Sunday, May 15, 2022

What do you mean? Hodgepodge for Sunday Stealing?

 I've been participating in a blog link up for quite a few years -- every Wednesday (yes, I know today is Sunday), Joyce writes the questions and we link up.

On Saturday night, I always copy and paste the questions from Sunday Stealing . . .and I was so surprised that this week's questions were written by Joyce!

So Sunday Stealing this week is from Wednesday Hodgepodge! If you want to link up, copy and paste the questions into your own blog and link up here. If you don't want to do that, please answer a few questions in the comment section!

Stolen from From This Side of the Pond

 1. Where do you get your news these days? I don’t watch the news. I read a couple of NPR articles and a New York Times article most every day.


2. Do you like crab meat? What makes you crabby? I’m not particularly fond of crab meat. My best friend’s husband does make some wonderful crab cakes, though, and I will eat those.

Lack of sleep makes me crabby . . .and I don’t require that much!

3. Does freedom mean more choices? Have you ever felt there were too many choices? Elaborate. I remember answering this one from Joyce’s original post – The Cheesecake Factory has TOO many choices on their menu.

4. Barbara Millicent Roberts was introduced to the world on March 9, 1959...that's Barbie to most of us. Did you have Barbies as a kid, or did you let your own children play with Barbies? What well known Barbara (living or not) would you most like to meet? We love Barbies at Gran and Pop’s house!

5. What are three things you value most in another person? I should go back and see if I’m still saying the same three things 😊 – The first two that come to mind are honesty and integrity. The third thing that comes to mind is a great sense of humor.

6. How would you define “old.”  At what age is a person old? I’m 63 and I USED to think that was old! My mother-in-law will be 97 in July and she is old.

7. A place you’ve been that’s “old.”  Tell us something about your visit there. In Israel, there are some caves that are reported to be the caves where King David hid. What is so amazing to me is that there has been life on our planet for far longer than David in the Old Testament!

8. Something you miss about the “good old days.”  When were they? I really need to go back and read my answers from before . . .I’m thinking that the “good old days” are right now. These are good days. I am thankful.

9. In what way are you a 'chip off the old block'? Or if you'd rather, in what way is your child a 'chip off the old block'? When I was a young adult, I looked so much like my mother so I guess I was a chip off the old block. Our kids are very much like us, too, so they are chips off the old block.

10. Old fashioned, Old Testament, old timer, same old same old, old glory, good old boy, old wives tale...choose an 'old' phrase that relates to something in your life or the wider world currently and explain. I guess I'll go with Old Timer -- I have a birthday coming up in June and I'll be 64. I don't feel like an Old Timer!!

11. July 5th is National Hawaii Day...have you ever been to Hawaii? Any desire to visit or make a return trip? Pineapple, mango, or guava...what's your pleasure? I have been to Hawaii many years ago and it was beautiful. I love pineapple but sometimes it makes the inside of my mouth hurt (if I eat too much). Does anyone else have that problem?

12. Last time you were 'thrown in at the deep end'? Explain. I signed up for Ancestry.com and it is a giant hole! I’m trying to limit my time but oh my goodness. It is fascinating. I think I’ve found my great great grandmother and she immigrated from Ireland. One of Mark’s relatives seems to be Choctaw!

13. Sun, sea, sand, salt...your favorite when it comes to summer? I love the sun (too much, actually) and I love the sea! I enjoy making sand castles but I hate how the sand gets all over everything. I love salt . . .especially on the rim of a margarita glass hahahaha!

14. Bury your head in the sand, the sands of time, draw a line in the sand, pound sand, shifting sands...pick one and tell us how the phrase currently relates to your life in some way. I guess it would be the sands of time. I drove to our daughter’s house today to keep our almost 3 year old granddaughter for a few hours. We saw them Easter weekend so not that long ago but in just a short time, she has stopped being a toddler and is now a little girl!!! The sands of time are moving along!

15. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = make your own rules and 10=like a warden), how strict were your parents? If you're a parent where on the scale do you land? I’m a rule follower (now). I wasn’t when I was younger. My parents were pretty strict, but I was the baby so by the time I came along . . .they were probably more relaxed. Mark and I were strict parents (I think) but we had two pretty amazing kids who have grown into wonderful adults. I’m not sure how much of that is because of our parenting, though!


