To the Red Haired Girl at the Splash Pad

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I saw you with your frizzy red pigtails, freckled face and your soaking wet yellow dress.  I saw you watching my daughter.  I saw you sitting near her, not too close, but close enough to watch her expression as she concentrated on watching the buckets fill with water and then pour down.  Most kids would be standing under that water.  Mine likes to watch from a distance.  I saw you smile at her.  And then I saw you look up at me.

You walked to me, shivering in the air, soaking wet.  And you smiled this beautiful, crooked smile with your front teeth missing.  I smiled back.  And you sat next to me and watched my daughter again.  Here is where I brace myself as a mom.

My daughter has Down Syndrome.  She’s non verbal and has some autistic tendencies.  She doesn’t know how to relate to other kids, sometimes doesn’t…

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4 Reasons You Should Take Dance Lessons Before Your Big Day

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I think this is a VERY good idea!

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The seating chart is set. The timeline is scheduled. Your wedding party has rehearsed. It’s the night before your big day and the only thing you forgot to plan was your first dance. Don’t let this happen to you!

If you’re a dancer or have some crazy amount of confidence, then this read might not be for you. But if you’re anything like me and enjoy having monumental life events planned or roughly outlined, let me convince you why you should absolutely take dance lessons before your wedding.

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Things Don’t Always Go As Planned

If you are so inclined; please take a moment to say a prayer

We have a new grand little! It’s a girl! Do you remember I told you the newest grand little was due to be delivered this past Friday 4/21? Well, she was, but not completely according to plan.

Since she was scheduled to be born via C-section, her mother had her last doctors appointment on Thursday. Well, at that appointment her blood pressure was elevated, her feet were swollen as big as my head, and the hospital wasn’t packed; so they decided they would deliver her Thursday night…..everyone rushed to get things done and head off to the hospital to await the arrival. Well, you know, it didn’t happen that way.

During the couple of hours before she had to be at the hospital, apparently half the town decided to go into labor, and the labor and delivery unit started filling up fast. After, being admitted, prepped, and several hours of sitting there, the doctor determined that moms BP had stabilized, and there was no reason not to wait until Friday as planned. So, by the time they put her in a room and everyone got their game plan on for Friday and headed home it was after 11:00pm! We headed home to try for a few hours sleep.

We reassembled at the hospital on Friday morning to await the big event! At 10:00am Miss Caterina Faith, made her grand entrance, weighing in at 8’10” and 19.75 inches long!

Isn’t she adorable?

Later that day it was determined that her blood sugar was low and after several testings she was moved to the NICU, to try to determine the cause and to bring it back up. It has come up, with IV glucose therapy, but once she is taken off it starts going right back down. This is something that can be just a minor transitioning issue to being VERY serious and potentially life threatening. It has been said they have ruled those out, but I’m not sure, I’ve spent many years in health care and don’t trust the system or most doctors any farther than I can throw them! And then there is just something about “we’ve tested for everything”, “there is no reason”, “this is a normal occurrence”, and “we are starting to rule things out” that just makes me think; they haven’t checked for “everything” yet…..but what do I know? Apparently, they say, that they have determined it isn’t diabetes or an infection. They think it is just because she is a big baby. Maybe. I sure hope and pray so. But in the meantime….

I have told mom and dad, they need to ask “specific” questions and take notes! Sadly, in this day and age you have to CYA, first. They need to know you are asking, researching, documenting, and not just blindly trusting what you are being told. Most doctors hate it when you turn to Dr. Google, but it’s definitely in your best interest to be as informed as possible. Yes, you can scare yourself silly, but you can also know what to ask! And being specific is important.

As of now she will remain in the NICU until she can be weaned off the supplemental glucose and her blood sugar levels remain above 50 for 9-12 hours. If you are so inclined; please take a moment to say a prayer, send good thoughts, or mojo. Whatever you can do, would be greatly appreciated.

Have any of you or anyone you know, experienced this? If so, how long did it take to straighten out? Was it just a “routine” this happened or were there underlying causes? Please take a moment and let me know. I will certainly keep you updated on Miss Caterina’s progress.

Until the next time

Janet

Happy Easter

I want to take just a minute today to wish you Easter Blessings.

