Monday, April 26, 2010

Dressed For Spring In More Ways Than One

Down here in the South the trees are green, the grass is growing by leaps and bounds, veggies and flowers are in the ground, and we’re dressed for spring in more ways than one. You’d be surprised at how much you can fit on a narrow porch. Of course this means when you slide between the chairs and rail, you have to suck it in honey – but it can be done! Jack put together a rustic potting table I designed and now I finally have a real place at the right height to pot my plants.

Dressing for spring also took place in the wonderful rug hooking class taught by Mary Anne Wise in my home last Friday. Mary Anne is from Wisconsin and has been working in various ways with the Mayan women in Guatemala for several years. During her latest trip, she taught them rug design and hooking and at our semi-annual hook-in on Saturday we were able to see lots of pictures. They hook with whatever cloth is available so that’s what we did in Friday’s class. Using nothing but a very large pile of thrift store clothing of every texture, color, and type, we hand-cut our strips and began ‘dressing’ our designs. It was a challenge to choose colors and fabrics that we may have never hooked with before. And there was some…ahem…shall we say ‘hoarding hiding of the cloth’? You know who you are! LOL A wonderful time was had by all and I can say that my rug is almost finished and yesterday I made a trip back to the thrift store to get just the right colors for a second rug I have in mind. Who knows? It may just be a giveaway on this blog. Stay tuned.

Tonia, Jan, Kathie, Diane, Me

Georgia and Tonia

Kathie, Diane, and Mary Anne

Untie a ribbon in your life – you might find an adventure!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Drive-Ins, Diners, and Dives aka The Anniversary Picnic

Rosa’s Home Cooking – a tiny little place in Fayetteville, Georgia. Always had cars outside – we had noticed it often and wondered if they had good food – decided to try it tonight to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary a few days in advance. Kind of an adventure in eating so to speak.

The first clue should have been when we saw the Christmas poinsettias still on the curtains. The second clue should have been when we walked through the door to the serving counter and saw cheap plastic ‘silverware’ and the kid behind the counter holding a styrofoam plate. Hmmmmmm, our main course choices were greasy meatloaf, greasy fried chicken, greasy barbecued chicken (and I use the term barbecued loosely), greasy chopped steak hiding under onions; greasy roadkill beef stew.

I opted for a veggie plate. OK now this was better. Overcooked cabbage, green beans with chopped potatoes, overcooked lima beans, some orange mashed stuff that could have been sweet potatoes or carrots, macaroni and cheese, undercooked collards… Ummmmm – I’ll have the macaroni and cheese, cabbage, and green beans. And a bottled water please.

The only thing that was even close to edible was the cabbage and I use the term edible VERY loosely. The green beans were obviously out of a can. The macaroni obviously had canned cheese sauce over it. Can you say NASTY???

I sat there drinking my bottled water (that said on the back “may be out of a private or public water source” – WHAT???) and watched as Jack sawed through his chopped steak and styrofoam plate with his little white plastic knife. Even Jack, who isn’t a picky eater and usually cleans his plate, had a good bit of the collards, half the steak, all of the onions and the optional corn muffin left when he was finished eating.

There was a complaint/comment box on the wall next to the door. All I could have thought to comment was “LEARN TO COOK!”. There were people coming in as we left and I wanted to say “NO, NO, DON’T DO IT!”

We stopped by Chick-Fil-A for a peach milkshake on the way home – both as a filler and to get the taste of Rosa’s out of our mouths. Happy Anniversary to us! LOLOLOL

Untie a ribbon in your life – you might find an adventure!