About Bernie

My name is Bernie. Welcome to my blog. If you clicked my About page, then you are a stalker just like me. I always click someone’ s About page to get to know more about them. We are twinsies! I realize that ‘twinsies’ is not a real word, but we are BFFs now so you can overlook that.

I started blogging in 2009 quite serendipitously. A friend of mine had a blog for her card design business and asked if I would consider writing some funny posts for filler on her blog.  I dipped my toes into the blogging water and never looked back. When her blog went in a different direction, I started my own blog.

The name “One Mixed Bag” serves dual purposes. I collect weird purses and my blog is an eclectic mix of whatever crosses my mind when I sit to write.  Wordless Wednesday’s seem to be my most popular days. I post the most bizarre and weird vintage ad I can find. Other days, I tend to share amusing tid-bits about my husband, Mr. Bernie, and our fur kids.  My blog is mostly humorous with a bit of sweetness added to the mix.

Some facts about me:

  • I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and currently live in Billings, Montana.
  • I help run a dog rescue called Rez Dog Rescue.
  • I’m President of The Museum of Women’s History here in Billings. I do interviews for our t.v. show on local PACT t.v. I’m nosy by nature, so grilling, er, interviewing women about their lives and passions is quite a bit of fun for me.
  • I make cards through digital design. I’m lucky that some businesses carry them, both locally and out of state.
  • I love Judge Judy and DVR it every day, much to the delight of my husband.
  • I suck at math.
  • I listen to old radio shows when I go to bed at night. I prefer the suspenseful ones from the 30?s and 40?s

Some facts about my husband:

  •  Mr. Bernie has a Master’s Degree in Engineering. That can bring rise to some interesting discussions. Some I understand. Others I don’t.
  • Mr. Bernie is one of those Math people that can figure about anything out. I hate that.
  • He is a member of The Big Sky Chorus. They sing a Capella in the barbershop style. He likes to sing A LOT.
  • He is a Master Gardner and has one heck of a green thumb.
  • He was in the Army for several years.
  • If he didn’t cook we would starve.

Some facts about us:

  • We got married in a Haunted Shack with a costume wedding in 2010. All of our guests came in costume. It is the only marriage for both of us and neither of us has kids. Talk about a rare thing these days.
  • We have several fur kids which pop up in my blog from time to time. Katie, a Heeler/Coyote, who has me ghost write her blog;  Patch, our Catahoula, Shepherd, Rottweiler mixed breed disabled dog; and three cats. They are: Gwynnie, a toothless old British Short hair with a scraggly voice; Abby, a black Maine Coon that is Mr. Bernie’s Puppy Cat;  and Captain Luke Fuzzy Nuts the 1st. He is a solid white Turkish Angora with an attitude.
  • Mr. Bernie and I own The Rubber Stamp Shop in Billings. We get to live together AND work together. There’s no need to be jealous. You might imagine how much fun that can get. Some days are much more fun than others.
  • We try to have fun wherever we go and frequently do weird random things.

Thank you for stopping by. You might notice that I have weird and funny friends that occasionally post snarky comments. Fear not. They are relatively harmless. Feel free to join in. Post your thoughts as well. I do my best to reply to all of them.

If you like what you have read, then feel free to subscribe by email or contact me at bernie@onemixedbag.com. Check out those buttons on the upper right that will allow you to stalk connect with me. If you are a Pintrest addict, then stalk my boards so that I can do the same for you.

After all we are now BFFs!



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  4. Charles Yohe says:

    Hi Bernie,
    I was “stalking” Kathy Bates (I think she is so beautiful) and I saw your “Kathy Bates” picture and loved it so now I’m stalking, I mean, saying hello to you!
    Charlie in NJ

  5. Hi Bernie! I’m Stephanie, from Florida. I’m new, as of today, new, to the over 40 group! I also love your About Me page!

  6. I have been trying to intelligently research a telephone purse I have had for many years and you are the ONLY one that seems to have any idea what’s going on.

    In you’re July 8, 2011 blog, Purse Porn, you show a black telephone purse (second picture) with a reciever handle. Well, I have a red one almost exactly like that one.

    My mother got it a a garage sale many years ago. It works and still has the sales sticker inside, though there is no store, price, or date on it. There is also no manufacturer shown anywhere inside or out.

    Please help–I’m thinking of selling and want to ask a fair price.

  7. I remember a purse in my mom's closet EONS ago that was royal blue fur. I haven't thought of that in more than 20 years! So, if nothing else, thanks for that pleasant surprise. Oh, I wish I still had that bag!

