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Hiya Blogland!! Every got their polyester on??? We’ll be visiting the 70’s again today!!

The movie poster above is from the 1993 move “Dazed and Confused” which followed a group of teenagers on the last day of school in 1976.  The kids in this movie were the same age (junior becoming senior) as I was on that day so this brings back LOTS of memories!

First off- they NAILED the clothing, the sets, the music of that era dead-on. I understand that a great deal of the wardrobe was deadstock. I could relate to driving around with nothing to do. and of course-the pivotal field party was something I was VERY familiar with!

The cast was pretty much unknowns at the time-it feature a very young Matthew McCoughnahey and Ben Affleck.  I love this movie–if you were a teenager in the 70’s you will totally get it!! Here’s some more pix from the movie:

Dig the groovy chair!

Dig the groovy chair!

Ben Affleck!

Ben Affleck!

Dig the clothes!

Dig the clothes!

Matthew McCoughnahey

Matthew McCoughnahey

I’m going to share some images of the clothes we wore. I’m using catalogs from the era as most of us shopped for our stylish threads in such hip places as Sears, Wards, and Penneys-especially if you lived in Podunk Nowhere!!

Shoes-how I wish I had some of these now!!

Shoes-how I wish I had some of these now!!

This stuff looks very familiar!!!

This stuff looks very familiar!!!

I totally rocked a version of the plaid pants, blouse and cropped sweater in 1975~

I totally rocked a version of the plaid pants, blouse and cropped sweater in 1975~

Bodysuits--to wear with you hiphuggers!!

Bodysuits–to wear with you hiphuggers!!

Pantsuits were HUGE in the 70's!!

Pantsuits were HUGE in the 70’s!!

I wore halter tops like this! I remember crocheting vests like this for friends!

I wore halter tops like this! I remember crocheting vests like this for friends! I also had a homemade jeans skirt with embroidery.

On to the outfits! I wore something easy and cool Wednesday as it was hot, sticky and miserable!!

Top & skirt-Thrifted, Bangles-Thrifted, Buttonflowers-MeganMae, shoes-Amerimark

Top & skirt-Thrifted, Bangles-Thrifted, Buttonflowers-MeganMae, shoes-Amerimark

Thursday I decided to join up with Spy Girl for the 52 Pick-me-up Challenge. This week its complementary colors. I chose a variation of one of my favorites-red and green. I tweaked it a bit and wore olive and burgundy. Pardon the flip-flops but I’ve been having some crappy muscle contractions in my feet the past couple of days and these didn’t hurt.

Top-Retail/giftcard, Skirt-Retail/DIY, Bangles-Thrifted, Necklace-???

Top-Retail/giftcard, Skirt-Retail/DIY, Bangles-Thrifted, Necklace-???

 

I’m trying to be creative with our meals. Tonite’s menu was very tropical!! The hubster really enjoyed it.

1.Salad with Kiwi, Strawberries, Blueberries, Celery & Cucumber dressed with Poppyseed dressing 2. Grill Portebella mushrooms with homemade Mango-Pineapple Salsa, Cuban Black Beans and Coconut Brown Rice

1.Salad with Kiwi, Strawberries, Blueberries, Celery & Cucumber dressed with Poppyseed dressing
2. Grill Portabella Mushrooms with homemade Mango-Pineapple Salsa, Cuban Black Beans and Coconut Brown Rice

Here’s are little Diva-ette!! My daughter is visiting Saturday with our grand-Chihuahua Noelle who’s not quite 2 years old!  There is sure to be loads of doggie fun at our house! We plan on taking the girl’s for a walk on the towpath. MrBill can use that time to recuperate!! I’ve been making bandanas for them (matching ones no less-LOL)

Fashionista Supermodel in training!

Fashionista Supermodel in training!

Everyone have a fabulous weekend!! I’ll be back on Sunday with more 70’s awesomeness!!

TTFN

Tamera

 

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Hiya Blogland!!! Pull out your polyester and platforms!! It’s 70’s week!! We’ll be celebrating the “fashion” and pop culture of the Me Decade!

I graduated from High School in 1977 so the 70’s are near and dear to me! I still love the music and “most’ of the fashion! Let’s jump in the time machine and check it out!

This is what I was wearing in 1976:

Rugby shirt, painters pants, puka shell necklace, earth shoes and rainbow socks. Yeah I was STYLIN'!!!

Rugby shirt, painters pants, puka shell necklace, earth shoes and rainbow socks. Yeah I was STYLIN’!!!!

HUUUUGE bellbottom jeans, Peasent top, Buffalo sandals and tooled leather purse.

HUUUUGE bellbottom jeans, Peasent top, Buffalo sandals and tooled leather purse.