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Hodgepodging along!

 


Today is Wednesday so it must be time for a Hodgepodge! You can copy and paste the questions into your own blog, answer, and then join us with Joyce, who graciously provides the questions each week
- OR -
you can answer the questions in the comments below.

1. What do you never get tired of? baby giggles and children laughing . . .actually, I never get tired of laughing either!

2. My mother made the best homemade vegetable soup. Of course, I have a story! I was probably in junior high and I came home and my mom's pressure cooker had exploded WHILE she was making vegetable beef soup. Just let me say that there were bits and pieces of things ON THE CEILING! No major damage was done that I recall.

3. What machine or appliance in your home aggravates you the most? Why? I tend to be really tough on washing machines. Our washer makes a few odd noises! It is NOT old. I try not to overload it.

4. What are three things that brighten up your day when they happen? 1. Sunshine! 2. A sincere compliment from someone (this also embarrasses me) 3. The feeling that I've accomplished something

I know you just asked for 3 but also good times with family and friends have to be included!!

5. Thursday (May 12) is National Limerick Day...write a limerick about relating to spring weather, spring blooms, or a spring event (five lines, the first two lines rhyme with the fifth line, the third and fourth lines rhyme together)

I googled spring limericks – I just don’t have it in me! I’m giving credit where credit is due. It was written by Reason A. Poteet and the title is Spring Chicken. Our son has chickens and our daughter’s school has chickens so this made me think of them. (disclaimer regarding my google search – the limerick right below this one was a tad off color 😊)

Poem Details | by Reason A. Poteet |
Categories: humor, spring,

Spring Chicken

 limerick

There was a spring chicken named Brewster.

He was the school’s number one booster,

      but this spring he forward-sprang

      from the girls’ room overhang.

Now he’s called - the naughty old rooster.

6. Insert your own random thought here. For my Mother’s Day present to myself, I signed up for Ancestry.com. I followed several blogs during the April A to Z Blogging Challenge who wrote about their ancestry. I have my 23 and me results but wanted a little bit more! Let me just tell you that I could go down some deep rabbit holes. I am FASCINATED by what I am finding. My parents and grandparents have been dead so long and looking at the record of their marriage license and the census records makes them come alive again for just a few moments.

 


Sunday, May 8, 2022

Sunday Stealing on the Day for Mother's!

 

First of all, happy Mother’s day to all those who have mothered anyone or any critter.

Thanks to Bev for the questions which are from Pinterest. You can copy and paste the questions and answer on your own blog and link up here. If you don’t want to do that, you can answer in the comments section or you can just comment 😊.

 

1. Do you like your handwriting? I do! As a matter of fact, if we need to hand address envelopes at work, I will often volunteer. I fill out the baptism certificates each week and try to make them look extra special, too.



2. Do you like roller coasters? Yes, I love roller coasters. I haven’t ridden one in several years but would hop on board right now.
3. Do you like scary movies? I love to READ thrillers and mysteries but I don’t really like to watch scary movies.
4. Do you like shopping? If online shopping counts, then yes. I don’t enjoy shopping in brick and mortar stores very much.
5. Do you like to talk on the phone? No, I don’t really enjoy talking on the phone. I do talk to both of my sisters and our kids and grandkids on the phone, or facetime, but I prefer a text or email with most folks.
6. Do you sleep with the lights on or off? I prefer for the lights to be off when I’m sleeping.
7. Do you use headphones or earphones? My boss gave me some airpods a few years ago and I love them.
8. Do you have tattoos?  Do you want any? I do not have any tattoos. The other day . . .I did think . . .if I got a tatoo, what would it be?
9. Do you wear glasses? I used to wear glasses all of the time. I had Lasik surgery when our kids were in middle school (20+ years ago). I now wear reading glasses and I always try to buy cute ones.
10. What is your strangest talent? I can’t think of anything!
11. Have you ever been in the hospital? I’ve been in the hospital 3 times. The first time was to have my wisdom teeth cut out! Can you believe they did it in the hospital – I actually think I stayed two nights! I had a C-section when our kids were born and we stayed a few nights. I had a hysterectomy and stayed a couple of nights.
12. What color mostly dominates your wardrobe? For years, you would find lots of black and red in my closet. Now, I have some bright blues, greens, and pinks.
13. What’s your most expensive piece of clothing? I don’t think I have any really expensive items. I have several dresses from Talbots. I know!! My mother of the bride dress for Laura’s wedding is probably my most expensive item.


