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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Back to the Morning Posts

Well I tried posting my blog entries in the evening but I have to admit, I am a creature of habit so I am going back to morning posts. I think my mind is more organized in the morning!

Decatur's best kept secret is the Used Book Room at the public library. The Friends of the Library keep it stocked with all sorts of books that a reader can purchase. Priced from ten cents to three dollars, it is hard for this reader to leave the Book Room without a book under my arm! You never know what you will find there as the Book Room relies on donations from the public as well as cast offs from the library. Last year the Friends of the Library raised enough money to replace some carpeting in the library. They also donate a portion of the funds to purchasing new books. Several of my friends volunteer their time, pricing and shelving books there. When I no longer have Nana duty, I hope to volunteer as well.

The other day I was browsing the aisles when I came across this book,

Well I have always admired Linda Dano. Years ago when I watched soaps, I loved her as Felicia on Another World.  She was always so stylish. In the last several years I have seen her on QVC as she has her own line of home goods. I have never purchased any of her line but I always like to hear her ideas for decorating.

This book is about 20 years old but as it is about timeless style, I have learned a lot from reading it. Well I guess I can say, I felt vindicated in my fashion choices!!  At 60, I am finally learning that I am not a "frilly" girl. I love pretty feminine clothing but I am the more tailored type. In fact, I recently went through my closet and got rid of a lot of fashion mistakes.  And while we are on this topic, I am reading lots of blogs about Fashion over 50.  Some of these ladies must be delusional if they think they can wear the same things they wore in their 20s and 30s.  Skin and muscle tone just change as you get older even if you do exercise...be careful about showing off those bare arms! I have a rule that I only bare my arms around family.:) Or if you want to bare them, use a little shrug or a wrap. And bare legs are big now as well. Varicose and spider veins are not the best look for anyone so watch that too!! Ok, now that I have offended everyone, let's move on!  Linda Dano also recommends having a wardrobe that has about ten select pieces that can be mixed and matched. Another fashion forward older star is Jamie Lee Curtis. I read a magazine article about her style choices and she revealed she only has white, black and khaki in her closet! I would not go that far as I like color but it works for her and everything can be mixed and matched successfully.

As for make up...that changes too as you get older. I read that for ladies over 50, you should focus on your eyes or your mouth. In other words, let the 80s stay in the 80s. I have found on my own that eye make up can be aging as that skin begins to sag a bit. I do not want to look like Carol Burnette in the Sunset Boulevard spoof on her old tv show.  I wear some eye liner on my bottom lids, add mascara and that is it.  I do still have good lips...I have been blessed with plump lips that were not fashionable when I was a teenager in the 70s!  I am happy to have them now and I choose to use lipstick to focus on that area. Also being gray headed, I need some color in my face. I use just a small amount of creme blush...The Balm is my preferred brand.  I have found that powder blush is not your friend as your skin ages.

And Hair....I think most women struggle with their hair. It is a love hate relationship!  There is the  temptation to just chop it off, and I have done that!! ( hissy fit June 2014) But I realize that my hair does better with some length and a bob is probably going to be my hairstyle for the rest of my days.  And I am always going to have to flat iron it into submission! I have a sis in law who has beautiful thick auburn hair and she can just wash her hair and let it air dry! Wouldn't that be lovely?  If I air dry my hair, it is a wavy, crazy mess.   I have found some products that help but they are not miracles in a bottle

One site on Facebook that I have enjoyed is Fifty Not Frumpy.  She is also on Instagram. She puts together very pretty age appropriate clothing and I do enjoy her style. Covered Perfectly is another site that I have followed on Instagram.

So do you have any beauty hints for the Baby Boomers? We are listening!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Back in the Day

I think reading Go Set a Watchman has made me nostalgic so when my sister posted these photos on Facebook today, it made me smile.  And it also made me sad....

My cousins, Pam(on the left)  and Kathy. Today would have been Pam's 59th birthday had she not been taken away by that awful disease, cancer.  In her case colon cancer. Be sure and get those colonoscopies friends. I know they are not fun but they are key in finding polyps which lead to cancer. ( Can you tell I am an old nurse?) Kathy's 59th  birthday will be in a few days but she collapsed unexpectedly one day after years of heath issues.  The loss of these ladies has made me grateful for each day that God gives me. You will not hear me complaining about getting older. It is a blessing.

