EggWatch 2014

bakyard chickens

The Ladies have been eating a mix of Grower Feed (Breakfast of Champions) / Free Range / Kitchen Scraps and Treats for over a week now.
Healthy organic treats and supplements were started when they were babies, but the grower feed and oyster shell were recent additions.
Over the weekend VanGogh (our Rhode Island Red) started squatting and squawking. In fact she started calling so loud on Sunday we all rushed to the coop to see what was going on.
No dangers. No Roost Wars.

She was calling to her people to set the eggs free.

Egg Watch is fully underway.

Wardrobe Essentials For Women of a Certain Age …

10 Things to Upgrade Your Style

Why are you still wearing Hello Kitty?

I know she’s adorable, and so are you. I know you feel young at heart even though like me you may have just hit the big 42.
No? Still a 30-something ? Awesome, well play up your experience, and lose the cartoons.
I love shopping with my 20-something. She chooses bright bold colors, fun accessories and shoes that could rival most municipal buildings downtown.
I realized the other night while fun, I really can’t wear some of these things anymore without coming off a little MiMi from Drew Carey.

I made a quick list of simple low-cost solution to take your wardrobe from “whoa” to “wow” and maybe also glam you up a little.
Glam you up with sophistication.. Not Glitter.
1 – White, Ribbed Cotton Tank Tops
Retail Retirement Age:
Why: You are not on your way to a beat box comp around the corner. Show your confidence and success by wearing a more tailored look.
Smart Substitute: 
A scoop-neck tee from a higher-end T-shirt maker.

Chicnova Fashion sleeveless vest
2 - Anything Showing Excessive Cleavage
Retail Retirement Age: 
Why: A woman should not feel she needs to show it all off. A little goes a long way.
Smart Substitute: A well-fitted tweed vest can be worn with a blouse underneath; unbutton a few buttons and you’re going to look sexy but classy.

Bleached denim jeans
3 – Too-Trendy Denim 
Retail Retirement Age: 35
Why: Bling on your bum does nothing for your style, or after “birthing” wider hip set.
Smart Substitute: Charla Krupp, TV style expert and author of How Not to Look Old (Grand Central Life & Style), suggests swapping too-trendy jeans for boot-cut versions that don’t ride too low on your hips. Because of its slight flare at the leg, the boot cut minimizes hips. Plus, while skinny jeans come and go, this cut is a classic.

Wacoal lacy bra
4- Cheap, Unflattering Underwear
Retail Retirement Age:40
Why: Ok, maybe back when we needed new underwear every night of the week to impress someone else it was ok to get the cheap stuff, but now you need something to hold it all up and hold it all in!
Smart Substitute: Do yourself and the girls a favor, go get a professional fitting. Most quality lingerie and bra shops will not need a purchase to measure you. Do yourself a solid and buy one quality bra from these places each year. Thought your boobs looked great at 19? Wait until you see them in a bra that fights right. From there it is easy to look for support garments that fit similar to your investment piece.

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania asymmetrical skirt
5- Micro-mini Skirts
Retail Retirement Age: 40
Why: Tina Turner doesn’t need to meet you in the boardroom.
Smart Substitute: A chic straight skirt or a sexy-yet-classy pencil skirt.

Ankle strap shoes

Nine West ballet shoes
6- Costume Shoes 
Retail Retirement Age: 40
Smart Substitute: Toning down what’s on your tootsies doesn’t mean you’re giving up glam. There are plenty of beautiful yet supportive flats and heels today that can bring a pop to your wardrobe without making you look like you are wearing clown shoes. Two words: Plantar fasciitis . Laugh now, but it’s incredibly painful and common in women over 30.

Sandra Cadavid foldover clutch
7 – Oversized, Overly-Decorated Hobo Bags
Retail Retirement Age: 30
Smart Substitute: Classic clutch, tote and shapes that can transcend all fashion trends. There is a reason the Kelly Bag still looks like it did in 1956 when Princess Grace made it a must have.

Cuff jewelry
10 – Loud Accessories
Retail Retirement Age:35
Why:The rubber bracelets, goth-inspired studded belts, zebra purses and plastic earrings proclaim to the world that you’re still plugged in to the trends. We get it – but you can look hip without the teen trappings. Gather up your wild accessories and black nail polish and give them to the nearest ninth-grader
Smart Substitute: Think quality and quantity. Limit yourself to one funky accessory per outfit – as long as it’s well-made. Think a leopard-print scarf, statement necklace, or a gold bangle to dress up nice jeans and a simple top.

