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Buy It Friday is a nice addition to Auntie B’s blogging adventures.  Not only does it give me the opportunity to show some of my fabulous products, it gives you the chance to buy those products directly from this site.  Win-win!

Happy hour combined with book talk is a wonderful thing. Charlotte and I were out for a little happy hour yesterday and we talked a bit about how much we enjoyed reading Margaret Mitchell’s epic novel Gone With The Wind. Neither of us had read the book until recently, though we’ve both seen the movie more than once.

It’s interesting how when one sees the movie before reading the book how the characters in the movie appear in the mind’s eye while reading. Charlotte and I concurred that the casting for the movie Gone With The Wind was superb.

The film was nominated for thirteen Academy awards in 1940 and won eight. Hattie McDaniel (portraying Mammy) was the first African American woman to ever be nominated and win the Oscar for best supporting actress. If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, I’d recommend both.

In honor of such a great story, with the glamor of the Old South, the frustrated romances, the sheer determination to survive the trials and fall-outs of war, I created a set of drink charms to bring that Southern charm to your party.

Scarlett O’Hara, Mammy, Rhett Butler, Melanie Wilkes, Prissy, Ashley Wilkes

Tara is calling, Scarlett is answering, and Rhett isn’t giving a damn. Oh the heartbreak! The characters in Gone With The Wind would be a great addition to your next party.


Gone With The Wind Drink Charms

The Gone With The Wind drink charm set includes: Scarlett O’Hara, Mammy, Rhett Butler, Melanie Wilkes, Prissy, and Ashley Wilkes Each bottle cap charm is approximately 1 1/4" (3.17 cm) diameter. Each of the six charms will have its own unique bead color. The colors of the beads are at the discretion of Auntie B and subject to availability (may differ from those shown in the pictures). These charms are not dishwasher safe but can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Price includes shipping within the U.S. only. If you're outside the U.S. and would like to purchase, please contact me at auntiebswax4u@yahoo.com and I'll provide an adjusted price.


The Auntie B has many other things for sale in the Etsy shop. You can also seem me in person at these venues.

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Buy It Friday is a nice addition to Auntie B’s blogging adventures. Not only does it give me the opportunity to show some of my fabulous products, it gives you the chance to buy those products directly from this site. Win-win!

Yesterday I took a road trip to Charlotte’s workplace.  She doesn’t particularly care for her workplace, her superiors, her surroundings, her job in general.  It’s a means to an end for her.  I can sympathize.

Charlotte describes the area in which she works as a “veal pen.”  She’s done a lot of beautiful interior decorating to the pen, but I must admit it is quite small.  She’s surrounded herself with photos and flowers and all sorts of things to make the corporate world seem more bearable.  And yet…

More often than not we’re only working to provide and survive.  It’s a depressing thought.  Perhaps I’m feeding into the drudgery of day-to-day corporate life, but what the hell, I’m tellin’ it like it is, right?

Plant this on your flipper drawer if it doesn’t get you fired.

You will survive this!  You will NEVER be dead inside!

Cubicle Magnet

Feeling dead? It’s the cubicle. Laminated image will ensure easy cleaning (damp cloth). Thickest magnet available, approximately 1/16” (.67 mm), making the cling of the image as strong as the message it sends. All magnets are hand-cut. “AUNTIE B’S” WATERMARK WILL NOT APPEAR ON THE MAGNET. Dimensions: 3½” (8.89 cm) Wide X 2½” (6.35 cm) Long. Price includes shipping within the U.S. only. If you’re outside the U.S. and would like to purchase, please contact me at auntiebswax4u@yahoo.com and I’ll provide an adjusted price.


The Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters has lots of other fun things for sale in my Etsy shop.  Come and see me in person at the venues here.

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Warning: This Post Is Kind Of Gross

I’m sick.

I’ve been sick for five days now.

It started with lethargy and a cough that sent fumes that smelled like cauliflower into my nasal cavity.  I had eaten no cauliflower.  The cough became more severe and very productive.

Then came the sniffles, which led to a lot of sneezing in addition to the coughing.  I’m a very noisy sick person.

Before I knew it sniffling was no longer possible as the mucus in my sinuses had become thick globules of snot that refused to be blown out by force.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t try, which attempts put me in fear of blowing my eyeballs out of their sockets.

There was a fever early on, but it never was over 100°.  At least it put some roses in my cheeks.  My temperature got back to normal after a couple of days with the help of some fever-reducing blue pills.  I also took some antihistamine, but that didn’t do much except convince me it was keeping that gunky stuff locked in my sinuses, which I want extinguished as soon as possible.

The exertion caused by the coughing and sneezing started making my back, chest and stomach muscles ache, and soon I couldn’t do either without bending over from simple muscle pain.

My head is still clogged, which has led to a throbbing sensation at the base of my nose between the eyes, a severe loss of hearing, and a slight bit of dizziness.

Fortunately, I’ve had Husby to look after me.  He leaves me alone when I want to be left alone.  He feeds me when I’m hungry.  He doesn’t dry heave when I make all the sick noises I tend to make.  He knows exactly how to make things as good as they can be short of waving a magic wand and making it all go away.

“The Dangers of Influenza are manifold, but they can be avoided or minimized by correctly fortifying the system. The use of a pure and wholesome stimulant is approved and recommended by medical men, and analytical tests of ‘Black & White’ Scotch Whisky have justified their recommendations. You can be sure of these distinctive medicinal qualities by purchasing BLACK & WHITE Scotch Whisky.”

I’m still coughing and sneezing, but not as much as when this nightmare began.  My head is stuffed with what seems like a bowl of thick ass-pick aspic my mother-in-law used to make – slimy, gelatinous, and so very distasteful.  I’m deaf as a post and have to walk with a wide gait to prevent from tipping over for dizziness.

Today Husby woke up coughing and feeling unrested after a full night’s sleep.  As the day is wearing on he feels more listless and is coughing more.

The care-giving torch is being passed.  It’s time for me to buck up.

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Cozy Nights

The Minnesota winter has been snowy and cold.  That’s nothing new, but my evenings have been made so much more snug with some very thoughtful Christmas gifts.

I call this my Cozy Cloak. It’s about the size of a lap shawl, but has arm holes.  Not as clunky as a robe, stays on my shoulders, and is made out of the softest fabric ever invented.  Charlotte gave it to me, and I’ve worn it nearly every night since Christmas.

When the wind howls and the snow swirls through the night sky I wrap up in my Cozy Cloak and climb into bed for some reading time.  There’s always a book on my bedside table, and this Christmas Husby treated me to Tales of Beedle the Bard.  After reading all of the Harry Potter books in succession, Tales was a perfect addition to the wizard collection.

MaryAnn contributes to my cozy nights too.  For several years now she’s given me a box of truffles for Christmas, and this year was no different.  For a woman who doesn’t like sweets much she sure knows how to find the perfect candies for me.  They’re creamy and rich – the perfect indulgence to accompany a good book while wrapped in a soft, warm cloak.

I’ll never complain about Minnesota winters as long as I can find comfort in the dark hours of night.  I think I’ve got it nailed, thanks to the wonderful gifts from wonderful people.


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