High Street Fly in Lexington KY |The Bourbon Soaked Mom|

All I’m going to say is, if you’re looking for a bad-ass Kentucky tee, or some unique KY merchandise, High Street Fly in Lexington is most certainly your place. I happened upon this awesome little shop via Instagram and honestly, I love every single piece of thing they have. From handmade pottery, to tee shirts, to bourbon glasses, I want it ALL.

I never really put clothing on my blog, because I’m not a fashion blogger. But, I LOVE anything that has to do with the promotion and branding of everything Kentucky. This shop is the epitome of “Kentucky Quirky Cool”. If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. Plus, their ‘Bourbon State’ tee shirt, is just so ME. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it, already!


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887 E High St

Lexington, Kentucky



Appalachian Artisan Center in Knott County Kentucky |The Bourbon Soaked Mom|

Very rarely are there places that I walk into that make me completely happy in every sense of the word. My husband took me to the Artisan center in downtown Hindman yesterday, and the only word that came to mind as I walked through the door, was WOW.

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I’ve always loved unique places with a quirky atmosphere, and The Artisan center is honestly everything I hoped it would be. As a hub for local artists to sell and display artwork, homemade goods, jewelry, pottery, and everything Appalachia/Eastern Kentucky, I must say that the Appalachian Artisan center is one of my new favorite places. They also house a cafe, which unfortunately by the time we wandered in was already closed. That’s okay, we can save a special special piece to be dedicated solely to their homemade smoothies and lunches (that I’ve heard are absolutely amazing.)

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The purpose of the Appalachian Artisan center is to help develop the economy through arts, culture and heritage.The center also helps local artists by helping with business plan development, training and continuing education opportunities, studio space, and a venue to display and sell their work.

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The center also includes the Bolen studio, and the Cody studio. At the Appalachian Artisan Center’s Cody Studios, artists participate in a unique program that allows them to grow their businesses with low-cost studio space and easy access to a network of artists and support services available through the Center’s staff.The Bolen Studios are home to the AAC’s Luthiery program. Under the direction of Master Artist-In-Residence Doug Naselroad, the program offers affordable instrument building workshops and apprenticeship programs for both youth and adults.

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There are two current gallery exhibits open to the public at the center. “Of Hollers and Highlands” Artwork of Appalachian Women, and “Odyssey of a Lifetime.” A photographic journey across America with Stephanie McVay. If you have a chance, I would suggest stepping in a checking them out.

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Remember, there are so many amazing benefits to shopping local, buying local and supporting local. The entire concept of The Appalachian Artisan Center is wonderful for the area, and of course, for those artists who so magically and skillfully portray our heritage, region and culture through their artwork.

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It will make you very proud to visit. Be sure and give them a try. I’m looking forward to going back to visit the Cafe.

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Shop Local. Eat Local. Eastern Kentucky Proud.

For more information about The Appalachian Artisan Center, visit:

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Mailing Address:
PO Box 833
Hindman, KY 41822

Physical Address:
16 W Main Street
Hindman, KY 41822

Phone: (606) 785-9855

Fax: (606) 785-9003

Circle T Restaurant in Hazard KY |The Bourbon Soaked Mom|

Hands down one of my favorite places in the entire world, Circle T is the epitome of a small town, down home restaurant. I’m on a first name basis with all the gals that work there, and most of the other customers. Partly because I have to take my three year old there every Tuesday for chicken and dumplings and usually on the weekend for a cheese burger and fries.

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Circle T has been a staple in Hazard/Perry county for many years, and has served many people. Practically everyone from here has been eating at Circle T for years, along with everyone else in their immediate family. I always enjoy Circle T because it’s a place for literally everyone. Rich, poor, bad, good. Everyone is welcomed, and everyone is satisfied. Open 24 hours a day, with delivery and pickup, you can eat this deliciousness any time you want it. I’d be lying if I said this place wasn’t a late night/early morning for myself and my friends when we were teenagers. There’s nothing like eating a BIG T burger at 4 am….

