Monday, October 05, 2015

Monday Meditation - A Quote from Robert Frost

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere age and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Pampering Thyself

Do you pamper yourself?  Do you make time for yourself?  How do you pamper yourself?

It's taken me many years to finally enjoy getting pampered.  Finding time in your day when you are busy with life can make pampering not an enjoyable endeavor.  As I'm growing older I'm realizing that making this time for myself proves to be beneficial for me but for those around me too.

Today I cleansed my face and pulled out one of my Sephora masks that I have stashed in a drawer.  These masks retails for $6.00 and they have a variety of them for different purposes.   I decided on the Lotus Mask which says will moisturize and soothe my skin.

Now the mask should be left on for 15 minutes.  So I pulled out my Samsung tablet and use the app "Relax Melodies"  I chose ocean waves, light rainstorm and wind chimes and set the timer for 30 minutes.  I closed my eyes and listened to those waves and the rainstorm and I guess I fell asleep.  I woke up about 35 minutes later, the mask almost dry.

I will tell you that I was so relaxed, my face was so soft and I really felt energized.  A $6.00 investment, 30 minutes and some relaxing sounds and WOW I was transported to Pampering Land.

I hope you had a great weekend.  I had a fantastic one.  My closet was remodeled by my sister and her spouse, we had a great lunch together from Pies & Pints, we watched "The Corpse Bride" - and that was just Saturday.

Today Hubby, Son and I went to see "The Martian" which is an excellent movie.  Then we had lunch at Texas Roadhouse. I just finished finding two new recipes to try Monday and Tuesday and Hubby just left to go purchase the items that I will need.   And "Fear of the Walking Dead" will be on at 9:00 pm.   I'm having a great Sunday too.

See you tomorrow... and don't forget to comment and let me know how you pamper yourself.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Closets, Pizza and The Corpse Bride

We have lived in this condo for almost a year.  And one of the things I have not enjoyed at this condo is our walk-in closet.  It has a vintage wire system that made it difficult to hang your clothes.

Every day and every night I would complain about this "wire" system.  And most nights something would fall off a hanger as you tried searching through your clothes.

Today Becky and Margaret came over and tore out the old stuff and put in actual closet poles.  I'm overjoyed with the results and the ease of hanging your clothes, searching through your clothes and nothing falling off the hangers.  I'm so thankful they were able to do this for us.

We picked up pizzas from Pies & Pints.  I really love their pizzas and I wanted Becky and Margaret to try them.  They seem to enjoy their vegetarian pizza and I know we loved our steak and mushroom pizza.

Then it was time for a movie.  We scrolled through the "on demand" option of decided on "The Corpse Bride".  Becky and Margaret hadn't seen it before and they both love Tim Burton movies so it seemed like a win-win.

Did I mentioned my Halloween tree is up?  It sits to the left of the TV.  I love this 6 ft black tree.  It's super skinny but overflowing with ornaments.

I hope you had a super Saturday.  It was like November weather here, 48 degrees and rainy.  Just a small taste of what will be coming our way.

Friday, October 02, 2015

October 2nd - Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday

Thursday, October 01, 2015

10 Ways to Capture the Thrill of October

"When the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in aftermaths, Anne from Anne of Green Gables exclaimed on one Saturday morning, "I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.  Look at these maple branches. Don't they give you a thrill--several thrills?".

  1. Go to a pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin.
  2. Make caramel apples with family and friends.
  3. Take a walk through the crunchy leaves
  4. Place nuts around your windows or patio doors and watch the squirrels go "NUTS"
  5. Watch some movies that have beautiful Autumn images:
    1. You've Got Mail
    2. Autumn in New York
    3. Baby Boom
    4. Hannah and her Sisters
    5. When Harry Met Sally
    6. One True Thing
    7. Stepmom
    8. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    9. Runaway Bride
    10. Hocus Pocus
  6. Bring a part of Autumn Nature inside your home
  7. Carve a pumpkin or make tea light candle holders using mini pumpkins, apples or oranges.
  8. Attend a festival.  Usually you can find a local one geared to pumpkins, corn, sauerkraut or an Octoberfest.
  9. Prepare a new autumn soup or stew and invite some friends over to celebrate October with you.
  10. And make a new October tradition.  In our house it wouldn't be October without watching "It's the Great Pumpkin".

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

#PFChangsPink - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you take a photo of yourself in front of the PFChangs' Warrior Horse and then post on social media using #PFChangsPink they will donate $1.00 for each photo.  Great way to get involved.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Working on My Halloween Look

First attempt with basic makeup I had at home.  I need to get some sort of white powder and a thin black liner.  We can dress up at work on Halloween and since this is one of my favorite holidays I want to have fun.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Visit

Gary, Alex and I went to watch this movie today.  I had seen some previews that were a little creepy and well I wanted to check out this newest flick by M. Night Shyamalan.

I did enjoy the premise of the flick, Becca is going to make a documentary about her grandparents that she has never met.  Her little brother, Tyler, provides a little comedy with his raps and his sense of humor.  And her grandparents appear normal.

