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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Old Salem, last night

Trick-or-treating in Old Salem was tremendous fun. I'm ever so hopeful that the Powers That Be will make it an annual event, because I feel like it could easily become a local holiday tradition. It was picturesque, it was festive, and yet the children seemed -- if you can believe it -- almost calmed by the setting, behaving brilliantly and a bit like star-struck guests at a fancy party.

At one of the private homes, a gentleman was giving out freshly baked sugar cookies, and I nearly squealed with retro-glee, remembering candy apples and homemade caramels from my childhood trick-or-treatings.

Y'all have fun tonight, be it in Ardmore, your own 'hood, or elsewhere.

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Meet the Aztec Jaguar Warrior, and he wants me to share with you our "primary source". You know, because he looks eight but he's really eighty-five.

Anyway, this. This is our primary source. That's right, BASICALLY I'VE BEEN WORKING OFF AN ANCIENT DOODLE.

Now if you'll excuse us, we're off to Old Salem. Whee!

beach glass

That's what the items in the new local etsy love remind me of because of the sort of muted hues - beach glass. Go see for yourself; it's over there in the righthand column.

(I think beach glass is about the best thing in the world to remind me of. It's utterly tangled up in my memories of childhood summers hunkered over tidal pools on a small cove in Maine.)

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

(but cold)

It was beautiful watching the fog linger over the fields while the sun was coming up this morning at Tanglewood.

Friday, October 29, 2010

If anyone feels compelled to get up early tomorrow...

Come visit me at Athena's Run at Tanglewood Park (Shelter 4).

Come to walk, come to run, or just come to say hi.

(Cups of coffee with cream and Splenda happily accepted, thx.)

Phonophoto of the day

The children slept in. I got my brows done. The day ended with a family jaunt around the neighborhood.

I love days off.

Local cool gift idea

I wish my father was still alive to do this. He had all these simultaneously fantastic/wretched stories about growing up in Winston-Salem during the 1920s and 30s, the kind that are awful at the time but fabulous in the retelling years later. This is loathsome to admit, but every time someone in the extended family died, I'd get a little excited because I knew Daddy and his brothers would break out their wonderful tales at the food table after the service. Our family funerals might have started with tears, but they always ended in laughter and incredulity and love.

For those on a tight budget or just looking for a truly special gift, StoryLine offers the perfect way to say "happy holidays" to a family member or friend with a holiday-wrapped CD of your own story – FREE!

StoryLine’s Holiday Gift of Story recording sessions are held on the StoryLine Bus, a state-of-the-art mobile recording studio at the ECHO Network office (American Red Cross building, 690 Coliseum) through mid-December.

Individuals are given 40 minutes of uninterrupted recording time to preserve a snapshot of their lives: the happiest moment, an early memory, their proudest accomplishment, tales of romance, struggle, or perhaps some wisdom gained through a particular experience. A StoryLine facilitator is on site to assist individuals as they record their story.

Immediately following their recording session, participants receive their personal story on a CD – FREE – plus StoryLine’s 1 Year – 100 Stories, a compilation CD featuring 12 stories from our community.

register for a recording session
ECHO Network

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

300 block, North Marshall

If I had my druthers, these signs would be everywhere, because I love historical tidbits. That's why recently I went giddy-max when I came across this smidge of local lore in a product description on Amazon:

Indera Mills was incorporated in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1914. Francis Henry Fries, the Company's founder, was a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Fries named the Company after an attractive Indian princess named Indera whom he met while on vacation with his family in Egypt in 1907.

Holy cow, that is some amazingness I just bolded right there.

Blue Ridge, of course

I'm ever so hopeful that savoring delicious peanut butter gelato now will help me resist the temptation to raid the children's Halloween loot of Reeses later this weekend.

Blue Ridge Ice Creams

Local Eco-Friendly Reads

Winston-Salem based and generally awesome publishing house Press 53 is beginning to offer select titles for Amazon Kindles, including Cameron Kent's The Road to Devotion. I don't use a reading device, it being frowned upon for bathtub reading, but if you do, you should check out Press 53's offerings and shoot them a line if they've a publication you'd like to see for Kindle.

