It’s Election Day! Voting and Hanging With The Locals!

Today is November 7th!  Election Day!

If you are not a slithery, slimy, cowardly draft-dodging snake!

OK. So, it isn’t a major election. It isn’t the Mid-Term election nor is it a Presidential election (I can’t even with last year’s results…).  But, locally, it is an important election.  And I put my American Patriot on this morning, Americannot Russian,  got dressed, and headed to my local polling place—our Fire Department to vote.

Now—I have a funny story to tell you before I go on.

Saturday afternoon, I was in the kitchen, wildly attending to the cooking for the little feast Bonaparte and I shared.  My orange sauce was simmering, I took the choux pastry for the Paris-Brest out of the oven, and was ready to move on to par-boiling the potatoes when the doorbell rang.

Believe me, if the sauce wasn’t simmering, I would never have answered the door!

In our home, I’m the designated door answerer.  My Frenchman refuses to answer the door if it is an unexpected ringer.  He treasures his privacy.

My hair (real and fake) was up in a huge topknot.  Because I had been peeling and cutting shallots, my eye makeup was all but teared off. I was wearing my cooking clothes—old denim cutoff shorts and a stained sweatshirt. My legs were in need of some serious fake tanning. Let’s just say I wasn’t looking my best.

Because Chippy go crazy when the doorbell rings, I scurried downstairs, opened the door and escaped to the steps outside our home.

The person ringing the doorbell was Lisa Mossie. She’s up for reelection of her position as Township Supervisor.  She is a Republican.  Guess where this animated conversation went?

I’m sure Lisa Mossie will be victorious this evening because I live in a red area–but she’s wearing blue–so maybe there is a chance she will come over to the other side!

Anyway, I have to say, Mossie was a pretty good egg in light of the rant that I displayed.  The good thing is that she’s not crazy about Trump—and she wanted a different Republican to become President. The bad thing is she’s a Republican and is in the same political group as those vile members of Congress who want to take medical care, social security benefits, women’s rights and whatever else they can take from people.

Just like I voted for Hillary because I wanted my Bernie to become President. we did share a bipartisanship on our Presidential choices–even though they weren’t the same.   And I did tell her that I had a tremendous amount of respect for her but that I would not vote for anyone who is in the same Party as those who collude with the Russians and who are too afraid to stand up to that one who is president.

Truth be told, I’m not crazy about the Democratic Party either. Both parties have lost their roots and have become too extreme. I remain a true Independent—but I just cannot, morally and ethically, bring myself to vote for any member of the Republican party at this time.

And when all was over with our conversation, I went back into my home with a sigh of relief that because I looked like a total slob with my messy bun, washed-off makeup, stained sweatshirt, cutoff shorts and pasty, fish belly white legs, she would never recognize the properly dressed and fully made up me!

Guess again!

How Lisa Mossie recognized dressed and made up me from messy slob me, I’ll never understand!

You will never believe who I ran into at the voting poll.  I was on the line to get my little voting number (165) and to sign in when she saw me.  And came over to me.  She asked me if I had a change of mind.  And, in front of all the people who were working the polls and those on the line I said …

“No” “I’m not voting for you!”  “But I like you as a person!”

After Lisa left the room, the man who was standing behind me thanked me for speaking my mind.

It’s true though. I did not vote for her, but I think she’s a good egg.  She needs to become an Independent.

Thus, is the story of my local voting experience.

And so, I decided to embark upon a local morning!

With Chippy along to keep me company, my next stop was the local dry cleaner.  I had two kilt skirts to be pressed.  Yeah. I could have ironed them myself but when it comes to pleats, I’ll let the pros handle it.

Next stop was a small challenge.

It’s a challenge.  Will I be able to find goods at the Goodwill?

One of the blogs and IG accounts I follow is Jodie’s Touch of Style.  Jodie is on a thrifting challenge and I decided to stop by our local Goodwill boutique (I don’t call it a store.  I’m too sophisticated a blogger!)

This is my local Goodwill “Boutique”. I’m pretty sure it is within the township boundaries of Phoenixville!

So, I go into the boutique, grab a cart and start wheeling around. It was a bit disappointing because this shop is nothing like my beloved Red, White, and Blue Salvation Army Thrift Store in Trenton/Mercerville, NJ. That store is the top of bar for all thrift stores.

All this China–I got from the Red White and Blue Store years ago.  I love that it all has a history.  I use the little holly and ivy cups with their matching saucers for Christmas eggnog.  I love these treasures so much!

Anyway, I’m heading over to the bags, when I passed by the shoes. Now—even when I visited the Red, White, and Blue store, I couldn’t bring myself to try others’ shoes. I have a thing about getting Athlete’s foot.  That was, until today when I spotted this pair of pointy-toed, suede flats.  In my size.  From J. Crew. J.-Freakin’-Crew!  $4.00.

I tried them on. I figured anyone who would spend their money on J. Crew, made-in-Italy, suede flats, is not the person with Athlete’s foot fungus.

I need to clean these babies with a suede brush. I don’t even care that the tips are worn. I would have done worse in wear–I can be pretty rough on shoes.  I love these.  I. Love. These!  

