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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Putting the Ique in Unique

Looking to adopt a special sort of feline friend? Get thee with a quickness to the shelter then, because I think this guy may just be part rabbit. If you're not currently in the market for a pet, please consider donating some items to the animals awaiting new homes.

Our Third Annual Blanket and Toy Drive is here! It's getting cold and we need some covers. Please bring all new or used blankets and toys to the shelter to help keep the homeless furry friends warm and cozy.

More items on the shelter wish list
Forsyth County Animal Control

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Today's gift: a magic wand!

Every girl needs a magic wand, even the grownup ones like Esbette. These pretty wooden ones fit the bill nicely. Shown is one with a yellow star, but wands with pink, purple, and other hued stars are also available.

$4 apiece at O Baby Organics, 33 Miller Street

O Baby Organics


"Mommy doesn't feel well," I hear my husband explain to the youngest, who doesn't quite understand why his Sunday morning shrieks of glee are being tempered.

Doesn't feel well is the understatement of the year. Somewhere behind my left eye, I swear, there is a tiny troll mining my brain with a pickax, and with each swing, my stomach rolls. Light hurts. Sound hurts. Smell hurts. I lie in the fetal position in my bed, one hand cupped over my left eye. The plantation shutters are closed for maximum darkness. Even the cat's purrs have been banished while I wait for the Excedrin my husband brought me to kick in.

Finally it does, and I make my way unsteadily into the kitchen where my husband takes me into his arms and rests his chin on top of my head.

"Owie," I pule, wondering how many years have to go by before the migraines that have plagued me every holiday season since my mother died will stop.


Monday, Dec. 1
Holiday Stress Screening
1 to 7 p.m.
Don’t let the holidays get the best of you. Take a break from the hustle and bustle to learn ways to better cope and deal with holiday stress. Talk with a mental health professional from the Mental Health Association of Forsyth County, and take a free, confidential screening for depression and anxiety.

BestHealth events in December
The Mental Health Association of Forsyth County

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pull me up

Fresh Market, Robinhood Rd.

My love for tiramisu knows no bounds, which is why the day I saw that Blue Ridge Ice Creams had tiramisu gelato, I had to try it.

I was not disappointed.

Fresh Market
Blue Ridge Ice Creams

Outside Borders...

And the Christmas Bow Lady (self-proclaimed) is down at the Knollwood entrance, making bows by the roadside.

Now we need snow.

Samaritan Ministries Penny Campaign

Bring your unrolled coins to Thruway Center Saturday, December 6th from 10am to 4:30pm. Your donation helps provide for those in need.

Samaritan Ministries

Fa-la-la-la-la! La-la-la-la!

On Sunday, December 7th, at 3 pm, join the Moramus Chorale in Gray Auditorium (inside the Old Salem Visitor Center) to sing Christmas carols. Jayson Snipes will be the conductor and Scott Rainey the organist.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Moramus Chorale

Old Salem
About Jayson Snipes and Scott Rainey

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Today's gift: Variegated quilting thread!

Get the creative juices of your favorite sewing diva flowing with a creative gift like the thread shown here.

Available in numerous color permutations, they're a mere $5.49 each at Sew Original, 3443 Robinhood.

Sew Original

Friday, November 28, 2008

There. I've guaranteed good giftage.

Swobing at Chuck E. Cheese, Hanes Mall Blvd

I am ever so hopeful that this outing has sufficiently ensured that this year I too will be getting good gifts*, at least from the children.

*Perhaps a bag of money towards a jowl lift? The dangers of live phonophotoing cannot be over-emphasized.

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Today's gift: a comic book!

Perfect for the reluctant reader, the reluctant adult, or the reluctant to smile. They've come a long way, baby, so if buying for a younger, ask about the front cover ratings.

Available at Ssalefish, 3242 Silas Creek Parkway (Silas Creek Crossing), in a wide range of prices, but almost (if not) all of the ones shown fall in the $3-$8 range*. Ssalesfish also has a plentiful selection of $1 comic books.


