Playing with the Cards that are Dealt You

Living life to the fullest with whatever the day brings

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Big Band at the Winery

"Blue Moon" Big Band was playing at the winery this weekend. So we loaded up the coolers and headed out for an evening of good food, a little wine and dancing.

Between me and K, we came up with a pretty great menu. Eats consisted of chicken, potato salad, tomato and mozzarella salad, squash pie, peach crisp and angel food cake.

I wore a frock I bought at the Community
 Aid Store with a white belt that I have had for years. The fan was a must in the pavillion, although it was much cooler here by the grape arbors at Naylor's Winery.

I definitely needed a bow in my hair tonight, gotten from Miss Ruth's Time Bomb.

Me and my hubby

I never realize how short I am until I see pictures like this.

Even though we had a late night, I managed to put myself somewhat together for church the next morning.

Black, white and red when you don't want to think too hard and a hat to hide undone hair.

I got a lot of compliments for just throwing myself together.

My walls are painfully empty because we are trying to sell our house. I can't wait to move and display all my treasures!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Frock on Friday

My frock today is not very exciting. I just put on something that was light and easy because it is frocking hot
here again today.

I got this dress and jacket at the Church clothing Swap.

I must show you my jewelry though...

The feather pin is carved by Ralph Hocker. He gifted it to me when we worked at the same print shop. The watch, I've had since about 1972. It is lucite with a black patent leather band. Almost forty years old I haven't had to change the battery once! (that's a joke for all you kids) The face is a little steamed up from the humidity.

Super comfy shoes I picked up for $1 at "Fantastic Finds" consignment shop

I was playing photographer at the Mega Sports Camp where my oldest son was teaching Hip Hop to the kids. They were performing tonight.

"My Son"

He is a Science teacher so kids don't scare him. He said it was a good week...only one kid barfed.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rockin' the 70's

I decided to jazz up a dull work outfit with my
70's turquoise jewelry

I wish I could say I found the pieces in a quaint little vintage shop, but I actually bought them in the 70's and have had them since.
Here's a close up of the necklaces

The jacket belonged to my mother

the bead necklace is crocheted. It was all the rage at the time. Just string beads on metallic yarn and chain stitch, pulling a bead up into the chain every so many stitches.

Here is a close up of the earrings

I will be wearing these earrings when I am 80.

My slacks were given to me by the lovely K and the shell was bought at Goodwill for $3.50.

The turquoise bracelet was inherited and is Sara Coventry. The silver bangles I've had forever and the cute little handcuffs are from Miss Ruth's Time Bomb

Supper tonight was provided by a friend of ours, Lee. She grew up in Korea and this is the best soup ever. It is as spicy as it looks (she tones it down for us). It is a cold spicy cucumber soup you serve over hot rice. Delicious!

Everyone abandoned me tonight so I'm watching Sophia Loren and Alan Ladd in "Boy on a Dolphin"


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Heatwave Day 2

It was probably too hot to heat up the oven, but a friend gave us squash fresh from the garden and
 I wanted to use it while it was at it's peak, so I made
a squash pie

This is one of my favorite frocks from
Miss Ruth's Time Bomb.

I feel very Jackie Kennedy when I wear it. Besides, it  is light and comfortable for 100+ degree days.

Here is the recipe in case your garden exploded too:

Italian Zucchini Pie

4 C. Thinly sliced unpeeled zucchini
1 C. chopped or thinly sliced onion
1/2 C. margarine or butter
1/2 C. fresh chopped parsley or 2 T. dried parsley
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. sweet basil leaves
1/4 t. oregano
2 eggs, beaten
8 oz. shredded Munster cheese or Mozzarella cheese
8 oz. can Crescent Dinner Rolls
2 T. Dijon or Prepared mustard

In a 10 inch skillet, cook zucchini and onion. Stir in parsley and seasonings. In a large bowl, blend eggs and cheese. Stir in veg mixture. Separate dough into 8 triangles. Place in 11 inch quiche pan or 10 inch pie pan. Press over bottom and side to form crust. Spread crust with mustard. Pour mixture into crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes. Put foil on crust before baking so the crust doesn't get to brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

I made a double batch so I used a 9x13 glass dish

Saturday, July 23, 2011


It is more that 100 degrees here in Central Pa, which is
practically unheard of in July

Everyone is trying to keep cool

I bought this frock at the Community Aid Store for a few dollars

My intent is to cut in off about knee length, but I needed something cool and
comfortable to wear and dug it out of my closet.

