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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Playing Dress Up is My Fave.

You know...just working on cover art for our ukelele album. What you can't tell from this photo is that we are still in our pj's. I bought this wig ten years ago, and feel like this is the hair I should have been born with. One day I may get brave enough to wear it out in public.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Another List.

The Good Wife. I never watched it when it was on television, but paitently waited until all the seasons were on Netflix. What a fantastic show...well, the first three seasons anyway. The middle of the fourth season, I'm thinking a new group of writers must have been employed, because the story line gets boring. Binge watching is my fave.

CVS drugstores...especially the one on Merrimon Ave; my mecca for everything I used to buy at Target. Friendly people, clean and well stocked, and most importantly, they have no problem with me returning lipsticks that are fragranced or flavored. I love this place.

The Whole 30. Ugh. I need to do a hard core 30 days again, March 1st is my start date. I struggle with being healthy, vs beer and good food.

My, "Confessions of a Thrift Store Junkie," blog, has had 2,000 hits this month. I have no idea why, but I went ahead and wrote a new post.

Last week Megans friend, Shirlee was here visiting, and she brought her mother in law, Norma along. I love making new friends. This week Monica and her threee kiddos are here to see me...and my bed is still the happening place. Everyone joins me to drink coffee and hang out.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

I Crashed a Party at the Brewery.

Best. Kids. Party. Ever. The party was for Sophie, who turned five over the weekend, and yes, it was at Catawba Brewery. The parents visited, drank beer and ate pizza while the kids played at Empyrean Arts a dance and arial art studio, located next to the brewery. After an hour everyone gathered to sing to the birthday girl and have the best chocolate cake ever, from Short Street Cakes. Rachel,(Sophies mom) who is one of the most thoughtful and generous people I know, even brought Oliver his own little gluten free, dairy free, egg free cake, so he wouldnt feel left out. She also welcomed Brewier and I to join the festivities, so I guess we really didn't crash.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yeah, I'm a Bad Influence.

Sarah was here for the weekend; such a short trip, but it was wonderful seeing her. Our plan was to visit as many breweries as possible. We hit six of them. I know thiat sounds bad, but at some of them we shared one beer. I had an ulterior motive behind the beer drinking... I wanted to persuade her to pierce her nose. Ever since I had mine done last summer, I thought how perfectly it would suit my edgy chic friend. She hates needles, but sucked it up and went thorugh with the piercing. Awesome.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

I Guess It's Done.

Remember last year when I painted my globe aqua, with flowers all over it, then got sick of it and painted the whole thing black? The globe has been sitting around for months, waiting for me to become inspired to do something else with it. I was in Target last week and did a double take as I walked by the home decor aisle and saw a shelf full of globes that looked just like mine. I'm a trendsetter, I tell ya!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

And Now Your Weekend Update.

Purple tulips make me happy. Thank you Jennifer!

Brewier has the flu. I'm praying I don't get it, because Sarah is flying in for a visit next weekend.

I cleaned out my lingerie draw and ordered a weeks worth of new panties. Why do I have so much trouble throwing out my old undies? Shouldn't I save them in the back of a drawer incase of a zombie apocolypse?

I shaved my face. Yes, I really did. A friend read about my horrifying waxing experience and sent me a message saying that she shaves her face, (she has a beautiful complexion,) and included a link to this video. I immediatly went to Amazon and purchased the Twinkle razor...a twelve pack. My face is baby smooth. Saggy, but baby smooth.

Jennifer and Gabe invited us over for dinner. On the menu, Puerto Rican pork, beans and rice. It was the best thing I've eaten in months. SO. GOOD. I could eat beans and rice everyday, they are my favorite food. After dinner we played Bananagrams. I love games.

I need a new phone. Mine rarely rings, takes blurry photos, and has a battery life of an hour and a half. I priced out a new iphone, and holy moly! $900! Are you kidding me? My iphone5 has a trade in value of $36. Oh Apple, how sad you have become.

Breakfast beer. It does exist, and this is so delicious. I could never drink it for breakfast though, as I would have to go back to bed. Caffiene is still my drug of choice.

Fish Tacos! I had been looking forward to them all week. Brewier was too sick to go, but Megan and her purse full of puzzles joined me. FYI, puzzles are a great way to meet people.

I'm working on an art piece, trying to get my creativity back. I pulled a bunch of paint chip samples, acame home, cut them apart, and glued them to a piece of cardboard. After doing so I realized they were the same colors as this bracelet. I havent worn it in years, but keep it becasue I love the colors.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

My Addiction

When Publix has a BOGO on LaCroix, you stock up. Most of my time was spent playing with Oliver. His choice of game, throwing dozens of cotton balls at each other. Yes, that was my day.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Things I've Learned (not to do) From Youtube.

