Expressions of Kitty Love Through Diamond Art

The canvas caught my attention because of the beautiful kitty, and the pretty, yet solemn looking lady. I couldn’t resist creating my own. She has such a sad look about her, but the kitty looks so loving and supportive. As I worked on the canvas, I could hear the kitty telling her, “I’ll always be there,” which is why I selected this music.

Most cat owners will tell you that many cats feel and express love, however, some research suggests we are projecting our own emotions on our cats.  Other research has found strong evidence that cats are sensitive to human emotional gestures. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151015-your-cat-can-pick-up-on-how-you-are-feeling

Midas, my Main Coon, will meow, “Stop please!” when I laugh out loud, or clap my hands.  If I keep it up, that meow turns to an ears down, demanding yowl!  If I sigh, or cry softly, he will come and jump on me, and look at me with concerned eyes.  

I recently had a bout of vertigo.  I am sure my behavior looked strange to Midas as I stumbled around, losing my balance, as I felt the room spinning and settled on sitting in my chair for hours with my eyes closed.

Midas stayed close to me for the entire day, preferring to be on my lap, and periodically requesting I open my eyes by gently batting my face and hands as if to say, “I’m here. You’ll be alright.”

Kitties can make you feel better even if you’re having a bad day because they love you unconditionally.

Do you have a “Kitty Cuddles” story?  I’d love to hear it!

Interested in Diamond Art Club’s “Kitty Cuddles?” Click here for more information.

Kitty Cuddles by Christine Karro

IG: Silverchevelure

Leisurely Productivity In Action!

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Audiobooks are a great compliment to diamond painting, and visa-versa. I am feeling particularly productive today because I added shopping by Instacart.

I am retired, so my use of the word productive may be different than those who work.
Websters Dictionary Definition of productive:

1: having the quality or power of producing especially in abundance productive
2: effective in bringing about
3a: yielding results, benefits, or profits b: yielding or devoted to the satisfaction of wants or the creation of utilities

Based on these definitions, I think my use of the word productive would fit all three of these definitions, so the difference probably lies in how others perceive my productive.

If you are retired, you’ve probably been asked more than once, “so what do you do all day?” When I say, “ work on my diamond art, read and listen to audiobooks, walk…. just to name a few….” I get looks that say, “That’s all?” “That sounds boring…” or “You have the nerve to sit around enjoying your hobbies and and retirement benefits without contributing any real work to society!”

Yes, I do! Just because people are retired doesn’t mean we can’t be productive. As a matter of fact, I think feeling productive helps older retired individuals stay positive; feeling good about ourselves. Ohh, and one more thing! I worked for over 40 years, and earned the right to enjoy the leisurely benefits of retirement!

So with that, enjoy my video clip of productivity in action! 😉

Diamond Art: “”Nefertiti” by Maddie Manzano/Diamond Art Club
Audiobook: Song of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne Brown
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Dinner with a Few Fabulous Friends!

ba55a18c-51a4-45fa-a108-2bf7f0594d56-1Social media has been great for reconnecting with longtime friends, and I recently had an awesome time having dinner with three friends I have known since junior high school.  Yes, I said junior high school! Meet (left to right) Naa (Diane) Green, Suzanne Finnamore Luckenbach, and Deanna Alexich.

What a joy to see Suzanne and Deanna, whom I haven’t seen since our graduation day in 1976 at Skyline High School in Oakland, CA, and Naa, whom I reconnected with about  eight years ago, after losing touch beyond high school.  As friends on Facebook, we all have shared tidbits of our lives;  marriages, divorces, children, careers, special causes, etc.  But nothing takes the place of getting together in person over a great meal and adult beverages!

We met at Kincaid’s, which is in the Jack London Square area of Oakland, CA.  Upon arriving, we hugged and squealed like high school students.  After sharing compliments of how awesome we all looked, I turned around and apologized to the diners sitting next to us, saying, “Hope we aren’t being too loud!  We haven’t seen each other since  high school!”  They smiled at us, and replied “Wow, that’s fabulous!”

