Monday, November 3, 2008
I had a wonderful week in the Outer Banks with several ladies in my subdivision. Here are a couple of group shots - very Outer Banks tourist shots, aren't they? We are at the Lighthouse at Cape Lookout (but couldn't climb it because they were in the midst of repainting it; one of the perils of going off season). The othe is at the Right Brother's Memorial at Nag's Head.
Do you recognize this house? It was the one used in the movie "A Night in Rodanthe." It's actually in Avon which is next to Rodanthe, but it really is a REAL house. I walked in the same spots as Richard Geere! Unfortunately it has been condemned and will be gone with the next hurricane.
This is the group of ladies from my subdivision that I spent a week with at the beach. We have just finished running to the top of Jockey's Ridge. JoJane stayed back at the cottage and Karen is taking the picture. Back row, left to right: Frances, Jo, Connie, Cheryl, Lynn, Kathleen, and Pat. Front row: Marilyn and Priscilla (because we can still kneel down and get back up on our own).
Thom and I went down to Burlington, NC last week to celebrate mom's 90th birthday (October 25th). I took a Dulce de Leche cake for her. The kitchen staff lit the candles (actually only one per decade) then brought it out carrying fire extinguishers and sang happy birthday.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Thom's mother, Helen Hammond Hill, passed away on October 2, 2008. She was 91 years old. A beautiful memorial service was held at Glenaire Retirement Village where she lived for the last eight years. It was a joyful occasion, as she is now reunited with her husband of 58 years, Louis.
These are pictures of my grand-nephew, Louis. He is named after Thom's father. At the memorial service for Helen, we snapped a great shot of Grandmother Irene (Thom's sister) and Grandpa Josh holding the next generation. One life goes and another carries on!
One Friday morning we got an alarm that there was a car fire in our subdivision. We raced out and found the car fully engulfed. Thom drove engine 43 and Engine 4 came from downtown Black Mountain. We put the fire out with foam, but as you can see there was nothing left of it. The cause of the fire? Mice had built a nest under the hood and when the nest and all their winter food provisions got hot the car burst into flames.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The 2008 BookOpolis show at Bookworks in Asheville, NC was wonderful this year. The next several posts show some of the books and the Interlude Editions Fundraiser for the year. To the left is one of my favorites in the show - Girl in the World. Enjoy the next few psots showing some pictures from the show!
Bookworks sponsored a series of little books to raise money for Interlude editions. One of the books is by Lisa Blackburn (can you believe she made 30 of these??). A "home" for the books, made by Sandy Webster, was created. Chances were sold and the winner was Phil Diehn, Gwen's husband. Gwen had an edition in this 2008 series.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The weekend of September 6th and 7th, sis-in-law Irene came up from Raleigh to take another class with Gwen Diehn - this time learning to make paints from clay and other minerals that we we collected in the area. It was supposed to be an adult/child combo. so I guess I was he child. We got about 6 colors from gray to black to green to several shades of red. It won't be that expensive to do in the future.
We have a yearly pass to Biltmore. Thom and I love to walk the trails and visit the flower exhibits. This one opened last week. It's called a carpet of flowers and is based on a patterned rug inside the Biltmore house. As you can see, there is lots of maintenance going on all the time, but isn't it a beautiful view?
Friday, August 29, 2008
Cindy came over from TN on Tuesday afternoon and Mary Stori (who I met through Cindy) came over Thursday for a visit and a wonderful girl lunch at the Veranda in Black Mountain. Mary showed us her latest work. She is a remarkable beader who teaches all over the country and creates artwork on wool. Here are two of her latest - the link to her blog is in my list to the right if you want to see more of her work.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sis-in-Law, Irene from Raleigh (r), joined me in Asheville to take a workshop at Bookworks taught by Gwen Diehn (l). We wrote a poem based on some watered down acrylic colors we splashed on some Arches text weight paper. Then we manipulated the text, separated the sentences, and wrote a poem. We chose a layout, designed a book, and typeset it. Each person received two bound copies of the poem. As soon as I stitch it into the book I will post it on my blog.
I made another mica book for the Slow Book Salon's Burnsville show. It hosts writers and poets and invites us to participate with books. The theme for this year is "The Beloved Community" and I did a theme book. A poem was also written - but only a few people did a book to go along with the poem. I used names for groups of animals to correspond to the beloved community of people.
Friday, August 1, 2008
It's hot here (comparatively) in August and many of my flowers stop blooming. The pictures of the Stargazer Lilies show them a little past their prime, but the Morning Glories are in full bloom. They are shriveled and dry by noon, but have a brand new set of blooms every morning!