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Monday Musings: Weathering The Storm

Monday Musings: Weathering The Storm

Happy Monday ladies. We had a very rainy Sunday which included a hail downpour like I haven’t seen in many years. The thunder rumbled, the wind whipped the rain into sheets and the occasional flash of lightning made it feel so cozy to be inside. It removed any feeling of being trapped inside, which was a welcome relief. While the storm raged, my husband made a huge pot of onion soup, I puttered and we listened to loud rock and roll.

Here’s what’s on my mind these days and some questions for you

Your email box

Several of you have thanked me for continuing to blog during this bizarre time and that you look forward to seeing me come into your email box. I think of the comment section of my blog as a community of like-minded, kind, intelligent women and love the conversations we have. Our world has shrunk in the blink of an eye so I think it’s more important than ever to connect with each other.

The world of blogging has changed dramatically and my content will change with it. You can get news anywhere and everywhere these days, so I want AWSL to be an uplifting place. What would you like us to see more of here? I could muse here every day but that would get pretty boring for you:)

Veggies

My son built some raised planter boxes for us on Friday, so now all we need is dirt and plants. I bought a few veggies and herbs before we got locked down but they aren’t alive anymore thriving under my care:) My black thumb is epic so I expect my husband will be caring for our veggie garden once we get it up and running. More than ever, I want to have some veggies growing so we feel a tiny bit more self-sufficient. We get a lot of sun in our back yard so if my husband is able to get us water to it, we should be all set. Do you have veggie gardens and what do you grow?

Outfits

A reader requested I include a picture of myself in each post so I’ve started taking a mirror selfie each day and will either share like I am here or do a roundup at the end of the week. The lighting in my office is not great but you will see what I’m wearing.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing kimono over jeans and tee shirt

This charmeuse kimono is ages old. It’s available in zillions (technical term) of colors and is the perfect size to wear over things. I tossed the belt years ago because I always wear it open. The turtleneck is so cuddly and soft and the comfy pull-on jeans are here.

I’m employing everything I can to keep my spirits lifted so these days I’m reaching for my mala beads and chakra necklace, more times than not. My perfume has been replaced with Lavender essential oil and I’m giving myself permission to goof off every chance I get.

Makeup

We’re all weathering this time the best way we can but I’m surprised at the number of ladies on social media who are posting about their 7-day-old #dirtyhairdon’tcare and #nomakeupdon’tcare posts. This is so different from what I’m doing, it’s comical. Call me shallow, but I’m taking extra time with my makeup these days because:

  • I have more time to experiment
  • it’s fun and feels like play to me
  • catching my reflection looking washed out would not lift my spirits
  • it feels normal and I want to create as much normalcy as I can

I’m not wearing neutrals because they just feel blah to me. I pulled out my Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lucy and love it with this Zuzu Luxe Lip pencil in Fraise. My lipstick is running low and I am horrified to find it sold out most places! I hate when they discontinue favorites:( The color shown on Amazon looks like they linked the wrong color, but I ordered it anyway because I love it.

How about you? Do your routines help you stay balanced?

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

 

 

 

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113 Comments

  1. MJ
    April 7, 2020 / 7:07 am

    First, I LOVE the kimono outfit. Wow, your style, girl!! I wish a had an ort of your fashion talent.

    Second, I LOVE Jane Eiredale products so I will check out the lipstick recommendation.

    Third, keep trying your hand (including your thumbs) at gardening. In my opinion, the only things a garden needs are lots of sun and water and lots of sun (did I already say that??). I plant a very large garden and there are only two of us in this family. Through the very long winter here in central Alberta, Canada, we enjoy all the vegetables that I take the time to can, blanch and freeze, or turn into soups in autumn (homemade tomato soup is to die for – a lot of work to make, but worth the effort and a bowl of steaming borscht on a cold, winter day warms the heart and body). We are still enjoying garden potatoes and onions (I have a cold storage room). We finished the homegrown shallots about a month ago. I currently have fifty tomato plants of various varieties basking in the sun of my dining room, waiting to move to their new raised bed homes. Staying at home more lately has me baking like mad and I recently made tasties like raspberry rhubarb galettes with the fruit I’d picked and frozen and ‘mountain muffins’, a hearty oatmeal banana muffin complete with saskatoons and raspberries. Oh, and I made french macarons on the weekend…

    I don’t tend to put on make up unless I am going out in public as my eyes are super sensitive to makeup but I always admire those that do – they always look so pulled together.

    I am finding that staying balanced through these nutty times requires a bit of work. I am a routine oriented person by nature so I through thick and thin, I plan the tomorrow the night before to ensure I face each day with intent. I am having moments though, where I have to work very hard at not getting caught up in the fear mongering, the conspiracy theories, and the anger that is out there.

    Lastly, I really enjoy your blog. Cheesy as this might sound, I feel like you are very representative of the average woman who is my age. Whatever you choose to blog about, as long as the topics are as positive as they have been, I will keep reading.

    Take good care and keep smiling!!

  2. Cyndy A Lennon
    April 6, 2020 / 8:12 pm

    Jennifer
    I was wondering if you wear the Kimono out or do you just wear it at home? I think it’s very sharp and classy looking.

  3. Linda Henderson
    April 6, 2020 / 5:56 pm

    You look great! Love the look.

  4. Janey
    April 6, 2020 / 3:58 pm

    I live alone and no one will let me see them during this time, so I value all the blogs I read. Yours has been one of my favorites for ages. I am moving to retirement, currently working 3 days a week (from home now) and being divorced a few years ago, I don’t have much money. I would like to know how your transition to retirement went, I think you moved into a retirement village at one stage.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 7:14 pm

      We do live in a 55+ retirement community. My husband loves all the activities (when they were open). It’s easy to make friends and be busy so I highly recommend them. Stay well.