But there is one scene in the movie that I figured out what was really going on.  And well I felt once again disappointed with M. Night Shyamalan.

I so enjoyed "The Sixth Sense".  And I go back to the theater to watch a M. Night Shyamalan flick, hopeful that the creepy magic of his storytelling will once again thrill and surprise me.  But every time I leave a little sad and disappointed.

In the words of my hubby "This was a stupid movie".   I will say I loved the performance of Deanna Dunagan who plays Nana.  Would love to see her in another flick.   And I must leave you with this quote ..... which made us all laugh ""turns out shit don't taste like chicken, shania twain bitches"

Friday, September 18, 2015

Political Debates or Has the World Gone Mad?

I ran across the above picture somewhere on the "world-wide web" and it really struck a chord.  Maybe because I had recently watched a Presidential debate.  I guess I should say tried to watch one.  I only lasted an hour.

I want to know about the candidates.  But when they start talking negative about their opponents, ridiculing how each other looks, being a bully to others, it just really sickens me.  And people wonder why there is a bullying problem at schools.  It seems as a nation we thrive on this behavior.

Reality shows abound our air waves.  Gossip, shaming, name-calling, etc., are common and the nastier the people are to each other, the more the ratings go up.

I just want to discover the candidate, review their past history and make my own decision.  I can make up my own mind.  Your negative campaign, your name-calling, your shaming only confirms to me that you are not a candidate I would want to run our country.

Do you like this type of behavior?  How do you decide where your vote will go?

Monday, September 07, 2015

September 7, 2015 - Labor Day

Becky, Margaret and I went to Castine Cemetery to place new flowers on Grandma's grave.   It's still hard for me to believe she is dead and it truly doesn't seem it's been 1 year and almost 4 months.  I know time is elusive but lately it seems to be flying past me at warp speed.  Is that how growing older will be like?

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Hello September

September!!  As I grow older, the year really, really, really seems to be flying past me at warp speed.  Is this happening to you as well?

I must say I am eager for Fall to arrive.  I love almost everything about Autumn and of course my favorite holiday, Halloween, is just around the corner.

What is your favorite season?  If it happens to be Autumn, what is some of the highlights of the season?  We always have to go to the Farmer's Market and pick up one of their caramel apples.  We also like to go to the Renaissance Fair in October.  And of course picking out the perfect pumpkin to carve.

I hope September is a great month for you.  Please let me know.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 16, 2015

August 16th - 82 degrees and very little humidity.  Although Summer lingers, Autumn is teasing us with cooler nights and the songs of the crickets chirping at night.

Today they had autumnal mums at Kroger's.  I wanted to buy some but figure it's too early still.  I'm looking forward to cooler weather, pumpkins, Halloween and lots of candle light.

I hope you had a great Sunday.  Did you do anything fun?

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Hello Kitty

After searching three stores, the Heavens opened up and an Angelic Choir began to sing and I turned to see what all the fuss was about... and there it was.... my new Hello Kitty lunch bag.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Obsession or Addiction?

I might have an obsession with eye shadows palettes.  When a new one comes out, I usually have to purchase it.  And don't get me wrong, I do use them.  However, in looking over eight of my palettes last night, I kind of realized that they all contain very similar colors (except for the Electric Colorbox).

Most of the palettes contain taupe and browns (really good for someone with blue eyes)....but do I need all of these?  At the time I always notice one or two shades that are too beautiful to pass up.

My most recent palette is from "it cosmetics".  I own the original Naturally Pretty palette and they just came out with the Naturally Pretty Romantic palette.

The bottom one is the new palette.  These palettes all contain matte eye shadow which is perfect for an aging eyelid.  I try to stay away from too much simmer as that only enhances lines and wrinkles.  The eye shadows blend very nice together and they last all day.  They also contain a lot of good stuff for aging eyes.  I'm actually going to try the new palette out today.

Urban Decay has the new Naked Smoky palette out.  So far I have held off purchasing it.  I found this photo on the internet.... and wanted to share with you.

I haven't bought this yet because many similar colors are in my other palettes.  Urban Decay eye shadows are maybe this palette will go on my Christmas list.

I do think taking stock of what you own, how often you use it, if you like it is really a great tool to see what you use and what you hate.  I knew I had a lot of eye shadow (and I have a few extra palettes that aren't pictured in the first phone above) but until I saw them lined up I guess I didn't realize how many I owned.  I do wear eye shadow every day but even I know there is no way I'll every use these palettes up.  In a few palettes you can tell what my "go to" colors are.  But when I think of the price of these, I could have easily bought a new purse or two.

What is your make-up indulgence?  Is it almost an addiction? Let me know!!

I hope my little love bugs have a Super Saturday.  The weather is "PERFECT" here in Ohio.  I mean I rarely have my windows and doors open in August.  Right now (it's 8:30 am) it's 62 degrees and no humidity.  Autumn is giving us a little tease today to remind us she will soon be approaching.  Later love bugs!!!

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