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dear mae,

last week i was out walking tony, and getting the mail when he pulled me a direction we don’t normally walk. i was busy flipping though a catalog or something while walking when someone called from behind me. it was a gentleman asking if i had had any maternity photos taken and if i would like to.  i said i hadn’t, just ones my husband had taken but would be interested, even though i’m about to pop.  we decided to do it as soon as possible, it was a real spur of the moment thing!

we got together this weekend in the “20%” chance of downpours at the local park and had an absolutely lovely time! i’ve been stalking my email ever since awaiting the arrival of the photos, and now they are here!

tom and i haven’t had our picture taken together since our wedding, and it was a lot of fun! we kind of just went for a casual walk in the park with our dog and dan mostly followed along with his camera stopping us every once in a while near a cool tree or barn.  he did a wonderful job of capturing our relationship as well as our expanding family.  i’ll probably end up calling him when baby gets here for some more shots!

you can see the rest of the pictures on his facebook, and if you live in the portland metro area i would highly recommend checking out his website if you are in need of any kind of photography!

oh, i’m also going to take this time to mention, why don’t you live here? can’t you see how lovely it is?

<3,

betty

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dear mae,

last week when my mom was in town i got to play tourist in my own town.  i got to show her all of the things that i love about living in oregon, as well as discovering new things to love.  this includes the portland rose gardens.  there is no mystery to why portland is called the city of roses;  roses grow in the parks all over the city, in personal gardens, and near freeway off ramps.


the odor of the roses was so strong the moment we got to the gardens, you would have thought your nose was already pressed into the petals. the whole thing was absolutely astonishing.
oh! and the lovely 1950’s silk dress i’m wearing was a gift from my mom that we picked out from magpie in downtown portland. it’s perfectly lovely, but i spilled some coconut shaved ice down the front, so i already have to take it to the cleaners.  i guess i got the clumsiness from my mom as well!

<3,

betty

p.s. i forgot to mention, the gardens are absolutely free to walk through, so if you are ever in the area be sure to check it out!!

 

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dear mae,

you know it’s that time of year, the time of year when you tuck away all of those light, summery dressses into boxes and bins under beds, and in basements, to make room for all of the heavy knits and wools of fall…. or we can squeeze a few more wears out of our summer clothes with just a bit of creative accessorizing and layering:

  • try a long sleeve tee under a sundress for a jumper look
  • keep those gams toasty under some tights, leg warmers, leggings or tall socks
  • the shoes make the outfit! wear a sundress with some galoshes or boots
  • cardigans, jackets, and blazers can warm up any look
  • add a hat and a scarf, then go check out those blushing elms!
i’ve never been lucky enough to have a rotating wardrobe, with exception of a few heavy knits, but being thrifty has gotten me a lot more wear out of my clothes.
all you need is a little color coordination and make anything fit with the season.
 ❤ betty

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dear mae,

extreme makeover, bicycle edition! it’s been awhile since i’ve posted about my new favorite toy, and she’s gone through a slight overhaul.  i bought her a sweet little picnic basket for her back end,  rewired her brakes and transmission, as well as buying her a fantastic new (old)  cushy seat.  i ride this little gem everywhere, whenever i can, even though strangers on the street ask me where todo is. i don’t really get it, i’m pretty sure it was the wicked witch of the west rode a bike, not dorothy.  or maybe she did, i haven’t seen that movie in ages.

later this week her new handlebars should be arriving, they are some big huge cruiser style behemoths, and i can’t wait!

❤ per always,

betty

 

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dear mae,

i don’t know if you know this, but i don’t have a driver’s licence.  it all started when we moved here on tom’s birthday, the day our plates on our car expired, and the day tom’s driver’s licence expired.  we figured once we got jobs and a steady income we would get new plates, and get tom road legal again.  then came december when our car insurance expired, then my birthday in march, when i became no longer legal to drive.  so, we don’t drive, at all.  the taurus is still sitting in our assigned parking space while it’s tires slowly leak air waiting for us to give it a better home, or get it some shiny new oregon state plates.

but in the meantime, i really don’t mind not driving.  i am more fit today than i was in high school from walking everywhere, and the public transit in this town is stellar, not to mention free, and last night, tom brought me home the most amazing gift a non-driver could ask for.

it’s a 1970’s schwinn varsity racing bike.  in bright yellow.  with one of those thingies for holding a milk crate on the back.

i am utterly smitten.  it needs some good lovin and some elbow grease, but it’s going to be a dream when it finally stops raining long enough to go for a ride.  i think i might scrub it down with a toothbrush this afternoon.

❤ betty

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hey mae!

ever sinse we started this blog, i have wanted to write about my absurd obsession with pitchers.  it’s something about that spout, or that handle, or the widespread variety of shapes, colors, textures, and uses.  they scatter around my home, completing tasks, not limited to holding knitting needles, flowers, and paintbrushes, serving up lemonade and beergaritas, creaming coffees and just sitting around looking adorable.  most of them are vintage, but i don’t discriminate against the new either.  the blend of old and new, big and small, decorative and utilitarian, makes for a terrific and interesting display.  i think i somehow managed to gather all of them together, tomorrow i’ll find one that i missed.

mix and match coffee/tea service, with peices from dixie land flea market, leon and lulu, ‘half off’ and heather flechsig.
golden foiled coffee carafe makes a delightful martini pitcher! ‘half off,’ and my little brother
pitchers i use almost every day for lemonade and iced tea from garage sales, crate and barrel, ‘half off’ and gramma
non vintage pieces that still hold their own against antiques, from crate and barrel, mae and gramma

even a glass of water is classy when poured from a beautiful vessel full of ice and sliced lemons!

❤ betty

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i feel like i’m always trying to see the best in a sorry situation. for instance, tom and i were trying to agree on restaurant for lunch when it occurred to us that we had all of the fixin’s for a bitchin picnic. tom ran out to get some charcoal and i packed up some beers, some veggie burgers,  whipped up a pasta salad. we headed down to the picnic area of our apartment complex. it’s actually a really nice spot, right by the pool, in a shady little nook with trees, picnic tables, and a sand volley ball court.  but, conspicuously missing were the grills! just a rusty stump where one once stood. so, we lugged the entire contents of our refrigerator back home, and had a lovely indoor picnic!

we opened all of the windows and let our home become closer to nature, put on some groovy beach music, ate on paper plates, with plastic forks.

now, i don’ t know if the grills are gone for good, or if they just took them out for winter but, it’s spring time, damn it, and i want to grill!!

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