“The Man” and I went to breakfast early this morning. The sun is shining, it’s a beautiful, very warm spring day. It’s a day to reflect renewal and all that you’ve been blessed with; and I did.

I have been doing that frequently the past few weeks. I have been going through a renewal (of sorts) of my own. There a lot of great things going on in my life. I believe (for reasons unknown to me) that I have been led to start this blog, and become involved with Plunder, at this particular time, for a reason. This is not a Plunder pitch, but everyday I see women being a blessing to and helping other women. Usually women who they have never even met, sometimes on the other side of the country. This is love. This is what we have been commanded to do; love one another. Not to tear each other down, because of political beliefs, different religious beliefs, or to be “holier than thou”.

I am not an overly, outward religious person; but I’m a believer. I also believe you can worship wherever you are, that you don’t have to go to a particular place to do so. Maybe that’s why I like running on Sunday so much. It’s a time for me to reflect and worship. I can see the beauty of G-d all around me.

Take a moment today to tell someone you love them. Not just the family you may spend the day with, but your fellow-man.

I love y’all! Be blessed.

Until the next time

Janet

 

When It Rains It Pours

We are counting our blessings

Can this week get any crazier? I know better than to ask that, so it isn’t a “real” question….Not only is it a full moon, I heard  there are four different planets going into retrograde or some such something, and all kind of craziness is ensuing. The grand littles have been on spring break all week and have no idea what to do with themselves. I’ve tried to step back from business and posting as much this week so that I can devote more time to them, but I’m not sure how successful I have been.

If that isn’t enough; yesterday (or should I say Tuesday night) when “The Man” was putting his stuff in his car to go to work another car came flying out of nowhere and almost took the door off our vehicle; with him standing right there! This is what it looks like:

Fortunately he was not hit or injured in any way. But can I just say; it was scary as all hell!! And had the makings to be much worse. It’s costing us money we should not have to put out but, at the end of the day, we are counting our blessings. I think it certainly undid whatever good yoga and meditation provided Tuesday night….

Needless to say, I accomplished almost nothing yesterday. The day was spent taking care of business.

I didn’t make the best food choices yesterday. I didn’t feel like cooking, that was just one chore I wasn’t up too, so we picked up some take out. On the plus side I didn’t eat my emotions. It would have been very easy to have hit up a drive through in the middle of the night when it happened. Adrenaline has a way of making you think you’re starving. I guess it’s a good thing leaving the house would have seemed like a chore, lol!

I hope your day was much less eventful than mine. I did get an email with some good news, that I’ll be able to share with you in a few weeks. Things are definitely coming together here. Please continue to like and share the blog with your friends. I appreciate it greatly and everyday the subscriber list growing. Take a few minutes and let me know what’s going on with you!

Until the next time

Janet

 

 

Struggling

What strategies do you use to “get your head back in the game”

March was an extremely busy month. There was the style challenge, March madness with Plunder, entering the Marine Corps Marathon lottery and getting selected (I’m still in shock over that) and trying to get things going and growing here with the blog. Trying to grow the Facebook page, and getting Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest all set-up. There is so much more to learn than I ever thought. It’s fun, but crazy, and very time-consuming.

Many days I was burning the candle at both ends. In doing so I put “me” on the back burner. Oh I’m sure it sounds like I was doing plenty for “me”. But I wasn’t taking proper care of myself.  I didn’t eat right, I didn’t exercise right,  I didn’t always get enough sleep, it seems I just ran on auto-pilot some days. So of course, I didn’t always make good choices. I would find myself grazing instead of eating a meal, or preparing the quickest thing I could get away with. Reaching for snacks. Snacks in and of themselves aren’t always bad, but when I don’t pay attention to the amount I consume, well, that is where the problem lies, and that can set me up on a slippery slope, to slide backwards and I feel like crap, I don’t sleep well, and I’m cross!

So I’m back to pulling my head out of my backside. Or at least trying. I’ve said this more than once over the past few months, but…. After all I now have a race to get ready for, and it won’t be time to start carb loading for a while, but you can bet come race week; carb load I will, hahaha!

In the meantime though, today, I switched myself to the Weight Watchers “simply filling plan”. I have to find a way to cut out the junk and this is what usually forces me to do that. I eliminate virtually all processed foods, which is what has got me going to far off the ledge. I have had a need, want, desire, obsession, craving (?) call it what you will, but salt and sugar have been my friends, lately. I’ve been able to stay with in my goal weight range, but by the skin of my teeth, and I’m certainly not doing my body any favors. I cannot train properly if I don’t fuel properly either.

