Monday, March 19, 2018

Spring and Other Things

Yes siree, tomorrow is the first official day of spring and I could not be more excited!  We have had little glimpses of spring the past couple of weeks.  It's my favorite time of year with fall running a close second. 

I was browsing through the Plow and Hearth catalog a couple of weeks ago and saw this indoor/outdoor pillow and immediately ordered two of them for the benches on our front porch.  Of course, I love that they are birds and the bright colors are so spring looking.  They look so welcoming to me.

We purchased the ferns for the back porch a couple of weeks ago and because of the windows that look out to the porch, we enjoy them both from the inside and the outside.

And, on another note....Last Thursday morning I went to turn on my desktop computer and it decided it did not want to turn on. I mean, really!!!  It wouldn't be near as big of a deal except that I take care of all my husband's insurance business bill paying and such via Quickbooks.  And, just like that I'm unable to access it.  I called my trusty computer guy and in a matter of minutes he found the problem.  The power source was gone.  I'm not even sure what that means but I do know that it means it will not work.  But, he said it is a fairly easy fix and not too expensive so I'll be back up and running by the time we return from our trip.  Thankfully it didn't happen until after I had paid the middle of the month bills.  And, truth be told, if push comes to shove, I can always hand write checks and mail them in.  I've almost forgotten how to hand write a check.  ~shame on me~

We'll be heading out early Wednesday morning  towards Oklahoma to see these two monkeys. I can't believe we haven't seen them since Christmas.  It is always a special and fun time when we are with them.  Sure do wish they weren't 8 hours away, but I have to remember, they could be further than that.
While I'm away making memories with our Oklahoma family you folks hold the fort down while I'm out of blog land this week.  
See ya next week!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond Joyce was gone last week to see and love on that precious Grandson.  But, she's back with her thought provoking questions this week.

1. Best place you've been lately?
I would have to say home.  Yep, haven't been anywhere else any better since November.  But, that is about to change beginning next week.  We're headed to Oklahoma to see those Grandsons, then I'll be off to Iowa in April and  NYC, yes that's right, NYC in May.  But, let me say, I absolutely love home and I'm always as excited to get home as I was to leave to wherever it is I'm going.

2. What's something you should say yes to today? Or this week? Or even this year?

Hummm.....I will have to ponder this for a few minutes and will try and come back to it when I finish the other questions if I think of an answer. I've pondered this question and still haven't come up with an answer.  Sorry!  I'll probably think of something once I publish this post.

3. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form? If so tell us how. In Western cultures the color green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'green'?

St. Patrick's day is my youngest (by 13 years) brother's birthday and ever since his birth it has been more than a special day.  With that being said, I would not celebrate St. Patty's day otherwise.
When I hear the word green I immediately think of grass and that's probably because my Hubby sees to it that we have a beautiful green lawn in the spring and summer.  It's like a science with him. ~smile~  
4. What's a product or service you love so much you'd happily be their spokesperson? Tell us what makes you such a fan.

There are a few but the first one I think of are the gals from our local Teen Challenge (a Christian based addiction recovery ministry) that assist me in many ways here at our house.  They have been working for me pretty much since we moved into this house 2 1/2 years ago.  All the girls are recovering from some type of addiction.  They are not allowed to work outside the facility until they have been in the program 6-8 months and to hear their stories and testimonies is absolutely amazing. Their service is sooooo helpful to me and it thrills me to assist the ministry in this way.

5. March 14th is Pi Day. How are your math skills?
My math skills would, at best, be average.  But, I've always had enough skills to figure out anything I have needed to figure out Math wise. Besides, now all I have to do is ask Alexa. ~chuckle~

 What's the last thing you did that required math of any kind?I was hanging a picture on a wall this past weekend and had to find the center of the wall and that required some measuring and dividing and it all came out perfectly.

