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Nashville City Sights: Weekend Adventures

My parents came for a visit this past weekend, and the time was jam-packed with lots of adventures around the city!
The main reason for the visit was another infusion.  I’m feeling great health-wise these days (hallelujah), but it’s always nice to have company at the hospital.  That night we crossed off a headache in record time: towing the car to get a new battery. And fortunately, the happy ending was a running car and no outrageous repair bills!  After that we had a quiet night of tacos for dinner, followed by a late-night walk to Sonic… in the rain (oops)… but we had fun!

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

The next morning I headed to the MCMQG meeting while hubby and my parents went to the farmers market and shopped a bit at The Factory.  They brought home all kinds of goodies – fresh peaches, goat’s milk soap, and the cutest little dishes from the paint-your-own-pottery store. We met up again and headed back to The Factory for lunch – fish & chips for the boys, seafood gumbo for the girls (speecy spicy!)

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After lunch we got straight back on the road to seek out Radnor Lake – I heard about it from a co-worker but wasn’t sure what to expect. It ended up to be such a cool destination!  It was a cloudy day, which was perfect for walking through the woods.  The views were gorgeous, but the best part was all the wildlife that showed up. Because Radnor Lake is a nature preserve, there are no pets or food allowed, and the strict trails-only rules meant that animals walked right by us with no fear. All along the trails, we saw baby fawns lie down a few feet away, guinea fowl forage for food with their babies in the underbrush, lots of deer, and all kinds of birds (including a “hoot owl” as an older gentleman pointed out to us).  There were a few different trails but we stuck to the one around the lake and it was an easy walk of about 3 miles.  Definitely a new favorite spot for an easy hike – I’m sure we’ll be back!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Wildlife spotted and blurrily photographed: Deer!

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Fawns!

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Spider!

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Rustling in the grass!

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Plush bunny!

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Guinea fowl!

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Turtles!

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Loons!

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Goldfinch!

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Great blue heron!

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Hoot owl!

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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

Normally that would be about the extent of our activities for the day if it were just hubby and me, but my parents just keep go-go-going!  After a brief break, we headed to Third and Lindsley in Nashville for dinner and a show.  We didn’t know recognize the act so we had no idea what to expect, but we stumbled upon the annual Little Walter Tube Amp Jam – a bunch of musicians from all different backgrounds who are all fans of the Little Walter amp company.  It was fun to see a variety of musicians – some we liked more than others – but each act performed a song or two, so it moved pretty swiftly.  I think my favorite act was a harmonica performance by Country Music Hall-of-famer Charlie McCoy. We didn’t make it through the whole show but it was a fun way to spend the night (and the food was pretty good too!).

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights

 

 

On Sunday my parents headed home… and I was exhausted!  Maybe one day I’ll have as much energy as they do, ha!  More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Tour of Quilts

