Friday, January 24, 2014

Five on Friday

I'm on board with "Five on Friday" and the 3 pretty ladies that host it each week.  
One.  First and foremost............I started with the cold/congestion stuff a week ago this past Wed.  I started taking some over the counter meds and just knew that was all I needed to head it off.  WRONG! After a week of battling it and trying to act like I was really getting better, I realized that I probably needed some "real drugs."  I was prompted to get it in gear and get well because we are headed to sunny Florida next Tuesday and I do not want this stuff going with me.  I've had such chest congestion and am still not 100% but I've been taking it easy, staying in and am hopeful that I will be "good to go" by Tuesday. ~gotta be~

Two.  Okay ladies, have you tried the new electronic facial cleansing brushes?  I had not until Dec. and then I was given this
little beauty.  It is the Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush by Mary Kay.  All it took was one use and I was hooked!  I love the clean, clean feeling it gives and supposedly it has other benefits, such as stimulating the collagen, thus slowing down the aging process. ~hope, hope~ I don't know anything about all the other brands available but I do know that this one is $50 and all the others I checked into were between $100 and $250.  Hummm.....not sure about all the differences, so I'll try not to judge, but I'm thinking there can't be $200 worth of difference.  I just think that the marketers know that women are easily convinced when it comes to skin and aging and they can put whatever price they want and there will always be a good percentage that will pay it. But, I'm telling you, this one by Mary Kay has really impressed me.

Three. I'm not sure I've ever introduced Bertha and Warren to my blogging buddies.
This picture was taken at the nursing facility and they spent most of their days right there in those two chairs.  Don't you just love my Grandmother's wig?  Bless her heart, she wore it for years!  

This is my paternal grandparents and talk about a pair!  Oh, my goodness!  I could write a book about them.  In or around 1987 I became the overseer of their care for the last years of their lives.  They lived in Ft. Smith, AR. and could no longer live alone and they moved here to a nursing facility so that I would be near.  My Dad, their only child at the time, lived in Virginia and they absolutely refused to move that far, but coming to Louisiana seemed for more doable as they left everything familiar to them behind.  My Grandpa died after 7 years but Grandmother lived on another 6 years after he died.  Grandpa was 88 and Grandma was 94 when they died.  While there were lots of good times, there was also a lot of tough, tough times and I was still in the middle of raising our two children and a busy, busy Mom.  I look back now and wonder how I did it, but little did I know that was just the beginning of being a care giver for me.  If they gave degrees in it, I'd sure have one or maybe two. ~big smile~

Four.  Have any of you read the book, 7 by Jen Hatmaker?  The author calls it an experimental mutiny against excess.  It was on the $5 table at the Christian book store after Christmas and I picked it up.  I read Jen's blog and I knew a little about it from that and thought it would be a most interesting read.  And, that it is!!!  While I am not nor do I have plans to rid myself of as much excess as Jen has, it has been most thought provoking.  Jen has pared down her closet to 7 outfits and I so enjoyed her sharing the process by which she did that.  I did think how much easier my life would be if when I went to my closet I ONLY had 7 outfits to look through.  I mean, how simple!!!  As I said, it has definitely given me some really good "food for thought."  And, her closet is just one of many, many ways that Jen has pared down with excess in her life.  I'm afraid that we have become a society ruled by stuff, instead of us being the rulers of it.  I'm thinking we could all learn a few lessons from Jen.

Five. Hubby and I take and pick up the Princess on Tuesday and Thursdays from Mother's Day Out ~ she calls it "school."  Yesterday when we got in I let her decorate cupcakes.  
Anything to do with icing is one of her most favorite things!And, when Pillsbury came up with Funfetti, they did a good thing for sure.
She worked very painstakingly on each cupcake and then could hardly wait to lick the spatula!  What's not to like about sugary goodness?  
Happy weekend y'all!!!
Lea @ CiCis Corner
Lea @ CiCis Corner

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!


  1. I always enjoy reading these. I too have been battling the crud for the past week. That goes with the territory when you work with three and four year olds. They tend to forget to cover their coughs. :) Glad you're on the mend as am I.

    I know how difficult it can be to care for elderly relatives. What a cute photo of the two of them.

    I only recently discovered the facial brushes. Love it! I got one from Walgreen's for $30 on special but it works great. Amazing how much cleaner my face feels.

    Blessings and love,

  2. Can't wait to try the Skinvigorate Brush And thanks for tbe book review. Sounds interestimg. I hate the crud! I think I've been side-stepping it using my essential oils (peppermint and lavender) for about a week. Happy you're better! !

  3. Sweetness beyond words!! Bertha and Warren look like such a precious couple, being a caregiver is a lot of work, but the benefits are priceless!
    I have been thinking about the facial brushes and will check this one out, thanks for the info. So glad you are feeling better, enjoy your trip to Florida, hope by then it has warmed. Thanks for sharing!
    Enjoy your weekend,
    blessings, Sue

  4. Well so far I have managed to keep the crud from visiting here, and it seems pretty miraculous as everyone seems to have it! Hope you feel better soon. You should be almost 100 percent by Tues! I am going to have to look into that brush...interesting. Enjoy your week-end!

  5. That makes me want a funfetti cupcake- I always had funfetti for my birthdays growing up :)Hope you feel better soon!

  6. I'm glad you mentioned that book! The ladies at my church just picked out that book and the accompanying DVD Bible Study to do this Spring. It sounds like an interesting study. It's good to stop and "examine ourselves" every so often! I enjoy your columns!

  7. Glad you are on the mend, Lea. Sounds awful. I want to check out that book...sounds like my kind of book for sure. Your little cutie is so blessed to come to CiCi's and make cupcakes. Fun times making memories!

  8. I think Florida will be just what you need : ) Cute picture of your grands!

  9. Hope you are feeling better, pronto!!

    Have a restful weekend.


  10. You really have earned honorary degrees in caregiving. Love that wig--woohoo! :) And 'school' is always fun when making food is the curriculum! REst up and be well for Florida.

  11. I love Mary Kay products, as I was a sales director for the company in the early/mid 90's and I love my face brush!! Your grandparents are adorable and yes, care-giving is a tough job. Love granddaughters and cupcakes :) Hope you feel better before your trip! Enjoy your weekend as well!!!

  12. Lea, I hope you feel better very soon for your trip. We were in both the Orlando and the Pensacola areas last week. I got to wear my sandals only one day! The rest of the time it was unseasonably cool. For Coloradoans it wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I wanted for FL weather. Pack a little of everything! (Ha-ha! So much for the mutiny against excess!)

  13. I sure hope you get rid of your crud AND get some delightful weather for your trip ... where exactly are you going?

    I just love the pictures of your Princess icing those cupcakes ... just too, too precious!


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