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Monday, July 25, 2016

Everybody Needs a Little Calm.

I spotted this magazine in Barnes and Noble last week,and despite it's $20 price tag, I bought it. It is so much more than a magazine! Coloring pages, craft projects, stickers, prints to frame... so much fun! You can take a peek inside of it here.

Saturday held a lovely surprise, when I got a call from Sara, asking if we could meet her and John at Sierra Nevada. They had driven over from Charlotte to hike in Dupont State Park, and finished the day at the brewery.

We found this chair at an estate sale, and it wiill soon reside in my bedroom, replacing the giant floral number. Oliver however thinks it should stay right where it is, because he can sit in it and see most of the house and out of all the windows, and while I'll never admit it to him, I kind of like it there too.

It is not as comfortable as this box full of stuffed animals. Megan said he could keep the box for two days. It's been two weeks, because he has had so much fun with it. Eventually it will tear...crossing our fingers.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Big Lie.

This is where I get political. Over and over I hear and read on FB about how horrible our two choices for president are. People! You have other choices! I vote third party, to which most people inform me, is throwing my vote away. No, it's not. Thats a lie perpetrated by the Democrats and Republicans. What if everyone who doesn't want Clinton or Trump in office voted third party? Want to know something about Gary Johnson, and what a LIbertarian stands for? Watch this, then vote your heart, not your party.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

What is Your Dream?

That is something my mom has always asked me, and I've never had an answer...but I do now. I know I've posted it before, but ineed to remind myself. It may sound simple, but my dream is to have a travel trailer and visit the Pacific Northwest and Canada. I long for that and get teary eyed thinking about it. Will it ever come to fruition?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Do I Have to Write Words?

It's so much easier to throw up a bunch of photos. Sunday Megan was a vendor at the Big Crafty, and while she and Brewier sweltered in the sun, Oliver and I lounged in air conditioned glory, playing hour upon hour of Mario Cart. You know how they say males can't multitask? That doesn't apply to Oliver. He steers with one hands, eats with the other, talks and sings, all while watching not just his car, but all the other cars and their power ups. I lose to him every time. He started feeling sorry for me, and would quit playing until he was in last place, then on the last lap, he'd play, and still come in first place.

Oliver and I have been doing family service projects together in the form of cleaning and vacuuming our vehicles. I put him in charge of the detail work, cleaning little spots with a toothbrush. He was also assigned the responsibility of bringing in the bucket, tooth brush and towels, and putting these things away. Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I opened the vanity drawer to grab my toothbrush, and instead of one, there were two, laying side by side. Uh Oh. I chose to use my electric toothbrush, and then this morning questioned Oliver on where he put the scrubbing tooth brush. He did indeed put it in the vanity drawer, clarifying that it cleaned it really good before he did.

Having lived in Florida most of my life, it's hard to break the habit of hiding inside during the summer. I reminded myself the other day to go outside, and pulled some weeds. I showered as soon as I finished, but my skin was itchy the rest of the day. I woke up and was okay, so I went outside to sit, but the sun hitting my skin made it itchy. I think I've become allergic to sunshine, because now, every time I'm in it I start to itch, so I've been spending my days inside reading and playing Mario Cart...and I still lose every game to the kid.

This guy makes the coolest, (and affordable!) industrial lighting. His Etsy shop is, The Clever Raven.

Friday, July 15, 2016

I Believe in Magic.

Yesterday I shared my makeup. This is the other half of my skin care routine. I'm not promoting Juice Beauty; it's incredibly expensive,(Ulta sends me a 20% off coupon during my birthday month, so I stock up,) and the packageing is way overdone, but it's the only product I've found, that doesn't make my face turn red and burn.

That green cloth in the's magic! I had seen a video review on Youtube months ago, and while standing in line at TJMaxx last week, there were a few of these on display, so I grabbed one. I was skeptical that night, as I used only warm water and this cloth to remove my waterproof mascara, and makeup, but DUDE, it works better than any cleasner I've tried. It's like a magic eraser for your face. (Renee and Sarah, you're each getting one for your birthday)

I found a video that demonstrates the magical properties of this washable cloth.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


It's the low point after having guests. The long days of summer that beg to have me sitting by a pool with a friend. The cool mornings sharing a cup of coffee with a neighbor. Dinner al fresco with friends. Except I am doing none of these. It might have to do with me being on day four of the whole 30; the day your hormones are trying to figure out what's going on. I'm also blaming the overwhelming mold smell in my house, which always messes with me and everyone else in the family. Yes, my perfect house has developed a severe case of mold. No wonder my sinuses have been a mess. So what do I have for you today? A photo of the makeup I wear. Yeah, thats really all I've got.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Are They Worms?

First, the sunset last night. Breathtaking

Walking through the morning fog to pick berries. Our yard is full of these bushes, that the animals all ignore. I looked online and believe they are wine berries, aka japanese raspberries. We've ben eating them straight off the bush, and they are super sweet. I brought a bowl full inside and soaked them in water to get rid of any bugs. What I got were worm looking things. Six soakings later, I'm still getting worm looking things off of them. Are they worms? They look like pin worms...oh the horror. I'm am not eating them off the bush anymore. Maybe this is why the bears don't partake.

After some research, I'm pretty sure they are they larva from the Spotted Wing Drosophila. This seems to be becoming an epidemic with raspberries and marionberries.

Monday, July 11, 2016

I'm Not Mad and I Don't Hate You.

