Thursday, March 31, 2011

Many Moons Ago

When Daniel and I first met, I was working at an art museum in their book/gift shop. 
We were dating long distance so I spent a lot of time thinking about him and wishing we were together. 
One day at work while flipping through a book on Edward Munch, I found this painting "The Kiss" and I fell in love with it.
This afternoon Dan took me to the university's art museum where they have a small exhibit on Edward Munch. 
They had a version of "The Kiss" and just seeing it took me back to that time of first kisses, late at night, with my Daniel. 

Today I am thankful for impromptu dates, panini sandwiches, deep conditioner, sweet emails from dear friends and my Daniel.
(oh, and Bono Baby too...he's a given) 

love love,
Fritzi Marie

Poetry Thursday

Alabama Kitty

New York Lindsey

Following the Day

I feel sad for him,
that dead German shepherd
on the right shoulder
next to a driveway
on 97, south of Okanogan.
Its people, gone, perhaps think
that he's happy,
running through orchards that wall in
their house, this road.
These trees fade to fields
of wheat cropped short
like a crew cut and yellow
as summer.  I drove this road
to see where it went.  A hamburger
in Wilbur, Vanilla Coke in Omak.
All in the rearview now
with that shepherd, apple trees, yellow
wheat.  Grand Coulee, Spokane
miles away. 
Over the speakers, Milo Aukerman
sings everything's going to be okay

Dan Morris
(Poetry inspired photography based upon Dan's chapbook, Following the Day)

p.s. Tomorrow is the first day of National Poetry Month. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Peppermint Tea Afternoon Invite

Dear Friends,

It looks like we will be staying in Alabama for another year. 
We will also be moving closer to campus. 
We missed out on getting our dream rental but we did find a simple little home that will be quite cozy.
I'm looking forward to decorating it and making it our own. 

I've been thinking that you may like a tour of our little country "cottage". 
So I'm going to dedicate the next couple of Wednesdays to doing just that.  
Please come on over next Wednesday and take a peak at our living room.
I'll make sure to have peppermint herbal tea and strawberries on hand. 

Wishing you love and many wishes come true,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. You have a few more days to enter to win the original Butch Anthony painting. 
Good luck!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

You're My Alabama Daydream

The other night while sitting in the middle of this croud waiting for the Doo Nanny burn I was blessed with yet another realization that I had indeed married the perfect man for me. 
I told Daniel that I needed to go potty. 
It was dark and we forgot to bring a flashlight. 
He told me he would go look for one for me. 
When he came back, he gave me directions to the porto potty, set me up with his cell phone to find my way, held my purse, my Bono Baby, and my camera, and gave me some toilet paper (he collected it for me just in case).
It's those simple small moments that I feel the most loved.
We all need a best friend who will help us find our way (to the porto potty) in the dark. 
That is my wish for each and every one of you today. 

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. This song has been on repeat around here. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mississippi Flashbacks

A few years ago, when Daniel and I were living in Mississippi, Dan took me to the Windsor Ruins
These columns are all that remains of what was once the largest antebellum Greek revival mansion in Mississippi. 

I've been thinking a lot about my Daddy lately. 
In July, he will have been gone for ten years. 
When he was young he painted a painting (for his girlfriend at the time) and my memories of that trip to the Windsor Ruins remind me of that painting.
These magical times that I am having with my Daniel run together with my memories of my Dad.
They meld together and combine in sometimes unexpected ways.  
I guess what I really want to say is that when we lose loved ones, the love and memories never go away.  
They stay with us always.
How lucky we are!

love love,
Fritzi Marie 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Doo Nanny Burn

We are relaxing after our fun times at the Doo Nanny this weekend.

While there we talked with some very talented artists.
John Henry Toney tells amazing stories and he has beautiful skin.
(I know that sounds wierd but really he does.)

We watched movies.

We listened to a pretty lady yodel from the treetops.

Dan ate a Doowie Dog.

We watched a lovely couple re-new their vows at the little Doo Nanny chapel. 

We listened to great music and discovered two great new (to us) bands: Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil and Mad Tea Party.