14. Have you ever had braces? I have not but my husband had braces and both our kids had braces. Laura actually had braces twice PLUS they broke her jaw and reset it.
15. Have you ever been on TV? One time, many years ago, I was at the mall at Christmas time and a reporter stopped and asked me a question about the Angel Tree located in the mall. Another time, probably 40 years ago, I was in a local bar/disco and my picture was also on the news. I can’t remember why they were filming in that location.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

May Day Hodgepodge

Today is Wednesday so it must be time for a hodgepodge! Thanks to Joyce for sending the questions every week. Feel free to copy and paste the questions into your blog and link up here or please feel free to answer in the comments.


1. May Day! May Day!...last time you shouted for help? Or maybe just asked? I hate asking for help. Really. I enjoy doing things for others but have such a hard time asking. I think it is fear of rejection. Our cleaning lady had major knee surgery about 6 weeks ago and I've had to depend on my hubby to clean our house (which is sort of asking for help). I'm still working full time plus I was taking a class this semester and I really needed his help. He has tried really hard!!

2. What's something you may do this month? We may invite friends over!

3.  'April showers bring May flowers'...is this true where you live? What's blooming? What's your favorite springtime blossom? We live in Alabama and EVERYTHING is so green! We do have some azaleas blooming in our courtyard. Our hibiscus plants have amazing blooms. I hope we will have hydrangea blooms soon!

Azaleas in the courtyard

Sunday afternoon porch sitting
with lots of flowers

hibiscus on the porch

hydrangea from last year

4. What's something you learned at your mother's knee? My mom died when I was 15 so I don't remember a lot of things. When I read the phrase "at your mother's knee" . . .I do remember on Saturday nights sitting between my mother's prickly legs while she rolled my hair on sponge rollers. While I was sitting there, she and my daddy were watching Lawrence Welk. Oh my goodness! I hadn't thought of that memory in a long time!


5. Share a thought about motherhood. Motherhood is one of the hardest things I've ever done. I have friends who seem to be natural born mothers and I always thought they were probably doing everything right and I was doing it wrong. I think my daughter is an incredible mother and I'm so proud of her. Our daughter-in-law is a good mom, too. I think they are both much better moms that I was.



6. Insert your own random thought here. This was in front of me on the way to work on Tuesday. First, he would rest his head there. Then he would turn around and his tail would hang over the edge. It was quite entertaining!



Monday, May 2, 2022

Reflections on April A to Z

 


I did it! I completed the A to Z Challenge EVEN when I realized I had somehow missed the master list sign up. I did the theme reveal and was maybe number 37 on the list and was so proud that I was so far up the list. Once the challenge started, I realized that I wasn't getting many visitors to my posts but didn't think that much about it. One day, I was visiting other blogs on the spreadsheet and realized that my name/blog was NOT on the list. I emailed the team and a couple of days later received an email telling me that I had failed to sign up on the final list. I'm going to be honest. At that point, I wanted to just stop. I almost cried (which seems silly), but I persevered. As I continued visiting other blogs, I began to leave my blog address in the comment section, along with my comment, which garnered a few visits. All of this to say, I'm making a note on my calendar for next year "BE SURE TO SIGN UP FOR THEME REVEAL AND FOR THE CHALLENGE - TWO SIGN UPS." 

On another note, when I was preparing to participate in the challenge, my theme seemed great and I even liked the way I titled it, "The A to Z's of Being 63." I liked the catchy rhyme! I mapped out a list of topics that would go along with each day. I did realize that many things I blogged about would be applicable for any age. 

I really enjoyed visiting some "new to me" blogs. I love that sense of connection with folks who don't live nearby. I learned about coffee. I learned about lots of interesting places from Pauleen plus I love the name of this blog - cassmobfamilyhistory! I enjoyed reading about the history of this family. I already followed Joyce but really enjoyed her A to Z series. I loved Janet's Smiles date suggestions and must admit I laughed out loud about Quickie! There are so many others that I enjoyed, too, plus some of my "regular" blog friends were faithful to come and visit and comment. One friend actually gave me the idea for my W post!

