Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Everyday Outfit: Long Chambray Skirt

I wore this outfit on a Tuesday in April, to go grocery shopping. As I recall, it was the only day that week that I felt well enough to venture out of the house. The weekend before was the Kansas District LWML Convention, for which I chaired the Decorations Committee. Once my duties were finished and I'd come home, I curled up on the couch for a nap...and woke up feeling like a knife was stabbing me in the throat. A respiratory virus had me in its mean grip for a solid two weeks after that. The cough lingered for almost a month. But thankfully the virus waited until after convention to show its ugly face!

Outfit details:  button-down shirt ~ thrifted;
long chambray skirt ~ thrifted;
floral print canvas tennies ~ Target;
tiny bird necklace ~ Charming Charlie's.



How do I feel about this outfit? It's....hmm... OK. I like the colors, how the blush pink contrasts with the chambray, and how the tiny floral print on the tennies and the tiny bird necklace add to the femininity of it all. Wearing a button-down shirt tied at the waist doesn't look quite right on me anymore, though, and I'm really on the fence about that skirt. It's extremely comfortable, but the tiers and the length both work against me. I may try it again with a different style of top; maybe something more structured? Or not long sleeved? It's worth exploring, so I won't send the skirt to the donation bag just yet.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Inspiration 5.22.16


"Though you have not seen him, you love him;
and even though you do not see him now, 
you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
for you are receiving the end result of your faith,
the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9


Poppies in my parents' yard
Poppies are such cheerful flowers. How is it possible to look at one and not smile? Every time I see the poppies in joyful bloom in my parents' yard, my lips curve upward and my heart does a happy dance. But there is something else that I have never seen that brings even greater joy to my heart and peace to my spirit: the face of Jesus, my Savior. He loves me and is giving me the happiest gifts imaginable - forgiveness, redemption, the promise of life forever with Him. Amazing!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thoughtful Thursday: A Spring Haiku

You finally succeeded, T. All these years of sharing your love of haiku has finally rubbed off on me. It is now possible for me to come up with poetry that doesn't sound like my 7th grade wonder "A Red Thread". Although that little poem does make me laugh!





Fog-filtered sunlight;
Dewdrop speckled peonies;
Spring morning, mid-May.







Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Going-out Outfit: Lace and an Elephant

Digging back into the outfit photos vault again, I found this set of pictures taken as we headed out the door to a Lenten service on a Wednesday evening in February:

 Outfit details:  lace jacket ~ thrifted; elephant tee ~ Modcloth;
baggy gray pants ~ doesn't matter, cuz they are outta here!;
boots ~ thrifted, but also banished. 


I remember talking with the little preschool-aged blondie girl sitting in the pew in front of us at church that night, and she noticed that the elephant on my shirt had butterfly wings. She thought that was really cool!

Yeah, I'm hip with the preschool crowd. Being a grammy is awesome!

And these baggy gray pants prove that I'm a grandma, don't they? Ugh! They were culled from my closet, along with a bunch of other stuff, in late March. The trouble with losing 7 lbs is that it's not quite enough to go down a full size, so you make do with safety pins. No amount of safety pins would help those britches fit better, though. I thought I'd found a replacement pair at one point, but the waist band hit my body at the wrong place. The search continues...although now, sadly, a few of those pounds have come back to visit me. So it's a good thing I won't really need long pants for a few months. Hopefully by fall, those pesky pounds will be GONE again and I can find some new pants that don't make me look so grandmotherly.

As for the boots, I like them, but my feet do not. There comes a time when comfort can no longer be sacrificed for cuteness. And so those little boots have become eBay fodder.

And with that, I'm finished with winter outfit posts. Next time, you'll see a (nearly) current spring outfit!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sunday Inspiration 5.8.16


"I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters."  Song of Solomon 2:1-2

Lily of the Valley, at my parents' house


These dainty lilies of the valley have appeared every spring on the north side of my parents' house ever since I can remember. When I was little, I would pick stems and bring them inside for Mom to put in a glass, or use them as "food" for my dolls. Their fragrance is quite delicate, and the bell-shaped flowers are so dainty, not showy and attention-seeking, yet this perennial flower returns year after year, hardy and strong.  My mother is much the same...she is dainty, delicate and shuns the limelight, but her faith and trust in God are hardy and strong, never wavering. You are my lily of the valley, Mama. I love you! Happy Mother's Day.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

On Shopping From My Desk Chair

Online shopping is becoming more and more commonplace. There are statistics that show e-commerce is gaining in popularity, especially with those who use a mobile device. (You can look those up on your own...there are tons of them!) I'm one of those people stuck in the dark ages of using a non-smart phone, so all of my online shopping is done on my desktop PC. That's right - I don't even own a laptop or tablet! So old-fashioned, huh? At any rate, I do use my computer to make purchases frequently, especially at Christmas time. Since we live out in the country, it's nice to be able to shop online rather than make a trip to town, or at least make trips to town less of a chore. There are days when a simple trip to the grocery store completely exhausts me, so the ability to shop in my cushiony chair in my fuzzy pants is very, very appealing.

