My World and Welcome to It!

These are my thoughts and opinions about life in general. I also get daily prompts from DSP which inspire me to write. If I throw in some scrapbook pages I've done, photos I've taken, and stories about me, you will have an idea about my loony life!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Quiz: Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego?

You scored as a Cinderella

Your alter ego is Cinderella! You often find yourself doing a lot of housework, but if you are patient, your hard work usually pays off. You are prone to losing things, so dont rush through everything.

Quiz: Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego?

Friday, September 28, 2007

Favorite Designer

Blog Prompt: What designer do you think best represents your current fashion stye? (You can find a list and look at some of the designers at Fashion Net)

I have to admit that I have no idea who the famous designers are so I had to go to Fashion Net. After looking at some of the designers, the closest I could get is DKNY. The clothes looked comfortable to me. Of course I'm the big WalMart or Tanger Outlet shopper so I don't really buy things according to the designer. First of all it has to look great, colorful, and jump out at me from the rack. Then when I try it on, it has to fit me (which is not easy when you are short!)and last, it has to make me look good. I don't care who the designer is if it meets these 3 criteria.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Blog Prompt: Cotton or silk? Pajamas or nightgown or nothing at all? How does your night time fashion affect your day?

In my younger days, I used to wear nightgowns but I can't stand the thought of them bunching at my waist now. In the summer I wear big ol' cotton tie dyed t-shirts (hooray for color!) and in the winter I wear big ol' cotton tie dyed tshirts with sweat pants. And if my hubby keeps turning the heat down (to save money and he is always complaining the house is too hot), I add my hiking socks to the outfit. I have to admit that I'm no sex goddess in this outfit but at least I'm warm! It's all about comfort!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Bring Back the Oldies

Blog Prompt: Bring back the oldies. What fashion would you like to see make a comeback?

I really don't have a favorite fashion that I want to come back. I guess it is because my clothes are so old that they are already back in style! Right now I'm in the basic tshirt and blue jean stage of my life and really enjoying it. I enjoyed the tie dyed shirts and bell bottom pants but not the clunky shoes which are all being worn by teens now as if they are new fashions.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Treasure Chest

Blog Prompt: Treasure Chest. Which piece of jewelry that you own, do feel is indispensible?

I actually have 2 pieces of jewelry that I do not take off (unless I have surgery which has only happened 3 times in my life). I never take off my wedding ring, or my cross necklace. I got my cross necklace when I recieved communion for the first time around 5th grade (which is many many years ago!). When I went to China many years ago I was told that I couldn't have my cross with me so I left it at home. I felt so lost without it!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Dinner Cruise Fashion

Blog Prompt: Fashion Guru. What is the proper attire for a dinner cruise? High heels? Flats? What kind of jewelry, if any? Colors?

I like to dress up for a dinner cruise but I also like to wear comfortable shoes because I don't want to walk around like I am drunk. I like to wear jewelry at this time also because normally I don't wear a lot of jewelry and this makes it a special occasion. As for colors, I would wear colors that flatter my body. I want to look slender and taller and if I feel like the clothes make me look that way, then I feel that way too. Nothing beats going out on the town and feeling sexy!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Missing Ingredient

Blog Prompt: I'm going to deviate from the Fashion theme today and ask if you have ever been in the middle of cooking when if you realized you were missing a key ingredient and couldn't make a dash to the store? What did you do?

I am such a terrible cook that if I was missing an ingredient and couldn't go to the store, I would just have to do without making it. I wouldn't even dare to try to substitute anything. I think years ago I remember my mother in law didn't have brown sugar and mixed molasses with regular sugar but I would be afraid to even try that.

I do remember around Christmas time, one evening I decided to bake banana bread for the fire dept. and police dept. I had everything in the mixing bowl and reached for the flour. Luckily I looked in the bag and it was full of little black bugs. I was so disgusted. My hubby had just finished drinking a beer so he wouldn't drive anywhere which means I had to go out in the cold dark (don't you feel sorry for me!). I had my pajamas on which consist of sweat pants and a sweat shirt so I put on my tennis shoes and threw on a coat since it was about 11pm and I didn't think I would see anyone I knew. I know the WalMart in the next town was open 24 hours so out to the car I go. Luckily my neighbor was getting something out of her car and said hi and asked where I was going. I told her of my dilemma and immediately she offered me the flour that she had. I gladly took it and replaced it with a new bag the next day. I love having wonderful neighbors!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fashion Baron

Blog Prompt: Fashion Baron. You are the up and coming fashion designer of the age. What kind of fashions and fabrics can we expect?