  5. JC
    April 6, 2020 / 3:32 pm

    A mix of various composts is better than soil-less weeds, better nutrients. Open bags, mix on a tarp and put in raised beds. A garden center might deliver.

  6. Audrey
    April 6, 2020 / 3:28 pm

    I’m in the make-up every day group! I even stopped taking my usual give-my-face-a-break days on Mondays for now just because I feel better when I’ve done my hair and face. Plus, my husband is working from home and I think I’m nicer to him when I feel better about myself. And he’s sweet and appreciates my efforts to dress and look as nice as possible.

    I teach piano lessons in my home usually, so now I’ve moved everyone to Skype lessons and I find that actually takes more time, so I feel like I’m MORE busy now than usual. Which I don’t love. I feel like my schedule is fuller, only all the fun things–lunches and shopping with girlfriends, dates with husband, outings with family and friends, etc–are missing. Ugh. I know how blessed I am, though, to still have an income right now. So it’s okay.

    Been reading a lot and making sure I get enough sleep, since that’s essential for my mood as well as my good health. Trying not to eat too much, although I’m probably failing at that.

    We have a garden and grow what we best love to eat: heirloom tomatoes, sugar snap peas, mint (I love mint tea!), radishes and carrots are my favorites and ancho chilies, tomatillos, and eggplant is what my husband likes to grow. He’s the true green thumb and does most of the work. I just enjoy the fruits of his labor.

    We live right between the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Joaquin valley and it’s the beginning of planting season in our garden. We usually start the seeds inside between sheets of paper towel which we keep damp and warm until they sprout. When they sprout, we transfer the seedlings to cups and put them in the sunniest windowsills until they’re tall and strong and until we’re sure it’s warm enough to move them outside. This makes them more hardy once they’re in the ground and gives us a little bit of a head start on harvest. I can’t wait for tomatoes!

    I can’t think of what I’d want to request you to add to content…. I do like the dressing room diaries, although you can’t really do that right now. I like clothes and makeup and jewelry and skin care and even though I’m not going outside of my house right now, I’m still interested! And I think most everyone appreciates “shop my closet” posts. After all, that’s our daily reality, right? And seeing someone else’s outfits, whether they’re “new” or not can be inspiring as we are trying to create our own outfits. I like all your posts and I’m glad you’re still posting even though things are so weird right now everywhere. Thanks for being such a positive blogger. I know we don’t know each other, but I do think of you as a friend!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 7:11 pm

      Thank you Audrey:) You and your husband are pretty fabulous gardeners. Stay safe and thanks for being here.

  7. Claire Gerrard
    April 6, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    Hi Jennifer. I’d like to know more about the house you finally brought. How well is it working for your retirement lifestyle? What is the neighborhood like? What facilities do you have nearby? I know that you did up the kitchen – what other work have you done? Would love to see what you do with the garden. I know your blog is not a house and garden blog, but you have good insights into retirement living that works with what you wear in retirement and how you live in your clothes in retirement. The place we mostly live is in our house and neighborhood. Loving seeing your everyday photos. Today you have quite a bohemian vibe going on – I wasn’t expecting that. It is your relaxed look at home. I like it. Do you usually wear shoes or no shoes around the house? I’ve had this debate with myself for years. I like to have shoes that I only wear in the house and then change into outside shoes for going out. My summer inside shoes are a pair of navy jandals with some bling (flip flops, sorry I’m from NZ and I can’t remember what you call them). They are a bit fancy and sparkly, they make me happy when I put them on. I don’t like walking around the house all day in bare feet, I don’t feel quite dressed. In winter I wear slippers but I don’t like wearing them all day either, I feel like I am never quite dressed for the day. I quite like wearing soft moccasins/loafers as an alternative. Then at night change back into my slippers for winding down at the end of the day. Sounds silly but in these days of lock down it helps to break up the day! Stay well.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 7:08 pm

      I can share more about the house. We haven’t done too much but tried to put a personal stamp on it. We don’t wear shoes in our house but my feet are getting pretty tired from slippers all the time. I think I will designate one pair of shoes for inside too. Great idea!

  8. Linda Todd
    April 6, 2020 / 1:35 pm

    Hi Jennifer

    We live on a large suburban property about an 35 miles north of our capital city Wellington, in New Zealand. We are in full lock down too and we are going into Autumn. We have two raised vegetable beds and we have lettuce celery, spinach and broccoli plants coming on. We are eating red onions and spring onions and lots of herbs right now. I am very grateful for the garden as our living costs would we much greater without it. Sadly just now no plants are available so we are using the gardeners network to share seedlings. Friends delivered little parcels of coriander and beetroot seedlings. We love roasted beets. Keep well. We will come out the other side of this appreciating what we have all the more. And I’m with you ….hair and makeup every day, not too much but enough to stop me looking like the ghost of Maple Lane.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 7:04 pm

      I did read that seed packages are selling out online. I better order done. Stay well

  9. Eve
    April 6, 2020 / 11:54 am

    We ran out of eggs so I decided to look up eggless recipes. I tried an eggless chocolate pie from the depression era and it was better than my regular one. I expect we can make do or do without if we need too. I had a square foot garden a few times, so easy. Still not to late to get something in the ground. I love yellow squash and green beans.
    As for putting on makeup at my age, 77, I’ve rebelled. I’m leaving dress up to the younger ladies. Cool shirts, elastic waist jeans are my uniform for home time. But you got to have that great haircut! So glad I have an angel who can cut fine hair. She’s a blessing

