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Saturday, October 31, 2009

When it rains on Halloween, go for frozen goodness

Lemon Sherbet/ Raspberry Sorbet combo

We've come trick-or-treating for the good stuff.

Blue Ridge Ice Creams

While you're sorting out the loot tonight...

Keep this in mind and sort accordingly:

Dr. Tina Merhoff and Associates Pediatric Dentistry will buy back your Halloween candy at our office (185 Kimel Park Drive, Suite 202) on November 7th from 9 am until noon. All the candy collected, plus some extra necessities, will be sent to our troops serving overseas. Candy will be bought at $1/pound up to 5 pounds.

At the same time, the office will also be collecting canned food donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Please bring non-perishable, sealed food items to help people in the community who are in need.

This is the awesome, incredibly compassionate pediatric dental practice that treats my kids. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Dr. Tina Merhoff and Associates Pediatric Dentistry
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC

Friday, October 30, 2009

A purple one, natch

... And here's the little Benedict Arnold as a ghost. If this phonophoto had sound, you'd hear him going, "Ooooo! Oooooo!" in what he thinks is a frightening voice but really is so cute I want to hug him to me until he pops.

I guess I'll throw the 4 yards of gingerbread-colored fleece, the red and green felt pompoms, the giant rickrack, and the yard of white felt cut into bone shapes into my craft stash. (I wonder how a Skeleton of a Gingerbread Man Artistic and Original Doorstop would look.)

Slowly but surely


I'm going to invest all my money in 4+ inch synthetic fur (orange), seeing as it's more difficult to obtain than swine flu vaccines and atomic weapons put together. However other than the quite liberal interpretation of his hair, which I'm hoping the darkness of night is especially kind to, I'm pretty happy with this.

Baked Goods Run While the Glue Dries

For starters, we'll be taking home a loaf of this cinnamon-raisin bread baked by Winston-Salem's own The Bread Men, as I feel strongly it will assist me handily in today's costume construction battle. You can find it where we did, i.e. Mostly Local Market, 6321 Shallowford in Lewisville, behind Brushstrokes Art Studio.

Also at Mostly Local Market: gorgeous cuts of meat from grass-fed animals. A little birdie told me the lamb is "to die". Sign up for Twitter tweets and you'll never miss a daily special.

Mostly Local Market
MLM on Twitter

I regret to inform you

that posting will be very light today as I again engage in mortal combat against the craft elements.

They won the battle yesterday, I am sad to inform, but I shall win the war.

I obtained new armaments last eve from A.C. Moore, including a very exciting glue, and stayed up late into the night drawing up a new plan of attack.

To the many who pretended to be my allies and suggested I save myself by surrendering: I consider each of you a traitor and a heretic.

There can be only one tomorrow: COSTUME AWESOMENESS.

update, 10:12 am: Ladies and Gentlemen, I have fulfilled the annual tradition of bleeding.

update, 11:36 am: The youngest has just announced that he would like to be a ghost instead, the kind made by cutting two eyeholes in a sheet, because, and I quote, "It's classical." The firing squad is too good for him.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

HIGHLY recommend

About once a month I crave a real cheeseburger. Not a fancy-shmancy one, mind, but a good, simple, freshly-made one, with slices of tomato and onion and pickles.

From now on, I'll be getting that cheeseburger here.

Lewisville Soda Shoppe

I call this 'Still Life of Today'

On a happy note, the weather is perfect for working outside, making it much less likely I'll nearly kill myself with dangerous fumes again this year!

Contest notes

T minus 14 hours
You have until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT to cast your vote for Piedmont Craftsmen in the American Style Magazine contest (top of right column).

T minus 31 hours
You have until 5 PM TOMORROW to get your entry in for the current LiF contest: Local 20/20 (top of left column).

We will have just one more contest after this one before contests go on hiatus through the hols.

Eat Dinner Outside Tonight

The entire Winston-Salem community is invited to join Wake Forest fans at the Demon Deacon Baity Street Bash on October 29 beginning at 6:30 pm.

