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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Seriously, Ralph Lauren? Also Chairs, and A Good Son

It's Saturday morning.
Outside, the grass cutting guys are cutting our soaking wet grass, which is never a good idea.
We are philosophical about this now; these guys show up every week, 
so the occasional bad haircut is something we just live with.

Inside, I've got hot coffee and my computer.
You can find some great stuff on the Internet.
This is not one of those stuffs:
What is going on here?
Why is this man wearing the madras blazer that his grandmother 
bought him as a "good boy" present when he got his braces off?

Who thinks this is a good look?
Look at the model's face.  Clearly he is in pain, emotionally and physically.
Blazer as corset.  Not A Good Thing.  In fact, pretty much just plain silly.
And the rich wonder why we laugh at them . . . .
And that, ladies and germs, is the end of my rant.
I will not embark on my rant regarding too-small men's suits with too-short tight pants,
and other atrocities. Why do grown people try to look like 8-year olds in a growth spurt?
You're welcome.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch . . . .
after 5 years in this house, Howard and I have decided it's time to actually have
matching chairs at the old oak table in our conservatory.  Yes, matching.  I know!
The table, 2010, in the Fall.
3 of those chairs match, but we gave them away.

I don't want chairs that match the table, just one another.  They can't be pricey.
They can't be big, because a big chair won't push under the table.
I'd have to be in passionate plight-my-troth love with a big chair to choose it.
And I want them to be casual, in keeping with a sunroom feel.

Okay. . . some contenders,
all from Pottery Barn, Pier One, and ... umm ... someplace else.

 We know what's going to happen here, don't we?
I'll check out these babies in person, and think, Hey!
I bet I can find something on Craigslist that I like just as well!
Because when was the last time I bought new furniture?
Mother's Day is tomorrow!
Anne has plans for me, which include some cooking and some puttering
in the garden.  Bliss.  It's just the two of us this weekend.
Hubby Howard is in Florida, because that's where his Mama is!
Howard and his mother Irene, at Alida
and Josh's wedding June 2011.
Irene, or Bobi as we all call her, is a remarkable lady.
I admire her tremendously; she's one of the bravest people I know.
Plus, she raised one heck of a son.
Who would never squeeze into a blazer that was 4 sizes too small.

And now, just because it's pretty,
an old table setting on the round oak table:

And there you have it; a Saturday morning post,
full of pretty much nothing.  Just as Saturdays should be!
Enjoy the weekend!  -- Cass


  1. When I was looking for chairs for my new screen porch, I was really leaning toward the red version of the PB woven french bistro chairs. Then Delores from Vintage Design in SF blogged about some chairs on clearance at World Market, and I decided on those. They are similar to the last photo, the wicker chairs from PB, but they cost half as much and tuck up under the table well. I think the tucking thing was her issue, too, with the ones she had previously bought.

  2. Can't wait to see what you come up with - it's sure to be the best. Are you favouring colour or wicker?

  3. I agree about the "too small" look. I have not bought a new piece of furniture in so long, I would not know where to start.
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day.

  4. Hi Cass,
    Good to get caught up with you here!
    Your table is so very pretty, love the blues!
    And that model does look just plain silly.
    And of course I am sure you will find your new to you chairs on Craigs list. ha!
    Happy Mother's Day.

  5. Yes, he has a pained look on his face, and even his tie is bulging! Thanks for all the giggles.

    Too many choices in your chairs! How will you ever decide?

  6. I am SO glad you are back to blogging! I have really missed you!

  7. I agree with you on the model and his clothes. Strange. I really like the tall backed wicker chairs in the very last photo on the right. They look like they belong in your house. I hope you and Anne have a fun day together. Pam

  8. Happy Mothers Day Mama Cass....first let me thank you once again for making me smile every single day when I see your Facebook postings...they get me through the day...and as for chairs you have to go to Ikea...forget Craig's list....I was there the other day and they have the best looking wicker type chairs...perfect for your table and I think they were either $49 or $79 each....and they have tons of all styles for cheap and they are actually made very get in the car....maybe take Dylan....or not....and go to Elizabeth and see what they got...then report back....

  9. I hope this isn't a new trend for men. Sad, I really like Ralph Lauren.

    Have a Happy Mother's Day and good luck finding those chairs!



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