Sunday, August 08, 2010

Sunshine Day

Well, turns out I did not have to work this Saturday after all so I decided it would be a good thing to take advantage of this and go see the exhibit of artwork by our favorite blogger, Rurality! and another friend of ours, Sharon, although she is not a blogger. Not yet anyway. We keep trying to lead her down that frustrating path but so far she has eluded us. All of us are also members of our informal group, the Blount County Bloggers, along with MountainMelody, MegPeaPie and Laurie, who used to have a blog but no more. We get together a couple of times a month or so basically to eat and rail against men and hear what the last country Melody has visited. That and they like to hear what other travesty has befallen my love life since the last time we met. Anyway, it is a nice little show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and then you can go visit the gardens!

If you live anywhere in Alabama and have not visited the gardens I would highly recommend it, although I might wait until slightly cooler weather. Not a lot is blooming right now although it is still very interesting. It's a beautiful place with several different sections of gardens. I love the Japanese section but there is also an Alabama woodlands area (looks just like my place), a conservatory, a large section devoted entirely to roses and a Southern Living area (new to me). It contains a wonderful assortment of plants that are native or like growing in our climate.

The Japanese area is very serene as you might expect. I love the stone work here. Or lack of stone work maybe. Anyway, how they are arranged. I wish my company built stuff like this. Well, now I wish they built much of anything. Okay, I'm not getting back on that subject; not now anyway.

It had been a few years I guess since I had seen all the gardens so I took my time and wandered through the whole place. Well, they were about to have a wedding in the rose garden so I just walked through quickly. Damn people in love. Bleh.

I like this critter. I hope to have some more sculpture out and about on my place. So, afterward I went and did a little shopping on the way home. And yeah, yeah, I know what I just wrote a couple of days ago but I did actually need some stuff and there were some good sales going on this weekend. All I bought was one more set of sheets for my new bed, so now I have 2, and a couple of blouses for going out. I mostly have work clothes and am real bad to talk myself out of buying anything for dressing up and then sometimes when I want to go out I'm caught with not much to wear. Or wear the same thing over and over. So, I bought a couple of nice things and hopefully they will not rot away before I have a chance to wear them. But as you see, I do go out and socialize whether I'm with someone or not. I also went to a gallery opening a couple of weeks ago to shed my blue collar for a while. That was fun and I talked to several nice people.

So, today I worked on staining my pantry cabinet and just messing around the house. I hope to get the cabinet finished soon and will have photos shortly. Then I'll just have to pour the countertop. It is still horridly, freaking hot here so I have just been staying inside. It will cool off a little shortly and then I will get back on the siding. Oh, and tomorrow they are delivering a one-ton concrete pipe section for my well renovation, so that will be interesting. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures as I do that.


*Osibisa

10 comments:

Rurality said...

Hey, thanks for visiting our little exhibit! As you might have noticed, it was the cat that sold. Oh, well, LOL.

We should do BCB again this week so we can hear all about Hawaii. And some land for $14. And remind me to tell you what Hubby's been saying BCB stands for!

edifice rex said...

Hey Karen! it was great! but I actually didn't notice that the cat had sold. I guess I was too busy thinking, 'which one do I want?!' :D
Yes, I was just about to email you and suggest we get together this week. I can only imagine what he is saying...lol!

Pablo said...

Clearly I need to visit the botanical garden in Birmingham. I love the Japanese section at the botanical garden in St. Louis, so I'll have to check out the one down South too.

mountainmelody said...

:) I must go to the exhibit! But yes, it's a little hot right now...

countrypeapie said...

i'm trying to talk some of my bham friends into coming with me to the exhibit this weekend or next ~ can't wait to see it!

edifice rex said...

Hey Pablo! Clearly you do! good to hear from you too. The Japanese gardens are very nice and many of the specimen trees are gifts from our sister city in Japan.

Hey Melody! yes, but the exhibit closes at the end of this month so go soon.

Hey Pea! yeah, that would be great!

Sissy said...

Some time ago I visited Duke Botanical Gardens in Durham, NC. Having never toured any garden I was greatly impressed. I'll always remember a monkey puzzle tree among thousands from around the world.
Have always wanted to see another.
I'm happy that you enjoyed your day. It does a body good to relax and play occasionally.

edifice rex said...

Hey Sissy! yes, it does! I have never in my life heard of a monkey puzzle tree; I would like to see that.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

From the looks of the post you had a real nice time getting out and about over the weekend, Annie. A much needed break. It's HOT here too on the VA eastern shore.

edifice rex said...

Hey Beatrice! I did have a very nice time, even in the heat.