The Bash provides fans with a chance to attend the weekly Jim Grobe Show. Stan Cotten and Head Coach Jim Grobe will be on the Lowes Stage on Baity Street broadcasting live. The radio show will begin at 7 pm.

Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dino Gaudio and the 2009-10 team will also be in attendance and available for autographs from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Be sure to drop by and meet the Deacs before their exciting season begins!

Not only will fans have the opportunity to see the Jim Grobe Show Live, there will be plenty of other activities for all ages including inflatable rides, live music, information on purchasing basketball season tickets, a raffle to win a 2009 Wake Forest motorcycle, special appearance by the Demon Deacon and much more.

Food vendors will be available along the street including the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill which will be serving freshly grilled brats. All proceeds from the Big Taste Grill will benefit the Brian Piccolo Fund. The Johnsonville Big Taste Grill will also be in Deacon Tailgate Town for the football game versus Miami on Saturday, October 31st.

Bring your family and friends to be a part of the Demon Deacon Baity Street Bash as the Deacs get ready to take on the Miami Hurricanes. Join in the festivities as admission and parking are free of charge. Fans are encouraged to park in the Gold Lot or the VIP Lot at BB&T Field.

Demon Deacons Basketball

Demon Deacons Football
Johnsonville Big Taste Grill
The Brian Piccolo Fund
BB&T Field

The C Word

For members, BestHealth of WFUBMC presents "Inspiration from Cancer Survivors" on Friday, October 30th from 11 AM until 1 PM. First view the quirky, dark comedy, Jonna’s Body, Please Hold, chronicling a cancer patient’s journey through cancer. Then listen as a panel of cancer survivors shares their personal experiences. Box lunches provided.


Note for non-members: $15 gives you a LIFETIME BestHealth Membership, which is quickly recouped using these fabulous local discounts available to BestHealth members.

Jonna's Body, Please Hold website

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Local Alternative Energy

Cloverdale off Oakwood

Local Spirit

Walgreen's, Robinhood & Polo, where I'm picking up a box of photocards for Thanksgiving. Traditionally Thanksgiving doesn't warrant sending out mass mail, of course, but since I'm all gung-ho about Operation Save the USPS, 20 more people from my correspondence list soon will be enjoying the fruits of my online photocard building endeavors. "It's about time!" they'll say. "We haven't had a photocard from her since Halloween!"

A Good Brogue is Hard to Find

Our professor's name was Ann Darr, which in my mind was always said deeply and with gusto.

He Man!

She Ra!

Ann Darr!

We met once a week for four hours for Advanced Poetry Workshop. The only poems we read were ours. One of my poems once reduced everyone to misty tears, which horrified me immensely, until I realized the feedback was all good. A question of word choice there, meter there, but all good.

But the highlight of every session was when Packy, who was from wartorn Belfast, read his work. Everything sounded poetic and wonderful in his trills and lilts and stretched out vowel sounds, and every girl would sigh almost without fail.

And then one day he read a poem about the unexpected loss of his brother, how cold it was in Belfast that day, how gray the sky, how his brother would "ne'er ope his eyes again." We shook our heads and wept, male and female. Oh, how we wept. Finally one classmate summed it up for all of us, "Damn the English!" And Packy looked around the room as if we were all nuts and said in his beautiful brogue, "What ar ye all oon aboot? Twere he died oove cot death."

Established in 1976, Wake Forest University Press is a non-profit literary publisher located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on the campus of Wake Forest University. Although small among university presses, we are the major publisher of Irish poetry in North America.

We publish approximately four to six titles per year, all from native Irish poets.

Wake Forest University Press

note: I edited this late this afternoon. All day long it niggled at me, but I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong. Finally I read Packy's bit aloud and remembered that he'd actually used the words "cot death" rather than "crib death". Both mean the same thing, of course; neither can be blamed on the English.

Local Songstresses

The Golden Triad Chorus
of Sweet Adelines International
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary
proudly presents

"Still Singing After All These Years"
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Shows at 2pm and 7pm
Parkway Presbyterian Church

Call 336-643-9890 for tickets
In advance: $12 Adults/$10 Seniors and children
At the door: $15 Adults/$13 Seniors
Group Rates Available

Golden Triad Chorus

Parkway Presbyterian Church
Sweet Adelines International

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Central Library

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A most excellent choice of guard! I loved him in Octobooky!

