Monday, April 10, 2017

Ithaca

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.)
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 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!

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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.
$9.97
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
$3.99
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
$4.98
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
$5.99
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
$7.00
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
$6.99
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
$5.67
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
$3.99
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. 

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 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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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I Almost Forgot: A Christmas Entertaining Tip

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While sitting at Chick fil A this morning drinking a cup of coffee (they have the best ever) and working on my grocery list for Christmas Eve and Christmas day, I realized I forgot to share my favorite Christmas entertaining tip from a post long ago.
Friends do that right? They forget things?
So here is an 'I almost forgot' re-post.
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I have had the pleasure over the years of
hosting many parties in our home.


The most important thing for me is that everyone feels comfortable
and relaxed and that the food is good.


(Who am I kidding?  It can be a LOT more complicated than that. What can cause that complication?  Me.)

And so my tip today, during this hectic , busy season
is simple:

Know what to buy.

That alone can be such a huge stress reliever.
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And so, I found my ‘one’ thing
years ago when I discovered this chocolate cake with chocolate icing from
Esperanza’s Cake Shop in Alamo, Texas.


It is located in a humble storefront near the railroad tracks near downtown Alamo.

It is delicious and it is fresh.


And no, there is no fondant icing entombing stale layers
or a price tag that makes your eyes cross.

It’s simple and it is good
and the bakery is low profile-
my favorite combination. 




I add fresh strawberries and place it on my favorite silver cake stand from Casa Guero in Laredo, and I am done.
I have served this cake at Christmas parties, baby showers, wedding showers, and while sitting on the couch with my favorite co-hostesses after these parties are over.

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Merry Christmas AGAIN!






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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas dear friends!

My simple Christmas continues with laughter, gratitude ,family, cooking and friends.

I wish you those very same things.


I will be back after Christmas with more White Spray Paint shenanigans.

There is planning to do!


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