Saturday, July 30, 2011

A classic different flavors?

This ad, in my daughter's April 1955 The American Girl magazine, is for Tootsie Roll. Tootsie Roll is a classic American candy that goes way back. It's fallen by the wayside in recent years, and really we only get the tiny Tootsies at Halloween anymore, it seems.

I can't remember the last time I saw an actual candy-bar-sized Roll. And I've never seen any other flavors than classic "chocolate." I put that in quote marks because, let's face it, it's more "Tootsie Roll flavor" than actual chocolate!

Why'd we stop doing Tootsie Fudge and Tootsie Milky Caramels? And no, I don't mean those silly colored Tootsie Fruit things. Blech...
I, too, want to sit around the record player in my super-cute capri pants and a jaunty scarf tied around my neck and chew (and chew, and chew, and chew) on a Tootsie... Roll, Fudge, Caramel... Maybe all three! Mmmm...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

In honor of the Tour de France, which I love to watch for the excitement, the drama, and the scenery, I'm thinking of bike riding. Granted, I've never been nor will never be at that level of riding, but I do love a good cushy bike and a nice place to ride.

Sadly, I have neither. I regularly peruse the lovely Diary of a Vintage Girl blog, and Fleur often shows her gorgeous self on her bicycle, and I am so jealous! It's too hot here in Texas to do much of anything but sit in front of any kind of cool air. And I have no place to ride to anyway. Woe is me...

I know that many places around the U.S. and the world are very bicycle friendly, but I don't live in one of those places. The car and truck rule the road, and we have no sidewalks to speak of. Town has a few bike lanes, but that's a 30-minute drive away. So I'll moan for myself, Why'd we stop allowing anything but motor vehicles to use the roads? And why don't I have a comfy bike with a big springy seat and a cute outfit for coasting down the hills?

So I'll continue to live vicariously through Martha Raye and her cute hooded romper and the cyclists making their way to Paris. For those of you who not only have a great bike but also a great place to ride it, do enjoy it as much as you can!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pardon the intrusion...but there's a sale!

Sweet summertime sale!
So sorry to intrude in my blog topic with my Etsy shop. But I did want to spread the word that I'm having a one-week sale.

Just visit Wire 9 Vintage and enter coupon code stopdoingthat (all one word, no spaces) for 20 percent off your purchase price.

Happy shopping!

Saturday, July 2, 2011


With so much at stake in the political arena these days, I couldn't help but be called up short by these ads from a set of 1940 Time magazines. The ads are for Fortune magazine and the New York Times. Whatever you think about those publications, the sentiments expressed in these ads, just before the U.S. was to enter World War II, is a sentiment for the ages.

So for this Fourth of July, I will ask, "Why did we stop doing that?"... bragging about honesty in news reporting, encouraging thoughtfulness, presenting the news that goes beyond a sound bite? We've ended up with an endless string of catch phrases and talking points, endlessly...and mindlessly...repeated with nary a real fact to be found (hence Web sites like

Unfortunately, the media gives us what we ask for. When did we stop asking for the whole truth...and nothing but?
On a more shallow note, we are saddened in Texas by the lack of rain...which means we can't have fireworks this holiday. Enjoy yours!