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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

The cloud cover this afternoon looked like an army of cotton balls.

Also I'm covered with strange growths

Maple Springs UMC on Reynolda has opened their pumpkin patch, and they have all manner of varieties. My favorites this year are green and have sort of deep separations between segments, not unlike a Bundt cake.

The youngest picked out four small pumpkins to represent the members of our family. His is an utterly cute, wee one, and his brother's looks much the same but is slightly larger. I am a decidedly squat, reddish number, alas.

Maple Springs UMC

Local Loss

Czech. He spoke Czech. No, that's wrong, dogs don't speak. He responded to commands in Czech.

Tyson, one of the Winston-Salem Police Department's highly-trained K-9 canines, died Tuesday evening.

He was eight years old, and had been partnered with Officer M.A. Ford since 2004, assisting in the apprehension of numerous offenders and locating thousands of dollars worth of illegal narcotics.

Rest in Peace, Tyson. Thank you.

WSPD K-9 Units

Local Contest BUT MAKE IT QUICK!

SueMo is running this one...

Dixie Classic Fair Contest!

Krispy Kreme Burgers? Pulliam's Celebrating their 100th Birthday, and so much more.

Dixie Classic Fair starts tomorrow!

In honor of this epic event, I would like to offer a $20 gift card to the LOCALLY-OWNED W-S restaurant of the winner's choice.

Guess the weight of the largest pumpkin at the fair this year, and the person who comes closest is the winner.

Send your guess to localdishws@gmail.com. (You can also share it here in comments, but you don't have to.)

While you wait to see who wins, get busy checking out the Local Dish Winston-Salem blog so you can pick your restaurant wisely.

Contest ends at 10 AM tomorrow; gates to the fair open at 11.

Thank you, SueMo! What an awesome contest! A reminder that last year's pumpkin was the biggest ever, coming in at 1257.8 lbs. That tidbit may or may not help you educate your guess.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Electric Moustache Gallery, Krankies

Speaking of Día de los Muertos...

We were speaking of that, weren't we? If not we should have been, for once upon a time my calavera doorstop entry was snubbed by the Dixie Classic judges* in spite of being muy artistic and original. I'm still recovering. (Hold me!)

One day, mis amigos, one day!

The Day of the Dead: The Creation and Transformation of a Mexican National Symbol
a lecture and discussion at the Museum of Anthropology
Wake Forest University
Thursday, September 30
7 PM

In conjunction with MOA’s annual Days of the Dead exhibit, Dr. Stanley Brandes, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss how tourism has helped shape the Day of the Dead tradition in Mexico. This event is FREE.

* I am sad to announce that, alas, this year's entry didn't reach completion in time -- something about humidity and how long concrete takes to dry. Also about procrastination. But mostly about concrete. ¡Perdóname!

Museum of Anthropology, WFU

The youngest named him Roosevelt

The absence of any brown gave us pause (folklorically the more brown on a wooly bear the milder the winter will be), but ultimately we brought him inside and poked airholes in a Ziploc container. He'll hang indoors noshing on fresh grass daily until he gets sluggish, then we'll put him on the porch to hibernate.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

En Garde!

Kernersville Parks & Recreation Department

Barnes & Noble, Hanes Mall Boulevard

I absolutely loathe the recent trend of bookstores selling a whole lot of not-actually-a-book-or-even-related-to-a-book items. That said, I am a fan of these plates. They remind me of those metal shavings and magnet faces (Wooly Willy?) we had growing up.

My mother used to distribute those during the long cartrips to Maine in desperate yet ultimately futile attempts to keep my brother and I from amusing ourselves by tormenting the other. Inevitably by about, oh, The Garden State Parkway, my mother would be white-knuckling the steering wheel and growling through gritted teeth, "Nobody is to touch anyone, reach toward anyone, look at anyone or even BREATHE at anyone," the last being a direct address to my brother who delighted in exhaling loudly in my direction until I shrieked.