Feather hair clip
9 – Hair Gadgets
Retail Retirement Age:
Why: “With Hello Kitty in your hair, you’re going to look ridiculous at your age,” DeMartino says. “Remember Chrissy from Three’s Company?” 
Smart Substitute: 
If you must use them at all, hair accessories should be subtle – think a tortoise-shell barrette or grosgrain-ribbon headband from J. Crew – and similar in color to your hair. Even some headbands can make for a too-young look – Krupp doesn’t like them at all past a certain age.

10 – Message T-Shirts
Retail Retirement Age: 
Why: We know you love the earth and hate not being able to nurse your babes in public, but the whole “Got Milk?” across your bewbs isn’t doing anything for you. I promise.
Smart Substitute: Write a check, join a group, create a tweet chat and show up in a nice tee over jeans as mentioned above or a peter pan color button down with cute cropped jacket.

Free eBook – Moves to Wednesday



Amazon Expires Sept 10th 

From the Editor: Housework Harmony provides a down-to-earth and humorous look at this most common of relationship battlegrounds…. As one reviewer pointed out, this book is much more than a guide to resolving housework arguments; it’s really about relationship harmony.

I am moving my free book day to Wednesday. I know it is not as catchy as Free book Friday – but the best deals come out mid-week and I don’t want you to lose them.

Amazon – Expires Sept 14th

The story is a dark comedy about a suicidal young man named John Campbell who, after a failed suicide attempt, heads to Virginia to visit an aunt he hasn’t seen in ten years. Along the way more events happen and he finds himself stranded in Strangeville. The story plots and twists take turns that leave you laughing.



B&N Nook


A historical fiction novella of 200 pages : In 1938, Gracie has a loving family, a best friend, and the man she loves. But when war arrives in Europe, everything she treasures is threatened. Gracie is determined to serve her country, but will her wartime efforts cost her the life she holds dear? These mini reads are great if like me, you devour books quickly.


B&N Nook


Sci-Fi Novella of 152 pages. The reviews are mixed so take a look first.
In 1957, a group of wilderness adventurers are confronted with the unexpected. They are forced to defend themselves against an unworldly enemy. Will man’s first encounter with aliens force them to run or will they stand and fight?

Fruit Cocktail

Pre-Sale Friut Trees

Our Sustainable Family Garden – Just got three new additions. We stopped by Pike Nursery to ask about the best fruit trees for our growing area and tough clay conditions. Now through the end of October (best planting time for fruits) they are having a Rose and Fruit PreSale.

Our first tree choice was an apple tree called “Fruit Cocktail”. It is a grafted Non-GMO organic grown tree. Talking with the experts, it is a self pollinating, bee attracting, clay friendly tree. It will like the full sun of our cleaned out garden and will do well in the tilted yard due to water run off and root spread.

Its companion tree will be a Bartlett Pear. Both are a full size tree expecting to grow well over 15 feet. The placement of both where some large oaks were taken in June, will offer shade again to sensitive plants like our Hostas. They will not get so tall that they will block out our grass which died because of the large bushy oaks. Our raised beds will be on the opposite side and not blocked out by their shade.

Being pollen positive they will encourage little bees to stop by. The garden, chickens and yard will benefit from such visitors. The Garden Expert encouraged one last tree which is a grafted Plum/Cot. Yep Apricots and Plums. It will need the pollen from the apples and pears. More of a bush than a tree it will offer privacy and food in about two to three years like the other fruits.

We truly just planted a Fruit Cocktail in our yard!

Free eBook Friday – Kick your fat in the nuts

Amazon Kindle Edition $0.00

A friend suggested this when she learned I was doing healthy glycemic eating. It is a pretty good little book to work with that plan.

Amazon – $1.99 Book Deal
B&N Nook  – $1.99
Apple Store - $1.99

I love Louis L’Amour and think he is absolutely one of those Authors everyone should read at least once.

Amazon Historical Romance (If you like stories like Outlander) $0.00
B&N Nook – $0.00

Apple Store – $0.00

Free eBook Friday – Saving Grace

Saving Grace

Now through Sept 12th order the following book for free on all of your devices!
I love getting books for free online. This edition is a thriller/romance combo with great reviews. Not my genre but let’s face it, even my Dick Tracy side likes to curl up with lighter fare.

Amazon Kindle

BarnesNoble Nook Book

Kobo eReader

Leonide Martin

The Controversial Mayan Queen: Sak K’uk of Palenque
(The Mists of Palenque Book 2)
[Kindle Edition]

The first in this series is available to Kindle Unlimited Members for Free. This edition is ONLY available until August 31st !!

Fit Find Friday – Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi

On sale today (for the next 16 hours ) on Amazon. They ship free with Prime, and if you order through your eBates dashboard you get cash back !
I have a pair of these wonderful supportive and comfortable walking shoes. I could’t live with out them during the summer.
They offer the perfect balance, cushion and support and are designed for runners. Suffering from strains now I find these are great to walk in.