 And most importantly do you like pie? I love pie, much more than cake.
 What's your favorite kind? A dear friend introduced me to a Granola Pie 3-4 years ago and it is, hands down, my most favorite pie.  With ice cream, whipped cream, or please hold the cream? I do not want either, just not a fan of ice cream or whipped cream on pie or cake.  I'll take mine plain.  Thank you!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.
Clancy wrapped up the sheep show season yesterday at the big state show in Oklahoma City.  He had his two sheep there to compete.  At the end of the competition he had to turn his sheep in. By turning in I mean, he'll never seen them again.  They are sold and he will get new ones this fall for show season next year.
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Clancy has known since he got the sheep that this day would come but knowing and understand are two different things.  And, here he is hugging one of them good-bye.

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And, here he is handing him over.  I know, doesn't it just rip your heart out.  His Dad and Mom thought that he understood how it was going to be but he's a little 9 year old boy that has worked and worked with these sheep every day for months.  He developed a bond with them and it was just real hard for him.  But, he'll likely enjoy laying the responsibility aside for a few months. At least I sure am hoping so because this CiCi can't stand this precious boy being upset like this.  I'm really glad I was not there to witness this.  I'm pretty sure a Grandmother's heart is more tender than a Mother's heart. ~sigh~

Monday, March 12, 2018

All About Skincare

It's all about skincare today and I'm late linking up but just couldn't let this one get by me.

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The very first thing I do when I start my nightly skincare routine is remove my eye makeup.  I've used Mary Kay's oil free eye makeup remover for probably 15 years.  It's gentle but does the best job of getting all the shadow and mascara off of my peepers.  I dab it on a cotton ball and rub away.

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I then wet one of these little babes with warm water and wash/wipe off all my other makeup.  Just in case you missed my favorites post a few weeks back, these are definitely one of my many favorites.  They are nothing short of amazing!
Then I wet my hand and apply this NuSkin cleanser and use this LumiSpa to clean my face.  LumiSpa gently—yet deeply—cleanses away dirt, oil, makeup, and toxins through its patent-pending counter-rotating, pore-tightening action.  It is a wonderful beauty tool!  It is set to run 2 minutes and then it automatically cuts off and I love that.  I gently move it around my face while it works it's magic.  Afterwards I rinse my face with the Erase Your Face Cloth. 

It is then time to tone my skin with this.

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After allowing my face to dry completely a few seconds I then apply this serum, Celltrex Ultra. I pump is all it takes to cover my entire face.

My final step is applying this nighttime nourishing cream, the icing on the cake, so to speak.  This probably sounds like a very long and drawn out routine but I can promise you it is not.  I probably spend 6-8 minutes doing the entire routine nightly.

And, my morning routine, after washing my face and before applying my makeup is applying this moisture lotion.

I have only been using the NuSkin system for about a month.  I knew a couple of gals that were using it and I saw such a huge difference in their skin that I decided to try it.  After researching it, I was more than a little impressed and I'm very pleased with it thus far.  This particular regime is very reasonably priced.  The Lumispa is quite expensive but it will last for years by just replacing the head about every year.  The NuSkin line is sold through distributors or obtaining your own online account (which is what I have).  I would just as soon buy it online as I had to have to go somewhere to buy it.  Sooooo much easier in my estimation.

So, there you have, my skincare!

Have a cupcake kinda week!!!!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Lea's Favorites

This has become one of my most favorite posts to compose.  I hear from many of you that some favorite of mine have now become a favorite of yours and that makes me happy.  I always like to have someone else's endorsement of a product or item before I try it myself. That doesn't always happen but it's sure nice when it does.   So, here's a few for today.

Foldable bed - This is a Milliard folding bed.  Our little 3 year old Grandaughter has been out of her baby bed for several months now and has continued to sleep in a Pac N Play here when necessary.  But, she's just not comfortable in that any longer and she stayed the night with us a couple of weeks ago and I wanted her to have a comfortable bed.  We have way plenty of beds here but they are all very high off the floor.  That means if she rolled off of them it could really hurt her aside of scareing her too death.  So, off to Amazon I went and I found this folding bed.  It is 75X31 and is made out of a memory foam type material that is 4-5" thick.  It is twin size and it worked like a charm for my little sweetheart but it would work well for anyone. 

