Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year My Chickies...

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It’s such a cliche, but seriously, love of family, happiness, a bit of prosperity, inner peace and good health.  It’s all we need...

~ Jan

Isn’t this chicken art amazing?   It’s the work of the talented Sarah Hudock.  Check out her online store on Facebook.  Here’s the link...

Photo from the collection of Sarah Hudock

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Eve!!!!

 

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Our first Christmas in the great state of Tennessee.  It’s been a wild ride so far, I’ve barely come up for air.  The house is starting to look like an actual house instead of a warehouse, thank goodness.  The downstairs is 90% done, next week we tackle upstairs.

It may seem like a strange thing to feature Dish Washing Detergent in a Christmas post, but there’s a message here.

I discovered Method Clementine Soap at the greatest Kroger’s I’ve ever been to, less than a mile away, but that’s for another post.  Let’s just say I’ve never been a fan of Kroger, but this store just knocks it outta the ballpark.  But back to my story...

So I buy this dishwashing detergent on a whim because it has a pump, come home, take it for a spin and oh my, I’m in love.  The clementine smell is so fresh, it’s just amazing.  Apparently they make this in many different scents, so Jan the lemon lover will be trying that one, soon.  I then go back to Kroger several times, thinking I will pick one up for Deanna (daughter-in-law)  and this product is totally sold out, so apparently I’m not the only fan.  A couple of days ago it was restocked, I picked up a couple of more bottles and gave her one.

I talked to her yesterday, the subject came up and she, too fell in love with it.  But here’s the Christmas part of this story, she said to me, “It’s the little things that make a difference.”  She gets it, she totally gets it, it is just the simple little things, a note, a phone call, a simple little joy gift that can bring pleasure to someone’s day.  So this Christmas season, give the gift of yourself.  Pick up that phone, send that email, take a minute to make someone’s day special.

Merry Christmas to you all, I’ll be in touch soon.  People have been asking for pictures, It won’t be long.

Huge hugs from our 73 degree weather here in Florida, um, no, it’s Tennessee, Jan, Tennessee.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Moving for Seniors 101

 

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We’re IN, we moved last Saturday, however, we are STILL awash in a sea of boxes. It takes a long time to unpack 5,932 boxes!   I do have one piece of advice, if anybody that’s over sixty is reading this and even contemplating a move, do it... NOW!   If we were older, I don’t know how we would have done this.

Here are a few insights for any of you that are thinking of relocating...

1.  This is holy grail, HOLY GRAIL, PEOPLE.  I know better, hubs and I have moved countless times in our forty-six years of marriage, PACK YOUR SHEETS AND KNOW WHERE THEY ARE!  So, did I follow my own advice???? Oh hell no, we’ve been sleeping between two blankets since Saturday night.  I counted  twenty-nine boxes in our bedroom this morning that haven’t been unpacked.  Now why, tell me, would anybody have TWENTY NINE moving boxes in just their bedroom???  I’m clueless, but somewhere in those boxes are multiple pairs of sheets, SOMEWHERE!  On a happier  note, we both do have our own pillows.  Whoeee, life is good!!!

2.  Pace yourself, you will be exhausted, both physically and mentally.  Moving is a daunting task at any age, but when you’re in your 60’s, it can be overwhelming at times.  A couple of nights ago, poor LC was asleep in his recliner, I didn’t have the heart to wake him since he was curled up in the fetal position, sucking his thumb ;) and instead I went to the bedroom with the intent of going to bed.  Well, the bed was totally full of stuff, so what did I do.  I just sat and cried for a bit, had a little pity party, blew my nose and cleared the bed.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely thrilled with the move, love the house, but I never could tap dance and chew bubble gum at the same time, so I’m just a little overwhelmed with the chaos.

3.  Know where the tools are that you will need when you start unboxing and getting your house in order.  Apparently ours are buried somewhere in the 3,572 boxes that are stacked to the ceiling in the garage.  And no, this isn’t stuff that goes in the house, the house boxes are in each individual room, it’s just who knows what, important things, I’m sure, that LC has in his garage.

4.  Laugh, OFTEN!  It helps to have a sense of humor about all of this.   Hubby and I should be ashamed of ourselves, but last summer this older couple, I’m talking late 70’s moved into our condo neighborhood.  These people had their house and garage completely full of boxes and for weeks and weeks and WEEKS, day after day after DAY, these poor old people sat in lawn chairs in their driveway going through boxes.  We would go by on our golf cart and wonder if they were ever going to get unpacked.  SHAME ON US, because NOW, WE ARE THOSE PEOPLE.  Poor old things, they looked like they had just had it, and in retrospect, we should have stopped and offered our help.  Trust me, next time we see older people struggling, we WILL do something, a casserole, a hug, a smile, anything would have helped them, but we were oblivious.

5.  So here were are, DAY 5, and still aren’t finished putting the kitchen together.  We’re working on it, steadily, and I don’t feel as exhausted as I did earlier in the week, I just have too much stuff!  I have five sets of dishes, FIVE, and this is after I got rid of some of them.  Oh, and I have Christmas dishes, too.  Arughhhhh… But luckily, this is the largest kitchen I’ve ever had, lots of cabinet space, lots of counter space, I’m really going to love it.  I’ve actually cooked a few times, I made a pot of chili, baked a ham yesterday, and even though things aren’t completely put away, I’m able to function.  And somewhere in the garage, I have a new French Door Refrigerator, the very one that I’ve drooled over every time I went to Lowes.  

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We visited our friends Diane and Jerry a few years ago, she had an LG French Door Fridge and I fell in love with it because it had the extra drawer, it was just da bomb!  Somehow I just couldn’t justify buying a new fridge, because mine was perfectly good, but when we sold the condo, we left it.  I promptly went out and bought the Samsung that I had wanted forever, and someday, hopefully soon, it will be in the kitchen.  Our house came with a fridge, but it was a side-by-side, so it’s in the kitchen until we unbury this one in the garage.  The sales manager is buying it, and I’m finally getting the one I want.  Moral of this story, all good things come to those who wait.

