Friday, February 21, 2020

...makeup loves...

Tonight, I’m starring my two new makeup loves!

Up first, the “Anastasia Brow Whiz” eyebrow pencil. I purchased this on a whim during Sephora’s big sale at the end of last year. Much like lipstick, ELC has been (kindly) suggesting I fill in my brows for quite sometime. I’ve tried several products and none have wow-ed me. Until THIS. It’s amazing! It makes my brows fuller, and looks completely au naturale. I’ve just ordered my second pencil, though I still have some left from my first, and we ordered one for ELC to try, too! My shade is “medium brown.” She went with “blonde.” It costs $23 (via Sephora). It’s worth every penny. I LOVE the little brow “bristle brush” on one end. The “pencil” (you just roll it up, no need for sharpeners) itself is ultra thin. I believe that’s what aides in the very natural look! Just outline your brow and feather it in. Done. Voilá! You can thank me later.




Second on my list: L’Orēal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick. This is my latest shade: Dose of Rose. It’s perfect for everyday. At night, I like to go a bit more dramatic with Matador or Plum Bum (perfect for Fall/Winter). I love this lipstick. I apply it in the morning, and it still looks great by the afternoon! It doesn’t transfer onto anything. The matte finish is quite classy. While I love the look and feel of a gloss, I don’t like my hair getting stuck in it. That never happens with this! It costs around $7ish, depending on the retailer. I’ve purchased at Target, Walmart and Amazon.

Give these products a whirl. I truly LOVE them both.

TGIF.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

...the eyes have it...

For you Younguns, I say this:

Take care of your eyes!

I have macular degeneration. It’s a condition that could eventually cause me to go blind. (Sheesh. As if us Old Peeps don’t have enough worries. Sigh.) I’ve inherited it from both sides of my gene pool. My biological paternal grandmother had it. My 87-year-old mother has had it for years. She’s virtually blind in one eye and we’re determined she won’t lose the other. Although her eyesight is not great in the eye she still has.

I found out I had macular degeneration three years ago. At age 62. It’s “dry” at this point. This is where I want it to stay.  I’ve been taking these eye “vitamins” since I found out I have it. The AREDS part of these vitamins is critical. You can buy eye vitamins that don’t have AREDS. Find out if you’re likely to be a candidate for this condition as soon as you can. (Smoking is also a factor in this—although my grandmother did smoke and my mother did not.) PreserVision is not cheap. I get mine at Costco or Sam’s. I have to take two a day. I don’t miss taking these pills! I want to see. Until I’m not here. Period.


Then there are cataracts. More good news for us Seniors. Everyone is going to have them. Some of you may never have to have them removed. I’m in a holding pattern with mine. They don’t seem to be growing as fast as My Sweet Hubby’s (aka MSH) did. He had his removed last summer. This is when I learned that the drops we put in our eyes should be “preservative free.” He buys the Refresh Plus drops. They’re individually packaged.  I’ve been using Bausch&Lomb drops for at least 20 years. But I didn’t know I should buy their “Soothe” drops. That are preservative free. Now I know! (I’m not fond of MSH’s drops because I find the little vials can touch my eyes when I’m squeezing them.) MSH also gets his drops at Costco or Sam’s, by the way.


I LOVE these products. I feel certain they’re keeping our eyes healthier!

Happy Tuesday, Y’all! Open your eyes today to the BEAUTY in your world! It IS there. I’m confident of this.

Hugs,
ELC

Saturday, February 15, 2020

...WWs’ love...

I LOVE Weight Watchers! (Now called WWs.) I think y’all might know this.

Just in case you don’t...

I’ll say it again: I LOVE WWs!

I’m a Lifetime Member. (Which means I reached my goal—losing 44 pounds—over two years ago.) As long as I don’t weigh two pounds over my goal, I receive the WWs App free. If I go even one ounce over two pounds? I have to pay $15.00. The cost of WWs is approximately $45 per month. So $15? That. Is. AWESOME. Right?

In over two years, I’ve paid $15 once. I was four ounces over two pounds. FOUR OUNCES! And, yet, I didn’t care. I NEED WWs to stay at my goal weight. My health is worth $15! Has paying that $15 that morning made me try harder to stay at my goal? Yes. Yes, it has.

FYI: TLC joined WWs last Fall. She wanted to lose 20 stubborn pounds that wouldn’t go away. It took her three months to reach her goal. Now she’s a Lifetime Member, too! I was/am truly proud of her.

We BOTH LOVE WWs!

