Jaffee’s

I started searching for the perfect handbag a few years ago. Growing up I never was that fascinated by them… Although, in the suburb I grew up in luxury handbags were ubiquitous. And I saw relatives wear them. It’s not as if I had never seen them before. And now, as I’ve written too often,…

Alligator Handbags

About two years ago I purchased this late 1960’s (genuine) alligator handbag from an estate sale. Working as an antique dealer occasionally allows me to find fashionable little treasures. The receipt inside is what really caught my attention though, when I examined it. Given inflation this handbag would now be priced at around $650. (new…

Greed And Indoctrination

One of my uncles (on my father’s side) owns a large business that employs lots of people. But, he doesn’t like unions. He also pays well and I’ve always known him to be an honest, intelligent and considerate man. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t run his company with genuine integrity and he’s been interviewed…

A Hotel In Purgatory

As a Christian I believe in Heaven and Hell and God and the Devil. I believe they exist as explained in the Bible. However, I suspect that there may be Purgatory too. Rather Catholic of me, perhaps… And while there are ghosts there are demons and angels as well. And…I tend to think these places…

Disrespectful People

Who are disrespectful people? Almost everyone is rude nowadays compared to how we all were ten or twenty years ago. If you look back farther you’ll be mortified. You’re not supposed to tell people about your background. Your wealth. But nowadays people look at you with savage narcissism and idiocy in equal measure and assume…

Immigrants

One of my great grandmother’s first cousins was a silversmith in Norway (Oslo?). He was talented. And he gave her traditional Norwegian (not plated of course) silver brooches (Solje) for her granddaughters when she visited her family in Norway one last time in the 1950’s with her husband, my great grandfather. My mother still has…

Not Me

My husband gave his definition of an “influencer” yesterday. Here’s my attempt to paraphrase him, and he’s brilliant (verifiably): An “influencer” is someone who makes money from influencing people online, but specifically on Instagram. Pretty clear. And you know…I never really did that. I had two free bottles of gorgeous perfume given to me to…

P.S.

It’s come to my attention through a dear friend that someone in my social circle is saying cruddy things about my family after my last two posts. *rolling eyes* So, let me reiterate: It’s a compliment to be compared to most people in my family. Sorry, but that’s the truth. Seattle (and the Midwest/Southwest) isn’t…

Clarifications

When I said that I savored spending time with my cousin in Seattle who likes the opera too, I meant that she is a quality person. I miss her and the rest of my family out there everyday. Some of my aunts and uncles and cousins nearby have been easy to be close to over…

This Evening

So tonight has been lovely. I painted a vintage 1990’s jewelry armoire, I won at auction, white. Then I watched “The Shining Hour” from 1938 and loved it and our neighbors invited my son over to their garden to pick cherry tomatoes. We also were given peppers from the same neighbors. This morning I ate…