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HOW TO LOOK LONG AND LEAN

50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO LOOK LONG AND LEAN | FASHION OVER 40It sure is good to be back home again. I slept soooo good in my own bed. Although, the first night I was back from visiting my sister I did not sleep in my bed but instead slept in one of the other bedrooms. No, Joe did not lock me out of the bedroom, instead, it was because Emersyn decided that she wanted to spend the night with me. She and I always sleep in Ashleigh’s old room because little Miss thang kicks and she wakes up the sleeping bear (aka Joe.) 

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LET’S GO ON AN ADVENTURE

50 IS NOT OLD | LET'S GO ON AN ADVENTURE I am not sure how you view me or where you think I come from. Maybe you have never even given it any thought at all. I am from what I would call Middle-Class America. We were not rich and we were not poor. I wanted for nothing and if you would have asked me when I was younger if I was rich or poor I would have thought more toward the rich side. Now that I am older and understand how things really were I can see that was not the case. We camped, stayed at the lake, had horses, motorcycles, and had more toys than you can imagine.

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GREED, ENVY, AND TOO MUCH STUFF

Last Sunday at church my preacher spoke about greed. He talked about worldly possessions and how we have way too much of everything. One of the points that he made was all of the storage buildings that have been popping up over the last few years. We now have to pay to have all of our stuff stored. Lol!

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THE PERFECT SUMMER DRESS

50 IS NOT OLD | THE PERFECT SUMMER DRESS | FASHION OVER 40Happy Saturday, gurls! This week has flown by and it is hard to believe how much fun I ended up having. Living your life doing things you love with those you love is amazing. Of course, eating and paying your bills is amazing also, so I guess it is time for me to head back to good ole Virginia. I think Joe and Lucy have missed me just a little bit but I have missed them terribly.

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DRESSING FROM YOUR CLOSET

50 IS NOT OLD | DRESSING FROM YOUR CLOSET | FASHION OVER 40I feel like Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz. Here was a sweet little country girl who was used to the way things worked. A place where things moved at a slow pace and everybody knew each other. Then she was thrown into a land very unfamiliar with lots of strange and wonderful things going on. It was probably stimulating at first and then the “there’s no place like home” feeling starts to set in.

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IS A MAXI DRESS FOR YOU

50 IS NOT OLD | IS A MAXI DRESS FOR YOU | FASHION OVER 40What happens when you are spontaneous? I have been laughing today because my friends all think that something is wrong or that I am going through a mid-life crisis. 😂I told Joe that I had a phone call from a concerned friend because she said that I never did things like this. Then, even my Energizer Bunny Friend wanted to know what in the heck was going on. It is clear to me that I have been way too predictable in my life. Lol!

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HOW TO DRESS UP A T-SHIRT

50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO DRESS UP A T-SHIRT | FASHION OVER 40The other day one of my readers said that the great thing about retirement was that they could pick up and go at the drop of a hat. I just experience that for the first time. I traveled to my parents on Monday and the plan was for me to return home on Wednesday, notice I said plan. My sister came to their house also but she had to go back to Georgia on Tuesday. This is where it gets interesting.

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WEARING BERMUDA SHORTS

50 IS NOT OLD | WEARING BERMUDA SHORTS | FASHION OVER 40Yesterday was my dad’s birthday. I am not going to say exactly how old he turned but since I am 58 I am betting you can do the math and get pretty close. Anyway, my sister who lives in the Atlanta Georgia area and I decided to drive to Tennessee and surprise my mom and dad. We tried this one time 30 years ago and someone told that we were coming so this time we kept our mouth shut. 

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DRESS TO IMPRESS

50 IS NOT OLD | DRESS TO IMPRESS | FASHION OVER 40There are just times when you really want to look your best. One of those times happened to me when I ran into Joe’s ex and let’s just say it was not my finest moment. I wrote about this on the blog a l-o-n-g time ago so I will give you a brief summary of the event for those who might not have seen the post. Joe and I had been married about two years and we were living in Georgia at the time. We came back to Grundy to visit his mom but the morning that we were going to leave I woke up with an eye infection. I went to the eye doctor and he told me that I had to put drops in my eye every 4 hours and not to wear any makeup. Well, great, at least they were all family and had seen me looking bad before.

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CAN YOU SEE JESUS

CAN YOU SEE JESUSThis is a block of wood that I bought at least 30 years ago at a craft fair. It is a simple block of wood with some lighter strips of wood glued to it in varying patterns. But, when looked upon in just the right way you will see the message of Jesus.

This plaque sits in my kitchen window so that I look on it every day. I would like to say that I look at it and remember its meaning every day but I’ll be honest and tell you that most days I don’t even notice it sitting there.

Isn’t that just like life? Jesus is always with us just waiting for us to notice him. However, in our busy and crazy life, we run around and never take the time to focus and to see Jesus. We can find Jesus in even the smallest events and He is there in the major events also.

Some mornings I will go outside before Joe wakes up and just sit out on the back porch. I just sit and listen to the birds chirping, and the cars going down the road and I find that it is so peaceful. In that moment I will see Jesus. I will thank Him for all of His creations and the beauty that is all around me. Then life starts to happen. Breakfast needs to be fixed, emails need to be answered, phone calls need to be answered, and it is time to get to work doing something. Whoops, where did He go? The answer is He didn’t go anywhere, we did.

When things are going great it is so easy for me to be thankful and praise His name. I am diligent about thanking the Lord through the day and at night for the smallest of blessings. I thank Him for my health, for business at work, and even for a good hair day. But, I am not so diligent in thanking Him for my struggles. I don’t thank Him for the growth that I have achieved in going through a difficult time, I don’t thank him for the friends that might have supported me when I am in pain, all I do is wallow in my misery.

Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Have you ever noticed that we can seem to find the Lord in the BEST of times and in the WORST of times but in everyday life, we sometimes lose sight of him? I call out to Him in times of stress and need. I beg Him to heal the sick and to comfort the widows. When times are tough you can find me calling out to Him even though He has been with me all along.

Acts 17:27

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

It can be difficult to see the Lord in all of our life’s event when our eyes are on ourselves. However, faith teaches us that He is present despite our jumbled and messed up circumstances. Just like this plaque, JESUS is there whether we see Him or not.

Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Have A Blessed Day!

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