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  1. Eileen Johnson
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:24 am

    I love reading whatever you write….whenever you write it! Thank you!

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  2. Melanie McKeefry
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    You are asdorable, witty and entertaining! I love your blog!

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    • Ed Perry
      March 16, 2016 @ 1:36 am

      I’m with Melanie. Completely entertaining and delightful. You have just made a really sad day for me, a whole lot more bearable. Bless you.

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      • Melinda
        April 7, 2016 @ 7:28 am

        Me three!

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  3. Alison
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:27 am

    Do you, babe! What keeps people reading is not just GFTs, (though those are awesome), but your commentary on life and POV…it’s fun, interesting and sometimes heartbreaking. It would suck if you were one dimensional. Think of how much more fun Martha became once she went to jail.

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    • Anna, Sydney
      March 15, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

      But VEB, dont go to jail, ok.

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    • Lesley
      March 15, 2016 @ 7:46 pm

      Protesting for the right reasons, just avoid the jailing thing, yes.
      You’re not alone, you’re just the one putting it out there. And can we talk about the number of comments on this post? You’re an original, keep ’em coming!!

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  4. Kate Sparks
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:29 am

    I always read but don’t always agree….. so everyone has different opinions and how boring it would be if we all thought alike. Sheesh… some people do drive me crazy, but you aren’t one of them!!! Keep at it girl!!! Always remember, some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all of the time.

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  5. Nancy Turner
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:30 am

    Thank you for opening my eyes to the abuse circus animals endure. I had no idea but I will be protesting these events from now on. I’m glad that Elvis is doing well right now.

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  6. Another Victoria
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    OK, Victoria, so I don’t share ALL of your passions, but I love you anyway. You make me laugh, and sometimes cry. You make me feel like “I’m not alone out here”. Who could ask for more, eh?

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  7. Terri B
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    I love each and every one of your posts. Please don’t let the people that are unhappy with themselves give you pause for one moment. I hope for a miracle for Elvis. Keep up the great work and the many laughs VEB.

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  8. Rebecca
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:32 am

    You go! Love your charming, slightly nuts-in a good way, real, well-written, and intellectually curious posts.

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  9. Sue at Blu
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:35 am

    As a tiny blogger myself (actually immeasurable) it is difficult to post “enough”! I love that you post once a week and that your content is stellar. thanks for showing a little bit more of you in your passion for these animals. You are making a difference. Bless Elvis!

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  10. Catharine Slover
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:36 am

    Hi! Good for you getting your cause out there. We started boycotting American circuses many years ago after going when our kids were little. And we didn’t even need to see the cages…

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  11. Sherry Stuifbergen
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:36 am

    I love your posts. You are so funny! Your passion for antiques and what you go through to own them is so like me! I love your compliant husband too. You are lucky to have him as a support and he seems so patient with your passions. Elvis has entered my heart and I, too, want him comfortable. He has such a good home with you. I can’t wait to read about your big antique find. When I see your blog update on my email…I immediately go to read it. Thank you!

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  12. joan
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:36 am

    Hello. I am loving being your friend. Come to Amarillo Texas where it is giant but not fancy.

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  13. Donna Marchlewski
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:37 am

    Write it and I’ll read it. You are adored.

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  14. Lori
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:39 am

    I love decorating. I love Craigslist. I love GFT’s. And I love your posts. But what I love most about your posts is your sense of humor and your writing style. I will continue to read your blog whatever your write on, not because I always agree with you or am entertained by what you say, but because I think I would like you in person. I don’t always agree with my BFF but I LOVE spending time with her. You’re kinda like that. Someone I choose to spend time with when possible ?

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  15. Maisie
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:40 am

    I love you even more for speaking up about animal welfare 🙂 Rock on, girl!