And here we are at Kathy's birthday party one year. All the Tankersley grandchildren at Grandmother and Granddaddy's house.  I am the little girl standing in the embrace of my cousin, Carolyn. She is also in heaven after losing her fight to Lupus. ( Carolyn is in the pink dress and I am in the green plaid).  These photos capture a time when birthday parties were at home. Your mom made your cake and you probably had ice cream and Koolaid. Gifts were simple and the parents did not stress about keeping up with the Jones in the party area.  Family lived nearby and you always had a cousin that was special to you.  I am missing my cousins today and so glad that memories last forever.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee is a Big Deal in Alabama...though she is from LA(Lower Alabama) the whole state is very proud of her and her book, To Kill a Mockingbird.  However, when I heard that a new Lee manuscript had been "found" not long after the death of Nelle's older sister, Alice, I thought I smelled a rat.  Alice had been a bulldog in protecting Nelle Harper and her quest for privacy. Harper  Lee is not in great health and I worried that someone had taken advantage of her in her old age.  Her publisher will tell you that she thought the manuscript had been lost and she was very happy to have it published.  She declined to edit it and had it published as it was written. Sorry but this sounds rather like a fairy tale to me. That being said, I am glad it was published because I LOVED this book. So I guess I took advantage of Miss Nelle Harper Lee as well but I did pay for the privilege!!  This book sold more copies that JK Rowling's last Harry Potter novel so that gives you an idea of the country's eagerness to read more about Maycomb, Alabama.

If you go to Good Reads you will find that not everyone liked it..some hated it. Several good friends of mine had given it a five star review so that was good enough for me to head to the store to purchase my own copy!  It is surprising to me that this book was found at just the time our country needs to wake up and smell the coffee so to speak.  In our politically correct society, you must have the same opinion on all matters as the masses or you are a "hater". If you cannot tell, this just drives me CRAZY!! Go Set a Watchman teaches us that you can have differing opinions with others and you can still love and respect them.  Can I get an AMEN?

As the book opens, Scout is now Jean Louise and is headed home to Maycomb to visit her family. After living in NYC, Jean Louise is feeling very self righteous and opinionated as she steps off the train in her old home town. She notices things that bother her and she finds she has moved ahead and left her father and old friend, Henry, behind. Still she tries to enjoy her visit until she finds that Atticus has feet of clay.  For an only daughter who revered her father, this was hard to deal with and causes her much anguish. Her Uncle Jack brings her back to earth with a bang when he tells her that she has confused her father with God.  The book comes to an end as Jean Louise realizes that the people who raised her are worthy of her respect even though they may not see things the same way and indeed may never come to a meeting of the minds.

Along the way Jean Louise shares many stories of her childhood, growing up with Jem, Dill and Jem's friend, Henry.  These stories made me really LOL.  She relates playing revival with Jem and Dill and it brought back many memories of playing "church" with my cousins. In the south, church is the big social function and playing church was common. ( I always wanted to be the piano player! One of my boy cousins was a gifted preacher.)  The south that Harper Lee describes shows the charms and the failings of the south in equal measure.  I will say that I think being a Southerner helps one to understand Go Set A Watchman. The South is a land of story tellers, porch sitters and sweet tea drinkers.  This binds us together in a way that some cannot understand.

I gave this book five stars on Good Reads and I think it may well be my favorite book of 2015. I am sure I will read this book again and I will enjoy it just as much as I did the first time I turned it's pages.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Chillaxing

The Bham Grimmlins are on their way home after a busy weekend with Nana and Grandpa.  Three under five makes for meeting my step goal on Fitbit early in the day!! All three were very good guests and I appreciate all the prayers that were said for a peaceful visit.  Baylor did very well and the smile on his face when he saw his mom and dad was priceless.

Aunt Amelia and her fiance, Todd, had us over to their pool today. The kids had a blast and it was just the right note to end the weekend.

Elliott took a while to warm up to the pool. I am in the background rocking Baylor in the big float rocker.

Hey Aunt Mimi.( their name for Amelia).

Margaret soon warmed up to the water as well.

Now this is the life!! Baylor loved floating in the water and actually went to sleep for a bit.

Soon Margaret was shooting us all with the pool gun.

Since they have left, the house is very quiet and I keep thinking I have to "look" for them!! As any Nana knows when it gets too quiet it is time to see what is going on!  Now Nana and Grandpa will try to rest up!! We have found out we are not as young as we used to be but we will sleep well tonight!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Stream

Just sharing some random thoughts this evening...I will be taking off on Friday and Saturday as my three Bham Grimmlins are coming for the weekend. As many of you know, our grandson, Baylor, is Autistic so that brings its own challenges for a weekend away from home and away from Mommy and Daddy. Prayers would be appreciated! Now let's dive into the stream.