Press 53 Kindle editions
other Press 53 offerings

Vote local, Perk local

Gallery Talk
5:30 PM
Election Day

Show your “I Voted” sticker on Election Day and get free admission to Reynolda House Museum of American Art’s gallery talk on the exhibition "Virtue, Vice, Wisdom & Folly: The Moralizing Tradition in American Art."

The talk, led by the Reynolda House Managing Curator Allison Slaby, is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, Election Day.

Regular admission is $5 for non-members; free for museum members and students.

"Virtue, Vice, Wisdom, & Folly" features 19th-century genre art, or scenes of everyday life. The exhibition is divided into sections: Life in the Country, Men and Women, Family Life, Politics and Patriotism, and Life in the City.

Slaby, who organized the exhibition from paintings in the Reynolda House collections and loans from prominent museums across the southeast, will discuss how our sense of national character derives its meaning from these historic images of everyday family life, chores, social gatherings, political rallies, holidays, and street life.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Arbor Road

This is where I am mentally today: driving past I wondered if this building had a basement for the firemen to hunker down in during tornado warnings. Only I suspect firemen don't hunker except maybe at home.

Hey, raise your hand if your basement has water all over the floor!

The doughnut-style hole, the flames, and the lack of rotation

I'm trying out Genghis Grill. While there are three noticeable differences, the giant grill thingamabob looks remarkably like a larger version of the ones Kiwanis uses, so now I'm craving pancakes.

update: very tasty, and I reallyreallyreally liked being able to preplan what to order using the online nutrition information for each ingredient.

Genghis Grill

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

The gardener went missing again for a brief time. When he showed up he wanted to get all the leaves in the front yard up first thing. We told him no dice, this here graveyard's staying creepy and muddy and messy until Halloween! Now we probably won't see him until 2011.

Local Polly Want a Home

Actually it's a parakeet named Cupcake, but he needs your help nonetheless, as do three rabbits, including one named Elvis who has the most amazing furstyle/hairstyle I've ever seen on a bunny.

(As always, plenty of cats and kittens and dogs and puppies are also available.)

Adoptable Animals, Forsyth County Animal Control

... And it's officially Halloween

In our house The Letting of the Blood Whilst Costumemaking is pretty much a tradition. (Christmas I celebrate by accidentally gluing important papers together.)

ATTN: Local Chalkaholics

Art Tasting
Universally Inclusive Color Lovin'

We're getting a multitude of diverse people together in our community together to do massive amounts of chalk art (including scribbles!) at the November Gallery Hop!

How do you become a chalker, you ask?

Show up on Friday, November 5th at precisely 6pm to
Sixth and Trade where we will assign you to a Team. You'll move out from that point attempting to cover every inch of ground possible!

We'll also be enlisting whoever wants to join in at the Hop itself!

Our loose artistic focus for this event/piece is Community. What does a thriving COMMUNITY mean to you?

We'll have a booth/table set up in front on Single Bro's (627 N. Trade) with more info about Art Tasting and our upcoming adventures!

Do yourself a favor and don't miss this opportunity to join our Revolutionary Chalking Affair!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

I resisted the urge to post a Maple as long as I could.

Local Yes! Yes! Yes!

While the glue was drying I went online and discovered Bib's had Chicken Stew as the special (through Thursday, I think). I immediately understood that the rain was a sign from the universe to go directly to Bib's. And I was well-rewarded for my cosmic connectivity; the chicken was generous, the broth buttery, and the noodles homemade. It was a veritable bowl of swoon!

Bib's Downtown

You know...

The fact that it's raining and I'm forced to work on this costume indoors ups the chances of my poisoning myself with toxic fumes by like four hundred percent.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Hanes Mall Boulevard

Just before it disappeared, the sunset looked like a rainbow.

New local etsy love is up

Look briefly at the righthand column, then get thee with a quickness onto the rest of your day, because this weather is too fabulous not to savor.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

The boys and I just got back from riding bikes ride along the Silas Creek pathway. Wait. Make that the boys rode bikes. I just walked behind, which was still pretty fraught with peril considering I kept looking up at the sky and gasping.

