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Chifferobe is Profitable AF

Chifferobe is Profitable AF

I have the world’s greatest accountant. I bring her sloppy folders with my month’s receipts and she makes sense of them. Without her I would have to close the store because I would not know when or how much to send the government in sales tax, and I would probably be...

Please drop by tonight!

Please drop by tonight!

Boxes Art Show featuring the work of Jerry Pope. You have seen him in the latest issue of Asheville Made Magazine, so come to Chifferobe at 132 Cherry Street, Black Mountain, to meet him in person. Help yourself to some excellent refreshments: Sangria and Tapas while...

Give Alms to All Who Ask?

Give Alms to All Who Ask?

Come to a reception for Jerald Pope here at Chifferobe next Friday 5-7 PM In New York City in the Eighties you couldn’t walk from your apartment to the subway station without getting accosted by countless panhandlers. Friends who lived there at that time felt sorry...

Don’t travel with me!

Don’t travel with me!

It’s almost time for our September trip to Mexico, and I was reminded about how anxious I get when I am between places. I am a terrible backseat driver on car trips, and exhaust myself bracing for impending car crashes. Ron is a great, safe driver, but I worry about...

Dead Vegetables

Dead Vegetables

The view in front of me this morning as I drove down Montreat Road towards town was so beautiful! It rained downtown last night and there was still moisture in the air which formed soft clouds nestled onto treetops on the side of the mountains south of town, I...

Going Back in Time

Going Back in Time

This week I heard from a dear college friend for the first time in forever. Kathy Emerich and I were part of a small group of wild girls our friends called The Ravers. A cute Cornell graduate named Joe Compagni lived near our sorority house and we enjoyed showing up...

Scary Man in Black (Mountain)

Scary Man in Black (Mountain)

Tina and Dolly on a dish cloth you could frame. If you have spend much time in downtown Black Mountain, you have probably seen this homeless guy in black gesturing wildly, having a loud argument with himself, and striding quickly up and down the street. He has been...

Me and My Big Mouth

Me and My Big Mouth

Maude knows how best to manage these steamy hot days! People think I’m nice, but as my daughter knows, I’m a terrible shit-talker. Quakers call it “speaking truth to power,” which is really about standing up for what you believe is morally right. I don’t always take a...

Changing my hair…and my focus!

Changing my hair…and my focus!

Emily of Beauty Parade changed my hair cut and color. We will leave poor little Lorraine at Mac’s shack, up to her elbows in Mr. Clean as she attempts to clean up the mess. She has a lot of work to do, so we will leave her to it! We’ll come back to her later. My...

At Mac’s Love Nest

At Mac’s Love Nest

Wonderful plates and cutlery for little kids Lorraine and Mac were a new couple and still trying to figure each other out. Lorraine had had some bad experiences with men, most recently the departure of her husband Frederick after he found out about her affair with El...

In the Belly of the Beast

In the Belly of the Beast

Where's Waldo? Find me wearing the new Trade Cloth red cotton blouse! So cool and comfortable Lorraine was glad that she had remembered to bring her inhaler. As Mac cracked open the door of his place, she was overwhelmed by the strong mildew smell. She reached into...

Going to the Love Shack

Going to the Love Shack

As they drove on I-240 towards Asheville on the way to Mac’s apartment for a romantic weekend away, Lorraine found that she had made her legs bleed from the scratching she had been doing. Mac’s car was crawling with insects and Lorraine even spotted some mouse...

How ’bout a wild weekend away?

How ’bout a wild weekend away?

Gorgeous water color painting by Joyce Black-Woerz Lorraine and Mac were in a good place. (her place…)  She had resigned herself to being with a guy who was probably cheating on her and who left her house a mess, but was at least free-spirited. He was happy to...

Further News of Lorraine and Mac

Further News of Lorraine and Mac

Fictional account of life at 44 Cherry Street in Black Mountain 3x4' landscape view from Black Mountain by Ann Watcher Recently Lorraine caught a glimpse of herself in the hall mirror of her apartment at 44 Cherry Street, and was horrified by her looks. Normally...

Visit Betsy Davis’s Garden

You might remember when I wrote a series about Handmade Homes, houses of people I know who have unique, personal homes. Nothing cookie-cutter about them! They were each different from the others, but all were warm and welcoming. One of the first homes I featured was...