And speaking of good things,  hubby just walked in the door with this box of donuts from The Donut Palace.  OMG, OMG, HOW I LOVE THIS MAN!!!!!!   They are still warm, and they are just DECADENTLY DELICIOUS!

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Old(er) people love donuts, and when we left Heavensville, I thought nothing could ever replace our beloved Donut Bank.  Well, I’m wrong!  People kept telling us about this Asian couple that own a donut shop called The Donut Palace.  It’s in a strip mall, a mile away, so when LC went to Home Depot this morning he came back with this box of donuts, still warm.  Yes, people, they are as good as they look, they actually blow Donut Bank out of the water.  *gasp*.  Just another reason to love Tennessee :)  V, I know you are checking these out, we will hit this place up when you visit!

And that’s my life so far.  The kitchen picture was taken a few days ago, it looks much better now.  More pictures coming when I get it together.

Just checkin’ in, people have been emailing, wanting to know if I’m still alive.  I am, alive and well in the hills of Tennessee with this big grin on my face.  The sun is shining, Christmas music is playing and I’m on a mission!  

Back to it, that pantry is calling my name this morning.  ~ Jan

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

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Today, I’m thankful for family and friends, and i’m especially thankful that in six more days hubby and I won’t be homeless….

We close early on our house next Wednesday and then the work begins.  We have 937 boxes to unpack.  Okay, so I’m stretching that a bit, it’s actually 652!

Anybody wanna help???

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

So we loaded up the truck and we moved to Tennessee..


 

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Hubby turned 71 this past August, and it was a wakeup call for us.  We’re getting older, and we've had several conversations this summer about why we are in living here when our family is in Lexington and Nashville, Versailles and Franklin to be exact.  We love the Lexington area, it’s a beautiful place and we always enjoy our visits there so much, but this old country girl’s heart has always been drawn to the hills of Tennessee.  Mild winters, southern hospitality and beautiful scenery, everything I love. Well, the diners with sweet tea, beans and cornbread are an added bonus, too.

So, after a trip to Florida in early September, we came back thru Nashville, hooked up with a great realtor, looked at houses and on Labor Day, we bought a home in Spring Hill, just a stone’s throw from Franklin, twenty minutes or so down the road from John, Deanna and Lexi.  Then we came home and put a for sale sign in the yard at our condo, and sold it on the same week on Thursday.  It’s been an absolute whirlwind, but we feel that we made the right choice for our golden years and we are so excited about moving to Nashville!  Every time we tell people where we’re relocating to, without fail, they break out in a huge grin and start telling us how much they love Nashville, too.  People are moving to the area at the rate of eighty-five per day, we love that Spring Hill is more rural, and we have easy access to shopping without having to fight traffic.

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We’ve decided to abandon the condo life and the pricey HOA fees, and instead we bought a model home in Spring Hill that will work well for us.  Everything we need, including the master bedroom is on the first floor, but the upstairs has a loft that we can use as a sitting area with media center, a bedroom with en suite, two more bedrooms and another bath.  We’ll use one bedroom as a playroom for the grandkids, another bedroom with twin beds for them and the bedroom and en suite for family and guests.  It will be so much fun when Ryan and Lindsay visit, we were always so cramped in the condo, we often stayed at our neighbor Marti’s, so now we’ll have plenty of room for everybody to spread out.

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 Foodie Jan is excited about having a big kitchen again, our family always gathers in the kitchen and now we will have plenty of room without being cramped. And since it was a model home, it has great landscaping, too, well, maybe a few changes will happen cause that’s just the way I roll. :)

We won’t be able to move into our house until December, so everything is in storage and Ryan and Lindsay invited us to stay with them, so we’re relocating to their house for a short time.  We’re looking forward to spending extended time with Abby and Ben, giving Lindsay a break so she can get her holiday shopping done, and before you know it, we’ll be Nashville bound.

We didn’t expect this late(r) in life relocation, I always just assumed that my next home would be Shady Acres, but we’ve been here fourteen years and you think differently in your 50’s than you do in your 60’s and 70’s.  I’m excited to get to decorate another house, we’re both excited about exploring the hills and hollers and the country life and we’re glad we didn’t wait any longer to do this, moving is always stressful and this has been quite a challenge., 

 
 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Totino's Party Pizza, what happened???

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This is the Pizza of my boy’s childhood, they loved and still do.  It was always $.99, and it was a classic.  Mother was a fan as well, she would bake one and scarf down the entire thing.  Well, the guys still love it, Ryan has Ben eating it now, Lexi isn’t a fan yet, John is hopeful, but what happened to it???

Gone is the familiar red box, the 10.9 ounces of pure processed delight.  It’s been replaced with a cellophane bag and it’s now a rectangle.

WHAT, WHAT???  A RECTANGLE!!!!!!  Pizza is supposed to be ROUND!!!!!

This just isn’t right, you don’t mess with holy grail.  It’s still $.99, the price hasn’t changed, but c’mon Totino’s, it’s just not the same anymore...

 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Wendy's Chili Dupe

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I love Wendy’s Chili, and yes, I know they use their leftover hamburger to make it, that doesn’t really bother me, and it tastes closer to homemade than other chili I’ve tried in restaurants.  It’s surprisingly low in calories and I’ve always loved it over a baked potato.

I make really good chili, but I wanted to try a Wendy’s Dupe, and I found my way to MamaLovesFood.  Her adaptation looks good and the comments were positive, so I’m going to try it.  I'll cut it in half though, this makes a boatload and hubby and I can’t eat that much chili and I don’t want to freeze it.

So hop on over to her site and check out her recipe, looks like a winner to me...

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Five Favorite Fall Things...

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I was watching Mellistin YouTube videos about fall this afternoon, and I thought about all of the things I love about it.  So here are my 5 favorite things.

1.  My birthday, it’s in November, but as soon as crisp weather arrives, I know that it’s coming soon.  Why at this age I still get excited about my birthday, I’ll never know, but it’s the one day that I get my favorite meal, and it usually isn’t something my family likes, but it’s something I always look forward to.