We made wishes.

Bono Baby came down for the "burn". 

It was a magical weekend.

We wish you could have been with us.  

love love,
Fritzi Marie 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lulu Kisses

Dear Friends,

Today I kissed Lulu the flamingo. 
I made many wishes and I am having the most fun.
Do you ever have those days where you feel so full of gratitude and love?
Today, I am so thankful for my husband's job and for the life he has blessed me with.
Deep down I love that his career moves us all over the country.
I love that he fills my life with experiences that I hope he will someday write about. 
The past five years have been full of so many unexpected surprises. 
I feel so lucky.

love love,
Fritzi Marie 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Doo Nanny Low Country Boil

Dear Friends,

Tonight we went to down to Seale, Alabama for night one of the Doo Nanny.  The festivities started out with an auction, a low country boil (shrimp, corn on the cob, red tatters, and andouille sausage), dancing, and a whole lot of love. 

I already know who I want to stay with me in my tent next year and I'm on the hunt for a fancy hat to wear.
Lindsey Dear, we must get matching hats!

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. Bono Baby was voted as pet of the week by his vet and we are so proud of him.
Oh, Don't forget to put your name in the hat for the original Butch Anthony painting giveaway.
Have a MAGICAL weekend!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Doo Nanny Weekend Wishes

Daniel and I are getting excited about the Doo Nanny Festival this weekend. 
We drove down to Butch Anthony's property earlier this week and got a little preview of the goings on.

Whenever I get down about living in Alabama, Daniel reminds me that I get to go to The Doo Nanny in the spring.
I've been looking forward to it all year.
The Doo Nanny is a roadside folk art show.  The first Doo Nanny was in 1996 and it featured local artists like Butch Anthony, John Henry Tooney, Buddy Snipes, and potter Ned Berry.
It has grown a lot and now includes many artists, a "lo-fi" film festival, food and music. 
It is located on Butch Anthony's family farm in Seale, AL.

What I am most looking forward is Saturday nights Doo Nanny Burn.
The tradition is to bring something of meaning to put in the fire.
"Something like a note to a loved one who has passed on or a note to yourself about qualities or achievements you would like to draw into your life, a piece of art, clothing, etc."

I have big plans to write a love note to my Daddy.
I'm also going to put a few "wishes" in there too. 

Let me know if you would like me to put a wish in for you.
You can email it to me and I'll print it up for you.

If we are still here in Alabama next year, maybe you would like to go camping with us at The Doo Nanny
Oh, and here's a super cute video that I know you will love.
Fritzi Marie

Poetry Thursday

 Alabama Kitty
New York Lindsey

Newport Way

My mother would drive this way
so she could show me
the llamas tucked
under the trees and behind the fence. 
It was what I liked about his road.
They stood on their slanted triangle of a paddock,
eating their grass,
never taking issue with our passing.
This is how I knew what llamas were. 
My mother saw to it
that I was aware: wash houses
behind former homes
of miners; a stellar jay in the plum tree.
It was the small details of the unspoken,
around me that gives life luster. 
I don't know when the llamas
were evicted moved or died. 
I don't think the condos
there think of serenity
this road, or the llamas. 

Dan Morris

(Poetry inspired photography based on Dan's chapbook, Following The Day).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mini Road Trips Equal Instant Happiness

We went on a mini road trip, out in the Alabama countryside yesturday.

I feel like that 35 miles did more for my soul than anything else possibly could have.   

The wisteria made my heart happy. 
Isn't spring time amazing? 
I feel like I have a fresh start. 
A reason to get up and going in the morning. 

Fritzi Marie

 Bono Baby loves chasing the huge bumble bee's that have been visiting our deck for the spring time festivities. 
Also, I don't think you need to wear make up when you are taking a happiness finding mini roadtrip.
So, I did not.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Butch Anthony Giveaway

Our friend Butch Anthony was featured on Etsy today.
We are so thrilled for him.

He was also featured on American Pickers last night. 
If you watch real close, you can see Daniel and me in the back corner of the Possum Trot (wearing black). 
Our very first (and probably only) time being on the television.

