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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cranberry Sherbet

@ Blue Ridge, of course

9 more days to get your recipe ideas in, peeps.

Hickory Dickory Dock

The Reynolda Manor branch of the Forsyth County Public Library is currently exhibiting clocks and other woodworks by one very talented gentleman with the name of Boris Radovskiy. The show runs through October 20th.

On Saturday, October 17th, at 3 PM, there will be a closing reception at which you can meet the artist. Refreshments will be served.

The pieces are really lovely; I covet them madly. Well worth a pop-in if you're nearby.

Reynolda Manor Branch
Forsyth County Public Library

image: clock by Boris Radovskiy

Upcoming Food Bank Benefits

September 26 - October 10
Support the Malt O Meal Million Bowls Campaign!
Purchase a bag of Malt O Meal Frosted Flakes or Malt O Meal Frosted Mini Spooners during this promotion and register your purchase online at www.millionbowls.com and Malt O Meal will donate 10 servings of cereal for every purchase to benefit NC's Feeding America food banks.

October 2, 4, 6
Piedmont Opera food drive with Hansel & Gretel performances
Bring your non-perishable food donations to these performances at The Stevens Center in Winston-Salem. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Piedmont Opera Box Office at 333.724.3202 or online at www.piedmontopera.org. For each donation of 5 items of non-perishable food, Piedmont Opera will give the donor a coupon worth 50% off a second ticket to the opera company's Valentine's Day Concert at WFU's Brendle Recital Hall if they purchase one ticket at full price. This is a $17.50 value for each donation of 5 food items.

October 17
Ardmore 5k and Fun Run presented by Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Food drive and proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. For more information and to register, click here.

October 18
Con-Way Freight Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank
Event will take place from 1-4pm at the Cinema Bowl in Kernersville, NC. For more information, contact David Turnipseed with Con-Way Freight at 336-554-6752.

October 22
WFU Women's Soccer Game and Food Drive
Bring 2 non-perishable food donations and purchase a ticket at regular price ($6) and receive one ticket free. Game at 7pm (gate opens at 6pm) and located at Spry Field.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

In the conservatory. With the rope.

I've often taken the shelter to task for overusing the name Lucy for wayward animals. But today I have to send out MAD PROPS to someone there.

See, the fine people at the Animal Control often have to deal with entire litters of unwanteds and so have to come up with multiple pet names on the fly.

On Monday someone brilliant started conferring Clue names on kittens. And so available for adoption are Miss Scarlet, Miss (should be Mrs.) Peacock, Mrs. White, and Colonel Mustard.

BRAVO, ironically anonymous FCAC employee. BRAVO.

Forsyth County Animal Control, site of naming awesomeness

Local Rocketman

I always thought it a ripoff.

Our family sitter was Ann, who went with us on a few summer trips to Maine, who taught me how to tie the laces to my little, red Keds, who braided my hair without pulling it like my mother always did. And Ann's father was an astronaut. In fact, he was one of the first men to go to the moon. Except of the three men on board, he alone never actually set foot on the moon.

In my mind that was akin to driving all the way to the beach and then never getting out of the car. Unimaginable. Unthinkable. Inexplicable. And I said so constantly.

Ann would laugh gently at my reaction to her father's accomplishment, then change the topic to suggest a bike ride. When I would say I couldn't and point down at my untied shoes in explanation, she would patiently remind me again how to make the bunny ears with the laces.


On Friday, Oct. 2, from 10:30 am to 11:30am, Dr. Thomas Marshburn will visit SciWorks Science Center to deliver an education presentation on space exploration and NASA science research and technology that benefits life on Earth. The presentation is open to the public and is FREE, but registration is required as space is limited.

After graduating from Wake Forest University, Dr. Marshburn pursued a career in medicine that eventually led him from the emergency room to NASA and his first mission to space. In July, he spent almost two weeks aboard the International Space Station helping to expand the orbiting outpost to its full capability for human occupation and science research.

Wake Forest University will honor its astronaut alumnus Oct. 3 during the Wake Forest versus North Carolina State football game scheduled at 3:30 p.m. at BB&T Field.


Thomas Marshburn
Wake Forest University

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Like a postcard

If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm sick. I've had a whopping good case of vertigo and migraine since yesterday evening, which I suspect are nothing more serious than reactions to the sky-high level of allergens, but which are annoying nonetheless.

