KENDALL KESSLER'S OIL PAINTING DIARY

Friday, July 25, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Thomas Wolfe Ghost Story and Now it is War!

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coneflowerscopyrightedConeflowers     Original 24"x30" Oil Painting       $1470

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Thomas Wolfe Ghost Story

According to the site ,Ghost Stories of Asheville, NC, there are so specific ghost stories about Thomas Wolfe's home at 52 Market Street but people have reported some strange goings on there. 
A man sitting in a rocking chair has been seen and a woman in the dining room has also been there. 

Also a face peering from the upstairs window has been seen and on occasion there are sounds of a typewriter.

Also at Riverside Cemetery where Thomas Wolfe is buried a phantom Confederacy regiment is seen marching in formation.  Could this be the one that was preparing for Civil War Asheville Battle that took place in 1865?

I got these stories from Ghost Stories of Asheville, NC.

 

 Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler


My husband has told me repeatedly not to kill the ants.  The drops with poison they are lapping up while they play cards are to be sent back to annihilate the nest.  Well, I don't think the drops are working and we both are wondering if they have built up an immunity to the poison. 

I decided yesterday to stop feeding them.  They can go set up their gaming tables somewhere else.  Today there is a significant decrease in their numbers but I am catching a few trying to get to the food in the cabinets.  

One of them had the nerve to crawl on my bread machine that is currently making bread!

That's it!  Now it is war!  I will kill every one I see.  If they can't leave my house on their own volition then they will leave feet first!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Floyd Fest and The Two Camps seem to be Merging...

men6 (1)Men  Original 7"x10" Hand colored Lithograph $150

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Floyd Fest


Floyd Fest is a great celebration of life !

The event began in 2002, and spans four days each year with on-site camping and multiple stages featuring rock, bluegrass, reggae, folk, Yiddish, Cajun, and world music performers!

In addition to music, the festival features local arts and crafts, dance workshops, morning yoga lessons, story telling, poetry readings, and a Children's Universe tent.

Here is a promo for the Floyd Fest website!  Be sure to check it out for more info on the artists that will be performing!        FLOYD FEST


At FloydFest, we believe in the WHOLE SUM Festival experience- which is what makes our event more than just a music festival- it’s a total vacation package. Our beautiful Appalachian Mountain venue lends itself to breaking away between sets for a hike, bike ride, even a nearby float trip.cypfloydfest2013-39

Our Children’s Universe features performances, workshops, play equipment, and basically enough FUN STUFF to keep the kids entertained (and educated!) for four entire days.

The Healing Arts area offers ‘hands-on’ healing ranging from traditional massage to the more nuanced alternatives, as well as morning yoga classes and other natural refreshers.

The Teen Scene provides a space and outlet for our ‘rising adults’ to both get space and make healthy connections, and our Workshops and Panels are educational, informative and  engaging platforms for the exchange of information and ideas.

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

We are still fighting the ants with little success.  I put out the glucose drops that contains poison and they just seem to party down!  They looked sluggish the other day but now they are back to perfect circles around the stuff. 

Maybe they are playing cards. 

Until today the small species stayed clear of the large ones but I guess they either called a truce or they are good friends now.  
Both types are everywhere in the kitchen and bathroom.

I'm sure a manufacturer will come up with another full proof method for getting rid of them so they can become immune to that one as well.  We are the fools that prove the pesticide works for a while and then the ants become immune to it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge Ghost and What am I going to do with the Two Gallons I ordered?



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tugglecopyrightTuggles Gap  Original 30"x40" Oil Painting       $2425

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riverview (1)River View Reflections    Original 30"x 40" Oil Painting     $2425

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blueridgemeadowcopyrightBlue Ridge Meadow    Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Helen's Bridge


Helen's bridge is located in Beaucatcher mountain in Asheville, North Carolina.  Supposedly a woman hung herself there after losing her daughter in a fire.  Now she wanders around the mountain in a long  dress asking people if they have seen her daughter.  

 Strange things happen on the bridge.

Many people have reported car trouble on the bridge or right after  crossing it.  Others have reported seeing strange monstrous, dark things coming out of the woods.  Watch out!



Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

As I have said before, I love to laugh.  I had a hilarious father and am married to a hilarious guy.  Their humor is different but I like both styles!  I remember one day when I was a teenager my father cracked up my mother and me right before he took off for work.

She said she kept him around for laughs!

I miss him very much!

My husband keeps me laughing now and I look for opportunities to come up with some of my own humor.

The other night we were watching TV and there was a commercial about some sort of rejuvenating face mask all over the advertisers face.  Clyde said he was so glad that I didn't spend time with  goop on my face or cucumbers on my eyes.

I became alarmed and asked him what I was going to do with the two gallons of face mask I ordered?  One for me and one for him!

He wasn't amused but I thought it was a pretty good quip!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway School Ghost Story and They Look so Different!

teapotcopyrightTea Time  Original 12"x16" Oil Painting    $384

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applecopyrightApple          Original Colored Pencil Drawing  NFS

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TWO OF MY FAVORITE STILL LIFES!


Haunted School near Asheville, North Carolina

In the 1970's The Clyde Irwin High School was built just outside Asheville, North Carolina. What was left of the Old County Home Graveyard was dug up to make room for the school.  The remains from the Potter's Field were moved across the street and buried under wooden crosses.  

The spirits must not have liked the move as there are strange goings on since the transfer. Janitors that work the night shift at the school refuse to relate the strange incidents they witness!

