Going Out West…a top ten(ish) journal

September 29…Fly to Phoenix. Lunch at Joe’s Farm Grill. Dinner at Vincent on Camelback. September 30…Rehearsal with Red Mountain High School Band. Drive to Flagstaff. Dinner at Atria. October 1…Adjudication for Bands of America Arizona Regional Championships. October 2…Clinic for Regional Participants. Drive up to Snowbowl to find rain and sleet…Drive back. Lunch at Proper…

09.25.1959

Now, where were we? It seems it’s been birth month starting with a FABULOUS dinner by Kirk Whiteside in Helena, AR. Well, actually…I suppose it started 63 years ago with Quindel and Fay. So many people prefer to ignore birthdays but it’s my favorite time of year. You know, if we stop having birthdays…The End!…

You Can’t Make Old Friends

When somebody knocks at the doorSomeone new walks inI will smile and shake their handsBut you can’t make old friends. This could be episodical if I tried to share all the stories told, yet again, this past weekend. Jimmy Edwards and Weir Kyle met at Ole Miss. They both had natural talent and loved the…

Dinner and a Show

I laid down and gave out a heavy sigh. Brandt asked why I was so tired. I explained I worked all day on menu planning and a grocery list for Kirk’s Private Dinner. I went on to explain I was doing a Thai menu and it took more research than I normal do for a…

Cooking + Caring

January 2019, I made a commitment to myself. I never said I was on “a diet” but I drastically changed my eating habits using Keto basics. Of course, I plateaued and many friends recommended exercise. The encouragement of our sweet Cousin Susan led me to join a Jazzercise Studio. It was a 35 minute drive…

2018…thanks for the memories

Before we jump head first into 2019 we pause to be grateful for a wonderful 2018. My business afforded us several opportunities to travel this year.  We visited family coast to coast and celebrated anniversaries, birthday’s (three where both digits changed) and the joy’s of living. We met new friends Miles at Tamboli Produce and Rachel…

Wine & Dine

Fortunate is a word which often comes to mind regarding my work/love relationship with my clients.  It’s wonderful to know so many of my design clients have become dear friends. Four years ago we were invited to a dinner in a client’s home.  I sat by my client’s new next door neighbor and across the…

Landlord, Client, Friend

Monday, sixteen years ago today was actually 9/10/2001…one day before that cataclysmic day 9/11.  I’d heard about a Memphis antique store with all kinds of antiquated architectural elements. I was shopping for doors to make a folding screen. After shopping I stopped in The Arcade Restaurant for a slice of pizza. There was a tri-fold…

First Party of the Holidays

I decided to start the holiday celebration early. Part of it comes from the vitriol we’ve had to witness for the past ten months. I’ve felt a strong urge to be around people that share love. We don’t even share the same political beliefs but we love and respect each other.  I also wanted to…

1999 and 2016

Patience please.  I have to share a bit of background. The year 1999 had several milestones. My dad passed away.  I turned 40. I opened Signature Designs, Inc. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have some incredible clients over the past seventeen years.  However, there’s one that will always have a very special place in my…