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  16. Brittany
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:40 am

    New to the blog, but I love it. And I love that you have arrived at the conclusion that you can write whatever you want on YOUR blog and if people don’t like it, they don’t have to read it. Keep on keeping on 🙂

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  17. Melissi
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:41 am

    Love you even more if that is possible!
    My motto: “Old houses, old furniture, old fashion values plus the love of our rescue and foster pets make our home.”

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  18. Lynne
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:42 am

    Girllllllfrannnn, ditto on everything you wrote. I felt (and still do) the same way about the publish button. I recently sent out a survey to my subscribers and guess whaaaaaa? Audiences LOVE the variety. It’s like a surprise in their inbox. Keep doing what you are doing.

    YOU DO YOU, best and you are rocking it.

    Love ya,
    Lynne xx
    Design The Life You Want To Live

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    • judy
      March 19, 2016 @ 11:08 am

      I tried to visit your blog got a 404 error so maybe you could try again. On second thought-at my age deep thoughts are rare-I will try putting your name into address thing-y

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  19. Christina Brode
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:42 am

    This blog post was like sitting down with you for a cup of coffee.

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  20. BJ
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:43 am

    Ok… once again you’ve done it to me. I love blogs but almost never comment and here I am, commenting on your blog for the 2ND time. 🙂 Everything you said about the additions to your blog are great – book reviews are fantastic (it’s often how I learn about something good!) and I think in general whatever you want to add that isn’t related to the house will be very fun to read. You’re great, so how could it not be! BUT, the really important thing that makes me write today, is for you standing up for the animals. You did it with the down couch and now for the circus animals! I love it!! It makes my little heart swell!!!! As an almost vegan and avid support of animal rights/welfare, I am so happy to see someone like you use your little corner of the world to make a difference. You go girl!! PS: I think of Elvis often and pray for your little family

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  21. savannah
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:43 am

    I follow you on facebook and instagram because of your blog! As someone said before me, we might not always agree, but that is more than OK, it’s life. I love you for giving me the term “GFT” and helping The Husband understand the concept! You know, if you lived nearby, I’d be over with a coffee cake and a hug! xoxox

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  22. Nancy
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:43 am

    Stay true to yourself and ignore the haters! I get excited every time one of your posts pops up in my email!

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  23. Loralee Swab
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:44 am

    I find your blog interesting and amusing, and it’s great to see another facet of your personality. While I really enjoy the funny, entertaining posts, I like seeing something more serious for a change. Keep doing what you’re doing!

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  24. Alisa Daar
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:44 am

    I don’t go to the circus. on top of that, I gave up eating veal when I heard about how the baby calves are treated. I tried being vegetarian and then vegan. but my body dislikes soy, and there is a diabetes thing with eating grains…. anyhow, now I spend my life feeling guilty about almost all food I eat. I try to buy a lot of humanely raised meat, and have my own chickens for eggs. but there is more. we’re the folks who picked the produce paid fairly ? what is the carbon footprint cost of eating watermelon in winter ? pesticides, herbicides, GMO . and was my carrot grown in the desert on a 24 hour sprinkler system ? monocrops murder lots of mice and are bad for the planet. everything has a cost. thank you , Victoria, for bringing me smiles. I am good at worrying, and have forgotten how to have fun.
    I feel bad for all life not treated well.

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    • katy
      March 15, 2016 @ 11:17 am

      Not sure what you mean with the diabetic thing with eating grains, but a vegan diet doesn’t need to be a grain-heavy diet.
      Vegan + diabetic works! Read Gabriel Cousens “There is a Cure of Diabetes”.
      I was vegetarian since the early teen years, and vegan since HS (so, 13ish years). Also hypoglycemic at a young age (before going veg), and now LADA Type 1.5 diabetic. When I eat poorly, I need more insulin (duh), but a whole foods mostly raw vegan diet + regular exercise means I need half as much insulin. Just saying.

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  25. Christina
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:47 am

    I have been reading your blog for quite some time but have never posted a comment. Just want to say, and I may be speaking for others, that I read your blog because of YOU! Your antics, funny, crazy, or sad, it’s your personality that draws people in not just subject matter. Granted, my spirit animal is craigslist as well and I have an obsession with GFT but, at the end of the day, those are just things we have in common. Reading your blog is like catching up with a friend and I hope you’ll continue to share whatever your heart desires with your unseen friends. ?

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  26. Molly Young
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:48 am

    This is my favorite piece of anything you have written! I love your honesty and vulnerability. I’ve spent the last year on a journey of self-discovery and I found that my willingness to be my authentic self has driven away a few people, but they were quickly replaced with twice as many true, loyal friends who “get me” even on my lowest days. Best of luck to you, VBE, and keep being you – no one does it better!

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    • Molly Young
      March 15, 2016 @ 10:57 am

      Sorry!! Sorry! I messed up your initials. Oh, the challenges of being an imperfect human! Thank you for always making me laugh, VEB. You are amazing.

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  27. Patricia
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:48 am

    I read your every skillfully crafted word. I follow you on Facebook . I follow you on Instagram (did not know I was supposed to push the “heart button” but I will from now on).

    The only circus we attend is Cirque du Soleil which is animal free.

    I don’t always get your taste (I’m so not GFT) but love your passion for them. As long as I don’t have to help Paul load them in the car or carry them upstairs.

    I am a VEB fan.

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  28. Lalagigi
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    Animal abuse of any kind makes me weep for the future of humanity. You can do no wrong in my opinion.

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  29. laura the real laura
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    Regarding Elvis, we had our very sick cat put down at home, and of course it was terribly sad. But I’d not have done it any other way. We had bought a lilac bush for the garden, so she lives on in the tree. Our daughter’s new kitten is named Lila in tribute to Sparkle. Also we went to a ceramic shop and painted a couple of tiles for Sparkle and they mark her grave in the garden. And thus she’s with us still.

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  30. Joan
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:51 am

    I have two thoughts… First, it’s your blog, so write what you want. You can’t please everyone and you can’t make people like you. Second, I’m with you 100% on the circus issue. It’s horrific. Keep up the good work. Oh, and sorry about Elvis. 🙂

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  31. Cathy
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:53 am

    Good for you! Love reading about your Craigslist finds, but I keep following because your humor, personality and good heart comes across. Your love of animals is a part of that and if you have the platform to share then you should! Animal cruelty is something we should all do something about. I read an eye opening book, Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer about the reality of factory farming 5 years ago and havent eaten an animal since! I highly recommend it!

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  32. Melissa
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:54 am

    I just “met” you yesterday. Pretty sure I love you. In a totally non-creepy way. You write what you want and we will be here!

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    • Melissa Krouse
      March 15, 2016 @ 9:29 pm

      Weird….my sentiments exactly! You share my name as well. You and Victoria are super cool.
      Cheers,
      Melissa (Krouse)

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  33. Rachel
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:54 am

    I completely understand the fear of “what if people don’t like this?”. And I am praying that when the time comes, Elvis goes gently into that night… And that one day, you will be back together… Many prayers for your entire family, animals and all. ((hugs) (

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  34. misti
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:56 am

    We have 6 children. In the past we have heard nags from them about their friends getting to go to the circus. I absolutely can not stand animal cruelty!!! We have discussed animal abuse and neglect with the children that are old enough to understand and now they try to talk their friends out of going to the circus….thanks for being brave enough to post this blog:)

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  35. Sunnie Mitchell
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    VEB – you’ve been my GFT role model for quite a while now, your Paul my Paul’s DIY role model (including-especially his how to keep it sane and together methodology). Your love and care for Elvis is nothing short of awesome. I personally think you’re close to perfect and I have to work at not asking my 37yo daughter why she can’t be more like you. But WOW – now I KNOW you’re perfect, perfectly balanced and perfectly wonderful…bless you a gajillion times for your efforts on behalf of circus animals especially the cruelly caged big cats.

