Company’s Coming!

I always tell my friends….we live in Wisconsin! In the Winter we go away as much as we can…..and in the summer we have Company! Yeah!

Recently we have had some Company! We love that! I told Harry that as much as I love that he volunteers to go to the store, this time I am going to go to the grocery store. Because, after all we are having Company! These days everyone eats different things! We need to get an assortment for the kids (the young parents), the babies, the grownups……It’s just not as easy as it sounds! I love my husband to pieces, but he Never veers from the list! Never! He simply couldn’t even think of shopping for this bunch!

So, I headed out for my shopping adventure!! Armed and Dangerous as they say! And I had a blast! I got some flowers, some cookies…..some of this and some of that! A couple of chicken salads, because everyone eats different things these days! Some Popsicles and Ice Cream bars, some chips!! Oh my Gosh! The grocery cart was FULL of good stuff that we haven’t had around the house in ages!

Then I got to the check out. I struggled to get the things on the counter faster than the check out lady could check them off! But, I persevered and I did it! Then….OMG!!… I got the total!! Oh Boy!!! It was $150!! I told the lady, you know my husband usually does the grocery shopping, especially lately, because I have been sick. When he comes up here he never spends more than $40!!! He comes all the time!! He always gets the same things…..and only the things on the list!! He is going to KILL me!! 🙂 It was just too much! She thought I was hilarious! So I took everything to the car and got it all loaded into the trunk…finally. I got in the car, and thought I would catch my breath and check on my messages to find out where they were, the company that is….how far away…..when they might arrive?? Should I be rushing home?? Or not?? You know….that sort of thing.

And there was a message for me! They got a late start…..so they stopped in Minoqua for coffee and snacks…..and then they were planning on stopping in Stevens Point at lunchtime….so they would see us about 3:00-3:30pm. Can you believe it??!!?? AFTER LUNCH!! It was too funny! I laughed all the way home, because I just knew I was going to be in soooo much trouble!!

But, it was really too funny!! Oh well, it’s Summer Vacation! We love our family and friends and cousins…..all our different kinds of Company! And we love to see them any time they can get here….whether it’s meal time or not!

Barbara

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The News!?

Where do you get your Daily News?? Maybe it’s on the TV? Maybe the NYT?? Maybe it’s Vogue?? Or People??

So what I really mean, is where do you get the information that you consider to be “Must Have Information”…..that is the information that directly relates to you, and to your family and friends?? Maybe it’s one of the above, but I’m guessing it’s more informal than any of those…and probably in addition to those more traditional means.

I’m talking about the kind of news we get when we go places and do things!  The news we get when we gather together with our friends! Where are the kids going this summer?? And with who? And what are they doing together?? Who is going to college, and which college. Where does the new room mate come from? Is the neighbor down the street moving? Where? When, do you know?

Hidden Figures

Or maybe it is more about who has a new baby …. or puppy! How old is the baby?? Is she walking yet? What does she like to eat?? What do you like to eat?? And where do you like to eat?? And what does your favorite meal look like?!?

I bet you are about to guess where I find most of the information that is important to me!! Yep, you guessed it….Facebook and Instagram!! And, as you can probably guess, I predict this will be wildly controversial for some of my BBDStyle friends! Do you remember awhile ago when Mark Zuckerberg was called to appear before the government to defend Facebook?? Our governmental leaders looked like a bunch of tired, old men that were outraged that this smart and savvy young man that created a social empire pretty much by himself that will transition our world and our communication for years and years to come…..oh and by the way, he made a lot of money and acquired a lot of influence along the way! Did he make some mistakes along the way? Of course! It seems that way now.

I say, Good Going Kids….keep up the good work!

Inspirational

Our daily newspaper is expensive….and gets smaller and smaller and smaller. Generally, I don’t read the paper every day. I rely on my family to make sure I know the important things. I’m not always proud of the fact…..but, it is what it is! I do make it a point to check in on my social media feeds at least daily! It’s how I know who is vacationing up north this week, how the weather is up there, and how much water skiing is going on….and by who!! Then I see some beautiful pictures that our friends and family have posted about things going on around their homes. And lots of news about the weddings, and anniversaries, baby’s birthday parties, reunions….friends meeting up with old friends…and every one growing up!!

I just love my Social Media feeds!! 🙂 I think it’s FABULOUS!

