Most every year I go to the same Halloween party.  I met this group of people through the meetup.com groups I belong to…a few of which are the hiking club and the wine tasting club.  The majority of people are in their 40’s and 50’s.  This year I think everyone looked great in their costumes!

Our host–Bob–is an award-winning wine maker and makes a great pirate!  You might remember me posting about his pig roast over the summer.

I was a viking princess and the lumberjack was “Thor“…

Cindy was a very cute Little Red Riding hood and Kathy was an amazing witch!  I would guess approximately 50-60 people attended the party and every year there seems to be a costume that is more popular than others.  Last year there were at least six cats (I was one of them) and this year it was little red riding hood.

All of the couples dressed in matching costumes.  Ed and Jessie’s 20’s costumes were perfect for them!

Anne, Gina and Kathy are so much fun!  Kathy obviously was a nurse.  She had a rather large syringe filled with some type of alcohol that she would administer upon request!

I loved Dee and Chris’ Gladiator costumes!

Frank got really creative this year as a…you guessed it…”serial” killer!

Gina’s being accosted here by the Martians with too many arms!

I wanted to include my friend Shari in a photo…but in every one of them…she has her eyes closed and it wasn’t because she drank too much!

Dave and Kelly didn’t come together…but she’s a Fallen Angel and he’s a High Priest.

Janet was a jelly fish and John was a diver!  Very unique!

Spiderman looks sexy!

Todd’s eye makeup was nicer than mine!

Tina Tuner looked fabulous!

Tim was wearing another very creative costume — a tribal cannibal!

April makes an amazing Dominatrix with her friend Chris!

Later in the evening the party really got going when we turned the music up outside!

Us “old folk” sure know how to have fun!  Cheers!

What girls do on a girls’ weekend


This weekend I went on my annual girls’ weekend with my friends Sherry, Gina and Dee.  This was Dee’s first trip with us.  The tradition started almost 20 years ago with a trip to Put-n-Bay and the destinations have included Myrtle Beach, Red River Gorge, Ky, Indianapolis, Shawnee Nat’l Forest,  and Nashville, to name a few.  Typically, we would find a cabin with a hot tub and the weekend consisted of eating, drinking, talking and hiking.  But more recently we’ve been heading to cities for sight-seeing and listening to bands.  I’m usually in charge of finding the accommodations and booked a 3 bedroom condo in the Highlands section of Louisville for the weekend that I found through VRBO online.  It was in a great location, within walking distance to restaurants, boutiques and a large park with walking trails.

The Highlands reminds me of Yellowsprings, Ohio.  It was an eclectic blend of boutiques selling handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, books and wares from around the world; cozy coffee shops, a yoga studio, art galleries, and many restaurants that varied from Indian to Asian.


This painting caught my eye in one of the shops!



An interesting sign…



While walking down the street we were stopped by a local T.V. reporter wondering if we’d be interested in giving our opinion on pornography pop-ups on the internet.  So…being it was a new experience…I volunteered.  I don’t remember most of the questions, but I’ll be able to view it on their website.


We had fun trying hats on in one of the shops…a little pricey for me at $190 per hat!




It was a beautiful fall weekend for our escape…so we went hiking in Cherokee Park.



We went to a bar that caters to the over 40 crowd called Jim Porter’s Good Times Emporium.  Boasting three live bands (Pop, Rock and Blues) we had a great time dancing most of the evening!  Our husbands don’t particularly enjoy dancing…so we indulged ourselves!


The following evening we dressed for Halloween and our first stop was 4th Street Live in downtown Louisville.



We stopped a man on the street to take our photo before we left the condo…he was a bit shaky I believe!  As you can see, Gina was a girl scout!  But what was remarkable about it, was that it was her uniform from when she was 9 years old!



After having a very tasty dinner at the Red Star Tavern, our plan was to party downtown…but it seemed a little dead…so we took a taxi back to Jim Porter’s.





Being “Supergirl” I had to pick someone up, so I chose this girl…but the photo turned out too blurry to post!



This girl “the naked girl costume” won third place in the contest at Jim Porter’s.  I didn’t think it appropriate to take a picture of the front, although it wasn’t real!





My husband thought I should call this post “Cougar’s Weekend”!  Hope you had a Happy Halloween!