* see website for amazing 11 a.m. "doorbusters" today and tomorrow

Call for you, Horatio

We're watching season four of CSI: Miami* on video, and once again Horatio has been surprised by someone he thought he'd sent away to jail for good, only to learn said Bad Guy was released. Released!

As Horatio pivots madly and gazes into the middle distance, I wonder why, in a lab that has a kablillion specialized crime-fighting machines including one called The Sniffer which detects lingering aromas and analyzes them, nobody has thought to tell Horatio that automatic notification programs exist. Because they do. They really, really do.

SAVAN (Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification) helps victims of crime get custody status and court information about offenders. It is a free 24-hour per day service that is available in both English and Spanish. In addition, SAVAN automatically notifies registered victims of important events, such as release of an inmate or scheduled court events.

North Carolina SAVAN

*Comedy gold.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I'm so thankful for these shadows

As well as those cast by my husband, two more pups, and the cat. (Sadly we've had a holiday loss of the slithering kind.)

Happy Thanksgiving to all shadow casters!

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Today's gift:
Political tree ornaments!

A bit of whimsy in an election year, these are certain to start conversations.

Available: elephant, donkey, US flag.

I looked for but could not find: lame duck.

$8.99 each at Salem Creek, 694 Hanes Mall Boulevard

Salem Creek

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It's a perfect fall day

If anyone needs us, we'll be in the backyard, breathing in the heady aroma of lit fireplaces*.

Tomorrow looks to be beautiful, too, so I can pretty much guarantee we'll spend it outdoors as well.

Shown: Pep and Salsa happily romping in the leafpile under the magnolia tree.

*not ours, though. No amazing fire smells coming from our house. No, sirree! Can we reverse this monumental injustice, does anyone know?

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Today's gift: a fantastical lizard!

These hand-beaded reptiles will brighten any flat surface.

Available in red, orange, and purple.

$7.95 apiece at Wright's Backyard Birding Center, 3901 Country Club

Like a.... rug?

Bidder further certifies that:
We ( ) are a minority business enterprise
( ) are not
If yes, please identify in the appropriate box below:
( ) Black
( ) Hispanic
( ) Oriental
( ) Native American Indian including Eskimos and Aleuts
We ( ) are a woman-owned business concern.
( ) are not

...Which, let the record show, sounds like an amazing gig.

I must be lost, though, because I thought "Oriental" was considered offensive when used to refer to people? Ditto "Eskimo"? (I think I heard that watching Postcards from Buster with the kids, actually.)

City of Winston-Salem Bid Opportunities

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Home Ec

"So can I?" The oldest looks at me hopefully. Unfortunately, I've missed whatever came before, lost in putting dogs out.

"Can you what, dear?"

"Can I get Daddy a Guitar Hero controller for Christmas? So we can battle each other!" He begins to dance around, riffing on a guitar that only he can see.

"Ah, this is a fine idea. Do you have the money?"

He stops playing momentarily. "Umm... I was thinking you could loan it to me."

"Oh! You were? How were you planning to pay it back?"

He thinks for a minute, absentmindedly biting at the edge of his lip, which looks chapped. I resist the urge to grab my purse off the counter and root in it for chapstick.

"Got it! When the Tooth Fairy comes, I can give you that money." Satisfied, he disappears back into his music again. I'm fairly certain that movement he just made with his foot was a wah-wah pedal.

"Oh, yes, the Tooth Fairy. How much is she paying now? I've lost track."

"About $1. But sometimes she gives me books instead."

"Oh, dear. That is a problem. As is the fact that you don't have enough teeth in your mouth to cover the cost of one."

"I don't?" He is stricken.

"Alas, you do not. Plus you would be sad if you had to give me all your future tooth earnings."

He considers this, then nods. Then grins. Mischievously. "OK, maybe I'll get him something lame instead. Like, you know, slippers."


The oldest cracks up, spins, strums invisible strings as he ambles down the hall, my very own rock star.

Star light, star bright

Sew Original will host a Folded Star Christmas Ornaments class next Thursday, December 4th, from 1-4.

The class will be taught by Ann Carr, a few of whose ornaments can be spotted here.

The class costs $15, and you must call to reserve a spot and get the supply list.