  10. Sharon Mulliken
    April 6, 2020 / 11:39 am

    Jennifer, I am SO glad I found your blog a few weeks ago! I enjoy your musings, your fashion, and everything about you! You are open and honest and I so appreciate that about people in general. I love your fashion tips, too! I look forward to whatever you have to say every single day. I find I am struggling with mood swings. For the first two weeks, I really kept a schedule, picked out cute (to me) outfits, jewelry, did make-up, etc. Then I kind of hit a slump. I was pretty down for a couple of days, but today I find I have renewed energy and determination. I think I had to experience NOT taking care of myself to understand I really NEED to take care of myself. So daily I am up, have coffee, make the bed, plan an outfit, etc. daily. Walk the dog. Take long walks with my hubby. Plan a week of menus. Lots of cooking, lots of baking. Made a list of projects I would like to accomplish. Some deep cleaning (can I hear a woo woo for ovens and refrigerators that sparkle???? haha) Reading. Streaming with my husband at night. No one can control my moods but me. My one struggle (and always has been) is too much sugar and salt snacking. Anyone have any tips on how to avoid? Happy Monday, everybody!!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 7:01 pm

      Happy Monday Sharon. I’m struggling with salty snacks too so trying to just stay busy.

  11. Kay
    April 6, 2020 / 11:37 am

    Your blog is the first thing I read every day. You are my tether to normal. I planted an herb garden (in pots) on the patio. Since I’m cooking more for the six of us in this house, I wanted fresh herbs to use. We now live on a quiet street where people walk their dogs. We sit outside (when it’s not raining!) and admire the dogs and chat (from a distance) with their owners. This has been a way to meet many of our new neighbors. My hair is almost long enough for an updo, and it’s coming in the same lovely white my grandmother had. I think I’ll let it!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:49 pm

      It sounds like your hair is a delightful surprise. That’s awesome

  12. Rory McGovern
    April 6, 2020 / 11:33 am

    Hi Jennifer,
    I love layering with the colourful kimono! I have purchased one few years ago in Japan… I’m going to put it on right now!! The colours are also vibrant!
    Also love your lipstick color suggestions… I’m feeling drab with the same old pale colours!! I really like this boost!
    The other day my wonderful hairdresser packaged up my special “root” formula and I actually did my roots…. and the hair looks great and the mess very very minimal!! I’m feeling better already!
    I’ve spent much needed time going through the storage in the garage!! Wow what a relief to have so much gone through and yes donated!! I periodically also go through my wardrobe …I love my Well Styled Life purchases especially sporting them… quarantined and all!!
    Our weather in Tucson has been glorious so outdoor long walks are keeping us upbeat and exercised.. No pajamas here either until bedtime!!
    Loving posts of beautiful stylist chic you, Jennifer…wishing you your family all your
    followers peace, solitude safety and well being….Rory

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:48 pm

      Thank you Rory. You’re sweet. Stay well.

  13. Ann Y.
    April 6, 2020 / 11:12 am

    Thanks for the great post! I am with you…I get dressed, do my hair and experiment with make up. It makes me feel better. I have a short pixie cut and I color my hair….so last week it was way past due and I cut and colored it myself. It does not look half bad! Hang in there…better days are coming.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:47 pm

      Good for you! Stay well

  14. Barb
    April 6, 2020 / 11:06 am

    I totally agree about the hair and makeup! I am retired, so am home alot and put makeup on every day. Catching a glimpse in the mirror does it. I just feel better. Now more then ever that is needed. Enjoy reading your blog, keep posting about “normal” topics!

  15. Susan B
    April 6, 2020 / 10:52 am

    I love that kimono! I have several as I love them, but rarely wear them as they seem too fancy. I’m getting them out to wear now!
    I always get up, dressed, make up hair. That’s how I feel normal. Stick to as much routine as you can. The other day we took a little drive, got to-go burgers at a little old fashioned local burger joint and ate them while parked with a view of the river. That burger tasted so good!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:46 pm

      I bet it did! Enjoy those kimonos.

  16. Mar Ellen
    April 6, 2020 / 10:38 am

    What a wonderful post today, Jennifer and comments. You ladies have inspired and motivated me to clean up my act. I need to put some lipstick on for me and my husband and get out and walk.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:45 pm

      Have a great day Mar

  17. Claudette
    April 6, 2020 / 10:36 am

    Thank you for showing your outfit today. It is so attractive.. I have let my hair grow and am struggling with what to do with it as I have always had short hair. I like your updo of today. Can you explain how you style it so it likes so nice? I enjoy your blog and look forward to it each day.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:44 pm

      It’s simply clipped up in back with a banana clip. Not fancy but it works

  18. Francesca
    April 6, 2020 / 10:35 am

    Love your blog Jennifer please continue!! It is a wonderful force of generosity and joy for me and I look forward every morning to hear what you have to say. Lately we have been playing a lot of cards-Spite and Malice, Liverpool Rummy- and I have been making fabric masks for family here in California. My husband and I are self employed and there is no work going on in our industry so we are taking turns lifting each other up and then panicking as we nervously watch our savings in the stock market tumble. Thank goodness both adult kids are independent and are both “on their way” working still. When I get extremely nervous about the current state of affairs I go walking and I go on youtube for exercises; love Joe Wicks workouts, he is fun, and for dancing Ryan Heffington. We are watching a lot of musicals and westerns. My daughter got me onto Libby which is a reading app for borrowing digital books fom the library-I think free- and its amazing what is on offer (bye bye Amazon) and then there is always Downton Abbey again!!
    Keep safe Jennifer, be well:)

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:42 pm

      I love Liverpool rummy!! Thanks for reminding me. Hang in there Francesca

  19. Marian
    April 6, 2020 / 10:34 am

    Your blog is always a great read, and the comments, especially now. A few suggested topics:

    – You said you’d show us some of the remodel/improvements you’re doing in your new home. Any updates?

