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I know, It’s Hard to Believe!

I know, It’s Hard to Believe!

Lorraine was walking downstairs at 44 Cherry Street with her spoiled little dog, Suki,  when she bumped into someone she didn’t know coming up. Suki began barking like a maniac and the stranger bent down closer to the dog rather than backing away in terror as one...

Excitement on Cherry Street

Stephanie barely recognized Lorraine when she waltzed into Chifferobe and plopped down in Ron’s big leather chair. Her cloud of jet black hair, usually a trademark of Lorraine’s, had turned a lovely Covid-gray. Still it was coiffed into a helmet as always, and she...

What happens at Sourwood…

What happens at Sourwood…

Stays at Sourwood Handblown glass tumblers I carried in my arms from Flagstaff. $50 each Sourwood Festival has ended with a loud splash. The annual event (except for last year, of course) always attracts crowds, but this year people in a “post-Covid-oops-here comes...

Egg-Sighting Changes at Chifferobe

Egg-Sighting Changes at Chifferobe

Natty and Max ready for the sunshine Two big changes are coming up!!! My family seems to thrive on change.  Kate and Max: ready for the wedding First, this weekend my son Natty will be marrying Kate Grey. Kate’s son Lucas and their baby Max will be witnesses. We will...

What’s that smell?

What’s that smell?

Scary doll with uncertain roots. The newly renovated four-plex apartment building at 44 Cherry Street was still vacant in two units, one upstairs across the hall from longtime tenants Lorraine and Frederick, and one downstairs across from new tenant Susan from LA. The...

Who Are All These People?

Who Are All These People?

And what are they doing here? Chain saw created crow 44 Cherry Street: A fictional account of real life (and imaginary) happenings in Black Mountain. Find previous episodes on my website. Susan was excited about renting an apartment in the newly renovated building at...

So you think it’s hot here?

It is full-on, high-season in Black Mountain, and the town is bustling with life. Youth retreats have resumed in Montreat and the young campers bring their youthful angst to town every Wednesday afternoon. I ache for the girls who flutter around the lone boy in their...

Is Black Mountain the new LA?

Is Black Mountain the new LA?

44 Cherry Street On-going saga of a fictional address in a magical town. Handmade Suzani Pillow Covers $25 The apartments at 44 Cherry Street were still vacant, and the renovations were almost completed. The painters had applied gallons of pale grey paint, the dark...

Is the Circus Coming to Cherry Street?

Japanese style wrapping cloth $15 44 Cherry Street is an on-going tale of fictional characters at a fictional address in Black Mountain. Quite often the events reflect changes going on in our town, but sometimes they are notions from my twisted imagination. New batch...

A Surprise Visit!

A Surprise Visit!

I was walking up to the Dripolator to get a mocha frappe yesterday afternoon, when I spotted Lorraine sitting on the porch of 44 Cherry Street with a frown on her face and a sign clutched in her hands. The sign read, “ Hell No, Wackos! I won’t go!! Find another...

Guess Who’s Coming to Black Mountain?

Guess Who’s Coming to Black Mountain?

Tripp bade me goodbye and said he would return to Black Mountain when the construction on 44 Cherry Street was more complete and the Town Pump had become more “suitable.” He said when he heard “fine bars”, he expected something more like Selwyn Pub in Charlotte. ...

Charlotte Invasion

Charlotte Invasion

Potted Coleus I passed by 44 Cherry Street on my way to the bank and wasn’t surprised to see troops of workmen digging up the yard  and tearing appliances and sheetrock out of the building. Lorraine had told me that the owner wanted to renovate so he could attract a...

New Tempest in Black Mountain

New Tempest in Black Mountain

I was in the shop arranging the incredibly fragrant essential oils soaps I just got it when I I was surprised by a phone calk from Lorraine this week. She was up in arms about the Black Mountain Public Library. “Stephanie, have you heard what’s going on? It’s...

Crazy Changes at 44 Cherry Street

Crazy Changes at 44 Cherry Street

I had a few minutes between customers, so I called Lorraine back to ask about the rest of the crew at 44 Cherry St. Once again it took several calls before she called me back. She was in a crabby mood, too, so I asked her what was making her so mad.  Crow...