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If you’re a fan of real country food, this is your place. They offer daily meal specials, along with seasonal dishes, specialty drinks and dessers. Their lemon sours, and milk shakes are amazing. (Peanut butter milkshake. Get it.)  Right now, they offer a variety of summer salads that are to die for. I’m a fan of the chicken and dumplings with mac and tomatoes and fried okra. Their Roast Beef Manhattan isn’t too shabby either. I’m country as corn bread, and this place is just a total mecca for true country cuisine. Honestly. Their Kentucky Silk Pie is also pretty amazing. Their entire menu is pretty much awesome.

As you can tell by the picture on my featured image, I honestly do not need to give an explanation or testament to how amazing the food is. It’s wonderful. But the food alone does not make Circle T what it is. WKYT did an article last winter about Circle T. During the blizzard we had many local businesses that closed, but Circle T was open 24 hours, even through 14-15 inches of snow and bad weather. They didn’t close because the owner wanted to be able to serve people a hot mean. That in itself is a testament to why I love hometown, and places like Circle T. This place is where people gather in the morning to eat breakfast, drink coffee and smoke cigarettes. It’s where teenagers come to hang out. It’s where entire businesses take lunch breaks to every single day. It’s where kids like my oldest (who is only 3) beg to go eat. It’s places like this that make Hazard so special. Places that have been here for years, made their mark, and hold special spots in the hearts of Hazardites, like myself.

If you’re in Eastern Kentucky, or the Hazard/Perry area, you have to stop in here and eat. If nothing else, just to get that “Mayberry” diner atmosphere, and enjoy a peanut butter milkshake. You won’t regret, I promise.

Check them out on Facebook:


519 Combs Road Hazard KY

Phone: 436-6984

Briana Davis from ‘My Blessed Existence’ shares her Memories as a Coal Miner’s Daughter |The Bourbon Soaked Mom |

Coal Dust Kisses: Memories of a Coal Miner’s Daughter

I was raised up in the mountains of Appalachia- Eastern Kentucky to be exact. My dad, like so many others in this area, is a coal miner. He began working in the mines his senior year of high school and he has spent most of his life underground. Coal has put food on our table, kept our house heated, and put the shoes on my feet.. It allowed my mother to stay at home and be a full time housewife. After a conversation I had with someone about my Daddy’s occupation I was struck with the thought that I am a dying breed. There aren’t too many coal miner’s daughters left and there won’t be many more to come.. With that being said I wanted to share some memories that being a coal miner’s daughter has given me, since I figured a lot of Appalachians can relate…


-We helped pack Daddy’s dinner bucket. We wrote notes and drew pictures on occasion and got to pick some lunch cakes. It was part of the nightly routine at my house. I can remember standing on a chair to reach the counter to help Mom fill it- taking pride in doing it and making memories at the same time.


-We prayed for his safety every night. Growing up Dad worked night shift for years. As long as I can remember bedtime prayers always included protection for Dad and all the men risking their lives to provide for their families.

– We have always had a work truck… and so did everyone else. The seats were covered in sheets to keep off coal dust. I learned to drive a standard in one of these work trucks.

– We learned men are meant to have rough hands and soft hearts.. Dad’s nails are coal stained and calloused from years of hard work. Yet he always kissed us goodnight and held my hand in prayer.

– When you are raised by a coal miner you value a dollar and hard work. Not to bash on other occupations but I have a hard time believing many people work harder than miners. Everything we’ve had Dad worked hard for. I am so thankful that this instilled in me a grateful heart.

– And last but not least, the trademark we all carry, we are PROUD to be coal miner’s daughters. It has always been a point of pride. I love to boast and brag on my Daddy and all the hardworking miners in my hometown and community.


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10 Things ALL Eastern Kentuckians Want The World To Know |The Bourbon Soaked Mom|

“Where are you from?” This is a question that you hear a lot in eastern Kentucky. To us, this question is a way to get information about which small community a local person spent their childhood (aka “where they were raised”). Each small or large community has its own set of attributes that make it stand apart from the other locally situated communities. The answer to this question is merely a name that we put to a list of things that describe a geographic area and a particular group of people. Our communities make up “Appalachia”, which is merely the name that other areas in the world give to the descriptions of our geographic region and our people. The dichotomy of these “names” is that they can represent the positives aspects, but they can also carry the negative. It has been my experience that, all too often, negative stereotypes of this area have clouded the true view. So I thought about the 10 things I wanted others to know about my home.

