Saturday, June 10, 2017

Game Changing Summer Must Haves

Welcome to Ten on the Tenth where ten bloggers share ideas and tips on a variety of subjects on the tenth of the month.

Since summer is here,
I thought I'd share three game changing summer must haves I am using daily, and I cannot live without.

I have worn a lot of hats over the years for sun protection, but Tula hats are the best.
I also like that they are cute! 
This particular style, which is what I have has:
  • A stretchy sweatband (22' or hat size 7)
  • Approx. 4" Dome brim
  • Is made of hand-woven palm
  • And is UPF 50+

I know there are more expensive stainless 30 ounce tumblers on the market,
but the good news is you can buy a pair of this particular brand at Costco for $19.99.
These have been a real water drinking game changer for me.
Your water will stay so cold, and the straw is wonderful.

Clark Arla Gibson Black Fabric Flip Flops

If you enjoy a comfortable flip flop as much as I do, these are the best.
The downside is they are a tad expensive, but my feet think
because I wear them just about everyday, the price is worth it:)

On a personal note, I want to thank you all for your comments, emails, and prayers for our house search.
It continues!


Please go visit these wonderful blogs.
They have such great ideas to share!
Poofing the Pillows
The Purple Hydrangea
Bluesky Kitchen

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

When It Looks Like Your Home But It's Not

And so the story that began on March 15th, when my husband and I moved to El Paso to be nearer our grandsons, continues.
It is all good even though we have not found a house.
Let me rephrase.
We found a house- a fixer upper to be exact- whose inspection later revealed all sorts of hidden issues that were not part of the plan,
and so we said thank you but no thank you.

It was going to be amazing, I thought,
even though my entire family disliked the house.

And so here we are.
Why have I not lost it?
Because I believe more will be revealed, and
because so many things in my daughter’s home look like my home-

I feel at home.

These plates from Mexico sitting against
the Saltillo tile in her kitchen look just like something I had/will have in my kitchen.

I found 12 of these plates in a small shop on a bottom
shelf in Old Mesilla , New Mexico last year.
They became an early birthday gift for her, and they look wonderful in her

This is the hallmark on the back.
She has other wonderful treasures that I often teasingly ask,
“Is that mine?”
I love this ginger jar,
and I gave her a pair of these large ginger jars with blue chevron stripes for another birthday.
They caused a real motherly moral dilemma which mentally sounded like this:
“I want these- I need to give them to Heather- I want these- I need to give these to Heather”.

And so the message here as we move into June dear friends is that
more really will be revealed.
We really can find our home even if we are temporarily living in someone else’s.
I hope things are going well for you all.
My dear friend Anna gently chided me on the phone this morning as she said-
“you need to get back to blogging”.
She is right!

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Monday, April 10, 2017


The Return of Odysseus, Claude Lorrain, 1644
At my last farewell party , before my husband and I moved to El Paso (800 miles from our home),I received a very special gift from my dear friend Lina.
That night I was saying goodby for a time to many beloved friends.
Many of us taught together, sat in stands together, hostessed parties together and did all of the wonderful things that women do who live in each other's lives.
That evening at home, I opened Lina's gift, and it took my breath away.
She had given me a framed copy of Ithaca by C.P. Cavafy. 

For the first 14 years of my 32 year career of teaching high school English, I had taught and tap danced my heart out trying to convey the magnitude of Odysseus's journey in Homer's epic poem The Odyssey.

This time, however, the message was for me.

And it begins...

" As you set out for Ithaka hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery."

And so in the midst of living a very happy and fulfilling life , surrounded by all that is familiar and loving, 
we really can jump
if we need to.

And so I am here to report that once the moving van arrived in El Paso, and we had not found a home to buy as yet,
you really can move everything you own into storage.
You can even survive the dismantling of your garden by giving pieces of it to your friends Anna and Celeste,who are master gardeners.
My plants are smiling right now.
And when that becomes too hard , you can ask the movers to please try and fit pieces of that garden that gave you such pleasure into the truck.
And they did.
And when the search for a new home continues 4 weeks later, you can enjoy the gracious home of your daughter and son in law and their generosity and love on your grandsons, and cook a hot breakfast every morning- leaning on the island with a cup of coffee watching them enjoy it- as the adventure unfolds.