Anyhow, this is today's scenic vista.

Back when this ebbs (or I get my sea legs).

Monday, September 28, 2009

[Queen] Who wants to live forever? Who dares to live forever? [/Queen]

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your shot at LOCAL IMMORTALITY.

(At least through the holidays.)

Someone make me proud!

ATTN: SarahSouth

I am looking at you, and I am making a V with my index and middle fingers and alternately V-pointing at you, then my eyes, then you, then my eyes...

Hot Tin Ceiling

Our house in Georgetown had a decorative, tin ceiling in the kitchen. It was one of my favorite things about that house. That and the wee butler's pantry, I think.

This tin ceiling is in the ladies room at NoMa, where I lunched today with a friend. I can't in good conscience recommend the onion rings, but I do heartily advocate saving room for the key lime pie.


Mill Town

Tuesday, September 29th at 7 PM in Annenerg Forum, Carswell Hall, there will be a screening of Oakdale Cotton Mills: Close-Knit Neighbors, a documentary about a way of life for textile mill workers that was once common in the Southeast but is rapidly fading away. Located in Jamestown, NC, Oakdale Mills is the oldest continuously operating cotton mill in the country.

This event is free and open to the public.

The neighborhood surrounding the former Hanes factory on Stratford was once a thriving mill town, with its own rhythm, charms and societal mores. Now it's primarily a footnote in local obituaries.

Her family later moved to Hanes Town, where as a teenager she met Fred Snow. Their courtship began when he saw her sitting on the porch shining her Daddy’s shoes and he asked if she would shine his, too. They were married on March 2, 1946. Their marriage resulted in three children, nine grandbabies, 18 great-grandbabies, and countless happy memories.

Wake Forest University, MALS program
map of WFU campus; Carswell Hall is number 18


I want this madly.

Contests, Contests, Contests!

Judging for the Local Toys contest will not take place until this Thursday. I'll reveal the winner sometime that evening, most likely.

The winners of the best contests in town, aka The Dixie Classic ribboners, will be revealed Friday at 11 am, when the fair opens its gates, and I jog through them making a WOOO-WOOO noise and pumping my fist in the air.

Alas, I have no entries in this year's fair. Life got in the way. I feel pretty left out, but I'm certain some maple sugar cotton candy and fancy chicken admiring will make me feel better.

(While you wait for your own fair food and scenic fair vistas, go see all the Local Toys entries. I finished uploading them over the weekend. It's a pretty impressive field.)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

On swine flu and snowflakes

Snow Day, 2009

This is the problem: they're still flying by. The days, I mean. They sped by all summer, and I expected them to slow once school began, but they haven't. Instead I find myself desperately hoarding time with the too-fast growing children, feeling selfish and prickly about things that keep us apart. Activities. Social events. School.

Confession: I hope the pandemic panic leads to local school closures. I don't want anyone, friend or stranger, to be sick, mind, but I'd love a few unscheduled days with the boys. If an inch of snow rates 2 days off, I feel like medical hysteria should buy us at least a week. Right?

Seven Xs on the calendar for days filled with pancakes with add-ins and playing HORSE under the basketball hoop and digging in the backyard, just in case there's Anglo-Saxon treasure there afterall. A week of puzzles and Scrabble and detailed drawings of brothers battling overgrown aliens with all the parts labeled. Seven days of Legos and Play-Doh and reading too late without fear of oversleeping. A week spent together.

This evening was a school night, so I stopped reading at the intersection of a reasonable hour and the end of a chapter, marked our place, and lay the book on the bedside table until tomorrow. Then I leaned over to kiss the youngest in the lower bunk, stood on tiptoe to kiss the oldest in the top bunk, and stopped in the doorway to turn out the light on both.

From the darkness came the youngest's voice, "Mommy, do you know what?"

"What, baby?"

"I think my bellybutton is like a snowflake."


"Because it's so little and cute."

"Yes, baby, it is. Good night."

And the oldest stifled a giggle while I wished once again I could just dig my heels in, hold time still, and stand with them in that moment forever.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Handed out upon entry to The Grand

The new cellphone policy here reads, "In response to customer complaints and demands, beginning September 18, 2009, The Grand Theatres and AmStar Cinemas will have a zero tolerance policy on ANY use of cell phones during the movie presentation... ...If theatre staff witnesses any use of electronic devices including phone calls, emailing, texting, turning on the screen, etc, during the movie presentation, the customer will be asked to leave WITHOUT A REFUND."