2.  This is something I never get to experience anymore, but I love, love, LOVE the smell of burning leaves.  But because of burn ordinances, burning leaves just don’t happen.

3.  Boots and wraps, love both of these, it’s so nice to cover up this old body after the summer months, and there is nothing better than a great pair of boots, I’ve always been a boot girl, mostly Uggs these days, but they work for me.

4.  Chili, Vegetable Soup, Apple Pie and Beef Stew, not necessarily in that order.

5.  Wiener roasts, s’mores and hayrides.  We went on a hayride last weekend, and had s’mores, so all that’s left is the wiener roast and I’ll be a happy girl.

These are my favorites, I bet you are thinking about yours now, too

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Foliage Train Ride Through Kentucky

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My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, oh this is perfection, a 37 mile train ride through Kentucky complete with fine dining.

I would book in a heartbeat, but not this year, too much going on in my world to make it happen.  But next year?  Sign me up, this on the top of my bucket list.

You want to check it out, too - here’s the link, enjoy...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Apple Upside Down Pie...

 

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I just couldn’t resist posting this.  It’s apple time ladies, and it doesn’t get better than this...

Ingredients

 

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cup chopped pecans
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1/3
cup butter, melted
1
box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
4
medium Granny Smith apples (about 1 3/4 lb), peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
2
large Jonagold apples (about 1 1/4 lb), peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
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cup granulated sugar 
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tablespoons all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  • Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, mix pecans, brown sugar and butter. Spread in bottom of 9-inch glass pie plate. Place 1 pie crust over pecan mixture, allowing excess crust to hang over sides. In large bowl, toss apples, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon apple mixture onto crust, packing tightly and mounding in center. Unroll second pie crust over filling; press edges together, fold under and crimp. Cut slits in several places
  • Place pie on cookie sheet on lower oven rack. Bake 50 minutes. If necessary, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning; bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until juices are bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cool on cooling rack 10 minutes. Invert pie plate onto heatproof serving plate. Remove pie plate; replace any pecans in pie plate onto top of pie. Cool completely.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Doesn't this get you in the mood for fall...

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My buddy, V sent me this picture last night.  It was too good not to share.

Isn’t this everything that’s just perfect for fall?  I’m always ready for the season changes, apples and pears, jeans and sweaters and boots and crisp fall air.

It’s coming soon, I’m ready, aren’t you???

Friday, August 12, 2016

Melissa55 and her Aging Woman Series

 

I am totally in awe of Melissa55 on YouTube.  This woman is sixty-one years old, has never had botox, lifts, fillers, nothing!  I’ve talked about her before but if you haven’t watched her, I think you will enjoy her.  

She is just amazing, how does she look like this at her age???

As for Vitamin C Serum, I use it, but I buy directly from Timeless Cosmetics, very, reasonable, but I don’t have issues with gluten so I don’t have to spend as much money as she does.

Just thought you might all enjoy watching her this morning, all of her videos are so good, but then I’m a huge fan of charming southern women, and Melissa is the cream of the crop.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Abby's Annual Summer Visit

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Abby’s summer visit was last week.  She’s almost seven now, and it’s all about silly faces, giggling and nicknames.

P-Pa is now “Peeps"

Grammie is now “Grams"

Maggie is now “Mags"

And finally, Boo-Boo Kitty is now “Boobs"

We had a great visit, she built a horse at Build-a-Bear, we went to see The Secret Life of Pets, which was a huge hit, we went to restaurants, she played in my office and was on the computer Googling everything she could find out about horses.  She now drives the golf cart by herself, with Peeps behind her, those little legs are so long she can work the gas and of course that was an absolute thrill for her to be able to do it.

She’s also brutally honest, here is a snippet of one of our conversations:

Abby: Grammie, you look really pretty today
Me: (warm fuzzy feeling) Thanks, Abby
Abby: Ya know all those wrinkles around your eyes?
Me: (warm fuzzy feeling quickly evaporating) Oh-oh, here it comes...
Abby: When you smile your wrinkles are really, really deep and they kinda turn up and it looks like you have extensions on your eyelashes
Me: Uhhh....
Abby: You really should look in a mirror Grammie, you have lines all over your face, not just around your eyes

I just cracked up when she said this,  there is no filter at this age and it’s so refreshing.

Visits are too short, families live too far apart, but we appreciate every single moment we have with our grandkids.  They are all amazing little souls and the joy of our lives...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Frozen Candy Bars...

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A little nostalgia this morning for a favorite summertime treat.  I always ate frozen Snicker Bars as a kid, probably because there was no air conditioning and the chocolate would melt.  I remember them being so hard, you practically broke off your teeth when you bit into them.  I also loved frozen Baby Ruth’s and my all time fave, Zero Candy Bars.

Update to 2016 and my old(er) age, when I avoid sugar 80-90% of the time.  Frozen candy bars have been on my mind lately, so I went to CVS yesterday,  bought Mini Sugar Free York Peppermint Patties, came home, stuck them in the freezer, and oh, my...

These are just as good as if not better than the frozen candy bars of my childhood.  Something about the frozen mint, it just does it.

So, bring out the kid in you, pick up your favorite candy bar of choice, freeze it and dig in.  It’s a cheap thrill.   ~ Jan

Friday, July 1, 2016

So this is the family...

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I have such a nice family and we had a long overdue family picture taken Mother’s Day.  Our favorite photographer, Adam Brennan, took great photos of the kids and grandkids.   I’m a firm believer that nobody over fifty should have their picture taken, we are always our worst critics, but Little Miss Merry Sunshine should reboot and just be glad that hubby and I are still kicking!

And now it’s July 4th weekend, the days fly by, my sweet little grandkids are growing so fast, family is coming home today and life is good.  Have you had a family picture taken lately?  Carpe Diem, one of my favorite sayings.

And by the way, another favorite Judy Dench got her first tattoo at age 81.  Yep, she put “Carpe Diem” on her wrist.

