Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Age Is Just A Number, Right?

Satchel Paige, a former baseball player, once said, "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"

Now, I think we would all love to say an age much younger than we really are, but for me, if I didn't know how old I was, I would tell people I was probably somewhere in my late 40s.  Why not something younger?  Because I don't look younger and I definitely don't feel it.  While I don't feel (or act) my current age, I definitely don't feel like I'm in my 20s or 30s.  So, I feel pretty comfortable with late 40-something IF I didn't know how old I was.  But I do know, so there we are! :-)

BUT, if you are concerned about your age and are looking for the proverbial "Fountain of Youth", I found this list of suggested anti-aging foods.  While I do eat some of these foods, there are others that I wouldn't eat even if you chased me down and shoved them in my mouth!  It's just the way it is...so, on with our list.

BERRIES (Yum)
Berries have quite a bit of "anti-aging" oxidants.  If you want to look and feel younger, eat blueberries.  If you want to lower your chances of having a heart attack, stroke or blood clots, eat blackberries.  If you want to do both, eat all you want of these yummy, yummy berries!


CANTALOUPE, CARROTS, SWEET POTATOES (Yum, Blech and Meh)
Looks like I will be getting all of my beta-carotene, Vitamin C and zinc from cantaloupe.  We all know my feelings about carrots! :-)


RED PEPPERS AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS (Yum and Blech)
Both of these veggies are loaded with Vitamin C, which helps build collagen and lots of healthy cells.  It is believed that sulfur compounds in Brussels Sprouts help prevent tumor growth.

KALE (never had it)
Kale has large amounts of Vitamin K, which helps lower the risk for heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer and is said to help lower blood pressure.

CUCUMBERS (Love these)
The peel of a cucumber is said to boost collagen levels and help prevent wrinkles.  I guess we should look at the peels of cucumbers to see if that wrinkle prevention really works.


SPINACH (Can't get enough)
I know that you all are shocked that I like spinach, but I really do...honest!  Spinach is packed with Vitamin C, which helps you have shiny, smooth hair.  I suppose the Vitamin C battles my Italian heritage in the hair department....I do not have smooth, shiny hair!


TOMATOES AND WATERMELON (Ewww and Yum)
I have never, ever liked tomatoes.  I do like ketchup and salsa, but cannot eat a tomato.  I suppose this is leftover from some childhood trauma.  Tomatoes and watermelon contain lycopene, which reduces your risk of heart disease and cancer.  They also help protect skin from wrinkle-causing UV rays. I have wrinkles...clearly I am not eating enough watermelon!



I know there are many other foods which help keep us healthy and are good for our skin.  I just thought I would share a short list!

Back to the first question.  How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?






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Monday, September 28, 2015

Just To Shake Things Up...

...a bit, I have decided to tackle a project, because my life has been pretty boring lately. ;-)

Here's my disclaimer:  These are the WORST photos in blogging history.  I snapped a couple just so you would have a before photo.

I had this table that needed a new look....


....you can read about it's brother (or sister), here.  At our previous home, we used it in the office and the wood-look was fine.


But I don't like the wood-look for the landing at the new house because it is so dark in this space, so I decided to paint it.  Now here is where my brain gets a little dicey.  I decided to purchase 2 sample paints so that I could try to make up my mind about what color to use in the downstairs half-bath....you know that small remodeling project I can't seem to get to??!!  Anyway, I thought this table would be a good place to try to get an idea of the color.  These are the 2 paints, Cathedral Stone and Distant Valley...


...anyone besides me thinking that there might be some color difference between paint on a wood table and paint on a sheetrock wall?  Yeah, I figured that out.  Nonetheless, I had the paint and I'm not wasting money.

Last night, while we were watching Office Space for the 745th time, I put on a coat of Cathedral Stone.  Tonight, I will sand it and put on a second coat and hopefully have an in-between photo that I can show you.  Stay tuned....

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Riding The Roller Coaster....

....of life.

Back in college, I had to write a "descriptive" term paper for my literature class.  The professor requested that we write about a life experience using descriptive terms, similes, blah, blah, blah.  I wrote about roller coasters and the terror I felt while riding one.  I have a few problems (fear of heights, motion sickness, claustrophobia), so I don't know what possessed me to ever get on a roller coaster....specifically the Scream Machine at Six Flags!  I presume it was youth and stupidity!  That terror-filled ride made an awesome term paper and I received an A on the paper and an A in the class.  After all these years, I remember that paper well and the professor's comment, "you must really hate roller coasters!"

Well, this week has been a roller coaster ride.  You know it's going to be a bad week when Monday morning starts with the age old question, "Why did I get out of bed today?"

