Divining Women a Book Review

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Divining Women, written by Kate Gibbons is a novel set in the early 1900’s during the Influenza outbreak.

Spanish Flu Pandemic 1918
Antique 1910s Influenza Photograph

A strong woman leading a woman who has been made weak through an emotionally abusive relationship should be an empowering and inspirational read. Mary, the young single and strong niece through marriage and Maureen, the pregnant Aunt, who is emotionally sick and worn down from a horrible husband should be just the characters. However, I closed the book feeling like I didn’t really know either one of them.

Friends Sepia Tone Photograph 1900s
Antique Photo of Women

I however, was more interested in the Grandpa, who is mentioned occasionally through the book as a free-spirited nudist with ghosts in his home. And I  wanted to know more behind the scenes into the lives of the help that took care of the home Maureen lived in.

Black and White Vintage Photo
Antique 1900’s Ghost Photograph

Poor Maureen suffered greatly at the hands of her husband, even succumbing to cruel mental health procedures, which really were more torture than healthful in my opinion and still I felt like, “Poor Maureen,” I didn’t really care all that much about her. Not because of her sadness or emotional illness, but more because her character just felt flat to me.

The Pathway To Mental and Physical Perfection 1904 Health Book
VIVILORE Antique Book

Mary, on the other had tried hard to be spirited and fought to be a person alive in the pages, but like any actress, playing against someone who is lifeless is not a win, even if you are having your best performance.

I did like the way Gibbon’s painted a picture of the surroundings for me and since the character’s left behind in the beginning pages interested me so much, I would try another of her books. I think Gibbon’s and I just had a differing opinion on which of her characters should be in the spotlight.

Kaye Gibbons Divining WOmen
Divining Women Book

Although Divining Women, was not a favorite for me, two of Gibbon’s books were part of Oprah’s Book Club. A Virtuous Woman and Ellen Foster, which are the books I think I will pick up this summer and give it a go. Have you read this book or any other’s by Kaye Gibbons? I would love to hear what you thought.

More Book Reviews are here.

Easter Basket… What’s in Yours?

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Easter Baskets… what are you filling yours with?

When you think of your childhood Easter Basket, do you remember dying eggs, egg hunts or a visit to the bunny?

This past Sunday in church they showed a little montage of small children with the Easter Bunny posing for photos. They were all extremely weird, creepy and some down right scary. The kids were crying, the rabbits had huge teeth and crazy eyes. Those rabbits no doubt filled helped fill the schedule’s of some counselor’s later in life.

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This is my husband in 1973 – 9 months before I was born;)

What I remember, being small in the 70s, was a giant pink styrofoam easter basket that had sort of large green pipe cleaner handle.  So I asked my mom for my Easter picture and this is what my basket actually looked like. Maybe the pink one with pipe cleaners was in my dreams or maybe it was later in life.

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This is me and my beautiful mom in 1973

 

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Our kitchen in the 1970s – look at that retro wall paper (I still own that bunny bank)

I also remember a year where my basket was actually a tiny child’s wheel barrow full of Easter grass and candy. We later replicated this for our kids with a red wagon.

As an adult, what do you like in your Easter basket? My must have, Reese Peanut Butter Eggs. That’s my breakfast with milk and sometimes a yellow hardboiled egg yoke with salt and pepper. It may sound odd or even yucky but it’s my tradition and I have done that every year since I was little.

I came up with some fun vintage Easter items that were around in our Easter’s past.

Easter Basket Goodies

A link to the items above: Easter Dress, Easter Egg Decoration, Basket, Easter Rabbits, Vintage Basket, 3d Paper Bunny, Berry Baskets, Little Chick, Popcorn Rabbit, Easter Tins, Vintage Basket, Bunny Cookie Jar Check these out, they are some of my favorite vintage sellers.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and if you like this post or want to share an Easter memory, I would love to hear it in the comments below.

Searching for Santa

Searching for Santa

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Every family has that one special Christmas Decoration or toy that year after year is pulled out and when the children become parents, can’t wait to share with their kids. For our family one of the 2 that I remember is very similar to this Santa on Bike that winds up and rides across the floor.

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It feels like it might be more difficult for our kids to remember the “Most Special,” piece from their childhood because they are bombarded by disgusting quantities of mass produced junk that pretends to be fancy and more than they are.  For me, all of this “stuff” lacks feeling. It costs less to make more and more and more and more and you get the point. And it waters down the magic.

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I love vintage, everyone that knows me, knows that. I long for the simpler pieces,the Kitsch perfect pieces that people keep year after year; the pieces that don’t end up getting donated or tossed out after a couple of seasons.

Like these simple plastic Santa Tree Light Ornaments from the 60’s. They have withstood the test of time for almost 50 years.il_570xn-834645923_4jev

Or this tubby Santa Clause that is a signed Rosbro from the 1950’s and can be used for holding candy or other small surprises. There’s nothing pretentious about him.il_570xn-682840098_fn77
Even this adorable 1940’s Wind Up Santa is unassuming. He is simple, he is sweet, he makes me smile when I see him; nstead of feeling overwhelmed by mass quantities of his clones, which is what I feel with the majority of his great grandsons at the box stores this year.il_570xn-537813815_92id

I just hope if you are reading this, you will do a little “self experiment.” Try opening a big box website and next to it open a website with vintage of the same item, could be Santa, Nutcracker, Stockings, etc.

And without looking at price or anything else, just look back and forth and see which one makes you feel something. I catch myself when window shopping for vintage physically smiling at the pieces. That’s the one to buy, not the biggest, newest and cheapest because chances are you will be over it next year and onto the newer bigger and cheaper thing.