Sunday, September 28, 2008

I love the Sunday paper

This is the front page from my Sunday paper and the things I picked up on my walk Sunday morning.

I love the Sunday paper. I usually pick one up at the end of my walk. I know, I know they have "just Sunday" subscriptions (is that the right word?) but I like the idea of going out to get a paper. Besides then I can see what's new in the convenience store world. Like, did you know they now sell fruit and candy flavored cigars?!!! Shesssh, if you are going to kill yourself that way, why not just man up and take it the old fashioned, smelly, stinky tobacco flavored way? Sweet death? Unbelievable and gross, but back to the paper.
I love the Sunday paper, not just because it is chock full of ads for things I never knew I wanted and coupons to get those things for sometimes even as much as 25 cents less than I would have paid had I known I wanted that particular item, but because everything seems so important in the Sunday paper. HEADLINES are more inflammatory!! More exclamation points!! (and you know how I love those!!) Everything seems to be more important or exciting because it made the Sunday paper!!
But mostly I love the Sunday paper because of the obituaries and the 50th anniversary notices. Now stay with me, it isn't a s ghoulish as it sounds. I love both of those features for the same reason, I am intrigued by what words are used to describe these life events.
I read with interest to see how these people are talked about. Do they list what they did or talk about who they were? Do they talk about who they are leaving behind or who they think they are going to? Is it a grocery list of where they lived, worked and attended school or do they talk about how they touched lives, changed their community, contributed to society or something else personal about them? Every once in a while, one really stands out, like the woman last week who died at the ripe old age of 83 and they listed all of the cheerleading awards she won in high school. Was that the last great thing she did? Or was it the last time she was recognized for something? Hum...and she seemed to have a full life since then, why was it important for us to know that about her? Sometimes they are short and to the point, he lived, he died and now we are saying goodbye. Sometimes they are extensive, expansive and include testimonials from other people. Our paper doesn't include pictures as some do, but they certainly specialize in word pictures.
It does the same thing for those amazing people who last 50 (and sometimes more!!) years as a couple. Usually they talk about how they celebrated the event but mostly it is that same kind of grocery list. They tell us where they lived and who they worked for and talk about their kids. Some times they include how they met and who "attended" them at their wedding. I love the idea of people staying together for that long and still wanting to celebrate it! My favorite "extra" bit is from a few weeks ago, they closed with this: "In addition to loving each other, we both share duties around the house, and" they said " we both like to take good and long vacations away." It didn't say whether they went on those vacations together.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

My Lunch Companion

Yes, this bee is on a plastic bag not a flower, not unlike some of the lunches I have had lately.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Pages from an Altered Book

I am still learning how to photograph art work but these are okay. They are from a Round Robin I participated in last winter. Alison chose The Power of Positive Thinking as her book. I chose the chapters titled Prescription for Heartache, How to Draw Upon that Higher Power and the Epilogue - because I like the way that word looks.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Yep, I was right

There is the coolest store ever in Bethesda Maryland!! It's called Accessories of Old. I went twice for all of 10 minutes to take pictures and visit with the lovely Andrew. I didn't get to meet the lovely Lisa but I did get to appreciate her lovely creations. Here are some of the high lights...

appliques, bakelite items, beads, braids, bridal fashions

buckles/closures, buttons, celluloid accessories

Dress/fur clips, earrings, gifts made by Lisa

hair accessories, jacquard, lace, marcasite items
motifs/patches, necklaces, pins/brooches, ribbons

sequins by the strand!!!, trims, vintage craft items

vintage kitchenware, and so much more!!

I loved it all!! I wanted it all! I didn't have time to pick out anything!

And they have a web site: (link works now!!!)

and a blog that you can get to from the web site

Check out the article in Bethesda Magazine all about them on their web site. I am so going there and picking out one of each soon as I can figure out what to do with all this loveliness.
What a bright spot in my brief, intense trip to Maryland!
And have I used enough exclamation points in this post?!!!