Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Break!

It's Spring Break out here!  For us locals, it's a big deal because the college students leave and for one glorious week, this town is OURS.  There's room to breathe without the mass of people that are normally everywhere - the roads and the restaurants are empty, which makes it enjoyable to go out...and out we did go!  We had lunch at Grub Burger Bar - split their Jive Turkey Burger, which is my favorite thing to get there, and we had dinner at Harvey Washbangers, where you can do your laundry while you eat.  They recently changed their menu, and added some new items, including a root beer braised pulled pork with cole slaw sandwich, served with Eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce - of course we had to try it!  We split it (had to leave room for frozen yogurt, conveniently located next door) and loved it!  That one is a winner.  We also split a piece of chocolate silk pie on Pi Day (Saturday).  Needless to say, I'm back on the healthy eating track today, but what a fun weekend of eats!

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We spent a lot of the weekend buying mulch and planning out what to do with our front beds - it's always interesting to see what plants survived the multiple freezes of winter.  We decided, after nearly 15 years, to cede to the will of the house and give up on getting shrubbery to grow in the area near our front door - it's just too shady and wet there.  So we're going to place some large decorative pots in that area, and put plants in them, with tanbark on the ground.  We have a couple of pots in the backyard that we'll move to the front, and we found another one at Home Depot for a decent price - I think we could still use a few more, but it's a good start.  Jeff will be off work starting on Wednesday (benefit of working for a university - they all get a partial Spring Break), so we'll be working on all of that later in the week.

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The Duchess got a bath for Spring Break, courtesy of her loyal footman:
 I want you to know that he bought that blue bucket specifically to match the car.
 There she is, all shiny and clean - such a beauty!  I still can't believe this is my car!

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I'm looking forward to spending some time with my teacher friends who are normally working this week - I already had one coffee date on Saturday afternoon, and I'm hoping a couple more happen.  The weather hasn't been very spring-like, but it doesn't matter - it's happening in my mind, and I can feel the fog of winter beginning to lift!

21 comments:

  1. I wish we were closer.
    Id bring my black tiny fiat (which I need to both name and get CARLASHES for) and we could springbreakPLAY.

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  2. Paco is as always the start to photobomb that picture LOL. I only wash my car myself during Summer months. In Winter I use the carwash because often after I washed it, the next it rains or something.

    I have the gardener over today, he makes my garden ready for Spring/Summer. It takes me too much time to do that so he does it once a year. From this point on the weeding is better to keep up with.

    And one more thing about your car: I love it too, it's a beauty.

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    1. LOL, I thought you'd notice Paco's photobomb! :)

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  3. Spring had definitely come here to Florida too! This last weekend we worked in our flower beds too getting them trimmed up and fertilized. This year we have planted our first raised bed mini garden. We planted cucumbers, carrots, green beans, and green peas, and a blue berry bush.We are learning how to garden watching different YouTube videos. We already grow roses, cactuses, crape myrtle's, bromeliads, hibiscus, and azaleas . Once planted nothing hard about growing and keeping them.
    Enjoy your towns spring break. I must be getting old riding in little cars scares me. I love the look of the mini coops and tiny fiats too but in our house we drive a old car and a old truck. A Chevy S-10, and a Ford Escort which is as small as I'll go:)

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    1. Your garden sounds awesome! What a fun project for you and your husband. :)

      It's funny, I live in the LAND OF PICKUP TRUCKS (seriously, it's ridiculous) and I thought I'd be more freaked out about driving a smaller car, but the only time it bothers me is when a pickup parks next to me and I can't see to back out.

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  4. Hahaha, the matching bucket is cracking me up :)

    It's spring here too! Until it gets cold again tomorrow, because that's how the midwest rolls.

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    1. He was pretty proud of that bucket. :)

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  5. There used to be a place at my college called "Duds and Suds" where you could wash your clothes and get bar food and beer - I think the concept is genius!

    Look at both of us with cool ass cars! I left a whole 10 minutes early for work today because I couldn't wait to drive it!

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    1. Duds and Suds - love it! Yeah, I'm still enjoying my car every time I drive it...nice that you are getting that experience, too!

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  6. Love your car. On another note, I am going to be part of a knitting group. Do you have a pattern for a light weight cowl?? dsc59@nycap.rr.com I love your cowls!!!!

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  7. Well, the duchess SHOULD have matching accessories! I mind is having a hard time grasping mulch. I swear I think Ima have snow in my yard until April!!! I hope you take photos of that yard project, I'd love to see it.

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    1. I'll take pictures of the yard, I promise. Blog fodder! LOL

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  8. 1. The food! It sounds yummy!

    2. Big pots. I wish we lived closer. I have a huge collection of large pots from all the plants I've put in the ground over the years. Usually Costco puts out one big porcelain pot per year. They have better prices than any others I've found.

    3. I can't believe that's your car either! I had forgotten what color she was. So gorgeous!…..blue bucket ;)

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    1. We got a few nice big pots from Sam's Club a couple years ago, but this year? Nothing good. Wish we had a Costco nearby; wish you and I lived closer, for many reasons besides me stealing your pots, lol!

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  9. I love the color of your car. Yes on the pictures of your front! Have you tried rhododendruns? Those can tolerate shade and wet spots.

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    1. Rhodies are so pretty but it gets too hot here for them. :(

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  10. Sounds like a lovely time to be where you are, and let's hope all the students get so drunk on break they can't find the campus and you have the town to yourself the rest of the year!!

    OK, not so nice maybe.

    Better hire a watchdog though, because your car is SO ADORABLE I may just have to steal it from you!

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  11. LOL at "loyal footman". Love it. Enjoy the spring and the break!!!

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  12. OMG Shelley LOVE the car! I wish it was mine as it matches all my running gear and I KNOW how much you love that!! :)

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