Sunday, November 17, 2013

Old School Blogging November

I was delighted to find that Elaine and Brittany are again hosting Old School Blogging.  November's meme is a series of questions Elaine first asked back in 2008.  As Alison wrote "Wouldn't it be fun to do this again in 5 years, and see how much the answers have changed?"  


Where is your cell phone?  Laying on the current book I am reading right beside me.

Your significant other?  Would like to remain anonymous.  I call him My Love.

Your hair?  Is growing out from yet another cut I'll call stylist's choice since it was her choice and not mine.  Aargh...when will I find a stylist who will cut my hair the way I want it, not the way she thinks I want it?  

Your Mother?  Generous, loves her family, fills many roles for many folks, and doesn't save enough time for herself.  

Your Father?  Volunteers for Meals on Wheels and Hospice, loves soccer and his grandkids.

Your favorite thing?  My Google Chromebook.

Your dream last night?  Cannot remember.

Your favorite drink?  Coffee with hazelnut creamer and an Old Fashioned for a cocktail.

Your dream/goal?  To be happy for all the  days to come.

The room you are in?  The dining area at the kitchen table, my favorite place to be.  It's the hub of this house.

Your Fear?  I'm claustrophobic, enough said.  

Where do you want to be in 6 years?  Back up north in a charming home with land, making a comfortable living, and with my 2 boys and their families close by.

Where were you last night?  Making a large pot of sauce with meatballs and sausage over spaghetti with a large bottle of red wine.

What are you not?  Artsy or creative.

Muffins?  Oh my, I can't go near them for fear of devouring each and every one I see and smell.

One of your wish list items?  A new watch.

Where you grew up?  Bridgeport, Connecticut

The last thing you did?  Booked our room for our weekend visit with family in Palm Bay, FL.

What are you wearing?  Ivory t-shirt, jean capris and flip-flops.  

Your TV?  If not for My Love, I would never turn it on.

Your pets?  Sadie May ~ Dog, LuLu Belle ~ Cat, Dossee ~ Snake

Your computer?  Optiplex GX620

Your life?  Busy, busy, busy...

Your mood?  Anxious.  We just bought a car this afternoon and now have another car payment again.

Missing someone?  My grandson.  I have a slight cold and couldn't see him today.  Didn't want to pass anything on.

Your car?  Just bought this afternoon.  Mercury Milan.

Something you are not wearing?  My glasses or contacts.

Favorite store?  TJ Maxx or Tuesday Morning.

Your summer?  HOT and sweaty.  Thank God for the pool and rain!

Like someone?  I like loads of different people.

Your favorite color?  White.

When was the last time you laughed?  A few minutes ago, My Love with his nutty antics always crack me up.

Last time you cried?  Sometime last week...just because.

What is one thing on your to-do list?  De-clutter the house.

I'm thrilled that Old School Blogging is back.  It's a fun way to get to know more about me and the others that participate.

Won't you join us?  

Friday, November 15, 2013

I'm a featured host for Lovin' the Weekend blog hop

Welcome to Lovin' The Weekend Blog Hops with your co-hosts:
Karen from Tots and Me, Rena from An Ordinary Housewife and Angie from Snack Cups and Smiles.

Thank you to every one who has stopped by, whether this is your first visit or you have been a faithful ongoing participant! 

We would love for you to stop by each of the co-hosts and follow us, then feel free to add your links to any or all of the following linkies.

 We also randomly choose a Featured host each week from the Lovin' The Readers linky. This week we are featuring Barbara from All My Lives Now.
Here's what she has to say:

"How many lives have you lived? I feel like I have lived many. Different branches reach out to touch each other, yet never meet. I am still me always evolving and growing. This is all my life now. A peri-menopausal woman looking to share the ups and downs of ageing gracefully.

I created my blog site and wrote my first blog on March 20, 2013.  It has been a wonderful time and I am learning more about myself as I write each post.  It is uplifting to imagine that you may touch the life of someone across the world with your thoughts."

Don't forget to link up to the Lovin' the Readers Hop if you would like a chance to be a Featured host next week. Please comment with a way to contact you, especially if there is not an obvious way mentioned on your blog. We would love to include a little write up about you and your blog in the next week's Lovin' The Weekend Blog Hop post, including a link to your blog. And you will get to include the linky codes on your blog. Sound fun? We're looking forward to getting to know our readers better.

