Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Another Wednesday, another Hodgepodge link up.  Joyce always shows up for us and we likewise, show up for her.  Enjoy!
1. The Hodgepodge falls on the last day of February this year, a leap year. How will you spend that extra day?
The Princess, my precious Granddaughter, will be spending the day with me today.  She is such a delight and learning so much so fast that it's hard to keep up with her little growing brain.  She is 2 years and 5 months old and so smart.~wink~  She recognizes her name and much of the alphabet, and can count .  Now, do you not agree, that's a smart one? ~smile~  But, I truly do not care if she is showing signs of smartness or not.  It is definitely a plus but her sweet spirit is what her CiCi loves the most. 

2. What has recently required a leap of faith on your part? 
I mentioned in a recent blog entry that I just did not believe that my Dad would ever recover from the GBS that overtook his body last summer.  It has taken a huge leap of faith on my part to believe that He is capable of doing any and everything He wants to do ---- including restoring my Dad's health.  Praise the Lord He doesn't base His healing power on my lack of faith but rather on His marvelous  grace.

3. We're one week into the season of Lent...are you marking these 40 days in some way? Giving something up or adding something extra to normal life? How's it going so far? 

Our denomination has never recognized Lent but in recent years I have given a lot of thought to it.  I do think participating in Lent would make the celebration of Easter more meaningful.  And, it just seems that 40 days of giving up or doing without something is a huge reminder of what He gave up for us.  All so that we might have the gift of eternal life.

4. When was the last time you sat beside a fire? 

Hubby and I were in route to Branson, Missouri last Nov. and stopped to visit with dear friends on the way.  We went to Ruth Chris Steak House that evening and they had a lovely fireplace burning and we sat at the table next to it.  It was so warm and cozy and made the meal and fellowship even better.  Guess it's hard to believe that's the last time I sat by a fire.  

5. Surf and Turf is on the menu. Do you order as is or do you ask for just the surf (lobster), just the turf (steak), or a menu so you can select another option?
I would order as is, I think a little of both is a great combo.  The last time I had this was at Red Lobster and it was a small portion and just perfect.  

6. If you could have any television program back, not in reruns but in new episodes, what program would you choose?
Oh, there were so many great shows in "days gone by" but the first one that came to my mind was Lassie. I can still hear the opening music and I so well remember the enjoyment I got out of watching that show.  Oh, for kids to have such shows today!

7. They say an elephant never forgets. These days would you say your memory is more like an elephant or a gnat?
Well, how about somewhere inbetweeen? I have always been able to recall names, events and such at the drop of a hat.  My "recaller" is not as quick as it use to be, but it still serves me pretty well. ~thank the Lord~

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
You know I always think that when we ladies find a product that we love, we should share that love with each other.  Well, I'm telling you gals, the above product, Sole Food is 
w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l!  My nail tech gave me some not long ago and I
use it on my feet every morning when I get out of the shower.  I cannot stand rough feet and have tried a lot of products, but have never found one this good.  And, I think the name is just so cool!  And, the Forbees, the "founding father's" of Sole Food in Plano, Texas could use our prayers.  Jack, the President has just been diagnosed with cancer and he and his precious wife, Patty have a long and tough journey ahead of them.  I called their website number this past Monday to order some more of the Sole Food and Patty was who I spoke with and she shared this with me.  Can I just say that it was a  very "God ordained" conversation and I called to get Sole Food but what I got was Soul Food and I was blessed.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Miscellany Monday

Time to link up with our Carissa and share our randomness........

$50 a pound.........

I'm not sure how many of you saw the article a a couple of weeks ago about these little pods for the coffee makers, such as a Keurig. (I owe a keurig)  But, it was stating that by buying coffee in these pods we were paying around $50 a pound for coffee. OUCH!  I thought about that for a while and I really have no doubt that is correct.  There is probably no more than a tablespoon of coffee in each of those pods and it takes a whole lotta pods to equal a pound of coffee.  I felt just a little bit better knowing that I use each of my pods twice, once for a large cup and once for a small cup.  But, that is still expensive anyway you cut it. I'm thinking gas could be less expensive than coffee when you put the math to it. ~frightening~

Who will it be..........
I am not much of a TV watcher except when it comes to American Idol.  I got hooked somewhere around Season 5 and when it gets down to the Top 12, I start keeping a list and acting like it's a matter of "life or death."  ~laugh~ I'm not sure I have ever seen such great talent as the group this year.  It seems that all Top 24 have some "star quality."  It will make for some good conversations for sure and Hubby and I will enjoy rooting for our picks.

