Monday, July 28, 2014

A Change of Scenery

The blog is moving to a new address!  All  my followers on GFC, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, Facebook and Bloglovin will be moved over in a day or two.  You shouldn't have to do a thing.  . 

The first new post won't be up until this Friday, but you can go ahead and take a look around and let me know what you think at

Let me know if you have any problem with the new site, if you follow on one of the social media outlets listed and aren't seeing the new site on your roster within two weeks or if you have any suggestions or ideas.  You can post in the comments or email me at theclosetintellectual(at)gmail(dot)com.  

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rain Rain Go Away...

It came in so sunny and promising, this July, but its going out with a decided drip.

It is good for the plants, at least that is what we've been saying a lot.  Given that I haven't actually planted any plants this year,  I suppose it would be more apropos to say it is good for the weeds.  Did I ever tell you my Mom and I play a game I call "Weed or Not?"  I take an phone photo of green things growing in the garden, and she texts me whether or not it is a weed.  They almost always are.  Sigh.

We are keeping dry.  Mostly.

How is your summer weather?  As I typed that a big dark cloud swooped across the sky.  Really.  That fast. Tennessee rainy days are weird...

I am working on a bit of a blog redo which I'm hoping to debut next week (fingers crossed and time permitting).  There has been a big shift from what I thought the blog was going to be to what it has become.  Plus I am in a re decorating mood~*  
Don't panic if pages disappear and reappear and things look odd around here for a bit-- I'm attempting to do it in as unobtrusive a way as possible, but you know how it goes.  If everything goes as planned, ya'll never notice the move :)

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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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