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 Ten  FIVE Best Swimsuits for the Not So Slim Baby Boomer

It's that time of the year that we all hate.....time to try on swimsuits! Goodness....I must get out of the rut and throw away the last suit I purchased which was great at the time.....but really....it's been 10 years now. It lasted for way more years than it was intended.....it's time move on.

And so. the search begins.

Swimsuit shopping is such a personal thing.....I don't know if it's best to go alone or take a friend. At least with a friend, between the two of you, you do get a few good laughs...lol

Whatever you do.....don't go with someone who says....yeah, it looks great, lets go...

So this year, I'm exploring the online suits to see if that works better for me.

Here's my picks......

1.  Women's Mastectomy Slender Tunic One Piece Swimsuit

This suit is from Land's End.  It looks like a very good possibility even for the lady who hasn't had a mastectomy.

I like the higher neckline, it looks like it would help the "spilling" over that happens with a lot of suits. And I like the back. The left sided shirring is supposed to be flattering and it's made out of Spandex.

Remember now....Spandex doesn't get rid of anything. It may hold it in here and there....but ultimately it has to go somewhere! This suits comes in black and blackberry which is  a very deep purple.Love the color choices and the old fashioned look of this swimsuit.

2.  Women's Slender Underwire Carmela One Piece Swimsuit

This suit is also from Land's End. Love the print and love that it comes up a little higher in the front.

It's an underwire and that's the type bra I love, but I've never had underwire in a swimsuit before..so that might be interesting.

It not really noticeable, but it too has some shirring at the waist.





3.  Must Have Love Knot Underwire Tankini Top

This suite is by Miraclesuit. The last time I had anything
made by Miraclesuit, it felt like wearing an elasticized tarp. But that was a long time ago and I'm not opposed to trying them again.

This is just a top, called a Tankini, you would have to find a pair of bottoms to match.

The top is an underwire and is softly draped. The ad says that the model is wearing an actual size 10 which is something you rarely see on swimsuit advertising. This ad was from Macy's.  Material is a Polyester and Spandex and it comes in black or violet.

4. Waterworks Mosaic Tankini Top & ShapeMe High-Waist Swim Briefs


This top and bottom comes from Coldwater Creek which used to be one of my favorite places to shop. I only say used to be, because our local store closed and now all that is available to me in online. But I liked their clothes. Seemed to me they were geared toward the Baby Boomer age but still very trendy and attractive.

This is a another tankini top with a slimming slant-away curve at one side, each deep ruffle sways and adds femininity – deftly camouflaging and flattering your curves - so it says))) But it is very pretty and definitely a possibility.

The high waist bottoms I think I would like. Especially the part where they come up over the waist line and will be well hidden by the tankini top. Read the reviews however if you're considering ordering from Coldwater Creek. Looks like the sizes run true so you might not need to get a larger size "just in case." Another plus with the black bottom is that you could wear it with other tankini tops and have two new suits)))

5.  Jantzen Rio Breeze Blouson Tankini Swim Top & Caribbean Joe Shaping Skort Swim Bottom


This suit was advertised by Belk and they had a lot! But it's really the only one that I thought might be a keeper, for me anyway.

The top is colorful and the v-pattern is slimming. I like the blouson effect. Belk does give good instructions on measuring for a swimsuit.

The bottom I really like! It's not the one shown with the top however. This bottom looks like it would give good coverage but still be short enough not to look like you were wearing a swimsuit with a skirt.


This post started out as the TEN best swimsuits.....well it is was not easy finding those ten swimsuits out of probably a hundred that I looked at!

My choice? I settled on the first one of course....isn't that typical. I chose the Women's Mastectomy Slender Tunic One Piece Swimsuit in the blackberry color. No, I haven't had a mastectomy, but with the suit coming up a little higher in the underarms, might help that "spill over." Anyway, it should be here this week so I'll have a chance to try it on before heading to Orange Beach next weekend)))

I sure hope it fits! I can't bear to drag out old "grey" and wear again.....I'm afraid it will disintegrate if I go in the water!!