    – Keep or toss? How to decide if a garment is worth keeping. We all have a few pieces we love or invested in and don’t wear. Can it be re-invented and improved? Wish we could see before/after photos of any clients who asked for advice how to style something.

    – Classics and basics on sale. What are the best wardrobe staples to buy while they’re so cheap?

    About growing veggies….I started gardening 4 years ago and I do grow a lot of vegetables year-round in Santa Rosa. It helped that I first spent 2 years at a plot in a community garden and learned so much from others. The most important thing I learned was that even experienced gardeners kill things. We all make mistakes and learn. Not every plant thrives. You may have gotten a bad plant or some adverse condition happens (weather….fire season, etc). If you planted veggie starts in March, it was probably too soon. We are in Zone 9 and you need warmer night temperatures. The soil needs to be 50+ degrees at night. Even April can be too early. Most veggie-start planting is done in May but the stores get them in earlier. And don’t plant ’em all at once…stagger them so the growing season lasts longer.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:40 pm

      Great ideas Marian. Thanks for sharing. I’m glad to know it’s not too late to plant. Stay well

  20. Susan
    April 6, 2020 / 10:33 am

    Thank you for your blog. I look forward to it every day! It’s something to look forward to in these difficult times. We will get thru this….

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:37 pm

      Hang in there Susan

  21. Nancy Walden
    April 6, 2020 / 10:22 am

    You inspired me to go put on makeup before I wrote a reply! I’ve been putting on skincare every day (eye cream, serum, moisturizer) but the last few days I’ve been skipping adding color. My 7-year-old great-granddaughter and her dad will be the only people I’ll see today but looking in the mirror will lift my spirits! Due to the school closures, I’ve gone from having my great-granddaughter for a couple of hours after school to having her for 7 or more hours 5 days a week. My grandson has an essential job and since he’s the sole caregiver he needs all the help I can give him. My challenge today is to go online and get D’s virtual school assignments. Last week I took everything out of several kitchen cupboards and reorganized them. I also cut 6 inches off the sleeves and 3 inches off the length of a top that needed some tweaking so I”d wear it! It’s a horizontal stripe that I only bought because the front is seamed up the middle so the stripes meet in a chevron. The bracelet-length sleeves and new length means I’ll actually wear it! On Friday, my usual ladies’ Bible study met via Zoom. There are unexpected advantages to social distancing! Because it was a Zoom meeting, a lady who moved to Idaho last year and another who is recovering from chemo and surgery, were able to join us! We’re living in a different world right now and it will be interesting to see how many of the changes become our new normal!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:36 pm

      It’s wonderful that you can help your son! Hang in there Nancy

  22. Rosemarie
    April 6, 2020 / 10:17 am

    Good morning from sunny west coast of Canada.

    We grow veggies every year – I only grow beans – my husband does beets/carrots/lettuce/onions/potatoes/tomatoes. Each fall I enter the veggies in the fall fair. They are often 1st prize winners.

    I always put on my lipstick and perfume. When I go for my daily neighbourhood walk I wear a lovely floral top etc as it makes me feel good.

    Routine is so important from what I was reading again yesterday by a Commander of a submarine – and especially meals = 3 meals a day. So important for people to sit down together he said and also to have some private time each day.

    The cherry blossoms have exploded in the block above me and people – some wearing masks are coming from all over the city to few them. Cherry blossoms lifts the heart.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:34 pm

      I’d wear a mask anytime I went out. Just to be safe.

  23. Barb
    April 6, 2020 / 9:41 am

    Enjoy your blog ever day and please continue. I am in British Columbia and practicing self isolation and yes it is getting old but it is what we must do. I walk 5 miles per day and it is what is keeping me sane. Only going to the grocery store when we must and otherwise continuing to read and watch HGTV. Missing my hairdresser but in the bigger picture we will manage with less than stellar hair at this time. I missed my usual haircut appointment by about a day when the shop closed!

    • Nancy
      April 6, 2020 / 9:57 am

      How long does it take you to walk 5 miles? Just curious. I walk too, no idea of how far I go, just keep going until I feel like sitting down!

      • Jennifer
        Author
        April 6, 2020 / 6:32 pm

        Good for you Nancy.

      • Barb
        April 7, 2020 / 8:15 am

        It takes me an hour and a half!

  24. Eileen
    April 6, 2020 / 9:24 am

    I worked at home for twenty years, in my weaving studio, I always put makeup on , did my hair, and wore jeans and a nice sweater or top. It never occurred to me to do anything else, not sure why, my mother didn’t wear lipstick, makeup, or dressed up clothes. Interestingly my Danish mother didn’t entertain people at our house. She said the apartments in Denmark were too small, so everyone got together in public, streets, restaurants, shops, and your home was your private space. That makes it seem harder to be confined in places like cities. She used to talk about WWII and the blackouts, shortages, the occupation, lost relatives, etc. I believe she appreciated everything more that some others, because of her experience. She taught me to have fun, with whatever you have, lessons I’m drawing from at the moment. She would not have worn pajamas all day, she would have said, life’s too short, get up and do something. Good advice, thanks mom.

  25. Katrina
    April 6, 2020 / 9:12 am

    Yay for routines!! Shower, hair, nails, walk, weight, read, makeup – we can control a few things. While our daughter works, we assist in homeschooling her 3 boys. Routine is key. We all know what to expect during the days. For kids this is vital. Reading here, math then, play outside, lunch at 1:00, more reading, dinner at 6:00. We try to give them a sense of continuity and control. We all need these small signs of normalcy. Thanks for your transparency in your posts. Do keep it up!!!

