Sunday, November 21, 2010

Purple Leggins and Purple Tights

My five year old granddaughter woke up one morning this week to realize she had no clothes!  She is growing like a weed and when the weather changed it caught her and her momma off guard.  It doesn't seem like she could have grown out of everything since she started Kindergarten earlier this fall, but she has!  This was our swimsuit photoshoot this summer in the back yard.  I made the suit to fit her XL torso and plan to offer them on etsy this spring.

Tonight I spent a couple of peaceful hours at Walmart searching for tights.  She has quite an intriguing sense of personal style and loves wearing her skirts no matter what the temperature is! 

I bought several things on my list tonight for myself - the things that are best bought new rather than thrifted.  My list (so proud - a list! - can you believe it? and I even had it in my purse!) has had tights and leggins on it for a couple of months now.  I found brown and plum tonight at Walmart.  My mom brought my new brown birthday boots last weekend and I bought a pair of navy boots on ebay last week that I took in to have the heels replaced.  I am ready to get out the skirts!  Yippee!!

Now if I can just get more confident with the delay button on my camera I could get some photos.......

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nut-Thins by Blue Diamond

Are these new?  I ran across them at the grocery store last weekend.  Gluten-free it says right on the box. Yeah! They are made with pecans and rice flour.  Love them! 

These and Chex cereals have become two of my go-to snacks when I am craving things with flour.

And I have been living on this make-it-yourself cappuchino.  It's not the real thing of course, but it is very near to that sweet imitation stuff you get at gas stations.  I found the recipe online but I didn't write down where it came from.  Sorry!


1/3 cup instant coffee
1/2 cup powdered coffee creamer
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup instant french vanilla pudding (just the dry powder)
the original recipe said 1 cup of dry milk.  I use about half of that or sometimes even none.

And it goes great with this!

That pretty much sums up what I have been eating the past few days.  Sometimes I throw in a cheese stick and some leftover meat.  Isn't fall great?


It is just beautiful outside right now!  I love the snow!

Notice the gigantic soft flakes with little wind - doesn't happen in Kansas very often!

And my very confused rose bushes!

And.....the debut of my latest ebay purchase.......

Its a Lew Magram suede coat.  I saw it on ebay and just went crazy.  Had to use my best ebaying skills to snag it in the last few minutes of the auction.  I've decided that since I live in cowboy country, I might as well enjoy the fashion a little more. 

I threw on this coat and ran outside to get a photo when I saw the new snow.  So underneath are my housecleaning clothes and no makeup.  Can't say as I really can tell a great difference - maybe I am spending too much time worrying about my hair and makeup!  Although a close-up shot would quickly reveal the difference!

And this is Lightening.  He came to greet me because that is his job.  But he is encouraging me to go back in the house so he can go back to his warm doghouse without offending me. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day in the Founding City

Emporia claims to be the founder of Veteran's Day.  There is always a parade and memorial ceremony.  Since we are a military family now (thanks to my son-in-law, career army), my daughter asked me to ride with her in the parade.  My 18 month old granddaughter was excited about waving her flag for "my daddy's a soldier" day.   

Boots - thrifted last summer for $8.99 at Goodwill
Jeans - Gap, consignment shop in Lyndon $12.95
Red stretch button up shirt - St John's Bay - thrifted by my good friend for me
Gray wool blend cardigan sweater - thrifted Marsh's Landing, Goodwill $3.99
Navy zip up sweatshirt - thrifted Van Heusen, Salvation Army $2.99

Hint:  Its much easier to get great cardigans and sweaters in July at thrift stores.  I haven't seen any good ones in a while because of course, now everyone wants one!

And P.S.  If anyone is listening.....please, please, please think about who your audience is when planning for a Veteran's Day Memorial speaker.  If I have to listen to one more politician rattle on about how much he/she knows what is best for our soldiers and their families.........Please, for just this one day can we agree to show silent respect by listening to only those experts who are living and healing from their war experiences?  Believe me, there are a pool of possibilities right in your own neighborhood!  Thank them by creating a space and time in your community for listening.   

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

30 for 30 Challenge is not for me!

I will be watching the other bloggers as they go through the next 30 days wearing only the 30 items they chose from their closets.  Kendi's Everyday 30 for 30 Challenge will be fun - even if I am not participating.  I know its just not for me!

I am 52 years old.  I want complete freedom to choose what to put on my body every day.  For once, I feel like there are treasures in my closet.  I don't want any (even self-imposed) authority slapping my hand and making me feel guilty.  This adventure in downsizing my closet has been about growing my personal style.  It  means I no longer ask my friends and family, "Do you like this?"  If I like it, I wear it.  Tough cookies for girls who grew up in the 1950's - but WOW!  Empowering myself to choose my own clothes?   Who knew?  Pretty soon, I might even grow into my own unique self!

Also, Kansas weather changes from day to day - from one extreme to the other.  A few days ago it was 40 degrees with a bitter north wind.  This past week it has been nearly 80 degrees and sunny.  Predicting the weather takes too much effort and I know my accuracy rate will be near zero.  So, why waste precious time while I enjoy my years of home in the Flinthills? 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Back to Work!

Its time to get back to work - working at home that is!  I completed a thirty day contract which included long hours with no days off.  Today, I feel a bit lost as I file final reports and clear off my desk.

I just can't stand to think of losing all of the organization and free space I have worked so hard to get in my closet.  My stack of clothes and shoes waiting for final decisions about sell/toss/keep was getting too tall so this morning I started taking photos of items to list on ebay.  These Mia boots were in the sell pile.....

Vintage?  Yes!  How can I be sure?  Because they have been in my closet since the 1980's.  Time to part with them so I laid them out for the ebay photo, but then a strange thing happened..........

In searching ebay and etsy for brown leather vintage boots I realized most of the boots I had on my watch list looked alot like this!  I guess we just belong together!  So I suppose I will be selling this stack

in order to buy something else on my gotta have list! 

In looking back at this near miss of a fashion disaster - the one we 50+ year old women fear the most - getting rid of something we should have kept! - what was the key learning point for me?  I think the difference became that now I am consciously shopping.  I quit wandering the malls and swiping my credit card -  hoping to eventually have enough.  In this thoughtful process it became clear that I don't have brown boots to wear with my skirts.  The next step was pinpointing exactly why I don't wear the brown boots I have.  I prefer my black boots.  Why?  It's because they are about an inch taller and I like the look better with my skirts. 

I love my shorter boots and many of them have a western look.  I wear them with my jeans.  So now, for the first time in 30 years, I have two categories of need for brown boots.  I searched ebay and etsy for brown leather vintage boots that were tall enough to wear with my skirts.  I still haven't found them but I haven't bought another pair of the wrong ones either!  My watch list contained several boots to wear with jeans that I liked.  Then my  Mia boots photo pops up on my computer to be loaded onto ebay and I see them for the first time in a new light.  The mind is an amazing thing!  

P.S.  At least I saved myself some shipping charges!