If I make through this week, with ALL the littles home all day, since it’s spring break; I might be ok.


What do you do when that happens? What strategies do you use to “get your head back in the game”? Do you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions? If so, lay them on me! I need them all.

Wish me luck and send good vibes!

Until the next time.

Janet

Spring Style Challenge Week 2-Day 6

I see a big difference in this day vs last week

Here we are, starting the modeling session for week two of the Spring Style Challenge selections. This week seemed to get harder as it went on for me, although today was far from easy. I don’t think I was the only one having a hard time. Many of us were dealing with winter temperatures while trying on and modeling clothing we couldn’t wear out of the house yet. This seemed to make it harder. Below is my capsule that I pulled together for week two. There are some items from week 1 and many of these were in what I originally thought my capsule would be. Some were not what I had thought to use, but I decided to go outside of the box one day. At the end of this week I’ll post a collage of the entire capsule. Some things will change as there will be some additions and deletions. I think I will end up with more than items than the assignment called for, but there will be a good bit of mix/match possibilities; which what the focus is on.

This was the style idea for today’s challenge. Still no cropped flare pants in my wardrobe, so I went to plan B again.

This is what I came up with. Like I said it was a hard day. I had to get be ready super early since I’m depending on someone to shoot the pictures. I had an idea for what I wanted to use for the assignment and at the last-minute remembered the mint green blouse and pulled it out to use too. As you can see it looks as if I slept in it. I think I looked like I just jumped out of bed too. That must be what no make-up does for you, and I don’t always wear make-up. Kinda scary now, isn’t it?

I substituted white jeggings for the cropped flares. The jeggings are the Classic 5 pocket jegging by DG2 and came from the Home Shopping Network-HSN. They fit and wear great.  For my colorful top I used a teal lace up sweater. I chose this strictly because of the deep color.  This also came from HSN, it is a line called That Woman by none other than That Girl-Marlo Thomas! How many of you remember that show? Did you know Marlo is 79? Isn’t that crazy? She has just launched her own clothing line focusing on us over 50 ladies. It features items similar to some of the things from the That Girl era, but designed to look and make us 50-ish ladies feel good in our skin. I then decided to use the mint blouse and I actually wore this look last year, and felt comfortable and confident in it. This blouse came from Express, almost two years ago. It is very cool and comfortable.

Next are my accessories (or lack thereof) for today. The shoes were all shown with last weeks looks. The sweater doesn’t call for a necklace because of the lace up detail; they would just compete with each other. I forgot to grab jewelry to use with the mint green blouse but I usually wear gold with it, especially if I’m wearing the shoes with the gold on them. That “bookends” the look. That goes back to-day 4 with the “greenery” color and gold working with it.

I tried the booties with each look, because I often read and hear that wearing shoes that match your pants color can lengthen the look of your leg. I know I could use some help in that area. I wasn’t a big fan of it though. What do you think? The reviews from the group were mixed on the booties with this look, but most seemed to prefer the mint top to the sweater. Since it is a spring look, I do think it says spring better. I would wear the teal sweater on a day that calls for a sweater though.

I think I looked and felt like “something the cat drug in” for the most part in these looks. Maybe I should ask for a “do-over”, lol! I probably should have scrapped this days assignment, but I also think it was a good learning experience. I see a big difference in this day vs last week and it isn’t for the better….

If you have any thoughts or ideas on this days looks, drop me a message. I would enjoy hearing what you have to say.

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Until the next time

Janet

Saturday Morning Workout

There might just be a little bit of muscle definition

After my #saturday7amsocialclub meeting AKA Weight Watchers, I headed off to my weekly session with my trainer, Jeff. Last week he told me we would be doing upper body work. What? Now you know I had to fuss at him, after all, he wouldn’t know what to think otherwise, lol. And I wouldn’t want him to think I was sick or enjoyed our sessions.

The meeting topic for this week was: Is this food worth it. Do you tend to ask yourself that before eating something? I imagine most people don’t usually do that. If you are on a journey to lose weight that might a good question to ask yourself before eating certain things. Sometimes the answer will unequivocally be yes, other times it might be no.

Are there times that you think something will be worth it, only to eat it, not enjoy it, and realize it wasn’t? That’s the worst. Being a long time WW; I know the ins and outs of the program. I can work and manipulate my points and the system, and I do. But there is nothing worse than planning to indulge, cheat, over do; what ever you want to call it and then not enjoy it.

I have had that happen a couple of times over the past few months, attempting to eat fast food. “The Man” and I would decide to get a burger somewhere we hadn’t been for a while only to be very disappointed in it. I guess I should know why I haven’t been eating at those places. Maybe I should take that as a sign to not got there. But I can be a hard learner, sometimes. This upcoming week I’ll have to behave myself and not over do it. Next Saturday will be the 1st and the first Saturday of the month. I will have to weigh-in to establish myself free for April.

Spring showed back up for a brief moment. It actually hit 80 degrees. I so excited I wore a tank top! I forgot winter was going to be back by Sunday morning….not only that but apparently I forgot I hadn’t seen a lick of sun in months!

I think I had spring fever last week, and became giddy, in anticipation of the warm day. On Thursday, I entered the lottery for the MCM-Marine Corps Marathon. The race is in October. I will be notified on Thursday 3/30 if I have been selected or not. I’m scared that I will, but will be equally disappointed if I don’t. It has 6:30 time limit, my time for the Baltimore Marathon was 6:29 and some few seconds…..pushing it a bit? I did have better time for the Halfs I ran last year, so I’m reasonably sure I can do it.

I guess I should get back to the subject of this post, the work out. It was pretty intense. I’m not sure when I remember working that hard. But you have to put in the work to get the results. We all know that can be easier said than done some days.

The shirt above was one of the first graphic tanks I bought, on my journey, after getting down to a smaller size. It’s a bit big now, but I will keep it until I find another with the same saying. There are days that I still need that reminder.

Arm and shoulder work. Can you see some muscle definition? I think there might be some. Just a little bit.

This may not look like it should be hard, I’m using a machine after all, but can I just say; this is harder than dead lifting! The dumbbells weren’t as heavy as Jeff wanted to give me, but the heavier ones (except for the really heavy ones) were all being used (oh golly gee, lol). My arms were toast when I left there.This wasn’t all that we did, just all he took pictures of. Last week, Jeff told me I need to get back to doing more upper body work at home. He is correct. I have been a bit lax in that lately. I’ve been lazy a lot lately. I am blaming it on the winter doldrums, but I have to snap out of it. I am slowly but surely. Some days it’s easier than others.

Did you notice those pretty pink shoes? Aren’t they cute? Jeff, had been telling me for a couple of weeks I needed flat shoes to lift in. He said my retired running shoes (which is what I usually use to work out in) didn’t let me sit back on my heels enough. He and my son both said a pair of “chucks” would be just fine. Well, I found me a pretty pink pair. Who says you can’t workout hard, yet still be stylin’? You will see them again. Believe it or not I used them in week 2 of the style challenge.

I hope y’all have had a great weekend! Has the spring weather made it to your neck of the woods yet? Are you ready to get outside and take in some sun and fresh air? I know I am! I certainly need to get some sun….

Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings. Please take a moment to comment, like, or share on Facebook or Twitter. That’s what helps to reach more people (especially on Facebook they have a weird algorithm and you if you don’t respond you may stop seeing the posts). I appreciate it when you do.

Until the  next time

Janet

Style Challenge Week 1-Day 5

It’s been fun sharing week 1 of the challenge with you

The last day of week one! Woo Hoo, lol, it’s been quite a week! Honestly, by the time I made it to this day of the challenge I was glad for the weekend break.  This one looks like it should be pretty easy huh? It wasn’t as easy as you might think.

Here is my interpretation for this days outfit. I think it came across more dressy than casual, though I tried. What do you think? The only khaki-ish (is that a word) type pants I had (I was waiting for pair I ordered) were a tan-colored dressier ponte skinny pant. The trench was too dressy, I think, and definitely not spring like. Considering the temperature, if I had been going out, it was appropriate though. The group liked the look with the shirt tied the best, and suggested I style it like this with my favorite jeans. I might just have to try it with those distressed jeans one day. What do you think?