  26. Vickie
    April 6, 2020 / 9:09 am

    Look forward to your blog each day. And thanks for the heads up about Talbot’s sale yesterday. I ordered a few things and got great discounts!

  27. Carla Mahaney
    April 6, 2020 / 9:03 am

    Interesting comment about hair and makeup and the responses. I’m guilty of beginning to fall into that as well, though I don’t like that I’m allowing it to happen. I’ve pared back SO much on makeup that I don’t have much to experiment with but I agree that passing by the mirror with an unwashed face and uncombed hair is depressing! I have fine straight silver hair which is badly in need of a shaping. Since that’s not about to happen, I’m at a real loss to figure out what to do with it. The longer it gets the limper it gets! 🙁
    I’m going to do 30 minutes of a free Silver Sneakers workout on FB right now, and then I will head to the bathroom to spruce up Thank you for the mention of this, Jennifer – I needed that!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:30 pm

      Good for you! Just try clipping it back with a banana clip.

  28. Rose
    April 6, 2020 / 8:13 am

    Always look forward to your blog. We had a beautiful tiered garden at our old house but not at this one. Would love one now. My husband grew the best zucchini! I am making sure to shower, do my hair and makeup every day, just makes you feel normal in these abnormal times. I always wear earrings but that’s it. You look so cute with your jewelry on that I might rethink that. I really need some pull on jeans and more leggings! Stay safe!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:28 pm

      Pull-on jeans are my new favorites

  29. Joanna
    April 6, 2020 / 8:12 am

    I really don’t understand why anyone would stop taking care of their physical self during this time, unless they are clinically depressed. I still shower every day, washing my hair every second one. Fortunately, I had my hair cut and highlighted just before we self isolated so I will be good for another month then I will need to get creative.
    I spent my time walking twice a day, tidying the house but more importantly, tending my gardens. I find it to be a relaxing, calming activity. The pandemic is far from my mind as I prune, weed, and relocate shrubs. It’s been mostly, beautiful weather on Vancouver Island so I haven’t felt cooped up.

    I’m not buying anything except the essentials – food & wine. Lots and lots of wine. 😉 Our stock portfolio took quite a hit so until it recovers I will not be making any major purchases. Another good reason to buy lots of wine.

    Keep the posts coming Jennifer! I enjoy reading them and the other comments. It’s a great little community you have built.

    • Sharon
      April 6, 2020 / 10:58 am

      We’ve recently had to turn our guest bedroom into wine storage room.🥰

      • Joanna
        April 6, 2020 / 4:40 pm

        A girl after my own heart! 😀

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:27 pm

      Ours took a hit too Joanna. I would sure hate to run out of wine. 🙂

  30. Diane B
    April 6, 2020 / 7:48 am

    Routines have changed, but one good thing is that I have started to wear lipstick around the house and even gardening. Yesterday I got out a fancy vintage necklace to wear just to make me smile. It is too cold to think about planting here, but I am getting everything ready. I have a rather large back yard that I hope to whip into shape this year. I am also wondering how the nurseries will handle the sales this year, are they essential….Oh yes they are to me. When I went for weekly grocery run, I picked up a hydrangea and cut tulips just because I want (need) more beauty around me. I enjoy reading all the comments as well as your fabulous posts. Feels like there is still lots of friends out there. Take care.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:22 pm

      It’s awesome that you wore your vintage necklace!! Stay safe

  31. jmp
    April 6, 2020 / 7:23 am

    Good morning from Kansas! I am trying to keep to a routine during this “lock down.” I do find that I’m getting up later in the morning. That’s wonderful! I shower, get dressed (including hair and makeup), do a little housework, and create a to do list for the day. It really lifts my spirits to feel I’ve accomplished something each day no matter how small.

    My husband and I are doing lots of walking and I find that my walks get a little longer each day. (Thankfully the weather is so much better now.). Planning a weekly menu has been a real help too. We’re wasting far less food and eating much more healthfully. (But I still can’t give up my Coke Zero)

    I really look forward to your blog, Jennifer. It starts my morning with a smile. It’s fun to hear how you are spending your days. Good luck with that vegetable garden!

    Prayers that everyone is staying safe and healthy during this trying time.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:20 pm

      It’s interesting but we are not wasting as much food either. I’m cooking more than ever and planning carefully.

  32. Shari
    April 6, 2020 / 7:08 am

    Just got thanks, Jennifer!
    I do look forward to your sunny attitude!
    My hair is so sad! But I’m lucky that I love to cook and we’re finding new interesting healthy recipes. Walking here in Tennessee is beautiful this time of the year. Dogwoods and Redbuds!
    Peace everyone, stay well!

  33. Colleen
    April 6, 2020 / 6:42 am

    I really enjoy reading your blog and learning about fashion! We were in quarantine for 14 days after returning from the US. Things haven’t changed much since being allowed out! Except we can get out for walks! Makeup, I haven’t been wearing much, but I get dressed everyday, go through my disinfecting routine, do a workout, and walk! We have a large garden but I would like to go bigger! We grow beets, carrots, potatoes, peas, beans etc. It is too early here in South Eastern, British Columbia to plant but my rhubarb is coming up so that makes me smile!

  34. Rae
    April 6, 2020 / 6:34 am

    Thank you for still sharing with us. I enjoy your posts and reading the comments of others. My husband and I winter in Scottsdale and have not yet headed home. Colorado has been struggling with Covid-19 more than Arizona, and our kids think we are better off where we are for now. That being said, I miss our home there. Where we are right now, we have no real yard to spend time in. I go on long walks almost every day, though, and find that that helps boost my spirit. I have taken advantage of online sales and picked up just a few things for spring. I think it’s important to maintain routines as much as possible and to look nice doing them. I definitely spend time in prayer for an end to this terrible pandemic. Love & prayers for all!