Unmarked graves are said to still be beneath the Potters Field overlooking the School.

I found this ghost story on Local Ghost Stories of Asheville, North Carolina website! Great website!



Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

We continue to battle the big black ants and the small ones.  I guess they don't like each other because the big black ones stay on the slips of paper in one part of the the counter and the small ones are in another section.  I guess they are worried about fist fights.

Anyway, when we first put out the slips of paper with the poison they  all sat around in a perfect circle, laughing and shooting the breeze.   Now there aren't any perfect circles - just partial arcs and I have seen some ants look like they are about to fall of the paper on the ledges.  

Could it be they are drunk with all that glucose and can't find their way back to the nest?
Still, I don't see them waltzing through the shelves and getting into the food supply so I can't really complain that much, but I like writing about them!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Ghost Story and the Ants were just Sleeping in!


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sweetpeacopyrightSweet Pea Morning  Original 18"x24" Oil Painting    $864

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Rocky Knob   Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Cloud Dance   Original 30"x40" Oil Painting    $2425

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Three beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway Mountain Vistas


Calvary Episcopal Church Ghost

An Episcopal church in Fletcher near Ashville is said to be the site for a ghost.  The church itself does not have a ghost but there are reports of a Phantom Rider of the Confederacy. The Phantom Rider is said to be the ghost of a woman on a palomino horse.  She pauses at the road by the church and then gallops by as if she were being chased!



Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

Yesterday I was so excited to NOT see the big black ants sitting around the poison enjoying life!  I thought one of them had finally gone back to the nest and annihilated it!  No such luck.  They must have been sleeping in. 

They came back full force around noon.

We live with ants in the summer and that is all there is to it.  We are not going to spray chemicals that are also harmful to us so I guess I will keep on feeding them.  As long as they stay in all the little cafes, they aren't in our food, so I can't complain too much!


Don't forget about the next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Events at Floyd Fest  on July 25- 27th!

In cooperation with the New River Land Trust, BRDC will host a series of educational booth activities throughout the week. Friday is iffy for BRDC, which also scheduled another farmers market day

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Ghost Story and I don't need to feed the Ants today!

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peakslodgecopyrightLodge at The Peaks of Otter    Original 16"x12" Oil Painting  $384

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fairlawnridgecopyrightFairlawn Ridge Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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dockpandapascopyrightDock at Pandapas  Original 30"x40" Oil Painting      $2425

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Here is another great Blue Ridge Parkway Ghost Story!


The Battery Park Hotel is now apartment building.  Supposedly it is haunted by a woman that was murdered in room 224.  On July 17th, 1936 Helen Clevenger was found murdered.  She had been beaten, her faced slashed and shot.

An employee Martin Moore confessed to the crime and died in the gas chamber.  On stormy nights Helen is seen wandering the halls.

The roof was the scene for a number of suicides and people report seeing bodies falling from it.

I found this great story on The Local Asheville Ghost Stories website!

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler


Yesterday I wrote how our kitchen is a 24/7 diner for ants this time of the years.  We have a glucose poison they are supposed to eat and take back to the nest.  This is not happening. They just sit around the poison in a circle and have fun rather than take it back to the nest and annihilate it.

We have two kinds of ants.  Some very small ones and larger, blacker ones.

Today I was so happy that the large ones were not sitting around the poison talking and laughing!  I guess one of them finally went back to the nest.  There is still plenty of poison on the slips of paper so I don't have to serve them today.

The smaller ones are still here but they still have plenty of poison to sit around.

The waitress has a day off!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway Ghost Story near Asheville and Our 24/7 Ant Diner

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pawleyscormorantcopyrightPawleys Island Cormorant Morning   Original 30"x40" Oil Painting     $2430

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Before I married Clyde I didn't know a cormorant from an osprey!  He has taught me a lot and I am proud of this latest shore painting!


cheerscopyrightCheers    Original 9"x12" Oil Painting      $226

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A Cheerful Still life!


I found another great ghost story on  Local Asheville Ghost Stories website!                             


Battle Mansion is located near The Grove Park Inn.  Supposedly, it is haunted by a servant girl named Alice.

They say she either fell or was pushed down the stairs.  The mansion is also haunted by the former owner, Samuel Battle.  He has been seen wearing a top hat and formal attire.

When the mansion was the location of 13WLOSTV Alice was often seen by employees.  She wears a long, old fashioned dress.  Sarah Harrison, the writer of this report talked with two employees of Grove Park Inn and one of them swore that some wires hanging from the ceiling were swaying back and forth on their own.  

The other worker said he was grabbed when he walked down the stairs. The man that grabbed him fit the description of Samuel Battle.  He was presented a picture of the doctor and is sure of his claim. 

SPOOKY!

The mansion was demolished in 2006.

Life with The Word and Bird Man - Clyde Kessler

Kessler Ant Diner -  Open 24/7!

Every year when the weather gets warm we have hoard of ants in our kitchen.  We have tried everything to get rid of them without success.  Ant traps don't work and we have tried a number of safe remedies that work at first and then the ants are back in full force.  

One summer talcom powder did the trick for a while and then they were back.
This summer we have a remedy that consists of putting a few drops of a glucose solution with poison on small squares of paper.  The ants eat the solution and take the poison back to the nest.  This one was working great for a while!

Now they are all just sitting in a circle around the drops having a great time!