Monday, October 27, 2014

avett brother in SHV

Hey, I recognize that t-shirt!

via Crackerfarm instagram

Here it is closer:

via avettbabes Instagram

Scott Avett in a Central Park 4 seasons 70s t-shirt.

I am not the most well-versed Avett Brothers fan, but I could listen to their album  I and Love and You on repeat for months. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WTF Wednesday: Jimmy Swaggart, Puppies with Jeans, Valentine Clouds

Good day, Wednesday! Good day, WTF!

Again the vintage gods have presented us with some fine record albums to ponder. 

 Jimmy Swaggart - I've Got Nothing to Lose. Oh yeah? Well then go right ahead meeting hookers at parkway motels, Mr. Swaggart! 


This is not so much WTF as I want to hang out with these people. 

Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band. Awesome outfits! Awesome faces!

I can't get enough of these family gospel singers. The dad in this one is especially cool.

The Hansel Hensley Singers. Do they go as a group to buy suits? Were they instructed not to touch each other? Why is the kid standing on the bench?

Next up, Marshall Henson, Over the Next Hill.

I'm not sure about mountain climbing in those white snakeskin boots, but you go for it, Marshall!

Let's move on to doggie items. How about a framed photo of a Lhasa Apso with glowing eyes stuffed in a Christmas stocking?

Hello K-9.

What cute German Shepherd puppies. What do they have there?

Jeans? They brought you your jeans and belt.


Last but not least, how about a giant, i mean giant, plug-in, whirring, wheezing, glowing HAPPY VALENTINE hearts and clouds installation? Just one Valentine's day i'd like to wake up and find this in my kitchen.

 it's really huge, like 6 feet tall, 10 feet wide.


As with all wtf wednesdays, there are no answers, only questions leading to more questions.

For more vintage wtf wonders (for sale), click here: vintage wtf

New WTF this week:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

east asheville pet care

east asheville may not have the bustle, buskers, award winning dining, and hippie vibe of downtown, or the creative grit and cat head biscuits of west asheville, or the gingerbread craftsmen and prestige of north asheville, but it DOES have a fantastic vet and a wonderful petsitter!  don't call it least asheville!

having had a string terrible, awful, no good experiences at the crystal palace of doggy dental care in north asheville, we were thrilled to try a new vet when we moved the the east side 2.5 years ago.

pouncey at the vet

redwood animal hospital is a freakin godsend. it's like stepping back in time 30 years - picture the anti-banfield - they even have a counter cat - big fluffy black cat named Buddha. the vets are smart and kind-hearted and get on the floor with the dogs and really, really seem to like them. the vet techs are so friendly and knowledgeable and just sweet and kind with the animals. the prices are unbelievably low. i mean like half what they charged in north asheville. for better, more personalized attention. they are not open past 5 or on weekends, but we have had a few emergencies and they had no trouble fitting us in during the day. when nacho's kidneys failed they were so patient and kind and compassionate, walking us through the terrible process with the minimum of stress. the vet tech hugged me.  they always consider cost and do not make you feel like a heartless ogre for doing so. dr. elledge and dr. reason are both smart and have huge hearts. we love going to this vet!

here's a link to redwood animal hospital.

the BEST dogsitter we have ever had is rhonda turpin at sit, stay, bark & play. she is also a dog behavior expert and trainer, so unlike previous dogsitters, she really can handle the energy of 3 big dogs at once. she posts videos of the pups playing while we are gone!  she leaves detailed funny notes about what they were doing. she is extremely flexible and even came over 3 times a day when we had to leave sugarhoney in her crate overnight. she has completely relieved us of worry about the dogs when we travel. she covers the east asheville - black mountain area, and is just wonderful to work with.

here's a link to sit, stay, bark & play.

here's a video rhonda took of sugarhoney stealing the tennis ball.

so, you see, there may not be a music venue or an arts district, but east asheville is not a bad place to raise some dogs. 

sugarhoney agrees.

sugarhoney leaf fall mouth river

Sunday, October 19, 2014

highest puppy on the eastern seaboard (6692 ft)

highest puppy on the eastern seaboard (6692 ft.)

sugarhoney broke a record this morning, becoming the highest puppy (i think) on the eastern seaboard.

she summitted* mount mitchell (6684 ft).

plus kevin is 6 ft. 3 inches.

plus they are standing on a 2 ft. bench.

6692 ft puppy. 

mark it dude!

me & sugarchunks & table rock 

*all but the last 25 ft or so were summitted via motorcar.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

happy birthday, BOBBY BARRAMUNDI!

today is my dad's birthday!

dad olan mills 1984

here he was looking like clark griswold circa 1983.

he is a great lover of chocolate malted milk balls, golf, and seafood.

if you ever see barramundi on a menu or in your grocer's freezer, try it! you'll like it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WTF Wednesday: Fallen Tree, Crouching Unicorn

Good morning, Wednesday! Good morning, WTF-ery! Let's scratch our heads. 

First here are some weather-related WTF's. 

A major storm blew through here and knocked a neighbor's white pine tree across our driveway yesterday. 

pine tree down on driveway

The rain gauge had a field day - 2.25 inches in 24 hours! 


Now a couple more vintage record albums:

Looks like a normal 60's religious singing record, but with an Indian twist. Her dress is slightly Bollywood, and the scene is definitely Eastern, but her hair is 100% Mississippi Gospel. Barbara Maharaj.


This lovely family donned matching rodeo gear, sat in a pasture, and looked longingly at roses. JL and the Country Squires - Living in the Present and Loving (roses) in the Past. 


Here's a nice example of rustic native art:

Koko the coco gorilla?  WTF?!

