This Mexican tourist skirt is easy to wear with a top and cardigan in winter, and just a tee shirt in summer. The black details mean there's ever any trouble finding something to match, and the wide sweep lets it be worn with or without a crinoline depending on mood. I'd have twirled for a photo, but thought better of it, given my current state. You can imagine me twirling. I don't mind.
Vintage Mexican tourist skirt-Hand-Me-Ups
Norton McNaughton top, 80's -can't remember
1960's acrylic cardigan-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage turtle brooch with pendant hook-Hand-Me-Ups
Mexican hand-tooled bag-New Life Thrift
Bakelite clip earrings-New Life Thrift
Fragrance-Bebe (would be an OK starter fragrance for a six year old, but not really much there for a grown-up. It was so cheap, in a cute bottle I thought it was worth a go).
I stopped in at Baker's on Maple street for a few groceries instead of running over to Aldi. This is how they packed the apples I spent time selecting-under four tins of beans. I swear, this is the sort of thing that drives me to madness. I mean, why the hell would you do that?! That's why I prefer Aldi-if the bagging is terrible I have no one but myself to blame. I'd like to say this is an isolated thing, but they always abuse the produce like this.
We spent some time at the Sanders campaign headquarters because Danny wanted to do phone-bank calling for them (his decision to volunteer-I didn't even suggest it). I have one of those pay-as-you-go mobile phones that I keep for emergencies in the car, but I don't really use it. I have to buy minutes every three months to keep it going, so I had over 900 minutes accumulated which Danny was able to use calling people reminding them to caucus. I was happy to donate the minutes, and he was able to bring home printed lists and work from the living room. As we waited for the lists, there were a couple older (than myself) volunteers waiting to go out and canvas. They were both so kind to take time speaking with Danny and the one gentleman even wrote down a list of authors he thought a young person might get something out of reading. That was great because if I suggested any of the people on that list, I'd get an eye-roll, but coming from a stranger it bore more weight.
Plenty of children in attendance too. A sweet little boy of about three was drawing pictures in my notebook as we waited for the caucus to begin. It had the feel of a town-hall meeting with wee ones running around on the court whilst representatives of the campaigns gave their speeches and pretended not to notice.
A bit of vintage Americana is always appropriate attire for a caucus. This bag has seen better days, and I use it to hold socks most of the time. Still, there aren't that many occasions outside of July 4th to use it, so I took the opportunity.
I was out after the caucus and had people see the badge and ask where ours had been, and tell me about the crowds at their location. Danny met up with a young woman who caucused at the location he had been making reminder calls for. Everywhere I went yesterday, there was a positive, enthusiastic mood that I can't remember experiencing in Nebraska since....well...ever, really. It was one of the loveliest days I've had in the fifteen years I've lived here. Well done, Nebraska.
Acrylic cardigan-Gordman's about 15 years ago
Pleated drop waist skirt-Hand-Me-Ups
Shoes-Goodwill (last wear, they finally cracked apart)
Vintage bucket bag-Hand-Me-Ups
Brooch-Jordan Marsh, 90's
Fragrance-Mitsouko (which was perfect for being crammed in a hot room full of people as it wears close to the skin and isn't known to get awful with heat).
I have some new friends for the garden.
"Chicken Child" was so demonic I had to buy it. It appears to be a home-painted project, and you can just imagine someone getting to the eyes and thinking, "Wouldn't it be cool if I just left them?" Hard to find nice Easter decorations, really it is.
If I'm going to gain twelve pounds in ten days, I would at least like to say I had something good to eat. The only enjoyable thing I've eaten in the past week has been a packet of Rowntrees fruit pastilles that cost much more than they should have (they stick it to you on imports) and there were a grand total of three blackcurrant flavoured ones. Sigh. Three?! I like lemon as much as the next person but come on. Anyway, yes it is the medication, yes it will go away, and yes I do feel like a water-balloon. My ankles weren't this swollen when I was pregnant. I might have freaked Danny out a bit when I plunged my index finger into the mass of swelling and declared loudly, "Let's time how long it takes for the indentation to go away!" Strangely, he didn't think that sounded as fun and exciting as I did. Traumatise them early, that's what I say!
I don't know about you, but when I'm feeling lousy
I like to take out my misery on others I like to wear items I save for special occasions. Thing is, I never really have an occasion for an Hermes scarf and a St. John sweater. so they'd never been worn until today. I must say, a vintage Hermes scarf is quite cheering. Just imagine the euphoria I could experience if I found a vintage Liberty (which I never do, and I don't understand why, as everyone else seems to find them). Some people do drugs, I do vintage scarves.
St. John Sweater-Goodwill
Vintage Designer Originals knit skirt-Goodwill
Vintage Johanssen handbag-Hand-Me-Ups
Talbot's silk jacket-Goodwill
Vintage Hermes scarf (Phaeton)-Hand-Me-Ups
No. You may not call me, tucchas face. My mother always did, but you're not my mother.
|Paska is essentially a rich bread with butter and eggs and the addition of ground up orange and lemon.|
Next week, I'll bake the Kulich. I like being able to bring people a holiday bread, and doing it this way permits me to bake at my leisure. If you freeze holiday breads, leave them un-iced, and wrap them first in a layer of grease-proof paper, then tightly in cling film. Always let the bread thaw at room temperature still wrapped, so it won't dry out. You can ice the loaves before serving.
I'm embracing my Ukrainian heritage and learning to do Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs). I don't expect to be very good at it any time soon, but that's never stopped me trying new things. I'm cool with failure. Well, I wouldn't be cool with failure if I were learning to skydive. That would be bad.
I hope you have a great week ahead.