Thursday, December 23, 2010

I had a big, long article, replete with fancy words to tell you of how much you mean to me and how wonderful this year had been because of you.
I ripped it up and threw it in the trash. Ridiculous.
I am just not a 'fancy-talk' kind of girl.
Don't get me wrong - I have what I consider to be a keen vocabulary.
I make it a point to learn several new words a day, going so far as to write them in a notebook to commit to memory.
I've done this since I was a child which has turned out to be a good thing, given that our lifestyle often requires me to 'hob-knob' with scholars and dignitaries. But even then I don't throw 'big words' around unless the situation absolutely requires it. Sometimes I get frustrated at bloggers, essayists, novelists, and everyday folks who use elaborate words when it's easier just to use common, everyday language. It more often that not comes across as being 'show-offy'. Prententious.
So, I just simply want to say 'thank you.' To those of you who took a chance on this first-time author I can not say that enough....
I have loved every single letter and e-mail you have sent.
I have loved every single book-club I have either visited or conducted over a phone call.
I enjoyed meeting every single one of you at my various book signings across the country (and look forward to meeting more of you next year).
I am appreciative of ever one of you who took the time to join my author fan page and/or friended me on facebook.
My life - my family's life - has changed in a profoundly, positive way because of YOU.
I just can't express my gratitude enough.....
I pray that you have the merriest of Christmases, and that your families are happy, healthy and together this season.
It has been many years since I have looked to the future with hope...and for the first time in a while I look forward to the next year and all the possibilites.
But, in the midst of the excitement of the season and all that accompanies it, let us not forget that 'Jesus is the reason for the season'.


(my daughter Rachael and I in front of the tree in front of her and her husbands restaurant)


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY, PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Back in a few days.....

putting the finishing touches on "The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe" before sending it to the publisher.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's a rainy day in Virginia....

which reminds me so much of England. Did I ever tell you I lived in Britain for almost 5 years back in my early twenties? Hmm...no, I don't believe I mentioned it, did I?
Oh well...another time, perhaps.

So this rainy, dismal day means one thing at my house. Soon the main floor will permeate of wet canine. I'm not complaining. Far from it. The only thing missing is the smell of wet boots drying out from their trip to the barn, the aroma of horse blankets, saddles, and sweaty horses. ((sigh))
Go ahead. Laugh, turn up your noses. Make fun of me. I don't care.
Ah yes, if I close my eyes, take in a deep, slow breath my mind wanders back to just 2 short years ago and I can almost smell it.
Wet dogs and horses.

Heaven.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What I'm Reading Now

The day after Christmas I plan on buckling down and working hot and heavy on my new manuscript to send off to the publisher. In the meantime I am using this lull in my schedule to do something I love even more than writing - reading.

"The Sufficiency of Grace"
by
Sara Fotopulos


Although this novel fits snugly into the Christian Fiction genre you will be sorely disappointed if you expect an "I-love-Jesus-so-ain't-life-grand-and-sunny" message. The plot is humanistic, coarse, and relevant. You won't be satisfied until you turn the last page and you, probably like me will come to the realization that the we need more Christian authors like this. I predict Ms. Fotopolus will be the "Jodi Piccoult" of this genre, the only difference being that underlying (but not too preachy) message about faith.


"Home to Roost - and other peckings"

by

Deborah Devonshire

Deborah, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire is the

youngest of the much-celebrated and often times scandalous Mitford sisters of Britain.

This book is basically a compilation of her earlier speeches as well as scribblings from her diary. Most often very funny (I adore British humor) and sometimes heartbreaking as she opens up her journal to her feelings in the days leading up to the funeral of John F. Kennedy. (The duchess' brother-in-law was married to Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy and was closed to the Kennedy brood when Joseph, Sr. was an ambassador in England).

Please share what YOU are reading.

(Books make great stocking-stuffers.)

Until next time,

Kathie

Monday, November 29, 2010

I trust you all had a happy and over-abundant day of Thanksgiving. I know we did here at the Truitt household.

