Hello sweet friend! I’m so glad you stopped in today. If you don’t mind, I won’t be sharing an outfit or style tips or even fitness motivation today. Instead I’d love for you to pour yourself a favorite beverage and visit with me for a while. I’ll spill the beans about 10 things that have been going on in my life. And if you’d like to share a little news from your own life, I’d love to hear from you in the comments after the post.
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As I began to chart out my year here at Dressed for My Day in a new calendar, I decided to make just a few changes. And one of the new features I’m adding to the blog that I’m the most excited about is a new monthly personal update of sorts. Each month, on the final day of the month, you can expect a Coffee with Kay post like this. I’ve done them sporadically in the past, but building them into my monthly editorial calendar will help me to be more consistent with these personable chats.
Remember, the title of my blog is Dressed…for My Day. So in this one monthly post I’ll pivot from focusing on getting “dressed” and instead share a little about “my day,” if you will. If this isn’t your cup of tea, I completely understand. But I’m looking forward to these posts as an opportunity for sharing a little more of who I am…beyond the clothes and makeup and style tips.
And just to stretch me and give me a little bit of structure here – because I thrive on structure – I’ll be attempting to share ten little tidbits with you each month. Those ten things may be new projects I’ve started, lessons I’ve learned, purchases I’ve made, places I’ve been, mistakes I’ve made…you name it. We’ll see where the structure leads. Let’s begin!
#1 – This month we’ve loved watching the birds gather in our backyard.
We purchased and hung a birdfeeder when we first moved into our home in May. But the squirrels quickly made a mess of it and ate up all the bird food. This month James purchased this Flaming Squirrel Seed Sauce, and it has made a world of difference.
You simply add a few tablespoons of the Flaming Squirrel Seed Sauce to your bird seed food and mix it in well. The birds all love the taste, but the squirrels do not. Sure enough, the few squirrels we’ve seen try the bird food that has fallen to the ground leave and don’t return. The one squirrel we saw shimmy up the pole toward the feeder seemed to “think about it a minute” and then headed back down and out into the woods.
But more importantly than detracting the squirrels, the feed or the absence of the squirrels has brought in a wide variety of beautiful birds for us to listen to and watch. We’ve had as many as a dozen cardinals in the backyard at once.
#2 – I’ve refocused on starting each day with my purpose in mind.
As much as I “preach” that we women over 50 have a purpose and we need to get dressed for it, I sometimes lose track of mine. Before I know it I start going through the days mechanically, just trying to get through them so I can crawl back in bed. I start feeling like my purpose is simply to do as little as possible and feel as comfortable as achievable.
But some little something James said in his sermon on Sunday triggered something in me. I can’t even pinpoint what it was. But suddenly I was convicted to remember that my purpose is to know the Lord and to make Him known. And I am recommitted to making that a reality in my daily life, too.
I’m trying to begin each day committing to serving the Lord, knowing Him better and helping others to know Him, too.
#3 – We’ve made a lot of progress in planning Abigail and Andrew’s May wedding.
I say we, but really Abigail and Andrew have done so much of it. They’re getting married at a venue in the Atlanta area because their church, while rather large, doesn’t really have a building right now. It’s an afternoon wedding and we’re just serving wedding cake, heavy hors d’oeuvres (or as they tend to call them now, “bites”), and beverages such as tea, lemonade and waters. We are having a band, so we’ll do the traditional dances and invite everyone to join in.
Abigail’s dress is lovely and under wraps. Only my mother and I have seen it. But it suits her beautifully – classic, regal, understated but elegant. And her maid of honor, matron of honor and five bridesmaids have all ordered their dresses. They’re in three different beautiful shades of blue and green, and different styles, too. She wanted each woman to have a dress that suited her beautifully. I probably shouldn’t say more.
Anyhow, plans are coming along nicely. And we are duly excited for the big day. But more than anything I’m just very happy for her to be marrying someone she loves and who loves her so much. He’s a good man, and we couldn’t be happier with the way God has blessed.
#4 – We’ve been watching All Creatures Great & Small again.
My favorite television show, Masterpiece Theatre’s All Creatures Great & Small returned for a second season earlier this month, and James and I are hooked again. We’ve decided this show is soothing, calming. And it’s absolutely beautiful. Just so delightful to watch.
The show is based on James Herriot’s beloved classic All Creatures Great and Small about a veterinarian in the rural Yorkshire Dales in the mid 20th century. The characters are lovable, relatable and fun, and the cinematography is stunning. We cuddle up on the sofa each Sunday night for the show and then hum the cheerful musical overture rest of the week.
#5 – I finally got my hair cut this past week and I love what she did to it!
I have the hardest time making appointments. So it had been 16 weeks since I last had my hair trimmed. But I managed to get in because of a cancellation this past Friday and I am so happy with my new do.