Center of my life...........

Our Bible Study yesterday morning was on Christ being the center of our lives.  Now, one would think that if you had been a Christian for 52 years (that would be me) that this would just come natural.  Oh, how I wish!  But, it is a daily struggle with the things of this world vying for our attention and luring us away from Him.  I'm not talking about some blatant  sin in our lives, just those sneaky little things that move Him off of the throne of our lives.  Can I just say that I was convicted to get my life back in alignment with Him.  There is no greater joy!

Work and Commitment............

This past Saturday I attended the 59th wedding anniversary of a dear couple here in our town and went straight from that to the wedding of a young couple here in our town.  As I sat waiting on the wedding to begin I thought of the 59 years this couple had been married and the almost 41 that I've been married and the stories they/we could likely tell this young couple just starting out.  Oh, my goodness, I imagine the one thing most all couples would say, no matter the length of time they have been married, is that it takes a whole lot of WORK and a whole lot of COMMITMENT and God's grace.  And, I'm afraid we see less of both of these and as a result we are seeing more and more broken homes.  And, so goes the home, so goes the nation.  WOW! It is a rarity to see anyone  celebrate 59 years and if they do, then you know they "stayed the course."    Ah, love is a many splendored thing............

A floral thank you ..........

I got home from running errands this past Friday afternoon and found this sitting on the kitchen island.  Hubby was here but he did not have a guilty look on his face so I pulled out the card and was so surprised.  It was a thank you from a local business for my doing something nice for them.  I mean really, isn't that what we are suppose to do, be nice.  But, be assured that it "made my day!" It was so unusual, not so fixed and perfect, but more free form. Just pure loveliness!

Count your blessings and have a great week!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Only in the South

Can I just say that I LOVE Rachel's new FFT button.  I know that she is in hog heaven today as she is attending Blissdom.  What a deserving gal!

I have been a Southern gal all of my life, and a deep Southern gal since moving to Louisiana some 41 years ago.  I was born in Virginia, shortly afterwards moved to Arkansas, then to Louisiana, and back to Virginia until Hubby and I were married.  So, my roots run deep and I'm pretty much convinced that some things only happen in the South.  I learned shortly after moving here that everything in an EVENT! No joke, nothing just takes place, it is a royal happening.  And, I soon discovered that I liked that.  I mean, why not?  This past week has reminded me of this truth and I thought that I would share with you some of the events, happenings, affairs, etc. that I was privileged to be a part of.

Unless you have been under a log, anyone reading this likely knows that Mardi Gras took place this past Tuesday.  And, you likely know that Louisianans do Mardi Gras unlike anyone else.  Even the nursing facility that my Dad resides in had a big celebration Tuesday afternoon for the residents.  I love the colors of Mardi Gras and the fun spirit but I have never been apart of any parade or celebration.  So, I decided that Daddy and I would attend this celebration and it would be a "first" for both of us.

One of the residents Granddaugther was the Queen of the Orion Krewe in Baton Rouge and she came up to lead the parade down the halls with her two precious children.  I was able to snag her long enough to get Dad's picture with her.  Daddy rode his motorized wheelchair in the parade and threw beads out along the way.  If a resident needed anything during the time this celebration was taking place, well, it was probably for naught.  I mean, a lot of the residents, the staff and guests were all caught up in the action.  

On Tuesday evening I attended my first ever "Corsage Party."  One of our local florist,The Flower Tree, and the one I use for everything, hosted an evening of fun for the girls and their Moms preparing to go to the local high school proms.  They had pulled out all the stops for these gals.  Chips and dips of all varieties and Strawberry and Lime Mockarita's. Yep, that's right, I'd never heard of a Mockarita either, but let me tell you, the Strawberry would "make you slap your pappy." I told you, "only in the South."