Finally here's a ceramic unicorn. What is he doing? Dying? Kneeling? Sharpening his horn?


As with all wtf wednesdays, there are no answers, only questions leading to more questions.

For more vintage wtf wonders (for sale), click here: vintage wtf

New WTF this week:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

daily sugarhoney: sugartricks

we had a stormy, rainy columbus day weekend. 

sugarhoney took this opportunity to work on her tricks. 

 she has known "sit" for a couple of weeks. we didn't teach her this, she just picked it up.

 lie down lessons 

and now she knows "lie down!"

she will do anything to get a treat, which makes her easy to train. i've never successfully trained a dog to roll over, but i might try with sugarhoney. 

we took every break in the rain that we could to enjoy the fall colors outside. 

yellow fall color

golden gold gold.

sugarhoney likes sitting on laps. she is awesome at ipad scrabble. 

playing scrabs

i'd like to thank the wonderful, honest people of asheville. i dropped a leash in a parking lot last week, went back 4 days later and - voila! thank you honest people!

here's a picture of pouncey and me under a red tree. 

happy fall!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

daily sugarhoney: sugarhike!

sugarhoney has her walking papers! she got her final vaccines on tuesday and is good to go.

yesterday was one of the nicest days of the year and we took her for her first hike.

sugarhoney in a field

she loved it!

she followed pouncey. when pouncey went too far too fast, she followed us.

sugarhoney crossing a bridge

we went about a mile, up and down a hill. on the way out, she would do 6 hops, and sit down. 6 hops, sit down. she is a sweet sugarchunker!


she is okay riding in the trunk, but really wanted to get in the front with us. i think she'll enjoy it much more as she grows and is less tossed around back there. 

sugartrunk going home

when we got home, she basically slept until morning.  

 first sugarhike = success!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

WTF Wednesday - Clown Head Coasters, Pan, Supine Dog

Welcome back to WTF Wednesday - the day for celebrating todos things locos!

This first one is kind of clever. Behold a holiday craft for the Pinterest crowd:

Stack up 5 flower pots and paint them like a nutcracker. 


Next is a matted wall hanging ready to frame. With a penny glued on. 

This is not enough. You should know more than this about money. Keep trying to learn. Where would one hang such a piece of art?

Next we have a set of 6 fluorescent orange and white crocheted drink coasters. 

Those are WTF enough on their own, but when stored to form a turtleneck on a creepy clown face topped dowel...WTF!  You take off the clown head to remove the coasters. (bonus cute little old lady shopping in the background). 

You may have seen this if you follow my Instagram, but here is a Grecian urn from around 500 BC on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

I thought I liked dogs, this guy REALLY likes dogs. #odeonagrecianurn #metmuseum #500bc

This man LOVES dogs. 

(I am aware this is Pan the Greek god of the "wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs." I've read and loved Jitterbug Perfume! And Ode on a Grecian Urn!) 

Moving on to a personal bit of WTF-ery:

It's Pouncey. On the bed. Sleeping on his back. Smiling. 

WTF, dog!?

Last but not least, here is what happens when you put boot laces in shoes.

It's a macrame butterfly!

As with all wtf wednesdays, there are no answers, only questions leading to more questions.

For more vintage wtf wonders (for sale), click here: vintage wtf

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

all i really needed to know about religion i learned from a t-shirt

this vintage 1990 t-shirt has to be the most concise and brilliant summary of comparative religion in existence:

Taoism: Shit Happens
Hinduism: This shit happened before.
Buddhism: It is only the illusion of shit happening.
Zen: What is the sound of shit happening?
Islam: If shit happens, it is the will of Allah.
Jehovah's Witness: Knock Knock. Shit happens.
Atheism: There is no such thing as shit.
Agnosticism: Maybe shit happens -- and maybe it doesn't.
Protestantism: Shit won't happen if I work harder.
Catholicism: If shit happens, I deserve it.
Judaism: Why does shit always happen to me?
Televangelism: Send money or shit will happen to you.
Rastafarianism: Smoke that shit.
Unitarianism: Who gives a shit?

there's nothing to it


there's nothing to it

i had a fun couple of days in NY this weekend. other than spending time with loved ones, a highlight was the met museum, where i'd never been, but could have stayed for 3 weeks. 

we saw the world's oldest piano. (no it's not this one).

oldest piano in the world

and beautiful rosewood and ivory martin guitars from the late 1800s.

antique martin guitar with ivory

central park was outstandingly beautiful.

friday in the park
there were dogs everywhere.

hey scoobs

as always i am glad to be back home to celebrate tongue out tuesday.

tongue out tuesday

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

WTF Wednesday - Spooning Horses, Sexy Jesus, Butts

Hello Wednesday! Hola WTF! Time to check out some crazy human creations!

First off, here is a ready-to-frame fine art print.



Moving right along, here we find a sculpture simply called "My Friend." 

a fez-wearing shriner holds a squirming little crippled boy on his lap. The boy's crutches are on one side, a dog on the other.

I apologize for the blurriness of this picture, but please feast your eyes on Sexy Jesus. Wet hair tousled, knowing smirk, glimmer in his eye. If not full on Sexy Jesus, at least Soap Opera Jesus. 


Next up, how about some horses in a very unnatural position? I am not a horse person, but I don't think they actually sit like this.

It would be a lot cooler if they did. WTF?!

Last but not least, please check out this 3.5 minute animation by our friend Guadalajara Joe that could leave you bemused, confused, and amused.  "Kickin' It in Coalinga" - "Gayle must save Aunt Fitzgerald from a big scary shark by getting a job to get enough money to save her!"

As with all wtf wednesdays, there are no answers, only questions leading to more questions.

For more vintage wtf wonders (for sale), click here: vintage wtf