Gauchos, boots, cowl neck and wrap sweater were "dressy' attire. I rocked all of these looks.

Gauchos, boots, cowl neck and wrap sweater were “dressy’ attire. I rocked all of these looks.

Some of the scents of the 70’s. I still wear Charlie and would LOVE to find some Avon Honeysuckle. I also still wear Jungle Gardenia.

Charlie, Honeysuckle, Skinny Dip and the ever creepy ad for Love's Baby Soft.

Charlie, Honeysuckle, Skinny Dip and the ever creepy ad for Love’s Baby Soft. Used them all!

We kept our Farah or Dorothy Hamel do’s shiny with these:

The Beer on Tap stuff was AWFUL. My fav was the Lemon-up.

The Beer on Tap stuff was AWFUL. My fav was the Lemon-up.

And in the spirit of FUN–which the 70’s certainly were-here’s an ad for a program i actually WATCHED. and it was as cheesetastic as it sounds!!

How can you go wrong with this concept and these stars?

How can you go wrong with this concept and these stars?

Oh yeah–and back then you could drink beer and wine at age 18. And that’s how old  my driver’s license said I was(snerk). This was a favorite–99 cents and you could get it at the 7-11!!

The finest in wine-Boone's Farm!!

The finest in wine-Boone’s Farm!!

And on to the outfit part of the post. Sunday afternoon I wore this to go to the grocery store and walk Gracie. Patti of Not Dead Yet Style had a giveaway a few weeks ago for a gift certificate to CafePress. Much to my surprise I won and decided to pay homage to the biggest fashionista I know-The Diva!!! I ruched the sides and glittered her image–one of my favorites of her surrounded by gold lame’.  It garnered loads of wonderful comments. I know she would approve! How appropriate the “Diva-ette in training” makes an appearance in her new bandana! It’s DIVA time!!

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Monday I had a doctor’s appointment and training so I jumped back into my easy T and skirt combo.

Tshirt-Thrifted, GetHappy Skirt-DIY, Sandals-Amerimark, Bangles-2 old and one gifted by sweet Krista!

Tshirt-Thrifted, GetHappy Skirt-DIY, Sandals-Amerimark, Bangles-2 old and one gifted by sweet Krista!

We are having our first miserable heatwave so today I decided it was time for a maxi and pasty chicken wings!! I so love this pattern–bright, bold and the black at the bottom adds a special touch. Or looks like I drug my skirt through tar! I’m photobombed again–she loves the camera!!

Dres--Retail at huge discount, Bangles-Thrifted, Dog-Adorable!!

Dres–Retail at huge discount, Bangles-Thrifted, Dog-Adorable!!

I wanted to share a picture of our dinner tonite! We are feasting on some of the first bounty from my garden! Fresh zucchini, Rainbow Swiss Chard and lots of herbs!  I’m transitioning to vegan and I try to get Lauren to eat meatless once or twice a week.  He loved this meal! We had sautéed Swiss Chard, Oven-roasted Zucchini and a rag-out of white beans, onion, mushroom and tomatoes-all seasoned with rosemary, thyme, oregano and marjoram from the garden. YUM!!

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I’m linking up with Janie of Flight Platform Living for the first ever Shiny T Tuesday: When Pattern Seduces!!! I obviously love me some pattern–and todays dress and yesterday’s skirt are proof of that!! stop by and check all the pattern lovers out!!

Well–I’m off to walk Ms. Gracie and do some reading. I’m slowly catching up with everyone’s blogs!! I just haven’t had much time on-line the last few days.

Everyone have a wonderful evening and I’ll be back Thursday with more 70’s fabulosity!!

TTFN

Tamera

Hiya Blogland!!! How is everyone’s weekend going?? We’ve been having a wonderful one here!!  Yesterday I took Gracie out for her first “car ride”. I have a thingy that hooks to the seatbelt and her harness to secure her. She was a perfect angel–just laid on the seat good as gold.

We went down the road from our house to the C&O Canal Park. My town, Sharpsburg, is bordered on somewhat on 2 sides by the Antietam Battlefield National Park and on another side by The C&O Canal National Park. Sharpsburg is also a canal town in addition to a Civil War site.

A mini history lesson:

The Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal is one of the most intact and impressive survivals of the American canal-building era.  The C&O Canal is unique in that it remains virtually unbroken and without substantial modification affecting its original character for its entire length of 185 miles. The C&O Company was chartered in 1825 to construct a shipping canal connecting tidewater on the Potomac River in DC with the headwaters of the Ohio River in western Pennsylvania, thereby providing an economical trade route between the eastern seaboard and the trans-Allegheny West.

