Welcome to My Weekly Journal update during the unusual times we live in. I cannot tell you how excited I am to have a three -day weekend with hopefully some relaxation time. This week was a hodgepodge of emotions for me. (Note: I just had to stop and look up the origin of the word hodgepodge which originated in Britain and was most often used to describe a stew with lots of ingredients…goose, herbs, spices, wine…interesting.) Back to my point….
It was a week of constant hellos and goodbyes. I believe one goodbye is the saddest I personally have experienced since the pandemic arrived. As we return to “normal” life we will be required to make changes and sometimes say difficult goodbyes…just don’t forget that hellos wait around the corner!
THIS FIRST GOODBYE WAS NECESSARY
I confessed last week that Mr. B and I have been “supporting our local restaurants a little too much.” So, I sadly said goodbye to eating out so much and returned to healthy home cooking. I do feel much better and can tell the difference. The heavy salt content and later hour to eat was dragging me down. This was one of my home salad creations with a marinated roasted chicken, fresh fruits, butter lettuce, bell peppers, and vinaigrette. One of my goals is that every meal include protein. Then I am not as hungry during the day.
We will still give our local support…but occasionally…not three times a week!
GOODBYE KIDS…HELLO BZEES
I sadly said goodbye to my grandchildren who were visiting for a few days. Texas has already heated up and, in one South Texas town, already hit 108!!! Needless to say, the kids want to be in water…lots of water. This helped me to realize the value in having some shoes on hand by BZEES. They are cute and washable! I can toss them in the washer and set out to dry…they look great. Such an easy way to say goodbye to some of GIGI’s backyard mud on my shoes.
I found this leaf in the backyard and loved the pattern and color on it. Usually I do not find these until fall, but there it was near springtime flowers. To me, nature is such great inspiration for the clothing we wear. I will often be inspired to mix certain looks or create patterns after finding something like this leaf outside which I find to be stunning. Remember, there is inspiration for what we wear all around us if we just look for it. I would love a kimono or blouse in the print of this leaf!
THE SADDEST GOODBYE SO FAR
I had a recent visit with my doctor which I will be writing more about later, but during that visit she had a stern talk with me about taking my “high risk” status seriously in regard to the virus. She told me I should not be entering a gym under any circumstances until there is a proven vaccine…and that might be awhile. Regular readers know how much the gym has meant to my reinvention and how much my “gym friends” have meant to me. This is an ache in my heart that I will miss so much. Facing the courage to become a regular gym participant over six years ago was a huge step for me. I met the most amazing group of women who have inspired and encouraged me and pushed me to do strength training beyond my comfort zone. They are the best! Of course, we will still talk and occasionally meet for lunch, but that is different from beginning my day with them during most weekdays. It was their sense of humor and determination which saw me through many of the classes. Leighann, Valerie, Angie, Kristin, Liz, Carmen….you will always be special to me. I could not have turned my health around without you.
I am developing a home workout option to the gym and will write about it soon as well, but there is no store or option available which can replace my friends.
HELLO HIGH SCHOOL
A good reminder that old friends are always around was my opportunity this week to say hello to a few of my high school friends! This summer will be the 50th High School Reunion…who knows if it will happen or not, but it was nice see know my closest friends were a Facebook message away. It seems that some people are using the Stay Home time to go back through old photos. My husband received one first from an old friend…won’t share it here, just too embarrassing! Then I received a couple from one of my high school friends when we gathered together about 10 years after high school graduation. I could be modeling today’s trend in my short, wide legged pants! It was amazing to say hello to this group and I hope we get a face-to-face soon! There are some things time does not change.
FINAL WEEK’S GOODBYE AND HELLO
I learned this week as businesses open up that we all need to say hello to patience. It is not the same as it was. We are required to wait longer in a line to enter a store. We must endure the “aromas” of excessive cleansers. We must wear masks and be open to menu changes or products unavailable. However, it is nice to see the OPEN FOR BUSINESS signs and life begin to move about. One way we give them support is not to complain, but to be there with our patience and smiles on.
My final goodbye this week is to our neighborhood PIER 1. They are closing ALL storefronts and moving strictly online. I loved that store, especially during the fall and Christmas time. I am sad to see it close. Probably not the last one we will bid farewell.
Forgive me, ladies, that this post was a bit more somber than you are accustomed to finding here. While I note the many changes happening around us, I promise to bring options and solutions to those changes. It is good to express our emotions and acknowledge we are sad to say goodbye, but glad there will be new hellos.
One place always open for business is Over 50 Feeling 40, and I have a fun slideshow for you today to help get ready for the warmer weather. It looks like Texas is in for a brutal summer…we will see. But, it certainly has showed some early signs of brutality. Enjoy the slideshow…thank you for your support….and always, always
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JUST A NOTE:
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By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: I was gifted some product for this post, but the words are my own.