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I confess, I am addicted to mowing and I cannot believe it. I have always liked to mow but using a push mower and our old Snapper created more of a daunting task especially on hot days and generally took a lot more time to complete.

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I confess, I am addicted to mowing and I cannot believe it. I have always liked to mow but using a push mower and our old Snapper created more of a daunting task especially on hot days and generally took a lot more time to complete.

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Oh, how I love the way the lane at Flint Ridge presents herself once she has been mowed and freshly groomed. The beautiful green grass looks like a carpet stopping at the stoop of the porch, inviting all to come in and sit down.

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I have a thing for Norman Rockwell. When I was a kid, I collected Rockwell memorabilia in the form of calendars, picture books, and posters.

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Birmingham. I met the old woman for coffee. She was small and slight, with a mane of white. She spoke with a thick Latin accent.

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I had a beer with a Marine. We were on his porch. He was barbecuing ribs. I’ll call him Mike, although this is not his real name.

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When the weather warms the least little bit, you can count on a hatching of ladybugs--or Asian beetles as I believe they may be more correctly called. Just seeing them crawling aggravates me to go after them, releasing their stinking smell by only my touch.

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We are still cleaning up after the damaging winds we received at Flint Ridge on March 3, 2023. I had mentioned earlier the ole smokehouse received some damage. The roof was completely taken off and landed several yards away. The entry wall fell part of the way down. The brick that commemorated the date of its build (1809) is somewhere in the brick pile left on the bottom of the floor. We were so fortunate, yet still so very sad to see this happen.

As I walked around the tattered structure, I thought of all this building had been through. It is highly visible as you come up the drive, almost like it is greeting you standing proud and tall.

The smokehouse was an important part of the life of the farm, keeping many ham, bacon, and sausage safe for the family as the years have gone by. The last of the meat smoked in this building was around 1990, and yet the smell of smoke still welcomes you as you go through the old wooden door.

Going through many trials in its life, and yet survived to tell another story in its 214 years. It unwillingly participated in the New Madrid earthquake of 1811 with the epicenter being about 200 miles away, with some of the walls showing cracks and damage as told by family history. It has stood through most of America’s good and bad times with the nation only being 33 years old when this brick beauty was constructed.

The Baylor Family (originally migrating from Old Shepard’s Town Virginia in 1804) had this built and thankfully it is still here today.

Many children have played around this old building and our grandkids run and play around this today. Hopefully, we will have this back up soon as it truly leaves a small gap in our beautiful landscape.

I hope this week you have time to “Bake a Memory” with someone you love,

The recipe is one I have made many times in the past and will be making for Easter this week. It tastes better after it can marinate for a day or two before serving.

Apricot Nectar Cake

1 box lemon cake mix 

1 cup apricot nectar juice 

¾ cup oil

4 eggs

Glaze

1 ½ cups of powdered sugar 

1 ¼ cups of apricot nectar juice

1/3 cup lemon juice

Prepare a Bundt cake pan and set it aside. Then preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix cake ingredients together with exception of the eggs. Add eggs one at a time beating into the mixture. Pour into the greased and floured Bundt cake pan and bake for approximately one hour, inserting a toothpick. Make sure it is clean before removing it from the oven. Let cool and then mix up the glaze mix. Pour over the cake while it is still warm so it can soak up all the juice.

Becky Scales is a columnist living in Logan County, Ky. She writes about her family, history, and the delicious recipes she prepares in her kitchen at the Flint Ridge-McCuddy Home, one of the oldest homes in Logan County, built in 1804, and owned by her family since 1829.

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We have had a very eventful last two weeks. We welcomed our 4th grandchild Rayford Wayne Allen, named after his maternal great-grandfather Rayford Scales. His middle name Wayne after both his dad Stephen Wayne Allen, and his paternal grandfather Keith Wayne Allen.