Hope y’all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! And that this weekend will be FANTASTIC! Make some small changes in how you eat. (If you need to!) It’s baby steps that helped TLC and moi. Little itty bitty baby steps.

Hugs,
ELC

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

...animal flower crowns...

So it started with a little bear pillow from Target several years ago. The bear had a flower crown! TLC and I fell hard for animal flower crowns.

Then it went to TLC finding more “flower-crowned animals” at Hobby Lobby. Pictures. I bought one when we sold our country casa in 2018 and moved to the DFW Metroplex into our new-to-us home. It’s the cutest little cow with a flower crown. Also found it at Hobby Lobby and wanted it for one of our guest bathrooms. (The bathroom Little Leighton and Belle use when they spend the night with us.)

Then one Saturday this past December, I found this calendar at World Market! I always keep a fairly big calendar in my utility room. I note when My Sweet Hubby (aka MSH) and/or I vacuum our house. Clean bathrooms. Even when we need to change sheets in our three bedrooms—particularly our master. (Yes—you Younguns are thinking it’s mighty sad I can’t remember when we do these chores. My defense? We is OLD. And time goes by sooo fast, MSH and I simply cannot keep track of our efforts to maintain a clean and organized home. It is what it is. Sigh.)


When I showed TLC this precious calendar by the artist Spring Whitaker (She has the sweetest story she tells about herself...), TLC got EXCITED. Little Leighton had told her she wanted a 2020 calendar for her closet. TLC got her one for Christmas! (Grammy had to keep hers hidden until Dec. 26th. I didn’t mind. Winky. Wink.)

February is for TLC! The owl is truly perfect for her. I think she’s shared her “owl”’story that is hilarious. (Which is probably not nice of me to say—since the night she experienced The SCARY Owl Mystery, Her Hubby was out of town and she was extremely frightened.) This owl is beautiful!


March is for Moi and Belle!


May is for MSH! This deer is beyond special as he went from being a BIG deer hunter (for about twenty years) to wanting to feed and protect them.


July is for Little Leighton! And AMERICA!


It’s safe to say  I’ll always LOVE pretty animal crown pillows, pictures and calendars. FOREVERMORE.

We’re getting very close to Valentine’s Day. Yikes. 2020 is flying by FAST.

TLC, Little Leighton, Belle, MSH and I all wish each of you a day full of chocolates, flowers, hugs and smooches!

And if you don’t receive them? GIVE THEM. PLEASE. Give them.

ELC

Saturday, February 8, 2020

#1a all-time love...

Happy Saturday!

In celebration of TLC’s 36th BIRTHDAY, I want to make this OFFICIAL:

She is my #1a ALL-TIME LOVE. (My Sweet Hubby—aka MSH—is and always be my #1. He must be. For a ZILLION reasons. But TLC is a teeny-tiny smidge under his rating. Winky. Wink.)

TLC is smart. Funny. Beautiful. Kind. Charming. Silly. STRONG. Gifted. (Gifted in fashion. Decorating. Cooking/Home Chef-ing. SHOPPING! Organizing. Planning.) Most of all? Gifted as her Precious Princesses’ Mom.

She makes me laugh. Cry. Smile. Giggle. Learn. Try harder. To be more like her. She makes this Mama PROUD.

Please enjoy some of my favorite pictures of my FAVORITE Daughter and FRIEND:







(By the way—I made her gluten-free “cake.” She wanted something lemon-y. I experimented with a cake mix and tried to actually make her a lemon cookie “bar.” See the last picture. The flavor was YUMMO. The texture was like a wedding cookie! Flaky. It kind of melted in your mouth. I’ll try again. Her necklace? An original made by Little Leighton! “I heart you.” In Little Leighton’s special creative way!)

Happy Weekend, Y’all!

Hugs...ELC

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

...a few random loves...

So, my first LOVE is technically an ELC find. This was included in one of my Christmas gifts. I’m now on my third (wait, fourth?) bag of this certified gluten-free granola. I am obsessed. It is delicious. I top my yogurt with about a 1/4th of a cup, but believe you me, I could eat the entire bag—yogurt-less. Who knew granola could have probiotics? Win—WIN! Get thee to your local Walmarts and grab a bag or three. You won’t regret it. Treat yo’self!


Next up? My two new FAVOURITE books! I purchased these on Amazon for Little Leighton and Elle last week. The night they arrived, we read them both. They are absolutely precious. “Love Is” made me cry! The illustrations are beautiful. It’s about a sweet girl and a little duck. It’s very “metaphorical” to a mother’s love—at least that’s how I interpreted it! It’s amazing. The “Not A Valentine” book is about a little boy and his crush, and how he loves her everyday and in every way—not just on Valentine’s. These books will both have a permanent place on our bookshelves all year. I cannot recommend them enough! Hurry and head to Amazon and grab these for your little loves. Or even just for yourself.