A couple of weeks ago, my energy level was quite low due to illness, so I decided to do my box-store shopping at Walmart.com in order to have just a quick trip to the grocery store for fresh food. I put five items in my virtual shopping cart:  a giant sack of cat food, Some Postman's after work snack of peanuts (in the jumbo container), Scotch tape, shower curtain hooks, and a clearance-priced cotton dress to put my order into the free-shipping range. And then I made the journey into town for milk, fruit and veggies.

A few days later, my online purchases began to arrive. For some reason, I found it enormously hilarious that the FedEx man delivered cat food to my door:


Having a 30 lb bag of cat food delivered to your door is quite nice when you barely have the energy to wear pants. But as the rest of my order trickled in, it began to bother me...

The five items I bought arrived in four different packages, from four different warehouses in three different states; each package arrived on a different day. How much did all that driving by the various carriers cost in terms of gasoline consumption and fumes? There were three cardboard boxes involved and one plastic envelope, plus air pillows and filler paper, not to mention tape. Sure, the carriers drive around anyway, and it gave several people a job for another day, but at what cost to the environment? 

All of the packaging materials will be reused or recycled; it's a way of life for us. But it really bothered me that it took four packages and four deliveries to get five items that would have taken just one side trip to Walmart for me to get them myself off the shelves at my local store, even if it would have worn me out. I've shopped at other retailers online that will combine your items into as few packages as possible, which seems much more responsible to me. Very seldom do I buy something and need it RIGHT NOW, so waiting a few extra days doesn't bother me...especially if it means being more efficient with resources, money, and time.

I won't stop shopping online; it's far too convenient for me, and so nice when I would rather not leave my cocoon. But I will seek out online companies that make better use of everyone's resources. If that means no longer getting a giant sack of Meow Mix from Walmart.com, so be it. I'm pretty sure Amazon and Target.com have the option to combine all items in as few boxes as possible. Maybe it's not that big a deal, but it feels better in my head.

And that's all I've got to say about that.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Everyday Outfit: Birds, Bees, and a Cat

Delving deeper into the archives of unused outfit photos, I found a cozy outfit worn on a January day. Even though it was still winter then, the whimsy of this outfit points towards spring.

Outfit details:  cashmere cardigan - eBay; bird print shirt - Target;
jeans - Dress Barn; cat pin - downtown vintage shop;
fun socks - hmmm...Target?

My cashmere cardigan fits much better since I shrunk it back in December. While it was fine finding creative ways to wear it despite the fact it was too big, I'm more comfortable with it now. I wore it quite often over the winter.


How cute is this little cat pin?! My love for vintage pins continues to grow. Every time I say to myself "no more!", I find another cutie that I cannot resist. In an effort to pare down my collection recently, I poked through my pins to see if any of them no longer made me happy. Nope. They ALL still  make me smile!


You've probably seen my bee socks before, because they are super fun and I wear them often. Here they are again, anyway, because of course one must wear bees with birds.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sunday Style: Nearly Forgotten

I am back on the blogging horse! My goal is to publish 3-5 posts each week, but will give myself grace if/when that doesn't happen. We all know how life sometimes gives us a hip bump and knocks us into the bushes!

Despite my lack of posting over the past couple of months, I did take a few photos with the intention of writing about them. I'll use these pictures for writing material inspiration in the next week or two. Hopefully the convenience of ready-to-go pics will get the habit re-established.

Here is an outfit I wore to church on a Sunday early in March. It must  have been warm that day. I don't remember...and not just the weather. I honestly do not recall wearing this outfit! Ha ha! But I do like it and would happily wear it again.

 Outfit details:  dress - eShakti.com; cardigan - thrifted;
leggings - Amazon; Earthies shoes - eBay.

This is one of my favorite summer dresses, because it is 100% cotton. It came with a 100% cotton slip, but I don't wear that very often because it fits rather snugly and makes me uncomfortable. I've discovered that comfort is more important to me than fashion; hence the removal of all Spanx-like items from my unmentionables drawer. I'm not in my 20s anymore and I don't feel the need to wear things that make me wish I could rip them off and just BREATHE for crying out loud!


Yeah, I'm getting more and more comfortable in my own skin, the closer my age creeps towards the mid-century mark. This does not mean, however, that I'll be "letting it all hang out". While I'm accepting of my lumps and don't care to squish them, I still don't want to emphasize them. It is possible to be comfortable without looking like you don't give a hoot. So this will be my wardrobe goal for mid-life:  comfortable classic chic.


In my quest to find comfortable shoes that offer the support my messed-up feet require AND the cuteness factor my shoe-loving self craves, I discovered Earthies. Cute and fully supportive! But priced higher than my thrifty nature can tolerate. Thankfully, many times I can find just what I want on eBay or Zulily at a price that doesn't give me heart palpitations. I purchased these shoes on eBay for about 1/4 the retail price. My new little blue almost-flats will be worn a lot this summer!

Tacked along with the above photos was this one:


Apparently I wanted to show how I wore the dress at home after church. Flannel shirts go with everything, dontcha know. Comfortable classic farmer chick. *grin*

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Inspiration 5.1.16


Let me tell you how happy God has made me! For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and draped about me the robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.    Isaiah 61.10

Bridal Bush, my front yard


While it's fun to dress my body in outfits that make me smile for a day, the spiritual clothing that God has given me covers me in joy and peace that lasts forever! God's closet is HUGE and He has plenty of His designer pieces for everyone. Have you accepted your free garment of salvation and robe of righteousness?