My Lucky Skirt

Yes folks I still wear madras. I know its a popular fabric from the 80’s, but I am keeping it in style. A girl about town, such as yours truly, has to shop on a budget during these hard economical times. Let me tell you, I have been scoring BIG time at the Goodwill in South Asheville. My luck has been amazing, in fact sooooo good that I found this madras skirt and I had to buy it immediately.family 198

It was only 3 dollars. I tried it on and fell in love with it. I took it home and was going to wash it, but before doing so, I reached in the pocket and there was 6 dollars in the skirt. I was thrilled and this lucky finding made my day even brighter. That’s the story of my lucky skirt that did not cost me anything.  It was kind of like winning a lottery ticket.  I love retail therapy.

Bus Photo Art Shots

Last weekend on the way to Andy and Nicole’s Wedding, my beautiful friend Delphine and I loaded up on the bus. Of course she and I had to do some photo shoots with my fancy camera, so here are some of our silly shots.

Caroline Flower shot

Caroline Flower shot

photo shoot on Lazoom bus

photo shoot on Lazoom bus

Beautiful Delphine

Beautiful Delphine

Delphine is one of my dearest girlfriends that I can just be plain silly with.

Caroline and Delphine about to board the bus

Caroline and Delphine about to board the bus

Love this shot of Delphine

Photo Bus Shot

Sun is Shining

I have had the best weekend ever. Andy and Nicole got married and some of my beautiful friends were here for the weekend. family 150Delphine from California and Emil from Colorado. My roomie and Blue Waters all had a blast together. I felt like I was on vacation in my own hometown. It rained a ton, but now the sun is shining on my doorstep today.

Sorry I have been out of touch. Its so tough without a computer still. Much Love and Fall Seasonings.

Rainy September Wednesday Post

labor day weekend 09 103Rainy and gray this fine Wednesday.  I am looking forward to reuniting with friends this weekend that I have not seen in a long long time.  We are all gathering for a family wedding this weekend and I am so excited.  Pickin up Emil at the airport on Thursday evening and then having breakfast with Delphine on Friday morning.  Wedding on Saturday and Potluck on Sunday.   Just a whole bunch of friend gatherings this weekend and I am just thrilled.  I sure hope there will be alot of  music pickin’ going on cause I need to be dusting off my chops.  Hope everyone is having a lovely week.

Much Respect for The Gauley River

I survived all these Whitewater Rapids, and I am so excited about it.gauley 013

  • Insignificant (Class V – ironically so named because the first expedition reported “nothing significant before Pillow”.)
  • Pillow Rock (Class V – accessible via a steep trail from Carnifax Ferry Battleground site. Extremely powerful and intimidating rapid.)
  • Lost Paddle (Class V – a long, treacherous rapid consisting of four sub-rapids: First Drop, Second Drop, Third Drop, and Tumblehome.)
  • Iron Ring (Class V – so named for a large iron ring which had been anchored in a rock near the rapid by loggers many years before. The ring was cut and removed by vandals in the 1980s.)
  • Sweet’s Falls (Class V – named for John Sweet, a canoeist and pioneer of the Gauley.)

Justyn and I went down the river two days in a row.  The first day was fantastic, but half way between Iron Ring and Sweet’s Falls I suffered a massive headache from not having coffee.  Ouch. 

i had a coffee headache from hell

i had a coffee headache from hell

The second day was even better.  We had a delicious breakfast at Cathedral Cafe in Summersville, WV., where I gulped down copious amounts of organic fair trade coffee.  I enjoyed a scrumptious frittata as well.   Right next to the Cathedral was a portrait art studio that had some funny paintings in the windows.  I could not help but to smile.gauley 014

A West Virginia Bride Portraiture

A West Virginia Bride Portraiture

I was really scared to go down Pillow Falls again the next day, because its real quick and you head for a rock and you drop down the river. 

Justyn is the best guide in the world and we made it down the river just fine.  It is really a gentle giant. 

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 I respect the Gauley River so much.   I enjoyed sitting on Pillow Rock where we  people watched.  Boaters would navigate through those rapids and it was interesting to see if they made it without flipping there raft or canoe.   It reminded me of the Roman Colliseum days of old, where you are a spectator watching  doom and gloom through the uproarious crowds.  Photograhpers on Pillow Rock were busy shooting carnage and hecklers shouted paddling commands.   So crazy this Whitewater world is.  The Gauley River is amazing and I hold so much love and respect for her. gauley 026gauley 049

On My Way to the Lovely Gauley

This is gonna be an action packed weekend y’all.  We are heading to West Virginia to the Gauley River for some class 5 Whitewater Rafting.  This is so outside my comfort zone, but oh well.  I got my earplugs and my life jacket and a good guy to guide us down the river.  So here we go.  Also, I am bringing my fiddle to jam by the river banks just in case I back out.  Ha ha. 

Have a fantabulous weekend lovelies.

North Georgia Fun

Had a smashing good time in North Georgia in Blue Ridge, McCaysville and Duck Town.  We went down the Ocoee River twice. The dam released river was rushing and the whitewater was fantastic. 

Juggling holding Milo and playing my ukie

Juggling holding Milo and playing my ukie

I loved hanging with my friends Mike and Tish at their family home in horse pasture land in Blue Ridge. Pickin’ on the porch, eating yummy food, drinking cocktails and just doing a whole bunch of laughing.

McCayesville, Georgia

McCayesville, Georgia

I am home for two days and then I head to West Virginia to hang by the Gauley River.  Lots of adventures going on. 

Trying to keep you posted using other people’s computers.

Cheers

The Ocoee River

The Ocoee River

First of September

Wow, I am feeling like I am getting my mojo back.  Slowly but surely.  My ear, after 32 days of agony, feels a ton better.  Sorry that I have been talking about it a ton lately, but it really just took my mojo down several notches.  I could not hear people when they spoke to me and I could not hear my fiddle when I played it.  I am just counting my blessings that I am feeling a resurgence of health coming back to my left ear.  late summer tea sippin

Today is the first day of September and it is absolutely gorgeous outside.  My friend Cate and I went for a workout and then headed to lovely downtown Asheville for lunch.  My favorite restarant right now is Thai Orchid.  I love their Drunken Noodles with Tofu.  So delish.

The skies are blue and the weather is crisp and cool.  I am wearing a long sleeve in the late summer and sippin’ on some red tea as I write.  It feels like Fall around here.

Just want to give a shout out to Wendi for lettin me use her computer for a while, til I figure out how to get a new one.