We made a road trip yesterday – for Mother’s Day – into the Florida Panhandle.
Backroads all the way, the drive was like traveling through page after page of John Margolies Roadside America. If you ever get the chance to ride Route 29 – down through Alabama and into Florida; be sure to go.
READYMADES: American Roadside Artifacts by Jeff Brouws awaits you.
“Back Road Vernacular” is a beautiful way to start the week…
Also check out:
Vanishing America: The End of Main Street Diners, Drive-Ins, Donut Shops, and Other Everyday Monuments by Michael Eastman, William H. Gass, and Douglas Brinkley
Classic Cracker: Florida’s Wood-Frame Vernacular Architecture by Ronald W. Haase
It was planned today that I would post for Kaffe Fassett’s Blog Tour. I have been carrying Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts around with me for the last few weeks. And I have been thinking about Kaffe, about the book, taking in the photos, thinking about how cleverly the geometries work together and about how Kaffe draws inspiration so flawlessly from nature and then shares it so easily.
Saturday at Textile Fabrics, I looked at bolts of his fabrics, spoke with the (amazingly knowledgeable) staff about the fabrics and pondered what I wanted to write about Kaffe and his full body of work while outside it rained and rained and rained.
Yesterday morning, it was still raining and I sat and wanted to write about Kaffe but could only think about all the folks in Nashville who were not as lucky in that moment.
While I thought yesterday morning that my car – sitting in the front parking lot of Textile Fabrics – was 5 foot underwater. Now, I know that my car is safe and dry – as was I. But there are so many people in Nashville who are not safe and have, in fact, lost so much…
So, I think that Kaffe – with his respect and love for nature – would appreciate that I postpone my real blog post about his book until later in the week and dedicate this day to the lovely folks of Nashville who need all of our good wishes for the next days as they begin to pick up the pieces that water has displaced.
I am home now but my thoughts are for my friends in Nashville. Traci will be hanging her flooded quilt-tops out on the line this morning. I think that perhaps it will look a bit like the photograph of Kaffe’s quilts above.
May the sun shine on Nashville today.
Nashville Sunday morning and Mother Nature has a grip on the city. The storm moves through – and through again.
There are now rivers where once there was nothing. Roads are flooded, families are moved from their homes and we sit here watching the rain and lightening while listening to Patti Griffin: Downtown Church
. Feels just like church.
Thanks to Traci, I am headed to the Ryman Auditorium on June 15th
to see Patty play
. I can hardly breathe. I have not been to the Ryman since the last time the Opry played there
in 1974 – while my grandfather and grandmother Perkins swayed in the pews.
Sunday morning indeed: Patti Griffin: Downtown Church
Celebrate – verb:
To observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities:
Today we celebrate Earth Day and the joy of life.
To make known publicly; proclaim:
The newspaper celebrated the beauty of her life.
To perform with appropriate rites and ceremonies; solemnize:
We will celebrate the light that her life brought to Earth.
While today we begin our Earth Day Celebration @ The Factory, it is a mixed blessing as Tuesday of this week our friend, mentor and local hero Marigail Mathis passed away. While this is a sad time for all of us, Marigail was the kind of person who made life worth celebrating. Her vision, joy, enthusiasm, support, laughter and kindred spirit will be sorely missed in my life; however, what she has given to me – through her friendship – will be celebrated eternally.
Celebrate the life of someone you love today.
Flying out the door to fly to San Francisco and thinking about my lovely Kitchen Sisters playing on the iPod… and the beautiful story of the Chili Queens. I can smell the chili cooking as I fly.
I will be that annoying person on the plane today with a four year old who talks too loud and sings out-of-tune. If you are traveling my way, grant me grace – if just for today.
Looking forward to all my California Sisters!
*Photo courtesy of Kitchen Sister Davia
Journey Part 2 = Explore.
1. To traverse or range over for the purpose of discovery:
She is exploring the city.
2. To look into closely; scrutinize; examine:
Explore the possibilities.
3. To investigate: I am exploring an idea.
4. To engage in exploration: A day to explore.
Don’t miss this lovely interview with Maira Kalman at papermag.com.
I know that I have written about her before (and before that too); BUT, Maggie and I still enjoy her company every day
And while we are on the subject of all things food related coming back to John T. Edge…
All of the pictures – taken by dear friend Angie Mosier – for Truck Food Nation have been posted.
Our friends have elevated truck food culture to white tablecloth – amazingly beautiful and inspiring.
I can’t wait to hold (and review) the book and am looking forward to our trips to San Francisco and Portland to check out a few of their finds…
More on Portland next week… Have a great weekend.
This Is Where We Live from 4th Estate on Vimeo.
I am only about a year late in posting this…
Some of you might have seen it before BUT beautiful to see again.
I would like to spend this week reading, writing and listening to stories.
Not that cleaning house is very exciting (or sexy as I have remarked before)… unless you choose to do it in a feather boa as my friend Whitechapel suggests.
BUT, I did have a nice childhood memory today of Saturday morning cleaning sprees.
I got ambitious (or drank too much coffee) and tried out some cleaning recipes from How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew.
Feeling very domestically refreshed, and yes, well, sexy…