Sew Original

Peace Haven and Robinhood

This one's been open for a few days now, the first seasonal tree lot I've seen this year.

We always buy ours from the lot next to the yellow house on West End*. We won't buy before December, though, as I'm paranoid otherwise our tree will dry out and burst into flame.

*this place, suemo:

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Today's gift: Happy, felty fruit hairclips!

These will bring cheer to any head they touch, from babies to bubbies.

$8 apiece, available at O Baby Organics, 33 Miller Street (near Whole Foods)

O Baby Organics

ATTN: Local Design Peeps

The Center for Design Innovation (CDI), together with Wildfire’s Marketing Stratecutionist ™ team, is seeking ideas in the effort to create a logo for CDI through help of the local design community.

CDI invites anyone, professionals and students alike, to be a part of this co-creative process and send their logo ideas via any web-friendly electronic format (typographic form, a graphical symbol, an animation, an interactive jaunt, a 3D shape, an audio flourish, and/or a haptic rif.) to logoexchange@centerfordesigninnovation.org by 5:00pm on Friday November 28th.

Then, join CDI and Wildfire at CDI’s offices in the Winston Tower, Suite 2105, 301 North Main Street, on Thursday, December 11th from 5:30 to 8:30pm to see, hear, maybe even touch the contributions, while discussing what they say, why they work and how they help to convey the mission and values of CDI.

CDI collaborators and the designers at Wildfire will consider aspects of each idea and the input gathered in the process of ultimately creating CDI’s identity and branding materials.

more about CDI

Monday, November 24, 2008

Birds of a feather

If you enjoy exploring the outdoors and wish to discover many natural areas of Forsyth County (as well as some interesting "unnatural" ones), then we're the organization for you. Our "Second Saturday" birdwalks (held on the second Saturday of each month) will acquaint you with the many favorite birding areas in Forsyth County such as Reynolda Estate and Tanglewood Park. Come visit new areas such as Bethabara Wetlands and Boardwalk, our sewage treatment plants, and Horizons Park.

The Audubon Society of Forsyth County will meet tomorrow night at SciWorks, with social time beginning at 7 and the business meeting/program at 7:30. The speaker this month will be John Gerwin, the Curator of Birds from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. All are welcome.

Full details of the meeting
Audubon Society of Forsyth County
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

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Today's gift: Set of 4 photographic cards with coordinating envelopes, $6, Associated Artists, 301 W. Fourth

Associated Artists

Krankie's weather

Cold and drizzly = perfect day to sit inside Krankie's within smelling distance of the roaster

One of the fine details that makes our coffee exceptional is the batch-size. Our gas-fired drum-roaster cooks up about fourteen pounds per batch. This portion allows for optimal control and attention to detail by Chris, the Master Roaster.


Note to self:

The 2009 Annual Pass for Tanglewood Park is now on sale. The cost is $25 but Forsyth County residents can purchase one for $20.

Get one.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Finger guns

The youngest was so giddy from seeing Bolt at the Grand that he actually made finger guns when he saw the cameraphone. Awesome.

Decent kids' flick, too.

Bolt (opens with sound)
The Grand 18

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Today's gift: Specialized maps of the North Carolina coast from National Geographic

  • Lighthouses of the Outer Banks
  • Ghost Fleet of the Outer Banks: "Ill-fated ships lie forever anchored in the coastal sea floor."*
$3.50 apiece at Kicks & Grins, 50 Miller Street (two doors down from Mayberry's)

*my personal favorite, for beachcombing reasons

Saturday, November 22, 2008

She's baa-aack

Esbette rolled into town last night. First day in town agenda?

Purple pedi. Digits. Thruway.

(As always, Esbette went for "subdued".)

Also accomplished: pup outfitted for the Carolina cold.

Digits is at Yellow 3 on this slightly out-of-date Thruway merchant map.

Celery Soda?

Spotted at Lowes Foods, Sherwood Plaza


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I've received more than one email asking for shopping advice. How am I almost done? I've been planning a long time, casually since about Labor Day, more intensely in the last few weeks. How much did I spend? So much less than you'd imagine.

