Monday, July 28, 2014

Big Time Weekend.

Or, does it get any better than this? Saturday Brewier woke up planning to be spontaneous. Yes, he plans spontaneity. What ever - it works for me. We had talked about going to Tryon a little town south of us that I'd heard was quite charming. We drove the scenic back roads,(I live in the most beautiful state,) and saw a sign pointing to, "Pearson's Waterfall." Going with the whole spontaneous theme, we turned down a little road and followed the signs. I'm so glad we did because it was lovely and devoid of crowds. We stood alone, for 20 minutes, marveling at the beauty before us.






After the falls we drove the 10 minutes to Tryon, which was pretty disappointing. There were a few boutiques and a whole lot of empty store fronts. We then headed home, but not before stopping to see the Carl Sandburg house, and this funky tree root,(I wonder what it had been growing around?) on the walk up to his home.



As fun as Saturday was, Sunday was even better. My mom and step dad had driven to KY, from FL, to visit my brother, Ken, and we decided to do a day trip to Danville. Before going to my brothers, we made a stop in Richmond, Ky, where Brewier and I met, my first day of college. We were able to meet up with two members of, "The Family," from those college days. Irish, the young man on the left, had the apartment next to Brewier and that is where we all gathered every night, often into the wee hours of the morning. Think, "The Big Chill." We're going to try for a Family reunion in the fall. The VERT license plate is an inside joke, and a thoughtful gift I will treasure forever.


Once in Danville, Brewier and I visited with my BFF from high school, Keith. When together, it's like we're still teenagers. It's funny, both with Keith, and Dave in Richmond, brought up how much we missed those days and wished we could go back. Yep, I need to start working on that time machine.


We had lunch with my family at a Mexican restaurant. Yes, I was able to be inside a restaurant. Miracles do happen.



It was a really great weekend.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Like Twice

First let me say, this is NOT a spsonsered post, I'm just really am excited about this website. Twice is an online resale shop, that I have been spending lots of time with. Now that I don't have cable tv, I'm dealing with stress, (did I mention Brewier quit his heinous job and is currently unemployed?) by online shopping. Mostly window shopping, but I have ordered a couple of winter pieces. I've been really happy with the selection and quality of the things they offer and that I've bought. Of the 6 items I purchased, (free shipping and 40% off,) I'm keeping four; and return shipping is free. This is my winter wear so far.

A Gap, blue and grey wool dress.


An Anthropologie, funky striped wool jacket.


A Ralph Lauren wool sweater. Love the style and color of this.


And this is an Ann Taylor super soft sweater that looks great on me, but I may have to return it because who ever previously owned it was a strong believer in heavily fragranced laundry detergent and fabric softener. I've been airing it out for days, and It still stinks. It even made the other items that shipped with it, all in seperate sealed plastic bags, stink.


I have two other items on the way, (it takes about 3 days after I place an order, to recieve the clothes,) and I've mailed in some of my clothing to sell. (Free shipping for that too!) I'm kind of excited about being able to purchase higher quality clothing for less than I would spend on something at Target or TJMax. If you decide to try them out, would you follow this link? I get a $10 credit if you make a purchase, so maybe I could get a pair of jeans to go with those cute sweaters.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Original Intent

The reason I blog is for me, to keep a record of my days. For years I tried to keep a written diary, with no success, but for some reason I've been a faithful blogger for nearly 12 years, (and I've finally had my entire blog printed.) Lately I've not been blogging as much because I edit myself, knowing others read these words. If you are one of 20 or so people who visit regularly, be forewarned that I'm going back to my original intent, and the antics and sayings of a three year old boy, (including the word penis,) will play heavily into this. Like the other morning when he was sitting next to me on the sofa, still half asleep in his astronaut pj's; he looked down at his morning wood and said, "Look Mae Mae! I have an astronaut penis!" And by golly if he wasn't making one of those perfectly placed astronauts fly.

Today Brewier and I were sitting on the front porch watching as Oliver careened down the driveway on one wheeled toy after another, preforming daredevil stunts for us. After one such maneuver he stopped, looked at us quite seriously an informed us that, "I'm going to do a new trick. It might be dangerous...or maybe cool."


Poppie, helping Oliver fix his car.


After a busy morning on the race track, it was time for lunch and,"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," because as Oliver declared, "I like snow!"


Oliver invented a game a couple of months ago and named it,"Quarf." He has a fly swatter and I have a piece of dowel rod. The object of the game is to hit a blue plastic ball past your opponent and into the farthest corners of the house. He could play this for hours...me not so much, and evey time I get the fly swatter out to kill a bug, he gets excited thinking we are going to play Quarf, which is why I'm now swatting insects with a rolled up magazine.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dar Dar, and Keith

Friday night Darlene and Keith flew in from Orlando. I'd like to say I gave them a whirlwind tour of Asheville, but as with most of my visitors, we do this:


Of course, coffee is always on the schedule.


Except for Brewier who is a coffee hating mutant.


We took our kids to the Park. Oliver was there too.



