Good morning dear friends.....I hope that you are doing well and have some plans to enjoy the weekend ahead! Thank you so kindly for the lovely emails and comments concerning Hurricane Ike.
As you probably know by now, we escaped a direct hit, and although our weather has been affected all week long, we had some power outages and my darned computer screen and clothes dryer took a nosedive....thankfully that is it. I am going to think good thoughts and send good vibes to my friends out in Texas~especially the Houston area, where this storm appears to be headed next.
I have been cutting back some on the blogging lately, but am still here and love to chat with you and see what you have been up to. Been doin' a lot of thinkin' lately and pondering life's moments. It's really easy to get caught up on being on the computer too much, and I have to pull away some for now to save some of my sanity that is still left! I have been on the internet for 10 years now....and although I don't plan on going anywhere as far as the blog or my website at SHABBYFUFU are concerned, it's time to focus a bit more heavily on some other aspects of life as well.
One of those would be physical, as in FITNESS. Sitting in this chair and writing, etc for long stretches and standing/sitting in my studio for days at a time have taken a bit of a toll. I have been getting too many headaches lately with too many down days and am making a concerted effort to try and fix that if possible. Although I don't feel it and have been told that I don't look it, I am 50+ yrs.... so now is the time to get back to optimum health!
It's a bit personal.....but one of the steps that I have taken is to start on bioidentical hormone therapy. I have been on this regimen for awhile now actually, and it does seem to help me sleep well and have much more energy. You can read about bioidentical hormones in this book:
and if you are of "the younger set" then tell your Mom about it:-). I go to this place (clickable link): http://www.bodylogicmd.com/?gclid=CJut8-Gn1pUCFQMtswodcworWw
I just had a food/enviornmental sensitivity test done (blood draw) by my Dr. at Body Logic (above link) to try and hone in more on the headache issue. Very interesting....it seems that some of the common things I am extremely sensitive to I would have never thought of in a million years~like flouride. Good ol' toothpaste....who knew that could cause a reaction! Anyhoo, I just started on a "rotation diet" to eliminate my particular food issues....so I will let you know how that goes later. If I can loose 15 lbs that would be a great plus!
Having always been naturally thin and fairly physically fit, it's time to ramp it up a few notches....so this is a goal that I have set to work on. I really messed up my knees playing almost daily competitive team tennis in my 40's, and now I am paying for it and need to get the rest of me stronger. So....I will be using this as more than a decorative feature:
Keeping up with Mr. Fufu and his passion for speed is not an easy task! We just bought a pair of these objects of affection to tool around the hood with:
The mint green shown is 2die4....but out of stock, so I got the baby blue. I love PINK as much as the next gal....but didn't want it to look too much like a little girl's bike:-). Mr. Fufu ordered the bad to the bone black!!! Speaking of the Mr......we are also doing a fabulous Pilates class that is taught close by, and I am proud of him not minding at all that he is the only guy in a sea of estrogen!
Well that's enough of me blabbing on about exercise and such.....I hope that I didn't bore you too much:-). As for the creative side of my brain (right side I think?!), I have been working on a custom Romantic Dress Form for a SHABBYFUFU client this week and another for the website that I hope to post by the end of the weekend. Our order (or at least part of it) has arrived with the French inspired items, so look for some wonderful things to be posted this weekend including the coveted Crowns and some new arrivals including these:
About some friends:
My dear friend Barbara Jacksier, who was the previous editor Romantic Country Magazine and Cottage Style Magazine had emailed me last week addressing the fact that her upcoming book WATERSIDE COTTAGES has been put on the back burner by the publisher due to the slow state of the economy. Now I know as much as the next one how poorly the economy is doing these days....but PULEEZE leave a comment on Barbara's blog for the publisher if you haven't done so yet. We want this book in print!!
Speaking of books.......I have know about this for sometime now, but since she has "spilled the beans" I want to say CONGRATS to my dear friend http://www.bellapink.typepad.com/
who is about to embark on a new journey with her book writing venture. Kudos Tara Frey!
And last but not least, I was given this award by my sweet friend Joy of The Joy Of blog fame....I so appreciate it:-). I have several of her creations in my home~she has a great eye for Modern Vintage and is so creative!
Be good to yourself and take some time for your own passions this weekend. Talk soon.......I am off to Whole Foods now:-)