Playing with the Cards that are Dealt You

Living life to the fullest with whatever the day brings

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Spontaneous Moving

Hello luvs! I did not fall into a black hole. We have been enduring this house sale nightmare for close to a year and I couldn't take it anymore. We already owned the little home we are moving into as we were renting it out for a few years. It turned out that we are way to nice to be landlords and we always ended up with the worst of humanity as tenants, which is why we decided to move there ourselves and  sell the farm house. Neither Larry or I are teenagers anymore (even though we act and feel like it most of the time) and the stairs and upkeep were getting too much for us old buggers. So...we up and moved! I am slowly unpacking all my "stuff" that I had stored in the storage garage at our "new" home and am finally getting a little settled. Number 3 son hooked up my computer in a nifty little set up and I can finally post again.

I did take time amidst all this to visit with my little friend Hope of "Pink Champagne". She wanted to show me her new place of employment. She is working at the Atomic Warehouse in Harrisburg, Pa. Since I only work about 10 minutes from there, I met her after work for a tour and some East Indian cuisine.

My camera is dying so the pictures are courtesy of Hope. I was hoping I didn't have to by a new camera so soon, but it looks as though it is a goner.

Sweater retail clearance
skirt is part of a suit from Goodwill for $6
red fishnet tights .99 from Gabriele Brothers
Fur collar $6 from the Dillsburg Charity Shop
The shoes were gifted from the gracious Mary

With her bad hip she can no longer wear them and she said she knew I would appreciate them...and I do!

I played Vanna White at the radio counter. Do check out the Atomic Warehouse website, he has all sorts of cool goodies. Unfortunately he does not have his clothing posted as of yet. The store was affected by all the flooding this year and they are just now getting the goods back on the main floor. After we are all settled in, I plan on going back for some household items.

I have a ton of blog reading to catch up on and I will manage to get postings done somehow, even with a wonky camera. When our house is sold, I plan on a trip to the U.K. and will be asking you Englishers the best (and cheapest) places to stay and the best flea marketing destinations.

Later my friends.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Candy Emergency

These pictures are actually from last Friday. It is  busy time at work and we've had a lot going on. I was fully planning on coming home last Friday and posting my Friday Frock when Mary called. She and Dawn were putting Christmas Candy bags together for the kids in York who wouldn't get otherwise and ran out of candy. I picked up a few big bags and headed there to help fill the rest of the bags to be handed out.

This dress was my mothers. I just always liked it and it has been mine since she passed away 19 years ago. Mary had bought tons of children's clothes from the Thrift shops and I was boxing them up for handing out.

A tired Dawn bagging candy.

Mary was a little wonky on pain meds for a bad hip.

A bit of silliness.

I have to admit, I am not feeling very Christmasy this year. I have not decorated or made any plans. I still haven't sold my house and haven't moved into the new place yet. My things are all in boxes and I am feeling very unsettled. Someone told me this past Monday, don't worry if your house is decorated for Christmas as long as your heart is ready for Christmas.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


It has been a busy few days. Thursday I went direct from work to our church Christmas Wonderland, Friends and Family night. Every year we put on a drama as our gift to the community. We have some really talented folks and it is really a professional quality. Friends and Family is the first real performance and we open it to groups and people for free that might not be able to go otherwise. The amazing thing is that these are regular people who do this every year. My kids have been doing these since they were 9 years old. I don't perform in the dramas, but I've helped with the sets and I make the candied almonds to sell. The almonds help us pay for the production and everyone loves them.

Here is the set for this year's
"the Gospel According to Scrooge".

The house fronts are made from what is called "scrims" and when lighted correctly, you can see the actors through them.

My oldest son played "Nephew Fred" this year.

Roy and his real fiance Bethany.

Me and my real husband, Larry...

There is a place for everyone that wants to participate. The kids did a living nativity in the lobby.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Booooo to dying batteries!

I don't have a lot of pictures of myself to post because my camera batteries are dying and I lost some of my pictures. Boooooo....

I was able to get one today though. It is beautiful and mild outside. I am enjoying the break in the cold.

I got lots of photos from Mary's Party. Unfortunately I lost the one of her and I together. The theme was Motown and we had loads of fun.

Even the teenagers were getting into the fun.

This is Mary's hubby, Moses.

Some attractive couples there...

and the younger dancers

Here's to fresh batteries and a new week!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Before and After.

Although I wish I could always have someone pamper me by coloring my hair, I don't have the bread to shell out every 4-6 weeks to have it done for me. So, I do it myself most of the time. I am a bit like Mrs. Slocombe. It is a little bit different color each time (I mix up my own concoction of colors) and I sort of go with whatever color I feel like at the time.