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I personally would have chosen a better font and maybe a better tattoo artist, this looks pretty blurry to me.  But kudos to this lady for doing it her way.  I’m not a fan of tattoo’s, except for that Tweety Bird I always wanted on my butt in my younger years, thank goodness I didn’t do that!  At this age poor Tweety would probably be hard to even recognize.

Enjoy your holiday ladies, wherever it takes you, and Carpe Diem, seize the day! ~ Jan

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jaclyn Smith at 70

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The woman looks amazing.  Still fresh and natural, she just doesn’t seem to age, and she doesn’t look like she’s gained a pound since high school.  Wow...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Atkins 40, this sounds pretty good...

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I’ve been a low carber for a few years now.  I’ve floated in and out of it this past year, but find that when I live in the moment, eat pasta, pizza, sugar, of course it’s wonderful, but then I have to take Nexium because I get heartburn at night, I feel sluggish, I gain weight, my face gets totally blown up, so then I revert to low carb again.  Do I lose weight on low carb, not really.  I lose maybe ten pounds and then I stall out, it’s age, metabolism, inactivity, it all works against me, but the payoff is I feel better when I eat this way.

And then last year Atkins rolled out their 40 carb program, I haven’t tried it, I’ve always stayed between 20-25 carbs, but this looks very doable, so maybe I’ll see how my body responds.  It makes more sense, more vegetables, a bit more fruit, all things good.

This morning I was reading in People Magazine about how that self absorbed Kim Kardashian has lost 60 lbs. eating Atkin’s 40, and while I can’t handle the woman, I did think her food journal was interesting, I’ll link to it, some of you might enjoy the menus.

A little food for thought about a new approach to Atkins, not as restrictive, it might appeal to you...

Here’s the link to her menu’s, lots of other 40 carbs menus online as well, just Google it...

Bon Appetit!  ~ Jan

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tent Dresses of the 60's

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I was browsing fashions of the 60’s and found this very same McCall’s pattern that mother used to make me a tent dress with a front pleat.  She made it for my senior after prom and used rust and white hopsacking polka dot fabric.

Talk about a walk down memory lane.  Wow...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June Garden


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We’ve had so much rain in May that everything has filled in nicely.  The hostas in the background are huge this year and hubby installed underground irrigation for me, so hopefully it will keep things looking good when the dog days of summer arrive.  I have so much shade on the patio these days that I can’t grow herbs, so I just tucked them in among the flowers, along with a cherry tomato plant in the concrete pot.

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I bought a new rocker from Grandin Road for the area by the front door.  I love to sit in the morning and watch the horses in the field in front of us, and I’ve had a iron bistro table and chairs sitting there for the past few years.  There is nothing more uncomfortable than those darn hard chairs.  This is comfy and It reminds me of a bentwood rocker I had in the 70’s.  

Just a peek at what things are looking like this month in Heavensville.  The back patio is thriving, too.  I’ll post patio pictures soon.

I remember as a child, mother would take me to her friends houses in the summer to look at their flowers.  Fast forward to 2016 and we just post pictures on the Internet.  

It’s a gorgeous day here, low humidity, temps in the high 70’s, oh if all summer could only be like this.  It’s always fun to see other peoples gardens, just thought you might enjoy this… ~ Jan

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Tom Ford Spanish Pink Lipstick Dupe

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 I’m a huge fan of nude lips with just a little bit of color, and I’m a peach, not a pink girl.  I love strong colors on everybody else, but on me they just look harsh, and everytime I apply a strong color, I immediately wipe it off and apply a nude tone, those deep shades just don’t work with my complexion.

The Mature Ladies of YouTube are loving Tom Ford’s Spanish Pink lipstick this season, but ouch, it’s pricey, $52 at Nordies…  It’s such a great color, a peachy, slightly pink natural lipstick, everything I love except for the price.  So I was on the hunt for a drugstore dupe and I found it!  Rimmels Notting Hill Nude!  And it’s under $10.  Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!!!!

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It doesn’t have the fancy packaging, or the embossing that Spanish Pink has, but it’s a great dupe and the color is dead on.  I ordered it online, and I love it.

 

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I also bought Revlon’s Apricot Fantasy #120, which is a pearlized lipstck, it’s similar as well, but a bit lighter and it’s so pretty, the apricot is softer than most peach lipsticks, it’s a winner for me as well.

 

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And, I was watching LisaLisaD1 review lipliners on YouTube, she is really liking Revlon’s ColorStay Nude Liner - and since I’m a big fan of the ColorStay line so I bought it as well.  Another winner!  It’s dark enough that you get a nice outline, but it doesn’t say, “oh, you lined your lips."

So that’s it from Heavensville this Memorial Day weekend, just sharin’ the good stuff.

~ Jan

 

 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Good Seasons Italian Dressing, Revisiting an Old Friend...

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I grew up on Good Seasons Italian Dressing.  It was mother’s favorite, so we had it weekly.  Finely chopped lettuce, diced celery, onion and tomatoes, all tossed with Good Seasons Original Italian Dressing.

Fast forward to now, we have a favorite Italian restaurant, Angelo’s, we go there often and they immediately bring you their house salad, black olives, lettuce, onions and tomatoes, tossed with Italian dressing.  Oh, and a basket of warm garlic knot rolls, can’t forget those!  Anyway, I love their salad, and my buddy V and I decided that it tasted like Good Seasons.  

A few weeks ago when we were there, I asked them if I could buy a bottle of the dressing, and they poured a wine bottle full of it and gave it to me, which was very nice. Then the server proceeds to tell me that it’s just Good Seasons Italian Dressing!

I knew it, V and I were right!  No wonder it tasted so good!  And now that it’s salad season, some of you might like to revisit this great dressing as well.  Sure you could add some fresh herbs to it, chives, parsley, oregano, but I think it’s perfect just the way it is.  They have several varieties now, but I like the original Italian.

Fresh made salad dressing is always better than bottled I think, so pick up a cruet kit when you’re at the grocery, give it a try, I think you will enjoy it, too.  