One of the  most  poignant moments was when Deanna said she had something for us and presented each of us with a gorgeous white gardenia, which we promptly pinned to our hair. I turned to Naa, and saw tears beginning to well in her eyes.  Taking her cue from jazz vocalist Billie Holiday, Naa wore a fresh white gardenia pinned to her hair almost every day, and it became her hallmark from junior high school through high school.  This was a great memorable moment, and the gardenia now symbolizes this special group of ladies who have touched each other’s lives in remarkable ways.

Next, I gifted each of the ladies with a custom hand fan.  Now any woman over 50 knows the importance of always having a hand fan available; especially in the warm summer months.


One thing became abundantly clear as we were reminiscing and sharing tidbits about our joys, triumphs, challenges and accomplishments… these ladies are true inspirations of boldness, eloquence and sass!  I will be profiling each of these incredible ladies, so stay tuned!

I would love to hear your stories of reconnecting with old friends, so please share.
Also follow me to be further inspired by audacious women over 50!

 

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5/30/2018 is the Last Day to Submit Nominations for 2018 L’Oreal Women of Worth!

5/30/2018 is the Last Day to Submit Nominations for 2018 L’Oreal Women of Worth!

Women of Worth - Each year, LOreal Paris recognizes 10 women who have dedicated their lives to serving their communities.Do you know someone who is making a beautiful difference? How about a woman over 50? If so, L’Oreal wants to hear from you! Sign up today and nominate your Woman of Worth. Each Honoree will be awarded $10,000 to support her individual cause.

Here are a few of last year’s honorees.

“Being a Women of Worth is an opportunity to build a platform of hope for the three million mothers and children impacted by incarceration to show them how to keep moving forward in life, without letting their past define them.”

DEBORAH JIANG-STEIN
2017 WOMEN OF WORTH HONOREE

“Being a Women of Worth honoree validates my journey to renew their hope – and it now gives me an even stronger platform to nourish the minds, bodies and souls of my community.”

CHAROLETTE TIDWELL
2017 WOMEN OF WORTH HONOREE

 

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Submit the nomination form online.

All online nominations must be received by 11:59 PM EDT
on May 31, 2018 to be eligible.

~ Photos and Quotes taken from L’Oreal of Paris Women of Worth

 

Non-Fat Chai Latte With No Water Please!

“Hi, I’d like a vente non-fat chai tea latte with 6 pumps of chai, no foam, no water, light whip, and cinnamon dulce topping.”

“Mam, we stopped putting water in our chai latte’s years ago!”

“Ohh really?”  Hmm…, well the last few I ordered seemed rather watery, but I can count on this one being just right, can’t I?”

“Yes indeed!”

So went the conversation earlier this week at a local Starbucks.  Chai tea latte is one of my favorite hot beverages, and I drink it so often that I can tell when it is not just right.  This one was perfect, but it got me wondering about when Starbucks stopped adding water, and why some may not have gotten the memo.

I went to the Starbucks website, and indeed it does say that one of the ingredients is water; however, when Googling “Starbucks chai tea latte,” there are apparently some who add water and some who don’t.

But what was more interesting was reading that in September, 2017, Starbucks appointed 50ish Rosalind Brewer as chief operating officer, making her the first women, and first African American to hold that position.  Isn’t it interesting that her last name is Brewer?  Get it?  Ha..ha!

I read that she doesn’t drink coffee, but instead likes green tea, and shared the following wisdom:
“You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering, and often earns you new respect.” –onthedotwoman.com

I love this, because as women over 50, we can and should continue to set and re-set our own limits, whether it be in our careers, hobbies, fitness, fashion and beyond, and not let others define us based on our age or our silver hair.

Let’s be empowered by this as we enjoy our green tea or chai tea latte with no water!

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Stepping Into 60!

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I once told someone my age, and their response to me was, “You don’t look that old, so don’t tell anyone. They will think you are forty!”  I know that was meant to be a compliment, but the underlying  message was that I should be ashamed of my age.  WRONG! I am 60!  I am 60 and feel blessed to have reached my age with  relatively good health, mind and spirit. I love sharing my age, because I am full of stories of how I reached 60; if people are willing to listen.

Please stop by regularly and check out  ways we “silver women” are embracing and celebrating our age, and living life to the fullest!

Best Regards,

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Lisa