December 20, 2016

Sights of the Season!

I’ve been so busy this past week with unexpected stuff that needed to be addressed, my weekly plans were interrupted and I found myself exhausted at the end of the work week. So to simplify and continue to enjoy this holiday season I decided to relax and enjoy the sights of the season in my town and my neighboring communities, this weekend.  Hope you enjoy a few pictures from my meandering evenings!

 

We started off on an afternoon walk, after playing in the snow!

The geese were taking a siesta on the frozen pond, instead of feeding on our lawn!

Within the hour, the sunset,  and we headed home!  We decided to travel to the east bay, in search of holiday decorations!

On our way to Bristol we hit heavy traffic. We decided to detour down Water Street, lo and behold this outline of a sailboat suspended high above the Warren River, on a flagpole! Very Impressive!

We were greeted in Bristol, RI with spectacular lighting, and large arrangements of Christmas displays!

The waterfront was lite with understated lights, that twinkled in the darkness!

Up the street we spotted Santa!

A home decorated with Santa…….way over the top, but delightful!                                                                                                                                                         

Most of the local businesses were decorated for the season!  Now, it was time to head home, it looked ominous!

On the way home, we stumbled upon this gem of a Christmas display!

Finally, approaching home and beating the rolling fog!

Spoke too soon!

to all!

December 6, 2016

Meandering The Streets Of Boston!

A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days in Boston.  My husband Jeff, needed surgery, and I decided instead of spending time in a petri-dish of a waiting room, I’d hunt down the healthiest juices and matcha lattes Boston had to offer.  My first stop was “cocobeet” an organic, plant-based business serving food and drink, with no indoor seating. The juice, smoothie, and cleanse menu was extensive.  Knowing it was going to be a long day, I purchased two juices, the Forbidden Juice and the Green Gold. I left the store 20+ dollars lighter, and walked through City Hall Plaza  sipping my beverage, gagging and so confused! The Forbidden Juice contained grapefruit, pineapple, ginger, lemon, cayenne and turmeric.  I thought this would be a great start of the day for me. I’d get my vitamin C from the grapefruit and lemon, flat belly from the pineapple, turmeric and ginger would address inflammation.  This wasn’t the case.  I can’t think of any good reason I would dislike this juice since I like all of the ingredients it contained, other than I am not accustomed to eating/drinking unprocessed, organic , GMO free, made on site products.  I’m more of a smoothie type of gal, or I’m more accustomed to high pressure processed products. In other words, I haven’t arrived in the world of raw!

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Encountering an overcast, raw, and drizzly day in Boston, I was in need of a warm beverage, so I soldiered onto Ogawa Coffee, on Milk Street.  This would be the first time I had ever ordered a hot matcha latte.  

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I agree with Ogawa Coffee that my Matcha Latte Hot looked like a piece of “precision art”. I tasted this sweet, grainy beverage and questioned my newly acquired fascination with matcha drinks.  I have in numerous locations, drank iced matcha lattes and loved them, this drink resembled none in taste nor texture.  I was determined to acquire a taste for this latte, so I sat on their stadium seating and contemplated why I disliked the taste until a young man sat above me, and parked his size 13 shoe next to my beverage.  Immediately I reseated myself to a communal table with  two young men vying for jobs, spewing qualifications and work experiences rapidly, and me thinking, is this a job center or cafe?

I gave up and startedfinal-4-1-3 my journey back to MGH, and along the way came upon  sweetgreen. Weary from my futile efforts to cultivate a healthier diet, I refused to go in and hand over money so easily as I had done earlier.  I goggled this restaurant. I learned it is chain and they have a “Food Ethos”.  I have a food ethos, do the best I can to eat healthy, and lose weight.  I just couldn’t find the motivation to enter. I felt I was educated enough for one day, and disappointed that I wasted my cash on these products.  Suddenly, I noticed it was after one o’clock and I hadn’t eaten or even had a decent cup of coffee yet!  So, I retreated to Eat Street  at MGH, and had the most delicous cup of cream of cauliflower soup.  It was less than $2.00 and tasted like a million bucks after my meandering morning in the cold drizzle.  

Jeff  is still recuperating  at home.  I will adhere to my food ethos – never give up trying to eat healthier and lose weight.  I learned raw may be the new trend, but the trend is not always my friend!

MY WEEK IN PICTURES!

