Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Back to Work

Last Saturday evening, Nick and I packed up and drove to Lansing for a short visit. It was mostly a working trip, we needed to do laundry, consolidate our luggage, take care of selling Jeep, get mail, etc. To top it off, I got pretty sick Sunday afternoon, so I was off my feet and unable to accomplish most of what I'd hoped to get done that day. But it was good to be home. One day is not enough time to spend with all the friends and family that we're missing so much.  

Monday saw us on the road again, headed to the lovely Anderson County in Kentucky.  We're working in Lawrenceburg, but staying in nearby Frankfort.  It's cold and it's rainy, but I do love driving past the rolling hills dotted with horses.  We're back to work, hunkered down in our hotel room with lots of hot tea.  It feels pretty cozy.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Last Night

Yup, we had a mouse in our room last night.  Nick and I were working late and a couple of times I thought I saw something move across the floor.  I'd been staring at a computer screen for many hours by this point, and I was getting pretty tired, so I didn't think too much of it.  Then Nick spotted it.  On his shoe.  Now we've got a lot of stuff in our room and most of it sits on the floor.  Including our overflowing duffel bags, shoes, backpacks, all places that might be inviting to a mouse, so we weren't too thrilled to be sharing a room with one.  By now it was past midnight and the concierge couldn't do anything but offer us a new room.  So we packed up and moved down the hall.  It was a cute little mouse, but I'm glad to have a few walls between us (hopefully).

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Some people know how to do it up right.  I love walking past these harvest decorations on my way to the courthouse.  The walkways to the homes below are my favorites.  Do you think my hotel would be upset if I lined my hallway with pumpkins?


Monday, October 22, 2012

A Million Dollar View

While working in Georgetown, Nick and I stopped to chat with a local who told us about the Rankin House in nearby Ripley.  He described it as having a "million dollar view."  The house itself is fairly humble, but its location on a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River gives it a spectacular vista.

The house belonged to Reverend John Rankin and was one of the stops on the Underground Railroad.  Roughly 2,000 escaped slaves stayed with the Rankin family on their way to freedom.  Harriet Beecher Stowe heard the story of one particular runaway mother and child and included it in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Side Note: There was a pile of green fruit on the back porch that looked like a cross between a Granny Smith and an orange.  The lady working at the house told us that they were called Hedge Apples and that some people believe that they keep insects away.  She didn't seem too convinced herself.  They smelled great to me, very citrus-like.

The view from the back of the house was pretty nice too.



Friday, October 19, 2012

Houses of Ripley

On our drive to Georgetown, we pass through the town of Ripley, home of many adorable houses.  Being a sucker for charming housing, I of course made Nick pull over so I could take pictures.  Happily, he's a good sport and was more than willing to oblige.  What I love about these houses is the attention to detail, the colorful shutters, pretty plants and fancy front porches.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Little History

The town where we're currently working happens to be where President Ulysses S. Grant grew up, so of course, we had to visit his childhood home.  The house is getting a little work done (note the plywood front door), so we couldn't poke around too much, but it was still a neat place to visit.  One of the kind gentlemen laying brick out front agreed to take our picture with this historical monument.  I'm not sure what's going on with our faces, but I kind of like it.


Monday, October 15, 2012


After a lovely brunch at Doodles in Lexington, KY, we thought we should really see some horse races, being in Kentucky and all.  So Nick talked to the restaurant owner who promptly offered us her box seats at the local track, Keeneland.  Score!  We had a fantastic afternoon watching the horses run, and my dream of owning a pony is totally back on.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Where I Work

Today at the courthouse we asked if there was a place where we could hunker down, spread out and get some work done.  The ladies behind the counter were hesitant to suggest it, but they told us about a small room, probably full of dust and mold, that houses the especially old volumes of deeds.  They made it sound like a foul-smelling, dank sort of place, but for a book lover like myself, it wasn't half bad.  True, it's a small room, but it has a big table, an outlet for charging laptops (remember to bring an extension cord) and it has that wonderful old book smell.  The volumes themselves are pretty cool looking.  They're huge and leather-bound, and they cover all four walls of the room, floor to ceiling.  It turned out to be a great place to work, which is a good thing since we'll be spending a lot of time there in the next couple of weeks.

Of course, the courthouse closes, and we're usually not done working yet when it does.  So our next favorite place to work is the lobby of our hotel.  It also has an outlet for laptops (no extension cord required), a nice fountain and birds to provide background noise, tables that can be pushed together for lots of space and $2 specialty beers at the bar.  My kind of working conditions.

Good Morning!

I can't get enough of the view outside our window.  Beautiful.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Around Town

Maysville is a pretty cute little town.  Lots of adorable houses and storefronts, and a pretty cool old-timey theatre.  Evening walks with lots of pretty to look at make a great break from staring at my computer screen all day.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

New Digs

Today we packed up and moved a couple of miles to the French Quarter Inn in downtown Maysville, KY.  It's a huge improvement over our last hotel, and we're pretty excited to be here.


 The front desk has the coolest turtle bell, and check out the beautiful view from our window!

Looking for Quaint


Staying in a hotel just off the highway with nothing but gas stations and a run down strip mall to look at had me and Nick getting a little antsy.  We knew there was a downtown area somewhere close, so we went looking for some small town charm.  After turning the wrong way and finding a less than lovely industrial neighborhood, we weren't sure there was any in Maysville.  Happily, we had a lot of free time and not much else to do, so we kept looking.  Actually, it wasn't that hard to find.  All we had to do was go a few blocks in the other direction and we had all the quaint we could ever want.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Slow Start

After a brief training session yesterday morning, Nick and I packed up and relocated to Maysville, KY.  We'll be doing title research in Georgetown, OH, but Maysville is where the closest hotel is.  Now we're just waiting for the info we need to get started.  In the meantime, there are mums and gourds everywhere.  I'm glad we're not too far south to miss out on Fall.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012


A few photos from our day-trip to the city.  I would move to Chicago in a heartbeat, I love it so much.

And this is where I want to live.  It's right on the river and I can only imagine all the amazing light it must get through all those skylights!