No, I certainly don't have a daughter attending prom, but I knew it was going to be a fun evening and I invited myself to be a part of it. ~smile~  I had never heard of such an event and further more did not know what a spectacular creation that corsages had become.  My goodness, they are more like "works of art" and I didn't ask, but I imagine they cost like "works of art."  I am assuming, I didn't ask this either, the girl goes and picks out what she wants for herself and for her date and the guy gets to pay for his dates and she pays for his.  Now, we know who comes out on the short end of that stick. ~chuckle~ 

They had a photographer there to do fun pics of the girls and "yours truly" could not resist joining in on that fun.  Notice my black glasses and red nose in the above left bottom picture. This all took place "after hours" so that made it an even more special event.  I'd never heard of a corsage party but perhaps they are the up and coming thing and I just bet it got it's start in the South!!  It sure was fun and I am glad to be "in the know" about prom corsages.~smile~

Yesterday I hosted a CABI Show in my home.  If you have never heard of CABI, then you are missing something.  It is Carol Anderson By Invitation.  Which, in layman's terms, means that Carol Anderson, the designer, offers her clothes through home shows only now.  At one time they were available through retail stores, but not anymore.  And, they offer great incentives to their hostess, thus my reasoning for being a host. Go figure..............

I designed my own invitation because I think cute invitations make folks more likely to attend the function.  It's a Southern thing! ~grin~  Cabi does an evite and that just does not cut it for me.  I want an old fashioned, in the mail, cute invitation.  It was such fun and Linda, the rep, does the greatest job of showing how to put pieces together for the neatest look.
Anytime Tee

The Johnny Crop
These are two pieces that I got but be assured, I will NOT be sporting the 3  1/2 inch heels with my Johnny Crops. I could really get use to this kind of clothes shopping.  I like the personalized service, all the ideas and just the fun of being with the girls.  And, it's even more fun because we all know each other so well and feel free to share our opinions whether we ask for them or not.  You know, it's the Southern way! 

The weather has been so spring like  and add to it the happenings, events, gatherings, whatever you want to call them, and it has made for a super week! Can I just say that today finds me a very happy Southern Gal!

Love you girlies!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Okay girlies, Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) was yesterday and today is Ash Wednesday.  What better way to begin the season of Lent than with Joyce and her Hodgepodge Questions.  I mean, really........

1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day...what makes you proud? What keeps you humble?
One thing that makes me very proud is watching our children parent their own children.  They are very good parents and it makes my heart swell with pride.

What keeps me humble is knowing that it is only God's grace that allowed me to be where I am today and it is His grace that keeps me here. WOW! is all I can say!

2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house?
The kitchen cabinet by the laundry room and backdoor will generally have something laying there that is for Hubby or me to take somewhere.  It's not what I would really call a dumping ground, but Hubby's clothes rack in our bedroom would win the prize!  Oh, my goodness, that man can hang more clothes on that rack that the law allows.  Ever so often I have to have a clean sweep but Hubby immediately begins to fill it back up. ~smile~

3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What's your favorite?
No, we do not make it a point to visit either State or National Parks but we do have a really nice State Park just a mere 10-12 miles from here.  It is the Chemin-A-Haut State Park and is a lovely park with great accomodations for either families or groups.  Hubby and I usually do find our way there at some point each year and ride through, but parks are not on our list of priorities. ~shame on us~

4. How would you define honor?

Dignity and respect

5. Angel's food or Devil's food-which cake do you prefer?

I am not a big chocolate fan so it would definitely be Angel Food for me.  I like little bites of chocolate here and there but would not choose a slice of Devil's Food Cake over a slice of Angel Food.

 6. What's the most recent road trip you've taken? Where did you go and how many hours did you spend in the car? Do you like to zoom to your destination without stopping or leisurely wind your way there with stops along the way? What is your car snack of choice?Our last road trip was in mid-December to Natchez, La. It is only about 3 hours away and Hubby had a business meeting there and I tagged along because Natchez is one of the South's greatest little towns.  I am all about the destination when we travel and Hubby is all about the journey which makes for a most interesting combination. ~chuckle~  Oh, I love to eat CornNuts when we travel and Hubby thinks that I am crazy because I never eat them any other time.