In the cart they went!

Satisfied with my shoes, I decided to not press my luck with anything else that could be a carrier of a potential fungal infection and went over to housewares. After all, someone else’s donations are another’s treasure!

I found a cute red ceramic catch-all that could be used as a vase and a wall hanging.  Both were $1.95 each.

I may vote blue, but red will always be my favorite color!!  Isn’t this little catch-all adorable?

More red!  This time in a wall hanging with a clown and pasta!

Since Chippy was waiting in the car it was a good idea to get back to him.  Again, off we went to discover local!

Our next and last stop was Produce Junction.  This store has always intrigued me because I’ve often heard that the pricing on all things produce and flowers and plants are the best.  They weren’t kidding.  I ended up purchasing flowers, fennel and arugula for next to nothing.

Produce Junction.  I’ll have to get up very early within the next few weeks due to the Holiday rush!  Lots of great veg and flowers!

Two fennel bulbs for a buck.  It’s funny–I don’t like licorice but I LOVE fennel!

$2.50 for these lovely flowers…

Oh. Wait!!

Here’s a better pic of the flowers. I moved them into the living room.

Speaking of living room, remember the cushions that we dropped off at the reupholstery place?  We got them back yesterday!

Top pic. Before.  Bottom pic. After. And let me tell you, it is now a pleasure and easier on the back to sit on this sofa again! Pays to go local!

A busy morning and Chippy was itching to get back home to do his business.

And he was also eager to get back to his comfortable places–the bed in the upstairs guest room and…

His other spot on the loveseat in the sunroom.  He is watching over the 2017 Annual Rosemary bush that I purchased yesterday–at our local Wegmans!  I have to tell you,  this bush will be used for a ton of holiday cooking and will last well through the winter. When it dries out, I’ll take the dried leaves and turn them into a powder.  If you spot one of these at your local store, do yourself a favor and get one!  The scent is lovely!!


The little pasta clown is now hanging on the wall in the sunroom!

So yeah.  On this November 7th, it is still not too late to get out and vote.  Every single vote does count—and while we have our freedom, it is still important to make sure we keep having our freedom. It’s a privilege that others don’t have.  Please vote!

I wore my “I Voted” sticker proudly today!  It is my civic duty as well as my right to complain!

Oh…a few friends of the blog have requested that I demonstrate how to tie a scarf. And when I arrived home, I made a little video.  Here you go!


About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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27 Responses to It’s Election Day! Voting and Hanging With The Locals!

  1. Now I know how to tie scarf for my kids. Nice. Thanks

  2. hipchick66 says:

    Lifelong Dem here, but today I voted for a Republican. The Philadelphia District Attorney job needed to go to someone highly qualified, not a radical far left person with no prosecutorial experience. So I voted for Beth Grossman. Highly qualified, and besides, she was a Democrat up until a few years ago. We had really low turnout though. Shameful! People don’t get that it’s such a privilege and that others gave their lives for our right to free elections.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Lori. I’m intrigued by Grossman. Why did she switch parties? Ugh. As much as I can’t stand the far right, I’m in agreement about the far left–both extremes are pitiful. That’s why I became an Independent! Oh. I think it is an absolute disgrace that people don’t vote. And they are usually the biggest complainers!!!!XOXOXOXO!!!!

  3. srenatee says:

    The non-voters may have given us tRump. I’m what we call in KY a blue dog Democrat! Lol. I’d vote for a blue dog over a Republican—even moreso after what I’ve seen in DC with soul-selling to get their agenda steamrolled under a shroud of secrecy. I used to be quiet about for whom I cast my votes but no more! I’ve vote in every election since Humphrey. (Even tho’ I wanted Eugene McCarthy back then as much as I preferred Bernie this time. Oh, yeah, I’m deeper into my sixties than you!)

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Srenatee!! Oh boy. You’re from the state that voted Mitch McConnell in. Next to Trump, he’s my most-despised Republican. Honestly. I believe that if the Dem party hadn’t screwed Bernie over, he would be our POTUS! Proof that both parties are in need of a major haul. I’m telling you, the Tea Party ruined ALL politics in this country. It gave the ignorant, un and under-educated, bigoted rednecks a voice. Worst thing that happened to America–besides the one in the White House…XOXOXOXO!!!!

  4. margaret daley says:

    omg the shoes! I love them, disinfect well I always worry about bed bugs.EWWWWW
    How do you eat your fennel? We grew in our garden and i havent picked yet. I dont like licorice either.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Margaret! Oh. The shoes are all cleaned! I used a suede brush and and eraser and I very gingerly sprayed a bit of lysol on the inside of the shoes. I”m now relaxing after decorating the bannisters in the house. The theme this year is: Plaid!!!!
      I like fennel raw. I slice it thin on a mandolin and put it in salads. Last night I made a salad of the raw fennel, sliced orange and I juiced on orange and added rice vinegar and made a dressing from the juice and rice vinegar. I also like fennel roasted. It’s so weird because I cannot stand licorice but love fennel!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  5. Fiona says:

    Hear Hear…use your vote people. That reminds me, I see that woman on the bicycle that gave the buffoon the finger has been fired! Wtf?!
    Great thrift finds, I love a second hand shop. The static and chrysanths were a bargain….I have no idea what arugula is! Xxx

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Fiona. Don’t even get me started on the moron who fired that woman for giving Trump the finger. She did well and she should get an attorney. What an asshole of a boss she worked for. I swear–its so typical of the idiots who love Trump. I’m glad the DEMS were victorious last night. I hope the Republicans are kicked out of DC after the mid-terms. Pigs. Every last one of them. ….XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. Loved your video on scarf tying. We didn’t have anyone vote for today. I wonder why? My question is how do you do so much? I thought I had a lot of energy. Cleaning the floorboards and then making a fabulous French feast and then off to shop, vlog and blog. Good for you.

