The Little Cottage Garden at Sidetracked Vintage

Here we are; it’s Monday again!  Over the weekend I took some photos of the garden at Sidetracked, my little shop.  It was a pretty, sunny day, even if a bit windy and chilly.  The garden at Sidetracked is so sweet.  I love it.  It has a bit of the personality of my old “Wild Little Garden” at the old house where I raised my children.  I know some day I will have to let this garden at Sidetracked go as well, because towns are always changing, real estate is bought and sold, and places grow, sometimes leaving no room for old shops.  In the meantime, however, I have LOVED having a shop of my own and learning how to manage inventory, take care of taxes, and purchase items for sale.

Truly a garden “bed.”
Nice glass piece that had a crack, so it adds sparkle to the garden.
Old tin box with mint (which is pretty much asleep right now).
Chipped vintage rooster guards the rosemary.
Ahhh, I see a hint of purple! Grape hyacinth.

In feline news, Vlad let us know recently that he has been running a limo service on the side of what he normally does, which is run the apartment.  Actually, he didn’t even let us know!  We saw this ad in a local magazine.

Mars, on the other hand, has a photography studio. The Meowfia is so powerful around here. The kitties are constantly sending messages to and fro, and they rarely let us humans in on what is going on outside of our own little world.

Even here, I am sure there are LOTS of messages being passed back and forth right in front of our ignorant eyes. But it will all come out at some point when we least expect it.

MILF: Mature Intelligent Likable Female.

That last photo! Oh my! Jason is constantly doing artsy things with photos and videos, and I never know when I will show up in something that ends up in my text message feed. I love it. He has written a song about MILFs that is just awesome! In fact, I would like to remind him to play it sometime.

This has been a nice blogging break, but time moves on. I have to go to the post office today during lunch (among other things). My work day is not done yet, and there is more guitar practice ahead. (Hopefully!) Each day is full of hope and joy and wonder, and I am so thankful for that, in every way.

Enjoy this day!


Meeting Doyle Bramhall II, and the Many Faces of Vlad

All I could say was, “that was awesome.”  He kindly said, “thank you.”  And he was awesome.  It was.  His band was.  Jason took me to see Doyle Bramhall II at Motorco in Durham the other night.  It was an unexpected surprise.  Jason has his CDs, listens to his music regularly, so I get to enjoy it as well, but I was not expecting to go see him play.  I stay so busy, my mind clears out every few seconds it seems and I can hardly keep up with my own name.  I do remember when we realized Doyle Bramhall was going to be in town; but I am so glad that Jason actually kept up with it and put it on the calendar.  It was such an experience to hear him play in person.  DB2 has such a presence, both in how he presents himself as a person and, ohmygosh, in how he plays.  He is left-handed and plays with his guitar flipped for a left-handed player but strung for a right-handed player, with the low E string on the bottom.  I was amazed.

He was so kind to speak with his fans after the show. He signed the CD I bought. I am happy to say that it has been playing as I drive around in Ms. Ellie. I love his song Mama Can’t Help You.  (This song has such a groove.  I love the sentiment, the sound.  Beware my readers with tender ears, it has one bad word.)

In other news, Vladimir continues to be extremely important. If I nap, he gets close by in a large basket and watches out for me.

He gets up on his high perch on the cat tower and shows off that cute pink spot on his lower lip.

He is not afraid to spread out on his back in the middle of the floor.  All 16+ pounds of him. I would think this means great trust on his part. Or maybe he is fearless!  He sometimes even closes his eyes and naps this way.

When I talk to Vlad about being careful, he just stretches.

Sometimes Vlad gets on the refrigerator.

When I tell him that is not a kitty place, he just ignores me and acts like the refrigerator (and the kitchen!) is totally a kitty place.

Did you say something?

Lucy is quiet, but believe me she has her own importance going on. We shall talk about her soon. Right now she is sleeping and not to be disturbed.

Much to do yet today. More practice with Mr. Jason Barker. (I want to play like Jason when I grow up.) I need to stop by the shop this evening to prepare some things for Saturday. I have some studying to do.  I know the evening will fly quickly away.

Enjoy this day!