Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Changes in the Weather, Foyer and other Things

A Few Changes


Oh my goodness, what is going on with the weather?! In my last post, I was waxing poetic about the warmer temps and today this is the view out my window! I drove home from bell choir practice last night in a raging wind with blowing snow all around me. Luckily, the snow was not sticking to the roads as I drove. While this is not the many inches of snow I know some of you are getting, it still is a BIG change from the weather we have been experiencing and the 80's we are supposed to have tomorrow. Change....we can't escape it, can we?!



The foyer table went through another change up of decor recently. I decided to go for more of a cat theme this time. It looks a bit bare to me, although I like all of the pieces displayed. Perhaps I need to find a few more cat themed items?


Such a sweet piece with the angel holding a cat. 


I found this cat on a spool at an antique store. Don't think it is an antique, but it's cute!


I loose arranged some Spring-like silk flowers in a Longaberger basket and placed it on the floor by the foyer table. The basket matches with the wooden pieces on the foyer table and softens the look of the wooden shoe shelf to the right. 


The foyer table had actually taken a trip to our lower foyer area by the family room. I left it there for a few days, but I just wasn't happy with the lack of warmth in the foyer. I missed my little table decorations too much, so back up the steps it came! We'll just have to live with the foyer table and the shoe shelf all together in one space! It's hard when the foyer serves as both a welcoming space and the mud room of the house! Sometimes, changes aren't so good and need to be changed back to the way things were!


I recently changed something back to the way it was on the blog. Perhaps you noticed. I had joined Bloglovin' and had a "follow me on Bloglovin" sign up on the sidebar. I didn't feel I was generating much traffic from Bloglovin,' however, and although I did have a few genuine followers from there, I was also getting what I believe were spam followers. I don't understand this and I couldn't seem to find a way to delete the spam followers even though I tried to research it online. To make a long story short, I deleted my Bloglovin' account. I apologize if you followed me through Bloglovin' and no longer find my blog there. You can always find my blog by typing in the url address; debbiethisandthat.com. I guess I figure if folks really want to read my blog it isn't that much trouble to type in the url address. I guess I'm old fashioned that way! I'm just tired of the anonymous comments that make no sense and have nothing whatsoever to do with a post I've written and the "followers" I get whose reply addresses begin with "sexy."  I'm not techie enough to know if somehow they follow me in order to try and get clicks or use my bandwidth somehow or do it just to annoy. If anyone out there understands how to deal with this or what the purpose is behind some of these annoying comments/followers (not all related to Bloglovin' by the way) please share! 


On a happier note, I'm planning to "Run for the Paws" this coming weekend! This is a big change for me because I have never participated in a race before! I'm actually not running, but participating in the one mile fun walk portion of the 5K race. But, it is still an exciting challenge for me! I plan to have hubby take pictures and I hope to do a whole post dedicated to the race. Run for the Paws is sponsored by Brother Wolf which is the shelter where we found our sweet Cassie. They are a local "no kill" animal shelter and they do great work so I'm happy to support them!

So tell me, are there any changes happening in your life? Hope you'll take a moment to comment!

Until Next Time,
Debbie

Monday, April 16, 2018

Pink Jacket and Spring Scarf

Scarf and Jacket for Spring

*Not a gifted or compensated post. All opinions and writing are my own.

It's so good to finally be getting some warmer temperatures. We actually got into the 70's a couple days this week which was wonderful. There's nothing like a little springtime to make me feel like wearing pink. And adding a spring-like scarf makes the outfit even better!

I actually own this jacket in pink, blue and brown. It's a great mid-weight jacket that can be dressed up or down easily. I love the quilted material and the cuffs can be worn down or folded back. Lots of versatility. 


I've owned the jackets for several years. I bought them at Stein Mart and the brand is "For Cynthia." I couldn't find this exact jacket to link for you at Stein Mart but I did find a couple links for Ebay and Poshmark. I have not bought items from Ebay or Poshmark so can't vouch for the shopping experience from either. Here is an ebay link for the jacket in green. And, here is a Poshmark link for the jacket in pink. 


