I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you. ~ Agatha Christie

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Color Me Beautiful

Do you remember way back when... The stylish thing to do was get your "colors" or "seasons" done.  The Color Me Beautiful program identified the colors that you looked best in by using your hair, skin and eye colors.  Most programs used Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter as categories.  Some programs used a generalized system where you would buy a packet of colors for all persons of a certain seasons, others had color specialist who picked a season but tried a gazillion shades on you and came up with your specifics.  

I had my colors done, thanks to the insistence of my mother.  I was a bit of an anomaly with Fall skin and Winter hair.  What this meant was that certain shades made my face sparkle and others made my hair shine.  For many years I shopped with my color pallet in hand.  I never really loved shopping for shopping's sake. If I needed new shoes, a purse or a shirt, I shopped for that item.  I never trolled the malls like many teenage girls did.

I have a habit of taking the long road to tell a short story.  The point I wanted to make was that I love fall colors.  Always have but I never realized they were fall colors until having your colors done were the thing.  So, to celebrate my love of fall colors, here are a few fall pictures.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Is In the Air

Buddy and I have been hibernating for some time now.  Between the heat in July and August and then add to that all the rain we've had in September, I feel like we've barely left the house.  This week all that changed.  The cooler temperatures blew in with the first day of fall, and Buddy and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting out the last two days and waving at neighbors and seeing what was new in the neighborhood.  I even felt so energized I took the dishes off the shelves and cleaned and reorganized the kitchen cabinets.  Yep, change is in the air.

My sentiment exactly.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Granddaughter #1 brings home first joke

I knew it wouldn't be long before I started hearing jokes from Granddaughter #1 who started Pre-K this year.

Her mom sent me a text with the Story:

Elayna:  Mom.  I know how to spell Indian.

Mom:  You do?  Ok.  Tell me.

Elayna:  N-D-N,  Get it?

Mom:  Burst out in laughter and big hugs and then grabs cell to text Nana!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coffee Love

Monday, September 15, 2014

Life is Art

Saturday, September 13, 2014

It all comes around

And now I listen to my son say the same thing.  It all comes around.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Feel Grand Challenge #1: Recover a Memory

The challenge:

Find a quiet room and sit down. Choose a place or a person you would like to remember. Go as far back in your memory as you're able—a favorite elementary school teacher, a family vacation, anything that evokes a feeling. Slowly and purposefully, let details come to you. Once you have a strong impression of an image, a noise, or some other small detail, focus on it. The full memory may reveal itself slowly, or you may have to truly concentrate—but stick with it. Given enough time and peaceful reflection, you’ll walk out with a complete recollection.

What you get out of it:

Not only does this exercise demonstrate the power of introspective recall, it can actually improve your outlook. Studies show that happy memories and nostalgia actually make us calmer, kinder, and more hopeful about the future. So sit back and start reminiscing!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

For those of You who can Sew a Straight Stitch

This cute little post explains how to use all those sweat shirts or t-shirts to make a muffler.  I wish I had saved the Granddaughters clothes to make something - maybe even try a coverlet.  Lots of instructions and you only need to use a straight stitch.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

7 Foods that Put You in a Better Mood

Susanne at Hillbilly Housewife posted this list of 
7 Foods that Put You in a Better Mood:

Here’s what you want to eat to lift your mood.

1. Dark Chocolate
2. Protein
3. Bananas
4. Coffee
5. Turmeric (Curcumin)
6. Purple Berries
7. Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats

I think this could be my new diet:  chocolate and coffee sprinkled with bananas and blackberries.  Life is good sometimes.  Seriously, I wanted to know a little more so I clicked through to for the original article.  I already am a big believer in comfort food being a mood enhancer so now I'm adding these ingredients to my happy food list.  

I have to agree with Susanne's question in her post though.  How do you incorporate Turmeric in your diet, not counting curry dishes?