Greetings Beautiful Readers and Happy Friday !
Another stellar line up this 5 for FRIDAY beginning with:
STEPHANIE’S CHIC ON THE CHEAP column.
As always, Steph brings her innate fashion expertise to us! Fortunate us – she writes exclusively for Daymaker Readable Art.
The SPANX leather looking leggings are the bomb-a-reno! Love that they’re so versatile – tennis shoes, boots, sweatshirt, dressy shirt, and BONUS they keep any jiggle-wiggles tucked in!
I’m gravitating toward the tennis shoe look with the SPANX leggings. That’s me.
My sisters, have said to me more than a handful of times, “Cher, do you have any other shoes in your closet besides tennis shoes and Birkenstocks or flip-flops?”
I say, “Yeah, of course.” They say, “Time to break ’em out.” HA!
As soon as I finish plugging in today’s episode — I’m going to look for a pair of these SPANX leather looking leggings for MOI. Starting with Steph’s tip of checking out Ebay first!
Thank you, Steph, for keeping us in the know with your tried-and-true insider info!
QUICK QUESTION – What could someone figure out about me by the friends I’ve chosen?
My answer — positive, happy people who are laid back and easy to be around. You?
INFORMATION PLEASE story is — words escape me other than incredibly beautiful.
No longer do we Dial “0” for Operator or “411” for Directory Assistance to find someone’s phone number or make a collect call and – let’s not forget – pay phones. *Sigh* modern technology has removed the need for such things. But for those of us who remember — those were the days! We get to put them in our memory bank and tell young-in’s about such a foreign concept to them. Ha!
CHICKEN AND BARLEY SOUP WITH LEMON AND THYME is outta this world delicious!
QUOTE today is from singer/songwriter Jelly Roll’s acceptance speech at the CMA awards Wednesday evening and is straight-up from his heart and the standing ovation by his peers in the audience gave me goose bumps. A loved artist who loves back.
I didn’t actually watch the CMA awards – but heard about it on the radio so I did the Google search thing and found it.
I’m a big fan of Jelly Roll and his music and the numerous humble, powerful stories I’ve read about him and his walk in life. A wonderful, kind human being. I hope you have a few to give it a watch – totally gave happy to my day.
Few things I appreciate more and raise my hands for is being witness to great things happening to good & grateful people who worked HARD for it!
Watch the short clip ** HERE**
And — the first time I heard Jelly Roll was when I was driving a 4 hour road trip to visit a friend about 8 months ago. Flipping through radio stations landed on a station playing Jelly Roll – his soulful voice and vibe captivated me and I remembered the song and his name to find it when I landed.
NOW – he’s a thing (to me and others)! So cool!
Listen to it **HERE **
Gratitude to all of you for giving us a piece of your FRI-DAY and loving us + commenting and sharing. Heartfelt appreciation!
CHIC ON THE CHEAP
Hello Lovely People!
Last Christmas my friend Angela showed up at a Christmas event looking fantastic in these black leather looking leggings, a Christmas sweater and short heeled boots.
I was like, “WOW, Angela, you look great! Have you lost weight, are you going to the gym? You look 10 pounds lighter.”
She laughed and responded, “No, but every time I wear these leggings that my sister talked me into buying people ask me that.”
She said, “It’s the SPANX leather looking leggings, they’re great and they hold everything in and make you firm looking … and they better at $98.”
I’m thinking to myself there’s no way I would pay $98 for a pair of leggings.
About a month ago I had lunch with her and she was wearing the leggings again with an un-tucked button up shirt and loafers — looking great again.
I thought to myself Hmmmm – maybe I should rethink investing in these leggings especially after she told me how comfortable they are.
So — like I always do I checked Ebay first and was surprised to find many of these leggings for sale. Some were pre-owned and some new.
I found a pre-owned pair that had never been worn with the tags still on — AND ONLY $30! Bam … Mine!
When I received them – I laughed when I pulled them out of the box. They were about 6″ wide and I thought NO WAY are these going to fit but they went on very easily and fit perfect!
Even my husband was like, “Whoa, Babe, look at you, those really show off your legs.”
They are very high-waisted and hold in your tummy and lift up your booty and smooth out that cellulite.
