Playing with the Cards that are Dealt You

Living life to the fullest with whatever the day brings

Saturday, October 29, 2011


It is not even Halloween yet and we have a foot of snow!

The weather channel said we have not had snow this early since 1972 when we had about one and one half inches. We have surpassed that by about 10 inches.

My boys couldn't resist making a snowman.

I didn't think I would get to wear my Dr. Zhivago hat this early in the year.
I just purchased it last week from the local Charity Shop for $5. It has a zipper in the back so it can be worn like this or as a full hat that can be tied under the chin. My coat is an oil skin duster that my husband and sons are always trying to snitch from me.

Number two and three sons playing in the snow. Number three just had surgery and will be paying for this tomorrow. They invented a new game of using the disc sleds as giant frisbees.

It is supposed to warm up again and the snow is supposed to be melt away and this will all be a memory next week.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Time to Make the Lemonade

Well...this has been one of those days that my blog is all about. Life happens and there is nothing you can do about it. People continue to suck, liars continue to lie and people making bad choices continue to try to justify their bad behavior even when they know deep down it is wrong. However, since my blog is about playing with the cards you get, that includes the bad with the good. I am going to choose to be content and not be sucked into their ugliness. So, onto beauty...this is the dress I was excited about. I don't know what era it is from, but there is a Made in the USA Union bug in the label that I haven't seen for years.

I had to be my own photographer today.

I also found these great little booties at Gabriele Brothers.

I decided to go with a scarf instead of a necklace and turquoise jewelry.

I don't know if I showed you this Sara Coventry turquoise bracelet before. It was given to me by my Mother in Law.

Turquoise dress $3
Green booties $7
metallic scarf $3
Turquoise earrings and bracelet and blue tights owned for years

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fabulous Fall Colors

I love the warm fall colors and this skirt is becoming one of my favorites this year. It is the suede patchwork skirt I found at Goodwill. Today I matched it with browns and oranges.

My photographer cut the top of my "do" off. I'll have to deduct it from his paycheck.

Every Fall outfit should include candy corn earrings.

I don't remember where I got the brown blouse from
Gold and brown necklace was my Moms
The orange sweater was retail clearance
Orange tights with hearts Gabriele Brothers for 99 cents
The brown shoes are suede also and some of my favorites. I spent much more for them than I usually would. They were $20 at Gabriele Bothers (original tag was over $100). I tried them on and they fit perfectly and were so comfortable. I went back three times before I finally purchased them. After I was back the third time, I figured they were meant for me since they were still there. I've never regretted buying them, I can wear them all day and my feet do not hurt at all.

I can't wait for Frock Friday. I found the most wonderful frock at the Charity shop last week!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Playing Catch Up

I am a bit out of sorts right now. Last year, all my kids were gone from home and I was alone most of the time. It took awhile to get used to, but I managed. Now everyone is back home and even though I like the full house, I don't get as much time to do what I want. I will adjust and probably by next Summer, the house will empty out again and I will get my computer time back. I haven't gotten many pictures of late, but I wanted to show you what was under my cape at Farmer's Fair (hehehe). I took the pictures after walking all day, so my hair is a bit wind tossed.

I really like this maxi I found at the Charity Shop. I spent more that usual ($4) but this was worth it. It is so comfortable and I love the print.

The details around the hem of the top and the buttons make it perfect.

Since this time of year it is cold in the morning and then warms up, I layered with this jacket I got at Retail Clearance for $6.

and added my hand carved feather.

I have scads of pictures of the Adult Prom to share. We had some drama and trauma that evening and I am still recovering, but I didn't let it stop me from dancing the night away!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Farmers Fair Weekend

Farmers Fair is a big deal here in Dillsburg. It begins the third weekend in October and ends Saturday after the "Big" Parade. It is a big parade because Friday is the Baby Parade. The baby parade is a shorter walk and all the children can dress up or pull floats and be the stars that night. I didn't go into the parades (I was too lazy), but K and I did go in Saturday to walk around and check out the second hand shops which are usually closed by the time
I get home from work.

We started at the craft fair. Mostly to get ideas for our own projects.  I can't really afford most of what they
were selling there. 