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6/8/17 Update: Yay!!!! My new swimsuit came in today))) I ordered the  Women's Mastectomy Slender Tunic One Piece Swimsuit in the blackberry in a size 8. Size 8 would have been the first thing I would have tried had I seen the swimsuit in a store, and it was the smallest size they had available. It fits just right! Not perfect, but sure nothing to write home about.



I love the color, and the material. It appears well made. The clasp is not the easiest to manage alone, but after it's worn a few times I imagine it will get easier.



The butt portion could be a tiny bit snugger, but it's really fine))) I love the higher neck, there is less fullness spilling over the top and I like the back. It's a keeper!


 Love the shirring on the side.

Headed to the beach this weekend, I'll let you know how it holds up in the water)))










  
 
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I love decorating my lanterns.....and you can never have too many! Well, I suppose you could but I don't have too many)))

Here's a idea from RAZ. They have used battery candles inside a lantern. Well, this is nothing new really, but I like they way they have added three smaller candles instead of one larger one.


These candles give such great ambient lighting! And the nice thing about them is they have timers that you can set to come on at a certain time every day, stay on for 4 hours and go off automatically. Or you can just use the remote to turn them off and on as you wish.


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Grandson number one.....is 16 today. It doesn't seem possible.....but there it is. Growing up. He was playing golf at Ole Miss yesterday.



Happy Birthday AJ!


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According to Today in History, the last Ed Sullivan Show was aired on 6/5/1971. This show was a standard on Sunday nights for our family. It was viewed in black and white and we were there for Elvis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Jackson Five, Mamas and Papas, and so many more. Fantastic acrobatic acts and comedians and I especially liked the little mouse Topo Gigio.

For some reason Teresa Brewer really stands out in my memory. It may have been because I had a doll that looked just like her! Don't remember if it was just by chance or if it was a Teresa Brewer Doll, but she was wearing earrings, had upswept hair and a beautiful dress. She was much like Barbie, but this was before Barbie's debut in 1959. She wasn't quite as Twiggy thin as Barbie.

This show was great entertainment.....no violence, no bleeping was necessary and the whole family could watch.

This year we have a new ornament at Trendy Ornaments that represents the era of the Baby Boomer, the Retro TV. The hang tag on this ornament reads:   Remember the days when you had to get up to change the channel, fiddle with the antennae and adjust the picture? Families have welcomed classic characters such as Lucy & Ricky, the Beav and Mister Ed into their homes through the wonder of television.

Old World Christmas could have mentioned the Ed Sullivan Show on this hang too, it would have fit perfectly)))
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Beautiful wreath created by Wruffle Wreaths by Lana. This stunning wreath is available in her Etsy shop right now....but it won't last long!



From Wruffle Wreaths by Lana: This beautiful Fall Peony Front Door Hugger/Swag is the perfect addition for your front door to welcome family and friends into your home for special occasions or just for an anytime visit! Home is where the heart is, so let me help you welcome your guests with something beautiful for your front door!

This door hanging/swag is made on a floral door hugger and has beautiful fall flowers and greenery added all around for beautiful color and fullness! The bow in the center has three different kinds of ribbon to give it just the right finishing touch! They're all wired ribbon so that they can be fluffed as you need to after hanging.

This door hanging measures approximately 25X33X8 so it will fit nicely anywhere you choose to display it. It will look beautiful starting right now and all throughout the fall and Thanksgiving.
This would also be the perfect gift for a housewarming!
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National Donut Day is the first Friday of each June.

According to Wikipedia the Doughnut event created by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to honor those of their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday celebrates the doughnut (a.k.a. donut) – a  piece of dough which is deep-fried and sweetened.

Everyone loves donuts, me included))) In our area, Shipley's are the best! But when I was a child, my mother would make them for us. Occasionally, she would tackle the donuts made from scratch with yeast dough, but more often than not, she would use her own method. She would take canned biscuits out of the frig, open the can and separate the biscuits. They would lay out on the counter until they had warmed to room temperature. Then she would take each biscuit and gently pull on it creating a hole in the center.

The "donuts" were then placed into hot oil and fried to a golden brown. They were drained on newspaper and sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm. We could eat them faster than she could take them out of the oil and put in another batch!

