Beauty After Breast Cancer

A powerful post about beauty after breast cancer. Do breasts alone determine our beauty? Are women less feminine without them? What are your thoughts?

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Beauty is more than a skinny body, fancy clothes, and makeup. Going through cancer can put your body through harsh treatments and sometimes multiple surgeries. Some lose their hair, some have only the spot where the cancer is removed, and some have both breasts removed. Radiation and chemotherapy are harsh treatments. Going through these treatments and surgeries can make you feel ugly and less like a woman.

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When I was given the choice to have a mastectomy, I thought I had to have reconstruction to keep my beauty. I thought I’d be less of a woman without breasts. After the surgery it took me a while to look at my chest or look at myself shirtless in a mirror. I was afraid to see the scars where my breasts used to be. I was afraid I would look ugly and disfigured. When I finally looked at my chest, I cried.

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7 Ideas To Keep Christmas Merry For Couples

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but with all the shopping, activities, parties and baking it can get stressful. That can lead to headaches, arguments with spouses and screaming, “I can’t wait til this is all over!” Don’t let this happen to you. With a little advance planning and patience you can have a really enjoyable and fun holiday which includes special time for spouses.

Christmas tree with gifts

7 Ideas To Keep Christmas Merry For Couples:

  1. A Sexy Stocking filled with adult goodies and coupons promising fun when cashed in by your spouse. The Dating Divas have a kit with instructions and ideas to help.  Christmas stocking
  2. A Midnight Toast for you and your spouse just as Christmas Day begins before all the celebrating starts. Even a few minutes of telling each other how special they are and toasting your love can make the holiday season extra special. candles and wine
  3. Decorate your bedroom with Christmas Lights to create a romantic mood.
  4. Relax with a few Romantic Movies and snuggle together. Here are two sites to give you ideas: 15 Most Romantic Movies and 13 Best Hallmark-Style Romantic Christmas Movies On Netflix.
  5. Give each other Matching Christmas Pajamas.
  6. Celebrate the 12 Days Of Christmas by giving each other 12 small, loving gifts. Advent calendar - Christmas
  7. Last but not least — hang Mistletoe in the house so you can kiss every time you pass it. You could always hang some in your bedroom too for more intense kissing 🙂 mistletoe sprig

 

Check out a few of my past Christmas posts:

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

10 Of My Favorite Christmas Movies

 

Be sure to check out The Dating Divas website for lots of great dating and relationship ideas!

It’s Blogiversary Time! 5 years!

Wow! Can you believe it? I’ve been blogging and connecting with people for 5 years.

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To see some great blogs I’ve connected with, check out my updated Blogs I Follow page.

So let’s have a party. Grab a slice of cake…

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…and settle in to meet some new friends.

In the comments below, leave a link to your blog or website. Let’s see how many new friends we can meet and support.

Thank you all for your Likes, Comments and Follows over the years. And let’s hear it for 5 more years of blogging!

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Here’s a look at last year’s blogiversary post.

Is There An Autumn Romance In Your Future?

Autumn is one of the most romantic times of year:

  • Snuggling up under a flannel blanket gazing at the stars
  • Walking hand-in-hand through nature’s fall display of leaves
  • Cuddling up next to a crackling fireplace

But an Autumn Romance is a romantic relationship that occurs later in life.

Elderly love

 

Because you are never too old for romance.

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Because we never out-grow romance.

Love after 50

 

Looking for an Autumn Romance?

  • If you’re into online dating there are sites specifically for older adults, such as Our Time, Elite Singles and Just Senior Singles.
  • Take up a new hobby and you just might meet someone with similar interests.
  • Attend over-50 type events in your community.
  • Concerts of groups who were popular in your day and activities centered around the music of your day (ex. Music of the 60’s, 70’s, etc.) will be full of like-aged people.
  • Take a bus tour, often offered through churches or community centers, and connect with others who enjoy travel or cultural.

Has anyone experienced an Autumn Romance? I’d love to hear how it began and how it’s going!