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
was quite clever, but the story bore little resemblance to the book. That's actually a good thing, as the book was gorgeous but had no plot.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (opens with mucho noise)
The Grand 18 Theatre

Local Transportation

It's Transportation Day today at the school, which means the kids get to ogle some really big toys and learn a little something to boot. I was honored to accompany a class as they made the rounds, which means I got to ogle, too. And learn - I never knew Winston-Salem was the only city in North Carolina with a whole fleet of "boom trucks".

Shown are trucks from Piedmont Disposal and Fritts Towing, two locally owned companies. (The edge of one of the city's boom trucks is visible on the far left.)

Piedmont Disposal
Fritts Towing (sadly no website, but here's a location map!)
City of Winston-Salem, Sanitation Division

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens for urban homeowners are gaining popularity as more and more people become aware of the impact of water quality and water runoff issues. Did you know installing a rain garden can help reduce some of the extra water running off our properties and prevent pollutants from entering storm drains and eventually streams and rivers? A properly constructed and maintained rain garden is a bowl like depression in the ground designed to capture rainwater runoff from your rooftop and driveway and allow the water to slowly seep into the ground within 24 hours or so. Contrary to popular belief, a properly installed rain garden does not create a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The plants, mulch, and soil in the rain garden work together in filtering pollutants from the runoff and safely break down in the soil over time.

Did you also know residents of Forsyth County can purchase a rain garden kit (while supplies last) for only $60.00. The kit contains the following:

* 21 plants
* Professional design plan
* Easy to follow installation Instructions
* Free on-site assistance to ensure proper site placement to optimize performance*

Contact Wendi Hartup for the rain garden kits or just to learn more about them or other water issues. Wendi is Area Environmental Specialized Agent (Environmental issues, Wildlife, Ponds) for Forsyth County and will, upon request, come to your property and show you the best place to install the rain garden, answer questions, and provide many other details on rain gardens. The best part is there is no charge for this site evaluation. Wendi is located at the Forsyth County Agricultural Building at 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem and can be contacted at 336-703-2850. Wendi is also an excellent source to speak with if you are considering adding rain barrels or a cistern to your house. She is also an expert creek stomper to boot Esbee. And, because she's from Kansas, is a recovering Yankee, saved only because she was educated in the deep south - Auburn University - which makes her OK by me.

For another option, homeowners can also contact the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation to find out how to qualify for the Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) which is a 75% cost share program for cisterns greater than 250 gallons or for more rain garden info or help with wetland issues etc. The local office is also located in the Forsyth County Agricultural Building and the telephone number is the same as listed above.

How does the CCAP work? “Interested homeowners submit applications to their local soil and conservation districts. Applications will be ranked on local water quality priorities. If eligible, a conservation plan for the applicant to install the best management practice (BMP and a landscaper may be used). The landowner may be reimbursed for up to 75% of the pre-established average cost of the BMP”. Confused? Me too, so I clicked here for more information.

Happy rain gardening,

Dig Dug

re: this AP wire story in today's Winston-Salem Journal

When I was ten, Roald Dahl's riveting, non-fiction work, The Mildenhall Treasure, propelled me into my own backyard with a shovel. I knew I wouldn't find Anglo-Saxon treasure, but I was certain I would find something. I spent an entire day out there toiling. My energy never flagged! My enthusiasm never waned!

Alas, my mother stopped me when she looked out the window over the kitchen sink and saw what looked like, as she would later describe in retellings, "a small, horribly desecrated, pet cemetery."


Local FYI: Not permitted in Forsyth County Parks: metal detectors.

Vote for Local Books

Students in Julie Evans'’ Design III class at Guilford Technical Community College presented some book cover designs for a new Press53 anthology, What Doesn'’t Kill You… , due out next spring. We were impressed with many of the designs and have narrowed our choice to three.

Take a look at our top three and vote for your favorite.



Guilford Tech

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Plus they frown at coffee and Tab

Suffice it to say that I would make a lousy Mormon, because I'm only just barely managing the two children and their assorted and sundry needs. Enjoying them fully, let me be clear, but feeling very, very fulfilled by just the two.

I post this with the utmost respect for Mormons, my dear friend, Vieve, being one. In fact, if both my husband and I kick off, she gets our children. Plus the dogs. And the cat. And my good casserole dish.

