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Friends &Indiana &Rising Sun–Tuggles’ Folly B&B joydeanlee | 26 Sep 2009

Weekend at Tuggles’ Folly B&B

In early September I traveled to the hills above Rising Sun, Indiana (, and the Ohio River to join long-time friend Debbie (Smith) Blum and spend the weekend with another friend, Debbie (Salyer) Tuggle and her husband Dean at their B&B, Tuggles’ Folly (

To view a slideshow of Tuggles’ Folly, click on any of the photos.

Tuggle'sFollySept2009 - 02An inviting sign welcomes visitors to Tuggles’ Folly B&B.

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Tuggles’ Folly

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Tuggles’ Folly overlooks rolling hills and the scenic Ohio River east of Rising Sun, Indiana.

Except for brief visits through the years, we gals had not spent much time together for over 25 years when we’d been teachers/librarian at Lawrenceburg High School. These two ladies, along with our dearly departed friend Eileen Donewald, gathered weekly after the football or basketball games (sometimes with a few other stragglers) to solve the problems of the world…over and over again…with the proper accompaniments.

Friends. Delicious food. Breathtaking scenery. Fun. What better combination can one ask for in a weekend getaway?

After a scrumptious breakfast on Saturday and while the Tuggles took care of business on Saturday, Debbie Blum and I drove first to Lawrenceburg and then down scenic Hwy. 56 to Vevay, Indiana, where we drove up and down the streets, checking out the lovely homes. We knocked on the door of the Schenck Mansion (, also a B&B, and were given a tour of the downstairs by the gracious owner. After the tour Debbie and I sat in their new patio area chatting and basking in the perfect autumn afternoon.

We’d read that the Rising Sun EMT squad was having a chicken BBQ event on Saturday. Attending the event sounded like a good idea. And it was a good idea. What we didn’t know was that the event was held midday when we’d expected it (assuming doesn’t work, does it?) to be held in the evening.

We had stopped at the Ridge Winery and Tasting Room east of Vevay on Hwy. 56 ( where Debbie purchased a bottle of excellent white wine for us. We drank one glass on their patio overlooking the Ohio River and took the remainder home with us. Little did we know that it would be our dinner accompaniment.

We drove by the Rising Sun fire station where we thought the BBQ was to be held. No one was there. We drove on the riverfront, but a fishing tournament was being held there. No one we asked knew anything about a BBQ so off to the local grocery we trekked to purchase some dinner: crackers, cheeses, and some fried chicken. With the wine and our purchased dinner, Debbie and I placed our fare on the back patio table, propped our feet in the additional chairs, and devoured our meal as we sipped the wine.

Sunday morning’s breakfast was another delight: biscuits with sausage gravy, bacon, scrambled eggs, and a treat: fried peaches, a new treat for me. There might have been even more items on the table for no empty spots were available on the table as the hosts, Debbie Blum and I, and two other guests paced ourselves to fully enjoy this feast.

A memorable weekend.

70th Birthday Parties &Family &Friends joydeanlee | 07 Aug 2009

Turning 70 ain’t too bad…if you have three birthday parties/Party #2-Batesville, Indiana

My daughters chose Wine-All-You-Want Cafe in Batesville, Indiana, as the location for my second birthday party. I expected only family and a few freinds.

Surprise! My daughters had invited friends and former students from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, as well as friends from Indianapolis, one I’ve known for 52 years, some for 37 years and the others for 17 years. Many family members were also able to join us for food and fun.

Click on any photo to view a slideshow of the birthday party. Return here by clicking the JoyOnTheRoad tab or your browser’s Back button.

Joy Dean and friend Debbie

Long-time friend Debbie (one of the two dear Debbies) hugs Joy Dean at her 70th birthday party.

I was REALLY surprised and spent the next four-five hours trying to visit with everyone there. I am a very fortunate person!

70th Birthday Parties &Family &Friends &Indianapolis joydeanlee | 07 Aug 2009

Turning 70 ain’t too bad…if you have three birthday parties/Party #1-Indianapolis

A milestone birthday: 70. However, I am so fortunate to have wonderful daughters and friends who arranged and celebrated the occasion with me in both Indiana and Houston

Party #1 was a dinner party in Indianapolis at A2Z Italian Cafe ( on East 96th Street. My friend Leandra had introduced me to Ash and the A2Z and every meal there had been a delight. When I asked Ash if he could accommodate our group for a drinks and dinner, he readily assured me that he and his staff would love to have us dine there.

Long-time friend Sharon had brought several of her photo albums (works of art) which contained photos of many of the guests. Those photos ranged from the late 1960s to the present, including pics of my daughters Helena and Wendy (who along with their husbands were the evening’s hosts).

