70 Chevelle Super Sport

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This past year, I taught my young 14 year old neighbor down the street to play the guitar. He learned very quickly and was soon playing as well as me. A couple of weeks ago he wondered if I could paint a 1970 Chevelle Super Sport for him. I told him to bring me a picture of the car and I would see what I could do. I finally finished it yesterday. He was very happy with it.

Classic Super Sport

Still creates dream in young boys

Fifty years later

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Painting: Dwight L. Roth

Below shows the steps in painting the car:

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Pig Pickin’ Time

EER_0090One of the traditions of Eastern North Carolina is a Pig Pickin’ ! The hog is split in half and laid on the grill in a cooker. The cooker is often made from an old oil storage tank cut in half, on wheels, with a grill welded in one half and the other half hinged for the lid. Charcoal is put in the bottom and chimney vents are welded into the lid. The pig is cooked slowly for about five hours. During that time as special sauce, made from  oil, red pepper, vinegar, a touch of sugar and Tabasco sauce, is brushed over the hog as it cooks.

When the hog is well done, the lid is opened and folks come by with there plate and pick whatever part of the pig they desire. It is usually served with coleslaw, boiled potatoes, green beans, potato salad, corn bread hush puppies,  and followed up with banana puddin’ (made with vanilla pudding.  And of course, there is always plenty of sweet iced tea.

Best Pork Bar-B-Que

Whole-hog siz’zling on the grill

It’s Pig Pickin’ time

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Nothing much better anywhere!!

Painting : Dwight L. Roth

I made this painting for a man who had a small Bar-B-Que restaurant in Waxhaw, NC. I used to stop by and get a taste of his great bar-b-que.

Below is our church Labor Day Picnic from a few years ago.

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

When Trees Are Gone

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With the economy booming in our area, more and more trees are being cleared to make room for new housing developments. There is no attempt to save the existing trees. Everything is stripped to bare ground, ground up and hauled away. Giant machines turn fifty year old trees into wood chips in a matter of minutes.

What happens when we remove so many trees from our environment? Wildlife gets condensed into smaller and smaller areas. Birds lose their annual nesting locations, and more and more deer are killed by the on slot of cars brought on by development. There appears to be little or no effort to create better highways to accomodate the increased vehicles. We wonder why climate change is bringing warmer weather. Could it be that we take little thought for the tree we are so eager to discard.

Trees cry tears and leaves

Chipper turns years into chips

Earth struggles to breathe

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

This post was inspired by one done by Kym Gordon Moore discussing the same subject.

https://frombehindthepen.wordpress.com/2019/06/13/attack-of-the-wild/

 

Buy Local

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So often we are geared toward buying at the big box stores or on Amazon because it is convenient and most importantly often less expensive.  What we don’t realize is how our choices affect the small business persons in our community. The extra we pay helps those we know, rather than going into the pockets of CEOs who already have more than they can ever spend in this lifetime.

Buying local shows

friends and neighbors you care…

Helps your town thrive

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

 

Lasting Friendship

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I met Sri in 2011 when we moved into our new neighborhood. He had just gotten married the year before and moved into the neighborhood about six months earlier. We connected right away and became great friends.  He was thirty years younger than me, but that did not matter!

Sri was a Project Manager from India, and worked in the city using public transportation. As a result, he never needed to learn to drive.  He had his permit and asked if I would be willing to teach him to drive. I agreed, and we spent many evenings that summer driving through the countryside just before sunset. It was a great time to learn to know one another better. He now has his license and drives into Charlotte most days to work at one of the local banks.

Since then, we have done many projects together. He moved out of our neighborhood and closer to Charlotte which helps his commute. We still stay in touch and he often consults with me regarding things around the house. Although we see each other less, our friendship is still as strong as ever.

Lasting friendship bonds

kindred spirits together.

Sun sets // friends will last

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Furry Little Gift

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Over the weekend I found some old slides of our kitten we got back in 1993. He had a lot of love to give us, and we had much to learn from him. Boxes, bags and newspapers were his favorite things. He would play hard and then take a nap. Then he was back at it for a second round. Problem was he racee up and down the stairs at !0:30 at night, right after we went to bed.  He was with us for the next fifteen years. We loved him dearly.

Play hard // take a nap
A balanced life // play and rest
A lesson to learn

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No care in the world
For us // cares overwhelming
Learn to live and love

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Scars and Stones

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President’s Day is on Monday. Today Frank Tassone, asked us to write a Haikai poem that talks about a president or presidents past or present. As I read Tessa’s poem today, talking about the presidents on Mount Rushmore, this thought came to mind. See what your think!

Past presidents sit
high on pedestals // seats of
stone // immortalized.
New presidents leave their mark
Scars on the landscape of man
Could their marks reflect
fractured attitudes of us…
Supporters who vote?
Presidents are a mirror…
Take a good look at yourself

Come join us at: https://frankjtassone.com/2019/02/16/haikai-challenge-73-2-16-19-presidents-haiku-senryu-haibun-tanka-haiga-renga/

Check out Tessa’s poem here:  https://tessacandoit.com/2019/02/16/haikai-challenge-73-2-16-19-presidents-haiku-senryu-haibun-tanka-haiga-renga/

Picture of Lincoln Memorial: thousandwonders.net