Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Checking out the aerodynamics, Wind Resistance, And A Change Blowing In The Wind

So...dear, darling, dahlinks...there are changes afoot for Quite The Stir Bungalow and the ever vigilant Innkeeper (suddenly I feel like a song is coming on....) Ohhhhhhhhhh, and how!

Wrong song. Sooooooooooo sorry, I do get carried away!  But then, afterall, what more would you expect from a hopeless, hapless romantic gone afoul of the law of gravity?

Back to the changes blowing in the wind...let's say...Well, for now,...I'll keep the change a little teensy weensy polka dot pikeensy (made that up) secret.  Stay tuned, won't you?  

Meanwhile, get set for another 'ride' with yours truly (below) and for your information (MYSTERY Delicious Blog Commenter)...I am coming out from hiding, from behind the cloak of mystery, books and whatnots (which are actually hard to find now adays) and checking out the aerodynamics and Wind Resistance of changes that are to come. 

Hubba, Hubba,


The Bungalow Gets A Floor Re-Do!

So, my lovelies....and good Samaritans who shop regularly at Woolworths (don't you adore the revolving doors and the little ringing bells that call for price checks?) recently, the Bungalow kitchen floor received a little shaking out for Spring!  (And, whooooooooooo can't do without that in the Springtime, I ask you?  Hmmmm...)

After trying in vain to replicate the original marbled green and gold linoleum flooring...and realizing that the original wood flooring was buried beneath years of this and that...we've stripped down to the bare essentials (And,  whoooo doesn't love to do that, too?) sanded, painted, stenciled, and finished and voila! What to my roving eyes and your wandering hands appeared? There I go again....

And...in the beginning...

Darlings...there was more work to the entire process of reflooring, and if you wish to hear more, step by step, please comment here or send me an email ( innkeeper@quitethestir.com )....otherwise, I shall quite spare you the deets.  In fact, truth to tell...I'd rather go shopping, or spend the day down at the Salon chatting with Ruth and the girls about the latest goings on at the USO dance.

Thank kew dahlinks...see you again not soon enough!

...And CUT!

So, recently, darlings...the Bungalow entertained when...Heydays Vintage TV stopped by for a visit into vintage!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shivers! The Haunt for Halloween Begins at Gettysburg, PA's Quite the Stir Bungalow.

Shivers!  SHIVERS!  The Haunt for Halloween begins at Gettysburg,PA's Quite The Stir Bungalow! Can you imagine?  Let me ask this again, quite another way...CAN YOU IMAGINE?! 

We'll be culling through the treasures at our deliciously charming Bungalow for Halloween haunts! That's right!  We'll peek into closets that likely creak in the nights that are filled to the brim with the harvest moon!  Yet, further... we shall sniff out the nooks and crannies that have been here and there and an important part of the Bungalow since 1931!  I kid you not my fair maidens and gendarmes!

Did you enjoy that little video?  Of course you did!  Silly me!  What ever is there nawt to enjoy?

We'll look into the closet in the Bugle Boy Room where, don't you believe firmly,...that there Halloween could possibly, even remotely, exist?  Certainly the charming and very vintage pink bed jacket could hold a bit of Halloween sparkles at least?

Second thought?  What say you if we retire momentarily to snoop about in the pint size, but oh so alluring Study, for the mysteries of Halloween?  Perhaps on Halloween Eve, the Remington's old keys begin to clickety clack, just thinking of the impending Trick or Treaters that are about to make their stealthy descent on the quiet street in Gettysburg AND knock on the Bungalow's doors?!!!  Oh, but, I must stop for now and again another moment as my unladylike, (ahem, who me?) jitters are beginning to get the better of me, too!!!!  Note to self...eat Good 'n Plenty and adorable Whoppers as seen in the picture immediately (if not moments before immediately!)