In the late 1870s the canal trade began to decline as many of the Allegheny coal operators began to ship over the B&O Railroad, the canal’s greatest competitor.  This development, together with the effects of the nationwide economic depression in the mid-1870s and major floods in 1877 and 1886, again put a severe strain on the finances.  In 1889 an enormous flood forced the canal company into receivership, and the B&O Railroad emerged as the majority owner of the company’s bonds.  In 1924, by which time the railroad had captured almost all of the carrying trade, another damaging flood struck.  This time the repairs necessary to resume operation were not made, and the active era of the canal came to an end.

In 1938 the railroad, hurt by the Depression, sold the entire canal to the United States government, and the canal was placed under the National Park Service.  In 1961, President Eisenhower proclaimed it a national monument.  An act of Congress in 1971 authorized the acquisition of additional land and establishment of the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

The canal survives as an excellent illustration of 19th-century canal-building technology. The magnitude of the engineering achievement is exemplified by the length of the canal, its 74 lift locks to accommodate a rise of 605 feet, the 11 stone aqueducts spanning the major Potomac tributaries, 7 dams supplying water to the canal, hundreds of culverts carrying roads and streams beneath the canal, and a 3,117-foot tunnel carrying the canal through a large shale rock formation.

The canal towpath is a wonderful place to walk!

The canal towpath is a wonderful place to walk!

Scenes of the Potomac river along the towpath

Scenes of the Potomac river along the towpath

Gracie and MrBill, aka The Tootsie Roll of Love, are getting along famously. Every evening we take a short jaunt down the sidewalk and around the ally. MrBill is getting back some of his mojo!! They are almost always together around the house.

Gracie & MrBill snoozing on their Poochie Pouches!

Gracie & MrBill snoozing on their Poochie Pouches!

Here’s some more pictures of Gracie. She has adjusted so well it’s like she’s always lived with us!!  I’ve started her off wearing bandana’s I’ve made her from my stash. She’s too tiny for the Diva’s wardrobe (the Diva was more voluptuous) so I’ll need to see what can be altered and I guess this mean’s SHOPPING!!!doggiesFriday was another simple DIY skirt and Tshirt day. I’m planning on continuing a bit this coming week in the same vein.

Tshirt-Thrifted, Skirt-DIY, Peacock Pendant-DIY, Shoes-Amerimark

Tshirt-Thrifted, Skirt-DIY, Peacock Pendant-DIY, Shoes-Amerimark

Sunday I pulled out a maxi dress as it was miserable humid out. This is the dress I scored discounted as-is for about $5 at Kohl’s! and LOOK–pasty chicken wings on display!!  And as you can see I got upstaged by someone awfully cute!! She’s very interested in the camera!

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I’m off for a walk around town with Miss Social Butterfly. She loves to visit folks as they are sitting out on their porches in the evening. And of course-all the other doggies in town!  Truthfully speaking it hurts to walk but we chug on because it’s good for both of us.

I’ll be linking up with the stunning ladies for Visible Monday!!! Come by and check out the most stylish ladies around!!

I’ll be back on Tuesday with some 70’s fashion fun!! Get out your disco balls and platforms!!

Posing for the camera this morning!

Posing for the camera this morning!

TTFN

Tamera

Hiya Blogland!! We have been having absolutely glorious weather (at last) here in Western Maryland this week!! I’ve been taking advantage of it by spending most of my home time outside!Lot’s of garden fun and taking Gracie on long walks. I’ve been pushing myself to take her on a nice walk each evening no matter how crappy I feel. This may be a good thing. Even if i only make it around the block I’m MOVING!! Plus she adores walking and is a perfect lady on the leash. She enjoys meeting other people on our travels (everyone things she is adorable of course)

I’ve needed the break from the computer–work has been crazy!! I’m finalizing a major renovation design and prepping all the technical specifications so it can go out for review. UGH–so much anal-retentive paperwork!! PLUS, I’ve been stuck in hours of mind-numbingly boring mandatory training!

Thanks for all of the sweet posts about Gracie!!! We all, MrBill included, fall more in love with her every day. She’s smart, lovable, cute, no negative behaviours, I just can’t conceive how anyone could have just gotten rid of her. Stupid on them-wonderful for us!!

The change is MrBill is remarkable!! He’s chewing bones, frisking, romping, he seems to have the spark back!! She still humps him occasionally to assert her dominance but he’s less perturbed by it now!!! He is totally happy being submissive! Every morning we walk up and down our front sidewalk with Gracie a few times for his exercise. He needs to lose a couple of pounds. He chunked up the last couple of months (over-spoiling on out part) Lauren says he looks like a tootsieroll (brown and round) He’s my sweet TootsieRoll of Love!!

I believe the Diva is looking down on us approving of the new addition. She is irreplaceable in our hearts and lives but Gracie has added the “glitter” we have been sorely missing since Kae left us. We are seeing some flashes of diva-tude in Ms. Gracie!!!! Clothes will soon be introduced!!