We moved onto the cars and tractors. They do a parade with them in the afternoon, but after looking at 50 tractors puttering by, it gets pretty boring.

The handsome guy in the uniform is my hubby.
After that we moved to the Dills Tavern for some local History. I think they had every war covered.

...and some pictures of inside the Tavern

Oh and can't forget the Fair Entries. I've entered many years and every one in my family had won a few ribbons for something or another.

The sewing details on the dress were beautiful. It won first place and should have.

I wore my hounds tooth cape that I inherited from my my Mother in Law. She made it herself. I have pictures of her wearing it in Jerusalem.

Larry has worked almost every Farmers Fair since
we've been married.

I did purchase a new hat for 25 cents. The hideous silk flowers are already in the trash and I will have it looking glorious in no time.

The adult prom is this weekend and I cannot decide what dress to wear. Silver sparkles or Hot Pink.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Color Purple

As usual, I am totally oblivious to the world and had no idea it "Feel Your Boobies" day for breast cancer. So here is a word for all my sisters who survived breast cancer and those that fought the good fight. Helga looked fantastic in her pink and is always an inspiration to me.

I chose a plain purple frock today livened up by a crinkle top.
My crinkle blouse was a gift from my niece.

Purple blouse - gift, purple dress - clearance rack, purple fishnets - Gabriele Brothers and purple shoes - clearance retail, purple necklace - gift. Egad...I have sexy legs for an old lady!

My dress was a bit to low cut to wear alone to the office, but not for you all...

It is Farmer's Fair Weekend here, which is a local holiday. I will try to take lots of pictures.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Picture of Corporate Perfection

I decided to treat everyone, at work, today to a Corporate Outfit, just to show that I can.
No fishnets,
no glitter,
no bold patterns.

I heard them whispering behind my back.
Jacket, local charity shop
slacks, hand me down from K
sweater, Gabriele Brothers

My necklaces and earrings were all gifted

My explanation point brooch was a silent way to yell
"I am me!"

Tomorrow, I'm thinking faux snake skin print.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In need of a Muse

I am not really feeling inspired lately, but I still try to make an effort. I found this skirt at the local charity shop for $2.50 and really liked the button detail down the front. If you're into labels, it is Sag Harbor. I do like their clothes, but there is no way I would pay $30 for a skirt.

My sweater set was gotten from a store that was going out of business. The eye is still healing so no contacts or eye makeup yet. My pin is another from my Mother. The picture is a little blurry but hopefully you can still see how pretty this pin really is.

I think I need to go shopping in my closet for inspiration.

You experience bloggers out there...I am having trouble leaving comments on some blogs I am following. The post comment is telling me I do not have access to the blog. Any idea how to correct this?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sidelined by Life

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I'm still here. My youngest son had surgery and I managed to scratch my cornea. No recent pictures because half my face was swollen and I couldn't see out of my eye. So here are a couple of pictures from last week with my fab suede skirt I found at Goodwill.

I bought these suede boots in the early 70's and have replaced the ties once and glued the soles back on countless times. Obviously we're still trying to sell the house.

I added a soft suede jacket and lace top in Fall colors, and of course a little leopard print. I think I am putting the leopard print away for a while, because every clothing commercial I see lately is pushing it. I'll find something else until the current fastination with it wanes and department store fashion moves onto the next fad. Hoping I can get some pictures this weekend, my eye almost looks normal again!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Party on the Mountain

Our realtor Ed, who is also a friend, invited us to his first public "Party on the Mountain". Ed also works with my hubby so there were a lot of old friends there. I used to work at the same place my hubby still works, so it was nice seeing some folks I haven't seen for a while. The mountain was beautiful even with the rain coming down.

Ed's son and some of his friends entertained with their band "Cabin Fever".

I enjoyed the washboard player, he really put on a good show.

The Bongo player and his lady

Ed's grand daughter didn't mind the rain at all.

I wore my coat that my sister made for my mother in the 1970s. She also made all of us sisters a shorter tie version, but I gave that one to my niece when I inherited my mothers.

Hahaha...the pockets are built in cup holders...

Time to head home and warm up these old bones!