It’s a good thing ~ Jan

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Style Stick

 

No more gaping blouses, collars that stay down, temporary hemming your pants, all using this water soluble glue stick - isn’t this a great idea?  I saw this on People Magazine this morning, and found this video on QVC.

This product is not available right now on QVC, but you can get it from Joyus.

Two sticks are $22, it doesn’t break the bank, and no more gaping blouses.  Whoohoo, works for me.

Here’s the link, this looks like a winner...

Monday, May 9, 2016

Hubby has a good sense of humor...

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Yes, I really did buy this wreath for my front door, but wait, wait, let me explain.  LC is a go with the flow guy, he’s always in a good mood, very agreeable, up for anything, except when it comes to gardening.  Poor guy, he just detests it, but I love it, and 99% of it I can’t do, so he does it for me.  And his normally sunny disposition turns a bit south, because yours truly wants things moved yearly, and it’s always a huge ordeal.  It’s never just a couple of things that I want planted or moved, it’s always this big production and he does not enjoy the process.

And when I saw this wreath it was so funny, I just cracked up, luckily he saw the humor in it as well and it now resides on our front door.  But it could be misinterpreted if people come to the door that aren’t familiar with his intense dislike of gardening, they might think that he’s just a grumpy old man, period.  But do I care what other people think?  At this age?  Not really.  

You have to admit, it made you smile, women get this, they really do.

And happy gardening to you, too.  ~ Jan

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Look who's turning 2 today!

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Oh Lexi, what a joy you are.  This post is full of Grammie brags, but our Lexi is just such a special little girl.

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She’s the happiest little child you will ever meet.  She has the sunniest disposition, full of giggles and smiles and seldom cries.  I always say about Lexi what Minnie Pearl always said about herself, “I’m just so proud to be here."


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She’s such a precocious little girl.  She talks non-stop, we’ve been able to carry on a conversation with her for a few months now.  She talks to me on the phone, she FaceTimes me and says “Hiya Grammie” and it just melt my heart.,  She sings the ABC song, knows all her colors, can count to fifteen, and knows all the shapes, told you this was a Grammie brag.  Her mama works with her all the time, and at this age they soak it up like a sponge.

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She’s an animal lover, too.  She just loves every animal she sees. She and her Cocker Spaniel, Izzie are besties, she scoops up cups of dog food from the pantry and transfers it to the dog bowl several times daily, to the delight of Izzie and the frustration of her parents.  It’s just the way she rolls.  Izzie loves Lexi, and is always by her side, sitting at her high chair at mealtime of course, just waiting for the bites of food to come her way.  No Dust Buster needed in their household, Izzie licks up every morsel that falls. She’s  a little worker bee, too.  She’s Mama's helper in the kitchen, and loves to transfer all the bottled water from it’s packaging to the refrigerator and she sits on the center island and helps Daddy make cookies.  She likes to help unload the dishwasher, she’s an organized little girl, lines all of her toys in rows and separates them into piles, it will be so much fun to watch her as she grows older to see if these traits stay with her.

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Their family just got back from a trip to Florida.  Disney was a huge hit, this child is a Mickey groupie, and loves nothing better than dancing to the Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog Song.

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She loves her Daddy and he is just crazy about her.  They have date nights, just the two of them every month when Mama has hair appointments, he’s done this since she was a month old.  He takes her out to dinner, and then to the park when the weather permits.  She goes down the big kid slide now, how can this be possible?  She loves water, and swimming pools and of course the ocean.  She’s just has the best time, regardless of what she is doing.  But oh, she’s growing up way too quickly.  If we could only freeze time...

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We traveled to Nashville last weekend to celebrated her birthday, she loved every minute of it, especially the Mickey balloons and her little eyes lit up as she dug into her Mickey cupcake with gusto.  She says “Yummmmmm”  when she likes something and this child definitely has a sweet tooth.

Happy Birthday sweet little Granddaughter, you are just an absolute delight!

XXo ~ Grammie

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today is Daddy's Birthday

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This is Daddy as a young man with his sister.  Today he would have been 102 years old.  What a fine man he was, he was the best father a girl could ever have.  I miss him...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Summer's Biggest Trend, Culottes

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What goes around comes around, culottes were popular when I was a teenager.  They were cute then, mine were shorter and I loved the look.  People Magazine says culottes are “in" for spring. But this is one look yours truly won’t be rockin’.

Just not feelin’ the love ladies, baggy, saggy, no thanks, I’ll stick to my fat girl skinny capris.  Women really buy into that term “skinny.”  It’s the greatest marketing ploy of the decade.  Everybody says they’re wearing their “skinny” jeans, even when they wear a plus size.

Women, gotta love em...

Monday, April 11, 2016

You don't have to pluck or wax your eyebrows

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Now don’t go freaking out on me, somehow the thought of shaving your eyebrows is a scary thought.  Okay, so I don’t shave my eyebrows, I  now shave under my eyebrows, and the first time I did it I was a little apprehensive, but it’s not a big deal and wow, it’s so much easier than plucking, which we’ve all been doing our entire life or going to a salon and coughing up the bucks for a wax.  I have used hot wax at home, I don’t really suggest this is you are slightly ditzy like yours truly, who one time had the wax drip on my eyelashes.  Oh, that was a fun look until they grew back out.  Who doesn’t like to go around with a chunk of missing eyebrows, not something I would suggest you do...

So, it’s another YouTube tip.  Quit rolling your eyes, I know you are, thinking, “here she goes again!”  These are such great ideas, and I always share the good stuff.  So order these little beauties from Amazon, only $4.39 Prime and in two days, you can have awesome results with just a few strokes of this little shaver.  I put a dab of foam on my eyelids, pull them taut, and carefully shave at a slight angle in an upward motion.  No pain, none, nada, no teary eyes either. Wipe off the foam, gel, lotion, whatever you use, but please use something to make your skin more pliable  and TADA, you have perfectly smooth underbrows.  I just touch up a bit directly under my brows with tweezers and I’m good for a few days.

Here’s Tammy’s original video, she shaves the peach fuzz off her entire face, oh the joys of post-menopausal women.  I don’t have to do that, but some of you might want to give it a go.

