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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

outside Cricket's Nest, 4401 Country Club

So, listen, when I do have the bizarre accident that leads to my untimely demise? I want one of these for my headstone.

Rain Shmain

There was no way we were going to let a little drizzle keep us from coming out to see "B", aka Mike Bennett, play in tonight's Summer on Trade concert.

green is lucky

Accordingly you'll find plenty of it in the new local etsy love that went up this morning in the righthand column.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

The oldest with part of his band, Doomz Day

To use the middle school mot o' the moment, tonight's performance was "epic", which is also the descriptor the oldest chose for the week of rock band camp that preceded it.


Jackson's Music

No need to park here anymore

Which is BEYOND FANTASTIC. I don't even have to come back for six MONTHS.

Really, did I ever think things would turn out differently? No, of course not, because you and I both know that I'm going to be taken out in a far more absurd manner. Like self-strangulation with a hula hoop at a yoga studio (headline suggestion: Tragedy on Trade!). Or loss of life whilst sewing the children's Halloween wear (Cos-DOOM!). Regardless, something far less mundane.

But since February I've been a tad worried. A few people knew at that time, and a few more learned in June and July as the show really ramped up (Party @ 10 PM @ Club MRI!). Without exception they all showered me with love. Sometimes even in the form of cake or cheese.
Me: It cannot possibly be bad news, because I've gained weight! I'm eating my emotions!

Dr. Votanopoulos: That is not really a good screening technique.
Ah, yes, Dr. Votanopoulos, who today made my day with his pronouncement of see you in six MONTHS. I didn't dare tell the youngest my doctor was an actual Greek-from-Greece, because he would have wanted me to pepper poor Dr. V. with questions about Hoplites and other things completely unrelated, and frankly I was too busy resisting my own awful urges for irrelevant conversational sidetracks .
1. Which one would sound more like "Oops": Οοπσ or Οοψ?
2. So is For Your Eyes Only your favorite Bond flick, or what?
3. I only remember one word from all the Attic Greek I studied in high school, ho klops - the thief. I just thought you should know.
4. What euphemism do you use in place of, "It's all Greek to me"? Because it really wouldn't make sense if you said that.
Maybe I'll throw a few of those out when I see Dr. Votanopoulos in January 2011, but right now I'm too busy beaming like an idiot because the world is stuck with me. And I'm stuck with the world.

At least until I suffer a bizarre accident while admiring my beloved Poultry and Pigeons during the Dixie Classic (Duck, Duck, DEATH!).


WFUBMC Comprehensive Cancer Center

Friday, July 23, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Country Club Road

DFMSATSC

my Salsa (sadly non-tomato-based, so ineligible)

You have a week and a smidge to enter; the deadline for signing up via e-form is August 1st.

Downtown Farmers Market
Seventh Annual
Tomato Salsa Contest
Tuesday, August 3rd
set up 11 AM, judging begins 11:30 AM


entry form
Downtown Farmers Market

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Fifth Street

Local Repurposeful

window, The Other Half, 560 N. Trade

I very much love this yard art made of recycled cutlery by Moonshine Metalworks. The dragonfly especially made me giddy; I came THIS CLOSE to spontaneous sidewalk applause.

Swoon!

five years ago

I love photobooths madly and use them pretty much every chance I get, which is why I find this local business utterly AMAZING. Rest assured I'll be needling Esbette to include them in her upcoming nuptial arrangements.

(Also for the PTA/PTSA power peeps, I would happily pay more if it were used for a school fundraiser. Just sayin'.)

Local Give the Gift of Life

Ardmore Baptist Church
(501 Miller Street)
is hosting a
BLOOD DRIVE
Thursday, July 29th, 2010
3 PM - 7 PM


American Red Cross of Northwest NC
Ardmore Baptist Church

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

bulletin board, Lowes Foods

I'm not sure why I cannot so much as think about something called "Indoor Urban Paintball" without shuddering. Maybe it's because we've been at war for so long, because I feel certain as a teenager I would have thought it quite a cool diversion*. Currently however, I don't find it in the least amusing.


*I wouldn't have done it myself, mind, but I would have enjoyed watching friends play. I'm a notoriously awful shot and would have begged off accordingly.

CompRehab

We don't take a break during the summer. Thankfully a good bit of the youngest's therapy is play-oriented.

