No Need for Snow Boots & Mittens

Here’s how I’m starting off 2017!! These are a few of the items I got for Christmas  (Kohl’s) and I’m ready to rock in the new year with them!! These are my essentials and I will wear them all the time while I rock down the highways and byways. They will be my traveling companions, my staples for my unconventional life; my security blankets, so to speak.

It’s chilly here in Arizona, but nothing like the cold in the states north and east of here. No need for snow boots and mittens here!! Yeah, despite my health “issues” I’m lucky to be able to dodge the bad weather. There may be winter in my bones, but there’s sunshine in my heart. I hope to keep it that way.

Looking to get back into retail, sometime soon, I hope. The biggest season in retail has come and gone. The industry’s push for seasonal help is over, unfortunately. It’ll be tougher to find positions, but I shall prevail. My hubby would prefer that I NOT work with clothes and shoes, but it’s what I love! Guys just don’t understand! (He just doesn’t want me to get any ideas?!) Yeah, our finances are tight, but as long as a girl has her “staples,” she can mix and match, wearing a different outfit for every day of the month!! We can all dream, can’t we?!

Anyway, hope you got your “staples” you wanted/needed this year and here’s to rockin’ your own style into a promising new year!!




Another winter season in Arizona! After my diagnosis, we decided to keep on keeping on. Of course I’ll have to be back in Iowa City this spring for blood testing, but until then it’s palm trees and swimming pools!

We are currently just outside Sedona, but are headed south in a few days. It’s a little chilly here and I’d like it to be a bit warmer. I’m not complaining, it could be worse, like Chicago, but I want to enjoy the pool and I can’t here cuz I have to be careful about infections and such. Bummer. So south of Phoenix we go! (I just saw a news clip of all the snow in the north and midwest!)

Also, my mom and sister are in Phoenix and I want to be able to get together with them, so we’re moving closer. We’re on wheels so no problem. I can’t wait to go shopping in Scottsdale! I will be working in retail while I’m here. I’m not sure where, but I’ll keep you posted!

I’m on a “boot” kick now so can’t wait to find my next pair! I am looking for the perfect cowboy boot. Here are a few ideas I have:

‘The Greatest Show On Earth’

Well, that’s what the Daily Mail said anyway?! I beg to differ. “Differ” is putting it mildly. They said this about the Victoria Secret show?! Now, unless you live underneath a rock, in the middle of a desert, you know what this is. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Victoria Secret’s lingerie! I was just there a couple months ago and bought the ‘Fragrance Mist and Lotion – Beyond.’

Anyway, and I’ve harped about this before, but what’s with Kendall, GiGi and Bella being there? Don’t you have to have DD’s to even fit properly in those outfits? Okay, maybe it’s a new thing or maybe the people who run the show need to take their rose-colored glasses off?! Just sayin’….

No, I’m not jealous. Too mature for that. I’m just bewildered. They are way too thin, have no breasts and look closely at G and H, they look older than me!! Genes aren’t too great, I guess. They just have the right “connections.” It’s who you know or blow, so to speak and their mothers are definitely footing the bill. Sad.

What happened to the days when they went with real talent and beauty? I know money talks and it’s all who you know, but come on…. I just hope my nieces realize that this is what our world has come to and that money/power rules all, sadly. Hopefully they will realize that this is just a minuscule part of life and yes, you will be passed by if you don’t have the money or right connections, but it doesn’t make you less of a woman and these girls are NOT to be looked up to. I hope they’ll be able to see the absurdity of this and keep their heads up and walk tall.These girls and what they represent are not the end all and be all and they shouldn’t compare themselves to this display.

I want my nieces to know that this is NOT real and they are worth a whole lot more than money or connections can buy!! Like my grandmother used to tell me: “They can take your money and possessions, but they can’t take your education or religion from you.” Good looks, if there, fade and if you haven’t got a solid foundation under you, you’re screwed. These girls do NOT have a solid foundation and I don’t want my nieces to suffer the same fate. They are better than this and hopefully, in a couple years, they’ll be able to read this and understand. I only want the very best for them!!

Finally, as far as the ‘main stream media’ goes: Quit perpetuating what is not real and call it what it is and it’s NOT ‘The greatest show on earth.’  Peace.