Memorial Day is for Memories

Memorial Day is for Memories

Cute vintage Peewee Herman doll. It is now mute, however. Lorraine was not big on holidays. She had never had children and saw most holidays as a push to spend money on other people, and in her opinion, most of the people in her life didn’t deserve a present. Besides,...

Lorraine Takes a  Hard Look

Lorraine Takes a Hard Look

Mac, Lorraine’s live-in boyfriend, had disappeared. Maybe he was out there (doing his so-called job) selling used magazines, but more than likely, he was hiking somewhere in Montreat with a woman he had picked up somewhere. He’d be back, surely, when he got hungry. ...

Lorraine and Mac at Home

Lorraine and Mac at Home

1917 Smith Corona Typewriter Needs some love! $50 44 Cherry Street is a fictional account of some fictional characters who live in Black Mountain.  Lorraine is the only remaining resident of the four-plex after Covid and the landlord’s upgrading of the building led to...

Thanks, Kiddos!

Thanks, Kiddos!

Something strange happened yesterday as I was driving to work. A song by Aaron Burdette came on the radio and when he sang the line, “I wish I could go back and do it again without the stress…just the happiness,” tears started running down my face. I don’t think...

Go See HUMANS!!!

Go See HUMANS!!!

Get your tickets from the website: ashevillecreativearts.com/mainstage There are those moments in my life that stand out because I was being such a jerk. Abby was about 13 and I was scolding her about something I thought she could do better. She looked at me with...

Go See Humans

Puppets created for the show help tell the story No time today for a normal (abnormal) newsletter today, but I want to update you all on the upcoming opening of Humans at Diana Wortham in Asheville. Here’s the link to get your tickets...

So, Is Lorraine a Hot Tamale?

So, Is Lorraine a Hot Tamale?

Find out at 44 Cherry Street Some last minute Easter gifts are here https://ashevillecreativearts.org/mainstage-productions/ Click above for tickets and information for Humans! There has been so much going on in the past few weeks! I have been working hard with Julie...

Adding Cool Stuff to the Collection

Adding Cool Stuff to the Collection

One of the new designs by Andrea Freeman of Freeman Clayworks I read a wonderful essay by Anne Lamott yesterday morning on Facebook. She is facing a birthday this month, and as we all do, she is questioning how it is possible that she has reached an advanced age so...

We Are Growing!!

We Are Growing!!

Chifferobe is adding a space at Marquee in Asheville! New delivery of locally handmade wreaths, perfect for Spring with fresh-cut Pussy Willows. It’s finally Spring and it’s time for new growth. And Chifferobe is growing! I am so excited to tell you that we have made...

Romance and Trees Bloom on Cherry Street

Romance and Trees Bloom on Cherry Street

The following is the latest chapter of 44 Cherry Street, a fictional story based in Black Mountain. To read earlier chapters of this story, log on to the website, chifferobehomeandgarden.com and click on 44 Cherry Street. To catch you up: Lorraine is a longtime...

A Week from Heck

A Week from Heck

I need all the cuss word pottery this week Ever have one of those weeks? Well, this week has been horrible, so I feel the need to whine. First thing that happened was me versus the internet. The internet won. I was trying to pay a bill for a foolish purchase we made...

A Dancing Fool!

A Dancing Fool!

The only image of me in Mexico. That's what happens when I am the one who takes all the pictures! You know how the minute you say something like, “Spring has arrived!” the weather changes and snow is once again in the forecast? Well that is just what has happened....

Bells Are Ringing…Somewhere

Bells Are Ringing…Somewhere

This is for real! The weather is warmer and Abby's chickens are busy laying. Come in and get a dozen fresh, organic free range beauties, just $5 Mac was ready to leave Black Mt. Pres. He believed he had come up empty this time. There was no hen here in this henhouse...

New Face on Cherry Street

New Face on Cherry Street

44 Cherry Street: Fiction Mac Buchanan sat in the last pew at Black Mountain Pres looking beatific. He was ostensibly moved by the sermon by the pastor, Mary Katherine Robinson, but he had his mind occupied by other things. Mac had the chiseled features of a...

Passing Along My Bad Traits

Passing Along My Bad Traits

There are things you want to pass along to your children, and things you do not. My list of things I wish to pass on: my love of reading, my high energy, my cooking skills. That’s about it. The list of traits I really hope I have not passed along takes off from there...

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