Here's how this blog hop works. We would appreciate it if you would follow Tots and Me, An Ordinary Housewife and Snack Cups and Smiles. And please don't forget to visit our Featured Host. If you no longer have GFC please follow in some other way. After that there are three different linkies you can link to. Whichever one you choose to link to, please grab that button and share it on your blog (the codes are on Tot's and Me's sidebar). We'd love it if you could tweet or in some other way share about this blog hop, the more people who know about it, the more potential visitors and new followers of your blog. We'd love to meet some new friends this weekend.  

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Traditionally Built

* Excerpt from Alexander McCall Smith's novel
The Miracle At Speedy Motors

"Mma Ramotswe had never been able to understand that, and considered it one of the very worst features of modern society that people should be ashamed to be of traditional build, cultivating instead a look that was bony and positively uncomfortable.  Everybody knows, she thought, that we have a skeleton underneath our skin; there's no reason to show it." * 

"All women knew that traditional build was something that could happen to anyone, and would not abuse another for it."  *

This is book 9 in a series of many.  If you've never had the pleasure of reading a book from the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series let me introduce to you Mma Ramotswe.  Precious Ramotswe is a remarkable woman - resourceful, amusing and intelligent.  She is also traditionally built, which means overweight.  

The above quote resonated with me.  It's simplicity makes a powerful statement.  As a society we value looks and body image over mind and soul.  It's a distressing thought and one that I have bought into.  I'm sure most folks have, as it's thrust in our faces 24/7.  

So how do we make peace with our traditionally built bodies while embracing the idea of less is more?  I know there is a happy medium that we can all achieve.


Clean Eating

New recipes to try this week.

The last few weeks I'd tried to eliminate most carbs only to realize I can't and don't want to live without them.  The above two recipes use carbs, although natural and clean.



So the cyst on my knee is actually a rare non-cancerous tumor.  I am scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday to find out where the tumor begins and ends.  Surgery is in my future.  At this point I only want the tumor excised so that I can get back to doing the simple things I have taken for granted;  walking any distance, bending, kneeling.  I never realized how much the knee joint is used in every day activities.

Upper body workouts only.


Total weight lost ~ 9 lbs ~ down 1 lb from last week

Friday, November 1, 2013

Ageing Gracefully...Maybe NOT, but I'm trying!

I am in crisis.  A mid-life crisis I suppose.  

Who am I?  What is my purpose in this my life?  Who is that looking back at me from the mirror?  Oh no, I think it's my Mom.  How did this happen?

I'm searching to find Barbara, but she has left the building.  At least in the sense of being who she once was.  Who she recognized as herself.  I always knew I was vain.  Until about 3 days ago I never realized how much of me was based on my looks.  Not that I'm a super model or perfect, just perfect to me in my mind and in my mirror.  

So much has changed this year, my 48th.  Changes of vanity.  Thinning hair, sagging jawline and eyelids, skin mottling, weight gain...I could go on and on, but I won't or I will cry a river and never finish my thoughts.  

My hormones run amok in my cells and wreak havoc on what I once knew about myself.  Nothing feels right.  Everything is new and I don't like it, though like it I must.   This is what I am becoming...middle aged.  

Somehow, some way I must find the courage to enter this stage of my life gracefully with poise and confidence.  

I am a woman who has overcome obstacles that seem like fiction. Thrived when the going was tough and insurmountable.  Raised two wonderful boys to the best of my ability, oftentimes on my own.  Kept the faith that their futures would hold magic and wonder, and they do.  

Ageing is an ongoing process and I am in the midst of finding my new self.  An older yet wiser self.  If truth be told I am frightened.  This is new territory, pages unwritten and it terrifies me.  

In my 48 years I have climbed many mountains.  I became a mother,wife and widow at age 16.  Life moved on.  A mother again at 23 and alone again at 34.  Yet another relationship to end in tragedy after 7 years.  Another chance at happiness again and celebrating 7 years of unconditional love and acceptance.  Dare I hope that I may have found the one?  I often wonder when this relationship will end...or will it?

It's what I have...HOPE...