And, when it's not in use it can be nicely stored away in this bag.  It fit perfectly in the closet and I'm sure we'll be using it a lot in the coming years.  You can find the bed here for a little less than $75 and you can also read lots of other endorsements for it.

Potato Salad - I have not made potato salad since I came across this 2-3 years ago. It is from the Wal-Mart deli and is absolutely delicious.  I could not make it any better for sure!  I love potato salad made with the skin on the potatoes and it's a bit chunky, just as I like it.  I do not like mashed potato salad at all!  This 4 pound container is about $5.37 cents and has about 13-15 servings.  Not a bad deal at all and once opened it is good for a couple of weeks.  So, next time you are asked to take potato salad somewhere, go and get this, put it in a bowl, act like you labored for hours making it and no one will ever question you.  And, you can just say "thank you" when they tell you how good it is. ~smile~

Super sized garbage bags - Folks, if you do not have these in your possession, you need too!  Now, not as garage bags, although they are certainly good for that.  But, they are the all time best for storing and hauling.  They are a frosted clear bag and are 45-50 gallon size.  That is HUGE!  I found these years ago and I can't tell you how often I use them.  They are great to cover large items that might be in storage, they are great to put things in for storage and as I said, for taking things somewhere.  I use them often to take things to the thrift store.  The best part is the size and the fact that you can see what's inside them.  I've never seen them anywhere except Sam's and they come 220 to a box.  I generally share a box with the kids and a friend or two as that is a a whole lot of bags.  They make a much heavier kind that, to me, are just too bulky and cannot easily be tied at the top.  We also use them at Christmas during our gift exchange.  They will hold and hold and it keeps us from having 15 bags of wrapping paper and used boxes.  

Tater - it is with a very sad heart that I share this........If you have been reading my blog for a long time then you have met Tater.  He is a Golden Doodle that belonged to my brother and his wife.  Tater was just the BEST, no two ways about it.  He had no idea he was a dog.  I am not even a dog person and when I first met Tater almost 12 years ago he stole my heart and I've loved him ever since.  Well, the past year was tough on him and he battled several health issues and in recent days his condition worsened to the point of no return.  Tater walked over the rainbow bridge this past Tuesday.  He leaves behind a boatload of precious memories. I know life is going to be so different for my sister in law.  He was her constant companion and my heart has been so heavy for her.  Yes, Tater was my all time favorite dog, hands done!  


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Fluffing Our Nest

It is no lie, I love adding decorative touches to our home.  I always have and likely always will.  It can be small touches or bigger touches, but it makes me a happy gal.  I've especially had fun since we moved into our new home 2 1/2 years ago.  I've had time to now look at things and decide on whether that is really the look I'm going for in some areas.  And, in a few areas I've found I preferred a different touch and I've had such fun finding just the right "something."  Thought I'd share a few of the things that I've been "fluffing our nest" with lately.

I've been looking for just the right touch for the decorative wall shelves in our dining room.  I've had decorative plates and oriental ladies on them and they did not "speak" to me but they each had their stay there as I continued my search for the "right thing."

I knew when I found it that I would know it.  I was browsing through Tuesday Morning recently and saw these elephants and I was so intrigued by them.   I immediately thought about those shelves and I pondered them for a minute and decided they were worth bringing home and trying.  I could always return them but they found their home once I placed them there.  I sent a  text to my decorator with the above pictures attached to see what she had to say.  AND, she approved!!!  Yea! I would have never imagined that I would choose elephants as decor but hey, I stepped out of my box and I love these fellas. 

This table is in one of the corners of our Master Bedroom.  As you can tell, I do love birds!  And, I've been able to find quite a few decorative pieces in the pale aqua and brown.  Just last week I found the bird planter (front right) and knew that he would be perfect on this table.  My sister in law spotted the lamp a few months back in Tuesday Morning.  This entire touch makes me h-a-p-p-y!