Of course I will focus on comfort such as pants that are a little stretchy and not to tight. Tops will be made of soft material also. But my main focus will be on color. After years of teaching and wearing conservative colors, I realize that we need to bring more color into people's lives. There will be more mixing of bright colors like orange, purple and green. Maybe more blues with yellows and reds. These will be worn by people of all sizes and shapes and ages. Maybe that is why a lot of people feel depressed in the winter, because there is not enough color in their world!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fashion Personality Quiz

Blog Prompt: Since we seemed to have a good time with the little fashion quiz yesterday I found another: Fashion Personality Quiz. Let's see what kind of fashion personality you have.

Woo hoo! I wanted to be a casual cutie and it was nice to find out that I am one!

You're more of Casual Cutie
Comfort is your middle name. If you're not comfortable, then why bother? You'd choose cotton and spandex over tight clothing and itchy fabric any day. You understand that to look good, you must feel good on the inside and outside. You also believe that fashion isn't necessarily the best reflection of who you are - it's what's on the inside that counts. Maybe you are in a fashion rut or just aren't sure how to spice up your look while still feeling like you're YOU underneath. Whatever it is, don't be afraid to experiment. Add bolder choices gradually, but always choose something you feel at ease in.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Paperdoll Psychology Test

Blog Prompt: Since most of this month has been about fashion, I thought it would be fun to take and post our results of the Paperdoll Psychology test.

Pure Victoria! Not bad.Though some people think of Queen Victoria's reign as repressive and prudish, it was also a time of progress. Tonight, rent "Mrs. Brown" and relax with a nice cup of tea.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Stressed or Prepared?

Blog Prompt: You have an important meeting this morning. Are you running around rushed and stressed or are you prepared?

I would like to imagine that I would be prepared because I'm retired now and should have plenty of time for this. I usually like to have things ready for a meeting at least a week in advance in case I hit any snags.

Now, on the other hand, I have an important meeting scheduled for Nov. 7 and I'm starting to stress out about it. I feel like a procrastinator because I don't have anything solidly done yet but I have lots of ideas floating in my mind. I will be doing 2 hour professional development seminar for 30 people who work at the Literacy Association. I was asked to share my knowledge of teaching disabled students to the staff so they can be more effective. I have all these great thoughts but I just need to sit down and start putting in altogether.

Today's prompt was like a kick in the butt and reminded me that I need to get busy so that I will be prepared and not rushed and stressed!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Meme from ArcaneFaery

I have been tagged by ArcaneFaery. I have to list seven things about me you probably don't know.

1. Who was your first prom date?
I can't remember his name (I mean, it was a LONG time ago!) but he looked so much like John Denver and he played a guitar. At the time I loooooooved John Denver.

2. Who was your first roommate?
Marlena Davis. I had never roomed with anyone until I came to college so this was a hard adjustment for me. She wore these bangle bracelets to bed and all night long I heard them jingle jangle (until I got used to them and then I never heard them again.)

3. Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane?
Home to NY from college in SC.

4. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with?
I never snuck out of the house because I was too afraid my parents would kill me!

5. Whose wedding were you in the first time?
My sister's wedding as a junior bridesmaid.

6. What was the first concert you ever went to?
Alabama when they played at the Bowery in Myrtle Beach before they ever became famous.

7. First tattoo or piercing?
Earrings when I was a child and didn't even walk. No tattoos.

And I'm supposed to tag 7 other people but here is the best I can do:
Katrina from Bits and Bobs
Mom2Triplets04 of Creative Triplet Mom
Joan of Ebears West Oz
Beachcomber of Lunar Tides

Friday, September 14, 2007

Makeup Blog Prompts for the week

I've been in the Smokies all week camping and hiking (here is a picture I took), so I played catch-up in today's post:

Tuesday blog prompt: Real Finds. Have you ever bought anything on the spur of the moment, something you weren't sure you would ever use, then realized you came home with a gem?
We go to flea markets as much as possible and my hubby believes that every piece of junk (I mean treasure) will be useful one day. He collects postcards and buys them if they are a dollar or less and then he comes home to usually find out they are worth more than that. I usually buy things that look pretty or unique so we can hang it up in our playroom. The last big thing we bought on the spur of the moment was our car. We were supposed to just go shopping to look at the Prius but within hours drove it off the car lot. We weren’t sure that we made the right decision but now 6 months later, we are really happy with our choice because it has saved us lots of gas money which means we get to travel more!

