Sunday, January 20, 2019

Cups and Plates

As promised yesterday here are some photos from  our road trip to Cedar Creek Gallery
on Wednesday January 16, 2019.
They are having a Cupful Exhibit (no worries there were many photos taken and will be shared)
Along the way I also snapped 71 photos of cups and other stuff I'll share in the next few days.

We did not buy any.  While I 100% appreciate the time and creativity and love
put in to each piece...we didn't see one cup under $30.00. And the ones I
liked were more.

The collection below was probably my favorite
birch trees and red birds.  Both look very real
I would have loved the entire set but I don't need any more dishes. LOL

Sunday Selfie in the collage below
The lampshade on the top left if is hand painted on silk.  Yep I liked it too.

The gallery has a small museum for vintage pieces that are not for sale.
Tea pot top left  and the vintage lunch boxes bottom right

We arrived shortly after they was chilly in there (64 degrees) nice fire
was roaring.  The hummingbird pieces below were very colorful

I took more photos outside and some more inside that will be used later.

* means no clue to meaning
2. BKND, Banked
3. FIT4LIFE, Fit for life
4. NMWPAM, *
5. U 2 SLOW, You too slow
6. 3XHOCH, Maybe a last name and there are 3 of them
7. TESLA100D, On at Tesla
9. WOODUN, *
10.YOUINSEA, UNC, University of North Carolina
12. NAVI, Navy?
13. A!R, Air on a Scuba vanity plate.
FYI: In NC if an organization, club etc has over 500 requests
they can have their own plates
14. CROC, Crocodile
15. TANGY-5, must be 4 other Tangy people
16. CIA-SPY, Kinda surprised this plate request was approved
17. WE4VER , Weaver
18. D DECK D, * maybe The Deck D
19. N1MBUS2K, *
20.SOBLSD, So Blessed

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Road Trip

We took a short trip to Cedar Creek Gallery on Wednesday January 16, 2019.
They are having a Cupful Exhibit (no worries there were many photos taken and will be shared)
Along the way I also snapped 71 photos and lots inside the gallery.
Here are 3 I enhanced 

Just because they needed it.

As you can see it was a beautiful day...but My Mind's Eye saw this home

 like this...enhancement with 

Such a beautiful field and old barn....
 it needed a horse....

During our December 2018 blizzard...this area received lots of snow and we 
heard limbs were all over Highway 50.
Along this stretch of road a tree company was busy trimming limbs
that hung over the left side of the road.
 Close up below.
I'm by no stretch of the imagination tree expert but it appears to me
this tree is more likely to fall completely in a storm or high wind.  Too top heavy

This lonely giant pine was all alone on the mound  
 I thought it could use some majestic company

Pictures tomorrow from the exhibit

Friday, January 18, 2019

Nature Friday and Final Friction Friday Reminder

Hosted by my Niece Rosy, and her 2 brudders Arty and Jakey HERE

I took a few quite interesting photos last Saturday.
WE had a winter weather advisory so it was not at all pretty or at 
least that is what I thought until I downloaded the photos

The top two are very dramatic black and white w/o changing setting
Bottom Left: taken with back light setting..there is a green tint to the trees
Pansies are gorgeous on their own no enhancements.  All photos taken
January 12, 2019

We were not at all amused by the p-mail left on our
skylight by what appears to be an alien bird. This is the
first thing we see as we walk up the stairs!!
We cannot get to this with a hose.  The skylight is at the top portion of
the slant on our roof.  The good news is we are supposed
to get rain and it has not been so hot as to bake this yet.


January 25,one week from today!! ....if you wanna have fun and work on your crea8tive writing join us! Give it a try we all have a story in us and no one

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thoroughly Pictorial Poetic Thursday

Today we join Two  SPOILED CATS 
Angel Sammy and Teddy for their poetic pictorial poem.

Here is today's pictorial inspiration

When I saw this photo, I knew exactly what I'd
write about in my Poem.

Sissy by Angel Madi

She was fascinated by the dryer
But I know not why
Mommy may I give it a try?
Note from Mom of Big M:

I could write volumes of poetry and stories about Big M today;
however, today I will just say from the moment she was born
until this very day she brought love, joy, smiles, laughter, wisdom
and fun into our lives.  She is a fierce protector and defender of those she holds near and dear to her heart. She gets her 'smarts' from her Dad and
her gift of gab from her Mom.
I have shared some stories and will probably share more down the road.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Happy Tuesday: Letter and Tales

November Reader's Digest and I happened upon this article, 
"The Secret Lives of Letters", by Brooke Nelson.  Mr. Nelson says letters may be small characters, but there are amazing stories behind all 26 alphabet all-stars.
K and L can be found by clicking here

While typing about M and N, this story popped into My Mind's Eye  
I love names and learning the story behind the name: 
people, streets, cities, animals, etc.

