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  1. NevadaNy
    December 3, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

    Yes, the Greedy Rich are the Problem.
    I remember the day Bobby Kennedy was Murdered.
    Heartbreaking to those of us who were young then.
    What a different world today, if he had become President.

    And now the Greedy Rich are in Charge.

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  2. Monika Grotz
    December 3, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

    Love, love, love above post!! But sad that there are no cats to be found ….
    Please tell me where you take your beautiful finds to be powder coated. We live on Hilton Head Island and there seems to be no one who can give me a lead to a business that does this kind of work. They just look at me very strangely and seem not to know what I am talking about ….
    I have several items that would love a refresh.
    looking much forward to a lead from you.
    Continued happy hunting,
    Monika Grot

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    • June
      December 3, 2018 @ 4:06 pm

      Hello Monika, Now it is very common for auto body painting shops to also do powder coating. Have you tried any local auto painters. You might find some a shop much closer than PA.

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      • Monika
        December 3, 2018 @ 4:45 pm

        Thanks for getting back to me so promptly. We are planning to move to VA in the not so distant future and I will try to get my treasures powder coated there – I hope.
        Monika

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  3. Jean
    December 3, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

    I once bought an upholstered chair at an auction for $1. 1960’s pale green brocade and slippery, pre-Herculon and probably to make it stain resistant. I later saw that identical chair in “Goodfellas,” so I owned a chair that was in the movies! Not as cool as your furniture, though! and what a steal!

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  4. Vickie H.
    December 3, 2018 @ 12:20 pm

    OMG!!! STEAL!!!!! AMAZING FIND!!!! THRILLED (& envious!) for you!!!!

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  5. Jayne Z
    December 3, 2018 @ 12:27 pm

    Patience paid off! I completely agree with you about people voting against their own interests — have never understood why women in particular do this. Rachel Maddow has done some great reporting on “dark” money in politics. We need to vote for people who will eliminate lobbyists and PACS and simplly give all qualified candidates the same amount of money and they can use it as they please, but no more from outside sources. The Kochs, Mercers and Waltons are among the worst!

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    • Pam
      December 3, 2018 @ 9:12 pm

      Rachel Maddow is the bomb

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  6. Melissa Fouse
    December 3, 2018 @ 12:39 pm

    I am so happy for you!!

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  7. Karyn
    December 3, 2018 @ 12:44 pm

    Why oh why are you bringing politics into your otherwise awesome blog?? You are going to tick off 50% of your readers either way! I for one am incredibly sick of discussing politics. No one and I mean no one is going to change another person’s mind in regards to how they want to vote. Not even using sarcasm, threats or bullying will change someone’s mind. So please, please, please just stick to your usual funny posts. Thank you!

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    • Rhonda
      December 3, 2018 @ 1:13 pm

      I agree, Karyn. Sometimes bloggers feel the need to deviate from their particular topic, but I personally find it tiresome. If I want to read a political blog for entertainment purposes, then I will find one. (I won’t, because… well, just because.). But I delight in the adventures of Victoria Elizabeth Barnes, and her house, and her cats, and her amazing big gilded treasures, and of course, her special relationship with her wonderful husband, Paul. I come here for that, knowing I will be entertained and leave with a smile on my face. On the other side of the coin, it is her blog and she can write what she wants.

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    • Paula Wiggins
      December 3, 2018 @ 4:07 pm

      Karyn,
      AMEN. Well said.
      Victoria has created a wonderful blog. We come here to enjoy the challenges of creative design, NOT to argue over politics.
      If Victoria continues to interject political commentary, I will delete her blog. I believed it was one of the only sources of relief from the ugliness. Looks like I was wrong.
      Paula

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    • Alicia A Gipson
      December 3, 2018 @ 6:12 pm

      I have to agree. We get politics shoved in our face every darn day. I read your wonderfully funny and totally delightful blog to get away from political discourse. Please keep politics out of your blog.

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    • tiffaney jewel
      December 3, 2018 @ 9:34 pm

      Go find another blog to read. This is Victoria’s blog, not yours. I’m sure she is well aware of the “risks”, and I put that in quotes because there’s really no risk for her if you stop reading her blog, but she is aware that people may stop reading.

      It’s incredibly rude to tell someone how to write their own blog. Where’s yours? Let’s critique it and tell you what to do.

      Stop telling people how to live their lives.

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  8. Nanci Courtney
    December 3, 2018 @ 12:54 pm

    Politics are our future. Big drag when you realize someone you like and respect is calling you out. Right, Karyn?

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    • Kay
      December 3, 2018 @ 1:04 pm

      That was uncalled for. You have no idea what Karyn’s politics are. Relationships trump politics every time.