Enough gushing doggy chat!! This week I decided to  have a “theme” for my outfits incorporating the cotton skirts I’ve made and simple T-shirts. I’m exploring easy warm weather combo’s. These aren’t exactly groundbreaking but I’ve found this will be something to throw on in a flash. Add some colorful bangles and I’m ready to go!!

First up is Tuesday’s outfit. I did add a third layer in the denim vest. I just scored it for $5 and have been dying to wear it!! This will be a great addition to my wardrobe. I’d like to find a couple more vests, like a  khaki cargo style.

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Skirt-DIY, Tshirt-Thrifted, Vest-Thrifted, Shoes-Amerimark, Bangles-Thrifted

Here’s Wednesday’s outfit. At least I was comfortable for 5 hours of idiotic training!!

Skirt-DIY, Top-Thrifted, Shoes-Amerimark, Necklace-Thrifted, Bracelet-Gift from SheilaEphemera

Skirt-DIY, Top-Thrifted, Shoes-Amerimark, Necklace-Thrifted, Bracelet-Gift from SheilaEphemera

Thursday’s outfit is some sheet couture. The gingham is thrifted fabric and the floral is from a vintage sheet. I saw a gored skirt similar to this (alternating panels) and thought “I can do that!!” I plan on making more gored skirts for fall-I want a tartan flannel and a nice corduroy.

Skirt-DIY, Tshirt-Thrifted, Shoes-Amerimark, Bangles-Thrifted.

Skirt-DIY, Tshirt-Thrifted, Shoes-Amerimark, Bangles-Thrifted.

Did everyone see the little cutie peeking out from behind me?? She’s very interested in this picture-taking business!! I’m finding the chunky bangles really add a lot to an outfit. I pick them up whenever I see them if they are reasonable!

Everybody have a fabulous weekend!! I’ll be back on Sunday with more Gracie and MrBill cuteness!!!!!

TTFN

Tamera

 

 

Hiya Blogland!!! It’s the start of another stupendously stupid week at work for me. Sigh…so much stupid…so little opportunity to thwack the morons over the head!!

I’m going to save my OOTD for Thursday. Y’all are more interested in seeing pix of the new addition!!

The big excitement at our house is the arrival of our new rescue doggie. We picked her up at the rescue Sunday evening. (I took the day off yesterday to get her settled in. Yep–I took a vacation day for a DOG!!!)  Gracie-Rose is officially a member of our Wolfe pack (Wolfe is my last name BTW)

To get everyone up to speed– we adopted a year old fawn color chihuahua. No one is sure of her actual birthday–she’s just a bit over a year. We gave her a birthday of March 17, 2012.

When we got home (rescue is 20 minutes from our home) I took her into the yard while Lauren went to get MrBill. The look on his face when he spotted her!! It was sheer JOY!

1.Happy boy waiting for Gracie to arrive on her poochie pouch 2. Snoozin' and Snorin' after a busy day 3. Sharing Mama's lap

1.Happy boy waiting for Gracie to arrive
2. Snoozin’ and Snorin’ after a busy day
3. Sharing Mama’s lap

He ran to her wagging his tail faster than I’ve ever seen him wag it. They did the ritual butt-sniff hello to each other. Then MrBill peed and danced for her. Gracie then peed and danced for him!

They both frisked around a bit then MrBill started to do his happy roll on his back  in the grass. Gracie dropped down and did the same. She followed him around (leashed of course) the yard a bit. He went to his favorite “hunting ground” on the edge of the lawn and nosed out a cat turd.

He ate some and then kept nosing another piece towards Gracie. He would nose it, look at her and wag his tail. She finally got the message and ate his gifted turd. Bonding at it’s best!!

The rescue lady said she might be a bit standoffish for a couple of day. Once we got inside she looked around a bit and then jumped up in my lap to give me kisses. She is quite a love bug. She likes to be with me, or at least in the room. I’m used to having a dog audience!

She likes to roughhouse with daddy with an old sock. We definitely need more doggie toys. MrBill and Kae never played with any.

She loves chewy bones. Last night she kept bringing them up onto my lap. Then she took a nap surrounded by 6 chew bones. Girl needs options!

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We’ve noticed a big difference in Bill. He’s friskier, more active and just seems happy. And a bit confused. You might want to skip over this part if you have delicate sensibilities. Oh yeah…like anyone who’d be reading my blog would be having vapors….LOLOL

Anyway, Gracie started humping MrBill last nite (they are both spayed/neutered) much to his confusion. She is evidently asserting herself as boss dog.  The look on his face is priceless. WTH????