I also was taking an online class at a local community college so I did feel a tad stressed this month.

Regarding suggestions . . .I wish there was a search function for the spreadsheet. I did copy and paste into a clean spreadsheet so I could sort.

All in all, I feel like the month was a success!


Saturday, April 30, 2022

The A to Z's of Being 63

 


Z is for Zoo! 

Yes, when you are 63, you can go to the zoo! During spring break, our son was lining up care for our granddaughter because they were only able to be off part of the week. Pops was assigned one day and he told me they planned to go to the zoo! The zoo just happens to be near my office so . . .most everyone was out that week (all the folks with school age kids). I told Mark to swing by the church and pick me up and they could drop me off afterwards. I ran away for a couple of hours and it was PERFECT.

We saw the flamingos -- our sweet girl called them "friendengos" rather than flamingos when she was little. I still love that!


The zoo has a great play area. I saw one mom with her book sitting there reading while her kids played. I thought that was a great idea! I'm sure they have season passes.



Our girl loved sliding on the slide and walking on the rope bridge.



I thought this was such a cool photo backdrop!



We saw elephants.


and lions
We rode the train!


We waited in line for the train (photos out of order)


We waited a little longer for the train . . .


I love the big cats! They fed this one while we were watching and they put his food on a floating thing so he had to wade into the water and "catch" it. I think he swallowed it whole.


They have one section on Alabama animals so we saw some turkeys!



And we went to the petting barn and saw some stinky sheep!



Yay! I completed the month of April A to Z blogging everyday except Sundays! I was able to work in a couple of Sunday Stealing posts and a couple of Wednesday Hodgepodge posts. 

The A to Z's of being 63 are pretty similar to the A to Z's of any age - we have a little more freedom, we have a little extra spending money, we have a little more time (technically). Being 63 is pretty good!

Friday, April 29, 2022

Y is for Yes

 


I'm almost to the finish line. I can see it! Today is Y!

Y is for Yes . . .or maybe it should be Y is for saying Yes more often!

Here is a big piece of advice from 63 year old me! Don't say no so often. Say Yes as often as possible.

Can we make a mess? Yes, if it is going to create memories. I said no far too often.

Can we go . . .wherever? Yes! Yes to Israel, Yes to Ireland, Yes to Italy and Germany, Yes to the park!

I need to take my own advice more often.

Will you stop and play with me? Yes. Another one where I need to take my own advice.

Can I help you cook? Why didn't I say yes?

Mark is now retired and he asks, "Can I help clean the house?" I've been bucking it for weeks and this week, I said yes and I'm trying hard not to criticize a single thing. He did scrub all of the toilets by hand!

One afternoon this week, my son called and said that he and our granddaughter were close by. Could they drop in? When they got here, they wanted to take the golf cart to one of our parks. I have a final this weekend and it would have been so easy to say "no" . . .but I said YES and here is proof! I still had time to study!


She has a crazy amount of upper
body strength. She is in
motion!

my son and my granddaughter
swinging HIGH with the
sunshine peeking through
the trees!

What are some questions that you answered with a no . . .that you wish you had answered with a yes?


Thursday, April 28, 2022

X is for eXpress gratitude

 


X is for eXpress gratitude

I feel like I'm cheating today since I'm not actually using words that begin with X!

Today, I want to eXpress gratitude to a whole bunch of folks - I'm going to keep my list to 24 since X is the 24th letter in the alphabet. Just know that there are many more!

I'm so grateful for (in no particular order):

