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  1. Nancy
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:06 am

    I love, love, love your blog, whatever the subject!


  2. Jan F
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:07 am

    DITTO to all comments above! Everything I feel has already been said. Your blog is special, because of you, so keep on keeping on.


  3. Kristin
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:10 am

    Love this timing! I mentor a class, and last night our reflection was about where our beliefs and actions aren’t congruent. Good for you for taking a stand and doing something about it!


  4. Debbie from MountainMama
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:13 am

    First of all, you could write about toilet paper and it would be insightful and ever so amusing. Love your style! Second of all, I hopped right on over an bought the book – can’t wait to start that series – what fun! Third of all – I have boycotted the circus since I was about 10 years old – keep up the amazing work enlightening people on the reality of these poor little critters!


  5. Susan Gordon
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:15 am

    Thank you for your enlightening post. Now I know I will never take my little granddaughter to a circus. I will share your information with her parents.
    Long ago I stopped eating veal, and then stopped eating animals when I met my sweet Stella the Cat. When her time came, we had a wonderful vet come into our home. Of course, it was still unbearable and I still miss her two years later. She left me with the legacy of feeling a deep concern about the raising and slaughtering of farm animals.
    Please write what you wish. I will laugh at your antics I am sure. But, other days I will just be informed. That is good, too.


  6. Stacy
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:16 am

    I always read and never comment but I just had to tell you that this was T H E best post title ever!


  7. LaFawne
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:17 am

    I will read anything you write, even a grocery list. Love your blog, love your ideas. Keep on keeping on!

    Please continue your circus protesting. Hopefully, we can all make a difference and get them banned.


  8. Valerie Smith
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:21 am

    Love your keen intellect, wit, and charm. You could post about taking out the trash and I’d enjoy reading it. Like you, I’m obsessed with a particular time period for decorating; mine centers on the year 1910. Sending positive, loving thoughts for sweet Elvis and looking forward to your next blog entry. 🙂


  9. Melissa
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:23 am

    Oh how awesome are you?!? I loved every part of today’s post! I love reading all you have to say…someone as interesting as you has so much to share with the world *in addition to* the awesome restoration projects!
    Mahalo for being you! For being willing to put your happy and REAL vibes out there.
    I have to say the Elvis update hasn’t smiling through a tight throat. How is it that I can so love your cat and I’ve never once pet him. I’m thankful you share him.
    ❤️, Mel


  10. Donna Camp
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:23 am

    You’ve moved me to comment! I’ve been reading your blog for some time, and I really enjoy your sharp wit, and your GFT’s! But, there’s a lot more to you…isn’t there? I had no idea of the abuse of circus animals…and I thank you for enlightening me! And I will protest…I’m from the generation that grew up on protesting! (And, believe me….it’s a lot easier today with the Internet…and no tear gas!) Hoping for good days for Elvis! 😉


  11. Finn Clarke
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:24 am

    Always a joy and full of ideas , info and insanity that makes perfect sense.


  12. elizabeth
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:24 am

    I’m only a recently-acquired reader of yours and have been plowing through the archives, but if getting a little more variety means you can post with greater frequency, by all means please do! Personally I’d rather get these little insights into what else has you interested rather than have to wait longer for a project update, because I’m an impatient person like that. Besides, home improvement is far different than, say, food, since presumably we have to eat every day. (Even still, I’m lucky I can usually get one post out per week.)

    TL;DR version: please keep this coming because it’s always great to read your posts.


  13. katy
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:26 am

    If it kept your lovely conversational and witty writing style, I would happily read your grocery list.
    The book you mentioned sounds lovely, and I’ve added it to my list. Love the GFT posts, but bring on more inside the life of VEB posts! 🙂
    THANK YOU for sharing your passions, and for spreading the word about the evils of circus animal treatment. I’d love to hear more about your path to veganism as well – and is your husband vegan?
    I’m so happy to hear Elvis is still hanging in there – every time I see her picture I’m afraid it will be followed with sad news which would make me burst into tears at work, even though I’ve never met her. She seems like such a good cat friend.
    To give some insight into my cat-attachment: when I was a little girl I would cry myself to sleep worrying that my cat would die (she wasn’t even old at that point), and I would fervently pray that she would live forever until I drifted off to sleep, snuggling the very tolerant Miss Tiger.


  14. Corinne Heffernan
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:26 am

    1. I just watched one episode and I am walking away from the computer because I feel a binge coming on.
    2. I ‘m glad you talked about what the circus is like for animals. For some people (myself included) you don’t always think about , till it is pointed out , what their lives are like.
    3. Maybe Elvis is a little more Keith Richards then Elvis in that she will go on much longer then anyone ever expected. All kidding aside hugs to your sweet kitty and keep writing whatver you want. We will be here!


  15. jae
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:26 am

    No writer can always please everyone. Dont try. Stay true to yourself, ramble if you want, and I will keep reading, because I like your style. Also, having done the rehab thing before, I delight in vicariously sharing your searches for the perfect GFT! You do so with grace and humor!
    And from another crazy cat lady, evryone remember please, adopt rescues, spay and neuter!
    Hugs to sweet Elvis.


  16. Gaylin
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:28 am

    Hey girl I love your post today! I enjoy you and look forward to any post ( ok I may have skipped the animal story. It breaks my heart)


  17. Jamie
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:28 am

    Thank you for writing, thank you for blogging, thank you for posting, that you for taking photos, thank you for opening up my eyes to the ongoing suffering on cats (of which I am totally a cat lover), thank you for being you. Love and hugs to you and Elvis.


  18. Lind S. Montgomery
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:29 am

    Dearest Victoria,
    I am charmed tot he toes by whatever you write and have gifted your blog to many friends whom are also big fans.
    Elvis being sick is not funny but it’s important in your life as is the suffering of other animals. You have a platform, you should use it!
    I’m sticking with you no matter what!


  19. Lora Hart
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:30 am

    I haven’t been to the circus in literally more years than I can remember because of the animal acts. My little boycott has done nothing to the bottom line in said circus’s – but we do what we can do. Animal mis-care and disrespect makes me cry and mope. Unfortunately my personality doesn’t allow me to take actual steps towards ending said horrors, but I feel my silent protests are still worthy.

    I had my love of 19 years, Armstrong, put down at home and then held and cuddled him for 6 hours before a friend came over to drive me to the vet’s office. The home vet was lovely, warm, tender, and understanding. I was able to hold Armstrong when he took his last breath and look into his beautiful eyes. I know that being at home with you and Paul will help Elvis with an easier, less stressful transition, and will also help you and Paul deal with the devastation. Here’s hoping that that day is far into the future. xo


  20. mjm
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:33 am

    VEB, you are a special brand of crazy wonderful. Thank you for the first class ticket into your home and your heart.


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