Thursday, September 17, 2020

Weird Shirt

 When someone told me they could never find anything to wear at a thrift store, I thought it was an odd statement.  All you have to do is spend enough time and be willing to make repeat visits to stock your wardrobe.

But then I found this weird shirt. If this is what she saw, then I can imagine why she'd hurry out of the store that didn't carry her style.

It's hard to even take a picture of it to show its real strangeness. It's a short sleeved t-shirt with two long sleeves sticking out of the front at about waist level.

What's that all about? Is it some kind of t-shirt baby carrier where you put the baby's legs in the long sleeves and carry the child against your tummy?

Or are you supposed to wrap the long sleeve parts around your waist and tie them in the back? Or in the front?

Or was it made for someone who has four arms?

What do you think it's for?

Monday, September 7, 2020

Ran Out Of Paint

When I first saw this shirt at the thrift store, I was attracted by the bright red flowers and intense green leaves. I actually considered adding it to my large collection of thrift store t-shirts, even though I don't need any more. Yet this one could possibly be worth shoving some of the others over to make more closet space.
And then I turned it around...
What the HEY? Who didn't finish their job?
That back side was the deciding factor. This shirt was not going home with me. I didn't want to give anyone following me a headache from wondering why there was a colorful butterfly and only outlines of flowers and leaves.
I know, I know, this is one of those artsy intentional designs, like flood pants (meaning ones that are a few inches above the ankle but awkwardly longer than capris...I got teased so much for being tall in public school that wearing pants hovering above my ankles only takes me back to those unpleasant "King Kong Shirley" days. I won't wear them! They're a fashion faux pas in a plot to undermine the confidence of unusually tall people who thought they left their days of teasing behind! But I digress.)
Who thought up the unfinished painted shirt design, anyway? 
Lazy people?
Maybe not. Maybe it's just me and my uneducated design mind. 
Let's find out.
Do you like this shirt?
(Do you like flood pants?)

Monday, August 31, 2020

Car Color Game

When I was a child, we sometimes traveled a from New Jersey across the country to visit my grandparents in Utah and uncles and aunts in California, Oregon, and Idaho.
In order to pass the time while rolling down the highway for several days in a row in the 1960's, we played games such as "The Alphabet Game," (click to see the rules. It's the first one on the list, followed by several others, most of which we never played) The License Plate Game, (4th on the list linked above) and the Car Color Game (not listed on the link.)
The Car Color Game involves choosing a color and counting how many cars you see in that color. The first one to whatever pre-determined number is set (1, 5, 20, 50, whatever you can agree on) is the winner!
I tended to choose my favorite colors: bright yellow, orange, green, or red, if one of my other many siblings didn't yell them out first. Funny thing about it, though, is that I don't ever remember winning.
As I recall, my older brother usually chose white, which, while at times a useful color (or absence of color, depending on who you talk to), is also one of the most boring colors on the planet, in my opinion.
But my recollection also serves to remind me that this brother of mine almost always won the game.
I wonder why?

Monday, August 24, 2020


My 9-year-old granddaughter went shopping with me at the thrift store, and guess what? She found some shoes that fit! When she asked if I would please get them for her, I took this picture and sent it to her dad (my son) to see if it was ok for her to tip-toe home in these orange foot confections.
While waiting for his reply, my granddaughter changed her mind about the shoes, deciding that they looked oh-so-cute, but ended up not feeling oh-so-good after all.
Style is so subjective. What one person might think is a dream come true could be seen by someone else as a nightmare.
When I ask Carolyn how she'd like her hair done, she usually says I can pick. "I trust you," she says.
Well, I have rather quirky tastes, but since Carolyn can't see her hair, she doesn't complain.
Actually, I often take pictures of her hairstyles because she can't really maneuver the hinged mirrors in her bathroom that allow her to see the back of her hair, and she almost always lights up with a smile and says, "I love it!"
This would fit in a Dr. Seuss book.
And this fancy Arabian Nights Princess one is made with a necklace and hair clips.  
Would you call your style Traditional? Conservative? Chic? Artsy? Casual? Tomboy? Or just put-some-clothes-on-that-fit and go outside?

Monday, August 17, 2020

Sticky Cat

When Carolyn changed her bedding, she thought that pulling the blanket off her bed would make the cat hop off.
But something made the cat stick to the blanket even as it slid off the bed.
lt could have been her claws stuck in the blanket.
It could have been static electricity holding her in place.
It could be a huge wad of chewed gum.
Or it could be that this cat loves Carolyn so much she doesn't believe that anything Carolyn does will hurt her.
How often do you change your bed linens?

