This is an oil painting that my husband and I bought at an event for starving artists, when we were first married. The painting is hanging in the loft right outside of our home office. I’ve been fascinated with horse racing ever since my mother read the book, Old Bones the Wonder Horse, to me when I was a little girl. The book is battered and worn, but I still have it.
Why am I talking about an old painting and an old book that have to do with horse racing? I’m getting ready to check off another thing on my bucket list, because my husband and I are going to the Kentucky Derby this year. Our names were drawn in the lottery to purchase tickets. If you have ever watched the Kentucky Derby, you know that many ladies wear over-the-top hats. I have my derby outfit. Here’s the dress.
Here are my shoes. They are navy even though they look black in this photo.
I would show you a picture of my hat, but it hasn’t arrived. I fear that it will have to be sent overnight to the place we are staying if it doesn’t arrive before we leave. I have a small head, and I’m short. I wanted to wear a hat but not one that would overwhelm me like some of the hats I’ve seen ladies wear at the Kentucky Derby. If you’d like to take a look at my hat you can click on this link. I also have a white cardigan to wear with the dress in case it is cool. I learned that forty-six percent of the time there is rain on the day of the Kentucky Derby. I discovered this fact from a glossy magazine we received in the mail this week. Here it is with last year’s Kentucky Derby winner and winner of the Triple Crown, American Pharaoh, on the front cover.
I’ve been checking off things on my bucket list for years. I’ve been to all fifty states. I’m working on foreign countries now, and I’m also working on the US national parks. I don’t know that I’ll get to all the countries or all the national parks I’d like to see, but I hope to get to as many as I can. God’s creation is so fabulous that I want to take in as much as possible.
The heroine of the third book in my Village of Hope series, Melody Hammond, does something scary that is definitely NOT on my bucket list. I won’t say what it is because I don’t want to spoil the story. Do you have a bucket list? If you do, what’s the one thing on it that you haven’t done that you want to do the most? What one thing you’ve checked off your list have you enjoyed the most?
I’ll be giving away copies of the first two books in my Village of Hope series to someone who leaves a comment. I will give e-books to anyone who lives outside the USA. Anyone who lives in the USA can have e-books or print books, whichever you prefer. I will pick the winner on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 9PM PDT.