Living Cypress

Cypress, this is what we call our beloved home, and I truly do mean “beloved” after all we went through to get it this far along!

EVERYONE thought we were CRAZY!!! Oyoe…what a story you will hear about the condition this house was in, that it wasn’t even for sale! Oh, and by the way, we put an offer in with our sales realtor BEFORE we ever stepped inside!

Bob and I were going into our baby boomer sixties — which made everyone really scratch their heads about taking on such a HUGE undertaking at our age. We actually took an amazing leap of faith totally and firmly believing that we were not only to buy, “renovate”, and redesign, but to also restore Cypress to its original beauty as best as we could.

Continue reading

Posted in Design | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Cooking Vlog: Easy Italian Chicken

Want a really quick, easy, healthy and tasty dinner? This is it!

I used my built-in counter steamer but a purchased sit-on-the-counter steamer would be a great investment for healthy cooking. The trick is NOT to overcook!

Steaming is an exceptionally healthy way to cookI do not microwave any vegetables since this destroys the enzymes. As we age, our own enzymes decrease, so why would we want to lose any to improper cooking methods?

Continue reading

Posted in Cooking | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Product Review Vlog – L’oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Spray

In my product review vlogs, you’ll get an inside look at some of my very favorite products. We’ll start today with my favorite self-tanning product. The three biggest factors that go into my love of this product are:


1. Nobody wears hose or nylons anymore, nor do they want to show off legs that are pasty white or show signs of age.
2. There are many risks involved with sun tanning, leading to a rise in the popularity of self tanning products.
3. Many self-tanning products leave your skin looking orange – a very unnatural and undesirable result.

Enjoy the vlog and please share your thoughts in the comments section!

Posted in Lifestyles | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Is Your Scale Your Friend or Foe?

This is going to get a whole bunch of criticism, but I am going to tell you any way.

I weigh myself every day. There, I said it.

I know dozens of reasons not to do so, like water weight, obsessing over weight, and so forth. But here is why, when I’m at home [other scales don’t give me an accurate bank statement], I weigh myself daily.

Continue reading

Posted in Lifestyles | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Aging Is A State of Mind

Because each and everyone of us is aging no matter whether we are 40 or 70, one of the most important categories of this blog site is the “Wisdom” category because it will often deal with our attitudes on aging.

Most of us have heard the phrase that what happens to us with life  circumstances is 80% the result of our attitude toward those experiences and only 20% is actually the result of those life experiences. In other words, attitude is the key to most all of life and for sure to aging!

Continue reading

Posted in Lifestyles | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Cooking Vlog: Festive Peppers

This is a very healthy, easy, fast, and low fat yummy recipe that we love for the intense flavors, great texture, and the designer in me loves the colors!

A green salad and hearty whole grain bread completes the meal for sure.

Serves 4 Recipe doubles very well

Continue reading

Posted in Cooking | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments


In this really fun but informative section we will be cooking and changing lifestyle eating habits by this simple philosophy by which I live called “THE KNOWING, HAVING, & DOING” of everyday eating and cooking.

THE KNOWING is just that simple to explain. It is knowing every day for almost every meal what will be eaten or where it will be eaten. Now, of course we all know that life changes on a dime and flexibility is the key to anything. And there are vacations and trips and injuries or sickness and on and on and on.

Continue reading

Posted in Cooking | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Get ready for a feast of interior design morsels from this “designing woman.”

So many topics…so little time. Nevertheless, here’s our future menu:

Continue reading

Posted in Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Let Me Tell You

Let me tell you a little bit about the designed life I’ve been living.

As a wife, mother and grandmother at this stage of life, I have had a lot of living experiences!

I will be sharing what has worked and not worked for me in all areas of living, which are:

Continue reading

Posted in Aging in Place, Design, Lifestyles | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments