1. Payton
    December 21, 2016 @ 1:12 pm

    Thank you. I suffer from Clinical depression and your posts about treasure hunting, kittens, witty repartee and good tv/books/charities make me feel better. Good luck with your mad foster!


    • Lisa
      December 22, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

      I suffer from depression also. Unfortunately, my fiancé and I broke up just before Thanksgiving, so this holiday season is especially dreadful.


  2. Cheryl
    December 21, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

    LOL! One more post closer to validation!


  3. patricia mangum
    December 21, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

    Elizabeth you are my soul sister – blessings to you and your loved ones this Christmas season (so glad your brothers are home )


  4. Kristin
    December 21, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

    We discovered our house at an estate sale. It was a three day sale and we went back a million times and brought various family members with us to see it (and all the work it needed). It took a few months, but we bought it (the owner moved it at the age of 2 in 1930 lived there until he went to an assisted living home last year) and spent 6 months fixing it up the best we could (we had him and his family over and they love it). Now whenever we go to an estate sale everyone is nervous about what we might buy. Also, we foster dogs and kittens and we thought that one of the dogs we fostered this spring was the one that got away – she was great but hated other dogs and we didn’t think that would work for us long term- but then we got a bunch of pics of her with her new family and realized that she was in the perfect home. It made us feel a ton better.


    • fixitchick
      December 21, 2016 @ 2:11 pm

      OMG, Kristen, I think we both resemble Kathleen Turner in War of the Roses! I found our current abode at a post parental death clean out sale. I wrote lovely letters [in cursive, on proper linen stationary] to the children letting them know that we would be the custodians of the property. We would fix it lovingly. Live in it fully. In a neighborhood full of tear-downs, we appealed. Our offer to continue to house their child [who had lived with and cared for the homes owners] combined with the ‘of course you should feel free to stop by and visit]. Though the back porch is still storing close to 1000 sq.ft. of tile, we did screen it in, we do have enough furniture to serve them drinks on if they ever stop by.


    • Suzanne Forbes
      December 22, 2016 @ 1:07 pm

      ha- my mom bought a new car at a yard sale once!


  5. Stephanie
    December 21, 2016 @ 1:27 pm

    You always cheer me up, love those kittens!


  6. Leslie
    December 21, 2016 @ 1:27 pm

    I’m so excited to see you in my news feed again!! Never stop doing what you do, lady– I love you too!


  7. Carolyn Gordon
    December 21, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

    Ok, that mini barrister is truly fabulous. We found a typical one with 3 shelves for my cookbooks in the kitchen. I love it.

    May you and Paul have a joyous and healthy holiday season!


  8. Lynne
    December 21, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

    I think that may be a music cabinet. Nice find!


  9. Sue at Blu
    December 21, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

    YOU bring me joy! Thank you and Merry Christmas!


  10. Michele
    December 21, 2016 @ 1:53 pm

    Your post always cheer me up and i needed one today..thanks and Merry Christmas!


  11. fixitchick
    December 21, 2016 @ 2:35 pm

    Kittens! our 18 year old cat makes Grumpy cat look like Dale Carnegie. I think a kitten would be good for him, make him play, get up, move around, jazzercise! break the forcefield of couch gravity! It’d be good for his arthritis. If he hisses with enough oomph, I think it would count as cardio.

    I also think it would be really complicated to keep them out of each other’s food. and the Rx food he is on would be no good for a kitten, and as he’s half his previous weight, so the all day buffet needs to stay open. Oh, and the Mr is allergic [not badly, just enough to make him keep bringing it up].

    But kittens! I WANT Kittens. KITTENS !! I have won the last 3 out of 4 most recent arguments. And I havent won the one about more kittens since the subject was first broached in 2011 [after we lost our other pet]. In fact I think he keeps letting me win other arguments just so I wont win this one. But I’m pretty sure I am wearing him down


  12. Wanda Garrett
    December 21, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

    Love the barrister bookcase….in that condition $100 was a great buy! Kudos to you for fostering🐾🎉! I cant do it, I just adopt 🙂….
    ps love reading your posts & blog….and envious of your finds. Happy Holidays 🎄


  13. Lisa Seymour
    December 21, 2016 @ 3:52 pm

    I have never been more jealous of one of your fabulous finds. If you ever tire of it please let me know.

    Merry Christmas!
    P.S. I pinned your bow post and now I feel I should go make one.


  14. ActualConversationsWithMyHusband
    December 21, 2016 @ 4:29 pm

    I’ve been fostering for basically always (real time: over 15 years now) so I know how hard it is to see a special case go out the door and never hear an update. Especially when you’ve made yourself available like that. But! Sometimes you get to watch one go and just know that everything’s going to be great forever, and that little furball has already forgotten you because their new life became so awesome within minutes.

