Category Archives: MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY

This is where I say whatever I want about anything that crosses my mind…I’m sure it will ramble from one thing to another….just like I think. I will get distracted a lot! Have a laugh or two!

Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style Pt. 3 – Haircuts

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Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style Pt. 3 – Haircuts

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Maggie at the above link has asked us about our fashion styles over the years. Thanks , Maggie! 🙂

Here are some questions to think about:

At what age did you become concerned about the clothes you wore? Did you get hand-me-downs or new clothes? Were any of your clothes made by hand? If so, by whom? Were you allowed to select your own clothes and assemble your own ensembles? At what age did you start buying your own wardrobe?

What fashion fads did you adopt? Did you have certain colors you loved to wear? Were you of the hippie generation of perhaps a child of the 1980s? What was the wildest or craziest outfit you ever wore?

What about jewelry? Did you have piercings? Were they done by you or by others? What jewelry fads so you remember?

Now think about your hairstyles. What cuts did you sport? Did you ever color your hair? Did you try to alter your hair in any other way (cutting, ironing, shaving, curling)?

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Okay, here’s my many haircuts/styles over the years. I’m lazy so didn’t want to go through all my many photo albums to find a sample of each, though.

At the end, I’ll say a few things about what I remember of them.

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Pixie

Poodle

Pageboy

Flip

Shag

Feathered

Layered

Swing

Straight & Ironed

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Colors:

Red

Black

Auburn

Burgundy

Frosted

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Perms:

baby perm

poodle perm

spiral perm

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Wigs:

Wiglet

Dutch Boy

Falls

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I guess it all started when I was really little. In my baby book my mom wrote that I got my first permanent at age 2 years old! I didn’t have any say so about it, and I’d get a perm quite a few times. I finally got to have some say later on.  What I wanted was long straight hair, like my cousin had, so I could wear a ponytail.

I’d get a very short pixie cut, then it would get this tight curly perm to be called a poodle look.

Then awhile later on I got to have it a little longer and no perm, but curled into a pageboy. About jr. high school a popular hairstyle was the flip. We’d backcomb the top and ends, then use lots of hairspray.

When that fad went out I got my hair cut into another shortish do, I think was called a mop top, to kind of look like the Beatles hair.

High school my hair was long again, and straight, then flipped back edges and layered. Later this turned into the shag cut. I liked this one a lot and kept it this way for a long time.

Next was the 70s long straight and ironed hair. Yes, we’d use the real iron and ironing board.

I still laugh because my best friend always said, and still to this day still says, that I had the good hair. Her hair was medium and wavy naturally.

The Swing was a fun hair-do. It was cut short in the back and the front/sides got longer. Sort of a geometric look.

Then came the spiral curl permanent. Maybe it was called something else, but you’d have to use a hair pick to fluff it out.

Now my hair is just long and straight, I don’t put dye on it, so it’s just natural brown with gray.

Over the years, with whichever style I went with, I’d change colors with dyes every so often. (see list)

Then there was the ‘wig’ years.

I always liked wearing fun wigs. At the time they were not very expensive, and they were not made of real hair, but you could wash and style them.

Wiglets were fun. A small (or larger) hairpiece you attach to the top of your pulled up hair. You’d style them with large circular rings and spray a lot of hair spray on it all.

Falls were great if you wanted to add more to your regular hair or make it look like you had long hair. I had a few of these.

Dutch boy wigs. I had a couple of these in different colors. It was a full wig, with a medium length. My sister had some, too.

Well, that’s about all I can think of for now. Hope you enjoyed this look back. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2022 BS

 

Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style Pt. 2

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Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style Pt. 2

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Maggie at the above link has asked us about our fashion styles over the years. Thanks , Maggie! 🙂

Here are some questions to think about:

At what age did you become concerned about the clothes you wore? Did you get hand-me-downs or new clothes? Were any of your clothes made by hand? If so, by whom? Were you allowed to select your own clothes and assemble your own ensembles? At what age did you start buying your own wardrobe?

