59 Like It Is

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The Scoop

So this week I realized that I am not a routine sort of person. You would think by my age I would have already figured that out. But I realized that life is about the journey for me and I am never done. I never think I can stop now this is good enough. I always wake up every day with some hair brained idea and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

I am routine in that I am always thinking big picture. I am always thinking about how I can feel good health wise. I am always looking for ways to enjoy activity, ways to eat good food that is good for me and always thinking “am I fully baked?”

I look in the mirror and I see a 59-year old woman. Can I make her better? Do I need to? Do I want to?

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My Week In Exercise

My week is typical or not so typical for me. I don’t do the same thing every day much less every week.

Monday: 30 minutes of yoga followed by upper body strength training.

Up side, it felt so good to stretch. Down side, I find lifting weights boring.

Tuesday: 30 minutes of yoga, followed by lower body weights

Wednesday: 30 minute walk, 30 minutes of yoga and upper body strength training

Up side, I adore being outside and I have the most beautiful trails to walk and run on. It brings joy to my heart.

Thursday: I was sore and tired so I just worked in the yard a little. Plus I always get mild hemorrhoids when I do a new weight lifting routine. Not my best day! Ugh!

Friday: 30 minute HIIT run, 30 minutes of yoga and lower body strength training.

Up side, I love the cardio zen I feel when I get to run. Down side, I have cut back on running so I can do more strength training.

Saturday: Will be travel day and next week I will be in the mountains with a new routine.

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My Week In Food

We have been transitioning to a mostly vegetarian diet. We eat fish still but cut out beef, chicken, pork, etc. We also have cut out sugar. So I am learning how to cook a new way. In some ways it is easier but in some ways it is more difficult. It’s nice not to have to thaw and cook meat every evening but it is hard to put together flavorful dishes. But I have made some fabulous dishes that gives me hope.

I also gave up wine completely. Wow, I never thought I would do that. But the research shows it’s just not that good for me. So I am drinking a lot of iced green tea with lemon. We have given ourselves one night a week to go out to eat anything we want and drink a glass of wine. I like this because it makes going out much more fun and special.

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My Week In Beauty

You know I don’t wear a ton of make up but in these pictures I have no make up on. And I have been going a few days a week, makeup free. It is an adjustment to see myself. I am blond so my eyelashes and eyebrows are blond so its a change to see them natural. I know I sound like I’ve went off the deep end but I have not been painting my nails either. I am trying to let them grow out and strengthen product free. It’s kind of nice not to need to constantly do my nails.

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My Look

I took these pictures before my HIIT run on Friday. Everything is old and it is a really cute outfit but when I was running the leggings kept sliding off! So every time I slowed down I had to pull them up. So good on the cute factor but not so good on the function! Ha ha.

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Granny's Cornbread Salad

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The Scoop

It is not picture taking weather here in Idaho so I have’t been getting any taken. I wrote this post a while ago and had it in the can to share at some point and now seems like a good time.

Granny’s cornbread salad is not only one of my favorite recipes, it reminds me of my Granny. She was my mom’s mom and a very sweet and kind lady. As I grew up I learned I had a lot of her traits. We both rearrange(d) our furniture when we clean(ed) house, we both love(d) old BBC sitcoms, we both kick(ed) our foot when we would try to sit still and the list goes on.

Anyway back to my story. As Granny got older she started losing her vision from Macular Degeneration but she wanted to record and share her recipes with us grand kids. So I gave her my old electric typewriter and even though she didn’t know how to type, she slowly typed recipes on cards. She made one for me and one for my cousin and the other grandchildren. She put little stickers on them and put together the cutest little recipe books. I use mine all the time and always think of her when I do.

The bowl in the picture above also reminds me of granny as she had the exact one and used it all the time. I found one in an antique store many years ago and use it all the time too.

You can see how much I use this recipe, a tribute to how much my family likes it. It is so easy to make and really a meal in one bowl. I make it mostly in the summer for some reason.