    I have found, as a person who doesn’t like wondering, that I cannot foster for groups that send animals out into the world and don’t do any follow-up or community support. There are adoption groups out there that not only do background checks on the adopter, but also keep in contact with them, building up a network of adopters who support one another as well as the organization and the animals. Breed-specific adoption groups do this, as do many sanctuaries and second-chance shelters. It might help you to have a look around and consider other options.


  15. Tammy Daig
    December 21, 2016 @ 5:34 pm

    Your posts always make me want to settle in with a cup of tea and savor. Thank you, I feel like I just got and very special GFT.


  16. tammigirl
    December 21, 2016 @ 6:21 pm

    It’s always great to read your posts. I feel like I’m reading a letter from a friend who had to move away and leave me alone in the weirdo corner.

    My grandfather died and I want to know how in the triple hell you expect me to make it through Christmas without a disco reindeer from you?


  17. Marianne in Mo.
    December 21, 2016 @ 9:48 pm

    Love the MFT (mini fancy thing)! And I agree, that price was within reason. Not that we WANT to pay what is asked, but still, it’s a good price for the quality. Love also the chalk board there. Perfect fit!
    I often think of fostering, but A. my spouse is not agreeable and B. I don’t think I could give up even one foster, also C. What if the said foster is a monster in fur? My sister in law has one now that cannot be in the same room with one of her own dogs, so must be locked away in a bedroom. Said dog has also bitten her spouse when he tried to separate a fight. Still, SIL will not give up this pup, and it is causing discourse. I could not endure the tension of that, and would deem myself a failure. I assume cats would be easier, but hubs is more of a dog person, while I am an any animal person.
    I am glad you have another fur baby to care for, and Hope you may decide to keep one someday! He is a cuddle bug!
    A very Merry Christmas to you, Paul and your loved ones!


  18. Sarah Suponski
    December 22, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    First time commenter here (I think!). Just wanted to say thank you for being a foster mom. We adopted our dog almost a year ago…middle aged pit bull, found as a stray. Luckily he was a good candidate to be fostered so he was at the shelter for about 5 weeks then brought to a lovely foster family, where he stayed for a few months because middle aged pit bulls with unknown histories are not most people’s first choice. Anyway, we adopted him and he is THE BEST DOG IN THE WORLD! We will always be grateful to his foster parents for taking such good care of him. Takes a special person to do it.


    • Deb
      December 22, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

      Just so you know, I’m newly signed on, and absolutely, without a doubt, you’re my new BFF! I almost choked on my pb ‘n celery at the start of this post! Your humor is perfection and the fact that you rescue precious little fur babies is all the more better! I’m going to move to Philly so I can live next door, and we can go on buying jaunts together, and rescue animals every day, all the day long! You’re my new hero…Ok just so you know… See you soon! 😉


  19. Barbara H.
    December 22, 2016 @ 12:54 pm

    First, I laughed out loud at the price of the magnificent, overwhelming GFT that you had to pass up – thanks for that! Next, I wish you and your entire family a fabulous holiday season. So much to love in this post, but the new love bug is adorable. For me, he would be hard to let go, but actually, so would they all. Kudos to you for sharing the love with those kittens in need. Thanks for all you do!


  20. Catherine W.
    December 22, 2016 @ 12:54 pm

    I wonder about the barrister who owned the bookcase (assuming it is not a music cabinet, as Lynne may have correctly identified). Why did he have such a tiny library? Maybe he was a small claims lawyer.


  21. Kiki
    December 22, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

    Nah, it’s the other way round; YOU have brought US oodles of love, hope, beauty, fun, incredible finds and tons of joy 🙂
    Very, very Happy and Joyful Christmas to you and Paul and all your loved ones, as well as to all your lovely readers – and then a brilliant NEW YEAR full of GFTs and huge fun
    Love, Kiki


  22. Garden, Home and Party
    December 22, 2016 @ 1:02 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family. I love the new foster kitty. I admire that you are helping so many cats through this program. I wouldn’t make it past the first lovable ball of fur…I’d have to adopt it and probably the other 10 I’d attempt to foster.


  23. Suzanne Forbes
    December 22, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

    That bookcase is a little gem, I admire it greatly. Little cat man is also a gem- so glad you have a furpanion for the holidays! Peace and happiness and blessings to you and your crew.


  24. Georgeanna Autrey
    December 22, 2016 @ 1:10 pm

    Merry Christmas I love You too !!


  25. Sunnie Mitchell
    December 22, 2016 @ 1:12 pm

    Happy Christmas from NE Scotland! Love the barrister, love the slate, and LOVE the way the foster fellow is looking up at the sentiment on the board:) All the very best to you and yours in the New Year!!


  26. shirley shep
    December 22, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

    You brighten my day. Thank you…….. and the happiest new year to you and yours.