7. Recent headlines told how a preschool child in NC had their packed lunch from home taken away and a school lunch substituted by a school inspector who deemed the homemade lunch unhealthy. Reportedly the parent was then billed for the school lunch (chicken nugget meal) although an update to the story says the parent was not billed. The inspector was conducting a routine inspection of the classroom-he/she was not there solely to peek in the lunchboxes. The packed lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips, and a banana. You can read the story here. Your thoughts?
I thought it was one of the craziest things I had ever heard when it came out on the news and also thought that is wasn't "news worthy" (neither is half of everything else on the news).  For goodness sakes, a chicken nugget lunch is probably not near as healthy as a turkey and cheese sandwich. ~gheez~

8. Insert your own random thought here.

As I stated at the beginning of my entry, yesterday was Mardi Gras.  Well, the nursing facility where my Dad resides had a Mardi Gras parade and celebration for the residents.  The little fellas in the picture above were  brought by their owner to participate in the parade.  I thought they were toys when I first saw them.  She had them perched on a cart and she pushed them down the halls and they never moved.  I was sorry that I didn't have my Grans with me, they would have had a fit for sure.  Needless to say, they pretty much "stole the show."  I guess it just proves that you never know what you may see. ~giggle~

Monday, February 20, 2012

Miscellany Monday

Monday, Monday, so good to those lyrics not bring back some Momma and Poppa memories?  Oh, my, I'm really showing my age now.  So, let me just move on and be random with sweet Carissa this morning .

Fat Tuesday.......

If you are not familiar with Mardi Gras then you might be wondering what in the world is Fat Tuesday.  Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday and it marks  the end of the carnival season and the beginning of the season of Lent. The biggest Mardi Gras celebration takes place in New Orleans.  Can I just tell you that New Orleans will be "rocking and rolling" with festivities tomorrow.   In the spirit of Mardi Gras ~big laugh~ I  have been trying my hand at making a King Cake the past 2-3 years and this year I used a recipe using Rhodes Frozen Bread Dough.  I was pretty pleased with it and even Hubby said it tasted great.  It was filled with cream cheese, cinnamon and pecans. Yep, it will definitely make you fatter on Fat Tuesday. ~laugh~ Added note........I have never been to any Mardi Gras celebration or parade and I've been a Louisiana gal since marrying my husband almost 41 years ago.  I love the colors of Mardi Gras and the happiness that seems to surround it, but that's about it. ~smile~

Homemade sweetness.........

We opened our mail on Valentine's Day and inside one of the envelopes was the precious homemade Valentine from our Princess.  Her Momma had helped her with this and I thought it was so, so cute.  I thought some of you young Moms might enjoy the idea for your litle ones next year.  It was all held together by a little ribbon on the top left corner.  It brought a tear to my eye as I thought about the power of the words of this scripture.  

Roses and more roses.....

 We had lunch at the Country Club yesterday for the Sunday Buffet.  There had been a big wedding reception there the evening before and this gorgeous arrangement was still remaining in the foyer.  It was stunning to say the least and had dozens and dozens of roses in it.  Really a beautiful site!

Still amazed........
 It has been 8 1/2 months since my Dad was diagnosed with Guillian Barre Syndrome.  These months have taught me so much about my lack of faith.  After weeks of hospitalization  and a nursing facility becoming his new home last August, I had given up all hope concerning his recovery.  He was as close to death as anyone can get without actually dying.  His body was tortured with pain and he was a complete invalid.  The man that I had always known to be in the best of health and leading an active life as an 81 year old was now a lifeless creature awaiting the Lord to take him home.  But, folks, we have witnessed a miracle, a HUGE miracle!!!!  My Daddy now walks unassisted with a walker, takes care of his basic needs and looks forward to returning home with his wife, my step Mom, in the weeks ahead.  I've watched this entire process and can still hardly believe it.  But, it is true and I know that it is nothing but a miracle and we praise Him for choosing to do His healing work in Daddy's life.  What God has in store for Dad's future, we do not know, but we do know that God has His own reasons for raising him back to life and we give Him all the glory.  And, He has increased my faith like nothing else ever has and I'm going to try and never doubt His ability again.  He is able to do any and all things that He so desires to do. I pray this testimony will encourage you if you are struggling in your faith belief over some situation.

Blessings for this new week!     