What fashion fads did you adopt? Did you have certain colors you loved to wear? Were you of the hippie generation of perhaps a child of the 1980s? What was the wildest or craziest outfit you ever wore?

What about jewelry? Did you have piercings? Were they done by you or by others? What jewelry fads so you remember?

Now think about your hairstyles. What cuts did you sport? Did you ever color your hair? Did you try to alter your hair in any other way (cutting, ironing, shaving, curling)?

How has your taste changed over the years?

Feel free to share photos if it helps illustrate your look. Have fun!

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More of my thoughts on my style:

For awhile my mom made my sister and I lots of clothes, which were nice. Later, when I learned to sew, I made a lot for myself, too. I’d make hip-hugger, bell-bottom pants, all kinds of tops, and dresses. I liked combining at least two different paper patterns to create something completely different to suit myself. That was fun. I don’t remember anything wild or crazy clothes I wore, just the trends of the 60s & 70s, like bell bottom jeans, which I’d fringe the bottom hem, and do embroidery all over plus fun patches. I’d make long strings of tiny bead necklaces, too. Just for school and work I’d have to wear a dress or skirt and be okay for office work. My favorite colors have always been black and brown, with an occasional turquoise, dark green or purple.

I did make lots of those bead necklaces, and I got my ears pierced while in jr. high. My friend and I went to a lady we knew at her beauty shop and she did it for us. No automatic piercing gun back then, just an ice cube to numb the earlobe and a sharp needle. Many years later I got a second piercing at a store in the mall. I also made a lot of my own earrings.

For awhile there teens, including me, were all into the ‘mod’ look. Short haircut, geometric prints, go go boots, mini skirts, and white lipstick. That was fun, but didn’t last long. I did start using eyeliner and the lipstick when I was quite young – when I was in 6th grade at school.

That’s all for now. I’ll continue with a part 3 soon! Mostly it will be about hair styles! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2022 BS

 

 

Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style?

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Throwback Thursday – Sense of Style? 

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Maggie at the above link has asked us about our fashion styles over the years. Thanks , Maggie! 🙂

Here are some questions to think about:

At what age did you become concerned about the clothes you wore? Did you get hand-me-downs or new clothes? Were any of your clothes made by hand? If so, by whom? Were you allowed to select your own clothes and assemble your own ensembles? At what age did you start buying your own wardrobe?

What fashion fads did you adopt? Did you have certain colors you loved to wear? Were you of the hippie generation of perhaps a child of the 1980s? What was the wildest or craziest outfit you ever wore?

What about jewelry? Did you have piercings? Were they done by you or by others? What jewelry fads so you remember?

Now think about your hairstyles. What cuts did you sport? Did you ever color your hair? Did you try to alter your hair in any other way (cutting, ironing, shaving, curling)?

How has your taste changed over the years?

Feel free to share photos if it helps illustrate your look. Have fun!

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Here are some of my thoughts:

I was still in elementary school when I noticed how I dressed and either liked it or hated it. There were several dresses I had that I couldn’t stand. I’m sure when my mom bought them for me she thought they were cute, though. One had these big shoulder pad things and I thought it made me look like a football player. The other had an attached tie I thought made me look like a boy with a tie. I took it upon myself to cut holes or rip places in those so I wouldn’t have to wear them again.

My shoes were awful. I had to wear ugly clunky brown oxfords with steel arch supports because of weak ankles. All my friends had cute sandals, or mary janes, or whatever. I hated my shoes … and socks. I still don’t like socks.

By 6th grade I’d managed to talk my way into better/cuter outfits. We girls would co-ordinate our outfits to wear the same thing on a certain day – black skirt and turquoise colored blouse.

Later on in junior high I can’t really remember what we wore to school, except every so often we’d have what was called ‘dress up day’. We could wear fancy clothes, stockings, and short high heels. Now this was before panty hose came along, so yeah … stockings held up by a garter belt. Not easy, especially when we’d get ready at home, then would have PE first period of the day and have to put on our horrible gym clothes. That was not fun.

