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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Lowes Foods, Sherwood Plaza

Confession: I adore bouquets from the grocery. They're so ebullient. YES I KNOW SOME OF THE FLOWERS ARE FED DYE. I LOVE THEM ANYWAY.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

North Carolina Room, Central Library

I wonder if NATH. CROWDER ever got his cow back.


via email:

The Museum of Anthropology is sad to announce that its Museum Shop will be closing effective June 30, 2011. Unfortunately the Shop no longer serves as a profitable way to support the Museum’s mission.

In an effort to reduce our inventory as much as possible before the closing, we are offering great deals on all of our merchandise, including jewelry, ethnic gifts, and children’s toys. We are currently offering a 30% discount on all purchases over $5, and a 40% discount for MOA Friends. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to purchase unique items at excellent prices.

The Museum of Anthropology will remain open and continue to create awareness of global cultures and provide opportunities for intercultural learning through our exhibits and public programming.

Thank you for all of your support of the shop over the years, and we hope to see you -- stop in soon!

As some of you may recall the Museum Shop is where I got my very excellent esqueleto earrings.

WFU Museum of Anthropology

Local Yumtastic

OK, so you know those beautiful, handmade truffles that began appearing in my local etsy love feature a year or so ago? The ones made by the etsy seller HauteChocolate?



Now we can partake of the truffley goodness SIX! DAYS! A! WEEK! (closed Mondays) SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Get even more excited, because Haute Chocolate is having an Open House THIS FRIDAY, April 1st, from 6 - 10 PM at said brick-n-mortar location! The address is 916 Burke Street (across the street from City Beverage and two doors down from Re-tale).

You can try one of her truffles (did I mention that they're beautiful? did I mention that they're handmade?) as well as sample some sort of drinky goodness she'll be selling as well!

Haute Chocolate
(on etsy, hopefully store website coming soon)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Five Points

This reminds me of how when my children were younger, they cared not one whit about the proportion of one toy car to another; they'd happily play with an enormous, metal Tonka dump truck, a medium Wilco tanker and a wee Matchbox schoolbus all at the same time.

Local Lucy Menagerie

Usually they're dogs sharing my name - there's a Lucy Dog at FCAC right now, of course. (At least they tend to be large, fluffish dogs of dubious parentage, my favorite kind.)

MPB has a cat named Lucy, sigh.

And now, I've broken into a new realm : bunnydom!

photo credit: FCAC
Meet Black Dwarf Rabbit Lucy!

She's clearly unamused by her current situation, so why don't you pop on over to the Forsyth County Animal Shelter and make her day by offering her a position at your house?

Be a hero -- adopt a Lucy today!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Local Hey, I know her!

Bernice Johnson Reagon
Tuesday, March 29
7- 9 PM

Dillard Auditorium
Anderson Conference Center
Winston-Salem State University
reception and book signing to immediately follow

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 30
noon – 2 PM

Shirley Recital Hall
Salem Fine Arts Center
Salem College
reception to immediately follow

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University, and Salem College are presenting events March 29 and 30 on women’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement as they relate to Hands on the Freedom Plow, a book published in 2010 featuring personal accounts of women involved in SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee).

The two events feature Betty Garman Robinson, a co-editor and contributor to the book, and contributors Bernice Johnson Reagon, Margaret Herring, and Jeanne Breaker Johnson. All four women were organizers for SNCC during the Civil Rights Movement.

Hands on the Freedom Plow highlights the voices of 52 women – northern and southern, young and old, urban and rural, black, white, and Latina – who share their courageous personal stories of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

Dr. Reagon was one of my professors at American University! She is a powerful speaker; you can't not pay attention to her. I was only able to take one class with her, however, as she didn't teach within my major and her classes filled very quickly.

I was privileged to hear the a cappella group she founded, Sweet Honey in the Rock, sing on numerous occasions, though; they are AMAZING. Grammy-winning amazing, y'all.

Hands on the Freedom Plow
Bernice Johnson Reagon (opens with beautiful music)
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Salem College

Wooooo! Spring break!