1: We wear shoes, do not have to kill our own supper, and we generally refrain from marrying our family members.

Stereotypes. What else can you say? Even when I go to other certain cities in my own state, when people find out I am from Southeastern Kentucky, they usually make a joke about one of the three things listed. I’ll usually just point down to my shoes, or sarcastically tell them I’ve been married to Cousin Billy Bob for “pert near a year now”. Educate yourselves about the area. There is nothing more insulting than when someone ignorantly jokes about our region.

2: We ARE Educated

Hazard High School, Harlan High School, and Jackson City are ranked top in the state among high schools. Alice Lloyd College and The June Buchanan School are among the top private schools in the Nation. Can you believe we actually have an “Eastern Kentucky University”? Amazing, isn’t it? People actually go there that aren’t just from Eastern Kentucky. Wow. Did that blow your mind? In addition to that, there are various other Colleges, Community Colleges and Technical Schools in this area that help young people become equipped for the real world. Big Sandy, Lees, Hazard Community and Technical, University Center of the Mountains, Morehead/Cumberland co-ops. There are numerous choices for students in this area. Meaning, if they decide to learn a trade, or get a diploma, there are means to do so here.

3: We are proud of our “Twang”

Yes, we have a special accent that can only be deemed as a “twang”. I like to think it’s a mix of being really southern, and really Appalachian. I’m not sure which one prevails the most, but it’s certainly prominent around here. The funny thing about this is, most people LOVE it. They think it’s adorable. My college roommate from Northern Kentucky used to call her friends and make me say certain things so they could talk to someone “truly southern.” I guess if you’ve got it, you gotta run with it.

4: We know drug addiction is a problem in our area, and we’re trying to come up with a solution.

Every area has it’s fair share of problems. Our deal is that ours is much more publicized than others. We understand what “pill mills” are. We understand the never ending cycle of prescription drug abuse, that later turns into meth, and heroin addictions. We understand how methadone and suboxone clinics work. Ask anyone around here who has watched family members spiral out of control and lose everything valuable in their lives. Ask anyone around here who has had their belongings stolen and pawned so that someone can get their fix. It’s very real, and it touches the rich and the poor. This type of addiction doesn’t discriminate against socioeconomic classes. Proper steps are being taken in regards to law enforcement and legislature to limit this type of abuse and hopefully help to clean this area up. I, for one, have watched the effects of this problem first hand.I pray daily for help for those affected, and for their families.

5: We have beautiful places.

There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the foothills of Appalachia. We have many natural attractions, state parks and scenery that brings tourist to visit. Paintsville, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Letcher County and even my hometown of Hazard/Perry have breathtaking views. We offer hiking trails, horse back riding, ziplines, and river walks. We have many homes and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s a lot to see and do here, if you just do your research. Take the time to look deeper.

6: We have amazing food.

A major part of our heritage and culture around here is our amazing food. Obviously, we would have some amazing places to eat. There are so many restaurants, down home country stores, cafes and locally owned, “countryfried” businesses that make their own brand of magic happen.. Forget that chain eating crap. If you want real, fresh food, look no more. There’s so much to choose from in Eastern Kentucky.

7: We are proud of our culture and heritage.

If you couldn’t tell by my writing, we are super proud of where we are from. As I say in all my posts about Eastern KY/Appalachia….We come from a long line of troubadours, hell raisers, outlaws and cowboys. We’ve settled here and made this our home. We’ve withstood, we’ve persevered, and we are still standing. If you’re not proud to be an Eastern Kentuckian, and do not stand up for your heritage and your region, you need to get out. Why live in a place you’re not proud of? I don’t care what anyone says, I’m still proud as hell of where I am from, and no negative press, bad article, or ignorant opinion will ever change that fact.

8: Our small towns are doing big things.

