Thursday, February 26, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009


Visit The Birmingham Zoo Website

You may have heard Mayor Larry Langford’s announcement in the news this week to increase funding support for the Birmingham Zoo. This support will assist with our Trails of Africa exhibit and provide ongoing financial support to the Zoo. Trails of Africa is a $15 million project that will make the Birmingham Zoo a national leader in the care and conservation of threatened elephants and other African animals.

The Birmingham Zoo needs this additional support. This is our window of opportunity for growth, expansion and modernization. To get this project underway, we must have the support of the Birmingham City Council and to get their support we’re calling on you! We sincerely appreciate your dedicated support over the years and we need your help now more than ever!

1. Email or call Birmingham City Council representatives and let them know how much the Zoo means to you and the community by telling them to vote YES! to increase funding for the next generation's Zoo.
Carole C. Smitherman -
City Council President
Phone: 205.254.2359
Representing District 6

Miriam D. Witherspoon -
City Council President Pro Tem
Phone: 205.254.2418
Representing District 7

Joel Montgomery -
Phone: 205.254.2349
Representing District 1

Carol Duncan -
Phone: 205.254.2348
Representing District 2

Valerie A. Abbott -
Phone: 205.254.2355
Representing District 3

Maxine Herring Parker -
Phone: 205.254.2464
Representing District 4

Johnathan Austin -
Phone: 205.254.2678
Representing District 5

Steven W. Hoyt -
Phone: 205.254.2304
Representing District 8

Roderick V. Royal -
Phone: 205.254.2302
Representing District 9

2. Show your support by bringing youself, your entire family and your friends to the upcoming City Council meeting, Tuesday, February 24th. The meeting begins at 9:30 am at City Hall. Wear your brightest red or blue shirt to let everyone know you're there to support the Zoo! These meetings are televised and open to the public.

Birmingham City Hall
710 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203-2216

3. Call, fax, email or send a letter to the Mayor's Office:

Birmingham City Hall
710 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203-2216
Phone: 205-254-2277 FAX: 205-254-2926

The Birmingham Zoo is the #1 tourist attraction in Alabama and with the addition of Trails of Africa, our community will be recognized as the home of a world class zoo. The addition of this innovative exhibit will bring national and international attention to Birmingham, attracting tourists from all over the world and stimulating the economy for the entire state. Trails of Africa will be a rich source of education, scientific study, conservation and recreation for families and the entire community.

To learn more, visit the Birmingham Zoo’s website at or the Birmingham City Council's website at

Thank you for all you do!

The Birmingham Zoo needs this additional support. This is our window of opportunity for growth, expansion and modernization.

Tell Birmingham City Council representatives to vote YES! on February 24th!

The future of the Zoo depends on you!

Show your support on Tuesday, February 24th at 9:30am at Birmingham City Hall. Bring yourself, your entire family and your friends to this very important meeting. Of course, don't forget to bring your little ones who love the Zoo! Wear your brightest red or blue shirt to let everyone know you're there to support the Zoo! This meeting is open to the public.
Birmingham City Hall
710 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203-2216

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I have to admit it..

I am a recovering FACEADDICT....

I am LOVING my facebook page...
my children are hating that I am on..
my son told me last night it was for "teenagers mom"...
not old people..

and so then I wonder how the kids can claim the market when I am finding
all of my OLD friends online...

chatting in real time..
keeping up with growning babies...and birthdays...
and announcements...

I have always been a social person...
when I lived in Mont-GUM REE....
(and Mont is said like the PEN...)

I actually had a person who is from OWLD MUNT-GUMREY
ask me "how do you know so many different people?
One day you are with the "artsy people" another in the Junior League.."

I said, I don't know..I just love to get to know people...
In Montgomery we had a play group for the babies (they sat in bucket seats..we played)
Bunko, a smocking group (poor Brent..he was my first..a boy and I smocked him day gowns til he was WAY too old to wear them :) ), an art group..(we had painting space in a downtown loft WAY before I was "qualified to have one" ha)

Even in high school I never comformed to "A group"

And my current art group..THEY HAVE figured me OUT!

