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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Moments of Autumn

The monthly photo blogging challenge over at a lil hoo haa has the theme of Photographer’s Choice.  I chose moments of autumn.  

The pumpkin patch near Kent, Washington was a popular place. Traffic for the off ramp near the event was backed up for over an hour.  

Noisy birds congregated on the power lines.  

Zipper pointing at some up country critter.  

The neighbor bunny that visited frequently when I was at mom's.

These canned peaches were slices of heaven.  Canned by a friend, they were crunchy in a light sweetened syrup.  

Please visit the others and their photographer's choice.    

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Entertainment has gone digital and a Rafflecopter giveaway

For years I bought the Entertainment book and would pour through the coupon offerings, planning events around the deals and specials.  When Entertainment approached me to promote their product, I was delighted!  Not only can you purchase the book of coupons with mobile and online coupons, you can also choose the mobile and online coupons only option.  You are not limited to discounts locally or in your near vicinity, coupons are offered in over 100 major cities in the United States and Canada.   The out-of-state coupons were especially helpful for my annual visit to my mom in Washington state. 

My day of using Entertainment coupons started with lunch at the Mexican food restaurant La Bamba http://labambakent.com/ in Kent, Washington.  The food was a pleasant surprise, all delicious. Using this coupon was a great way to discover a local family restaurant.  

Later, we enjoyed a buy-one, get one free Entertainment coupon mocha frapees at a local McDonalds.  

Visits to Meeker Mansion and Johnny's at Fife are planned for later in the week. 

Entertainment.com has graciously offered a giveaway code for 12-month online access to its coupon and discount offerings.  Good luck to all who enter to giveaway, I will post the winner.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Prints, toys and Pink Saturday

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness with Beverly at Howsweetthesound and linking up for Pink Saturday.  

This week's 52-pick-me-up prompt is "favorite toy" or inspired by toy.  This recent thrift shop find of a Sanrio McDonald's watch and light-up plastic pink ring are my current favorite toys and inspired my Pinkerday ensemble. 

Share in Style prompt with Ms. Papelicos is "favourite-print." 

Yes, there are bats in the belfry!

This darling Inc. brand dress, a thrift shop rescue, fits right in with this Northern California weather, now hovering around 80+ degrees.

This 1967 Simplicity pattern partially finished included green knit material - a gem of a find at $1.

Thrift shopping was a blast for me, spending around $5 for the lot of books, Retro Revamp, Funky Projects, from HandBags to Housewares by Jennifer Knapp, Classic American Farm Tractors, The Western Paintings of Frank C. McCarthy, and The Western Art of Charles M. Russell, the Heinz's Pearls tin (looks to be an original to me), and a couple of fake eyelashes (one pair in my lead off image).  

Take time to take care of yourself!  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gloriously happy to be Sharing in Style - Autumn

Linking up with Mis Papelicos for Share in Style - Autumn AND The Militant Baker to Glorifyhappiness-all-bodies-all-people.  She posts, "So do me a favor: capture your glory with me and these other bad-ass body lovers by joining in on the #GlorifyHappiness campaign..."

Jes at The Militant Baker instructs to "post a happy full body picture, post it and invite others to join in."  One reason I love my body is because I can wear all sorts of wonderful clothing! Thrifted, of course ~

Outfit details:
Worthington car coat
Bam Bam pearls (that is what I like to call them)
Eddie Bauer shirt
Hillard and Hanson skirt
Donald Pliner pumps.   

Throwing in a McCall's pattern from 1958.

Join in the fun and link up with either event!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

So what if I wear granny panties?

This past week I have been home sick with the flu. Home during the day means watching TV, lots of daytime TV. One interview I watched was with the group in a new Lifetime show called "Girlfriend Intervention" where four African Americans do "makeovers." Of note, Tanisha Thomas "soul coach" in the opening episode proclaims: "Trapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman waiting to bust out." That sort of troubles me. What else is waiting to break out? It opens a whole new realm of possibilities.  

But I digress, the group of four were discussing granny panties.Yes, those villified, oh so comfortable, I've earned the right to wear them panties.  

Let's discuss that platinum-haired people will be the new reality in the future. Persons 65 and older numbered 39.6 million in 2009. By 2030, there will be 72.1 million older persons, more than twice the number from the year 2000.  

Are platinum-haired people represented in the news media, such as newscasters, forecasters and talk show hosts? Older men, yes, older women, no. You get the gist.  

Are there platinum-haired women represented in the fashion circulars? No. No one older than 40, at the most. Do retailers misunderstand the buying power of the platinum-haired?  Well, we don't all buy thrift. Even though we are wearing those you-know-whats underneath doesn't mean we want to wear shrinking violet clothing. We WANT to be seen.  