It was a busy, busy weekend. Two of our children (son-in-law and daughter) own an Italian Restaurant in Washington D.C.'s DuPont Circle, "Floriana".


Pause a moment while I brag...."Floriana" was recently named one of the top five Italian restaurants in D.C. and the metro area. The restaurant is located at 17th and Q - call ahead for reservations and feel free to name drop (Kathie Truitt) and I am sure you'll get one of the best tables just (snap fingers!) like that.



Anyway, back to Thanksgiving - the kids closed the restaurant for the day and hosted around 20 people for before-dinner cocktails and an exquisite late afternoon meal.

The following night we started what we hope will be a tradition. Rachael, my mother and I took Sophia with us to attend the Potowmack Debutante Reception in Georgetown on Friday night. (More on that to come with photos, of course).


On Saturday night we went to the Debutante Ball, sans Sophia. It was a perfectly lovely, formal evening but definitely not for a toddler. (Pictures to follow in a day or two)

It was also my 29th wedding anniversary. Sorry, no wedding photos - I'm fodder for enough jokes as it is.

I have so much I want to share with you, so much going on but I am limited on time today.

Tomorrow. I promise.

Right now, though, I want to hear about YOU! Yes, you. I am so sorry that I don't get a chance to come over and comment on your blogs - especially those of you that always leave comments (especially you, Miss Dollie D.) but I promise every day I visit everyone on my blog roll and visit all of those who've left comments. I really am interested in you and what's going on.

So, please leave me a line or two and let me know what's going on in your life. It can be good/bad/indifferent. Even if I don't 'talk back' for a while I can always send up a prayer of rejoicing, thanksgiving and encouragement on your behalf.

Until next time,

Kathie






Wednesday, November 24, 2010

*Disclaimer: if you haven't read my novel "False Victim: Based on a True Story" then todays post will be totally foreign to you. I apologize, these are things I just need to say. Tune in next week to my regularly scheduled programming*
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and with the exception of my beautiful family and amazing friends I feel this year I have more than usual to be thankful for. I have a lot of ground to cover so I'll strive to keep this as concise as possible.
Dear Lynn,
It's you whom I am most thankful for. While you worked ever so diligently to destroy my life God was using you to elevate me to heights I didn't know possible. You had no clue that during those years that you were trying to take my child, discredit me, ruin my career and have me (falsely) imprisoned that even then I had made a promise to turn it around and make it the best thing that ever happened me. And with His guidance, I have.
How different my life would be now if Anne, someone I trusted so completely to step forward with the truth, hadn't have let fear of you overrule her sense of decency.
How different indeed.
But that's all in the past. No time to dwell. There are e-mails to be answered from my publicist, readers, movie and documentary producers. There are daily schedules to be checked wondering what city or state I am in from week to week and of course some time in between all these I have to find a few minutes to work on my next novel.
I'm not boasting. No, far from it.
As I said, if it hadn't been for you....
My only hope now is that the people you've done this to your whole life (there are many) can find some sort of peace and semblance.
But most of all my prayer is for the person you're hurting right now - because God knows you can't stop yourself.
**To my dear readers - especially book clubs who've hosted me in your homes this year - I think you understand my desire to vocalize my feelings right now. I am so thankful to all of you. After all what good is it to be a writer if people don't want to buy your book? Thank YOU for taking a chance on this first-time author. My love to all of you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.**

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Where's Kathie?