This is one of our guest bedrooms in the main house and when we moved in I just had a sisal rug in it.  I went to an oriental rug show back in October and took one of the decorative pillows off the bed to see if I might find a rug to match.  And, I did and I absolutely love it and it added such a nice touch to the room.

I have wanted one of the vintage looking wooden churches for quite some time but have never seen one that wasn't rather rustic looking.  That is until I spotted this one a few months back.  It seems to be more traditional looking. 

It fits perfectly in the little nook.  So, so much of my life was centered around the church (if you do not know, my Dad was a minister) that it just seemed most appropriate that I have this.

And, again, found this at Tuesday Morning.  It is a dim light, almost like a night light that I keep on all the time in one of our guest bathrooms.  It fit  perfectly and looks like it belongs there and I paid all of $12 for it.  

I have been on the search for just the right table to go between mine and Tommy's recliners.  It had to be the right height, have a drawer, have a bottom shelve and match the other furnishing in that area.  Well, that was not easy to find but I persevered and  found exactly what I was looking for.  The pictures really don't do it justice but it is really a pretty piece of furniture and such a functional piece.  And, I ordered a new Tiffany lamp to use on it and am equally as happy with it.

So, there you have, my recent "fluffing of our nest." 

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Blended Blog Asks.......

The Blended Blog gals always come up with the best questions for the first Monday of the month.  This month's is on one of my most favorite subjects, all things related to beauty.  

1. Eyelash Curler Yes or No? No, haven't used one in longer than I can remember.  Are they even used anymore?  I really don't know.

2. Favorite Nail Shade? 
Well, forever and ever I was a very neutral gal but in the past year I've stepped out of that box and into some of the neon colors.  Don't even know what's come over me, but I really like the neon pink and orange.  For now, that is.  And, did I mention that my hands are looking old?  Ugh!

3. Favorite Lipstick Shade?
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Right now I'm loving NuSkin's Fluid Lipstick in Metallic Ruler.  It's an all day, stay on, lipstick that does NOT require a gloss over it.  I love statement lip colors.

4. Blow Dry or Air Dry your hair?
Blow dry for sure!  I do not have hair that does well air dried unless I were to embrace the wavy look and that's not likely going to happen. ~smile~

5. Artificial Nails: Yes or No?
I have my own nails coated with a substance, it's not acrylic but I can't remember what it is but I do love it.  I did acrylic for a long time but my nails did not like it so my nail tech started using this other on my nails several years ago.  I do love beautiful nails.

6. Foundation: Yes or No?
Oh, my goodness, YES!  Everyday of my life! I use a water base foundation that is very light and come back over it with a mineral powder and love the smoothness that it gives my face.

7. Hair Up or Hair Down?
It's been hair down for me for many, many years.  I decided after I reached a certain age that shorter hair looked much the best on me and thankfully I have a head full of thick, course hair and I generally don't have hair issues.

8. Bar Soap or Body Wash?
Body wash.  Love putting it on my soft bath sponge and lathering up.  So refreshing and a great way to start my day.

9. Bath or Shower? 
It's a shower but I do love a bath.

10. Favorite Body lotion?
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Face and Body Moisturizer, 16 oz.

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More for therapeutic reasons, I use CeraVe and it is the very BEST!  When it comes to perfumed lotions and creams, it would be Jean Baptiste by Niven Morgan.

11. Do you wear perfume? Is so, favorite scent?
Yes, and it would be Jean Baptiste also.

12. Do you shave your legs everyday? 
Humm.....I must confess that I do not.  But, one of the good things about aging is the hair on your legs starts thinning.  Yea!!!!  

13. Favorite Lip Balm? 
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As far as I'm concerned there is no other lip balm outside of Mary Kay's Satin Lips.  I have used it for years and years.  I put it on just before going to be so it can be busy at work moisturizing my smackers!

14. How old were you when you first started wearing make-up? 
I have absolutely loved makeup since a very young age.  I think I started with a little powder and lip gloss at about 13 and by age 16 I was in full blown makeup mode and have been ever since and I'm truly thankful for it. ~chuckle~ 

I would be as pale as a sheet with uneven skin tones.  I love a face with a little color and the smoothness that foundation and powder gives.