Time for trips to the creek! For grilling! Gardening! Building a fort in the backyard! Maybe even a dash through the sprinkler!

Or not!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

A chicken, some feathers and Speedy Gonzalez

All that and more can be found in the new local etsy love that just went up in the righthand column. Go peruse the awesomeness -- ¡Ándale! ¡Ándale!

And, as always, gracias for supporting local artisans.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Local Lost Lovey

Sacrebleu! Pierre est perdue!

Pierre went missing from Buena Vista today. He is epileptic and needs his medicine. He is most likely in the vicinity of Diamondback (perhaps he was craving their awesome black bean salad!). If you see him, please call Sophie at xxx-xxxx (redacted because resolved -- yay!).

Local We've Got a Ticket to Ride

You know how in the SUV commercials the vehicle is always shown bouncing through the Grand Canyon and on the surface of the moon and such? But then when most people buy them, the most action those SUVs ever see is maybe a trip to Lowes Foods after a snowstorm? (But only when the roads have been cleared.)

Yeah, well, we're not those people.

The youngest has decided it's high time weatherwise to restart daily Family Walks, wherein we trek about interesting places, usually all on foot but on "hard days" with 75% of the family on foot and one conveyed.

Accordingly I need a list of wagon-worthy jaunts. Other than the Grand Canyon and the surface of the moon, of course.

note to self: stop by 690 Jonestown today

Running fullspeed through my inbox this morning, I gleaned that The Shops at 690 Jonestown are having a Spring Fling today from noon-7 PM, wherein locally-owned businesses are hosting events, with snacks, and giveaways, yadda-yadda-yadda...

And my first thought was sounds fun, but I have about 60 kablillion to-dos that have to get to-done today.

But then I saw that among other enticing freebies (chair massage, skin analysis, yadda-yadda-yadda...) one of the businesses, Michael Feilds, is offering:

FREE Paraffin Hand Treatments


Have you ever had a paraffin hand treatment? They are like a trip to heaven for hands ravaged by winter. The last time I had one (it's been, oh, at least two years now), I spent an embarassingly long time rubbing my hands over one another trying not to touch anything else, because nothing else was as soft as my beautiful hands. (Eventually though you have to open a door, or grip a steering wheel, or wash a dish, yadda-yadda-yadda...)

So I was sitting for a second remembering my silky, lovely hands of long ago but then I sort of pep-talked myself to plan the order in which to do my errands, let's get back on task, Lucy, chop-chop.

Only when I looked down to where my hands should be, I saw that they had been replaced by some sort of prehistoric, lizardish claw-appendages. They look ancient. They feel ancient.

So I'll be making every effort to stop by 690 Jonestown today.

Michael Feilds

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Local gentlemen, avert your eyes

The thing about being remeasured (and then trying on umpteen) is that I always dread it and put it off for ages, but then afterward I'm always so glad to have done it. The fact that there is a super sale at the HanesBrands store at Thruway right now was an unexpected bonus.


Local Get Your Motor Running

FREE Lawn Mower Repair Clinic
Saturday, March 26th
10:30 AM - Noon
The Habitat Forsyth ReStore
341 Witt Street, Winston-Salem

Jim Pegram, a former high performance engine mechanic, will show you how to bring your lawn into solid working condition to save you money and extend the life of your mower. You can go hands-on or just watch/take notes. No reservation needed; just show up. This event is FREE.

For hands-on training, bring:
  • your lawn mower
  • 1 Qt. lawn mower oil
  • a 2 Qt. pan (for oil)
  • any tools you have

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Local Cupcakes for a Cause

Dewey's bakery at Thruway has adorable (and generously iced!) purple cupcakes right now, the sale of which benefits the Epilepsy Institute of North Carolina!

$2.49 apiece/$24.90 a dozen, plus the warm feeling that comes from helping others by eating delicious baked goods!