We girls were not allowed during all my school years to wear jeans or slacks. It was skirts or dresses only and had to be at least knee length. The year after I graduated girls were allowed to wear jeans or slacks.

Well, this is getting long, and I want to continue with the fashion remembering, so I’ll close for now and continue in the next few days. 🙂

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Here’s me wearing the ugly shoes!

🙂 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2022 BS

Bloganuary Days 1 – 4

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Bloganuary Days 1 – 4

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I think I signed up for this, but can’t remember exactly. I keep getting the day prompt email though, so guess I did and maybe I should get started.

Here’s a short catch up of each day January 1st through 4th (today)

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1st = What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Keep writing, and someday you will be published. I did, and I have been! Yay!

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2nd = What would be your ideal road trip?

I’m not into road trips any more, as we did plenty for many years.

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3rd = When was the last time you got out of your comfort zone?

That would be the last time I left our house … for a doctor appointment and to the grocery store. I don’t go out unless it’s absolutely necessary.

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4th = What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?

I had lots of favorites … dolls, stuffed animals, toy farm animals, horse figures, jacks were a long time favorite, too. Maybe not so much a toy, but books were the best thing ever. We had lots, and we’d also go to the library and check out books every week. At first we only had a children’s card, then we got older and could have a grownup library card. That was a great day for me!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2022 BS

Share Your World

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Share Your World

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Happy Monday! Thanks for the questions, Melanie! 🙂

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At 12 a.m. on December 31st/Jan 1st, what will you be doing?  (use your own time zone please)

I’ll be sound asleep! We don’t stay up to ring in the New Year. But if I do wake up, I’ll be cursing the people in our neighborhood for popping fire crackers.

Is there a tradition you have for New Year’s Eve?

None at all. We don’t go out, we don’t party, we are boring. But, on New Year’s day I try to have some black-eyed peas, as it’s supposed to be for good luck.

Do you have any hope or reason you find that next year will be better?

I hope things will be better and that the virus will go away, but doubt that will happen.

What’s the biggest personal lesson you learned during 2021?

To stay away from people.

 

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you a wonderful Christmas full of joy and peace. ❤

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This is a Christmas bouquet of a large, dark red rose, some pine cones, and white mums and daisies, all on the branches of an evergreen tree.

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coloring book page of elves and jingle bells

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Jingle all the bells

Make a joyful noise today

Happy Holidays

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

Share Your World

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Share Your World

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  • What is your least favorite holiday side dish?  (for any holiday) … mince pie
  • What is the ugliest or most tasteless decoration you’ve ever seen? … can’t remember seeing any ugly or tasteless ones
  • What is a cherished or unusual (either or both) family tradition from your childhood?   (this is the recycled Evil Squirrel question that got bungled by moi, and sounded like a packaging question.  My bad). … Just getting together with family at grandma’s house for lunch.
  • You’re walking down the street, feeling great — what holiday song would be playing in the background? (aw, play along. I realize some of you prefer a very silent night.  It is an option to pass on this question too.  No offense will be taken). … Feliz Navidad

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

Throwback Thursday – Friends

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Throwback Thursday – Friends

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Thanks for the interesting topic, Maggie!

Here are a few questions Maggie asks:

Who was the earliest friend you remember? What drew you to this person? What kinds of things did you do together. Did you have pen pals? Have you maintained long-term friendships from childhood. Did you have autograph books? How about high school yearbooks signed by friends? What kinds of things may have made you sever friendships? Are you a friend collector – the more the better – or are you content with the intimacy of a few close friends? How does your personality (shy or outgoing) affect the friendships you develop? What is the quality you desire in a friend?

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My earliest friend I remember is still my dearest friend. In fact today (Dec. 18) is her birthday, and I’ve sent her a cute birthday meme and Birthday wishes.