GASP!  I soo know what! Let's trip the light fantastic and venture into the front and second bedroom of the Bungalow,...that would be the Jitter Bug bedroom to you and I!  You see how nicely I sequed from the Jitters to the Jitter Bug bedroom, now don't you?  I've always been quite clever that way, you know?

Now surely, surely, surely...here within this room, there's a bit of magic blurring somewhere along the lines of memories and joy, but be it Halloween, I'm not too sure at'al!  Why, just look at the glorious sunshine bouncing off that delicious queen bed that has played host to tons of guests over the past 7 years since Quite The Stir has been, afterall, a guest house!  Hmmm...

Oh, do look!  I think I've found something, translation:  I'm on to something...but, no 'tisn't Halloween at all but a mere reflection of life taken from a LIFE magazine (now that sounds a bit suspicious and mabe even a tad horrific doesn't it?)  No?  Anyway, a bit of gossip which I will never repeat twice,... I do believe that's Marlene Dietrich on the cover.  You know Marlene?  A bosom friend of mine (in my dreams).

Hmmmm...can you hear the sounds of tap, tap, tapping from my stilhetto slippers with the fluffy pompom, that I scrimped and saved for weeks to buy from my night job at Woolthworths as a shoe sampler?  Yes, at night I was paid to live my dream!  Trying on a myriad of simply wonderful shoes, handmade by the top designers of the day, JUST to ensure their comfortability and elegance of which I am an expert on!  Back to the tap, tap, tapping...that's me as I trip into the parlor (filled with all sortsof vintage pleasures from the era!)  Halloween has simply got to be here, for sure?!  Would you just simply look at the pin up artwork pictures (painted on THE original Elvgren easel, I may add and I just did!) glowing from the gleam of the Halloween lanterns!  Alright, alright I have gone amuck and awry AGAIN.  There are no Halloween lanterns in this room, but if I so deem, it's highly possible and doable.

Really,...I've tired of the hunt for Halloween.  NOT SO FAST DAHLINKS!  I've tired for the time being ONLY...But I shall be on the sleuthing trail soon!  For now....I bid you a fond adieu whilst I find my pleasures with bon bons,  and another bit of LIFE.

Does my talent know NO Boundaries whatsoever?

Nearly "Repartea" Tea Time Again (and again!) at Quite The Stir Bungalow

Hello again, dahlinks!  Have you missed me?  Of course you havvvvve, as I've missed everyone of you terribly.  But, a girl has to do what she has to do, AND it was long past time to visit the furrier and have my minks fluffed and what not!  Then, of course, I really had to have my 1939 Chevy completely overhauled (that's a story you'll need to hear all about!)  I also needed a new onion mincer, the type with the wooden green handles, because after all who is a girl without a proper onion mincer?  I mean really, I shan't begin to even tell you!  I also traveled into Macy's to ride the escalator.  Gliding up into the clouds and peering down amidst all of the hubub, hats and shopping bags made my heart sing!  I nearly swam next door afterwards where I truly enjoyed a wonderful sundae (strawberry and marshmellow at McCrorys.

Well, back to my announcement...

It's nearly that time again (I whispered softly into the wind that wafted past the Bungalow located at the corner of 500 West Middle Street and Howard Avenue in Gettysburg, PA!) ...yes, it's that time when we'll transform Quite The Stir Bungalow guest house to a part time vintage 1930s, 1940s tea time kind 'o  place.  Our first tea of the season will be....

Young Ladies Accompanied by Mothers Or Grandmothers = Tea Party Time at Quite The Stir Bungalow. Join us for "Once Upon A Tea Time" where young ladies' will chill with Modernaire Jolene on the art of graceful tea etiquette, refinement, whimsy, and other useful lady 'like-it-teas'. Customized especially for young ladies between the ages of 2-6 and 7-12, party tea goers will sample teas and culinary delights, practice proper tea table manners, enjoy 'repartea' aka tea time conversation, and momentarily lose themselves in a charming story time. While party dress is not required (though appreciated)...Quite The Stir Bungalow does ask that you wear your fascinator or tiara, and gloves. We will supply the pearls and memories. Tea Times (to be announced) are by reservation only/Seating limited. Note: We now send customized Tea Party Invitations to your tea guests directly from Quite The Stir Bungalow in Gettysburg, Pa. Contact us for the details. 

