1. Toni S
    October 6, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    “Calvin: Know what I pray for?
    Hobbes: What?
    Calvin: The strength to change what I can, the inability to accept what I can’t, and the incapacity to tell the difference.”

    It’s so good to meet a kindred spirit. I saw your blog on Hooked On Houses!


  2. Celeste
    October 6, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

    For a second there, I thought you were going to announce you were *quitting* and I almost had a heart attack right here on the spot! For the love of all of us who put up with living in old jalopy houses, please don’t ever quit!


  3. Jill
    October 8, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    I just stumbled on your blog this morning! In fact, I just subscribed by email after falling down the rabbit hole for a couple of hours, getting lost in your hilarious wit & great style. Love that we’re both in the Philly area, too!


  4. Truly Trying to Be Helpful
    October 8, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    Look. You’re entertaining and amusing and all. However, since you’ve made it clear you want to be well liked: I highly recommend showing some actual progress on that kitchen you’ve been writing non-posts about. Otherwise, a large percentage of the readers you’re so happy to have obtained will grow quickly evaporate just as quickly as they came.


    • Ginny
      October 9, 2013 @ 6:49 am

      I would read about what she did on any given day, her opinion on anything. I don’t think her readers will evaporate. It’s Victoria….the essence of Victoria, the wit, the frustrations, her thoughts…..that draw me to her. And I’ll bet that is true of most of us. IMHO


    • Darling Lily
      October 10, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

      Kitchens may come, and kitchens may go; what I want most to read about is how she gets Paul to do her bidding.

      I am eternally grateful, however, for whatever topics Herself chooses to blog about.


    • Judy
      October 10, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

      harsh, I’m sure the commenter leads a busy productive existence and therefore has no time or patience with kitchens unfinished or tasks left undone. What he/she may not have noticed is the charm of a talented witty writer who admits to human failings and foibles-so relax and enjoy the wit and wisdom dispensed and if it’s insufficient to your needs rush off and find something more to your liking. I’ll stay and commiserate about the sudden paucity of disco balls at my local suppliers. This is so much more significant than mere kitchens- How did this happen?


  5. Rosemary
    October 8, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    I can’t think of one of your posts that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy…I will not be evaporating any time soon! Your blog is absolutely wonderful and far better than any that I’ve ever read. I love that you can spell, that you have original ideas, that you’ve given me an insight into the “behind the scenes” of blogging (I’m not a blogger), that you make me laugh out loud, that you are really interesting (love the wedding video, love the fact that you and your spouse love to dance, love your garden ) and that you are incredibly endearing. Thank you for all these wonderful posts!


  6. Alexandria
    October 8, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    I’ve been writing my blog for about 8 months now, and I totally relate. I feel like I have this blog monster that is similar to your raccoon. It is constantly demanding to be fed. “Write in me! Be interesting, be funny! Give good advice and tips! Always be yourself! Never be ‘too’ negative!” I want my blog to be useful and well liked and funny and I want people to read it every day. And share it. That’s ALL. I started out writing about fitness and then realized that… I CARE ABOUT OTHER THINGS BESIDES FITNESS. And if I got tired of writing about it all of the time, my readers probably didn’t want to read about it all of the time, right? RIGHT? But, anyway, I understand you. I found your blog today and added it to my reading list. I sent several of the posts to my mother who will forget I sent them to her and then probably send them back to me and then explain them to me the next time I talk to her as if I have never heard of them. I wish for nothing but many more years of blog-whoring and inspiration for both of us.
    And… I know you never get tired of hearing this, (because I sure as heck don’t) I LOVE YOUR BLOG!
    xx Alex


  7. Mardy
    October 8, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Victoria Elizabeth – I have missed you. I found you on my birthday – what a wonderful surprise and gift to me. You write so well – I love your sense of humour. Please keep blogging – as often as that little voice tells you to. Thank you, thank you.


  8. Kristin
    October 9, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    Oh no! I came her from Hooked on Houses yesterday for your Kingdom mirror post, and went back and started reading your blog from the very beginning. Now I am sad I am all caught up.! Very much like discovering “Revenge.” Don’t stop! Love your blog!


  9. LibraDesignEye
    October 9, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Dearest Dancing Queen,
    You are more than the sum of your posts, and this indeed is why we adore your voice.

