About Peg Stueber-Temp and Tea

Me. Only me. The one and only me. This is a space that is all about me...baby. Now that I've clarified that point...I've nothing to say. Why do these things always end up feeling like putting out a dating site profile? I'm between the ages of 20 and 2000 - old enough to know better, young enough not to care. I'm single, meaning I haven't entered into a legal contract with another human being to share riches and debts, but I do have the audacity to be in a long-term relationship with a musician. I write. I draw. I paint, etch, fold origami and take pictures of all the above... sometimes several times a week. And did I mention I'm a card-carrying member of the National Sarcasm Society (not that they need MY support...) Come on out, and walk my path with me for a length - I don't promise you'll be on a well-worn road, but the scenery can't be beat. It ain't easy, walking slightly left of reality.

Seasoned Greetings

 

Just a quick couple of shots today…took the long way home last night because it was snowing out, and I had a couple of things in mind for the demon-tech to perform for me.

I dislike snow…but it photographs nicely.

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Amazon wants to KILL me!

I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for a number of years.  As such, they occasionally send me “helpful shopping suggestions” based on whatever I’ve recently been looking at on their site.  Today…they sent me this for a recommendation:

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Now…I haven’t worn anything other than flats for 3+ years. The decision to go totally flat was based, at the time, on the increasing gulf between that 29 fiction I keep attempting to run regarding my age and the real, chronological amount of time I’ve spent converting perfectly delicious foodstuffs to various waste products.  It was also based on how my feet felt in anything that elevated my heels above my toes, and how difficult it was to maintain an upright posture when wearing such things.

Balance…I have not.

So why would Amazon have a pair of platform, stiletto-heeled, over the knee black patent leather boots as something I might actually buy???

They must want me dead…because I’d have to be in such a state to wear those things.

Granted, when I was young and foolish enough to go into one of the big shoe stores in the MALL (nope, never again!) I used to try on things like this.  Not because I liked them, or could envision me ever wearing them, but because I considered them to be too ugly to not try on, totter around in, and laugh at.

I once had a pair of little old ladies ask me ‘Where you goin’ in those shoes, Daaaaaahlin?’ when I was wobbling about in a pair of sparkly gold, patent-leather, platform/6 inch heel pumps.

I told them the Emergency Room was the most likely destination.

 

I just can’t understand why Amazon would wish me ill.  I did some of my Christmas shopping on their site…ordered more of my toothpaste, and got some stretchy tank tops to wear under everything else in a desperate bid to keep warm in the frozen tundra.  If I don’t have at least one box with the little Amazon Smilie on it…the house just doesn’t feel right.

Why this overt threat against my ankles, Amazon?  Are you THAT pissed that I bought some stuff from Etsy?

 

Bridge Work

I had an opportunity this last weekend to do a bit of exploring.

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About 40 minutes north of me is a smallish town called Cedarburg.  Their claim to fame is ice cream (Cedar Crest) and being a little, picturesque town in Wisconsin close enough to Lake Michigan to attract the tourist dollars in the summer, but far enough away from it to avoid the worst of the Lake Effect snow in the winter.

They also have a thing for wineries, pottery, and they have a hot-glass studio.  I may have to take a class or 2 sometime soon, as glass artwork is something that’s interested the muses for a LONG time.

The other thing they have the the last standing covered bridge in the state.  The township has turned it, and the surrounding riverlands, into an historic landmark, thus protected for picnickers and visiting history buffs like me.

It was a fantastic day – not too terribly cold, no wind, and sunshiney.  I got some fantastic shots, and the kids and I mapped out some plans to go back with the proper camera and props in the spring.

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Balls!

 

This started as a little lark about a month ago.

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The chainmaille form is called the Celtic Star.  Basically, it’s a short length of Celtic Visions (WHERE do we maillers come up with these weird names???) chain circled around to join with itself and all the outside frilly bits tied up nicely with additional rings.

Well, I attached a couple of these stars together.   And…meh.  Took that apart, and attached a different way.  That’s when the muse woke up.

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Why is there a voice in my head right at this very moment screaming “DUCK AND COVER!”?

See – the 4 flowery forms had attached in a configuration that was VERY familiar.

So I rather quickly built up 2 more stars, and put them in juuuuuust the right spots.

Half Ball

BINGO!

I had half a dodecahedron…my favorite little 12-sided Platonic Solid.