Hey! Look! Local Mormons!

Dashing about town, just left Walgreen's where...

... this stopped me in my tracks. Halloween tree? For Halloween? A TREE?

You've seen one of the TV commercials where someone asks an innocuous question, only the other person starts frantically spitting out odd, only tangentially related answers, and it ends up the ad is for an internet search engine that promises not to do that? Yes? Well this feels like that other person.

Local Halloween Decorative Goodness

Bad Dog

This week has been like a herd of overgrown puppies, and I've had to work hard to keep them from chewing up stuff, barreling into strangers, and piddling on the floor.

Last night I went to bed right after I finished reading to the boys; we'll put it at 8:30.

Anyhow, I do have entries to upload for the Local Toys contest, though not many, so if you've been meaning to enter, this is a good one, odds-wise. Deadline is tomorrow at 5 pm.

Off to drink my coffee before Thursday knocks it over.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


The Fifth Grade Biome Project!

The oldest had to use all manner of Jedi mind tricks to wrap the outside of the shoebox. I think he used about 60 square feet of wrapping paper trying to figure it out. I resisted the urge to take over or even step in to direct, but just barely.

Fifth Grade ends with the standard Math and Reading EOG tests, plus a bonus Science one. More standardized testing. Awesome.

North Carolina Standard Course of Study, Science, Fifth Grade

The sign reads, in part,

Please do not be alarmed, or call Emergency Response.
Emergency Personnel have been notified of this exhibit.

In the photo, it's at 12 noon. In real life, it's at Reynolda House, in the large Magnolia to the left of the house as you face it. Come see it. It's pretty eerie. And if I randomly saw it out and about, I honestly would become a CSI call 911.

The kerfuffle
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

(announcer voice) Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday!

Village Outdoor is hosting the Radical Reels Tour from the Banff Mountain Film Festival on September 29, 2009 @ 7 pm at the Benson University Center/ Pugh Auditorium on the campus of Wake Forest University. 250 seats are available. WFU Outdoor Pursuits is co-sponsoring this event. In addition to a fine collection of high-adrenalin films we will raffle outdoor equipment and apparel prizes.

All proceeds from the raffle will fund needs-based camperships to Boy Scout Camp Raven Knob.

Village Outdoor
Radical Reels
WFU Outdoor Pursuits
Benson Center, WFU
Raven Knob

Phở Shizzle

The oldest and I went to Soup's for the first time last night.

Decor: quite lovely
Music: also quite lovely
Food presentation: very, very lovely
Food authenticity: I have no idea, as that was my first time eating Phở Tai Bo Vien. Or any phở for that matter.

Scandalously shoddy review, I know. Someone with more experience pop round there and fill us in.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How long has this fancy chicken been here?

This ceramic chicken is next to the Chick Fil-A back driveway, the one off Peace Haven that connects Wachovia and Harris Teeter sort of. I swear I've never noticed it before.

(We're not going to Chick Fil-A. The oldest and I are actually heading out to dinner alone, so we're going somewhere awesome, but I had to swing by Wachovia first.)

Rainbow Brite

top row, left to right: cotton candy, superman, lime sherbet
bottom row, left to right: birthday cake, monster cookie crunch, rainbow sherbet

We're at Mayberry on Miller Street, enjoying a blast of color.


Amen 10-4

Last night my husband and I watched the season premiere of our favoritest TV comedy ever: CSI: Miami.

At one point my husband did a magnificent imitation of Horatio taking over for the respirator and breathing heavily into Delko's nose, while I laughed so hard I almost threw up. (Note: that didn't actually happen in the episode. It's just that Horatio was leaning so close into an intubated, unconscious Delko that it looked like that - or lustily kissing him - was his intention, and since we like to pretend this is all a passion play, as was popular during the Middle Ages, where Horatio is a living incarnation of God, well, it made sense.)

Anyway, last night's episode was about the early formation of the church team, and it opened with Delko as an unwashed one a towtruck driver who found a body. Delko's fervor power of observation was so impressive that wham, bam, Jesus Horatio preached and converted convinced him to become a disciple CSI. Because it's that easy.

...In real life, of course, it's not. The WSPD recruits undergo a lot of intensive training, with being pepper sprayed the primary highlight, I believe, and HEY, LOOK! A NEW TRAINING FACILITY! LET'S TAKE A TOUR!

Winston-Salem Police Department

ATTN: Local Munchkins

Audition Alert! Audition Alert!
Save the Date!
December 4th, 2009

The spring musical at Glenn High School in 2010 has been chosen.

We're producing
"The Wizard of Oz"
we need about 30 munchkins.

Production dates are April 22-24th, 2010,
with a possible matinee on April 25th.

For more information, email LMoody@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

Glenn High School

Dr. Cereal

Most Older Kids Need One Swine Flu Shot, Tests Show

The federal government is buying more than 250 million doses of vaccine -- and perhaps enough to inoculate every American -- for the most ambitious vaccination campaign in U.S. history. The first doses are expected to become available in October, and many schools are planning to offer the shots to students.

We haven't decided what to do about the H1N1 shots for our children yet. I'd really like to have the oldest tested for immunity, as I suspect he had the flu at camp. I don't think the general public has access to that kind of testing, though.

Has anyone decided whether to give their children the shot(s)? I don't know of anyone who has.

While we read and listen and consider, the marketing gurus at Kelloggs have been hard at work.

spotted (and left behind) at Lowes Foods

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sadly did not fit in frame:

The furiously wagging tail at the other end.

Salsa and Pep love their daily carrots madly.

Homeless carrot munchers in Forsyth County

Reason #134 to get organized

Because the Space Savers chain of stores is based right here in Winston-Salem. Also, they blog.

Shown above is their store on Stratford, where I'm shopping for Sterilite containers for all my new Halloween swag.

Space Savers, a local company

Help a kid out

Off the top of my head, I can think of at least six readers who would make splendid ones. If you're wondering if you're one of the six of whom I'm thinking, you probably are.

Through our “100 Men in 100 Days” campaign, we are working to recruit 100 men (or more!) to become Big Brothers between the dates of July 24 – October 31. Partnering with organizations and businesses like yours will help us achieve this goal – giving 100 more boys a better chance at a better future.

Become a partner in our “100 Men in 100 Days” campaign and help boys in the Triad do better in school and stay away from drugs, alcohol and violence.

100 Men in 100 Days
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Serving Forsyth and Davie Counties


See if you can find the key nugget of information in this press release:

Cellar 4201, one of the Yadkin Valley’s newest wineries, will celebrate end of grape harvesting with an “After Harvest Party” and concert on September 26. The party and concert will take place on the grounds of Cellar 4201 in East Bend from 1 to 6 p.m. and will feature music by the popular Monkee Voodoo Band.

The event will feature a Charleston Style Low Country Boil and a variety of games and activities. Wine (of course!) also will be available for purchase from Cellar 4201.

The event is $10 per person (cash only at entrance). Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Ginormousizing and orangizing mine. I'd bedazzle that puppy, too, if I could.

Holy moly, if there is one dish I could eat endlessly, it's Frogmore Stew.

Cellar 4201

I played setter years ago

I had a wicked overhead serve, too.

Spike Leukemia “For Katie’s Sake”

The Reagan varsity volleyball team is playing a match in memory of Katie Fitzgerald to help raise money and awareness about Leukemia. Katie, a student at Reagan High School, lost her life to Leukemia in August 2008. Having a child with Leukemia affects not only the patient but the whole family. The Fitzgerald family has set up the “For Katie’s Sake” foundation to support families in similar situations as their own for many years. All the money raised will go to the “For Katie’s Sake Foundation” to help other families with the struggles of having a child battling Leukemia. We hope you will make time in your schedule to join us for the 1st annual “Spike Leukemia” volleyball match.

Place: Reagan High School
Date of Event: Friday, September 25th
Time: 6:00pm
Opponent: RJ Reynolds

Cost: Purchase a Spike Leukemia T-shirt for $10.00 and wear your T-shirt to the volleyball match. (All money raised through T-shirt sales will go to the “For Katie’s Sake Foundation”)

Need a T-shirt? T-shirts will be sold at school during lunch hours and at all home volleyball matches. Please e-mail dgfolger@wsfcs.k12.nc.us if you need a T-shirt and these times do not meet your schedule.

