Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Chasing Rabbits and Going Back in Time

Over the years, I've been leader of a few groups and facilitated several Bible studies, and one thing that's been a struggle for me is allowing the group (and myself) to chase rabbits. Go off on tangents. Get distracted from the topic at hand. You get the drift. I find myself doing this at home and with this blog, as well. My intentions of keeping a routine are good, but life has a way of tossing fluffy bunnies at me and I get distracted.

Nonetheless....sometimes the rabbits hop back across the path my feet should have been following in the first place. Leave the rabbit alone and get back on track!

Good thing my path has a lot of curves. Ha ha ha ha ha!

Going back in time to last Wednesday, here's what I wore on my birthday:

Outfit details: l.e.i. shirt - Walmart; Jones New York pants - thrifted;
cherries scarf - birthday gift from MA; earrings - JCP; 
Dachshund pin - gift from Some Postman (b-day last year);
Clarks shoes - thrifted.

My sweet friend MA sends me a goodie box every year for my birthday, and this adorable cherry print scarf was part of my gift this time. Isn't it cute? The entire outfit centers around the scarf. 


Notice the faint red streak in my hair? I have had some Garnier Color Styler in the cabinet for months and finally decided to try it. It's not nearly as "bold" as indicated on the packaging, but perhaps I used too light a hand with it. I did like the effect, so will give it another go sometime.


To keep the cherry theme going, I wore these Fun Socks that my sister Bev gave me for Christmas. Sure, I'm the only one who saw them, but just knowing you're wearing fun socks is enough to make you smile. :)


My birthday was a chilly day threatening rain, so instead of topping off my cherry outfit with cream, I topped it with this berry-bright rain coat by Black Rivet, which I purchased at a thrift store last fall. No one had any trouble seeing me dart from my car into various stores as I went around town gathering birthday freebies - pastry from Panera, coffee from Caribou, pancakes from IHOP, ice cream from Baskin Robbins.

The rain arrived in earnest later in the afternoon, thankfully after I'd arrived back at home with my loot. My next-door neighbor's daughter was celebrating her birthday, too (birthday buddies!); she brought over one of her birthday cupcakes to share. And look - it had a cherry on top! Perfect! Thank you, E!




*****Post Script*****
In the middle of composing this post, I was forced to chase a rabbit. Not a real rabbit. Actually, it was a dead mouse. The dog wanted to come inside, so I opened the front door to let her in. As she entered, I saw she'd dragged up a dead mouse and left it right in front of the door. So I got a paper towel, picked up the mouse by the tail and flung it over the fence into the pasture. Upon my return to the front door, I finally noticed the fat maggots squirming around where the mouse had been. OH ICKY POO!!! That is NOT something I can remove with only the protection of a paper towel! Ew ew ew! Can't leave 'em there.... I'll have you know I was VERY brave to get the old broom from the garage, sweep those nasty buggers onto the old dustpan (NOT using my good broom & pan for that!) and fling them over the fence. 

And then I scrubbed my hands. Twice.

Monday, March 23, 2015

First Sunday in Spring

We got back home from our niece's wedding last Tuesday evening, and it has taken me this long to get caught up. And I'm not entirely certain that I've actually done so! It takes me at least a week to get back into the swing of things after being away, even for a few days.

This is the only photo I have of Some Postman and me in our wedding attire:


And it doesn't even show my awesome shoes! Ah well, I'll have to find another occasion to wear them. The wedding was beautiful, of course, and it was a joy to be part of the bride and groom's special day.

And now back to normal, everyday life....

Spring has arrived! Woo-hoo! While we were away, the tulips and lilies began shooting their greens up through the ground, and my lilac bushes sprouted buds. Some Postman plans to till the garden one day after work this week, then get radishes and lettuce planted. Someone told me they think we'll have one more snow storm here in Kansas, in early April, but we're all hoping that's not going to happen. Winter, be GONE!!!

Mornings and evenings are still cool, but for the most part, I think the days of wearing tights and leggings are over. I'll clean and pack away my winter boots, but will still wear ankle boots and cowgirl boots for a couple of months yet. Yesterday was the first time I wore these black fringed cowgirl boots:

Outfit details:  Kupcake dress - thrifted; Christopher & Banks jacket - thrifted;
boots - thrifted; earrings - JCP; bracelet - Walmart.



The plan for this white denim jacket is to dye it cocoa brown, but as you can see, that hasn't happened yet. Mainly due to the fact that I can't use my own washing machine for dying, because the water drains out into the yard. Somehow, I doubt that Rit dye is good for grass or ducks. One of these days, I'll go to the laundromat and get the job done. In the meantime, I'll get some use out of the jacket in its current state.