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November 15, 2016

The Lawn at Castle Hill

 

You will be blown away at The Lawn at Castle Hill, Newport, RI!  

Magnificent views, delicious food, with my wonderful husband, we spent the afternoon here!

 

You are welcomed with a sign looking out to the East Passage, Narragansett Bay!

You are welcomed with a sign looking out to the East Passage, Narragansett Bay!

 

I don't know what happens, but you feel really something special when your here!

I don’t know what happens, but you feel really something special when your here!

 

You are seated at a table...

You are seated at a table…

 

with breathtaking views!

with breathtaking views!

The restaurant is warn and inviting.

The restaurant is warm and inviting.

The starters...

The starters…

were as delicious as they looked. New England clam chowder, hot and creamy, full of clams. The simple mixed green salad, pickled beets and goat cheese, delish!

were as delicious as they looked. New England clam chowder, hot and creamy, full of clams. The simple mixed green salad, pickled beets and goat cheese, delish!

 

Lunch was a halibut wrap with two types of relishes and Jeff's grilled angus cheddar burger, both served with fries. The meals were as good as they looked!

Lunch was a halibut wrap with two types of relishes, and Jeff's grilled angus cheddar burger, both served with fries. The meals were as good as they look!

Lunch was a halibut wrap with two types of relishes, and Jeff’s grilled angus cheddar burger, both served with fries. The meals were as good as they look!

 

Lo and behold, as full as I was I ate my desert, spiced sweet potato bread Poached pear, oatmeal lace cookie, sweet cream.

Lo and behold, as full as I was I ate my desert, spiced sweet potato bread,
poached pear, oatmeal lace cookie, and sweet cream.

I also helped Jeff with his chocolate parfait, with salted caramel. and roasted peanuts. Devine!

I also helped Jeff with his chocolate parfait, salted caramel, and roasted peanuts. Devine!     

It was a delicious lunch, with great views, and a totally relaxed vibe!

It was a delicious lunch, with great views, and a totally relaxed vibe!

Sometimes a very simple meal and beautiful surroundings will help erase the effects of a challenging three day work week!  I needed this!

 

My New Friend! (he lives in my tree)

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October 18, 2016

THE EDIT-Lots of Things Going On!

It’s been a crazy and busy week since my last post!  I’ve been shaken to the core with the swinging temperatures of the northeast and the challenges of meeting a new donut in town, happily it didn’t have disastrous effects on my diet!

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A trip to PVD Donuts was exciting and frightening!  I wanted to try these donuts mainly due to all the positive hype surrounding them!  Jeff loved them, I was not impressed, probably because of the lack sugar I have eaten in the last month, they were much too sweet for me!  The donuts looked as if they were pieces of art, and I haven’t met anyone who has eaten one, and not loved it!

The drop in temperature had me switching from summer hand creams and trying out the new ones I purchased in August, yet only used in warmer weather.  The Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer, was not what I had expected!  It receives rave reviews and football teams actually use it.  I have extremely dry skin due to the RA meds, and when the weather dropped last week, I was left with cracked dry hands.  The Jack Black Hand Healer went on extremely thick and further irritated my hands, when rubbing the cream into them.  I didn’t feel any relief after the product was absorbed, my husband tried it and liked it, it will not go to waste.  I’ve been using the La Mer Hand Treatment, for a while and love it!  What’s not to love about a silky cream that is non-greasy, and sinks into your skin?  It leaves your skin soft and supple and helps with dry cuticles.  I use it sparingly because of the price, but am seriously thinking of making this my one and only hand cream!   The last hand cream I purchased was the Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn.  What is buckthorn?  I read about this product during the summer in the fall favorites section of magazines.  I immediately purchased a 1 oz tube for $12 mainly because it was given the Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner 2016.  Not really crazy about it, it wasn’t greasy which is good, but it was not very moisturizing.  It does have a SPF 40 sunscreen in it, and that’s a good thing!  handcreams-1

This last product is from Chanel, I have been using the Chanel Le Weekend De Chanel for about 8 weeks.  According to Chanel this product:

“Enhances renewal and replenishes hydration to give skin a much-needed weekend break. Combined with relaxing Rose Water, a gentle Glycolic Acid Complex is gradually released for ideal exfoliation and lasting moisture. Skin is softer and more luminous for the week ahead.