  1. Charlotte and Ronnie Perkins and Linda and Jimmie Nix and Carol and Clayton Dorough - they loved me back to Jesus after my divorce when I was so very young.
  2. Bess Studdard - my senior Advanced English teacher - she was tough but she was one of my favorite teachers
  3. My sister, Becky, and her ex-husband - after momma died and daddy was working nights, they let me live with them . . .and they were newlyweds (and our other sister, Glenine, who provided me with babysitting jobs and sold my crocheted purses)
  4. The Parker family - who claimed me as one of their own kids after momma died
  5. Inez and Hub Lane - they, too, claimed me as their own and took me on vacation with them for years.
  6. Matthew Penfield and Ann Neptune - who hired me to work at Trinity and actually brought me full circle - from a young woman rejected by the Baptist Mission Board because I was divorced to someone on a church staff who gets to be in ministry every single day
  7. Brian Erickson - who treats me as his partner rather than as a secretary - who believes in me - who shows me God's grace every day
  8. Mark - I've already sung his praises but you can go back and read ALL about him on the M day
  9. our kids
  10. our kid's spouses
  11. our granddaughters - they (9, 10, 11) are awesome in all the ways
  12. my co-workers - they make it a pleasure to come to work every day and some of them have become my close friends
  13. Mel Sparkman - who was my boss at South Central Bell when I went through my divorce. I was broke and I cried at work because I couldn't even afford a Christmas tree and he brought me a tree stand and helped me get a tree (that is just ONE example) 
  14. Ed Onimus, who was my boss later at South Central Bell and at AT&T. He could be a tyrant but he groomed me and made me into the assistant that I am today.
  15. Our supper club - we've been together since 2004 -- almost 20 years of life together
  16. Our Sunday School class - I'm serious. What do people do during crises when they don't have a church family?
  17. My "once a month" lunch buddies - we, too, have supported each other through good and bad
  18. My professor, Lucy Lewis - she is amazing
  19. My advisor at Jeff State who has answered at least a million questions
  20. Wade Griffith and Laura Eanes - we were amazing together
  21. Our parents - who never had it easy but never let us know that
  22. Susan Peterson - I miss her so much - cancer took her way too soon
  23. Nancy Smith - she introduced Mark and me - she was Mark's first cousin who was more like a sibling and cancer took her way too soon, too
  24. My mother-in-law who has always loved me as her own

This is more than a "thankful" post -- I'm deeply grateful for these people and what they meant in my life. I'm sure I've left out folks and this is not a comprehensive list.




Wednesday, April 27, 2022

All things "V" Hodgepodge

 


1. What does the word values mean to you personally? Where did your values come from? What are some of the values that have guided you throughout your life? Values, to me, means those things we think are important. Some of my basic values came from my parents. After I typed that sentence, I actually googled the meaning of “values” just to make sure I was headed in the right direction. One definition: a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgement of what is important in life. Yes! I remember my daddy saying that there would be a lot of things we didn’t want to do in life but that there were things we did simply because it was the right thing to do. I actually remember the conversation and he has been dead since I was 25 and I’m 63. Someone had died and I didn’t want to go to the funeral/funeral home. I’m glad he taught me those things. This is one of our family values -- We both felt that it was important to raise our kids in the church. In our home, we got up and got dressed and went to church on Sunday morning.

2. Your favorite vanilla flavored something? I love to smell vanilla extract – when you are baking and the recipe calls for a teaspoon (or more) – it just smells so good.

3. What's something you've seen/done recently that you found to be very difficult, very confusing, very helpful, very interesting, or very special. Elaborate. I know that EVERYONE is ready for this semester to end so that I will quit talking about my Sociology class. I should be embarrassed about how much I’ve talked about it . . .but I’m not! It has been very difficult being back in a college class at 63. It has also been VERY interesting. Oh my goodness. Every single week I’ve had at least one (usually multiple) aha moments!

4. Something you own and love that is violet in color? I don’t think I own anything that is violet in color.

5. Do you have vacation plans on the calendar this summer? Tell us more. Yes! We are headed to Italy and Germany this summer and are so excited! We may take a little trip with our kids, spouses, and grandkids, too. We usually go to the beach but I think our son wants to go to the mountains.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  I’ve been participating in the April A to Z blog challenge and it is over tomorrow. I did it!

W is for What Would I Tell Her?

 


Over the weekend, I was digging through some photos to use on my "U" day, and I posted this on Facebook:


Imagine my surprise when I received 49 comments plus 110 likes/loves. One of my friends asked this question, "If you could give that young woman one piece of advice or one word of wisdom, what would you say to her?" W is for What Would I Tell Her?

Here goes:

Dear Lisa,

I want you to know that you have already lived through a lot but there is more to come. Along with the hard days, there will also be days filled with incredible over-the-top joy!