Ah, good times. Gooood times.

Local Soprano

Souvenir: A Centenary Tribute to Pauline Viardot-García
Saturday, October 2
rescheduled for Saturday, October 9
7:30 PM - 9 PM
Brendle Recital Hall
Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University adjunct faculty and alumna Mary Mendenhall, soprano, presents a recital of works composed, arranged, or performed by Pauline Viardot-García, one of the greatest operatic figures of the nineteenth century.

Ms. Mendenhall will be assisted by pianist Thomas Turnbull and WFU Professor of Music Teresa Radomski, soprano.

Admission is FREE.

Wake Forest University

Monday, September 27, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

(I feel like I should know what type of tree this is.)

So I'm working on a spreadsheet for next week


For Maximum Friday After-School Fair Enjoyment, I think we're going with:

Agricadabra: 3 PM
Acrobatic Sway Poles: 4 PM
Pets Overboard: 5 PM
Demolition Derby: 7:30 PM

It is a Wendy's ride day, but I don't think we'll pony up $20 on Friday for wristbands; I'd rather do that Monday (also a Wendy's ride day) when I suspect lines will be shorter.

We've left ourselves a generous opening for dinner* and a lot of time for exhibit-perusing (Legos, giant pumpkin, FANCY CHICKENS, etc.), and we'll enter the fair near the ice rink building so we can pop in and pick up some maple sugar cotton candy. Whee!

* We'll hit one of the church/civic group booths. Specific recs always welcome.

Dixie Classic Fair 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

I only cried when she came down the aisle, I promise.

If I orange it, fall will come

New local etsy love is up in the right column. I'm hoping the autumnal hues will magically lower the outside temperature by, oh, a good twenty, twenty-five degrees, because I am completely ready for chunky sweater season.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

The art teacher at the elementary school saves marker caps for the students to use as material for sculptures. I love the way they look and now lament every marker cap I've ever thoughtlessly, carelessly thrown away.

Digits, Thruway

Apparently Bridal Trend 2010 for nails is "glittery". Goodness, times have changed; I shocked Esbette by asking if she had bought her hose already, remembering, as I was, my own silk wedding hose* fondly. Apparently Bridal Trend 2010 for legs is "bare".

I forewarned all present that if any of them darken the door for my funeral with bare legs, I'll find a way back and pinch them repeatedly. Hi, I died, the least you can do is wear hose for like TWO HOURS.

* One of only two times in my life I've worn silk, real silk, hose. I highly recommend it.

Yoohoo! Hey, you!

Lilly Martin Spencer (1822-1902)
The Young Husband: First Marketing
circa 1854
oil on canvas
29-1/2 x 24-3/4 inches
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Scott L. Probasco, Jr.

So Reynolda House Museum of American Art just opened a new exhibit called Virtue, Vice, Wisdom & Folly: the Moralizing Tradition in American Art, set to run through the end of the year. Above is one of my favorite works in the exhibit, because it's interesting to see how the blundering husband is such a timeless theme. Seriously, that is Everybody Loves Raymond up there in fine art form.


I saw you, sitting there feeling under-intellectual, wishing you'd paid more attention in history classes, maybe taken art history in college. The thing is, you've been letting this sense of intimidation keep you out of one of Winston's best offerings.


This Saturday, in conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine's 6th annual Museum Day, admission to Reynolda House is FREE for two people with a Museum Day ticket.

So no more excuses. It's free, it's local, and it's fabulous.


Guesswhatguesswhatguesswhat! The brilliant curator of this exhibit did something amazing for kids.

(Yes, kids should visit. Admission for children is always FREE, and if you start taking them to art museums young, they'll grow up with a lifelong interest in art and won't feel intimidated like someone else when they're older.)

This is called an exhibit rucksack, and it's yours for the borrowing while in the gallery! It's filled with items to find in the works themselves, as well as questions you might want to ask and background info. Like see the rubbery chicken? Now look at the painting at the top of this post. Yes! You've got it! Yay!

