Take Time Out For Adventures 

The husband and I set out for an adventure today. We hadn’t got out much since I got sick before Christmas. We decided I needed to get out and try to slowly get my stamina and strength back so we took off to the creek. I would have never thought in January we would be out creek wading looking for treasure but we did. Considering it was 65 degrees outside we put on our rubber boots and hoped right on in.

We walked up the creek for a while until it started getting to deep. We couldn’t risk getting in the water up past our boots. The water was a little chilly. We turned back and walked back down the creek. It’s alot harder to see the rocks when you walk downstream due to when you step down in the creek it makes a little muck but it goes behind you when your walking upstream. 
We waded for about 2 total hours and didn’t find much. We picked up a few unique things, a couple fossils, some driftwood, and a few banded crystals but no agate today. I got tired a few times and sat down on a dry rock here and there for a break. It was a good chance to get a few pics in while I listened to the water flowing over the rocks. One of the most relaxing beautiful songs in the Appalachian Mountains. The mountain air felt so clean and refreshing.

It didn’t matter that we didn’t find any big treasures because it felt so good to get out. It made me feel alive again. I havent felt like myself at all since I got the blood clots. I think the medications is one of the main reasons. Ive been so tired and weak since I was in thr hospital. This whole trip reassured me that I am strong and I will get stronger. We are so blessed to be living well in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. 

Here’s a few pics of our beautiful adventure today. 



Kindness is like Snow

​Kindness is like snow, it makes everything it touches beautiful! 

Spread it around as much as you can! 

Back in the old days when people weren’t so rushed and had so many things to do, people actually visited their family and spent time with each other. I remember when my Granny was still living every Sunday after church everyone when to her house and spent the afternoon and had a big supper. Us kids played and had a great time while the older adults played horsehoes, worked a puzzle, played cards or sat around and drank and shared what had been going on the week before. Our family was so much closer back then.  I decided since my health issue that my I needed to see them more. So my husband and I went on a little adventure yesterday to spread a little cheer.

 We visited my uncle that just recently got out of the hospital strangely enough because he had a blood clot. We also went and ate dinner with my momma and stopped to visit my sweet Aunt Marandi. This is the most I have done since my hospital visit and it wore me out, but it was so worth it.  I plan to do a lot more of this in 2017. Life is really short and we only have a few moments to be here. Family is precious. 

During our little kindness road trip we also had got to enjoy some gorgeous views and scenery. We live in such a beautifulplace. It’s amazing what God had created for us to explore and enjoy. 

August Arts Council Meeting Reflections

We had an awesome arts council meeting this week. It was so good to have some new faces and faces we hadn’t seen for a while. We discussed the normal business of the council. Nominated a New President, John Hatfield, New Vice President, Lauren Rosenhauser, and I will be taking over the Secretary role. We also discussed a lot of new business for the council and formed some new committees that I am very excited about. A new Yuletide Planning committee was established and an Estill Rising Committee. We established it is too hard to take care of everything the council needed to do in a monthly meeting. Therefore each committee plans to meet when it’s convenient for the members. 

I came to realize during this meeting how important it is to have groups like us to help develop and expand our community. We are in desperate need of growth in Estill County. Our little town is slowing dying. This is so important to our children’s futures. We want them to have the same experiences in our town that we did but better.

Estill Co. has a lot to offer but we are not using what we have available. It is sad to see all those empty buildings on Main Street just sitting there wasting away. Can you image what they are capable of becoming. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see them filled with shops and things to do.The EAC would love to have a home for artist to come together and share their work with the community. Possibly have some art classes. I am sure other groups would like to have a place to meet an share ideas also.

In the 80’s Estill County was booming. We had a skating rink, movie theater, public pool, and a drive-in. All great things for kid’s and families. As a teen parent I would love to see a safe place for the kids to hang out considering they don’t have any place in town to go or anything at all to do. The possibilies are endless. We can’t let our wonderful towns spirit burn out. We have to shine and grow so people will be able to enjoy it for years to come.

There are some great groups established in our community striving to help Estill County grow and The EAC is one of them. The Estill Developmental Alliance, The Estill Action Group, The Gem and Mineral Club, The Estill County Farmers Market are all working hard to make growth happen.  Also the River City Players whom are well on the way to saving the old Mack Theater and The Friends of Lilly Mountain.

I would like to ask everyone to take a look into these groups and see if you can relate with them. Go to a meeting or check out a Web page. If it’s just taking a few minutes to brainstorm how we can help keep Estill County Alive and sharing it with someone. I am sure your ideas and opinions would be greatly appreciated by all members and the community for years to come. Here’s a list of websites.

http://www.estillartscouncil.org/

http://www.estillcountyky.net/estill-arts-council.html

http://www.rivercityplayers.net/

http://www.estillactiongroup.com/

http://www.estillcountyky.net/lily-mountain-nature-preserve.html