Simple Pleasure Thursday 12/7

Here we are one full week into December!

Can you believe it? Are you all ready for the holidays? I am soooo not.

We do have a tree up. And since it’s pre-lit, it has lights. Oh and the kids “special” ornaments for this year. Does it need more? Sometimes I don’t think so. Now don’t get me wrong, I love decorating the tree with ornaments of years gone by and reminiscing over them, but I also like sitting with only the tree for light, sipping tea or cocoa, and listening to Christmas carols. It’s even better if it’s snowing outside or there’s snow covering the ground (which doesn’t often happen this time of year).

And that friends, is my Simple Pleasure for this week. Sitting quietly at night with only the light from the Christmas tree, listening to Christmas carols, and sipping a cuppa.

What is your Simple Pleasure or perhaps Guilty Pleasure this week?

Tuesday I told you about participating with Real Moms Blogs 12 Days of Giveaways. Today is my day. I will be posting about Plunder and giving away a Plunder Posse. The winner will be able to choose from either the November or December Posse!

Why a choice? I couldn’t decide which to give! I love them both and know you will too….so I decided to make it winners choice and I’m going to add in an extra surprise….Have you joined the Facebook page so that you can participate and enter? If not there’s still time! Not only for today’s giveaway but the rest of them too! You can join in the fun here!

You have until 12am MST to enter each days drawing and the winner will be announced the following morning.

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Simple Pleasure Thursday 11/30

Good morning! It the last day of November and it’s also Thursday. I bet you already knew that, lol.

Where has the month gone? If you know, please clue me in!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a Simple Pleasure. Not because I haven’t had any, I have just had a hard time sitting down to write. This month has been busy, and it’s a time that I seem to withdraw and this year has been especially hard. But that’s a post for another day!

This past weekend we had a little friend drop by to visit us, again, for a while.

Meet our scout elf Jingle! Jingle, has been coming each year since 2013. Sometimes he can be a daredevil, as you can see. Over the years he has lost his hat in his escapades! For the most part he has been pretty tame.

But.

He has also been known to be a little mischievous and get into some trouble.

Apparently he didn’t get the memo his first year here that my Ghiradelli dark chocolate peppermint candy was off limits….it seems he an his little friends had a quite a night of fun and partying!

I just love watching Noah and Miss Quinn wake up and start looking for him in the mornings. We are having a hard time keeping Noah from telling Miss Quinn where he is, if he wakes up and finds him first. Lessa was excited seeing him the first day, and was quite upset when she couldn’t play with him, but has since stopped paying him any attention. Maybe next year she will be more into looking for him. After her initial meltdown, I’m not pushing the issue this year!

I wonder if he really reports everything to Santa? If so, there may be a lot of coal delivered to my house this year, lol! I guess it’s a good thing he comes early, there might be time for redemption….

What are some of your Simple Pleasures? Or do you have a Guilty Pleasure to share this week?

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Happy Halloween

🎃Happy Halloween 🎃

Are you ready for the little ghosts and goblins? Do you dress up and “get into” it or just wait for the kids to knock on the door?

We go through spurts! Sometimes we decorate the house completely, sometimes not at all. Sometimes we all dress up and canvas the neighborhood as a family, but this year is going to be low-key.

Halloween being in the middle of the week puts a damper on some plans. I don’t think “The Man” minds too much though. He will dress up when we “make him” lol, but I don’t think he likes it, haha (or maybe he just doesn’t like the photos).

The family dress up theme started the year Noah was born and has continued to incorporate every one.

Here is where it started:

Mickey, Minnie, and Donald
Wendy, Peter Pan, and Captain Hook

Then Miss Quinn came along.

The Smurfs

Then the following year we all got in on the act and I resurrected my sewing machine.

Meet the Flintstones

And it grew from there

Horror movie couples: Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein, Gomez and Morticia, and Chuckie and the Bride of Chuckie

Our horror movie couples came about from the dress below: Our thrift store find “Vintage Versace”. At least that’s what the price tag said, lol. Although Versace was spelled incorrectly. I’m going with it.

Which came about the year before; 2014 was the year my son and DIL became engaged. As a prank for Halloween that year, we decided to decorate their yard during the night. This was the result.

They woke up to this the next morning and sent us a picture wanting to know if we had anything to do with it, lol!

