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Imagine The Possibilities

I love magazines and have recently subscribed to several….on food, beauty and weight loss.  One of the magazines I was reading today brought out such great things that I just had to share.  The editor in chief wrote her letter about fearing change.  I know the older I get the harder it is to change.  I get comfortable in my everyday living and am content.  Not sure that is a bad thing.  But she also brought out that this is an adult thing.  Kids on the other hand live in the moment, they improvise when things dont go their way…they dont have anxiety over whether they made the right choice or not.


And it is true.  The thought of moving has crossed my mind a million times and I still cannot decide.  Can I use a house where everything is on one level (cant do stairs anymore)….or how about going to a warmer climate (cant do snow anymore) – yet, the idea of packing or leaving the children – although all grown with families of their own – is mind boggling and therefore I still havent decided.

The younger we are, we can jump into the unknown.  Like my son who is moving to another country – so far away.  Today’s youth step out of their comfort zone and try something new.  It is an adventure to them….and if it doesn’t work, they can always come back to the US.  But then I remember when I was young also – I did step out of my comfort zone when I up and quit my job to go cross-country with two friends….a bag of clothes, some camping equipment and a car….was it really 48 years ago.

Then I thought what does age have to do with it.  Why do we over-think everything.  And as old as I am I did jump into the unknown when I became an Avon Rep….retired from my job to do it full time and have never looked back.  I am all over the place, meeting people, dropping off books and taking orders.  I deliver to where my customers are comfortable (one wants me to deliver where she bowls, and in doing so, I have met even more customers)

So, yes, lets all take that leap out of our comfort zone…because you never know the possibilities that are out there and where they may lead unless you take that leap out of your comfort zone….mine is leading toward being in the President’s Club of Avon….one of my goals this year!



What is it about getting older that we find ourselves going to the doctor sooo often.  It seems every time I look at my calendar it has a doctor’s appointment in it.  Separate doctors….one for the heart, one for the thyroid, blood tests in between, one for the knees and dont forget the dentist and the eye doctor.

Sometimes I wonder if it is just that we are getting old – or because we want to make sure everything is working good before we get older.

Sometimes I dread it and then there are other times it gives me some reading time – especially if it is a good book!

I never went to so many doctors when I was younger – was it because I didnt care?  didnt feel all the pain I do now? or it’s something we all must do when you hit a certain age.

Maybe if we went to doctors when we were younger we wouldnt need them now…..probably not true.

And so we go around in circles, trying to find that parking spot not so far from the doctors office, wait patiently in the outer office to be called….wait patiently in the exam room waiting to be examined….and sit a long time in the consultation room waiting to speak to the doctor…..only to make another appointment in two months? six months? to do it all over again!

What does a mom do?

The time has come to realize that there is nothing I can do when your grown children have decided to move out of the country.  I grew up with everyone (and I mean everyone) lived on the same block.  Aunt and uncles and their families and grandma….all on the same block.  But that was the time when everyone knew each other and watched out for each other.  I remember going to the local grocery store and telling Mr. G. to put it on my grandmas bill.

And so this generation has other ideas.  Do we blame it on technology, planes that take only a few hours to get us to where we want to go.  I considered myself blessed when 4 of my 5 children lived in the same neighborhood.  One went to live an hour away….but it still was a close and easy accessible area.  And now I will have to accept them leaving NY to fly to another country, taking my two grandchildren.  It’s good, a great job and I know they will be fine.  But still I will miss them….although with technology – we will skype and manage to keep in touch….but its not the same.

Do you have children outside the US?  How do you cope?  Any ideas on how to keep in touch besides calls, texts etc.

Proper Settings

Hoping the cold weather leaves us soon – well spring is just around the corner….all eyes turn to flowers, warm weather and entertaining.  I love to entertain and find the proper setting is all you need.  My favorite is doing BBQs on my deck and serving not only hot dogs and hamburgers but also chips and dips and of course a fancy dessert.

To make that experience a delightful one, I rely on some great settings.  It doesnt have to be elaborate, but some little elegant placing on the table will make it pop.  This year things like striped napkins or blooming plates.  I love the blue stemmed glasses (wine maybe?) and of course those coasters make it complete.  Whatever you do to entertain, giving your table a little pop will certainly make your company delighted.

Comfort your Sole

Today is a rainy day here on the East Coast.

Woke up late, went out for brunch with daughter and then sit back and watch some football…listen to all that rain out there.

What better way to relax and keep those toesies warm, but to wear these slippers.  At only $12.99 each you have your choice of beautiful colors and designs (great for the holidays) . Available in small (5-6) medium (7-8) and large (9-10)

Limited Edition at www.youravon.com/ashapiro because we are more than makeup!


What does your kitchen counter look like?

Delta recommends only 4 items on your counter


Coffee maker (of course, a day without coffee?)

Soap dispenser (can do, although I usually use the one in the powder room)

Stand Mixer (no way, baking days are over)

Fruit Bowl (fruit doesnt last long enough to be in a fruit bowl)

So that leaves me with only 2 items on my counter BUT where is the toaster oven, and the microwave?

Ok that makes 4 since I eliminated 2……BUT I also have my knives in a block, my container of tea, sugar bowl, coffee cup holder, and since my counter is small to begin with – no room..actually a little working area to make a sandwich or two.  I often clean off my counter of unnecessary items only to bring them out again because they are used…..every day…..so why go through the trouble of putting them in an out of the closet – which is jammed already.  I really need to rethink my kitchen counters…..but it is so much easier to leave the cookies out on the counter then to climb to get the out of the closet every time a grandchild asked for them!

What does your kitchen counter look like?