My Easy Three: In the Kitchen

My Easy Three are achievable tasks you can apply to keep you and your home organized.  For September I’ve got three easy things to do in the kitchen. First — go through your plastic storage containers.  Every few months or so, I sit down on the floor in my kitchen in front of the cabinet that stores all my plastic and glass food storage containers.  I take each base and try to find its lid.  Does the lid snap on easy, does it even fit?  Is the container stained, warped? Toss or recycle the rejects.I got a set of Pyrex glass containers from Costso.  They are easy to clean and don’t melt or warp in the microwave or dishwasher.  I keep the lids snapped on and stack them in the cabinet.  Having this nice set means I only need a few plastic or disposable ones for food I might want … Continue reading “My Easy Three: In the Kitchen”

What Would Holley Wear: Aunt Pat Style

Growing up, one of my heroes was my Aunt Pat.  She was the Mother of three daughters, had a PhD in Literature, and was a professor at the University of Missouri.  She was an inspiration to me and left this world way too soon.   One fond memory of Aunt Pat was her perspective on aging. Instead of saying someone was in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, etc., she would say they were in their “5th row, 6th row, or 7th row,” etc. The more I have thought about her view point over the years, and the older I become, I have to say her insight was genius.    So, two things you should know about me: …I am in my 6th row of life… …and I love fashion just as much now as I did in all of my former rows! But, like a lot of things with aging, I’ve … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Aunt Pat Style”

North Richland Hills Library — A Community Jewel

I stumbled across the North Richland Hills Public Library recently on-line as I was following Gretchen Rubin on social media.  Gretchen’s newest book The Four Tendencies releases today and she will be talking about her publication at the NRH library this Friday – free to the general public from 1-2 p.m.  Easy to get to from Fort Worth, the library is a beautiful building in the middle of Home Town community and retail space. As I was looking through the library’s webpage, I stumbled across their “Behind the Book” series and couldn’t believe some of the well-known authors they have scheduled in their series. After I registered to attend the ticketed reception with Gretchen Rubin (which is now sold out), I also registered to meet Tess Gerritsen known for her crime novels which inspired the Rizzoli and Isles series on the TNT network. The $35 ticketed reception includes entrance to … Continue reading “North Richland Hills Library — A Community Jewel”

Her Love was Weinerful

It’s funny how things can change in an instant.  About three weeks ago I was looking through my Twitter feed and an author that I follow, Gretchen Rubin, posted a question on her feed — “When was the last time you cried in front of someone?”  I thought to myself that I had not done this in a very long time.  Was it when I lost someone?  I am not afraid to cry and find it therapeutic to release my tears.  But life has been so good to me lately that I hadn’t needed tears. Remember my birthday post from August 29?  I started the day so grateful and excited to begin a new year of life, excited for what was in store me in the next 365 days.  I had no idea that as the hours eased into August 30, I would say good-bye to my beloved Ruthie. In … Continue reading “Her Love was Weinerful”

The Friyay Fit — Going to a Book Signing

Mother was a longtime patron of the library.  I don’t think I ever saw her not deep into a book.  She loved to read all genres and was always a member of the Friends of the Library.  So, she would have been thrilled to go with me to the North Richland Hills Library for their “Behind the Book” series.  I will blog more about it another day, but I wanted to share “my fit” I had to meet Tess Gerritsen, author of her newest release I Know a Secret from the Rizzoli & Isles TNT series. My most favorite thing to wear is jeans.  If I could wear jeans everyday of the week I would, especially if you find a designer that feels good when you wear it.  I discovered CJ by Cookie Johnson years ago and own several pair of her skinny jeans in distressed washed and indigo.  I also … Continue reading “The Friyay Fit — Going to a Book Signing”

What Would Holley Wear: Off the Grid

Recently, one of my young Facebook friends posted this: “Off the grid…bye.”  Don’t be alarmed…he was just flying to Oregon for the weekend!   The Urban Dictionary definition for “off the grid” is:  The term for a person who is not on a social networking site, i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.  Example:  “Amish people live off the grid.”  No need to worry…this article is not about how to dress Amish.  But it is about taking time to relax and what to wear when you are casually enjoying life! So let’s get started and talk about what to wear when you are actually off the grid and enjoying life.  Maybe it’s Sunday morning. With contemporary worship services casual style makes it so much less stressful.  That being said, there is no reason you can’t look somewhat put together…right?  So, here are a few of my ideas for attending church off the … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Off the Grid”

Mrs. Twist Reads This — September Book

When I started my book club it was supposed to be a summer fling to help me read more and spend less time using technology (blogging doesn’t count) — technology meaning Facebook, Pinterest and watching television.  I read a record of five books this summer, which I haven’t done since I was in elementary school when you’d check out the Seen Jane Run weekly readers! Last month was supposed to be our last meeting until next summer, but it was unanimous that out monthly reads helped all of us to be accountable to reading and we actually look forward to sitting down with a good book. So, I am delighted to share that we will now meet monthly, mostly on the last Thursday of the month.  Our book club is for everyone even if you can’t attend our monthly meetings.  Reading is about creating a community.  Here the invitation link … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This — September Book”

Lifeway September Devotional Calendar

Back to school means back to hectic schedules, homework, deadlines, lunches and what to make for dinner.  To help bring a sense of calm, it’s helpful if we go back to scripture.  It sounds so simple, but sometimes it’s hard to remember that God’s word can be just the balm we need for whatever we are facing.  These monthly calendars from Lifeway Women are perfect for posting on the refrigerator or keeping on the dinner table to foster conversation after a long day.  September’s scripture focus is on strength.  How perfect and timely after a summer of relaxed schedules and minimal structure that we can rely on God to help guide us back to a routine.   Here’s today’s thought, “Choose to seek the Lord’s strength and not your own.”  

What Would Holley Wear: New York State of Mind

It seems like I’m in a “New York state of mind” this month! Two weeks after celebrating our granddaughter’s 10th birthday in the city, I packed my bags and headed back to the Big Apple.  This time, John joined me, and we took on the city in “adult style”…which basically meant we went to some bars, restaurants, museums, and to an incredible penthouse with a roof-top terrace.  It was also Restaurant Week in New York!    So two things I love about going to New York: …Our youngest son lives there (and yes, that’s the main reason)… ..And the fashion sightings and excursions are always beyond my expectations! Let’s get started and talk about what “real people” wear in the city.  On our recent trip, I observed women wearing the minimal trend.  The main idea here is to stick with basics and keep it simple.  A pair of camel culottes, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: New York State of Mind”

What I Love Most About Having a Birthday

Today is my birthday!  I look forward to this day every year.  You’d think most people do, too.  But the other day I overheard a woman tell her friend, “Ugh, today is my birthday.  And my husband celebrated with a dinner party with friends.  I wish my birthday would go away!”  I was so sad to hear this! Of course, my favorite parts of my birthday have changed over the years with maturity.  When I was little it was all about the kind of party Mother would plan, the cake we would serve and the presents.  I remember about a month before my birthday, Mother would take me to the Hallmark card store to select our theme and then we would take the napkin to the Cake Boutique to order my cake so that it matched the napkin design perfectly! It was always so fun to go with Mother to … Continue reading “What I Love Most About Having a Birthday”