  35. Cyndi
    April 6, 2020 / 6:27 am

    I try to make an effort to dress comfy, but cute most days. My wardrobe has changed since retirement, but even when working – I was a teacher – I dressed pretty casually. I taught fashion & design so I always tried to dress with fashion in mind, and still do, although some (most) days I get dressed to putter around the house. Lol. Make up just makes me feel better, like you said, not washed out, so that is a daily must.
    I take at least one long walk -3 to 4 miles – a day, shower and get started with my day. Actually my days are not to dissimilar from before the lockdown. I’ve always had plenty of projects to keep me occupied around the house, so it’s not a struggle for me. I’ve broken out the sewing machine and am in the process of making masks – I’m thinking they will become a fashion trend -Jennifer, what do you think?
    Thank you for continuing your blog. As others have said it’s a daily go to for me.

    • MP
      April 6, 2020 / 9:27 am

      I’ve been making masks too for friends and relatives. I have a nice stash of cotton fabrics from my quilting days. I’m going to run out of elastic soon so I will have to figure out something else. Any ideas?

      • Suz
        April 6, 2020 / 10:05 am

        To make ties, I cut 1 1/4” by 18” strip, iron in a bias tape type fold and fold in half and top stitch down the middle of the strip. Make 4 ties per mask

        • Cyndi
          April 12, 2020 / 11:12 am

          Yes, it’s labor intensive, but works well!

      • Jen H
        April 6, 2020 / 12:40 pm

        If you have any old pantyhose, can cut strips across the leg (lengthwise strips will not roll as well) and use like elastic. Much more comfy on the ear too! My mom taught me that trick! Thanks mom!

      • Cyndi
        April 6, 2020 / 3:44 pm

        I’m out of elastic and just make ties instead, either self fabric (labor-intensive) or bias tape. I also hear shoe strings work too.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:15 pm

      Good for you making masks Cyndi. There is such a need for them. Stay safe

  36. Nicole
    April 6, 2020 / 6:21 am

    Hi Jennifer,

    I do appreciate your blog. My husband and I are doing the best we can. Moved into a new house got settled then got locked down. We have been buying things for the house we seem to have a package or something at the door a couple times a week. California is doing well and people are using more masks. Weather is good here, although we had an earthquake the other day, never fun!

    Riding our bikes, calling people, usually a different person each day. Trying to stay in touch with our families and friends. We live in a 55 plus so people are out walking and riding bikes. Most of us wave to each other and are friendly.

    My husband cut my hair and I liked it. Good thing it grows fast! I have been cutting his hair for quite sometime. He has to do my roots next week…we will see how that goes!!

    I bought pants and a skirt the other day so waiting for that to arrive and bought a book to read too! get dressed everyday and put make up on…. We never know when we are going for a drive to nowhere!

    I love your blog, keep it up!

    Thanks Jennifer and God bless you and your family…

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:14 pm

      You’re brave letting him cut your hair! I shudder to think what mine would look like if my husband cut mine.

  37. Wendy
    April 6, 2020 / 6:03 am

    Thanks for continuing your blog Jennifer- I look forward to reading it every day. I am currently in 14 day isolation due to returning to Canada from USA (there’s no differentiating which international country you are returning from!). Since I haven’t been able to leave my yard I have noticed that the days I take care with my outfits & makeup are my more productive days. Fortunately I have always been interested in fashion & makeup & am enjoying the extra time I have to experiment with what I have. Reading your blog & seeing pictures of how well you care for yourself is very uplifting.
    Stay safe everybody!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:12 pm

      My brother just had to do that 14 day isolation too. It drove home crazy! Stay safe

  38. Yvonne
    April 6, 2020 / 6:02 am

    I’ve always been a person of routine, but now that there is no urgency in my day, I find that I’m sleeping in longer and working out later. I still do what I need to, but I’ve slowed down considerably. I was taught how to cut my bangs and colour my hair years ago as my sister used to be a hairstylist, so I’m ok for the next month or so. It may be the summer by the time I can get a full haircut.
    As for gardening, I have’t grown vegetables in years, but I always have herbs growing and love going out to cut fresh thyme, rosemary, oregano and chives in the summer. Spring is starting here and my chive plants are already a few inches high.
    We’ve been told that the stay at home order may be in place till the end of June, and the list of essential businesses that can remain open has already been reduced and may be again. Parks and playgrounds have closed signs and barriers up in parking lots. Very strange to see.
    I’ve been doing “fantasy shopping” since I certainly won’t need any new spring clothes this year.
    Thanks for posting Jennifer – they are a bright spot in my day.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:11 pm

      Wow, the end of July sounds so far off. Stay safe

  39. Deborah Broughton
    April 6, 2020 / 5:43 am

    Hello from Alabama. I too really enjoy reading your blog so please keep sharing! The kimono made me smile. My office has always been at home but I was rarely here . Glad to be home safe .
    My outfits are pretty simple unless I have to go out to see clients ..briefly and distanced. I will be going out much less now that our governor has finally closed our state. I am my husband’s caretaker so I must get what he needs. I am being very careful on one project today is to make some masks!
    A couple years ago I ordered three large raised bed kits. My husband enjoyed putting it together,planting and caring for the plants. Last year he was not able to get to the plants which are right next to our three step deck, so I followed his instructions. This year he’s back to it thanks to ongoing physical therapy!
    I had started with a personal trainer in Jan. and am continuing that now virtually twice a week. I also walk my two small dogs once or twice a day.
    Thank you for this blog. I do enjoy my coffee time with you every morning and love reading the comments and hearing what others are doing.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you for being part of this community Deborah! Stay well