Oliver had a great time with Keith, who he kept referring to as, "That black guy," because he has black hair, and wore black clothes.


Along with his dark clothing, Keith was also sporting some cool, new, robot tattoos. With the beard and ink, he could totally pass for an Ashevillian.



Monday morning we said our good byes, and as with Sarah, I had a cry fest afterwards. I really miss my friends.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What I Wear - Wardrobe Edit

I'm still working at editing my wardrobe; it's relaxing and something I really enjoy doing. While my wardrobe is quite small, I wear very few of the items I own. This is my entire, four season wardrobe, (I do have two winter knit dresses in a drawer.)


These are the pieces I actually wear, and it makes me happy seeing so few things. While I love neutrals, this is pretty colorless, except for my new, coral, linen cardigan. It looks great over all my grey things. See all those stripes? I'm vowing not to buy ay more striped items, this after I bought yet another striped shirt at JCrew last week.


After two winters of staying warm by layering my Florida clothes, I need to purchase some actual winter clothing. I just want to be very selective on what I add to my closet. I got a great pair of Sam Edleman boots from Amazon last week, on clearance for $67! (Normally $200.) Not only do they look great, they fit my fussy feet and bird legs.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

You've heard of Wordless Wednesday?

Well, this is, Too Tired Tuesday. This cool cat keeps me busy. Honestly, we don't tell him how to dress...or pose. This is all Oliver.


I did two rounds of blackberry picking today. There are bushes growing wild all along the roads here, and nobody picks them. Brewier and I are in foragers heaven. Megan has already made two cobblers, and I have 2 pints of berries in the freezer.


Are these raspberries? We have several of these bushes in our backyard, and I'm hoping they're edible, but I'm not eating them until I know what they are. I saw the movie Blue Lagoon. You don't eat the red berries.


Oliver and I painted bird houses, went to the park and the library; did two trips to UPS, and two trips to the grocery store.



I did a little hand sewing, (I love hand sewing and mending, I find it soothing,) and replaced boring buttons with sparkly ones. Or as Oliver says, "Farkly." He also says,"Fritzer," instead of spritzer. Cracks me up every time.



Monday, July 14, 2014

Before Sarah.

July fourth weekend, Ray, Jessica and the kids drove up to see us. It's always a bit of a whirlwind when the kids are together, so I wasn't able to get many photos. While they were visiting, we went to the Biltmore, played in a stream, went to Mountain Mojo and on their last full day here, Ray took Addison, Kate and Clay hiking and camping, giving Jessica and I some time to shop and have coffee. Sunday we went to a picnic at The Rock, where Megan and Oliver attend church, where Brewier met his patriotic counterpart.







Sunday, July 13, 2014

And Now She's Gone.

I dropped Sarah off at the airport yesterday around lunch time, and cried for a good five minutes while driving home. Despite me having a cold while she was here, we did manage to do a few things. Going through my photos for this post I now realize we didn't take any photos of us together. Nor did we get around to doing our freaky friday clothing post. Despite having totally different figures, (our measurements are the reverse of each other's, her hips=my bust,) we can share all of our clothes; even jeans. It's weird and unexplainable. We did hit a great sale at JCrew, I bought $130 pants for $20, found some deals at a consignment shop, walked around downtown, and visited a couple of iconic Asheville sights.

Breakfast on the Terrace of the Grove Park Inn.



Happy feet...though I'm so close to risking anaphylaxis and painting my nails red.


The stables at the Biltmore. (Doesn't Sarah make a great model?)


Walking around downtown.


And no visit is complete without eating at 12 Bones Smokehouse.


Thankfully I'm not without company long, as Darlene and Keith will be here next weekend!!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The First Two Days.

Sarah arrived early yesterday morning and from the airport we headed straight to Mountain Mojo. After a leisurely cup of coffee and much fashion talk, we stopped at a couple of stores for snacks before going home. Once home, we tucked ourselves away in my room, where I proceeded to try on every item of clothing I own, purging the less than flattering things and creating new outfits with the items I kept. Yes, we consider this great fun. Sarah went through my cast offs and was able to find a couple of things that would work into her wardrobe, and she brought me some of her cast offs that work great for me. Now, the really odd thing about that is, we are built completely different...yet I can wear her jeans...she can wear my tops. It's really quite strange and later in the week I will post pictures of us wearing the same articles of clothing.
Here is Sarah in my long brunette wig, that has never seen the light of day. Doesn't she look like a twenty-something movie star?


In the midst of closet chaos. All those shoes lying around the room? The work of Oliver; a high heel obsessed boy. He had to try on every pair.


Sarah couldn't decide which on of my new shoes to try on first, so why not one of each.


Refreshments on the deck. Megan is doing all the cooking for us. Yes, I'm quite spoiled and blessed.


Today I woke up feeling the beginnings of a cold, so we made it a pajama day. We sat side by side ont the sofa, talking fashion and playing dice on our ipads. Hours of dice.


I'm praying that I feel better tomorrow so we can go out shopping.
And as much as it drives the ocd side of me crazy, I'm going to post about Jessica's visit last week, later in this week.