Next tea intervention: The Working Womans' Tea- Featuring Giggle Water 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Strength Never Was My Virtue

Darlings? Anyone?

Do, do, dooooooo, oh so doublie do
I most feverishly and sincerely beg of you,
beyond all reason...she whispered...of which I have none...(reason that is)!
 Do join me whilst we daydream, languish and reminisce about the fabulous  days of yesteryear and the 1930s and 1940s?
Let us smile knowingly and savor the infinite, intangible, shimmering, golden stardust that slyly beckons
 to us 
  moments and memories.
Sigh...oh just terribly double, double sigh darlings!
What naughty nice...

Strength never was my virtue.
Hubba, Hubba

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's Bungalow Tea Time at Quite The Stir Bungalow!

Well, hellooooo my fine and gentle readers!  How are you dahlings? 

Do you know what? Do you?

 I could barely,  BARELY wait to share the news that
Quite The Stir Bungalow at 500 West Middle Street in historic Gettysburg, PA is now ready to once again serve up delicious and delicate teas on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, by reservation!
Mmmmm...Yes, that's absolutely right!
You see...
as the lodging season right here in Gettysburg, PA begins a slow, but very lovely descent into a slumbering winter, Quite The Stir Bungalow ascends from full time guest lodging  into Bungalow Tea Time! 

the secret to making reservations for a Bungalow Tea is rather simple! 
Merely lift up the old tele handset and rotary dial  (717) 416-0025
OR send an e-mail to the Bungalow via the Innkeeper innkeeper@quitethestir.com and she will
(trust me I so know)
be delighted to assist in any way! 

Oh, and dahlings, if you'd like,
feel dangerously and deliciously free to contact Quite The Stir Bungalow
 through the fine auspices of  Facebook
(I yet marvel a what a modern world this is,...
after all,  the Bungalow stands ever so stalwart in the 1930s and 1940s!) 

Now, I ask you, gentle readers, could making reservations be any easier?
Served upon tier upon tier of trays and the most delicate of bone and fine china...Oh, the tea delicacies we offer!  They are delicious and  ever, EVER so very scrumptious, with each morsel to die for!  Depending on your choices, we've the catered traditional scones and darling crumpets, tea breads, sweet breads, creme puffs, eclairs, quiche, devonshire creme, assorted tea sandwiches, to include (another oh!) the favorite cucumber petite sandwiches,...a crowd pleasing favorite to be most certain, seasonal  fruits, tasty hor dourves, a selection of cheeses and, let us not forget
a remarkable and delicate salad, some with slivers of almonds, some with shards of oranges, but
then, allow me to assure you gentle readers, the options are many.

Finally, the Bungalow presents the most incredible cream based vegetable or yes, fruit based soups in vessels or demitasse cups (as to your pleasure, of course!) .
They soups may be hot or cold, gentle readers!
Isn't that quixotic, tho?

Ohhhh, and did I mention the (whisper in hushed awe with me now?) THE TEA, the teaaaaa....
oh my, but mother of all teas compete with warming cozys and personal tea pots!

Oh, (another Oh) but do excuse my extreme pleasure and excitement!
 I must say, the Bungalow does have most every tea available from
 Assam and Ceylon to Darjeeling, Green, Oolongs, and then some!
  Of course, too, we have our
perennial continental favorites available to those of us who simply adore regularity and familiarity, ahem!

I do positively rage on from time to time don't I dahlings?
Nevertheless, I must digress! After all, what's a girl to do?

I must share with all of you our tea selections from which to choose!