When we first moved to San Francisco and got settled in, I did a room by room tour of the art on the walls.  Now that we’ve been here a few months, I thought it was about time I did something similar in our new apartment… this time a tour of quilts!  The cats will be our guides as usual.
(Mostly because I haven’t gotten it together to get all our art up yet.)
Let’s start at the beginning… the kitchen and living room are the first things you see as you enter.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
First up is my new favorite piece of “furniture” – my quilt ladder!  (More details here.)
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
I usually give away most of the quilts I make, but the few that I’ve kept are here on the ladder.  There’s my very first finished crazy quilt, the Road to Tennessee medallion quilt that I made in San Francisco (who knew it would journey to TN??), and the Rail Fence quilt  that I made to match my BFF’s wedding present.
Moving into the living room, there’s a quilt hanging above the couch – Hillside Houses!  I’m looking forward to hanging more quilts above the couch when I’m ready for a change.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The dining room is still a work in progress.  Our little kitchen island doesn’t fit in the kitchen anymore, so now it’s moonlighting as a “bar cart.”
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The only little quilt (so far) is a table topper on a side table.  I’m thinking of making a bigger table topper or runner for the dining room table.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
Here’s a peek outside – the cats’ favorite place to hang out! No quilts outside, though.  (Although I’m fascinated by Barn quilts – maybe one day I’ll make a porch version… or maybe over the bed.)
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
Next up is the guest room, AKA the room where everything that doesn’t fit in the living room or bedroom goes to live.  It’s a combo of office stuff, sewing/craft stuff, extra furniture, and a mishmash of a closet.  And also, where we blow up the air mattress for guests.  There are still a couple blank walls, but I’m working on filling them up.
Over the trunk, I hung a makeshift “design wall” that’s just a scrap piece of batting tacked to the wall.  And hey, there’s my Flying Geese quilt in progress.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
Over the sewing machine I hung a vintage Coca Cola crate for thread storage and a few banners, which I suppose are quilting-related if not actual quilts.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
I hung my mini quilt collection on one wall using bakers twine – I love having them on display finally!
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
There’s my Ticker Tape Triangle mini…
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my latest finish for the Michael Miller challenge
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
…and my mini Ticker Tape Seascape.
The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Quilts
More minis coming soon, hopefully!
Last up is the bedroom and OK, I lied… there are actually no quilts in the bedroom!  Shocking, right?  But here’s a peek anyway…
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I’m still looking for something big over the bed.  Wouldn’t a painted Barn Quilt look cool?
And that’s about it!  (Other than bathrooms and laundry closet).  I love our happy little home and the quilts in every room!

Nashville City Sights: Live Music

I’m back from the beach and back to the real world… I have a feeling my work inbox is going to take the whole day to wrangle.  So here’s a photo dump of my favorite summer activity: live (and preferably free) music!  That and the promise of food trucks will draw us any day. Luckily summer is full of music festivals!  I think I’ve shared most of these through H54F posts, but of course I took more pics!

Time for a photo dump:

Puckett’s Boat House

Live music every Thursday and Friday nights!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

And their pie is really good too!!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

Westhaven Porchfest

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

East Side Hootenanny

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

Our favorite spot on Broadway is definitely Big Bang, the dueling piano bar!

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: Free Music!

More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Fourteen

I’m at the beach for a few blissful days, so blogging lite will commence this week.  Here’s another batch on Instagram pics – I’m finally catching up, bit by bit!  I was mostly unpacked by the time the cats joined us in March, so we all settled into our new routine together.

 

Tali enjoying the view from the porch.

Tali enjoying the view from the porch.

 

My cross stitching companion is back!

My cross stitching companion is back!

 

 

My favorite cross stitch

My favorite cross stitch

 

Familiar scene in a new apartment.

Familiar scene in a new apartment.

 

Sweet Tali

Sweet Tali

 

Tali loves the sunshine!

Tali loves the sunshine!

 

So does Cora.

So does Cora.

 

A dog!

A dog!

 

Learning to use the new cat door

Learning to use the new cat door

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Thirteen

Nothing new to report on the cat front, so here’s another batch of Instagram pics!  These go back a few months to our move, when we shipped the cats by airplane to MS and brought them to our new home a couple weeks later.  It’s crazy how time flies!

Cora's very favorite game in the old apartment: If I ever left this cabinet door open, she climbed in and peered out waiting for me to chase her out again.

Cora’s very favorite game in the old apartment: If I ever left this cabinet door open, she climbed in and peered out waiting for me to chase her out again.

Packages for me = present for Cora!

Packages for me = present for Cora!

Cora loves the Olympics too!

Cora loves the Olympics too!

Valentines

Valentines

Exploring the new boxes.

Exploring the new boxes.

Cora is so helpful packing

Cora is so helpful packing

On the way to the airport... so stressful for everyone, humans and felines!

On the way to the airport… so stressful for everyone, humans and felines!

Missing our kitties but we found a new neighbor kitty who said hello!

Missing our kitties but we found a new neighbor kitty who said hello!

Reunited with the kitties, bringing them home in our brand new car.

Reunited with the kitties, bringing them home in our brand new car.

Exploring the new apartment!

Exploring the new apartment!

