Five Questions Friday: Cows or Frogs?

Q: How was lunch with your mom in Nashville?
Eric: It was very good. Your recommendation on where to go was spot on.
(why thank you!)

Q: How long did it take you to wash Chance after he rubbed is body in cow poop… again!
Eric: I’d say about 15 to 20 minutes. And then an hour to dry off.
(Thank you for doing that! He smells much better!)

Q: Which would you prefer – a dog that rubs his body in cow poop a few times a year or a dog that takes a swim every day in the murky frog pond behind our house?
Eric: The swimming in the frog pond dog.
(figures since that’s his dog!)

Q: What do you have planned for your mother this week while she’s visiting?
Eric: Well today she pruned all our herb plants and swept our walkways. Tomorrow I’m going to the store to get her a puzzle that she can do on my workshop’s front porch where I set her up with a comfy chair and small table. I really hope she just relaxes and rests and enjoys herself!

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: It’s a tie: your dog rolling in crap and the dead decomposing animal that is somewhere in our air conditioning unit in the camper that I have not found yet.
(well, I really hope you find it very soon!)

At The Grand Ole Opry

Now that we have been here in Tennessee for exactly a year now and have been busy with cleaning, clearing and recreating, it was time to start seeing this great state we now call home (other than our own 5 acres!)

So last night, we went to the Grand Ole Opry! Mr. Basketmaker has never been and neither have I. So we were excited to go and since it was approximately a 75 minute drive, we decided to make a night of it and cash in some hotel points we have been accumulating over the years of traveling to workshops and stay right in Nashville.

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Before the show, we had dinner at a nearby Tex-Mex restaurant. Eric had never had Tex-Mex and I haven’t had it since moving from Texas to Maine back in 2001 so I was thrilled. But in the middle of our meal, Mr. Basketmaker announced that he preferred ‘MEX’ without the ‘TEX.”

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So the show was awesome. Here’s us sitting in our seats during intermission, eagerly waiting for one of our favorite artists, Darius Rucker, to come on stage at the end of the evening.

And what was so great about our seats is that we had a small, flat railing in front of us where we could put our drinks! People who walked past us made note of our convenient fortune of not having to hold our drinks all night! Hey, it’s the little things that make life great, right?

The photo at top is Darius on stage (sorry not very detailed… it was with my cell phone!) while he played one of our favorite songs “Wagon Wheel” which I have dubbed me and my nephew’s “SONG.” Why? I’m not sure! I think after he was born, I was cradling him in my arms and I turned on iTunes and out came Darius Rucker, and we danced to it several times over.

While Darius was singing on stage his most famous song as a solo artist, he shouted to the audience to sing the next chorus. So I’m singing in a low voice since I know I cannot hold a tune and next to me is Eric, singing loudly. It was sweet, until he started belting out the wrong words! Instead of “… southbound train” Eric yells “… a wagon wheel”! I didn’t let him forget that for the rest of the evening and teased him about it until the morning!

If you have never been to the Opry, it is a unique experience. I like how  they present their show…. it’s broadcast live on the radio via WSM right on the stage (you can see the words “ON AIR” in the photo above to the right). Throughout the evening, a total of 8 different artists will perform — from regular Opry legends to new, popular artists. So the audience is comprised of young and old, with many songs from artists one may normally not listen to. I think it’s brilliant. And the energy in the entire hall is vibrant. Even if you are not a big fan of country—We certainly weren’t before we moved here. But it is a great experience no matter your musical preference! We cannot wait to go again!

Eric’s Basket Does New York

On my trip to New York City last week, (of course) I brought one of my favorite Eric Taylor baskets with me — the little backpack he made me for my birthday several years ago.

So I grabbed some pics of my sister wearing the basket as we walked through the city streets over to her trade show one morning.

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Here’s Eric’s basket making its way though Times Square. We figured out very quickly that this is not the fastest route because there were too many people crowding the sidewalks.

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And sprinkled with characters like this guy. Looks like he’s checking out my sis! And I spared you an image of the ‘Naked Cowboy.’ Yes, he really does exist and hangs out on the street in New York City.

I was super glad that the weather was gorgeous all five days we were there but man I was exhausted when I got home. Seems like I slept for three days straight!