violet_rivers Happy October I friends! Today kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month - 31 days to celebrate survivors, help victims while raising awareness and remember those who's lives have been taken at the hands of abuse. Today I wore my violet ribbon in honor of my Grandmother Patricia who suffered abuse at the hands of her ex husband but had the strength and courage to step up and say "No More". Unfortunately not all victims of abuse are as fortunate as my Grandmother. Many die at the hands of their abusers and those who do not may suffer from PTSD, depression, etc. as a direct result of their abuse. **Not all scars are visible.** It is time to stand up and say "No More". It is time to stop asking "Why did you stay?" and start holding abusers accountable while asking "Why did you hit her?" It is time to #UnSilenceTheViolence. I will not stand for Domestic Violence! #violet_rivers #domestviolenceawarenessmonth #nomore 13h

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violet_rivers @a_reagan2000 'a kitty Binks was rescued by our mom almost one year ago (we will be celebrating ). He has grown into such a handsome fella! #BinksTheCat #rescuekitty #adoptdontshop #violet_rivers 2d

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violet_rivers The kitchen of the home the estate sale was in was AH-massing! The whole house was incredible and like walking back in time. My dream home #1950s #vintage #vintagelove #oldhouselove #oldhome #vintagehouse #vintagekitchen #estatesale #violet_rivers 3d

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violet_rivers Aside from celebrating my Grandpa's birthday this weekend we also did a little treasure hunting. @a_reagan2000 and I went to our first estate sale and scored some sweet stuff! #snowflakegarland #pyrexpassion #vintage #vintagelove #vintagechristmas #violet_rivers 3d
  •   daniellelgailey Love the tray! 3d
  •   violet_rivers @daniellelgailey Me too! It was tucked away behind a bunch of stuff but as soon as I eyed it I knew I had to have it! 3d
  •   amee2 You have the same love as me for Pyrex!! Or is that Corning Ware? I love both! 3d
  •   mamasvintage Is that Santa celluloid? I saw a grouping of ones like that at the antique mall for big bucks 3d
  •   violet_rivers @amee2 It's pyrex but the colors are similar! I like them all too! 3d
  •   violet_rivers @mamasvintage Yes, I believe so. I have seen them before marked way up so we grabbed this little guy when we saw he was marked at $1! 3d

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violet_rivers Leaving home, sweet, home and heading back to home in St Louis is always a bummer. But, I had a great weekend that was topped off with a beautiful sunset. #violet_rivers #mo_ignation #missouri_photos #ilovemissouri #missourisunset #missouriautumn #rearview #highway70 4d

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violet_rivers I remember this day (1994 I believe, so I would have been 4), I remember telling Grandpa I would "help him blow out the candles" and I ended up blowing them out before he even had the chance. He said that was ok though because he had already made his wishes. #HappyBirthdayGrandpaBill #violet_rivers #1994 4d

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violet_rivers Before the day has officially come to an end I would like to say Happy Birthday to my wonderful Grandpa Bill. Many are not lucky enough to make it to 83 but he has, and has made each and every year count. He welcomes every turning year with a smile, a little laughter and a gleam in his eyes. He has always been, and still is, one of the hardest workers I know, even now that he is "retired" (his least favorite word). He greets every morning with a smile and a to-do list and can usually be found tinkering in his garage working on his 1966 Ford Bronco, his pumpkin orange Oliver tractor or organizing his hundreds (yes, hundreds) of tools. Unless it's summer, then he can only be found in one place; his garden. He's been a busy man the majority of his life and he isn't letting his age slow him down one bit. He likes the busy work even when it's tough and messy. He has always been dedicated to his family and has loved each of us unconditionally despite our flaws and mistakes. He is always there when you need him whether you are a son, cousin, in law or just a family friend, he's there to lend a helping hand. He really is the definition of a Family Man and a great example of what a father, grandfather and husband should be. I am so, so very lucky to be his Granddaughter. His life has not always been easy but he has never let that hinder him in any way. Through all of life's ups and downs, trials and tribulations, he has always maintained his gentle soul and love for God and is willing to extend his kindness to anyone, even a small kitten who was abandoned by it's mama. He is so, so wonderful. Happy birthday, Grandpa. I love you to the moon and back, and then some. #HappyBirthdayGrandpaBill #violet_rivers 4d
  •   adodani That made me cry! I want to give Grandpa Bill a big hug. 4d
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  •   threejseal Awww what a loving tribute to your grandfather. Very nice! 4d
  •   orangelady That was beautiful and filled my heart. ️ How wonderful it was to read your shared story of him. 3d
  •   sus51 What a wonderful tribute to your grandfather. 3d
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violet_rivers Last night we celebrated my Grandpa Bill's 83rd birthday a day early with dinner, apple pie and reminiscing. I made the pie from scratch and luckily it turned out wonderfully. After dinner and dessert I asked my Grandpa what his mom, my Great Grandma Lorene, would do for birthdays when he was a kiddo. He grew up on a farm, in small town Missouri during the Depression so I knew it wouldn't have been anything too fancy or over the top, not that he or any of his siblings (5 brothers & 1 sister) would have minded or thought twice about it. He said that she always made the day special for him in some way and made him his favorite, a homemade apple pie - the best pie he ever had. It was what she was known for, she was known for her cooking in general, but her pies were the real show stopper in the Reagan household. He told me the pie I made for his birthday was just as good and reminded him so much of the way she made hers and smiled the biggest smile. I share a birthday with my Great Grandma Lorene, I was born on her 80th. Unfortunately by the time I was here she had suffered a very serious stroke and was unsure of who most people were, and was starting to forget those she did know (her children and so on). I never had much of a chance to make many memories with her (she passed 7 years later - on her 87th birthday and my 7th birthday. Freaky, I know!) but hearing that my pie was so similar to hers, and took my Grandpa back to a place in his life he loves, made me feel a little closer to her. I think my Grandpa gave me the best compliment I have ever received on ANY of my cooking. We finished the night off with looking up Ford Bronco motors (he is currently restoring one) and Sears houses (my grandparents love in one) on Google...which, literally, almost blew his mind because we did it all on my phone while sitting on the couch. ️ I think it turned out to be a great pre-birthday celebration and I think my Grandpa would agree! He's the best and I wish him the happiest birthday anyone can have! #HappyBirthdayGrandpaBill #violet_rivers #homemade #applepie #homemadeapplepie #BirthdayPie 4d
  •   kikismimi Wonderful. Awesome. What a blessing you are - he is. 4d
  •   jedi_nighties Neat story! 4d
  •   dogsanddoily Your Grandpa & I share the same birthday. Happy Birthday!!! I love your story about how it took him back. Ultimate compliment to your baking talents. 4d
  •   pocket_full_of_heirlooms I love this!!!!! 4d
  •   dejavujunkie Sounds like you made his birthday truly special & one to remember! The pie looks delish! :) 4d
  •   kayakarl This is so very special and heartwarming thank you so very much for sharing this WOW 4d
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  •   cjchilli Wonderful! 4d