If you want to feel warm and gooey X 2, the oldest and I will be volunteering at a dessert tasting and bake sale this coming Sunday, March 27, to benefit AIDS Care Service!

The event runs from 1:30-3 PM at The Northwest Passage, 965 Northwest Boulevard.

Come nibble to help your neighbor!

AIDS Care Service

Local Bloom

I wondered if the youngest had outgrown keeping my wee, glass Mother's Vase full, but happily he has not. And so it will sit on the sill of the window above my kitchen sink again this spring and summer, replenished with blooms - and marbles - as the youngest deems necessary. The flowers he bestows are usually of the, um..., native variety, which suits us just fine.

(I found my Mother's Vase at the Garden Shop next to the greenhouse in Reynolda Village some years ago, after I gave one to a friend as a gift then coveted it so much I went back and got one for myself. That shop is still where I'd look for one today, it being generally full of delightful little sundries.)

Local Mark Your Calendars

Juie Rattley III (2010)
Furloughs and Cuts
Oil on canvas
You are invited to
the opening reception of
Strictly Academic, Part 1
an exhibition of recent work by arts faculty and art-related academics from Winston-Salem State University
Thursday, March 24, 2011
5:30-7:30 PM
Womble Carlyle Gallery
Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 North Spruce Street

The exhibition is the first of a series of presentations to showcase the activity in a variety of media by the artists and art-related academics who teach either full time or adjunct in our area colleges and universities.

Featured are works by Scott Betz, Tammy Evans, Alison C. Fleming, Christine Kirouac, Leo Morrissey, Juie Rattley III, Andrew Fansler and Thomas Tucker.

The show is sponsored by the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and will run from Friday, March 25 – Saturday, April 30 in the Womble Carlyle Gallery of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

Both the reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Winston-Salem State University
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

Monday, March 21, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Jackson's Music on scenic Stratford Road, where the oldest will attend the incredibly cool rock camp again this summer. Sadly I'm not sure I'll be there this year for the final concert, since any minute now my head is going to explode from this STUPID PINE ALLERGY.

Ooh! Rock camp info!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

(Guest) Phonophoto of the day

Yarddawg sends along this visual proof that almost anything can make a good planter. (He does note that this does not speak to spousal admiration of said planter.)

Local Heartbroken

click on image to enlarge

(spotted in Gordon Manor, off Country Club)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Our quince! This year it's rampantly aflower; I'm slightly giddy each time I look at it.


I never put a Daily Phonopohoto up yesterday. I'M A TERRIBLE PERSON.

I spent the day cackling witchily while running my hands together, imagining how angry I was making the bloggy gods with my wanton disrespect volunteering at the middle school, reveling in the gorgeousness that is the Piedmont in late March, and laughing myself silly with friends.

In any event, new local etsy love is up in the righthand column, and I know you'll forgive me yesterday's blog neglect when you get to perusing the local goodness.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Phonophoto of the day


Local This Is Green, Right?

Blue Ridge Ice Creams has an incredible Key Lime ice cream, with bits of graham crust ribboned liberally, but if that isn't Erin Go Bragh enough for you, they have Irish Coffee ice cream as well.

Local Japan

This winter the youngest studied Japan for social studies and loved it madly. I know this because for two weeks, he peppered me nonstop with Japan trivia tidbits he gleaned from school and from umpteen library books he took out.

Unfortunately he feels the disaster much more keenly as a result. He asks me every day what's happened while he was at school, and I struggle with how to explain the current situation in a factually true way that will satisfy his need for information but not overburden him. Today and tomorrow look grim, very grim, and so I think the event below may be just what we need, a celebration of Japan's best resource: her people.

Exploring Japan Family Day
Saturday, March 19
1-4 PM
Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

This family-friendly afternoon will feature fun events for all ages including traditional Japanese music, food, crafts, games, and the opportunity to play dress up with real kimonos. This event is FREE, however donations for Japan disaster relief will be accepted.