I still laugh about it when I think of us sneaking around putting them up during the night and their windows were wide open! It was quite a sight. Well, running around gathering the stuff to make the scarecrows at the last-minute was quite an endeavor and sight too!

Last year it was time to get Lessa into the act as well. It is also when Noah and Miss Quinn started coming up with their own ideas and we had to get really creative.

The Mario game

That’s what brought on the Mario game theme. Noah was insistent on being a ghost and Miss Quinn just had to be a princess. So Noah is the ghost in the game and Miss Quinn is princess peach. Lessa is Yoshi. I think the rest is self-explanatory. But if not, Amanda is a mushroom, Chelsea is Mario, I’m Luigi, and Patrick is a mystery box.

This year they had their own ideas again and we could come up with nothing to make it work to incorporate everyone.

So if everyone does dress up, we will all be different without a clear theme. There was talk of everyone being circus animals and I could be the ringmaster or zoo animals and I could be the zookeeper, lol, but that isn’t happening. So it will be a surprise, that I will share with you later.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

Happy Friday! The weekend is here! Yay!?!

Do you have plans?

I don’t really. Well, unless my usual Saturday activities count. Last weekend was busy enough. I definitely NEED to see Jeff (don’t tell him that though, lol). It’s been two weeks since we’ve worked out and I can tell. Along with that I have eaten without discretion this week….it’s time to reign it in!

Fall seems to be back, at least for a bit. We shall see if it stays. With that in mind I think it may be time to switch my clothes around. THAT will take plenty of the weekend up….I’ve been holding out because when I did it in the spring, winter just wasn’t ready to let go and I had to keep going back and forth.

Earlier this week Facebook showed me my “memories” from last year. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes not so much. This time was it was good.

It was from the same weekend/dates as the races, last week. Last year on the same dates “The Man” and I took time for a weekend getaway. We wandered to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to a little town called Berlin.

It’s where the movie Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere was filmed. The weather for that same weekend last year was much different from what it was for the races! It was very seasonal if not down right chilly.

When we visited Berlin we stayed at the historic Atlantic Hotel, which is the hotel Richard Gere stayed in during the movie (and the only hotel in town).

I had hoped to get to stay in the exact same room but wasn’t that lucky. We were given the room across the hall. I did however, get to go in and see the “Richard Gere Room” as the hotel leaves it open for tours when not in use. There are a couple of B&B’s in the town, but I was intrigued by the hotel.

The Richard Gere Room

That was the highlight of the trip, lol!

Below is the room we stayed in. It was actually a bit larger (and maybe nicer) than the Richard Gere Room. But a girl can have a dream, right?

Please forgive the poor lighting of the pictures. This was pre-blog, so I wasn’t focused on picture quality and only had our phones. I tried to lighten them a bit, but it made them worse.

Hey look at that, I only took one suitcase…..Okay it was the largest suitcase and we only stayed two nights….but still it was just one. And a bag…..and…..you never know what you might need, right?

Can you believe almost everything was in my “signature color”?  LOL. And, of course that is the color I chose to wear, haha.

Here are some photos from the floor our room was on.

A few more pictures of the town.

I hope the man doesn’t see the one below, lol, he might shoot me…. 😉

The corner view of the hotel

“The Man” had been hearing about Berlin being a great place to visit on the radio and bugged me for weeks to make reservations to go.  He was quite shocked to find there was nothing “to do” there. It really is just a small town full of antique shops and such. We walked the entire town multiple times, shopped, and ate. While there wasn’t much as far as “things to do” it was a nice quiet weekend just hanging out. Throughout the year they hold various activities, that of course draws a crowd. There are even ghost tours coming up and word is the hotel is haunted. If so, our room was not bothered while we were there. I would certainly recommend it as a quick getaway and will go back.

Getting there was quite and adventure. I drove down, and had an idea of where Berlin was, just not how to get into the town and to the hotel. So I head out towards Ocean City, and the GPS kept trying to get me to go a dozen different ways. “The Man” kept insisting I should follow the GPS directions. About half way there I got tired of listening to him and did…..yeah….we went to Delaware and then back Maryland and came in on the other side of where we would have had I just kept going!!! I could have shot him…really. Men! Lol! It’s always something…

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Simple Pleasure Thursday 10/12

It’s Thursday! That must mean it’s time for our simple/guilty pleasures.