This is the main thing you need to know. YOU ARE ENOUGH. Seriously. 

You are a creation of God who is loved by him and he has and will continue to pour out his unmerited grace on you. Don't listen to those voices of the world. Listen closely and God will continually whisper into your ear,"You are enough. You are loved. I'm right here beside you - always. I'll never leave you nor forsake you."

You need to trust God. You don't know any of these things yet but you are going to have a good life. You will marry a man who loves you. You will have great kids who will grow into fine adults. You will actually live in a house with a white picket fence.

Make sure you surround yourself with good friends. Laugh a lot!

Go ahead and finish your college degree now . . .don't wait until you are 63.

Keep running - exercise will keep you young!

Get counseling - NOW! At 23, you've already lived through too much. Don't wait until you are in your 30's. Do it now.

There are so many other things. Don't waste time on guys who aren't worth it. 

Always remember -- YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Love,

Lisa

What would you tell your 23 year old self?

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

V is for Validation and for Valuing the Truth

 


V is for Validation and for Valuing the Truth

We are in the final week of the blogging challenge -- April A to Z! I'm beginning to run out of words! Is anyone else experiencing this?

I looked up validation on Merriam Webster's site and here is the meaning:

an act, process, or instance of validating 

I don't know about you but I hate those kinds of answers. So what did I do next, I looked up validity and here is the meaning:

the quality of being well-grounded, sound, or correct

What does that have to do with being 63? I hope that by this age that I'm fairly well grounded so does that mean I'm valid? I've never heard the word used that way.

I looked it up on yourdictionary.com and one of the meanings of validity is: the state of being valid, authentic, or genuine. I've written about authenticity here!

Do you remember when we had to write sentences with our vocab words? Yourdictionary.com has a tab for sentences! How about this one? "She had to research the topic for hours to ensure the validity of her argument blog post." Aha! That is how I'm working Validation into this post!

What about Valuing the Truth?

I think that the older I get, the more I value the truth. I don't want to waste time on someone else's lies or half truths. I never discuss politics but I wish our politicians valued the truth. 

Don't be telling lies to me. I value the truth! :-)


p.s. I totally realize that this isn't my best writing! 



Monday, April 25, 2022

U is for Ugly

 


U is for Ugly -- Ugly or Pretty? Does it matter at 63?

I know that we all came into the world with different appearances (except for my husband and his identical twin brother and other identical twins). Some of us have long noses. Some of us have big lips. Some of us have green eyes. Some of us have brown eyes. Some of us have straight hair while others have curly hair.

I've always struggled with self-confidence. I remember a boss telling me one time that we have to earn our self-confidence. 

In my Senior year of high school, I was in the top 17 (weird #, right?) of the school beauty pageant. The band actually voted and I was the one nominated to represent the band in the beauty pageant. I remember being so shocked because I NEVER thought I was pretty back then. When I was 22 or 23, I was in the "Iron Man Ski Queen" competition and was first runner up. This was a ski tournament held on a local lake and the Ski Queen and her first runner up (me!) donned our bathing suits and rode around in a ski boat and did the queenly wave to everyone! To be the queen, we didn't even have to know how to ski!

this picture and the one below
were from my portfolio from
the ski queen competition

For all of my life, I have struggled with my weight. If I could only weigh now what I weighed back then, I would be happy . . .YET . . .back then I thought I was fat. 

These days I have to watch every bite I eat to keep off the weight I lost in 2017 and 2018. Here are a couple of pictures showing the 70+ pound difference.



And then while I was digging through old photos, I found the picture below. I was in my early 20's and I'm amazed. If I were to see this picture of someone else, I would think "how lovely." Yet, I never felt "lovely" way back then.

this was my very first trip on
an airplane! I had dark
hair before I started
going gray!

Now I'm 63 . . .and I'm not a big make up wearer but I ALMOST always wear lipstick which was so weird when masks were required!

When our son married, I was much heavier than when our daughter married and I'll be honest. When I look at pictures of myself at the two events, I definitely think I look prettier when I'm thinner.

As a Christian, I know that God looks at our hearts so I try not to get hung up on my outward appearance. As I've shared here before, I don't always dress up. I'm happiest in tennis shoes or flip flops, exercise shorts, and a t-shirt. I like to have a little tan on my face so that I don't have to wear much make-up (have you ever used tan towelettes? they are my favorite!).