So, to recap:
  • bring kids
  • release all Reynolda House inhibitions forever!

Virtue, Vice, Wisdom & Folly exhibit
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Museum Day

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Hanes Mall Boulevard

I am - and this is putting it mildly - not a fan of decorative stuff all over cars. On the road, I frankly don't care which beach you frequent, what your monogram is, for whom you voted (or didn't), or what your personal belief system might entail. When on the road, I just care how you drive.

However, for every rule, there is an exception. This, my friends, is the exception. I would be tickled pink if EVERY SINGLE EXTRA TIRE COVER looked this awesome.

More car art, y'all!

T minus 2 days until wedding

My husband didn't like my dress when I tried it on for him. He didn't say he didn't like my dress, but his face did.

When I stated matter-of-factly, "You don't like it," he sort of head-bobbed from shoulder to shoulder, then shrugged.

"It's OK..."

Uh, no.

So I've spent the last two days finding a backup option. I've been - no exaggeration - all over town. I've zipped in and out of places at the speed of light. In one store I tried on no less than seven dresses in ten minutes, dismissing each one with the mercy of the Terminator.
  1. My décolletage and I would like to thank you for inviting us to your wedding!
  2. I'm only staying until it's time to go to work on the streets.
  3. After this, I'm emigrating to a military dictatorship, and I plan to be very high up in the government.
  4. Look! I brought my own napkin!
  5. Yes, you're staring, but it's not your fault; my hips put everyone into a hypnotic trance.
  6. Hey, anyone want to go outside and key cars with me?
  7. The assignment on this episode of Project Runway began with, "First kill a Muppet."
Happily I finally found a separates option in one of my favorite colors, charcoal grey.

And now I return to you! I missed this place! And all of you!

(And yes, I've noted the insanity of this barely putting a dent in my stride, blogwise, but dress-shopping for a special occasion utterly hobbling me.)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Stracciatella gelato, Blue Ridge

Also this Saturday...

The tour will feature 8 homes (dating from 1910 -1955), two historic churches and the original Ardmore School (now Redeemer Presbyterian). Also enjoy special presentations, live music and other activities! Mark your calendars and purchase your tickets today!

Tucked in between Lowes Foods and Sew Original

How long has this been here in Sherwood Plaza? I feel like it snuck in when my back was turned.

Coming soon to Silas Creek Crossing

No idea when the Grand Opening is, but the hours contain this intriguing bit: Monday - Saturday 11 AM - UNTIL

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Phonophoto of the day


The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Don't Make the BIG Houseplant Mistake

I was grateful to receive a pineapple, courtesy of Esbee recently. The plant arrived very healthy, and I hope to keep it that way although I know next to nothing about pineapple culture other than it likes bright light. But I do know this: the cute containers many florists provide -you know those handy baskets or faux pots with that bladder like lining- will ensure almost certain plant death. Why? Because the same material which prevents water from damaging your furniture will trap water and drown your houseplants in short order.

The first thing I did was to remove the plant from the death bladder. It will be re-potted at some point in a glazed pot with a drain hole placed on a tray and NEVER let to stand in water. Also NEVER put stones in the bottom of the pot or use anything other than a good quality potting soil. Don't use yard dirt. It will not drain properly and will increase the chance of a soil borne disease. Standing in water for an extended period will kill most plants by either rotting the roots or drowning whichever comes first. Far more plants are killed by over watering than by under watering.

By providing the correct lighting requirements, letting the soil almost dry completely between watering to keep the soil barely moist to the touch, feeding it with a balanced slow release fertilizer only during the active growing season, you should be good to go. Since most houseplants are tropical it's a good idea to move houseplants outdoors in summer to let them have something close to normal (humid) growing conditions with more frequent watering.
- Yarddawg

Youngest: Mommy, it's hot. I'm ready for fall. When's fall?

Me: Me, too! Tomorrow is the official start.

Youngest: It better not be like this tomorrow then.