WFU Museum of Anthropology

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Loving Deer to Death

Over the past few years there has been an increasing number of complaints from homeowners about the exploding deer population and the resultant destruction to gardens. This is not limited to rural areas alone; urban areas are seeing an explosion in the deer population as well. A hungry herd of deer can decimate an entire landscape in hours or a small vegetable garden in minutes.

I have never enjoyed hunting. I toyed with dove hunting a few times years ago and duck hunting exactly once in my life. As for deer hunting, it's hard for me to understand why anyone would want to get up early on a cold damp morning and shimmy up a tree and then sit shivering all day just to maybe get off a single shot at Bambi… But I'm glad they do because humans are now about the only predator humans will tolerate. Even that is becoming more difficult; there are counties in North Carolina which have banned deer hunting altogether.

Some people, like me, are concerned that over-population will lead to disease (rabies for one) and additional problems with the absence of natural predators. There are deer right here in Buena Vista and Winston-Salem according to sightings I've heard reported. Don't get me wrong -- I do not advocate hunting in my neighborhood for obvious reasons. Many Boovees would probably even tolerate Bambi using their yards as an all-you-can-eat buffet.

The problem is there are no (ALLOWED) natural predators to keep the population in check. The tolerance for wildlife in the city garden will certainly end when native-to-NC bobcats, cougars, coyotes, fox, and wolves show up intending to reclaim deer as part of their natural diet. And oh, by the way, if Fido or Morris just happen to be outside, imagine the outrage if a gray wolf decided on a pet snack or attacked a human. That is their job after all.

(If this happened, another endangered species, Local News, might even make a comeback like it did last year when a black bear was shot and killed inside the Winston-Salem city limits… JUST for being there.)

Cutting to the chase, When push comes to shove a hungry deer will eat anything rather than starve. However there are deer resistant plants that will be eaten as a last resort. There are also profiteers selling all kinds of products that promise miraculous results but buyer beware. Remaining skeptical is wise and cheaper. Many of the homemade tricks touted by some are also scientifically suspect or unproven by research.

Here is a list of researched based deer resistant plants from NC Cooperative Extension and another from Plant Delights Nursery which conducts many research trials of its own. And Chapel Hill gardener and Garden Blogger, "Defining Your Home Garden" Freda Cameron, has developed, mainly through trial an error, a comprehensive plant list and planting strategy for minimizing deer destruction. For good measure rabbits are also included in her list, lest we be accused of singling out just one species. I also enjoyed her article "Not Tonight Deer'" published in Southern Living Magazine on page 52 of the July, 2010 issue.

The deer problem is not going away anytime soon and will likely get worse before it gets better.
- Yarddawg

Local Personal Belief

I have long held that you can tell a lot about a community by how it treats its disabled, its elderly, and its animals.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Click on image to enlarge

This is now, that was then.

Local Tall on Thought and It's the Thought that Counts

photo credit: FCAC

Meet Cody, the sweetest-faced vertically challenged doggie this side of the Mississippi! He harbors a very secret desire to become an air dog, leaping* high** in the sky*** to catch Frisbees and other items**** in his incredibly adorable mouth!

Don't you yearn to become his adopted human-slash-trainer? I know, I know... IT'S LIKE I READ YOUR MIND.

What are you waiting for? Go get him!

* or stretching
** height is relative
*** or just above the carpet
**** edible, meat-flavored ones!


Glade Street

The youngest, a great aficionado of what he insists on calling Ancient Roman numerals (surprise!), sputtered in outrage when he saw this great building with MCMXLI on the portico and a For Sale sign on the lawn, because he cannot imagine why anyone would part with a property that not only has clear historical value but also a Sam The Dot Man original work in the front yard. I have to agree with him; it's very sad.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Answer: 13

Question: What is the number of people who have now sent me the 2011 Dixie Classic Planning Committee opening information?


Alas, I fear I am small beans for a position that's sure to be vied over with the intensity of a three party Presidential race. Do I dare? Dare I not?

Of primary consideration: the opportunity to draw more notice to the Fancy Chickens!

