May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Friday, September 23, 2011

More and More Sweaters!

It seems I have developed a real thing for sweaters as part of this urge (? - not sure what it is) to be more style conscious.  I was going to say "fashionable" but I don't think that truly applies; I'm doing a revamp rather than a total make-over, I think.
 
Anyway, I have already purchased several sweaters for the season and have a sort of Wish List of sweater I'd like to buy but just haven't been able to talk myself into spending the money to do so.  See, for instance, Sweaters at Ann Taylor that I posted on September 19th.

So, I added these off-the-cuff purchases from the Rainbow store at the Shoppes at Grand Avenue a few days ago (Photos of Some New Stuff!).  Rainbow #1 received a lot of complements when I wore it to work the very next day with a beige scoop neck tank and the HEATHER TAUPE slacks (one of five identical pair except for the colors) by Briggs of New York.  I'm planning to wear Rainbow #2 some time next week.  I'm pondering whether to wear it over a black, red or white long-sleeve mock-turtle neck.  Too late in the season now to wear it over a color match tank top, unless we get a heat wave (it's been known to happen in Wisconsin). 

That beige scoop neck tank was one of four I purchased on sale at Boston Store by Laura Ashley: beige, white (to go with a 3/4 length sleeve white fly-away matching sweater), black (ditto), and a beautiful fuschia color that will pop with a black slacks and sweater.  I don't have images of them, but look at these! 
At J.C.Penney - American
Living - I want!
At J.C. Penney - Liz Claiborne -
I want!
I love these sweaters. I especially like the texture and color of the sweater to the left.  I've noticed I've an affinity for shawl collars - when I'm not dreaming about cowl necks.  These sweaters have a similar look to the ones I picked out at Ann Taylor (see above).

I have several grey sweaters, including a medium weight all-over cableknit pattern, round neck and long sleeves -- so long I have to roll up the cuffs so they don't cover my hands, that I purchased hmmmm - you know what, I don't remember when I bought it, and identical brown and wine-colored sweaters from Kohls.  I've worn them a lot during the past 2 or 3 winters (maybe longer).  They are comfortable and I wear them over long-sleeve mock-ne!cks or turtle-necks, but they are not exactly "fashion forward."  LOL!

I need to mix things up a bit more!  I need to get rid of anything that doesn't fit properly (like those 3 comfy Kohls sweaters).  I'm still looking for a grey cowl neck (a BIG cowl neck) in either short or long sleeves.  I've pulled out pages from advertisements in Vogue and Elle into a Wish File.  No way, of course, can I afford those designer looks but I'm hoping to find some reasonably-priced close-enoughs!  So far, no go.

While I'm at it, let me add a few more sweaters I really like:
Bandolino Bleu at Boston Store.  I love this sweather!  I love
its length, the style, the closure, the cable-knit detail.  A tunic-
length sweater - grey!  Me and grey, geez.  The price is right too,
under $40 on sale right now.  I think I'm going to buy it.

Alyx at J.C. Penney - I like this.  It's cut almost to be a "sweater
dress" but I don't have the figure or the legs to pull it off.
But as a tunic sweater with a long sleeve shirt underneath
to ward off those minus zero temps in Wisconsin in December,
January and February, yeah.  I love the color-block effect.

Is it perhaps because I don't have a waist at present that I
am attracted to these looks?  Bisou Bisou at J.C. Penney,
belted cardigan in black and cream.  Love the big bands of
contrasting texture/color and the different weaves.

 
Notations cowl neck cable-knit pattern sweater
at Boston Store.  This is brown (don't like color) - I
love the sweater.
Okay, enough for tonight.  You get the idea.  LOL!

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