I liked the lace trim around the neckline and sleeves

The earrings are a gift from my son. He bought them from Eden Ministry, made by
women who have been rescued from the sex slave trade. Stop by their
web site and check it out. The money goes to helping these ladies find a new life.

The kitty pin belonged to my mother in law.

As much as I love shoes, I prefer to go shoeless at home in the summer. Probably because
we rarely wore shoes in the summer when I was little.

This little flower popped up out of nowhere. I guess if it can bloom in adverse conditions, so can I.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Balancing my love for op shopped and vintage clothing with office attire can be challenging

If I keep to classic styles along with a few
op shop finds, it works

I can do the black slacks +  blouse uniform, but
why would I want to

This whole outfit cost me less than $15, including the hair bow

When I buy new, I buy end of the season clearance racks

The shoes are my favorite

I actually have women stop me and tell me how fabulous these shoes are

They were free because they needed heel caps, which hubby took care of readily

The necklace and earring set were a gift from "Peanut" of Miss Ruth's Time bomb

They are some type of glass which make a great "clinking" noise when they get next to each other

Excuse the old lady neck, but it's the only one I have

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sunday Church and Roller Derby

The usual Sunday morning was a beautiful day

I am wearing one of my favorite Goodwill finds, a flowing leopard print dress covering
with a Eddie Bauer tank dress underneath.

They match perfect but were bought separate for
about $4 each.

In keeping with the native theme, I decided to wear all shell and uncultured pearl necklaces

The shell necklaces are a souvenir from Florida when I danced with a road show and
the pearls a gift from my sister in law the lovely K

PS. Aren't my hydrangeas gorgeous?

and one of my favorite bags from Miss Ruth's Time Bomb

This was a gift from my hubby one day, for no reason.

I just found it on my pillow.

Go figure.

Here is a picture of the dress without the sweater

I'm not a big follower of Astrology, but I have to admit that I have a split personality.

Here is where the Gemini thing happens

Sunday evening we went to the Roller Derby

It was great!

Except for Stella Stitcher breaking her leg
(she's recovering nicely)

It was great fun.

Here are the H.A.R.D. Derby Girls making a wall so Stella had some privacy while they worked on her leg

This is one of the places I can wear a zebra print skirt and magenta sneakers and no one even notices

Me with Fallon Blitzher

Here's a future Derby Girl

I'm considering going to tryouts tomorrow. I've decided on the name "Grandmaulher Moses"

Saturday, July 16, 2011


I've always been the oddball where ever I go
I'm the one in red and rhinestones while everyone else is wearing jeans and T-shirts

I thought I was a loner until I discovered the beautiful ladies on Blogger who aren't afraid to be different

Helga VonTrollop, Pull Your Socks Up, Vintage Vixen among others as well as my young friend. Pink Champagne, have inspired me to vent my need to express my artistic tendencies via the "Blog"

This was my Fourth of July outfit. Needless to say everyone but a few brave souls, who also ventured out of the accepted normal realm of fashion, looked at me like I needed to be committed.

My dress was a steal at half price off day at our Community Aid Charity Store. The hat I found at "Fairy Godmothers" Vintage Store, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Normally they are a bit pricey, but I dug this sailor's cap out of a bargain bin and added a hand carved red, white and blue feather which was a gift from a local carving artist and friend "Ralph Hocker". The shoes were from my favorite haunt, Goodwill in Camp Hill, Pa. and the handbag was from the $5 bin at Miss Ruth's Time Bomb in Carlisle, Pa. It was missing the handle so I added an old faux gold chain from the 80's that belonged to my father in law.

A close up of the hat

The earrings I've owned for about 20 years, procurred on a trip to New York, NY. I don't remember where I got the belt, too long ago.

Too early in the morning for smiling

Please to excuse any misspellings or confused sentences. Apart from being of Pennsylvania Dutch stock (we tend to talk bassackwards), a bout with lyme disease left my mind a bit jumbled.

Thanks for reading luvs!