We knew each other when we were babies (well, I don’t remember really, but our mothers were good friends back then, so we played together). Then we went all through our school days together, had double dates with our boyfriends (later to be husbands) together, and have enjoyed lots of ups and downs, laughs and tears throughout the years.

I had a few friends while at school, and was friendly to most everyone. I actually see them on FB quite often, too. Otherwise, there isn’t any one I hang out with here. Some are friends to say hi to, and one (K) comes by to visit when they are in town. So fun to get together for a little bit, though.

As for pen pals … I’ve had actual letter writing pen pals quite a lot over the years. They were from all over the world. I wrote a letter to a magazine to find pen pals a few times, and the response was tremendous! I still have lots of their letters. It was so much fun. Then the internet and email came along, and the letter writing pretty much stopped, and we didn’t have a computer for many years, so we lost touch.

I do have my old autograph book which friends from school signed, and also my school yearbooks which had lots of fun comments written in there.

I’m not normally out and about socializing anymore. I’m happy staying in. I consider my family my best friends. ❤

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

Share Your World

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Share Your World

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What is your opinion of the state of health care in your country?  Adequate or inadequate?  What could be done to improve it?

I think it’s adequate, but just barely. Insurance costs too much for what it provides most of the time. I don’t like that they basically have control over what medical care a person gets. Prescriptions for medicine are way too high, too. That said, for us two, we have great insurance from being in the military, plus medicare. Our out of pocket charges are very low on doctor visits, hospital stays, and medicines. We are thankful and lucky.

What are two words that describe you best?

Distracted and animal lover

Do you have a morning routine? If so, what it’s like?

Get up, bathroom, blood sugar test, coffee, read blogs/write blogs, read book, breakfast, watch TV & more reading.

What’s something that really makes your blood race? 

Advertisements on TV, especially those about poor animals. Also news except weather reports. I try to avoid anything else.

Do you enjoy singing festive songs during *insert festive celebration that you observe to replace “Christmas” if it’s not relevant to you * Christmas carols or songs?[

I can’t carry a tune at all, but I sing anyway. I like Christmas songs, but don’t go around singing them. I don’t even listen to them very much.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

Rain on Me

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Well, I posted this over on another blogging site in the year 2014. Basically no one saw it, so I thought I’d send it out over here.

I still have my blog over there, and at least a year’s worth of posts from 2013-14, never seen. I may bring some more over here once in awhile.

This one is about rain and how much we don’t get and how much we always wish for more. I really can’t remember the last time we had rain other than a sprinkle.

Rain

RAIN ON ME!
Here in the semi-arid region of west Texas, rain, or the lack of it, is a main topic of conversation, everywhere you go. Everyone comments on us needing it, and will it ever rain again.

Some groups have prayer vigils for rain, others perform rain dances, and there has been times when the clouds were seeded with silver iodide or dry ice, to help bring the rain. We just never have enough.

At those times we do get a good rain, it causes flash flooding. A couple of those a year will be all we get. Our average rainfall for a year is only about 19 inches. That’s on a good year!

You can actually feel the relief people have when even a small amount of rain falls. People begin smiling more, and are animated and energetic again. Lots of times we run outside, just to feel the rain on us, after being without for so long. Then the next day, everyone will ask “Did it rain at your house?”, because sometimes it is hit or miss.

Rain clears the air of all the dusty, sandstorms, and seems to clear everyone’s head from the monotonous dryness of this area.

So, I’ve been thinking of songs that mention rain. Here are a few. Can you think of others? Rain is a very popular topic in all genres of songs.

  • “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by B.J. Thomas
  • “Rhythm of the Rain” by the Cascades
  • “November Rain” by Guns ‘n Roses
  • “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor
  • “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “A Hard Rain’s a’Gonna Fall” by Bob Dylan
  • “Rainy Night in Georgia” by Brooks Benton
  • “Purple Rain” by Prince
  • “Rainy Days and Mondays” by the Carpenters
  • “Rain on the Roof” by the Lovin’ Spoonful
  • “Kentucky Rain” by Elvis Presley

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the rain!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS