Fashion Saved My Life when I was kidnapped in Chicago (at age 17)

My Chicago Tribune headlines December 13, 1972

Fashion quite literally saved my life (but ended my abductor’s), some 44 years ago today. My ultra-suede maxi coat stiffened in the extreme cold, concealing the fact that I was wearing a (plastic) watch with a “bubble” (thick) crystal, allowing me to free my left wrist (after being handcuffed). The wooden platform sandals I was wearing (with socks) in the middle of winter (what?!) made every kick count.

I suffered no physical harm save for the blows to my head (which knocked me out & allowed him to drag me into the car through the passenger window).

Freeing my one hand (early on) made ALL the difference and allowed me moments of clarity through my (absolute) terror.

I’m thankful for a LOT of things that worked out in my favor those 44 years ago today, but mostly, I thank God for making certain I wore that watch, that coat & that particular pair of shoes 🙏🏻🙏🏻 I’ll type up the whole story some day, but until then, this link has the most accurate accounting:,3863520

That’s me, showing reporters the wrist burns from freeing myself of the handcuffs. I was pretty shocked to google my name & find these for sale?!!

this is the SCARF that never ends…😎

:::singing:::: 🎵This is the SCARF that never ends… yes it goes ON & ON my friends! Someone just STARTED knitting it not knowing what it WAS… & they’ll continue knitting it FOREVER (just because…😎)🎶

Already enormous, I’ve got this skein to finish and yet another to go!

This was a kit offered by String Yarns of NYC called “Missoni”. The fiber consists of twelve 50 gram balls of Indulgence 6 ply with silk, with Filatura DiCrosa’s Fine Superwash Zaria for the white stripes.

It makes for a super soft and extremely warm winter scarf IF “it ever ends”. 😎

Sourdough pancakes? Yes, please 🥞🥓

I’m the kind of cook that prefers to make everything from scratch. It tastes better and is better for you (less preservatives).

Well, Dorothy’s™ Sawtooth Sourdough pancake OR Waffle batter changed all that. I can’t believe how delicious something from a mix can taste! I first discovered Dorothy’s at the (seasonal) fruit stand where I bought my fresh peaches 🍑 .

1 cup mix + egg + water + oil = HEAVEN 🤗

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Soup of the Day is Vegetable Beef

There’s a chill in the air 🍂& that means bring on the comfort food 🥣

Delicious Vegetable Beef Soup


Kid-Friendly, Soups & Stews

Makes 8 ∙ Difficulty Easy ∙ Source


1 cup dry white beans

1 pound lean ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup diced carrots

1½ cups diced potatoes

¾ cup diced celery

3 cups canned tomatoes or juice

2 cups frozen peas

1 cup macaroni, rice, barley OR fine egg noodles

1½ TBSP beef bouillon granuals

1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

1/8 TSP cayenne pepper

10 cups water

2 TBSP sugar

½ TBSP salt or to taste

½ TSP pepper

½ TSP basil

½ TSP parsley


Soak beans in 10 cups of water overnight. Cook beans one hour. Brown and drain hamburger. Add to soup pot. In hamburger pan, saute onion & celery til softened; add to soup pot. Add carrots & potatoes to soup. Simmer 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 30 minutes more or until macaroni (or barley or whatever) is tender.Absolutely Wonderful! Kids LOVE it and it freezes well.

My kinda town, Chicago is 💕

Playing tourist in my hometown of Chicago, on a spectacularly warm October 🍁weekend.

For the best city view, head out to the planetarium – snap a selfie & then cab it to “da Bean” (or Cloudgate which is the sculpture’s official name)



LUCENT – the sculpture in the John Hancock center lobby, represents the stars in the northern hemisphere – simply gorgeous!

95 stories up (John Hancock building) is the attraction called TILT which allows an unprecedented view of the city by – you guessed it- having the viewing window MOVE out & DOWN 😱. A MUST DO!!!’

Wendella Boats offers an architectural tour, that was the perfect way to spend the warm & sunny afternoon

Until the next time, sweet HOME Chicago 😘all photos & film mine, unless watermarked™)