Poor Babes:

When I was little and I would stay with my grandparents I would occasionally wake up in the middle of the night and get frightened because I couldn't remember where I was or how I got there. That strange sensation still occurs when camping out at a friends place or some odd hotel. If you think about it, you are most vulnerable while sleeping and I feel that it must be some internal way of keeping you safe from harm. Anyway my grandmother would peek into the room then sit by the bed and sing me back to sleep with this lullaby;

"Oh don't you remember a long time ago
two poor little babes whose names I don't know
were stolen away one bright sunny day
and left in the woods, so I've heard people say

They tried and they tried to get out they cried
those poor little babes they laid down and died
and when they were dead the robin so red
brought strawberry leaves and over them spread"

Thanks Grandma! Now I'm going to have nightmares.

In some way it was oddly comforting and to this day when I wake in a strange place I sing the tune until I fall back asleep.


Spot, identify or name items in this picture.

What I'm Listening To:

So I got a text from my cousin last night asking me to watch a video. I clicked the link and was pleasantly surprised by what I heard and now I'm sharing with you guys. The video was uploaded yesterday and already has almost 2000 hits. One thing that bothered me was the fact that 1 single solitary person chose to hit the "thumbs down" button! Must be a jealous schoolmate. Sucks for that one because I think this girl will be on the radio sooner than later. By the way Charleston or "Charli" is from Gulf Shores AL, just down the road.



The internet was invented for porn. Possibly for porn and electronic mail. It's also good at mangling history. My latest internet interest is an I-Vacation or more precisely, searching internet maps. It starts with my fascination of the architecture and realty of foreign places like New York, Key West, New Orleans, Ipanema and Paris etc. While exploring the realty of a city the price tags of apartments and houses become very telling of the desirability, neighborhood and location. Once you have an address you can map it. Look at it aerially, look at it from the street view, basically walkabout the neighborhood. In essence, a small virtual vacation or Petites vacances virtuelle. Sounds classy in French. That brings me to my favorite game show,

The Prize's Price

Today's Prize is a fabulous penthouse apartment in a mid century building, Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Steps from the subway and two blocks from the beach. 

You guess the price. 

Described as having a private pool and terrace at your disposal...

Views of Rio de Janeiro and in particular on Morro Dois Irmãos or Two Brothers Hill.

In the heart of Ipanema, this penthouse is located in a modern building with a doorman and an available 24hrs security service. 

Original Space Age details still exist.

Media Room

Master Bedroom Private terrace.

Master bedroom suite

Guest suite and private terrace.

And now it's time to, 

Name The Prize’s Price...

[entries may be in Euros or US dollars]

Incidental and related to this post is this little item I discovered while perusing the streets of Ipanema.

Sexy Man:

What do you do if your a music producer who has a fluke hit with the novelty girl group, The Ritchie Family?

You recycle that one novel idea into, The Village People then transfer that gay fantasy look back to the girl group.

I like to think that novelty act routine is responsible for 99% of today's pop music.

A man ahead of his time.

Crafty Corner:

I inherited a Shaker style three drawer antique maple dresser from my grandmother that she had as a child and was her mother's before. It's over a hundred years old and sat in a storage room for years until recently when I felt the creative urge to redecorate.

I'm so tired of my current antique look with the wood tones all over the living room and have been looking into more modern styles of furniture, but I don't really have the money to go out and buy new stuff. The easiest way to redecorate on a budget is with paint. So I got out my craft paints and sponges and got to work.

First off I sanded the original stained finish down to the bare wood.

Then I taped off sections of the dresser and mixed a paint scheme.

I wish I could say this was an easy project but it took me a really long time to complete.

Three weeks to be exact as I kept changing my mind.

Painting and repainting.

Adding some details like the bead work trim and knocking off skirting, etc.

What do you think of the finished product?