I'm really enjoying the scarf I'm wearing with the jacket. It is covered with flowers in pinks, yellows and greens and is quite soft and lightweight around my neck. I'm finding that I prefer scarves that are lightweight because I don't like heavy things, including some jewelry, pulling down on my neck. So, I'm thinking about cleaning out some of my heavier scarves and donating them to Goodwill. Would you believe that I got this scarf at the Dollar Store?! I've gotten compliments on it and it does not appear to be "low quality." Fashion need not be expensive! Shop your closet for a Spring-color jacket or sweater that you can wear with a pretty scarf. You'll feel like a million bucks!

Until Next Time,
Debbie

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Weekend Inspiration Wonderfully Made


If you have ever experienced sore muscles, an injury of some type or an operation, then you begin to appreciate your body more. It's odd how we never seem to appreciate what our body does day in and day out, hour after hour, minute by minute, until something no longer works the way it did previously. At least that has been the way with me since suffering from frozen shoulder/rotator cuff impingement issues. Do we take the time to really think about how awesomely God created our bodies to move, breathe, work and play? How intricately our fingers move to cut with scissors, play an instrument or knead bread? How our shoulders are involved with almost every upper body movement we make? I certainly have noticed now that I struggle to do the simplest of tasks such as fixing my hair, reaching out of the car window at the drive-thru or putting a letter in the mailbox! Suddenly, my shoulder, which has been with me going on 60 years, is getting my full attention! "Notice me," it seems to be saying, "I refuse to be ignored any longer!" And so, I am noticing my shoulder with weekly visits to the physical therapist, home exercises and heat therapy. I see the wall charts hanging in the physical therapist's office and am amazed at the intricacies of the shoulder and the other parts of my body. I take for granted that these parts will work correctly and, when they fail for some reason, think longingly of the day when they will be restored to full function. I think I appreciate my body parts more now than I did before. Truly, as the psalmist wrote, our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made! 

To continue this thought process about noticing and being thankful, I remind myself to think about not only God's forming of my body, but also God's presence in each and every aspect of my life. I remind myself to "notice" God throughout the day and to be thankful for God's working for good always no matter what may be hurting or painful or irritating in my life. Truly, there is much to praise God for in this day and always!

Blessings,
Debbie

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Royal Weddings, Books and Covered Perfectly

Shining My Tiara

*This post contains affiliate links. If you shop through those links I do receive a 10% commission at no extra cost to you. The blue top was gifted to me by Covered Perfectly.

 Are you shining your tiara? There's a wedding happening soon, you know. A ROYAL wedding! So, you'll want to get out your jewels and spiff them up a bit. You all know I love anything royal, so you better believe I've been following all of the Meghan and Harry news. And, you can bet that on May 19th I'll be camped out in front of the television watching all of the drama! 



And, I've got my "fancy" jewelry all ready to wear for the wedding! I have my tiara with a couple missing pearls I bought on the wedding clearance aisle at A.C. Moore, my "pearl and diamond" $5 Paparazzi necklace and, of course, my Avon "Princess Diana" ring.  Now, all I need to do is wait for the coveted royal invitation to arrive in the mail...OK, that's taking things too far, I know! I'll make do watching it all on TV.



I am proud to say that I haven't missed a televised royal wedding in the last 37 years! How well I remember Charles and Diana's 1981 nuptials. My mom and I were up at 5:00 a.m. camped out in the living room all day watching the ceremony, the parade through the streets, the gown, the flowers, the carriages, the going away outfit...all of it! Same thing when William and Catherine married, although this time it was just me camped out in the living room. Kate's gown, tiara and veil were so beautiful and she and William seemed truly happy. I also saw Andrew and Fergie's wedding and followed everything I could read about Edward and Sophie's wedding as well as Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene's nuptials. You can see I like to hang onto magazines and books about the royals, so I'm certain I'll be adding some new mags or books about Meghan and Harry in the near future. All tongue-in-cheek aside, though, I really do hope that Meghan and Harry are happy together and that William and Kate continue to enjoy their happy family life. It broke my heart when things went so wrong for Charles and Diana. I really do want to believe that fairy tales come true and that there is a prince for every princess! How about you? I did a post last August remembering Princess Diana that you might want to read if you missed it then. 