Have you been to Pikeville lately? It is absolutely thriving. New outlet malls, plenty of downtown pride and booming businesses. Alltech is in the process of building the Dueling Barrels Distillery right downtown. Hazard is busy trying to re-brand itself and doing all sorts of amazing things to better the community and it’s citizens. River Arts Greenway, Invision Hazard and various committees and organizations are making Hazard quirky cool again, and in the process of restoring her to her former beauty and glory.  Many small towns are looking for alternative ways to bring both revenue, tourism and positive attention to our region and area, and for the most part, it’s becoming more and more successful. Promote them. Promote the amazing aspects of your cities, your small towns, your Eastern Kentucky communities. Only the people who call these spots home can change popular opinion. It starts with us first.

9: Our communities really love each other.

Nothing drives that fact home like fundraisers for those who are sick, who have lost homes, or those who are in need. Our communities always come together in big ways to help one another out. Our towns may be small, but we love each other and do our best to take care of our own. That’s definitely something you can never find in big cities.

10: There’s a lot more to us than what the media tells you.

Come visit. Quit getting your information secondhand. If you read this blog, and you like what you see, come here and see it through your own eyes. Come sit on the banks or our rivers and lakes. Come eat at our hometown restaurants, and come meet our people. I obviously wrote this piece for those not originally “from here”, but this one is for us locals too. Get out and enjoy what we have. I believe that sometimes we forget what a great place we get to call home.




East Kentucky Summers: Delving into Dog Days.

Summertime in Eastern Kentucky is a rite of passage among those who call this region home.Eastern Kentucky folks brave harsh winters and soggy spring times to be able to enjoy everything that summertime dog days have the offer. I, myself, am someone who has always marveled at the beauty and mystery of summertime in this wonderful region of the state. From early mornings, misty with mountain fog, to late nights, complete with lightning bugs, twinkling among the rolling hills and plateaus, there’s something almost mystical about this land when the sun shines hot and the moon seems to perch herself right on the mountain ridges.

As far back as I recall, May was a welcomed time in my life. It meant that soon school would be letting out, and I would be free. In a place where, historically, school was let out in the summer so the children could help tend farms and harvest crops, there really isn’t much that has changed here.

Children help hoe rows of garden beans and corn, and stand in the kitchen in the fall to help Grandparents can, making fresh corn salsa, and sealing up vegetables in freezer containers. Young boys help cut and hang tobacco in worn wooden barns, or buy pigs at the local auction. The whole family helps pick green beans, corn and reap the benefits of actually planting, tending and harvesting your own vegetables. Here, we make the most of our skills, and there’s nothing like eating fresh corn, tomatoes, or beans from the garden. As a girl, I remember taking a salt shaker down my grandparents garden and eating tomatoes and cucumbers right from the vine. Picking strawberries and drenching them in milk in sugar and eating them like a bowl of cereal. Waiting for the wild cherry tree to blossom, and making myself sick from eating so many. Not many things rival the taste of salty shucky beans, fresh cilantro from the herb garden, and Grandma’s garden cucumber salad.

Early June, you can look out at all the ladies front porches and see those tell tale signs of an approaching Kentucky summer. Hanging ferns, and plants adorn every hook on porch pillars. Young and old alike, flock to local flower haunts to pick up their azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, and phlox. Perfectly manicured lawns sprawl and wildflowers are left uncut. Milk glass vases are brought out to be set up on coffee tables to make for a pretty display of peonies, daffodils, iris’ and Sweet Williams. Cut class pitchers are displayed, with gallons of homemade sweet tea, complete with a fresh sprig of mint picked straight from a garden. The aesthetics of a true Appalachian summer.

Sun tans, freckled faces, scraped knees, elbows and bare feet are the summer uniform for Appalachian children, and when you see one you’ll be sure to recognize them. I was all teeth and blonde stringy hair for the better part of the 1990’s. My childhood was the product of rolling down hills, climbing gigantic pine trees, eating apples picked up strait from the ground, and swimming in dammed up creek pools. I recall walking down a gravel road to pick blackberries, having at least a half a dozen “copperhead” scares, and making friends with little green garden snakes. I can’t imagine any other kind of setting for spending my summers. I’d never trade those memories for anything.