Last year I got hooked on Youtube, especially any kind of how to video...mostly makeup videos, (though I have watched my fair share of lock picking videos) because, man oh man has my face changed in the past year. When things start to fall, they fall fast, and I was hoping to learn some camoflauge techniques. Last week, in the attempt for smoother, hairless skin, I tried threading my face. It wasn't too difficult, but when you can only get a couple of hairs out at a time, it really starts to hurt, so I gave up. Three days ago I was waxing my eyebrows and thought, "Hey,the eyebrow pain isn't so bad, why don't I just test out waxing my cheeks." OMG! I think I ripped several layers of skin off along with the hair. You'd think after my bikini wax incident I would have learned. Three days later, and they are still red...but very smooth!

I've also learned that I can't wear most drugstore makeup, especially any kind of lipstick. Most of them are not only flavored, but perfumed. I had a close call today, and almost had an epipen moment. It's a good thing I live in a city wear the makeup free natural look is celebrated.

Monday, January 30, 2017

We Belong.

When I tell friends that we belong to the Asheville Brewers Alliance, nobody is surprised. Beer and beer culture has become our thing; I'd like to try home brewing.  Yesterday the alliance met at Greenman Brewery, for a tour, beer education, and of course lots of sampling. We smelled the different hops, tasted the grains that make up the mash; it was all pretty interesting.  What blew my mind though, was when we were informed that the bourbon barrels used to age and flavor some of the beers, cost $1000, each! When I lived in Ky, they were like $20 each, and people would cut them in half and use them as planters.

Monique has posted another video, and if you're interested, you can see the clip they filmed in our kitchen. Watch the whole video, or fast forward to 10:55. (But really, watch the whole thing, she is very entertaining)

Friday, January 27, 2017


No, not our country, though that cerainly does apply. It's the name of this painting I picked up at an estate sale today. I tried to get a photo without any refection on the glass, but failed to do so. What's with me buying blue art work these days? This is the second blue piece I've purchased in the past week, and I'm not usually a fan of that color. The back has  all the original information, the artist, price, year and title, still intact, making me very happy.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Birthday's, FIlming, and The Biltmore.

This past week has been so busy and fun filled! We celebrated Olivers sixth birthday on Friday, (his other grandma was here for that) and Brewier's 66th on Saturday. During that time Brewier was having the time of his life, acting in another campy monster movie, Jack vs. Lanterns. You can watch the first film, Lumber vs. Jack, HERE.
Yes, it gets mixed reviews on Amazon, I don't think everyone understands that it is camp...and filmed by one guy. (I'm going to do a seperate post on him, if he doesnt mind)
Anyway, a couple of scenes were shot at our house, so Oliver got to reconnect with his Hollywood gal pals, (Michelle Prenez and Jennifer Wenger) who he hung out with a couple of years ago; they are so sweet with him, and played Mario Brothers with him inbetween scenes.  Me, I got to meet my Youtube idol, Monique Parent. She plays Brewiers trophey wife in the film. Can I just tell you how gracious she is? She filmed a scene at our house, fragrance free, then hung out and drank wine with us. The following day she went with Brewier and me to the Biltmore, and let me take photos of her with her finger up the lions nose. She is truly delightful, and even more beautiful in person, than on film or in photos.
Friday evening Megan and I went to Horse and Hero for a live printing event, and we purchase work from local artists, who we feel very strong about supporting.
Once again, I'm going to attempt to blog daily, because when I try to play catchup, I forget so much!

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Olivers' grandma Janny is here.

I've been watching youtube videos on how to thread your own face. Menopause has given me a peach fuzz beard, and I'd like to be rid of it. I'm afraid that threading my own face will have the same disasterous results as trying to do my own bikini wax.

I have my watercolors out, trying to paint clouds. I'm not very good.

I'm baking a cake. Oliver will be six tomorrow, and Brewier will be 66 on Saturday. The older you get, the faster time goes by.

It's sunny and warm today, (how can this possibly January?) so I am washing the sofa slipcover and putting it outside to dry. I have just discovered that my family hates my comfy, squishy Rachel Ashewell sofa, so I'm hoping to sell it on Craigslist and purchase a couple of leather chairs.

I'm trying not to be jealsous of Jessica. She is going to the U2 Joushua Tree concert in June.

My mom and stepdad are moving from Florida to Kentucky. I'm pretty excited about this. They sold their snowbird KY house a few years ago, and have missed the small town life. It will be nice having them live just 4.5 hours from me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Last weekend Keith, one of my most favorite people in the world, spent the weekend with us. Well, mostly he spent it with Megan; they are two peas in a pod, and its fun just listening to them converse. While the two fo them did Asheville things, Brewier and I took Oliver with us while we did our weekend things. He sat on the lawn mowers at Home Depot, and fell in love with a camo ATV at the Reneration Station, where we bought two fake plants. One is the olive tree in our dining room, and the other is a fiddle leaf fig for Brewiers office. The fig plant was thick with dust, and it took all three of us to get it clean. We went to a used furniture store, (Im working on another room at the retirement community,) and Oliver tried to talk us into buying this Italian leather sofa for our house. The kid has good taste.