  27. devon
    December 22, 2016 @ 1:18 pm

    Hats off to you and all the wonderful people out there who foster those unlucky souls who want nothing more than a chance for a loving home; I’m not sure i could foster without adopting, i just get so attached………and have the fur family to prove it:) wishing you and Paul and all the kitties a very Merry Christmas, following you always has been something i truly enjoy; I hope the New Year brings you an abundance of good fortune and happiness, tremendous GFT’s to show us, and many more foster babies to love on and care for!


  28. Denise
    December 22, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

    You are a blast!
    I wish I lived near you. I sooo get you!
    Our husbands could commiserate together.
    My nickname is (said with a Cuban accent):

    If you are ever in Santa Cruz- give me a shout.
    I would hire you to decorate my house!!
    And, we could go out for drinks by the ocean!!

    Stay sweet and funny!!!



  29. Sharyl Murphy
    December 22, 2016 @ 1:25 pm

    Wishing you and Paul a Very Merry Christmas. I love your mini barrister and
    I have never seen one either (which is saying something since I’ve been doing this longer than you’ve been on earth ;). Love the new kitten and with my whole heart commend you for fostering.

    Hugs, Sharyl (Sage Farm Antiques) I’ll be in touch soon.


  30. Loretta Cloud
    December 22, 2016 @ 1:43 pm

    Love seeing your emails in my in-box. They always make me smile! Hope your holidays are wonderful!


  31. Sandee
    December 22, 2016 @ 2:17 pm

    Merry Christmas. I love reading your posts the are wonderful. I love all your GFT’s. I definitely live in the wrong place. 🙂 As for being a foster parent, good for you! I love dogs and cats and have thought about it, but I would have a hard time letting them go. Well, we’ll see, maybe if the future. Keep writing, it truly lifts my spirits. Thank you.


  32. Donna Gibson
    December 22, 2016 @ 2:20 pm

    I love tuxedo kitties! I know you can’t keep them all, but you can keep him!! I’m sadly allergic to not only cats but to allergy shots.
    Enjoy your holiday, I will look forward to the annual siblings jumping off the porch photo!
    I didn’t decorate at all this year! Too stressed out and blue after the election disaster and a torn rotator cuff! Besides the relatives are going to their in laws this year so why bother? Maybe next year….


  33. Jeff Campbell
    December 22, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

    What a fun blog. Totally made my day. Victoria really has a way with words. If anyone knew I was reading about estate furniture and kittens they would wonder about me, but sometimes one just needs a writer with some serious personality to light up these winter days:)


  34. Laura Laskey
    December 22, 2016 @ 3:33 pm

    I love your blog! It always makes me feel good … even when the subject can be sad. But, because you see things much the same offbeat way that I do – I end up smiling quite a bit as I am reading. Thank you and Merry Christmas!!


  35. Janice
    December 22, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

    I always look forward to your posts — my little heart does a dance when I see the link pop up in my email. Love the bookcase and hearing about your fostering adventures. Enjoy your family time and Merry Christmas <3


  36. Jane Hayward
    December 22, 2016 @ 4:40 pm

    I have two barrister bookcases, both of which I dearly love, but I have never seen one like this, and think it is about the cutest one I have ever seen! You lucky girl!!! In Washington State, that would have been easily $300 to $450 – even at an estate sale!! You score the very coolest stuff! Merry Christmas!


    December 22, 2016 @ 4:55 pm

    Christmas greetings to you, Paul and your families for this festive season… all the way from the land Down Under (Australia).

    I absolutely adore your posts… they make me laugh out loud!! 🙂

    Love all of your GFT’s and those gorgeous little fur balls. Keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing of your adventures throughout 2017.


  38. Shelly Powell
    December 22, 2016 @ 5:14 pm

    Merry Christmas VEB!
    I have been going to estate auctions and tag sales since I was 5! I am now 55 and had stuffed so many beautiful antique pieces in our home it was ridiculous! I am now on a mission to clear out some of my treasurs, but I still love estate sales! Your new small bookcase is so cute! I have never seen one so small! Great piece for a collection! 😀 I love your blog and you are so funny! You write with such wit and poise!
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year!


  39. judy
    December 22, 2016 @ 5:20 pm

    Oh! I was hoping for a shot of the front porch with greens and bows and disco balls. That was so pretty.it had a kind of kiddy fairy tale quality. AnyHoo-any advice on my feral cat that is expecting another litter. I think she was pregnant once before but never saw any kittens or more adult offspring so either I am wrong or the kittens couldn’t make it. I have my son’s large Rottie in residence so she is reluctant to come in the house although he seems to understand not to hurt her. Should I find an organization that would help her-take her to my Vet for shots? Happy Holidays to everyone and heres to a wonderful 2017!


  40. Kathy Lee Milliken
    December 22, 2016 @ 5:21 pm

    Merry Christmas!! I’m so proud of your fostering kittens!! Good job! Hope your next year brings many gft’s!!


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