Week in Review: Week 119

It was a week. I’ll give the Mon-Fri portion a 50 out of a possible hundred. And the weekend a 91. Would have been better if I felt better – but I’ve had this low-lying cold for almost two weeks now. Missed one day of work when I was fevery/achey, but now it just keeps moving between my throat, nose and chest. So I’m feeling exhausted and easily winded today…cancelled this morning’s photo shoot because the thought of changing and posing and sweating and coughing while trying to look good was very unappealing so I’ll be scrambling for photos again this week.

Confession, the photo below is not from this week but it went astray for a bit and I just found it this week, so. It’s actually from that lovely beach evening I had a few weeks back, on our way out the sun was just hitting the water under the bridge so we pulled the car over quickly and jumped out for a quick pic.

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So much greenery. And such a pretty herringbone pattern in the brick sidewalk.

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Every Friday evening from May-August there’s live music in the park at the end of Main St. This week was a bluegrassy singer named Willie Steele. I went down there by myself and just enjoyed listening and people-watching.

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I love people-watching.

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Saturday we drove about 70 miles north to Yorktown Heights, NY to a lovely place called Faraway Farm Alpacas, which is an alpaca ranch! We got a tour from proprietor Leda, who was very welcoming and full of information. She let us go in one of the pastures with “the girls.” They’re inquisitive but a little shy and not so fond of petting like a dog or horse might be…

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But Layla lay down in the shade right where we were standing and obligingly let everyone take selfies with her.

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My friend Linda who does a lot of the photographs on this blog!

There were also a couple Icelandic horses who were happily munching grass.

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Come on, who can resist those anime-like eyes and those eyelashes!

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It’s definitely a worthwhile stop if you’re in the area, email in advance to schedule a tour. There was also a little shop on-site that sold handmade things using the alpaca hair shorn here on the farm. We’re already planning another visit, but next time we’ll go back earlier in the year, pre-shearing, when the alpacas are at their foofiest. Note, alpacas do not actually wear little hats like this (though it would be super cute if they did!).

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A little side story (isn’t there always??), back when I was married my ex and I spent a couple days in North Carolina looking for property to buy and someday build a retirement home on. I can’t recall now how it happened, but we wound up at a llama farm and convinced ourselves we were going to start breeding llamas and eventually this business would supplement our retirement income. I still had the horses in the backyard at that time so it wasn’t an entirely preposterous thought, but…eventually we came to our senses and did not add any llamas to our already sizable menagerie. But I did love them.

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Me & my llama love

We got lost like six times driving in and out of the alpaca farm, but we found this nifty bridge…

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And went for a very short walk at Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve.

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And today I rested.

You??

 

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Week in Review: Week 102

Annnnd it’s February. Soon will be March, and spring. I’m hoping for One More Snow Day. Last year we had two snow days in mid-February, so there’s still hope. Today I have a million things on my to-do list as it’s my last day off before going away next Friday…but I didn’t sleep well last night and I do my best sleeping from like 5-11am (which is unfortunate given most job’s schedules) so I’m just getting moving now.

This past week was uneventful so I’ve been doing a lot of flashback posts on my Instagram accounts and I’ll share some of those here as well.

Still peeking around corners.

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Pottery Garden

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We had a little snow this week, enough for a delayed opening. It was so pretty the way it clung to all the trees, I wish I could have played hooky and just taken pictures all day.

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Pretty yellow house.

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Sometimes he misses the point of the dog bed.

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I’ve being doing a little biopic of “cars from my past” in the absence of anything new to share on Instagram.

This was my first car, a 64½ Ford Mustang. It cost $500 in 1979. There were holes in the floorboards so your feet got wet when it was raining, the reverse lights were on a switch so you could terrify the drivers behind you, and actual fans and an air conditioner unit mounted inside for temperature control. It went through oil like crazy and the muffler pipe was usually dragging on the ground. I adored it. That’s my first dog, Airehart, in the lower lefthand corner. I always thought the picture was kinda funny in that dog and car are facing the exact same way like they were both looking at some kids down the street.

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When I totaled that car I moved onto this one, a 1967 Mustang. My friend’s little brother made that “DEATHMOBILE” sign which stayed taped on til the tape yellowed and curled up and the sign fell off. I believe there might be a picture of the car he drew to go along with the sign. I’ll have to look for that.

OF COURSE I STILL HAVE IT 37 YEARS LATER!!!

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My father passed away in 1982 while this was my car and I seized the engine right around that time. I started driving his car, a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL that he’d bought in Germany while he was still overseas in the Navy and shipped to Florida when he returned home to the states a few months after I was born. My mother was unsure what to do with his car after he died and I begged her to let me have it. It still ran, but he had pretty much jerry-rigged every part of it, so he understood it but I don’t think anyone else could have. Anyway, at the time I was working at a barn in an area with very steep hills, some of the highest on Long Island…and really the only experience I had with driving a stick was my friend Larry giving me lessons in his Chevette in parking lots. I’m sure you can guess where this is going. After maybe the third time of having to call a tow truck to come rescue me from the overheated car stuck on a steep hill, my mother said enough and consoled me with this offer: sell my father’s beloved car and use the money to put a new engine in my Mustang and get the body fully restored and painted. I couldn’t really turn that down. Still, sadface.

Mustang #2 after all the work was done to it. Somewhere I’d seen this ever-so-slightly metallic, ever-so-slightly lavender-tinged grey body paint and I searched dozens of body shops and car dealers across Long Island looking for that exact paint. She was a thing of beauty.

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This is the car that had to be sacrificed for the greater good. It was the only car he had the whole time I was alive until he died in 1982. It was a great car. Always smelled like cigars cuz he was only allowed to smoke them in the yard and in the car. For some reason my mother granted permission for him to smoke his pipes in the basement (his man cave). I thought they smelled wonderful, too. But I can’t stand cigarette smoke.

That’s my mother and father in the car when we lived in Ponte Vedre Beach, Florida when I was a baby. We had a little house right on the beach. I don’t remember it but I have pictures.

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Speaking of my mother, this week, February 2, would have been her 96th birthday. She died when she was 68…and I was 30…and I had Katie the following year. That was poor planning 😦  She’s the one in blue. I’m the short one. Look, I have the same haircut now!

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Caleb went to work with me one day this week and go to meet the president of his fan club 🙂

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That seemed a little more “life in review” than week in review, but…

I’m currently reading two books…neither has really grabbed me yet but I’m still optimistic. Interesting that, like last week, they have a common theme – different cultures in other countries. But that’s where the similarities end. Anyone read either of these?

 

Alrighty then, time for me to a get a move-on. Lots to do. Have a good week, y’all!

Week in Review: Week ONE HUNDRED!!!

Today, on a Very Special Fashion Schlub, the one HUNDREDTH episode will be filmed before a live studio audience. Oh MAN, why didn’t I ACTUALLY think of doing that! Before right now when I’m sitting down to write the post that’s ALREADY a day late! Oh I’m just a mess. But I did have a fun week.

Last week started with a trip to the greenhouses at a local arboretum. We’re very fortunate on Long Island to have So Many really good arboretums and public gardens. This was Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay.

Oops, you’re a little tipsy.

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Then onto Nassau County Museum of Art for the “Fool the Eye” exhibit.

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Brrrr.

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This happened.

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I swiped this off my niece’s icloud stream. Cuz come on…is my great niece not the sweetest???

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My family. Far far away.

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Sigh.

Okay…went to an art lecture (a first for me, so A New Thing) at Hecksher Museum of Art on Andy Warhol and the Pop-Art Culture. Very interesting.

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I guess it would have made sense if I’d taken pictures of the pop art on display instead of these. D’oh!

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Flower shop.

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The big thaw.

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Gothic architecture in Sea Cliff, NY.

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Cold Spring Harbor, NY. I really got around this week!

