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Monday, April 20, 2015

Queer Duck Factor

I cannot take credit for the creation of the "Queer Duck Factor," as explained to me by a former legal secretary from Los Angeles. This is a measure of a person's oddness or how off kilter one is from what is considered the norm.  QDF is measured on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest - or strange as all get out.  

What is your Queer Duck Factor?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Picnic Some Mores and Personality Enhancers

Now we know where S'mores came from!  This recipe is from the 1963 Better Homes & Garden Junior Cook Book.  This is an American camping must-have.  It is tradition to melt your marshmallow over a campfire to just the right golden brown, or charred black if you weren't paying attention.  

If you haven't tried one of these delectable delights, it should be on your food bucket list.  

On to Personality Enhancers, the newest phrase I have learned. PEs are eyeglasses for people who don't need them.  I most definitely do need them, otherwise I would be bumping into all the wrong things. My newest Personality Enhancers - Cole Haan tortoise rimmed frames.  Had to use up the funds on my FlexElect account. Yeah, that's my excuse ...

Paphinia grandiflora

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ollie, Ollie, In Come Free

"Ollie, Ollie, In Come Free" is a phrase from my childhood. When you were playing hide and seek, as the seeker you would call that out to let the others know it was safe to return to home base.  

Pogo Pony segueing to Country Cowgirl

I have always been intrigued with the country, even when country wasn't cool.  My fellow blogger and AtoZ participant Anne of spygirl-amb.blogspot.com has a 52 pick-me-up prompt this week of "Hey Cowgirl."  I suppose you won't mind two country-related posts of this challenge. 

Corduroy Resistol hat
Feather hat band
Fringe jacket unlabeled
Panhandle Slim Western shirt
Lucky brand jeans
(the above all thrifted)
Ariat black cowgirl boots (retail)

Also linking up with the Visible Monday clan at notdeadyetstyle.

Thrift shop Ginny

While I will never be a true cowgirl, I have learned some interesting things from my livestock tending neighbors next door. 

In every flock there is always a bawl baby, that is one lamb that refuses to join the flock and will stand off by itself and just "bawl."  That bawling attracts the predators and before you know it. 

Seems the mountain lion sightings have been confirmed, a neighbor caught the critter(s) on a trail camera.  We have known about the animal for quite some time as smaller pets have been disappearing.

I have posted a couple of llama images. The wayward llama has been corralled and because the animal has never been gentled (or calmed down and used to people), it will have to be darted so a face halter that is now too small can be removed.  Seems country vets don't like to work on llamas (they can spit when threatened or when the animal wants to show aggression). 

Patterns of the day ponies up the first one from 1990.

The most recent of my pattern collection from 1992.

Throwing back to the mid 1960s, the classic American country look in two more 1964 Patterns of the Day. 

Odontoglossum crispum

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Naples and Norris Park Rolls

The following three images are from my rescued slide series of Naples, Italy, 1959.

Old Fortress

The last of the challenge recipes from the 1950 Ford Treasury of Famous Recipes from Famous Eating Places.

Paphiopedilum insigne

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Muu Muus and the Moulin Rouge

This Butterick pattern is undated but I am guessing it a late 1950s, early 1960s Misses Muu Muu.

Moulin Rouge, October 1954, image from my rescued slide series.

Perusing the listings on shopgoodwill.com is one of my favorite past times.  I am attracted to the dolls, especially the gorked ones. Time has not stood them well. Here are some recent shopgoodwill.com inmates:

Monopodial Orchid

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lounging around then and now

"L" prompt for the day means lounging around.  Perfect for Patterns of the Day.

1973 Simplicity 6060
Do You Think I'm Sexy look

 1970 Simplicity 8860

1977 Simplicity 8228

1990 Simplicity 9943

Two from the late 1960s.

1969 Simplicity 8551.  I especially like the Leopard Lady.

1968 Simplicity 7910

This image is from one of my rescued slides series.  This one labeled "Minnesota, Gerry's Birthday, 1960." 

This might be what Eva Mendes has in mind, to be fully dressed when lounging, because you know, sweatpants cause divorce.  

Link to an HuffPo article on the subject

Who really wears pajamas?  Maybe if you live in a group setting, or attending a sleepover, but most of my friends talk about sleeping in shorts and a t-shirt.  And you, what is your loungewear?

Lady's Slipper

Monday, April 13, 2015

Konisberger Klops and King for a Day

Whodathunk that Konisberger Klops were meatballs?

Wilton Cake

Last year I presented Queen-for-day as my letter "Q" post. 

I finally kerplunked my flower seeds into the garden.  Come summer I should have bouquets to showcase. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Just Because and Jim Denny's

Just because is where I throw in a fashion linkup, this time with another AtoZ participant, Anne at Spy Girl.  She posts weekly 52 pick-me-up prompts that challenge and inspire her followers to put together unique ensembles.  This week's prompt is PATTERN MAX and I have combined a Silk Accents coat-length jacket, a Rampage print blouse and a Jones New York floral print skirt (all thrifted).

Pattern Max Prompt means a Pattern of the Day from 1970.

This and two other patterns were thrift shop finds at Thrift Town.

If I am going to label myself as a local Sacramento blogger, then I must make mention of a Sacramento food institution, Jim Denny's.  It is a hole in the wall type of place known for its burgers and fries and oh so much activity and comfort food. I overheard one patron say he had lived in Sacramento for many years, had heard about the place, was the first time he visited and he would be returning soon. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

International Fake Journal Month

International Fake Journal Month (IFJM) is also in April. There is a blog dedicated to the event officialinternationalfakejournalblog.  While the concept intrigues me, I couldn't wrap my brain around doing all of my AtoZ posts as fake journals but I will fake journal for this day's post.

April 10, 2015

Plans are set now for the trip to Italian Riviera for the summer, so good to return after too long of a time away. Three glorious months of painting plein air, wine tasting and speaking fractured Italian. Day excursions are planned throughout the region. A trip of a lifetime!

Portofino, 1965
(If I had boatloads of money, this is where you would find me.)

If I had a Hammer orchid