I was always late to our CREATIVE CALL group when it was in Vestavia...sometimes I'd get there..
sometimes not..

and every Wednesday..I am there! Ha

We do what we can...

Click on the title above and visit my "arty friends" at our booksigning this past weekend..thanks so much to those who came!

I am about to embark on a new phenomenon..

We open Crestline Seafood this THURSDAY!
Can't wait to see you there!


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Orange Beach ART CENTER

Here are upcoming events at the Orange Beach Art Center.

I will be having a show in May there.

Also coming up:

Friday Feb. 20, 2009- Booksigning at FOUR SEASONS in Homewood 5-7

Mountain Brook ART Association SPRING SHOW- April 18-19
I will have new work to show. Lots of smaller works. Great for sea and sand..crabs, kids, and lake subjects.

Orange Beach ART CENTER- Show of works on the study of Light and Movement
April 30-June 12

Hope to see you SOON!

Also, check in with Wildflower Wax for some fun smaller paintings of horses, chickens and other crazy barnyard specialties I have been scrapin on with my palete knife lately!


Orange Beach Art Center

Friday, February 13, 2009

Crestline Seafood Company

I am working on the website..
Let me know what you think!



Friday, February 6, 2009

SUSHI Chefs!

Yesterday Chad and I were trained in SUSHI rolling...


We are opening our new FRESH SEAFOOD MARKET in Crestline
on tentatively (depending on inspections...) FEBRUARY 20.

The new awning should arrive the first of next week!
We can't wait to see everyone there!

63 Church Street

We will offer FRESH market seafood for you to take home and prepare at home (we will have a RECIPE wall so you can grab a good one with your fish (recipes free of course)) and will have many gourmet items to use to make your seafood dining experience at home a TASTY one. Grab a bottle of wine or some import beer and you are off to a great dinner!

Send me your favorite recipes or a good seafood secret and we'll quote you on the board!

At lunchtime, if you are in the mood for seafood...stop in for gumbo or the soup of the day served in bread bowls, a bit of sushi (if I'm in..look for creative twists in the menu :) I'm an artist COOK! or grab a veggie roll.

We will bake fresh bread daily and be making our own waffle cones.

Don't forget fresh tuna dip (and other dips) in the fridge...

And you can ALWAYS zip through the alley (call ahead) and we'll bring steamed shrimp...with many season options (curry, barbque, smoked, or cajun blend to name a few) We will have gourmet tartars and sauces for your seafood too!

After 3 PM, send the kids in, for free popcorn in the old fashioned popcorn cart and ice cream (soft serve happYmess flavors)

Flavors: cherry, chocolate, peanut butter (not from Georgia:), Strawberry, Cheesecake, Mint, Mocha Cappucino, Blue GOO, bubble gum and cotton candy
(put in your suggestions to GIVE THEM THEIR HAPPYMESS NAME!)

You create your happYmess ice cream blend from up to 8 flavors in colorful rainbow swirls and top with your favorite topping..from pop rocks, oreos, or gummy worms to the old faithful vanilla cream with sprinkles. Grab a coke from the old coke fridge like we used to see in our Livingston grocery stores!

We hope you will appreciate the "community store" atmosphere we are trying to offer and hope you will just come hang out!

Watch for our monthly newsletter starting in March (available to pick up in the store) for fun HOLIDAY
we are always celebrating! or check the blackboard out front! These are REAL holidays!

Opening weekend: National Clam Chowder day,
Feb. 23: National Personal Chef day..a great day to branch out and cook for your sweetie
Feb. 24 Mardi Gras...come in for a purple green and yellow swirl!International Pancake day
Feb. 25: Ash Wednesday and National "Inconvenience Yourself" Day
26: National Levi Strauss Day, For Pete's Sake Day (name Pete? come in for a free cone!)
27: Rabi'l
28: Floral Design Day (work at a florist? come in for a free cone)
It is also NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY...lost a tooth this week? bring some proof (or lack of..) and get a free cone!

And remember, EVERY Birthday person gets a free cone on your special DAY!


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