Central Library

Eat Local

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New Philly

Old Local

For the record, those old postcards you've passed a thousand times at the corner of Sixth and Spring are worth parking your car and walking back to see.

Remember that excellent poem?

This one.

This Sunday, November 1st, from 2 – 4 PM, wonderfully Southern poet Terri Kirby Erickson will read more awesome poetry from her recently published collection Telling Tales of Dusk at Imagine Flowers (560 N. Trade, Winston-Salem).

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided by Chelsee’s Coffee Shop.

This event is FREE.

Terri Kirby Erickson
Telling Tales of Dusk
Imagine Flowers
Chelsee's Coffee Shop

¡Bravo, Señor Bravo, Bravo!

SueMo obviously needed the motorcycle chick. As awesome as the Aztec warrior looks beside her, I decided Mr. SueMo needed Chichen Itza instead. And clearly the blonde children feeding churros to a burro needed to come with me.

The food at the newly opened Señor Bravo is truly delicious, (I had Huevos a la Mexicana and heartily recommend them), but the complimentary wallet calendars? ¡Fantásticos!

Señor Bravo is located at 241 S Marshall Street (the previous South by Souhwest location).

Monday, October 26, 2009

Would Have

If my father, lover of face jugs, were still alive, I would have bought it. I would have put it at the back of the top shelf of the linen closet, and there it would have stayed hidden behind obsolete lampshades until after Thanksgiving. I would have needed a box, of course, and some bubble wrap to keep it safe from harm from my father, the notorious and unapologetic package-shaker.

Christmas morning he would have opened it and started chortling with glee. "What in tarnation is it?" he would have asked eventually. "It's a bank," I would have said. "You hang him on the wall and stick your coins in his forehead."

My father would have hung it on the wall facing the door so that guests would have seen it the first thing when they came in. He would have given my boys coins out of his own pocket when they came over so they could put them in for him. On the days they did not, he would have put his loose change in a jar on his dresser for the next time.

And when the bank was full, he would have taken it off the wall, had them help sort out the coins on top of the coffee table and tot it up. Then he would have told them he'd been saving up to buy them an ice cream cone at Mayberry all along.

My father would have loved that bank.

One-of-a-kind bank by "Frumpy", $55 at the Associated Artists Giftshop, 301 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem

Local Itsy Bitsy

The Children's Home, Reynolda Road

That is worlds friendlier-looking than, say, this local spider.

North Carolina Spider Photos (Forsyth County is wildly underrepresented)
The Children's Home

Salem Cemetery

Here in this cold, cold ground I lie.
Just as you are, once was I.
Just as I am, some day you will be,
So be prepared to follow me.

This admonishing epitaph makes me feel a little... wimbish. Isn't that a great word? I don't think it actually denotes anything (other than a surname), but I'm going to start using it anyway.

How ya doin' today?

I'm feeling a little wimbish, actually.

Captain Joe K. Clary of Advance's Purple Heart Medal

Reynolda Manor Branch Library is currently showing an exhibit put together by The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 638 & the Ladies Auxiliary of the same.

My father and all four of his brothers served active duty during wartime, the oldest three during World War II (my father was USN, Pacific Theatre) and the younger two in Korea. I've always considered it lucky beyond all odds that not only did all five brothers come home, they did so without one Purple Heart earned.

Reynolda Manor Branch Library
Military Order of the Purple Heart

Local Ghosties

Ghost Stories
Wednesday Oct. 28
7:15 and 8 PM

Meet at Caffe Prada early, enjoy a coffee or glass of wine…then begin your journey in the Old School Art of Storytelling coupled with the romantic clip-clop of a horse drawn carriage!

Let West End’s own professional story teller, Andrew Leslie, spin his web of stories for you.

$15.00 per person/ Call for reservations: 336-624-6946.

