Category Archives: MUSIC

After The Rain

With all the negativity in the news these days I thought I would create something that speaks to beauty and love.  And it is almost spring.  A time to celebrate renewal and color!

I shot most of this video while walking my dogs around the neighborhood…it’s where I get lots of inspiration for color schemes!   The spanish moss shot is from a recent trip to Savannah, and that soft, white, fluffy rug is from Home Goods.  Honest Stephielou.

The short video is a twist on one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies this year, La La Land.  Hope it inspires you to see the beauty around you.


“Live and die, we’re the same.”

“Live like a Pharaoh, sing like a sparrow anyway.  Even if there is no land or love in sight.”

-The Avett Brothers, “Live and Die”

Think about it.  I know I had to.   Not only are those Avett Brothers talented musicians and incredibly good-looking, but they are wise, too.  That’s why they are this week’s choice for Wednesday Words of Wisdom.    What I take from above line from their song, “Live and Die”  is this:  Grab life and live it as best as you can.  Until you die. No matter what comes your way.

That works for me.

It is also what propels me to create a home that provides that lift, that anchor that renews my spirit and just makes my life better.  Imagine if we all took care of our space like our lives depended on it.  I think there just might be many more happier people in the world.

Do you remember that chandelier I found at ReStore Habitat for Humanity a couple of posts ago?

Here it is in the Cary ReStore location, a diamond in the rough.


Well, I hung it up in the master bedroom at last!  Miracles do happen.

Still need to finish painting the rest of the trim,  but here’s what the space looked before I replaced this not-so-lovely and kind-of-boring light fixture (aka nipple light).


I still need to finish painting, but here it is!


Closer view.

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The house is always a work in progress.  The work is in finding the things that bring you joy and eliminating the stuff that doesn’t.

And now, without further ado, I bring you The Avett Brothers!

Oh and Avett Brothers, in case you see this…

thank you. ❤

What is Stereophonic Sound?

It was the question of the day.  Back in 1957.

Stereophonic sound is simply hearing something in stereo.  It’s the mixing and manipulating  two or more sounds, which were originally recorded separately.   Or something like that.  That’s my definition.

What a happy bunch.   Everyone is wearing killer shoes and colors, too.

Apparently, you couldn’t get away from this question either.

I miss this kind of stuff.

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One of my favorite albums in high school: David Bowie’s “Low“.  A fine example of  Stereophonic sound, too.  I used to throw on a pair of cushy headphones, lie on the floor and listen in stereo.  Great album.

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Just in case you didn’t get the point, this record is in stereo.

Diggin’ the vintage colors, of course.  I think this would make a very fun wallpaper for a room where I listen to music.  Or a powder room.  You can do this kind of stuff in a powder room.   Frame some old records.  Hmm…just got an idea…

What I wouldn’t give to get my hands this Sound Effects album.   Just to hear #4, “Viscount Landing”.

Or #24.  What does a National Cash register Electric Billing Machine sound like?

Just in case you’re still not sure what stereophonic sound is…

The Wisdom of Mick

“It’s all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back.”

-Mick Jagger

“Popped Some Tags”

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“I’m gonna pop some tags.
Only got 20 dollars in my pocket.” 

Macklemore  and Ryan Lewis from their song “Thrift Shop”.

My friend Leigh and I went a-hunting last Friday for an  afternoon of picking through piles of books, dishes, and anything else at the Durham Rescue Mission Thrift store.   We saw the sign about a mile away.  Leigh took this picture as we were pulling up.  No mistaking this place for Nordstrom.

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I don’t mind going to Nordstrom.  I love that place.   But every store has it’s limits.  Even Nordstrom.

Where else could you find a book like this?

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Are they knitting angels? Is that Yanni‘s brother?   Where’s the yarn anyway?  Those metaphorical titles will get you every time.

I regret I didn’t get this album.  It was only 99 cents.

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It’s the hands on the face, that one eyebrow on the brunette and the red lipstick that catch my eye. The woman on the right seems to be suggesting more than a dance.  Are those engagement rings?

We didn’t know the thrift store was home to the biggest Creepy Doll Collection in the area.   That’s Leigh, in the aisle. Silly Leigh. Those dolls scared her. She’s afraid to look at them.

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I don’t blame her.

Look at this one.  I don’t think she’ll find a new home anytime soon.  She’d be great in a horror movie though. There’s a whole story behind that lazy eye.  Yep, that’s what I’m calling it.  Karma.

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And that’s no ordinary doll dress.  Let’s move on.

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Chucky‘s cousin?   She’s hiding in the shelf, but she’s watching and plotting your demise. Just don’t look her in the eye.

The Land of Misfits forgot about these happy folks.  Hi Santa, kitty cats, doggie and Island Girl.

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Shell“phone?  Making some plans for the evening?

Just in case you don’t have ADT security system.  And it DOUBLES as a doorstop.

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Now that’s efficient. And it’s only $5.

But wait, a prenatal cradle.   My sister could have used this when she was pregnant with her triplets.  Hmm, maybe she wore one.  I never asked.

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It’s all about the hunt. This is why I don’t mind sifting through stuff.  You never know what you’ll find in the process.  There are stories all over place.   Like this one below.

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Where is Lynn now?  Was she terminally ill? Will another Lynn purchase this? Maybe the same person also cross-stitched this:

That’s a lot of work just to ask people to not smoke. If I owned a restaurant, I could see purchasing this, changing the frame to navy blue and hanging it by the bar area. My restaurant would have a bar.

Welcome to the Nursing Home.  Here’s a cup.

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What kind of difference? Who has a cup with a line like that?  A Nursing Home lobbyist? Not fooling us. Not one little bit.

According to, “Poppin’ tags” means buying clothes (you pop the price tag off when you get home). $20 dollars buys a lot of clothes because thrift shop prices are so low.

We didn’t “pop any tags” on this trip.   There was too much to go through in the housewares, books and music areas. It was a lot of work sorting through stuff for two hours, but Leigh and I walked out with there with big smiles and plenty of finds.  We were tired and thirsty, too.  We spotted another building with a big sign and decided to check it out.


It was actually my first visit to an ABC liquor store. They sell a ton of whiskey.  Three aisles of whiskey. I wonder if that’s a Southern thing.

I seem to be ending many of my posts with videos so I won’t stop now.  I especially like this video of Thrift Shop from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  Much of it is filmed in a thrift shop. The batman onesies on Macklemore are kind of cute.  I see a trend…

The video is not suited for young children. Not that any young children are reading this post.  But maybe you, the reader would prefer to avoid profanity.  It doesn’t bother me.  He’s having fun.

LANGUAGE ADVISORY: This video contains profanity.

Addicted to Mumford and Sons


Here’s one  of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands, Mumford and Sons: “Below My Feet.”  This is taken from Saturday Night Live from a few months ago.

It kind of goes with today’s quote.

And he has the most amazing voice.  Nah, I don’t have a crush…