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!


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.”


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.


-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. 


-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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September 27, 2016

What a Week!

It is not unusual for me to spend hours at a time reading online information regarding any type of arthritis or autoimmune disease.  This has been going on for years, trying to understand the disease and gain any type of knowledge that would enhance my standard/comfort of living.  Take note, I have never reacted nor posted on any of these sites, even when I thought it was an extraordinary post or rubbish.  Well, last week I responded to a post, it was evident, the writer was seriously struggling with side effects of a medication she was taking.  I was on an arthritis page, not the same kind of arthritis I live with, but I am treated with the same medication.  I shared with her: “I experienced the same side effects, was told by my doctor to give the medication more time and he would address the side effects, it didn’t happen overnight, but he was right”.  That’s all I wrote, people were posting, agreeing with my post and then I found the message from the administrator, “This group is only intended for individuals with ********* arthritis (it begins with a “p”), unfollow if you do not have the disease.”  First,  I don’t have rheumatoid arthritis, I treat for rheumatoid arthritis.  I don’t need to be told twice to leave a group, my post was deleted, and  I was dismissed by the administrator.  I laughed and then was sad that he would dismiss any well intended post.  I thought about it and it further inspired me to make my blog inclusive, comfortable, and spectacular for all to view and read!








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September 6, 2016

Labor Day Lament!


 Even though the first day of Fall is not until September 22nd, Labor Day officially marks the end of summer for me!  Today, I start my school year, and every weekend or day off from today, will be dedicated to preparing the house for winter, and anticipating the upcoming holidays.  It is mind-boggling to know that Thanksgiving is 11 weekends away and Christmas is 15 weekends away.  So in celebration of a beautiful, fun, and recuperative summer, I will share some of my summer highlights in pictures with you!

June 17th was the day I had a hip replacement.  My first outing was a doctor’s visit to MGH!

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It wasn’t long after this visit that Jeff and I visited our favorite clam shack, & began our 4th of July celebrations, officially starting a great vacation!

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It was a great time at Diane & John’s on the 4th!

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As time went by I healed, I walked the neighborhood meeting neighbors,

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and admiring the unique lawn ornaments, flowers, & grasses!                    



But the highlight of my summer vacation was the company I had!  It was great having Auntie Millie, Uncle Joe, and cousins Joanie & Paul visit!  FUN!!!!


It was wonderful to meet my beautiful great-niece, Isabelle, born in June, hang with Whitaker my very handsome great-nephew, & my Carla, whom I adore! 

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Monotonous chores are easily accomplished when you add a visit with the horses, a bouquet of flowers, and picking up produce at 4 Town Farm.




Summer coming to a close, I will definitely miss staying up to all hours of the night reading and just looking at the sky and being mesmerized by the full moons every 27 days or so!





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August 17, 2016


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