Sunday, May 9, 2010

Deep in the mountains of Tennessee ... these are the oldest mountains on this Earth. It was quiet and peaceful and the air was clear. Living in Asheville is awesome, but it's still a city.
Deep in the mountains of Tennessee ...
now, that's the place to be.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spring, Warmer Weather and New Clothes

Now that the weather is warmer I have on a sleeveless t-shirt that I got in Vegas. It's all kinds of awful blue, green and yellow with a peace sign on it. The point of this is not the psychedelic nightmare of my shirt but the fact that my "oven" scar on my elbow is visible. I'm a very good cook but a total klutz in the kitchen.
I have a scar on my forefinger from when I was fifteen and cutting leftover turkey at Thanksgiving. Even now, with my Ovglove I manage to harm myself. It all seems worth it when we sit down to a delicious and nutritious meal. I love to cook but I'm a hazard in the kitchen.
The really good thing about the warmer weather? My husband is THE grillmaster. All I have to do is prepare it (which, unfortunately, usually involves knives) and he cooks it up on the grill.
AH! Life is good ... to quote Leo.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Quite the difference from my last blog of September 2009. This is a shot off the front porch during the "Storm of '09." We had around 14 inches the weekend before Christmas and we've had more snow on and off since. It was fun and pretty, but cold and slippery.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


This fig tree came from my mother's fig tree which came from her father's fig tree. When my cousins and I were little my grandfather's fig tree was big enough for us to climb in. When we planted this tree 10 years ago everybody told us, "You can't grow a fig tree here in the mountains!" I named the tree Gus after my grandfather and Gus yields a bumper crop of figs every other year. This year there aren't many on him so I'll let the birds have at it when they get ripe. Right now the sweet smell is so delicious. It's planted below the window of my upstairs office and the whole office smells sweet and "figgy."

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Visit Leo's new blog!

What WOULD Leo say???

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Just finished reading "Dog Nanny" ... a hilarious new book by my friend Ann Whitaker. Ann and I met on a message board for grieving pet parents 13 years ago. We have never met F2F, but have remained fast friends all these years. "Dog Nanny" is available NOW! Go to for YOUR very own copy!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Petunias 2009

Ah! Spring has finally sprung and my verandah is filled with a billion petunias.