1. Joan Payne
    October 9, 2018 @ 2:02 pm

    Please listen to Sen Susan Collin’s logical conclusions and well thought out decision. While I scarcely know a woman who has not in some way been wrongfully approached, I refuse to believe we are an oppressed gender and that all males are perpetrators.
    I look forward to seeing the final kitchen and do not understand how you have been cooking these many months. You have great patience living with such upheaval.


    • Lisa Morrison
      October 9, 2018 @ 2:32 pm

      I agree. I experienced teen aged boy agressiveness in Jr. High school but it never once stopped me from living my life and going about my business. I am not traumatized and afraid because some kid was handsy in the bandhall. I don’t know if Kavanaugh was the absolute best candidate but there was no evidence of his wrong doing. There has to be evidence! And I don’t think the world is going to heck in a handbasket because of his nomination. I believe the PEOPLE are more accepting and open to love of all types and people of all persuasions every day and that is the direction we will continue to go regardless of what the supreme court does or says. Generations younger than mine are soooo much more open and equality minded and they are the ones that will govern in a few short years. So don’t worry too much about Kavanaugh. This too shall pass.

      And Kittens!


  2. Lori
    October 9, 2018 @ 2:13 pm

    The kittens are so cute and I love how you write about them.

    Right there with you about our political & environmental situation. I can barely think about it, I’m so full of rage & sadness. I’ve been baking up a storm to get my mind off of it, the more complicated the recipe, the better (the best all require ingredients weighed out in grams and precise timings of participation).

    It’s just sad to see so many men I know completely oblivious as to why the women around them are so damn upset. I mean, there are some notable exceptions and I appreciate them all, but when it’s people you’re close to….ugh. And when you are unable to convince them to vote, either….double ugh.

    I am just hoping people wake the hell up before it’s too late.


  3. Debbie
    October 9, 2018 @ 2:26 pm

    I’m grateful to have another constitutionalist on the Supreme Court, man or woman. I’m equal opportunity. While others claim that, I like to believe I really am. I don’t believe all claimed victims. Does a certain lacrosse team ring a bell? But, then again, you don’t either….Anita Broderick, anyone, and how many others? What about Rep. Keith Ellison’s ex-girlfriend? This is claimed to have happened in 2016. And she has pictures, to boot! To you who wrote about rage and injustice, where’s your rage? This is a woman who claims that a powerful man beat her. There’s more evidence that he did this than Kavanagh assaulting Ms. Ford. To be consistent and not hypocritical, we should all want justice done to whichever one of these two is telling the truth, right? Or maybe, no? Because he’s liberal and friendly to Roe vs Wade? I don’t believe Ms. Ford and the sad truth is you wouldn’t have either if it wasn’t politically expedient for you. World peace would be great but ending hypocrisy would be, too.


    • S Roche
      October 9, 2018 @ 2:32 pm

      Bravo Debbie.


      • Debbie
        October 9, 2018 @ 3:38 pm



  4. Cindy M
    October 9, 2018 @ 2:34 pm

    Well said Debbie.


    • Debbie
      October 9, 2018 @ 3:40 pm



  5. Cynthia
    October 9, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I am recovering so many, many memories of sexual assault and harassment. Please, women who are defending Kavanaugh, just stop. Stand with your sisters. Thank you,
    Your friend in Iowa


  6. Lori Sterling
    October 9, 2018 @ 2:54 pm

    I agree with you 100%. Can we set up our own country, perhaps on another planet, where everyone is equal and vegan? All animals and humans are respected? John Lennon’s song,’ Imagine’ as a Constitution. I am in! Ugh. I truly feel like I don’t belong here. It is so nice to know there are others that feel the same way.


  7. Teresa
    October 9, 2018 @ 2:57 pm

    I apologize Victoria. It seems I’ve allowed myself to fall victim to the trolls that have come here. I’m usually good at spotting them right away, but will have to plead fatigue from the past week. Signing off, now. I love your blog but may have to skip the comments in the future.


    • Debbie
      October 9, 2018 @ 3:35 pm

      Teresa, I’ve been on VEB email list for a year or more…..I don’t even know for sure. I’m not a troll. I’m here bc I love the way Victoria decorates. I enjoy reading about her and her husband, their adventures with their home and kitties. And she’s perky! I don’t agree with all that she writes. I’m not vegetarian or vegan and I like it that way but I’ve never found a reason to post. Going to the zoo and enjoying it is not on my “I will not do” list. I wrote today bc of what Victoria posted that I really disagree with and I wanted to give an opposing opinion. It will possibly be the only time I write bc leaving comments isn’t my norm. Not everyone who disagrees with you is a troll 💗

      I’m in hopes that I can continue to enjoy this fun blog. No more politics, please? I follow different sites and people for enjoyment and beauty, for getting ideas for my home. I turn on my tv 📺 for frustration!