During the weekend, apply morning and evening to the entire face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Use in place of your usual serum and moisturizer, and always follow with sun protection in the daytime. Apply two days in a row to intensify the benefits.”

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I look forward to the weekends because of this product, it exfoliates my skin and leaves it feeling refreshed and moisturized.  My skin looks healthy and feels great, and that is sometimes all I need!  It’s another product that is extremely expensive but delivers the goods!

Knitting Update:  Going slow and steady, maybe driving Jackie crazy!  A picture will surface next week of my progress!   Hope you like my week in pictures!

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October 4, 2016

My Squirreling Ways!

As I often say, anticipating your needs is the best method for dealing with an unpredictable disease, that is Rheumatoid Arthritis!  I’m back to school/work and anticipating the change of season and harsher weather as the norm, not the exception, so I shop.  I will not bore you with the household incidentals that I purchase and could supply an entire army with, but I Christmas shop, and purchase the cosmetics and items I will use during the winter months and holidays.  This post is just the start of my squirreling ways, to ensure a stress free winter! 

I’m betting on good health and many social occasions to attend, (time will tell) so I purchased very basic cosmetics that I investigated this summer.

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-By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge #10 Berry Bloom

I’ve purchased many lip balms & hydrating lipsticks, but this is quickly becoming a favorite!  The application was smooth, mainly because of the angled stick and smooth consistency of the lipstick.  Even though this is considered a “Hydra-Balm Fill & Plump Lipstick” it is a full coverage one that doesn’t settle into lip lines.  Great for my mature lips but not for my wallet, but worth it!

-Tom Ford Lip Color #46 Something Wild

It was questionable when I purchased this $53 lipstick whether I should have my head examined or not.  I’m always looking for the best product and take all recommendations as gospel, a mistake.  I have nothing negative to say about this lipstick other than the shade did not work for me.  It is a creamy, build-able  lipstick of coral/pink color.  I figured it would be a good autumn/winter shade, but it disappeared on my lips.  It was not particularly hydrating but it wore beautifully and did not dry my lips.  If I should win the lottery any day soon, I would try another shade!  

-Sisley-Paris Photo-RougeHydrating Long Lasting Lipstick

I wanted to love this product, and the reason I sent it back was because the color photo was darker than what arrived.  I did try it, it glided on smoothly, was long wearing, and it didn’t bleed into my lip lines.  I thought I was purchasing a Pink Flamingo color, it was weirdly similar to the Tom Ford shade that I described above.  The names are deceiving, Tom Ford is a medium-dark pink-coral and the Sisley is pink, yet they appear to be similar.  I will repurchase a Sisley lip color, I loved the texture and feel on my lips. 

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-Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I don’t even know if it works, I just love the name.  It’s a body cream that helps tighten and smooth the look of skin.  It’s labeled that it contains no parabens or phthalates, thats good!  The cream absorbs quickly and leaves no oily residue.  I purchased the small container, what a mistake.  This is my new after bath body cream, I just love the smell.  What would make it even better is, if it would tighten and smooth the look of my skin.  Time will tell and I can only hope!

—La Mer “the reparative skintint”  (I call it; “my tinted moisturizer”)

I love this product!  Directions say that you should apply after moisturizing, I don’t, I use this as my first line of defense.  It is a sheer tint that is creamy and is great for everyday use.  I like it for work, I don’t like to look made up, I just want to look better than I usually do when I wake up. 

-Becca Beach Tint Fig

This was recommended to me by a salesperson at a cosmetic counter, after I asked for a cream blush.  She suggested this tint and told me to get it at Sephora, and I did!  I’ve been using this product for over a month and find it to be as good as described.  First off, I love it because it is sans parabens and is enriched with antioxidants and vitamin E, which soothes your skin.  The creamy texture is easy to apply and blends quickly.  It is a build-able blush and has a staying power, great for work!

-Smith & Cult N01-Pillow Pie

This is the second Smith & Cult nail polish I have used.  Pillow Pie is a semi-sheer finish pink polish.  The reason I like the two shades I have purchased is the unique neutral colors that do not chip easily.  The polish is also free of formaldehyde, toluene, & dibutyl and hopefully that is a good thing because I only know what formaldehyde is and only want to be in contact with it when I’m dead!  

In coming weeks, I will continue to share the things that make my life with RA more bearable!

My Week In Pictures!

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