    I enjoyed your About Me page very much. I've just recently started a bit of a blog…trying to settle into a style or something still…and About Me is for some reason overwhelming. (There's probably some deep psychological revelation there. Meh) I also haven't really settle on a name for my mister. And while Mr. Lisa amuses me, I'm obsessing about the possible incorrectness of it because we're not actually married. Maybe 'Mr. Love Monkey'?

    Anywho, I found my way here via Studio30Plus, and now I'm really looking forward to following along!

    • Sure, tell me about a cool purse and you don\’t know where it is. *teasing*
      Thank you. It took me several months to get my About Me page where it is. There is something about it that makes one feel it has to be just so.
      Mr. Bernie and I weren\’t married for a few years and I still called him Mr. Bernie. Mr. Love Monkey is fun. I like that.
      I\’m so glad you found me!!

  8. I think this is a great About Me page, it's funny and I think I get a good idea of who you are :)
    I love that you love weird purses. Years ago I was the manager of a lingerie department and I found a purse that was a pink corset and I bought it. I don't think I have it anymore, though.

    My only "critique" is that I noticed two typos…
    When you talk about your fur babies you say "That it" instead of "That is".
    And in your closing line you say "were are" instead of "we are" or "we're".
    No biggie, though…easily fixed :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my About page :)

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know! I read that help article and my heart sank. Its good to know I’m doing something right. Whew. Honestly, I was really worried about that.
      I have two of those type of purses. A blue and white polka dot and a leather looking one. I also have a purse that looks like a bra.
      Thank you for the correction on the typos. I just babble and rarely go back and re-check stuff.

  9. Bernie she looks just like you : D

  10. Bernie, I love it! How absolutely darling! By far it’s the coolest “about” picture I’ve ever seen! :)

  11. Love love love the drawing!! She did an amazing job and the purse is spot on!! Way cool!! :)

  12. Love that the picture made it up on your site!

    • How could it not? Its so darn kick ass. I don’t know which surprised and pleased me more. The hooker earrings or the purse. You did a great job!!

  13. Ha Ha you are funny! I don't like the about me pages as well, but I finally filled mine up, just cause I know some people want to read it.

    Nice to Meet you!

    • Bernie says:

      I'm always amazed when folks do read it. I know that if I find a blog I like, I read their about me. Just to learn a bit about them.

  14. Tiny Temper talks about you so much that I just had to take the plunge and sign up for emails. In her last post she mentioned you hauling a mannequin around the house and photographing him doing things like peeing and doing the dishes! I HAD to read more ;)

  15. That's a GREAT About Me page! Usually they are so boring and full of 'self-importance" I want to gouge my own eyes out – yours made me smile! Love it.

  16. Hi Bernie, found you by way of DoSweatTheSmallStuff. Gotta say, love the blog! And the lady on your masthead. Am following you by the way!

    • Thank you. I'm glad to have you. Its always fun to find new blogs. I will have to stop by your blog as well.

  17. Hi Bernie! Found you at Java’s Meet Me on Monday hop.
    I know I’m supposed to be commenting on your blog, which is awesome by the way. But can I just tell you, I can’t stop laughing and staring at the picture ! It’s brilliant!

    Just dropping by to say hi. Gonna look around your blog and check out your posts!

    Your newest follower,
    Do Sweat the Small Stuff :)

    • Thanks for stopping by. Isn't she a sexy bitch? *lol* I found that a stock photo site and fell in love. I wanted her to be mine. Now she is.

  18. Hopped on over from Java’s and was happy to find you!! Immediately subscribed! Thanks for having the email option—that is my favorite way to keep up with my blog subscriptions!!! Gonna spend some time looking around!!! Have a great day!

    • Well I'm glad you found me as well. I too prefer the email subscription links as well. If it show up in my in-box I'm better about checking.

  19. Cathy W says:

    Woo hoo, I found you again. Thanks for the "I've moved" post, however you sent that out. :-)

    I find it amusing that I can comment on the "Subscription Confirmation" page!

  20. Love the new look, Bern. And love the blue purse!

  21. For some reason, I was unsubscribed! I hadn't seen any notifications of new posts from you and I knew you were blogging once a day. Unless you don't want me to read you posts any more. :-(

    So I resubscribed. Love the new button!

  22. Love your BLOG Bernie!

  23. I am a new follower and very much like your site. I am passing on a stylish blogger award to you. I see you already have the award, but I am sure you will not mind another one:)

    • Thank you so much!! I'm honored. I will be sure to stop by your blog this morning. This made my day. Thank you for being a new reader!!

  24. Hey… what happened to "Little Bernie"? Death by Angel Food cake??

  25. I clicked because I wondered what you wondered you were about. :)

  26. I am neither bored or wonder who you are
    just interested in what you have to say

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