Playing with the Cards that are Dealt You

Living life to the fullest with whatever the day brings

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Big Bird!

I took a suggestion from Misfit's Vintage Blog and bought a YELLOW dress! The pictures do not do the yellow justice. I thought I looked a bit like big bird. I got a lot of ladies telling me they loved my outfit. but that is probably because I stuck out like a "zoot suit at a Shaker's funeral".

We went to the Dill Tavern to listen to the Big Band.

I found this watch pin at Marjorie's Gems. I had to have it because my Dad's first job when he was 13 years old was working the ice truck.

This alligator purse is from Cuba and belonged to my husband's Mom. The little guy still has his very sharp little teeth. When my hubby was little, his mom had this in church and he sat down on it and yelled out in the middle of service "It bit my butt!". It has since drawn blood from all three of my boys who felt the need to stick their
finger in it's mouth.

I need a name for my purse. Any suggestions?

Next day...Same dress...Different look

Dress, belt & Shoes - Goodwill $10 total
Hat & gloves - Thrifted $12
White earrings, cape and purse - inherited
Ice watch pin - Marjories Gems $10
Green necklace - Gabriele Brothers
Bangles - Gifted from Sarah of MRTB
Green earrings - I bought in the 70s

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Helliconia Spring 2012

For any of you Science Fiction fans out there, this has been my Helliconia Spring. The book is about a Planet whose orbit is so elliptical that the Winters last more than a generation.  So an entire generation of people have known nothing but severe Winter and then...something strange begins to happen. As the Planet orbits closer to their Sun, everything begins to change and they don't know why or what is
going to happen next.

That has pretty much been my life of late. I am still job hunting, as are many of my friends. Our economy is in the tank and businesses and corporations are tossing us old squaws out of the teepee to let the elements finish off the weak. I do my best work when things seem the bleakest!

We did manage a short Vacation at "the Shore"

I still think this is the best way to go.

A sand sculpture of Joseph reuniting with his brothers.

A local gave us a great tip for dinner one evening, The Tuckahoe Inn. It was off the Island so it was affordable and had a lot of atmosphere.

And of course, I found a local Thrift Shop called "The Crooked Tail". All proceeds benefit the local pussies.

I found some pieces for my 70's Corelle Ware set of dishes

Proprietor and Cat Lady

I didn't get any pictures of me while at Sea Isle City, so I'll pop in this one the day after we got home.

I bought this dress at the beginning of Summer at Gabriele Brothers for $12. I was surprised it still fit! The sweater came from the same and I redecorated it with vintage rhinestone buttons.
Thank goodness for rose colored glasses (Big Lots $3) or I might really be depressed!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pump Primers

This is one of the annual events that Larry and I attend. Larry loves it because it has fire trucks and firefighter "junk" and I like it because it is a walk by the river and I like to look at all the activity. This is the River Boat. Anybody can take a ride for about $13.

This is a big competition day for the local volunteer fire companies. Larry said the first time his company did this keg competition, they lost miserably.

These are all retired pumpers that are now privately owned. The owners bring them out and line them up along the river to show off their big pumps. Most men of course.

Larry actually knows what he is looking at...or at least pretends he does anyway.

This is my favorite truck every year just because I like the town's name "Zelienople". It is a real town in Western Pennsylvania with a famous candy store.

I found my cherry dress at the church charity shop for $2.

After the Pump Primers, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the "Bluegrass on the Grass" festival in Carlisle. It is a free festival put on by Dickenson College.

I don't really have any great pictures of what I was wearing. I was just having a fun day out with my hubby.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Throw another pig on the smoker...

The Aussies throw another shrimp on the barbie and we Yanks throw another pig on the smoker. It wouldn't be Summer in PA without the smell of smoking pork wafting in the air! We PA natives love the "other white meat" and we don't need much to organize a good ole' pig roast.

Just a couple of old metal barrels cut in half filled with charcoal and fragrant wood and you have the perfect place to roast your pig.

It is usually a bring your own lawn chair and a side dish and you have a party.

We are in the middle of a heat wave right now with temps between 90 and 100 F. It is really too hot to do much of anything except be lazy.