Friday, February 17, 2012

My Week ~ Favorites and Other Stuff

It's been  rainy and cold  here in NE Louisiana this week.  I am not a fan of rain or cold, so I've had to make my own sunshine this week. ~smile~ Monday was a particularly cold and rainy day but I had a couple of errands to do and I wasn't about to let the rain and cold stop me.  I mean, life goes on! Once back home it was laundry and some housekeeping and then to the computer for some work and some pleasure before starting dinner.  Now, doesn't that sound like an exciting Monday?  ~giggle~

Tuesday was Garden Club and we had a delightful program by a floral designer.  I always enjoy learning any and everything I can about floral arranging.  He demonstrated how to do some very simple, yet impressive table scapes and arrangements  for our home. 

 Do you see the Rosemary in this arrangement? Who would have ever thought to put Rosemary in a flower arrangement?  Not this gal, but I definitely will in the future.  In fact, I plan to grow myself some Rosemary this spring.  

Tuesday was also "hair day."  Yep, the ole color and trim routine.  It rolls around every 4 weeks whether or not I want it to or not. ~sigh~ Guess I could just let my hair go grey, but auburn hair doesn't grey, it turns yellow. ~yuck~  So, guess as long as I have the breath of life in me I'll keep having my hair colored.  And, besides that, I love my hair stylist! ~smile~

  "Happy Hearts Day" was Tuesday too,  and I love, love Valentine's Day.  It's just a great day to show some love and you know, we can't ever get too much of that and we can never share too much of it.  It's a win, win situation!  I had fun sharing some love with some folks.~wink~

I had a long over due pedicure on Wednesday.  Oh, my goodness, it was wonderful! My feet were ultra happy when it was over, I was wishing it was flip flop wearing weather and I could show off my "happy feet."

  I attended a study club meeting with one of my "besties" on Thursday.  It's a great group of ladies and I so enjoyed being with them. They had a great program, a delicious meal and wonderful fellowship ~ I call that a great combination and I was glad I was invited to be a part of it. The program was about George Rodrigue, a Louisiana artist, and Rodrigue began the famous Blue Dog artwork.  Oh, my goodness, this little fella has created such a stir since he "came to be" in 1984.

Perhaps you are familiar with him.  Personally, I don't "get it."  But, a lot of folks do and he's proudly hanging in homes all across this country.  Isn't it amazing what folks can come up with and strike gold in the process????

Today I'll spend going to Monroe doing a little shopping and just enjoying the day.  We have no big plans for the weekend but that could change by tomorrow. We sort of fly by the seat of our pants on the weekend, it's nice to be at season of our life that we can do that. ~smile~  

Thanks for stopping by, I sincerely appreciate each and everyone of you that take the time to read my blog.  You have a lot of things vying for your time and that makes your visit even more special. May you have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks to the two Rachel's for hosting us today.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. George Washington-Abraham Lincoln-Thomas Jefferson...who would you most like to meet and why?

I think it would be neat to meet George. I mean, he was the FIRST president and how cool is that.  He must have felt so honored  to be the leader of our country.  And, I can almost guarantee that he has rolled over in his grave many times over the current state of affairs in our great country.  We are in dire need of some George Washington's!

2. What's your favorite chain restaurant?

 I'm a big fan of the Olive Garden, absolutely love their salad and their stuffed mushrooms.  That's pretty much my standard order when Hubby and I go.

3. I spied this question on the Bears at Home blog last week and she gave me permission to
borrow it-

When you look back on your life, do you imagine you'll think about the goals you failed to meet with regret? Or will you look at what you accomplished and say: it was good?
It does no good to look back with regret but rather  look forward with anticipation at what lies ahead.  I definitely have regrets but I do not dwell on them and I can say what I would have done differently but that's all based on what I know now, not on what I knew then.  So..........I think I would say, it was good!