When I left out with her yesterday evening for a long walk ( I was feeling pretty good) MrBill cried after us and was upset until we returned. Maybe he remembers us leaving with Kae and her not coming back??? He can’t go for long walks with his bad knees. This weekend Daddy is going to walk Gracie whilst I push MrBill in his doggie stroller. Hopefully he will soon understand that she’s coming back when we go out.

What we saw on our walk today

What we saw on our walk today

She is excellent walking on a leash, is housebroken (no accidents so far) and busy but not hyper/yappy. She hops up on the bed and snuggles between Lauren and I and sleeps all night.

I’ve been trying to get pictures of MrBill and her together but she gets excited when she sees the camera and moves. She jumps like a kangaroo. She evidently understands the word “cookie” and has figured out exactly where we keep them. When I say the magic word she runs right to the pantry door.

Pardon the unmade bed and mess. she was asleep and still!

Pardon the unmade bed and mess. sSe was asleep and still!

All in all she is a little love. She’s made MrBill a happy boy. I really don’t believe we understood how depressed and lonely he was. He had been moping around a lot. Last nite he started to chew one of the chewy bones. He hadn’t wanted any (even the nice new expensive one) since Kae passed.

No one could ever replace the Diva in our hearts. I still miss her bossy, prissy, adorable self. But I think the Diva would approve of Gracie. We are seeing some hints of diva-ness!!! Once she’s more established with us Mom breaks out the CLOTHES!!! We’ll see if she loves them as much as the Diva did!

Jan of Fort Smith Stylista welcomed a new rescue baby this week. Her name is Toute and she’s also a chihuahua!!! To help bring more awareness and support for shelter/rescue adoptions, and to show off our adorable babies, I am currently planning a cyber-party for the end of July. Pets of course will be welcome!!! More info to come.

I’m off to play with Gracie and MrBill. Be back around Thursday~~

TTFN

Tamera

Black 7 White Hiya Blogland!! It’s a fantastic weekend here!! Is everyone ready for the Black & White Party??? I want to thank everyone for their support and participation, even if it’s only in their hearts!!

Here are our party-goers wearing their Back and White in support of those with invisible illnesses and conditions and their loved ones who support them.  Everyone decided to be on their best behavior for this party. It probably helped that I locked up all the booze!! There were no snakes and the cops weren’t involved!

First up is the lovely Desiree whose comments gave this whole party it’s catalyst!!!

Fabulous in a chic back and white suit accessorized as only Desiree can!! The pink tresses just set it off divinely!

Fabulous in a chic back and white suit accessorized as only Desiree can!! The pink tresses just set it off divinely!

Now we have the our Citizen Rosebud Bella  adding her divine presence:

Bella is wearing a vintage polkadot bathing suit under a tres chic vintage skirt!!

Bella is wearing a vintage polkadot bathing suit under a tres chic vintage skirt!! Love her pattern mixing!

Here is our fantastic Sacramento in a GORGEOUS location!!

Sacramento has punched up her black and white with some fabulous DIY neon pumps!

Sacramento has punched up her black and white with some fabulous DIY neon pumps!

Here is the glorious and elegant Curtise in her beautiful garden:

Curtise is looking rather mysterious in her black and white!!

Curtise is looking rather mysterious in her black and white!! Where is she going and with whom??

Here we have sweet Megan Mae in her party finery:

Megan's black and white is a DIY refashion!!! Isn't this just adorable??

Megan’s black and white is a DIY refashion!!! Isn’t this just adorable??

Next up is Linda all the way from New Zealand:

Linda shows off her black and white

Linda shows off her thrifted black and white. Her gorgeous necklace is from Fiji!!

Now we have the awesome Alicia rockin’ her monochrome look:

Alicia is looking stunning in her back and white accented with a bright scarf!

Alicia is looking stunning in her back and white accented with a bright scarf!

Suzanne is looking rather Parisian in her maxi and beret:

Suzanne is stunning in her mixed print

Suzanne is stunning in her mixed prints. I love the arrows on her maxi skirt!

Here is Val Sparkle who stopped by on her way to eating BBQ in Texas:

Val is all sparkle in her tunic and leggings!!

Val is all sparkle in her tunic and leggings!! I think she’s practicing her scarf action for a future VOGOFF!

Here’s sweet op-shopping Sue to join us:

Sue is magnificent in her pattern mixed ensemble and those kick-ass red boots!!

Sue is magnificent in her pattern mixed ensemble and those kick-ass red boots!!

Here’s comes the always groovy Vix stopping by between vintage fairs:

Vix in a fantastic frock she made and sporting a stunning jacket!

Vix in a fantastic frock she made and sporting a stunning jacket!

Amazing Melanie was able to sneak away from her VOGOFF duties to join in:

Melanie is looking

Melanie is looking rather film noir in her black and white!  The corrugated wall behind her makes such an awesome backdrop!