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I vary the ingredients too. I like black beans sometimes instead of kidney and I might use red and yellow peppers instead of green. I usually make extra bacon because if you are going to eat bacon you might as well have plenty. Ha Ha. Also instead of mayo I will use half yogurt or even all yogurt. I think Greek yogurt is just as tasty as mayo.

I cook my bacon on a sheet pan in the oven. I think it’s the best way to make a lot of bacon.

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I like a nice white cheddar cheese for this salad. A fruity white wine goes perfectly with this salad as well as does a glass of iced tea.

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Weekly Newsletter

I wanted to let you know that I will only be sending out one newsletter a week from now on. I have been sending one out three times a week, each time a new post went live. I think I can put together a more interesting newsletter if I send out one each Sunday that is recap of the week. So stayed tuned for this week’s edition of the weekly wrap-up newsletter. I hope you will sign up if you haven’t already. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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Welcome Back To My Mountain Life

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The Scoop

By the time you read this post I will be leaving Arizona after an eight-week visit and be on my way back to our mountain home. We had to cut our trip short because we have so much snow back there that some of our huge pine trees have fallen across our drive and down the sidewalk to our house. Too close for comfort and we are afraid one might fall and hit the house. And all of our security cameras are out except one that is hanging upside down. I think it has been a wild winter up there while we were gone. At any rate we are excited to get back, check on things, sit by a fire and view the beautiful winter wonderland.

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And So

Needless to say I will be out of pocket for a week or so. I was able to get posts up for the rest of this week and I have been playing around with the design of the blog, so I hope you enjoy that. Check out the main page and the blog pages to see all the new elements I have added. I am trying to make it a little more interesting. and fun!

I really hope you all are having a wonderful winter so far! I will be back with part three of my fitness series of posts as soon as I can along with more fashion, life and style for us over 50 ladies.

While I’m gone you should read this article:

Why Older Women Will Rule The World: The Future Is Female by an MIT expert.

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My Look

These pictures are from last year. I remember is was fun to get out and play in the snow and share some of my outdoor looks. I am wearing a red coat, black leggings, fun snow boots and a warm cap. No big deal but I loved the bright red in the winter outdoors. I remember I had a red nose too by the end of the shoot!

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Create Your Own Look


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Weekly Newsletter

I wanted to let you know that I will only be sending out one newsletter a week from now on. I have been sending one out three times a week, each time a new post went live. I think I can put together a more interesting newsletter if I send out one each Sunday that is recap of the week. So stayed tuned for this week’s first edition of the weekly wrap-up newsletter. I hope you will sign up if you haven’t already. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


My February Uniform

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The Scoop

If you have been reading along this month you know I have been all about health and fitness. I have tried to put everything else on the back burner and put my health first. Heart disease runs in my family and some have had the window maker (worst kind of heart attack) at the age I am now. Yep 58. Most recently my brother passed away about a year after his heart attack because it damaged his heart beyond repair. He was 59, had is heart attack at 58. So I am trying to be proactive. I even went to get blood drawn for a special test but passed out before they could get enough blood so I have to go back again. This will be my third try because I keep fainting! Ugh!

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Anyway one of my theories is if I am always dressed to workout I will do so when the time is right. You can see my current workout routine here in my last post. Recently I put together these items to make what I am calling my February uniform.

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My Look

I am wearing American Eagle joggers, Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, Madewell Tee, zip up sweatshirt and a ball cap. I’m carrying a packpack that I have had a long time.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking my exact joggers, they come in four colors and I love them so much I have them in all four colors. They are light weight and stretchy and tts, I am wearing a small. Also linking same tee by Madewell. They run a little large, I am wearing xs would usually get a s. Exact same sneakers that I have had for several years but they are so popular they keep stocking them. They are the Stan Smiths. I linking other options for you too. I am also linking my same initial necklace.

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Seasons Of My Life

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Autumn

my favorite season

The Scoop

Happy New Year gang! I hope you had a fabulous holiday season. Mine was fine but I am so ready for new beginnings. I never look back, only forward and if I look really close I can see hope and joy. But there are some unknowns.