And I’m not finished yet, I have lots more ideas for you, I’ll be back in another post with more.  Oh, quit rolling your eyes.  Stop it right now!  You know I always give you great tips :-)

The Amazon link is below, now hop over there and order these pronto, these are cheaper than a trip to Starbucks!  They have other brands in your local drugstore, but according to Tammy, these are the best and this lady knows her stuff.

Here’s the click, go for it!

And here is Crazy Miss Tammy and her defuzzing video.   

I’m thinking I need a sign-off tag for these posts.  Tammy’s is “Be happy, be healthy, be beautiful, but most of all be lovable"  Mary Ellen’s is “It’s all good, it is ALL good”  So what could mine be, hmmmmm, how about “Old age is kicking us all in the ass, don’t go down without a fight.”  Uh, maybe I better work on that a bit.  Have a good day and give this a try, it’s a pinkie swear good tip.  ~ Jan

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Anti Aging using Retin-A, Vitamin C Serum + More...

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 Okay ladies, let’s talk skin care this morning.  My ongoing obsession with watching the Mature Ladies of YouTube has led me to Vitamin C Serum, and I ordered from Timeless, 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum, Hylauranic Acid and Hylauranic Acid Eye Cream.  I’ve used Retin A for the past 28 years, I’m going to link to Melissa55, one of my favorite YouTube ladies, she’s 61 and looks 35, and she’s also used it for the exact same time, 28 years.  I read about it years ago in Women’s Day, that’s why I asked my doctor for a prescription.  I often wonder what my skin would look like had I not used it, and now I’m going to add these Timeless products to help even skin tone, build collagen and brighten my face.

 Its hard to believe that Melissa is sixty-one years old, she is just the sweetest southern woman.   I enjoy watching her so much, she’s like a gentle breeze, flowing through your life.

I say often that the horse is outta the barn with me trying these new products, I’m sixty-six years old, but then I look at another one of my very favorite ladies, Mary Ellen from Mary Ellen After 60, and if you watch her skin care videos since she started using these products, you can see the improvement, her skin just keeps getting better and firmer.  She has a lovely complexion and often videos with no makeup, only her permanent eyeliner.  I’m just amazed at how clear and wrinkle free her skin is, she just glows.  No Mary Ellen, you glow, you don’t shine (after all, you use Mally’s Face Defender religiously for that shine) you glow from within :)

 Mary Ellen also uses The Clarisonic on her face, this did not work for me, my skin is too sensitive.  I think her skin looks lovely, it’s so smooth with no wrinkles or discoloration and she’s had no cosmetic procedures.  Go Mary Ellen!!!!!

The products from Timeless are very inexpensive, and there are coupon codes on their main page, I ordered three products and got 20% off.  Order four and you get 30% off.  Educate yourselves about the Vitamin C Serum, it’s sensitive to light and oxidizes after about 3 months, A lot of these ladies store half of the serum in a dark bottle in the fridge (some going so far as to wrap it all in aluminum foil in the fridge to keep out all of the light) and this extends the life of the serum, enabling you to use most of it, some women can use it all of it, before it oxidizes. Keep the bottle that you’re currently using in a drawer, so that it’s always in a dark environment to help keep it from oxidizing.  They all say, don’t be stingy when you use it, because it takes such a small amount, put it on your neck, your chest and the backs of your hands, Angie from Hot and Flashy also uses this serum from Timeless, others, like Tammy from UppiesBeads59 and Patti from rckstrmom make their own weekly, Elle from Elle is for Living makes her nightly.  So many women have had such good results with Timeless that I don’t want to bother with making it like some do.

They also say to always buy directly from Timeless, not Amazon, as it is fresher.

Here’s what I bought from Timeless, total cost was $43.08, including shipping using the coupon code 3bottles, since I ordered three products, I got a 20% discount.  These products will last for several months, so it’s very inexpensive.

Vitamin C Serum + Ferulic Acid 

Hylauranic Acid Serum 100% Pure 

Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream 

I would show you a before picture of my skin, but I’m not as gutsy as the other women, but I am going to take pictures, maybe in a few months if it looks better I will post a before and after update.

Don’t be scared of the word Hylauranic “Acid” - it’s very good for your skin and moisturizes it. Here are videos and several links.  If you’re interested in skincare, grab a cup of coffee or a cup of tea and watch these lovely women, they are all are seriously awesome.
 

 Angie also has a video about how to make your Vitamin C Serum last longer, her video for this is below.  Angie posts a lot of beauty videos and I’ve gotten lots of good tips from her, especially about brushes, she always seems to have a good buy with brushes.  I’ve bought several she suggested on eBay, and they’ve all been very good for the price.

 Angie gets these cobalt bottles from Specialty Bottle, I ordered from them as well, I had tried to find locally with no luck, it’s so much easier to sit here with Maggie on my lap and order than to drive all over town and get frustrated because I can’t find them.  Here’s the link, she ordered the 1/2 oz, one with a cap and the 1/2 oz one with a dropper, so of course I did the same.   

 Tammy from Uppiesbeads59, the very first Mature YouTuber I started watching,  makes her own every week, I just don’t want to do this, but some of you might.  However, she does use a facial scrub made of coconut oil and baking soda, I love this, and always use it before I shower.  So even if you don’t want to make your own serum, it’s worth watching the video to see how she makes the exfoliater.

 

 This is Patti from rckstrmom, she’s a lovely 72 years old, I enjoy watching her so much, and like Tammy she makes her own.  Check out her channel, she has some good videos.  I just have this thing for women with southern accents, it’s so charming...

 

 And finally, this is Elle from Elle is For Living, she makes her Vitamin C Serum daily,  Wow, I’m impressed that she takes the time to do this, I would never have that much discipline.  Check out some of Elle’s other videos, she uses a lot of drug store/dollar tree products and I’ve found several products from her site, one of which I’m going to post about soon.

So, watch these ladies, subscribe to their channels, they all have wonderful videos about life, health, cosmetics and skincare, and they’re all living proof that aging can be done with grace and beauty.  ~ Jan

 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Betty Crocker Lemon Drop Cake, It's Amazing!

