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Monday, August 29, 2016

I Miss My Brother.











Greg and Ann flew up for the weekend, and We had so much fun spending time with them! When I was living in Orlando, and housebound, Greg would come over to visit at least once a week. I miss seeing him on a regular basis, and I missed not having him and Ann, here for coffee in the morning. Friday evening was spent at Catawba, with delicious food from the Deli Llamma, food truck. Saturday Ann and Greg went hiking, and out to eat with a friend, but Sunday, we were able to spend the day together, brewery hopping. We hit up, Highland Brewing, High Wire Brewing, Green Man Brewing, then it was off to Jack of the Wood for fish and chips, and music. People show up with instruments, mostly violins, and play celtic folk music together. Ann requested the Chocolate Lounge for dessert, and it did not disappoint. I had a beer float. Porter, with a shot of espresso, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream. What was I thinking?! We got home and I fell into a sugar coma. It was a great day, but I think I'm ready for the Whole 30 cleansing.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

An Update from 2006

Here is the original post. March 30, 2006 Honestly it doesn't seem like that long ago...but ten years? Whoa!

Accent: According to my Canadian friends, I have a bit of a southern accent. I never knew this!

Booze of choice: Craft beer. Local. On tap. I no longer drink wine, it makes me sick.

Chores I hate: making phone calls.

Dog or Cats. I'm allegic to them both and have become content to watch the wildlife outside my window.

Essential electronics: the future is here and my phone can do it all now!

Favorite cologne: Nothing in my home has fragrance.

Gold or silver: both

Hometown: its not about where you're born. I lived in Orlando nearly 30 years, so that is my hometown.

Insomnia: Did you see my closet?

Job title: Executive director of my domain.

Living arrnagements: Extended family, and we love it. Brewier, Megan, Oliver and myself.

Most admired trait: Still don't know what to put for this, and I am not asking my family this time.

Overnight hospital stays: thankfully still just 4.

Phobias: being exposed to fragrance. Is it a phobia if it truly is deadly to you?

Quote:"We’re all gonna die. We don’t get much say over how or when. But we do get to decide how we’re gonna live. So do it. Decide. Is this the life you wanna live? Is this the person you wanna love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out, and decide."
-Richard Webber, Greys Anatomy

Religion: Saved by the grace of Jesus

Siblings: Three younger brothers

Time I wake up: All the time.

Unusual talent/skill: Still making stuff out of things people throw away.

Veggies I refuse to eat. Still love them.

Worst habit: procrastination. "I'll start the whole 30 tomorrow."

Yummiest food I make: apple pie.



Friday, August 26, 2016

The Necklace.

I've been wanting a long necklace and have seen some very nice ones online, but dropping several hundred dollars on a piece of costume jewelry is not realistic, so I pulled out my stash of bits and pieces, and made this. This silver dollar is from 1923, and I found it at a yard sale 25 years ago; someone spent a lot of time cutting it out. The pearl adornment looks like it was once a pin. I bought it for $1 at a flea market. The chains are from Micheals, because I have no old chain jewelry. I'm pretty happy with how my necklace turned out; it is one of a kind and goes well with my very neutral wardrobe.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lazy Blogger

Where I once looked forward to blogging and being on the computer, I now avoid it. I think it's become harder because I only have so much to say; many of my days are repetitive...how many pictures of Oliver and the mountains do you really want to see? And of course there is the whole issue of the lack of, "real" bloggers, (thank you Jane and ELizabeth for giving me soething to look forward to online.) Once I stop writing and conecting to readers, I get withdrawn and hermit like, then I get sad because I feel like all my friends are gone. I got two very encouraging comment/email, from readers I don't know, and I still need to reply to them.

How about another sunset?


Yesterday Megan, Oliver, and I drove to S.C. to go to Costco, whose prices have gone up dramatically. I think I will drop my membership next year. I went online to see if there was a Nordstrom Rack in Greenville, and it is in the plaza next to Costco, woohoo! I found a pair of jeans in a larger size than I normally wear, shudder, and an asymetrical top that flows over my beer belly; however it is sleevless, and I will need to put a sweater on to cover my lack of tricep muscles.

Realtime photo of me blogging this. Yes, my coffee is dangerousy close to my computer.


I spent a couple of hours in the middle of the night, organizing my closet. I would have worried about disturbing Brewier, but he was awake too. We are both often up at 3am.


Today I'm making a necklace, so our tables are covered with supplies. I need to get the mess cleaned up by tomorrow, when Ann and Greg arrive.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Our Weekend.











Friday evening we took cheese and crackers to Catawba. That along with beer was our dinner. I wish I didn't find beer so delicious; I've gained back most of the weight I lost following the Whole 30. Every week I tell myself, "This week I'll start the whole 30 again...its only 30 days..." Then we go out to a brewery, or company comes into town, or I feel the desprate need to bake. I end up feeling guilty and disgusted with myself, but that doesn't change the fact that I continue to eat drink and be merry.

