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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Local Mmm, History Is Delicious!

Recently there has been a surge of interest in "olden day" foods chez nous. Every edible offered has its provenance thoroughly examined and is then either deemed historic enough or "too new". We've been noshing on molasses cookies and ginger snaps, breakfasting on corn flakes (Kellogg's only!), and today we made homemade lemonade.

Maybe later tonight I'll work out by churning butter!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Local Vanillaholic

We made it almost all the way home from school before the youngest remembered that today is National Chocolate Cake Day, which event he celebrated with a vanilla cupcake with vanilla icing and a purple flower because, "chocolate isn't as tasty."

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Local Yes, Srsly

Oh, yes, the youngest in fact did do his Science Fair project about Angry Birds. And my resultant injury this go-round was astounding*.


* an impalement!**
** my right foot***
*** no, not all the way thru****
**** yes, it still is considered an impalement*****
***** quite sure******
****** yes, my tetanus is up to date*******
******* from the treatment for this self-inflicted injury

Monday, January 23, 2012

Local Captivating but Incomplete

Natural Science Center of Greensboro

The youngest was unable to find information about the most important of all the sea creatures: the Kraken. Quite a glaring oversight.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Local Loose Lovey

This sweet boy (collar but no tags) was running loose in the vicinity of Yorkshire and Shoreland, entirely too close to Silas Creek Parkway and its speed demons.

Some of the fine citizens in that neighborhood took him in yesterday morning and put signs out along the 800 block of Shoreland Road for anyone who came looking for him.

Alas nobody did, so please assist by rightclicking and saving this photo and posting it to all your social media.

(Awww! Lookit that tail! LOOKIT!)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Local Happy House

I'm fine, promise, just coming off a nutso week schedulewise* coupled with a distinct need to sleep hard a.s.a.p. every single evening. The sun would set and I would think about taking 37 seconds to blog, but then I'd think about how glorious 37 extra seconds of slumber would be, and yeah, didn't blog.

All that is to say THANK YOU for all the concerned emails and texts! Enjoy this phonophoto of the house going up behind us in return. The youngest yodeled with glee when he saw the happy face the workers cut into the Tyvek stuff. (It stayed for about a day. Then they cut a window shape out.)


* The coming week should be better. If not I will fall down dead which will give me plenty of sleep but even fewer** blogposts. 

** Hard to believe

Monday, January 16, 2012

Local Picky Eater or Food Aversion?

Stratford & Knollwood

note to self: tell Occupational Therapist of youngest's refusal to even taste insects before announcing he won't eat them.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Local Ohhhh

Our beloved Blue Ridge Ice Creams is closed for the month of January. Accordingly after the rigors of school* we headed to the nearby Mayberry instead, where this was the result when the youngest casually mentioned to the waitress that he really, really likes "those sticks that go in the ice cream".

* the oldest had a four hour Algebra I midterm today. Holy mindboggle.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Local I'm Melting...

hallway, WSFCS

So, um, Universe? Prithee tell, where is the snow? Because, hi, I don't mean to hurt your feelings, but this whole never-gonna-stay-cold thing? Total opposite of The Bomb Dot Com, which is to say NOT COOL AT ALL.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Local Doing Our Duty

Esbette and I had heard whispers of new tabletops at Breakfast Of Course. Accordingly we skedaddled on over to investigate. You're welcome!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Local Good Morning, Sunshine!

Or fog.

(To be honest, I kinda love fog madly, the thicker the better. Pea soup? I swoon!)

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Phonophoto of the day

Fifth Street

not shown: Just to the right of me: my oldest, my funny, so tall, still growing teenager, who beautifully represented the Robotics program and then played a djembe onstage at the WS/FCS Magnet Fair while I beamed from the edge of the room. I resisted the urge to hug him publicly but only just barely.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Local Treasures of the Human Kind

The youngest and I went to the Reynolda Manor branch library today so he could get his first library card. He promptly found two history books he wanted, and after he checked them out, we headed out to find the most bee-YOO-tiful car pulling up. Whitewalls! Running boards! A gorgeous, aerodynamic goddess hood ornament!

Even better was the gentleman driving it, who kindly invited the youngest to examine it, even the inside, and patiently told us about his acquisition of the 1949 Cadillac Touring Limousine some fifty years ago for $500.

Youngest: I love this car.

Man: Well you know, it doesn't have air conditioning.

Youngest: Of course not! Air conditioning wasn't invented yet!

Me: I bet you are your grandchildren's favorite grandpa.

Man (smiling widely): Yep. All nine.

Local SEED ME, SEYMOUR

Slow Food Piedmont
and
Old Salem Museum & Gardens
invite you to
The Annual Seed Swap
Saturday, January 14, 2012
10 AM
Single Brothers’ Workshop, 10 W. Academy Street

First time growers, experienced gardeners and all who are interested are invited to come and swap seeds, handy tips, and bits of garden wisdom. 

There will be a pot-luck lunch; participants are asked to bring something to share, perhaps from your seed to table. Beverages will be provided.

Traditionally, seed saving was a part of every growing season. However, in recent decades, food varieties extinction in America has accelerated so that an estimated 90% of our historic vegetable and fruit varieties are now gone. There has never been a more important time to celebrate, save and exchange seed!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please pre-register for this event by calling 336-721-7384 or emailing info@oldsalem.org. In the event of snow, the Seed Swap will be rescheduled for Saturday, January 28.


Slow Food Piedmont
Old Salem

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Local And They Smell Great, Too!

Central Library
Dear Loring, E.,

I adore the way the spines of your books look. So neat, so bright, so colorblocky!

Love,
me

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Local Be Mine

The traditional gift for this anniversary is ivory. Instead we chose lunch à deux at Village Tavern, where we admired each other's rings and each other's plates. Salmon with a pesto cream sauce? I do!

Local Dance Down Memory Lane

Forsyth County Public Library
presents
Mary Ruth Dobbins
author of
Miss Dorminy Speaking: Highlights of My Life
Sunday, January 8th at 2 PM
Central Library Auditorium

Jacqueline Dorminy was one of Winston-Salem's most prominent citizens as well as the owner and director of the Dorminy Dance Studios which she started in 1932 and through which many generations of local children learned various forms of dance.

At one time Ms. Dorminy operated 12 dance studios in Forsyth County in addition to traveling all over the country with nationally recognized dance organizations. Mary Ruth Dobbins will be reading passages from her book as well as commenting on her collaboration with Ms. Dorminy for her book.


Goodness, I bet you dollars to doughnuts she knew my dad. Check out this bit of fabulousness.

Central Library

Monday, January 02, 2012

Local note to self: sew reflective tape onto coats

After I spent the entire day trying to make even nominal sense of what our new health insurance plan covers, I took the youngest and The Chosen Dog* for a walk in the pitch black that passes for 6 PM these days.

* Only one dog gets to pull me around vigorously at a time. I'm a fiend about being fair and alternating which dog enjoys that honor, but still I suspect whichever pup is left behind feels deeply Jan Bradyesque.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Local Taxi And I Don't Mean Cab

window of Kinnaman's, South Stratford Road

Less known non-local fact: a goodly number of the taxidermied specimens in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History's collection were shot collected by Teddy Roosevelt.

For reals!

utterly unrelated: new local etsy love went up in the rightand column today, and this week's items are bliss-de-bliss-bliss.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!