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I posted this recipe today on Jan Can Cook.  Super easy to make and absolutely yummy.  This is seriously good.

You might want to hop on over to that board and take a look at.  I made it for Easter, it was a huge hit!  ~ Jan

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Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Review


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It’s time to share more good stuff. I’ve been on a kick lately, haven’t I? But every evening I watch the “mature’ ladies on YouTube and they have such good ideas, I want you all to share in the great things they’ve introduced me to.

Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel.  It’s $5.59 at Walgreens for an 18 oz. bottle.  Don’t spend big bucks for a small bottle of toner from the department store, this is just as good.  It works absolutely wonderfully, not irritating, doesn’t burn, a squirt on a cotton pad and you will be amazed at the residue that you get off of your face.

I’ve been using this for a few weeks and it’s wonderful.  Just another one of those products that have been around for years that are as good as the pricey new stuff...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

S'well Bottle Review

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Okay, I did it, after contemplating over this for weeks, I coughed up the big bucks and bought this water bottle.  It was $35, way beyond my threshold of pain for a water bottle, but I have four friends that have it and it’s a hit with them, so I jumped on the band wagon, too.

S’well’s claim to fame is that it keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for 12 hours.  And does it, yep, sure does.  If I put ice in one morning and don’t drink it all, it still has ice the next morning.

But, who doesn’t drink it all in one day, I refill it multiple times, and since I’m not a water drinker, I squirt liquid flavor enhancer in it.  My brand of choice is Crystal Light Liquid, favorite flavor seems to be Strawberry Lemonade.  I’ve tried them all and like them, but I reach for the Strawberry Lemonade more than the others.  I started with Mio, they’re both made by Kraft, the hype is Crystal Light appeals to the older generation, Mio, the younger.  Need I say more...

So once I made the monumental decision to spend $35 on a water bottle, for some reason that price just seemed excessive, next came color choice.  I got opinions from my girlfriends, waffled back and forth between this color, Blue DenimOpal Marble and Lily Wood were all in the running.  The problem is that they have a badzillion fifty-seven choices.  I finally decided on Birds of Paradise, pretty melon color, catchy name, I ordered it (free shipping, no tax) it arrived, I took it out of the box and whoa doggies, was it ever bright.  NEON MELON DAY GLO BRIGHT.  I was horrified at first and was going to return it for a more subdued color, but then I realized I was just being silly and the color is now growing on me.  It is definitely a summer color!

Would I purchase it if I had to do over?  Sure I would, I’m a bells and whistles girl and this meets all the necessary requirements.  In fact, I’m such a fan I’m thinking of ordering hubby one in Teak Woodgrain.  So that would be $70 dollars for two water bottles.  I just won’t think about the cost, seriously, it’s well worth the money, I’m a huge fan.

You interested?  Here’s the click, go for it, see if you can decide which color you want. :)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Overseas Prescriptions

 I saw this on the news and it’s certainly something to think about if the high cost of your prescriptions is a factor in your monthly budget.  Stacy Johnson from Moneytalks news suggests a site, Pharmacy Checker, for a list of reputable online pharmacies.

Here’s the link to Pharmacy Checker

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sharing the Good Stuff

 

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Sometimes I’m a little late to the party, but thanks to the ladies of YouTube, I’m finding all sorts of things I’ve never tried before.  Case in point is this e.l.f. Smudge Brush from Target or e.l.f. online. It’s the best eyeliner brush I’ve ever used.  I was always a fan of the pricey little MAC angle brush, but this one beats it hands down.  It’s stubby, stiff, and it not only lines my eyes, but smudges and softens at the same time.  And the cost of this bad boy, $.99, yes, that’s right ninety-nine cents.  Crazy cheap, huh….

 

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But I’m not finished yet.  See these baby wipes, they’re from Aldi’s and a pack of 72 costs $.85.  Yep, that’s right eighty-five cents.  You may be thinking that I’m using these to remove makeup, nope, I use baby oil on a warm washcloth for that, Martha Stewart shared that tip, but I may give these a try.  What I use them for is to clean my hands while I’m putting on makeup.  I always have foundation all over my hands, which transfers to drawers, door frames, you name it, I seem to smear it everywhere.  Sometimes I keep a wet washcloth at my makeup table, but I’m old(er), I forget and don’t want to get up and get the washcloth, so I wipe my hands on a Kleenex and that obviously doesn’t work.  But these do work, really well, and they’re in a little flexible pouch, handy dandy, right next to my makeup, unreal that they cost just a little over a penney each.  Great deals, huh...

I’m normally not this cheap, we don’t even want to discuss the pricey water bottle I’m going to buy if I can ever decide on the color, but that’s for another blog entry.  Just sharing the good stuff with you, that e.l.f. brush is so awesome and to think that I paid $32 for that MAC brush that doesn’t work nearly as well, and I bought two of them over the years.  Silly me…

I also just paid $3.50 + free shipping on eBay for a blush brush that Elle is for Living on YouTube recommended.  I’ll let you know about that if it’s a goodie.  Oh, I got another one, too, same brush they sell at Ulta, this little tip was from Hot and Flashy on YouTube, and I got it for under $5.00, too.  It's a big fluffy brush for loose powder, just waiting for both of these to arrive in the mail.  I also bought a great set of brushes for $25 to travel with, higher end than e.l.f. and they’re wonderful - I’ll tell you all about these products soon.

Here’s the link to the e.l.f. brush, I’m very surprised at all of their products, I’ve always been such a snob, thinking that you have to pay a lot of money for these things, but boy did those women ever enlighten me.  You wouldn’t think e.l.f. brushes could be good because they’re so inexpensive, but they are.  Lots and lots of videos on YouTube about e.l.f. products.  When you register, you get free shipping on your first order, you can get quite a haul for $20 with on their website.  Enjoy ~ Jan

http://www.elfcosmetics.com/p/smudge-brush

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Boomstick Color

I’m a YouTube junkie these days.  Night after night, I watch “Mature Ladies” and their take on life, cosmetics, aging, these women talk about everything.