Seemingly everyone is in the same boat this year - the leaky one called No Money, Honey. Accordingly, between now and Christmas I'll be profiling gift ideas, all of which will be

a. available in locally-owned shops

b. for ten dollars or less.

Every gift idea may not strike your fancy, but hopefully they will get you thinking - about supporting local businesses, about giving smaller but still personal gifts, about shopping smarter.

As always, there's a list of local stores' websites in the lefthand column. If you know of any I've missed, email me, and I will happily add to the list.

Today's gift: A serving spoon, perfect for the cook who makes you very happy, available in bright blue, white, and grass green, $5.50 each at The Golden Apple, 3458 Robinhood Rd.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Spaghetti Dinner

Maple Springs UMC

They had a good turnout (the picture above, taken just at the start, was quickly inaccurate). It felt odd being there again, though. The oldest decided to take a year off from "active scouting" to pursue another activity, and the youngest is too young to scout, so this was the first I'd seen of many of the boys since... last May? They looked so much taller, which shouldn't have surprised me but did.

Local Cub and Boy Scouting
Maple Springs UMC

Hutch & Harris


When our desserts arrived, suemo and I quietly cracked the sugar and began to lovingly spoon up the sweet, warm custard. We sat eating in silence for a minute. When I looked up, suemo had tears in her eyes. She smiled and spoke.

"I'm so happy."

And then I started laughing, because I understood completely.

(The previous course - sandwiches - was equally impressive, but did not move anyone to tears.)

Hutch & Harris

Marshmallow Fellows

@ The Golden Apple, $4.50 apiece

For the record

I am a huge fan of snow on magnolia trees.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ace Hardware, Robinhood Road

I'm over these. Also pumpkins. And Indian corn.

I won't do anything gauche, but I am completely ready to move into full Christmas mode.

(In the interest of fairness, though, I must disclose that I have never been a real Thanksgiving person. It's fine, but if it fell off the calendar, I wouldn't necessarily miss it.)

I call this "having lunch at the club"

Costco, Hanes Mall Boulevard

The tapas were pretty good today, especially the queso blanco and the spinach and parmesan ravioli. They were well complimented by the full-bodied (yet reserved) pomegranate juice.

Shown is the Rice Krispy Treat carving station.

(The oldest, going in a completely different direction, refers to the color of our membership card as our "rank". Apparently our Executive Card means we're skilled officers, much above those with the plain white cards.)

But they play mean air guitars!

Each year the Winston-Salem Symphony conducts a talent search to identify North Carolina’s most gifted and accomplished young musicians. Maestro Peter Perret, conductor emeritus of the Winston-Salem Symphony, established the competition as a means of helping to develop young talent, and as a way of recognizing and supporting the teachers and families of musically gifted children.

Deadline for entry is December 12th.

We have a piano, an ancient and finicky Wurlitzer, but the children aren't terribly interested in it because it can't be hooked up to an amplifier.

more information

Peter Perret
Winston-Salem Symphony

My mother would kill me

As soon as the presents - birthday, Christmas or any other occasion - were unwrapped, my mother would hand me a sheet of stamps. All afternoon I would write, my hand cramping, my tongue think and numb from licking the stamps, the envelopes. All thank you notes were out within two days of receiving a gift.

When we sent out our wedding invitations, I was working an outrageous number of hours, and so although I still wrote the notes as soon as the gifts came in, I was more generous to myself, allowing a full week after receipt of a gift to acknowledge it. I understood that there was some unwritten rule that gave the bride a year to write the notes, but that seemed... unnecessary. Really? A year? Am I supposed to write them in my own blood or something?

And now maybe I should write this in my own blood, for this gift was received at the beginning of November. We're going on three weeks! I can almost sense my mother shaking her fist at me from her perch on some cloud.

A very grateful thank you to Steve Bumgarner and Scott Carpenter of Capture, a public relations and marketing firm based right here in Winston-Salem. They stepped up to help Esbette out when she needed to interview someone in their field, gave her a generous chunk of their time, and, according to Esbette, were "brilliant".

Capture, Public Relations and Marketing

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I'm like 95% done

Operation Finish Christmas Shopping Before Thanksgiving (OFCSBT) is going well. (That's why I'm so scarce recently.)

Now I launch Operation Keep Presents Hidden From Children (OKPHFC), a tactical battle of supreme maneuvering that requires the children to come up with fantastical reasons to look into places they have no interest in the other 11 months of the year. (And me to always stay one step ahead. At the bare minimum a half-step.)

Actual conversation

Me: What are you doing under my bed?

Child: I.. um... I'm looking for... my... bike!

Me: Why would your bike be under my bed?

Child: I dunno. Hey, what's in that box I saw?

Me: (pointing at door) OUT.


photo: ornaments from my childhood

Inner Peace*

Shown: Hot corned beef grinder with Swiss and tomato on whole wheat, plus WEC's amaaaaaaaaazing fries

My friend B. and I grabbed an early lunch at West End Cafe today. Often poor B. is challenged to get a word in edgewise. Today, though, she talked with ease, because I was much too busy scarfing my uber-tasty sandwich to bother with conversation. Thankfully, B. is terribly amusing and had no problems without assistance from the audience.

West End Cafe

*right innerside my tummy


Alex Gray will be doing it for the first time.

Luli Sanderford will be doing it for the twelfth.

This Saturday (rain date Sunday), more than 100 female artisans will bring refreshments and wares to a farm in Pfafftown. People will come from all over the area to admire, to nosh, to shop, to show their children llamas and goats and to celebrate the creative spirit of women.

And you, my friends, are invited.

Your invitation to Whimsical Women's Twelfth Annual Fall Art Sale

Whimsical Women in Winston-Salem Monthly (last item)

(pls. note that this is a cash/check only event)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I'm not sure if Mineral Springs Middle School just has an exceptionally fine drama program plus insanely talented students... or if the musical productions I remember from my own childhood just plain stank. I think it's probably both.

Annie will be staged at Mineral Springs again this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 2 pm. Adults $5, Children $1, ages 6 and under free.

Mineral Springs Middle School

This Friday

Will Ridenour
Betsy Bevan
Songs of Water
Wake Forest University

Reading Bliss

This morning's newspaper was chock full of well-written and locally relevant pieces, like this one, this one, and this one among others. Many others, in fact. So many that I was able to linger over my Journal happily for a second cup of coffee.

Sincerely, I know a lot of people don't take the paper, but today's is well worth buying. (Plus when you are done, you can use it to stoke the fireplace*, because it is bone-chillingly cold today.)

The Winston-Salem Journal

*Unless, of course, the previous owners of your house did what the previous owners of this house did and converted all the fireplaces to gas, an utter crime against four out of five senses.

This is your city

The Winston-Salem City Council will hold a special meeting tonight, Tuesday, November 18th, at 6 pm, at the LJVM Coliseum (Winston-Salem Room). The question they would like feedback on is,

How can the city best use its resources to promote economic development?

Submit your thoughts here.

Winston-Salem City Council

LJVM Coliseum Meeting Rooms

Local Quotable

"There is something about working in the place where I grew up. I feel there is a different kind of dedication. Every patient that walks in that door is like family."
-Bryan Rogers, Winston-Salem native
and founder of Winston Salem Wound Care

I wonder what percentage of Winston's population is originally from here, either returned or never left. I have no idea who keeps track of such things, but I'd be interested. Certainly I've met more natives here than I ever met in DC, where sometimes I felt like the only person who wasn't from somewhere else.

(Heck, even my own parents weren't from DC; my father was from Winston-Salem - and he came back - and my mother from Ocala.)

photo taken in Reynolda Gardens

Monday, November 17, 2008


Simply Needlepoint

I love stores like this, visually harmonious, crisp and just so ridiculously pretty that when you walk inside, you wish you... you knew about things (in this case, that I had crazymad needle knowledge). In short, Simply Needlepoint is merchandised so appealingly that it falls somewhere between a store and a gallery. Currently located in Reynolda Village on the interior sidewalk between Village Outdoors and Mayberry, owner Carolyn Fuller plans to move it in late January to a spot below Monkee's. For now, though, find all your fabulous canvases and needlepointing sundries in the lovely location above.

Simply Needlepoint is open Monday through Friday from 10-4 and Saturday from 12-4. Website under development. Questions: 336.727.4058

Local Scuttlebutt

All over town, I hear whispers of snow flurries. This afternoon! Tonight! Definitely Tuesday!

At this time, I'd like to look back fondly at The Blizzard of Aught-Eight.

And knowing what happens here when these winter precipitation rumors start, I'd like to pat myself on the back for buying bread yesterday.

Locally Owned and Operated

The Green Drake has exclusive access to two and a half miles of beautiful trout water that is full of trophy rainbows. Secluded in southwest Virginia, only an hour from Winston Salem, this stream is perfect for beginners or advanced anglers. Our water is fly fish only and has produced some monster trout in excess of 20 inches.

My friend E.F. and I popped in here one day last week. The gentleman behind the counter was charming, there were beautiful decoys all about, and there was a large stack of dog beds (for man's best friend).

You could smell the macho, but in a good way.

The Green Drake

Just in time for the holidays...

Tonight at 7 pm at the Kernersville Library (Room 4), Jackie D. Stanley presents Breaking Up and Moving On!: Everything You Need to Know about Getting Divorced in North Carolina, which will provide "an in-depth exploration of NC divorce law" and "a peek inside the legal system from the perspective of a divorce lawyer."

questions: 703-2932

Jackie D. Stanley's book
Kernersville Library

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Anna, age 87

Lowes, Sherwood Plaza

I miss having old people to shop for.

Salvation Army, Winston-Salem Area Command
Lowes Foods

Remembering Lillie Boyte

Chris was with the Boytes in the hospital room the day they received the news that their sweet Lillie had a dreadful disease and the outlook was grim. Since then Dr. Chris has continued his work in the adult cancer world but constantly thinks of all the “Lillies” out there that need help…need hope…need a cure.

Yesterday, Dr. Chris Thomas, a Winston-Salem oncologist, ran his first marathon, the SunTrust Richmond Marathon. He ran in memory of Winston's own Lillie Boyte, who sadly lost her battle with Neuroblastoma in August of 2007 at the age of three. Along the way, Dr. Thomas raised $1000 toward a new foundation that the Boyte family is starting. Called Lillie's Friends Foundation, it will fund Neuroblastoma awareness and research and hopefully go far toward raising the survival rate.

Lillie's friend Chris

Donate directly to the Lillie's Friends Foundation

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Peacehaven & Robinhood

I did a doubletake when I saw the price. I just filled up, from gas light on to full tank, for $26.66.

(begin NPR voice) Good times.

Future reminiscing

I think if I ever leave Winston, come fall it will be the gingko ginkgo leaves I miss the most.

I better rake in the Mother's Day gifts next year...

Bakugan tournament, Toys R Us

He won one round. He lost one round. Thems the breaks.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Local Job Opening

Position: Librarian
Job Identifier: 1384
Department: Library
Hiring Range: $34,216 - $40,622 Depending on qualifications

full listing

I've always thought it would be lovely to be a librarian, and goodness knows I am a fan of the Forsyth County Public Libraries. There are just the two, eensy-teensy things:

1. To be a librarian, you have to have a Master's degree, in Library Science no less, yet it pays abysmally for a job that requires a Master's.

2. If someone told me he didn't care for a particular book I recommended, I'm concerned the former literature major in me might come out and begin debating with vigor.

Forsyth County Human Resources
Forsyth County Public Library

Local Sign

2700 block, Reynolda Rd.

In an effort to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats in Forsyth County and as an incentive to owners of dogs and cats to have their animals sterilized, registration of all nonexempt dogs and cats shall require payment of an annual license tax registration fee, which shall be assessed based upon whether or not the animal is fertile.

Dogs Cats Duplicate
Unfertile (Sterilized) $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $2.50
Fertile (Unsterilized) $25.00 $25.00 $5.00 $12.50
Dangerous Dogs $100.00 -0- $5.00 $50.00


Highlighting mine. I vote we multiply the red numbers by 100.

