Monday, September 17, 2018

Transitioning Seasons With B/W & Red #4

Yes, I promised you Black with Red from HUDSON HOUSE in Shreveport, LA, this week.

What is not to love about this top and outfit.

Because the top is rather high in front, I paired it with my own black dress pants instead of leggings.

I also selected to not wear a necklace with this top because I like the simplicity of the neckline and didn't want to distract from the whimsy design on the top.

I did however, add a cute pair of earrings that compliment without distracting.

As you can tell, the design wraps around the right shoulder and back.

This is such a smart looking outfit and would be suitable to take from office to evening or any casual or dress event.

Next Monday I will show one of the tops that has found a place in my closet.  Come back to see if you would have it in yours.

I have not in any way been compensated for this post.

The Fashion Boutique of Hudson House is located at 3118 Gilbert Drive in Shreveport, La. The Boutique has dressed women in Shreveport for over 20 years and continues to offer unique clothing and accessories.



Friday, September 14, 2018

Wordless Friday Fotos

The first of these pictures were taken at Nature's Hideaway Gardens in Bastrop, Louisiana.

The others are from yards in my neighborhood.

Wordless Friday Fotos

"Dear Lord, Your gifts are greater than I can imagine.  May I live each day with thanksgiving in my heart and praise on my lips.  Thank You for the gift of Your Son and for the promise of eternal life.  Let me share the joyous news of Jesus Christ, and let my life be a testimony to His love and His grace.  Amen!"

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wellness Wednesdays: Reflection, Fashion & Home

This is a somber week.  All of us have no doubt reflected on where we were and what we were doing 17 years ago on 9/11.  We have watched and heard many speeches about that horrific event.

The daughter of dear friends, and our son's "sister" friend was running late that morning and was in the subway when the towers where she worked were hit.  She was able to get out of the city.  She survived.

Our nation is also facing one of the strongest and possibly the most catastrophic hurricane to hit our shores this week.

Ten years ago when Katrina destroyed New Orleans, our son, a rehab hospital administrator, was trying to help 45 people under his care, not only survive the flooding but flee the city.  He had at least four critically ill patients and God opened the exit door for all of them to reach safety three days after the storm hit.

God made a way where there seemed to be no way in both these cases.  Had Ginger not been late, she might not have survived that horrible ordeal.

Had God not made available a vehicle large enough to carry 45 people out of the city, there might have been a very sad and tragic outcome.

What can we do to be God's instrument to remind the world that God still cares.  He still hears and answers the prayers of His people. 

Now, on a lighter note.


I have been doing a Monday blog post on outfits that can transition from summer to fall and where I live, even into winter.  These outfits come from Hudson House here in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Here are a few of the outfits I've shown so far.  Would you wear any of these?

 I am sure the long white shirt will see many outfit options in the months ahead and I can't wait to show you some of them.

In a previous post I mentioned reading the book, "Atchafalaya Houseboat."

It is a fascinating book of a young couple who chose a life of solitude on a homemade houseboat in the back waterways of south Louisiana.  It is a book well written and will transport the reader into an unfamiliar world of wildlife and hard work.  You can check it out HERE on Amazon.

This is a link to a short video introducing the book.

And if you have time, you can watch the video of their life, narrated by the author Gwen Roland.  It is being shown on PBS in our area.

And that leads me into the next appropriate topic.


 Are you decorating for Fall yet?

I haven't done a single thing but it's not because of a lack of inspiration.  Blog land is abounding with ideas and suggestions to help us get into the mood for cooler weather.  Where I live, cooler temperatures will be most welcome.

Here is a weekly "Fall Home Tour" link up that you might enjoy:

A Stroll Thru Life: 2018 Fall Home Tour

 I look forward to getting all my Fall stuff out of the attic after returning from our trip.  This is my favorite time to decorate my home.  How about you?

“This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Dick and I will be traveling for the next three weeks and I will blog again as I am able.  

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Transitioning Seasons With B/W Shirt #3

Again, in this week's post, I will feature the pretty and super comfortable black stretch leggings with pretty little bow and pearl detail all from
Hudson House
in Shreveport, La.

So many of you, like me love the little detail on the bottom of the legs.

You will see more of this beautiful white shirt in future posts, but I wanted to show it with these versatile leggings.

Let me also give you a close up of this beautiful necklace.

Don't you like the mesh knot detail and it is so light weight.
I chose to wear this necklace with another outfit from Hudson House.

I wish you could reach out and touch this sleeveless, flowing chiffon vest with the beautifully elegant detail around the hem.

The back is solid black and dips lower than the front.  I paired it with a glittery sweater and thought it made a perfect outfit for most any occasion.

Previously, HERE I mentioned the comfort and length of this black camisole.  In this picture, you can see the length and how it covers the crotch area and is good to wear under a top with leggings.

This pretty, long duster shirt feels so yummy and makes its own fashion statement. 

The sleeve length options makes this top suitable for summer and for cooler temperatures later on.

Buttoned, it makes a nice top for the office or most any nice event.  I paired it with one of my own statement necklaces and diamond earrings.

Don't you like the length of this roomy shirt?  Imagine it with a white camisole and white jeans or leggings.  Remember, white is still perfect even after Labor Day.

 I would even consider adding an orange, or teal top underneath with complimentary jewelry to further personalize this outfit for my coloring.  You can use your imagination to dress this top up or down.

What would you do?

If you like black with red, then you won't want to miss next Monday's post.

I have not in any way been compensated for this post.

