Friday, July 20, 2012

We Interrupt This Blog to Bring You . . . Summer!

As you can see, I've been a bit busy! If I promise to blog faithfully during Autumn, will you forgive me?

Quick comment about my clothing--I prefer to wear workout clothes to kayak and swim rather than a swimsuit. They dry quickly and I like the shorts because no swimsuit is kind to us large-thighed women. How are short skirts that don't come close to covering my thighs supposed to help? Am I right? I promise that is not my stomach hanging down but the top billowing out. No really, it is.

We spent the last several days at Panama City Beach. We did everything from riding go carts (that's what happens when you're the only female in the family) to kayaking. The above picture is from our adventure at Cypress Springs on Holmes Creek. Gorgeous place in the middle of nowhere near Vernon, FL. The nice folks at Old Cypress Canoe Rentals were kind enough to shuttle our kayaks and were so friendly. It's a little family business run from their house and they went out of their way to take care of us. In this case that meant picking us up in the middle of a thunderstorm while being just as cheerful as if it was perfectly sunny.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Summer Break

I know I haven't posted many outfit photos, but this is a very busy summer for us. This is about as formal as it gets! I know I said scarves in Georgia in the summer just don't happen. Well I crocheted this lacy one out of NaturallyCaron Spa and will make an exception for it. By afternoon, it's usually off though!
And this last photo? It really serves no particular purpose, but I thought it was fun!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Just A Little Sunbeam

Let me introduce you to Sunbeam. Since that just happened to be the brand name on my scale, I just went with it and call her that. Yep, there's more than a little irony going on there. Recently I noticed that my parents' scale is named "Health-O-Meter". That's right, step on me and I'll tell you everything you need to know about how healthy you are. I have no doubt a scale can be a useful tool, but I've come to believe it is but one tool, one indicator of the health of the person climbing aboard, not the whole picture.

When I step onto my little Sunbeam, she tells me I am obese. However, she does not tell me that my cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. are great. She can't tell that I have RA that is one of the chickens that came before the obesity egg. She has seen me through diet pills, Weight Watchers, and Thrive and can tell you that my weight has gone everywhere from 170 up to 197, but keeps settling down at 183-186. Same weight I was 10 years ago when I married James. She can tell you that I basically battle the same 3-5 lbs. monthly over and over. Most importantly she can tell you I have stopped stepping on her every morning and cursing her!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Folk Dancing and Toy Horsies

 Yeah, but I bet the title got your attention, didn't it? I'm not sure why but I have more than one outfit that reminds me of some sort of folk dancing costume. And the horsey? 

Horsey came from an antique mall even though he's obviously not all that old. He's every little kids dream and was only $15. How could I resist. I had to hurry to use him as an outfit photo prop before sending him to live with my niece and nephew. My kids are way to old and cool to play with him, but I have to admit we have all been posing him different places around the house, pretending to ride him, etc. So, I guess that means we've been, um, playing with him. Now for the outfit photo . . . in case you wondered what one wears in the south when the temperature soars above 100, I have to say we wear as little as possible. I used to avoid dresses but last year I discovered they are breezy and cool. It's like wearing shorts but more appropriate for all kinds of settings. I'm turning positively girly!