Art Cars Chattanooga 2015

A short weekend relaxing trip to Chattanooga had me trottin’ by the Art Cars tailgating and staging area for the parade. The parade and contest allow contestants show their art in the form of a car, van, truck, golf cart or bike. The prizes are a cash award to a school that needs help in their art program, in the name of the art car winner. My survey of the tailgating area showed a variety of themes, and means of transportation.

Click on the picture below if you need to enlarge. This is a FAQ written by Alan “Evil” Miller about his Some Kind of a Bat Car.

FAQ on Kinda Bat Car

FAQ on Kinda Bat Car

Kudos to all the artists who entered, and the good cause it was going to. I don’t know the results of the contest. If anyone does, feel free to let us know in the comment section below.

Palace Malice … Will He Race in 2015?

It was a frosty January morning in Aiken, South Carolina. My brother and sister-in-law, Don and Cindy Soule, invited us to go watch Palace Malice, the 2013 Belmont Stakes winner, do his morning exercise at his stable. There were other nice looking horses with their trainers and jockeys sprinkling onto the track. Then Palace Malice made his appearance with his pace horse. Palace Malice’s jaunty stride and the flip of his head made us feel he knew we were there just to see him.

If he wasn’t being held back by the pace horse and trainer, he would have taken off at full speed right away. He seemed to be saying, “let me go, let me go”!

Palace Malice and pace horse

Palace Malice and pace horse

After pacing the track Palace Malice was ready for a little run. My husband, caught him with this short video.

Tom Soule, Linda Solander, Kathleen Couch (me), and Daren Couch at Dogwood  Stable

Tom Soule, Linda Solander, Kathleen Couch (me), and Daren Couch at Dogwood

We saw him at Dogwood Stables in Aiken, South Carolina. In 2014 he suffered bone bruising and his retirement was announced. After that a 50% share ownership was purchased by Three Chimneys Farm. Since then it has been announced that he would take time off for healing, but would possibly race again in 2015. After that he would be out to stud, and will be owned in full ownership by Three Chimneys Farm. His earnings so far are $2,686,135.

After watching Palace Malice we ate at the stables at the iconic Track Kitchen. They serve good breakfast food. But something unique is, you go into the kitchen to get your own coffee!

Track kitchen at Dogwood Stables

Track kitchen at Dogwood Stables

Good News Stories of 2014

Bad news is always what makes headlines. But there are lots of “good news” stories out there. Here are just a few of them.

Pilot buys pizza for passengers in compensation for delay.

Pilot buys pizza for passengers in compensation for delay.

When storms caused a flight delay for Frontier Airlines 719 from Washington DC’s Reagan National Airport to Denver, Colorado to divert to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and had to wait for several hours. Captain Gerhard Bradner used his personal account to order 35 pizzas for those on board. See the full story here: href=””>

The next story is like finding a needle in a haystack!
Woman Is Reunited With Late Mother’s Ring 55 Years After Mysterious Plane Crash
The woman’s parents died in a small plane crash 55 years ago. A logger found the ring quite some time ago, and had been trying to find the family to give it to. The ring was presented this year to a New Jersey woman, the daughter of the couple who had died. See the full story here: href=””>

Sick Man Makes ‘Complete Turnaround’ After Hospital Reunites Him With Cherished Dog An elderly man was hospitalized and his dog sent to the animal shelter. Both quit eating. The hospital staff in Corbin, Kentucky went above and beyond their duty and reunited the two. Both started eating again and became much better. The full story is here:

Customers Buy Car For Beloved Bagel Shop Employee Shirley Ratliff took 3 buses every day to get to work at Bruegger’s Bagel shop. When customer, David Burton started collecting funds from other customers to buy a car for her, he found it easier than he thought. She was presented with a car just last week. Here is the full story:

When you comment below, feel free to add other stories along this line.

It is my wish for you to have a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year! And because my core belief is that you will not have true happiness without Jesus, here is the most well known Bible verse in the world. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV Decide on this, because tomorrow could be too late!

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Guitars, Boots and Music

I’m talking about Nashville of course. Music City! The place where every aspiring songwriter and performer alike, especially in the country music arena, want to be.

Our visit to Nashville was the length of 3 days, and we packed in as much as we could.

The highlights were the Bluebird Cafe, Grand Ole Opry two nights for two different type of programs, walking around the streets where the “action” is on Saturday, perusing Vanderbilt University, and eating at 4 famous and highly recommended places.

My next posts will be highlighting more about this city, culture, and places. But for now here are a couple pictures.
Printer's Alley

Nashville Photo by Kathleen Couch

Nashville Photo by Kathleen Couch

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Fall Splendor Around the World

Winter is fast approaching and has arrived in some parts of the world. Here is a glimpse at some of the splendor of God’s creation through the colors of Autumn. All images have been contributed by readers of Globe Trottin Granny.


@Creative Commons - exact location not identified

@Creative Commons – exact location not identified


My dear friend, Lynette Skoglund Kleve sent me these photos of around Linköping, Sweden, and Värmland, Sweden.

  • Fall flowers in garden Fall flowers in garden
  • Mushroom Mushroom
  • Sunrise on the lake at Värmland Sunrise on the lake at Värmland
  • Cozy fire Cozy fire
  • Apple Harvest in Linköping Apple Harvest in Linköping
  • Orange leaves on turned tree in Linköping Orange leaves on turned tree in Linköping
  • Golden colors of tree Golden colors of tree
  • Fall bounty Fall bounty

Brenda Soule is a friend and sister-in-law. She has a passion for photography, and you are able to purchase prints, and canvases of her work. See her photography below. If you order, all photos are finished without the watermarks visible on the pictures.


A Facebook friend who lives in Hawaii, but visits Virginia every Fall gave me permission to use these pictures. Thank you, Arleen Boyd.

  • Farm in the Alleghenies Farm in the Alleghenies
  • View in the Alleghenies View in the Alleghenies
  • Roaring Run Furnace Roaring Run Furnace
  • Scenic Outlook Arnold Valley Scenic Outlook Arnold Valley
  • Allegheny Daleville Allegheny Daleville
  • Island Ford Cave Island Ford Cave
  • More Fall Beauty More Fall Beauty
  • Scenic Outlook at Arnold Valley Scenic Outlook at Arnold Valley
  • Humpback Bridge at Wayside Park Humpback Bridge at Wayside Park
  • Falling Springs Falling Springs
  • Allegheny Daleville, Va. Allegheny Daleville, Va.
  • Near Roanoke, Va. Near Roanoke, Va.

I hope you enjoyed these wonderful pictures of Fall. All photos were used by permission, and I watermarked them with photographer identification. The images appearing here are NOT for public use.

I welcome ideas for an article, pictures, or written articles from my readers of Globe Trottin Granny. Let me know you are interested in seeing something you have concerning travel anywhere in our wonderful world in the comment section. I will follow up from there.

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