No idea what brand the boots are, because the insoles have been replaced. They are pretty comfortable, especially with my own insoles added. Amazingly enough, I've found recently that wearing a moderate heel actually helps my foot hurt less. Maybe I should take to wearing cowgirl boots everyday instead of athletic shoes...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sunday Style - Look Ma, No Tights!

The weather in the Flint Hills went from icy frigid last week to sunny warm last weekend - and it's staying that way all this week. So lovely! We're so excited for the spring temps around here that I put my fleece leggings in the wash, and Some Postman put his woolen long johns in, too. We really, really hope the days of wearing layers under our jeans is over until next fall. Fingers crossed!

It was so nice Sunday morning that I decided to go bare-legged under my skirt. No jacket or coat, either! Granted, the dash out to the car and the first five miles of the ride to church were rather chilly, but I toughed it out.

 Outfit details:  sweater - Dress Barn; St Johns Bay tee - JC Penney's; 
George skirt - thrifted; Nurture booties - thrifted; necklace - constructed by me; earrings - hmm???

(Believe it or not, these pale legs had about four days' worth of fake tanning lotion . They were even whiter before!)


In anticipation of attending our niece's wedding this coming weekend, I got my hair trimmed and colored. My stylist recommended the balayage method of painting highlights by hand (no painful hole-y cap, no foil). It was so easy and painless! Best experience I've ever had getting highlights, and I really like the way it turned out. So natural looking. Sadly, one side of my hair insists on sticking out, as you can see above, despite using a glob of smoothing cream. No matter how intently I study how my stylists does my hair, I can never duplicate it at home. This is how it looked right after the salon visit:



Hopefully I can duplicate the 'do a little more closely this weekend for the wedding. Or at least get that right side to stay down.

No more posts from me until after the big wedding. See you all next week!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It Was Bound to Happen

This housewife rarely gets sick. Even when my kids were in school dragging home germs of all sorts and I spent entire nights holding a poor barfing kid in the bathroom, I almost NEVER got the illness myself. I am MOM, incapable of infection! Who needs a flu shot? Not me!

Yep. It finally happened. I got sick.

And I shared the germs with Some Postman so we could be sick together. Isn't that sweet? We've spent the past couple of days guzzling Gatorade, watching tv between naps and attempting to interpret this:

"Yeah - hack, hack! - can you - hack! - just warb ub sub - wheeze! - soub?"

We're both feeling better today, although Some Postman is ahead of me on the track to wellness. Which is for the best; he's the one who must leave the nest and return to work tomorrow. I can stay home and cough and wheeze as long as I need to. At least, until Wednesday. I have to be well and no longer contagious by then, because our church ladies group is putting on a dinner before the Lenten service. I'm sure the bug will be gone by then. After all, it's been lurking in my body for over two weeks. Time to move on!

Once my brain is out of this foggy soup, I hope to get back to regular posting. I've not done much thrifting (only venturing to the stores for supplies of fluids, meds, cases of Kleenex and fruit) and am itching to get back to it. I noticed a sign in the window of the little church-run thrift store in town that said "entire store 1/2 price" sometime last week, so am hoping the sale is still on this week. Or maybe it will be time for the $1/bag sale! That would be even better!

I'd also like to do some more food posts. I made some delightful multigrain seed bread recently and meant to post about that, but completely forgot to take photos. The recipe isn't my own; if you'd like to check it out, go visit Cook's Country Tv's website: Multigrain Bread. You'll have to sign up for a free membership in order to view the recipe. The only change I made was to use a variety of seeds - pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, flax, chia and poppy seed.

The one thing I have been working at while under the weather is eBay. Sick or not, I can still manage to take a few photos and sit at the computer writing descriptions that are mostly coherent. Thank goodness for USPS Click-n-Ship, too! Padding my Shoe Fund can be done without leaving the nest. Just so there will be some pictures in this otherwise print-only post, here's a look at some of what I've recently listed:






With the exception of the mustard sandals, all items came from my own closet. I purchased the Modcloth Galactic Gala dress on eBay for myself, but it doesn't fit me quite right; also, it's polyester, which I am removing from my wardrobe. The Kut from the Kloth polka dot shirt was made for someone much taller than me. I tried, but it just looked like I was playing dress up. I adore the Bandolino skirt, but it's just snug enough to make me uncomfortable unless there's a layer of armor beneath it. With my new philosophy of "only keep what fits", away it goes. The BOC slides are TOO CUTE, but alas, a bad idea for my gimpy feet. Sob! As for those adorable Kenneth Cole Reaction mustard sandals with cork heels...how I wish they were my size! They were too sweet to ignore, so they came home with me for the purpose of admiring them while they await a new owner. Yes, I buy what catches my eye at thrift stores, even if it's not my size, just so I can enjoy it for a bit and make a little extra cash on the side. It's fun!