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    • tiffaney jewel
      December 3, 2018 @ 9:35 pm

      Well said! She must be a Republican – they LOVE telling other people how to live.

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  9. Kay
    December 3, 2018 @ 12:59 pm

    I have no idea why you even notice other men, with Paul to look at.

    Love your furniture.

    I’m no fan of the Koch brothers, but there are big-money interests on both sides of the aisle, all of them globalists who care nothing for the interests of ordinary people. They’re globalists because they benefit from it financially. Those benefits make it worthwhile for them to support whatever causes work to their advantage. George Soros, I’m looking at you too. The Kennedys, both John and Robert, would be appalled. Those of you who are younger cannot imagine how politics has changed during the lifetime of this seventy-something.

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    • joycedaffodil
      December 3, 2018 @ 1:55 pm

      Kay, the year I graduated from College I went to work for OEO and Sarge Shriver in Appalachia. John Kennedy President, Country involved, folks spoke to their elected leaders, and generally got a response. Today, it is as you mentioned totally different. A person we know worked for a local bank. She volunteered for a political group in opposition to the elected Republican Senator. For a reason unknown to mankind, he writes a letter to the Bank President complaining about a bank employee working for the opposition. Gal was a VP in bank, and was terminated. Out cry, not from employee, but folks in his area. I wrote him a letter stating this inappropriate behavior. He wrote back, ” it is no one’s business but to voters in my area.” Advised him I knew of this from my family in his area. Some one reported him to Senate Ethics Committee, who did nothing, but the voters did do something, he was soundly removed from office 11/6/2018. Bank suffered also, with folks moving deposits elsewhere. We can not get tired or fed up, we need to be vigilant that is how I get to be 75 in a few days.

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    • Teresa L Townsell
      December 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

      Kay, the behaviors of the Koch brothers are NOT found on both sides of the aisles. That is using the old trick of “but what about” to deflect from the issue, in this case the villains behind dark money. Victoria, thank you for your reflection on the book you are reading. Reasoned and critical thinking on any topic is always appreciated. However, I must say . . . you ruined milk for me! LOL Loved your post, as always!

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    • tiffaney jewel
      December 3, 2018 @ 9:37 pm

      Hmmmm… complaining about “globalists” and George Soros? These are anti-semetic dog-whistles. If you’re going to do this, you should be aware of this fact. Add in the whataboutism and OMG BOTH SIDES ARE BAD, and you sound like a typical republican.

      Get new talking points, because these are played out.

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  10. Lauren K.
    December 3, 2018 @ 1:11 pm

    I love this post exactly the way it is. I missed both of those documentaries thank you for the recommendations.

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  11. Hilary Franey
    December 3, 2018 @ 1:11 pm

    I sincerely and wholeheartedly love your blog to bits…but please don’t go down the politics road, I beg of you. I see so many in the entertainment field (which you most certainly are so entertaining and brilliant with your impeccable taste and style) who shoot themselves in the foot and then alienate half their fans.

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    • June
      December 3, 2018 @ 4:15 pm

      Hi Hilary,
      I find it fascinating that some folks will tell bloggers not to mention politics. Certainly if and or when they start their own blogs they should be free to post on any subject they wish. Why should Victoria’s readers tell her certain subjects are verboten?
      The way I see it , you can skim over the political or any other writings that you might object to or just quit this particular blog. Just as VEB is free to publish whatever opinions she would like, you too have a choice in your reading.

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    • Paula Wiggins
      December 3, 2018 @ 4:34 pm

      Absolutely correct.

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  12. Ellen Shook
    December 3, 2018 @ 1:19 pm

    Here in the Deep South (Birmingham), once upon a time a lot of this type of iron furniture was made here, including by some of my former in-laws once removed. (Don’t ask.) My patio is full and I have sold or given away some I wish I could get back. If you ever come South to do any craigslisting/antiquing, hit some estate sales and bring your van.

    Politic away — we are on the same page.

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  13. Mary Lang
    December 3, 2018 @ 1:29 pm

    I’m here for the politics. Please stop writing about craigslist.

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    • Elisabeth
      December 3, 2018 @ 1:54 pm

      well done:)

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    • Beth
      December 3, 2018 @ 7:19 pm

      Mary Lang, I laughed out loud. Thank you.

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  14. Joyce Buzick
    December 3, 2018 @ 1:40 pm

    Read you sporadically, so forced by interest to watch several at a time. In Phila area where do you get powder coating, bought two chaise lounges and a canopy swing at a garage sale. They also had dining table and six chairs and side chairs. Now wish we had bought them, but . . There is no time in history more important than now politically. As a Country we need to remain informed and involved and fight off the revulsion and tiredness of the situation. If our forefathers had surrendered, we might be in a different place. Live in suburban Phila area, please can you share the Company that does this marvelous work.