She took a little more weight off the middle of it and of course took off about an inch or so. But what I really loved was the way she styled it. She dried each section the way I already do. But then she twisted each of those locks, held it in place a bit and then let it go. It added so much body to my style, but still looked very natural and casual. We’ll see if I can duplicate the style; I haven’t tried yet. Fingers crossed!
#6 – I have to do a chemical treatment on my nose for a precancerous spot.
Bleh. I’m not looking forward to this, but it’s better than having surgery…I think. I have to apply Fluorouracil to a tiny spot on the top of my nose that my dermatologist tells me is precancerous. It’s a very slow growing type of spot, so we’ve put off treating until a time when I could stay out of the sun during the treatment. Supposedly it will feel and look somewhat like a very bad sunburn, blistering and burning a bit. I’m supposed to treat it for about two to three weeks.
At any rate, the hardest part of this so far has simply been trying to bank up photos and videos for here and the YouTube channel. I know you ladies will tell me that I didn’t have to do that, and I could just take time off. But I have contracts and obligations to fulfill, and I actually love what I do here. The hardest part of this challenge is that with it being winter, it’s been doubly hard to get those photos in. But I think we have enough…as of tonight…and I’ll start the treatment on Tuesday. Wish me well!
#7 – The blog is getting a facelift!
It’s time for another renovation here at the blog. So I began meeting with a design team this past week to plot out the new design. I’m very excited to be working with them because I think they really get me. And more importantly, I think they get you! They’re very intent on designing a website that you can easily navigate and enjoy with ease.
If you have any features that you would like to see here, please let me know and I will pass that on to them. But already I’ve asked for good size print that is easy to read, nice sized pictures, easy navigation, a good search feature and more. Oh, and we’re cleaning that Subscriber Freebies page up! It’s going to look fantastic.
#8 – Have I mentioned that James and I (and others) are planting a new church?
Yep! Our group of about 25 has been meeting for about three and a half months now I think. Right now we’re meeting in a Holiday Inn outside of Cincinnati, but we may end up moving around a bit before we know where we’ll be permanently. It’s the sweetest fellowship of people, and we’re all very excited.
We planted a new church in Arizona before we moved here, and it was one of the happiest times in our ministry. It’s a lot of work starting a new church. But it’s also very rewarding.
#9 – I’m really struggling to stay consistent with FWTFL this round.
Look, I don’t want these monthly Coffees to be posts where I just toot my horn and sound all grand to you. These are supposed to be friendly chats where we get real and enjoy authentic girl talk. So I don’t mind letting you know that I’m struggling a little to stay consistent with my workouts and my nutrition right now.
I’d really wanted to lose a few pounds before the wedding – and I still hope to – but I’m just having a hard time sticking to my goals. I have to the tools. I still absolutely love FASTer Way to Fat Loss, and it definitely works for me…if I work it. So it’s not the plan; it’s me.
I don’t need a solution. I have one. It’s called self-control. Ha! But I just wanted to share…in case you’re struggling with a goal, too. And maybe you just needed to know that you’re not the only one.
#10 – We had dinner in the home of some neighbors down the street Friday evening.
I don’t think I’ve been invited into the home of a neighbor in almost 20 years. Isn’t that crazy? Times have just changed so much. And depending on what part of the country (or world) you live in, neighborliness is quite different. In Arizona, we had our next door neighbors in for Christmas and other times. But no one ever reciprocated. And that’s okay. We weren’t mad about it; we just think it’s a sign of the times…and maybe the region of the counrty.
All that to say it was absolutely lovely to walk through the snow to our neighbors’ Friday night and be welcomed into their home for dinner and conversation. They’re both journalists (which I absolutely love, having a journalism degree myself), so they asked all the questions and we liberally shared our story. But we did get to learn a little about them, too. Mainly we learned they are gracious, generous people…who welcomed new neighbors into their home.
And that has inspired me to want to do more of the same. And I’m sharing it with you because I thought you might want to, too. Just a thought.
Thank you for joining me.
Thank you so much for joining me for coffee today. I do hate that so far this conversation has been one-sided. But I’d love to hear from you, too. You don’t have to share ten things. But if you’d like to respond to something I shared or even tell me some thing or two that you’ve been doing this month, I’d truly love to read your comments. You are a blessing to me. I hope you enjoyed this little visit and that it will be something we all look forward to each month.
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How we treat others says a lot about us. It can indicate whether or not we are well rested, anxious about something, self-centered or polite. But more importantly, how we treat other people tells them something about our God.
Our goal is to relate to others in a way that reflects well on our God. When we treat people with love and respect and grace, we show them a glimpse of the true God. They may not know God. So when they encounter a believer who demonstrates His character they have the opportunity to meet Him. Just something to think about as we go through our day.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. ~ Ephesians 4:2