27 April 2016

GA Spring Is...










Some of these beauties are growing right in my own yard but most of them are hidden along the river that I've been exploring a lot of lately.  There's nothing like a good ramble about, a daring arc of the river on a surprisingly strong rope swing and a stumble across a huge patch of blackberry brambles that will be full of tart berries in a month or so that keeps one spirits up!  I guess I'll just have to keep going to this beautiful spot over and over and over again to keep checking on the fruit's progress.  Oh, woe is me!  Hehehehe...

Today, I'm thankful for the time I have to explore my surroundings...

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25 April 2016

Project 365 // April 4 - April 17...



Well, hi.  Hihihihihi.  I've got a lot of things going on behind the scenes right now including planning a vacation and exploring a new spot near the old mill at the river.  Hopefully I'll share some stuff soon!  But until then here's a wee bit of catching up on what's been going on in life lately 'round here via m'phone photos...

top to bottom // left to right:

/ I now have 4 Himalayan (always pronounced like this around my house...hehehe) salt lamps.  I think they work well for me and I love the muted light they produce.  Call me a fan and a believer!  Do you have one or want one?
/ How many snuggling critters can you find in this picture?
/ Andalusia always sends me the best postcards for upcoming events...
/ A big Scorpion bowl o' booze + fancy umbrella = me asleep at sunset.  It's so rare for me to drink nowadays.  It took me an hour to drink 3/4 of this and I couldn't finish it.  LIGHTWEIGHT!
/ My new collection of blankets for yoga or couch snuggling...
/ I lost my other Grandfather (Papa) at the age of 92.  He had one heck of a eulogy complete with folks singing old Baptist hymns, my cousin preaching up a storm and us telling funny stories from his life.  He was a man who crackled with energy, purpose and a love for his god.  Things are much quieter without him around...
/ Our friend Big John trying to cheer me up at the local sushi place.  I almost laughed my ramen right out of my nose...
/ A favorite customer returns for a quick visit...
/ I joined an Athens yard sale group on Facebook recently and I'm buying stuff for the house at unbelievably good prices.  This is one of 12(!) plants I got for $10 from a nice older lady who met me near the botanical gardens (aptly enough) and she gave me a cool pot for free!
/ Gourds that I should really move out into the garden for birdhouses.  But I like them with my lace curtains sooooo maybe not...
/ Went to the swamp (ol' Waycross) for a family gathering and found painted gators just about everywhere and on everything...
/ A co-workers rather tongue-in-cheek art piece is hung in the dining room above my yoga area and it makes me laugh every single time I walk by it...
/ Years ago a friend of mine made me a little sock doll named Lolli.  She's still around, wearing sassy political buttons and looking cool next to some of my favorite coffee table books...
/ We got TV recently and I've been spending more time than I care to admit watching old episodes of  Murder She Wrote and Night Court.  Those two shows have the best opening themes and if you click the links you can relive what I'm seeing for hours a day.  I would say it's a waste of my time but a) I enjoy it, so who cares? and b) the physical therapy for my shoulder is leaving me in a good amount of pain so I got plenty of down time to fill lazing on the couch.  The dogs and kitties just love draping all over me and the couch...so everyone wins!

14 April 2016

Travel Adventures // Blast From The Past At Wes-Mans & Old Car City USA...


Yesterday I told you about Brady's residency tour and I shared an older picture of him from a day adventure I realized I've never posted about.  So, I figured I'd tell y'all more about it...

A little less than 2 years ago Brady and I took a trip to the little tiny town (population 670) White, GA.  I really, really, really wanted to see Old Car City USA and then have lunch at Wes-Man's restaurant because they have FRIED MACARONI AND CHEESE.  Alas, Old Car City USA was closed for the day for some reason (boo!) but Wes-Man's was open, full of weird decorations and ready to serve us the aforementioned mac-n-cheese.  Also, Wes-Man's has a unique thing they do for the town.  They paint an old truck out front every single day.  Totally purple with moon and stars for Relay For Life, green for St. Patty's day, etc, etc.  The day we were there they had birthday announcements on it.  Please see my bad Vanna White pose that highlights what's going on...





Note 2 things: 1) the layers of paint on that truck! and 2) Wes-Man's is directly across from Old Car City USA!