If you have a special donut recipe or story, here's some unique donut ornaments that you can find at Trendy Ornaments or you can also shop Amazon. Affiliate link included.



The hang tag on these Old World Christmas ornaments reads: Historians aren't sure who invented the first doughnut, but all agree that the fried delicacy with the hole in the center is delicious. Whether served at breakfast or coffee break, few sweets are as tempting as the doughnut.

If you need a recipe for homemade donuts, here's one from the 1950's Betty Crocker Cookbook:

Favorite Doughnuts

Beat well ....................... 4 egg yolks (or two whole eggs)
                                        1 cup sugar
                                        2 tbsp. soft shortening
Stir in ........................... 3/4 cup thick buttermilk or sour milk

Sift together and stir in . 3 1/2 cups sifted Gold Meal Flour
                                        2 tsp baking powder
                                        1/2 tsp salt
                                        1/4 tsp nutmeg
                                        1/4 tsp cinnamon

Chill dough 2 hours. Heat fat while rolling and cutting doughnuts. Fry until brown. Drain over kettle and then on absorbent paper in warm place. Serve plain, sugared, or glazed.

Note: The amount of kind of spice may be varied to suite individual taste. 2 tsp of vanilla may be used in place of spices. Temperature of fat: 370 to 380 degrees. Amount: 2 dozen 3" doughnuts.

More tips from Betty:

To Sugar Doughnuts: Just before serving shake doughnuts one at a time in a paper bag with a little confectioner's or granulated sugar.

To Glaze Doughnuts: Add 1/3 cup boiling water gradually to 1 cup of confectioner's sugar. Mix well. Dip warm doughnuts into the warm glaze.

To Coat with Nuts and Sugar (I love Betty Crocker): Dip warm doughnuts into warm glaze, then into a mixture of 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon.


 

Personally.....I think I'll try my mother's method using the canned biscuits))))
 
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Carrie had already told me that one of the first things we would have to do when starting the house was to pick out brick. Really! You would think this would come later on down the line, but I guess the brick have to be manufactured and delivered, thus the reason for early selection.

Oh my goodness! I hadn't realized there were so many things to think about when choosing brick!

We haven't had a visit with Magnolia Brick yet, but in researching the internet I discovered brick comes in grades:

Exterior Grade: SW is the top grade, made to withstand below-freezing temperatures in a moist climate, such as much of the northern United States. MW is a second exterior grade, made to withstand freezing temperatures but in a drier and milder climate, like most of the southern United States.

Third Grade: Used for interiors. And I do want a few touches of brick on the inside. Fireplace of course and a little bit in the kitchen and/or living area. It's so hard to know exactly how much brick. I don't want to do anything to the house that in ten years I'll be regretting.

Antique or Used Brick: I don't know, but I'm guessing that these would likely be more expensive than just new brick....but I don't know yet.

Another thing to consider will be Brick Colors. I imagine the only way to choose a brick color will be to drive around until you spot it!

Brick Faces.....Brick Sizes......and then there is mortar color....oh my....lots to learn about!

Here's a image that I like for a back porch fireplace.


Love the arched fireplace and that looks like an outdoor kitchen to the right of the fireplace. Beautiful setting! But there is a lot of brick.....I think I would consider making the floor surface something else. What do you think?

I hope you'll join us on this journey into the new house building. I'm open to ideas.....do's and don'ts from your previous experiences too. The more information the better!
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Well, our brush pile has finally been burned and clean up of the lot has almost been completed. We drove by there the other day and saw our address nailed to a tree)))


I think building a house at this stage of life is going to be so much more fun than the previous construction 25 years ago. We were both working at that time and always had to run out to the new house in the late afternoons to see the progress. It's going to be difficult to stay away  now!

 

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I'm sorry to say that I have been slow about getting back on my bicycle this year. No excuses, just laziness on my part. But I have started riding a little)))

One trip we went south on the trail towards the Algoma community. Here's a few pics from that trip.

 
 Blackberry vines in full bloom. 

If you want to see my blog post about picking blackberries in my childhood, check this out: Picking Blackberries

 
Yellow Honeysuckle growing up trees. 
Honeysuckle blooms are also red, but it seems I haven't been seeing as much of the red lately.