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violet_rivers L'shanah Tova! We had a wonderful Rosh Hashanah celebration last evening surrounded by family and friends. Yummy food and good company make for a good evening. L'chaim! #RoshHashanah2014 #LShanahTova #violet_rivers 1w

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violet_rivers Ran to Goodwill in search of a cheap spice rack and walked out with this nearly complete set of Iroquois china by Ben Seibel! I have six of each piece pictured. I'm not sure how I got so lucky! And, everything was under $20 all together! #BenSeibel #midcentury #dinnerware #BenSeibelIroquois #Iroquois #vintage #vintagelove #thriftscore #violet_rivers 2w
  •   ponderbird Awesome! 2w
  •   gonewiththewind Amazing 2w
  •   violet_rivers @ponderbird @gonewiththewind Guys, I am still freaking out! 2w
  •   ponderbird I love Ben Seibel! I have a set of Ben seibel for mikasa dinner and snack plates that I love...but I've broken many of them. :( I'm a terrible dish and glass breaker. 2w
  •   violet_rivers @ponderbird When I was a kiddo we had a set of Ben Seibel for Mikasa (it's a green mandala design) and I was crazy about it. It was sort of an "in between moving" set my mom picked up at a garage sale while our dishes were being delivered and she was not a fan of it so, needless to say, she wasn't very careful with them and donated the majority of them when we finally got all settled in. I managed to keep a plate and a few little pieces. I know that is what started my love for midcentury china! 2w
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  •   violet_rivers @vintagesugar I'm so excited about it! Best. Score. Ever. 2w

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  •   kayakarl Nice 2w
  •   pale_jewel19 Hi there! My baby Luna looks just like your cat Rosie! I haven't seen very many black cats that have the same kind of coat as hers. I've always wondered technically what type of breed she is so, if you don't mind me asking what type of breed is your Rosie? @violet_rivers 2w
  •   violet_rivers @pale_jewel19 Unfortunately we don't know. We adopted her a year ago and there wasn't very much information available. Our vet wasn't positive either. Does your Luna have fur on her underside that is lighter than the rest?? I haven't ever seen a kitty with a coat like Rosie's until I looked at your pictures of Luna! 2w
  •   pale_jewel19 She actually does! And also has one tiny little white spot below her belly! What's weird is her vet classified her as a domestic short hair...but there's nothing short about her hair!!! Lol the only thing I can think of is my aunt told me she might be part Maine coon cause those breed of cats have really fluffy coats just like Luna and Rosie! 2w
  •   violet_rivers @pale_jewel19 Rosie was classified as Domestic Medium Hair...I thought the same thing - have you seen how fluffy and long her fur is?! We have been wondering if she is part Maine Coon as well! A family friend once has a Maine Coon named Kitty (he was really mean unfortunately) but she resembles him a lot, especially her grooming methods. 2w
  •   pale_jewel19 @violet_rivers I suppose Maine Coon is what they have then. I'm glad I got your take on it cause I've been stumped about it! Lol glad I found Luna's twin though! 2w
  •   vintagewolf Such a pretty cat! 6d

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violet_rivers The bees are busy on this nice Sunday morning. #busybee #violet_rivers 2w

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  •   threejseal Love it! I adore old houses like these!! 2w
  •   violet_rivers @threejseal Same here! They just have so much character! The entire neighborhood is filled with them. When I was a kid my uncle lived here and my mom and I just recently figured out how to get there! 2w

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