Jane of Flight Platform Living is joining us in honor of her daughter Tilly. please stop by and read her wonderful post about Tilly!

Jane is showing off a stunning skirt against a rainbow background!

Jane is showing off a stunning skirt against a rainbow background!

Last up is the always adorable Vizzini. Sheila of Ephemera sent this picture of him for the Diva’s party that never was.  Vizzini is quite handsome in his “tuxedo” fur and fits right in with the Black and White theme!!

"When you've got it, you've got it!"

“When you’ve got it, you’ve got it!”

I almost forgot!! Here is me in the dress I thrifted last week. I just don’t have words to express what I’m feeling right now. You guys are just awesome. Those of us that suffer, and those who suffer beside us, know we aren’t alone!!

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This has been an amazing party!! I wanted to reiterate Desiree’s quote because it says it all:

“How on earth sufferers actually manage to run a home, have a family, active friendships, a job … And I thought, it’s a disorder that is neither black nor white, it’s unaccountable, it can’t be defined, it has no boundaries, one cannot predict it.”

I’ll be linking the party up with Patti for Visible Monday. The conditions may be invisible but the fight is visible!!

Everyone have a fabulous evening!! I’m off to bring this sweetie home!! I’ll have pictures and all that good stuff on Tuesday!!

Gracie-Rose

Gracie-Rose

TTFN

Tamera

Black 7 White

Hiya Blogland!!! We are having a horribly stormy day here in Maryland. I’m not begrudging the rain (my gardens love it) but the wind and hail I can do with out.

Don’t forget to send me a picture of you in your Black & White outfit with a link to your post by Saturday June 15th at tamerakitten@yahoo.com. I’ll be showing all the participants next Sunday for Visible Monday.

Look at this sweet face:

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How can you not fall in love with such adorableness??  Let me tell you, Lauren and I did fall in love!!

Meet Gracie-Rose, the new addition to the Supermodel Family!!!!  Gracie is a rescued 1 year old fawn-colored chihuahua we are adopting. We get to pick her up Sunday–she was just spayed and has her final vet visit the end of this week.

I have kept in touch with the rescue organization that we got MrBill and KaeKae from, sending pix a couple of times a year. Last week I contacted one of the “owners” Cindi-who also happened to have fostered Bill & Kae for over a year after they were rescued, to let her know about Kae’s passing.

Cindi was as devastated about it as we were. She said the Diva was one of those special dogs she’d always remember–such a personality!!  She wondered how Bill was doing, considering how bonded they were. I told her he seemed to be doing ok, being spoiled, but he often seemed kind of lost and depressed. I asked if she had any small female dogs that might be a good match with Bill.

She was so excited to tell me they had just gotten a female chihuahua that might be perfect for us. She was so new she hadn’t been listed on Petfinders and was getting spayed later that week. We made arrangements for Lauren and me to “meet” Gracie this week.

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We saw her out in the fenced yard when we pulled up and KNEW she was the one. Gracie (her old name was CeCe–we gave her a new name) is what rescues call a “throw-away” pet. She was brought for an 11 year old girl, and when she stopped being a little cute puppy, the kid got bored with her and Gracie was just ignored until the father dumped her like trash at a shelter because they didn’t want her anymore. The shelter called Cindi the next day to come ad get her because she was so traumatized by being in with all of those large loud dogs. Can you imagine how terrified she must’ve been–a little 5 lb dog in a cage next to 100 lb rottweilers and such??

Cindi warned us that it might take her a few days to come around as she needs to know she is safe and can trust us. She said she couldn’t hold her for 2 days after she came to her–but on the 3rd day she just hopped up in her lap and has been a love bug since!!

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Cindi was holding her and I asked if I could try to hold her. Gracie allowed me to hold her!! I petted her and she leaned up and kissed my cheek!! Cindi said that she took longer to warm up to her husband because probably the father had been mean to her in the past. Well–she let Lauren pet her and then she gave him a kiss!!!

I said she’s choosing us like Bill did! (When I “met” Bill and Kae, Bill had been so traumatized in the puppy mill he would only let Cindi hold him, even after a year. He let me hold him the first visit much to the shock of the rescue people–they always said he chose me!!)

Evidently “Throw-away”  pets are common in rescue organizations. Once the novelty or cuteness wears off people discard them like a used tissue. They have no consideration these pets have feelings and become attached to their humans. It’s so easy for someone to see a cute puppy in a pet store and buy it on impulse–never thinking that it a living creature!! Some people should not be allowed to have pets!!

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There will be lots more pictures next week!!

Here are my last two black and white outfits!! I’ve run out of stuff to wear but will definitely be adding more to my wardrobe!