 4. Grapefruit-take 'em or leave 'em? Given the choice between an orange and a grapefruit which would you choose? Would you prefer it served as is or squeezed into juice?
Well, believe it or not, I am NOT a fruit lover at all.  I know, that is awful, but the texture of most fruit is a turn off to me.  But, think I'd probably choose a grapefruit with lots of sugar sprinkled on top served as is.
5. When was the last time you cleaned out a closet? Is there a closet in your home that currently needs cleaning? What are you waiting for?
Oh, I'm always cleaning out a closet of some kind.  I'm sure I have one that needs a bit of tidying, but I'm pretty fanatical about cleaning and organizing and once one shows signs of disarray then I'm getting it back in order.  I know, strange..............
6. You get to have lunch with three famous people...who would you like to see round your table? 
Anne Graham Lotz, Celine Dion and Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman). Anne could impart her Biblical knowledge to me, Celine could sing to me and Ree could cook for me.  I mean, could it be any better or any more fun. 

7. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your ability to parallel park?
Oh, I think I could be the Queen of parallel parking.  It was basically the "way" to park when I started driving.  I learned to drive in the hills of Virginia and often had to parallel park on a hill while driving a standard shift car.  Now, girlies, that isn't a feat for a sissy! ~laugh~
8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Yesterday, at our Garden Club meeting we had a floral designer as our guest speaker.  He was amazing!  He did the arrangement pictured above.  It is a two leveled arrangement done in three 4 inch square containers.  And, take a close look and you will see radishes, and that is leaves from beets you see in the forefront.  I would have never thought of using such but it was so pretty when he finished with the arrangement.  He did a couple of other arrangements and used rhubarb in them and that was so interesting.  Shoot, I'm thinking I might even try a stalk of celery in my next arrangement. ~chuckle~

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Miscellany Monday

It's Monday, Valentine's Eve, so if you don't have your honey a "happy" you still have one more day to get it. And, if you can't think of anything, just go to Pinterest, there you will find some of the all time cutest ideas and lots are very inexpensive.

Finger-licking good.......

 The Princess spent the day with me this past Friday and we had a fun time in the kitchen.  I had made cupcakes for her to help me decorate.  Can I just say that she had the best time.  I sat her on my island, and let her go to work.  She loves shaking the sprinkles on the icing.  I mean we had sprinkles everywhere.  It's a good thing that I put down a huge cookie sheet for us to work on.  That caught most of the sprinkles.  Our finished product looked like this.

But, the best part was that the Princess made memories with her CiCi. ~aweeeeeeee~

It's past time........

 We have not seen our little man since Jan 1st and we are having withdrawal pains.  I mean, who wouldn't miss this sweet face?  But, it won't be much longer!  Hubby and I will be leaving on March 9th to meet he and his Momma in Oklahoma City for a 3 - 4 day visit.  If I can calculate right, that's only about 24 more days. We can't wait!  I'm not sure we'd survive with FaceTime. Oh, the joys of modern technology!

Tried my hand..........

I have been wanting to try my hand at making cake balls ever since they first came out or became popular.  So, this weekend I did just that.  I decided that they would make a nice "Valentine Happy"  for some folks.  I used a boxed Strawberry Cake Mix and made it according to package directions and baked it in two 9" pans.  When it was warm to the touch I dumped both pans in a mixing bowl, crumbled them up and then added a can of the premade Strawberry Frosting (I microwaved it 15 seconds) and mixed it all together.  I then took a round scoop and made balls, placed them on a lined cookie sheet, put a sucker stick in them and placed them in the freezer for a few hours.  Later I melted white chocolate in the microwave and dipped each one in it, placed them on the stick in a piece of styrofoam to let them dry (sorry I didn't picture that) and then removed them from the stick, placed them on a clear tray and squirted a cute little dot of red icing in the middle of each one.  I thought they turned out just as cute as could be and very Valentiney looking. ~grin~  And, even Hubby said they were d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!  *Added note the recipe said to dip them using a toothpick but let me tell you, that doesn't work, or at least it didn't for me.  The sucker sticks placed in there before they are put in the freezer is a much stronger way to hold them while dipping them.  Just saying.............


Friday, February 10, 2012

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

It's time for Friday Favorites and Company Girl Coffee and since a blogging buddy asked me to share about my makeup, and since makeup has always been a favorite for me, I'm going to probably share more than you even care to know.  But, I'm always interested in what makeup items other women wear and what little tips they may have.  I'm always up for learning something new, especially in the makeup and hair department.  So let me dive right in............

