Sunday, April 27, 2008

Scenes from this Week

Lots of work done on the house this week, but no good photos. Here are some photos of breaks we took while working on the house.

Below: Home cooking! Rosemary and black olive soda bread and Italian Vegetable Pesto Soup. You can get the soup recipe and some others, all from Ann Lindsay's book, "Smart Cooking", by clicking here.

fountain made out of a flat bottom boat, outside of Cali and Tito's restaurant in Athens.

enjoying the weather and Latin food at Cali N Tito's.

view from outside a yoga class in Clayton.

finally found some discounted orchids, at a grocery store. I read they can live a century!

tonight at Trappeze Pub in Athens. 200 beers in bottles, 31 on tap.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


For the first time, I have purchased a Jazz Fest collectible poster. Could not pass this one up, it is soul legend Irma Thomas. The original painting was done by amazing Louisiana artist Douglas Bourgeois. The back story on this is really interesting, read about it in the Times Picayune: "Art Critic Calls 2008 Jazzfest Poster 'the best ever' ".


It's Jazz Fest time again in New Orleans. You can listen to live internet broadcast from the Fest from WWOZ radio,

Check out info on this annual fest at

Mitch and I will be there next weekend, shaking a tail feather. Until then, here's a few of my photos from last year.

Mardi Gras Indian...

the crowd...the heat...the music...the beer....

DH gettin' down with his Festival Feedbag HOW YA GONNA CLAP?! (if you don't know, I'm not tellin')

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Overheard in Athens

Last night was the Boybutante Ball in Athens, a fundraiser benefiting AIDS support services.

Overheard in Athens today:

"I was up all night dressing drag queens. It was exhausting."

More Agora Finds

Stopped in our favorite retro resale shop and found some more treasures.

60's mushroom lamp (I've been searching for one of these for a year)

'60s enameled swag chandelier that goes with the yellow dinette set we purchased previously at Agora

Lane mahogany coffee table that goes with '60s mahogany sofa we found earlier, also at Agora (this is not our living room, this is the basement we haven't finished renovating yet)

the bow-tie inlay motif on the coffee table is the same as the original '60s bow-tie kitchen handles that came with the house

original '60s kitchen handles

Saturday, April 19, 2008

More Flower Photos

More beauty from our Athens yard..

Cherokee Rose

Took some photos today of the huge Cherokee Rose in our yard. Trying to decide which one I like best for printing and hanging...those of you with computers (as opposed to grandma's WebTV) will be able to see the rain drops on the petals.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Why I Knit

Go On With Your Knittin’
(Unknown Irish Poet)

When the folks next to you act like those in the zoo
A grumblin’, growlin’ and spittin’
It’s a pretty good plan
To be as calm as you can
And do something useful—like knittin’.

When a gossipin’ Susan with poison barbed tongue
Comes into the room where you’re sittin’
And starts to defame
Some neighbor’s good name
Count your stitches out loud and keep knittin’.

When there’s been a slight misunderstandin’ at the church
And others hint broadly of quittin’
Why the very best thing
You can do is to sing
And stay at your post and keep knittin’.

When Satan moves in with his cohorts of sin
Say, “You’ll never find me submitin’.
You irk me I find
So get thee behind
And please don’t disturb me—I’M KNITTIN!”

In the middle of problems, the big and the small
It’s always proper and fittin’
To trust and to pray
‘Til the Lord shows the way
An’ go right on ahead with your knittin’.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Hat in Trade

Here is a photo of Dogbytes of Seattle, who traded me a Katrina tiki mug for a sock monkey hat I knitted. Dogbytes totally looks like someone I'd like to hang out with! What could be better than sock monkey hats and tiki mugs? The wonders of the internet, you can meet people far away and trade with them.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Yarn Harlot

Went to see a talk by an author who writes....knitting humor. Author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, a.k.a. "the Yarn Harlot". There were SEVEN HUNDRED knitters present! It took place in a hidden theater in Virginia Highlands that you enter by going through the entrance of the Ben and Jerry's (Starbucks used to be there too, but is now gone). I could not make this stuff up.

below: part of the line waiting to get in; it took an hour to get seated, even though I arrived early. You should have seen the cars going down Highland Ave. staring at the line of people waiting to get in...most of them, standing there knitting.

It's true. A 3 level theater, filled with knitters. 700 knitters.

the Yarn Harlot...

people knitting while standing up, with their yarn in bags that they are holding.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

New Tile Kitchen Floor

Hubby put in the new tile floor in the upstairs kitchen. WOOT!

Here he is several weeks ago, ripping out the old floor - aged linoleum in a not-so-lovely brown and cream. That room was DARK! And only one light bulb to light the entire kitchen! (He put in recessed lighting, too. But the spray on popcorn ceiling treatment will have to be removed before I post ceiling photos.)

after the new backerboard for the tile was put down, tiling commenced! (That cabinet hole is where the new oven will be.)

in progress...

grouted and complete, except for the quarter inch round tile that will go around the edges under the cabinets. Note the Harvest Gold wall that was revealed under the floral wallpaper that he ripped off.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Katrina Mug

Below is the Katrina mug I received in trade for a Sock Monkey Hat I knitted. The Katrina tiki mug was created as a fundraiser for a New Orleanian, Purple Jade, who lost everything in the hurricane. Purple Jade created the design and it was made by Tiki Farm. Limited edition, it is sold out and I was very fortunate to be able to obtain one.

Note the fleur de lis nose with a bone nose ring!

Here is the mug description from Tiki Farm:

The mug is inspired by the Comedy/Tragedy masks aesthetic. It is a 3-tone mug in purple, gold & green which are the official colors of the Mardi Gras. One side of the mug features the Remember frowning face, and the othe side features the Rebuild smiling face. The nose design on the mug is the Fleur de Lis, the official symbol of New Orleans. Also, notice the general contours of the mug… it is shaped like a Hurricane glass.