The Fashion Boutique of Hudson House is located at 3118 Gilbert Drive in Shreveport, La. The Boutique has dressed women in Shreveport for over 20 years and continues to offer unique clothing and accessories.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Saturday 9: Gotta Travel On

Gotta Travel On

Saturday 9: Gotta Travel On (1959)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, the Billy Grammer sings that "summer's almost gone, winter's coming on." When you look out your window, do you see any evidence that the seasons are changing?

Unfortunately, there is absolutely no sign that the seasons are changing at our house.

2) He admits he has laid around and played around for too long. Do you consider lazy days to be wasted days?

Not at this point in my life.  One could possible think most days around here contain some "lazy" times.  Wasted?  Never.  We deserve every lazy moment we want to spend.

3) Billy relaxed by fishing. Tell us about a visit you made to a pier, or a ride you took on a boat, this past year. (Bonus points if you went fishing!)

Last May we spent several days on Mackinac Island in Michigan.  To get there we rode on a very fast ferry.  We sat on the top tier and soaked up every amazing view of the short trip.

We enjoyed walking the pier before boarding.

We even saw an old lighthouse on the way.

The Mackinac Island Pier before leaving this beautiful island.  We did not do any fishing.

4) Born in 1925, Mr. Grammer was the eldest of 13 children. He and his wife Ruth were childless. What do you think is the ideal size for a family? 

I don't think there is an ideal size for a family.  Every couple is different.  For us two was perfect, but for some a large family is ideal.  My mother was the youngest of ten.  My husband's grandmother gave birth to 24 with 3 sets of multiple births, and 19 of the children lived.  I wonder if she thought about an ideal number.

5) This song was very popular on juke boxes back in 1959. When were you last in a bar or restaurant that had a juke box? Did you play it?

Last May we visited friends in Cornelia, GA and ate in a local diner that took us all back to the '50's.  We did not play the juke box, but someone else did.

6) In 1959, movie tickets zoomed up in price to $1.00 and Ben Hur was the big blockbuster. What's the last movie you saw in a theater? Do you remember how much the ticket cost?

The last movie was "I Can Only Imagine" and the senior tickets were about $8 each.

7) Huckleberry Hound was a hit with the younger audience in 1959. What cartoon did you enjoy as a kid? 

We didn't watch cartoons that I remember.  We did read comic books however, and "Archie" was my favorite.

8) In 1959, continuing dramas (soap operas) were still broadcast each day on the radio. When you turn on the radio, do you listen for talk, news, or music?

If on a long trip by myself, and I'm not listening to an audio-book, then I listen to all three of the options - talk, news, and music.

9) Random question -- Which competition would you rather judge: The Pillsbury Bake Off, The Miss America Pageant, or Dancing with the Stars? 

The Miss America Pageant

Friday, September 7, 2018

Wordless Friday Fotos

I recently read something by one of my favorite bloggers where she challenged us as bloggers to take a picture of something beautiful every day then post on Friday. Since I am behind in accepting this challenge, I took several pictures of things in my yard where I found beauty.  And, this is my wrap-up for the week.

Wordless Friday Fotos

"Heavenly Father, let today and every day be a time of worship.  Let me worship You, not only with words and deeds, but also with my heart.  In the quiet moments of the day, let me praise You and thank You for creating me, loving me, guiding me, and saving me.  Amen!"

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Final Wednesday Hodgepodge

I have been out of town this week and unable to get my Wednesday Hodgepodge done in time for the usual Wednesday morning posting.

Since this is JOYCE'S FINAL WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE, I did want to participate even if it's a "Thursday Hodgepodge" for me.

Please click on the link below and see how the others have closed out this fun group posting.

1. What has been the highlight of your summer so far? (It's still summer people!)

It was spending time with our daughter and granddaughters last month, spending the last couple nights with my middle sister doing some fun stuff in her house.  But, I think the real highlight for me was actually my husband's highlight.  He was able to spend a whole week with our son in Colorado as they shared in a huge Rugby event with our grandson.  I was thrilled that they had this rare time together.

2. What do you wish you'd done more of this summer? Less of?

I wish I had done more reading but I've had a hard time focusing on reading books lately.  I've started several but haven't finished any.  I am listening to a very fascinating book by Charles Martin, "The Mountain Between Us," that I have to finish. 

Less of?  Sitting I suppose as that seems to have been a big pastime lately.

3. Something you're looking forward to on your September calendar?

I can't wait to tell you what we have planned for mid September.  We will be spending a couple nights at Cumberland Falls National Park in Kentucky and a couple nights in Shaker Village just north of there, while on our way to spend a couple weeks in Northern Indiana with our son and his family.  We are so looking forward to this trip.

4. Best/favorite book you've read this summer?

Like I said, reading has taken a back seat this summer unfortunately.  However, after seeing a most interesting documentary on PBS a couple weeks ago, Dick bought the book.  It is about a young couple who lived on a houseboat in the deserted swamp area of the Louisiana Atchafalaya Basin.  I look forward to finishing it this week.  What an amazing experience this must have been for them.  The book is "Atchafalaya Houseboat" by Gwen Roland.

5. Share something positive, encouraging, or uplifting here.

Image may contain: sky, cloud and outdoor

My daughter has been in Maui this past week and shared this picture and wrote how God's beauty around us is also a constant reminder of His promises to us.

6. Insert your own random thought here.


I read today that Anne Graham Lotz has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  You can read about it here - 'Pray for God to Heal Me' and the significance of the date of her diagnosis.

Thank you Joyce, for bringing us all together on Wednesdays for these several years.  You are more than due a break and I am excited to see where blogging takes you from here.  I will miss all my Hodgepodge buddies, but hope we can meet up again soon.