The ride began with a call from my mother telling me that my aunt (her sister) had been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, advanced COPD and emphysema...the quick ride down the steep hill began...what I refer to as a "free-fall".  Phone calls were back and forth all day long with my cousins and other family members to discuss my aunt's condition and possible treatment options.

Tuesday we were chugging back up the next hill...more phone calls and tests.  My youngest son also had a doctor appointment here in TN, which meant a drive to Alabama to pick him up for the appointment.

Wednesday was my birthday, so I considered this as riding on the nice flat, happy plateau.  It was a wonderful day and I received two fabulous surprise gifts from special friends I've made in this blogging world.


Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable sent me these absolutely adorable napkins (feeding my already out-of-control napkin addiction)...


...that I cannot stop touching, because I can't decide which ones to put out on the counter and...

Rue at An Old-Fashioned World sent me this fabulous candle that makes me drool....


....yes, it smells that good and is so reminiscent of all the best scents of fall!  I know I am a sight for the neighbors...they get to see me walking around with a candle up my nose and napkins ruffled between my fingers!

These ladies have inspiring and beautiful blogs and are just the best chicks!  If you haven't seen their blogs, please check them out!!  They both make me laugh and cry!

To add to the tears (happy tears), my DIL recorded this for me, I so hope you can see it:  https://www.facebook.com/chase.pinson.3/videos/1219813978045023/.  The return trip to Alabama, followed by hilarious conversation with our new neighbors, rounded out the day.

Thursday was more questions for doctors and needing to find new housing for my youngest son....down the hill we go and around the sharp curve....swoosh!

Still no home internet, a garage sale this weekend and back to work at the new house.  A lady who makes custom blinds stopped by this morning...."so I see you have no blinds...that's what I do".  I was in my bath wrap and holding the candle and napkins...I'm sure I was a sight for her! 

So here we are chugging back up the hill!  But hey, it's "One-Hit Wonder Day" on Jack FM...it's the little things...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dang Quesadilla...

I realized that I never got around to writing my post on the hubster's Dang Quesadillas (pronounced [key-suh-dee-uh]...those "l's" are silent people) he likes to eat with my Sizzlin' Homemade Salsa.  You can find the salsa post here!

Two facts about the hubster...he loves the movie Napoleon Dynamite....


...and he loves quesadillas!

This is how he makes his "Dang Quesadillas"....no secret ingredients here...just plain and simple.


Start with 2 large flour tortillas.  On the bottom tortilla, he adds ham, shredded cheddar cheese, provolone cheese, pepper jack cheese (do you see a trend?), chicken (if we have it) and a few other cheeses and meats that we might have on hand.  He will also add a few tablespoons of the homemade Sizzlin' Salsa.  Add the other tortilla on top and be ready to throw it in the skillet...but you will need to melt some butter in the skillet before you add the quesadilla.


Once the skillet is hot, add your quesadilla.  Cook until brown on the bottom and until some of those cheeses have started to melt.  Then, flip it over and cook until brown and melty...yes, it's a word! Remove the quesadilla from the pan and cut into whatever size chunks will fit in your mouth! ;-)  If you are lady-like, quarter it.


That's it...one and done!  You can make another if you have a large appetite.  Guess who usually makes himself another quesadilla??!!



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Monday, September 21, 2015

I Have A Craft Project....

....to share! 

As I was going through all of my home décor preparing for the Fall Home Tour last week, I came across these cute little bags.


By the way, I hope you all enjoyed the Fall Home Tour hosted by Brenda at Cozy Little House!  I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of the beautiful homes and seeing all of the different styles of décor.

I’ve been working on getting more rooms in the new house completed and hope to be able to show those to you before too long. 

Okay, so back to the project.  I don’t have the step-by-step photos to show you because I made this a few years ago.  Even after all of our moves, they are still in great shape.
 

I purchased 4 small black craft bags.  These can be found at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby in any size and any color.  I chose black.  I also purchased a bag of felt letters and some gift basket stuffing, shredded.

I used plain Elmer’s to glue the letters on the bags.  After the letters were dried, I used the shredded paper to stuff the bags.


That’s all there was to it.  I have some cute little fall décor that can be used literally anywhere and it took less than 15 minutes to make.  The supplies were inexpensive and I had letters and stuffing left over for another project! 

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Welcoming Fall....


....to our new home!

I presume you are stopping by from So Much Better With Age, since she is on the tour before me.  Doesn't she have a beautiful home?  Have you enjoyed all the homes on the tour?  I hope so!  They are all gorgeous!

We are finally "in" the new house and are working on getting settled.  I have also been frantically working on trying to get some fall decor in place for Brenda's Fall Home Tour!


I was absolutely thrilled when she asked me to join all of the other fabulous bloggers and be a part of this tour!  I've been excited for weeks...probably more excited than buying a new house!