Thursday blog prompt: Self-motivation. Ever get in a rut and didn't feel like you would ever get out? What did you do to pull yourself up and out?
Most of the time I tell my hubby my problem and he tries to give me suggestions on how to get out of it. Usually he comes up with something that works. A lot of times I get online and try to read inspiration emails or websites to find out about new things. I also read the paper to see if there are any new things happening locally and then talk my hubby into doing it with me. Sometimes I suggest we call some friends that we haven’t seen in awhile and invite them out to dinner.

Friday blog prompt: Beauty Secrets. What beauty secrets do you use (no matter how unusual)?
I have never been and will never be any great beauty hence, there are no beauty secrets from me. The only things I can even think of suggesting are:
• When I feel bloated or fat, I wear my shirts outside my pants or a sweatshirt.
• I heard that vertical stripes make you look thinner.
• If I’m having a bad hair day, I wear a ball cap.
• I have used Listerine in the winter to help with my dandruff because I have eczema.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Attention to Detail

Blog Prompt: Attention to Detail. When people come to your home what is the first thing you want them to see and why?

The first thing I like them to see is how big it is. My home is a very old house right downtown that was built around the 1920s. It used to be a 2 story house but the elderly couple couldn't get upstairs so they chopped off the top story. The house had one of those huge entryways with a staircase so they took out the staircase and made 30 percent of it into the foyer and the rest became the master bedroom. This means my bedroom has 3 doors: one goes to a small hallway to my hubby's bathroom and one goes out to the livingroom and another to the kitchen. I have front porch and a side porch and a back deck also. We added on a huge playroom for my hot tub, pool table, bathroom, and big screen TV. My hubby has an office for his postcards, trains, and junk he collects from flea markets and I have an office filled with books, my accordion, and school stuff. My office is also the guest room with a bathroom. We have a huge livingroom and diningroom with a bow window that I love but unfortunately we never spend any time in those 2 rooms. I really enjoy living in my house.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Fashion Facts

Blog Prompt: Fashion Facts. Over the centuries, fashions have taken dramatic changes. Do you know of any obscure fashion facts to add to our knowledge?

Footbinding was a custom practised on young females for approximately one thousand years in China, beginning in the 10th century and ending in the early 20th century. In Chinese foot binding, young girls' feet, usually at age 6 but often earlier, were wrapped in tight bandages so that they could not grow and develop normally; they would, instead, break and become highly deformed, not growing past 4-6 inches (10-15 cm). As the girl reached adulthood, her feet would remain small and dysfunctional, prone to infection, paralysis, and muscular atrophy. This was initially a common practice only in the wealthiest parts of China, particularly in areas around northern China. However, by the late Qing Dynasty, foot binding had become popular among people of all social classes except the poorest, who needed able-bodied women to work the fields. Today, it is a prominent cause of disability among some elderly Chinese women.

I couldn't resist this since I have heard that many of my ancestors had this done. I'm so glad that this has stopped being done!

Now for beach fashion facts that I've learned since I've been here at Myrtle Beach (I truly hope I don't offend anyone but these are really just my opinion and not true facts!)
The fatter a woman is, the more reason for her NOT to wear a bikini.
The fatter a man is, the more reason for him NOT to wear a tiny speedo.
If you already have a man, it doesn't matter what you wear or what you look like, they think you are sexy no matter what (ask my hubby!).
Young girls of today do not know what it is like to have flat tummies because they all have poochy tummies and aren't the least bit embarrassed about it (as seen at Hooters restaurant).
Bathing suits for women have not really changed in the past 30 years.
If you are wearing a bikini and get in the ocean with a rough surf, make sure your top is tied on tight.
If you are comfortable with what you are wearing, you will have fun on the beach!