What’s Lorraine Up to Now?

What’s Lorraine Up to Now?

Someone asked me the other day about the folks at 44 Cherry Street, and I realized I hadn’t spoken with any of them in a while, so I gave Lorraine a call. It took a few attempts before she called me back. She is one of those people who hardly ever answers her phone...

Julie’s Dreamy Home

Julie’s Dreamy Home

Looking towards the backdoor from the entrance. A Handmade Home is not necessarily rustic or filled with objects handmade by the owner. To me, the Handmade Home is one designed by a person with a distinct sense of style. This home could belong to no one else because...

Getting Pissed Off

Getting Pissed Off

Nothing bugs me more than a whiner. I want to run screaming for the hills when someone with seemingly nothing in the world to complain about comes into the shop and starts whining. So, what am I about to do? I’m going to whine. Feel free to take off running. Cloth...

Get a Load of This!

Get a Load of This!

Sheila repaired these beaded heads from Africa Sheila Martin has what people call “A Good Eye.” She has a divvie’s ability to suss out folk art gold whether she is in an upscale shop or a down-at-the-heels Goodwill. When she finds treasure, she gets her patient...

Sheila’s House: Drop Dead Gorgeous

Sheila’s House: Drop Dead Gorgeous

Sheila and Bill's log cabin I can’t remember how I first met Sheila Martin because she is someone I feel as if I have known forever. She Is one of those creatives who has no choice but to create all the time. She is a collector of beautiful things, some of which she...

So What’s Next?

So What’s Next?

If there’s one thing computers have taught us, it’s that when the device goes haywire, you turn it off, wait a bit, and then turn it back on. Nine times out of ten, your computer glitch has disappeared. My hope is that the same technique will have worked for us flawed...

Mama’s Cooking

Mama’s Cooking

I have been working on a memoir throughout the pandemic, and I’m not sure at this point if I am more tired of face masks or of writing about myself. I have been ruminating about my past, my horrible father, and his influence on my life for too long, and so I have laid...

So What’s Next?

So What’s Next?

Baby Max smiling at his Grandpa Ron! I have been thinking lately about my take-away from this past year. Even though my life has been mercifully untouched by tragedy, I empathize with fellow humans whose lives have been torn apart. The virus has killed over half a...

Peek into Abby’s House

Peek into Abby’s House

Spring comes to Abby's land Abby’s house is still a work in progress, but already it has all the charm of a “Hand Made Home.” It is a place where the fingerprints of the designer are apparent, and it wears its uniqueness like a crown. Abby aided by Ron Davis and crew...

Change is in the Air

Change is in the Air

Daffodils getting ready to bloom Change is in the air! The weather is a bit more Spring-like with days of warm temperatures sprinkled into the gray procession of cold wintery ones. Looking up at the mountainsides, I can spy a hint of pink as the branches get ready to...

Look at Abby’s Handmade Home (so far!)

Look at Abby’s Handmade Home (so far!)

The new floor and subtle wallpaper look great. I love how the accessories add color It’s exciting as a parent when you see your children besting you. All three of my kids far surpass me in many ways, and I am often amazed that they are even related to me. Seth, among...

We’re Getting There

We’re Getting There

We watch way too much HGTV. It started with Chip and Joanna Gaines, a photogenic couple who transformed falling-down shacks into their clients’ “Dream Houses.”. If you like shiplap, white kitchens, and a few shabby chic...

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

The tarot card called The Tower I just know if I were still reading Tarot, the card I would certainly have pulled would be the Tower. This card indicates a crumbling of existing norms and the beginnings of a new order. You have to admit that that describes what’s...

Abby begins Her Reno! Take a look!!

Abby begins Her Reno! Take a look!!

Work has begun in earnest on Abby’s house in Black Mountain. As Friend Fred Morgan told me recently, “We all need partners like RonDavis!” This is true. Ron with the help of his guys has begun a magical transition of what was a cute but rather decrepit little house...

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