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  15. Naomi
    December 3, 2018 @ 1:47 pm

    The patio furniture is gorgeous. You are a Craigslist inspiration.

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  16. Valery Shaw
    December 3, 2018 @ 1:50 pm

    I Love and truly enjoy your Blog and seeing all your finds and learn so much! Its so fun. I do a lot of Craigslisting too,still haven’t found a “Kingdom Mirror”–lol or any near as large as that The Pian0 made Kitchen Island- I tell people about and more from your Blog in my conversations. I am wondering– where and I cannot find a picture of your Piano all done with the marble on the top and in place. Do you have one you could please post or direct me where I find a pic of it finished? Thanks ahead,-Valery

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  17. Susan
    December 3, 2018 @ 2:03 pm

    I am a longtime collector of Brown Jordan Calcutta and occasionally sell pieces since I moved and the new patio is smaller. People always ask if the pieces are powder coated and sometimes reject pieces that aren’t. But the originals were not powder coated, they are a smooth, satin finish. Powder coating is a newish development. I don’t get it.

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  18. Jan
    December 3, 2018 @ 2:37 pm

    Powdercoating works on an electrolysis basis….and the cast portions of the chair may be made out of white metal (AKA potmetal) which has a lower conductivity…..all that said, powdercoating is not a forever thing. I spent well over a dozen years as a designer who designed and built things that were powdercoated…..It will eventually start to pit. You MIGHT ask an auto body shop to paint them instead…..a good enamel job will last as long.

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    • Susan
      December 4, 2018 @ 11:08 am

      That’s exactly what I do. I take the Calcutta pieces (which are cast aluminum) to the auto body shop for a finish that’s long-term satin perfection. And a lot less expensive!

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  19. Jan Lenoir Harrigan
    December 3, 2018 @ 2:39 pm

    AMEN re your political comments! And congrats re the craigslist find. Love CL. Except I have a Mini Cooper and it’s hard to get stuff home!

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  20. Barb
    December 3, 2018 @ 4:14 pm

    I enjoy listening to points of view from funny, intelligent women. It’s imperative, now more than ever, that we embrace womens’ voices. So, thank you, VEB!

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  21. Caroline
    December 3, 2018 @ 4:57 pm

    Only in America could someone comment on corporate greed and get called out for being political. These two things should not be synonymous.
    Rock on, Victoria.

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  22. elaine cascio
    December 3, 2018 @ 5:21 pm

    Wow Victoria! Hornet’s nest
    PS I love you just the way you are

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  23. Lisa D.
    December 3, 2018 @ 5:23 pm

    Powder coating is the way to go. I’ve had several outdoor iron pieces – some quite old – powder coated, and I couldn’t be happier. (Please Victoria, don’t venture into the political swamp. You have a wonderful, witty, clever blog about your house, cats, husband, etc., that people enjoy reading. Politics is a toxic subject.) I love reading about your adventures, and I hope you are not offended by my input.

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  24. Teresa
    December 3, 2018 @ 6:35 pm

    I grasped early on that Victoria is a highly intelligent, well read lady. Instead of criticizing her for her “politics,” perhaps people could take the opportunity to learn from her.

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  25. Beth
    December 3, 2018 @ 7:23 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful post. Your emphasis on love and kindness and making the world better and yes, Craigslist, never fails to delight me.

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  26. Dawn
    December 3, 2018 @ 7:46 pm

    My mom has those same plant stands that once belonged to my great uncle. We don’t know much about them. What can you tell me? Hers are painted black and we aren’t sure exactly where he got them as he loved to visit all sorts of estate sales, flea markets, and antique stores. Some of his treasures we weren’t sure were anything and some we were pretty convinced were just junk. Sometimes it’s a fine line

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  27. marsha watkins
    December 3, 2018 @ 8:35 pm

    Unfortunately, the news is rarely THE NEWS. Often it is opinion and talking points. Back when my dad watched his evening one hour, they only had time to give you the truth. Twenty four hour news leaves lots of time for filler, fluff, and falsehoods. All the networks are guilty of this. I wonder if they realize the divisiveness they cause in our country. Shame, Shame, everyone knows ALL their names!

    V., LOVE the magic you bring to our lives with your blog! Yippee on the new cast furniture!

