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Saturday, October 21, 2017


My fall decor is definitely minimalist.

I really don't have room for much and I didn't want to put anything away to make room. It's called laziness.

That means I have exactly three things. 

Okay, that was sort of a lie. I counted my table as one thing, but I actually made three changes to it.

I replaced the glass candlesticks with black hog scraper candle holders, added a woven table runner, and filled my two tiered wire basket with an assortment of fall items. 

The ceramic bowl that was the centerpiece over the spring and summer has moved to the kitchen.

I'll leave it the way it is until after Thanksgiving when I'll tweak it for Christmas. After Christmas I'll tweak it again and leave it for the rest of the winter.

I love this ceramic pumpkin. It blends really well with the couch and is the only fall piece I have in the living room.

Every home needs a little Halloween and this cute witch and ghost are ready to trick or treat. 

Fall is such a wonderful season. Warm days and cool nights seem to energize me, sending me out to crunch through fallen leaves before returning home to curl up in my cozy nest, where a wee bit of fall decor is just enough.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


A couple of days ago the maintenance woman came by to repair something in my apartment. She always comments when she is here on how much she loves my decor. 

As she was leaving she asked if I had ever submitted my apartment to a magazine. Wow, what a lovely compliment.

Yesterday a new friend dropped by my apartment and demanded to be let in. She said she has been hearing from a lot of people how beautiful my apartment is. (I told her I hope she wasn't put off by the mess) 

After a quick tour of my little space she laughed and asked could she just come up and shop in my home when she wanted something new. 

I said my decorating style is somewhat eclectic and she replied that her's is Fred Sanford. (It's not. I have been in her apartment and it is very cute) Our styles are different, but we are both bargain hunters. 

I am not a trendy decorator. I learned a long time ago to decorate in a style that I love. A style that speaks of my personality. A style that when I walk in the door I feel completely at home. 

And I think that is the most important thing to remember when we are dressing ourselves or our homes. 

Whatever the latest trend may be, we are the ones who have to live with it

We need to be able to sit down at the end of the day, put our feet up, and know that we are home.

That's why I am not a trendy decorator, because the bottom line is the only person I need to impress with my home is me. 

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017


When I think of fiddle-dee-dee I am immediately transported back to the time I first heard Scarlett O'Hara say it in Gone With The Wind. 

I remember being very fascinated with Scarlett. She seemed so vulnerable on the one hand, but so independent and conniving on the other. A very complex character. 

I never really thought about the meaning of fiddle-dee-dee. I suppose I just thought it was her flippant southern way of dismissing something. As it actually means nonsense, I guess that was a pretty good interpretation. 

I don't get to see my grandchildren who live in Atlanta very often, so when I want to see their sweet faces in real time we FaceTime. Yesterday Tessa, who is now five wanted to model her new Minnie Mouse costume that had just arrived. 

I oohed and aahed over her adorableness and spoke quickly to my other two grandchildren. It has to be quick because Tessa whips the phone away so that we can commence with what is important. 

What is important is fiddle-dee-dee. It consists of silliness, playing as if we are in the same room, and Tessa holding the phone while she flips and turns all around their house making me dizzy. 

I should clarify that what may seem to be fiddle-dee-dee to other people is important stuff to us. 

Thanks to the magic of FaceTime we are for a short time together. We are able to bond. It is an important time for me and for my grandchildren. 

I think about times past when grandparents were separated from their grandchildren for long periods of time with very little communication. I wonder if it was terribly sad for them.

I know I am grateful for modern technology. It can sure brighten up a lonely day and it is definitely not fiddle-dee-dee.
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Saturday, October 7, 2017


How many of you have ever felt discombobulated??  Raise your hand.

Come on. Fess up. I know you have.

Ha!! I knew it. I knew that I wasn't the only one. 

This girl knows exactly how it feels. Hair flying everywhere, while you hang your head over a fence hoping someone will come and pat you on the head and tell you what to do.

Don't you love that word?  

