Hello! I have a celebratory card to share with you today. I actually made this in the spring for a high school graduate, and I am just getting around to posting it now. However, because it is a very generic celebratory card, you could use it for many other happy occasions like New Years, a job promotion, etc.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Hello! For this week's Fashion Over Fifty post I'm back with more animal prints. But first, I have a confession to make. The top I'm wearing was suppose to be a possible Christmas gift to my daughter. Sorry if you really like it Ashley. You can borrow it if you want. I told all my kids I wanted to cut back on holiday shopping this year because I want to quit my very stressful job, and to therefore limit the dollar amount spent to only $100.00 per child and to give me their Christmas wish list based on that. So Ashley told me she wanted a pair of Cognac boots, well, those alone almost cost her entire budget, so I could only get her one more small item to stick to my budget. I was shopping at Macy's for my winter coat and I spotted this animal print sweatshirt (sorry, I couldn't find an on-line link), and a couple of other items. I wasn't sure which of the three items Ashley would like the best, so I just bought all three thinking I'll give her a choice which one she wants the most, and I'll either keep or return the other two items. Well, the other day when I was trying to get dressed for the day, I must have tried EVERYTHING on in my closet, and couldn't seem to find anything I liked or that looked good on me: you know those days, when you have a closet full of clothes, and you still can't find ANYTHING to wear? And then I saw it. The cute animal print sweatshirt. 'Boy, that's cute. I'd love to wear that! No, I have to save that one. Oh, but it's soooooo cute! Maybe I should just try it on and see what it looks like?' So I gave in to temptation and tried it on. It was love at first sight. It was so warm, and comfy, and oh…..I loved the length and how slimming it was. I usually don't like sweatshirts cause they are too thick and they stop at your waist line and therefore make you look fat because you have all this extra material bunching up at your tummy. But the material of this sweatshirt is thinner, and I loved the quilted detail in the shoulders and the sparkle in the animal print. It was perfect. So I wore it. But I felt guilty. Oh well, there are still two unused items hanging in my closet. Now I just need to keep my hands off those or I will be going shopping again.
Because I got some inquiries on my new winter coat that I showed last week, I decided to include some more pictures of it this week too. This time, I closed the zipper! I bought my coat at Macy's, it does not appear to be available on-line. The inside of the label says Laundry by Shelli Segal if you want to try searching for it on-line at another store other than Macy's.
To those of you who live in warmer states, count your blessings! I wish I were you!
Have a great day! Amy
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Hello! I'm back with another travel post of Our Road Trip Out West. Today's post starts with the morning of Day Five, our trip up the Sandia Mountains. If you missed my other travel posts, just scroll down.
On the morning of Day Five we woke up early in our Albuquerque hotel excited to take a tram ride up to the top of the Sandia Mountains. This was hands down my absolute favorite part of our trip. The Sandia Peak Tramway takes you on a 2.7 mile ride to the top of a mountain 10,378 feet above sea level. The views up are absolutely amazing as the tram can get so close to the magnificent rock formations.
Just look at these views: I fell in love with the terrain of New Mexico on this vacation. I don't know what it was about this magical landscape: was it because I had never seen terrain like this before in my life, or was it the color of the landscape and the endless blue skies unblocked by trees or human habitation? I don't know, I just loved it.
New Hampshire hiking adventures of last summer. The only thing I was nervous about was running across a bear or large cat. But the only animal life we encountered was a fox, some very friendly squirrels, and lots of birds. I recognized the bird calls of the finches, because we use to have finches as pets in our home. They make a 'beep, beep' sound. We don't have them in Wisconsin, so I never heard them in mass in the wild before. It was quite interesting.
Smokey Mountains, we saw a lot of trees that had no needles, they looked more like tree stumps than trees. We were told it was because of damage done by acid rain. Then in New Hampshire, there were lots of trees until you got to the top of the White Mountains, but then it was just solid rock and no life whatsoever because the winds were so strong and the temperatures were bitter cold. The Sandia Mountains do not get quite as cold because it is a warmer state and the elevation isn't quite as high because the entire state's altitude is higher than it's eastern counterparts.
Here's a picture of me walking on the hiking trail. This is my old winter coat by the way. The one I told you I wanted to replace with my new one in THIS POST because it was too short and didn't keep my legs warm.
We were so excited we finally reached our destination: it seemed like a long walk and although we would have loved to have spent the entire day up on the mountain exploring all the trails, we were scheduled to meet our son-in-law in Albuquerque in the afternoon, so we only had the morning to explore.
This is my husband standing proudly outside the cabin. The views from this spot are spectacular!
Again, we were blessed with gorgeous mountain views and we loved how close the tram came to the rock formations. Do you see the shadow of the tram in the picture below? The shadow really helps give perspective of the size of these mountains.
Have a great day! Amy