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Cheryl Simpson
meanderings of a retired stay at home mom
Interests: reading a good book, i love traveling with my husband and hope to be doing more in 2012. i love my children and miss them terribly now that they have flown the nest. i love making jewelry out of old, antique pieces, wishing they could share their history with me, one of my favorite things to do is lay in my hammonk with the sun shining on my face, drinking a cafe latte and listening to my waterfall. love a good movie where i can't figure out the ending. love taking pictures of cemeteries and old things. life is full of wild and crazy adventures and i'm looking forward to all of them!
Recent Activity
My favorite band..."Found in the Flood!" Hunter Van Houten, Jordan Parker Smith, Melody Michalski and my son, Sean Simpson They played at the Hotel Cafe' in Hollywood, Wednesday night and were amazing! Here are three of their songs...enjoy! Devil in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Cyber Week Sale at Cheryl Simpson Jewelry Cyber Monday Sale 20% off all Cheryl Simpson Jewelry Enter this code for the discount Cyber2014 Check it out! (code expires on December 6th) Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Just in time for Christmas...I'm having an early Thanksgiving Sale on my Etsy Shop...Cheryl Simpson Jewelry Check it out. Enter these special codes: THANKSGIVING2014 for a 20% discount and SHIPFREE2014 for free shipping on domestics sales only. These codes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
The Squirrel Hunter and his brother, Dave wish you a Happy Halloween!!! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
For over 300 years, the Alamo has been a crossroads for Texas history. Here the Spanish colonization first took hold, Mexico armed its independence and even the Confederacy stood its ground. Yet most come to see the place where a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Every day I drove pass this woman, she was beckoning me to come try the Tex Mex food here... On my last morning in Austin, I decided to try Maria's Taco Xpress... I walked in on a Sunday morning to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Located about 20 miles outside of Austin in the hill country of seems like you are driving out to the middle of nowhere. I pulled into a huge parking lot where there were hardly any cars...maybe 5:15 is a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Every morning I wake up and see, The most handsome man lying next to me. He's the one I cherish and love, A blessing sent from Heaven above. I will love him as a faithful wife should, And do everything... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
A cemetery is full of headstones, some plain and others elaborate. It's interesting that the symbols that decorate these stones hold many meanings for those who are left behind...the living. A child on the headstone usually represent the untimely death... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Drove out to County Line on the Lake. Out from the main part of Austin towards the hill country, this BBQ joint sits besides a lake full of turtles. It was an early dinner after a day of antiquing, so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Austin's Oakwood is the oldest city owned cemetery was started in 1839, with the burial of its first tenants that were victims of a Comanche attack. Many pioneers and builders of Austin are buried here. Mignonette Carrington Pearce April 16,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Across the street from the Elgin Antique Mall is Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse. This BBQ has been here for 4 generations starting with Henry Meyer in the late 1800's. Henry immigrated from Germany bringing a recipe with him for delicious sausage.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
In 2009, I arrived to Austin to go to the Roundtop for the flea markets. We had two days to explore the antique malls in and around Austin. So this year in Austin, I had my list of places to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Food trucks are a big deal in Austin. They are everwhere. On one of Brea's Austin layovers she tried Torchy Tacos. She fell in love with their tacos and told me I had to experience their food. The menu looked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Friday Night Lights was perhaps one of the best written series on television. I watched this series a couple of years ago on Netflix on the recommendation of Brea. Brea loved this show and wanted me to watch it. Squirrel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland was established in 1863 and designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted—the architect of New York City's Central Park. Located in the hills of Oakland, with a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay, it is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Kerbey Lane Cafe is a wonderful eatery. They serve delicious comfort food with the freshest ingredients and all natural meats. Brea ordered the "Huevos Motolenos"...a corn tortilla topped with black refried beans, two hard over eggs, rancheros sauce, green peas,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Oakwood is one of the outstanding example of the 19th Century garden cemetery with its beautifully landscaped gardens and parks located away from the fast paced life of the city. Did you know that the each of the three steps... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Brea and I walked to the State Capitol located in downtown Austin. The cornerstone for the building was laid on March 2, 1885, Texas Independence Day and the completed building was opened to the public on April 21, 1888, Sa... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Brea and I stayed in downtown Austin during our visit. We were walking to visit the Austin State Capitol when we came upon the Mexic-Arte Museum. We decided to check it out. The Mexic–Arte Museum in Austin was celebrating the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Austin's Uncommon Objects is one of my favorite places in Texas. It is right down the street from South Congress Cafe. I love having breakfast or brunch there then walking down Congress Street to this antique collective. It is one-of-a-kind... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
South Congress Cafe is one of my favorite places to eat in Austin. It has an eclectic menu with very interesting combinations on the menu. A delicious gazpacho... Brea had an Goat Cheese and Bacon omelette... with caramelized onion, crisp... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
Oakwood Cemetery opened in 1869. The name reflects the oak grove of rolling hills, meandering stream and deep shade in which it was founded. It is surrounded in a historical district of Victorian homes. Mayer & Marcus...beloved children of Leopold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at The Art of Nothing
A Raleigh YELP search for a BBQ place to eat at came up with Backyard BBQ Pit...rated 4 1/2 stars. We drove up and walked right in. The smell of BBQ was definitely in the air. Everyone was very friendly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at The Art of Nothing