Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What the Beck???

Tuesday Afternoon on my Kentucky trip continued

         A little bit down Main Street, I ventured into Country Heart Crafts. They had a lot of fragrant candles in little pots. The owner, Storme Vanover, told me the contents of these little pots goes into a warmer, and fills the air with the fragrance.  They created their own scents. I was amazed at how many they had in the store. I bought two little pots after Storme told me that if you didn’t want to buy a pot, all of you had to do is to rub your finger over the top layer, and it would emit the smell into the air.  I purchased Eucalyptus and Golden Lilac.  It was a fun mini purchase.

       I was now beyond famished, since it was 2:30, and headed back to Dry Ridge for lunch, since Williamstown totally lacks a good restaurant.  I went over to the Cracker Barrel because I knew the quality of their food.  I had the best Reuben sandwich of my life.  Either that, or my mind was distorted due to my intense hunger. I sat quietly in a corner reading a book, and reflecting on my afternoon so far.

Doesn't it look great?

       One of the places that I really wanted to visit was the local animal shelter. So off I went back to Williamstown. I had researched ahead, and was distressed to learn that it was a kill shelter. The people who ran the shelter were amazingly kind. One of the gentlemen took me on a tour of the facilities. When I saw the “dog room” was full, I asked him if they would be euthanizing these dogs. He told me that they still had another empty room, so these dogs were safe for now. The dogs were so sweet that I had to take a photo of all of them.  There was not a mean one in the bunch. I wish I could have taken them home.  I did ask them if they took in large animals and they said that the county does that job, and that they are restricted to small animals only. I sat in my car for a few minutes, and cried. These animals need to find a home!

       My next venture took me to a small thrift store. I saw it and thought, “What the heck?”  I just bought a purse for $1.00.  It made me happy.

       My final stop of the afternoon was the Kentucky State Police Headquarters.

       I wanted to find out why Williamstown’s crime rate was four times higher than the rate in Dry Ridge. It was a quandary to me, because in my opinion Williamstown was the nicer of the two towns. I discovered that Dry Ridge had only one officer who worked days. Williamstown and the County Sheriff picked up all crime in the evening and into the night. Dry Ridge also had more Section 8 government housing than Williamstown, which can lead to an increase in incidents. It was a good thing that I checked. Williamstown gets a bad reputation, because their crime rate is misleading. This is a good example of why it is important for me to actually visit these cities. I would never have know about the steepness of the land, or that an Ark was being built, and the town was about to explode with new residents.

       It was now after six, and I was sitting in the large room across from the hotel entrance trying to process my day. I began writing these blog entries when a woman entered with her dog. The Hampton in Dry Ridge, has certain floors reserved for guests with pets. Marsha and Mini, her sweet little dog, were returning to Michigan. She had been visiting her daughter in North Carolina. She was fascinated with the maps, business cards, and photos I had strewn all over an enormous table as I went over each aspect of my day. We had such a nice talk.

Isn't Mini a cutie?

       I was so exhausted that I, who am not a great sleeper, went to bed at 8:00 p.m.  I awoke at 1:00 in the morning. I started thinking about everything that I had learned that day. I realized that it would be a waste of time to spend any more time in either of these towns because they were already a definite NO!  So I called the front desk and checked out at two our time, which is three a.m. their time. I saved about $500 by leaving early Wednesday morning, which I can use on my next trip to Kentucky. 

       A strange thing happened on Wednesday night when I was at home. I awoke in the middle of the night to the TV blaring. I glanced at the screen and there was Noah talking about the Ark.  I did a double take, and then realized that it was a movie.  I had never seen the movie Evan Almighty before. The show was almost over, but I loved the last line of the movie. God said to Noah, “The way to change the world, it by doing one simple act of kindness each day.” I lay there for a while, thinking about that line. Finally, I fell asleep. In the morning, I couldn’t believe that show was on two more times.  I watched it from beginning to end. It is really a funny movie. It seemed like a sign that to me. So, I thought I should make it a point to try to increase the simple acts of kindness that I do for others. Maybe that it also the reason I was supposed to go to visit Williamstown and Dry Ridge.

       I loved every minute of my trip.  I can’t wait to venture out again.

The End...

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