Have a glorious weekend, y'all.

Heeeey... Guess where I am!

The youngest nearly had a heart attack when I announced my intention to behead the stuffed jaguar. I pointed out that Aztec warriors wouldn't have blinked twice, but he clutched the jaguar to his chest and ran out of the room yelling, "Papier Mache! Papier Mache!" He has entirely too much faith in my abilities, I fear.

Local Get Smart, Get Voting

WS/FC Board of Education
Candidates Forum
Monday, October 25, 2010
6 – 8 PM
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
(3500 Sally Kirk Road)

This forum will be a question and answer time. Each candidate will have equal time to answer the questions.

WS/FC Board of Education

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Hey, everyone here has noticed the ridiculously cool, metal roller-blinds on the Reynolda Gardens greenhouse, right? They create an intriguing historical meets super-industrial vibe, and I mean that in a completely complimentary, oh-to-live-in-downtown-Stockholm, way.

Reynolda Village, this Saturday

SCC Newsflash: Genghis Grill is now open for all your Mongolian BBQ needs!

If anyone needs me between now and about, oh, 5 PM on the 31st, check somewhere at Silas Creek Crossing, because between AC Moore and Marshall's, I will have to stop by here pretty much daily until then, planning not being my forte, craftwise. I did find a stuffed jaguar to decapitate for the headress this morning, though!

Local First Annual

First Annual
Medical Alliance of the Piedmont
to benefit the
SECU Family House
Saturday, October 23rd
8 AM - 3 PM
at Funk Properties, Inc.
3908 West Point Boulevard

The Medical Alliance of the Piedmont is an organization of physician and medical student spouses residing in Forsyth, Stokes, Davie, Surry, and Yadkin Counties.

SECU Family House provides housing, healing, and hope to families with an adult patient being treated for a critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals or its affiliated clinics.

Medical Alliance of the Piedmont (MAP)

SECU Family House

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Read this and then try to guess how happy-sad-happy I was when I spotted the above on the bulletin board at Edward McKay's this evening.

I'm not in any condition to run, but I will walk with love and gratitude for my mother. Or maybe I'll volunteer. Regardless, I'll be at Tanglewood on October 30th.

Please join me.

Local Sick Day

The youngest did not sleep well, as he felt "bubbles" in his stomach all night, which declaration he woke me at oh-five-thirty this morning to make. So I lifted the comforter and patted the bed beside me, then lay back as he snuggled in beside me and mentally rearranged today's tasks. And while coloring and glittering printout calaveras wasn't originally on today's agenda, we found room for it at noon.

They've Age-Progressed Evelyn Perez

Please look at her poster and see if she looks familiar.


(Psst. How many Points is Frybread?)

The Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology
Gregory Richardson

Executive Director of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
Thursday, October 21
7 PM

This lecture is FREE and open to the public.


Native American Family Day
Saturday, October 23
1 - 4 PM

This fun, FREE event for all ages will feature Native American dancing by the Young First Americans and storytelling by Lumbee storyteller Amanda Sheek. Visitors will be able to participate in hands-on activities including craft projects, atlatl throwing, and blowgun shooting. Vendors will be selling Native American foods and crafts.

Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology
North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

1:16 PM today, outside the Garden Boutique

More than two years ago, it was announced with great sorrow that Millie, long a fixture at Reynolda Gardens, was terminally ill with cancer.

Apparently nobody informed Millie.

(Let's nobody do.)

Local Twilight

Kernersville Parks & Recreation

Local Yes! Yes! Yes!

Look what just opened on Healy Drive across from the K-Dub!