When I smell skin so soft, OFF, or Cutter, I’m transported 15 years back in time when I could never get rid of chiggers and had endless amount of “skeeter bites.” Mason jars weren’t just for jams and jellies. Put some aluminum foil on the top, poke some holes in it, and you have the perfect lightning bug habitat. Nothing can compare to the smell of dusk, after the grass has been mowed, when the light dims and the world becomes soft around the edges. Lightning bugs lift themselves from the ground, and trees become illuminated with what we call, the bugs of the south.

In July, teenagers barrel down back country roads, kicking up dust and finding new ways to outrun the law. Reclaimed strip jobs serve as make shift party spots. There’s not much like drinking a beer beside of a fire, listening to an old car stereo and watching the sun set behind the hills. 20-somethings pass around jugs of shine, and old timers sit on hay bales and recant tales of glory days. Ours men are either country boys or outlaws, and either way, Mama tried.

Creek banks become worn, and, welcome old friends as they come back to try their hand at fishing. Bass, blue gill and catfish are caught by the dozens. Communities gather every weekend for a barbeque, pig roast or fish fry. Kids good up the old watering hole rope, and swing from tree branch to home made swimming pool in rivers and creeks. I will never forget the feeling of cool, wet moss, weathered creek rock, or slimy green algae. Creek banks were your haven, and skipping rocks was a sport.

Roadside custard stands and hamburger joints, are stuffed full of people, waiting to get their foot longs and superman ice cream. Drive In theaters show the latest pictures, and everyone is out and about on Friday nights. On July 4th, the entire town comes out to watch the county seat put on their fireworks display. Every home flies the American flag. Everybody loves their country here. Nobody is more proud of their heritage than we are. People may say a lot of things about folks from Eastern Kentucky, but one thing they can’t say is that we aren’t is Patriotic.

Remembering these things always brings a smile to my face. Especially now, since my children are getting old enough to know and appreciate all the aspects of truly enjoying and having an Eastern Kentucky summertime. In listing these things, I hope that perhaps I have brought back some special memories for my readers, and maybe even made you appreciate what we have, right here, in this special little spot of earth we call home.

I can never put my finger on these things while I am writing about them. What makes me so nostalgic, or what makes me love my homeland so much. I have always attributed it to not only being a romantic, but also being the product of a long line of settlers, patriots, and hell raisers who came here years ago and made Kentucky their home. I think a lot of people take their heritage for granted, and become so desensitized to it, they forget what a beautiful place we live in, and what a privilege it is to be a Kentuckian. Kentucky, for me, is something as much a part of me as the blood in my veins and salt in my skin. She’s made me who I am, and every season spent within her borders is just another season to look for the good, and celebrate.

There are many things about Eastern Kentucky summers that I could ramble on about. For me, summertime in my home state is something that can neither be rivaled or duplicated. Many states have just as many attractions, or beautiful spaces as we, but none have Eastern Kentucky people, or our constant “Kentucky state of mind.” That in itself is something in a league of it’s own.

“I take with me Kentucky embedded in my brain and heart. In my flesh and bone and blood. Since I am Kentucky, and Kentucky is a part of me.” -Jesse Stuart





Halcomb’s Dairy Bar in Letcher County KY |The Bourbon Soaked Mom |

Halcomb’s Dairy Bar in Letcher County Kentucky is a family tradition for me. Every summer, various family members would pack up myself and my cousins, and take us to Halcomb’s for a foot long and ice cream cone. Now I am a Mother of two, and I continue the tradition with my sons. There is something special to be said about places like Halcomb’s. Mom and Pop stops are so very rare these days, especially when the economy is so bad, and commercialism has killed small businesses around here. I believe this dairy bar is a testament to times gone bye, when you paid for things with cash, and ice cream was a special treat, or reward. Even today, at 25 years old, I feel that making the drive from Hazard to Halcomb’s is something so special, and every time I am down that way, I always am sure to stop in. Always greeted by a smiling face, and loads of cars in the parking lot.

