The socks I'm wearing are thick, cotton cabled knee socks from Land's End that I purchased mid-80s. They're still going strong. The shoes are Bass Weejuns Penny Loafers and yes, I put a penny in the slots with the year I bought the shoes. I've been wearing the same loafers nearly my entire life (I see no reason to try other makers when these are so good) and they do last a very long time. I had a pair as a university student that my dad threw away without asking because the soles had some holes starting and he didn't want me looking shabby. I was so angry because I could have them re-soled, but breaking in another pair would take ages. These were purchased about 15 years ago and still looking good.
You can read a bit of the shoe's history HERE.
I took Danny over to Iowa Saturday afternoon to have a look at some migrating birds. It was an overcast day, but still warm.
Closer to home, I harvested the two largest sunflower seed heads, tied them to the rail of the back balcony and left it for the birds and squirrels. There's still several more sunflower heads with plenty to harvest for our own use and still share with the wildlife.
How about some more Laura Ashley? This dress is also from the 80s, Much easier to wear than a romper.
Easier to wear so long as I don't bend forward! Next time I might wear something beneath it.
And the silly pose action shot that shows my vintage French handbag.
"We have hundreds of different stamps"
I told him to just reach in the drawer and pull something at random. This made him appear even more pained but when his hand emerged with a sheet of stamps bearing images of lighthouses of the Mid Atlantic States, I told him it was perfect. I don't know what he was so afraid of. It isn't like we have "Salute to White Supremacy" stamps or anything to worry about. Yet.
I went to Hallmark for the cards.
Last summer I lost a friend to cancer that had worked as a designer at Hallmark in Kansas City before getting sick and moving back home to spend the time she had left with family. It was her dream job, and she was so, so good at it. I thought it was going to be difficult setting foot in a Hallmark shop so soon, but it wasn't. I didn't cry either. I wandered around looking at all the designs made by all the other people working for the company who probably considered it their dream job as well. Strangely, it felt like a way of saying goodbye that wasn't sad. Who wouldn't want to be remembered by a Hallmark shop? There are literally, no bad feelings in a Hallmark shop. Even the condolence cards are tastefully comforting. I'm glad I went.
The cards should be going out soon so they can arrive at any point from Halloween to Easter.
Excuse the lack of food styling as I tell you about this chicken recipe.
It is a West African recipe with just the best combination of spices. I don't buy coconut aminos because we prefer soy sauce (they're similar) so I substituted that. Otherwise, the rest of the spices like cumin, cayenne, thyme, sage, paprika, garlic, and dried onion are pantry staples for us. I served it with a marinated salad of cucumber and sweet bell peppers. The baked beans are a no-sugar-added version that the boys found acceptable. British baked beans are much sweeter than the American version, but ours have a smoked flavour that can be overwhelming. British beans also have more tomato where ours have more paprika. Heinz has all sorts of flavours now from curry to peri peri but the traditional American style bean is very BBQ.
Anyway, they loved the chicken. That's good because I was shopping at an odd time when I more or less had the store to myself and bought some just marked down packages of chicken drumsticks for what came out to be about 20 cents a piece. These are very large drumsticks too. I came home, broke down the packages into smaller units and wrapped them for the freezer. I definitely won't need to buy chicken for a while, but it was a fantastic bargain for organically fed, humanely raised chickens.
The skirt in this photo was thrifted new with tags showing it originally sold for nearly $200.00. What a shame to spend that sort of money on something that never gets worn.
The skirt fit me perfectly (a rarity these days) and has both a built-in slip and crinoline.
I made several people laugh today which is worth the price of the shirt. They do have some utterly bonkers shirts. Like most of their items, the shirt was inspired by one found in a thrift store.