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Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Since my attempt at replicating the anthro knobs was a bust, I had to do something to cover up my poor paint job. I took a page out of a 1963 atlas, and cut out cities/states, that have importance to us. I glued the circles to the knobs, and once dried, put faux gold leaf, (actually a textile product from the '90's) around the edge. While not fabulous, they cost me nothing.

Yeah, I know. They look plain white in the photo.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

It Reminds Me of Living in FLorida.

I've been sitting on the sofa in my pj's, drinking lots of coffee while binge watching Greys Anatomy, and crafting. It's foggy and drizzling, and I love it. I just finished the last episode of season 10, where Sandra Oh's character leaves the show. I cried tears; Christina Yang was my favorite.
I decided to sit and rest today; (which was all I was physically capable of in FL) Brewier was sick yesterday, Oliver woke up sick today. I don't want to get sick.

I finished writing that at noon, as I reached my resting tolerence, and the sun came out. I've been cleaning and organizing ever since. A few minutes ago I was walking back to my bedroom and stepped in a small puddle of blood. All I could think was, "How can I be bleeding this much and not feel anything?" As I examined my feet for cuts, I realized what I thought was blood, was a blob of melty strawberry jelly from my breakfast. Oops.

Yesterday was Megans 31 birthday; it was very low key. We sat on the porch to drink our morning coffee, then went downtown to Izzys. As we were walking to take some art to Horse and Hero, we passed a t-shirt shop, and Megan spot a shirt she insisted I have. It is kind of perfect.

We also stopped in Antrhopologie because I'm wanting to buy these knobs, but at $10 a piece, I thought maybe I could paint my dressers' exisitng knobs with the clover leaf design. That is the craft project I was working on this morning, and the knobs ended up looking too crafty for my taste, so I'll have to think of something else now.

Monday, June 27, 2016

It Was Like a Waterfall.

Last week, Monica and I were standing in the kitchen, when the cabinet shelf that held all my paper thin, vintage crystal champagne glasses, wine glasses, party dishes and glassware, decided to collapse, and send everything shooting out of the cabinet and onto the floor. The sound was deafening and we just stood there with our mouths open, unable to move. I'm really thankful the kids were all downstairs, and nobody got hurt...surprising considering our proximity to the shattering glassware; so much fell and it was scattered through the kitchen, dining room and living room. I now have two Trader Joe bags full of shards of sadness.
This is just a small bit of the mess.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Weeekend Shenanigans.

We are in a drought here, and it has been hot; so hot that we are spending most of our days inside enjoying the luxery of air conditioning. Last night there was a nice breeze and we sat outside, taste testing a box of Japanese snacks, sent to Megan by Shirlee. We had to guess at what things were, because all of the packaging is in Janpanese.
Early this morning we went out to the Flea for y'all, with hopes of finding treasures and eating huevos rancheros. Neither of these things happened. Megan did try on this colorful kimono, but $95? Really? The flea market has become pricey and the vendors a bit contrived, so we came home and Brewier sanded and painted my potting bench turned beverage/snack center, while Oliver and I made and filled treat bags for when his cousins are here on the fourth.

And this was Saturdays stunning sunrise, (from my bedroom window) and sunset, (from the deck).

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Breakfast cereal? I think not. These taste like vanilla cake. For real.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Random Things

Last week Megan and I drove to Greenville, SC to go to Costco; it's the closest one to our house. So why do we keep our membership? It's the best/most affordable place to buy cheese, wine/liquor, organic coffee, and white towels. I love their hospitality towels, intended for institutional use. A pack of six fluffy bath towels is $25. A pack of 24 wash cloths are $11. Score.

I get migraines, and have all my life. It starts with my vision disappearing, which people don't understand unless they too have that experience. I saw this on Pinterest, and thought, yeah, thats pretty close.

I was in Horse & Hero, checking on Megans stock and scoping out the jewelery for a possible birthday present. I almost bought this for her just so I could borrow it. I'm glad I waited, because I checked out Cameoko's facebook page, and I saw other pieces that I like even more. I do believe I will start a Christmas list.

I don't just have spectacular sunsets out my bedroom window. This is the sunrise fro a couple of days ago.

Our friends left this morning; we are going to miss them.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Boys, Boys, Boys.

I've had a house full. My nephew Gator was here for a few days after Boy Scout camp; Monday, Monica and her three kids arrived to spend the week with us. Rosalie, her two year old, hangs out with us, but all the boys have been sitting downstairs, glued to the tv and video games. What is it with boys and video games? They ate breakfast when they woke up, but refused lunch to contimue playing. Monica and I have spent most of our time eating and drinking, which is why I really should have bought this dress at Goodwill.

(the dress is a was a 2x, and classic homeschool mom attire circa 1990.)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

It's Been a Busy Week.

Renee was driving up from FL, for a wedding in NC, and made a special stop at my house to give me one of her fabulous haircuts. Only it wasn't that simple. She, David and Eva, had spent the night in Charleston and had been on the road less than an hour, when their rental broke down. They sat by the side of the road until they could get a replacement car, then got back on the road, headed for my house. Things went pretty well until they hit the Asheville area. Since making all the list as one of the top places, to live and visit, our roads have become a nightmare of traffic, and they got stuck in it. By the time they reached my house, it was time to pick Livi up from the Asheville airport; an exit they had passed 30 minutes earlier. Renee and Eva stayed at the house, (Oliver had bee asking when Eva would be here since the time he woke up,) while David got back in the car and headed towards the airport. So yeah, it's a pretty special haircut, from my sweet friend.

Thursday afternoon was putt-putt golf, at the library. I was surprised at how many kids were just dropped off, no parents around. Anyone could have walked in there and taken a child.

Friday Morning Megan, Oliver, and I, got up early, to drive to Pisgah National Foresst, to see Gator and Melissa at Boy Scout camp. The bears in our area are very smart and know the trash pick up schedule. These two were hanging out across from our house; no noisy truck was going to scare them away.

It took us about an hour to get to camp; the place is beautiful. Oliver was in his element, running around with 800+ boys. Being around these young men gave me hope for the future. They were well mannered and polite, and despite Oliver being only five, they treated him like any other camper. I was excited to see Melissa, it's been years since we've visited. Before we left camp, Gator asked if he could come visit me instead of going back to FL, so he is at my house through Wednesday. We are so happy to have him here, and Oliver is bouncing off the walls. (Trying to blog while the boys are running around me is proving difficult.)

Tomorrow Monica nad her three kiddos arrive for the week. Yay! A house full of people!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Pajama Monday.

Yesterday Brewier and I drove along the breathtakingly beautiful Blueridge Parkway, stopping to hike the trail at Devils Courthouse. Anytime a trail or mountain has the name devil in it; you know it will be challanging. The trail is only a mile, but most of that is very steep; Brewier commented on how surprised he was that it wasn't better cared for. I told him it was most likely because so few people could hike it. We didn't have much trouble, I only had to stop once to catch my breath. Once at the top you can see, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee; so expansive and beautiful. The photo of the path way is what we are calling the, "Pee Path." There were no portapottys, so when we came across this little trail, we took advantage of it. As I was walking this trail, I kept seeing little white blobs of decomposing tissues, confirming that we were not alone in using this little private area.

Today is pajama Monday; laundry, cleaning, cooking, and other domestic doings. I can't call them chores because I enjoy it all, and actually look forward to Mondays, and creating order.
I just finished putting clean sheets on my bed, and am already anticipating going to bed, showered, fresh pajamas, and a good book to read. I love clean sheets. This is the book I am currently reading. Lately I've been having trouble finding good books, so many are formulaic, and within a few pages I'm bored.