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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I’m writing this to the steady beat of morning rain. It’s cozy here with my tea and even though it’s been storming since yesterday, it doesn’t feel like winter anymore.

The rain has been washing away all the telltale bits of snow and ice around town. The ground looks like it simply wants to grow; the grass is on the verge of reaching for the sky. Organic alert is everywhere, from the damp ground to the smell in the air.

Maybe it’s time to start thinking about the garden and getting one’s hand’s dirty in the ground. I love those kinds of thoughts. More than any other time of year, going into the beds and primping and cleaning and poking around for signs of life brings me up way high and away from the winter lows. Even the color of the clouds looks different, more inviting and open with life.

Its time for some color.


rhodo2Every year for a long time, I went south to New Orleans for a refresher. In mid-February, the azaleas and rhododendrons might be ready to play. There you would see the most wonderfully saturated blossoms, all a-petticoat, ready for a grand spring show. The amazing colors collected all attention to themselves and it was hard to find other flowers more inviting after they’d cast their spell.

This color reminds me of lush and sprawling bushes I’d see walking the streets of NOLA. City parks were ringed with them; houses had side yards given over. I always fell in love.

Monday, March 9, 2009

  Monday Morning Mirth  

2Just because we fancy ourselves totally stylin’ over here at Chez Chic, we had to laugh when we saw that a toy company is now promoting kiddie tattoos on a perrenial favorite, the Barbie Doll! It’s all to celebrate the 50th Birthday of what is surely one of the world’s favorite toys!

Now Barbie has spawned her share of controversey in her day (she would be my first pick for the winner of that très vulgaire reality show: The Search for the Next Doll!) Her slighty red-light looks have probably been making male-dominated board meetings and sales reps happy for years.

bd2My instincts made me dig a little deeper and we find this in the annals of history: “”Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll,” by M.G. Lord tells the German inspiration for the American Barbie, the Lilli doll. The Lilli doll was modeled after a popular post-war cartoon, which first appeared in the West German tabloid “Bild Zeitung” in 1952. In the cartoon, Lillie was a clever, endearing floozy. The Lillie doll, first produced in 1955, was sold — in liquor and tobacco shops — as a toy for men.” (see this Salon article).

Youza! Maybe the tattoos are cleaning up the act a little! Happy Birthday, Barbie!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

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More digging in the stash, this time cotton diving. Up next? A Sandrine pulli for the wardrobe!

I have some taupe DK set aside for this as well, but decided to get some stitches on line with some early Spring fun. This is off-white Sirdar BREEZE, a cotton microfiber blend that works really well for wearability. I find it easy to knit, it has a little sproing and tension in the strand, which makes it keep gauge better than some summer yarns. I made a BCPulli out of it last season and it looks great and fits well — less stretching and growing after the knit is done.

Which of course, is much different than After the Final Rose. Being in thrall to Cabin Fever is making me do all sorts of things not normally in my agenda: watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette (?) no, not that. But somehow, there I was on Monday night, spying the aftermath of same, billed “the most shocking twist in Bachelor history.”

HUH? From what my friends tell me this series is an extremely choreographed “reality” house party with lots of drinking, naughty accusations ((She’s a B! What the… She’s in the hot tub AGAIN topless!) Now I’ve been in a hot tub once (in California) but only my Midwest two piece was showing) and what about those really *deep* really dipped, sprayed tans.

We won’t even mention the bad *grills*.

Even the smarmy set, the hundreds of flickering mini-candles and flowers, did not ward me off. I fell down the rabbit hole headfirst anyway. Much later, I was wondering HOW any of the players could keep a straight face for even a microsecond and decided THAT was why it was so compelling even though it was so very bizarre.

Hey! I am the first one to admit that being fickle is not such a bad thing. As someone with Startitis AND a trunk full of WIP, who can talk. What’s on your needles?

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