Sunday, July 26, 2009

country mouse

Today, I was dressed, and felt a little bit like the country mouse in the city, a bit overwhelmed with annoying transportation, overcrowding, pricey fare and the muggy city air. And then I came home, to my little nook in the city, visited the little window box on the balcony, where our vine has started to flower, thought of my home home in the woods and felt a little bit better.

Now you must know that a town mouse once upon a time went on a visit to his cousin in the country. He was rough and ready, this cousin, but he loved his town friend and made him heartily welcome. Beans and bacon, cheese and bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered them freely. The town mouse rather turned up his long nose at this country fare, and said, "I cannot understand, cousin, how you can put up with such poor food as this, but of course you cannot expect anything better in the country; come you with me and I will show you how to live. When you have been in town a week you will wonder how you could ever have stood a country life." No sooner said than done: The two mice set off for the town and arrived at the town mouse's residence late at night.

"You will want some refreshment after our long journey," said the polite town mouse, and took his friend into the grand dining room. There they found the remains of a fine feast, and soon the two mice were eating up jellies and cakes and all that was nice. Suddenly they heard growling and barking.

"What is that?" said the country mouse.

"It is only the dogs of the house," answered the other.

"Only," said the country mouse, "I do not like that music at my dinner!" Just at that moment the door flew open; in came two huge mastiffs; and the two mice had to scamper down and run off.

"Good-bye, cousin," said the country mouse.

"What! Going so soon?" said the other.

"Yes," he replied. "Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear."


Fancy Pants said...

wow, that dress fits you beautifully. May I ask who it's by?

dw said...

aw thanks! actually, i bought it from a vintage seller on etsy. i had to adjust the straps for my short torso and i changed the buttons, but i was amazed that an online vintage purchase could fit so well! i am not normally so lucky. :)

Anonymous said...

love the dress, wonder where you got the buttons. NIIICE!

Megan said...

That tote is so original

wheres it from ?

dw said...

anon - the buttons were from JoAnn's ... nothin' fancy.

megan - the tote is actually a marc jacobs tote that I happened upon on ebay, got it for $1! i got it a couple of years ago so don't know if they still make it, but i think they retail for about $15...