I LOVE this month! I love Valentine’s Day! I love sharing my favourite things!

Y’all stay cozy. Texas is, of course, a weather disaster of spring-like days followed by snow. It’s currently freezing. I wish it would make up its mind.

TTFN.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

#1 love...

That would be my “grabber.” My (current) #1 LOVE. I’ve shared I’m a recent hip replacement patient. (A cute friend told me she calls grabbers “magic wands.” CLEVER.)


As I’ve also shared—I cannot CANNOT CANNOT bend over. To pick anything up. NOTHING. I have to use this grabber/magic wand (the long thing next to my sock-putter-on thing in the above picture) to help myself get dressed, too.

Let me say this: I’ve never dropped so many items in my life as I have the past two weeks. Truth. Murphy’s Law, I guess.

Here’s what happened this morning:

My Sweet Hubby (aka MSH) had waited for me to get out of my shower before he left for the grocery store. He drove off while I put some makeup on and then was going to get dressed. (More jammies. My 24/7 outfits...JAMMIES.) As I was about to get some socks on, I dropped my magic wand.

EEEKKKKKK!!!!!!! I think I actually might have said a not-nice word. Then I got up from our closet chair—put my slippers on—and schlepped into our den.

I could have gone into the kitchen and gotten some long tongs out of a drawer or looked for MSH’s pantry grabber to take back to our closet to pick up my magic wand. I was pooped. I’d lost interest in socks. I needed to sit and ice my hip.

BUT...trust me...I LOVE MY MAGIC WAND! I see it becoming a permanent necessity for the rest of my life.

Gotta scoot. Watching the Super Bowl! And also getting sleepy. Clearly worn out from my morning work.

Have a FABULOUS First WEEK in FEBRUARY, Friends!

Hugs,
ELC

Friday, January 31, 2020

...more love...

February! Tomorrow! Actually in just a couple of hours. 

WHHAAATTTT?????

So guess what we’re going to do? All during the month of LOVE?

Yep! We’re each going to share 14 things we love! 

Now don’t think you’ll have to read 28 posts. We may share three things in one post. Or ten! Or one. A total of fourteen for TLC. Fourteen for moi. 

May be a book. A food product. An IG person or company. 

Get ready! (We may be surprising each other.)

Buh Bye, January! It’s been...well, real. (Winky. Wink.)

Hugs and Smooches...
xoxxooxxx
ELC

Monday, January 27, 2020

...tales from the couch...

Here I am! Doing what I currently do. Sittin’ on my couch. Makin’ myself get up and walk and do my hip replacement “exercises” periodically. I’ve now had three showers since January 15th. That is BIG, Y’all. Yippee!

This past Friday, TLC, Little Leighton (aka LL) and Belle came over to see me and My Sweet Hubby (aka MSH) and have lunch with us. TLC had decided to keep LL home from school. She’d been to the nurse’s office the day before at school with a tummy ache.  She seemed to still be a bit puny when they got up that morning. (Belle doesn’t go to pre-school on Fridays.) So a visit to Grammy and Pa-Pa’s was something we were all excited about!

After lunch, Grammy laid on the twin bed designated as LL’s (and the one I’ve been sleeping on since I got home from the hospital—our master bedroom bed is too high and scary for me at this point...), and I watched LL and Belle play. I watched them watch TV. They were welcome entertainment! They came to our casa in their jammies. (Of course they fit right in with moi.) Here are My Sweet Princesses...busy:


And here is TLC—purging and organizing in our other guest room:


Yes—that closet has been quite awful. In my defense, I’ve been waiting for a free 3-4 days in a row to work in it myself. Winky. Wink. TLC couldn’t take it any more.

I occasionally checked on her. But my physical therapist came at 12:15 and kept me from monitoring TLC for almost 50 minutes. I’ll never know what I lost forever during that time. I guess I must admit it’s okay. If I don’t remember now what was in the boxes she went through, would I ever remember?

So this “recovery” is not going exactly the way I expected. I’ve had two rough weekends. I’ve cried. I’ve whined. I’ve had moments of regret, fear, confusion and, yes, anger. But this much I can tell you: I had no choice. My hip was causing me unbearable pain. My doctor told MSH and TLC—after my surgery—and me, the next morning—that I had a muscle tear he fixed and it was certainly contributing to my awful pain. It had to be done.