Silas Creek Crossing

I'm not sure the women of Winston are ready for eyebrow threading; it sounds super-painful.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

2500 block Reynolda Road

Tarred but not yet feathered

My mother used to affect an accent when she felt utterly beat after a day in front of the blackboard. "My legs shore are tarred," she'd twang, and then she'd laugh lightly, straighten up and stand at the stove still in her work skirt but with slippers instead of shoes making supper for us. Supper was for when my father was away and she was really spent; otherwise we ate dinner, formal dishes, impeccably plated. I preferred supper, which felt very much like spending time with an old friend: casual, comfortable, and oftentimes the bearer of a funny nickname nobody else would understand. Mama's Eggs. Sunshine on a Plate. Worms in a Puddle.

Today my legs are tarred and my arms and every other part of me, but it's the good kind that comes with having been productive re: tasks to be done. I still need to hit AC Moore in the AM, but otherwise I think I'm on track to produce the Aztec Jaguar Warrior costume that the youngest has requested for Halloween. Popocatépetl was a walk in the park compared to what's entailed for this one, included, but not limited to, rendering the youngest feathered.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

This was taken this afternoon at the Community Arts Cafe during the launch party for When Last on the Mountain: The View from Writers over 50.

The oldest and I arrived late (band practice) but were so thoroughly charmed by the readings we did hear that when we climbed in the car afterward (Sunday Night Youth Group) he turned to me while putting on his seatbelt and said, "That was awesome. We should go to more of those."

You mean fantastic readings in beautiful art galleries with delicious food?


Local Swishy Gift

Obviously when I saw this on the bulletin board up at Lowes Foods, I knew I had to share it with you, because nowhere in the world does a group of people exist who will more enjoy rolling the syllables Honky Tonk Pig 3000 off their lips. I want to stand up and applaud just typing the name out.

(As always, you may doubleclick on the image above to biggify it so you can read all the amazing details.)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

The Giving Tree immediately came to mind. That said, don't do this. Not even a little.

My mother's sister

My aunt's name is Leta, but her nickname is Letsy, pronounced leet-see, and so at first I pronounced it eet-see. But some time ago I made the switch over to eht-see, as in Betsy.

In any event, in the righthand column this morning you'll find new local etsy love, however you pronounce it.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Mark your calendars thrice

This event is a benefit for the ALS Association. For tickets in advance ($5 savings), contact Anna Beauchamp.

Go ahead and start training now for the Winston-Salem Walk to Defeat ALS, which will happen on April 2, 2011 on the campus of Wake Forest University.

Closer at hand, there is a meeting of the Greensboro Resource Support Group on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Moses Cone Hospital - Rehab Dept. Room 0041. No RSVP necessary, and the meeting is FREE and open to everyone. Contact Sue Humphries for more information.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

I keep trying to understand the big meaning behind this chalk drawing, the message the chalkist is trying to share. I've pretty much decided it's, "Whee! Chalk!"


Occupational Therapist: Good job! OK, now we're done bouncing the ball. It's time to go to the handwriting room.

Youngest (grumbling): I don't want to.

OT: Follow me. We have to work on handwriting.

Youngest: Why? Why do we have to work on handwriting?

OT: Because it's hard for you, and we need to work on things that are hard for you.

Youngest: Well, skydiving's hard for me, too. When are we going to work on that?

- FIN -

The above exchange took place today during the youngest's occupational therapy, the comedic highlight of a session during which I was told he will also need to be seen by the Physical Therapist and be fitted for ankle-foot orthotics, because God forbid we start checking off items instead of adding more blasted things to the list. It's not even like it's ridiculously minor; when the PT pointed out what she was seeing, all I could think was, "He's eight years old; how did I miss this?"

Sorry. I'm feeling like an abject failure as a mother today.

Local exception to the rule

I don't generally care for watercolors, but I very much like these works by one Bonnie Dempster for sale in the windows of Frame It! (Sherwood Plaza). The pumpkins, especially, are wonderful closeup for the colors in the faded wood behind them.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Like a 15 watt bulb

This spider awaiting me on my back porch perfectly represents how I feel, only I think the body part I'm missing would best be described as "brain matter", because my coffee ran out at 9 AM, and I've been decidedly dim ever since. Around 11 AM, l.c. texted to demand I post "a synopsis of picture day". Really? You want a synopsis? OK, fine.

synopsis: I'm taller than sixth graders but shorter than eighth graders. That's right -- I'm a seventh grader for eternity, apparently, which explains why I'm still waiting for my skin to "clear up".