Caffe Prada
Camel City Carriage


Community Country Breakfast
Messiah Moravian Church
1401 Peace Haven Road
Saturday, October 31st
7:30-11:30 AM

Come join us for a fresh, homemade country breakfast including ham, sausage, tenderloin, eggs, stewed apples, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, fresh homemade preserves, coffee, milk, and orange juice. $5 per adult, $3 for children 3-8 and free for children under 3. Tickets are available in the Church Office.

Messiah Moravian Church

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dear Amazon:


The Frustration-Free Package is recyclable and comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic clamshell casings, plastic bindings, and wire ties. It's designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife and will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging. Products with Frustration-Free Packaging can frequently be shipped in their own boxes, without an additional shipping box.

Bolding mine. Hey, remember when we could shake a wrapped present and, based on the sound and feel of the movement inside, actually hazard a guess as to the contents? Remember opening gifts without having an arsenal of knives, screwdrivers, and heavy-duty scissors onhand?

Thank you so much, Amazon, for returning our traditions. May all the world's children one day know a better, clamshell-free world.


PS: Next please tackle the rampant overuse of giftbags even for easily-wrapped items.

Amazon's Frustration-Free Packaging

Salem Witches

Halloween Concert
Saturday, October 31
8-9 PM
Hanes Auditorium, Salem Fine Arts Center

The Salem College Choirs invite the public to a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment for Halloween.

Works include "The Witches' Chorus" from Verdi's Macbeth, selections from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Fauré's Pavane. This event is FREE.

Salem College Choirs, on Facebook
Salem College

Local In Memory

Oakwood Drive

Friday, October 23, 2009

Find them next to the French Rounds

You know how on top of a Moravian sugarcake there are those sort of pools of brown sugar, and how if you eat strategically, you can sometimes have a bite that tastes of pure buttery, cinnamony sweetness, with not even a hint of the potato flour cake underneath? These little morsels from The Fresh Market taste exactly like that bite. Not at all cult-friendly, but holy, are they tears-to-your-eyes delicious.

The Fresh Market

Local Art

parking lot, Edward McKay

NEW CONTEST: In Retrospect

... And now my eyes have betrayed me. Once upon a time, I was the possessor of perfect vision. This made me happy.

Recently I've found myself holding menus and other printed items at arm's length in a futile attempt to bring them into focus. Alas, my eyes have outgrown my arms, and now the only thing perfect about my vision is my 20/20 hindsight.

Hey, how's your hindsight?

Your mission: We've had some great photo contests here, haven't we? Pick one (or three) previous LiF photo contests you didn't win. Submit the photo you should have taken, the one you could have sent in, the one that would have won. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

The previous LiF photo contests:
Please specify in which contest your entry would've been a contender.

  • 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.
  • This time, you MAY NOT submit a previously submitted, non-accoladed photo. It would completely miss the point, yanno?
  • 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, October 30th 2009.

An esteemed judge (or two) with splendid hindsight will select one winner. Not the only 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 Barnes & Noble, purveyor of books I can no longer read without glasses.

my phonophoto: Reading glasses. Mine. I feel like Methuselah.


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Moss Gatherer

She was born July 15, 1935 at home on Edwards Farm Road, King, NC where she resided until her death.

I've always wondered what it would be like to live a whole life in one place. We've lived in this house now for almost 5 and a half years, and that's the longest I've lived in any one residence since I was 15.

Also from Mrs. Tuttle's obituary: "She leaves big shoes to fill."

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Boom Boom

This week has been a festival of madness from Monday on, and tomorrow promises to fit in nicely. It's "dress as a book character day" for grades K-2. Shown is the youngest's costume.

The older students may decorate pumpkins as book characters. I threatened to shame the oldest at Skatehaven (elementary school spirit night) by doing Shoot The Moons And Other Fantastical Roller Tricks if he so much as thought about adding to the craft mayhem. He considered it for a second, but when I did an impressive leap across the kitchen, ending with a gymnastics pose worthy of an Olympian, he elected to forgo this pumpkin decorating opportunity.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Local Calavera

Wall of the lounge, The Enrichment Center