In the spirit of the inevitable avalanche of innocuous reasons complete strangers will be filling your in-box with THANKFUL this season, I thought I’d pile-on. I’m a giver.   Shall we?   Family: Except, let’s be honest. Some of them are… Friends: Especially if you’ve thrown off the toxic ones. You already experimented with drugs […]

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  • Tam Warner Minton - Breast lift tape? That is a new one for me! I guess I’ll have to google it!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes. It’s genius. It can be purchased at most fine foundation stores. The brand I use is distributed by Hollywood Fashion Secrets.ReplyCancel

  • - I’m in for the liquor, Cheryl! This list tops all the spam I receive big time! You’re genius- it’s official. xx AbbyReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Jones - All fabulous reasons to be thankful, Cheryl! I might add spandex to #7 (I’m especially grateful for it after eating Thanksgiving dinner).ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And what do you think spanx is made of??? If I don;t put it on BEFORE Thanksgiving then I’ll never get into it. HAhahaha.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Family, check
    Friends, check.
    Health, check.
    A roof, check.
    Memories, iffy (still in the fog).
    Future adventures, Yikes (one broken wrist later).
    Wisdom, ssheck.
    Flexibility, snap. Oops.
    And humour, the one thing I need to appreciate the rest . . . :)ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Family…ummm… Frieds, mostly. Health, so far. A roof, yes. Memories…fewer as the years pass…future adventures…how do you define adventure? Wisdom oh yeah…flexibility is what I do in the gym…humor? Hahhhhhhaaaaa!ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Friedman - Humor comes from pain and, God knows, there’s plenty of that in the aging process. The last time I “bounced” out of bed, I had to tak a handful of Advil and get an emergency appointment with an orthopedist.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Yes times ten. And I’m thankful to read your posts which always add a bright spot to my day!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Grace! I’ve received far more grace than one could reasonably expect this year. So very thankful!ReplyCancel

  • Rose Kimosh - To my Sister Witch
    I am thankful for you and the many pauses and laughs you give me.
    I do try to read your blog in public just to scare everyone around me with my gasps and gaffaws…
    and to let them know I am fortunate to have a friend that can make me that noisy and happy.
    ~ RosieReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - And WHAT would we do without our sense of humor? I guess we’d be cranky nuns.
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  • Carolann Iadarola - Yes, I like all of your reasons. There is always something to be thankful for. I just watched a short doc on Cuba…I said God Bless America 10x’s to myself while watching it. And, thanks for this post. It’s always nice to be reminded just how important it is!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Oh, you left out, and I still have most of my teeth. LOL Go ahead, climb that mountain and think of me when you do. Not going there anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - So perfect! Love your sense of humor and fun.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - Where on earth do you get these illustrations? They’re fabulous and so is this post. I’m totally with you, except for the part about climbing that mountain. I am so not into adventure. Just waking up each morning is thrilling enough for me.ReplyCancel

  • Molly Stevens - I’m thankful for sweat pants since even a trace of elasticity triggers bad memories of the time when I used to wear girdles, and pantyhose. Even spandex can be binding! Happy Thanksgiving.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Sullivan Frueh - Absolute perfection.ReplyCancel

The other day I had lunch with a girlfriend and after enjoying the house salad and grilled oysters we had botox for dessert.   It was delicious.   I know this is disagreeable to many of you: that many believe any procedure to mask the effects of aging are disingenuous and evidence of superficiality.   […]

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  • Abby - Good for Cheryl! For now I’ll just frown upon the idea:) xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Aahhhh sweet youth. You call me in 10 years and then we’ll talk. HahahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - So many of us do botox! I do it when I remember to…which is sort of haphazardly.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - You go, girl! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - It is not my thing, girl! But then again, for my age I have so few wrinkles . On the other hand those marionette lines. But no. And actually, the idea of putting something IN my body seems a far cry from brushing, swiping, swishing, at least to me. But hey, that’s me.And then there’s the needle factor. Nah, not gonna happen here. But I’ll enjoy your youthful good looks from here!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Cheers to you for doing what makes you feel beautiful. I’ve not dabbled with botox… yet. Maybe never; maybe NOT never. Time (and increasing wrinkles) will tell.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s not cheap but it IS kind of amazing. Now if I could only botox my brain and get relax THOSE wrinkles!ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Friedman - I totally agree! I got Botox in exchange for promoting a dermotologist. I even got a deep discount on an upper eyelid job. It’s ALL good!ReplyCancel

