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A roadside classic: Mammy’s Cupboard

A roadside classic: Mammy’s Cupboard

After contemplating the mysteries of the Abita Mystery House, we found refuge at a hotel in Mandeville during a torrential downpour. We sat in the common area drinking beer and wine and ordered some ‘za. The pizza delivery specialist was a real trooper bringing us pizza during a Looziana monsoon. The next day we headed […]

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Abita Mystery House

Abita Mystery House

As you should be aware by now, there are many places to experience the vast mysteries of the universe, to stand in awe before the questions that have no answers, to be dang ol’ gobsmacked at how mysteriously mysterious mystery can be. There is the mystery of Confusion Hill in Californy. There is the mysterious […]

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On the bayou: Chauvin Sculpture Garden

On the bayou: Chauvin Sculpture Garden

Hmmm, August 14 was the last time I posted. Dang, a lot has kinda happened since then. I guess I could continue on about the Denver trip, but that was so last July. Besides we weren’t there very long and basically drank beer because there be a lot of crafty beer making types in Colorado. […]

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Texas

Seguin, TX

Seguin, TX

Last year after we went to see Emmylou in Gruene we took a bit of a detour and stopped in Seguin, TX because the queen had a knit shop she wanted to check out there. Turns out it was more of a small craft store with a few knitty type things. Gruene, pronounced ‘green’, rhymes […]

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Luling Watermelon Tower

Luling Watermelon Tower

I HEART water towers. I HATE water towers. Angel – Devil. Hot – Cold. Peas – Carrots. Upside down pineapple cake. Most communities view their water towers as functional entities without need for decoration or extra om-pa-pa. C’mon, y’all! All y’all! Every water tower needs some om-pa-pa. But noooooooooooo. Most water towers are vertical testimonials […]

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Emmylou plays Gruene

Emmylou plays Gruene

The Gargantuan Epic Eastern Road Trip of 2012 was over, and we were spent. We slugged around for a couple weeks but then had to hit the road again to go see Emmylou play at Gruene Hall. No, you do not pronounce it “groan” or “groany”. It’s “green”. I wouldn’t want you to em-barrass yerself […]

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Knitty

Oak Park: Frank Lloyd Wright

Oak Park: Frank Lloyd Wright

Before I get to the Frankapalooza Oak Park Tour, I believe I heard the soft thud of suggested knit shop absence. Oh ye of little faith! Thoust should never doubtest a knit shop visit if there is a knit shop in the va-cinity. Lo and behold – It was at this point my camera battery […]

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Yarnorama

Yarnorama

Before I get started on The Great East Coast to Midwest Adventure of Thelma and Louise, we took a day trip to Paige, TX last month to visit one of the queen’s favorite yarn stores, Yarnorama. And an ‘orama’ it is. A veritable cornucopia of all things yarnish – from spinning to knitting to bunnies. […]

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I was … delayed

I was … delayed

That’s what Gandalf told Frodo when asked why he missed their meeting in Bree. Turns out he had this whole wizard smack down with the ee-vil Saruman, wizard who turned to the dark side. Hair was a flyin’, robes were a kilter but Gandalf’s staff wasn’t as powerful as Saruman’s staff. Saruman had the bigger […]

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Architecture

Frank’s crib

Frank’s crib

By the time we got to Oak Park, we were wanin’ We found our faces  left hangin’ on the bed We laughed about thinkin’ we’d see the Bean ‘Cause I’ve over planned so many times before… Unfortunately, Oak Park was the last stop of the Epic East Coast Odyssey of 2012, which meant we were […]

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This is not a duck

This is not a duck

And you’re saying, “Of course it’s not a duck. It’s a windmill.” Very true. BUT, if it was an establishment that sold windmills, it would be a “duck.” And you’re thinking, ‘wha?’ It’s true. An establishment whose building is the shape of what that establishment sells – is a ‘duck’. This particular business sells hot […]

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Knock knock

Knock knock

Who’s there? Land art. Back in the 70s, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to Marfa, Texas. Working in Marfa allowed him to realize his work on a grander scale in concert with the stark landscape of west Texas. Some of his work is housed in two World War II prisoner of war camp warehouses. German […]

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It be a mystery!

Defying gravity

Defying gravity

The queen stayed in the car and continued her knitting. I had to go it alone. The cost for a full-on feeling of confusion in the gravity house is five dollars. Is it worth five dollars? In this world of big box stores and online shopping, places like Confusion Hill need to exist. Yes, it […]

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Don’t be confused

Don’t be confused

After driving through a tree we merrily (yes, merrily) headed back to 101 and the Avenue of the Giants. But wait! Could it be? Ohmagawd. A true, honest to goodness roadside attraction – a funkydelicious place where some cornut of a human decided to get all kooky with their bad self and throw a bunch […]

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Going uphill backwards

Going uphill backwards

You drive over the crest of one hill, park your car at the bottom of the next hill, put the car in neutral and then the unexplained happens – you travel uphill! Hokey smokes, Bullwinkle! What could be happening in the quaint, little town of Burkittsville, MD? Is it alien activity? Is it a harmonic […]

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The Mother Road

Here it is!

Here it is!

It was a dark and stormy day, on the other side of the freeway. Over there. That’s the thing about driving in the desert – a storm can be all the way over there, and it’s no big deal because… it’s over there. We did feel a few drops, but that’s about it. I had […]

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World’s Largest Petrified Tree

World’s Largest Petrified Tree

That’s what the billboard said. The billboard is on I-40 after you cross the border into Arizona from New Mexico. I-40 is the interstate highway that effectively replaced old Route 66 – where one could get one’s kicks. Route 66 still does exist and some maps have started to include it. I entertained the idea […]

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Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch

We have just returned from an epic road trip that took us all over the western US. As such, we are taking the day to decompress from the luscious events of the last two weeks. I have been downloading trip pics whilst enjoying a glass of wine from the Temecula wine region of southern Californy. […]

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Other fascinating reads

No dogs in the back half of the house

No dogs in the back half of the house

| May 11, 2015 | 4 Comments

Yes, I’m here. Blogging. Again. Will it stick? I don’t know. It might. It might not. But one thing I do know, there will be no dogs allowed in the back half of the house. Why, efitz, why? Are dogs not entitled to shed all over ever room in the house and stink up the […]

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I’d consider a name change

I’d consider a name change

| April 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

In December of 2012 we tripped over to Millidgeville, Georgia to hang with our groovy, artsy friend, Kim. This furniture store was near our motel. Perhaps the store has a long history and when it was first named there wasn’t anything to snicker about. But, I dunno. Can you imagine going through school with that […]

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Air is expensive

Air is expensive

| April 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Before I get into the who, what, where and why of the past year or so, yesterday we bought air. It cost a lot of money, this air. We could have gone on a grand European vacation complete with a cabana girl to attend to our every need for the price of this air. But we live […]

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Wait… it’s been over a year??

Wait… it’s been over a year??

| April 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Well dang it all to hell. It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted here in over a year. That’s a long time. Unless, of course, you’re comparing it to the entire history of time. In that case, it’s an insignificant speck of dust on the hair of a flea on a Chiweenie in the middle […]

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Oak Park!

Oak Park!

| July 31, 2012 | 2 Comments

It’s oaky, it’s parky, it’s Oak Park, our final destination on the Amazing Epic Eastern Road Trip of 2012. I guess Oak Park is considered a suburb of Chicago, but it doesn’t resemble a suburb in the way I think of suburbs – planned communities with houses made of ticky tacky. It compares more favorably […]

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