Thursday, September 06, 2007


I am not a big shoes expert. I have one pair of black shoes with a heel that I wear with dress pants. Then I have a pair of black pumps to wear with my dresses when it is cold and a pair of black sandals with a low heel to wear with my dresses when it is warmer. I have a pair of reebok tennis shoes I wear all other times when it is cold and a pair of Teva sandals (my sister calls them Jesus sandals) that I wear when it is warmer. The only other thing I own are a pair of black rubber clogs I wear when we are camping or wading in the rivers because they are comfortable, fast drying, and lightweight. Of course I have other shoes that I haven't worn in years but I hang onto for sentimental reasons or I might someday want to wear them again. I'm kicking myself for getting rid of my 20 year old Dr. Scholl wooden sandals that I bought at Walmart for about $7 and now I want another pair and I can't find them locally (but they are on the internet for $35 plus shipping). I also used to have a pair of black stylish boots that I had for 20 years and finally threw out when we moved. Of course, here they are back in style and I don't have them anymore. Oh well, that's the way life goes.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


Blog Prompt: Fashionably Correct. In years past one would not be seen without a hat to complete your ensemble. Not so much these days. When and where do you think it is fashionably correct to wear a hat?

Down here in the south, it seems like it is fashionably correct to wear a hat anytime! Most people take it off inside buildings and during prayers though! Most men around here wear ball caps and now that my hair is longer, I like to wear one when I'm hiking with my pony tail sticking out. (I think it makes me look skinnier! LOL) When I taught, it was a rule that the kids had to take them off in the building and you wouldn't believe how many hats I took away! I usually warned them by asking them to take it off and of course, some would back talk and refuse to take it off so of course I would be stubborn and finally take away the hat which involved calling parents, detentions, loud voices etc. - all over a stupid ball cap!

There is one lady at church that wears the neatest biggest brightest fancy hats to match her dress outfits (I love her to death because I think it takes a really brave and self-secure woman to do this!) and I keep thinking that I wish more people would wear them so I could and not feel uncomfortable! Lots of women wear fancy hats during the football homecoming games. I have been to an outdoor anniversary party where all women had to wear hats and gloves (I really thought this was a neat idea and enjoyed it tremendously!).

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Simplify Life

Blog Prompt: Simplify life. We all have them, those household items that we purchase for one thing and then end up using them for another. What items do you have that serve double duty?

I guess the one thing I use the most are Hefty ziplock bags. I use them for the following:
1. store food of course
2. ice packs
3. funnel when I'm camping
4. packing clothes (I put all my underwear in one, tops in another etc. and punch a few holes in them to let the air out. When they search the bags in the airport, all of my things stay together.)
5. store credit card receipts for tax purposes
6. hold cuttings of plants that I get from other gardeners
7. hold seashells when I go to the beach
8. protect camera in my backpack from rain

I'm sure I use them for other things too but I can't think of anymore right now.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Most Embarrassing Fashion Moment

Blog Prompt: Fashion Woes. What, in your opinion, is your most embarrassing fashion moment.

Gee I have so many and I have to pick the most embarrassing? I guess I was in college at the time of hip hugger bell bottoms. On the day of anyone's birthday, it was common to see them grabbed in the dining hall and thrown in the man made lake so I knew what to expect. Sure enough, that night at dinner on my birthday, a group of guys approached me and carried me out to the lake for a toss. I fought courageously and took 2 of the 4 guys in with me. (Now you ask, how heavy was I that it took 4 guys to carry me out?! I was only 100 pounds but I was scared so I fought like a tiger!) Now comes the embarrassing part. The water was around chest level and there was a wall all along the edge so when it was time to haul me out of the lake the guys took my arms to pull me out. Unfortunately all the water soaked in my blue jeans plus the duck muck was pretty deep and the guys couldn't pull me out. It took 4 guys to pull me out and there was a huge sucking sound as they pulled me out and I almost lost my pants. They had a hold of my arms so I couldn't grab my pants. It was not a pretty sight!

I did this quiz that I saw on Tink's blog. I thought it was intriguing!
How will I die?
Your Result: You will die in your sleep.

A peaceful departure into the next life. You are blessed with the good fortune of passing from sleep into eternity. Do not fear sleep. To dream into the next life is a rare gift.

You will die while saving someone's life.
You will die while having sex.
You will die from a terminal illness.
You will die of boredom.
You will die in a car accident.
You will be murdered.
You will die in a nuclear holocaust.
How will I die?
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