Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sleeveless Adventures

The calendar might say spring, but summer arrived a few weeks ago and what a summer it has been. When I did a large cull of my wardrobe I forgot how hot summer gets in Nebraska. I don't think this polyester top will be seeing any wear again until at least October. I must say, of all the places I've lived, Nebraska has the most extreme weather from heat to cold. That said, I can't think of a single place I'd rather be. We have it good here so shhhh, don't tell anyone-I don't want them to ruin it! But the weather? Yeah, it can get kind of rough.

Talbot's skirt-Goodwill
Vintage top-Goodwill
Straw bag-World Market
Vintage brooch-a thrift shop in Illinois
Vintage bracelet-Hand-Me-Ups
Enamel clamper bracelet-Target, about 15 years ago
Fragrance-Vintage formulation Vent Vert (obviously)

When the heat really kicks in, I stop worrying about looking like my mum and just embrace the sleeveless blouse. She always liked them because having a proper collar made her feel, "Dressed" unlike a jersey knit, etc. I'm not sure I agree with the logic, particularly when worn with shorts, but I am happy enough to forgo sleeves. Anyone that doesn't like my arms needn't look, but my days of suffering and covering up are done.

Outfit Particulars:
Linen shorts and blouse both K Mart
Straw basket used as purse-New Life Thrift
Shoes-K Mart
Fragrance-YSL Paris
Continuing with a sleeveless theme, I dug this jumpsuit out of the cupboard. It is knit, but didn't seem too warm given to the wide legs. 
Outfit Particulars:
Jump Suit-K Mart
Vintage tote bag-Goodwill
Necklace-Can't remember
Bracelets-all thrifted Goodwill
Vintage earrings-New Life Thrift
Fragrance-By Kilian Pure Oud (which despite the name, isn't and yes it was an obnoxious choice in hot humid weather)
Continuing to keep those middle-aged arms flyin' free in a brocade top I bought for a buck. 
With bonus midriff action because I do not care. Also-what's the point having a tattoo if no one sees it? I had that done in the early 80's (before it was cool)😁and if you're wondering how my mother reacted, it was pretty much as you'd expect! My dad thought it was hilarious.
For the record, the only thing I regret about it was not getting something bigger. 
We've been getting in plenty of putt-putt golf this summer. I live 5 minutes from the place, so I really don't have an excuse not to. 
 I haven't completely abandoned pattern mixing in the hot weather, though I did remove the jacket by mid-day.

Outfit Particulars:
Silk jacket-Goodwill
Blouse-K Mart
Hobe brooch-Goodwill
Bakelite bangles-Hand Me Ups and Goodwill
Belt-New Life Thrift
Fragrance-Elizabeth Taylor Violet Eyes
The lilies in the photo have already blown apart in a storm but were beautiful while they lasted.
 Outfit Particulars:
Dress-Target about 15 years ago
Vintage shoes-Yard sale
Fragrance-Cabotine Rose

I'll leave you with this outfit that looked better in person.

Vintage skirt-Hand-Me-Ups
Top-K Mart
Vintage Egyptian beads-thrift shop in Illinois
Vintage slides-Hand-Me-Ups
Enid Collins bag-Antique mall
Bangles-all over
Hoop earrings-Can't remember
Fragrance-Avon Casbah (Review coming soon. Thanks, Emily!)

I have such a glut of photos to get through I might just do a few strictly outfit posts. We are still slogging through the syllabus but will hopefully be done tonight or tomorrow-then I can shift my brain into summer relaxation mode. I hope your summer mode is relaxing😀

Monday, June 11, 2018

Eat The Blog Is Fourteen

Let's Party!

Man, I cooked some questionable things over those fourteen years, Worse, I had the arrogance to post photos and recipes. I'm pleased to report both my cooking and writing have improved over the years but I'd like to issue a blanket apology for all those horrible vegetable things in timbales. I feel like I should put a warning on the first ten years of the blog. 
Why?! Just serve the bloody cous cous.
Top of the list of Things You Shouldn't Do With Jell-O. 
The runner-up.
Bastille Day cookies.
Cake to celebrate the start of hurricane season.
Coronation Tofu
I have no idea what this is. I suspect I stuffed mini vegetables with something because...I have no fucking clue. Sorry.
Sometimes I wish I took drugs because at least it would be some sort of explanation. 
Things you shouldn't do to gingerbread.
Yay, more vegetable timbales! I think that was carrot. Thank God I have a kid that will eat anything.
Another timbale with a side of chickpeas and filled mushroom caps? Maybe? Some sort of green clorophyl sludge extracted from parsley? 
No one starved, but if you ask them, the boys might argue it would have been preferable.
These days, I cook less and the blog has been more a way to share my vintage clothing collection. Come for the timbales...stay for the polyester!
So fourteen years. It has been more fun than home trepanation after a few cocktails (Joking. Please don't do that). For those of you that have been along since the begining, thank you and I more timbales.
I'll drink to that.