I got an e-mail last week from a follower that said they miss my schedule updates. Ask and ye shall receive! Really I should post this more often to keep myself straight because I thought I was supposed to be in Baltimore this weekend. Wrooonnggg. Anyhoo - here it is....my updated schedule!
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Saturday, November 13th
Glen Allen, VA
1-3pm
Borders
9750 W. Broad Street
804-965-0733
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Sunday, November 14th
(pssttt - these events are my favorite)
Private Book Club
Panera Bread
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Thursday, November 18th
Private book club
Alexandria, VA
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Friday, November 19th
11-6
Book Festival
FREE admission and open to public
Holiday Inn
Charlottesville, VA
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Saturday, November 20th
Borders
(time announced later)
8518 Fenton
Silver Spring, Maryland
301-585-0550
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Wednesday, December 1st
6-9pm
Stratford Elementary School
Alexandria, VA
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Saturday, December 4th
Borders Express
(time announced later)
8200 Perry Hall Bvld.
Baltimore, MD
410-931-7383
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Thursday, December 9th
John Alexander Chapter, DAR
Private Book Club
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Friday, December 10th
10-2
Borders
Baltimore Washington Airport
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Wednesday, December 15th
11:00 - 4:00
Pen Lovers Paradise
2488 North Landing Road, #112
Princess Anne Shoppes
Virginia Beach, VA
757-427-1887
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There's nothing I like more than meeting my readers and fellow bloggers - except tromping through mud and muck of a horse barn in my favorite wellies. But other than that, there's nothing I love more.
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(if you're passing through blogland please take a moment to leave me a comment. I'll come over and visit your blog as soon as possible!)
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Kathie

Saturday, November 6, 2010

3 and 1/2 - number of days I had Sophia (granddaughter) while my daughter went to New Orleans to a wedding.

3 and 1/2 - number of days I went without a shower because she wouldn't let me out of her sight.

2 - number of times she screamed if I tried to put her down.

0 - number of times I walked around a three-story house without her sitting on my left hip.

12 - number of times I went to the bathroom with her sitting in my lap for the same reasons listed above.

5 - number of times she played 'chef' with the dog food.

6 - number of times I caught her eating the dog food.

3 - number of times I successfully pried the dog food from her mouth.

1 - the number of times she screamed because she didn't want to sleep in her crib.

3 - the number of nights she slept clinging to Grandma.

24 - the number of joints and muscle-aches Grandma has from sleeping in one position for 3 nights with a 19 pound toddler curled up on her chest.

13 - the total number of open mouth kisses that Sally the lab/husky mix got from Sophia for the whole weekend.

4 - pieces of dog food Grandma found stuffed in the silverware compartment of the dishwasher.

2 - number of hours Grandma cried after taking Sophia back home.

8 - hours of sleep Grandma expects to get tonight as she prepares for bed.

50 - number of years Grandma hopes to spend with Sophia

and

3 - number of the pieces of dog food Grandma just found under her pillow....

'til next time,
Kathie

Monday, November 1, 2010

Just this once I'm going to cheat....

You all LOVE the Hillbilly Debutante of the Month segment but this month I have just been consumed with author/book tour duties and I just have not had time to work on it. I do have a nominee but I want to be able to do her justice, so I'll feature her for December.
However, I'm not leaving you in the lurch for a November HDOM. I'm just going to do it a little different this time.
I'd like to name Mia at http://aspiring-homemaker.blogspot.com as honorary Hillbilly Debutante of the Month.
I found her blog by accident on Sunday and I spent all afternoon reading it back to the beginning.
I think you will love her - especially my readers who love the simple life.
Mia and her family gave up a life in the suburbs to move to the country and live as 'homesteaders.'
This young lady is absolutely precious and I promise if you go over and visit her you'll love her.
WARNING: Mia's blog is ONLY to be read when you have time to spare. You will NOT be able to walk away from it.
Thank you, dear reader for your understanding, but mostly thank you SO much for your support. Book sales are awesome and I found out from my publisher that I am a best-selling author!
Until next time,
kathie

Friday, October 29, 2010

GREAT NEWS!!

I just saved 15% on car insur.....no, wrong good news.
Actually, I lost 3 pounds on my first day with Nutri-System (and I even had a handful of candy corn!). Yea!!
And no, Nutri-System is not paying me to endorse their product.
I know myself too well. If I know that 1200 people a week (the average hits I get) are watching then I'm more apt to stick with it.
That and the 300$ I spent.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Outfit of the Day.....

Naahh, not really.
I'm using this as my 'before' photo. I ordered my Nutri-System package yesterday and am expecting to get it in the mail any day now.


