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  1. Patricia Barnes Hollers
    September 13, 2017 @ 8:02 pm

    Elizabeth you are so off the charts, and I love you for it.


  2. Rhonda Thibault
    September 13, 2017 @ 8:03 pm

    What is wrong with Paul lately?? 😾


  3. Tammi Velez
    September 13, 2017 @ 9:09 pm

    VEB – come to Ohio anyway. Because well, damn it, I am here. I was going to make the trip back to the loathsome, hot Country Living Fair just to see you.

    Also, I would also appreciate “rot iron rap around porch railings.” – and I have a whole group of special friends (indeed, ‘special friend’ is probably what they call me) who appreciate these types of things, too. We know we are all terrible, terrible people because if we were in the medical field we would likely choose to not save those poor grammar-defeated souls.

    What can we say? What can we do, really, besides laugh, shrug, cut and paste, and laugh some more?


  4. Holly
    September 13, 2017 @ 10:14 pm

    I’m SO sad! You are the only blogger I subscribe to (awkward phrasing, but totally true!) and I leave for Columbus tomorrow! I have been looking forward to seeing you on Saturday – now I am totally bummed! Ok, not totally, I’ll be with my sister and have been looking forward to this fair for YEARS!

    TAKE THAT ROAD TRIP WITH YOUR DAD – location doesn’t matter, just go! My dad died when I was 10 weeks old – make those memories with your dad no matter the destination – it’s all about the journey. Just thinking about your road trip stories makes me smile (and they haven’t even happened!).

    Thanks for making me laugh with your posts. At times I’m a little sad (circus animals, Elvis), but I admire your strength in openly stating your beliefs!


  5. Sarah
    September 13, 2017 @ 11:35 pm

    But does your Craigslist have any Chester draws? It’s too bad you’re not going to Ohio. A few years ago I went to a swap meet in southern Ohio where a guy was selling “squirls.”


  6. Mary Griffitts
    September 14, 2017 @ 12:00 am

    I love this post. I would like to be an invisible person in the back seat, listening to you and your dad’s conversations on a road trip. What really cracked me up is your dad’s text and your reply of “cats”! I would also love to read your list of misspellings.


  7. Diana C.
    September 14, 2017 @ 7:58 am

    I LOVE WORDS!!! Use them all the time. And the more giant and fancy, the better.

    I also love ice CREAM, heavy CREAM, sour CREAM, and BACON!!! Can we still be friends?


  8. Pam
    September 15, 2017 @ 7:51 am

    Love your writing and sense of humor!

    I have many pet peeves in regards to badly spelled anything.

    I grind my teeth seeing Real estate ads with “Master bedroom with on sweet and walking closet.” I literally want to call the realtor and tell them to get the heck out of the business!


  9. Erin
    September 15, 2017 @ 11:02 am

    all the best to you and your Dad. 🙂


  10. Steven
    September 15, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

    No Atlanta? How can that be? For a microsecond I was hopeful – then dashed in the next line. What are the chances you may put our fair city (currently partially devoid of power and minus a few thousand trees (each of which seems to have taken out a transformer) thanks to Irma) on your itinerary? Not that I have anything against Columbus or wish them ill but I live here. I also troll Craigslist and buy things I have no real need for – well, not today anyway. I try to limit my perusal time – I’m fully aware I do not deal well with moderation. It is a lifelong affliction – which means I have consciously avoided so many things others seem able to casually enjoy. At least eBay loves me. Like, a lot. And I’ve recently discovered OfferUp. Bonanza!! I didn’t tell my wife – she already twitches. But she saw my eyes roll back in my head one evening as I sat with the ipad and knew something was up. We all suffer in our own way. And my favorite post is for chester drawers. They come in a dizzying variety.

    We don’t own any cats. But we do own two children who own cats. Gabby and Norah (those are the cats). Our younger daughter and Norah are currently back in residence with us while she finishes her masters (not Norah). One question – perhaps this isn’t an issue for you – how do you dissuade your feline friends from walking sideways across upholstered items? This seems to be a skill Norah diligently hones during the day while all of the human residents are away. She seems to particularly delight in antique needlepoint. (No, our home does not look like Grandma’s attic, just sounds like it does).

    Look forward to your posts. We seem to have kindred souls – at least aligned interests – even if I am a contemporary of your Dad.

    Come South. We’ll treat you to a banana sandwich on white bread!


  11. Paula from Penfield
    September 15, 2017 @ 2:52 pm

    Am I the only one that’s sad you won’t get to spend this one on one time with your dad after all?


  12. Crystal
    September 15, 2017 @ 4:37 pm

    I would love to see that list. Some MLS descriptions can also be a gold mine of hilarity. I Especially Love (hate) It When They Capitalize The First Letter Of Every Word. OR WRITE IN ALL CAPS.


  13. Mijette
    September 15, 2017 @ 9:21 pm

    I recently saw an ad on Craigslist for an “arm wall”. Most of us know it as an armoire. Gotta love Craigslist.


  14. Miss Kitty
    September 17, 2017 @ 12:12 pm

    I’m glad I am not going crazy! I thought that I saw you on the list of guest speakers for the Atlanta Country Living Fair this past summer when I was planning my trip there for October. I thought, “I am going to get to meet the fantastic Victoria Elizabeth Barnes in person!” When I was checking the list again a few days ago…no VEB on the speakers list! Now, at least I know why your name disappeared. Hope to meet you someday!!!


  15. Robin
    September 18, 2017 @ 10:47 am

    We missed you in Columbus! The fair was great, although a bit hot. Would have been so fun to meet you there. Come next year!


  16. Pat McClane
    September 20, 2017 @ 9:43 am

    Enough talk of global issues, personal values, and philosophy. Let’s get to the really important stuff. How are the kittens?


  17. 'net friend
    September 21, 2017 @ 9:37 am

    I saw a jar of “marvels” at our flea market. They kind of are, if you stare into them and see all the designs.
    I marvel at GFTs and hate apostrophe’s in wrong place’s. I marvel at human life and the huge potential each one has.
    You truly have me Googling (real word, or naw?) people and philosophies, etc. all the time-don’t stop! More brain wrinkle’s for me!


  18. Cenepk10
    September 25, 2017 @ 7:36 pm

    Well add this one to your list: Root canal teeth left in the mouth to fester. 96 % of women diagnosed with breast cancer have on the same side as the canal tooth !!!! what the ???? Leaving the tooth in the mouth is sort of like having a bad appendix – the Dr. disconnecting and leaving in the body. UGGGG Also said to cause rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s ( which my Mom has – along with 3 root canal teeth )


  19. Robynn Reilly
    September 27, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

    I could only WISH to be in that car listening to you both waxing rhapsodic over your individual pedantics and how I would share in your JOY over the spelling list! Sigh. If ONLY!! Thank you for making my day! 💕

    Motto: Why would a person use three words when you can use three million?


  20. rebecca
    September 28, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

    love love love the “photo of someone else living my best life”…! everytime i see a 30s truck, especially green ones with business logos printed on the doors, i wonder why they own my truck and i do not. (possibly because my husband and male relatives have no mechanical skills that translate to vehicles.) hoping you come to wi sometime, i highly recommend the elkhorn flea.


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