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Not one fashiony reference in this post, sorry! Sometimes I put some Outfits of the Day (OOTD) in the Week in Review, but I already put them all in the “What I Wore This Week” video so it seemed redundant to post them again here.

Tomorrow is back to work – and I have not one fun thing planned for this week yet, urgh. It looks like a lot of rain, so bleh. I really need to take down my Christmas tree…yeah, maybe that will happen this week.

Okay kids, have a good week! xoxo

 

Week in Review: Week 96

Happy Holidays! We’re in the thick of it now and I’m just getting caught up. I’ve been busy with work, blogging, vlogmassing, christmassing and visiting with my daughter who’s home for a couple weeks…and I crashed towards the end of the week. Just hit the wall, couldn’t vlogmas, couldn’t stay awake past 8pm. But I gave myself the 2 nights off and now I’m back.

The week started off with back-to-back Christmassy photo shoots here in town.

Then my daughter and I headed out to get our Christmas tree. She was starting to not feel well so was pleased that I was happy with the first tree we looked at. We got it home and struggled a bit to get it right in the stand. And the next morning I got up to this…

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In all my life, I have never had a tree tip over. I’m just so grateful it happened before I’d put the ornaments on. I’d be so so upset to lose a lifetime’s worth of ornaments…many which belonged to my parents before me. Anyway, that night a handy friend came over and got it straightened in the stand and attached to the wall.

And THEN I decorated it.

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And let it never be said that I only show “the highlight reel” of my life…when I got home from work that afternoon, Caleb was not in his usual sleeping spot. I noticed the bathroom door was shut and realized he’d gotten himself shut in. I tried to push the door open but he was so soundly asleep against it that the door (and he) wouldn’t budge. But the smell!!! He finally woke up and got out of the way of the door…and this is what else was behind the door…

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It was BRUTAL.  He had shut himself in, pooped, then in his uncomfortable, painful movement, walked in circles…again and again and again, mushing and tracking the poop EVERYWHERE. It was a good hour of cleaning to get it (and him) sorted out.

Now I close the bathroom door every day before I leave for work.

The next afternoon, in the complete opposite vein from poop mess, I had a facial for the first time ever. There’s a blog post coming about that soon so you can read all about that lovely experience then.

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In the meantime, this past week was Secret Santa Week at work and everyday we were all finding little goodies in our mailboxes. I had the best Secret Santa who brought me my favorite candies, darling Hello Kitty and Pusheen items, a lovely frame and more.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at work.

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Oh yeah. Janey helped me decorate the tree. As cats do.

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Had dinner one night with Katie and loved these red and white lighted up trees.

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Got a second wind and did a little shopping this rainy morning in town and THINK I am all done now.

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Got some stocking stuffers in here I’m hoping my daughter will like.

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And some goodies in here I know *I* will like.

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And my weekly hair update: I have some!

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This is my last blog post before Christmas, so everyone enjoy their friends and families and traditions at this holiday time…and see ya soon!

xoxo Bettye

 

 

 

Gratitude

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I’m sure I’ve done gratitude posts before. That’s okay. You can’t have too much gratitude.

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This Christmas, I’m grateful for my health. It was a rough year but I made it to the end feeling better than I did at the beginning.

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I’m still having some issues (not related to the cancer) but I’m grateful I have a job with good insurance and I’ll try and get these things sorted out after the holidays.

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I’m SO so grateful that some new drugs have helped Caleb considerably this week. I’m grateful for my ex and his new family and that they have been so helpful in getting Caleb the help he needs.

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I’m grateful that my daughter is able to come home for the holidays so we can spend some time together.

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I’m grateful that I have a new place to live, that I love.  I love the apartment, the town, everything about being here.

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I’m so grateful that someone I thought I’d lost, is back in my life.

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I’m grateful for the people who take the time in their busy lives to read my little blog and to comment and chat a bit. I’m so thankful for every one of you!