Do you have a simple or guilty pleasure to share this week? Mine is a bit silly, but that’s what simple pleasures are for, right?

This past week has been crazy busy as I’ve been telling you about. The Rodan+Fields convention, YTT, and now integrating back into real life, oh and let’s not forget mountains on top of mountains of homework!

My simple pleasure this week is thanks to the R+F girls!

I do believe I have mentioned at least once or twice that we have a R+F business opportunity call every month and a team call each week. Last week three ladies from our team got together and headed to Charleston, SC for a virtual convention event. Two ladies from Virginia, Tania and LeighAnn (who are practically neighbors) met Lucille from New Jersey, at an airport in North Carolina before driving on to South Carolina. They had never met her in person before.

When we had our ZOOM call Wednesday night LeighAnn was so excited! She had finally met someone shorter than her! Apparently Lucille is only 5′ tall. When I told them she had me beat (you know I’ve told you I can only claim 5′ on an eighties hair day) they couldn’t believe it! They said they thought I would be tall. I guess sitting down in front of the computer on a call makes me look tall, lol! I’m going to be meeting one of the other girls, Kathy, for dinner tomorrow night. She lives in Delaware and we are going to meet about half way. We are both excited! That’s the good thing about living in tiny states; you don’t have to travel far to get to the next one, lol. They told Kathy she would have to report back on if I really was that short.

I have decided they don’t pay attention to Facebook very much. I had posted the pictures below just a couple of weeks ago of me with a few guys from the gym. We all wore the same shirt that night, and Derrick (one of the trainers) just had to take a picture because we all matched. I’m sure they will be excited to know they made the blog as a “fashion statement”!

After we finished the call, I reposted these and tagged the girls! My post said “if I’m tall these guys must be giants”. What’s really funny is they had all liked or commented on it previously…..too funny!

So that was my simple pleasure this week. Finding out that behind the screen, at least, people think I’m tall. Maybe there’s still a chance I will grow up one day. And having fun, making friends, and bonding with ladies from all over even though we haven’t met in person.

Please share your simple or guilty pleasure for this week.

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Simple Pleasure Thursday 9/28

It’s Thursday and that means It’s time for our next installment of Simple/Guilty Pleasure Thursday.

Do you have a simple or guilty pleasure to share with us this week?

If you’ve read the blog this week, can you guess mine? I’m calling mine a guilty pleasure this week, although it could be both.

Our little weekend trip to the Jersey Shore (simple pleasure) resulted in a trip to White Castle for hamburgers (guilty pleasure). Guilty, because I over do it on them. But I do plan for it too.

Let’s be honest here. That’s probably our main reason for going, to the Jersey Shore, lol!

Growing up in the south we had Krystal’s. They are basically the same kind of burger. The biggest difference between them is White Castle puts ketchup on theirs where Krystal puts mustard. I prefer to eat them straight off the grill with just the onions they are cooked with. Sadly (but probably for the best) neither one is very close to us. White Castle in NJ is roughly a three hour drive versus Krystal at around ten hours (right now the closest one I know of is in Georgia) not doable for a quick trip.

I do enjoy those little burgers. When they are steamed just right, it’s like a little bit of heaven. I think “The Man” likes White Castle better because they have crinkle cut fries! I could careless about the fries, I just go for the burgers. “The Man’s” uncle calls them belly busters, lol. They can be just bit gaseous! Yes, probably TMI….

We usually stop on the way home and get a “crave case” (that’s a box of 30) to bring back with us. This time we did not. That took a bit of will power.

I will just have to savor the moment until the next time.

Can you believe it’s already the end of the month? I have some new specials to share and some current ones that are going away.

First for the new:

A couple of you have expressed an interest in joining me in my Plunder business. From now through the end of September (which is only a couple of days away, how did that happen?) when you sign up as a Plunder Stylist  you will receive 10 extra piece of jewelry in your kit! So instead of the usual 9 you will receive 19 pieces of Plunder jewelry plus your sales tools! To sign up go to my website http://www.punderdesign.com/grandma2glamma and click on Plunder Opportunity.

If you have been on the fence now is a good time to get off! And if nothing else you could have a lot of your holiday shopping done!

And now for the old:

Remember that awesome Rodan+Fields Regimen/Hydration bundle special with the mini regimen?