First, let me say, I do not and have not ever used just one brand of makeup or skin care.  I have tried and it just does not work for me.  I like certain brands of one thing and certain brands of another item.  So, I guess you would call mine a Hodgepodge, but it works for me, or might I say, I'm happy with it and I hope it works for me. ~laugh~

It all starts at my makeup mirror and I have to be seated.  I just cannot "get it right" standing up. ~smile~ I use the regular side of my mirror while doing my face and the magnified side when I do my eyes and I use the daylight setting on the lighting.  

I put on Prevage MD (not Prevage, there is a difference)first and follow that with Neova Day Therapy with sunscreen.  Prevage MD has copper peptids that supposedly (according to my Dermatologist) are very good at keeping the spunk in aging skin.~yea~  Once that has settled in it is time for my foundation.  I use MAC Studio Tech foundation (it's a powdery base that I apply with a dry sponge). I also use MAC concealer on a few spots but very scantily.  That is followed by, now brace yourself for this, Cornsilk Powder (no color matte).  Yep, for those of you my age,  you know that it has been around for ages and ages but it is my favorite powder in the whole wide world.  I have tried a bazillion other powders and always go right back to my tested and tried Cornsilk.  I can't even find it in the store anymore so I order it off the internet.  It's about $5-$7 a container.  I love the smooth, matte finish that it gives my skin.  Then the icing on the cake is Silver Dust powder by MAC.  It is a glistening powder and a little goes a long way and I just lightly dust my entire face with it for a nice glow.

Next comes the color, the fun part!  I am fairly basic when it comes to eye shadows, nothing to "out there" for me.  I start with a silky cream colored powder shadow by MAC  all over my eye lid  and the eye shadows in the compact are by Mary Kay and they are some soft browns, grey silver and a soft denim color.  They are all I wear (not at the same time).  I use all 3 of the brushes in the above picture to apply my shadows.  The one in the middle is what I use to cover my entire lid with in the beginning and I also use it to blend my shadows when I am finished applying.  I use the one to the left to apply the colored shadow and the one on the right for the darker color in the corner of my lid crease.

I have basic black and brown eyeliner by MAC in pencil form for my upper lids and then I use a bit of a brown and black sparkle eyeliner on my lower lid by Lorac.  Some soft brown brow powder on my eyebrows and lots and lots of Mary Kay and Loreal blackest black mascara.  I reapply my mascara 3-4 times until I get it as thick as I want it to be.  Not "goopy" just lush and thick. ~grin~

I then apply my blush and we all have our ways of applying it. I just try to make sure that I do not have two big red circles on my cheek.   I have a pinkish blush and a brownish blush and those two work with whatever I am wearing (again, not at the same time).  I use a Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick (left above) and Bronze Shimmer Brick (right above) by Bobbi Brown first and then come back with a more bold blush (Gentle by MAC) over it. Can you tell I like shimmer?  I try to minimize the shimmer because as I said, a little goes a long way and I do not want to look like a light bulb when I walk into a room.  I just want a nice healthy glow.

Then comes the lip liner and lipstick.  I have two colors of lipstick and two colors only.  They may vary from time to time but one is always from the red family and one is always from the brown family.  Currently, I am wearing New York Red by MAC.

And, the brown I'm using is Downtown Brown by Mary Kay
I line my lips with Brick lip liner by MAC when using either red or brown.  It works well with both.

The "finished product" looks like this...........(fyi, I used the brown tones in shadows and blush in this picture) And, just in case you are wondering, it takes me no more than 10 minutes to apply my makeup.  It took me 4 times as long to do this entry. ~laugh~

I am not sure what that stain looking spot is between my two front teeth, but oh, well, I assure you it's not there in real life ~grin~
Now, consider yourself lucky that you are seeing such a close up of me.  I mean, do you see all those character lines??? I have not found a makeup that covers those up but that is life and I'm just going to embrace it! ~big laugh~ And, besides, I have the joy of knowing that when I get to my eternal home I will not ever have to think about any of this.  I will have the perfectly made face 24/7 through no help of my own. ~Yipee!~

I will fill you in on my skin care, hair products and tools and the style of  clothing that I prefer in a later post.  Thanks Cindy from Notes in the Key of Life,  for asking me to do this, I enjoyed it so much and hopefully a few of you did too. ~wink~