I bought this white hat for a couple of bucks last year at Gabriel Bros. I love it because you can pin or clip anything on it to re-make it. I added a simple hair netting (you know the kind we wore on our behives in the 60's) to dress it up a bit. The earrings came from a bag of earrings I bought at the church charity shop for a few dollars.

My shoes and purse were bought at different times but match almost perfectly. The bag came from Goodwill and the shoes came from Shoesource on clearance.

We are slowly getting our Arbor redone. It still looks like it is going to fall over, but it is actually quite stable.

I found these Liz Claiborne sailing pants at the Church Charity Shop for $2 last week.

I made Larry stand for a picture in his $6 Summer suit from Community Aid and his straw driving hat we got in a box of hats at a yard sale for $10. There were at least a dozen hats in the box as well as decorated hair nets.

That is my red pimpmobile behind him. We just purchased a white Crown Vic so we are now a two pimpmobile family.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Back to being me...

Well, the wedding is over and I am back to being myself. I promised my son I would not do anything too weird during the wedding, but that ship has sailed. 

I didn't set off to have bright red hair. It was originally supposed to be just red highlights. After the cap was removed and washed out, they were more violet purple highlights. They were kind of interesting, but since I am job hunting, I thought "better not". The hair stylist (Donut Lady) put on a dark color to try and cover them up. It turned sort of beet red.

My outfit today consists of a sweater and cami set gotten for a $1 during Community Aid's end of season clearance last summer. I've used a strapless dress as a skirt and let's not forget the lovely back brace...

About seven years ago I had back surgery for a fractured disc. Every now and again I move wrong and have to take it easy for a couple of days and wear this torture device. I think that is when I decided to really enjoy life, since before the surgery, I was walking with a cane and living on Vicadin. I even got a call from the school Psycologist when my son said all his mommy does is sleep. I told the git, did he bother to ask him why and it was because of the unbearable pain I was in all the time. If I could have moved at the time, I would have knocked him out for starters. Anyway...after not being able to wear anything but granny shoes for a year, I decided that as soon as I was able I was going to wear the most impractical shoes I could find!

Now where was I?

Not being able to leave bad enough alone, I decided to try to lighten my hair myself...

So much for that idea.

So here I am with bright red hair and a great pair of sunnies I found at Bedford St. Antiques for $3.

And..I enrolled in Liberty University Online for college classes. It's been a busy week!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I am a Mother in Law!

This past weekend my son got married! It was a great wedding and I love my new daughter. Anyone who loves my son must be a wonderful person. My son takes after me and is a bit of a ham...

Roy and Bethany

A friend of ours provided this beautiful 1954 Cadillac Limo

I am so fortunate to have three good looking boys. The brothers, Andrew and John.

The bride and all the lovely young ladies of the bridal party.

The brides Grandmother was calming her before the ceremony. Bethany was shaking like a leaf.

The beginning of a very great adventure indeed.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


In the past couple of months, I've sold my house three times. Two did not stick, but the last time seems to be a winner. The past month I've been cleaning out the white house and moving everything into the blue house. I cannot believe all the junk I have. I am going to be opening an Etsy store to get rid of some of it. Really...why do I have a basket full of cameras from the 60s through the 80s. I also have one of the ugliest dishes I've ever seen that my son found online selling for $50. Go figure?

In between selling the same house over and over I....

Visited Peanut and Miss Ruth. MRTB participated in Ladies Night at Rillos again this year. Check out Miss Ruth's Time Bomb Blog for the video of the Fashion Show. This years theme was "Circus"!

Peanut sorting through her inventory for clothes to take to Las Vegas for the Rockabilly Weekend.

Miss Ruth pricing items

Here are the clothes we modeled at the Fashion Show.

...Went to the Casting Crowns Concert with some friends.

April and Lori

The lovely Denise (Her family is from England)

Me and Lori

"Casting Crowns"

...Celebrated Passover with friends and family.

...Went to my son's first Art Exhibition.

I've been feeling a bit 60's and 70's lately.

Orange Jacket and tan turtleneck - Goodwill
back zipper slacks gifted

Geometric dress - Goodwill

Missed you gals...I have a ton of blog reading to catch up on now.