Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My New Gadget: A Clothes Tower or Ladder

Clothes Tower or Clothes Ladder. 

Always in the beginning of a new year, I look around and decide I need to get more organized and have less clutter.  Something popped up on my FB or maybe it was my email that caught my attention.  It is called a Clothes Tower*, but I think of it more as a Clothes Ladder.  It leans up against the wall and can be moved around from place to place if you wish. 

I had a chair in this spot in my bedroom where I often put down clothes that I didn't want to hang up or weren't ready for the clothes hamper.  Or maybe I put clothes on the bed.  Anyway I decided this would be a way to keep my clothes a little more organized when they are not in the closet.

Now I can give the chair that was in that spot to one of my grandsons who will be moving out into their own space soon.  Or if they aren't interested, I will donate it to The Green Chair Project.

Now if I could find some new gadget that would get my study more organized!!!

*Sorry I can't remember where I ordered this, but if you are interested you could probably google and find it.  I highly recommend it.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Christmas Lights in Forest City, NC

Main Street Decorated for Christmas in Forest City, NC
Jen had never heard of Forest City. but when we visited it in our way to Asheville, she fell in love with it.  We had lunch on the way up at Smith's Drug Store that is known for its pimento cheese.  It was fun sitting at the counter, and we each enjoyed a toasted pimento cheese sandwich.
The counter at Smith's Drug Store. 
A lovely mural painted on the wall of one of the buildings. 

After we returned from Asheville, we went back to Forest City from Shelby with a couple of friends in tow just to see the beautiful Christmas lights on Main Street there.

The snowman. 

A decorated door with  reflections of the street lights. 
We ate dinner there.  DeDe had jambalaya.  

Jen waiting on her order. 

Main Street.

Decorated window. 

All the tree trunks are decorated with little white lights.  Beautiful. 

For a small town the Christmas decorations are extraordinary.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Gadding About at the Biltmore House in Asheville

The outside trees lit and beautiful at dusk. 
The main reason for our recent road trip to Asheville was to see the Biltmore House decorated for Christmas.  I had seen the House before, but never at Christmas.  It was quite a treat.  Follow along with me as we tour the House built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt. I believe it is the largest private dwelling in the US.
The Garden Room is where we entered, and I believe it is my favorite room.
The 35 foot live Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall is a tradition since the first Christmas at Biltmore.   
One of the dining rooms. 
The Library, another favorite of mine. 
The shadow of the statute in the large fireplace in the Library. 
I liked the canopy on the ceiling in this room. 
Beautiful tilework above the fireplace in the Tapestry Room.
The candles and lanterns were being lit as we were about to depart. 
I think the windows are so beautiful!
The top floors from the outside. 
The outside trees reflecting in the pool out front. 

It was dusk as we were leaving and the outside trees were all lit.  Beautiful. 

Christmas is certainly a lovely time to visit Biltmore.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Breakfast at the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

The original part of the Inn as seen from our window.
This week my friend Jen and I made a three-day road trip to Asheville, NC.  On Friday morning as we were heading home, we decided to have breakfast at the famous Grove Park Inn.  Upon arrival the parking attendant said we must have a reservation and after a bit of discussion, Jen said we had a reservation (we didn't) and that we were going to get Valet Parking.  So she waved us through.  Jen makes things happen, and she is a great one for travelling.

Somehow we managed to be escorted to a table for breakfast at 10:34, although breakfast supposedly closed at 10:30.  (Jen again!)

We both have been to the Grove Park Inn on several occasions, it was a favorite of Dan and mine.  But never have we sneaked in for breakfast like we did this time,  It was well worth it though.
My breakfast. 

Jen finally getting her morning coffee. 
Our waiter, Jonathan.
The Inn was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and they had the winners of the Gingerbread House Contest on display.  A lady from Cary was the first place winner among the adult entries.  Her entry was Ghosts from Christmas Past.
The winning Gingerbread House Contest entry.
Jen and others enjoying the Gingerbread House entries. 
The Grove Park Inn bear.  

One of the many decorated Christmas trees, this one with a musical theme. 

Sitting by the fire after a wonderful breakfast at the Grove Park Inn. 
If ever you wish to get into someplace where you DON'T have a reservation, take Jen with you.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Gadding About in Parrots General Store

The parrot in Parrots Store. (Photo by Anthony Benson)
Laura, Anthony, and I motored down to Kinston to have dinner at The Chef and The Farmer, but we went early enough to browse around in Parrots General Store before dinner.  What a fun place!  This place has been in business in this same location for over 70 years.
Live chickens and rabbits for sale. 
After you raise your live chicken as a pet you can buy a harness for her. 
Cheerwine and RC Cola.

Mary Jane candy. 
Wagons in the window.
I guess this is for whatever ails one. 

Used to pick up nuts. 

Handmade oak basket. 

There's not much tobacco grown around here anymore. 

If you find yourself in Kinston, NC I recommend visiting this old timey store.