Happy new week folks!!!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Saturday 9

Is There Life Out There? (1992)

Yes, another Saturday post.  I think these types of link-ups allow our readers to get to know us on a more personal level.  So, off I go for today's answers and some of these were not easy as they deal with a sensitive subject where there are all manner of different thoughts. I definitely know this week's song and likely ever word of it.  I do enjoy all of Reba's music.

1) This song is about a woman who married at 20. It's estimated that the average American groom is 2.5 years older than his bride. Why do you suppose that is? Perhaps the majority of gals think "that's the way it's suppose to be."  But, there really are a whole lot of women that are older than their Hubby's, even if it's just by a few months or years. Tommy is 5 years and 4 months older than me and when we married that was a HUGE difference, but that gap has narrowed as we've aged. ~grin~

2) A 2014 study shows the bigger the age gap in a marriage, the more likely the couple is to divorce. What do you think is the reason for most divorces? Hummm.....not even sure about this. Perhaps the older of the two would have greater expectations.  As I said, not even sure.

3) Reba's second marriage recently ended. Statistics show that second marriages are more likely than first marriages to wind up in divorce. Why do you suppose that is? 

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There are so many, many things to consider on the subject of divorce and I want to be very careful as I have precious family members and friends that have gone through this grueling process.   Marriage is tough and even after almost 47 years of marriage, I do not have it all figured out.  And, don't expect I ever will.  It's a whole lot of give and take, a whole lot of forgiving, a whole lot of loving through the good and the bad and most of all, being committed.  It's takes both working towards making it work and most of all a very strong faith.

4) This week's featured artist, Reba McEntire, was discovered when she sang The National Anthem at an Oklahoma City rodeo. Have you ever been to the rodeo? Oh, yes, to several and really enjoyed them.  It's been many years since I've been to one but who knows, I may go to another.

5) Reba dropped out of Southeastern Oklahoma State University to go to Nashville and pursue a recording career. In that way, she's like the woman she sings about in this week's song. "She's done what she should, should she do what she dares?" Do you ever regret a risk or opportunity you didn't take? I have wished so many times that I had finished college.  I might or might not have ever used my degree but that's not the issue, I would have had the degree.  It not something that hangs over my head daily or bothers me at this point, but if I had it to do over, I would definitely have finished.  Guess that's why they say, "hind sight is 20/20." ~chuckle~

6) Reba's heroine is "dying to try something foolish, do something crazy, or just get away." Does that sound like you? What would you do, just for yourself, if time and money were no object? No, not really.  I'm not much on foolishness, or craziness but there have been times I've thought I'd like to just get away.  But, I do love home and feel a real sense of peace and comfort when I am at home.  Now, I do enjoy traveling and certainly do my fair share, but day to day, there's just no place like home. 

7) Reba recently became a spokesperson for Kentucky Fried Chicken. Whose chicken do you eat most often: Popeye's, Church's, Chick-fil-A or KFC?
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Oh, my goodness, it's Popeye's!!!  Give me some of their hot and spicy chicken and I'm a happy gal.  I rarely eat it because it is definitely not the healthiest food out there, but ever so often I have to have "my Popeye's fix!" 

In 2001, Reba starred in her own sitcom. On the show, her character is first an administrative assistant and then a real estate agent. Have you ever tried your hand at either of those occupations? If not, which do you think you would be a better fit for you?
I'm pretty sure I could be happy in either of those occupations and I really think I would be or perhaps I should, would have been, a good fit for either.  I'm all about dotting my "i's" and crossing my "t's" and keeping things organized which would likely be beneficial as an administrative assistant.  And, I never meet a stranger and feel that I have the gift of relating to people well and that would likely prove helpful as a realtor.

9) Random question: Which of these super powers would you rather have -- extraordinary strength or invisibility?

Neither of these have much appeal to me but if it had to be one then I would say invisibility.  I mean, how much fun could one have if they were not seen. 

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