It ends tonight. That mini-regimen is great for travel and is TSA approved. If you don’t travel, it’s an extra two weeks of product FREE!

If you don’t need a full regimen, but would like to try a product, I will be placing my last bulk order for September tomorrow (Friday) night at 6pm EST.

Message or email at grandma2glamma@gmail.com with your product choice and I will order it for you at PC pricing (that’s 10% off and free shipping) and get it to you!

Not sure what regimen or product is right for you? Take the solutions tool and find out. Be sure to enter your email, so I will know you tried the tool, and I will send you a micro-dermabrasion paste packet, just for trying it out.

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A Quick Getaway

Do you ever have a day that seems like it’s never going to end? Friday was one of those days!

Boy, by the time the littles were gone, I was done! My energy level was nill. Now maybe I was in a hurry for the day to be over and that made it worse. Why? Earlier in the day I got a wild hair and decided we should go to the Jersey Shore on Saturday (yep, no Sams club for us, lol) so I called up the little motel we stay at when we go there the 88 Motel to see if they had a vacancy. They did and I booked us a room. The 88 Motel is a small, family owned, efficiency motel that is affordable, and just a short drive, bike ride or even run to the beach.

The office/owners residence. Photo courtesy of The 88 Motel
Photo courtesy of The 88 Motel

The owners Liz and Ken live on the premises and service the motel themselves.

Beaver Creek Dam that runs next to the property

I love this view and I was very tempted to practice my yoga sequence for yoga teacher training here. I would have, but by the time we returned from the boardwalk it was getting dark and I was sure if I would have “visitors” that I wouldn’t be able to see during that two-hour practice. I don’t think that would have been overly relaxing….

The pool was still open as our weather is still VERY summer like for late September (I think change is coming soon though). I found it a bit too cool for my liking. “The Man” thought it was ok and had the kids ready to go in. By the time he had more than his toes in, he changed his mind, LOL!

The Pool and back of the owner’s residence/office
Part of our room. Noah and Miss Quinn had to be in a picture, lol

A few pictures of our room. The rooms are clean, and comfortable. Everything you need for your stay is pretty much already there. The windows even open to allow fresh air in during nice weather and there is usually a nice breeze blowing.

After I made reservations, I THEN  told “The Man” we were going to Jersey! Lol! Ok this was only semi spur of the moment. He was whining (you know how that goes) about going to Ocean City for the weekend. The problem with his ideas? He never pays attention to what’s going on. This past weekend was SunFest in Ocean City, the weekend before was bike week….you get the picture? The “no-tell motels” that still had vacancies were over $200 a night. No. Thank. You.

If you ever want a quiet getaway to the shore, ocean, beach (what ever you call it from where you are) and are going to be in the area of Pt. Pleasant, NJ; check out the 88 Motel.

To tell the truth, I’d rather drive three hours to Jersey than three hours to Ocean City.

Why?

Two words.

White Castle.

Yep. Little itty bitty hamburgers.

Now I’d rather have Krystal’s any day,  but you can only get those in the south. I’d have to drive 10+ hours to Georgia to get to the first one. So NJ and White Castle it is, lol!

It was a short overnight trip but it was good to getaway. Noah and Miss Quinn enjoyed themselves at the boardwalk.

Somehow I always manage to be the one who has to ride the “high” rides with them (I think it’s a conspiracy).

A little ice cream treat before heading back to the motel.

“The Man” thought it was funny that we were sitting over a smiley face!

I hope enjoyed a glimpse into our weekend getaway.

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Are You Ready For Some Football 🏈

TGIF! Who’s ready for the weekend? Do you have plans? I’m not quite sure what everyone around here is doing. “The Man” will work this weekend and I will catch up with the #Saturday7amsocialclub and then head to the gym, and my torture (oops) training session with Jeff. As of right now the weather looks like it will be beautiful, hopefully I can keep “The Man” away from Sam’s, lol! The nice weather weekends are sure to be ending soon.

What a couple of weeks this has been! A short week last week, because of the holiday. A really long week because of other events that occurred. School for the grand littles started back uneventfully and they seem happy (for the moment) to be back in a routine. This was the first week of fully being into the new “regular” routine and the fun has started, lol!