Yesterday I linked from Facebook to a product called Boomstick Color.  Initially it peaked my interested because Jennifer Aniston uses it.  I know, stupid, but it made me click through.  Then there is this older model that looks so much like my buddy V, it’s amazing the resemblance, but she developed this inexpensive product called Boomstick Color, it’s light, easy breezy, you use it on your cheeks, on your eyes, your lips, your neck, it’s very sheer and yours truly is very interested in this. The cost, $27 - not a huge tube, but not a huge cost either.

Here’s Cindy talking about her trio of products and applying them to an older model, and below it is another reviewer, KimTV, on YouTube talking about it.

If this interests you, here is a direct link to her website with videos for all her products.

 

 

 And this is totally off the subject, but here is a tour of of Cindy’s 115 year old Dutch Victorian house.  See what I  mean, you watch one of these videos and then you subscribe to the person’s channel and then you just keep going and going like the Energizer Bunny

 

YouTube videos are so much fun, especially on these cold winter nights.  I’m so over television, except for The Girlmore Girls on Netflix, I seldom even turn it on, instead I sit by the fireplace with Maggie tucked beside me and Boo-Boo Kitty on the back of my chair and watch the lovely older ladies of YouTube videos.

I have definite favorites, and every time they post new videos it’s like a chat with a girlfriend.  I’ll blog about this soon, this is enough for you to absorb today.

Enjoy and think spring, it won’t be long now.  XXo ~ Jan

 

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Spanish Peanuts


You know how you forget about things, I go to the store buy the samo dry roasted nuts and then last weekend I had a flashback to Spanish peanuts, redskins.  Yep, I was one of those kids who put peanuts in her Coke, ummm, make that Pepsi.  I haven’t had Spanish peanuts in years, decided to pick them up at Walmart, WRONG, then I went to Target, looked there WRONG then CVS, WRONG, so now I’m on a mission, stopped by Walgreens to buy them WRONG.  What the heck, is there a Spanish peanut shortage???

Finally found a store brand in my local market, and yep, they’re as good as I remembered.  Maybe today’s younger generation doesn’t know about these little papery morsels of goodness, there has to be a reason nobody is selling them.  Hubby and I devoured a can in no time.  So I bought more today and now I’m on a quest for a cute dispenser.  You like this little squirrel one?  Me, too, I’ll just buy it WRONG - it’s nowhere to be found online.

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Yes, I know it’s really cute, REALLY cute, but I’m tellin’ ya, you can’t find them.  Now they have bunnies, valentine hearts and Christmas trees on them.   The squirrels are long gone :(

I’m really bored, too - yet another snowy day.  I was watching Pioneer Woman at lunchtime, it was summer, the grass was green, they were tailgating, a breeze was blowing, I could have just cried!
I keep reminding myself that a few years ago my neighbor’s Mary Jane Magnolia was in full bloom on March 17th.  And mother always said, “Early Easter, Early Spring” and Easter is really early this year, so here’s to hopin...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Woman President, my take...

 

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The times, they are a changin’.  They say your life cycles every seven years, and apparently mine has, and let me tell you, it’s come as a shock!

It’s all about politics these days and I have a definite opinion, not about a candidate, or a political party, but about gender, and nobody is more surprised than yours truly.  But first I have to go back, way, way back to my formative years.  I remember being a young girl and thinking how wonderful it would be to see a woman president in my lifetime.  Fast forward to Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and I thought it was awesome that she was running for VP.  Then Sarah Palin was on the ticket for vice-president in 2008 and HIllary Clinton was running against Obama, once again I was excited about that because these were woman.

But I’m older now, the world has changed so rapidly in the past few years and this is what is so shocking to me, I now firmly believe that no woman should be president, regardless of who she is, and here’s why.  It’s the deterioration of society,  the dictators, terrorist groups, especially isis (which I refuse to capitalize), nuclear bombs in Korea, the list is long and it’s frightening, and our very survival is at stake.

Men are the strong sex, the protectors, they command respect from other men, not women, especially with leaders in the countries that are threatening us.  I’m not going to debate women’s rights, my feelings about this have nothing to do with women’s rights, it’s about power, and strength and respect, all the things that men receive because of their gender.  I believe we need a president that other countries not only respect but have a healthy fear of, and that is not going to be a woman, regardless of who she is. 

I’m old school, and the older I get the more I realize it, but for me to give voice to this is a life changing experience.  This isn’t living life through rose colored glasses, or fantasizing about progress and gender equality, this is about countries who hate us, who want to destroy us, and I believe that a strong man, whoever he may be, is our best chance for survival...

 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pretty Woman

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Funny, touching, a page turner, that’s the way I describe this book.  I’m a reader, thats what I do, every night I search for good books, and it’s been awhile since I enjoyed anything more than this one.  I only read women authors, I only read fun, lighthearted books and I only read fiction.  Shallow, yep, but it works for me and this book was worth telling you all about.  Here’s a synopsis, some of you might enjoy it, too.  ~ Jan

In Fern Michaels's extraordinary, inspiring New York Timesbestseller, an overweight woman sets out to improve her life by losing fifty-five pounds -- and ends up changing much more than her dress size! 

Rosie Gardener fell under the spell of handsome Kent Bliss, and not even her best friend Vickie could persuade her that her fiancé was a two-timing cad. Now it's her third wedding anniversary, and Rosie, fed up with Kent's mistreatment, realizes her estranged best friend was right. But the day after kicking Kent out and beginning a diet and exercise regime, Rosie experiences another life-changing event: she wins $302 million in the Wonderball lottery. Now with Kent lurking in the shadows to claim a share of her money, Rosie needs her friends more than ever. As she works out under the eye of sexy personal trainer Jack Silver, a stronger new Rosie emerges -- a woman who wants to learn to trust love once again. Can she keep her vow not to be stopped by Kent's bitterness and her own self-doubts and jump into life with a passion she didn't know she possessed?

 

 

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