Of course I don't spend all my time reading about royalty! I've been spending quite a bit of time reading books lately by authors M.C. Beaton and Elizabeth Berg. I've already shared my love for Elizabeth Berg's writing with you in a previous post here, but I don't believe I have told you about M.C. Beaton. I will need to devote an entire post to her writing in the future but suffice it to say that her characters are memorable and entertaining! I visited our public library today and found a book by each author that I will be reading in the coming weeks. 


If you missed my recent post in which I featured a beautiful top I was gifted by "Covered Perfectly" you can catch up on it by clicking here. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the other stylish and comfy tops available by Covered Perfectly. (affiliate link). Remember, if you order by clicking on my links you can save 20% on one or two items by using the code DR20 when you make a purchase. Happy shopping and keep that tiara shiny!






Until Next Time,
Debbie

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Weekend Inspiration-Perseverance

Sticking With Our Faith


Perseverance is a good trait to have in life. Being able to stick with it when the going gets rough is an admirable trait. When I was still teaching, there was a lot of talk about teaching students to have "grit" which basically is what perseverance is all about. Learning new things, especially when the subject matter is not your favorite or something that doesn't come easily to you, can require much grit in terms of studying, work completion and application of new skills. But in the end the work pays off and the new material is learned. 

As Christians, we too need to have grit or perseverance. I believe this is what Romans 12:12 is talking about. Just as a student has to "stick with it" by doing the assignments, listening in class and putting in personal study time, so we as Christians need to keep hoping, praying, studying scripture and supporting one another in the faith. It is through doing these things that we can find the strength to be joyful and patient even during times of affliction, in whatever form that may take in our lives. 

As a teacher, whenever I talked with students about perseverance, I introduced it as one of the "habits of mind" that could help them as learners. There are many other habits of mind as well such as managing impulsivity, listening with understanding and empathy and thinking flexibly. But, perseverance is at the top of the list. Perhaps this is what Paul was referring to in Hebrews 12 when he says; "And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."

As we go through the week ahead, may each of us have strong faith "habits of mind" with the "grit" necessary to go forward in whatever trials or joys life throws at us. 

Blessings,
Debbie

*See all of the Habits of Mind here


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

V-Neck Fit and Flare Review

Flattering and Comfortable Fit and Flare Top

(Disclosure: I was gifted this fit and flare top in return for my review. My opinions are 100% honest and the writing is my own. Photography by William Ross.)
v-neck fit and flare top

I always love it when I find a new top that is stylish, comfortable and attractive on my body shape. The top I am sharing with you today fits all of those criteria! I was so happy when Pauline Durban, Founder/President of Covered Perfectly, agreed to send me a top to try out and review. There were many colors to choose from, but you knew I would choose blue, didn't you?!

Royal Blue Covered Perfectly v-neck fit and flare top
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The V-Neck Fit and Flare top (affiliate link) style slims the waist area while the "flare" covers the tummy area nicely. I think it is a very flattering look and the Micromodal®/Spandex material is quite soft and comfortable against my skin. 


The top is tunic style and is long enough to provide full coverage of the derriere. I chose to style it with white ankle pants, but it would look great with leggings or jeans, as well. 


The V-Neck is quite flattering and not too low. Sometimes, I have difficulty with V-Necks being too low on me, but that was not the case with this top. I'm showcasing the top so didn't add any extras, but this top would look great with a scarf or necklace. A jacket or sweater over it would be lovely, also. 


This is more of a side view. I'm trying to let you see the top from all angles. Because the fabric is thinner, I did wear a smoothing cami type top underneath so the outline of my bra and the snap on my pants wouldn't show through. I am wearing a size Medium, but a size Large probably would have worked for me, also. I do like how the Medium fits so well at the top of the garment, though. And the 3/4 sleeve length is perfect for me!


If you visit the Covered Perfectly site, (affiliate link) and I hope you will, you can learn more about the MicroModal®  fabric. The site states it is "breathable" which is good for women having hot flashes and that this fabric is made to sit close to the skin. The site also states that the top is machine washable, lay flat to dry and is made in the USA. Pauline was kind in offering my readers a special coupon code that you can use to save 20% off one or two items. Just be sure to use code DR20 when you make your purchase so you can receive this discount. Enjoy!

Until Next Time,
Debbie

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Weekend Inspiration-Easter Blessngs

He Is Risen


Blessings to you this day. Rejoice, for Jesus lives!
Enjoy a wonderful Easter!