Nature Lover

 We went on a walk Sunday afternoon, along the new bike trail in Williamsburg that used to be a train tracks. What a lovely afternoon!

What a glorious, gorgeous day!

A clear blue sky. Cool, fresh air. A lovely way to start the week. And here’s another photo of the flowers I’ve collected every year, starting in 2008, when I first bought my used, 2002 yellow volkswagen bug. For every year thereafter, until my hubby started driving it, I liked to change out the flower in the bud vase. My son now drives the yellow bug and he refuses to put a flower in the bud vase.

Also, as a result of the Kristen Lamb workshop I took on Saturday, I’m going to be playing around with some other types of media, such as this lovely GIF, to my upper left. How super-girl cool is that, the Beast turns into Belle!

Cool beans!

So, please have a super-girl day!

 

Never Pay Retail Ever Again!

I almost hate to champion Vintage Vogue by GW, because I feel as if enough people know about it, if I talk about it too much, there won’t be anything fabulous in the store the next time I walk inside, but here goes.

I love to shop and I especially love the added treat of finding a treasure, like the Banana Republic navy blue sheath I bought yesterday at the Vintage Vogue by GW store on Virginia Street in the Fountain Square District in Indianapolis.

I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I am with Indianapolis. The city has completely revitalized and transformed itself. The Monument Circle was filled with people and weddings and couples and familes and people just out and enjoying the balmy springtime afternoon. It was lovely.

And the area where we went to find the Vintage Vogue by GW is a charming, eclectric district of rehabbed gas stations now serving as boutique stores, renovated factories and the charming place where we went for our BBQ. I asked the young man at the Vintage Vogue by GW where there were good places to eat and he said just about anywhere in the Fountain Square District.

He was right about the BBQ!

We ate dinner at the Smokehouse on Shelby. We sat at a booth and the restaurant had old-fashioned diner-style chairs and a huge ancient sign that said, NOW IT’S PEPSI.

Cool beans.

 Today, after Church, my hubby and I went on a nature walk.

Oh, by the way, over the years, ever since I bought my 2002 so-called ‘New’ Bug back in 2008, I have been in the practice every year of changing out the flower in the bud vase that comes with the car. The newer models don’t come with bud vases, which is deeply disappointing.

But . . . in any event, I loved my yellow 2002 Volkswagen Bug and drove it from 2008 to 2016, when I got a newer Volkswagen Bug. It is a fire-engine red 2013 Volkswagen Bug and it had only 28K miles on it when I bought it and I love it.

My hubby inherited the yellow bug for awhile, and now my son drives it.

He keeps threatening to paint it with flames along the sides, but has yet to carry out his nefarious plot.

Oh, and he can’t be bothered with putting a flower in the bud vase! The photo to the left is a collection of all the flowers I’ve used in the bud vase.
Every year, starting in January of that year (I bought the yellow bug in late January, early February), I would go to MIchael’s and pick out a new flower for the vase.

I chided my son this morning for not using a flower in the bud vase, and when my husband teased me right back, I produced the bud vase which holds all the yellow bug’s past flowers and my husband said, “Oh, of course, you would keep all the flowers.”

And then he took a photo of it for me for today’s blog post.

That’s it for now, peeps!

 

What an amazing time at Kristen Lamb's workshop today!

I attended Kristen Lamb’s blogging workshop today in Indianapolis and it totally galvanized me and reinvogorated my love of writing!

She had tons of ideas and lots of common-sense suggestions for building a platform as a writer.

It’s going to take some time for me to implement all her ideas, but this is my first foray.

She’s a dynamic chick and it was a real pleasure to take part in this conference today.

I also got to see a revitalized downtown of Indianapolis. After the conference, my hubby and I walked down to Monument Circle and climbed the 300 steps up to the top and then walked back down. I saw two weddings and two beautiful brides–natch!–and two different ways of styling bridesmaids.

Indianapolis has completely turned itself around from the depressed downtown I remember of my youth. The difference is palpable.

After we left downtown, we then went to the Fountain Square district and I shopped to my heart’s content at a Vintage Vogue Goodwill, and then we ate a fabulous meal at a BBQ restaurant in the same area. Quaint shops, trendy joints, excellent food, and lots of cute young people all dressed up and getting ready to attend their prom at a renovated old-time movie theatre.

It was all so very lovely.

A real change from my usual weekend habits. We–my hubby and I–had originally planned on spending the weekend in Indianapolis, but we’ve incurred some expenses and decided it’d be wiser to drive into Indy for the day. I was exhausted mentally from the workshop, and my hubby surprised me by parking the car in the middle of the street–but in Indy you park and leave space for the bike lane–and telling me we were going for a walk.

 

That’s how we ended up at Monument Circle, and there was a gorgeous wedding party arriving on the steps as we walked into the monument and began climbing the steps. Then, on our way back to the car, we walked past a smaller monument, and saw yet another bridal party. Again, I loved the bride’s gown, and the bridesmaids wore what looked like ankle-clinging gold lame gowns.

We walked back to the car, and went searching for the Vintage Vogue by GW. We found one at 1056 Virginia Avenue. It was my first time there, but it’s just like the one in Bloomington, Indiana, and there’s another Vintage Vogue by GW in Indianapolis on East 62nd Street. I love Vintage Vogue by GW! These stores are a higher level from the typical Goodwill Store; the clothes and accessories and handbags and jewelry and books from the Vintage Vogue Stores are culled from a main warehouse and sent to the speciality shops, which are also decorated in a charming, retro-style.

You can find all kinds of great labels at low prices! I use my Goodwill Card for an extra $5.00 off and if you LIKE the store you’re in while you’re in the store and if you like it on Facebook, you get an extra 15% off your most expensive purchase!

Ain’t that great?

Tonight, I got a gorgeous Tahari skirt suit, and some other things, that I’ll mention tomorrow!

For now, peeps!