After gorging on that fried mac-n-cheese, we wandered over to the fence around Old Car City USA to get as many views as possible.  While we didn't see much out there, we did get to peek in the office and it was amazingly messy and full of old stuff.  The owner is a bit of an eccentric so the hours aren't always right and the place is truly a junk yard jungle but with over 6 miles of trails, folk art and more, it's was worth giving it a shot.  Even if that was a bust this time.  We met so many nice people at the restaurant who shared some photography of the place so I feel like we kind of got to experience a wee bit of what it was about.  And recently someone did a great video (go here) that gives you even more of a look at the area and the person behind this family run business.

I'm so glad I ran across that photo the other day.  It reminded me that I need to go back with my camera STAT and go exploring and see some awesome old cars.  Plus, that drive is just beautiful!  Maybe this time I'll have better luck...

13 April 2016

Brady's Mini Tour...



I'm biased but I'm also honest - my husband is a hell of a keyboard player.  The man is insanely talented and has such a love for music, and I'm so grateful that he's currently playing with a great group of guys who appreciate him and what he does.  I haven't mentioned the name of the band before because while I'll show Brady's face (you know, the weird one he always makes in photos?...like this?) I don't always feel comfortable sharing what's going on his life.  I don't blog like I used to (no more photos of me and my bad fashion but tons of flowers and hiking stuff instead...a little less personal in some ways but much more me in others) but I still try to balance what to tell of his doings and what to keep off the webs.

But his mini residency tour slash new album preview is something I'm excited to show you!  If you live in any of these southern cities - Athens, Atlanta, Asheville, Columbia, Charleston, Augusta - then you should stop by and see him play with Roadkill Ghost Choir.  Like I said, these guys are so nice...and their music is heavy on the originals.  You can dance to it.  If you dance.  I don't dance.  Take a listen (and a view of the band with the old keyboardist) here.

Here's the lineup!

4/14 @ The EARL - Atlanta, GA
4/15 @ The Caledonia Lounge- Athens, GA
4/16 @ New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC
4/20 @ The Mothlight- Asheville, NC
4/21 @ The Earl - Atlanta, GA
4/22 @ Caledonia Lounge - Athens, GA
4/27 @ The Charleston Pour House- Charleston, SC
4/28 @ Aisle 5- Atlanta, GA
4/29 @ Georgia Theatre Rooftop - Athens, GA
4/30 @ Sky City - Augusta, GA


They'll also be playing with tons of other bands including our coworkers band Deep State.  You should go.

If they play a show before 10pm you just might see me there.  I turn into a pumpkin most nights around midnight...

Also, I found the picture of him (his hair is insanely long now) from a lost set of when we went to Old Car City USA and at fried everything at a funky little restaurant.  I should round them all up and do a post-from-the-past about it!

11 April 2016

Project 365 // March 24 - April 3...



top to bottom // left to right:

/ This cat is such a freakin' hoot...and a cute snuggler to boot.
/ It's probably hard to tell what all these black blobs are but I'll give you a hint.  Ribbit.  Ribbit.  Eh?  Eh?  They're tadpoles!  Thousands and thousands of tadpoles wiggling around in the warm water pools near the river.  I can't wait til they get their weird little legs...
/ Rescued a teeny tiny butterfly from our screened front porch.  I promise I didn't squish it!
/ Leroy loves playing in the rain...and then comes into the house to sleep on my side of the bed to get dry.  *sigh*  We now have to keep the door shut to the bedroom so he won't muck up everything in the room...
/ I've spent a lot of time walking in the past few weeks.  It's helped relieve stress (I got a mammogram for the first time and spent 5 days petrified about results but all is well) although it hasn't done much for my shoulder issues.  I'm still tied up in knots daily...
/ It's been cooler some days so while I started the day bare-legged I ended up in leggings while out hiking in north Georgia.  Also, our household has a serious plaid button-down shirt problem.
/ My backyard has the best views of blue skies.
/ A new Uruguayan restaurant opened in town and we went to try it out.  The food was excellent and had lots of vegetarian options but the desserts were 'ughie'.
/ A wall of Wysteria on my daily walk.  I swear that it is everywhere this year and it's so beautiful (and invasive) and smells so damn good!
/ What a view of a new trail I found at the botanical gardens, eh?
/ Flowers in the backyard are oh-so-colorful...

The only problem with these sets is that you are always just a bit behind from what's happening in real life Athens/home/work/flowers/tadpoles.  So much is going on right now but I'll try to get to that at some point.  Here's hoping that today is a good start to what will be a great week!

Today, I'm thankful for my dogs.  Tullah Belle isn't feeling tops right now so I'm giving her lots of love and reassurance.

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