You see, I break my life up into seasons. The early years, birth to twenty 25 were like spring, fresh, new, a time to learn. Then from about 25 to 50, I felt like my life was summer. Warm, a time to nurture others, continue to learn and bask in the potentials of future. At about 50 I feel like I moved into the autumn of my life. My favorite time so far. I have let go of some of the need to nurture others and spend more time taking care of myself. I feel I am stronger mentally and physically than in the spring of my life and more confident than summer. Like the seasons, I want autumn to never end. I am not certain when I will enter my winter season. I know physically a lot of the decline that comes with aging can really show up in the 70s. The winter season for me is where the unknown is lurking. When will I start needing more support? When will I notice physical decline that can’t be reversed? When will I look in the mirror and see a stranger? Or will any of that happen? Questions, there are many to answer or not. I plan to put one foot in front of the other and continue this journey with a grateful heart. I wake up every day thinking anything can happen and it could be wonderful!

Resolutions Not

This is the first year I can remember where I did not make resolutions. I decided to be reckless and wing it! That is a big deal for a Type A person. I did wake up feeling renewed in a way that only the start of a new year can make me feel. I put on my old workout clothes and prepared for a morning run.

We are in Arizona now for a few months and it is cold for this part of the country. Close to freezing at night and highs in the 40s the first few days here. The forecast looks to be sunny and warmer though with each passing day. Anyway, I have three layers on here to keep me warm for my run. And since it has been muddy and raining I am wearing all old things saving my new active wear for nicer weather. And I can’t wait.

I haven’’t run consistently for a while so I wasn’t sure how it would go. But five minutes in I was feeling the old elated feeling that running brings me. Joy was in my heart and I was thinking of potentials and positives rather than the gloom and doom swirling around this old world right now. I went two and half miles and everything was working fine. It was the best way to start the first day of the new year.

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In my mom’s words

Cheryl only has two speeds, running and asleep.

My Look

I’m wearing Adidas leggings, Nike running shoes, a long sleeved white tee, pink pullover and black active wear jacket and my iWatch. Everything is old but I am linking some great options.

Breakfast of Champions

Well my breakfast anyway. Ha ha! Lately I have been enjoying this meal after a run or hike. It is very healthy and so good. I get the big bags of frozen berries which are supposed to be even more nutritious than fresh and add a cup to a half cup of Greek yogurt, fresh walnuts and a couple tablespoons of wheatgerm. Mix it up and enjoy!

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Signing Off For The Year

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Casual

day in the mountains

the scoop

This is my last post for the year! I am taking the rest of December to celebrate the holidays with my family and friends. I also have to get us packed and ready to head to Arizona for a few months. I have so much to do and am really excited. I’ve learned to prioritize this blog and put it away when I have more important things to do. So for now I’ll sign off and see you next year!

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my look

The is one of my favorite outfits for when I am having a quiet day at home. I love to be comfy and warm while the snow is flying outside. I got these lounge pants and thermal tee at Walmart and love them so much I got them in several colors. I got my lace bralette and Ugg slippers at Costco last year. If you watch Costco they may get these slippers in again this year. They also have Ugg dupes that are really nice.

end of year projects

I have a lot of little things I like to do to tidy up my life at the end of a year. One is to clean out my closet. I began that process this week. Anything I haven’t worn or used this year is neatly packed up and taken to the consignment store or Good Will. It feels so good to get rid of clutter and share things with others that might like them for a while. I am even getting rid of a bunch of handbags that I thought I would never let go. But they just sit in their covers in the closet so its time to find them a new home. I am loving all the extra space I am seeing.

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Dress The Part

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No Snow

yet . . .

the scoop

Bet you can’t guess where we’ve been. Yep, back in the mountains. We spent a few days there and I got lots of pictures. It was cold but not much snow. Hardly any really! I imagine that will change any day now. I am ready for a little of the white stuff actually.

Right now I have a fire starting in the fireplace and am watching three little deer munch on the grass in the back yard. Such a country life feel!

my look

I decided that since my days of dresses in this weather are almost done for this year I better put one on. This dress is a fabulous sweatshirt dress with a hood and a tulip hem. Not really stylish but oh so cozy. I wanted outdoor pictures so I put on a pair of fun winter boots and headed out. This is how you dress in a dress in the mountains! There is something cozy about a snuggly dress to hang around inside when winter is howling outside.

