Last night it was raining, but that did not stop Jason and me from going to Home Depot to search for some things we needed. Of course we ended up in the lawn and garden section. It was raining out, so we could not get to most of the plants without getting soaked. I know the plants were loving the rain! We did get photos of a few plants that we might be able to put into our gardens. We have a lot of deer who like to visit and eat the plants, so we are slowly composing a list of plants that the deer won’t eat! That said, I have read and heard that deer will eat anything if they get hungry enough. So far we have had success with:
In the background of all of our daily activities, the kitties make everything more cheery. Amelia snuggles up to me when I am resting on the couch in the evenings. Vlad stretches confidently while I am working.
I found an amazing iron bed frame that is going to make a great flower BED. Not sure where it will end up, but for now it is heading up some plants that were sweetly given to me by Henny Penny. And a potted yew that had been at the shop for a year needed to come home and get repotted. It was nearly completely root bound.
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.)
Okay. I know cats don’t belong on kitchen counters. It is not a kitty place. However, anyone who has cats and knows cats, well, um, cats go where they want to. It is why we regularly brush our kitties and why we keep Clorox Clean-Up in the kitchen to keep counters disinfected. Of course, our kitties are routinely shooed away from the counters; however, when the bubbles come out of the Dawn dishwashing container, it’s game on.
How can you not love a big, curious, sweet, bubble-loving tuxedo cat named Vladimir?