I prefer comfy dresses and casual shoes -- once again, tennis shoes when possible or FitFlops or Vionic. I prefer a swipe of mascara but I do love this heated eye lash curler. That is another thing - as I've aged, I have less and less eyelashes. Someone told me that eyelashes don't regrow - is that true? When I have my hair colored, my hair salon will also swipe some on my eyebrows which helps a little. I usually use a little "lello lotion" (what our kids called it when they were little) on my face and a little under-the-eye concealer and some blush and some lipstick and my make-up is complete.

denim skirt from Talbots, shirt from
Stitch Fix, Fitflop sandals (and 
Bob Goff!)

all dressed up at a wedding

comfy dress and fitflops at
the beach

No matter what age you are, do you feel pretty? What do you do to make yourself feel better about yourself? I've always struggled with my self-confidence. Do you?

p.s. Amazon and clinique have no idea I even exist so I'm not getting a kickback - I just love the things I mentioned.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

The A to Z's of Being 63 -- T is for Thankful

 


T is for Thankful

We can be thankful at any age, but today I'm thankful for  (not in any kind of order - some big, some small):

1. our cat, Harvey

2. our granddaughters

3. sunshine and blue skies and blooming flowers

4. our church

5. my husband, Mark, and our kids and their spouses plus our siblings/spouses and Mark's momma

6. our home

7. great neighbors in a great neighborhood

8. a bed to sleep in at night

9. clean drinking water

10. a pantry, fridge, and freezer full of food

11. a dining room table where we can host friends and family

12. the possibility of getting a Wolf stove (really! we are waiting for them to come and measure and see if it is even a possibility)

13. some of the best friends you could ever imagine

14. good health

15. the ability and means to travel some

16. books - both kindle and actual paper

17. fresh fruit that is in season - especially strawberries and the hope of good watermelon

18. a wonderful job that is meaningful PLUS wonderful people with whom I work

19. a big front porch and a screen porch

20. a million shades of green - here in Alabama, everything is coming into its glory and when you look at a hillside covered in trees, you truly can't count the number of shades of green!

If you were to make a list of things you are thankful for, what are a few that would be on your list?

Friday, April 22, 2022

S is for Self-Care


 Before I begin today's post, I have to tell you that the A to Z folks answered my email yesterday. I was #35 on the theme reveal spreadsheet but evidently I forgot to sign up for the final list. S is for So Frustrated with Myself! I'm actually proud of myself because in the past, I would have thrown in the towel and said, "I'm done." Instead I'm powering on.

S is for Self-Care at 63

About 30 years ago, I remember saying to myself, "when our kids are grown, I'm getting a pedicure anytime I want to do so!" I guess that time has arrived. I usually get pedicures about 3 weeks apart. Sometimes, in the summer, I might get a few every two weeks apart. I got a pedicure yesterday and I told the lady as she massaged my feet and calves that I was the most relaxed I had been in a month!


I remember saying the same thing about having my hair cut and the roots covered. I now am able to do that about every 5 weeks. This was taken the first time I was able to get a haircut after the big shutdown in 2020. I had whipped my mask off long enough for a quick photo.


Here are some other things I consider self-care -- especially at 63. Most of these would be good for any age!

I know that too much sun is not good for our skin, but sometimes a dose of sunshine is just what we all need.


We all need friends and spending time with good friends is a major self-care item for me and for Mark, too.

For us, our faith is important and going to church together has probably saved our marriage quite a few times over the years. Our daughter was home for Easter so she was able to snap a photo of us before church.


Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! I can't say it enough. My mental health is often dependent on exercise. I just so happen to love reading (see yesterday's post) and I most always have a book on the rack while I ride. I just so happened to be studying Sociology on this day.


Pre-covid, I had a massage several times a month. We booked with Hope who brought her massage chair to the church and there were 5-10 of us who signed up every time she came. You could pay for as little as 15 minutes or up to an hour. During the pandemic, she moved out of state with her boyfriend and we haven't found a replacement yet. Massage is an excellent self-care practice.

I've just listed a few self-care practices that I use at 63. How do you take care of yourself? What is your favorite self-care practice?