If that wasn’t enough, I got up last Tuesday, the day after the holiday, and started getting ready to pay some bills. I logged into our checking account to find the balance was not correct….yes, our account had been hacked! It was done on “The Mans” card. No surprise there. He thinks that card is the best thing ever…..What a mess to deal with…..we spent hours dealing with it with the bank on Tuesday, then waiting for the charge to be reversed. Fortunately I was still able to take care of what needed to be paid, they didn’t wipe out the balance, but it wasn’t just a couple of dollars either! Let me tell you, it’s was a very emotional thing. The feeling of being violated. Is it going to happen again? Just wanting to go to the bank and withdraw whatever is there. If you’ve missed hearing from me much of last week, that’s why; along with getting ready for Yoga Teacher Training-YTT. I was not able to focus on writing much. I tried but nothing made much sense. This week hasn’t been much better in that department. You may have noticed I haven’t posted on my regular schedule. I have taken the time to digest and reflect from the studies of the YTT weekend. There is a lot, but I am getting my head around it and working out a plan for my homework.

Over the past couple of weekends Collegiate and Professional football has started. The world is going to be going crazy for the next few months, lol!  I’m really not a football fan, lol, but I decided to have a little fun with the start of football season.

My Florida State Seminoles played their first game the Saturday before the holiday (it was not pretty)….Most Floridians are either camp Seminoles

or camp Gators. There is FSU (Florida State) or UF (University of Florida). Occasionally you will find someone who is a Miami fan, but not often.

(BTW, I did not make a gators necklace). I borrowed the picture from one of my Plunder sisters Robyn, who happens to be a gator fan. I still like her, lol!

We have both in our family. It’s a fun rivalry! I am a gator fan (of sorts) one game a year, when they play the Georgia bulldogs, hahaha! After that it’s back to business as usual, lol! If that’s not enough living here in Baltimore I’m slap in the middle of ravens fans. Well I am a rebel and will wear my Jacksonville Jaguars shirt!

I must support the “hometown” team, even if they haven’t played great in a loooooong time, and even though I really could care less about football. BTW, they won their first game….hope they can keep that up! Are you a football fan?

A couple of weeks ago, Plunder came out with a line called Plunder Prep. You can put together a necklace to support your favorite team and sport! So I had to make up my FSU and Jaguars Plunder Prep Necklaces!! I was even nice and adapted some a bit for the ravens fans and came up with this on the fly!

Here are the current options that are available to make your own Plunder Prep necklace. You can support you local high school, college, rec council or professional team. As you can see, there are charms for several sports. More tassel colors and charms are in the works.

If you would like to support your team, get a gift for the sports fan in your life that has “everything”, or get that new college a unique gift to support their new school,  log onto my website, go to shop, select a party with my name in it, scroll to the Plunder Prep tab and design your own. For the remainder of September I am offering a free piece of Plunder Jewelry, from me, for ANY order over $75.00 (excluding tax and shipping). Message me or email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com if you need help or have any questions.

Now I couldn’t leave baseball out so I made one for my Orioles too. I much prefer baseball to football! What about you?

Are you a baseball or football fan or both? What are your favorite teams? Do you go to the games or just watch from the comfort of home? If I’m going to watch football, I would rather be home. When we first moved to Maryland we went to a Jaguars/Ravens game….It was COLD!!!! I do not like  football and certainly don’t want to freeze my tush off to watch it! Baseball I don’t mind going to watch. The weather is usually much more accommodating.

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Have a great weekend!

Go Jags, Go Noles!

Until the next time

Janet

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Fun At The Fair

I awoke this morning to the patter of rain in the window. It was a comforting sound. You know that peaceful patter of rain falling gently. I was thankful that it wasn’t a storm. It has rained like that all day. I thought about the people in Texas who have lost so much, and here I am enjoying the sound of gentle rain drops. Such a difference. There are many relief organizations that you can give to, to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. If so choose, please help in whatever way you can. If you can do nothing more than say a prayer, please do.

Do you attend your state or county fair? As long as I can remember I have always loved going at least once a year to the fair.

This past weekend we took two of the grand littles Noah and Miss Quinn to the fair. It was only in its third day and was their second visit, lol. Their parents took them on opening night when they could ride all they wanted for one price. That certainly didn’t stop them from wanting to go back or having a good time.

Fortunately they can only ride the “kiddie” rides. I am not a fan of some of those rides, so I am quite happy not to need to worry about getting on them. I must admit some of the horror stories you may have heard in the news lately play into that.

Noah and Miss Quinn on the “speedway”.

Riding the teacups. That’s my speed, lol!

Can I just say these were the fastest spinning teacups ever? And they were in the “little kids” rides!

Now we are going to ride the helicopter.

Have I told you I have a fear of heights? How did I get myself into this one?

What was I thinking

 

Just standing around waiting.

I wore my “choose happy” t-shirt. I bought this for Plunder and last years Plunder anthem, but it was also fitting since “Get Happy” was the WW theme and challenge for this week. Ironically every time I wear it “The Man” is a bear….I think he needs the shirt, lol! I wore my latest embroidered “crop” jeans from White House Black Market. These might just be my new favorite jeans. They are a bit long for crops on me (what’s new) but because of the embroidery they cannot be shortened. That’s ok. At least for me. The military cargo style jacket is also from WHBM and the shoes are leather converse, and let’s not forget my favorite summer “go to” cross body Dooney and Bourke.

The keeper of the tickets

Amanda (my daughter) hamming it up….guess she was trying to show me how a “selfie”is done, lol!

The little bird necklace I am wearing says “I Choose Happy”. It was the Plunder anthem piece from 2016. So simple and so meaningful. The bracelet is a retired Plunder piece too and says “simplify” on that little heart you see. My earrings are old and are Black Hills Silver and Gold. I got them on my first trip to the Black Hills.

Noah and Miss Quinn wanted to play in these giant “rock’em-sock’em” type balls. They allowed them to go by themselves so they could do it without being over run by the big kids. That was a good thing because they could barely lift them up. They had a blast though.

Noah in the ball
Miss Quinn in the ball

A good time was had by all.

And we finished up with that yummy ice cream I told you about yesterday.

How are doing with finding your three happy things from your day? I hope  you take a moment to share with us.

My three happy things for Monday:

1. Miss Quinn and Lessa did not fight all day.

2. I hit my Fitbit step goal today, for the first time in forever on a week day.

3. I had a pan of dressing/stuffing in the freezer from the last time I made a large batch. I took it out and made it for dinner tonight!

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A Day At The Italian Festival

Things are starting to change, I will get it figured out

Have you ever had a day where everything and everyone irritates the living daylights out of you? Well, let me tell you, I was there on Saturday! I went to the #saturday7amsocialclub aka WW meeting and on to the gym. That was the better part of the day.

When I got home “The Man” was napping, as usual. I proceeded to get a shower and dressed. He got up and said “I guess we can ready and go to Sams”. What? Well that just set me off! I have been cooped up I the house for how long? With the littles “off the chart” do you really think I want to traipse off to the big box store on Saturday morning? I was not going to that store if we starved!!! And since our basement is akin to what I imagine someones who is  preparing for the apocalypse might look like, I don’t think starvation is happening anytime soon.

I have been trying for weeks to go try the butterfly garden and sunflower fields and have yet to get there. I told him I NEEDED to be outside!!!! I wanted fresh air and sunshine! I have still not made it to either of these places….apparently the compromise was to go to Little Italy and the St. Gabrielle’s Festival which occurs every year. Sometimes we go, sometimes we don’t.

It’s basically a street festival where you can eat your way through a couple blocks of vendors. It’s sponsored by one of the local Catholic Churches in the neighborhood.

You can’t see them very good, but there a group of Nonna’s (Nonna is Italian for grandma) sitting back there making Pizzelles. I left the Pizzelles there. You get 10 for $5.00, my thought was I could come home and make many more than 10 for less than $5.00. I did not though. You will see why as you continue reading!

Then you have a group Nonno’s (Non-no is Italian for grandpa) playing Bocce Ball. I say they were the Nonno’s as the majority are the old timers. This a permanent Bocce Ball court and you can almost always find someone there playing a game.

This year the vendors just didn’t do it for me. There was just too much commercial stuff you can get anywhere. Does that make sense?

I did find a bite to eat, go figure, lol! After walking through I decided to have an Arancini.

If you don’t know, Arancini is a rice ball. A fried ball of deliciousness. I had a choice of sausage and peppers or crab and shrimp. I chose the crab and shrimp!

In my mind the seafood was healthier, hahaha! I just had to get a cup of wine to wash it down….there’s nothing like some wine in a plastic Dixie cup, lol!

