Monthly Archives: August 2017

Here’s to you Mom!

There is not a day that goes by I do not think about my Mother.  She died at the young age of 58.  I think about how I am getting closer and closer to this age and understanding more now, she was not old!  She was a fashion icon, and I never knew this growing up.  I never paid attention much to what she wore.  I remember when I started working for a company my Mother had worked at when I first got married.  I would walk through the plant and the older men would walk up to me and tell me how much I looked like my Mother.  They would say, “Your mother was a beautiful woman.  When she walked through the plant, we would stop and watch her, and we do that now with you.” I always thought that was a sweet compliment.  At the time, I never really understood.  Yes, she was pretty, but  I just knew her as my Mom.

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High Heels Over 50

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I have been wearing high heels since I was 4 years old.  You may wonder how this can be.  Well, I got my first pair from Santa Claus.  They were pink plastic with the pink fuzzy feathers flowing on the top strap.  I wore then until they cracked to pieces and I have loved high heels since.  Being 5′ 2″, I have never cared much for flats.  I own several pair because there are times when you need a good pair of flats for certain outfits so I have them.  I just find myself not wearing them much.  I would rather put on a nice pair of heels.  I do notice as I get older it is harder to wear heels.  Your body changes and so do your feet.  I had plantar fasciitis about two years ago and had never had it before.  I was in total pain and could barely walk.  I had several friends tell me what it was because they had experienced it also.  It was extremely painful and worrisome because I feared I may never be able to wear high heels again.  It was caused from walking on a concrete floor.  I was working part-time at a retail store and the constant banging of my feet on the floor from back and forth walking had injured them.  They hurt so bad!

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Do People Really Care About Good Customer Service?

This is a blog post I have thought about for a while.  I will start off by saying I speak totally from my own perspective and am not trying to hint or elude to any one person or company.  This is totally my take on how I feel about customer service.  It has gone to S@#% not only in my industry but all industries in general.

I have been a Realtor for 15 years plus.  I have always pride myself on giving the BEST customer service I can provide.  I have gone out of my way to help my clients and customers from running over to make up a bed before a home showing to getting their grass cut if the house was vacant.  I do have my limits of course but I try to be as helpful as possible because I would want the same done for me.

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Is there really “REAL” love?

Yesterday, I read a blog of a young woman of 30 who wrote about her life as a single woman.  She was very open and honest and most of all real.  Her fears about being lonely and getting older are very much in line with my own.  I admired her for putting it all out in the universe and decided maybe I need to do the same.  Sometimes getting things off your chest can be freeing.  So today, I have a lot on my heart.  I may write more than one blog to cover all the things I am feeling – who knows, but I thought this was a good place to start.  Here goes!

As I read the blog post of a single woman of 30 years old, my first thought is “If she were over 50, she would really be scared!” Being single over 50 can be stressful or at least the older I get the more stressed I get about finding God’s partner for me.  I was married over 25 years and we have two beautiful children together.  We met when I was 18 and married when I was 20.  What did I know about finding the right partner at 18?  Not one thing!  Why no one gave me a talking to I will never understand.

Reading a post from an online blog for FamilyLife.com, I found a passage that might help where I am wanting to go with my blog today.  It reads, The Bible warns against being unequally yoked in 2 Corinthians 6:14: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (NIV). Because the phrase “unequally yoked” can be a bit difficult to understand, I like to read this verse from The Message, a paraphrase of the Bible. These verses read, “Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil?”

My ex-husband and I were not equally yoked from the start.  No one had ever even talked to me about being equally yoked.  If you don’t understand what I am talking about, let me make it easier for you.  What do you have in common with each other outside of physical attraction?  In my case, I found out too late the answer was nothing but two beautiful children.

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Fashion Trends After 50

When you reach the pinnacle of age referring to the top of the mountain age 50 and over, since so many people are living to be 100, should you attempt to keep up with fashion trends?  I think my response would be it depends.  As I love to follow the fashion bloggers on IG, I try to mix it up with blogger ages from the 30 somethings and beyond.  That seems to be the age the fashion designers are marketing to these days.  Sometimes I like the trend and sometimes I think it probably won’t work for my style.  The Kimono cardigan is a new fashion trend I am seeing a lot of on IG.  It appeals to me in the sense that it is like wearing a silk coat which might be nice as we transition into the fall season.  However, when trying mine on today, I felt a little like I was wearing a silk robe over my clothes – kind of like when you are fully dressed and then you decide to do the one last hair spray or perfume thing.  You put on your robe to keep it from spraying all over your clothes.  Oh,  you don’t do this?  Well, I do – sometimes.  HA HA – that must be an old gal trick.

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Total Eclipse of the Heart

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Today will live in my mind forever.  I had not really been too excited about the eclipse at all before today.  Tons of people flowing into the Charleston area to get a look at something that did not seem like a big deal to me.  I almost thought about “blowing it off” but I woke up this morning and decided this was history in the making.  I had to go.  It would be the last one I would ever see in my lifetime.  It is hard being a party of one.  I give myself a pep talk about getting out and doing things on my own.  I can do it.  I need to get out and enjoy life more often because I live in a beautiful place.

I decided if I was going to go see this magnificent sight I needed to go where my heart always leads me – the ocean.  I am a sucker for the ocean.  I feel it is the closest place to God for me – even closer than church.  Weird I know but the beauty of this creation is one none other can compare – except the birth of a newborn baby which over rules them all because it is giving life.  The ocean comes in as number two.  Dressed and ready to go I headed to Downtown Charleston.  I always have to plan in advance about where I will park and what I will do when I get there.  Safety is always on my mind.  I wanted to enjoy this event and not wish I had stayed home.

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Unconditional Love

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I wanted to write today as writing has become my therapy.  I have been very sad the past 2 days because my precious Aunt Sara passed away.  She was 93 years young and I know she lived a good Christian life, but the pain of loss still hurts my heart.  Hearing my Father cry as we spoke on the phone yesterday really has broken me to my core.  My Father is my rock and the best Christian role model of my life.  So I have a lot on my mind today and it all centers around LOVE.

The picture above is my sweet grand-doggie Stella.  She has come to stay with me for several days as my daughter and her boyfriend have flown off to “The Hamptons”.  Yes – the “Real” Hamptons.  I guess even a tiny little southern girl can make a big splash.  As I am looking at my sweet Stella, I think about how she loves me unconditionally.  She doesn’t care what I say or do.  She just always looks at me with loving eyes of acceptance.  I realized today “Why can’t we all be this way too?” and “Why is everything so hard when it comes to relationships?” My son was the first one to tell me to “Get Out of my own Head!” one day as I was over thinking something.  I know he meant it in a helpful way but of course I took it harshly.  I had never been told that before (that is what happens when your children become adults).  In the end, he was right (I even told him).  I was over thinking the situation and letting my mind take me to a place that was doing me no good at all.  I have sense tried to learn to pace myself and not to let everything I see or hear create an immediate reaction.  There are always two sides to every issue.  I realize now looking back on my life all the unnecessary immediate reactions I created which only caused me more problems.

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