Discombobulated. It so perfectly describes that feeling of confusion that we all feel sometimes. 

You know, when you can't figure out which side is up and which side is down. When you feel like a wilting flower whose petals are slowly dropping off one by one.

Well I am here to tell you that I am in a crisis of discombobulation. 

Maybe crisis is a strong word, but I am definitely feeling like my head is spinning. 

I am trying to do too many things, and in the process I am not accomplishing much. 

This morning I am going to see if I can salvage my booth, because it definitely seems to have crashed and burned. 

After that I am going to have lunch with friends, and then spend some time contemplating the meaning of life figuring out how in the heck to spend my time better in order to supplement my income. 

I think I need an exorcism to drive out Mr. Discombobulation. He's beginning to really annoy me. 
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Yesterday was one of those mornings that I wish I hadn't had to face the day.

The first thing I saw was news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and I felt as if my heart had stopped. 

So many lives lost and destroyed through a senseless act, and I realized once again how precarious life can be.

What drove that man to do what he did?

Coming on the heels of three major hurricanes and the terrible suffering of millions of American citizens in Puerto Rico, it seems like too much to bear. 

I am not someone who sits and watches the news updates all day because I know that it doesn't help anyone for me to do so. 

Instead I will try to find a way to help. I don't have a lot of money and I am not able to give blood, but I will make a small donation. 

I will also make phone calls to petition my representatives in congress to please consider commonsense gun control measures. 

When will so many lost lives be enough? When will people's lives be more important than ownership of automatic weapons that were only meant to be used by the military?

I feel very sad for so many of my fellow Americans today. I am grateful that my family and I are safe, but I know that there is too much heartbreak.
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Saturday, September 30, 2017


I know what you are thinking. That Laura, she is really getting into the Halloween spirit. 

Well, not exactly. The skeletons I am talking about are the ones in our living/aging bodies. 

My mom who is 93 has lost over 5 inches in height. She started out at a stately 5' 2" and is now 4' 8 3/4". She has said that if she keeps up at this pace she is going to just be a grease spot on the pavement. 

I don't know about you, but I hope to at least not lose quite that much, even though I am taller than she was. So far I am exactly the same height as I was at age 21. 

Osteoporosis is a real concern for all women. As we age our bones may become thinner and weaker. 

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.
Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone.
Osteoporosis affects men and women of all races. But white and Asian women — especially older women who are past menopause — are at highest risk. Medications, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise can help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.

My mom has been told that her bones are see through. Her mom fell and broke her hip so I am concerned for my mom falling. She has finally agreed to let me take her to get a walker. I had to bribe her by telling her I would go to the mall shopping with her if she did. 
I was told a couple of years ago, after a bone scan, that I have mild osteoporosis on one hip and osteopenia in my spine. That means my bone density is below normal and could progress to osteoporosis.

There are ways to prevent osteoporosis. You can build strong bones with a healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D and by doing weight bearing exercises. 
Every day as I walk through the mall I tell myself that my bones and overall health will thank me. Every time I say no thank you to unhealthy foods (which is definitely not easy) I remind myself that I want to remain strong for myself and my family. 
It is never too early or too late to start taking better care of your skeleton. October is a good time to start as we see all those skeletons hanging around everywhere, because there is nothing scarier than unhealthy bones. 

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Monday, September 25, 2017


I can't believe I used the O word. It almost feels like I am swearing on my blog. 

(Some days I still feel like that sassy little girl)
There are many reasons to believe that I am getting old, but when I read a comment from some twenty something year old on Facebook last week that anyone on Facebook who is over 40 is irrelevant I thought....


That means I have been irrelevant for over twenty years and didn't know it. HMMMM!!!

(other days before I look in the mirror I think I might still be that teenager)
I take exception to that. I bet when you are asking your parents or grandparents for money you don't think they are irrelevant. 

I may have more aches and pains these days, and one or two more wrinkles, but I have news for you Mr. or Ms. Millennial, I have a vast store of knowledge and experience that you won't have for a very long time. 