Since we have been in limbo with the move, I don't have a lot of things to show, primarily because there is still a mess in every room of the house.  And, as much as I love the autumn season, I don't put out a lot of fall decorations until after Halloween.  I love decorating for Halloween and don't want to have to remove a lot of things to get ready for it.

I was going to hop all over the house with photos, but decided to do the right thing and start with the porch...


...better get a good look at those beautiful mums today because they will be dead tomorrow!  I just have that effect on plants....they die when they see me...it's just easier on both of us that way.

Since my stick purchases have turned into a running joke on the blog (and on Instagram...you can find me at ChasingQuaintness), I decided to show you the bookcase...


...with a cute little pumpkin that decided to nestle next to my pretty stick!

This is my desk...where I would write my blog if I had internet at home....


While it is not my dream office space yet, I hope that it will be one day in the near future!  I chose to decorate the desk with a small pumpkin and some vintage orange books.  One of those books even has the name of our son printed on it...


...I don't think it's about him though. ;-)  Oh, and his name is Stanton, not Cracker!

I have quite a bit of neutral color in the house.  This allows me to add pops of color for each season.  Just a few little pumpkin candles on the dining table...


...along with some colored napkins and a cute chair pillow.  I found the adorable fabric pumpkins at one of my favorite antique flea markets when we lived in Dallas.


These cute rain boots sit under the table in the entry and were a thrift store find....


...probably need a new pair soon, but they were perfect for some faux fall foliage...try saying that three times really fast!

This little guy has turned out to be my favorite...surprisingly.


Every part of the house is flooded with light, so my photos are a bit off.  We've promised the neighbors (and the construction workers) that we would have blinds very soon.  So far the only excitement they've seen is me washing dishes and having hot flashes!

That's all I've got for you today...I know, not as much as some of the other homes, but unpacking boxes is a full-time job and the elves are on strike!

I'm so glad you've stopped by and I hope you will visit again soon!  Be sure to visit the next home, Karla's Cottage!  You will love her home!

I will leave you with a few more photos...



...and a list of the homes for today!







Thank you again so much for stopping by!






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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Some Random Tidbits....

First of all, tomorrow, September 18th is the last day for voting for the Amara Blog Awards.  I'm in the "new blogger" category.  If you haven't already, I would really appreciate your vote.  Use all 25 of your email addresses if you have to, because you can only vote once per email address.  Click that button over to the right to vote!  I thank you for all of your votes!

Tomorrow, September 18th, is my first Blog Hop EVER...it is the Fall Home Tour hosted by Brenda at Cozy Little House.  It's an exciting thing for me! :-)


Since there are a few of you who don't know me, I thought I would share a few of my oddities.  For the "normalies", you can read here...and yes, there are some normalies about me. :-)

I have some form of OCD.  Everyone's OCD tendencies are different.  I'm a "picture-straightener", excessive hand-washing germophobe.  Everything has to be in its place or life has to stop until it is.  I've gotten better over the years, as I can occasionally leave the bed unmade, but there was a time when I would have to leave work to go home just to make the bed.  I would worry about it all day until it was made.

Monk is one of my most favorite TV shows...I totally get him! :-)  "Wipe, wipe, wipe"

I cannot write with a pencil nor can I watch or hear someone else write with a pencil.  The scratching of the lead across the paper just about sends me into orbit...literally.

I cannot cursive write, I can only print.  I can sign my name, but that's it.  Everything else looks like a 1st grader's efforts and I draw circles and hearts as dots for my "i"...I obviously never matured in the handwriting department.  Remember that subway sign I tried to make...yep, that bad.

I detest the use of chalk!  I cannot write with it, cannot stand to touch it, and cannot watch someone else use chalk.  If I have to use it for any desperate reason (like sending a message for help), I need to use gloves, and yes, I would have to find gloves before I could write a message begging for help.  If I touch chalk, I end up washing my hands for most of the day because I feel chalky...LOL

I love Halloween and scary houses.

The hubster and I quote movie lines during our conversations...with each other and with other people.  Our favorite...."that's what she said"!

My eating habits are just as bizarre.  It's okay, you can laugh.....I laugh.  I recognize my issues and embrace them...LOL

Now, get all pumped up and excited about the Fall Home Tour tomorrow...stay up with me all night...which reminds me.  Do any of you remember Elvira's UP All Night that used to come on TV?





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I Know, I Know....

...I'm a little late with my post today...that internet issue plagues my blogging efforts.  Oh, and it disrupts my work work, but that's not as important as blog work, right?! ;-)

I hope you folks have been enjoying the 2015 Fall Home Tour hosted by Brenda at Cozy Little House!  I think it has been wonderful so far!!