  • Doreen Mcgettigan - I haven’t done it yet but it will happen and soon! I was a smoker and have more wrinkles than I should and I don’t like them!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Oh, I’ll admit I am vain, just not vain enough to spend that much money. I don’t do nails either as nail polish peels off of my nails and the remover causes eczema. You can see where that would diminish any brief beauty on the hands. Creams and some make up yes, but others no. Once again it is called eczema. It takes all the fun out of doing a perfect makeup job.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Hey, I’m all for anything that makes someone feel good about themselves. People should stop judging each other’s choices!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I think that’s fab, and I’m so jealous! You go girl! I’m so tempted to try it…and now I think I just might have to treat myself. Maybe for the holidays :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - I have wanted to try Botox and just don’t have the nerve. Such a pansy, I am. Good for you, enjoy. Heck yeah we want to try anything to stay looking young, I purchase all kinds of skin products and get facials so why not the Botox?ReplyCancel

  • Joy Page Manuel - Kudos for your honesty, Cheryl! I watch a Real Housewives show (don’t judge) and two women were shown getting botox. Do you really get lumps on your face after?? It lookrd scary. I’m saying no for now but who knows right? To each his own :)ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Are you happy with the results? Do you think you’ll keep doing it? How will we find good doctors when we’re on our camper get away???ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - 1)I am always happy with the results, 2) until the day I die, and 3) a little tweek before we set off!ReplyCancel

      When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for civil societies to dissolve bands, which until modern times have not connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Humanity and the Nature of everyone’s God […]

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  • Carol Cassara - Yes, and let us hope the world can do something about it.Because this is no way to live.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I TRULY believe the World CAN do something about this, but it will mean actions that are unprecedented. But then again, THIS WAY OF LIVING is unprecedented.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Havey - Thanks, Carol I wrote about French culture. We have to fight to preserve what we believe in, and often through communication and showing love of art, music, theatre and writing our pens can be mightier than the sword. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I loved your post. Thank you Beth.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I hope something can be done about it. I told my son last night I hoped the world would be a better place for his generation, and apologized that it probably wouldn’t. He’s active in politics and said it has to start small, one act at a time. I don’t know if we have that kind of time. The casualties are too great.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Brilliant Cheryl. I think that radical terrorists will continue to grow, until we strengthen the moderates who will keep them in check. I posted a piece from an expert on it on my FB page.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Brilliant! I am so disheartened that our humane qualities that make us . . . well . . . human are being used against us. Being beaten with the ‘nice’ stick is still being beaten. It just hurts more.ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - It’s a sad world we live in and something must be done. No more Mr. nice guys!ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - I love our constitution and wish more people would read it, appreciate it and understand it, now more than ever.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I too wish more people would read it now and again. It really says it ALL doesn’t it.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - I have no answers at this point. Only sadness. But something does need to change.
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  • Roz Warren - The Pursuit of Happiness, not Sharia Law. I am totally down with that. So is the world listening? Guess we’ll find out.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - You are brilliant. I LOVE this. Sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I’m not sure what the answers are but I hope we find them soon and without the loss of more innocent lives.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Torris - I was told once that the Middle East is a cruel and ugly place. We visited Dubai this spring and I will say that behond the bounderies of that city, it is a very cruel world. It has taken it’s toll on those people. What a great great tragedy that they feel the need to make us suffer for what they have had to endure.