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Create

your own look!

create your own look

My things are all old but linking similar items with many on sale!

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  • By the time you read this post we will be heading down the mountain.

  • I have to start getting the house prepped for Thanksgiving dinner.

  • I haven’t made a turkey for a few yeas so that will be a challenge. And I love a challenge!

  • I am taking back little pine trees from our land to put in my pots on the front porch. I think they will be so cute and bring some of the beautiful pine scent to our home.

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Five Years Of Blogging

A Blog

Birthday . . .

the scoop

I feel like I gave birth to my blog. I spent months preparing for it and my first post was a little painful to publish. I had no clue what I was doing. I just wanted to pour my creative energy into something and a blog seemed harmless enough. I always loved graphic arts and designing a blog was something I wanted to learn.

Like most bloggers report you don’t expect anyone to actually see your blog and for a long time I don’t think anyone did. I didn’t try to promote it because I hadn’t found my space or stride yet. Starting on November 13 of 2013 I posted irregularly and sparsely for about three years.

In the fall of 2016 I decided to take it more seriously and that is when I really started enjoying the full blogging experience. In February of 2017 I joined up with the Fierce 50 ladies and made so many blogger friends and really expanded the scope of my blog through collaborations and connecting.

I tried monetizing my blog for a while but it just seemed to take the fun out of it so I stopped. Now what little I earn is just an organic result of doing what I love. Telling a story through pictures and thoughts. Representing the mature women in the great big cyber world.

my look

The best part of blogging for me is the creativity it brings out in me when it comes to how I dress. I really think about what I put together in an outfit and learn what I like and what works for me. I love that this process is ever changing as I am.

This look is one I am most comfortable in. Very casual with a little edge. I’m wearing skinny jeans, a long sleeve white tee and cozy cardigan with leather patch elbows. Boots that just reach my knees are the perfect shoe for me in that they really finish my look and aren’t too fussy. I added my oldest and favorite statement necklace and this look was complete.

What’s Next?

I have thought a lot over the last few months about what to do with my blog and nothing earth shattering has come to mind. I am playing around with YouTube some and can see adding it to my blog for more variety. I have a good friend (found through blogging) and we are planning a YouTube channel where we talk makeup, skin care and issues in general for the over 50 crowd. We are having a really good time with it. I just have to learn a new skill which is editing video. I can do it; it will just take a little time. Everything regarding my blog has been self taught so a new challenge will be fun.

Note: This weekend my husband fixed all those cords hanging down by the TV so you can’t see them anymore. They were driving me crazy but he wanted to wait to make sure we liked the TV there first.

create your own look

All of my stuff is old but I found similar items. I found the same jeans in a few different shades of blue and same tee that I am liking so much I got it in multiples and wear them almost every day. My Sam Edelman boots are sold out but I found the same brand in a knee high that are cute too, so linking them.

I went and did another search for knee high boots because I think they are so fabulous. Linking what I found.

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Saturday Mountain Style

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My Saturday style in the mountains!

the scoop

It’s been so nice here in the mountains for the weekend. I have mixed in taking care of business, relaxation and fun relatively evenly. There are always threes things I have to do when I come up now that we are not here full time. I have to vacuum, dust and clean bathrooms/change bedding. So I break it up into a chore a day so nothing is too much. Then I always cook because I love to cook and eat! I try to get some outdoor time in via, hiking, running or just sitting outside on the deck. Lastly I do a little picture taking for the blog.

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Each season in the mountains has its own special beauty.

my look

So, everything I have on is too big. I don’t know why I insist on getting things too big but it seems I always order them that way. Not always but often. This top is Free People and it is way too big. I always get a small in Free People but never again. After so many too big sweaters I have learned my lesson. This brand runs way large. My jeans are new and they are high waisted skinny jeans in my favorite brand. I ordered a size up thinking it would be easier to tuck tops into them but after wearing them all day they are falling off so another lesson learned. Although I can probably wash and dry them in hot water and make them work. My hunter boots are a half size too big too but with heavy socks they are fine.