 
I've been frantically trying to get ready for my little part tomorrow.  I've made this my rule of thumb...keep your expectations low and you will never be disappointed...LOL.

Here's the tour for today!  I do hope you have been checking out these homes despite my late post...and I promise, I won't be late tomorrow!

Thursday, September 17th: 

For the final day, the home tour includes:
My Thrift Store Addiction

Happy Home Tour!!
 
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Little More Fall, Y'all...

.....as the Fall Home Tour continues!  Didn't you just love all those beautiful homes yesterday?


One of the things I enjoy about the home tours is being able to see the variety of home decor and how bloggers decorate for the holidays.  Everyone has different ideas and unique perspectives on decorating...it's just so awesome to see it all!

So, enough of my blabbering and on to the good stuff!  Grab some hot tea, hot chocolate or some hot apple cider and enjoy today's tour...

....you won't be disappointed!

I'm so excited for you to see all of these great homes....I'm just giddy! :-)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

You Know How.....

...Pinterest sends you those little emails labeled "Your Inspiration for the Week"?  Well, I got one of those the other day.  You know what they sent to inspire me?  Carrot Cookies!!  A recipe for Carrot Cookies!

Now just to set the record straight, nothing about carrots inspires me.  You want to inspire me, send me some chocolate, or HomeGoods pillows, or a Pier 1 gift card, or some money...but sending me carrot anything is not an inspiration!


Pinterest, I hope you are listening! :-)

Just a little stress relief y'all!  I hope you are all looking forward to Day 2 of the Fall Home Tour!  I know I am!!


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And So, It Has Begun....

...the Fall Home Tour, that is.


I hope you have an opportunity to check out the beautiful homes from today.  So that you won't have to refer to yesterday's post, here are the homes on the tour today!


Enjoy!


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Monday, September 14, 2015

To Be Completely Honest....

....it was difficult to get back to the blog after being away for a bit.  While it takes 21 days to form a habit, it takes all of 2 1/2 seconds to end one!  And blogging has become quite a habit for me.  I can see now that I can't post here and there...that I must post daily (or only miss a day here and there) or I will not come back to it.  And I would miss you all terribly if I didn't return!

We still do not have internet at home, but have been told that it might be available within the next 30-45 days...fingers crossed! :-)

This week is the Fall Home Tour hosted by Brenda at Cozy Little House.  I am so thankful that she included me in this tour, as it is my very first time to participate in a blog hop.  I'm glad I will be bringing up the rear...it will give me an opportunity to get a few more things in order!

Here's the line-up for the Fall Tour (and yes, I cheated...I copied Darrielle's list, sorry Darrielle, but it was too cute with the orange and I can't get my type to stay orange :-/)....

Tuesday, September 15th:

Wednesday, September 16th:

Thursday, September 17th: 

Friday, September 18th:

 .....and a little sneak peek.



Forgive the lighting...it was about 10:00 last night....the ol' contacts were way past their life span for yesterday.  And just in case you are interested, we are still giving the neighbors a "peep" show. Hope to have blinds by the end of the week! :-)

It's Monday...all day!
 
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Let Us Never Forget.....

We all remember exactly where we were that day....

theblaze.com

....and remember it still....


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Moving Pains....

We are still unpacking boxes, but for the most part, are in the house.

The refrigerator, washer and dryer were delivered today.  The refrigerator had to be returned.  The top hinge had been crushed.  So we are back to "cooler" living and trying to keep a few food items iced down.  Fortunately, the refrigerator at the other house is still keeping all of our freezer items and necessities nice and cold.  We hope to have a new refrigerator on Wednesday.  Thankfully, I can wash clothes and we no longer have to stand upwind of everyone we meet! ;-)

Still no internet solution at the house.  BUT, we now have internet at our office!  YAY!  So, when I get up in the middle of the night to try to write a blog, I can drive 2 miles to "get 'er done"! ;-)  Life is fun!

Since I have no photos to share...well, I could share photos of all the boxes but I'm not sharing those...some things just need to remain unseen.  You know, like that big hairy man who refuses to hang curtains in his house OR put on clothes and then we have to scald our eyeballs to try to unsee what we didn't want to see?...stuff like that!

Soooo, I'm going to share with you another one of my failures from craft posts past....or something like that...it was a previous post.  And it is sort of timely, as college football season is in full swing!


I'm a horrible fan, I haven't gotten to see any games.  Our new next door neighbors are Tennessee fans, so that will make the 3rd weekend in October extra special this year. And since the hubster is an Aggie, we usually celebrate the win...


Except for that one time....


....but we don't talk about that!

So, here's the link to the Karma Witch Hunt if you decide you are really bored and want to laugh...I still laugh!

I'm celebrating that I made it through this move and didn't break one fingernail!!  :-)

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