North Carolina

Mark and I got back from North Carolina last night.   The entire trip was pretty much like this:

Lots and lots and lots of rain.   We went to Charlotte for an antique radio swap meet.   It takes place at the wonderful Airport Sheraton, with the fluffiest bed in which I have ever slept.   We hit this swap meet every year, it’s a great meet run by wonderful folks.   The swap meet has always been in the parking lot, but they couldn’t do it there with all the rain.   The hotel really worked at making everyone comfortable and let us hold it inside, in a series of meeting rooms.   I didn’t think it was going to work out at all, but it went amazingly smoothly and we did quite well despite the economy and the weather. We went out Friday night to their NoDa district, an absolutely lovely place to hang out and have dinner.   Getting there and back is always a challenge, after thirteen years we’re finally starting to figure the layout of the city.   That, and we have a nearly life-sized map that I keep folding and unfolding all over the front seat of the minivan.

What I really love about this trip every year is stopping off in Asheville for a day.   Asheville is the coolest town.   We ate at a wonderful vegetarian restaurant called The Laughing Seed, amazing food.   I did lots of shopping in there many groovy hippie stores, and checked out Woolworth Walk, an old Woolworth’s that has been recycled into an art gallery.   Later Mark and I went to the Jack of the Wood and checked out Trainwreks, a very fun rockin’, bluesy, honky-tonk band.   We had a great time despite all the rain, but I am glad to be home with my cats.

Where I stood..

I was looking through a box of stuff, and ran across this stamp, it is one of the first stamps I carved.   It reminds me that the weather has changed and it’s time to do more walking and less eating.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

Friends up north

This is the view from our friends’ house, we were up north visiting this past weekend.

There son is learning the guitar, and serenaded us.

I am astounded at his control, and determination to practice.

Mr. Limpet applauds the effort.

We did a little sailing.

OK, maybe not really.

Pirate ships were built, though,

with the help of dad.

Afterword, drinks were drunk,

and Mark relaxed.

Where I stood..

At the Hartwick Pines State Park by Grayling, where Mark and I hiked and learned about old growth forest.   Those are little tiny pine cones by my feet.

We saw very tall old trees, 300-400 years old!

It was quiet and beautiful.   Just think, once all of Michigan was like this.

This part is newer growth, in the old growth area barely any sunshine gets through.

A fallen tree, supporting wildlife and making room for new trees.

A couple of trees along the path had been used to serve the human need to leave one’s mark.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

Working day

We have a beautiful day today, and we’re getting a lot done.   Mark helped the insulator guys insulate one house, then moved on to help the roofer guys roof another house.

Meanwhile I mudded the holes from the insulator guys.

So, in order to give you something pretty to look at, I took a couple of pictures of the radiators at the house with the holes.   I love these radiators!

Happy St. Patrick’s day!!