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Leandra, Terry, and Karen

Perusing Sharon’s albums are Leandra, Terry, and Karen.

Toasts and lively conversation filled the evening. Bringing together people who have known each other for 16—50 years means the stories shared were both hilarious and touching. Friends. Food. Fun. I’m such a fortunate person.

Leandra, Joy Dean, and Sharon

Joy Dean displays her present, a watch, from Leandra and Sharon.

Family &Friends &Indiana &Indianapolis joydeanlee | 25 Jul 2009

Wolfina, a new traveling buddy

I have a new traveling buddy, a stuffed wolf whom I’ve named WOLFINA (aka Wolfie). She spent many years on one of nightstands of my friend Leandra who lost her five-year battle with cancer in late May. Now Wolfina belongs to me.

View a slideshow of Wolfie by clicking on her photo. To return to the blog, use your Back arrow.

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Wolfie wears the rainbow ribbon that Sheila gifted her.

Wolfie is filled with Leandra’s mischievous spirit and even with her laugh, which only I can hear. Well, maybe some of you will be able to hear the laugh too, if you listen very carefully. Wolfie and I have bonded already; she’s with me on the road, and we plan many adventures.

Here’s the tale of why I needed a new traveling companion. Many of you may remember that Mississipi Moose (MM), who actually belonged to Jennifer was my traveling companion for many years. Because I traveled alone frequently, Jen loaned MM to me so I wouldn’t be lonely.

MM was photographed at different places where I, alone or with friends, went sightseeing: on the Desert Loop roadside at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, on a the ski resort lift near Taos and a bridge railing over the Rio Grande Gorge, both also in New Mexico.

Sadly Mississipi Moose was stolen from a side pocket of a piece of my luggage when I went on a cruise celebrating Sheila’s 50th birthday.

Jen’s friend Andrea, who lives in Switzerland, sent a moose replacement, but Andrea was firm in her instructions about his care: he could not travel with Joy!

I have a little bear which Sheila, Shelley, and Barbara bought for me on that infamous cruise as an MM replacement, but somehow the bear and I have never bonded even after traveling together for almost five years. I do like him, but…he hasn’t even been named.

I now have a Mississippi Moose replacement: Wolfina. Follow us as we travel coast-to-coast!

70th Birthday Parties &Friends &Houston joydeanlee | 25 Jul 2009

Turning 70 ain’t too bad…if you have three birthday parties/Party #3-Houston

A milestone birthday: 70. However, I am so fortunate to have wonderful daughters and friends who arranged and celebrated the occasion with me in both Indiana and Houston.

Sheila and Bill, my long-time friends and adopted children, saved gift certificates to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar so we could celebrate my birthday in style on June 10. Because of a previous commitment, the Alexanders weren’t able to attend the BIG birthday party at Wine All You Want Cafe in Batesville, Indiana, on March 14 which was planned and executed by my daughters, Helena and Wendy.

So celebrate we did! To view a slideshow of the party, click on the photo below. Return here by clicking the JoyOnTheRoad tab or your browser’s Back button.

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Shelley, Joy Dean, Sheila, Rebecca, Rene, and Bill enjoy the hospitality of Fleming‘s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in The Woodlands, Texas.

China &Friends Joy | 14 Aug 2008

Friend Doris visits China in May 2008

My long-time friend and house/pet-sitting pal Doris joined three friends from California and toured China in May, 2008. The group who were accustomed to earthquakes were still a bit surprised when they felt the tremor although they were not in an affected area.

Click on any photo in this post to see a slideshow of the China photos taken by Doris and Patti. Use your browser’s back arrow to return to the blog.


Doris walks on the Great Wall of China.


Friends &New York City Joy | 09 Jun 2008

New York, New York…

A trip to New York City, in mid-March! Columbia Scholastic Press Association holds its annual spring convention at Columbia University at that time each year, and my friend/yearbook adviser Sheila attended, allowing me and friends Gerri and Barbara from Oklahoma City to tag along for the six days.

Click on the final photo in this post to see a slideshow of our sightseeing and adventures in The City. Use your browser’s back arrow to return to the blog.

For more comments/photos about NYC, see the June 30, 2008, posting: New York, never the same after the ‘sisters’ hit town.

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The newly-renovated historic Plaza Hotel stands across 5th Avenue at Central Park from the Apple Store’s plexiglass cube entrance.

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One of the lakes in Central Park.

Central Park–Strawberry Fields

Rabbit topiary stands at the entrance to Tavern on the Green in Central Park. (Photo by Sheila Bertram Alexander)

Friends &Houston Joy | 26 Jan 2008

New Year’s Eve in Houston, Texas (posted almost a month late)

On December 29 my friend Doris and I began our road trip to Texas, arriving at the home of friends late on December 30. With a night’s rest we were ready to start activities for New Year’s Eve: visiting Rebecca’s new yoga studio, allowing the children in ourselves out to enjoy the swings hanging from a huge Live Oak tree on the property where Rebecca’s studio is located, and buying last-minute food and drink items.