Let's seeeeeee now, tap, tap, tap (of my delicate and strappy little high heeled numbers)
...ahem,....the Bungalow offers

The Bombardiers Tea (for the gents too!)
USO Ladies Tea
BUY Bonds Tea
Scuttlebutt and Crew Tea (for the gents too!)
High Tea "A Culinary Delight" From The 1940's
Rosie the Riveter Tea
                                                                         But there's more!

Alright now, dahlings, let's picture this...
 it's early morning or perhaps, a golden afternoon at the Bungalow.  A charming white gloved butler in bow tie and or gracious (primping) hostess and even more lovely servers appear to elegantly and graciously serve up your delicious tea selection, carrying a single rose and an antique silver service with china!

All of this against the background  sounds of Big Band purring...
What could be more wonderful... such a dream to slip away to.

 You may feel as tho you're in the British "colonies" (say what?) while in the marvelous US of A.

Our specialty,...

From time and then again more time, Quite The Stir Bungalow invites special hostesses to share instructional tips and the ever so importance of  genteel etiquette from the era of the 1930s and 1940s, and  share the Golden Age of  Hollywood history to Stars and Glamour tips!  Now, I ask you yet again,...how simply exquisite is this?

One more thing...during your tea experience at Quite The Stir Bungalow, you may just meet up with a 1940s Rosie The Riveter, the ever beloved Pin Up, an Iconic Spy once from as close as Baltimore, MD or a WWII Flygirl!

We also offer educational teas for young ladies and gentlemen among us and adore providing services for intimate memorable events.

Well, dahlings, sigh,...I can't believe how the time has flown, and I'm totally  about through blithering on and on now. (One never knows...)

Really, why you'd think I invented tea, when really I believe the charming and distinctive Mr. Bigelow, my good friend, just may have, or hmmm, did he? Of course, then, there's Sir Lipton and Mr. Tetley...I adored playing tennis with them, what teases!  But, then again, I do evah evah EVAH so prefer loose teas.  Don't you think most everything in life that's loose is... well, most everything that's loose is wonderfully incredible??????????

It's important to keep in deep consideration of mind,
that our fine Bungalow is historically accurate to the glamour of the 1930s and attitude of the 1940s...including floor space.
We are a mere 1,400 square foot, with rather a tons of  yesterdays and in other words,
  our reservation availabilities are limited
and exclusive as to numbers we may serve at any given time.

Parking may be at premium, so do ask us upon your reservation as to the possibilities available?


So, now then,...I am quite done...but before I make my dramatic departure into yesterday (don't get too thrilled, gentle readers, I shall return in less than a fortnight)
I shall leave you with an utmost personal message and video from yours most truly and the Innkeeper, otherwise known under many nom de plumes, some of which include, Starlight Reporter, Ms. Tattle Tales, Miss Flirtzalot, Dragstrip Scooter Girl and Illegally Blondella.

Allow me to invite you to
join a plethora of remarkable dahlings (with a bit of me and whipped creme on the side)  for
 an upcoming vintage gathering with none other than the incredible and remarkable
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(I hear they're looking for a proofreader, if interested...)
Say what?!

Hubba, Hubba Dahlings!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Taking A Glorious Ride In The Big M

It's going to be beautiful today in many places across the USA. AND, I most certainly AM  traveling everywhere in my Mercury!

Why not take advantage of the gorgeous weather, I asked myself?
 Get outdoors, slip into something more comfortable... a delicate silken blouse and 'nipped at the waist' cotton skirt with a draped overskirt...for effect. 

Then to put the convertible top down and take a delicious wild ride in the Big M...my Mercury.
 Make no mistake my Gentle Readers!  I shall positively, endlessly enjoy my Merc-O-Therm ventilating and more comfort, better than ever...in every way during my thrill ride! 
'Better in styling, better in comfort, better in performance and as owners report, better in economy!'

Now, I do hear that my Mercury was introduced to the public in 1939, the Mercury car was the brainchild of  Edsel Ford, (I think I would have adored Edsel) son of Henry Ford.