My hubby thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of me whilst coloring my hair...

This was my first attempt at using foils to highlight my hair. It was not as good as when Christen does it, but it it loads better that gray roots. I thought I did pretty good for my first attempt.

Here are the results

I thought it turned out rather well.

So today I went to church and ran into a friend I haven't seen for a couple of months. I wished I had my camera with me, because her outfit was to die for. I admired some of her jewelry and she whipped off the ring and bracelet and insisted I have it!

Mary gave me the iridescent ring and brown and beige stretch bracelet. "It's just material stuff my dear" she says. We went to lunch then and had a really lovely afternoon.

I would not have given this dress set a second look new, but at $3 in the thrift shop it was a different story. I don't have much green and thought I'd give it a go. I turned in into a jumper and added a belt to make it less frumpy.

My friend invited me to a party next week so I'm hoping to show you some pictures of her great style.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A blast from the Past.

I missed Frock on Friday...
A. Everything I wanted to wear needed mending
B. I was lazy
C. No proper underthings for the frocks that didn't need mended

So I thought I would share a few pictures of myself
from the 70's.

Yes...that is a sword I'm balancing on my head. This was at "Kapona" in Harrisburg. Kapona is a river front festival with boat races, games, arts, fireworks and just a giant street fair. The word Kapona is a Susquehannock Indian word meaning "Sparkling Water". The name of our river is, of course, the Susquehanna River. The sword dance was my signature dance.

The most common dance that most people wanted to see was called a "Cabaret" dance. This is what you've seen on Television or in restaurants. That's a black wig I'm wearing. I'm pretty sure I still have it.

And without the wig

Look how skinny I am girls!

I was rockin' the turban way before it became cool.

I made all these costumes

and finally, what would a blast from the past be without some big curly hair!

Dig it!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hi Ho, Hi Ho...Off to work I go.

Don't have much to say today...these pictures were taken Monday morning. I thought I would try taking the pictures in the morning before I looked to beat.

Faux snakeskin pattern jacket $5.50 and Red shoes $6 retail clearance Fashion Bug
gray skirt $4 Goodwill
Red sweater $3, Red belt $1.99, Red fishnets $1 Gabriele Brothers
Purple beaded necklace gifted

Awake or not, it's time to face the day.


Friday, November 11, 2011


It has been a long busy week. I am ready for Pizza and a cider and a movie. I snapped a few quick photos before getting in my cozy velour lounge suit.

I found this cute little slip on dress for $2.50 at the Community Aid. I was just drawn to the aqua green color. It is actually a Summer frock, but with Menopause I go from freezing cold to tearing clothes off in an instant, probably a dozen times a day.

I think I am going to have to use the dreaded "D" word soon. I'm getting a bit chunky lately.

aqua frock $2.50
purple sweater $6
purple peep toe, suede and faux snake shoes $6
purple flowered headband $1.99

I love you sweeties, but I am going to go and veg now!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dancing at the Green Door

The Green Door is a local dance club where you can spend $3, have a dance lesson and then practice what you just learned. Number 3 son was bored and wanted to socialize, so we headed to the Green Door that is full of college age sweeties waiting for someone to ask them to dance.

Number 3 son with one of his favorite thrifting finds, a ruffled tuxedo shirt.

I almost passed up this dress until I read Helga's post when she re-worked that great little blue dress and looked fantastic in it. I tried on this dress at Goodwill and it was a little small. I thought about it for two days and couldn't stand it anymore. I went back and bought it for $5. All I need to do was to take two darts out, in the back of the dress, and it was perfect! Thanks Helga!

This is the perfect dress to wear when playing my ukulele

Some pictures of the dancers

We left before Son 3 did because we worked cleaning up after the freak snow storm all day and we were both worn out.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Technically a Frock...

Fridays are pretty quiet at my work so it is usually only me a couple of other people. It's been a long week and I decided to go casual today. My casual consisted of a great little dress I found at the Community Aid. It really is a Summer dress, but I couldn't wait that long to wear it.

I put some leggings under it since it is still a bit chilly for this time of year.

Pink sweater $3
Summer dress $2
Leggings $6
Ballerina slippers $1
60's Jewelry gifted from Peanut of the Time Bomb

The pattern reminds me of some bed sheets I had as a kid. I can't seem to upload a picture of the print. Blogger must be acting up a bit. Community Aid is having customer appreciation day tomorrow. If we get there before 9 AM, we get a $15 gift certificate plus everything is 50% off. Can't beat that!