(That said, thank you to the person who rescued these puppies, made sure to have them vaccinated, and is making an effort to find them homes.)

Mi gingerbread casa is su gingerbread casa

On Saturday, November 22nd, from 8:30 - 2:30, Mrs. Pumpkin's Bakery-Deli (3645 Reynolda) will host a Gingerbread House Family Event. Enjoy refreshments, holiday music, and Santa as you and your family create a special decoration for your own house.

The proceeds of this event will be donated to the Pediatric HIV Family Fund of Brenner Children's Hospital.


Mrs. Pumpkin's Bakery-Deli
Support Groups of Brenner Children's Hospital

Petsmart, Hanes Mall Bld

Mini Crabs, $3.49 each
In Maine I liked to hunker down over a tidal pool and watch the funny, little crabs. A darker bottle green than these, they postured and hid and braved and staged entire dramas, only to be washed back out to sea when the tide came in.

Self Help

The Recovery International Method is a system of cognitive techniques for controlling behavior and changing attitudes toward symptoms and fears. People who practice the Recovery International Method learn to change their thoughts and behaviors; changes in attitudes and beliefs follow.

Locally, Recovery Inc. meets on Saturday mornings from 10 to 12 at Centenary Methodist. For more information, call 336 779 2009.

Recovery, Inc.
Centenary Methodist

Thursday, November 13, 2008

He's ba-ack.

Thor Bueno, that is.

You remember him Thor Bueno, right? I blogged about him Thor Bueno last year, just about this time, when he Thor Bueno participated in the 2007 Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair.

Well, good news! He Thor Bueno is back for this year's fair, which means I get to relish his Thor Bueno's insanely awesome name anew!

Speaking of insanely awesome, look at his Thor Bueno's glass birds! Now go see some of his Thor Bueno's work in person this weekend.

Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair


Unlike a popular misconception that Indian food is primarily very spicy and hot, Nawab's prides itself on belying that myth by cooking authentic Indian food which is made with a variety of very rich and silky sauces (curries) and just enough spices to make the food extremely palatable.

The other L.C. made the mistake of mentioning that she and her peeps were headed to Nawab for lunch and asking if I wanted to tag along.

By my calculations, I shouldn't need to eat again before Saturday dinner.

Nawab Indian Cuisine

Local Graffiti

Fourth and Poplar

Rip-roarin', you say

bulletin board, Cat's Corner Cafe

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem
Mt. Tabor High School

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Royal Taster

We're celebrating pleasing report cards with peppermint stick ice cream at Blue Ridge Ice Creams. As with all sweets, I tasted it first to make sure it wasn't poisonous. I wasn't immediately sure, so I took another taste, which nearly sent the oldest into frantic spasms, he deeming it "cheating".

Really, kids, does safety mean nothing to you?

Blue Ridge Ice Creams

Local Ride

Marshall Street

At simplyummy, right in front of you when you first walk in, there's a wooden table on which a kablillion quotations are written in Sharpie under shellac.

This looks a lot like that table.

Local Obama Headquarters

Fourth Street

You're invited

River Ruuuuuuuuuuuuun!

Hey, who wants to go to see a movie at River Run?


What do you mean it's not that time of year?


As part of its expanded year-round initiative, the RiverRun International Film Festival will present encore screenings of the Festival’s Audience Award-winning documentaries from the last four years. Screenings will take place at 6:00pm and 8:00pm on Saturday, November 15th and Saturday, November 22nd and will include one screening of each of the documentaries: Jump! (2008 Audience Award winner), The Rape of Europa (opens with sound)(2007), Rene and I (2006) and Barbecue is a Noun (2005).

All tickets for these four screenings are $6.00 and are available in advance at the Stevens Center box office (405 W. Fourth St., 336-721-1945), online at www.riverrunfilm.com, or at the door starting at 5:30pm on the night of the screenings. All four screenings will be held in the Main Theatre in the Ace Cinematheque Complex on the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (1533 S. Main St.).

Neener. Neener. NEENER.