Just wanted to say hello and here I am in Herepian! It’s a little, little village in the southwestern part of France. It doesn’t have a lot to say for itself, just a bunch of stone houses, a great big stone church from the middle ages, and a few boulangeries – and me!
I’ve been to Toulouse and to Perpignan, to Quillan and to Sete – exploring the ins and outs of France and mostly the food – ah, the cheese! and the wine! and duck and mussels – ooh la la!
Traveling is quite an adventure, doing it alone an even bigger adventure. There are things you get to do that you couldn’t with other people, and there are things you cannot do because you have no one else to do them with.
We Healthy Senior Women cannot sit around and wait for someone to go with – we need to go forward and manifest the limitless opportunities for experiencing life. We need to know that we can and so we will – have fun, eat good food, drink good wine, make new friends, and have new adventures!
So even on this long, strange trip I’m on — I’ve seen things and been to places I had known of before. Viva la France – the adventure continues!
Girlfriends are vital to our Natural Health
We dish the dirt and we dish up dinner. We go dancing and we swap clothes (see N is for Naked Lady Parties). We try on wigs and we go on trips. We laugh, we cry, we give our love and we hold out hope. We are girlfriends.
Research is now showing that it’s not just fun and games when it comes to having girlfriends – it’s actually a matter of life and death. One research study found that people who had no friends had an increased risk of death over a 6-month period. Another one of these studies found that among those who had the most friends over a 9-year period, they had cut their risk of death by more than 60%.
There are many other reasons why great girlfriends are groovy! Girlfriends provide stress relief. They are there for you to deflate the stress balloon that you’ve been carrying around since your boss yelled at you or your dog ate your homework.
It’s really more fun to do something with another person (bad news for us single folk). It amplifies that amount of fun you can have when there’s someone there to share it with (as if we didn’t know that?????).
Having a girlfriend can give your confidence and self-esteem a great big boost! And girlfriends teach you important lessons about love – the unconditional kind – and about sharing and caring and trusting.
And here’s a little song that says it all – thanks Divine Miss M –
I have great girlfriends all over the world. These are my girlfriends from Coconut Grove, Florida! I have traveled far away from them, but they remain in my heart all of the time. I’ve just had the opportunity to spend time with some of them on my way from one place to another and what a great joy!
Time does not make a difference when you’re with girlfriends. Not how long you’ve known them or how long it’s been since you’ve seen them.
I have friends from kindergarten – almost 60 years ago – and I love those girlfriends today as much as yesterday. I have girlfriends that I have recently gotten to know, and I will love them 60 years from now (if that’s possible!). I have great girlfriends whom I’ve just left behind in another country and I miss you all already!
There is such a special bond between women that surpasses all rules and all regulations. We can sit down to a glass of wine or two and laugh and laugh and laugh. Or we can sit down to the same glass of wine and spill our guts about our troubles.
Great girlfriends listen and love and let us lean on them. Great girlfriends allow us to be sane or silly, to be ourselves even with tight clothes and bad hair.
To my girlfriends all over the universe, you make my life worth living and my joy worth savoring. I thank you and will see you and keep in touch and keep in heart no matter where I go!
Homemade Facials from your Frig for your Natural Beauty
Looking for a pick me up for tired and dull skin? Look in your frig!
Looking for a remedy for acne? Look in your frig!
Looking for a way to reduce oily skin or the appearance of wrinkles? For natural beauty, you don’t have to look much further than the inside of your refrigerator or kitchen cabinets.
For dull and dry skin or hair, grab some of that real mayonnaise out of the frig and smush it all over your face. Always remember when you’re applying lotions or creams or fruits and vegetables to you skin, use circular and upward motions to get a head’s up (or a face’s up) on how gravity tends to pull us down.
Need a little rejuvenator for your face after a long day or a short sleep? This Cucumber, Yogurt and Parsley Facial from your frig will work great 1 tsp. Cucumber
1 tsp. Parsley
1 tsp. Plain Yogurt
Puree the parsley and cucumber really fine and mix in the yogurt to form a smooth cream. Apply it to your face and leave the mask on for approximately 15-20 minutes for best results. Rinse with water. This will moisturize while it perks you up. Only make as much as needed for each application, as it does not keep – even in the Frig!
For Acne, grab some eggs and honey and whip them all together for a face mask.
To dry up your oily skin,mix 2 TBL. of Baking Soda (see previous post D is for Double Duty Kitchen Cosmetics – Baking Soda Does It!) with enough lemon juice or tomato juice to make a thick paste and apply to the face and neck area. Massage gently and avoid the sensitive area around the eyes.
Healthy Senior Women looking fabulous
We’re not getting older. We’re getting better. We have more natural health. We have more natural beauty! We are women – hear us roar!
Now let’s be serious – yes, today it’s not unusual for a woman “of a certain age” to look young and vibrant and sexy. But there are some rules that we have to follow to pull it off!
BRAS AND BREASTS - Nothing makes a woman look older than sagging body parts. Get yourself a proper fitting, don’t be concerned about the size or the number. Just make sure your breasts are riding high and perky!
DON’T DRESS YOUNG -- First of all, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Don’t buy your clothes at Forever 21 if you are forever 61 now. It just looks like you’re an old woman wearing a young girl’s clothes.
JEANS – When it comes to casual dressing, jeans still fit the bill, but make sure they also fit the butt! Don’t wear them too low like a teenager, and don’t wear them high-rise like “mom jeans.” Either one is unflattering and can create that devil of a muffin top. Wear dark wash jeans or denim blue, without any fading, bleaching, tears or wild embroidery (except if you have no butt like me, then a little bit of embroidery on the top of the back pockets can give you some extra pizzazz). A boot cut with a slight bottom flare can balance out your hips. And trouser jeans are especially flattering, with a wider leg, wider waistband and flat front. Stretchy denim with 2 to 3 percent Lycra is flattering and comfortable.
LITTLE BLACK DRESS — Still the thing to wear. Get one that flatters and fits and you will have the perfect dress to wear to any occasion at any age!
And when you’re ready to go out – STOP!!! Check your butt in the mirror and make sure it’s looking as good as the rest of you!