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  28. judy
    December 3, 2018 @ 10:49 pm

    .Why oh Why Karyn do you arrive at the door of another person’s home and insist they believe as you do? I would recommend just enjoying the kittens and the dancing. We the readers who agree completely that our country is going to hell in a handbasket are thrilled to find a blog with the guts(intestinal fortitude} to state that truth and suggest literature that addresses the topic. I am so suspicious of these strange aggressive comments that attempt to squelch truth since this would be a definite strategy of Putin’s minions. Did anybody see the two mass murderers high fiving each other at the latest summit with Trump in the background trying to look tyrannical? These guys are eating his lunch and he is clueless because they “like” him? Duh?

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  29. Debbie
    December 3, 2018 @ 11:37 pm

    Too bad. I knew chances were probably not good that politics would be left by the wayside, but I so hoped they would be. Yes, I know it’s your blog, VEB, and that you can do anything you want to with it, but I did have hopes that you would be happy to use it to bring people who love beauty together, especially after the dustup a couple of months ago. Politics polarize people. It brings out the worst in some. The same thing is happening in the comments I’m reading today that happened then. People get ugly and you’re encouraging that now on your blog. You have every right to choose your audience and your topics and I’m sure you’ll do just fine. I separate politics from beauty and joy because I want to celebrate and take in the good. In a world that is so caught up in ugliness and pain, filled with “us” and “them”, the relief of being able to read and look at things that inspire and encourage is a necessity for me. Mixing doesn’t work for me, isn’t worth the unpleasantness. Your home is a wonderful project and I wish you joy and success as you continue making it your own.

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  30. Lisa W.
    December 4, 2018 @ 12:26 am

    Love your new furniture ! And I did not realize that powder coating doesn’t work well on older pieces ! Who knew !!? Thanks for blogging about all things beautiful … porch furniture , kitchens, GFTs , kitties, etc, ……. and all things relevant ……. politics , animal welfare issues , new books , etc. I really enjoy your posts !

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  31. judy
    December 4, 2018 @ 12:32 am

    Someone said that Democracy will not end with a bang but with a whimper, how in the world can our freedoms be held sacred and inviolate if we the people “don’t want to talk about it,it’s just too too divisive,upsetting,makes me have to think and thinking makes my head hurt? ” What we need is some more “stuff” and an episode of new jersey housewives…those girls are so funny and I feel so superior when I see what bad taste in clothes they exhibit. Bread and circuses folks- keep them fed and entertained and they will happily drink whatever kool aid is being served. Climate change,voter suppression,hatred of all who are not “us”. faux news-pay no attention…..go buy something you’ll feel so much better.

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  32. Linda Hill
    December 4, 2018 @ 1:03 am

    I purchased a pair of “chair gliders” that look like your furniture at an estate sale many years ago. Unfortunately, I had a retail home decor & antique shop and sold them……….wishing I had kept them as they were so fun! TFS your find! Politics–pooh! Not here please or I will be gone.

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  33. Robin
    December 4, 2018 @ 12:02 pm

    Funny how people react….personally I like cats, politics, and beautiful homes. I especially like your cats, your politics, and your home. And it is your blog, which I also like. I also like the delete command….hope you do too.

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  34. mbm
    December 5, 2018 @ 9:16 am

    If the politics continue I will not continue to read. The other side thinks the same about George Soros and one side is not smarter than the other. We need to stop the nonsense and quick thinking our way of thinking is the only way. Both sides have have great ideas to move this country forward, but we need to stop thinking if you don’t agree you are the enemy.

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  35. Caren
    December 5, 2018 @ 11:26 am

    Ya know, when VEB talks about animals and veganism, she’s taking a political position. We have laws about ranching and farming and food and circuses. VEB protests on these issues sometimes. I’m an omnivore, so I skim those parts. Sometimes I agree with her, sometimes I don’t.

    I don’t worry about whether or not VEB and I agree about EVERYTHING: I enjoy her remodeling and cats and book recommendations and family stories and videos, etc. An occasional subject matter that I disagree with is NOT a big deal. I would never dream of telling her to knock off the vegan posts and stick to remodeling.

    Telling someone to repress themselves and their opinions on THEIR BLOG is really rude. You can comment on her posts, you can agree or disagree with her, but telling her how to run her blog is not acceptable. Telling her to stifle herself is mannerless. If that means you stop reading her blog, so be it. Go start your own.

