February 2018



50 IS NOT OLD | MONOCHROMATIC IN SHADES OF PINK | FASHION OVER 40How many of you can relate to sending your husband to the store and then thinking, “what was I thinking?” when he comes back home with his haul? If I wasn’t so darn lazy then I would go to the store myself and my life would be much easier. I realize that if I send Joe to the store with a vague list then I can’t complain when he buys a different brand than what I normally use. However, when you say but the Charmin toilet paper in the Ultra Sensitive with Aloe and buy the mega roll type that is what you should expect to get. Notice that I said “should” not “would.” The MAN brain takes over when they go to the store.

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There are some things that as parents we should never have to experience. The list starts out small just like your children. No parent wants to have a child get sick. I am talking about everything here, like running a fever because they are cutting teeth to having a belly ache because they ate the ENTIRE bag of Halloween candy. It is miserable watching your child in pain and we try to correct the situation as soon as possible.

We hate seeing our children be selfish or being ungrateful. Some of the first things that we do as parents are to teach our children to share their toys and to say thank you after they have been given something. These are minor things but they shape the character of the child and that is extremely important later in life.

We hate seeing our children not apply their talents and resources. Have you ever had a musically talented child who refused to practice? How about a child who was artistic but refused to develop those talents because they weren’t considered cool? What about the one who would not do their homework or study for a test and then brings home bad grades? This is just the normal life of a parent.

Then the years of pure torture for a parent starts. The Learner’s Permit and Drivers License are issued and with that comes dating. While it is fun to be able to send your child to the grocery store for you on occasion it is not worth the worry of having a teenager on the road. Speeding tickets are not something to look forward to. Fender benders are almost a given but hopefully, they are minor. And watching your child date someone that you can’t stand is like having your insides twisted into knots on a daily basis.

But none of that compares to the parent that has to bury their child. I watched in horror last night a slideshow of the pictures of the victims of the school shooting in Flordia. The slideshow moved from victim to victim at a very slow rate. It gave me time to really look at each person and to wonder about them. I looked in their eyes and thought about the hopes they had, the plans that had been made. I saw that some of them had scholarships and plans to go to college. Some were Freshmen and some were Seniors but all of them were someone’s child.

I have been using a journal that my friend and blog reader, Brandye, sent to me. Yesterday’s passage for me to read was Genesis 2:7,

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

The Lord created every child, He created the teachers, and He created the shooter also. Every one of the people involved including the rescue personnel, the surviving students, the doctors and nurses, the community of family and friends, and all of us watching in horror were created by the Lord. And, every one of us could use prayers. Prayers for healing, prayers for comfort, prayers for forgiveness, and prayers for our nation.

No parent should ever have to bury their child and no nation should have to ever experience this type tragedy.

Please remember to pray for those involved. And don’t forget to hug your children a little tighter today.

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Have a Blessed Day!

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50 IS NOT OLD | THE COLOR OF LOVE | FASHION OVER 40I have finally drawn a line in the sand. It takes me a while but it finally came to me that if I want to ever retire then I am the one who is going to have to make that happen. No one is going to voluntarily tell me that they want to learn my job and take over my responsibilities. Are you as shocked as I was to find that out? So, today I started Operation Cutback. My plan is to implement this plan and work my way up to Operation Retire. Lol!

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50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO WEAR A WHITE DENIM JACKET | FASHION OVER 40I work daily on self-development. I am really new in this arena and I have been shocked at the number of books that are available on this subject. Evidently, everyone in the world must need help because there is a book out there for everything. Just for fun, I went to Amazon and typed in self-development books and over 200,000 came up!!! 😱 When I narrowed down the search to women, then it went down to around 10,000. That just goes to show you that MEN need a LOT more help than we do. Lol!!!

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50 IS NOT OLD | CHOOSING RED ACCESSORIES | FASHION OVER 40Okay, I might have exaggerated on yesterdays post, at least at the beginning. However, today I am telling the truth. Lol! I didn’t make heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast, even though I was going to, because Joe didn’t want them. So, instead of breakfast, I made him something for dinner that I knew he would like. Ribeye steaks. With Joe, I don’t have to say anything else other than Ribeye because his eyes will start to glaze over. He likes them rare, like disgustingly rare, so I warm the outside and that is about all. Lol! Then for special occasions, I will clarify butter and add garlic salt and spices for him to dip his steak in. Yummy!!!

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50 IS NOT OLD | HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY | FASHION OVER 40HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!! I hope each of you has already had someone say that to you today but if not, then let me be the first. I served Joe breakfast in bed today. I fixed him heart-shaped pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream. I also included a cup of coffee and a Mimosa to get his day started. A cute Valentine card was standing up against a small vase with a single cut rose in it. 

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50 IS NOT OLD | AUDREY HEPBURN STYLE - FASHION OVER 50If nothing changes, then nothing changes. I am all the time saying that when it comes to working on the blog or at work at the lumber company. However, this time I am going to apply it to my life and more specifically, my diet. I can see the eye roll that you are giving me because I have said this since the first post. I am sure a lot of you can sympathize with me and understand my constant struggle. Every week I seem to pick a new day to get started on a healthier eating plan but for some reason, that day always seems to be, “tomorrow.”

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50 IS NOT OLD | WHAT TO WEAR ON A VALENTINE'S DATEMy, my, my, what a weekend I had! Whew, it rained and rained and when you live beside the river that is not a good thing. My brother once described the area I live in as a crevice. That is not a bad description when you stop to think about it. There is a large mountain, a road, a river, the railroad track, and another mountain. There is very little land in between any of those things. In my case, my house sits between the river and the railroad track. You have heard the saying, “between a rock and a hard place,” well in my case it is, “between a river and a railroad track.” Lol!

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We all know that Valentine’s Day is this coming Wednesday the 14th. That is the day of love and romance. That is the day when a flying cherub shoots arrows into the hearts of unsuspecting men and women causing them to fall madly in love. Yeah, right. It is the day when the love of your life goes out of his or her way to tell you how much you mean to them by buying you a Hallmark card that says it for them because they are at a loss for words. Or, it is a day just like any other day where you take out the garbage, cook supper, and do the dishes.

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50 IS NOT OLD | DIFFERENT SHADES OF GRAYProcrastination should be my middle name. Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Anybody else out there know what I am talking about? If you tell me that I have until March 1st to do something then you can bet that I won’t even start to think about it until February 27th or 28th. This is not a great trait and it is one that I would love to change. So, today, I am starting to make a few tweaks to my thought process.

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