Monday, August 10, 2020

St. George Opoly

When I was a kid, I learned how to play Monopoly, but I was never a big fan of it. It was rather stressful trying to decide if I should buy a property, and I always felt badly when someone landed on my property and I was supposed to make them pay me money for it. 
Since it was such a dreary game, I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that it had a version made for a TOWN. How many separate towns was it made for? Who would buy it?
Would you?


While on a ride in the mountains in a side by side, I was startled to see a white spaceship in the sky. When I whipped out my phone to take a picture, Bob kindly stopped the vehicle so I could focus on the anomaly.
But I zoomed in I could see that it wasn't a spaceship.
It was one of the most unusual clouds I'd ever seen.
Do you like cloud watching?
What's the most unusual one you've seen?

Monday, August 3, 2020


There's no age limit to pinwheels. You can have them as an adolescent or as an adult, too. 
Carolyn and I both like them, and she ended up getting some.
But where to put them?
Bob had an idea to put them outside Carolyn's office window so she could watch them spin, He actually drilled holes in the porch railings, hero that he is. How cheerful it is to watch them spin and catch the light.
Did you have pinwheels as a child?
Do you like them?

Monday, July 27, 2020

Enough Signs?

I saw some pine nuts for sale on the side of the road. 
Actually, how could I NOT see that they were for sale?
I only hope that they manage to sell enough pine nuts to pay for the poster paper and markers.
Do you like to advertise? Do you think this method is a good one?
And most importantly, do you like pine nuts?

Monday, July 20, 2020

Easy Pill Taking

If you've got to take meds, it might as well be a pleasant experience.
We thought it was kind of funny when Carolyn's three other pills (two gel pills, one pink pill) stuck to her chewy chocolate calcium pill.
I told her that if she ate them all at once, they'd probably all taste like chocolate.
She didn't try it.
Do you take meds? Do you like them?

Monday, July 13, 2020

Birthday Girl

Carolyn likes bread so much that she bought herself a loaf at a festival.
She didn't care that it's bigger than her head. She assured me she could eat it all.
She did, too, once I sliced it up and put it in the freezer, taking it out a slice at a time.
I also gave some to Bob, but Carolyn didn't mind. She's a sharing kind of girl, even on her birthday.
She wants to give treats to everybody!
Happy birthday, Carolyn! You don't look 54, but you are certainly a good example to be so proud of your age.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Old Cannons

There are some nifty old cannons in Haddon Heights, New Jersey where Carolyn was born and I spent 10 of my growing up years.
As a child, I'd walk a long way to the cannons (maybe a mile) with a brother or sister or two or three. (There were eight of us.)
I used to climb on the cannons, but when I was there last year as an adult, I had a new perspective when I found I could could reach the end of the cannon from the ground.
My more petite sister stood further back to reach the cannon barrel, still proud of herself.
Things can be accomplished in so many different ways.
Do you have a favorite childhood place?
Where is it?

Monday, June 29, 2020

Popcorn: Not Just For Eating

Popcorn is not just for eating.
It's not just for cushioning things to mail, either.
Or for stringing along Christmas Tree branches.
What else can you do with it?
Play a game!
When our boys were still living at home, we'd sometimes make popcorn and play "What's that piece?" You play it by picking up a single piece of popcorn and saying what it looks like before eating it.
What's this one?
From my POV, it's an animal paw!
Okay, popcorn piece number two. What do you see?
I see a fish swimming from left to right! (Do you see that? Or something else?)
Now what's this?
A flower! (These are all subject to individual interpretation, so there are no right or wrong answers here. And if you turn the picture upside down, you just might see something a lobster clinging to a wooden ceiling.)
Okay, I see two things in this one. What do you see?
It could be a jellyfish with floaty tentacles bunched beneath it, or a duck's head! (See the little yellow beak on the left?)
See how much fun this is?
I didn't write down what I was thinking when I deemed these popcorn kernels worthy of photographing, so what does this one make you think of?
I don't know either.
I'm gonna say a fat baby chick with a teeny head and its beak open upward hoping for food! I'm sure it wants to eat a piece of popcorn.
(Perhaps that makes it a cannibal...that adds even more adventure!)
Okay, so here's another one for you.
Poptopus! (Haha! A popcorn/octopus.)
Now the next two are the same piece of popcorn from two different angles so you can (maybe) see what I saw.
What is it?
It's a Pharaoh's hat front view...
...and side view!
You're not getting tired of this, are you? Because this one also has two interpretations.
(Do you see two things?)
How about a goose flying from left to right with its wings down, OR
an index finger pointing to the right?
Okay, what about this one?
A rhi-pop-arous! I see a rhinoceros-type shape running from right to left, top view.
(Now I get to eat it!)
Don't go! Last one! Do you see what I see?
It's a sexy swimming suit!
Popcorn can be so much more fun than just eating it by the handful. If you're particularly hungry, you could play the game between handfuls of popcorn.
When you play, it's your rules, because I won't be there...unless I smell your popcorn and come on over, because I love the stuff.
Do you like popcorn?
Air popped?
Stove top?
Or do you hate it no matter how entertaining it is because the kernels stick in your teeth?