I liked this form so much, I immediately went out (well, in…as most of my jumpring suppliers are online) and got the right size rings in bright red and green.  I was making ornaments for the SQO’s family for Christmas.

Look pretty, no?

On Hook

Continued Adventures in Goodwill

Once again, I took to the wilds of retail Waukesha in search of second-hand clothing.  I’m finally figuring out how to dress this new, less-insulated meat-suit I inhabit, and, as such, need additional layers to keep me semi-warm during the freeze.

And when I say Freeze, I mean it.  It’s barely begun to get cold up here in Wisconsin, yet I really, really feel it.  By January, I might just be cold enough to have my fingers stick to the keyboard.

So if a future post looks like:

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You’ll know what happened.

My search was certainly off-season.  They’re putting out all the long sleeve shirts, sweaters (especially the ugly Christmas ones) and outer-wear.  I was searching for camisoles, preferably spaghetti strappy ones, that are longer than most, and stretchy.

Sadly, I didn’t find any of those – I might have to go full retail…

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But, not one to let a second hand store selection go to waste – I found some new material for a super-spectacular blog post!

In the “Smoking Hot” category:

Velvet Smoking Jacket

 

 

I really – REALLY hated to pass this one up, because who doesn’t need a big, full-length, black velvet smoking jacket to casually lounge around casual lounges in?


Oh…wait…I don’t casually lounge in casual lounges…especially when there are casual people trying to act all casual…

So it stayed on the rack…

 

 

 

In the ‘Welcome to the Jungle” category:

Animal Print Turtleneck close up

 

I love animal print as much as the next person – but when they’ve stylized the animal print to incorporate actual  animal heads…sorry, I just had to say no…

 

 

Animal Print turtleneck

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Oh…and turtle-neck sweaters?  Double no – they just don’t FEEL right, but could be useful if I was … say … robbing a bank.

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Can you imagine the witness statement?

 

 

 

 

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The Runner up – In the “Offset” category:

Fluffy Vest Combo

 

 

Now, I was searching for warmth – and this WAS warm – but there were too many zippers involved.  This had an inner zipper on the right side, and the outer zipper on the left side.  I almost zipped myself into an alternate reality while trying it on.  I’ll stick to symmetrical garments in the future.

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As an aside…look at the freaking FOREARM in this totally gansta shot…This is what 2+ years of chainmailling will do for the definition in your arms.

 

 

 

 

 

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And the winner of the evening:
The ‘Game of Garments’ category:

Tetris Shirt Leaning

 

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I will forever and after regret not bringing the Twister Pants home with me and having them altered to fit…not so with this.  There was no entity on the face of this Earth that could have removed this shirt from my cart.

I now am the proud owner of this “I loved Tetris so much I must wear it on my back!” shirt.  Just having it in my closet elevates my ‘weird’ status…and to wear it out of the house?
Epic!

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I can’t wait to blind random passers-by with this ‘Louder than my iPod’ garment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More of my town

Can ya’ll stand more photographs of me walking around my hometown?

I’ve come up with a winter plan to keep myself active during the winter months.  It’s a bit too cold to tackle the walk to work in the morning, so I’ve taken to lots of layers and a roundabout circuit to get home.  Tonight, I expanded into new territory.

There is a leather restoration shop perched mid-way up one of our more impressive hills.  It’s another of Waukesha’s rather unique old stone buildings – and someone took their artistic flair to decorate the…well, I think…basement windows.

There are three mini-murals here…one in each of the window-wells.
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This is my favorite of the trio:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waukesha, especially the downtown area, has a serious love and appreciation of artistic expression…coupled with little bits of quirkiness.  I’ve had this store sign shot in my phone for months – it’s about time I shared it, no?
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And my last bit of this evening’s walk was this shop.  I’ve marched past it many, MANY times, as it’s right on Main street…this is the first time I’ve actually stopped to capture some shots to share.  Me likey what I see…

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Yes, that is a full window display of coffee cups.  And the sign?

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yup…we’re a nest of artistic appreciation in this town.

 

 

 

I don’t mean to offend…

Went to Woodman’s the tonight, in search of toilet paper.

 

Ooooooh – what an exciting adventure, no?

 

When I was heading out, I noticed a bin of product that tickled my sense of the absurd:

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All I could think was:  how incredibly sexist of this egg noodle company to sell extra broads…coupled with ‘I’ll bet this is the best seller in certain political circles and ‘old boy’ clubs.’

I really need to rein in my weirdness at times, don’t I?