My daughter's name, Marlu, the origin is from her two grandmother's first names,
Margie and Lou. We dropped the o in Lou.  We thought folks would 'see', MaryLou".
Of course it is made up and folks expect to hear 'regular' names.
Seeing wasn't the problem for people, it was hearing.
No one understood/listened when she told them her name. 
They always asked again. 
Especially 'older' people, were not listening. 

 (I should add here, Marlu started putting sentences together at 18 months old.  By the time she was two, she could converse with just about any one. Yep she gets her gift of gab from me)  

Many people had the nerve to ask her several times. After the 2nd time, she would put her hands on her hips and spelling
M A R L U,  Marlu that is my name. 
 Countless times she would say, when I get older I'm going to change may name.  We would ask, to what, her reply was I don't know.
At the time I was teaching crocheting lessons
 to a small group of ladies. While having dinner one night, I told her Daddy and 
M A R L U, that a lady in my class had an unusual name.  It was 
Cindy Musselwhite.  M A R L U got a sparkle in her eye,  loudly stating, that is it,
I'm changing my name to Cindy Musselwhite.
She named everything as a child.  
She still has her Panda bear, Biggey and her
Koala bear, Poppy.
We had a Swedish ivy plant hanging at the patio door, she named it Cindy Musselwhite.
Marlu inherited my interests in names.  She gives her pets the best names.
Now fast forward after a few days of first grade she declared...she was
keeping her name.  Why I asked, she told me there were five Michelles
in her class and several Cindys.  In order to keep the class orderly the teacher
added the first letter of all their last names to the end of their first names.
Marlu said I would not like that.
To this day she still get compliments on her name and is asked the origin.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Sparks

are all about spreading cheer and positive vibes via quotes.

I'm not sure who wrote this quote.  I will give credit to where I read it:\
Last Monday January 7, we went to Milton's Pizza for my birthday.
I saw this quote hanging on the wall across from our table.

One sentence but so very powerful!!

Do small things, with great love.

The picture on the left was snapped by my friend, Janice.
She was waiting in the car while her husband ran an errand.
She looked up to see this amazing sunset and a jet stream, above the sunset, that made a


 Janice recently lost her sister, Frances, who fought like a warrior against Cancer.
Janice and I talked about signs...she has had several since Frances passed.
A sign from above...that things will be ok.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Historic Oakwood Part IV of IV

Happy Sunday House Selfies...
if you missed Part I of Historic Oakwood Click here
Part II of Historic Oakwood Click here
Part III of Historic Oakwood Click here

Today is my last post of Historic Oakwood. We only took photos on
one street (it was very cold).  To read more about the area click here
The header of the site turns into a slide show of many more homes.  Just wait a few seconds for it to start.  They really 'shine' on a sunny day.

Oakwood also has its own cemetery which is quite pretty
and Park

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Foyer Focus

Hu-MUM  to Kat and Dakota thanks you all 87 times for your lovely comments yesterday.
She tried unsuccessfully to leave a comment thanking you all


This is the corner of the foyer. This three legged table belonged to my mother in law.
I always loved and am so happy it it in our home now.
This corner is where lots of souvenirs from our travels and others travel live.
The picture above the table is from my brother in law's trip to Egypt.
picture on the left is original, right is sepia tones from lunapic

close up of some of the will see a few cats there.

left is original, right is kaleidoscope effect from Lunapic
Interesting the kaleidoscope effect did not pick up the cats or the ducks.  

Friday, January 11, 2019

Nature and Furry Friend Friday.

Hosted by my Niece Rosy, and her 2 brudders Arty and Jakey HERE

My nephew Kat lives with two big wolfies, Buddy the Black Lab and Dakota the Golden Retriever 
joined Kat and their HU-MUM for a walk in the beautiful Nature that surrounds
their Mountain home....and the Sun was finally shining and the temps were in the 60's.

After her walkabout Dakota, went to the SPA...
her Hu-Mum bathed her then she sat out in the sun to air dry her golden
curls. If you want to have golden wavy furs like Dakota, she recommends:  Mane n' Tail Shampoo.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Pictorial Thursday

Today we join Two  SPOILED CATS 
Angel Sammy and Teddy for their poetic pictorial poem.