Monday, June 22, 2020

Lots of Ways to Eat It

If someone gives you a chocolate cupcake, what would you do with it?
You could hold it in your hand and take bites from it.
You could chop it in pieces in a bowl, pour milk on it, and eat it with a spoon.
You could warm it up and put a scoop of ice cream on top and eat it.
You could say, "No, thank you."
You could even put the whole thing in your mouth, like Carolyn did!
There are lots of ways to eat a treat, and who's to say which is right or wrong?
Do you like treats?
What's your favorite?

Monday, June 15, 2020

Golden Slipper

It was a magical day when I saw something shining on the sidewalk. What was it?
Could it be? It was! A golden slipper!
A magical shoe like Cinderella's. 
Would it fit me?
(I can get my toes in it. That counts.)
Do you believe in magic?
Do you think finding something that lifts your spirits is magical?

Monday, June 8, 2020

Hood Latch

Someone had a problem with their hood latch, but they didn't stay home. No way, they used what they had to fix it so they could drive to town.
All it took was a chunk of plywood and a padlock.
Oh, yeah, and something to drill holes.
Do you like to find ways to fix things?
Or do you like other people to fix them for you?

Monday, June 1, 2020

Bananas Anniversary!

It's our anniversary of 42 years! I've been a Bahlmann for more than twice as long as I was an Anderson!
(That's amazing, 'cause I'm not even that old.)
Bob and I had to work at it and forgive a lot to get this far, but it's been an interesting adventure.

Monday, May 25, 2020


I found this shirt in a thrift store. I liked all the colors. I liked the puzzle pieces. and I liked the words, except that I don't know if people can really be anything they want.
While many things can be learned, like how to make pancakes, don't some jobs require a certain skill set? You need to understand how numbers work together in order to be a mathematician, don't you? You need to understand colors and shapes to be an artist, right? 
There may even be some body compositions to consider in certain careers. A skinny bouncer wouldn't be taken as seriously as one with broad shoulders. A tall, beefy jockey isn't likely to win any races. In high school, I wanted to be a stewardess, but I was too tall. Fortunately, I'm not too tall to be a writer.
Neither are you!
And, good news! No one is too tall or too small to be kind.
I regret some of my past unkindesses and thoughtlessness and power trips, but I console myself by knowing I can be kind from now on.
Do you like to be kind?
Or do you like the rush of picking fights?

Monday, May 18, 2020

Like Father Like Son

It's my oldest son's birthday this week. He likes to have fun, and also sets the example for his own oldest son. 
We like to laugh.
Happy birthday, Andy.

Monday, May 11, 2020


I saw some interesting license plates, such as this one that was set on an angle. It looks like it's falling off, but it's supposed to be that way.
Why? Maybe it's a fashion statement, like those blouses that fall off one shoulder, as if they're broken.
I had to wonder what this license place meant. Did they finally get a car? Did they finally pay it off? Did they finally reach their destination?
What funny cars or license plates have you seen recently?

Monday, May 4, 2020

We Were There For You, Dad!

It was my dad's birthday yesterday! If he were still on this earth, he'd be 96. 
Dad wasn't Jewish, but one of his sons-in-law is. There is a nice Jewish tradition about putting a stone on a grave marker.
Why do they do it? 
From my research, the Jewish tradition of a pebble on a headstone symbolizes the continuing presence of love and memories, which are as strong and durable as a rock.
It also shows that family and friends have been there to visit the grave.
It's a nice tradition, so I put a pebble on the headstone.
Love you, Dad! 
Happy birthday!
Do you have any family traditions for loved ones who've passed on?

Weird Shirt

  When someone told me they could never find anything to wear at a thrift store, I thought it was an odd statement.  All you have to do is s...