I’ve become expert at getting around with my walker! (If you’d told me when I was 40, 50 or even 60 that I’d have to use a walker when I was 65, I doubt I would have believed you.) My “grabber” (I cannot bend over for at least six weeks and I use it to pick up all kinds of things I drop/need/want.) is my third best friend after MSH and TLC. And then there’s this lifesaver...my sock-assist:




I sit in the chair in my closet and get my clothes and socks on using my grabber and sock thingy! like a professional joint replacement patient. I feel like I could enter a timed contest and win! (Thank you to whoever thought of both of these invaluable inventions!)

Hope Y’all never need a joint replacement. Truly. But if you do? I hope you have it done at a top-notch hospital by a wonderful doctor. That you have a MSH and TLC in your life, family and friends that encourage you and help you. That you have entertainment and distractions as PRECIOUS as My Princesses! And a grabber and sock thing to make your life a wee bit easier.

Happy Monday! Happy New Week!

Hugs...
ELC

Friday, January 24, 2020

...ruthless...

I have a new hip! I’ve not been the “patient” I expected to be. Many people that have had this surgery had shared with me how “wonderful” it was and that I’d have regrets I’d not done it sooner. I apparently thought the moment I woke up from anesthesia and surgery I’d be healed and rarin’ to go. Not so much.

I’d had two hip injections at the hospital where my replacement took place. So I was confident it would be top notch/first class. It didn’t disappoint me. The nurses and staff were all beyond magnificent! I checked in at 12:30 noon a week ago this past Wednesday. I stopped remembering anything at about 3:10 when the anesthetist started putting me to sleep. I have about one minute of memory in Recovery. At 6:30, I was in a room and looking at My Sweet Hubby (aka MSH) and TLC.

MSH told me what the doctor had explained to them at the end of my surgery. I insisted MSH go home to check on Sweet Buddy Bear at 7:00. He needed rest and sleep. He’s 75. It’d been a long day. TLC was staying a bit longer. But I couldn’t stay awake so I insisted she, too, go home at 8:00. The rest of the night? I remember nothing until a respiratory therapist woke me up to breathe into a little machine thingy at 4:30 Thursday morn.

My doctor came by to see me at 6:00. He told me I should be able to go home later that day. MSH and TLC both came back around 9:30. The day was filled with a couple of pretty-good meals. Physical Therapy. Help from the awesome nurses. Hospital “stuff.”

MSH and I were able to head home at 4:30! From the moment I arrived at my casa until this morning, it’s been hard. Happy. Hopeful. Nice. Not so nice. Emotional. Frustrating. Good. And tough. FANTASTIC. All of that. And more.

I’ve had two visits from a SWEET Home Health Nurse. Three from a Physical Therapist. (He was my PT for almost three months last summer! That’s been a nice surprise.) I’ve tried to drink lots o’ water. Do my exercises. Not snack or eat too much. Get up and move around as much as possible.

I had to take myself off the prescribed pain medication last Saturday morning. It was causing me extremely scary side effects. Extra Strength Tylenol has been all I’ve had. Not quite enough but, well, my only choice.

I’m not sleeping great. I can’t bend over past a 90-degree bend at my waist for any reason. (Just be aware of how often you do this every day. It’s quite alot. I have a “grabber” to help me retrieve things I’ve dropped/I need.) I took my first shower a week after surgery. (That was heavenly.) I’m sore and stiff and must use a walker, of course, everywhere I go in our house. I’ve cried. Probably too much.

But through this whole experience, MSH has been his usual AMAZING self. My ROCK. He’s been my Nurse/Caregiver. He’s fixed every meal for me. He’s done our laundry and errands. He’s encouraged me and listened to me whine. He’s my Forever Hero.

TLC? She’s also been FANTASTIC/wonderful. She’s helped me AND her Dad. I’ve seen Little Leighton and Belle several times and they have been ANGELS.

However, TLC is using this opportunity to purge two of our closets. She loves to organize! (I call her Kanga. From Winnie the Pooh.) She also enjoys—a teensy bit too much—throwing and/or giving away ALOT of things she deems unnecessary. She. Is. Ruthless. I’m mostly thrilled she’s willing to help me. (She needs to do this purging/organizing thing for a living. I’m worried, though, she’d melt down when confronted with TRUE hoarders.)

So I’m 95% grateful. 5% fearful. Grateful for her willingness, time and energy. Fearful she’ll throw out something IMPORTANT. Important to ME. She’s coming today with Belle to continue her efforts. I’m determined to keep an eagle eye on her when I can. She’s lightning fast. I’ll have some trouble monitoring her. Now that I’m basically a sloth. Have I told you how much I love her? More. Than. Life. Itself.

