Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hot as Hell!

I made the mistake of walking over to Chinatown to pick up some green tea and red curry paste today.  It is so friggin hot & humid out that I practically melted onto the sidewalk.  Too lazy to actually post anything, so I'll just share this goofy youtube video that they were laughing about on the local news this morning.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hairy Caterpillar

This was what he looked like!

Recently, while riding on the bus, I was startled to see a hairy white caterpillar crawling on the back of the seat in front of me.  I felt sorry for the little bugger, and knew that if I left him on the bus, he would be crushed, so I kept him crawling around on the window of the bus, using a piece of paper to keep him from falling off.  A few people on the bus were looking at me like a was a lunatic, but I felt that if I could save one caterpillar, I could be rewarded with a beautiful butterfly.  I even got off the bus a few stops early just so I could find a nice big tree for my hairy little friend.  Gently I coaxed him onto the tree trunk and he took off like a shot (well, as fast as a caterpillar can move) and he climbed up pretty high on the tree.  Made me happy that I could save him from certain doom.  When I got back to the office I decided to do a little research to find out what kind of caterpillar he was and what he would luck he turns into a moth!

Friday, July 23, 2010

70s Inspiration

rAs a kid in the70s, I have an appreciation for the music, the clothes and yes, even the decor of the era.  Granted, you won't spot me wearing a polyester outfit anytime soon, but I loved the unique style of the era, especially the colors used in decorating.  I can remember my parents home had wall to wall orange shag carpeting, and I thought it was the greatest thing ever!  As a matter of fact, many things were orange in our home...from the orange in our sofa and pillows, to the curtains and accessories.  Orange was king back then!  I still embrace the orange in my home today, but with more of a vintage modern with a splash of Ikea mixed in.  On a recent post in the Apartment Therapy blog, they were stating that orange was making a comeback as a popular color to use in the home....I didn't realize that it ever went away as a popular color.  If you look in many decorating catalogs such as Blu Dot and CB2, you will see that orange is alive and well, and still quite popular.  Below are some vintage photos of my parent's and grandparent's house from the 70s and 80s.  Enjoy the retro stylin'!

This was my grandmother's living room circa 1983.  Love the picture behind the sofa.  I believe that the sofa was purchased some time in the mid 70s, because I can remember my grandmother oohing and ahhing over it when it was new.  The sofa is mostly green with some orange accent colors.  That mullet on my sis just cracks me up!

This was also taken at my grandparent's house.  It is sometime in the early 70s.  I dig the carved out shelf with the mirrored back.  My parents had those in our first home too.  Also digging the giant glass vase on the shelf.  My grandmother had two of them, one for each shelf...they were huge!

This photo is somewhat orangey because it was taken at Christmastime and was not developed until June (see the date on the corner?).  This was our second house (need to scan photos from the first house)...we had gold and brown shag carpeting and of course that fabulous green and gold striped chair we were sitting on.  The stair railing behind us was painted white with gold splatter accents..which was very popular at the time.

Here was our orange sofa in all its glory!  This was a rare shot of me actually smiling with my braces, I rarely smiled and showed the metal.  Love the orange pillows and the viking footed vase in front of me (my mom had 2 of them).

The 70s were alive and well in the least in my parents home.  This picture is around circa 1985.  The kitchen sported a dark brown refrigerator, to match the dark brown cabinets, with the ugly fake butcher block countertop.  Notice the fugly fake brickwork on the back wall?  My parents did that intentionally!!  Back in the 70s that was all the rage in decorating!  The orange curtains behind me were in the dining room.  We had the same color curtains in the living room as well.  In the late afternoon, the living room and dining room would be filled with an orange haze.

I've always loved that wall hanging behind the sofa.  Not sure whatever became of it.  I did see a similar one several years ago at a store, but they wanted big bucks for it.  I've been on the hunt for one similar to that one, with the same orange colors...but I don't want to spend buckets of cash. By the way, that weird spidery thing on the right hand side is our spider plant.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Velvet Love


