we decided to go inside.
As soon as we walked in and shut the door, the rain came pooring down. We had wind gust up to 80-90 miles an hour. It knocked over our new smoker and trashcan... for the most part there wasn't much damage. We continued to watch the storm from inside. If it had gotten any worse, we would have moved to the hallway.
Thankfully, God was watching over us and we came out safe and sound!

Chris' New Love

Recentely, Chris bought a smoker.... He text his dad and asked him for some advise and main pointers on how to use it properly..... Brent mailed Chris a copy of the book he used to get started! This has been the most I have seen Chris read in a long time..... well, probably since high school :) He has been obsessed with it. We have only had it about a week and he has cooked 3 dinners on it so far, dispite the storms. He has done a wonderful job and already provided us with some wonderful meals!! Chris has done a good job not drying out the food that he has been cooking. We have had steaks, boneless/skinless chicken breast, and boned chicken.
Food on the smoker!!

My wonderful dinner last night! We actually ate on the patio since the rain had subsided for a few minutes.

The book he learned from.
Thank you Brent!! When we come to visit this summer you and Chris and have a hayday "smoking"!!!

Flood April 2011

This month has been wild!! Day after day of storms and tornados!! They have left nothing but a path of distruction. The flooding has been insane and everyone is having to help out sandbagging. Here are some pictures of our area and what the flood has consumed. For those of you who don't know. Westeren Kentucky is where 3 main rivers meet. The Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers. The rivers are what put our town on the map.
In 1937 there was a huge flood that destroyed everything in downtown Paducah. After that the state decided to put up a flood wall to help controll flooding. Our community has worked very hard to restore and bring businesses back downtown. On top of all the flooding and people trying to save thier homes... It is Quilter's Weekend! We are nationally known for our quilt museum and people travel from all over the states and world to come see it. Our town has been so supportive of the quilters and set up special events to keep them entertained while they are here. The sad part is... The flood is very distracting. Here are some photos.

This is Smithland, Kentucky (Livingston County) There in the back ground is the new court house they recently rebuilt due to a fire..... There are many homes under water int his picture, that you cannot even see.

Here is a picture of the riverfront flood wall in downtown Paducah.

Another picture.... You can't even see the road that you are allowed to drive on, nor the performance stage that is there.

This is a photo of Brookport IL. My uncle Mike is a big time farmer, and this flood water is covering many acres of his land. His land in on the other side of the picture where the blue bridge starts.
(these above photos were taken by Shirley Trail-Lanier, Borrowed from facebook.)

The flood gates are in place at the Paducah's riverfront.

Paducah Riverfront gates. By Carson Center. The point of the Ohio and Tenessee Rivers.
The door gate.
The flood gate pressure gages.
(the above pictures were taken by Josh Johnson, borrowed from facebook.)
I haven't been downtown since Saturaday mornign and they have done all this work. I was able to see the road behind the flood wall and walk around. Now everything is blocked off.
Please keep our town in your prayers. The news said it has been around 50 year since the last time the flood gates were put in place. before that was the 1937 flood. The saddest part is that the river keeps rising due to continuous rainfall and runoff from the other rivers. We are expected to get more rain and storms through Thursday. I'll keep you posted on how things are going.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Crazy Days

I have slacked off on my blogging. I really miss updating it most every other day or so. This semester of school has really been tough! I am wrapping up some of my class assignements minus a few test, so I will be back in full blogging mode soon enough! I have lots of homework to be doing so back to the books I go. I'll post again soon!! Below are a couple of post of just fun information I had to read for one of my classes. I thought it was intresting so I thougth I would share! Everyone could always add some happiness to their day! Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Add Happiness to Your Day!

Here are some quick ways you can add happiness to your life each day:
  • Each night as you go to bed, list the 6 things you are most grateful for that day. If you’re having trouble counting to six, remember the little things such as having a roof over your head, food to eat, eyes to read this with and friends who care.
  • Read positive quotes and stories. A quote takes only seconds or a minute to read so even the busiest of people can fit this in.
  • Stop what you are dong and stretch your arms and legs. Feel the sensations of stretching and the pleasure of using muscles.
  • Go out of your way to thank someone for what they are doing. It doesn’t have to be something they do for you – maybe thanks the lollipop lady for helping children stay safe, a stacker for keeping supermarket shelves full or a recycler for saving resources.
  • Smile. Yep, that’s all it takes – just smile occasionally even if no one is there to see it!
  • Have a cuddle. Find a child, lover, pet, teddy bear or friend and cuddle them often.
  • Wear things you like – perfume, after shave lotion, jewellery, favourite clothes. Wear them and enjoy wearing them rather than leaving them stored for rare ‘special occasions’.
  • Contact a friend or relative and chat about unimportant things – use email if you haven’t got time for a long phone call or visit.
  • Eat and drink slowly – it is less stressful on your body and mind and gives you time to actually taste it. Experience the textures on your tongue, too.
  • Take notice of nature. Watch a sunrise or sunset, literally smell a flower, listen to the rain on a roof, walk on some autumn leaves and breathe in some fresh air. Taking a few seconds to appreciate beauty and nature is a great way to forget your worries and bring a smile to your face.
  • Indulge in a hobby. If you can’t actually do it every day, read, talk or daydream about it instead.

The Top 5 Ways To Appreciate Your Life More

  1. Things can always get better – You may be having a rough time in your life right now, but you need to sit down and think about the fact that you’ve had many other amazing times in your life. Whether you’re poor, unhealthy, just lost a job, or lost your spirituality and connection with God, things can always get better. The goal of this website is just that – improving your life to the point where it’s your dream life. No matter where your life stands – there is always a way to make it much better.
  2. Get a pet – In my opinion, pets are one of the best forms of healing therapy available. Have you ever noticed that when you’re upset or sick, your pet seems to notice and acts more loving towards you? Having a pet can get you through some very rough times because no matter what, they’re always there for you. Dogs are called “a mans best friend” for a reason. Having a pet is like having a permanent emotional support system on call. By having a pet you can appreciate the fact that you have support no matter what you did or what happened to you.
  3. Watch or play with a baby – When you look at a baby, especially one that’s laughing or smiling, you can’t help but feel happy. There’s something about the innocence of a baby that sends a vibrant positive energy throughout the entire room. If you learn a little about the process of having a baby, you will be amazed at what a miracle it is to have a baby, and yet it’s done so frequently.
  4. Look at the stars – If you really feel that you don’t appreciate your life and need to get a deeper understanding of it, just go into the country somewhere and gaze at the stars. When you look up and see the thousands of twinkling stars, you begin to ponder philosophical questions about your life, how amazing it is that the stars can be billions and trillions of light years away and yet you can see them, and what kind of magnificent energy it takes to create something like the universe we live in. Make it a priority to get into the country and do some star gazing every once in awhile. If you’re lucky like me and live in the country already, do it every time you’re outside at night. It will put you in a blissful state.
  5. Watch a bug – If all else fails, just watch a bug for a minute or 2. Yes that’s right, I want you to go outside and watch a bug for a minute. This may sound ridiculously strange, but think about it. If you need to do this you’re probably in a state where you don’t fully appreciate the life you have. Well, would you like to be the tiny little bug you’re staring at? They don’t experience the joy you can experience, they don’t experience a sense of accomplishment, love, well-being, or the ability to directly enhance their lives. They live for one thing – to make children. Even if that doesn’t show you how great of a life you have, you’ll probably start laughing when you realize that you’re staring at a bug in the ground.
In the next few days, make sure you spend a few minutes out of your day to realize how great your life really is