Sitting on your butt writing all day is NOT, I repeat NOT good for the figure. Yes, I do exercise. I walk the dogs several times a day but somehow I think stopping to sniff and pee at every mailbox (the dogs, not me) doesn't burn too many calories.
Anyway, I have to do something. With all this travelling if I gain anymore weight the airlines will start charging me for two seats.
By the way, anyone you'd like to see for Hillbilly Debutante of the Month? Send your nominations in!
'til next time,
Kathie

Monday, October 25, 2010

Do you know the answer to this question?

There are tons of 'preppy', 'trad' and 'wasp-y' writers out there in the wild, blue yonder we call 'blogland' and I love every single one of you to death! Some of my favorites are "Summer is a Verb", "Social Climbers" and "The Daily Prep" and 'Maxminimus', on whom I have a secret crush.
There are just as many that focus on vintage clothing (The Vintage Housewife) - Muah! big fat red lipstick kisses to all of you!




But what if you're more Elizabeth Taylor than Jackie Kennedy? Nan Kempner than CZ Guest? Joan Collins than June Cleaver?
Look, I am aware of what they say about us Northern Virginia and D.C. women. Come closer and I'll whisper it in your ear - We're Hollywood for ugly people!
Whoever coined that phrase was looking for love in all the wrong places because I can assure you that there is glamour galore in our nations capital - it's just not on Capital Hill.
I am well acquainted and quite friendly with the many glamourous ladies who lunch (ahem - none of which are 'D.C. Housewives'). These gals don't reserve their glamour for the nightlife, either. No siree. They are all dolled up whether they're puttering around the house, attending a fashionable luncheon, or dancing the night away at one of the many galas.
So, once again I ask you, where are the glamour bloggers? I need inspiration!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pictures from my book signing in Maryland

My book tour schedule is jam-packed from now until a few weeks before Christmas, so writing may be very sporadic. I haven't even touched my new manuscript in over a month. Yikes!
Here are some pictures from the private book signing at the beautiful estate of Tom and Susan Kreamer.

It's the best of both worlds. A small farm that backs up to the bay. Photos don't do it justice.
Enjoy!














Friday, October 15, 2010

I have been looking for 'HER'...and I've found her..

....my style icon.
Yeah, go ahead. Snicker about how vain and shallow I am. You're probably 23 and have no clue what it's like to 'feel' 19 but pushing 50 and try to find something fun to wear thats's not trashy or it's polar opposite sister - frumpy. And sometimes it is so freaking hard to discern where the cut-off line is! There doesn't seem be anything in between the 'Brittany Spears' or 'Mrs Doubtfire' realm. It's one extreme to another.
For instance take these over-the-knee boots.
Yep they're mine and that's me in the above picture.
I do always tend to gear towards the 'edgy' stuff. Big jewelry. Unique accessories. Lots of makeup. Short, spiky, funky hair. No matter how hard I try to go 'clean and classic' I always go back to 'edgy'.
Anyway, back to the boots. I wanted to wear them on my book tour, but was kind of scared. Were they too young? Could I pull these off without looking like some over-the-hill tart?
The night before I left I tried them on with a leopard print shorter tunic-style top with leggings. (disclaimer: the tunic waaaay more than covered my butt. Show the ol' buttster? Ain't gonna happen).
Me (to 16-year-old son William): "Can I wear this?"
(Man, how I miss my daughter in times like these)
William, annoyed that I am standing between him and ESPN: "Yeah."
Me: "No, I mean would you be embarrassed if I picked you up from school wearing this?"
Will: "No."
Me: "Okay, what if we were walking through the Mall - would you be embarrassed to walk beside me?"
Will: "No."
Me: "What if it was a high school football or basket ball game?"
Will, (now extremely annoyed): "Mom, it looks okay. Really, I mean it. If you don't mind I'm watching the game!"
Me (almost falling for it): "Oops sorry....wait a minute! It's Wednesday night! There's no football."
William (now really disgusted): "I know, Mom. It's last weeks Cowboys game - ESPN always plays re-runs."
So, I stomp downstairs to Mr. T.
Me: "Can I wear this?"
Mr. T (in a very seductive, come-hither voice): "Oh Baby, you sure can."
Me (ignoring him because he's completely missing the point): "No, I mean...really, can I wear this? Do I look like a 48-year-old woman trying to be 25 again?"
Mr T: "Oh yeah, you can definitely wear that. Come over here and I'll show you just how much you can wear that, hee, hee.."
Giving up, I get the camera, make him take a picture and send it to my daughter who quickly texts me back, "Yes, Mom. You can wear that. It looks really nice, and yes. Age appropriate."
Bingo! Now how hard was that?
So, I wore the outfit and as far as I know no one burst into fits of laughter, nor did Mama faint or ask me if I was 'really going to wear that,' so I suppose it looked alright.
I've heard that throughout our life, we need to have a style icon. Someone who is our age or even older. A fashion mentor.
I finally found mine.