    • Catherine says:

      Oh Sandy–I feel so lazy these days. When the kids were younger and at home, I was on the go 24/7. Between sports practices for the boys and music lessons and Oona’s Irish Dance classes three times a week–then games and dance competitions, it was non-stop! LOL!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  7. bluetulips says:

    Ah Catherine, I have issues wearing other peoples shoes or anyone wearing mine, I just can’t. But hey what a bargain. As for voting FYI, here in Australia it is compulsory to vote for State and Federal elections. If you don’t vote I think they send you a fine. You can vote from when you turn 18. It is not compulsory for Local council elections. We are gearing up for State Elections here in March and it has already started, last week new party launched and with came airing an opposition candidate’s dirty laundry. Great….. Happy Election Day to you xx

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Dianne. This GD laptop–I had a reply and hit one key and poof! Everything was going. Ugh. Anyway, the shoes are disinfected. I felt the same way about others’ shoes until yesterday!! LOL!!
      Hey. I seriously think people who don’t vote SHOULD be fined. And Election Day should be moved to Sunday. I’ve been told that we vote on a weekday so as not to interfere with religious services. Bullshit on that! Go to early Mass or an early service or go to Mass on Saturday night. People use religion in this country as an excuse for their laziness. It’s disgusting….I’m on a rant now!!! XOXOXOXO!!!! Oh…and I just found out my boy Pope Francis wants to put forth to allow Priests to marry. I love my pope!!! XOXOXO!!!!

      • bluetulips says:

        Election day is always on a Saturday, also you can do pre postal vote. For example if you are going to be away on overseas on holidays, are in a nursing home. They even have voting a few days before for those you can’t vote on the Saturday, so there really is no excuses.

  8. anne says:

    Love your videos! Have that exact same blanket scarf and could not make it look good – put it in the cupboard to use for the cat’s bed next winter.Will be reclaiming it and trying your method! Keep them coming they are nice to watch,you are a welcome visitor! xxx

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Anne. I wish I knew how to edit or I would be making more videos. I want to do one about decorating the house for Christmas! I started today because there’s a lot to prepare for. A house full of guests for dinner. It’ll be fun!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  9. 3C Style says:

    I like watching you, you’re so lovely. Thanks for the scarf tips.

  10. Deb lynch says:

    👏🏼👏🏼👍🏼👍🏼👌🏼👌🏼Great tutorial cuz. I’ll have to watch it a few times as this brain does not retain. Chippy cracked me up. He does not look 👀 too interested in what you are doing. Thoughthe might react when you put on your blazer. Have a great day n keep on blogging

    • Catherine says:

      Hey Cuz. Yeah. Chippy is so chill. He’s fun to have while I film the videos because all he wants is a comfortable spot on the bed!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  11. Bridget says:

    This morning on the a.m. news I heard that the turnout in Philadelphia was much higher than expected, which was pleasing to me. I voted for Krasner, though I am not convinced that I actually like him that much. I just could not bring myself to vote for the Republican candidate for anything. I realize that not all of them are evil, and all Democrats are definitely not good, but right now, I’m trying not to give any leeway to Trump’s party until more of them obtain a spine.

    I love fennel. And licorice. And the rosemary tree makes me very happy to see – especially in a photo with my fave, Chippy!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Bridget. Yeah! Voter turnout where I live was very good too–and the Dems did well. It’s funny because, as an Independent, I’m not crazy about either party right now, but like you, I just cannot bring myself to vote republican–the likes of Trump, Pence, McConnell, Ryan and all those slithering snakes who took certain benefits from women already and want to ruin healthcare as it is, and other benefits. They are a vile, vicious bunch. At least the Democrats have some shred of dignity left……XOXOXOXO!!!!

  12. Jeanne says:

    Love shopping with you…and your little post did push me to vote in a non-Presidential year…it is a right that I am proud to exercise…Thanks!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Jeanne! Yeah. I saw your post. The polling place certainly was dismal! Things were hopping in my neck of the woods. Those rednecks live to vote! It was very lively!!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!!

  13. Juliet says:

    Wow can you spot a bargain – you are fabulous, we need a you tube post on that!!! I love fennel (and liqorice and aniseed and… oh I am gannet). I say vote in local elections – often they don’t get the turn out so proportionally speaking your vote counts even more 🙂

    I do love a scarf so any tips on what to do are always going to be welcome

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