Friday Shiny – week ending July 22

Apple Music has been my new go-to for work day music. I really like the options it provides based on my existing iTunes library.

I can listen by year –

Or by album –


Or by artist –


And if I like a song on a playlist, I can save it right to my library. Where it will stay forever or until I unsubscribe to Apple Music. It’s kinda fun to see what Apple thinks I would like to listen to, and I’ve even found some new favorites!

(This post was not sponsored or acknowledged in any way by Apple Music or iTunes. I’m just sharing a happy new find!)


Friday Shiny – week ending July 15

This is the time of year that I am especially homesick for PA: it’s the Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival season. There are some people who don’t care for carnivals, but I would argue those carnivals may be ones just shy of fairs with sketchy rides and even sketchier people. The carnivals I grew up with were almost all local food, stands, and games. You went to a carnival to see people from the neighborhood, see kids from school (ah, the days before social media), and walk around as the hot day cooled down to evening.
The food was all homemade: home-cut fries, ice cream with texture of ice milk and a flavor punch you couldn’t get from the grocery store, cakes of every variety donated by women in the community, ham and bean soup which was strangely satisfying on a summer evening. The carnival took all of 10 minutes to stroll around at a leisurely pace and there was a new person to chat with on every circuit of the field.
Millville carousel

The first two weeks of July contain my two favorite carnivals: the Millville carnival with its huge July 4 parade, awesome closing night fireworks show, homemade caramel corn,  and one of the best carousels I’ve ever been to (and yes, I have been known to ride it when I’m in town.) The week after Millville is the Lightstreet Carnival. This is the carnival I grew up with: close enough to walk to every night if I wanted (you know, when it was still relatively safe for kids to go somewhere unattended because the whole town looked out for its own), working the cake and ice cream stand when I was old enough, and hanging with my girls, flirting with the guys who wouldn’t give us the time of day in school.

Yeah, I like carnivals.

Friday shiny: week ending July 8

I mentioned a few posts ago that the CatMan and I are moving to the apartment across the hall from our current apartment. One of the first things we are going to do is purchase a queen-sized platform bed and mattress. Of course, we are going to try to do this without breaking the bank. We already know the mattress we want: now to find the bed.

I’ve always liked the bookcase headboard idea – look at this beauty! via Pinterest

But I think we’ll go simple –

Queen bed

Priage Queen Platform via

I think this will look pretty and could easily be decorated if the mood strikes. Say,  greenery-wrapped in the winter, maybe some fairy lights?

Friday Shiny – week ending July 1

Oh, another thing that happened while I was off-blog was a phone upgrade. Seems the CatMan’s phone was still 2G  which becomes inactive at the end of this year (and yes, it was a flip phone.) So on my day off, I visited our local AT&T store to check out options. Back when I got my Go Phone (at least 5 years ago, I think), you could only get the phones online and the actual storefront (at least here) was a bit snooty about no-contract phones. However our AT&T plans have treated us well, so I decided that I would brave the snoot to address the upgrade. Wow, big difference this time around.

The service staff could not have been more pleasant or more fun to deal with AND they had a complete selection of no-contract phones in stock at the store. No hard sell, no snootiness, no drama. We enjoyed talking about streaming shows, and Netflix vs. Hulu. In fact, I was so pleased by my experience, I upgraded MY phone right then and there. I chose the Samsung Prime Express. The only thing that wasn’t available at the store was a girlie hard case, but Amazon to the rescue. I picked out a rose gold case with little rhinestones embedded in the back. And because I’m a 14 year old girl in a menopausal body, I had to order the little rhinestone fox dust plug.
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And yes, the CatMan got his upgrade too! And yes, it’s still a flip phone. Bigger and beefier with 4G.

(This post was not sponsored or acknowledged in any way by AT&T, Samsung, Amazon or any other company noted above. I am just happy to relate the positive experience I had!)

Friday Shiny – week ending October 23

So all the have-to knitting is done for now, and I’m contemplating my next project. I was thinking this cardigan as my Christmas sweater –


Photo (and pattern link) here

but in these colors


Petaled Paper color scheme from here

But I’m also thinking these are cute, quick knits
(just not in grey or grey or grey)


Photo (and pattern) via here


Photo (and pattern) via here


Photo (and pattern) via here

Friday Shiny – week ending October 9

Since this week appears to be the Style Issue of Bright and Shiny Objects, I’ll finish it out with my current distraction: brown boots. Oh, not just any brown boots…nosireebobcattail. The boots of my dreams would be brown suede, knee-high, low-heeled, wide-calfed, with a red zipper up the back (or side). Ayep. Good luck with that.


These boots from JJill are are brown suede, knee high, and low heeled, and best of all – on sale. But out of stock in my size.


These Brinley boots tick ALL the boxes except being suede. And not made of leather. I’m not sure how they would hold up to a VT winter.


These Naturalizer boots only tick the low-heeled, wide-calf boxes. But they are leather and under $100.00. And I still think I could wear them with dresses.

Friday Shiny – week ending September 4


A few weeks ago, Jules talked clothes and wardrobe choices here. I was browsing through some of the sites she linked to, and found this concept interesting. Since I’m back to working outside the home, but in a different capacity, I want to develop a wardrobe with more updated, flexible options. I definitely will be exploring the ‘rule of three’, especially as fall approaches!