While perusing Craigslist, when I was supposed to be working, I found a woman selling a lovely pair of velvet paintings of matadors...although she referred to them as Velvedors....too funny!  I saw the photo and could not resist, I mean who doesn't love a bit of kitsch in their home? After emailing her and thankfully being the first responder, I headed over to her place after work to check out the paintings.  The woman selling them was very nice.  She told me of how she used to have a giant black velvet painting of Elvis, but he somehow got damaged beyond repair during her last move.  Her face fell and you could see the pain of the loss still resonates with her.  That velvet Elvis must have been something else!  I'm kicking myself because I forgot to ask her which Elvis style painting she had....young Elvis (when he was super hot, thinking of him in that black leather outfit...sizzling!) or Vegas style Elvis (y'know, when he wore the capes and all the sequins).  I wanted to talk to her some more, but I was parked illegally and did not want to get a parking ticket (In Philadelphia, they are brutal with the parking tickets!).  Anyway, I'm pretty happy with my Craigslist score..and the fact that I did not get a ticket.  

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Galloping Gourmet

I just love Graham Kerr. Always have.  I have fond memories of watching The Galloping Gourmet TV show as a kid in the late 60s and early 70s.  My mom would always have either Graham Kerr or Julia Child on while she was at the ironing board with a pile of my dad's work shirts, but Graham Kerr was my favorite.  I have a thing for guys with a wacky sense of humor.  We would would marvel as Kerr would whip up a culinary, wine-soaked masterpiece! This guy always had a glass of wine in hand! If he wasn't drinking it, he was cooking with it. You could tell he loved is wine!

Years later, I would watch Kerr's more healthful cooking show on my local PBS station, where he demonstrated his "minimax" philosophy of low fat/high flavor cooking.  This new method of food preparation minimised ("Mini-") fat and cholesterol, while it maximised ("-max") aroma, colour, texture and taste....minus the wine. The show wasn't bad, and Kerr was still humorous, but something was lacking.  For some reason I miss the slightly drunken Kerr. Is that wrong of me? Lets face it, he was more fun and silly when he was drinking wine. I can recall one episode where he practically fell off his stool drunk, or perhaps it was all part of his shtick, but whatever it was, his minimax shows were only mildly funny, and not nearly as zany as the original Galloping Gourmet. I can understand Mr. Kerr wanting to be healthy and giving up the alcohol though, but I do miss his old antics from the Galloping Gourmet.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hai Karate

Enjoy this blast from the past! I can remember giving this to my grandfather for his birthday, when I was a little kid. My mom had given me some money, and I picked this out for him all by myself...he loved it!

I dig the groovy outfits and decor in this commercial. Was looking for the commercial that I used to see when I was a kid in the 70s, but I couldn't find it on youtube :(

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Grey Gardens

Around this time of year, I always get the urge to watch the documentary film "Grey Gardens" by Albert and David Maysles.  Perhaps it is the flag dance that Little Edie does that makes me think of 4th of July festivities, but whatever it is, the summer is a great time to view it.  I first caught this film, purely by accident, on a dull summer afternoon, with nothing to do.  The weather was too hot to do anything, so I was laying around looking for something interesting to watch.  At first I didn't realize it was a documentary, because the characters were too quirky and strange to be real people, but as the film went on, I became mesmerized and sucked into their world.  Afterwards, I looked up their information because I found both women incredibly fascinating.

I had the pleasure of meeting Albert Maysles back in 2002 where I was attending a viewing of another of the Maysles documentaries 'Gimme Shelter'.   He had talked fondly of Little Edie (who had recently passed away), and gave the audience some insight on her life AFTER Grey Gardens.  She was able to move out of the house after Big Edie passed away,  and lived in Florida and even performed shows to an adoring public.  It made me happy to think that she was able to live the life she so desperately wanted.

Below are some of my favorite scenes from the documentary.  If you haven't seen the HBO film starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, I would suggest that you see the documentary first, you will understand how wonderfully they captured Big and Little Edie so perfectly.

Friday, July 2, 2010


It is not only our Nation's Independence Day, but it is also my baby Aspen's birthday!  He turns 15!  He is quite a handsome boy and even though he has arthritis in his back legs, he still is quite spunky!  Happy Birthday Aspen!  And Happy Birthday America!

Aspen at home...he looks like he's ready for his walk.  Taken Sept. 09

Aspen sleeping on his fluffy bed.  Taken January 09

Aspen anxiously waiting for me to take him out.  Taken Sept. 09

Sleepy time! Taken Sept. 09

Can I come in?  Taken February 2010

On vacation in Cape May, NJ last summer

On vacation in Cape May, NJ last summer

On vacation in Cape May, NJ last summer