Sunday, November 30, 2008

Holiday market

A cold and drizzly day here, but stalwart gallery and tent proprietors alike were out in St. Elmo this Saturday. We ambled along, and saw lots of wonderful things, created by our friends and neighbors. Who needs a mall? Who, indeed?

My neighbor Annie's amazing hats; contact me if you'd like to see more . . . She designs as she knits. This is just a small sampling:

Interesting sculptures from found objects by R. Michael Wimmer:

A cha-cha line of mugs:

Cookie decorating

Lookout Mountain Gallery was hopping:

A determined artist and art lover rounds the corner:

Stars above:

You could take the Incline home, should you live up above the clouds on Lookout Mountain:

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thursday, Thanksgiving

Some images from the table. Thanks for the pictures, L. We had a full day cooking:

  • turkey
  • stuffing (Niedlov's own mix with Alchemy Spice herb mix)
  • mashed potatoes
  • a cranberry/orange relish, made from a recipe from that day's paper including, of all things, a jalapeno pepper
  • roasted butternut squash
  • Brussels sprouts gratin (in lovely cream)
  • pearl onions in a mustard/brown sugar glaze
  • giblet gravy (well, turkey-neck-meat gravy; there was no giblet packet in our Eberley turkey cavity!)
  • pumpkin pie

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Get Well, Jeffrey! Love, Frank, Bear, and Soul

Frank has been under the weather himself, sneezing and having to endure a course of amoxicillin, which has a bubble-gum scent to it. Poor cats, having to ingest something meant for children.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who stops here, and to everyone whose blog brings me much entertainment, enlightenment, and solace.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mood ring

I took this test, prompted by kmkat:

Your dominant hues are cyan and green. Although you definitely strive to be logical you care about people and know there's a time and place for thinking emotionally. Your head rules most things but your heart rules others, and getting them to meet in the middle takes a lot of your energy some days.

Your saturation level is higher than average - You know what you want, but sometimes know not to tell everyone. You value accomplishments and know you can get the job done, so don't be afraid to run out and make things happen.

Your outlook on life can be bright or dark, depending on the situation. You are flexible and see things objectively.

I wish I knew what a saturation level is, though.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday theme: leaves

Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!
--Humbert Wolfe, Autumn (Resignation)

O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being,
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,
Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,
Pestilence-stricken multitudes.
--Shelley, Ode to the West Wind

Words are like leaves; and where they most abound,
Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Another view

Photographer L, looking very photo journalistic:

Another aspect of Fleet Foxes, performing an appropriately titled song:

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Fall afternoon, released

A collage, taken by L, plus a short taste of our journey in movie format.
We started out shopping for various items, then a quick stop at the Remaindered Book Store, where I got three great cookbooks, one by the somewhat peckish Jeremiah Tower. I had wanted to go to Applebee's, just across the way, based on the voice of the actor (remember Northern Exposure??) who does those commercials (I love the way he says "Applebeeeez") but L wasn't having it.

Instead, we had hot dogs at a new eatery, Good Dog. It was very delicious, but when I bit into a hot pepper on my Chicago dog, I had a coughing fit, which seemed to embarrass L, who then pretended she wasn't sitting across from me. I could tell.

Because I've been so busy, I haven't had time for a jaunt around, so this on was very welcome indeed. Even though L was mildly disgruntled, in a teenage funk kind of way.

A mural across from L's school. I keep forgetting to bring my camera when the painting is going on; I'll try to be better next week.

background music Fleet Foxes

Autumn from L EM on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


I woke up at 2 am, and was absolutely thrilled, shocked, amazed.

I've been away from blogging, too busy and too afraid of what yesterday might have brought. Now I am hopeful.