Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Series 1 Kentucky Oaks Day~

The running of the 138 Kentucky Oaks was held this past Friday evening.
It was my dream come true to attend and it was truly a wonderful day.
It  falls on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby, another dream, but that will have to wait for another year. 
I had felt ill most of the week, and feared that I might not be able to attend.
My Internist had wanted me to go into the hospital for some tests, and then we decided that I would wear a heart monitor for 48 hours.
Of course, it as just as he thought might happen..."You see that it is going to rain, you have your umbrella with you all day, and never see a drop of rain."
 Such was the case for me during those 48 hours.
My symptoms are very difficult to describe, and I have been having these episodes/events for nearly a year now.
I had only 2 in March and then in 5 days time last week, I had 8.
If I get more than 5 hours sleep in a normal night of sleeping, that would be remarkable. When I have these events take place, I am zonked for days. 
They only last about 30 to 45 seconds, but the aura that comes over me first, the actual event and the feeling of what follows is a couple of minutes.
I really prayed that something would occur while on the monitor, yet it was not the case.
I will have to continue forward and wait and see what the next move will be.
I appreciated so much your encouraging words last week, thank you!

Pink was the theme for the day, Lilies were the flower, along with tiny pink Roses. 

This first series begins with me, in the hat that I created for myself, and then goes into the paddock area, the running of the first race, then a turf race, the dis-mounting of a winning jockey, a horse's sponge bath and more. 
You may also recognize the famous Thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert, seen with his lovely wife Jill. She used to be a local newscaster, in Louisville before meeting Mr. Baffert several years ago.
I hope that you will enjoy this first series...and I hope you don't get too bored, for I have several weeks worth to share.

Have a wonderful Monday, Mosaic Monday and week ahead~

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  1. Hi Mary, looks like an exciting day at the races. Did you win on any of the races? I enjoyed your post and photos.

  2. i like your pink and dark chocolate hat! and pink was definitely present in the crowd, too. :) gorgeous horses. that bay and dappled gray. whew!

  3. (and i'm sorry the monitor session was not successful!)

  4. What a fantastic day. Fantastic race! Your photo's are amazing! Sending good thoughts, I hope you get to the bottom of your episodes.

  5. I am so sorry about your health problems, Mary. I will keep you in my prayers and hope you improve. What a wonderful event to attend! You took marvelous photos and I know it was a once in a lifetime experience! Horse racing is so exhilarating! The race only takes a few seconds but everything about the day is filled with energy! Take care of yourself, my friend!

  6. Mary, I love your derby pictures. The race was fun to watch and not to be too girly, but I love the hats too!

  7. How exciting ... Derby Day! Beautiful flowers, too. Wishing you well.

  8. Oh Mary I am so glad you got to go Friday. We used to go but we find it too much rigamaroo to get ready and all the crowd. I went through exactly the same thing you described with the "spells." Email me if you want to talk about it. Your photos from Friday are amazing.

  9. I sincerely hope you are feeling better soon and that they get to a diagnosis. The pictures are wonderful and certainly speak of the energy and excitement of that day! Love all the pink!

  10. Wowzers! What an amazing event to be able to attend. The hats are fabulous. I'm so sorry to hear about your symptoms and hope that you will be able to get a good diagnosis and treatment...

  11. Wow! One really gets a sense of it all looking at your wonderful mosaics. Even the people and the jockeys look like flowers in a bouquet.

    I'm sorry that you've been having these upsets. May the cause be discovered so that it can be corrected and so you can carry on without the stress of not knowing. Many blessings...

  12. Wow, that's quite the event. So full of excitement. I like the hat you created.
    Sorry to hear you've been feeling ill. I hope that a diagnosis will soon be made - waiting is so frustrating.

  13. The photos are beautiful as are the horses. Loved the hats. Very ascot! I do hope your Doctor finds the cause of your episodes. It sounds frightening. Valerie

  14. Wonderful post! I love horses, so this was fun.

  15. Fingers crossed here that you soon have some answers to the mystery of these debilitating episodes.
    The mosaics and photos are all lovely - the hats and horses go together!

  16. Sorry to hear you are not well! Hope you'll feel better soon.
    Interesting photos and mosaics.

  17. A memorial of a horsey day Mary. Sorry about the monitor.

  18. Enjoy the Stargazer Lillies. Looking at the shots I can almost hear the trumpet calling the horses to the gates.

  19. Looked like a great day. Some ladies had great hats. Hope they find out what your problem is, it does sound very similar to my heart problem.

  20. I'm very sorry to learn that you haven't been feeling well Mary. I hope and pray that an answer is found, and that this will be eased.
    Your photos are spectacular, as usual. I love the veins in the horses' necks. that last shot of the gray horse - what a beauty. And I love your hat! it most certainly was a day for hats and finery. thanks for sharing. and take good care now. happy week to you.

  21. Glad you had a good time, Mary! Your photos are wonderful! It would be so much fun to be there. I see you got some shots of Bob. Hope you feel better soon and they can figure that out!

  22. beautiful pics of a great event :)

  23. I can see that this is a place to see and be seen! Yes, lots of pink. :))

  24. How delightful, Mary, to see all this grandeur through your eyes. I'm so glad you got to go. You look lovely in that beautiful hat.
    Hoping and praying that you'll get through this malady soon.

  25. This all looks very exciting. Aside from the great photos, I do hope your doctor is able to sort out the issue with your health and find an appropriate treatment for it.

  26. Mary thank you for the "blog" tip. This is certainly a post for my dear hubby as he is a Derby fan..never misses a race on TV.
    I do love horses but not into the racing just an admirer of the gorgeous horse.
    Too bad about your monitoring session..Grrr..I'm sure very frustrating and worrysome for you.
    Wishing you good health. Anna

  27. I just love the hats. You out it all together beautifully! I really wish you well as you try to sort out your healt issues. Take care.

  28. A wonderful series of photos! I LOVE those flowers... beautiful.

    Isn't it always the way... no results on the monitor when you really need it. I was blessed to get 10 "episodes" on my 24 hour monitor of my heart which confirmed the diagnosis from my Cardiologist (but unfortunately meant 2 new medications on top of those I already take for my heart). I do hope you get to the bottom of the problem as it can be very exhausting when things aren't working properly. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

  29. I hope you feel better soon. I had looked at all your mosaics on this page and they are all beautiful.

    I especially like the horses and tulips ones. So creative!

    Thank you for visiting my new art blog!

  30. That must have been so exciting. What a beautiful day.

  31. Wow, it looks like you had a wonderful day - the sets of photos are fantastic and I love how they nearly all have a strong thread of pink running through them.
    Hope your test soon gets sorted out - I had a 24hour monitor and absolutely nothing happened until about half an hour after it was taken off and I had left the surgery! It seems to be a common story! Good luck

  32. I do hope you feel better soon. Such beautiful images. I like your bloga lot. I would love to see you at My Dream Canvas.
    Have a great week.


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