I understand invisibility. Granted the beauty of youth is pretty much kaput. I would be thrilled to see a platinum-haired peer highly visible in print, online, on demand, in front of the camera!

That is my riff for today. I will stand for the visibility of platinum-haired people everywhere ... and the right to wear granny panties!  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Underrated Treasures Blogfest

Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting the Underrated Treasures Blogfest.  He posted, "Everyone has a favorite movie or band that no one else has ever heard about.  For whatever reason, they remain undiscovered and underrated.  Now is your chance to tell the world about these obscure treasures."


My favorite band is CAKE, a Sacramento-based group, website http://cakemusic.com/ described as an alt rock band with influences of country music, Mariachi, Iranian folk music, funk and hip hop. 

Upcoming tour dates:

November 1, 2014
Untapped Festival @ Gilly’s
Dallas, TX
November 2, 2014
Cain’s Ballroom
Tulsa, OK


A TV show Mr. VZ and I discovered on Netflix, Lilyhammer, is described as a New York mobster goes into hiding in Lillehammer, Norway, after testifying against his former associates.  

We found this show to be humorous, entertaining and refreshing in subject matter.  


A Steinbeck, not John but Thomas, his son, wrote a story collection, Down to A Soundless Sea.  Even though it was Thomas' fiction debut, I greatly enjoyed the book, partly because the stories were set along the California coast.  He has two other books in print I have yet to locate and read.  

With the last AtoZ-related blog hop I participated in, my ninja-captain-alexs-top-ten-movie post remained my number one post for 2013.  

Be sure to visit the other participants, there are some great suggestions.  I have new must-see and must-read lists.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Perfectly Wonderful Day

It really was not a perfectly wonderful day in my real world.  But in blogland anything can happen.  Good things can happen.  A perfectly wonderful (not) day can include a moment of escape.

Posting with Patti at notdeadyetstyle for Visible Monday. 

Posing with the Sacramento public art sculpture of "Walking the Dogs" by Gilbert Lujan.  

Outfit details, shirt and shoes (retail)
Ballinger Gold sweater and Liz Claiborne skirt (thrifted)

Poseidon posed with the phantom me.  My ghostie is strategically covering a most controversial part of that statue.  

Perfectly wonderful includes a pregnancy pattern of the day from 1954, Simplicity 4718.

Switching gears, I was going to include a selfie but it just wasn't happening.  This clip is even better!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Shelfie Blog Hop

Linking up with the Shelfie Blog Hop -

Dates: Now thru Monday, Oct 6
Entries: Take a picture of you and your book(s) - your favorites or your own novels. Or you can just arrange the books in a special way and take the picture - but you do get extra points for being in the photo.
Formats: Post on Twitter, Facebook, Blog - just make sure to include a link(s) to each of the hosts.

In my thrift shop wanderings, I keep an eye out for counter-culture books from the 1960s.  My latest purchase was B.F. Skinner's Walden Two.  Just to my left in this photo are books by Irving Horowitz, Saul D. Alinsky, Aldous Huxley and Jerry Rubin.  Peace out man!

Just for good measure, I'm also emailing my "shelfie" to Cameron Young at runningwithsnakes for his Stop Hating Selfies - Selfie Challenge.  Cameron posted various iterations of his self.  I'm not too sure about his cooking naked selfie *grins.*

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Back to skeool

Fashion linking up with Anne for her 52-pick-me-up-back-to-school and with Patti for her Visible Monday at notdeadyetstyle.

My camera is producing some odd images so I figured I would go with it.  The shirt is a 70s material Lanie J, styled in California $1 thrift shop find.

The natural hair redhead wig was a previous thrift shop find and the optical quality Liz Claiborne collection sunglasses (50 cents) a recent purchase.  Wish I could have red hair but the color washes out too quickly.

I wore a long black skirt for this ensemble.  Nice how the New York Transit pumps photographed so well.

On the body positive front, Jes of themilitantbaker is making the move from part-time blogger to full-time blogger.  While I am not comfortable posting nude photos of myself online, as she and some of her followers may do, she espouses a "body love advocate" philosophy that I can agree with.

My newest favorite song - celebrates body acceptance.

I truly am back to school and taking a business management class on diversity in organizations.  This video, one of my class assignments, is well worth a view.

Pattern of the day - a throwback from 1968.

I found 20 more patterns recently, the earliest dated 1954.  Most likely, I will show the balance of those images for my AtoZ posts this April.

Weekend thrifting scored the following: the 70s rooster, a stuffed My Little Pony, Gibsons teapot and Royal Sutherland plate (patterns and nylons - not pictured) all for $5 and the Charter Club pale pink Cashmere *sings the word* sweater for $2.99.

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