Sunday, June 16, 2019

Maxi Dress With Jean Jacket, New Wreath and New Beginnings

Styling, Decorating and Beginnings

Hey Friends!  Yet another busy week has gone by in which life has taken precedence over blogging. Hopefully, after about one more week I can resume my blogging schedule of at least 2-3 posts per week. I'll catch you up on some of what has been going on as the post unfolds. First off, I'm styling a long maxi dress with a blue jean jacket. This is a perfect look for summer!

Maxi dresses and skirts are still "in" and can be dressed up or down with accessories. I think adding the jean jacket gives the look a casual and relaxed summer vibe. 

I've styled this dress on the blog before with a light blue pashmina scarf, but I really like the jean jacket with the dress better. The dress hem hides my gladiator sandals which also gives a relaxed feel to the look. This outfit is cool, comfortable and perfect for a hot summer day! Let me know in the comments if you enjoy wearing maxi dresses or skirts and how you feel about jean jackets. 

I have a new decor item to share with you-a new wreath on the front door. I've had my eye on this succulent wreath at AC Moore for months and the sales finally brought it down to what I consider a reasonable price. The wreath was marked down 60% plus I had a 20% off total sale coupon which I could apply. Hooray!

The wreath looks good with the retirement quilts Sharon made for me.

And, it matches with my other succulents on display on the foyer table. This makes it look more like I have a theme going on in the foyer. 

I've mentioned how busy life has been lately. This guy right here, is retiring after 30 years of math teaching plus an architecture career before that. I'm so proud of him and all he has given to teaching his students over the years! He will continue to use his math and to teach in some form or fashion but I hope he will take some time to rest first! This pic was taken at a luncheon to honor retirees from his system. 

There have been several celebrations in the past week which is both wonderful and exhausting! At one, the retirees were each given a rocking chair!

And on top of the retirement festivities, I directed a big bells, brass and organ concert at our church last Sunday. The Mr.'s quintet performed. 

The brass played beautifully....

As did our organist....

And my handbell choir really rocked it!  I was so proud of them and all of the musicians who participated in our concert!

So, yet again it has been quite a week!  And, there were a few other things going on which I won't bore you with. I hope that each of you dear readers are well and that the week ahead brings only good things to you! Please leave a comment and let me know what's happening in your life!

Until Next Time,

Friday, June 7, 2019

Weekly Happenings

It's Been A Busy Week!

Hello everyone! This has been one of those weeks when I have had two and sometimes three things to do in a day. I've been off the radar all this week (meaning the blog) and am totally exhausted today! I thought I would share with you a day trip that my friend, Sharon, and I took yesterday to Jonesborough, Tennessee. I had never been there before and I truly enjoyed getting to visit this historic and quaint town. 

Our main purpose in going there yesterday was to hear a storyteller at the International Storytelling Center. Sharon has attended events here many times but this was my first time. 

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Main Street Cafe. I was fascinated by the vintage interior and came home to read about the building online. 

I found out that the building was constructed in the 1930's and the ceiling tiles, hanging globe lamps and booths are original from that era. The food was quite tasty and reasonably priced, I thought.

We very much enjoyed the teller-in-residence, Anne Shimojima, who inspired us with her professional storytelling ability. Anne was a media specialist for many years in her native Chicago and has been a professional storyteller now for over 30 years. One of her stories was about "Hannah's Suitcase" which Sharon and I were familiar with from our work in the gifted program when we were teaching. Anne was lovely and gracious to talk with and I came away interested in more storytelling! 

There was a bit of excitement after the storytelling when one couple felt like they had been ignored by the storyteller and very rudely interrupted another couple speaking to her and for a moment we thought the event might end in fisticuffs! However, Anne graciously smoothed the ruffled feelings and all was well! I kiddingly told Sharon that I didn't know if I could engage with these dangerous activities she includes me in anymore!

All in all, it was a lovely day and a great way to end a very full and busy week. Today, I'm laying low and resting as much as possible. How about you? How has your week been? 

Until Next Time,

* I had the best of intentions to take my camera with me on this trip but forgot and left it at home! So, I had to make do with snapping photos with my phone.