Another week of working from home, and the days are not dull. This week I wanted to feature in my weekly journal entry… the evolution of mask-style; an easy, delish marinade, and a little motivation during a difficult time.
IT IS OFFICIALLY A FASHION STATEMENT
The first picture above is my youngest son and his girlfriend who occasionally stop by to stand at a distance in the front yard and visit. They were sporting very trending masks last week and I wanted to share them with you. Masks are the new fashion accessory! The more fun the print, the better. Now that they are required by many cities to wear in public…it has evolved into quite a style statement.
I have to give a special shout out to reader Lynne from California (my new best friend!). Lynne sent these fun, stylish handmade masks to me this week and even included one for Mr. B…she is his new best friend as well. I love the touch of the suede “handmade” label on each mask. These are super special to me because they came from the heart of someone who read’s this blog and I couldn’t be more grateful. I am definitely going out this weekend in my new accessory…it will just be hard to decide which one! Thank you so much, Lynne.
I also have another super special one from my son’s girlfriend! It was my first in the category of stylish-masks! Love each and every one!
There are more stylish mask options here………
GOOD ON THE GRILL!
Mr. B was willing to do some grilling over the weekend and set us up for extra food during the week. Our “offices” are upstairs, so during the week we refer to the kitchen as the cafeteria. It makes such a difference when the cafeteria has good food on the menu!
When we grill chicken, we marinade it the night before in soy sauce, Fiesta Fajita Seasonings, Italian dressing and pineapple juice. Then we slap them on the grill…it is so good and tastes excellent no matter how you serve it. We ate it once with guacamole and salad, and then next day in the salad pictured today. I placed salad mix on the plate and put on a touch of ranch dressing. Then spooned some black beans as the next layer; onions and peppers as the next layer; and chicken on top. MM…GOOD!
FACING ADVERSITY WITH CLASS
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Recently I mentioned to you a friend of mine who has been a consignment retailer for several years. Her name is Marilyn. We became friends through the blog and her shop and connected over a love of fashion and local small business. Over the years, she has always impressed and inspired me for her strength and perseverance. There was a span of time when her shop was located by a major San Antonio freeway that underwent major construction, so it shut off easy access to many businesses for a while….but Marilyn hung in there. Her shop was robbed…she hung in there. She relocated, and that center lost businesses…she hung in there. in fact, she was confronted with obstacles often and hung in there. I was impressed with her time and time again. But, COVID-19 has been the stake in the heart of the local small businesses.
Her official email arrived this week, but true to Marilyn’s style, it began with motivation. She started with a graphic sporting a large quote: “If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward with another hello.” I believe that for her. She is a kind; hard working woman and I believe that will serve her well going forward. Thank you, Marilyn for the lessons on courage and perseverance.
Her EBAY shop is successful and often has the best treasures hidden with it. Make sure you pay her a visit and, then, join me in a Friday toast to Marilyn and to courage. So many are having to show it right now.
ON A HAPPIER NOTE
Like many moms, my daughter is new to homeschooling and trying to make it fun and interesting for three very active, young boys. This week her art project was tie dye and here they are wearing the shirts. So cute and fun! I said on Instagram that my heart is clothed in tie-dye.
If you have anything you would like to share at the end of another week during this unusual time in our lives, please do. Then join Jennifer and I with another WYWI tomorrow. Of course, a fun Friday Fabulous Finds Slideshow below thinking about HOME.
Remember, in our social distancing world, your smile is the way you send hugs! Smile even if you are in a mask because it shows in your eyes!
KEEP SMILING….and HUGGING!
By Pamela Lutrell