What I Wore:

  • BB Dakota Plaid Rainer dress, size 3x, via Gwynnie Bee. Old.
  • Black recycled wool collarless coat from Old Navy, size 3x. Old. Similar here
  • Black and white polka dot blouse by Who What Wear, from Target. Size 3x, old.
  • Black stretch-back wide width over-the-knee boots from Avenue. Old. Similar here.

I’m linking up today with Thursday Fashion Files at Curly Crafty Mom. And also Catherine’s Saturday Share Link-up on Not Dressed as Lamb. Be sure to check out both their websites and the other linked-up ladies – maybe you’ll find a new favorite blogger or make a new friend!

What the Holidays Mean to Me

IT’S CHRISTMAS!!!

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Well, almost.

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I don’t care what holiday you celebrate or what religion you are, I think the end of the year is a good time to reflect on the year past and maybe, just maybe, how we can do better, be better,  in the year ahead. How we can be more kind and more loving. How we can be more caring and thoughtful to the needs of others.

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It’s a time to make a point of checking in with family and friends you maybe haven’t seen or heard from in awhile. Shouldn’t we be doing that all the time? Sure. But. Life. I always feel like holidays are reminders to do the things we might forget the rest of the time – Let People Know You Love and Care About Them.

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The holidays are also an excuse to celebrate. Eat a little too much. Have a cocktail. Stay out late. Meet up with friends. Do the things we’re “too busy” for so much of the time.

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Be a little frivolous. Give gifts. Wear a fun dress! I like to do that! Last week was the Staff Holiday Party at work with an Ugly Christmas Sweater theme…and I took it one step further and got this vintage Christmas wrapping paper looking dress from Cow Cow.

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Cow Cow makes a gajillion different customizable items and have a kazillion different ready-made prints and patterns on every theme imaginable. And many items go up to plus size 5xl. That’s what I got and it’s actually a little large, I could have gotten a 4xl and it wouldn’t have been slipping off my one shoulder. It’s also mad affordable.

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You can find them on their own website and on Amazon. I think there’s more variety on their website but items are cheaper on Amazon, and especially if you have Amazon Prime you won’t pay shipping. Just be forewarned, if you want something specific in a holiday theme be sure to order well before the holiday because shipping takes much longer, although for $20 they can expedite shipping and you can get your wacky Christmas dress to you in time for your holiday staff party!

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This is not my favorite picture of me, but…but…there’s a……..

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DOG!!!

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Here’s a closer look at the amazing dress in all its glory…

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…and closer….

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…and closer….

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…and closer!!!

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Hope you’re taking some time this holiday season to reflect and breathe and visit with loved ones.

What I’m Wearing:

Today I’m linking up with Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for the Turning Heads Linkup. Jess looks To. Die. For. in a military-inspired blazer. I’m also linking-up with The Saturday Share Link-up on Not Dressed as Lamb and there are many other lovely ladies there to check out as well!

Transitioning….

Transitioning from summer to fall…transitioning to my new hood….so many ch-ch-ch-changes going on!

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There’s certainly no shortage of lovely scenery around here for shooting…this is a park and marina a half mile from the apartment. It’s *really* nice at sunset.

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This dress is from a special collection by Ann Taylor Loft via Gwynnie Bee. No, Loft does not typically do plus sizes (sadface). But I was able to rent a couple pieces from the collection through Gwynnie Bee, and I really love this dress. It’s a blue/grey paisley print jersey knit sleeveless swing dress (MY FAVORITE!!!). And by just adding a lightweight black longline cardigan over top, I could extend the outfit well into the cooler temps of fall.

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I haven’t done much exploring in the area yet but yesterday after the shoot I did drive around just a little bit and found the yacht club which also had a lovely view.

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It’s a very “walky” and “doggy” area. Parks, many restaurants, etc. welcome dogs and that’s so nice.

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The paint. Not really wet.

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I look forward to feeling better SOON and being able to walk around more and bringing Caleb with me.

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What I Wore: