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Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Tale of Two Readers.

Megan and I went shopping at our libraries used book store, and we both came home with a pile of books. It's fairly easy to see where each of our interests lie.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sometimes God Makes Himself Known at the Thrift Store.

I've been wanting a black leather for awhile now. I've looked in thrift stores, but there was nothing fashionable, or that fit. I've had a beauty of a jacket sitting in my online Nordstrom cart for over a week, its even on sale. For $300. Everyday I'd go visit it, and would come so close to purchasing it (free shipping free returns!) but I just couldn't spend that kind of money. Friday during my daily chat with God I mentioned I'd really like a black leather jacket, and a wide striped shirt. I then went online to search for options, and everytime I'd think about pushing the "buy now" button, I'd be convicted not to do it. Instead I went to Youtube and re-watched Moniques videos to learn how to do bolder makeup.

Saturday Brewier and I went on our usual Saturday morning date...thrifting. Recently we've been really disappointed. Less merchandise, and much higher prices, so I wasn't holding out much hope for finding anything, but then God answered my prayer. I walked to the coat rack and the first leather jacket I grabbed was exactly what I was looking for and it fit perfectly. I walked over to the row of well worn shabby shirts, and saw a bit of navy and white peeking out. It was the striped shirt of my dreams, and it too fit. I was ecstatic. In the attempt to add color to my wardrobe, I also bought an orange light weight jacket, which Im not posting photo of yet because the one Megan took for me, has my eyes looking like a raccons, due to my foray into bold eyemakeup.
Our next stop was Goodwill. Ugh. They have raised their prices, and don't have much merchandise in their store any more; this was reflected in the nearly empty parking lot. I walked through the aisles seeing nothing of interest and headed back to the belts. It took some hunting but I found a couple of leather belts for Brewier and a yellow Betsy Johnson belt for myself. I also scored 4 necklaces at the store before heading home.

My thrifted, answer to prayer outfit. (I already owned the jeans and shoes)

Here I am trying, and failing, to look bad ass in my leather jacket.

I think this is only the second yellow item I've ever owned. The first was a bikini when I was 15, which I stopped wearing when I found out it became see through when wet. #Brunette

Holy crepe paper Batman! This is my attempt at bolder eye makeup and eyebrows...Yeah, I need practice, and some really good eye cream. #nofilter

Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's Been One Week

(Bare Naked Ladies)

Its been over a week since I took my unintentional blog break. The weather was snowy, freezing cold, extremly windy, and I was still mourning my friends all living in other states and not here. I had started the Whole 30, (which I will start again tomorrow,) and the only thing I was doing online was watching Youtube videos (you can learn anything on youtube) perusing Ebay, and returning wigs that I purchased on Amazon. Blonde wigs and grey wigs to not look good on me. I am still in awe of Monique, and the chameleon that she is. Last week she wore a lavender wig that looks fantastic on her...I think pretty much anything would look great on her.

This is me just out of bed; my hair looks like this every morning. If I could use product, I would style my hair this way, despite Brewier telling me that it looks like Im channeling Lyle Lovett.

The tragic grey wig.

Friday, March 10, 2017


Oliver has become quite the backseat driver, and when we are out and about he is always telling (in a demanding tone) Megan how fast she should be driving. Today while we were out he again started questioning Megan on her speed and driving ability, so I suggested we let him come up front in drive. "Well, okay, but I'll need my carseat up there." The boy has no qualms about driving without a license, but there's no way he is going to break the law by not being in his carseat.

Megan and I went to see the noon showing of Arrival, at Asheville Brew and View. I know this is not a big deal for most people, but we haven't been to a movie together since 2002. This is only the second time I've gone to see a movie since 2002. I celebrated with pizza and a beer. The tile work is from the brew and views bathroom. Oliver made sure he was attired correctly for spending a few hours at work with Brewier. He even had a name tag like Poppy.

I'm thinking about reinventing myself; my style self. My wardrobe doesnt feel like me anymore. Styles I've loved all my life make me feel like Im wearing someone elses clothes. I'm thinking I'd like to go edgier. I saw this jacket on Amazon, and fell hard for it. And this short haircut is similar to mine, I'm wondering if I have thick enough hair to grow out the longer pieces.

Yesterday after dinner Brewier and I were walking through out neighborhood, and heard what we thought were bears. It was a group of college kids on spring break. They were staying at a nearby cabin, and thought they were in the woods, rather than a neighborhood. There mission was to find a good spot to watch the sunset, so we walked them to the mountain beside our house. The sunset was spectacular.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Mental Health Day.

Brewier took a mental health day yesterday; things have been really hectic and busy at work. We've been trying to get back to Waynesville, and Boojum Brewery for over a year now, and yesterdays blue skies and warm temperatures made for the perfect day. We ate lunch at Boojum, walked around town, sampled beer at two other local breweries, (yay! Two more to cross off my list) found a thrift shop to visit, then went back to Boojum for dinner. The off duty bartender was sitting at the bar next to us with a list of new cocktail recipes. He had the girl behind the bar mix up a few, and was kind enough to share them with me. Im not a cocktail drinker, but these were all beer based and delicious. Yes, it was a lovely day. Yes, I'm once again on day one of the whole 30.

That rock in the background makes it look like Brewier has a really long chin.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Regrets...I've had a Few.

It's part of aging; realizing there are things you would have liked to have done and things should have done differently.

I wish I had been braver, and more of an adventurer. Rock climbing, traveling, camping, sky diving, and exploring this country and others. People tell me, "Do those things now!" I would if I could, but this body of mine won't allow it.

I never finished college, and I've never really worked. I could benefit from some life experience.

Not playing a musical instrument. I took guitar lessons when I was 12 or 13, and I really enjoyed them until the music shop gave me a new instructor. I showed up for lessons one day after school and sat for at least an hour waiting for my teacher to come and get me. Finally the store manger asks if I'm waiting for Joe, then proceeds to tell me he got married and joined the army. Mr Cinderella is my new teacher. Yes that was his real name, and he was very Liberace-esque, and not very nice. I quit after a few lessons. If I had it to do over again I would play the cello. Currently Im trying to teach myself the ukelele, without much success. I'm pretty sure Im tone deaf, and I know for sure that I can't carry a tune.

I'm reading a book called, "Life is a Verb, 37 Days to Wake Up. Be Mindful And Live Intentionally." (I've had the book for years and pick it up occasionally and skim through it) In the prologue in bold type, the author asks, "What would I be doing today if I only had thirty-seven days to live?"

I realized I wouldn't be chasing after my list of regrets. I would spend those last days, just as I spend everyday. With my family. Playing games with Oliver, sitting around the table, eating and talking, taking walks together, because that is what I love and enjoy most. Once again I realize, I live a charmed life, not a regret filled one.

Monday, March 06, 2017

It Can Not Be Denied.

I'm officially an "older" person. Yeah, I know being a grandma should have been a wake up call, but I still felt pretty hip and with it. But recently I've realized, I haven't kept up with technology, and I don't care. I don't know the current popstars or actors, and I don't care. I'm often heard by my family, saying, "Remember when," and "It didn't used to be like this." Even the local funeral home is on to my age, sending me a letter, offering their services. Dude! I am not THAT old!
Then I took this selfie to show you the pixie haircut Monica gave me. Oh.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

No One Cares What You Had for Lunch.

It's a book by Margaret Mason, published back in 2007; the glory days of blogging. I just bought it, in hopes of jazzing up my blog posts. There are 100 ideas on what to write about and Im going to work my way through the book.
Ten years ago, blogging was my life line while I was bedridden and rarely left my house. My blog had about 150 regular readers visiting daily, and commenting. (Remeber commenting? Bloggers live for that.) I crave social contact, and this was how I got it; I've since become IRL friends with some of these people.
Why am I rehashing this? Because as always, after my influx of house guests, I'm missing regular contact with friends and sliding down that slippery slope of depression, and hoping to make contact with people through my blog once again.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Day Three.

Yes, I did start the Whole 30, despite being sick. This is day three, also known as the hangover day, because thats how you feel; that or my cold is getting worse because I am weak and shakey. This morning I was looking out my kitchen window and saw what I thought was pollen blowing around. It was snow. This is from last week, when it was 70 degrees, and summer.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Greetings From the Household of Sickness.

Yes, we are all sick. Ugh. Tomorrow is my starting date for the Whole 30, but I haven't been able to do much prep because I feel crummy and haven't been shopping. Instead I have watched countless hours of wig videos on Youtube. Want to know something about wigs? I'm sure I can tell you. I've learned that a good portion of the female population, and just about any celebrity you see, are sporting hair that is not their own. I'm thinking of joining thier ranks. I've always had short dark hair. No color, no highlights, no product. Wigs could change all of that! So yeah, thats how I've been spending the precious hours of my life these past few days.

This little guy was sick his entire visit, but that didn't stop us from going to the Biltmore. Despite it being winter, everything is blooming! Such crazy warm weather we've been having.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Playing Dress Up is My Fave.

You know...just working on cover art for our ukelele album. What you can't tell from this photo is that we are still in our pj's. I bought this wig ten years ago, and feel like this is the hair I should have been born with. One day I may get brave enough to wear it out in public.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Another List.

The Good Wife. I never watched it when it was on television, but paitently waited until all the seasons were on Netflix. What a fantastic show...well, the first three seasons anyway. The middle of the fourth season, I'm thinking a new group of writers must have been employed, because the story line gets boring. Binge watching is my fave.

CVS drugstores...especially the one on Merrimon Ave; my mecca for everything I used to buy at Target. Friendly people, clean and well stocked, and most importantly, they have no problem with me returning lipsticks that are fragranced or flavored. I love this place.

The Whole 30. Ugh. I need to do a hard core 30 days again, March 1st is my start date. I struggle with being healthy, vs beer and good food.

My, "Confessions of a Thrift Store Junkie," blog, has had 2,000 hits this month. I have no idea why, but I went ahead and wrote a new post.

Last week Megans friend, Shirlee was here visiting, and she brought her mother in law, Norma along. I love making new friends. This week Monica and her threee kiddos are here to see me...and my bed is still the happening place. Everyone joins me to drink coffee and hang out.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

I Crashed a Party at the Brewery.

Best. Kids. Party. Ever. The party was for Sophie, who turned five over the weekend, and yes, it was at Catawba Brewery. The parents visited, drank beer and ate pizza while the kids played at Empyrean Arts a dance and arial art studio, located next to the brewery. After an hour everyone gathered to sing to the birthday girl and have the best chocolate cake ever, from Short Street Cakes. Rachel,(Sophies mom) who is one of the most thoughtful and generous people I know, even brought Oliver his own little gluten free, dairy free, egg free cake, so he wouldnt feel left out. She also welcomed Brewier and I to join the festivities, so I guess we really didn't crash.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yeah, I'm a Bad Influence.

Sarah was here for the weekend; such a short trip, but it was wonderful seeing her. Our plan was to visit as many breweries as possible. We hit six of them. I know thiat sounds bad, but at some of them we shared one beer. I had an ulterior motive behind the beer drinking... I wanted to persuade her to pierce her nose. Ever since I had mine done last summer, I thought how perfectly it would suit my edgy chic friend. She hates needles, but sucked it up and went thorugh with the piercing. Awesome.