Local Which Way Is North

Wowsers, am I completely discombobulated by the new layout* of Edward McKay. I have a very difficult time with spatial stuff, so it will take me many, many trips to get used to this. Accordingly I consider it my duty to come mega-frequently to speed up that process! Go, me!

*Yes, I know that Skippy's is also closed for remodeling (reopening tomorrow, I think), but I am ever so hopeful that they haven't been actually rearranging things, just refreshing them. If not, I'll ramble around with my birch beer for hours, I guess.

Edward McKay

700 block of Chestnut

Lloyd Presbyterian (constructed 1900-1907) is Forsyth County's only example of a Carpenter Gothic church.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

This afternoon the youngest asked me when I was going to relearn how to ride a bike. Um, hello? Do we live in the same house? Have you not yet realized I am the most klutzy creature alive?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

A few weekends ago at the Home & Garden Show at Benton Convention Center, I bought a copy of Wildflowers of the Carolinas Field Guide, and now you can catch me ogling vacant lots countywide!

Tbsp, natch

New local etsy love is up in the righthand column, and if you thought black and white was a staid and played palette, you've clearly never seen it combined with the heaping spoonful of superfun this week's items contain.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Reynolda Road

On the way home from an afterschool club, the oldest decided the day was today and the time was now; he'd been considering cutting off his trademark "big hair" for well over a week.

Local Blast From The Past

We had the same teapot growing up! It lived on the back left burner and most every winter morning boiled the water for my oatmeal! (This one's at Habitat ReStore.)

Local Easter Basket Building

As much as the youngest would go happycrazynuts for purple bubbles, I'm not sure I entirely trust the alleged washability.

And my Easter Bunny philosophy remains unchanged.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

This afternoon the sky tried to kill me with hail and sideways rain then promptly got all beautiful and calm, like Hail? What are you talking about? I'm gorgeous! Love me!

Local covetcovetcovet

Star Mobiles by Molly Bolton
part of the current show at the Electric Moustache Gallery at Krankies
211 E. Third

Local Mark Your Calendars CANCELLED


Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County

Local Math

Hard Day at Physical Therapy + Rain = Hot Doughnut Sign

Krispy Kreme

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Local Spring Cleaning in the Medicine Cabinet

It's not even like we're medication fiends - not one person in our house takes anything regularly (which fact boggles friends in the medical profession) - but still, we have collected quite a cache of unwanted and expired meds we don't know how to dispose of safely.

...But now we do! YAY!

Operation Medicine Drop
Sunday, March 20
2-4 PM

Citizens can turn in expired, unwanted, or unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, no questions asked, on Sunday, March 20, during Operation Medicine Drop.

Medications will be accepted from 2 to 4 p.m. at the parking lot of the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. All drop-offs will be anonymous.

Operation Medicine Drop is being sponsored by the Winston-Salem Police Department and Northwest Piedmont Chapter of Safe Kids NC in conjunction with National Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26.

Operation Medicine Drop is a safe way to get rid of unwanted medications, which in turn helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse, and protects water quality. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them away creates safety and health hazards.

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs will be accepted. A pharmacist will be available to answer any questions about the medicines that citizens turn in, or that they have in their homes. Used needles and other biohazardous material will not be accepted.

Winston-Salem Police Department
Northwest Piedmont Chapter of Safe Kids NC

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Sixth & Trade

Local Worth Popping Round

Chelsee's (533 N. Trade) has a very cool textile arts show right now called "Beecassos: unzipped". Each piece incorporates at least one zipper but each in a different way. In Barbara Potoczny's piece (above, on left), half-zipped / half-unzipped zippers form the felted daffodils' leaves. Marlene Land's pastoral piece (above, on right) uses a fully closed zipper as a sneaky snake.


Local Anyone?

This can't really be an entire store dedicated to the sale of olive oil, can it? This is at Towers Shopping Center on Stratford, where spacesavers used to be, a mere hop, skip, and jump from Edward McKay, which is closed for renovation until Thursday @ 9. (I hope they keep the Canada Dry crates.)