Wednesday, July 14, 2010


On Saturday, we went to Valhalla Vineyards with some friends. It was a beautiful day up on the mountain. We went on a tour of their wine cave.

Isn't it beautiful and glowing? It makes me think of Harry Potter. I think I can see him, wand raised, in the very back ;)

The Gnome's birthday was Monday, and we went to a minor league baseball game in town with some friends to celebrate. It was dollar admission and dollar hot dogs! There was lots of t-shirt shooting into the crowd, rubber chicken-catching, a dance contest, cornhole games, and our local team won! The Gnome's b-day cake was yellow cake with chocolate chips and chocolate buttercream frosting. I piped a "31" on the cake and filled it in with mini chocolate chips.

In vegetable news, we have ripening tomatoes!

Must get ingredients for salsa!

In crafting news, I've been looking for a new glue gun because mine is dinky and wants to fall over all the time. After Lollychops mentioned her new one, I went on a hunt for it as well. I had one failed trip to Tuesday Morning when they were closed for inventory, but I went back, and found that they had a whole shelf full of Dremel glue guns :) Now, to figure out a crafty project to put it to good use.

Leaf out.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Back in Action

Last week, my mom and I went on a trip to the Outer Banks. We stayed in Kitty Hawk and had a fabulous time. The weather wasn't great while we were there, but we still had a fun time. We went to the beach, the pool, hit the tiki bar, watched a movie, played Uno, and went to the outlets. I wanted to stop in and check out the local yarn shop in Nags Head, Knitting Addiction. It was a really cozy shop with couches, comfy chairs, and a kid's play area. AND they have a resident cat, a lovely gray kitty named Purrl (what an appropriate name for a knitting shop cat). I managed to leave without any yarn, but I did buy a great book of patterns. 

Of the restaurants we tried, my favorite was Kill Devil Grill. The food was awesome, and while it was a little loud in the dining area, it had a great old-fashioned diner atmosphere. Mom got chicken piccata, and I got crabcakes. Mmmmmmmmmmm. In fact, I ate seafood for every dinner we had because I live in the mountains where the seafood isn't so great or available. Barefoot Bernie's was fun and delicious as well. We shared a hot crab dip appetizer and both got steamed shrimp for our entrees. We also went to Rita's Ice-Custard-Happiness two out of the four days we were there. I wish we had a Rita's in Roanoke. Is there someone out there that wants to start a franchise here? 

I loved the foot-washing station they had at the hotel. Maybe I just don't get out a lot, but I had never seen one of these things before. Here it is:
You step on, and the water automatically comes on to wash the sand away. Sand be gone!

When I got back to the mountains, I found lots of tomatoes, flowers, green peppers, and lettuce. Here are some photos of the status of the deck garden (all started from seed and featured in a previous post):

Maters (Roma)

Teeny Green Peppers

Bells of Ireland, Molucella laevis (ain't they perty?)

(it grew like crazy whilst I was gone cuz no one was cutting it)

Bachelor's Button or Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus

Now, it's time to get crafty!

Leaf out.