The car, in the making for four years, was to be the best available from Ford and all that a luxury Lincoln could offer.

The 1939 Mercury packed a whalloping 95 horsepower flathead V8 motor with total performance that was excelsior from day one, easily reaching speeds up to 100 mph. Unique to the car, was a transmission gearshift located on the steering column, rather than on the floor. This automobile most certainly took on the halo of a winner.  Ecstasy!

Now, about a Woody!  (one of my favorites absolutely ... oh but there is the sweet little T-Bird)
During 1946, the Wood side body Sportsman Convertibles were introduced. The public was further thrilled beyond measure with the 1949 post war Mercury 8, offering a larger V8 motor and inverted bathtub styling. This car heralded in a true American classic, and frankly, became a hot rodder and street rodder's dream.

Gloriosky!  In 1950, the Millionth Mercury was produced. The Mercury car had become so edgy (and I so doooo adore edgy) that even the legendary heart throbalicious James Dean, playing a rebellious teen, drove a black Mercury coupe in the 1955 film 'Rebel Without a Cause.'  I so know the feeling!

Now, tho this is going beyond my passion for the era of the 1940s, I'll have to shed a bit more light on behalf of the Mercury honor...

Among the classic Mercurys of the fifties, the Mercury Turnpike Cruiser could arguably outshine them all!

Standard features included an electric drop down reverse slanted back window, a skylight dual curved windshield, and our favorite standard feature, the Seat-O-Matic. This seat had the abilities to adjust to 49 different positions, and quite possibly send you into obit. Ahem, not that I'm hinting at anything inappropriate!A computer clock inside this dream car calculated average trip speeds, and quite uncommonly, this car was equipped with an odometer. A Merc-O-Matic transmission keyboard control was standard, with power steering and brakes. Fully loaded! 

Mercury's of the sixties continued with excellence in speed and performance. Among the models available were Meteors, Cyclones, Marauders and the introduction of the Mercury Cougar.

Ford discontinued selling Mercury models in the fall of 2010, thereby ending production of a seventy one year old timeless brand that once stood for 'more of everything you want'...from innovation to speed.


Hubba, Hubba

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I Soooo Long For The Thirties And Forties (and I wasn't even there)

I Soooo (sooo for a tad more dramatic effect) miss The Thirties to Forties
 AND I wasn't even THERE!