Linking my exact top. I usually wear small in tops and this one is a small but an extra small would have been much better for me. Linking exact jeans, my favorite brand 7 For All Mankind (TTS), Linking exact Hunger Boots. My Tory Burch bag is old but I found another Tory Burch in red that is similar but my red is more of a fire engine red I think.

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Life right outside my front door!

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  • It’s our second day here and I am loving it. It rained all night last night and it was nice to sleep listening to rain gently fall.

  • We had chili and corn bread last night and tonight I am grilling steak to go with salad and baked potatoes.

  • I got some new make up at the drug store to play with along with some bubble bath for a relaxing hot bath tonight.

  • You can see our first fire of the season on my IG Stories Highlight here! It was so beautiful.

  • Planning another big fire tonight as we watch the sun set. Which reminds me I have to run out and bring in some wood!

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Morning Pumpkin

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Something’s

changed . . .

I used to be such a morning person, you know the kind that a lot of people just want to slap. All bouncy and happy and full of immediate energy.

But over the last year I have grown into a grumpy not morning person. I move slow and feel like everyone and everything is annoying. I put my robe on inside out and my slippers on the wrong feet. Arg, you get the picture?

It might have something to do with the fact that I wake up at 5 AM every single day. But, I didn’t even know a change like this could happen. I miss waking up full of energy and smiles for the day. I always felt like it was a new day and anything good could happen. Has anyone else experienced this type of change.

I hope this is just a phase . . .

the scoop

I can’t believe for so long I posted a blog every single Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Now it is a struggle to get one out. It’s mostly due to my interests being more on family, health and home this summer. I have been busy setting up our house here in the city and I’m not good at taking pictures of the process so I have been trying to figure out a path back to my blog.

By golly though I think I have figured it out. I think one a week for a while will be fun. I will incorporate my fashion, decorating my home and other things new while I rediscover life in the busy city.

This post will be about my boot cut jeans style, getting my library card and what I am reading and showing you my formal living room. I will also ask your decorating advice on a huge pottery shelf area.

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my look

I haven’t been doing any clothing shopping and really don’t need to do any. My closet is full of lovely fall items that I can use to create that cozy chic look that I love this time of year.

Here I am wearing a Loft shirt in blue strips with beautiful tie bell sleeves, WHBM boot cut jeans in a dark denim, Louise et cie heels in navy and carrying my Italian leather Adora bag in vibrant orange.

Linking my jeans brand WHBM, and options for creating your own look!

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the room

I like to call this room my drawing room.

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1. a room where visitors are received and entertained; living room; sitting room

Some would call it a formal living room and it is the room you walk into at the front door which I love. It’s a peaceful room that is always tidy so if guests drop by we have a comfortable place to visit. I sit here in the afternoons and read while I have a glass of ice tea.

The room’s decor is made up of a hodgepodge of things old and new, more expensive, less expensive, formal and casual. It has coastal elements, hints of French style, a little rustic edge and room for lots of future projects. I never tire of tweaking a room. I have few things in mind to change soon and by the time I post this I have already changed the rug at the door. I had just thrown an old one down until I found one I liked. I also added a throw pillow to the sofa in a muted yellow to bring out the yellow in the chairs.

Don’t forget your fall mug! I love having themed mugs for my coffee and here are some fun options!

I always like a little surprise in every room. Something unexpected tucked in a corner. That is where Mr. squirrel comes in. Isn’t this cute wood and metal guy fun?

These pictures are taken from the Juliet balcony off the master bedroom. I love this view.

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Help?

this space is very large. probably 5 ft wide and 6 ft tall and about 2 ft deep. i don’t want to do antiques or faux plants but something fun and different. any ideas?

just sayin’

I need coffee and my slippers are perfect for such an announcement. And every September I allow myself to indulge in the perfect dinner, fruit and veggies. Ha ha!