(if I was still one of those other two ages I wouldn't have this crazy girl)
So show a little respect. That doesn't mean you shouldn't have your own ideas. I welcome your ideas. I love hearing what you have to say. I also welcome debate, and promise that I will never disrespect you by saying you are irrelevant.

Am I getting old? I'm definitely getting older, but then we all are.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017


I am absolutely determined to get a second post out this week.

It isn't so much that I have anything exciting to post as it is that I am trying to have some self discipline. 

I did go out to lunch with three friends yesterday, and no I didn't take any photos. I can tell you that it is a place that I have been wanting to go to for several years. It's out in the country and the drive there is lovely. It's called Wallace Station, the decor is very simple and rustic, and the food is scrummy (is that a word?). 

Found this photo on the internet
I had a chicken salad plate with fruit and and half a blueberry muffin that tasted like Christmas. The owner/chef has five restaurants and a bakery in our area and they are all wonderful. She uses as many local and natural ingredients as possible, which really appeals to me. 

Since the weather was cool enough this morning I decided to take my walk outside. As you can see from my photos today we still have a nice mix of summer and fall flowers.

I love the pots of mums outside the building, but I also love the beautiful summer flowers.

I am going to miss their vibrant colors when they fade away.

Today is another busy day for me. I think I am finally catching up on all of the fun I missed for so many years. 

Oh, and look at me. I did get out two posts this week. WHEW!!!
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Where does the time go? Just when I vow to start posting twice a week I suddenly realize that the week went by without a second posting. 

I seem to be so busy anymore. So busy that I have had to cut my Rook playing down from two nights a week to one. 

By the time nighttime rolls around, if I don't have something scheduled, which I seem to have many nights, then I just want to get into my pj's and curl up in my cozy apartment. 

I love being able to close my door and shut out the rest of the world. 

I recently signed up for Britbox. I already subscribe to Acorn TV so between the two of them I have nonstop British TV. I don't have cable anymore so I watch everything over the internet. I also have Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Directv Now. When I want Netflix I just cancel one of the other services for a month or two. Rotating them around really saves me money.

On another topic, I made a discovery recently. Who knew we had a casino right here in my city.

I knew that the Red Mile race course had opened a venue to bet on horse races a couple of years ago, but what I didn't know is that it is actually slot machines. At the bottom of each slot machine there is a little race showing. 

Interesting. My friend and I decided to go on Saturday. We each were given ten dollars to gamble with and I took along a few of my own dollars. 

When we walked in I felt like I was in Las Vegas. We had a ball. I lost eleven dollars, but I had allotted myself twenty dollars so I didn't feel bad about it. My friend won forty two dollars so she was thrilled. 

With all of the daily bad news it is nice to have some distractions. 

Speaking of distractions. My new throw arrived and I love it. The colors are perfect. I've tossed it over this chair for now, but it will be nice and handy when the cool weather comes back. 

My yearly eye checkup is this afternoon. Doesn't seem like it has been a year, but time does go by.

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Monday, September 11, 2017


Fall is definitely in the air here. Cooler temperatures and cloudy skies are urging me to start nesting, but they are also beckoning me out into the countryside. 

I'm trying to do a bit of both. 

The last few days I have been looking for a throw for my living room. Something that will pull together the colors of the room, and that will also keep me warm when the days and nights get colder. 

This morning I finally found something on target.com that I think will work. I've ordered it and it should be here on Friday. 

I love the free shipping both ways if I decide I don't like it. I'm always a little afraid to order something like this online because I never know if the colors are how they appear on the computer. 

Can't wait for it to arrive because I have been feeling a bit chilly the last few nights while sitting in my chair. 

I do think it will pull together the red, gold, and blue in my settee. I'll let you know after it gets here. 

I hope that everyone who has been in the path of the latest hurricane is safe. We have rain from Irma moving in overnight and rain is forecast here for the next three days. 

Looks like it will be perfect for some more nesting, and I may even pull out some fall decor. 

Have you started planning for the cooler weather?
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