The mens inspired shirt is the same one from my capsule and I showed it on day 1 with my dress, which helped to give it a skirt look. It is from JJill, the cami is from Old Navy, and the pants are the Ponte Skimmer Pants from White House Black Market-WHBM.  The trench is by IMAN and came from the Home Shopping Network-HSN. I really like almost everything at WHBM. My only complaint with them is they do not carry their petite line in the store. If I see something I like I go to the store and try it on, to see if I like the look, then I will order it in petite. It an extra step I wish I didn’t have to take, but I don’t like ordering then returning, either.

Here is the close-up of the accessories for this look.

The booties are Vince Camuto from HSN. Isn’t that a surprise, lol! The necklace is called Addilyn and the bracelet is called Selma. They are both from Plunder and still available. You can check them out here: http://www.plunderdesign.com/party/janete1/ I was a bit unsure about both when I first saw them, but the kept growing on me the more I looked at them. Finally I decided to order them and I’m glad I did. I will be wearing them a lot.

Remember a couple of weeks ago I told you about the Plunder March Madness? Well, it has been going full steam ahead and many items are selling out, in anticiapation of the launch of the spring line. Some items will be coming back, but we don’t know which ones. If you’ve been thinking of ordering head over and get what you want, it may not be there tomorrow.

It’s been fun sharing week 1 of the challenge with you. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and found some ideas for yourself. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Until the next time

Janet

Spring Style Challenge Week 1-Day 4

I wasn’t sure how this was going to work

Wow, almost half way there! This was an interesting day. The focus of today’s assignment was on the color green. Did you know that the color “greenery” is the Pantone color of the year? What is greenery? Is that really a color, lol? This was the suggestion for today’s challenge. Can you think back to my capsule and figure out what I used for today?


I was not sure how this was going to work. I don’t have jumpsuit, never thought they were functional (if you know what I mean). I didn’t think I had much in the way of green, especially a bold shade, then I remembered a dress “The Man” jokingly (he didn’t think I’d like it) suggested I get for our sons rehearsal dinner almost two years ago. I actually loved it. I think it has a bit of a retro, almost 60/70’s vibe.


Isn’t this a fun dress? I think it would make a really cute maxi dress too. I don’t know why he didn’t think I’d like it, except that it is a bit bold. He also tried to suggest white go-go boots? Are you kidding me? Men lol! It really doesn’t call for much in the way of accessories, in my opinion. But gold really does set it off . For kicks I tried my white shooties from the previous days….no, just, no.

Here is a close up of the accessories I chose.

The dress came from JCPennys. The shoes are Impo and came from DSW. I did buy them, because of the color, especially for the dress  but have used them often. The black cross-body bag also came from DSW. I’m not sure I like it a lot with the dress, but I haven’t found one that’s better. Do you have any thoughts? The necklace is old, almost 20 years, and I don’t remember the name of the store it came from. I got it because it is a heart, and I love hearts. I have used it often. The earrings, if I’m not mistaken, came from QVC. I have shopped there and HSN too much, lol, but those flex/easy pays they offer are hard to resist….the bracelet is from Plunder and called Selma. I liked it because it pulled some of the colors from the dress. If you like it,  You can get it here http://www.plunderdesign.com/party/janete1 Have you gone over and looked at the Plunder website yet? If you’re on the fence, because you aren’t sure if you’ll like something; give it a try. The website pictures do not do the pieces justice. They are so much prettier in person than in the pictures!

Tomorrow will be the end of week 1. Each week of the challenge was only for 5 days, with the weekends off.  Have you had a chance to check out Sylvia’s website yet? If not, you can go to http://www.40plusstyle.com check it out and sign up for her newsletter.

We are supposed to have almost spring like weather again tomorrow. I sure hope so. Even though the winter hasn’t been horrid, I’m ready for it to go. Do you have anything planned for the weekend. Right now my only plans are the #saturday7amsocialclub and my session with my trainer, Jeff. Beyond that, I’m not sure. I can think of plenty of things I should do, but not wanting to…who’s with me on that?

I hope y’all have a great weekend. I will post day 5 tomorrow. Let me know what you think of this exercise and the options I’ve posted. I’m curious if your opinions are the same as the groups. I am definitely finding it interesting.

Until the next time

Janet