Happy Thanksgiving!

playing in the snowHappy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours.

I feel so lucky to have my family with me in these interesting times. Though there is a lot to feel disheartened about these days, right now I am reveling in my beautiful, healthy, happy family. And for them, I am very, very thankful.

May this season remind all of us what is at the heart of all our efforts during the rest of the year: those people who make up our circles of family, friends, and loved ones and the incredibly diverse humanity of which we are a part.


Weekend Update: Wait, its already November?

Happy weekend, y’all! I’m so grateful for the chance to relax and take it easy for the next little while. In order to fend off what could be that office cold going around I’m going to complete a ‘happy list.’ A happy list? Oh, thats a long list of things that make you extra-happy! Yes, indeed. This weekend mine looks like:

Baking a pie.

Making a craft.

Burning some CDs for the car.

Reading a Christopher Moore book.

Watching Netflix on demand.

Going for a walk.

Visiting my boyfriend at work.

Jasmine green tea. Or maybe coffee. Probably both.

Writing letters to lovelies in California.

Taking photos of the gorgeous Berkshires.

And…transferring my money! Happy Bank Transfer Day!!!

And who knows? Something else completely unforeseen 🙂



Retro Pop Shop

Retro Pop Shop

From Lenox to Lee along Route 7 you mostly pass gorgeous Berkshire forest and lovely cottage homes. The standout landmark is a delightfully bright anomaly called the Retro Pop Shop featuring… well, I didn’t know what until recently! The shop and the adorable frozen yogurt stand next door (clearly owned by the same proprietor) had been on my list to explore for some time. Finally, I had a day off with no specific plans. I invited my pal JD who is always up for any adventure, no matter how small, and after motorcycle shopping (for him) we drove over to this little Lee treasure trove to see what there was to see. Oh my, were we in for a treat!

Retro Pop ShopDust calligraphy on the window and a collection of old bottles.

Retro Pop ShopI actually had this exact tricycle growing up in LA. When I told the store owner he replied in the same beat, “Ya, I bought it from your mom.”

Retro Pop ShopAll manner of characters could be found inside. This is a robot named Junque.

Retro Pop ShopAn array of random kitchen items. And non-kitchen items. More just a random array.

Retro Pop ShopJD, trying hard not to break anything. Obviously.

 Retro Pop ShopClever hanger.

Retro Pop ShopShe had me beat in the staring contest.

Retro Pop ShopGuess you get thirsty being a mannequin!

Retro Pop Shop  Playboy Magazine from the 1960s. What? I was reading an article that shared some surprising information.

Retro Pop ShopJD’s favorite sign.

Retro Pop ShopA collection of vintage hairdryers found in the bathroom were fun to play with.

Retro Pop Shop“C’mere,” beckons the wall hook.

Retro Pop ShopBefore texting.

Retro Pop ShopReady.

Hope you enjoyed the little peek into the Retro Pop Shop. We had so much fun rummaging through all this “junque”! And if you’re ever between Lee and Lenox in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts be sure to stop in for a fun time and a fro yo. Tell em Natanya sent you! (No, actually don’t do that, they have no idea who I am).