There. There's your synopsis. You're welcome.

The Oldest this morning: Hey, Mom? Where are my dressy t-shirts?

I barely resisted these pecan bars when I dashed through simplyummy this morning to get a to-go coffee on my way to volunteer duty at the middle school, where Picture Day is a whooooole different kettle of fish.

update, 3:15 PM: I've regretted my resistance all day. I kept looking at the phonophoto on my phone and thinking "pointworthy".


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

outside Central Library, Fifth Street

Books on European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) returned, books on Uruguay checked out.

In the world of Middle School projects, it's officially High Season (what in the world of beach rentals is tweely called "Buccaneer").

ATTN: local wordlovers*

Add becoming a noun to your life list.

* I consider myself to be one, as my verbosity is legendary the world over.

Also if your initials are DG, RK, ED, BG, KL, KD, SS, NM, LAWK or MPB, lovelovelove and you're a wordlover as well for the same reason.

Local Waiting for the Inevitable

What's concerning is that the precariously perched pole at the right has been left here next to the bustling intersection of Robinhood and Stratford FOR OVER A MONTH NOW. But no worries, a thin rope has been looped haphazardly around a branch of the neighboring Magnolia tree and attached to the pole. Faith in Duke Power this gives me not.

Yes, please

From the October e-newsletter from River Birch Lodge:

Featured Desserts for October

Grandma's Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
Grandma's Classic Pecan Pie
and Dark Chocolate Crème Brûlée

River Birch Lodge (opens with sort of camping out noises)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Hey, peeps

So I know dogwood fruits are edible, but has anyone here ever actually tried one? If so, in what form, and what did it taste like?

This question brought to you by the gorgeously fruiting dogwoods on Arbor Road near the intersection of Forest.

No, I am not advocating you go pick the fruit of this tree and taste it. This is solely an attempt to gather information. (Besides, it doesn't look ripe yet.)

Also on October 16th

After you finish stocking up on socks and undergarments and such, you'll be pretty hungry, I bet. GOOD NEWS!

First Christian Church
Annual Fish Fry
October 16th
4-7 PM
Eat in or Take out
$8 adults
2320 Country Club Road

personal rec: we picked up fried-fish-to-go-go at this same event year before last, and it was quite good.

First Christian Church

Mark your local calendars


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Buena Vista & Roslyn, 6:42 PM, 10/08/10


New local etsy love is up in the righthand column, and it is chock full of my favorite color to wear (charcoal gray).

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, October 08, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

2500 block Country Club Road

La Carreta, Coliseum Drive

Esbette is back, and the tale of her honeymoon is a saga of woe featuring an evil witch named Tropical Storm Nicole.


Holy, I do not enjoy even a hint of pine pollen.

Forsyth County Daily Pollen Report

And you may begin composing your outraged email

Seriously? Candace Corn?

It's that time of year again, when I remind the world at large that trick-or-treaters in homemade costumes get more loot at my house than their store-clad brethren. Ooh, I'm so mean!

Hey, speaking of, Old Salem is hosting a host of FREE Halloween activities in the days leading up to the 31st, including haunted tours, a pumpkin carving contest, and trick-or-treating in the historic district on Saturday, October 30th from 6-9 PM. (The youngest's face when I told him was amazing. It could only be better if Old Salem was located in Ancient Greece.)

Halloween in Old Salem

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

This phonophoto's as fuzzy as my mind, which sometimes daydreams of designing a box of local crayons. Long ago I decided the green one would be the color of the shutters at Reynolda House. Yellow would match the ginkgo leaves that fall each autumn in the God's Acre in Old Salem. Brown would be the exact tawny shade of a Krispy Kreme doughnut fresh off the line. Blue would be that intense sky color that happens so often here - incredibly saturated but bright at the same time. Orange would be my Shell station, of course; that's a no-brainer.

(I haven't quite worked out the others yet.)