Hrm...

Hula Hooping - An Introduction
with Monica Casey
Saturday, July 24th
10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Yoga Gallery
633 N. Trade


Hooping for fitness with larger, heavier "modern" size hoops is a unique, fun way to blow off steam while burning hundreds of calories per hour. What may seem like a playful get together is actually an intense core and full body workout that will have you sweating... and laughing... in no time.

Local fitness instructor Monica Casey is very enthusiastic about bringing hoops back to the masses with her Winston Salem based company Monkey Hooper.

You must pre-register; space is limited. $20 fee, hoops will be supplied for classtime.


Given my complete failure at yoga, I'm apprehensive about trying this. Also, it seems like I might possibly accidentally kill myself. Hoop... in public... I'm thinking strangulation.


Monkey Hooper
Yoga Gallery

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

(Guest) Phonophoto of the day

West Vernon Avenue, Kinston, NC
by Yarddawg

Shoutout from Lenoir to Forsyth, from RJR Country to RJR Headquarters!

I don't know what my favorite part of Yarddawg's phonophoto is, there are so many fantastic elements.

Local Acts of Creation

The Enrichment Center

Blueberry Blitz?

Don't mind if I do.

Wear your Tropical Wear & Bring your Kids

"Bring Trader Joe's to Winston-Salem"
a Facebook Group of 4400+ of your coolest neighbors
invites
you and yours
to be in a music video
Saturday, July 24th
2:45 PM
BB&T Ballpark

(Our dear own SueMo wrote the lyrics, FYI, so obviously this song rocks.)


Read the lyrics and hear the music
"Bring Trader Joe's to Winston-Salem"
BB&T Ballpark
Helen of Troy er, Trader Joe's

Monday, July 19, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Will Salsa never learn to call shotgun?

"What are you going to do while you wait?" my husband asks.

"For my eyes? For the dilation to wear off? How long does it take, anyway?"

"Not long."

"Um, wander around the mall, I suppose. I'll take that one with me."

I gesture with a fork at the oldest as he walks past on the way back from the pantry yet again, oblivious to our conversation, focused on food and granola bar in hand.

"And what's he going to do?"

"He can look at stuff. He's at the stuff age. Oh, did I tell you?"

"Tell me what?"

"Last night he oh-so-casually said, and I quote, I usually wear a leather jacket."

"He doesn't even have a leather jacket."

"I think he's interested in acquiring one."

"Tell him denim's cooler."

"I think he's that age now. The age where we have to watch him make fashion choices we may think aren't the best."

My husband laughs. "Remember those really wide-legged Girbaud jeans? I had some."

"Marithe-Francois, ew, yes. Tell the truth: did you ever have a leather trench?"

"No."

"Um... a brightly-colored leather jacket with enormous shoulder pads? Or a Members Only jacket?"

"No and no."

"A denim jacket with leather shoulders?"

"Yes, a Guess one. And I had something worse."

"Fold-over jeans?"

"God no."

"Overalls? Harem pants?"

"I had Levi overalls, but those weren't bad. They were pretty normal. No to the harem pants."

"What then?"

"Ready?"

"Hang on, let me put this plate down. I want to be able to laugh with both hands. OK, I'm ready."

"Purple parachute pants. Tight ones with zippers."

"Exxxxcellent."

"I bet the youngest would think so."

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

War in Boovieland

Recently I was out watering a hydrangea which was wilting from the recent hot, dry spell. I was minding my own business when suddenly it felt like my left arm was being brutalized with a welding torch. When I looked a yellow jacket was tearing my arm up. Yellow jackets, unlike bees and wasps which sting only once, can sting and keep on stinging. The singeing pain in my arm continued unabated for six hours.

Luckily it was just one soldier and not a swarm as often can be the case. My youngest son once stepped on a yellow jacket nest in a neighbor's yard when he was about 12 years old. A swarm of these nasty varmints got up into his shorts. Several stings later and almost completely naked he came screaming into the house. He was in a mess.

I am generally very tolerate of stinging creatures. If they don't bother me, I don't bother them. I prefer peaceful coexistence, but now the truce has been broken. Yellow jackets refuse to negotiate with humans. Thusly, I have officially declared war. Chemical war.

Yellow jackets get more and more aggressive as summer progresses. Late summer and fall they can become extremely dangerous which is a shame because yellow jackets are beneficial predators of other destructive insects. So, like LBJ, it is with heavy heart that I take this step.

