I am here to brighten up your day! Reading the news is depressing, and there is only so much that I can take. Joe has always accused me of being an Ostrich. He says that I will stick my head in the sand because I don’t want to see what is happening around me. If I can’t see anything, then it doesn’t exist. Which brings me to what I want to talk about today. I recently discovered that I have a condition called Aphantasia. Don’t worry; it isn’t a medical condition…exactly. And, I want to see if any of you have this also.
According to what I have read, only 2-3 percent of the population has this condition. Here is the test: I want each of you to close your eyes (after you read this), and think about an elephant. The elephant is pink, and it has green polka dots. The elephant is holding a red umbrella with its trunk, and it is standing in a big field that is full of purple flowers. My question is, how many of you were able to conjure up a picture of the elephant in your mind? Can you see the pink elephant with green polka dots that’s holding a red umbrella while standing in a field of purple flowers? If you can see a picture of this in your mind, then you are in the 97-98 percent of the population. If you are like me, you aren’t able to see the picture at all.
I have memories of what an elephant looks like, I can describe an elephant to you, but I can’t “see” the elephant in my mind. And, you know what, it ticks me off!!! I always thought that it was just a saying about counting sheep before you went to sleep. I never knew that people could actually see the sheep. When they say that athletes see themselves running the race in their mind before they start, I didn’t think that they could actually “see” the race. After talking with a few people, it would seem that Joe, my daughter, and myself don’t have a mind’s eye; while my son, daughter-in-law, grandbaby, mother, and sister all have the mind’s eye. So, now I want to ask you, do you have the mind’s eye and have the ability to conjure up an image in your mind?
If I had a mind’s eye, I could see an outfit that I wanted to wear before I put it on. It would sure save me a lot of trial and error. Lol! I have been wearing jeans this entire week, and styling them with a t-shirt. But, today, I decided to change it up just a little. Even though I am staying at home, for the most part, I still want to look nice. So, instead of wearing a t-shirt, I added a chambray button-up shirt instead. You still get the laid back and relaxed vibe from the look, but it is a tiny bit more dressy than a solid colored tee. I knotted the shirt for a slimline look instead of tucking it in or leaving the shirttail out.
I wore this shirt last month (here) under a sweater. This shirt is lightweight and perfect for layering or wearing by itself. This summer, I’ll roll the sleeves up even more, or wear it open as a cover-up. This shirt has a relaxed fit, so it is not form-fitting. And, I like the faded, worn-out color of the shirt. I am wearing a medium in this shirt, and it fits me great. Here is the link to the chambray shirt.
I added my Avi earrings and a new bracelet that I got a couple of weeks ago. The bracelet is the Myles bangle bracelet, and it has a modern style that is eye-catching and different. I also added a necklace that was a gift and my first introduction to Kendra Scott jewelry. Sorry that I keep wearing this jewelry over and over, but I am obsessed with this brand right now. If you have another comparable brand, then let me know so that I can branch out and not get in a rut.
I just got these bright red espadrilles today, and I couldn’t wait to put them on. The bright red color made me smile, and I “needed” something to brighten my day. I crossed my fingers that these would fit as I put these on, and almost did a happy dance when they fit perfectly. These shoes have a canvas upper, and he espadrille bottoms. The wedge heel is 3 3/4″ high, but there is a small platform, so I feel like the actual rise is probably 3 inches. These shoes are also available in black, navy, flax, and kelly green. But the best part is…they are only 35.00! Here is the link to the shoes. These jeans are the same jeans that I wore in the post that I linked to above. I love these bright white flared jeans from Walmart. These are a high-waisted pair of jeans that have a button-up closure instead of a zipper. The only complaint that I have seen about these jeans is that they are LONG. The regular inseam on these jeans are 33 1/2″, so if that length is too long for you, then you can order the short version. The inseam on the short version is 31 1/2 inches. These jeans also come in several other colors if white isn’t your vibe. Here is the link to the jeans.
Did you gurl’s notice anything different about today’s post? I bet those of you who have been following me for awhile immediately noticed the large welcome sign. I had tried to order a plant for the corner, but they were too big for this space. This sign was at Sam’s Club, and I had my son pick it up for me the other day. I really like the sign, but I need to clean off all of the winter crud that has found its way to my porch. Living beside the railroad brings lots and lots of coal dust. It is supposed to be pretty and warm this weekend, so maybe I will be able to hook up the water hose and clean it off. I still have some older photos already taken with the red tree, so you haven’t seen the last of it yet. Lol!
Don’t forget to tell me if you can “see” the elephant that I described. I am anxious to see if the 2-3% is correct, or if they haven’t asked enough people to have a good representation.
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