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

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Beautiful at Any Age: Thelma and Louise Revisited

Hola darlings!

Having recently celebrated my 61st birthday, I am all for women who enjoy being who they are, being the best they can be and looking the best they can, no matter what their age.  Today's 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's ain't what our grandmas experienced, that's for sure, especially for the older of us babyboomers.  I was particularly close to my Grandma Newton, who passed away far too young.  In her 50's and 60's she looked old, compared to what women look like today at those ages.
Davis at Princess Grace Foundation Gala (2012).
Amazingly enough, I've never seen the film Thelma and Louise, but I am a great admirer of the two actresses who played the lead roles:  Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon.  Now before you say to yourself yeah, these two chicks are hollywood movie stars who have had lyposuction, face lifts, tucks, botox, etc. etc. and have the best of make-up people, personal trainers and lighting (not to mention Photoshopping) to make them look good.  Well - throw all of those assumptions out of the window because both of these ladies are the real deal and they haven't had any work done.  They haven't felt the need!  For moi, other than those damn jowls and sagging neck I HATE so much, neither have I.  Thanks to the L'Bri products I buy from my youngest sister, Yvonne, I've got the best skin I've ever had in my life.  Short of sleeping hanging upside down like a bat, there's little I can think of to counter-act the effects of age and gravity, darlings, although losing some weight has certain helped define the contours of my face, despite the sagging and bagging (yech!) 

We can ALL be the best we can be, we just need to think about it and spend some time on ourselves and occasionally even pampering ourselves rather than always being there for everyone else -- except ourselves! 

Here's a drop-dead gorgeous Geena Davis, who is now 56.  She's been married for 11 years to a man 15 years her "junior" and has three children: a 10 year old daughter and 8 year old twin boys.  Whew! 

Susan Sarandon, October 23, 2012
It IS hard to believe, as the article noted, that Thelma and Louise came out 20 years ago.  Whew!  Where does the time go?  When the movie was made, Geena Davis was around 36 -- and even at that age Hollywood writes women off as "too old" and "not sexy."  Ha!  Susan Sarandon, who is now 65, was around 45 and having her own family with long-time significant other Tim Hutton (they have since broken up). 

Here is a recent (October 23, 2012) photo of Susan Sarandon.  She looks fabulous, as always.  Yeah, you can tell she ain't some 15 year old chick trying to look 19, but she's got class, she's got grace, she's got style, she's got face.  Grabbed this image from a get-out-the-vote drive at MTV, something I never watched (and still don't). 

I want to look like Susan Sarandon.  I need to get some hair hmmm....

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