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If you couldn’t tell by my last post, Letcher county is a great place to go to eat at amazing little road side bars like this one. Mile high custards, sundaes with real chocolate sauce, hand scooped ice cream, it’s just really nice to go to a Dairy Bar that’s completely authentic. One that has years, and history under it’s belt that allow it to create it’s own brand of magic. That’s how Halcomb’s is. In my 25 years of being alive, some of my fondest summer memories from my childhood are simply coming here with family to grab an ice cream and sit on the picnic tables. I’m a nostalgic person, but it’s always nice to be reminded that for some places, years and wear only add to their charm. Be sure to remember this sweet little place this summer. Shop Local, Eat Local. Eastern KY Proud.


Address: Johnson’s Vendor Mall, 584 Isom Dr, Isom, KY 41824
PS: The swirl (chocolate/vanilla) custard cone is my absolute FAVORITE. Happy Eating.

Joe’s Drive Inn & Chicken in Isom KY |The Bourbon Soaked Mom|

My husband introduced me to Joe’s Chicken the first year we were married. I can say that it’s some of the best friend chicken I’ve ever had….and this is coming from a woman who loves fried chicken. Joe’s is a little roadside stand tucked away beside of the IGA in Isom, but the food packs a powerful punch. Not only do they offer amazing chicken dinners, but they have hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, (basically anything fried you can think of) and after quickly browsing through their Facebook page, I realized that they have superman ice cream by the scoop.

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I always brag on Eastern Kentucky food, and Joe’s proves to be the mecca of roadside drive inn’s. Not only has this amazing little spot been here for many years, it remains one of the most popular places to eat in the area. Every single time I’ve been, the parking lot has been packed, and the line has been lengthy. Even then, you never have a long wait, the food is always piping hot, and I’ve never complained about quality or service. Plus, they have a picnic area off to the side where you sit by the river and enjoy your meal.


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If you’re looking to get some amazing down home cooking, sweet treats, or good Eastern KY cuisine, Joe’s is certainly your spot. Shop local, eat local. Eastern KY proud.

Address: 85 KY-7, Isom, KY 41824

KY Folklore and Legend: Know Your Proverbs and Proverbial Speech |The Bourbon Soaked Mom |

Kentucky is a state rich in culture, history and heritage. As long as I can remember, I have heard proverbs and proverbial speech throughout my entire life, in every setting and aspect. This would include Church, home, school, you name it. There is a proverb for basically everything here. My Dad taught me really naught ones that I, in turn taught to classmates at school (at a young age)  and got in really bad trouble. People use these phrases without realizing they are taking part in the culmination and spread of American/Appalachian folklore.

Lord John Russel said that “a proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one.” Some point out that it is a nice phrase, but it is not a definition. Nevertheless, it contributes something. Proverbs are, in effect, the capsuled wisdom, the distilled knowledge of the people. They are based on observation, experience, or, without either of these being firsthand, accepted as useful truisms on a hand-me-down basis from the past. They circulate, as all folklore does, both in time and space, and tend to have the authority of generation on their side. Their origin may be literary, leaven conversation, to make a succinct observation or to directly observe, admonish or instruct.


  • Lord ya’ll, I’m sweating like a hooker in church.
  • She’s happy as a pig in shit.
  • Have you been in the sun? You’re browner than a biscuit.
  • That animal ought to have his tail cut off right behind his ears.
  • He was raised in a barn with the north door open.
  • He doesn’t know beans from bird eggs. (Beans pop up all over the place.)
  • If you can’t talk, shake a bush.
  • Nobody know the come-out of a lousy calf.
  • She throws chicken fits.
  • If his brains were in a bird’s head, the bird would fly backwards.
  • The more you see some people, the better you like dogs.
  • A man who kicks his dog will beat his wife.
  • She drove her ducks to a poor pond. (Did not marry as well as she should have.)
  • Fine words butter no parsnips.
  • Nothing but money is sweeter than honey.
  • Drunk as a covey of boiled owls.
  • He’s small potatoes and few to the hill. (Virtually nothing.)
  • He’s all vine and no ‘taters.
  • The sweeter the rose, the sharper the thorns.
  • Cute as a speckled pup under a red wagon.
  • I’m so hungry, I could eat a sow and 6 pigs.
  • He may look citified, but he’s still got a tick in his navel.
  • Thicker’n fiddlers in hell.
  • He lives so far back in the hills, they have to wipe the owl shit off the clock to see what time it is.
  • So drunk he looked like he was walking on eggs.
  • So foolish if you put his brains in a cricket’s head, it would back’ards.
  • So forgetful he’d leave his hind end if it was loose.
  • Run so gentle it sounds like a lamb a-suckin.
  • Times are so hard a quarter looks like a wagon wheel.
  • So grumpy he don’t do a thing but set in the chimley corner, rock his shoe toe and whistle hard times.