Friday, June 01, 2018

June is Bustin Out All Over

Just as I began to fear we'd never warm up, a summer heatwave arrived. I'm not complaining. We began May with snow, and given the choice I'll take the 100+ degree temperatures. I know this is an unpopular opinion. The spinach in my garden has all bolted, but the tomatoes and chard are happy. 
It is so nice being able to wear shorts again.

June is a busy month for me as it is syllabus writing time. Our curriculum needs to be submitted to the department of education by 15 July. Most years I have it in by the second week of June, but it is still stressful. This autumn will be grade 8, and it is Danny's last year of homeschool. He'll be off to high school after that, which feels appropriate. He's ready, and now that he doesn't have medical issues that would complicate things, he's excited to have the teenage experience of high school. It is bittersweet for me knowing this will be our last year of school together, but I do feel good about the education we gave him. At some point I want to set up a meeting with the school to see if there's anything they think I ought to focus on to get him ready. Academically he's in good shape, so I'm planning to work on time management, more written assignments, and independent reading. We are doing summer school, but a shortened schedule If he can get his work done by noon I have no problem letting him listen to the game. I'm not some kind of monster😁

Just chillin with me owl. Sometimes it gets boring eating ambrosia and listening to lyre music, so what's there to do but escape Olympus and hang out with an owl in Omaha? You wouldn't believe the strange looks I get going about dressed like this. Were I *really* a goddess I'd turn all the side-eye giving idiots into pigs or something. Alas, all I can do is stare back.
This is my displeased face. You don't want to see angry.
I haven't used our oven in over two weeks due to the heat. We have central air conditioning, but so many years on the farm trained me to keep the house cool without spending a fortune. We keep the lights minimal during the day, and the blinds drawn-this is just common sense. I run the washing machine in the evening and let everything dry on our wooden rack instead of using the tumble dryer. I can't hang my laundry outside as our neighbourhood traffic would have it stinking and dirty again in minutes, but I do let things dry on hangers on the shower rod, etc. If they need a light pass next evening in the dryer it takes but a few minutes. Cooking has been salads (tabouleh, hummous, etc) and things that can be cooked atop the stove (I have spinach crepes planned for tomorrow). I enjoy the change as it keeps my cooking skills fresh, and forces me to use what I have in my pantry and garden as I don't dare venture out to the grocer in the heat of the day. Anyway, it has been nice challenging myself. 
I also made strawberry jam because that's what I do this time of year. As you can see, I leave some hunks of berries in it as I prefer pieces of fruit in my jam. This year's batch turned out perfect. It is a rare year that my strawberry jam isn't soup or a solid ball, so whatever magic came together this year, I'm sure I wouldn't be able to replicate it. I could get more uniform results with pectin, but the jam made with it always seems undercooked to me. I suppose you could call it, "fresh tasting" if you like that sort of thing. This was my first time using Weck jars. I'm not sold on them, honestly. the cost is so much more than the old Ball jars I've used for years that it might take some convincing that they are superior. I'm old and set in my ways, but I will admit the glass lids are very pretty. At any rate, I can't use them for the fair as Ball is a contest sponsor. 
The garden has been providing nightly salad greens. 
Summer pudding does not require the oven. 
With spring underway my Mexican style skirts are being worn.
And my hair is very much going wild. I can't be bothered with a hairdryer and curling iron in this weather. I don't like my curls, but I'm learning to live with them as the alternative would be misery, and heat up the house during Operation Keep Cool. 
I recently found a second lobster brooch in black and gold. 
This skirt had a day out as well. 
On the fragrance side, I've been enjoying this Yves Rocher cheap-o. A nice, light summer fragrance that would have to be seriously over-applied before annoying anyone. If I want to offend, I have Carnal Flower to wear on a 100 degree F. day😁. Not that I would...but I could

 I'll leave you with a look at a couple of handbags that have been neglected in my collection. The straw bag has beautiful seashells sewn onto it and the Caron of Houston bag was something I recently discovered with no memory of having purchased it.
 Where did it come from? Who can remember?
I might be scarce around here as I put together the syllabus. I still post at Instagram (@goodymcgoodface) if you enjoy an abbreviated version. Hope you have a great June.