Me: Well, I have some bad news for you.

- fin -


Must See Locally Beginning Friday

Showtimes, week of 9/24-9/30
Mao's Last Dancer
a/perture (311 W. Fourth)
Friday - 2:50, 5:20, 7:50 and 10:10
Saturday - 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50 and 10:10
Sunday - 12:20, 2:50 and 5:20
Monday thru Thursday - 5:30 and 8:30


Monday, September 20, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

I understand the rest of the world has different names for these things collectively called "months", but my internal calendar goes like this:
  • Snow Showers Mean Lanie Pope Spaz-Outs
  • The Room Moms Need Heart Shaped Doilies
  • I'm Not Irish
  • Drat, I Forgot to Plant Daffodils Again This Year
  • Good News, The Mosquitos Haven't Eaten The Fireflies Yet
  • School's Out, Let's Go Creekstomping
  • The Youngest Is A Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • If The Lawn is Brown And Crunchy It Must Be Time To Go To The Beach
  • Fine, Inhale The Aroma Of New Pink Pearl Erasers But Please Don't Let The Kids See
  • Did The Pilgrims Eat Tacos
  • Let's Make Gingerbread Cookies Every Single Day
THE MONTH OF AUTUMNAL GOODNESS is just around the corner, and the requisite accoutrements for reaching maximum fest levels are popping up locally. I cannot wait!

Governmental Local Awesomeness

This has to be the best DMV poster ever, here on the bulletin board at Lowes Foods, Sherwood Plaza. It's way funnier than one normally expects from the DMV. Or any bureaucracy, frankly.

Why am I at Lowes Foods on a Monday, ask those of you who know me and know I always do the week's shopping on Sunday afternoon. Well, because apparently while I was in Charlotte, the children subsisted on a diet best described as All The Things Mom Buys For Our Lunchboxes And Thinks She Has Enough Of To Last Another Week. Wasn't I surprised this morning at 6 a.m.

window of Body & Soul, Trade Street

I woke up feeling very... Monday today.

Local ¡Olé!

Saturday, September 25th
Fourth & Spruce, Downtown
Rain or Shine

Offering Latin Food, Live Music, Children's Area, Arts & Crafts and more.

Admission is $2 at the gate to benefit community programs.

The Hispanic League

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Gordon & Country Club, 4:47 PM

Phonophoto Montage of Awesome

Last night was an insane extravaganza, a sensory smorgasbord of meatballs and masks, of throw pillows and mirrored brassieres, of lingonberry soda and flaming organs (the kind with keyboards, no worries).

I attempted to take a phonophoto of the entire concert scene, but really, how do you fit 20,000 people into one frame? Lady Gaga et troupe were beyond amazing, completely ticketworthy, and so I have scant phonophotography of the actual performance because documenting it was the furthest thing from my mind. Anyway enjoy a few phonophotos below of random moments from the evening. (The society wedding was fun to peek at while we waited in downtown traffic.) Double-click on any phonophoto to biggify.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Actually there won't be a Phonophoto of the day today, as Esbette and I are off to Charlotte now, first to shop and eat IKEA, then to see Lady Gaga, because that is an über-classic entertainment combination, you'll all agree.

I'll post a Phonophoto Montage of Awesome tomorrow to compensate.


Guest Phonophoto from lc

lc just sent me this horrifying phonophoto from Rock the Block of my son's hand holding deep-fried Oreos.



New local etsy love is up in the righthand column, and among the other items of local goodness there are not one but TWO sweet edibles. (Also an enchanting vision of matrimonial bliss dedicated to Esbette and future Mr. Esbette.)

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

3400 block Robinhood Road

Local Anonymity

Trade & Sixth

The little white sticker is about an inch high, well wrinkled by exposure to the elements, and features a person wearing a suit with tie and an old-fashioned gasmask. At the bottom is printed ANONYMOUS 336.

Further information I have not. You?

Why are those people on my lawn?

