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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Meme- Visitor
From "Create a Connection:"

Here's the scenario this week. Imagine you've made a connection with another blogger who lives in a completely different part of the world than you do. This blogger is about to take a trip and the connection you've made is so strong that she is going to make your house one stop on her trip. (Yay!) Unfortunately she can only stay at your place for 24 hours (boo!), but she'd like to see some nearby sights while visiting with you.
Keeping in mind that time is quite limited, so you have to stick pretty close to home (although not necessarily right IN your town - just anyplace you could go as a day trip), try looking around you with the eyes of someone who has never seen your area and tell us some things you'd share with...

A Visitor to Your Hometown- SW Michigan (Kalmazoo Area)

1. Your visitor wants to see something historical. Where would you take her and why?

Well, if she's a shopper (and aren't we all??) I would take her to downtown Kalamazoo to see the mall that gave Kalamazoo the designation "The Mall City," after construction of the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the United States in 1959. Besides great shops and many art galleries, there are some wonderful places to eat too!

If she's a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright I would take her to Parkwyn Village, at Taliesin Drive and Parkwyn drive in southwest Kalamazoo, and the 11000 block of Hawthorne south of Galesburg. Designed as a cooperative neighborhood by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1940s, Parkwyn Village contains examples of Wright;s Usonian style of home. More Wright homes are found in a rural setting south of the city of Galesburg.

2. She wants to see something hysterical...well, mildly amusing anyway. She'd even go for cute, quirky, odd, or unique. Where would you take her and why?

I'm going to assume it's summer time so we would go to a show at the Barn Theater in Augusta, MI. It is Michigan's oldest professional Equity summer stock theatre company. And, it may also be one of the oldest theatres of this type in the nation. Located on a picturesque rolling hillside on M-96 one mile west of the village of Augusta, The Barn Theatre has been in continuous operation for 61 (going on 62) years, first under the guidance and direction of its founder, producer/director Jack Ragotzy who has since passed away. It's been kept all in the family and is now run by Jack's son, Brendon. Their production of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" is to die for!!

3. She wants to take some beautiful and/or interesting photos to fill her albums when she gets home. Where would you take her?

Wow, in this area there are so many choices. The Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, multiple natural spaces including the Kalamazoo Nature Center and Kellogg Bird Sanctury come to mind. The Kalamazoo Nature Center is recognized as one of the nation's best nature centers. Since 1960, the Kalamazoo Nature Center has been inspiring people to care about the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world. The Nature Center reaches nearly 250,000 people each year through extensive programs in education, research, and conservation. KBS is Michigan State University's largest off-campus education complex and one of North America's premier inland field stations. The station is administered through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Natural Science.

4. She'd like to buy a souvenir that will remind her of your area every time she sees it. What would you suggest and where would you go to get it?

A charm of the historic water tower at the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital. The 175-foot tall landmark is on the hilltop campus of the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital and can be seen from just about anywhere. The water tanks in the 1895 Queen Anne style tower are no longer in use. Or else a charm of a Checker Cab. You can get either down on the Mall.

5. Wow, it's been a long day and you're both ready for a snack, or maybe even a meal. Where would you take her to really get the flavor of your area?

Definately Zazio's at the Radisson. We would sit at the Chef's table where we get a special meal and get to watch it being prepared! It isn't just a meal, it's an event!

Whew....I'm tired and stuffed! Next time you will have to come on the first Friday of the month and we can do the Art Hop! June is the best month because that is also the weekend of the Bronson Park Art Fair along with a bunch of other smaller shows.

Hope you enjoyed your visit!!


posted by Teri Springer @ 9:59 AM   2 comments
Friday, January 26, 2007
New Growth & Joey's Home
Well, winter may have finally arrived but in my sunroom it sure is looking like spring! First we have new growth on one of the two Key Lime "trees" (they are still only 3' tall so not really trees yet). The second tree hasn't shown as much growth at this point.

Below is one of my African Violets. The other one hasn't budded yet. I have no clue what color either is as the tags were missing when I bought them for 50% off.

Next we have the blood orange- it actually has buds!! I am really hoping that they survive and open as the entire reason I bought these citrus trees was for the scent of the blooms. Any fruit that I get would just be a pleasant bonus.

Here we have my Meyers Lemon. It hasn't done much of anything but it was the last of the citrus trees to arrive. Actually, the Key limes and the orange came in the spring and the lemon didn't arrive until fall. I had forgotten that I had ordered it so it's arrival was a pleasant surprise.

And here is Joey yesterday afternoon. His ACL surgery was at 7:30am and we were home by noon. The CPM machine is doing its job and I am up every 4 hours to give Joey his pain meds and replenish the ice in the cold sleeve wrapped around his knee. Another neat addition is a Pain Pump from our own Stryker Corp. (thanks Ronda!!). There is a very thin catheter that runs right through one of the incisions and into the knee joint. For 48 hours after surgery it delivers Marcaine (a local anethetic) into the joint. At the end of the 48 hours I just gently pull it out and toss it (it's disposible). I will admit to being more than a little proud to share the hometown of this wonderful company, to have helped develop the ER carts they manufacture and to know the granddaughter of the founder (she's the most generous, down-to-earth woman you would ever hope to meet). Anyway, Joey is doing fine...a little crabby from the discomfort but dutifully doing his exercises so he can rehab in time for baseball season. Oh and carefully avoiding school work. I think I'm going to have to take away the video game and tv controllers for a few hours tomorrow.....

Thanks to all for their support! Debbi, you and Billy are the best!!


posted by Teri Springer @ 3:21 PM   2 comments
Monday, January 22, 2007

No, not faces.....but a mug exchange through Create a Connection (see side bar). Here is the lovely mug, with fractals!!!! I received from Jennifer.
This was fun. There is also a meme on the CaC site:
1) What's the best place you ever lived?
Without a doubt, Hawai'i
The worst: another easy one- East Lansing, MI. We lived in a neighborhood of professors at MSU so we were the outsiders. The only people who were really nice were the Doro's. Mr. Doro was the assistant football coach and his daughter, Bernie was my best friend. I did NOT miss that place when we moved.
2) What's the best place you ever visited on holiday/vacation?
Well, I'd say Hawai'i but I lived there too so I would have to say Perry Sound, Ontario. We stayed in a cabin with no running water (we did have hand pumps inside), no electricity and you had to get to it by boat. Everyone had shortwave radios and you checked in every evening. It was beautiful and clean (you could, and did, drink the water right out of the lake) and I wanted to stay there forever.
Worst: boy, that's a tough one. I've honestly never had a bad vacation.
3) What's the best job you ever had?
The one I have now- self employed artist.
The last job where I worked for someone else. My boss/ the owner was a paranoid, unethical bitch. I couldn't get out of there fast enough. I can't say any more because she wouldn't hesitate to sue me for slander even though everything I would say would be true.
4) What's your best talent or ability? being myself without fear of what others think a talent? No, not really. It's just a personality trait. Hmmmmmmm I guess my *vision.* As in how I see things. Now if I could just get to the point where I could consistently put what I *see* into tangible form.
My worst?
Tough- can't dance, can't sing....I mean I REALLY can't sing....
5) What's the best decision you ever made?
To get divorced. Don't get me wrong, I still dearly love my husband. I just can't live with him. He's a "the glass is not only half empty but the water left probably isn't drinkable" type of person. I was always a "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" type but, over the years I became more and more negative. Now that we are in separate homes I am slowly regaining myself.
The worst?
I don't know. Even bad decisions serve a purpose. You's like a rainy day in Hawai'i. How can you appreciate the sunshine if you don't have some rainy days?
Bonus: What's one good thing about yourself that isn't covered in the questions above but that you'd like to share?
Boy....not much that you can't get from reading my blog.....

posted by Teri Springer @ 7:48 PM   6 comments
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Just Another Sunday....NOT
Ok, this is gonna be short and sweet....Da Bears are on!!

Spring is in full bloom here in the condo. Mike brought over my dining room table (finally) so now I have the chairs here too and boy do they need recovering. So, one of my projects for the week is to recover those and the 2 chairs at the bar.....

First the flowers: (I must be getting used to them- they smell but they don't stink...well, maybe a little. The sure ain't gardenias)

The fabric for the chairs:

The dining room table: Last, the view outside
posted by Teri Springer @ 3:04 PM   1 comments
Friday, January 19, 2007
Winter- Better Late than Never
Well, it is finally winter here! Snow is falling, the birds are flocking to the feeders, the dog is loving romping in the snow and I am a whole lot happier!!

This weekend will be devoted to some cleaning and a project or two as Joey will be off with friends and next weekend will be devoted to waiting on him following his ACL repair on Thursday.

Just tossing in more pictures of my beautiful flowers. Ok you experts out there...are these "paperwhites?" They are lovely and bring a touch of spring but I gotta say....they stink.

posted by Teri Springer @ 1:32 PM   2 comments
Friday, January 12, 2007
Winter Flowers & New Yarn
Well, I haven't been very creative yet. Between cleaning up from Christmas, getting ready for construction (getting the basement finished) and the crappy weather giving me a royal case of SAD I just haven't had much energy or ambition. Hopefully the wintery weather headed this way will help my spirits (it's been rainy here most of the winter and I hate it).

Any way- prior to Thanksgiving I went to Lowe's for some reason (I am there so often I can't remember what I went for). On the way in I passed a display of severely marked down spring flowering bulbs. I grabbed a bag of narcissus bulbs that had just kinda-sorta started to sprout. Hey, for a buck I figured it was worth a try. I have never tried forcing bulbs before. I bought some pots and potting soil (had some plants that needed repotting anyway).

Well, the bulbs, pots and potting soil came home and sat, and sat and sat......Last week I finally got around to repotting my parlor palm and the bulbs. I wasn't real optimistic since I had just read an article about forcing Narcissi (??) and it said that only Paperwhites can be forced without hardening (putting them in a cold environment for 6-8 weeks to trick them into thinking it was winter) and these weren't the right variety. Oh well. I potted them much for hardening. I still don't know if they will bloom but they sure are growing.

The first ones are in my sunroom. I have a humidifier running in there because I also have two Key Lime trees, a blood orange and a Meyers lemon as well as the parlor palm and a sago palm.

The other two pots are on the table in the entryway. Not too shabby!

Finally, pictures of some new yarn from Pick Up Sticks!!

posted by Teri Springer @ 5:22 PM   1 comments
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Goodbye President Ford

Ok, yes, I am a Liberal. However, as a newly-minted voter in 1976, I cast my very first vote in a US Presidential election for Gerald R. Ford. It wasn't because he was a Republican or because he was from my home state, but because he an anomaly in US honest man. While he lost to Jimmy Carter ( a mere change in 5,000 votes would have changed the result- note, Ford never asked for a recount), I now can look back and see that there were more similarities in the two men than differences. Pardoning Nixon cost Ford the election yet, in retrospect, I do believe it was the right thing to do for our country (I hope that Nixon is getting his punishment in eternity).
Of course, I am in the thick of things here in west Michigan. The 10 jets doing the *missing man* formation flew over us here yesterday....they came from the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek. At one point, the line waiting to file past Ford's casket had 60,000 people in it and the wait was 8 hours. No, I am not going. I see no point in standing in line and freezing my butt off to look at a flag-draped casket holding a body. I would rather remember the man he was, and honor him, by striving to be more like him: to be honest in all dealings, to know how to separate the person from the job- Ford was so good at this; he might not agree with your politics but he could still embrace you as a person. He was also approachable and, when told he was wrong, he would actually listen to why he was wrong, as was willing to make adjustments. Dubya could learn a lot from Ford....What a difference.
So, back to the studio today. Going to set up the iMac and finish my niece's signature quilt from her wedding on July 1......
posted by Teri Springer @ 8:57 AM   5 comments
Monday, January 01, 2007
Happy New Year
A very Happy New Year to all! I spent a nice quiet night watching TV and drinking rum and coke and knitting. I had a lovely dinner of brown rice, sugar snap peas and filet mignon done to perfection on the grill.

Currently I have the "Hoppin' John" cooking and I will start the corn bread.

Hope you all had a nice and safe New Years!

I don't have any real resolutions. I did set some goals for 2007:

1) finish my unfinished pieces over the course of the year

2) make a finished piece every month

That's it.....don't want to press my luck!!

posted by Teri Springer @ 3:50 PM   4 comments
About Me

Name: Teri Springer
Home: Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
About Me: Studio Art Quilt Associates for the Atlantic Canada Region (New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Quote:Apples and Wine: Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough & smart enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Now Men... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the hell out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
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