And 'hope dear friends that your road is a long one full of adventure , full of discovery'.
(a full version of Ithaca is below.)
 Please visit these wonderful friends and bloggers. 
They are all so talented and smart and full of good ideas.
Cottage at the Crossroads
Garden Up Green
Patina and Paint
Poofing the Pillows
The Purple Hydrangea
The Queen in Between
To Work With My Hands
White Spray Paint

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Selling Our Home

Dear Friends-

Goodness, things in my life are in such a state of excited, stressed upheaval.

Our home went on the market January 13th, and we had a contract the next week.

Why are we moving? It becomes very simple and clear when it involves grandsons and family and adventure.

As I have said often in recent weeks, there are lots of moving parts involved in this process.

Here are a few things I have realized in recent weeks, and if you are going through a big change in your life like I am, these will probably make perfect sense.

* It is ok to cry. Crying doesn't mean the decision to move out of a home that has your soul embedded in every single inch of it is a wrong decision. It simply means that crying is processing.

*The reason (grandsons) you may be moving remains the same regardless of how you feel. Just because at times it feels overwhelming and scary doesn't mean the reason for doing it has changed. It just means it feels overwhelming and scary.

* Change is good and is not finite. Life doesn't give us a change limit. We can keep changing. We can be brave and strong.
Change is good.

 Let me know if you are planning a big move this year.
We are in this together!


I am sharing this today as part of a wonderful group of bloggers participating in Ten on the 10th.

Please visit the following bloggers for more great ideas!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ten on the 10th! My Beauty Edition

I am delighted to begin my 2017 blogging year today with a wonderful monthly event titled Ten on the 10th.
On the tenth of each month, ten bloggers (all listed below) will share ten items all under $10. 
With the new year well underway, I wanted to share 10 of my favorite beauty items, all under $10.

Flower Pots Blush by Flower Cosmetics
in Warm Hibiscus.
Available at Wal Mart
This is a beautiful warm rose colored blush with a hint of gold shimmer. I like this blush so much, I bought one for home and one for my purse.
Wet and Wild Color Icon Lipliner #666 
in Brandy Wine 
99 cents
Available at Wal Mart or wherever Wet and Wild is sold.
This is a long time beauty favorite because it is the perfect color and can you believe the price?
Nivea Care and Color Lip Balm 
in Sheer Berry
usually $3.99
This is the perfect day time lip balm to wear, especially paired with the Wet and Wild lip liner in Sheer Berry.

L'Oreal Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion 50 SPF
I can't promise this price everywhere because I find mine at the trifecta of retail heaven: Ross, TJ Maxx, or Marshall's. 
This is like a magical light weight liquid foundation with a broad spectrum SPF of 50.
You can wear this daily- especially while wearing your lip balm :)
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Available at Wal Mart
I have a Beauty Blender which is much more expensive, but for the price, this Real Techniques sponge can't be beat. Once dampened this sponge applies your foundation beautifully.

Jeffrey James Botanicals The Creme All Day & Night Creme
Again, I can't promise this price because I found mine at TJ Maxx recently.
I have purchased this cream before because it contains glycolic acid and vitamin c and ladies, we need both.
One minor detail. The smell is a tad strange but hey, we are dolling up in 2017, and we are in it to win it:)

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
Available at Ulta
This is a refreshing and delicate facial spray with a light rose fragrance. You are going to enjoy this!
Maybelline Brow Define and Fill Duo
in Blonde
Available at Wal Mart,Target, and most grocery stores
I am not great at my brows but this helps- especially the sponge tip which fills in and softens the line you have drawn. 
Wet and Wild Nude Awakening Eyeshadow Palette
Available at Wal Mart
This is a beautiful palette with both matte and shimmer shades in neutrals, pinks, and plum. This is the perfect inexpensive palette for travel.

Rimmel Kohl Kajal Waterproof Eyeliner
in Brown
Available at Wal Mart and Target
This eyeliner is a long wearing simple approach to lining your eyes. It slides on easily- especially in the waterline. 

 Enjoy your visits to the other bloggers listed below. I can't wait to see their lists!
At Home with Jemma
Bluesky Kitchen
Cottage at the Crossroads
Garden Up Green
Live from Julie's House
Patina and Paint
Poofing the Pillows
The Purple Hydrangea
The Queen in Between
White Spray Paint
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