Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rainy Weather Fashion

 It's been raining for what feels like a month, but it's really only been a couple of days, followed by two days of sunshine and now nearly a week of rain, then clouds, and soon more rain to feed the garden and lawn.
We are in need of warm, sunny weather for the tomato plants, but whether or not that will happen remains to be seen.

I FINALLY, after at least a decade or better, outgrew the little white hooded raincoat I had, in fact it was no longer REALLY white, but rather faded into an off-white color.
The plan for this year was to buy a pretty bright yellow rain slicker, but living where we do, I couldn't find any that were readily available.  I have to say that I did get lucky when on one rainy day I walked into a store that had a few raincoats of good quality that were marked down from $63.00 to $37.00.
"SOLD", I said, and even though it was black rather than yellow, I couldn't pass up the great quality which hopefully will last me another ten years.

So, the coat was from Penelopes in Daleville, VA, the hat from TJ Maxx, and the sweet sleeveless seer sucker blouse in blue and white stripes with a tie in the front was a find at Steinmart.  The pretty turquoise necklace is from a ladies store in old downtown Roanoke called La De Da, and the jeans are old, from the back of my closet.
A girlfriend and I did lunch today, so the outfit kept me warm and dry in and out of the car and across the parking lot to the restaurant.
Sugar melts.  *hee hee*

 Here is our screened porch right now with all of the furniture jam packed into the center of the porch so that the current, constant rains don't soak all of the seat cushions.  The dog bed is also leaning in an upright position which means the puppers can't use it right now.  But if it is laid down it too gets wet.
As you can see by the patio shot above, it is wet enough for a fish out there!
So, here I am dressed for the weather rather than for the last week in May.  
That's Virginia for you.
A little sun, a little whole lotta rain, the good part being that moisture keeps the wrinkles away. *wink wink*

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Educated By The Same Books

 I attended school in my home state of Iowa in a public school system that I was always proud to have been a part of, one that not only taught us how to do math, know and understand History and why events had happened as they did, English so that we knew how to read and write (the power of expression), Algebra, Economics, English Literature, Chemistry, Biology, Speech, Geometry, and all proved to be what we students needed to mold us into adults that could carry on in life and make good and sane decisions for the families we would one day have.
 So what is it, I ask myself, that let some of us, all who attended the same school with the same teachers and the same text books, to one day become not so logical and vote for a man named Trump?
Because it was absolutely not a logical choice to choose to elect a man who clearly has the mind of a fifth grader to lead our country?
What turned that 'logic switch' in the brains of some of those I spent my school years with to flip to the 'off' position?
 It's VERY clear to me as well as many others that he has no understanding of this world when it comes to History, American History or World History, and there is an abundance of evidence simply by watching videos of him or reading the scripts of interviews he has given, watching his body language on the campaign trail and since, that the man, although he went to college is clearly uneducated.

These are the words of a fifth grade boy experimenting with his vocabulary and attempting to get a response from his peers in hopes of impressing them and fitting in.
It would appear that somewhere in his life he stopped growing, and I don't wish to spend a lot of time trying to discern what it was that happened to him that stunted his brain's ability to grow and transform from boy to man,
but clearly something happened along the way that stopped the leap into being an adult.
 To those of you who voted for him, especially those of you I knew back in the days we were all being educated by the same teachers with the same words, and having all read from the same textbooks,
what happened to you to bend your brain into believing his words on the campaign trail,
and better yet, to allow yourselves to still follow him knowing that he speaks the words of a fifth grade boy?
 It's a difficult thing to admit you made the wrong choice, especially when voting for a President, but if you are now seeing the light, please call your representatives in Congress and tell them to do what it takes to remove this man child from our White House.  Perhaps in 2020 you will be given a new and better choice.  Perhaps it will be an educated, well-spoken and truly caring man that will do his best to build this nation up and not tear it down.  Not lie to it's people. Not take rights away.  Not take away health coverage for those who need it most. Not use the office for his own good, and perhaps surround himself with good people that he trusts enough to listen to, rather than brush them off and ignore their advice as a fifth grade boy would do.
We all make mistakes from time to time,
but it's time to fess up and fix yours.
He's done enough damage and it would be best if he were to take his skate board and just go home to New York.

Seize The Moment

 We had finished our evening meal and sat down to watch a little Netflix, as is our typical routine at the end of the day, and a bit later I needed to head off into the kitchen for a drink of water.
The sunset caught my eye as I glanced out onto the porch, and the view required that I grab my Canon Rebel and snap a few before the scene was gone.
Sunsets are like that.... kind of like life....
Seize the moment or it's gone forever.

It's been a rainy few days, so the photos happen between the bands of rain.
Have a beautiful Tuesday!