  40. Patsy
    April 6, 2020 / 5:41 am

    Thank you for continuing your post. I look forward to it more than ever. I also appreciate that your content updates the same way that our lives are updating. I wanted to comment about my new makeup routine. My mother, who died earlier this year, and lived through the Great Depression and WWII always equated the wearing of lipstick and a feeling of positivity. Now that I am using Zoom meetings to teach my students and conduct faculty meetings I’ve rediscovered lipstick and what I’ll call “theater makeup.” Between poor lighting, bad camera work and stress, even celebrities are looking a little rough. (You look great by the way.). I always hated the way I looked in selfies and families videos. Makeup is making a big difference. Seeing a decent image of myself with good coloring and a brighter face makes me and those with whom I’m Zooming feel more optimistic.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:06 pm

      Lipstick is magical for so many of us. Stay well

  41. Linda V
    April 6, 2020 / 5:40 am

    I never get dressed up to sit at home! It will be very hot here soon in Florida and I usually wear linen tops when I go out to shop. They wrinkle too much to wear at home!

  42. Teresa Landers
    April 6, 2020 / 5:07 am

    Like you I get dressed as I would to go out every day. Often it’s well after I work out be it happens. Helps keep my spirits up.

    I have about 100 sq ft vege and herb garden. The thyme, oregano and mint plants are years old. Some Swiss chard wintered over and is producing. Tomatoes, Japanese eggplant and poblano peppers are just getting going here in the hill country of Texas. Gardening used to be a hobby but now it feels more like insurance.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:04 pm

      Wow that sounds like an amazing garden. Well done!

  43. Laurie
    April 6, 2020 / 5:04 am

    Thanks for your positive and friendly perspective! Stay well!

  44. Arna
    April 6, 2020 / 4:58 am

    We have a large garden, which we love. We love to plan it, my husband plants it, I weed it… I cook up the harvest. We have tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, zucchini, squash, sweet potatoes, yellow and red bell peppers, eggplant, lettuce. We can’t plant until Memorial Day (we are in New Hampshire), but we can plan for now.
    In the morningI love reading the blogs of those I follow. Now that I work from home, I read these first thing in the morning before I sit down at the computer to work for the day.
    I am wearing work-out clothes. My students only see my head and shoulders on zoom, so I only have to dress on top haha! I have never worn much make-up, but now even less.
    Please keep blogging. I love that you see the comments as a community. Good morning to everyone!

  45. Amy Robertson-Smith
    April 6, 2020 / 4:53 am

    Good Morning and thanks for the start Jennifer. Like the lady above me, I’ve added 2 miles of walking everyday. I take mine at all different times in the day though because I am working from home (aren’t most of us?) and i need a break at different times. I’ve done it since this whole thing started with diligence, rain, shine, sleet, doesn’t matter. That fresh air keeps my spirits lifting, and being “out” , even if away from others feels good. My dear hubby joins me and that makes it less lonely. I also wake up every morning and put on my make-up, and dress (yes, much more casually), but i don’t feel “ready” it i don’t. My bangs are getting soooo long that i’m tempted to cut them, but i think for now I’m resorting to headbands, clips, and trying other looks. For me “creating something” helps as well, so daily I do that, make and send a card, do a scrapbook page, make COVID19 care packages, candy bouquets for Easter, things I can “porch drop” to others to make them smile. I have NOT increased TV time, I just can’t handle that and it’s never been an escape for me. Hope these brought a few ideas. Yes, don’t stop blogging. Yeah, maybe we’re not all trying to consume as much stuff, but it’s good to have ideas of repurposing what we have. OH, I’m also doing a huge vegetable garden this year. I was giggling when i read you are too, I think it makes me feel a little less dependent on the store, but also to have something growing before our eyes is evidence that life goes on regardless how we choose to react. I choose to stay calm most days and keep repeating to myself, “this is just for a time”. I work closely with co-workers in China, and now 3 months later they are returning to some kind of normal, wearing masks all day everyday at work, but “going” to work, and restaurants are starting to re-open. Amy

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:02 pm

      I’ll be cutting my bangs soon. I’ll see if I can do a video.

  46. Catherine
    April 6, 2020 / 4:52 am

    I am with you! I saw myself slipping into don’t care and it was taking my mental health with it! I am back to workout in the morning, hair and makeup. My husband thinks I am dressing nice for him since some days he is the only person I see. Shh don’t tell him it is for me. This can be just between us!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 6:00 pm

      Lol, your secret is safe with us Catherine.

  47. Michele
    April 6, 2020 / 4:52 am

    Greetings from Indiana farm country. I really enjoy your posts and love hearing what is going on outside of my own home. My credit card has gotten a lot of use while staying safe at home so I have new clothes but nowhere to wear them. So I shower and do my hair every day and play around with styling new outfits with my purchases. I have never worn makeup, but I do love pampering my skin. I’ve done some face masks, used a foot mask and then put fresh polish on my toes, soaked off my acrylic nails to allow my natural nails to breathe for a while, and I may experiment with a self tanner (don’t usually bother doing this but may give it a try…who’s going to see if I get it all streaked and messed up?) Sharing recipes might be fun to do while we are all home staying safe and doing more cooking. Just a thought. Have a great week everyone.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 5:59 pm

      I love the recipe idea, thanks. Be safe

  48. Jan
    April 6, 2020 / 4:52 am

    Thankyou for sharing a little glimpse into your daily routine. I look forward to reading your posts and the comments of all the amazing ladies following your blog!
    Routine is definitely a big deal for me. It does help maintain some sort of normalcy. I take time every day for my makeup and hair routine. I make my bed every day. I try to plan healthy meals every day. Taking time to do these little things with care makes me feel in control of part of my life in a time of uncertainty.
    I am doing a paint by number and yesterday I sewed several face masks!!
    Stay strong!