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other things i’ve been doing

I went to our local library and got a card and am so excited about all the resources available. It’s amazing how much libraries have changed. I am reading this book right now and highly recommend it.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah’s Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.

oh boo one more thing

This post is really getting long but I wanted to tell you a couple more things. We joined the YMCA and I will tell you more about that in a later post but I am amazed at the fabulous facility they have and all that is offered.

Also, we have a new smart TV which is so fun and I now watch You Tube all the time on the big screen. I have discovered this fabulous interior designer that I wanted to share with you. She makes me smile and gets my creative juices flowing so check her out if you like that sort of thing. Link here, you may have to cut and paste into your browser. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2F564599300C8273

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Woot Woot! Time To Get To Work!

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Most

comfortable work attire

the scoop

Well all the house wheeling and dealing is done! We close in a couple of weeks and the planning, packing and organizing has begun. Two weeks is not a lot of time but I am an expert mover. We don't have to move that quickly but I don't let grass grow under my feet. I can do it all from the planning to heavy lifting. I pride myself on the ability to create an almost seamless move. I have moved a lot in my life and always love the challenge, the opportunities, and the unexpected. 

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more of the story

Our house here in the mountains will become our vacation home once again. We've had the house for 18 years and it was our vacation home for most of that time. Then we decided to stay here full time about five years ago but still had a house in the city until a year ago when we sold it. It was way too big for us and time to let it go. After a year of not having it we found we missed it and the convenience of having a place to stay when we wanted to go down to get a city fix so a smaller place would be ideal. And the rest is now almost history. We now have this fabulous place and I'm excited to get things in order. The great thing is we will still have our place in the mountains for when we need fresh air and quiet. Selling it will be down the road a few more years. My husband is never in too much of a hurry. Ha ha!

I'll share more as things progress but one of my favorite parts of this house is the outdoor living area. These are pictures provided by the last owners. There are two levels of patio with a built in bar area and a beautiful water fall as well as a rock fountain. There is even a zen area  to spend time in relaxing.

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I'm never one to run

away from a challenge so I suit up for work!

my look

I am a worker bee. I love to be involved in all the buzz of a move. So I dress for the occasion. Recently I was looking at cut off shorts online and decided I had enough jeans that I could spare a couple for DIY cut offs. This is a favorite pair. They came from really baggy boyfriend jeans which I find to be the best for cut offs. I added a tee bought in the boys section at Costco last year, old Adidas sneakers and boom, I'm ready to rock and roll!

Ageless Style Link Up

My Monday post will be pushed back to Tuesday next week as I guest host the Ageless Style Link Up. I am so excited to participate in this month's theme, Keeping Cool In The Summer Heat. Not too difficult for me up in the mountains since most days are still in the upper 60s or low 70s. I am ready for some heat that's for sure!

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Life Lately

https://www.nolapopcity.com/products/i-really-do-care-do-you-unisex-t-shirt

https://www.nolapopcity.com/products/i-really-do-care-do-you-unisex-t-shirt

the scoop

I have never done a "Life Lately" post. But life lately has been crazy and it is theraputic for me to share. It's sort of an organizational relief for me. So here goes!

i care!

This is not meant to start a political debate, it is a statement regarding compassion. When I envision myself years ago as the mother of two young sons and the things I did to better their lives I am ashamed of the people in our government who deny that right to other human beings.  I struggled and worked hard and took advantage of the help offered to me when I needed it. Through my perseverance I made a better life for my sons and myself and they now are thriving young men. They give back at every turn too. I am so grateful for all the help I was given and for my determination. I believe all human beings have the right to live full, happy and SAFE lives. I support this belief and try to find ways I can help others in need. I want to pay it forward for all the good that was shared with me. So here are some things I found I could do. Little things but every little thing adds up to big things. 

1. This tee is for sale and the company making them is donating 50% of the profits split between Raices, a Refugee and Immigration Center in Texas currently helping to reunite immigrant parents with their child AND Catholic Charities of New Orleans Immigration and Refugee Services. 