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Art Of Dying Things

 My Mother's Day Arrangement has started to slip away into wilted, dying flowers, and photographing them during this stage of their 'floral life' is my favorite way to photograph.

 I saved the wasp nest from a month or two ago that my husband took down from their large paper nest at the top of our porch eave prior to having the re-screening of the porch done.
The men doing the screening fully appreciated it being gone while they worked,
but the beauty of it, well.... I simply could not bear to have it dashed to the ground without keeping a portion of it.
 Wasps, I have to say, are NOT my favorite creatures on this earth, but their handi-work is somewhat floral in appearance...
I saved it.

And so....
a dying floral arrangement
next to an already dead wasp nest seemed appropriate to me.

It's been cloudy and rainy a few days now and more of the same are on the horizon for us.
Perhaps that sunshine we were having has moved on into your world, and if so, we hope you are enjoying it as we did.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

I am in total love with this performer, Salvadore Sobral of Portucal, who won first place for singing this song, Amar Pelos Dois, written by his sister, Luisa Sobral.
It is a love song and there are versions of this song online with the lyrics shown in English.
As Salvadore stated, "Music is not fireworks.  Music is feeling."

I wish you each 'feelings' today, rather than fireworks.... unless of course fireworks is what you need.

This video has also been placed on my sidebar should you ever want to see it once this post disappears into the deep dark depths of my blog.

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Affordable Choices

 Guess you could say I'm a sweatshirt and jeans sort of gal, and since moving to the countryside of Virginia, this way of dressing has become more and more 'my thing'.
Comfy, durable, and just plain common sense, as well as sometimes having fun messages are why I wear them often.

My Saturday Sunday black hooded sweatshirt has to be one of my favorites, and second best is my plain gray, crew neck sweatshirt which I purchased on clearance in the mens' department at Target when we were  on vacation last month. It was super cold in the midwest, at least for we southern folk, and plain gray? well, it certainly didn't clash with anything else in my wardrobe that I chose to pair it up with.

We have had such a mixed bag of weather this spring, so my black sweatshirt did the trick in keeping me warm as I grocery shopped last week, and it was on a Friday.... I guess that is why a man asked me, "what does that mean?" as I walked across the parking lot to my vehicle.  I looked down at my sweatshirt to remind myself of what it said, and since it was Friday my response to the old geezer was, "tomorrow and the day after".  
He gave what seemed to be a half-hearted laugh and walked away.

Today an e-mail popped into my box with a link to a blog that I had forgotten I even subscribe to.... I get a lot of emails like that, and in the post the gal was wearing a pretty pink sweatshirt that said NASA on it.  She had a link to where she had purchase it.... it was sold out evidently, but the similar sweatshirt she linked to on the Coach website was priced at $295.  For a sweatshirt mind you.  *cough cough cough*
Um, NO!  Just plain NO!
If you want or need a NASA sweatshirt, visit Redbubble.  TONS of them to choose from. 

I prefer to pay H and M prices or Target prices for sweatshirts... preferably under the $50 price point.
Once in a while if it's super cute I will fall for their pricing, but NEVER EVER pay $295 for a sweatshirt people.
The thing is... sweatshirts are all made the same, same design, same sewing quality, same level of comfort, they are all the same, the only thing I have found to vary is the message on it. 

Try these retailers for prices that aren't ridiculous.
Oh, and if you prefer a longer cut, you can always buy a mens' size.  Womens' tend, in some brands to be cut much shorter which for me means they ride up in the back getting my lower back chilled, or not covering my muffin top of a waistline.

Nordstroms.  Although they can also have some that are over-priced.  

Wishing you each a wonderful Mother's Day!
Hope someone in your life spoils you today.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Not A Candy Bar

It's been a couple of years since we have done any baking with rhubarb from our garden, and today my husband decided to cut from our rhubarb plant and make a pie, but he then determined there was only enough rhubarb to make three small ramekins of tiny pies, which is exactly what he did.

Here are two older posts I did showing his rhubarb pie skills.


Since we were a bit short on home grown rhubarb today, my husband phoned me while I was away and asked if I would stop at the Food Lion on the way home and get more.
And, so I stopped to pick some up, but I didn't see any in the produce area of the store.... so as I was checking out with a few other purchases the checkout girl asked me,
"Did you find everything you needed today?"

And I responded,
"No, I didn't find any rhubarb.  Do you have rhubarb?"

The girl looked at me.
A quizzical and somewhat dumbfounded look on her face.
And she replied,
"Rhubarb?  Is that a candy bar?"

I returned the dumbfounded look and said,
"No. Rhubarb grows in the garden."

Seriously people??
A candy bar???