  49. Paulette Levy
    April 6, 2020 / 4:50 am

    Im definitely reaching out to family and friends more right now. We have surging numbers this past week, and we’re a very small state! We pay attention to our state health officials! We abide by the rules but so many do not. It’s pretty sad. We are under a Stay Home order, but our governor has had to close beach parking areas as people crowded there the past weekends and did not follow guidelines. Videos posted showed her this was true. So now, unless you walk there you can it visit our local beaches or parks. I’ve been walking our neighborhood streets, roads and wooded paths.
    For make up? Minimal. Hair roots are out. Hair needs a good shaping and thinning. Bushy…I have no knack in blow drying. I feel generally blah, but I’m clean! Lol. Ps lettuce is planted. Tulips are out!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 5:55 pm

      If the tulips are out, things are looking up. Hang in there Paulette

  50. Sue
    April 6, 2020 / 4:38 am

    My phone gives me a weekly update on my screentime. No surprise–it is up A LOT! I am reading books online, listening to podcasts, doing online puzzles, Facetiming with family and friends…
    I don’t want to scare anyone with these calls, so I have been making some effort on my appearance.
    I wish our weather here in Ontario was better for gardening but Spring’s arrival has been slow. Good luck with the vegetables, Jennifer! need to find a place that will home deliver spring flowers and potting soil…
    Love your posts–thank you for keeping in touch!

    • Valla
      April 6, 2020 / 6:00 am

      I love your comment about the increased screen time- well, yeah! My phone admonished me the other day, too. I wanted to tell my phone to stuff it! Lol!

      • Terry
        April 6, 2020 / 3:14 pm

        My phone screen time doubled last week. But it doesn’t know I’m also reading on iPad and laptop! Shhh…

      • Jennifer
        Author
        April 6, 2020 / 5:53 pm

        You’re hilarious Valla

  51. Cynthia Brown
    April 6, 2020 / 4:37 am

    Love, love love the kimono 😊. I’m going to wear one of mine today! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m definitely in your camp, Jennifer. I’m dressing, casual, but chic, and putting on makeup, jewelry and perfume every day. It helps me feel normal + right now. Gosh, I think if I stayed in my jammies or sweats every day and didn’t take a shower, I’d just slide into a dark hole of boredom. Thanks for sharing the pictures of yourself….it’s so nice to see your smiling face!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 5:52 pm

      I just couldn’t either. It helps pick up my spirits so I’ll always do it.

  52. Ramona Puckett
    April 6, 2020 / 4:29 am

    Yes, me too! I’m trying to wake up at the same time every morning, walk the dogs, make up my bed, make the coffee, drink the coffee while reading my Bible. Didn’t mean to write down my routine! And I’m putting on makeup, it may not be much but it makes me feel better. I enjoy your blog posts, we’ll get through this ❤️

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 5:49 pm

      Your routine sounds great:)

  53. Janie Peppler
    April 6, 2020 / 4:28 am

    Good Morning Beautiful Jennifer!
    I just want to thank you for your WONDERFUL daily blogs because they brighten my day! I LOVE all your tips and info on fashion, makeup and every day life!
    Lots of love to you!💗
    Have a BEAUTIFUL day!🌸🌷🌼

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 5:47 pm

      Thank you Janie:). I’m so glad you’re here ❤️❤️

  54. Deb Campbell
    April 6, 2020 / 4:25 am

    We are encouraged to check with friends and family during this time (should do it all the time!!) and it seems maybe a bit shallow to talk about the fun stuff that makes living worthwhile. It’s fun to have this opening with this you and the group to talk about fashion, food, interests beyond the post mortem of the latest news. I will say it is nice to see a periodic piece from you during the day, Jennifer. Might be a question or a thought you’ve had. A great opportunity to refocus!! Right now really going to only 10% of wardrobe – yikes!!! Hang in with us please!!!

    • Jane
      April 6, 2020 / 4:40 am

      I enjoy looking forward to reading your blog each morning. It’s one of the few things that remain consistent in my life. My son and daughter in-law are doctors and working extensive hour at the hospital. We are babysitting their 2 and 4 yr olds 24/7. It’s a difficult time for everyone in the world and prayers to all.

      • Jennifer
        Author
        April 6, 2020 / 5:44 pm

        Bless them. They are heros. It’s wonderful you can help with the children. Stay safe

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 5:47 pm

      I’m pulling things out to wear that haven’t been worn for ages. Hang in there!

  55. Bev Dickes
    April 6, 2020 / 4:25 am

    I alter wedding dresses out of my home. It’s a sad and stressful time as brides are having to postpone or cancel weddings. I have shut down my home to clients coming in for fittings. I have plenty of dresses pinned and custom dresses ordered to keep me busy, but I miss the interaction with my clients. I’m working out longer each day, getting dressed and putting makeup on each day, cooking more and making masks for my family members. We have four married boys and nine grandkids. FaceTime and zoom have become lifesavers. My husband recently bought us a raised garden and I’m so looking forward to planting it, if it ever warms up! We will plant herbs, tomatoes, peppers and maybe a few beans. Can’t wait!

  56. Gail Schwartz
    April 6, 2020 / 4:11 am

    To maintain my sanity these days, I walk 2 miles every morning, then come home and shower. I make my bed and dress as if someone might see me, makeup too. I have colored my hair out of a box, first time in 40+ years. I had my gel nail polish removed before we locked down, so I haven’t had a manicure in weeks. Probably healthy for my nails to remain naked for a while. Please keep blogging. Your posts give me a lift.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 5:42 pm

      I’m feeling the need to increase my walking too. I’m happy you’re here

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