They are super comfortable and even though they have a leather look, they are stretchy and not uncomfortable hot temperature like faux-leather can be.
Knowing what I know now, I wish I’d purchased them sooner. And after wearing them, I would pay $98 for them.
In the photos below I include a SPANX advertisement and 2 photos of myself in my SPANX.
The 1st photo is with a sweat shirt and tennis shoes.
The 2nd photo is with a dressy top and high heeled boots.
These leggings are so versatile. You can wear them with anything and that leather look gives an extra fun edge to your outfit!
(( PRO TIP: If you decide to order a pair be sure to measure your inseam to the top of your ankle as they come in several different lengths.))
Have a fun Friday!
WHAT COULD SOMEONE FIGURE OUT ABOUT YOU BY THE FRIENDS YOU’VE CHOSEN?
When I was a young boy, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember it being a polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked in to it.
Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was “Information Please” and there was nothing she did not know.
“Information Please” could supply anyone’s number and the correct time.
My personal experience with the genie-in-a-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer; the pain was terrible. But there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give me sympathy. I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway. The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the parlor and dragged it to the landline. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear.
“Information Please,” I said into the mouthpiece just above my head.
“I hurt my finger …” I wailed into the phone, the tears came readily enough now that I had an audience.
“Isn’t your mother home?” came the question.
“Nobody’s home but me,” I blubbered.
“Are you bleeding?” the voice asked.
“No,” I replied. “I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts.”
“Can you open the icebox?” she asked.
I said I could.
“Then chip off a little bit of ice and hold it to your finger,” said the voice.
After that, I called “Information Please” for everything. I asked her for help with my geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my maths.
She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts.
Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary, died. I called, “Information Please,” and told her that story. She listened, and then said things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was not consoled. I asked her, “Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to all only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?”
She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, “Wayne, always remember there are other worlds to sing in.”
Somehow I felt better.
Another day I was on the telephone, “Information Please.”
“Information,” said the now familiar voice.
“How do I spell fix?”
All this took place in the Pacific Northwest. When I was nine years old we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. “Information Please” belonged in that old wood box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the shiny new phone that sat in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations really never left me. Calming in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciate now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.
A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about a half-hour between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and said, “Information Please.” Miraculously I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well.
I hadn’t planned this, but I heard myself saying, “Could you please tell me how to spell fix?”
There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, “I guess your finger must have healed by now.”
I laughed, “So it’s really you,” I said. “I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time?”
“I wonder,” she said, “if you know how much your calls meant to me. I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls.”
I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister.
“Please do,” she said. “Just ask for Sally.”
Three months later I was back in Seattle.
A different voice answered, “Information.”
I asked for Sally.
“Are you a friend?” she said.
“Yes, a very old friend,” I answered.
“I’m sorry to have to tell you this,” she said. “Sally had been working part time for the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago.”
Before I could hang up, she said, “Wait a minute, did you say your name was Wayne?”
“Yes,” I answered.
Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you called. “Let me read it to you.”
The note said, “Tell him there are other worlds to sing in. He’ll know what I mean.”
I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.
Never underestimate the impression you make on others.
Whose life have you touched today?
~ Courtesy and with permission poeticexpressions.co.uk
Thanks Mike and the Team
CHICKEN AND BARLEY SOUP WITH LEMON AND THYME
This soup is hands-down delicious like one you’ve not tasted before. Serves 4-6
- 10 cups chicken stock (or chicken broth – I prefer stock)
- 3/4 cup pearl barley
- 1 pound fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- 3 large carrots, cleaned and diced
- 4 large celery ribs, cleaned and diced
- 2 1/2 cups cooked chicken (broiled, baked or rotisserie), cubed or shredded
- 1/4 cup fresh thyme, minced OR 1 TBSP dried thyme
- 3 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Salt and Pepper
NOW WE DO THIS:
In a large soup pot add chicken stock or broth over medium high heat. Add pearl barley, mushrooms, carrots and celery.
Bring to a boil.
Turn down heat to medium-low and simmer until barley is tender. About 40 minutes – stirring occasionally.
Add chicken and thyme to broth/soup. Stir and cook for about 15 minutes.
Season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Stir and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Thin with additional chicken stock or broth if needed.
With big chunks of artisan bread.