When Life Hands You Lemons…

…turn them into a duster and wear them!

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So, this is a throwback to Memorial Day weekend. Somehow I’d forgotten I had these pictures or, more honestly, I didn’t like my hair that day, ha, so I kept skipping over them. Not quite so critical of my hair now that I don’t have any, ha ha.

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This story is certainly testament to the adage “you don’t know what you got til it’s gone.” Hair, health, loved ones – I’ll let this be a reminder to not take things or people for granted…and to appreciate and acknowledge the wonderful people in my life. I say this sitting next to an unopened box of thank you cards I’ve been meaning to write out since MARCH, acknowledging all the wonderful, caring and generous things people have done for me this year when I’ve been so…compromised. Ha. I don’t like to say I’m sick because I don’t feel SICK…but I have been compromised by the treatments. And people have been so helpful…or at least they’ve tried to be! I’m not good about accepting help. I always feel like *everyone* has problems/issues/weaknesses, etc., why should *I* get special treatment??

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But preparing for my move this week has really whooped my butt and fortunately I have some wonderful people helping me out so everything can get done. Because *I* am DONE. There’s very little juice left in this body right now and I have another chemo treatment later this week, so…THANK YOU to everyone who is helping me survive this move!!!

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Anyway, I got this dress from Gwynnie Bee, the Alice & You striped button down shirt dress, in a size 26. I don’t really know what I was thinking, but when I got it it was GINORMOUS. I still really liked the look of it, so instead of wearing a striped tent, I rolled the sleeves up, left it unbuttoned, and wore it as a duster over one of my favorite bases: black leggings and tee.

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So while it wasn’t *exactly* what I wanted, I was able to turn it into something I liked.

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And there were some beautiful irises blooming there that day that reminded me of my beautiful friend, Iris 🙂

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So…make some lemons work for you, one way or another…and don’t forget to appreciate the beauty in your life.

AND, a special treat – witnessing me in my utmost embarrassment…before I share the new apartment with you I thought I’d show you where I’ve been living for the past five years. Please Be Kind. It’s been a helluva year, cleaning has not been anywhere near the top of my list, and add “packing” to that and…oofah. The apartment is…well, you be the judge. Ha. The good news (for me!) is that viewing this a week after filming it, I can see how much progress I made in the past week (thank goodness! there was a night last week when I had a little meltdown because I was sure I was not going to be ready in time. But I will. Phew!).


6 thoughts on “When Life Hands You Lemons…

  1. Ahhh, you are too sweet to think of me. I loved the tour, thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see the new place. I know you’ll be excited to get this over with – and I’m thankful you have good friends close who can help. I’m ‘thinking’ help from far away 🙂 Seriously, you continue in my prayers, not only for your health but for your move and settling in.

    Love the dress/long shirt. I didn’t realize it was intended to be a dress until I read the blog. Not sure I’d wear it as a dress either, but love the look you gave it.

    Hang in there – this too shall pass and you’ll be stronger because of it!


  2. Thanks for showing your apartment I love to look at other peoples homes. The garden outside of your bathroom is just like a typical English garden, with the runner beans on sticks we have them.!! I look forward to seeing your new place, have you got to leave your cat behind? Hope you feeling well.


  3. Oh, no, I wouldn’t leave Janey behind (No Pets Left Behind)!!! I’m just teasing. She’s a little annoying as she always needs to be ON ME. So I joke about giving her away, but really…I couldn’t. Nope, the kids move everywhere with me, for better or worse 🙂

    I’m feeling a little better this week as I’m three weeks out from my last treatment. At this point its my trembly legs that are the most annoying. And Thursday is another treatment so it all starts all over again. But after this there’s just one more to go. Phew! Thanks for the good wishes, Pauline.



    1. Thanks, Jodie! It’s fun to be able to wear one thing multiple ways. If I was a belt person I could have cinched it up and worn it, as planned, as a dress, but…

      I do consider myself very fortunate that I have so many wonderful people in my life, they’ve been such a strength to me during this kooky time!



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