Growing up, my mom thought both of these things about me, because as soon as I got home from school, I would hide away in my bedroom until dinner time, then after eating, return back to my fortress of solitude, not to be seen until morning. I still need lots of quiet alone time. We've had quite a lot of house guests lately, and I love having them all here, but I can get crabby, especially if I have visiting children. It's not them, it's me...and because of the internet, I know there are others like me. But I do feel I should give my houseguests a warning when they arrive.

And now some randomness from the past week.

L'Oreal featured Megan on their Dicov/Her page!

I think I would like living in Iceland.

This car parked next to us, at Vortex Doughnuts. I guess this is so you will always have change for the parking meter.

And you will never go hungry, if you grow food in the back of your car. I love Asheville people.

This fancy car parked in front of Izzys.

New Belgium's handstamp over the weekend looks like Megan.

I have cozy sofas.

Greta Garbo Oliver decided to join me in my alone time.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Rest of the Weeekend.

Brewier is still getting over this nasty virus, so our holiday weekend was very low key. Sunday we all hung around the house resting. Greg did spend some time in the sunshine, using my mirror to reflect light into my neighbors homes and then on to my disco ball. He really is a big kid.
Monday morning Greg left for VA, and we went to Vortex to have breakfast with Erin and Andrew, who had been vacationing here, from Orlando. I've known Andrew since he was two. Now he is all grown up, an attorney with kids. It's weird.
Yesterday Megan, Shirlee and the kids drove to Charlotte, to visit an Asian grocery store. I'm sure it would have been a lot more fun if Megan wasn't green with severe food poisoning. Last night we had a big storm and our power was knocked out, and during that storm Shirlee had to drive to the airport to pick up Estevan. Today has been another lie around the house resting day, while Megan continues to recover.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Lesson Learned.

It's been a busy weekend/week here. Greg arrived Saturday, as did Shirlee, and her kids. Once Greg got his gear unpacked, the two of us headed out to Brewery hop. Our first stop was the recently opened New Belgium Brewery. It's open and airy, with friendly staff and lots of beer choices. Greg and I ordered flights, ( 4-6, four ounce samples of beer,) giving us 8 samples. My favorite was Citradelic, a tangerine IPA.

The guy who took our photo, snapped a selfie.

Our handstamp looked a lot like Greg.

After New Belgium, we drove downtown, to Brewery Mecca. I'd never been to Thirsty Monk, so we decided to give it a try. I was not impressed. It was more of a bar scene that carried a variety of craft beers. Greg and I shared a half pour of a cherry beer, then I ordered a half pour, (8 ounces) of a marion berry beer. When I ordered I didn't realize it was a dark beer, (I usually avoid those) and it wasn't until much later in the afternoon, when my cheeks got tingley that Greg informed me that it had an alcohol content of 11.5%. Whoa.

From Thirsty Monk, we walked to Horse and Hero to check on Megans stock of prints, then around the corner to One World Brewing, which is located in the sub basement of Horse and Hero/Farm Burger. It was dark, cool and quiet; the perfect place to sit for a while. We shared a flight and a big soft pretzel.

This is where my beer tasting adventure should have stopped, because at this point, I had consumed the equivilant of two 16 ounce beers; my limit. ( I had yet to figure out one of those was high alcohol.) But I was having fun being out with my brother, and the beers were spread out over a long period of time, so we walked to Catawba, where Megan met up with us, and where after drinking half a glass of beer , I realized my cheeks were going numb, and Greg informed me of my 11.5% beer choice. (I normally drink a 5% beer.) We decided it would be a good idea to walk next door to Buxton Hall Barbeque, and eat.

If you ever visit Asheville, put this at the top of your places to visit.

Just looking at that photo makes my mouth water.

Once we finished our delicious meal, we walked across town, to where my van was parked, and I wisely asked Greg to drive home. This is where my memory starts to get fuzzy... I should mention I process alcohol very slowly, so the full force of it doesn't hit me until hours later. I remember arriving home and collapsing on the sofa, but thats about it. I fell asleep, woke up and went to bed. Can I tell you I don't like not remebering? It is not fun. SO, always know the alcohol content of what you drink.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Everybodys Working for the Weekend.

We were expecting Jessica, Ray, and the kids, for the holiday weekend, but Ray, (who was just promoted - yay!) has to work. Instead of visiting us, Addison and Kate will be going to camp, something they are very excited about; it's the same camp Jessica went to. I was pretty bummed when I found out they wouldn't be here, but then Shirlee texted Megan this morning, asking if she and the kids could come for a visit, so that helps with the let down. My brother Greg will also be breezing through for a couple of days. It's nice that I know I will get to see him around this time every year.
I went to the library and got a new stack of books for the week. I wanted to get some Jack Kerouac, but our library has nothing!

I was sitting in my bedroom chair noticing how bare my wall looked. I don't usually see the bed from this angle because mostly I sit in the bed looking out at the amazing view. I know the word amazing is over used, but my view really is amazing. I'm not sure what to put above the bed; I'm always afraid of things falling off in the night. Notice the lovely wall color, (insert vomiting noises.)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

And Now There Are Two

I've wanted a second Emerson Shelf, from the moment I recieved my first one; I really like the look. A couple of months ago World Market had a sale, and along with a coupon and reward points, we purchased a second shelf at a really good price; even the cashier was surprised. After spending the past two months in the sun during the day, and in the garage at night, the varnish smell has disipated, and the shelf is where it belongs. I haven't styled it yet, it's holding things I had to put out of reach from small children, and there is a huge mirror being stored behind the shelves, reflecting the back of the sofa. The exercise's been sitting there since December. I thought if I saw it on a daily basis, I would be motivated to use it. Haha, what was I thinking?

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.