Here's what I did:

1. Intelligence gathering. Know your enemy. Firstly (from a safe distance) I located the underground nesting area by observing the area. I found a small hole in the ground where workers were entering and leaving. If necessary try to carefully mark the area. Yellow jackets are active and aggressive during the day and return to the nest at dusk and are vulnerable during this period. I also scouted the area for quick unimpeded escape routes. In other words I was looking for areas to haul buggy in case I got chased.

2. Stockpiling of arsenal. I purchased one of those aerosol sprays labeled for wasps, hornets, and pissed off yellow jackets which emit a killing stream from about 10-12 feet. The attack needs to take place from a safe distance sort of like a cruise missile.

3. Patience. I waited till dusk, almost nightfall, but with enough light to see the target and see my pre-planned escape route. I also waited for calm conditions. I quietly circled and waited. This is important: Do not attack a yellow jacket nest in daylight. Also do not wait until too late in the evening so I flashlight would be required because the light might alert the enemy.

4. The Mission. Once the insecticide button is squeezed, I say squeeze like hell. Be brutal. Do not use short bursts. Squeeze for 30-45 seconds minimum. Then immediately squeeze again for another 30 seconds. This hopefully will suppress any trying to escape and do bodily harm.

5. Re-scout. Check the area the following day. Watch for any activity. Follow the same procedures outlined above and launch a follow-up attack (weather permitting) the next evening. I might even consider a third or fourth attack just because.

There are some who recommend a "green" approach to taking on these critters. One solution is to pour boiling water right down the hole. I don't like this idea for several reasons.
  1. This requires being right at ground zero; the nest opening. Ground vibrations can also alert the nesting yellow jackets. Once alerted and attacking what are you going to do with a gallon or two of boiling water. Several things can happen and none of them are good.
  2. Boiling water can not only scald the intended critter but can scald you as well.
  3. Boiling water can cause harm/death to plants if the nest is near the root zone of the plant as mine is. I consider this solution foolish.
Whatever you do be careful when messing with these critters. Read this from NC Cooperative Extension for more information.
- Yarddawg

Local Skills

Canning and Freezing Basics
Reynolda Manor Branch Library
Wednesday, July 21st
10:30 AM

Sure, it saves money and is healthier and better for the environment to have fresh vegetables right out of your garden... but do you know how to preserve your vegetables so you can enjoy their fresh taste (and save money) in the winter? Join us at the Reynolda Manor Library to learn the basics of safely preserving your harvest through canning and freezing.


(Bolding mine) Even better reason to attend.

Reynolda Manor Branch Library

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

At dinner tonight the waiter suggested the oldest try Strawberry Ramune, a Japanese soda. The bottle is opened by hitting a plastic piece stored in the cap downward, which if done with enough force looses a clear, glass marble acting as a stopper. The marble then clanks around loose in the top portion of the glass bottle while the contents flow past. I snagged a sip (parental poison check prerogative), and it's frankly delicious, very reminiscent of Fanta Fresa.

Mizu

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

By popular demand...

Local etsy love will now be updating weekly in its home in the right column.

Accordingly some new lovin' went up today.

As always previous local etsy loves can be seen by clicking on the LifeinForsyth at the bottom of the local etsy love box.

Thank you for supporting local artisans.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

The youngest heads into the last evening of Vacation Bible School at Mt. Tabor UMC, theme: Galactic Blast. He thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and sang a goodbye to VBS song (original composition) the duration of the trip home, ending on a jaunty ooh-ooh-yeah just as we pulled into the driveway.

Jiffy Lube, Stratford Road

I've spent the day catching up on paperwork, which is how the vehicle registration expiration fifteen days hence came to light. Accordingly I hotfooted it thisaways to get the car inspected. Thankfully everyone else whose registration expires this month appears to have addressed it in a more timely manner, so there was no line whatsoever. (Note to self: STOP with the stacking paper thing already.)

Local Say Yes to the Frozen Goodness

This Sunday, July 18th is National Ice Cream Day!

Accordingly I recommend you follow my lead and celebrate with a cone of delicious handmade ice cream for only $1 at Blue Ridge Ice Creams.

While you're there, submit a pink flavor idea; Blue Ridge is developing flavors for the Komen Race for the Cure day this coming fall.

