December 6, 2017:


It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I Love My Amanda Jeans

How long had it been, how many years of frustration of not being able to find jeans that fit decently?  At least 10!  I would go shopping, determined to not come home until I found a pair of jeans that fit decently -- you know, something that didn't cost over $50 a pair -- and would come home, defeated.

Levis - didn't fit in the waist; Lee jeans, which were marketed specifically at women my age as having a "relaxed" fit, didn't fit very well either.  If they fit in the waist, they were way the hell too big everywhere else; if they fit in the hips and butt and gave me the slim leg profile I craved, I couldn't get them zipped.  ARGGGGGGHHHHH!

I refused to get those elastic waist pull-up fake jeans that grannies sometimes wear!

And then, one day, my sister Darlene and I went shopping and she fast and furiously threw clothes at me to try on.  Lo and behold, brands and cuts that I had dismissed in the past actually fit - and looked good!  That was in 2002.  I bought my very first pair of Amanda jeans in dark blue stretch denim in size 16W at Penney's, and I never looked back.  Har :)

I am a faithful Amanda jeans wearer to this day.  And - funny true story -- a few weeks ago on the bus one morning going to work, one of the regular ladies got on.  We started chatting.  She said "I got these new jeans on and I really like them."  I looked at them and said "Amanda jeans by Gloria Vanderbilt."  She was astounded!

"How did you know that?"  she asked.  Rather than trying to impress her with my psychic abilities, I told her that I recognized the particular material that Gloria Vanderbilt uses to construct the Amanda style jeans!  I knew them because I wear the same jeans!  Her most popular jeans are made of a dark blue denim with a bit of stretch to them.  In some of the material runs, there is a slight striated effect that makes the jeans look like they are just a wee bit faded. 

Clothing is still cut according to models from the 1950's, and rarely is clothing cut (let alone styled) to fit the figure of a post-menopausal woman, who through no fault of her own, due to hormonal changes, thickens through the waist.  That 36-24-36 that is supposed to be the "average" American woman?  What a joke!  Has the industry checked in lately with any woman over the age of 50?  60?  The thing about Amanda jeans is that they are cut to fit real women's figures!

That's why Amanda jeans are such great sellers.  When they go on sale, stores cannot keep them in stock.  The short cut fits me perfectly without having to roll up the cuffs (a look I detest - farmer from the 1950's style is not mine).  When that pair of Amanda jeans 16W my sister thrust at me fit and looked good - no flesh overspilling the waistband, no waistband rolling, not too long, not too shore, I found Jeans Nirvana! 

Now I've graduated "down" to Amanda misses' short 16 (shed two inches or so from the waistline) and they still fit perfectly.  In August I purchased two new pair on sale at Kohls - that dark blue faintly striated look and a blue washed look.  Love love love my Amanda jeans. 

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