    Great post…almost poetic I think.ReplyCancel

  • Paul D. Brads - Awesome.TJ and the gang would be proud of your paraphrase.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I especially like number two on the list. What a great idea! It makes my blood boil! lolReplyCancel

  • Abby - Sorry Cheryl I didn’t comment right away, but even now I’m still speechless, shocked and terrified. Thank you for thinking of us and thank you for your Scary Mommy comment – I really appreciate. xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s so good to hear from you! I’m so happy to hear you’re all alright. We are WITH FRANCE!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You are in fine form with this one. However, according to our President, we are proceeding with our “strategy.” Of course, no one believes that is a strategy.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - Beautiful post CherylReplyCancel

  • RasmaSandra - If only the world could become – hand in hand, heart to heart all as one and loving and respecting one another.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - From your lips to God’s ear “If only”…. And we shouldn’t forget that goal or inspiration or desire but someone has to do the messy stuff in the meantime.ReplyCancel

  I’m on a TRAILER roll.       All things TRAILER are suddenly getting my attention which Ben says is not a good idea and these folks never saw me coming so I should give them a heads-up before I approach but who does that? Silly man.   Anywho, I now need a bumper […]

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  • Ellen Dolgen - Your posts always crack me up! You make trailer look far from trashy!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m hoping to take it to a whole new level. That may be a downward slope but at least it will be of my own doing. Ha!!ReplyCancel

  • CAROL CASSARA - The Tori? No-no-no! You can do so much better. So much!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - No-no-no… not THE Tori- it’s a Shasta. The term is from Gypsy with Natalie Wood. Someone says , “aren’t they tory adorable” and I’ve always loved that phrase ever since!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Okay. It’s contagious. Because now I’m in love with anything with a hitch! :)ReplyCancel

  • Camille DeFer Thompson - OMG! These are great! So creative! I’m intrigued by the new “tiny house” movement, too! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Tackett - Yup, I’m right there with you. I have a Pinterest page for my trailer dreams. I don’t need to camp in it. I just want one in my backyard!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - I have dreams of traveling the National Parks in my own little tricked out trailer. Your pics are right up my fantasy alley!
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  • Lois Alter Mark - I love these! I have a whole bunch of bohemian-themed trailer decor on Pinterest, and I am enamored with the idea of glamping. Definitely not camping.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rochette Koshak - I love all those “glampers” I’m especially loving that cute little, yellow lemondate stand!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I am laughing so hard imagining sitting in that perfect trailer kitchen (right out of the ’60’s)! What a wild road trip that would be :)!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - LOL That one is a chuck wagon concept updated for the 20th century. I hadn’t seen that in some time. It really doesn’t translate into all the comforts of home.ReplyCancel

    To those of you who know me well this won’t come as a surprise.   To those of you that don’t… welcome aboard to my time honored tradition of taking a perfectly good, nay I say ‘new’? item and slash and dashing it to within an inch of it’s life.   It all […]

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  • Mary Lanzavecchia - Looks like a grand adventure. I love taking and recreating, though perhaps not on the same scale. When looking for our home, my husband and I knew it had to be a fixer-upper, since we both love to project and make things our own. Looking at the photos inspires me to suggest another project to him.

    Looking forward to watching the transformation!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Mary. I’m afraid my hubby does not share your husbands sentiment but he’s always let me do my thing. Hope you keep posted and thanks for joining in the conversation!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Your home on wheels is going to be so fun! Can’t wait to read about all the adventures to come. Good luck with the project!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Lisa. I’ll keep you posted!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I will enjoy watching you tear apart and then rebuild with excellence.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Road trip! I’m ready to go, girlfriend! Let’s hit it!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You are so funny! I’m one of those that if it looks good fine. I do not move furniture around to redecorate. I don’t want to change anything until it is necessary. Of course, there are those who wonder why I haven’t thrown that decrepit item out. Enjoy the road trip if you ever finish decorating.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - Keep up the redecorating posts — I’m going to LOVE this! I’m a camper girl waiting for the right moment!
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  • Leanne Le Cras - you are amazing – good on you and I look forward to the rest of the reno!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Can’t wait! I wouldn’t have the courage. I live through you!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Can not wait to follow your adventures with this one! You need a show on HGTV!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - I see where you’re going with this Cheryl- it’s going to be the ultimate camper deluxe, like nobody’s ever seen! Looking forward to the finished product:)

    • Cheryl - You’re a sweetheart Abby. It will be a highly functioning camper with a lot of glitz! (and a little ‘tude’ thrown in for good measure ’cause you need to measure twice- cut once as the old saying goes). Thanks for stopping by. ps: I shared and commented on your post at humor outcasts.ReplyCancel

  • Author Shelly Arkon - I liked some of the retro. Especially the black and white checked floor.ReplyCancel

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