Here is everything you ever wanted to know about Tealmermaid.
So, you want to find out what the Mermaid is up to? Well, you're in the right place!
I am a disabled stay-at-home mom to two lovely daughters. When I am not trying to keep up with them, I like to write, do art, and research genealogy. I can frequently be found facedown in a pile of books on my latest subject of interest.
Pink flamingos -- taking over the world
We are "those neighbours" -- we really do have a pair of Featherstone Flamingos in the front yard. They are trying to repopulate lawns across America one lawn at a time.
In which I write a lot abut various subjects of interest
A little about my family
My father's family is Creole. My several times great-grandfather was one of the first white settlers in what was then Spanish West Florida. In addition to his townhouse in the French Quarter, he once owned the whole of what is now St Tammany Parish. His house in the parish is now on Louisiana's historic homes register as the oldest building in the parish. He had a thing for native women, and his sons then intermingled with the local Creole population.
My mother's family is Polish. My mother's grandparents came to Chicago from what was then western Russia during the pre-World War I era, and never went back. The older relatives who are still with us tend to keep to a lot of the old customs.
Traditional family recipes and culture
Some of my best friends are books
Books are good company when you can't get around on your own. Do you like to read, too?
Old toys are the best toys
Call them retro toys, classic toys, or "the toys I had as a kid", these great toys are still in style today. What do they all have in common? They are timeless. If you loved it as a child, your children and grandchildren will love these toys. They are fun and will provide hours of entertainment for kids of all ages.
Do you remember having any of these classic toys?
Spooky ghost hunting tips
I am a big believer in the supernatural. The spirits of our ancestors are always watching over us.
How does your garden grow?
Gardening is a big hobby of mine. I like growing cactus (especially those native to this area), and I also cultivate orchids. The Brassavola spp. are my favourite orchids.
Halloween costuming and treats
Halloween is quite the favourite holiday around here.
They don't make'em like they used to, so add one of the originals to your collection.
Vintage Christmas kitsch
I love kitschy junk, and nothing says 'kitsch' more than vintage Christmas. My favourite decorations are from the 1950s and 1960s, but I have a number of World War II and older pieces, with the oldest ones dating to the 1930s.
Tiki and tropical goodies in the little grass shack
My home decor can best be described as "tiki" -- sort of Polynesian, sort of East Asian. If it starts looking like Trader Vic's blew up in my house, it's time to prune the collection back.
It's easy being green once you get started.
These get neglected a lot.
My very first Wizzley article
Vintage stuff is so cool.
Yep, it's the one you're looking at! This one was created because 25 articles here seemed like a good milestone to start keeping track of all the articles.
#50 is a nice round number for an article on a subject near and dear to my heart: getting a library card.
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