Blue Ridge Ice Creams

And the winner is...

(of this contest)

First, meet your judge, who needs no introduction but whose identity was kept from you so that I wouldn't get 800 entries involving hot dogs or racecars from Kville. Ladies and Gentlemen, put your hands together for...

KT!

(KT earns bonus points for her own reflective shot.) Her judgely decision is as follows:

Honorable mention will go to the little boy in the mirror... he looks totally awesome and has that look of excitement that only a child can have.

Congratulations, JULIE!

The winner of the contest is going to be the photo of the hot rod wheel where you can see the woman in the dress walking by.... my love for Heavy Rebel Weekender makes that photo near and dear to my heart (and because there were probably women mud wrestling a block up from that wheel)

And the winner is...
KATIE BOND FORD!


Katie Bond Ford, please email me to arrange delivery of your fabulous prize package. Everyone else, another photo contest will launch in the next week or two, so keep your cameraphones primed and ready.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Looking for ghosts at Old Salem. This book on the subject is one of the items the youngest is currently working toward, via chores and other household reward-earning activities. My children are so utterly different that if they didn't look so much alike, I'd wonder if there'd been an oopsie at the hospital.

Local Face

Imagine being greeted by this face every morning. Imagine this face at the door each evening, celebrating another safe return. Imagine every time you have a rotten day, for whatever reason, this face happily coming to check on you, collapsed on the sofa with your shoes still on.

This is Hudson. He'd reallyreallyreally like his face to be your favorite.

First you'll need to go get him.
photo credit: FCAC

Local Shalom

Ice Cream * Music * Prizes
Sunday, July 18
3 PM - 6 PM
Grace Court Park, Fourth Street

The youngest and I attended this event last year and had quite a blast.

The Shalom Project

Local Thank You


Homegrown tomatoes. For me, for calling the owners of the loose dogs to tell them their dogs were loose in the first place and at my fence visiting my dogs.

An hour later I spotted them in the parking lot of Lowes Foods and hurried to catch up to them, calling out, because I have such a gift for names, "Excuse me! Are you The Dog People?" They turned around smiling, told me yes, yes, and the dog is fine, a cut on his muzzle but otherwise fine. I thanked them for the tomatoes, we commiserated for the poor driver, whose name I never knew but would have forgotten anyway, let's be honest, and then I went into Lowes to shop for spinach to go with the tomatoes.

Local New and Improved

"Welcome to the new website for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. We hope you find the new site easy to use and visually appealing."

I actually navigated the old website with distinct ease. I'll have to add "learn new website's quirks*" to my back-to-school list.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

* for example, I was trying to find the 2011-2012 calendar that was just approved, and I had to look under 2010-11 Calendars to find it, because while it is, in fact a link to the 2010-11 calendars, it also leads to a general calendars area, a link to which is not on the front page. See? Not rocket science but quirks.

Local Gourd-ita

Gourd Society Meeting
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
6 - 9 PM
Bolton Home and Garden Building
Gate 9
Dixie Classic Fairgrounds

Gourd Society Meeting, craftwork, artistic decoration and competition are just small details of the Gourd Society. Learn how to cultivate and the gourds' historical uses. There's so much more...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Local Help Needed

Have you ever participated in a Habitat Wall Build? Now is your chance. We have two upcoming dates to involve the community and space is still available!

A wall build is a short commitment of your time, that lasts a lifetime. You will participate with others to build all the walls for a Habitat House in around 4 hours and you'll have the opportunity to sign a 2x4 that will help hold up those walls!

Dates: July 17th and August 7th

Times for both dates: 7:45 AM - 12:00 NOON

Location: The Habitat warehouse, located behind the office at 339 Witt Street. Park in the Oakwood parking lot to the East of Habitat.

Who can volunteer:
If you are 16 and older... you help by yourself. If you are 14 -15, you can volunteer with parent and help together!

To sign up for the wall build, contact:
Sherry Flynn 336-765-8854 Ext. 105 or email her.


Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County

Local Biannual

Behold the brilliant refreshment station for parents at our awesome pediatric dentist's office. I always wait on dental days to drink my coffee for this reason.