2. Wearing this tee will help publicize the atrocity going on of ripping children from parents and not reuniting them. The more people who know the truth of what is going on; the more the true face of our country will be shown to the world. We want the world to see us for who we are. We are a compassionate and caring country who is willing to share what we have for the good of all.

3. On June 30 I will be participating in a local Families Belong Together March. People are peacefully rallying in Washington, D.C., and around the country to make a stand and strong statement that families belong together. You too can find a local march and participate. Here is how to find out more. 

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good read

If you read my blog regularly you know that recently I have been trying to live my life more in the present and less virtually. I deleted my Facebook, Google+ and Twitter accounts mostly as a stand against the way these platforms promote negativity and steal happiness from so many lives. But also because of their abuse of  everyone's privacy. I am testing the waters of letting IG go too. So far I am not seeing a down side. 

As part of trying to live more in the present I am making time to read. I had let that part of my life go with no time it seemed and missed it. There is nothing better than sitting out on my deck with a glass of tea and relaxing with a good book. 

This book? "In a luxe beach read with weighty questions at is center, debut novelist Laura Holtz's Warm Transfer breaks into the new media landscape forged by the "MeToo movement with a story of self-discovery, newfound joy and reinvention." I really enjoyed this book! Also important to note. Ten percent of the profits from this book are being donated by Holtz to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). You can find this book on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound or wherever books are sold.

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Home Sweet Home

We have been thinking, rethinking and thinking of getting a home in the city for a while. Currently we live on 22 acres in the mountains and don't have access to anything more than the great outdoors. Not gonna lie, love that part but I need some balance. I have been mostly sharing this story in my update/newsletters but since it is taking a huge amount of my time and energy it is a big part of my "Life Lately." Thus part of this post.

We found a place and I am so excited. We are hoping to close soon and all the moving will commence! We have one last hurdle regarding the square footage being way off but keeping our fingers crossed. I have several projects planned to update and am so ready to nest someplace closer to the bustle of life. We will be able to attend cultural activities, see our friends more often and engage in so much more soon! 

Stay tuned for more updates as I plan to share the good (decorating), the bad (painting cabinets) and the ugly (moving). I plan to embrace and enjoy this journey as life is too short to not go for the gusto!

Can Do Jam

Can Do Jam

My love of making homemade jams and pickles.

Happy weekend gang! So glad you dropped by today. I haven't done a weekend post for a while so thought I would check in with you! Grab your coffee as I share my love of canning with you. 

I grew up in a big family where large gardens and canning were the norm. My grandparents were dairy farmers and they grew everything they ate. They had grapevines, peach trees and just about anything you could think of. We all ate very well when visiting them. 

I learned to can all these things from my grandmother and my mom. They would get together in the summer for huge canning days. Everything from green beans, tomatoes to apples were fair came in their canning kitchens! I loved to see the giant crock at my grandmother's farm on the covered front porch full of pickles! I made my first batch of bread and butter pickles at the age of 20. And they turned out perfectly. Anyway at this point in my life I can almost like it is a hobby. I mostly like to do pickles and jams. My favorite jam is huckleberry. I go out and find and pick wild huckleberries and make amazing jams with them.  I have lots of gooseberry bushes and am always looking for ways to preserved them or use them so if anyone has ideas for me, please share!

Above are pictures that I took after a day of canning a couple of summers ago. They didn't turn out good enough for a full post but I still remember the satisfaction I felt at the end of the day. My kitchen was a mess and I had jam all over me but I celebrated by relaxing with a glass of wine!

Here are peaches, pears, and tomatoes for tomato jams. I make onion jams and another favorite is fig jam. I think my favorite favorite is the Spiced Pumpkin and Pecan Butter. I also make pickled green beans, bread and butter pickles and spicy dill pickles.  I really need to get busy as I am out of everything right now. Here are some of my favorite recipes.

Heavenly Fig Jam

Spiced Pumpkin and Pecan Butter

Rosemary Peach Jam

Wild Huckleberry Jam

Pear Butter

Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

Peach Rosemary Jam

This jam is heavenly!