Jody takes advantage of the sunny New Year’s Eve afternoon in Houston to swing under the Live Oak tree.

One carload (those buying the food and drink items) found a bin of MicWright cocktail napkins at one of the establishments and stood there reading them all and giggling, often so hard as to bring stares from other customers.

The other carload of the group, shopping was on their agenda. The after-Christmas sales were, of course, the attraction.

By early evening everyone finally arrived for the party. However, Shelley had to have a haircut before the party could begin and professional stylist, Russ, accommodated her. Scrumptious food and beverages covered all the kitchen counters and dining room table.

Playing Outburst kept part of the crowd occupied. Shelley, Carrie, and Jody’s team won by making cutthroat decisions which gave no leniency to the opposition team of Doris, Rebecca, and Joy Dean. Although Bill initially helped both teams, he ultimately decided that the latter team was being treated poorly and helped only them).

Finally midnight arrived, toasts were made, and then the dancing began. One song in particular was played over and over. Around 2 a.m. everyone had left or wandered off to their beds. For a slideshow of the swinging, the haircut, and the cats and dog who entertained us throughout the day and night, click on the photo below.


Jody, Doris, Sheila, Russ, and Bill boogie the night away!

California &Friends &House/Pet-Sitting &San Marcos Joy | 25 Oct 2007

Heller dog—Shelley + San Diego area fires

See the end of this post for specific answers to the questions posed by the RANTER.

As a freelance indexer/copy editor/house and cat-sitter, I’m house/cat-sitting in San Marcos, CA, north of San Diego (just south of Hwy78 and between I-5 and I-15). Two fires that started on Monday in San Marcos were under control the next day, but fires still rage north, east, and southeast of here.

Smoke was very thick and left layers of ash on everything on Monday and Tuesday; the air quality was better on Wednesday and much, much better today, so much so that I couldn’t smell the smoke.

Was I frightened? No, for I face challenging situations with calmness, remaining alert for news and announcements that would affect me.

However, I was prepared for evacuation if the order was issued. I’ve communicated with the home owner and have items she’d emailed me to save packed in my car along with almost all of my possessions.

Although I’d had to keep the indoor/outdoor cat indoors (sad cat) for three days, I’m now allowing him outdoor privileges (happy cat).

Shelley–Heller’s cat

Shelley maintains his personal cleaning in spite of the trauma of having to stay indoors.

I’m continuing to work on my current indexing project each day and luckily have had only one brief power outage. I drive to the local It’s A Grind Coffee House to send/receive files.

Watching the news is heart breaking especially knowing that only a whim of Mother Nature kept my area fire-free.


R: Have you seen flames?
J: No, because I’m a good citizen and follow “Stay away” orders of firefighters and law enforcement officials.*

R: What is the mood of the city?
J: From what I’ve seen, everyone is obeying directives, but they appear in a solemn mood. I haven’t been hearing any laughter.

R: Is the smoke affecting you?
J: Only slightly, but eyedrops solve the problem.

R: Are you taking pictures?
J: See * above.

R: Did you take my ex-girlfriend’s advice and pack everything in your car incase (sic) you need to beat a hasty retreat?
J: If the ex-girlfriend is my older daughter (the one you are married to), then the answer is yes. In case I need to “beat a hasty retreat,” my car is packed. However, if the ex-girlfriend is someone other than my older daughter, I did not receive her message.

R: Are the fires affecting the southern California mango crops?
J: Because the National Mango Board marketing director (my younger daughter) is on vacation, I was not able to get an answer about the California mango crops. I’d suggest that you consult Jango Mango who is making his debut tomorrow, Friday, October 26.

Here’s Jango! The Mango Board’s new mascot debuts on Friday, October 26. Welcome him with a visit to the National Mango Board website


Colorado &Colorado Springs &Friends Joy | 16 Oct 2007

Meeting long-time friend in Colorado Springs

In addition to visiting with brother Mike Lee and his family in Colorado Springs earlier in October, I had the chance to visit with Vicki Vaughan, one of my former yearbook editors at Lawrenceburg High School.

Vicki excelled in sports and in academics in high school. After completing college, she coached college basketball and later high school basketball. Perusing the text Vicki wrote for the opening pages, section openers, and closing pages of the 1980-81 LHS yearbook evokes very specific memories of that school year; the photographs then solidify those memories. Thus the real purpose of a yearbook had been accomplished.


Vicki Vaughan and Joy Dean Lee smile after having consumed pizza galore on the all-you-can-eat night at a place near Vicki’s home.

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