Dr. Tina Merhoff and Associates

Local Interaction with the Neighbors

To: The Woman Who Hit the Dog in Front of my House This Morning

It wasn't your fault. You stopped when you saw the loose dogs. You only started to drive again when the dogs' owner waved you on. You couldn't have known the dog would pick that moment to run across the street. I think the dog is OK; you were going maybe five mph, and he went sort of under your SUV, not under a wheel, and he got up and ran away when you stopped.

-----

To: The Owners of the Dogs

I hope you found him. I'm glad you got the other two safely. I hope the dog that got hit is OK. I hope you're OK, too, as OK as one can be after seeing one's dog get hit.

-----

To: The Woman Who Hit the Dog

THIS WAS NOT YOUR FAULT. I understand why you were so shaken, so upset, but please don't let any of that upset be self-blame, because you did nothing wrong. NOTHING.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

These fantastalicious paintings in the process of being arranged are from artist Kat Lamp, whose joint show with Jeff Irving, "Things and Stuff", opens this Friday, July 16th, from 7 PM - 10 PM at the Electric Moustache Gallery (211 E. Third). She very nicely let me come in to peek and ooh and ahh and basically fall all over myself until I reached a state of complete idiocy. Yay, me!

Krankies, and the sky just opened


Krankies

Local Yums

The youngest chose the nearby Mayberry on Miller Street for his post-CompRehab lunch. Good call, because today is Two-Scoop Tuesday. (shown: his corndog plate, Esbette's Hot Chicken Sandwich and my Mayberry Delight.)

Mayberry

You have until 5 PM tomorrow

To get your entries in. (Or not -- I'm sure the current entrants rather like the odds as they stand now.)

Bring Your Dinged-Up Goods

Replacements, Ltd. Silver Repair Clinic
Friday & Saturday, July 16th-17th
9 AM - 5 PM
1089 Knox Road, McLeansville

Silversmiths will be available to show you what can be done to restore and repair your sterling silver and silverplate heirlooms in ways you never thought possible!

Replacements, Ltd. silver artisans will examine your hollowware and flatware, and give estimates on the cost of repairs, replating, and polishing.

There is no charge for this service.

(Our most common restoration work includes repairing pieces damaged by garbage disposals, removing dents from hollowware, and replacing knife blades.)


One of my favorite wedding gifts was from my aunt, my mother's sister, who is an interior designer and has exceptional taste. She gave us three, antique serving pieces, each one charming and mismatched and from an estate sale, I would bet. I love the serving fork especially, as it looks quite like a pitchfork in shape. I have a hard time simply serving the green beans with it rather than stabbing them and chucking them over my shoulder exuberantly.

Replacements, Ltd.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Goliath, interior hallway, Mount Tabor UMC classroom area

(opposite wall: David)

Local FoRm Stone

First Street

We called it Permastone in DC. My mother hated the look of it. I found it kind of kitschy and thought it could potentially be rocked. This wasn't quite the approach I had in mind, however.

Finally!

Rain! We're so happy. Accordingly we've spent the day doing rainy day things; there's now an elaborate fort under the dining room table, for example.

note to self: yikes, patio needs weeding.

Local Renaissance

This is quite possibly the coolest slideshow ever.

Fitting, as it's part of one of the coolest projects ever.

What is an Art-o-mat?
Art-o-mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art.

What do you get from an Art-o-mat?
The experience of pulling the knob alone is quite a thrill, but you also walk away with an original work of art. What an easy way to become an art collector.


Art-o-mat

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

harvesting onions

Local Loss

"She was a member of Love's United Methodist Church and was famous for her special tea served at all Church social occasions."

I adore this idea, this special tea. I have no idea if it's hot tea or sweet tea or green tea or what, but I love signature food items madly on principle.


Love's UMC

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

outside Costco, Hanes Mall Boulevard

Biweekly Awesomeness

New local etsy love is up in the righthand column. Go have a peek.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

These metal benches at WFUBMC are nowhere near as comfie as I hoped*. They're very oddly proportioned, as if made for people with 48 inch long femurs but really short little spines. I ended up sitting like a two year old on a bus seat, with my legs sort of jutting out.

* I didn't need to sit, per se, but they looked so intriguingly sleek and modern that I felt compelled to. And then they weren't comfie. And it was tragic.

Cackalacky, Land of Tabacky Gorgeous Produce


Tomorrow, Saturday July 10th, from noon - 4 PM, please come to my grocery of choice, the Lowes Foods at Sherwood Plaza (Robinhood & Peacehaven).

