It’s time for Vintage Thingies Thursday hosted by Colorado Lady and my focus is on the bath. Bathrobes are so plebeian yet so extremely necessary, at least to my way of thinking and here in this cold farmhouse. Doubtless you’ll remember the many times I’ve bored you to tears discussing the extreme cold we’ve endured this winter and I mean inside the house. The record low, this winter, for our bedroom is 42 degrees F above zero and that was when I went to bed; not during the wee hours. Only God knows what the low was that night, my head was under the covers and I wouldn’t peek for fear of frostbite. However, that’s not the coldest it’s been; it was far colder that first winter of Jan 1996 but we didn’t have walls…only R-19 insulation and 6 mm plastic…we didn’t have windows…they were taken out so the weights and ropes could be re-hung…we didn’t have heat…other than the one wood stove and one coal stove in the three rooms we were then using…we didn’t have electricity…other than extension cords and the one bulb hanging lonely from the ceiling. Even with all that it was not the winter of our discontent; we were quite happy and proud of what we’d undertaken to accomplish. When we get the scanner fixed or replaced, I’ll show photos and tell tales of fifteen years ago.
Meanwhile, outside the wool covers and heavy comforter, the one thing that keeps me toasty warm is my 100% wool bathrobe. It’s a delight, warm but not heavy, just the right length and has two buttons to ensure body heat is kept close. There are no labels so I’m not sure if it began life as a robe for men or for women but it’s mine now and I keep it at hand, always.
The wooden hanger is vintage as well and from the Ambassador Hotel in Washington, DC. That hotel is long gone, either absorbed by some chain or torn down for something else to be built. Probably not something as beautiful or sturdy either but, then, you’d know I’d feel that way seeing as how I live in a house that was finished in 1902.
I’m a fan of “lotions and potions” as Dave likes to say. Nothing makes me feel dressed like mascara, lipstick and perfume but to get there I like lots of goodies in bath and shower.
The Johnson’s and Coty containers are tin while the other two are glass.I don’t use the above, except for the little Avon powder floral container on the right, but keep them in the bathroom so I can day dream about previous owners.
My favorite hand scrub is to pour a little olive oil into the palm of one hand, then top off with a couple of tablespoons of sugar. This mixture is used to exfoliate, moisten and rehydrate my hands and, when used, several times a week, keeps my hands from looking like a science experiment. Sometimes the best things are the least expensive!
What about you? What’s your favorite bathrobe? Do you use lotions and potions?
Until next time,
Blessings ~ natural fibers! ~ lotions and potions ~ good memories, made and to come ~ a lovely soak in the tube ~ a brisk shower ~ warmth ~
Thanks for visiting Thistle Cove Farm,