Folklore in the American Land. -Duncan Emrich

Collection of Proverbs and Proverbial Speech collected by: Gordon Wilson, George Boswell, and Herbert Halpert

10 Free Things To Do With Your Kids in Perry County This Summer |The Bourbon Soaked Mom|

You do not have to spend a fortune to have fun with your kids this summer! Here are some of my favorite “completely free” activities that I like to take my sons to. I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we do.

1: Take them to see the fountain and army tank beside City Hall.












My oldest asks to go to the “little wah-wah” almost every week. So every week, we go see the fountain, and I have to explain to him what the army tank is. He loves it. Most kids do.


2: Go fishing on the river in downtown Hazard.

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I never realized how beautiful the waterway is behind city hall at the fishing and boat docks. There are also various spots beside the road where you can park and go fishing. If your kids are like mine, they love the water, and this is a great way to have fun together and enjoy some local beauty.


3: Take them to Perry County Park for Putt-Putt and Family Movie Nights.

There are so many free programs to take them to. They also have a farmers market where you can let them pick out some locally grown fruits and veggies. Put-Put and movie night seems to always be a big hit, and plus there are the ball courts, skate track, walking track and playgrounds. Not to mention pic-nic shelters and walking trails. You find their schedule on Hazard-Perry Tourism’s website.


4: Go to Bobby Davis Park and enjoy some beautiful scenery and history.


Bobby Davis is a beautiful place to take the kids for a picnic on the grounds, to cook out, or just to enjoy some local history. The flowers, gardens and stone terraces are breath taking. The museum also houses a lot of Hazard archives, and is home to many local exhibits.


5: Drive to the top of Sky Line Drive and let them look out over all of Hazard.


I may be biased, because this is close to where I live, but this drive is beautiful. It’s also the site of the old La Citadelle, and you are able to see all of Hazard from this view.


6: Check out the Perry County Library for free classes, summer programs and movies.


The library offers so many fun, free activities for both adults and children. There are Saturday matinees, craft classes, and many free plays, and educational programs. They also have an amazing children’s section and computer lab where kids can play with toys, check out books and learn!

7: Check out the beaches at  Buckhorn Lake.


Buckhorn is such a beautiful place, and the beach is a wonderful area for kids to have fun. I didn’t get to take G last year, but I can’t wait to let him see it this year! He LOVES the sand.


8: Do a “downtown” walking tour.


I think it’s fun to look back at old photographs and study history and see what certain buildings were in times gone bye. I plan on taking G  this summer to just walk downtown, see the “fairy doors” and just look at all the history that Hazard holds.


9: Go take their picture beside the “Mother Goose.”


Because doesn’t every kid need a picture beside of the Goose?

10: Explore reclaimed strip jobs


Take your pick. We have so many, most of then you can just drive your vehicles up there if you do not own four wheelers. Lost Mountain is my favorite, it’s beautiful!


11: Take the kids to Homeplace, to check out the Hale Log home, fish or play.


Everyone who reads my blog knows this is a favorite of mine. You just can’t beat it for beauty. With a fishing pond, softball field, ball courts, and playground, there are so many awesome things for your children to do.


With Summer quickly approaching, I wish you all a happy season and hope that you visit these local places, and spread the word. Hazard/Perry County is a really neat place if you just look a little harder at all we have to offer.


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