Thursday, October 27, 2011

Really Random, 10/27/11

It's almost Halloween. A couple of years ago, our daughter-in-law made the coolest calendar with handprints of Charlotte and Levi, a different work of art each month. I love the calendar so much, so I keep it updated even though it is a over a year old. This is the page for October.

I made Halloween pillowcases for each of them. The little googly eyes in the narrow border glow in the dark. Briefly. If you shine a flashlight on them and then quickly turn off all the lights in the room.
I'm kind of nerdy sometimes. While you should never give me directions that involve telling me to go east, and then turn north--it's always safer to tell me to right until I reach a certain spot and then turn right--I happen to love maps. Especially when I'm reading a book and want to visualize the location of the characters. For the longest time I have wanted a globe. I was in Costco the other day. I now have a globe. Early Happy Birthday to me. It is kind of a globe on steroids. See that base? It has a wand kind of thing so the globe is interactive. It will even play the national anthem of each country. Yeah. I'm happy...

We used to watch "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." At one point there was a contestant named Brad Herzog, and he happened to mention on air that he had written a book, States of Mind, a travelogue that was  "a search for Faith, Hope, Inspiration, Harmony, Unity, Friendship, Love, Pride, Wisdom, Honor, Comfort, Joy, Bliss, Freedom, Justice, Glory, Triumph, and Truth or Consequences in America." He and his wife traveled all over the United States to towns with those names. They were searching for the answer to questions such as "Is there really honor in Honor, pride in Pride, wisdom in Wisdom?" Well, you get the idea. 
Our friend, Lisa, is getting married on November 11. In Harmony.
Yes, population 18.
There are nineteen pages devoted to Harmony in that book. More than the population. On at least one occasion, the entire town has been for sale. At one point, in 1981, a couple bought the entire town for $650,000. It was probably sold again after that. I'm not sure who owns it now. There is a pottery shop, a shop selling stained and fused glass, a chapel...

Lisa is starting her married life in Harmony, in that tiny little chapel. Mark is going to do some videotaping so we went to check things out.
So how many people will fit in this chapel? While they were trying to figure things out, I wandered around with my camera.
We had lunch in nearby Cayucos, right on the ocean.We had cookies. Because who doesn't believe in this philosophy?

The cookies were being made right there by the front counter, by the Keebler Brown Butter Cookie elves.

I had some yummy fish tacos. While we were eating our lunch, we happened to notice this sign on the street corner.Really? What would you do if you saw this sign?

Yeah, I thought so.
Okay, now everyone turn and face the camera.

Seriously? Am I the only one who can follow directions??
Okay, that's better. Not too bad for a 30-something, a 40-something, and a nearly 60-something. Um, yeah, that would be me...
The "End"


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Anne at Film and Thread said... #

Your handprint calendar reminds me of a book that Elizabeth and I just bought at a quilt show. It is called Calendar Kids Handprint Quilts by Marcia Layton. The blocks are really adorable in the book and I bet Levi and Charlotte would have fun making a quilt like that with you.

FlourishingPalms said... #

Good pictures, interesting information, good looking people, from the back and from the front!

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Cute prints!

Oh what a great place to get married!

Needled Mom said... #

Very cute!!!

We have driven through Harmony several times just to "see" it. A wedding there? How exciting!!!

Grandma G said... #

I love the handprints! And glow-in-the-dark pillowcases?! Whodathunkit! Good thing they don't stay lit up all night - ha! And THAT is quite the globe!!!

Butt the butts... ROTFL! Best shot of the day!!

Poppyprint said... #

And why are they getting married there? Enquiring minds want to know. I'm thinking the answer might be a simple "why not", but is there some connection to this town of 18?

Betty said... #

OK, well, now I want a globe like that - how absolutely cool??? Thanks so much for sharing this little gem of a story.

by George! said... #

Butt seriously, folks!

Lucy | Charm About You said... #

I'm enjoying the random! Great pictures. I also have the book that Anne mentioned in the first comment, I was just going to suggest it! It's really fun!
That town really looks like a movie set!

felicity said... #

The "end" - ha ha that cracked me up. I love maps and globes too, and it looks like my daughter is taking after me. Hooray! The chapel in Harmony is beautiful - what a lovely setting for a wedding.

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

Love the chapel - the wedding is going to be beautiful!

PNW Quilts said... #

what a wonderful story and pictures! thanks so much for brightening my friday~happy wedding day for you all xo

Rene' said... #

Great photos! Are you still enjoying your photo class? I like the little town of Harmony. What a great place to start a life together!

Letterpress said... #

I'm smiling here. . . totally smiling and think I need to head to a gym because there is NO WAY I would let someone take a picture of my backside. Ever. Another way you're impressive. Fun post--love these random ones you put up--keep 'em coming.

Your photo class is paying off because those are some very sweet photos of chapel details. I love details on buildings. My husband takes the Big View; I go for the little one. So on a trip when taking photos, we complement each other.

Elizabeth, the occasionalpiecer who actually finished something today.