Elderly Toddlers, BBC Edition

Abby Dalton

Abby Dalton – as a special bonus, this was the cover of a local magazine circa The Civil War

The Duchess just loves watching various progs from the Beeb once they hit US PBS stations. Among her more current faves is Dalton, Abby.

Or that’s how she’ll tell you.

I haven’t the need to correct her but I do have to concentrate on not laughing.

Someone should alert the cast and they can send a special thank you to Herself for support.

Downton Abbey or Dalton Abby, take your pick

Downton Abbey or Dalton Abby, take your pick

 

reasons to be cheerful, part 3

Or a 3 parter…

You know how people fucking go on and on about Michael Jackson biting it or Anna Nicole Smith or even Lady Diana?

I couldn’t give a fuck.

The only celebrities which gave me a kick in the guts to hear shuffled off into the Afterworld are, in order of dropping dead:

Fred Rogers.

The only kind man I 'knew' throughout childhood, which is depressing as shite

The only kind man I ‘knew’ throughout childhood, which is depressing as shite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Harrison

Which, in retrospect is just silly. I mean, he wrote some decent stuff but in reality, I imagine he was as big a prick as anybody else but ya know...

Which, in retrospect is just silly. I mean, he wrote some decent stuff but in reality, I imagine he was as big a prick as anybody else but ya know…

 

 

 

 

 

And Leonard Nimoy

I can spazz on about Star Trek but in short, ST was my earliest escape, my one real hope to cling to for a future when I saw nothing positive in my world from birth on. Star Trek wasn't just groovy, it made me think even if I were dead, maybe mankind could make something of itself. Spock showed me Science was Cool. Science IS cool.

I can spazz on about Star Trek but in short, ST was my earliest escape, my one real hope to cling to for a future when I saw nothing positive in my world from birth on. Star Trek wasn’t just groovy, it made me think even if I were dead, maybe mankind could make something of itself. Spock showed me Science was Cool. Science IS cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There have been a few others that bothered me what-with their dying. I think Jimmy Carter’s not long for this world and I’ll miss him, too.

As to the references: also from my youth, the fine Ian Drury:

Jim Carroll:

 

review, Teva ‘De La Vina’ ladies winter boot

I LOVE these boots!

I LOVE these boots!

Here’s the link.

Starting over one year ago, I began an online hunt for waterproof winter boots that would fit several criteria.

Firstly: waterproof, as stated but just to say, this was important and I realised this probably also meant I would not have something that I loved the look of wearing.

Secondly, and of even more importance to any shoe: it can’t hit my bunion. Or toes. My lupus has always ‘settled’ in my feet. The joints swell, sometimes alarmingly to others. I was also blessed with an god-awfully-high arch, which had the audacity to fall with age. I also have a neuroma (nerve tumour). Point here? I have crap feet that grow crappier each decade. Stoopid feet.

Lastly, I really wanted them to not look horrible. If they had to, okay but if I could swing non-horrible? Cool.

I have purchased, exchanged and repurchased about 20 pair of boots. It’s ridiculous. I finally got a $40 pair of snow boots (ick) at Costco just to serve the waterproof / warm requirement of ‘winter boots.’ They have already begun to fall apart. Yes, $40 but they are $100 boots!

Anyway…

I now purchase a full size up in shoes in hopes of not hitting my various ouchies. This works out fairly well because I like to put in inserts. I’ve strayed from those $200 RX orthotics to something like Orthaheel inserts, which are very nice and SuperFeet Green, which are almost nice (better than store brands) and a few other brands that specialise in ‘high arches.’ So! Big shoes have spare room for inserts — usually.

I got these Teva right before my trip. I seriously considered NOT taking them because it was a bit of a risk to take shoes I’d never worn before. I like to pack light going to Sis’ cos I can buy boatloads of stuff out there but my laptop & cables and some other stuff must come with me. Also, so many places (Colorado and Missouri, included) cannot be trusted to be COLD in winter. It may be but it may be hot (relatively speaking), too. So, I wore my travelling suit with the Tevas, took a light (not sun) dress, a pair of black denim, a super-thin mock turtleneck, a thin, fitted jumper and a flirty skirt. Basically, the travel suit and 3 outfits for 2 weeks. The only shoes I’ve worn are the Tevas!

Immediately upon receiving them (the night before departing), I put in a fresh pair of inserts and stomped about the house for almost 3 hours. They rubbed my heel where there’s a seam. You can see it at the link if you look at the lighter colours. I bought black, so details won’t show.

I have had to watch that one aspect but otherwise, I have had ZERO problems. I’ve had to clomp through 6 inches of snow (or more, really…I didn’t take a ruler like I would at home) and spent an entire day sloshing through Boulder’s shopping district in wet snow and slush the day it shovelled down 12″ (we were only there through the melting part to first 2 inches).

No leaks. Very comfy with my high arch inserts and WARM though no heavy lining. As a huge surprise/ bonus, I could fold over my boot-cut black denim and tuck inside the boots. I have not-so-slim calves, so to be able to do this with NON skinny jeans is amazing.

I love these boots! I have but one tiny caution and that is the grippy soles aren’t particularly helpful on ice. To be fair, ice SUCKS and is usually hard to walk on with any boots. It’s just I’ve had some boots that did better on ice than these do. I highly recommend these boots!