Leave me a comment – you may help someone else looking for love and companionship.

 

 

 

 

The Great American Read

Are you participating in The Great American Read?

The Great American Read

100 books were chosen for the possibility of becoming America’s Favorite Book. There’s also a 8-part series on PBS where they talk about the books and the influences they’ve had on us. You are encouraged to read as many as you can and vote for your favorites.

To see the complete list, click here.

I am far from done but I’ve read (recently and in my lifetime):              * = Favorites

  1. 1984 George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
  4. And Then There Were None Agatha Christie *
  5. The Call Of The Wild Jack London *
  6. Charlotte’s Web E. B. White
  7. The Chronicles of Narnia C. S. Lewis
  8. The Clan Of The Cave Bear jean M. Auel *
  9. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  10. The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown *
  11. Don Quixote Miquel de Cervantes
  12. Flowers In The Attic V. C. Andrews *
  13. The Godfather Mario Puzo *
  14. Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell *
  15. Harry Potter J. K. Rowling *
  16. Hatchet Gary Paulson
  17. The Hunt For Red October Tom Clancy *
  18. The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan *
  19. Jurassic Park Michael Crichton
  20. Little Women Louisa May Alcott
  21. The Lord Of The Rings J. R. R. Tolkien
  22. Memoirs Of A Geisha Arthur Golden *
  23. Moby-Dick Herman Melville
  24. The Picture Of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde *
  25. The Pillars Of The Earth Ken Follett *
  26. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier *
  27. The Stand Stephen King *
  28. To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee *
  29. The Twilight Saga Stephanie Meyer

Some of the books listed, I’ve read other books by that same author but not the book on the list.

What books have been your favorites?

Heroes of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is over but the recovery and repair go on. Luckily, up in our neck of the woods (north of Durham) we only sustained wind and torrential rains causing temporary flooding. South of Raleigh and the coastline is a totally different ball game.

Tragically, there were several deaths related to Florence and millions in property and harvest damage. However, as with any emergency, the heroes come out in force.

Hurricane Florence first responders

First responders praying after finding mother & infant dead from tree falling on their house.

Below is only a sampling of such heroes but I wanted all of them to know how much they mean to us.

  • Rescuers saving 6 dogs abandoned in locked cages while flood waters rise (Leland, NC)
  • Amber Hersel who drove all the way from Indiana to help with Florence’s rescues.
Hurricane Florence heroes

JAMES CITY, NC
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Chef Jose’ Andres’ led a hot food drive in Wilmington with a kitchen full of volunteers delivering meals to shelters.
  • Tony Alsop of Tennessee rescued 53 dogs and 11 cats, transporting them to shelters in his old school bus “Noah’s Ark.” Same as he did in Texas in 2017.

 

Hurricane Florence heroes

(Courtesy of Washington Post)

  • The Louisiana Cajun Navy rescued people and pets with their fleet of boats. (To learn more of this volunteer rescue squad and their deeds, check out their website: Cajun Navy Relief )
  • All the people who helped at the shelters with food, blankets, compassion and prayers. Hurricane Florence shelter

Seeing people opening their hearts and homes to those in need really restores your faith in humanity and Christians. Thank you and remember to help others, because you never know when you will need help.

If you know of other heroes, please add them to the comments so we can all enjoy them.

 

 

 

Getting Ready For Hurricane Florence…

Two years ago, my husband and I relocated to North Carolina. I am absolutely loving the warmer, sunnier climate compared to decades of brutal winters in my home state of Pennsylvania.

But…

Hurricane Florence

This is the first hurricane to truly impact us (about 2-3 hrs from the coast).

We bought batteries, water, food and cat supplies…

We put away our outdoor furniture, took down my wind chimes and flags…

And I have plenty of books to read if we lose power…

So, if I’m offline for a few days you will know what is going on.

Please pray for everyone along the coastline who will be impacted directly. Be safe – evacuate.