    Crisis managers have nothing on you – when in doubt, get into pearls, grab a sign and work it out. Quiet? Disquiet? Perhaps the part of you that is missing that reserved, elegant gliding ballroom princess can make believe like Beyonce’ and come up with a personal name for your Sasha Fierce – the alter ego you find yourself confronted with, the public persona that you found leaping back off the blog page for you – clearly takes on a life of its own. Her surprise at her own newfound popularity and (hand magic gesture here) wicked delight at drawing a whole new world of minions – hey, God didn’t give you all that height for naught.

    We love your willingness to claim your dictatorship, your darling Paul’s devotion and you allowing us to be along for the journey. So . . . there it is V.E., you are now on the most public fun-park-ride that you will ever find as the author of a blog with a devoted following. Think of it as a novel where all you must do is bring your observations . you don’t have to have a plot . . life writes itself . you are just the scribe with the authentic willingness to be queen of your own castle . .one year is barely an introduction to what we hope are years of delicious vertigo induced by your fabulous life as you look down from high online.

    Be well, I hope the crisis has passed, and give your regent a bit of extra whatever-means-love-to-Paul. One cannot be queen without those who serve.


    • Kiki
      October 10, 2013 @ 4:35 am

      Dear LibraDesignEye
      You hit the nail on the head – if VEB is NOT over the moon with your statement, then we have to re-invent the term of everything you just said. This is top soul food… Bless you – I love (in particular) your description of
      “…extra whatever-means-love-to-Paul…..” Yeah, being Queen of a one-man (person) people is a bit rough! 🙂


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 10, 2013 @ 10:14 am




  10. Judy
    October 9, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    Someone mentioned an HGTV show of your own- Why do you not have this ? I would watch every episode twice and all I ask is that you make a finale for the end of each episode of you and Paul in full regalia waltzing? into a glorious sunset . Our life would be complete. If I’m too old and cranky to be happy at least I can find people who do happy so well -or crazed competence-or mad hatter hootenanny. Never mind. Sail on mad girl- we’re sailing right behind…………


  11. Lindsay
    October 11, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    Keep writing. Please keep writing. Always LOVE to know what your most recent ‘exploits’ have been. Love em all!


  12. Shirley
    October 11, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    Hi Victoria Just stopped by to say Hello! Hope your crisis (es) are in the rear-view mirror. Looking forward to your next fascinating installment. You’ve made me consider starting a blog of my misadventures of building our own house, doing everything ourselves, and 30 years later, with the floors wearing out and the windows fogged over, there are still things we’ve (he’s) never gotten around to finishing, but I’m sure there’s already a few of those blogs out there somewhere. Love YOUR blog! (Every time I see an ornate mirror in an antiques shop I think of you. )


  13. DB
    October 13, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    V, We love you but we are fickle…We need to hear from you more often. -DB


    • Judy
      October 13, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

      Gosh-this is the 1st time I have ever followed a blogger and I love yours and I’m sure as soon as you are off to TV land or the White House? you will abandon us but in the meantime I’m going to enjoy your communiques- be they frequent or rare for really I only have to park my …..at this laptop while you have to do major soul flinging-also deep thinking and even -perhaps-imbibing copious quantities of mind altering beverages in order to produce what draws us to this site. Thank you…………….


  14. Ginny
    October 13, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    I’m not fickle! Bet you have many other followers who are not. I’ll wait…..and anticipate.


  15. Rosey Rebecca
    October 15, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    This blog post made my freaking day. Thanks for trucking on. Love your blog. 🙂


  16. Maggid
    October 15, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    I wonder if you realize – you are a secret joy to many of us . . we pass you around . . link-gifts to our super best friends . . you Rock!


  17. Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}
    October 15, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    You. Are. Hysterical.


  18. Life with Kaishon
    October 15, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

    You are so much fun! I can’t even stand it.
    And holy cow, how stylish are you? What a fabulous outfit to gain readers in!


  19. Terri
    October 16, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    Love your sense of humor! Keep up the great blogging and if you jump overboard I’ll send my Marine son to go fetch you 🙂


  20. twduncan
    October 17, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    don’t know how it started, one of your projects caught my eye, your enthusiasm caught my interest but it is your zani-ness that has my heart, love to get your updates so i can keep up and pray you will continue; with your projects, with your stories and especially your blog. A relief often countering the other crap going on around here!


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