I hadn't planned to visit Kansas that day, but I was already in Beatrice, Nebraska and it was such a short drive over. When I heard about the black squirrels, I had to go. You know how I feel about squirrels!
Long story short-some squirrels were let loose by a travelling circus and they became established in the town. The squirrels have protected status in Marysville.
The city park was full of them scampering about, but were hard to photograph.
Visitors can peer inside, but it is fenced off.
Not terribly spacious but after being in a covered waggon, it probably seemed palatial.
So that was a nice side-visit to Kansas. Back in Nebraska, there were things to see as well...
Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska was my destination for the day (before I was side-tracked by the promise of exotic squirrels). That's a one-room schoolhouse behind me...let's have a look inside.
Not to dwell on it, but I REALLY wasn't kidding about staying away from cheap, pink, wine! Strangely though, I like this photo of myself with the smudged mascara and "The Look" I've been told I have more often than not. Some people have Resting Bitch Face. I have this vaguely embarrassed face that veers between incredulous and bored. Or so I've been told. Anyway, it just gets worse with alcohol.
Back to the vintage clothing. Ignore the fallen hem (Why don't I notice these things before photos?) but take a look at this fun, rayon blend vintage Hawaiian dress. It has an Empire waist, which typically doesn't work for me, but in this case is just perfect. There's a zip up the back, and string ties on the shoulders giving it a perfect fit. As green is my favourite colour, I couldn't pass it up. The straw shoes and bag are also true vintage.
I pinned the top closed with a flower brooch. It didn't need it really, but better safe than sorry.
I wore a few bakelite and lucite bangles interspersed with wooden and bamboo ones.
Vintage Hawaiian dress-Goodwill
Bangles and rings-all over
Vintage shoes-Goodwill (I think?)
Vintage straw bag-Antique mall
Shell earrings-World Market about 12 years ago
While I wasn't using the oven, I got creative with sweets. These are called Haystacks and are butterscotch baking chips melted with peanut butter and mixed with chow mien noodles. I put the candy eyes on it because it reminded me of the Philly Flyers mascot, Gritty
I do love the Gritty Memes. Anyway, haystacks are delicious even if you skip the Gritty eyes.
Vintage Hawaiian dress-Hand-Me-Ups
Hair flower-Tiff and Tam
Vintage stretch bracelet-Goodwill
Vintage charm bracelet-Goodwill
On the perfume front, I've been enjoying some vintage Cardin.
This is such a gorgeous perfume. Leather and oakmoss? Yes, please! The green notes are beautiful, and I barely notice the Hyacinth (not my favourite note).
I really wanted to love this one, but it is just too sweet for me. I might try it again in the winter, but in a Nebraska summer, vanilla and fig leaf (which is very vanilla to my nose) are simply too much.
Green water, however is perfection in a heatwave. Mint, basil, ginger...carrot? It shouldn't work, but it does. The oakmoss is synthetic, but nice. If I didn't know it, I wouldn't notice. I have no idea what the original Green Water was like, but this one is beautiful.
Top-Shop-Ko about 10 years ago
Flower-Tiff and Tam
I finally gave in and ordered a new phone. It will be interesting to see if it takes better photos. I didn't want one, but our pay-as-you-go provider stopped supporting the model I had. Anyway, something new to learn. I guess that's good.
This weekend is the Wayne Chicken Show. It is the first year Danny has competed in the adult competition. He's expecting to get 2nd place because the man who wins 1st has been doing it for years and Danny wouldn't actually want to beat him. Being second to a legend is just perfect as far as we're concerned. Anyway, it will be in the 90s and humid-perfect for sitting around outside for hours. I'm bringing a cooler with cold drinks.
Cock a doodle do! See you later!