Ouch! Everything hurts.


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Last Saturday, Nashville hosted the Country Music Marathon and half-marathon. I’d planned to have a marathon of my own to catch up on my backlog of reading. Instead, I went to a street fair on Saturday and did yard work yesterday, as my aching body will attest. Hubby suggested a bike ride first thing Sunday morning, which I thought was a bad idea with all of the new roofs going up in the neighborhood. New roofs equal random nails, equal flat tires in my book, but I couldn’t convince him. Following our ride we had four intact tires, so I missed the call on that one. After one loop through the subdivision, detouring into each and every cul-de-sac (bet you already guessed I wasn’t the lead bike), we got close…
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My Marine


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  We got a copy of this press release and I had to share. I'm not sure what it means exactly, but I know my step-son (on the right) looks good and healthy and will be heading to Hawaii soon to meet his son. Then, in June they'll come to Tennessee for a few weeks.   U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Eric Ward (left), 24, from Savannah, Ga., and Staff Sgt. Andrew Elam, 27, from Nashville, Tenn., an ammunition technician and ammunition chief with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, load cans of ammunition onto the back of a 7-ton truck while retrograding military equipment here, April 15, 2012, in preparation for the position’s transfer to Afghan forces. Over the last 16 months, Afghan and coalition forces employed Combat Outpost Torbert as…
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Police Myths


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  Last week I spent a shift with one of Nashville's finest. If I'm going to have cops as characters in my novels, I'd like to make them believable. During the course of the day, I asked lots of questions. Off the top of my head, here are a few police myths I can debunk after my extensive one-shift experience. Give someone a badge and a gun and they're a cop; train 'em whenever. Not in OUR town. After a lengthy hiring process, recruits spend twenty-two weeks in basic training. After graduation, they field train for another six months with full time officers in preparation for solo patrol. In addition, all officers must complete a minimum of continuing education annually (just like doctors). Cops aren’t friendly – They are very friendly;…
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Just the facts, ma’am


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Last Friday, as part of my Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA), I spent a shift (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.) with one of Nashville’s finest. Don’t worry, they didn’t give me a gun or a badge, but after filling out a form releasing them from liability should I be injured or killed (I wasn't, obviously), I could follow the officer as close as I felt was safe. After I figured out he locked the doors almost before he stopped the car (I kept getting locked in), I pretty much became his shadow. Had I ever been in danger, I have no doubt he’d have left me in the car or told me how to get out of harms way, but it was a pretty routine day. Almost every call had at…
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New roofs galore


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You may recall we're having to replace our roof (again) due to an early March hail storm. Unfortunately, the roof was just replaced in February because of a hail storm last summer. Our whole neighborhood was hard hit and a plethora of new roofs adorn our subdivision. Thank goodness for insurance, even though we have a sizable deductable. As I drove home on Wednesday, five were being laid and shingles had been delivered for the installation of three more. On Thursday, those roofs were going on and more shingles sat in other yards. Since roofing company signs graced almost every yard, I decided to count how many different companies had worked or planned to work in our neighborhood of just under one hundred homes. I circled back to the subdivision…
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Spring Fever


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I guess I've got it. Spring fever, that is. It's the end of the day and I've yet to post today's blog. Oh, my! Ideally, I’d write posts and schedule them ahead of time, but that seldom happens. More often, I write my musings in the morning of my thrice-weekly blogging schedule. Occasionally, like today, I simply don’t get around to it. I spent much of my morning scouring airfares. When Middle Son returns to Hawaii from Afghanistan in a month, we’ll want him to come home to Tennessee as soon as possible. If that means bringing his wife and their now three-week-old baby with them, so be it. We’ll suffer through it somehow. After my eyes and brain recovered from the random world of travel mania, I had a…
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Does your writing need spring cleaning?


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It started simply enough. I was going to move my winter clothes upstairs and bring my spring and summer clothes downstairs. Then, I decided to do a major closet overhaul and conned enlisted Hubby's help. We spent the entire day traipsing up and down stairs with arms full of clothes. When youngest got married late last year, he stripped one of our guest bedrooms of its furniture. Instead of replacing it, in a stroke of genius, we decided to turn the room into a flexible closet. Hubby assembled five clothes racks on wheels. One for my dance costumes and two for each of us for out of season and infrequently worn clothes. The costumes were immediately relocated and it made packing for our last performance a breeze. I rolled the rack out, went…
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Watch out! I can shoot now.


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My Citizen's Police Academy class had the opportunity to take an optional class at the shooting range of the Metropolitan Police Department of Nashville and Davidson County (MNPD) on Saturday. Of course, I was first in line. [caption id="attachment_5919" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Real recruits. Not MY class. From Nashville.gov website"][/caption] My personal disclaimer: I don't own a gun and probably never will, but I had a blast learning about them and how to shoot. First, we had a couple of hours of classroom instruction which seemed like ten minutes. Then we headed to the shooting range, where targets stood at the base of a hillside which would stop any stray bullets. What did we shoot? (I think I have these right, but reserve the right to be wrong...as always...) The Glock…
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Where does the time go?


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"The hurrier I go, the behinder I get." ~Lewis Carroll Since I "retired" a few years ago to write full-time, I've gotten less and less organized. But somehow I've managed to stay one step ahead...usually. Then, our grandson was born a little over two weeks ago. We spent a week in Hawaii rocking him and another week recovering from the trip, and I can't seem to get back on my game. My online writing critique group has two cycles per month. We're They're (everyone but me) almost finished with one and about to begin another while I have a stack of submissions ready to critique. My Google reader is so full it has stopped counting. Really! I carefully chose the blogs I follow and don't want to miss anyone's posts so…
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Spring has sprung


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I can’t remember when we’ve had a prettier spring in middle Tennessee. It’s mid-April and my grass is already green and lush. Last year our yard looked like whole-wheat spaghetti until July.  Temperatures are perfect with highs in the 70’s and lows in the 40’s. We almost got the bikes out yesterday afternoon but decided to shop for outside plants instead. Since we have to replace our roof (again), we’re holding off on the flower boxes and bedding plants until after they’ve finished slinging nails and shingles. We can bring potted plants inside. Here are some of the ones we got. Pretty, huh? Has spring sprung at your house yet?                                   ~Kay
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