May 20, 2018:


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...


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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