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.)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Best Thrifted Clothing Item of Winter 2017

So much for putting away my winter sweaters, boots, etc. The past two weeks have been rainy, gloomy, and cold, much like winter in England (according to one of my book club friends who's been there). The temps weren't really all that cold, in the 40s or 50s, but steady rain and north or northeast winds gave the air a damp chill, even in the house. I considered asking Some Postman to start a fire in the wood stove one evening, but it didn't seem nice to ask him to bring wood in from the barn after he'd been out delivering mail in the rain all day. So we snuggled under a blanket on the couch with the dog instead and watched tv.

Sometime in January, I bought a sweater at Goodwill that has turned out to be my favorite thing to wear on a damp chilly day. One half of the snap closure at the waist was missing when I got it, so I removed the other half, wearing it loose at first. The sweater fits better with the waist drawn together, though, so I use a pin to do the job. It's not exactly the most flattering piece on me, but I don't care. I love it anyway!

Outfit details:  top and sweater ~ thrifted;
leggings ~ Charlie's Project;
boots ~ JC Penney's; 
vintage Dachshund pin ~ antique shop.


The sweater came from Maurice's originally. It is very soft, and keeps me perfectly warm without getting too hot, thanks to the short sleeves. If it had pockets, it would be The World's Most Perfect Sweater. It's hands down my favorite piece of clothing I've purchased at a thrift store in quite some time!

According to the weather man, spring will be back next week, so hopefully I'll get to swap out my heavy winter clothes for breezy summer things soon. I've been scoping the thrift stores for cotton dresses and skirts, and already bought this summer's everyday sandals from Zulily. Bring on the sun!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Winter Outfits in Review

My plan this week is to begin going through my closet and dresser, pulling out the heavy winter pieces to store away, and cull anything that doesn't spark joy. Today I prepared the bedroom for such activity by dusting and sweeping up dust bunnies. Of course, the weather this week is chilly and damp, more suited to keeping those fuzzy sweatshirts handy. But I am determined...I can wear layers, after all.

A few weeks ago, while hunting for something among the totes in our storage area, I ran across a tote full of winter clothing that I'd missed back in October. Inside were some long sleeve tees, fleece lined leggings, and a sweater dress! I managed to squeeze in two wearings of the sweater dress before it warmed up too much (and I could probably wear it again this week, considering the chill). This reminded me that there are a few winter outfit photos in my blog folder that were never published. And so I'll squeeze them in now...

This outfit is one that I would actually wear right now, but it was late October when this photo was taken.

Outfit details:  LuLaRoe Carly dress ~ eBay;
denim jacket ~ Christopher & Banks;
scarf ~ thrifted; boots ~ Target

Here's a dressy-casual outfit worn to church one Sunday in November:

Outfit details:  dress ~ zulily; scarf ~ Walmart (I think);
LuLaRoe leggings ~ Facebook group;
Vionic boots ~ eBay.

My wardrobe has undergone a shift towards the casual end of the spectrum over this past winter. It seems silly to have so many dressy clothes when 95% of the time, they simply hang in the closet. The discovery of the comfort and ease of LuLaRoe clothing could not have come at a better time for me!

Outfit details: LuLaRoe Classic T and leggings ~ Facebook groups;
sweater ~ thrifted; scarf ~ JC Penney's; boots ~ JCP.

This is what I wore to have one last coffee date in late January with my dear friend and former next-door neighbor before she moved out of state. Miss you, Cassie!

Outfit details:  dress ~ Target; tunic top ~ Amazon;
LLR skirt worn as a scarf ~ FB group;
LLR leggings ~ FB group; boots ~ JCP

Once again, this LuLaRoe Carly dress made an appearance, this time worn to church the Sunday before Valentine's Day. I love, love, LOVE this dress, and have worn it many times. I hope it is exceptionally durable, because it's going to be worn a LOT more and I don't want it to wear out!

Outfit details:  LLR Carly dress ~ eBay;
cardigan ~ thrifted; underdress (barely peeking out) ~ eBay;
LLR leggings ~ FB group;
Born ankle boots ~ Vanderbuilt's.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Maple Oat Date Scones



Despite knowing that it's best to focus on what one is eating during a meal, I like to read while having my breakfast and lunch. (Hubby is home for supper, so we watch the news on tv.) I love to bake yummy things for our breakfasts, especially things like these scones, that makes a big batch. Half goes directly into the freezer, so Some Postman can have a quick but tasty meal before he is off to deliver the mail.


Scones are so easy to make, and can be changed up simply by varying the add-ins. I found a basic scone recipe on AllRecipes.com and altered it to suit my tastes.

Maple Oat Date Scones

1 large egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maple extract
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup quick oats (not instant; can use old fashioned, tho)
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Cream or half-and-half
Coarse (turbinado) sugar

Heat oven to 425°F. If using metal baking sheet, line with parchment paper. (I use a well-seasoned stoneware 11x15 pan, so it doesn't need any pre-treatment.)

In a 2-cup measure, stir together the egg, buttermilk, maple syrup and extracts. In large bowl, stir together flours, oats, cornstarch, cinnamon, baking powder, soda, salt, and sugar. Drop in chunks of butter; cut into flour mixture with a pastry blender. Add dates and pecans (if desired). Make a well in the center. Stir in liquid ingredients with a fork, just until all dry ingredients are incorporated. May need to add a tablespoon or two more buttermilk if the dough seems too dry.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times to make the dough hold together. Divide in half. Pat each half into a circle about 3/4 inch thick. Using a pizza wheel, cut each circle into six wedges. Place on baking sheet. Brush each scone with cream; sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake for 15 - 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes:  Instead of buttermilk, this time I used regular milk that had gone sour. It worked just as well, and made good use of icky milk. Also, Some Postman doesn't like nuts in his pastries, so I make half with fruit only and add the nuts to the other half just before kneading it. And, of course, the measurements for the add-ins (dates, pecans, even the cinnamon) are approximate, since I just toss in however much looks good at the time.

You can easily change up the flavor of the scones by subbing out the dates with raisins, dried cherries, dried peaches, or chocolate chips. I like to make a tropical scone using dates, dried pineapple, and coconut (no coconut for Some Postman).