The man caught me checking out the Alfa Romero’s on display!

A girl can dream, right? Unfortunately or maybe fortunately they don’t make a “bus”….but, if I go take a test drive I can get a $25 gift card and $250 off, lol!!! I think I’ll pass. I’m quite sure I would love the way it drives and want to take home. Not only do I hate having a car payment, and I have one with the bus, it is not practical for me right now with all the grand littles. And the man does not need that for a work vehicle, although I’m sure he would think otherwise.

I was looking to see where he had wandered off to. The dress is from WHBM. It is mainly navy with some light blue, tan, yellow, and white. I like it with my tan Vince Camuto sandals and yellow, cream and tan cross body bag (both from HSN). You can’t see my jewelry very good, but I have on a pair of dangle earrings that I got in Italy (in Epcot at Disney last year, lol). That’s likely the closest I will ever get….the blue bracelet on my left arm is Plunder and called Ritta. It is a narrow denim bangle type with gold and silver along with a row of rhinestones and is one of the new magnetic closures. They are so easy to put in and take off! My other bracelets are a combination of Plunder and one of my Pandora bracelets. I don’t think this dress needs a necklace.

On the way out of the festival we had to stop by a local Italian bakery; Vaccaro’s. I just “had” to get some cannoli chips and dip.

Can you say yum? I only get what they call an individual serving (it’s more than I need) but they give you enough cream for what I don’t know….fyi, I got a homemade mango gelato too….

Later in the day “The Man” thought we should go to the mall….we were only at the festival maybe 30-45 minutes. It doesn’t take long to walk through, unless you eat and drink your way through. Now what part of being outside did he forget? We went and I bought NOTHING! Can you believe that? I even spent almost and hour in WHBM trying on things, and although I liked them, they were in sale, and I had coupons but I found no joy in being there.

It finally dawned on me after I completely snapped at him, my hormones are getting out of whack; way out of whack (ladies I imagine some of you know what I mean)….. This may be why the littles are so on my last nerve too, besides this eclipse business which I’m still convinced has had an effect on moods. Times are starting to change….this is going to be a challenge.

As I pondered what was going on the rest of the weekend, I started putting two and two together. I started noticing more than a month ago I would got to bed freezing then I was waking during night with what I’m now believe were hot flashes. At the time I kind of chalked it up to it being summer and the nights being so hot and humid and such. I can also cry, just for the sake of crying; happy I can cry, sad I can cry, angry I can cry (after I let loose with both barrels). Then I started doing some more math and realized it’s also been about three months since that monthly annoyance has visited. Now I knew it had been a little while, but wasn’t thinking it was that long. I’m sure you know I don’t really mind that. It’s the rest that comes along when she leaves that is going to cause problems, if I’m not careful. Let’s hope I can through this with out completely going around the bend. And I have thought a couple of times I was careening around it pretty darn fast!

Ironically I thought this was done and over with several years ago. I started taking a bio-identical progesterone during my 40s due to some imbalances, and going through some of the same things. After a period of time my cycle stopped. My GYN and I thought after more than a year, it was done and For six years or so, nothing! Then I started losing weight and after losing 35 pounds, guess what returned? Just as if it had never left….😡 I also stopped the progesterone as I felt great and my doctor and I decided if I didn’t need it there was no sense in continuing to take it and I could restart it at anytime I needed to. So for the past almost three years things have been great. Guess who I called today? Yes, it’s time to revisit some alternatives. If not I think I am going to go mad. Yoga and other exercise hasn’t helped. It does while I’m there, but so far long-term it’s not doing it. I’m now wondering if this is a factor in some of the weight I’ve gained back. There are so many changes going with my body; the increasing activity and now the likely hormonal changes. If it is indeed a factor I will most definitely need to be more diligent with my diet and work this out. It may well explain the increasing cravings for things I generally could care less about. I will get this figured out! Hopefully sooner rather than later.

So friends have you been there, done that yet? How have you fared? How/what did you do to get through it? Any thoughts/words of wisdom will be appreciated. I’m sure there are others who may want to know too! As women we are all in this together!

After all that my daughter came home and wanted to know if I wanted to go Sunday afternoon and get some pictures for the blog. Just wait until see what we got into….I still can’t believe it!

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