Woke up with a little bit of a sore throat. Feel great, however. Strained my oatstraw infusion. Took a fashion stump photo.
OK, so I took two pictures.
Stopped and filled up with gas. I have to drive to work today. Sat in a traffic jam because of traffic accidents. Sang really loud to my favorite Bonnie Raitt songs. I saw several accidents in this heavy fog we have today. One of them was an overturned tractor trailer.
I arrived to work safely, thank goodness. The fog is so thick!
Lunch was a salad in the cafe. With bread. Ugh. I know I should not cheat, but they do have the best bread.
Mixed greens. Garbanzo beans. Black olives. Broccoli. Cranberries. Ranch dressing.
Just dropping in with a few lines. Looking forward to live music tonight, a surprise from my sweetie! Off work. All the birdbaths are all scrubbed clean and filled. The hummingbirds have fresh food. The tomatoes from the garden are fine. I continue to work on closing down the shop and transitioning to a private studio. I think a Friday nap may be in order. Or wait…I have time to go shopping! The Steelbender is prepping for a lesson anyway.
Oh, and I am still working on family history. Pictured is one of my McNeill ancestors: Thomas McNeill born in 1849, my great-great-grandfather. His wife was Martha Jane. ❤
The garden at “Lynnwood” continues to come along, little green leaf by little green leaf, and I continue to take fashion photos from The Fashion Stump. 😉 I just I wish I had more time to play outside. I am usually focused on work, it seems, and there is little time left for play. A feeling of being unbalanced lately has made me look at priorities. I hope to make more time for the garden.
Jason and I refer to his wooded yard as “Lynnwood” (no shock there!) as we turn it into a maze of magical walkways and gardens through the pines.
I have been busy putting items in my Etsy shop! Original paintings are going in. Hats and clothes and what-nots are going in. Altered couture. This and that. There will be more and more items as I get everything from Sidetracked transitioned to a new home. I am really looking forward to this. There is a delightful workshop space being created. It will house all of the beautiful things from Sidetracked. I cannot wait to be able to share photos!
Yesterday I posted about a very dramatic, eveningwear outfit. Today I thought I would post photos of what I would normally wear day to day. I love this long vintage (made in USA) rayon skirt, which I wash in cold water on gentle cycle and hang to dry, even though it says “dry clean only.” The gauzy top is modern; the lace long-sleeve undershirt is modern.
I wanted to also use this post to talk about a recent birthday gift I received from Jason’s sister. It is an inverted windproof umbrella! I have become very dependent on this umbrella in the recent rain. I had never seen an umbrella like this before! I opens backwards from how umbrellas usually open. When it closes, it folds up instead of down, trapping any water drops inside the umbrella, so water does not run all over you when you get in your car. The design allows you to shake the water out later; or, when you next open your umbrella, the water will run off (not on you) like regular rain off an open umbrella. (Please note, the link is my Amazon affiliate link.)
The April rain has me thinking about gardening! This morning I came across a photo of the old garden.
One of the things I love about having my particular retail shop is meeting local performers (and some from as far away as New York!) who come in looking for clothes. Vintage is so popular. Some customer simply wander in because of my VINTAGE sign. I also have quite a few regulars who enjoy visiting and looking for treasures.
I love looking for things that are stage worthy, theatre ready, and unusual! I truly have fun with clothes from the shop! People always ask, “Where did you get that?!” I love sharing that I shop for such things and pull them into Sidetracked for my customers. They are welcomed to visit Sidetracked! I love visiting with the customers!
The lace pattern tights were originally a Christmas gift from my dear Jason! He knows I love clothes. Once I fell in love with them (and had 100 different people ask where I got them), I ordered some for the shop. I have put a link below where you can order them, or at least see them. They may look delicate, but they are sturdy (handled with care, of course). I have gotten two years from my first pair so far! (Note the link below is my Amazon affiliate link.)