How many times have you looked in the mirror and be~moaned..."I soooo miss the '40s?"
No, now, I'm not talking age (we're all ageless and priceless anyway), I'm talking decades!"
Here's what I think I shouldn't have missed
HOW's About YOU?
1.  Hollywood, The Glamour, The Glitz and Entertainment
Let's face it guys and dahlinks,
Clark Gable?  Rita Hayworth?
Hollywood Parties and Potted Palms
Gloves, and patent leather shoes
Movies, Golden Age Radio
Need I expound further?
2.  Rhythm and Blues Music, Jazz, Swing, Oh Sweet Mother~the Big Bands
The beginnings of rock and roll
Let's get hep now! 
This Bungalow Gal needs to dance with a tad 'o romance too!
I want to sing AND swing it dad~e~oh, oh, oh, ohhhhhhh~! 
3.  Fashion and 'Wicked Good' Lifestyle
Who doesn't adore the tailored look, and admittedly
wouldn't we all be a bit envious
putting on the occasional Ritz, the proper teas,
the evenings out (of such raritude tho, making them all's the more exquisite)?
The manners?  Excuse me...pardon, pleasure's all mine...
4.  Transportation
Oh, give me a swaying Chattanooga Choo Choo any day
A '42 Chevy and those running boards with back seats to die for
(not that I really know a thing a'tal about that)
Luxury Cruise Liner
 (not the Titanic, certainly by all accounts, even if that was a tad earlier)
Crates and Aeroplanes
and oh, the
Scooters and Choppers in their classic designs
(alright, admittedly, just catching your eye, but it could happen..couldn't it?)
5.  Iconic Figures and Heros That Were Really Heros
I mean...Gentle Readers, seriously...
I sooo (sooo again for dramatic effects) want the Lone Ranger BACK
and, where's a good Politician when you need one? (I was kidding...or WAS I?)
6.  Oh, Those Marvie Inventions!
Frisbie (ahhhh, here I've found a place for the righteous little Wham-O now)
and soooo (sooo again for, yes you know...dramatic effects) it doth GO! 
Why a girl's head would just spin thinking of all the wonderful products
invented that we, today, take for granted!
Speaking of spin...the yo-yo and
Spin, Spin, Spinnnnnnnn again... where would any of us be
without our Velcro? 
7.  Eateries, Restaurants and Shopping and Lifestyle
Meet me down at the five and dime and we'll do
a phosphate and some giggle water overtime at the drugstore too. 
Oh, you want a banana split?  Neato Joe.
Let's sit out on the porch swing, eat a home made cherry pie and I'll tell you
about my twice removed Aunt's upcoming
cotillion while we watch the fireflies blink in the yon distance. 
Oh, and maybe, jussssst maybe
we can spoon.
Whhhheeeee....42 Skiddoo
8.  Toys
They rang, they swiveled, they stuck and they went pop
...and not always in that order of things gentle readers.
9. Slang
Oh pops, that was the cat's meow back then, in fact,
I could  carry a torch for any hard-boiled darb
that wore a uniform back then. 
10.  While there was a great deal of heartache and suffering in the world,
dont'cha just absolutely longggggggg for the 'wicked good' of it all...
for the innocence and for the dew on the morning bud?
How's about you dahlink?
If I've mis-counted, mis-calculated, mis-conducted, mis-spoke,or mis-typed,
do forgive? 
I haven't a spell checker or Thesaurus on my 
42 Royal Typewriter.
Tho in spite of all my mis-behaving, I do sincerely squared
wish you really, really would forgive...but you've
got to love me?
Hubba, Hubba
Let's make the good times good again Gentle Readers.
Gettysburg, PA
The 1940s Homefront Style

Monday, April 11, 2011

Oh Yes I Can Eat Just ONE! (I fibbed)

The merger of two entrepreneurs' dreams became one of the largest snack food companies in the United States. In fact some reports say this snack food accounts for 59% of the U.S. snack chip industry! Were talking Frito-Lay!

Who knew and you want to hear more?

Back in 1932, C.E. Doolin, happened into a San Antonio cafe, and bought a bag of corn chips. That's when and where the crispy history of these chips began. Liking the chips so much, Mr. Doolin discovered that the manufacturer of the snack chips was in the market to sell his business. Mr. Doolin knew a good thing when he tasted it, so he purchased the recipe, and began to sell FRITOS® Corn Chips from his Henry Ford Model T Ford.

During the same year FRITOS® was pounding the pavement and rolling on wheels with Mr. Doolin another icon was in the making!

There was?!  Another icon?

Herman W. Lay had begun a potato chip business in Nashville by delivering snack foods. 'Bet you can't eat just one'... this was the H.W. Lay & Company.

Fast forward, through the grease, sweat and tears to 1961, where these two delicious snack foods would join. That's right, the Frito Company and the H.W. Lay company merged to become Frito-Lay, Inc.

Perhaps in their dreams, but not their wildest expectations, Did Mr. Doolin or Mr. Lay expect their products would be America's favorite snack food company?  We didn't BUT we're glad it happened!

Today, Frito Lay goodness continues to be produced by more than 45,000 Frito-Lay employees in the United States and Canada. They make it, sell it and bring smiles and yards of edible delights and a variety of other fun too!

Mmmmmm.....the 1940s had it good, thanks to the 30s Snack Kings!

Hubba, Hubba
'Til The Board Walks

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