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We have had a very eventful last two weeks. We welcomed our 4th grandchild Rayford Wayne Allen, named after his maternal great-grandfather Rayford Scales. His middle name Wayne after both his dad Stephen Wayne Allen, and his paternal grandfather Keith Wayne Allen.

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The old dog was found walking on the highway. She had no name. No home. Nobody.

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Just before midnight. Somewhere on the Texas prairie. A 20-year-old named Mark was driving on a two-lane highway on his way home.

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Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if anyone hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

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It’s unreasonable how we allow styles and trends to dictate what we do.

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As 2023 begins, I’m reminded how blessed I’ve been to serve as your Agriculture Commissioner for the past seven years. With just one more year left in my administration, I wanted to say thank you for allowing me to honor Kentucky’s agricultural past and plan for its future.

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I slowly, methodically backed my way into the foul lane dribbling the basketball low to the ground. The defender with hands held high, would be no match in preventing me from scoring. Thousands were watching as I positioned my 10-year-old body for a hook shot I had practiced at least a thous…

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As children, we often dream about what our future will hold. Maybe it’s a spectacular career, jet-setting around the globe. Maybe it’s to become a professional athlete, famous singer, or actor. Sometimes those dreams get derailed by our choices, and a new dream replaces the old. No matter ho…

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Do you remember the very first time that you saw . . . a moving picture show?

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and throughout the nation, communities come together to raise diabetes awareness. Diabetes has been a public health epidemic in Kentucky since 2020, according to the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

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If you have an interest in gardening and like to talk to others about gardening then you could be an excellent candidate to become a Kentucky Master Gardener. Beginning Jan. 11, the Warren, Simpson, and Allen County Extension Services will offer the Master Gardener training program. You must…

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I was driving. I was hungry. I had to pull over because I was about to eat my own steering wheel. The Tennessee autumn was in full swing. I had a long way left to go.

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Adam and I spent the better part of Saturday mowing leaves and doing yard work at Flint Ridge. It was a job, but at the same time, I truly enjoyed it. As I have stated so many times, being out there has my mind drifting back in time and to conversations that really make me think. Our grandda…

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Thanksgiving is a blessed holiday to share with your own special family. Sometimes one needs to think outside the box and remember that everyone doesn’t have that perfect family to celebrate.

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Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. It’s important to be grateful, not just on Thanksgiving, but each and every day. Rather than lamenting what you feel is lacking in your life, be…

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Joel 2: 11 “And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executes his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?”

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With session less than three months away, legislators wrapped up September with a series of interim joint committee meetings aimed at identifying the issues and potential solutions to address in the 2023 regular session.

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I met an old friend for lunch today at a neighborhood deli. The portions were generous. The food was good. Our sandwich and burger came with complimentary pickles the size of commercial pontoons.

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On the 28th anniversary of your suicide I climbed a mountain. Not figuratively. Literally.

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I don’t know much about God. I don’t presume to know. I know he is a great guy. Provided he is a he. Then again, what if he’s not?

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It is back to school time, and thousands of Kentucky parents and students are staring down college tuition bills, while others are beginning to lay the groundwork as their students enter their senior year.

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Without a doubt, the opioid epidemic has taken a devastating toll on our state. It is an urgent and pressing health crisis that impacts our people’s quality of life and our state’s ability to reach our potential.

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For the past several weeks, I have used this column to highlight the legislation we passed this session to make Kentucky a better place for every citizen. This week we observe Memorial Day, a time to honor those who gave them ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the safety and freedoms we…

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Four days before the Primary Election, Rep. Adam Koenig, an Erlanger Republican, tweeted about Fayette County Constable Wade McNabb — with whom he’s sparred regarding legislation restricting constables’ police powers — hoping his nemesis would lose a reelection bid while apparently entertain…

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Franklin leaders have a sense of community, and the community responds to the leadership of those who commit the time and energy to making Simpson County a better place to live.

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Well, Franklin, I’m having a hard time thinking of something to say without resorting to a cliché but alas the phrase that comes to mind is “All good things, must come to an end.”