I found this little beauty at a local antique store and it is the beginning of my search for this Longaberger pattern for our cabin in North Georgia. That is right! We got the go ahead today to build our little vacation cabin. Our land is in an agricultural conservancy so there are certain rules that go along with the conservancy. Fortunately as long as the cabin is for our use and will not be rented out we can build on our property. We will be getting the plans drawn up soon!  And speaking of the Longaberger pattern, I want the cabin to be "old timey" and I am looking for rustic touches! If any of my readers has some of this pattern they would like to sell, I am interested!!

Well I bought some more cards! The local stationery store had a great sale on Printables...this should be a party invitation with all the details printed on the other side! Who says you cannot use it as stationery? I thought it was too cute!!

Oily delivery!! These oils have improved my over all health and I get very excited to see Fed Ex guy as he steps onto the porch with my YLEO package.

I found these Vera Bradley license/change purses on sale and picked up some for Margaret and Baylor to take to school for a Meet the Teacher Day Happy! Our teachers do so much for the children, I want them to know we appreciate their efforts!

I told you I live in No'Ala.

Here is my shopping helper! My sweet girlie is growing up!

And I leave you with this! I am thinking I will be wearing a lot of lipstick over the weekend! But then those sweet grands will have lipstick kisses all over them!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

And The Winner Is...

And the winner is....Heather at Josh's Girl! I left a comment on your blog Heather and if you could send me your mailing address at agrimm55@hotmail.com, I will put your package in the mail! Thanks to all of you who entered the give away. This has been so much fun that I plan to do some more in the future!!

And speaking of getting a surprise package in the mail, I get one every month.

I ordered Birchbox about two years ago and I have really enjoyed the monthly Birchbox that arrives in my mailbox filled with fun sample products. ( This is my own opinion...I am not receiving anything in return from Birchbox for this blog post!)

Every year the boxes have a different design. This year's boxes have blown me away with their great graphics.  And this box comes boxed inside a pink box for mailing. Birchbox really wants you to feel you are receiving a gift in the mail.  When you sign up for Birchbox you will fill out a form that pinpoints your own beauty problem areas. This company takes into account your age  which really impressed me.

Here is what was in this month's box...the goodies are nestled in a pretty yellow tissue paper.  Cartier Basier Vole is a romantic floral scent. It did smell good but I put it aside for my daughter in law, Katy, as I have a "signature" cologne that I use and I am very pleased with it's scent. The White bottle is Dr Jart Ceramidin Liquid. It is for hydrating skin. I love Dr Jart products and I have ordered several things from his line after trying the samples. The Rusk hair care, Restyling Cream, is one I set aside for Katy as well. I seldom re style my hair during the day, other than brushing it.lol..The lip gloss is Stila, which is another great product. It is going to Katy because it is a coral color and I prefer pink. W3LL People sent me this mascara...it is all natural. I never have to purchase mascara anymore because I usually get a sample just as I am using up another sample mascara! My favorite product is the Nectar Thermique. I will be purchasing a full size product.  My friend, Sharon, and I were talking about what a time we have with our wavy hair..especially in this hot humid weather we have had down South. You put a small amount of the nectar on your damp hair and blow dry. It makes my hair feel softer and protects it from the heat of styling tools.

I enjoy being able to share things with Katy...she is a busy stay at home mom and I love to treat her with things that are not in her budget right now.  So that is another plus of being a Birchbox member. Daughter Amelia does get some things too while Nancy prefers to stick with the tried and true.

So if you have been wondering about Birchbox, maybe this post will help you decide if you want to subscribe to this service.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lady Violet


I have been missing Downton Abbey and one of my favorite characters, Lady Violet . Dame Maggie Smith portrays this aristocratic lady so beautifully. I first became aware of Maggie Smith when I saw her in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.  And I can honestly say that I think this actress has gotten better with age. Of course I loved her in The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood...she does a great Southern accent!! And who could have played Professor Minerva McGonagall  but Maggie Smith?   So I am counting down the days to January and the return of all the inhabitants of Downton Abbey, both upstairs and downstairs. As this is the last year of this series I am hoping that the writers will end it gracefully.  I am looking forward to Julian Fellowes new series set in America, The Golden Age. But like Lady Violet says, "At my age, one must ration one's excitement!"

And please take a moment to leave a comment on yesterday's blog...Orange You Sweet! I look forward to sending out my Orange Tin to one of my blog friends.