Katie Fitzgerald
Reagan High School
RJ Reynolds High School

Monday mornings are always better after a brisk go on the swing

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Silver Lining

The good thing about all this rain is that it calls for chili. Accordingly I've made an enormous pot of it to be eaten all weekend long, through curl ups with dog-eared books, through football games on TV, through Scrabble challenges and mugs of Ovaltine.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Guest Post, by SueMo

Mmm, Mmm, Dewey's
(a sneak peek)

Thursday night, my husband and I were invited to the soft opening of Dewey's newest location at the Harper Hills Commons Shopping center, at the corner of Country Club and Peacehaven. (Being a Facebook Fan of Dewey's has its privileges, become a fan and you can learn about special promotions!)

We walked into the event and were greeted by Brooke Smith, who is charge of Dewey's Marketing. She told us that everything edible and drinkable was FREE, and to make sure that we get in line to order so that their staff could practice getting up to speed on taking and executing orders. They also had staff members with trays walking around giving out samples of items such as spinach and cheese quiche, lemon bars, brownies, and my personal favorite, the Moravian Spice Cookie Latte. This was truly a Dewey's fantasy come true.

There were a few new items in the display case, including Cinnamon Rolls with a vanilla icing. There were two sizes, regular and "mini" and they looked amazing. A child at the next table had a mini cinnamon roll and the look on his face was sheer joy. I should have taken more pictures so that I could remember the names of the new items, but this forces you to go check it out for yourself.

We had the choice of coffee, espresso, and blended drinks; Joe and I each ordered a smoothie, which were about 20oz. I had the mango/pineapple and he had the strawberry banana. He added an energy suppliment and I ordered a metabolism boost. The combination of mango and pineapple was a little too sweet for my taste, but was fabulous when mixed with Joe's. The combo smoothie was also very aesthetically pleasing.

There are comfortable chairs inside, as well as small tables. Outside, there are tables for 2-4 people with Dewey's umbrellas above. The rain took a break and it was a perfect for a fall evening for sitting outside. Free WiFi will be available.

They also give us free sugarcake when we left. (Which my office enjoyed this morning.)

The new Dewey's will open for business on Monday, September 21st. Hours are 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Dewey's on Facebook


I often think in terms of what I'd like to do when I grow up.

Still. Even today.

Technically, I am a grownup, of course, but the world still feels open to me, ripe with possibility.

Obviously some doors have been shut; I'll never fulfill the three-prong career plan I came up with when I was in the fourth grade (flight attendant, attorney, and Charlie's Angel).

But generally, I still feel like a kid in many, many ways.

And I still love me some toys. Boy howdy, do I. (Just not when I step barefoot on Lego.)

Your mission:
Bring us all back to the brink of childhood, in the form of a photo (or three) of toy(s) or game(s) or related paraphernalia taken here in fabulous Forsyth County.

  • You MAY enter more than one photo.
  • Email me the photo(s), and I will upload it/them to this post so all can enjoy.
  • You MAY submit a previously submitted, non-accoladed photo.
  • Your entry constitutes a one time use grant (two if you garner judge praise). You retain ownership of your work.
  • You are solely responsible for any damages arising from your entry, as well as any tax concerns should you win.
  • Entries deemed as inappropriate by yours truly will not be considered.
  • Do not add a signature or watermark to your photo.
  • Contest entries must be received by 5 pm EST on Friday, September 25th 2009.
An esteemed AND VERY PLAYFUL judge or two will select one winner. Not a consideration: photographic skill. Your entry will be judged solely on that intangible quality we call je ne sais quoi. (That's a fancy way of saying "Whichever wind blows the judge's skirt up.")

A $10 giftcard to Toys "R" Us.


my photo: the youngest attempting to play with one of the toys embedded in the wall outside the Clark Campbell Transportation Center


Yay! Yay! Yay!

click on image to enlarge

I happen to know some children who have a thing for sculpture gardens. They'll be tickled to have one here. So will I.

The Enrichment Center

Alternate location: inside the Ark

Canceled: Apple Festival at Bethabara

Canceled: Replacements LTD Sidewalk Sale

With the forecast calling for rain, rain, and more rain for the next week, best to recheck the status of outdoor events just before you leave the house.

Rain or Shine: Rock the Block

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Notes from the Village

1. The new plantings are glorious.

2. Village Tavern will split an order of their absurdly flavolicious Shrimp & Grits, even at lunchtime!

Reynolda Village
Village Tavern

Mt. Tabor Children's Clothing Exchange

Good luck finding parking, but wow, is the selection ridiculously awesome this year. For example, I could have easily Halloween costumed fifty kids - to my incredibly high standards - had I wanted to.

