Sunday, July 20, 2014

Graffiti Knoxville

Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton: Just in case you are curious!

We discovered an alley that bordered a series of restaurants on Market Square in Knoxville fully decorated with wonderful graffiti.  I brought my camera on the journey, but left it in the car (it was particularly hot,  the camera felt particularly heavy, and I was particularly lazy).  Fortunately, I'm never without my phone-- I love that this random discovery wasn't left purely to memory.  Isn't the modern age great?

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Life Lately

Writing. chores, sewing and kitties.  Not bad for the hot, gray days of mountain summer.

We've been using these foodie dice to plan menus now that farmer's market is open.  I like the randomness of it.  We're also going to try our hand at canning some spaghetti sauces and pestos to put up for the winter.  Jeremy's pesto sauce is the best thing about summer, hands down.   

It hasn't rained much, but its threatened to.  Everything is gray and hazy.  We haven't done too much outside, a little weeding and such.  Though I did convert our old (broken) fountain into a planter by drilling holes through the fiberglass and throwing in potting soil and some cheap perennials.  I may turn it into an herb garden next summer...hmmm.  Fresh basil and more pesto.  Bliss.

The kids are all busy and bustling this summer.  Harper has a job, and is spending every non working moment exploring the mountains with friends.  Tucker has football practice, and camp coming up, and a new girlfriend who is sweet as can be.  Bayley just moved a little further down the road--I think I'll have a housewarming party post coming up here when I get around to it.  Jeremy has had a summer class, and of course is working at the library.  Its a quiet summer for me.  I like it.  
I'm hoping to have most of my work wrapped up in a couple of weeks, so we'll have more time for some summer adventures.  Even so, it will be low key.  I'm liking the leisurely life of an author. 

What new projects have you tried out this summer?

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Small Town Fourth of July

I've lived in big cities, suburbs, unincorporated communities, and everything in between.  But this little, small town is my home.  You can't beat a small town parade-- less spectacle, more neighborly, if that makes sense.  Plus, tractors!  Tractors are cool.  

After the parade we grabbed lunch at the General Store and left with chocolate milkshakes that we sipped while we strolled through the craft fair.  The weather was lovely-- clear blue and not too hot.   The little main street was more crowded than I'd ever seen it; the perfect opportunity to people watch.

We finished it off with a wedding anniversary dinner.  Funny story.  At first we were planning on having a traditional night-at-a-fancy-restaurant dinner.  That morphed into appetizers with drinks at the fancy place with a quick stop at a favorite sushi bar.  When we saw there was going to be a beer garden, we decided we'd just come back downtown for beer and funnel cake.  
We ended up swinging by the store, grabbing some yummies, and grilling at home.  
That's how we roll~* 

Thanks to my husband for a great anniversary & wonderful marriage, & thanks to the small town for the 4th of July parade and being home.  I'm a lucky girl.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Love Lavender

Just a wee festival celebrating lavender, not too far from where we live.  It used to be held in the old downtown, but recently moved to an actual lavender farm-- which seems odd, lavender farm, but there it is.  There was lavender teas and honey, lavender infused soaps and scrubs, violet aprons, purple knitting, garden flowers pieced together from random pieces of china, horses and sunshine.  A nice way to spend the morning~*

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