Everything is casual…

For whatever reason today I got to thinking about how the internet has changed life.  By my nature I am a shy and reserved person.  You will not find me making spontaneous visits to neighbors or even friends.  I do think many of us are missing out on a real social life these days.  Maybe it is because I work from home and don’t get to see most people at their work, in their comfort zones, but it seems like everyone these days is very home oriented.   After work there is no more social life.  We can all blame being too busy, but how are we more busy than the people of previous generations?  They used to attend parties regularly.  They made an effort.  When they went out to dinner they dressed nicely and made an event of it.  Maybe that is the part that gets to me the most.  Why is everyone so casual?  Nothing is a big deal anymore.  So, how can I change my own behavior?  This year I will attempt to be more formal in my attire while teaching my piano students.  I will set a better example.  There was a time last year when I wore a sweatshirt and jeans almost every day.  My excuse was pretty valid; I had packed up my wardrobe as we anticipated moving quickly from one home to another and then the process got very drawn out.  I had an ear infection that lasted over a month.  I wasn’t feeling well.  But if you are feeling well and free of circumstances why not show someone their presence warrants something more than jeans.  And I will be more outwardly friendly in general.   I do enjoy teaching, but do my students realize that by the way I behave?  I hope they will always know going forward.

Vintage Shoes

Installment 1 of my informative vintage series.  Vintage shoes!  Featuring my personal vintage shoe collection.  Though it sounds like I was reading from a cue card, all was made up on the spot.

Thank you Tracie (my sister) for the great videography!

 

Expert info from Joseph of http://www.etsy.com/shop/foggy16:  It is more common to find vintage shoes that are made in AA or AAAA width then in the current shoe market. US was the only country that made shoes in widths. For the most part a 6 AA will fit pretty darn close to a 5.5 medium and you most likely will not even notice it is a narrow shoe.  Most sellers take the width measurement from the outside.

The Raven

‘The Raven’ by BijouVintageBazaar

It’s almost Halloween folks – break out the Edgar Allen Poe


Jotter – “Nevermore&quo…

$6.00

Mr Raven Gentleman’s Mad…

$49.99

Gothic Wedding Gown and Cape…

$1250.00

NEW – Edgar Allan Poe – Mini…

$50.00

Steampunk / Granny / Grunge …

$59.95

Raven Perched on Red Heart P…

$18.00

Gothic Birdcages with Ravens…

$29.95

RAVEN CROW 8 x 12 Print from…

$25.00

Edgar Allan Poe Art Print – …

$10.00

Raven Leather Mask

$100.00

Edgar Allan Poe Book Purse

$160.00

10 Tiny Raven Beads

$9.95

Edgar Allan Poe Halloween To…

$9.00

Canvas Messenger Bag, Rebel…

$32.00

Raven Arm Warmers: Magpie,Cr…

$15.00

Crow Raven Bright Red Altere…

$8.00

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Stairway to Heaven – for kitty cats

My husband built some steps to our pet door today.  We have the pet door installed in a window, it is a piece of plexiglass with the pet door built in.    They love using it already!

Fall

‘Fall’ by amyarmstrong5

This is a list of things I love that make me ready for fall!


Clear Pumpkin Earrings, czec…

$15.00

Mediterranean Colors Scarf -…

$19.00

Pumpkin Hat

$12.00

L E A V E S – Gold Leaf Earr…

$0.95

Thanksgiving Decor Felt Doll…

$22.00

Autumn Photography: Fall Lea…

$40.00

Gold Leaf Bracelet, Gold Lea…

$14.95

Vintage Pea Coat Winter Purp…

$69.99

6 Primitive Fall Candy Corn …

$15.00

Fall Wreath – Hydrangea Wrea…

$65.00

Knit Poncho Children clothin…

$42.00

Kids Rake Leaves Colorful Wh…

$129.00

Hand Painted Fall Fun Canvas

$35.00

Fall Fun Bottle Cap Picture …

$21.99

Artisan glass lampwork Hallo…

$18.00

Little Acorn Crochet Hat – G…

$20.00

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The perks of pet ownership

I have just witnessed yet another tragedy.  One of the perks of pet ownership I guess.  My cats, while fenced in our yard, have caught a bird.  This should be impossible.  We placed chicken wire over the top of the fence and it should be obvious to any passing prey that this is a yard not to be trifled with.  Five cats stalking the yard.  Had I been thinking, I would have locked the pet door the moment I saw the catch take place.  Now I have a carpet covered in feathers and other items.  How can I even begin to clean it.  How can I begin to forget what I have witnessed.

When we lived at our previous home there was a ridiculous wild rodent population as we were next to an open field.  Daily our cats would take small rodents.  Daily my screams would be heard.  One time I spotted my cat touching noses with a small mouse.  I ran and caught the mouse and put it outside..hopefully unscathed.

When it was time to move to our new home, we replaced the carpets in our old house.  We had to put the cats in the garage as realtors and a potential buyer walked through the house.  We also put the litter box in the garage.  This was only remembered by me late at night when my cat used the new carpet as a litter box.  Around that same time, two of our cats escaped our house and wandered free for hours.  We were in a state of complete panic going door to door asking if anyone had seen them.  Also during that time one cat caught a rodent so large it was hard to tell the difference between he and the rodent.  He paraded his gruesome catch through the house.  I later found the animal’s small head in the garage.

As I drove our packed car to our new home, following my husband as he drove the moving van the cats cried in their carriers.  One cat always uses his carrier as a litter box.  I looked back in the rearview as our cat Spindle chewed and clawed his way out of his carrier.  He looked like he was being born from the carrier as I saw his head and shoulders pop out of the side.

I do have about a thousand more stories such as these, having had cats all my thirty years.  I know dog owners suffer similar tales.  And yet the joys massively outweigh these stresses….

Oktoberfest fashion for the whole family

‘Oktoberfest fashion for the whole family’ by eclecticappealjewels

Tis the Season!


Vintage German wool Oct…

$89.00

Leather suede grey Lede…

$56.00

Hiking Trachten Bavaria…

$275.00

German bavarian lederho…

$99.99

SALE Red white checkere…

$20.00

OktoberFest Dirndl Germ…

$58.00

White Eyelet OCTOBERFES…

$25.00

Sexy Oktoberfest Dress,…

$130.00

Square Dance Dress or O…

$42.00

Woman’s German/Bava…

$150.00

Country Vegetable Patch…

$132.00

Irish Fling, beautiful …

$65.00

Gretel’s Peasant Ou…

$45.00

light brown German 24 m…

$36.00

Vintage Blue Bavarian C…

$59.99

Heidi Oktoberfest Leder…

$32.50

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