Friday, September 15, 2017

What 8¢ Can Buy

My lovely sister-in-law C and her fiance spent a few days visiting us last month. They timed it perfectly - our local thrift store was having their semi-annual $1/bag sale. C and I got in line about 20 minutes before the door opened, ready to stuff our paper sacks!

We spent a good two hours shopping. C got two bags crammed fuller than I ever imagined a person could manage. I used 5 bags to get almost the same number of items. One of my bags was mostly shoes, tho, which takes up a lot of space. Still, it's obvious that C is a better packer than me! Ha ha!

When we got back home, we sorted through our treasures and figured out how much each piece cost us. She had about 50 items, so each piece cost 4¢. I had a little over 70 items, costing me about 8¢ each. We were both thrilled with our thriftiness!

The next day, C wore some of her "new" clothes. Here is her 8¢ outfit:


Notice the cute details at the cuffs of the capri jeans. I love the graphics on her t-shirt!

Here is my favorite 8¢ bargain - a LuLaRoe Classic T! (The leggings are some I already had.)


Three cheers for super awesome thrift shopping! 


Friday, August 4, 2017

2nd Week of Work Outfits

Week 2 of filling in for our church secretary went pretty well, although I still didn't quite get the bulletin printed totally correctly. When Alice returned home from her vacation refreshed and happy, however, it made me glad to give her a much needed break. She asked if I'd be willing to fill in for her again sometime, and I agreed, mainly because I would really like to get that bulletin done right for once!

Once again, I took Monday off to get my own work done at home.

Tuesday:
I'm not a fan of wearing shorts. They don't do my chunky legs any favors. Capri pants are OK, but still feel too hot to me. I did like this all-neutrals outfit, however, while I was working at church in the air conditioning. As soon as I got home, I switched to a skirt.

Outfit details:  top & cardigan ~ thrifted;
pants ~ JC Penney's; Vionic sandals ~ zulily.com;
necklace ~ JCP (I think?)

Wednesday:
Please forgive the wet hair. In the middle of watering the garden, before getting dressed for work, it began to rain. It was just a few drops at first, and since it seemed unlikely we'd actually get enough rain to justify not finishing the watering...I finished watering. And it poured on me until I was winding up the garden hose.
Wearing a maxi skirt that day wasn't one of my better ideas. I don't understand women who say they are cool wearing a maxi skirt. Once again, it was tolerable in the AC, but I hiked up the skirt to my knees driving home, and practically stripped as soon as I got home! Maxi skirts are better suited to fall and winter for me, I think.

Outfit details:  t-shirt ~ Thrivent;
LuLaRoe maxi skirt ~ Facebook group;
BOC sandals ~ Vanderbilt's;
bracelet ~ yard sale

Thursday:
Print the bulletins day! A twirly skirt and tshirt is my ideal summertime outfit, so that's what I wore for a day of darting around the office. And it was fine for getting stuff done at home, too! I didn't think to get a close-up picture of the vintage fishy pin...but my explanation for why it goes with this outfit is that God created birds and fish on the same day, so a fish pin goes perfectly with a bird skirt.

Outfit details:  tshirt - JCP;
LuLaRoe Azure skirt ~ FB group;  sneaks ~ JCP;
vintage fish pin ~ MIL

Friday:
There wasn't much left to do in the office, so I went home after about an hour. If it hadn't been so stinkin' hot that day, I might have worn this outfit around the house, too, but even being indoors, wearing black on a hot day isn't cool. I got a great deal on this skirt on eBay. The person selling it must have found it second-hand and didn't know anything about LuLaRoe. I'm surprised I found it! Glad I did, tho - not only does the Madison skirt have pockets, but this one is a BIRD print!

Outfit details:  tshirt ~ JCP;
LuLaRoe Madison skirt ~ eBay;
sneaks ~ JCP; bird pin ~ thrifted;
bird earrings ~ ???



Monday, July 24, 2017

A Week's Worth of Work Outfits

Our church secretary is taking a well-deserved vacation, and I am filling in for her while she's away. It's gone OK, although I did make a couple of mistakes last week. And I'm sure there will be more this week. This is not my normal gig, so it takes all of my concentration...and I still goof up!

