Friday, July 18, 2008

Frieda Anderson Visits Us
Frieda and Dave enjoy a cold beverage on the pondside of the porch.
This was after a full day of girlfriend shopping, talking, museum and gallery hopping, Panera lunching, and TJMAXXing. We were wiped and hungry, and of course ultra thirsty.

On our way to Chattanooga we did the touristy thing and pulled over to take in the scenic view. Dave and I have driven past this roadside parking spot a zillion times but this was the first time I stopped to take it in.

A bit hazy but still pretty neat.

In Chattanooga, our first stop was Frazier Avenue. The galleries and art supply store got our business. Then we went down a sidestreet and saw this great house with a bike fence and blue bottle collection on the porch. What a great idea!

After lunch at Panera downtown we headed over to the River Gallery

and the Hunter Museum where we saw this great iron fence sculpture and lots of terrific artwork.

We ended our trip with a visit to TJMAXX and found all sorts of objects to add to my still life collection. You will be seeing these things in paintings in the future.

One of the things I love best about having house guests is COOKING FOR THEM. I dream about it. We had a lovely dinner which included fresh beets pulled right out of the yard, and a salad with basil, cucumber and nasturtium blossoms and leaves, plus other regular salad stuff like red ripe tomatoes, feta, and kalamata olives. The main treat was grilled filet mignon. O how yummy to eat this all al fresco.

But it is all over way too fast. Frieda returns to IL today via the Nashville airport. Sigh. It was a great visit and I got to share our Mexican Chalet with her and she got to meet the chickens, the frogs and the five goldfish.

And Popeye, of course.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful visit. Love the bike fence!!!
    Did you lose some goldfish or have you always had five? Haven't seen how much they've grown.

  2. Do you want a cute little red teapot for your still life collection? I am packing up my china cupboard to move and am determined to get rid of a bunch of stuff. I was just wondering, "who would like this cute little red teapot?" I'd be happy to send it to you--FOR FREE! which is even better than TJMaxx.

    No, we haven't sold our house yet, but following your inspiration, we're moving anyway.

  3. Thanks for the virtual trip to Chattanooga. I love the little house with the bike fence and blue bottles! You would enjoy visiting Ocracoke Island, NC where all the shops and artist's studios are in similar little cottages with art adorning the trees, yards, and porches.


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