Below is this week's inspiration

Oh No(se)
My plan was to be a nutty professor
Oh No(se)
Instead I'm a nutty hoarder
Oh No(se)
Not only have I lost my head,
I'm missing a toe
I must think hard, is this how I want it to goes
Oh No(se) I want to be a boss man
That is my plan!!


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Total in Jar and...Secret Lives of Letters K and L

Breaking News...Grand total for money found will walking in 2018

Congrats to Jackie,  Mum of Angels Eric and Flynn as of 10 pm last night.  Her guess was 

$.29 cents shy of the correct total!!

November Reader's Digest and I happened upon this article, 
"The Secret Lives of Letters", by Brooke Nelson.  Mr. Nelson says letters may be small characters, but there are amazing stories behind all 26 alphabet all-stars.
I and J can be found by clicking here

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tuesday Tale

Five days a week we walk at least 45 minutes  between 8 am and 9:30 am.  
We do our walking at Crabtree Valley Mall
about 2 miles from home  (as the crow flies).  Depending on the weather, if it is above
40 degrees in winter and below 75 (with out humidity) in the summer, we'll walk outside around the mall, through the parking lots and trails.  The mall doesn't open until 10 am.

The wise ones say walking is good for your health
We find that it is  not only healthy, it will make you wealthy. 
and often you can **help your those around you.

**During 2018, while walking, I found three bank debt cards in the parking lots on different days. 
 I am amazed at how careless folks are with these cards.
Each one from one of the three banks in the mall area. We turned them into the banks
right a 9 am. On New Year's Eve day about 8 am,  I saw an object in an empty parking spot that looked like a small pocket book calendar.  I almost walked passed it but decided to pick it up.
When I turned it over, I was shocked to see it was Passport from Mexico.
I opened it to check dates.  Expiration date was April 21, 2020. The owner had
filled in her name, local address and phone number.  We took it to the mall office immediately.
If the owner had already realized it was missing, I know she was frantic.

Mostly what we find is lots of coins and some times paper money.  We put in a huge jar. At the end of the year take the jar to the bank to use their automatic counter.  I thought I'd give you all a chance to 
guess how much money we found this year.  Below is a photo of the jar.
Note there is a $1.00, $5.00 and $10.00 bill.  All found in empty lots early in the morning.
So you have a head start it is more than $16.00.

We'll be taking the Jar to the bank sometime in the next few days.
I'll let you know the total.

Moral to this story is two fold:
1. be careful with your debt cards don't just stick them in the top of your pocketbook or in your pants  pockets.  If you have to have your passport with you at all times, put it somewhere safe.
2.  keep your nose to the ground when walking there are treasures to be found.


Monday, January 7, 2019


It is my

Yep I was born January 7, 1949.  
I have been asking myself how that happened.  LOL

7 is my favorite number.
 I'm eager to see with my 70th year has in store for me!!

Today I'd like to share 7   0 things I have learned over the years:

S:(Always wear) Sensible shoes
E: Everything in moderation 
V: Victories no matter if they are  big or small celebrate them with zest and glee
E:Enjoy the simple pleasures of life: Chocolate, Coffee, Pasta 
N:Never underestimate the value of friendships...they get you thru thick and thin
T:Talk lots but LISTEN more
Y:Years be thankful for each one they made you who you are

Zero tolerance for any kind of abuse!!!!!!!

The making of Me
Top row: For your viewing pleasure 
It appears from the top two photos I 
was a born ham and well balanced.  I could touch my head and foot a the same.

2nd Row left, I can't remember why I am in a formal at age 9.
I'm in the middle my maternal grandmother aka 
Annie Ma on my right, my paternal grandmother on my left
2nd Row: middle photo I'm still practicing my hand/foot coordination.  I was an angel in Christmas Program.
2nd row: Junior in high school.  How many of your remember the
flip hair style.  Took a ton of bobby pins to get the curls.
Then you had to brush like crazy to get the flip and use hair spray.

Bottom Row:  We were in Parrot Land in Florida...good
thing I had been practicing my balance and arm coordination
1 parrot on my head, 2 on each arm

How I plan to spend my 70th bday
Today my better half is taking me out to breakfast at First Watch
We will pick up my Baskin Robbins Bday cake late morning...I might have a slice for lunch
I am a member of Milton's Pizza's birthday club.  They sent me a coupon for a free lunch or supper.  We are going there tonight.  

I will show you my cake tomorrow!!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Historic Oakwood Homes Part III

Happy Sunday House Selfies...
if you missed Part I of Historic Oakwood Click here
Part II of Historic Oakwood Click here

Below is the front view of the home on the left side of the collage above.  
The porch wraps around about 3/4 of the home.