While there isn't a formal dress code for church workers, I believe it's important to look nice. It's also important for me to be comfortable and able to move about easily. This is not a job where one sits all day! Each outfit I wore last week featured at least one LuLaRoe clothing item, because the very definition of LuLaRoe is "Simply Comfortable!"

Monday is Pastor's day off, so I have taken off Mondays as well. I'd planned to use that as my grocery day, but I've found that I need ONE day in which it is not required to get in the car and go somewhere. Some Postman gets home earlier on Tuesdays, so we decided that would be my grocery day because he can go with me and put gas in the car, a chore I dislike. Gasoline is stinky and the smell doesn't wash off easily.

Tuesday:
There wasn't a lot to do in the office this day; most of my time was spent tidying up the sanctuary, which involved a lot of bending, reaching, and walking. In the afternoon, Some Postman and I did the grocery shopping and went out for dinner. This simple outfit was perfect for all the day's activities.
 LuLaRoe Carly Dress ~ eBay
Dansko Sandals ~ zulily

Wednesday:
This outfit was just right for doing work at the computer and answering phone calls, but it also allowed for searching high and low for pens (which I did not find until Friday!). The LLR Cassie may be a slim pencil skirt, but it's VERY stretchy, yet keeps its shape. And even though the top is too big for me, I could not resist buying it - it's a constellation print! I'm not entirely pleased with belting it this way, but it was far too sloppy to leave it hanging loose with a pencil skirt. 
 LuLaRoe Classic T & Cassie Skirt ~ Facebook groups
Sandals ~ eBay; Necklace ~ MIL's collection
 



Thursday:
The BUSIEST day of the week at church! It's the day the bulletins get printed. I was only slightly nervous about it, and only wasted one sheet of paper trying to figure out alignment of the large print music sheets. As it turns out, I made two mistakes in the weekly calendar section of the bulletin, which was pointed out to me on Sunday. Sigh...it's a good thing the regular secretary will be back in another week! 
Dachshund T ~ Walmart.com
LuLaRoe Azure Skirt ~ Facebook group
Sneaks ~ JCP

Friday:
I didn't anticipate being at the church for long on Friday, because the only thing to do was check email and tidy up the office for the weekend. But the computer decided it needed to update Windows first thing...and took almost 2 hours to complete! Tidying up lasted about 5 minutes; next, I set up a display of library books, answered a few phone calls, chatted with the older gentleman who drops by the church every day, and finally ♥'d pictures of my cute grandkids on Instagram until the computer was finished updating. (On a side note, my personal computer at home also updated - and now it makes me upload photos from my camera in a totally different way and I do NOT like it one bit! Gotta figure out how to change it back.)
This LLR Carly dress is probably my most favorite one in my collection; it's 100% cotton - cool and comfy!
LuLaRoe Carly Dress ~ Facebook group
Belt ~ saved from an old dress
Floral sneaks ~ zulily

As you can see from the above photos, I've found a "new" location to take outfit pics with the timer on my camera. Our latest House Project was remodeling the upstairs gable room, which used to be our guest room / storage area. It is now my sewing/craft room and eBay inventory storage area; my old sewing/eBay room is now the guest room. It's tiny, but it makes a cozy private place for guests to stay - without a bunch of totes and boxes making it feel like they've been squirreled away in the attic. The chest of drawers turns out to be the perfect height and distance from the opposite side of the room for taking outfit pictures, too! 



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sunday Style ~ Denim, Dress, & Boots


Outfit details:  Dress ~ LuLaRoe Facebook boutique;
Denim Jacket ~ Christopher & Banks;
Boots ~ Target (old); Belt ~ thrifted;
Earrings ~ ??; Bracelet ~ flea market.





This outfit was worn on a Sunday in late May, when it was still cool enough to enjoy wearing a jacket. I do love a twirly dress with a denim jacket and cowgirl boots! The "Nicole" dress from LuLaRoe is so comfortable and easy to wear; I don't save it just for Sundays. I've worn it to the grocery store and even around the house, although I don't wear the boots for those occasions. Print sneakers or simple sandals look nice and allow for dashing about.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Inspiration 6.11.17

Kansas Prickly Pear Cactus Blossom




The desert and the parched land will be glad;

    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus,  it will burst into bloom;
    it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
    the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
    the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the feeble hands,

    steady the knees that give way;
 
say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.”

Isaiah 35:1-4

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Inspiration ~ 5.21.17





This past week has been the most painful time ever for someone very, very dear to me. That person is constantly in my thoughts day and night, and is continually lifted up to our Father God in prayer. My heart cries for them, and my hope is that this ordeal will result in peace and restoration. Please listen to this heartfelt song by Matthew West:



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Much Ado About Nothing

This afternoon, I caught up on some blog reading. One young woman had not posted on her blog in a while, and it made me happy to see a new post. She began by saying she was not going to apologize for not posting in over a month. Life had been full for her lately, and that is nothing for which to be sorry. I will take a cue from her and NOT apologize for neglecting my blog in over a month, too! 😊

Even though I'm not going to apologize for my silence here, I would like to explain why I haven't written lately. .... Yes, I would like to explain it ... if I honestly knew why! I've been mulling it over off and on all day. Am I bored with the topics about which I typically write? Do I have writer's block? Have I simply been too busy?

Topics about which I write on this blog...that would primarily be outfit posts, with occassional thrifting posts and food posts. Taking photos of myself for outfit posts has lost its appeal. It's not quick or easy to take your own outfit photos.  My husband is willing to take pictures of my Sunday outfits, but I haven't been very good about allowing enough time to do that before we leave for church. And then there's the problem of feeling like a big fat blob no matter what I wear. Sure, I'd love to hop on the "body positivity" bandwagon, and sometimes I actually do, but not at the moment. Right now, I'd love to shed a few inches off my lumpy belly, but am finding that increasingly difficult to accomplish. So, outfit posts...I'm feeling kind of "meh" about them. Not bored, just not happy with how I look.

Thrifting is something I seriously doubt I'll ever get bored with doing or writing about! Yard sale season is in full swing in our area, and I've been scouting out bargains almost every weekend with my daughter. Last weekend, we hit up some community sales, and both of us took home good hauls! We took pictures of our finds, too. I haven't yet taken the time to gather the photos together and create a post. Since last weekend, I've been busy with cleaning windows, washing curtains, and a million other things.

I'll admit to being bored with food. My body hurts in new ways now, and it tires me out faster than ever. By the time evening rolls around, I could care less about what I'm eating. It's enough work to prepare a decent supper for my husband; making a seperate meal for me is too daunting a task, so I usually just pick around his food for what my stomach can handle. And then I snack in the evening because green beans and plain mashed potatoes simply aren't satisfying. Yes, I really need to do something about this. Not only is it not satisfying, it's also not well balanced or healthy. My daughter has inspired me to make some changes in my diet. Perhaps that warrants a blog post of its own.

I do not believe that I have writer's block. After all, when I do sit down to write, the words usually flow right along. And I often find myself thinking as I go about my days, "that would make a great blog topic!" But I don't stop what I'm doing and go write about that topic immediately, and by the time I do, my brain is too tired to string words together coherantly anymore. Perhaps the trouble is that I don't write early enough in the day. But that's when I need to do things like chores, laundry, baking, cleaning, a bit of yoga, grocery shopping, eBay sales....

There is a good chance I've been too busy to blog, but it's more likely that I've been feeling overwhelmed lately and blogging is the easiest thing to put off. After all, it's not a job; it's not a necessity. It's a creative outlet, but it's not something I'm required to do.

So...what am I going to do about this lack of regular blog posts? Set up a writing schedule so I can feel like a failure when I don't meet it? Quit the blog altogether? Neither! My solution is to embrace the unpredictability!  I'll surprise you (and myself!) with a post every now and then, out of the clear blue sky, with no rhyme or reason, and just simply write about whatever's banging around in my menopausal brain whenever the heck I get inspired. Deal?


(Here's a recent picture I took of Etta Pooka. It has nothing to do with anything I've written in this post. It's just a funny pic I shared with my weight management group for Weigh-in Wednesday.)