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  36. Connie
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    It doesn’t matter what you write, I love your sense of humor and writing style. And I am thrilled to learn about new aspects of your life and being! Keep on sharing!

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  37. Mary Ann
    March 15, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    I will read whatever you write, bring it on! Variety is good.
    I wanted to tell you that you are doing everything right with Elvis, and to tell you about our Missy’s last day. She was a 21 year old tuxedo kitty, arthritis, kidney failure, and just plain old. She loved laying in the sun so a bit of the morning was spent finding strips of it in our sunroom. Our vet was scheduled to come late in the afternoon to put her down so I stayed home to enjoy my last time with her. We went outside together; I had been letting her walk around the yard the last few summers with me by her side. Her arthritis slowed her down considerable so I wasn’t worried any more about her running off and jumping a fence, she would just ample around smelling everything. That morning, she trekked across the wet grass, lifting her back legs high but keeping her nose in the grass, it was hilarious. I took lots of video. She was deaf but a talker and seemed to respond to my voice. Maow. About 4 pm the vet let me know she was available, I gave Missy a lorazepam and waited. I didn’t want her to realize what was happening. She slowly climbed her stairs up to the her favorite sunny afternoon window and stretched out. I sat next to her so I could pet her warm black fur, my husband let the vet in and she snuck up on Missy with the first shot. A few minutes later, the IV and final breath. It was actually quite a beautiful thing, very peaceful and warm. She was our first cat and outlived 4 others through the years, and she was my best friend. Oh no, I’m crying again. Anyway, I just wanted to encourage you that Elvis’ last day will be a beautiful thing for you and to wish you love on that day.

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  38. Julie Frontera
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:00 am

    WARNING: overly-wordy coffee-induced comment ahead!!!
    Once again, I am moved by one of your posts. Yes, I said ‘moved’. And please indulge me for a sec while I comment on the reason for that, (aware that some feeble minded person might ask ‘how could a woman you don’t even know and who worships GFTs actually move you, Jule?’, but that’s only due to their obliviousness). So back to my reason that your posts ‘move me’ in spite of sounding like a prune ad: you always write from a personal place, and without the feeling that your posts are overly edited and scrutinized for some kind of ambiguous blogger ethic. Even when you’re talking about something seemingly frivolous to any clueless souls that don’t appreciate GFTs, your words are real and obviously come from a place of personal authenticity. I like that about a person, and that’s how I’ve always determined my friendships in life. Your words are spoken from your ‘realness’ – thanks for sharing your animal cruelty stance today! – and for me create a feeling of being friends. If you were my neighbor, I’d be the one tossing little dog treats at your bedroom window early on a Saturday morning to get you to go with me to check out a wild deal at a flea market an hour away. And you’d probably go. In a crazy and stressful world filled with 24 hour news, aging pets and parents and my own striving and lust for life, I always have a great post popping up from Elizabeth. I laugh at the skilled, sharp wit, admire the GFT wisdom, get a little peanut and jealous over the latest craigslist score and feel more energized and passionate in general……And obviously am moved to write long winded comments at the bottom of your page. Thanks for always sharing, please know your literary efforts are always appreciated by this gal in Michigan.

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  39. Randi
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:01 am

    Go on with your bad self and don’t worry about pleasing all of the people all of the time…it can’t be done…

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  40. mystenigmary
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:05 am

    I definitely started reading you because of my deep and abiding love of home decor info and photos, but I kept reading you because of your fabulous writing, wit and (most importantly to a former copy editor) EXCELLENT grammar and spelling! 🙂 I look forward to reading anything you write! Thank you for writing about this heartbreaking issue. I admire your ability to do it in such a readable way, too. (Oh, and thanks for inspiring me to finish reading Smiley’s trilogy – I read Some Luck a while ago, but never quite made it to the others – but now my interest is renewed!)

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