December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Street Fashion in Madrid 2012

Boots of all kinds
HKM Madrid Waterproofs
89,95 British Pounds

Pashimas and scarves, cheap (3 for 10 euros at street vendors everywhere, 4 euros for one)
Silk screen printed scarfs were more expensive.  The scarfs with abstract art were selling the best
Animal-print scarfs were less expensive and not being bought, not even by the ignorant tourists (I include myself under that category) (indicates they're passe, darlings)
What was selling: 
Square traditional-style silk (synthentic silk) "scarfs" with "moderne" prints in black, grey and white
Square traditional-style cotton-blend "scarfs" with sewn-on ball fringe in black and rich "Moorish" designs in neutral colors (greys, greyish-greens)
Pashimas in deep, rich colors in all patterns other than animal print
Pashimas in neutral paisley

Black leather jackets, hip length or shorter - I saw nothing longer on the street worn by the ladies
Knee-lenth or longer mink coats (never shorter than knee-length; no fur jackets and no faux-fur seen - it was either the real thing or no fur at all)
For top of the line Spanish leather goods, shop Loewe

A lot of color-treated hair. Tawny shades and "reddish" shades (but nothing too bright or obviously fake)
For older women, light-colored shorter hair worn in layers - a rather "60's look" -- but you know what, that hair goes with those mink coats they wear
For younger women, long layers with caramel-colored highlights, but I also saw lots of short to medium-length bobs in all colors.
I did not see any stark blondes anywhere in Madrid among the Madrilenos, only a few tourists (thank Goddess!)

Skinny jeans everywhere - I can tell you personally that the H&M store on the Gran Via was HOPPING

Little girls do not wear jeans or slacks, even when playing in the parks! - only dresses or skirts and blouses

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