Wednesday looking “professional” in polkadots and “cow”

Everything but the shoes is thrifted!!

Everything but the shoes is thrifted!!

Thursday I’m mixing owls and snake print. I decided to wear my lime green shoes for the fun of it!!

Everything is thrifted!!

Everything is thrifted!!

This cutey will be ::::::::gulp:::::::: 27 years old tomorrow!!! It seems like only yesterday she was a baby!!

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This will be a 4-day weekend for me! Tomorrow is my regular bi-weekly Friday off and I took a vacation day Monday to be home with Gracie. Saturday we are having a family picnic to celebrate Julie and my mom’s birthdays !! They both share the same birthday of June 14th which is also Flag Day in the USA and the US Army’s (my employer)birthday.

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I’ll be back Sunday with the Black & White Party and some pix of Gracie Rose. Everyone have a fabulous weekend!!

TTFN

Tamera

Black 7 White

Hiya Blogland!! First–I just want to express my gratitude and thanks for all of your comments in support of the black and White Party. I plan to answer everyone ASAP if the weather cooperates. I’ve been super busy at work so my lunch-time browsing has been cut short and we have been having terrible thunderstorms in the evenings the last few days keeping my computer time to a minimum at home.

I had the stupidist convo with some co-workers (male) last week. They both have gout (one knee, one toe) and were discussing how badly it hurt when it flared up–so bad they couldn’t bear even a sheet touching them. I commented-“Welcome to my world”- that’s how Fibro feels, plus add in severe charley horses, the migraine from hell and bone-numbing exhaustion. One guy said “Huh-she’s trying to one-up us” as if  I’m just exaggerating or such. I don’t LOOK sick and some days I feel pretty good. But that can change in the next 10 minutes. The other co-worker has friends with Fibro and said that knowing it felt like his gout flare helped him understand what Fibro feels like.

BTW– the insensitive one came back later and apologized.

Today I want to share a bit about those who stand beside a child with a chronic illness. I can only imagine the agony it must be when it’s your child that suffers and you, as a parent, naturally want to “kiss the boo-boo and make it all better”. And you can’t fix it. They don’t wear a cape but they are a hero.

Dear Curtise of The Second Hand Years is one of these heroes. Her Littlest “has a severe skin condition which is not only very visible, but has all manner of implications – her skin is prone to blistering and tearing and infections, she can’t sweat so she overheats easily, it’s painful when it gets super-dry and tight, and the skin care regime is a burden. We try our best to normalise it all for her, but we know, and she knows, it’s not great, and it won’t ever improve.”

Lynne of The Good Will Hunting’s daughter, The Teen, suffers from sickle cell anemia. Here is a link to her story and her fight to cure sickle cell anemia. This kid, and her mom, are pretty AMAZING!!  Click here to read all about it: KeeCee

My sister’s youngest son developed Type 1 Diabetes when he was in kindergarten (he’s now 20). Kathy has said she didn’t think she slept the night through for years after his diagnosis. There were many trips to the emergency room and near scares.

I have friends who have seen their son become schizophrenic at age 20.  They have watched all of his and their hopes and dreams for him go up in smoke as he battles the illness.

A reader commented: “I have a daughter who has Crohn’s and at times I just cry because of her pain and how it affects her life, husband and son. I do what I can to help her, but feel it’s never enough. You feel so helpless and want more than anything to make it better but can’t. 😦 ”  I totally get what she is going through as my Dad endured Crohn’s for 34 years.

This reader wrote: “I’ll be doing it…in honour of  daughter tilly, whose rare syndrome, smith magenis syndrome, never lets up on her and also to celebrate clawing my way back from depression after her diagnosis” I had no idea what this condition was so I looked it up. Smith-Magenis syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects many parts of the body. The major features of this condition include mild to moderate intellectual disability, delayed speech and language skills, distinctive facial features, sleep disturbances, and behavioral problems.

Send me a picture of you in your Black & White outfit with a link to your post by Saturday June 15th at tamerakitten@yahoo.com. I’ll be showing all the participants next Sunday for Visible Monday.

My Black & White so far this week. You can’t go wrong with gingham!!

Cardigan, Top & Crops-Thrifted, Shoes-Retail,  Bangles-Vintage/Thrifted

Cardigan, Top & Crops-Thrifted, Shoes-Retail,
Bangles-Vintage/Thrifted

Here’s todays outfit. The pink bow was left over from some project and I decided to pin it to bring some more pink into the outfit!

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Skirt-Retail/Gifted, Top-Thrifted, Bangle-Vintage, Belt-Thrifted, Shoes-Retail/Old

I’ll be having some news on Thursday about a new family addition arriving this weekend. And PERISH THE THOUGHT I am NOT pregnant!!