Barbara

 

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It’s Time…for some Fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally….it’s here! Summer vacation!! It’s the 4th of July. It’s the time for the “living” to be easy! It’s time to take a book to the beach. Or maybe take the kids/grandkids to the park. Or maybe to bake a cake!?!

This is the time of year that we go Up North! We see friends that we only see this time of year because that’s the time that we gather from all over the place to Up North! This year we will see lots of old friends, some celebrating big birthdays, some good old friends we haven’t seen in years, and multi-generational families….and then, to celebrate with some new friends also.

Happy 4th of July

There are a few things we love to do during this weekend….bingo and square dancing! Harry and I have developed a lot of skill as the Bingo Callers!! I’m the caller and he’s the Bank! It works out great! Such a fun thing for the kids, grandkids and grandparents to all do together! When it comes to the square dancing…

‘We aren’t as good as we once were, but we are as good once as we ever were!’
-Toby Keith

That is if the mosquitos don’t get us first! The mosquitos can also foil the S’Mores roasting! Somehow, when we are outside, at dusk, during mosquito season, sitting next to each other, I’m swatting and slapping myself constantly….while Harry is relaxing on the chair right next to me….cool and calm as a cucumber!! It happens all the time!?! Hmmmm….

So, whatever it is that you and your family do for the 4th….Enjoy!! Enjoy the friends….the family….the weather….and the 4th Fun! You deserve it! Think of it this way….July 5th, or 6th, or 7th….or whatever….will be here before you know it….and we will get right back at it!! So, why not….

‘Give yourself a break today’
-McDonalds

Barbara

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One thing at a time….

I think by now most of you know that I’ve been sick for a while now!!! UGH!!! As soon as I think I’m getting better something else happens….darn it! But, I think slowly, I am getting better!

Brighten Your Day with your favorite lipstick

I got my nails done yesterday….for the first time in 6 weeks! Oh dear…! And I have been reluctant to go and do it for a lot of reasons….including I’m not going anywhere, I’m not seeing anyone, I don’t feel good, they are really fine “au naturelle”….so why not just save the money? But, somehow, I was convinced that beautiful fingers would make me feel better.  So I said OK…we’ll see. And you know what?             New nails = a new me! It worked! I felt better immediately! So this morning I got up and dressed up in last years favorites…including PINK! A lot of pattern and a lot of Pink! And I am feeling better.

I am so saddened by the sudden death of Kate Spade. I am so sorry to hear of her struggles. I am a big fan of hers…..and have been for years! She was a young woman with a great idea, to design & create a purse that actually carried all the things women need to have at hand on a regular basis. She was able to pursue and develop her brand and she created an empire all her own. Such a wonderful role model for all of our young people today. Her vision, it turned out was more than purses….it turned out to be a brand that included, fashion, home goods, shoes…she left her mark on all facets of our life today. Life is hard….for everybody….on a lot of days. Everybody knows that. But I believe that for some people, some times, it is  just too hard. And for those people we just need to give them peace and grace. We need to trust that when they do the unthinkable they believe they are doing the right thing. Ultimately, it’s up to them…It’s not up to us.

I guess it just goes to show that Everyone Has Something……even, maybe especially, those women that appear to have it all.

Hence, we will vow to Get Up. Dress Up. and Show Up. Why? because we can….we will get a manicure/pedicure…and we will feel better… and we will become role models and mentors to the young women that are coming up behind us…one step at a time, one day at a time.

And don’t forget…. Lipstick!!!

Barbara

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Have You Noticed?

 

 

While I am waiting for the next great opportunity to drop in my lap…..I am watching

 

 

TV….magazines….catalogues….And do you know what I’m noticing? Dresses!

It’s all about Dresses! I don’t think I have seen a woman in pants in a public place anywhere in the last month or so!! Oh….alright! When the temp is below 60 degrees…it’s ok!

So, now when you are sorting through your old things….heads up for the dresses! Get them out! Wear them! Don’t save them for Best! Just wear them! At the end of the day you will be so glad you did!

If you don’t have a few go-to, all-day, every-day dresses…..go find some! You should be able to find them at wherever your favorite shopping place is….Try it! I think you will like it! You will find wearing dresses, is easier, smarter looking, more modern….and best of all….the most comfortable way to dress in the warmer weather!

Barbara