Her name is Barbara Daseke and she's the President of Barbara Elliott Interior Designs in Dallas.



I love everything about her. I love that she goes against the mainstream and seems to have a ball with fashion.


I love that she wears lots of color.

Texas women aren't afraid to show their glamorous side. They were lots of makeup, lots of color - and are bold when it comes to fashion. I'll betcha 10 bucks Mrs. Daseki doesn't stand between hubby and the television and whine, "Don, would you be embarrassed if I wore....".


I'm betting that the glamorous Mrs. D owns whatever she decides to put on and whoever doesn't like it can kiss her Texas grits.
She oozes that kind of confidence.

(fashion shoot photo shamelessly stolen from Mrs. Daseke's facebook page)



Barbara and her handsome husband, Don
(Both are well-known in Dallas social and philanthropy circles)



After perusing the 'net for about an hour, I got the nerve to message her and then 'friend' her on facebook. And much to my delight, she accepted.


So Barbara - if you're reading this I want you to know that I've worn the pictures out on your Facebook page.....Ummm...can you please post new and post often?

And um....is it too early into our friendship to ask for your cell phone number? When I shop I can take a picture, text it to you and ask if this is a "SBWW" - something Barbara would wear. Okay, maybe that's a little too forward....

To my readers - WHO is YOUR style icon?

Until next time,

Kathie


It has been wonderful meeting so many of you on my book tours! I love it! This weekend I'm doing a private book signing in Kent Island, Maryland and next week I'm doing a signing in Borders at Baltimore Airport! If you're passing through or know someone who might be flying in and out please send them my way.


P.S. Scroll down to see October "Hillbilly Debutante of the Month" if you haven't already.





Monday, October 11, 2010

Book Tour pictures for you to review (because I'm too lazy to actually write something)

Barnes and Noble in Columbia, Missouri
My girl Carrie Edwards

Private Book Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia (these are my favorite!)

Mrs. Missouri 2002, Mrs. Missouri 1996 and Mrs. Missouri 1999
(Natalene Johnson, Yours Truly and Sonya Wise)
at Barnes and Noble in Springfield, Missouri



Blanche Robison and her son Kevon in Borders at Springfield, Virginia

(Blanche is actually Blanche Burns in the book)


One of my favorite people in the world - Jose, at Barnes and Noble in Columbia, Missouri. He lived with us for a while and I consider him a member of our family as much as if he was my own brother! (Gals, he's single!)
Whew! What a whirlwind few weeks. I'm home for a couple of days then off to Kent Island, Maryland for another private signing.
'Til next time,
Kathie
(ALSO: scroll down to meet October's Hillbilly Debutante of the Month)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

On the Road Again & Hillbilly Debutante of the Month...

I'll be signing my book "False Victim" in Barnes and Noble in Columbia, Missouri Friday night October 8th from 6-9.
Then I'm packing up and headed south to Springfield, MO at the Barnes and Noble on Glenstone/Battlefield. You can catch me from 1-3.
Click on the link below for more information/synopsis of the story
Now hold on a sec....before you go pushin' that delete button scroll below and check out our beautiful Hillbilly Debutante of the Month for October.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hillbilly Debutante of the Month - OCTOBER


Today's post is extra-special because not only are you meeting October's "Hillbilly Debutante of the Month" but you are getting an incredible visual treat. Nothin' but eye candy, y'all.