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  36. judy
    December 5, 2018 @ 9:50 pm

    MBM- I’m just curious,do you have any interest in Politics? Do you vote? what is your source for truth about the various issues facing America and our beautiful Planet? What is so off putting in Victoria’s legitimate concerns about these issues. In supporting Victoria’s positions,I would never presume to force any other person to do the same. The most surprising aspect of the opposing comments is the anger and resentment expressed,rather than just stating why they disagree they demand the writer provide only content that is acceptable to them,and stop posting what they do not like or they will cease following. This seems so strange to me-back when my Husband and I were young we attended a fair amount of house parties through some turbulent times-Vietnam,Assassinations,Civil Rights et al and we had some heated discussions but no one ever suggested that anyone just shut up and keep their opinions to themselves. That would have been the height of rudeness and incivility. Sorry to keep commenting but I truly would like to understand how anyone feels entitled to be so dictatorial in someone else’s space? I wonder if it’s that bubble mentality that if I just shut out anything scary life will be grand and I need not worry.

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    • June
      December 6, 2018 @ 6:30 am

      Hi Judy,
      You and Mary Lang are women after my own heart. I cannot get over some of these comments saying VEB is “tiresome”, “ticking off 50% of her readers”, and “encouraging ugly comments” when all she did is recommend a book that she is reading!

      LOL, I’d bet that just like me, you may still be waiting for that Soros check for attending a march or working for a D candidate.

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  37. KJ
    December 6, 2018 @ 1:29 am

    I have enjoyed the VEB for some time and actually get very excited to find a new post in my email !!! I have become more and more politcal over the years as I am aging and have my sources where I search out opinion and facts, and they are all quite varied. While watching the entertainment industry become very political and outspoken, I have found that performers that I once loved, no longer shine in my opinion of them after making idiotic statements and political stances. It is far from entertaining to see and read divisive remarks and actions….to see people instigate hate and to belittle others and their beliefs. There are just some arenas where it very nice to go and to be free of polarizing political talk. I though that this was one place of fun, beauty, and serene glory of all things beautiful. But now the ugly has been allow in the door and it is not pretty. Sure, VEB and anyone else can post whatever they choose, but please do it where it is expected and pertinent. I don’t go to my Dr’s office or the hospital for political rants, I don’t go to political rallys for entertainment, I don’t go to church to talk about and learn more dollmaking and sewing skills. I don’t go to places of entertainment to get schooled about politics……I come here for enlightenment about beautiful things, opinions about gardening, home decor, collectibles along with some humor. Politics immediately changes the tone of the site, the poster and the readers…this is very disappointing and disheartening to see.

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    • judy
      December 6, 2018 @ 1:15 pm

      IMHO I don’t agree that Politics changes the tone of any situation,it is the perception of each person that affects what they hear or read. Anyone who agrees with VEB is naturally going to receive her words as true and positive toward seeking possible solutions to what Virginia and her readers believe are serious problems facing America and ultimately must be addressed and solved by our Politicians. Our Lawmakers. Politics informs every aspect of life in America. For those who disagree with the opinions expressed,why care. We are wrong and you are right -so ignore us and be confident in your own beliefs.

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    • Sandy
      December 8, 2018 @ 3:22 pm

      Agree 100% It actually makes me sad when politics are found in places that I don’t expect them to be. Once upon a time, the Internet was actually a good place to find indoor respite from the ugliness in the world. *sigh”.

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  38. Miche
    December 6, 2018 @ 4:55 am

    Thank you for your blog, I read it regularly. When you haven’t posted for a little while I go back and read my favourite posts over again. I am happy to read everything you post as I see it not as entertainment, rather an on going discussion (a little one-side since this is my first post). Your life is different to mine and I really like having a small window into it. I hope you continue writing as long as it makes you happy. Thank you again.

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  39. Jenn C
    December 6, 2018 @ 10:16 am

    If you’ve read Victoria this long and now decide her politics mean you can’t follow any longer, aren’t you choosing to let politics divide? This woman is seriously funny, so smart and an engaging writer. She is honest about her views and shares them openly with us. That’s a lot better than many politicians, and I think than blogs and websites that are worried about readers #1.
    I’m following this person and she happens to have thoughts about not only kittens and home design, sorry if that bothers you. Possibly this woman whose thoughts you value on other subjects has something to say worth listening to and considering, but don’t let the door hit too hard on way out if you can’t be an adult and hear a viewpoint different from your own.
    VEB, my husband and I laugh so hard when you describe navigating rehab with your partner. I can’t read out loud coherently at times, but he patiently waits. Just like Paul.

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  40. Rochelle F
    December 10, 2018 @ 2:45 pm

    I love your blog–the stories about Paul, the cats, the giant fancy things never fail to entertain. I read your blog for those things, but understand that it’s your blog, and your right to post about anything that you choose, including politics. However, the addition of politics leads to some rather uncivil discourse–I’m specifically thinking of Tiffaney’s comments–there is surely no need to call people names because they have a different point of view.

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