I never tire of pretending Reynolda House is mine.

Locals helping locals

In 2009, the Clemmons Food Pantry provided over 680,000 pounds of groceries to Forsyth County families.

Join Your Friends & Neighbors for
A Taste of Clemmons

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

These Clemmons restaurants will donate 10% of their sales for the day to the Clemmons Food Pantry:

Bagels & Brew
Big Shotz
Brick Oven
China Best
Full Moon
Grecian House
Panera Bread
Time to Eat
Waffle House

Clemmons Food Pantry

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

You have no idea how giddy the first few fall leaves make me.

I just read today's paper

It's been a good but crazy-busy day, and so I have only now finished reading my beloved Journal obits.

George Sanford Williams' obituary tickled me, especially this line:

...he enjoyed gardening going to his grandchildren's ball games, daily two mile walks with granddaughter Peggy and petting Peanut.

Petting Peanut just sounds marvelous. So does George Sanford Williams.

(Peanut is previously listed as a "survived by" "special companion", so I've no idea if Peanut is canine or feline. Or a ferret for all I know.)

Guest Phonophoto from RLR

RLR sends along this timely reminder that what is (in my opinion) the best of the children's clothing exchanges in town begins this morning at 9 AM. Click on RLR's phonophoto to enlarge or visit Mount Tabor UMC's website for deets.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

5600 block of Country Club Road

(My own golf is limited to mini.)

Blazes, it's hot out

Allow me to recommend the mixed berry sorbet at Blue Ridge Ice Creams for self-refresh purposes.


Local Got Room?

photo credit: FCAC
Meet Selena, whose interests include the Dixie Classic Fair, frozen sweets, local museums, and creekstomping. As you can see, she looks smashing in green, but she also shines in pumpkin, lilac, and whatever color your living room walls are.

Accordingly, I think you should bring her home to live with you forever and ever happily ever after.

The End.

Local Hallelujah

I finally found the shoes to wear to Esbette's wedding, which is a mere ten days away. Not these, however. Aren't they kind of stupendous and fantastically ugsome, though? (The Maxx, if you must, and I'll never dare cross you while you're wearing them.)

Waiting Room, Pediatric Therapy Department, CompRehab

This room needs a makeover. Something IKEA-ish.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

The first thing I did when I caught sight of this live pineapple plant in the window at Imagine Flowers (560 N. Trade) this afternoon was a combination gasp/swoon maneuver. Then I took this rather reflective phonophoto. Then I swooned some more but this time while cooing.

Anyway, it's at Yarddawg's house now. We can all expect our invites for piña coladas in 4-6 weeks, I'm thinking.

Will you take 2 Cheerios, a broken crayon, and a dime?

Carry thee with a quickness to Piedmont Craftsmen (601 N. Trade), because their current show, Make Me Laugh, is chock full of delightful pieces. Above is Durham artist Julie Olson's "The Bird", which makes me wildly happy and is priced so reasonably I may go home and check under all the sofa cushions in hopes of finding enough. (Also the dryer lint trap.)

Julie Olson
Piedmont Craftsmen

Local PSA

You lucky ducky!

You are the proud owner of an out-of-state residence! Or your parents are! Or your in-laws! Or your old friend from college!

Is it a beach house? Time share? Mountain abode? NO MATTER! The only important thing is it has an out-of-state address you can claim as your primary (even though, har-har-har, it's not), which means... (drumroll, please)

Congratulations! You found a loophole to that pesky NC motor vehicle property tax! WOOHOO, LUCKY YOU!

Do me a favor, though: don't put your kids in NC public schools. I'd also appreciate it if you forwent voting in municipal and NC state elections. And no library card, capisci?

It may at times be legal to use the resources of a state whose taxes one is avoiding, but one thing it sure as sugar is not is ethical.

And I, for one, notice.

Guest Phonophoto

Esbette sends along this bird's eye view from the 19th floor of Winston Tower.

Local Bee There

Town of Kernersville