  8. Sally
    October 9, 2018 @ 3:03 pm

    This was the most joyful thing I’ve seen all week. I unfriended my own mother on FB this week. I can’t imagine visiting for the holidays with all this rage I feel. I’m looking for good works to keep me busy.


  9. HGC
    October 9, 2018 @ 3:04 pm

    “Also, apparently none of this even matters because the planet is almost over.” Terrifyingly true. I am glad I am old. That’s selfish, but there we are.


  10. HGC
    October 9, 2018 @ 3:07 pm

    Kittehs! I lost one 17-year-old (Tennyson) in late July. I miss him far more than I thought possible. Bronte does not. She’s also 17. I suppose she’s entitled. I worship her. Xerxes is a lovebug and loves everyone and everyone loves him. We need more Xerxes in the world. I worship Xerxes too, in a different way.


  11. Tricia
    October 9, 2018 @ 3:48 pm

    So very, very sad that you have turned to politics on your blog. I understand we aren’t all cut from the same cloth and that you have strong feelings about this, but until now your blog was a refreshing respite from all the meanness going on outside of the world of kittens, old house restorations, and antique hunting.

    I am a survivor of sexual assault and I support Kavanaugh. Like Susan Collins, I believe in the rule of law, and no matter how compelling Dr. Ford’s testimony was (and I watched the whole thing), there just wasn’t ANY corroborating evidence that proved Justice Kavanaugh was her assaulter. Not a single person could back up her story. Not even her bff from HS who said that she wasn’t there and didn’t know the man (oh, and also that she was “pressured” by Ford supporters to amend her story). On the other hand, you have scores of women who know Kavanaugh who said the person she portrayed was not the person they had known for over half their lives. Not a single contemporary he worked with in the courts stepped up to say they had seen disrespectful (or criminal!) behavior from him. I feel for Dr. Ford and what she experienced as I experienced something quite similar (although I was younger). However, if we allow the uncorroborated word of one person to convict someone and ruin their lives, then we are truly in trouble as a country because no one is safe. But that’s just me.

    I appreciate your perspective and you are most certainly welcome to it. This is your blog and you can speak about whatever you like; but isn’t there enough hate in the world? Wouldn’t it be so much better if we all just looked for areas where we can agree (such as how wonderful foster kittens are) and try and understand that we are never going to agree on everything, but that doesn’t make those who have a different perspective evil or unqualified to have a voice in the conversation?


    • Lola B
      October 10, 2018 @ 9:11 am

      Totally agree Trisha. “Eyewitness testimony” can be appallingly inaccurate — look at the many cases that have been overturned based on DNA evidence, where the original convictions were based on testimony where the witness was “100% sure.”

      Coupled with the many Senators who publicly stated they would NEVER vote to confirm Kavanaugh, some within minutes of his nomination and certainly before Ford’s allegations were made public, I am left to conclude this whole circus had everything to do with his perceived conservative Constitutional viewpoint and nothing to do with Ms. Ford’s claims.

      If indeed she was assaulted by someone as she claims, I am sorry for her. But she was taken advantage of again by the senators who publicly used her plight to further their own agenda.


  12. Naomi
    October 9, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

    Thank you for the introduction to your sweet, fluffy crew. I wish the mister wasn’t so allergic or I would already have a dozen therapy kitties to cuddle.


  13. Sarah
    October 9, 2018 @ 4:16 pm

    Kittens, make everything better. I too am in a deep deep rage, and will only say this. The Kavanaugh I saw was not someone I would want on the bench, regardless of whether Dr. Ford is to be believed ( and I think she should be), remove her as a factor. I wouldn’t want someone who acts that way working at my business, let alone a justice on the supreme court, then again, I feel that way about a lot of people in leadership positions…

    Thank you VEB for speaking your mind and sharing your thoughts..


  14. Cheapdiva
    October 9, 2018 @ 4:35 pm

    Here I go, point by point
    *It is VEB’s blog – she is entitled to write what she wants
    *don’t read it or the comments if you disagree – there are plenty of other sites that will share your view
    *i don’t always agree with all of her insights (sorry, enjoy a great filet every so often) but she isn’t telling me I need to agree with her or stop reading her
    *women need to stop pitting against each other – that’s EXACTLY what many men hope for so they can maintain control
    *i believe both Ford and Kavanaugh believe in their truths – I think he doesn’t remember what actually happened. I was in a similar situation 45 years ago and I can promise you that the guy involved would not remember it the same way I do – if at all.
    *like anything you disagree with, either look at both sides or pretend your side is right, but then don’t say you are fair or willing to listen
    *frequently, I will consider the other side to see what I might be missing, haven’t considered or to bolster my argument.