(Sorry for the blur; I spotted snowpants.)

complete info
Mt. Tabor UMC

We didn't attend a single game this year

I hate what's happened. And is still happening.

The Winston-Salem Dash

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Moravian Falls, NC

Perry Lowe's Apple Orchard

For the record, if you ever have occasion to ride a WSFCS Activity Bus, you're going to want to sit at the FRONT of the bus.



I'll be mingling with some major VIPs all day...

Expect nothing new here until I'm done, therefore.

While I'm gone, y'all contemplate the truth of this.

And work on building this.

(If you scroll down and look in the lefthand column, you see topics bolded that will lead you to items you can add.)

(Why "fancy chicken viewing" isn't listed, I do not understand.)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


The WFU Museum of Anthropology's annual Los Días de los Muertos exhibit opened today. Accordingly the youngest and I came straight here after school. Good thing, as he was then able to determine that we, too, need a two foot tall Ferris Wheel being ridden by a horde of skeletons*. Who knew?

As always it's a splendid - and free! - time. Exhibit runs through November 18th.

* sadly NFS

Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology

Tomorrow either

The children won't be walking home from school again today. Tomorrow either.

We live within what is deemed "the walk zone". Still.

The sidewalks aren't in place for them; the last two blocks would be on the street itself, our street, where drivers feel free to ignore the 25 mph speed limit in favor of saving a minute or two.

If they took the shortest route home, they'd be walking in the roadway for six blocks.

Either way they would cross a minimum of five streets.

I could walk them, of course. Walk up to the school, retrieve them, walk them home.

But that isn't what they want. They want to be able to walk alone, to have that adventure, that foray into responsibility.

I explain that it's not them; it's the drivers I don't trust, that even if we lived in the bus zone, I'd still meet them at the bus stop.

Their shoulders slump. My spirit sags. Outside the window, a car careens around the corner, zips past our house.

I imagine what could have happened had they been walking in front of it.

And so the children won't be walking home from school again today. Tomorrow either.

image: Dalton R. Folwell Memorial Garden, Whitaker Elementary School

Yarddawg Spotting Opportunity

What: The two day 2009 Master Garden Plant Sale is kicking off starting this Friday, September 18th beginning at 12 noon until 6PM. The sale concludes on Saturday September 19th from 8AM until 12 noon. RAIN OR SHINE.

Where: The Forsyth Agricultural Building at 1450 Fairchild Road in Winston-Salem. Telephone 703-2850.

What’s on sale: Perennials for sun & shade. Ground covers. Ornamental trees, shrubs, & vines. Wildflowers & Ferns. Rain garden kits. Hot dogs & cold drinks on sale Friday.

Why: Excellent quality plants at affordable prices. Good value for money. All proceeds support the Forsyth County Master Gardener Program. This is THE main fundraiser for the good folks that volunteer their time, resources and gardening expertise to the good folks of Forsyth County.

The best part: Come Friday and meet Yarddawg aka Doug from 12:00 – 3:00 PM.

Sale Flyer

Deweys, Thruway

This is such a pretty, autumnal wedding cake.

We married in the traditionally bitterly cold (in DC) month of January, and so we had a spice cake with a cream cheese icing, made by a friend of mine as her wedding gift to us. It wasn't very swishy looking, but it was made with love and so meant the world to us.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Request for Art Donations

Family Promise® of Forsyth County is seeking art donations for a live and silent auction to be held October 17 at First Christian Church in Kernersville.

Artists wishing to donate should contact Chad Hansen at (336) 607-7352 or chad_hansen@hotmail.com. All donations are tax deductible.

Family Promise of Forsyth County is a newly formed non-profit organization that provides shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services to homeless families with children through a network of interfaith congregations and community organizations. The organization opened its doors on August 16, 2009.

Family Promise of Forsyth County is an independent affiliate of Family Promise, a national organization headquartered in Summit, New Jersey.

Family Promise of Forsyth County

re-tale, 922 Burke

Flying Pig Watering Can, $14

re-tale opened its doors this past Saturday. It is definitely worth poking about; plan to spend at least fifteen minutes. I was there a good thirty and still feel like I didn't see it all. I did, however, find the perfect, no-reason gift for a friend. (Not the watering can. It's still there, so go grab it. Something else.)