Ladies and Gentleman, meet Kim of Bella Della. Kim - it's all yours.


The Simple Life

by

Kim of Bella Della Farm


"I definitely lead a simple life. And I work to keep it that way.
I work.

I commute.





I spend time with my husband and family. We love amusement parks and football. We love eating out and our trips to Target.


We tend to keep to ourselves.



I'm a thrifter and a coupon girl. I think it's safe to say that most everything in my life is second-hand - my house, furniture, accessories, and most of my wardrobe.
Even my pantry is filled with freebies.




I am a coupon nerd. I have a binder.
One of my favorite things is to get up early on Saturdays and hit the road looking for yard sales.


I love the thrill of the hunt and the wind on my hair and country tunes blaring on the radio.



I lead a simple life and I think I'm a simple girl.
Okay, I can be a tiny bit high strung, controlling and opinionated, but still simple.
I don't ever pretend to be anything that I'm not.


I'm real.
I like to thing I'm pretty funny.



I read something recently that said "I can speak three languages - English, sarcasm and profanity."
Amen.

My family and Fella show love in three ways:
hugs, kisses and endless teasing.


I'm the girl that wears a $3.99 thrifted dress to her downtown 9 to 5 job and I don't hesitate to meet a compliment with 'thanks, it was was $4.00'.
I'm the girl that can rub elbows with industry executives at fancy dinners. But fancy at my house means springing for the Bounty towels under the silverware. I'm clueless about silverware. I don't know what side it goes on and I don't really care. I'm more concerned about how my gravy turns out.
Bella Della
It's my home. It's my 'pretend' farm. It's my blog. It's me.

Belladellasfarm.blogspot.com

One woman's story of her little farm and old general store...decorating, yard sales, vintage, trash to treasure, the garden, family, friends, the beagles, the cats and one wonderful, amazing husband - otherwise known as the fella.



The name just came to me one day.
I had stumbled upon the wonderful world of Kim McCole at Dear Daisy Cottage and I was hooked.
I decided to dive into Blogland and it would be known as
Bella Della Farm.



Della is my Grandma's name.



She passed when I was nine. But she's always with me and gosh, she would love all this stuff.
The Little Farm



The fella and I set out one Autumn Saturday to just browse (drive-by) a few houses. Well, we pulled into the driveway of the little farm and never left.
Picture me with my face plastered to the windows of the old general store
(pictured below).

I staged sort of a dream house/real-estate sit -in.
By dinner time we had a contract.
That was three years ago.


We have a little over 6 acres.
Along with the house we were blessed with the store, a barn and a chicken coop.
The ultimate accessories if you ask me.


I always sort of giggle to myself when I use the word 'farm' to use our home.
It might be a bit of a stretch or maybe not.


Most days it feels more like the funny farm than a real farm.
We grow more weeds than crops.
And by crops I mean corn, beans, tomatoes and cucumbers.
We have no farm animals.
I'm pretty sure pretending to own the neighbors cows do not count.
We don't own a tractor but the Fella does look cute on his John Deere.

But on the other hand, I've been known to parade around the yard in my overalls.
I own cowboy boots and I'm not afraid to use them.


We have a garden and its in front of the barn.


While we have no chickens in the chicken coops and no cows in the barn, we do have all the old fence posts, a daily reminder that Bella Della was a working farm in her former life.



I know what tobacco sticks are and whippoorwills.



And I love the smell of tractor fuel.



We definitely live in the country.

We live in a rual county that has one stop light, and one grocery store, and a small newspaper. A newspaper that keeps reporting we have bears in the area. To which the Fella says, "Well, you wanted to live in the country."
True.

Our county has more cows than people.
And they make great neighbors.
The cows, that is."
Congratulations to Kim of http://belladellasfarm.blogspot.com/
Hillbilly Debutante of the Month
(If you'd like to nomimate someone (or yourself!) for future HDOM e-mail their name and info to kathietruitt@msn.com