    ‘Nuff said.


  15. Ellen Shook
    October 9, 2018 @ 4:36 pm

    I myself have been in a near-constant state of apoplexy over the current state of affairs of state. My generation were the ones who marched and burned their bras, fought for the right to control our own bodies, and made much progress toward being treated as an equal to the male of the species. You correctly point out something we should all remember: that our forefathers were slaveowners and treated their women as property as well. Primal screaming might actually be more healthy than some other outlets. Not to mention cuddling those adorable kitties.


  16. Cheryl
    October 9, 2018 @ 4:53 pm

    I now believe this blog is fake. Blogs with advertising and following this big make $30,000 a month or more. I’m beginning to think the house is really a stage front. Propaganda with kittens.


  17. Caroline
    October 9, 2018 @ 5:53 pm

    Victoria, wanted you to know I was inspired to become a kitty foster parent because of you. I currently have 3 little floofkins and their Egyptian goddess of a mama. She may make a foster fail out of me.
    I’m glad that you didn’t ignore or gloss over the Kavanaugh situation. Here in my corner of Canada, most are horrified by what we see as democracy sacrificed to right wing interests.
    I am astounded by the reaction to Dr. Ford and horrified by the spotlight placed on her by your media and the GOP strictly for the purpose of obfuscating other disqualifying practices. I quote the co-president of Yale’s Law School when I state just a few of the rulings and statements that alone should have made him ineligible for the job: “from his apparent disregard of Roe v. Wade as demonstrated by his treatment of the pregnant immigrant teenager seeking an abortion in Garza v. Hargan; to his stated belief that the president should be exempt from criminal investigations; to his repeated efforts to dismantle environmental and consumer protection regulations; to his persistent unwillingness to protect the rights of the country’s most vulnerable populations, including the disabled and the undocumented.”
    The man is morally bankrupt. I sincerely hope American women are still able to vote in the years to come.


  18. JeanFB
    October 9, 2018 @ 5:55 pm

    Oh my lordy, I’m so sorry for all the trolls on here! Love your foster kittehs! And I agree with you 100%. Wow! Two (and more) people with the same opinion! Hard to believe we might actually speak it, write it on our blogs, and still be actual real people who are not fake! Jeez – take heart. I have needed to take a news break recently – luckily I love to watch hockey on TV. I’m an introvert and so don’t feel comfortable knocking on doors for campaigns, so for our democratic candidates I write Postcards To Voters (run by Tony the Democrat). You might want to check it out, since you are a creative person – you might enjoy it, it helps our democracy by getting out the vote, and it helps with the rage. Sending you good vibes and good karma – we will get through this!


  19. Dawn
    October 9, 2018 @ 5:58 pm

    Darling Lily,

    Thank you for your comment. I cannot improve upon it.

    And, I agree. I enjoy this blog but but don’t need anyone telling me how to vote or what to believe or what to eat, and won’t hesitate to drop the blog the next time a rant on any of these subjects appears. You don’t change anyone’s mind.

    So. Over. It.


    • judy
      October 10, 2018 @ 1:34 am

      Is this some sort of joke? I have been reading VEB for years and never once felt I was being ordered to do anything. Has Fox news and the bloviators that spout true hatred and divisiveness made exchanging viewpoints with a degree of rationality impossible? I seem to remember a commenter with a name like darling lily and her comments had a bit of nice and lots of negative. I actually found a blog once where all of the comments were vicious and negative. They called it “snark” and seemed to enjoy it immensely-strange…….


    • Trish
      October 10, 2018 @ 4:42 pm

      So why not just drop it already? “So. Over. It.”? Lots of conservative websites out there for you.


  20. Rose Smith
    October 9, 2018 @ 7:17 pm

    It is with regret that I unsubscribe from this blog. I have followed every post for years and enjoyed the way VEB has with words, her gift of design and, oh my, the videos! This world is full of distressing things and just browsing here, reading new posts and watching videos over again has been so refreshing; a little break in the crazy world in which we live. But more and more this blog is becoming less enjoyable and more political. We have that everywhere we turn. I follow this kind of blog for lighthearted entertainment and a feast for the eyes, not for a reminder of the stress that is all around.


    • Trish
      October 10, 2018 @ 4:45 pm

      So go watch Fox News for your entertainment. Victoria’s blog, Victoria’s content. Also, couldn’t agree with her more.


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