 

Meow Monday: Lounging

We had a nice lazy weekend… the humans kept themselves busy with fun errands to a variety of stores… the farmers market, antique store, book store, grocery store, and a healthy dose of cleaning and laundry.

The cats… lounged.

On the window sill.

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On the couch in the living room.

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On the bed (or in the laundry basket).

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In the guest room.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

On the window sill again.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The usual!

Meow Monday: The Great Migration (of the Litter Box)

Remember the cat door?  Cora mastered it in one night, and now she’s in and out half a million times a day.  Tali took longer to be convinced that it wasn’t an elaborate trap.  She was very suspicious of the door for the first couple weeks, and I had to let her outside through the sliding door and make her come back through the cat door by herself quite a few times (thus enforcing her suspicion that we were attempting to trap her in some way).  But finally, it clicked!  And now she goes in and out by herself all the time, and loves sleeping in the sun or watching the local wildlife (aka children) walk by.
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
Of course we’re glad the door has given the kitties freedom to go in and out without our help, but the main reason we wanted the door was to initiate the great migration of the litter box… from inside to outside.  And I’m glad to report it’s been a success!
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
It’s so nice to have the box outside… I’m not constantly vacuuming up little bits from the floor and with the buffer of going through the door flap, the cats aren’t tracking dust everywhere nearly as much. We had so many problems with Cora not using the box in San Francisco, but she hasn’t made a single mess since we’ve moved here – they even share a box with no problems.  I think having more square footage and access to the outside porch makes them happier cats in general, which makes me happier too!

Super Easy Guacamole

Everything I make could be labeled “super easy” and this one is no exception!  You just can’t beat three-ingredient recipes.
The Amateur Librarian // Super Easy Guacamole
This isn’t the prettiest guacamole ever, but it’s pretty tasty!  Most recipes I’ve looked up online are a bit daunting with a long list of items to dice (and I’m not a fan of red onions or cilantro), but I found this super simple recipe in Betty Crocker’s Guide to Cooking so I gave it a try.  I had never had fresh guacamole before trying this recipe, but it’s amazing how easy it is… so I’ll probably be throwing a couple avocados in the grocery basket more regularly!
Ingredients:
2 avocados
1 tablespoon lime juice (about half a small lime)
1/3 cup chunky salsa
The Amateur Librarian // Super Easy Guacamole
Directions:
Scoop out the avocados into a bowl, and mash with a fork.
The Amateur Librarian // Super Easy Guacamole
Mix in the lime juice and salsa… and that’s it!  The lime juice helps the avocado to keep from turning brown, although the addition of the salsa turns this into a pretty murky color… I was a bit skeptical at first, but ti’s actually really good!
The Amateur Librarian // Super Easy Guacamole
I ate it with a bowl of chips for dinner one night, and ate up the rest the next night on top of beans and rice.
The Amateur Librarian // Super Easy Guacamole
 Good stuff!

Meow Monday: In the Harness Again

The harness is out again, and we’ve brought Cora outside a couple times in the last week or so.  It’s funny that she’ll let us put it on her easily enough, but then the thrashing and rolling about begins as soon as she realizes what’s just happened.  In San Francisco we thought she should get used to it inside first before we tried taking her out on the street… and she hated it so much that we never made it past the indoor stairs of our apartment building.
I think our mistake was that she didn’t know what the end result would be… that she would actually get to spend some time outside if she endured the harness. So this time we brought her straight outside, and she was so distracted that she stopped trying to escape the harness and actually walked around.
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
It’s a miracle, her legs still work!  Each time we’ve gone out, Cora happily creeps along for half an hour chomping on grass… only to throw it all up as soon as we were back inside.  Baby steps!
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I’m not sure if we’ll ever try the harness on Tali – as much as she loves us, the poor sweet thing is already suspicious – she would probably think we were trying to murder her!

Meow Monday: Happy Memorial Day!

We’ve enjoyed a beautiful long weekend, especially with my brother and his girlfriend visiting!  The cats don’t quite know what to do with the extra visitors, but they survived.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Happy Memorial Day to you and yours!

 

 

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