Butch wanted to share the love with you so we picked out this original painting just for you.
We plucked it right off the walls of his Museum of Wonder
To win, visit his new Etsy shop and be a follower of Fritzi Marie.
Just for kicks, tell us what your favorite piece of "junk" is too.  

Bono Baby will pick the winner next Friday, April 1st.   

Monday, March 21, 2011

Forever Newlyweds

Five years ago, Dan and I were taking our engagement photos.
I've been thinking back to that time of our lives today.
It was magical but oh so stressful.
I would have done almost everything differently.
But there is one thing that I would not have done differently. 

I am looking forward to our wedding anniversary next month. 
I've heard that once you hit the 5 year mark, you are no longer newlyweds.
I hope to always feel like a newlywed. 

Happy Monday Wishes Dear Friends.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stress Ball

 Dear Friends,

I've been meaning to tell you about the book I am reading for my book club. 
Have any of you read The Paris Wife yet? 
I have big plans to spend the weekend trying to relax (I've been a big stress ball lately) and I want to get taken away by this book. 

I'm participating in a blog day of silence, For Japan With Love, tomorrow.
So, I'll wish you the happiest of weekends a bit early.
Please donate if you can. 
Did you see the footage of the puppy
I worry so about the animals.

I want you all to know that I would stay by your side too. 

Fritzi Marie

Poetry Thursday

Alabama Kitty

New York Lindsey

Waking at Evening
Because everywhere now there is
snow, my dim studio apartment squeezes in the last
bits of dusky daylight and glows. My dream has faded and my
winning of the 2nd and 3rd places in a spelling bee
at the age of 30 is laughable. Because of this
hour and the current conditions it's slow on i-90.
Beyond that and the train tracks, the twin steeples
of the cathedral blaze through the haze like -
and i would like to think that the bells in the belfries
are warm. The snow keeps coming; something it's resisted
from the start of this season, but now, like a kid at his first
confessional, it all comes out and that is the most joy.

 Dan Morris

(Poetry inspired photography based on Dan's chapbook, Following The Day).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Puppy Kisses To You

Dear Friends,

We've been busy playing with our new camera and house hunting. 
Bono Baby is sick of us taking pictures of him but he sure is a good sport about it.
He is a little under the weather tonight (he had many many shots while visiting the vet today) but he still perked up a bit to pick a winner for the We Love Colors giveaway.
He likes to be the one who pushes the generate button on
He picked Eloise of Eloise in NY.
Eloise, we'll be emailing you shortly. 

hugs and puppy kisses too,

Fritzi and Bono Baby

Monday, March 14, 2011

Love Of A Lifetime

I am on a mission to fall in love with myself. 
You see, I want to love myself the way that I love my Daniel and Bono Baby.
I want to feel and look the way I do in this photo.
So, here's my request: what would be the first thing you would do to jump start a love affair with yourself?  

I need to make a list.
Falling in love shouldn't be this tricky.

Fritzi Marie 

I read this the other night and I can't let it go.

"Have you ever noticed how women are their most attractive just after they have fallen in love?  There is something that happens that relaxes the face, you laugh more, you are happy, you emanate a warm confidence.  When you're single, the trick is to find that confidence in yourself before you fall in love.  To do this, what you need-and this may sound corny, but it's true-is to fall in love with yourself."

Molly Ringwald
Getting The Pretty Back

Zelda! Oh, Zelda!

Hello Friends,

How are you?
How was your weekend?

We went to visit the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama this weekend.
The Fitzgerald's lived in this home briefly from 1931-1932.
It was interesting.
The home was beautiful but the "museum" was funky.

I am so fascinated with Zelda Fitzgerald. 
She was a writer, a dancer, a painter, a muse. 
I adore her.

Word is that we have two Fitzgerald movies to look forward to, The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann and The Beautiful and the Damned.  
I love having movies to look forward to and field trips to funky museums.

"I don't want to live -- I want to love first, and live incidentally."
-Zelda Fitzgerald