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Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Year.

That's how long John and Sarah had been planning to come and visit us; what we didn't take into account was Irma. John was going to ride his motorcycle up, and Sarah had a flight scheduled; because of the hurricane neither of those things happened. After the airline canceled Sarah's flight, she and John hopped in the car, leaving Ethan to weather the storm with his grandparents, and headed out of Florida, and toward Asheville, along with a bajillion other Floridians. Because they drove up, Sarah's visit was extended by two days...whoo hoo! Although Irma didn't hit us as hard as Florida, we still were without power for two days, and the Blue Ridge Parkway is still closed in some parts due to trees across the road. Our time was filled with eating, drinking, shopping and being tourists; we had so much fun! I took advantage of Sarahs design skills and asked her to arrange my bookcases with fall items. Its nice to have a different perspective, as I tend to be a bit more spare.

Breakfast in Brewiers office, because we had no power.

We visited Sweeten Creek Brewery, to see our favorite performers, Mike and Amy. We didn't expect and acrobatic show from Amy.

John gave them pointers.

Sarah and I learned to play cornhole,

and spent some downtime rewatching the first season of "Greek"

We may not have had power, but the breweries did.

Monday, September 18, 2017


(The Rolling Stones)

It's also the state of my iphone. I was standing in front of Horse & Hero, with Brewier and Sarah, and it just slipped from my hand and landed face down on the sidewalk. I picked up the uncased device and the screen was spiderwebbed with cracks. Brewier was delighted to see this and had a huge smile on his face. Not the typical reaction, I know, but he has been after me for at least a year, to upgrade my iphone5, to a model that will ring when people call, and alert me when I have messages. I was okay with it as long as the camera worked, but even that was getting wonky.

Tomorrow I will get a new phone, and work on photos from John and Sarah's wonderful week long visit.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Where Are My Poptarts?!

It's really weird watching Floridians prepare for the hurricane and not being part of it; I've been out of sorts and unsettled. Sarah has had a flight out of Orlando this coming Monday, to come and visit me, we've been planning this trip for months. She and John are now planning to drive up this weekend, along with every other Floridian with the exception of Jessica and family who will stay and ride out the storm. Oliver is concerned for his cousins and sad that they won't be coming up here.

Tomorrow I'll go out and buy Poptarts, our traditional hurricane food, (it's the only time I ever bought them, when Jessica and Megan were young), because Monday, Irma is supposed to hit Asheville in the form of a tropical storm.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

The Weekend of Festivals

I love fall festivals, and there is no shortage of them here; it's more a matter of choosing which ones to go to each day.
Saturday we went to the NC apple Festival in Hendersonville. The first time we went was probably 20-25 years ago, and it was a small town, quaint, celebration. It has grown tremendously. My favorite part is getting to meet up with Renee and her family. Who would have thought that after being friends and neighbors for 28 years in FL, we would both be living in NC now.

The footwear of choice.

Continuing to document what I wear.

Sunday was my most favorite festival of all, the LAAF, (Living Asheville Arts Festival). Its full of artists, activities, music and fun, and it's all free. It did my soul good to be there and see that there are still "Asheville" people around. Gentrification is moving in hard and fast here, and things are changing.

How awesome are these chairs by Monster Head?

These two cuties had a man's wallet attached to the end of a fishing line, playing pranks on the people who passed by.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hello Harvey.

It's been raining all day, (I don't mind a bit), and other than going to the chiropractor, and Barnes and Noble, where I glanced at all the fall decor magazines and realized that I've come to the age where there aren't any new ideas, I've been reading and sipping on green tea all day. I also ate the rest of the fig and olive salad for lunch, then roasted more figs and ate them with black olives and bacon for dinner, and now am experiencing the not so pleasant side effects of eating too much fruit.

My outfit from yesterday. I started taking pictures of what I wear for my own reference. I have a very small wardrobe, and wanted to record how I put pieces together. After posting on instagram, I found a big group of women over 50 who do the same thing; its lots of fun.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

'80s Wednesday.

So deemed by Sophie, owner of the Beehive, who plays only 80's pop on Wednesdays. SO perfect. We met a lovely friend there for coffee, then took Oliver Megan to the park to play. Oliver hung out with our handy man Richard, and I tried this recipe tonight, which was SO DELICIOUS! Figs are on sale at Trader Joes, as well as this $6 boquet of autumn colored roses.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

I Give Up!

Over the past couple of months I have purchased and returned, (I love you Nordstrom!) three dozen pairs of shoes/boots. That is no exaggeration, and may even be on the conservative side. The same goes for bras. The inconsistency in sizing, even within the same brand, drives me crazy. The next time you see me, there is a good chance I will be barefoot and braless.
Also driving me crazy is my weight and how easily I gain it. My doctor had me do DNA testing to see if we could discover the cause of my bizarre health issues and physiology. Nothing showed up, in fact I tested negative for every genetically carried disease; only one test came back positive and that is the gene that causes you to put on weight faster and more easily than other people. FOR REAL.
Megan isn't the only one who got a haircut. Monica cut mine while she was here last week. I don't think I've ever had it this works for me.
Oliver memorized Acts 16:31 this morning, and I told him I'd give him a nickel for everyone he recited it to. (We go to Brewiers work place every Tuesday for Oliver to visit Miss Dana, an octogenarian and former missionary). He must have mentioned my bribe/reward to Miss Dana, because she gave him a quarter.

My sweetie hard at work.

New Eileen Fisher wrap pants, and a new haircut. The older I get, the More I like Eileen Fisher. Yes the clothes are loose and flowy and geared toward the more "mature" woman, but they always fit, and are so comfortable.

"Maemae, take our picture because we look so cute!"

Monday, August 28, 2017

First Day of School.

Oliver started first grade today, and I caught he and Megan taking their first day of school picture.

And then I cut 12 inches off of Megans hair.

I just plugged in and turned on our tv (we have an antenna, and rarely watch tv) and discovered that we have an old movie channel! I am currently watching "Fun in Acapulco"

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Chasing Waterfalls.

A trip to Pearson Falls, this morning, with our standard car food.