The first thing I do when I can, is make sure my kitchen and tools are all set out and ready. It is an orchestration of effort and you can't stop to look for something. 

If you haven't tried to make jams or pickles you should! It is so fun and worth the effort when you have homemade jams for your toast in the mornings or pickled green beans for your Bloody Mary! Ha ha!

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The Count Down And Other Bits

Five days

until the calendar marks another year to my life.

the scoop

I have heard people say all my life that they are too old to do something anymore. I say I am too old not to do things. If not now, when? That is way more logical. Every time I hear that voice in my head say, you're getting too old for that I take the time to correct it. I'm not too old to do anything and I'm not wasting time debating it. It ain't over for me until I'm in the ground. Ha ha!

So this week the count down has begun to my birthday and each day I plan to do something that some would say I'm too old to do. Today I did my trail run and enjoyed it completely. After my run I made a bowl of steel cut oats with mixed berries and honey and almond milk to break my fast. If you don't know what I'm talking about read here.

outdoor living

The above picture on the left is right outside my front door. The picture on the right is my back deck. It's finally turned summer here and I am loving being outside as much as possible. To smell the pine of the trees and feel the sun on my back is like heaven to me. We sold our old wooden deck furniture this year and bought a comfy seating arrangement and I am loving it. I sit outside and read and watch the wild life and cuddle with my dogs and in the evenings my husband and I play cards and eat dinner outside. 

Find what you love to do

and do it!

my look

This is my motivation outfit. If I don't feel like working out I just put on workout clothes and find I am excited to work out. It's just another area where when you look good, you feel good. Oh it's true we all have low days but the trick is to keep up the fight. 

I'm wearing capri leggings, a sports tank and running shoes. I have my sunglasses and my running app with music ready to go. What could stop me now?

I almost always get my active wear on sale and here are some great items for great prices!

pictures above

Each spring I ready our front entry for summer. I have a couple of benches with pillows and a couple of planters that I fill with flowers. I was lazy this year and just planted Marigolds. They are supposed to repel bugs and I love the pretty yellows and oranges. Keeping things simple gives me more time to do the things I love. 

picture below

I take a lot of pictures in this part of my house because I can usually get enough light for them. It's basically my media room and office area. My laundry room is behind that door and it seems I always have laundry going so it is nice to have it close to my office. I rarely sit still for long so my environment is very functional. I am right next to my kitchen here too. This is nice because I love to cook and almost always have something prepping.

Peace!

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True Tee - Almost

Do I hear an . . .

AMEN?!

the scoop

This is one of my favorite graphic tees. It is so true for me. There is one other thing that I need and that is my dogs. Those three things together are comfort and joy. 

my look

This is a summer look for everyday around here at home. I did the faded and raw hem on these pants myself. You can see the DIY here. You can buy similar jeans with this hem but they can be so expensive I decided just to do my own. I grew up in the 70s where we did stuff like this all the time. 

The tee was found in a local shop here in town and they had several of them with different sayings. I got this and a couple of others, see here. They are so comfy and soft and perfect for a casual day. I wore a Brighton belt, and leather flip flops and carried my LV Never Full MM tote. My necklace is a bar necklace that says Coco, that is what my grandson calls me.

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dogs, chocolate and coffee

Is what it should say.

Here are links to fun tees and jeans in case you want to create your own look.  I actually found some on sale for decent prices. 

saying goodbye is so hard

This last picture is one of my baby giving me a kiss. His name is McCall and he is almost 12 years old. I've had him since he was eight weeks old and he has been my constant companion over the years. He is so intuitive and sweet and I've always said he is my soul. I look into his eyes and see what life is all about. It's about caring, cuddling, playing and standing by one another. 

My little baby is sick and starting to struggle and I try to soak up every minute I can with him as I know his time is short. I am terrified of him passing because he has truly helped me through some really tough times. I am afraid of the pain I will feel at his loss. Pet lovers will understand.

Meanwhile I am making each moment count. He is snuggled up tightly against me as I write this post. He is my pal, my soul.  How do you live without a soul?

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Peace!

Heart & Soul

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