 
Don't know what this is.....it was just pretty)))

 Thought these were Lazy Susans, but they usually have black centers. But it still looks like some sort of daisy.


Seafood Junction! 
Looks sort of empty right now, but on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday night they have folks directing the parking it's so busy! 

 This is what it looks like on a typical serving night.
Great place for family dining))) 
Check out Seafood Junction on Facebook


 Algoma Whistlestop
The "resting" place. Bathroom and water fountain and a nice place to rest your tush for a bit.


 Algoma Police Station
Quiet day in Algoma today, but nice to know someone is watching))

Algoma Post Office

Algoma Store
Here's the hub of activity for Algoma! May not look like it in this pic, I happened up on the store in between the busy times. Early mornings the store will be full of folks having breakfast, drinking coffee or just visiting a "spell."

 
 Lunch times are pretty busy at Algoma. Great food to choose from and you can bet, locals know exactly what's on the menu from day to day. Sometimes we plan our rides on Friday because that barbecue day)))

Greg and Tabby Vaughn are owners of the Algoma store and they would love for you to stop and visit. They serve breakfast and lunch six days a week! Bookmark it as a stopping place when your riding the Tanglefoot Trail. Drop in on their Facebook page to learn more.

Usually when we ride toward Algoma we see goats....turkeys....you just never know!










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Choosing a house plan can be one of the most difficult steps in building a house! If you've ever built a house before, you always say to yourself.....next time I build, I'm going to get everything I want!

It doesn't usually happen that way, or not for most of us anyway. If your budget is unlimited, that is one thing, but for the most of us, yes, Virginia, we do have to work within our budget.

Square footage is probably the first thing to look at. No need in looking at house plans with 4,000 sq ft if it's not in your budget. It's like looking at beauty magazines.....you just wish more.

The builder advised us to find the floor plan we liked first.....then look at the outside. That the outside could be changed as needed. But this is right bass-ackwards to what comes normal. I still looked at the outside first.....and I looked at a lot.

An internet search really will turn up a lot of results and we got familiar with a lot of sites. Once we browsed through several (hundreds I'm sure), we tended to like the French Country, Acadian or European styles. This made searching much easier.

We viewed plans from several different clearing house type businesses. They would have plans from designers from all over. Sometimes you could tell the plans belonged to certain designers, like Don Gardner for instance. We could only tell this because we would see a house plan we liked on the Don Gardner site....then see it again or several other websites...all selling plans.

No house plan is perfect, unless you're working directly with an architect and they're able to work in your every wish. But we did narrow things down to about 3-4 plans and focused on those. Personally, I wanted more square footage, but the hubby kept saying that's too big....and I knew I might as well look at something smaller or I was never going to hear the end of it.

The neighborhood has a building covenant, so that takes care of the minimum square ft which was 2,200. The plans we looked at ranged from 2,200 to 2,400 or so. Here's what we finally settled on.

We purchased the plan from Architectural Designs knowing full well that Architectural Designs did not design this plan, they are just a site that sell plans. They were very nice about answering questions though and were quick to respond via email.  

I had hoped to be able to find the actual designer's website so I could at least price check. Plans are expensive! We ordered 5 sets. The company will send you a pdf file that you can print, but that sounded like it might not work for us since we live in a small town and I had no idea who might be able to print oversized blue prints. 

Well, sure enough, just as quick as the order and payment went through, I got an email and on it was Madden. That's who the designer was and when I visited that site.....could have saved $100 bucks on the plans. Another live and learn opportunity. So, if you find your plans on a site like we did, keep looking for the actual designer. Plans might be the same price, but might not.

The plan we chose will need tweaking just a bit. We wanted a side entry into the kitchen/living area so guest would not have to go through the garage or through the laundry room. I don't know how it is where you live, but around here......no one uses the front door. We also wanted a third garage for storing the lawn mower and/or tractor. My hubby has a John Deere tractor that is his pride and joy. I don't know if I'm going to get him to let go of it or not..... 

Seems like ordering the plans really makes it for real now! Even more so than just purchasing the lot. Yes, I'm already checking on the tracking number...lol






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