E.T.A- I totally forgot to add my shoes for Bella’s monthly Shoeshine. Don’t forget to stop Citizen Rosebud and check everyone out!!

Shoes-Amerimark Angel Steps

Shoes-Amerimark Angel Steps

Y’all are really are amazing!!!

TTFN

Tamera

Hiya Blogland!! Is everyone having a fabulous weekend???

The always fantastic Desiree of Pull up Your Socks and I have been chatting about those who have chronic disorders/illnesses and their loved ones. I want to quote her here as she really sums up what I want to say:

“How on earth sufferers actually manage to run a home, have a family, active friendships, a job … And I thought, it’s a disorder that is neither black nor white, it’s unaccountable, it can’t be defined, it has no boundaries, one cannot predict it.”

I got to thinking more about it. So many out there live with chronic conditions–conditions like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, Depression, Haemophilia, Mental illness. Things that can’t be fixed but only managed or endured. And beside each of these is a loved one who also lives with the condition.  Someone who lives with the unpredictability, the day to day.

Desiree lives with someone with a chronic illness. I know many times she would gladly take the pain away from the Phoenix if she could to ease his suffering.  My husband Lauren sometimes can not even hug me to comfort me without causing more pain. They can’t fix us as much as they would want to. They have to stand beside us, feeling helpless at times. We have invisible illnesses, and they are even more invisible.

I’m no hero–I just muddle through every day the best I can. People like Desiree and Lauren and the countless other loved ones are the real heroes. Without their love and support people like me couldn’t get through it.

So… the Black and White Party has morphed in to more than just wearing black and white outfits for a week. This week–where something Black and White in support of those with chronic illnesses/conditions and their loved ones.

Black 7 White Send me a picture of you in your Black & White outfit with a link to your post by Saturday June 15th at tamerakitten@yahoo.com. I’ll be showing all the participants next Sunday for Visible Monday.

Friday was a dreary, rainy day so I dressed rather casually.

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Top-Faashionbug/Thrifted,
Crops-Thrifted,
Shoes-Retail

I stopped at the 1/2 price Goodwill on the way home from work. I jumped all over this dress when I spied it!! It still had the $29.99 tags on it and I got it for $3!!! I’m really liking black and white items these days. This dress is SO comfortable and matches practically every cardigan and jacket I own! I also got a nice Apt.9 black lined blazer for $3 which I’ll show after I press it. I’ve been looking for a basic black jacket for a bit so I was thrilled when I found this!

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Dress-JustMySize/Thrifted,
Shoes-Retail, Jewelry-DIY

I added a cardigan and the new Easy Spirit pumps I thrifted unworn for $4 to show a business look. I’m going to be shooting this off to Lynne of The Good Will Hunting for her Career Wear Challenge. The total cost of this outfit was: Dress-$3, Cardigan-$3, Shoes-$4 for a total of $10!!

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Dress-JustMySize/Thrifted,
Cardigan-Thrifted,
Shoes-EasySpirit/Thrifted

Here’s a close-up of the shoes. I love the little kitten heel–it’s a bit chunky and feels very sturdy. I just need to clean the fingerprints and dust off of them!

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Everyone have a fantastic rest of the weekend!! Don’t forget to send your pix and links for the party this week!

I’ll be linking up with all of the fabulous and very visible ladies at the 100th Visible Monday!!! Come by and check everyone out!

I’ll be back on Tuesday!!

TTFN

Tamera

Hiya Blogland!!  Today is a much better day for me. The Fibro crap is what it is and I’d rather be HAPPY than a kill-joy!!

On that note I want to share some more weird vintage photo’s. I love trying to figure out exactly WTH is going on!

What is the chicken running from??

What is the chicken running from??

They SCARE me!!

They SCARE me!!

WTH kind of party was THIS??

WTH kind of party was THIS?? Notice Demon bunny pon the right.

One weird beauty pageant.

One weird beauty pageant.

This needs no caption.

This needs no caption.

Black 7 White

Don’t forget about the Black and White Party!! Send me a picture of you in your Black & White outfit with a link to your post by Saturday June 8th at tamerakitten@yahoo.com. I’ll be showing all the participants next Sunday for Visible Monday!!

Here’s today’s Black and White outfit. I felt very “french” in it. All I needed was a little beret!

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Top-Avenue/Thrifted, Skirt-JessicaLondon/Thrifted, Shoes-Skechers/Retail, Necklace-Thrifted

I stopped by the thrift store on the way home and scored this lovely for $3!!

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I’ll be back on Sunday with the fruits of some bargain fabric and a bit of sewing! Everyone have a fabulous weekend. We are expecting loads of rain from Topical Storm Andrea so my gardens will be delighted!

TTFN

Tamera