meeting, living, enjoying

Saw this on my social media feed late last night and, well, I’m going to leave it here.

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are.It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise.Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in the poorhouse. ~ Thoreau

At the end of the day, I am just going to enjoy the pleasant, the thrilling, the glorious and, especially today all the rainbows.

fixed again #4

After last month’s Stitch Fix, I could not wait to see what I might find in this month’s Stitch Fix box.

I requested Suzanne as my stylist again since her picks last month were so perfect. I also specifically asked for a little black dress for my sister Ange’s bachelorette party in August. With a quick peek I could see that she was listening and looking at my Pinterest boards.

But first, let’s see what else is in the box. First up, Skies Are Blue Abiga Lace Detail Knit Tank:

Ignore the dirty mirror, okay? Thanks. From the front it appears to be a simple tank. Comfortable and light enough for a hot summer day.

The main interest and detail is in the back. Very pretty. I like it a lot. But I have already a couple of navy tops so…returned.

Next is Brixon Ivy Coco Swiss Dot Lattice Detail Blouse:

Out of the box this blouse and camisole is adorable but…

It’s a little too tight in the chest which is kind of disappointing for an average sized bust kind of girl. So…returned.

Next is Skies Are Blue Karla Textured Short which I am wearing in the above photo.

Cute detailing the front but the material was just too much polyester which seemed to call attention to assets that I’d much rather not call attention to…returned.

Next out of the box is Bay to Baubles Staten Pendant Necklace

Very pretty. But I already have a similar piece…returned.

But saving my specific request for last, out of the box is Kut From The Kloth Lanee Lace Dress.

Suzanne was right. This dress is very similar to the LBDs that I had pinned recently. On the hanger, I just loved all the details of this dress. I told Suzanne that I needed a LBD suitable for an evening on the town in Seattle with a wedding party that is twenty years younger than me. I wasn’t looking to dress like my grandmother but at the same time Idid not want something that would definitely look better on my 32 and 28 year old younger sisters.

This is perfect, Suzanne! Thank you! I knew that you would come through…kept!

After four Stitch Fix boxes, I am kind of hooked. I’m seeing fashion finds that I don’t always find in and around the Central Valley and that I might not consider even trying on. I get to try on in my own home and style it what is already in my wardrobe thanks to the style cards included. It’s fun. It’s convenient and it’s affordable. I can’t wait to see what the next Fix brings me.

Stitch Fix is the first fashion retailer to blend expert styling, proprietary technology and unique product to deliver a shopping experience that is truly personalized for you. Simply fill out the Stitch Fix Style Profile and our personal stylists will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest!

Fill out your Style Profile
Begin by filling out the Style Profile. This helps us understand your size, style, shape, budget and lifestyle. Completing your profile should only take about 10 minutes.

Pick the date you’d like to receive your shipment
We’ll send you a selection of five clothing items and accessories handpicked by personal stylists on the date you choose. At the time your stylist selects your items, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied toward anything you keep from your shipment.

Try everything on in the comfort of your home
We encourage you to try on everything our personal stylists have picked for you because you just never know what will look great on! Create new outfits by pairing what’s in your shipment with the items that are already in your closet.

Buy what you like and return the rest
a. Take three days to decide what you’ll purchase and what you’d like to send back. You’re only charged for these items when you tell us what you’re keeping and returning.

b. Check out by logging in to your account to pay for those items you want to keep. The $20 styling fee will be applied toward any items you purchase. If you buy all five items, we’ll give you 25% off the entire purchase!

c. Simply return the items you don’t want in our prepaid mailing bag and drop it at any USPS mailbox. Stitch Fix clients enjoy free shipping both ways as a benefit of using our service!

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don’t be fooled

Look at this picture. Look at these two.

So sweet!

So adorable!




Don’t be fooled.

No one under The Big Top is.

It’s hard to be Uncle Daniel. It’s hard to be niece Fallon. It’s even harder to be Daniel sometimes. Also, it’s harder to be Fallon some days too.

These two. Sometimes in so many ways so much a like. I guess that is why, perhaps, that they do get along..and actually have fun together. Once they figure out each other’s boundaries that day.

Don’t be fooled.

Meanwhile, can we all just admire all that is epic about Fallon’s hair because that is just literally everyday. Love it! Love it so much.


Celebrating today in and around The Big Top men who influence.

These three. Yes, these three, who really did not cooperate and take direction well in the taking of this photo. But let it be known that they all were definitely smiling on the inside. These three influence every day people whom are very important to me…and I’m glad that they do.

Bonus is today we all had the opportunity to celebrate the biggest influencer in my life and the lives of our children. We have joked that we could only played the almost-died-from-a-massive-heart-attack card up until today, Father’s Day. But, truth be told, every day, every moment we can’t help but to be thankful because we have that one more day, one more moment with him influencing us all.

Moments like this, where I am witnessing the man that I love and the father of all my babies and papa of my grand babies as he danced to Taylor Swift with Hazel’s and Fallon’s Kingston. Definitely a moment, a priceless moment, to celebrate.

Happy Father’s Day to all the men who have positively influenced my life and the lives of the people whom I love so very much!

when you finish

Books can be wonderful sometimes. To me, books are like adventures…like life is to me. Oh the adventures they have taken me on with so many highs and lows, laughter and sadness, tears and fears, and on and on my friends. Again, just like this life of mine.

Some books you just can’t wait to get to the end because you just can’t wait to see how it ends. Then there are some where while you are on that reading adventure you find yourself dreading the approach of that last chapter, that last page, that last paragraph, that last sentence and that last word because you just don’t want this adventure to ever end. Then there are the ones where oh-dear-god please let this be over because it is that bad. Thankfully, there aren’t too many like those.

But the best are the ones that begin with so much promise of wonderful. You just know that you are in for a great adventure. And it proves to be so with you making many, many wonderful memories page after page. Yet even these sometimes bring tears and frustration. Still you hang in there because all in all it is that good of an adventure. Even when some of the main players prove to be nothing like you thought they were and they disappoint you and sometimes even hurt you, you still read on because it’s that good.

It’s. That. Good. Of. A. Book.

No regrets today as I finally closed that book. I’m glad that I opened it up and lived its adventure. I’m even more glad that it’s done…

…metaphorically speaking.😉

On to the next adventure!

Any book recommendations?