Saturday Brewier worked on his budget most of the day, so by Sunday, he was ready to get out of the house. The Biltmore gardens are at their peak right now, so despite the Florida like humidity, we walked the gardens and some of the trails. I love this bridge across the bass pond. If you've ever watched the movie, Last of the Mohicans, this bridge is featured in one of the shots. I copied this list from the Biltmore blog, listing the movies filmed on the estate.

Tap Roots, 1948: Van Heflin and Susan Haywood star in this oddball adventure.

The Swan, 1956: Starring Grace Kelly, a fairytale comes to life as a princess is courted by a commoner.

Being There, 1979: Regarded as Peter Sellers’ last great screen performance, he takes a turn as a simple gardener who rises to great political heights.

The Private Eyes, 1980: Tim Conway and Don Knotts search for clues in this whodunnit mystery.

Mr. Destiny, 1990: Jim Belushi portrays a high-school baseball championship strikeout who muddles along until he receives a little help from Michael Caine
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The Last of the Mohicans, 1992: Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe bring James Fenimore Cooper’s novel to the silver screen.

Richie Rich, 1994: Macaulay Culkin portrays the comic book billionaire.

Forrest Gump, 1994: Tom Hanks changes history as a mild mannered man.

My Fellow Americans, 1996: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, and Dan Akroyd duel it out in the political comedy.

Patch Adams, 1998: Robin Williams portrays a rural doctor in the 1950s.

Hannibal, 2000: Anthony Hopkins stars in the sequel to “The Silence of the Lambs.”

The Odd Life of Timothy Green, 2012: Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton star in this magical story of a childless couple that finds a mysterious child.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bullet Point TIme.

Yeah, I know. It's been a week. I'm STILL trying to get over this cold. In the mean time...

I went to Ky for a day to see my mom and brother.

I bought a pair of harem pants. It's all part of that I Dream of Jeanie fantasy I've had since I was 5.

I bought a new handbag. I've been searching for one in this color for a year.

Took Oliver for a drive up the Blueridge Parkway.

Picked up trash that this momma bear keeps dragging through our yard. I feel so sorry for her; she is small and skinny, and has a baby that follows her around. This is also the same momma and cub Brewier and I encountered a couple of months ago, that had us sliding down the side of the mountain, to get out of her way.

Bought coffee from the Beehive, that Sophie personalized for me







Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I Got My Nose Pierced...

and woke up the following day with a horrible sinus-y cold. Seriously?! I'm still under the weather, but know if I don't blog now it will never happen. Ray, Jessica and the kids arrived Friday, here for a long weekend. Brewier and I got to spend some time alone with Jessica, so we took her to a couple of breweries, and then on to Empire Tattoo, for my piercing. I wish I had more photos, but I get so busy with kids running around that I forget to take pictures; that and the kids spent most of their time downstairs with fun aunt Megan.








Wednesday, August 03, 2016

My Handsome Husband.

I was hoping to have a few more photos before I posted this, but Megan and Oliver are out and I'm spending the day ALONE, catching up on ironing and making plans for Jessica's visit this weekend. Neither of these things make for interesting blogging, so you get Brewier. Because my husband is slim, finding shirts and jackets that fit can be a challenge, except at thrift stores. We have the best luck finding clothes that fit him, except for pants, which when we find a style that fits, we purchase multiple pairs. Five dollar jackets, dollar ties and shirts for $3.75. I love seeing the combinations Brewier puts together. I think he has great style...and he's pretty easy on the eyes.





Tuesday, August 02, 2016

One of the Perks of Living in Asheville...

Is that so many friends and family pass through on their way to other places. Today we were able to visit with Jennifer and her children, as they travel from Florida to Pennsylvania. We met them at a park and had a picnic, thought the kids spent most of their time running and playing; Oliver had a great time. After eating lunch it started raining, so we drove across the street to the Beehive, and Sophie was working making our visit extra nice.






Monday, August 01, 2016

About That Nose Ring...

If you follow me on FB you may have seen the post I made about getting my nose pierced. I'm still considering it. The post was prompted by me looking through recipes I have clipped, and pinned. Some of these things I've had clipped, for 25 years, and I haven't made, because they aren't healthy. As I looked over them I thought, "If I knew I only had 30 days to live, I'd make every one of these desserts." I proceeded to make a blueberry buckle cake. Then I started thinking, "What else would I do if I knew I was going to die in 30 days?" I know most people talk about spending time with their family, but I'm so blessed because I get to do that every day. But, I've wanted my nose pierced since I was 10. I want an edgy hair cut, dyed a funky color. I would eat and drink whatever I wanted. I would get on a plane, (and probably be dead 10 minutes after sitting down) and fly to the Pacific Northwest. I would skydive.



Phillip making me an "Undertow" A little flavoring, half and half, and a shot of espresso. You toss it back like a shot, and it's delicious...but at $2.75, I probably won't buy it again.



Brewier bought this steam punk top hat at the flea market Sunday.


I see this lovely lady every month. I finally got up the courage to ask if I could take her picture; her name is Louisa, and she has the greatest style.