This is my weekly journal entry for the time of stay home, stay in, stay safe. Truly a unique time which I think, even almost two months later, we are still trying to figure out how to navigate in this new world we live in. Of course, I miss the activity and some of the people in my work life, but the one really struggling is Mr.B. He would be so sad if his company decided they were to keep working at home. Many companies have discovered that the work-at-home situation is actually profitable and beneficial, and they may continue it with a segment of their workforce. I hope my husband can return to his friends and co-workers soon…he needs that interaction. Now me? I love working from home!
Speaking of family! I want to say a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my youngest son today. He is my May Day baby…so handsome and smart. I am very proud of him and wish we were having a big birthday celebration today. I hope he has a special one. He doesn’t like birthdays and I say he is too young to feel that way!!! I love a reason to celebrate.
KIMONO COMFORT GOES ON
This was my favorite work from home outfit this week…yes, another kimono style look. Some of you may remember this shorter kimono from Soft Surroundings I wore last year. The Eileen Fisher long silk tank underneath it makes the kimono look longer than it actually is. Super comfy! It is warming up more and more in South Texas, so this shorter sleeve worked great on the day I wore it. Did you see the Good Morning America reporter who got caught in a segment without pants on?? I may be more comfortable for work now, but at least I am wearing pants…leggings to be exact.
I do this for me more than for a Zoom meeting. It helps my state-of-mind so much when I look in the mirror at this over sweats and a sloppy tee. I remember those days in my forties just prior to my big wake up at age 50 when I looking sloppy all of the time. It definitely wore at my mindset. The reinvention I went through at age 50 breathed new life and joy into me. I won’t go back there.
There are lots of great tunic and legging looks on the market now. I took a screen shot of these ladies from JJill. Sometimes I include these screen shots just to give you some inspiration for styling your own items.
CHUNKY CHICKEN SALAD
My favorite mid-day meal this week was a chunky chicken salad that I mix together….very tasty and filling. Our local grocer (HEB) takes their roasted chickens, pull off the meat, and put it in deli containers. They have white only options and that is what I usually go with. These are perfect for so many different types of meals.
Chunky Chicken Salad Recipe
Note: If you don’t want this chunky, then stir it all together and process either in a food processor or blender. Occasionally, we like the chunky version and that is what I made on this day.
3 pounds of shredded chicken white meat
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1 1/2 chopped apples (I like red)
1/2 cup of chopped roasted walnuts ( roast them at 425 degrees for about 6-7 minutes)
1/4 teaspoon of Lo Salt or any salt…my husband often puts extra salt and pepper on his portion
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/8 teaspoon of the McCormick mix (cinnamon, nutmeg, and chia seed)
Dash of ground mustard
1 teaspoon of Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Seasoning
You decide how much Olive Oil Mayo you would like. For this much ingredients, I put at least a 1/2 cup….but when you are not looking, I might put a little more in there.
Stir it all together until seasonings are mixed in well! You will get 2-3 lunches out of this. I like it with the Vans Gluten Free Fire Roasted Veggie Crackers (Amazing! Love these crackers) It also makes a great chicken salad sandwich. Some of these products are in the slideshow below>
AND THE WINNER IS!!
Congratulations to Kerri Norrod on winning the beautiful hair clip from Lilla Rose. Remember to check them out here when you are in need of lovely hair accessories for everyday or a special occasion.
I’M A WINNER TOO!!
This was such a nice surprise that I just happened to find accidentally! I was looking around at other blogs for women over 50 and happened upon this post from an online magazine, It’s Rosy, from February of this year. I was included as one of the Best Blogs for Women Over 50.
Here is what they said about me: “Here’s a blog full of sensible but stylish fashion, lifestyle, beauty, and health advice. Pamela Lutrell is like many of us: She put everyone and everything ahead of herself for years.
She came to her senses at 50 years old and realized she needed to make drastic changes. Her blog is about this journey, and how to walk your own path toward a better life.
Reinventing yourself is a challenge. It’s nice to have women who have gone before us hold out a hand and guide us. Think of her as a sister who does just that.”
I know I am late to find this article, but it was such a blessing to see it and, since I never has a sister, I am honored to be thought of as one! Thank you to the magazine and, of course, to those who read and make it possible for me to be here!
Now, the sales out there are crazy as retailers hope to make sales for Mother’s Day! So, enjoy the slideshow and please remember if you do any online shopping at these retailers it helps me to pay my way on the blog! How was your week…anything fun to share?
Remember, in our social distancing world, your smile is the way you send hugs!
KEEP SMILING and hugging!
By Pamela Lutrell