Pilot Mountain Pride, a local food initiative supporting mid-sized food farmers making the shift from growing tobacco to growing food crops, will be on scene holding a farmer's market. You will find fresh, high quality local produce and have the opportunity to meet some of local farmers who grow it.

My beloved Lowes location will be carrying Pilot Mountain Pride produce items instore as well, so please next time you shop, look for the logo and support our local farms as they make this transition.

(Noble's Grille is also using Pilot Mountain Pride produce in their dishes. Yay, Noble's!)

Pilot Mountain Pride
Lowes Foods
Nobles Grille

Local DirtyDirtyDirty

Boy Scout Troop 926 is holding a community carwash!

Bring your filth-encrusted vehicles to Maple Springs UMC (2569 Reynolda) this Saturday, July 10th, between 8 am and 4 pm.

All donations go toward Troop activities including camping and other excellent and character-building excursions involving no screentime whatsoever.

Maple Springs UMC

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

behind the Millennium Center

Local Neighborly

outside Kindred Spirits, Trade Street

Local Downtown Evacuation

Liberty & Fifth

At least the fire department is already on the scene for when the workers start falling over with heat exhaustion. Gah, what a day to evacuate.

Rats

Boo, it's just as oppressively hot at the creek at Pilot Mountain. Accordingly we beat a hasty retreat.

ISO Local Santa Types

Senior Services is collecting items for "Christmas in July" to help local seniors in need. Please suggest that your office, social group, or other civic or faith organization consider participating. Individual "Santas" are also encouraged. Please bring donations to Senior Services (2895 Shorefair Drive) by the end of July; letters for tax purposes are gladly given.

Wish List
Hygiene/Health:
  • Adult diapers
  • Bar soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Anti-bacterial liquid soap
  • Moisture lotion/cream (Vaseline Intensive Care)
  • Pillboxes
  • Adult wipes/baby wipes/moist towelettes
Food Items:
  • Boost or Ensure (plain, vanilla and chocolate)
  • Small canned hams
  • Canned chicken, tuna or salmon
  • Crackers/cheese crackers
  • Canned fruit or fruit cups
  • Peanut butter/peanut butter crackers
  • Cereal
  • Jell-O cups
  • Sugar-free pudding cups
Household Helps:
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent
Personal Care Items:
  • Toothpaste
  • Denture adhesive
  • Denture cleanser
  • Nail clippers
  • Lip balm
  • Brushes/combs
Other:
  • Socks
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Batteries

Senior Services

Local Store of Mystery!


Yesterday evening en route to Edward McKay I spotted a new awning in the Towers shopping center (where SpaceSavers is).

1. re: the logo. My first thought was, "That would make an excellent bookplate image," which I assume was because I had books on the brain being as I was, as I said, on my way to McKay's, which is my very favoritest bookmonger in town. (Seriously, you should see how they mong those books!)

2. re: the website, however. Is it over? Did we miss The Trunk Show? Did the fabulous awning arrive too late? Did we?

3. re: the storefront. I resisted the urge to creep up and look in, because hi, it's me. With my luck I would have cupped my hands, peered into what I thought was an empty window, and been looking directly into the eyes of someone two inches away looking out at me*. Not happily, I might add.

Someone surely must know something about this. Spill the deets, please.

* I may or may not have done this before.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Directly above this cat is a ceiling fan.

Local Scenic Vista

Village Tavern, classic location

The oldest and I joined Esbette for a quick lunch at VT. My Tavern House Salad was the bomb diggity, and the oldest had the Bacon Cheeseburger. No worries, I took a bite of his to check for poison. Deadly? No. Delicious? YES.

For the Birds

The oldest christened ours McBirdie's

I love my email. Every morning I wake up and have the great joy of unexpected missives from unexpected quarters. On any given morning I am surprised with recipes, event notices, recommendations, thank yous, questions, and advice, often from someone I've never even had the honor of meeting.

This morning I found an email from LiF Reader DK, whom I do have the pleasure of knowing, with a quite sad story of watching a bird yesterday trying to find water and a reminder not to forget our feathered friends during this drought and heat. He nicely suggested that I ask all of you to set out a saucer (or larger) of water. I would suggest in the shade, so as not to boil our feathered friends alive.