Category Archives: Living

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

  • Abby@Midlifecrisisnut.com - 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

    • Cheryl - Do you remember garter belts? I do. Thank goodness for pantyhose/tights. And Gobble Gobble to you too!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Sullivan Frueh - Absolute perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - love a short and sweet gratitude list – and my blank would be “humour or I’d have beaten my mother to death with a baseball bat by now” – as they say on Duck Dynasty…..”happy happy happy!”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

  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:)
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    • 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

        The other day I found myself in need of a spell- the kind that levels a playing field. I had been running errands and dealing with unhelpful people wherever I went. “Can you point me in the direction of…?” “Do I look like I work here?” “Well, the name-tag and all.” […]

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  • Anonymous - The thing about it is that hollywood doesn’t HAVE to make it up–just take notes!
    Carol
    http://www.carolcassara.comReplyCancel

  • Sue - I admire your photos and your photography skills a lot, plus your writing is always so intriguing. I hope to get a better camera someday. Movie houses are my passion, so thanks for this. I have to tweet and pin to Pinterest here http://www.pinterest.com/SueHKaboodle/tv-and-movie-houses/ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’ll tell u a little secret. My camera is my i-phone with some crazy apps that I use like photshop! No kidding!!! And thanks for reminding me- I should pin these as well. Ooops.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - One needs to cast a spell on cranky retail clerks…ReplyCancel

  • Julie DeNeen - Remind me to never piss you off! LOLReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Loved the post! Who doesn’t need a little help from their friends anyway? Virginia- FirstClassWomanReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Exactly Virginia! I’ve taken care of the retail clerks that were of no help- know I must cast a spell about traffic lights! Thanks for stopping by!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - You are endlessly entertaining, but you probably already know that! I am so glad I am (mostly, I think/hope) on your good side!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - Ahhhh, I love those sort of days. Makes one determined to either really get ‘er done or, as you so rightly pointed out, hex ’em. If for no other reason, you’ll feel better.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I don’t just ‘do’ hexes’ I do blessing too! Just not this day!ReplyCancel

  • Vince Berryman - The part about dancing naked reminded me of what Terry Pratchett’s Discworld witches thought about doing that – basically, even if you can find a night that’s warm enough in a temperate climate, there is the issue of “thistles and sudden hedgehogs”. It’s not relevant to the post – I just wanted to share. (RIP Pterry.)

    That house is AWESOME. PLEASE tell me you actually have access to it for the doing of witchy stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Cheryl, did you put a spell on the comment avatars – cause they seem to have disappeared and now it’s just some sort of ghost images? I mean Holy Smoke if you can do that, then I’m really scared!?!
    xxReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Be scared. Be very scared….. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Ray Coffee - I love this, and it was just what I needed.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I had my witches dancing on a Halloween night in Iowa. They didn’t mind the cold with the raging bonfire. Of course, I arranged for the party to be broken up and the fire extinguished. It is Iowa, afterall.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - you do whatever you need to be seen and heard – a good incantation at the right time might be just the thing – or you could try the naked dancing thing when you next deal with an annoying shop assistant!ReplyCancel

  • b+ (Retire in Style Blog) - Oh my gosh, can I join your coven? I am so dim though that it takes the WHOLE DAY for me to realize that I have had a “coven meeting” kind of day! Darn! Happy Halloween!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I hope you sweep clean all the mess and cast a few good ones! Hahaha Good for you!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Torris - Oh my gosh, can I join your coven? I am so dim though that it takes the WHOLE DAY for me to realize that I have had a “coven meeting” kind of day! Darn! Happy Halloween!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - I like reading you.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you Chloe. That means a lot. Us Witches gotta fly together! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Christiana - You codnlu’t pay me to ignore these posts!ReplyCancel

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