Deep down in my very soul, I’m deeply appreciative of my doctor and all the nurses that have given me the opportunity to be out of immense, 24/7 pain. I cherish MSH and TLC and My Little Princesses. I’m beyond blessed to have caring family and FABULOUS friends who have prayed for and encouraged me.

Recovery and healing will take longer than I expected. I CAN do this! I’ll pray I don’t have to go through this fun ever again. Winky. Wink.

Happy Friday! Be safe. Be happy. Be healthy and strong. Be KIND. (Take care of your body/joints. They’re apparently important.)

Hugs...
ELC

Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday Lisa

If these memes don’t sum up life right now, I’m not sure what does.




ELC had her left hip replaced last week. I know she’ll fill y’all in soon! She is a FIGHTER, y’all. She’s been through more than one person should in a lifetime. Yet, she (mostly) keeps a smile on her face.

I lost my voice last week. I honestly think my husband was delighted. Ha! Ha! I went out Thursday with one of my favorite friends. I cashed in a Christmas gift card for a wine/tapas pairing. It was YUMMY and delightful. I arrived home around 9:30 to said husband wearing a ski hat and with at 101.6 fever. Oh, joy. He’s feeling better but I think we’re all ready to be done with January at this point.

Onward and upward, you know?!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

...rollercoasters...

So I’m not sure how it’s become January 10th. Sheesh.

The past week has been a rollercoaster for me and My Sweet Hubby (aka MSH).

I’ve been trying since December 30th to get a date for my hip replacement surgery. A very nice PA told me, on December 6th, it could/should/would be in January.

In the span of eight days, I ended up leaving three messages on the Surgery Scheduler’s voicemail and writing two portal messages to my doctor. I missed two calls from the Scheduler woman. Because (1) I never expected her to call me at 5:35 one evening and my ringer got turned off and (2) I left my phone on a chair for literally four minutes while I used a friend’s powder room. Four. Minutes.

Many tears have been shed by this old lady since the first of this new year. Tears of complete frustration and stress. And, Y’all...I am in HORRID pain. I’m not exaggerating.

This past Wednesday morning, I gave up. I decided to accept my fate and find peace with the possibility it could even be in March.

That afternoon—at 2:00—while I sat on TLC’s pretty double (comfy cozy) great room chair, with Belle, I got a call from my doctor’s office. It was the Scheduler! “They’d” figured it all out and I could have the surgery Wednesday. January 15th. In FIVE DAYS.

Eeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkk!

I’ve been pre-admitted to the hospital. I have a big folder of instructions to read and a video to watch tomorrow afternoon. I have a doctor’s appointment Monday. I’ve got my (chic) wardrobe picked out!

Now...I could use some prayers. If Y’all don’t mind and have a minute or two.

(I’ll try to remind TLC she’s up next in a few days! If I forget, I’ll be back...soon...)

Happy New Week, Friends!!! Be patient. Have hope. Be optimistic. Give it ALL to Dear God Almighty and/or ask Jesus to TAKE the WHEEL!

It’ll all be okay. It’ll all work out. Believe it. (Believe more than I did! Sigh...)

HUGS,
ELC

Monday, January 6, 2020

BACK

Guess what tomorrow is?

The first day back to school! (Insert all the praise hands.)

In all honesty, my girls have been pretty darn good this break. We had actually taken away their Kindle and iPad. (Things were going down hill quickly, and it was, frankly, out of necessity.) I think that helped—tremendously! They actually played TOGETHER. It was nothing short of a miracle.


We spent NYE with some of our favorite people. We played games and snacked! (My favorite kind of party.) I’m more ready for 2020 than I’ve been for any other year in recent history. I’m ready for some positive changes. Personal growth. JOY.

Here’s hoping your new year is off to a FABULOUS start!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

...here we go...

2020!

My Sweet Hubby and I did what we’ve done for the past eleven years on New Year’s Eve and that would be NOTHING. Nada. It was jammies very early. Then National Geographic for him. HGTV for me. So, basically, we said good night at 7:00 pm. Teeheehee.

I still love to scroll through Pinterest. So here are seven New Year memes I really like (I saved the BEST for last.):








Thank You, Dear Lord God Almighty, that I am here experiencing the chance to be a part of a New Year!

Y’all have a WONDERFUL Friday Eve, Friday and weekend. Do something new, different and positive!

HUGS,
ELC