Monday, November 19, 2012

Shoes for Fun and Work

Last week I found these three pairs of shoes at the thrift store.  They were all cute as a button, in my size, and in great condition, so I snapped them up.  I didn't have to feel a bit guilty since all three pairs together cost me less than $13.  I wasn't particularly looking for shoes, I was looking for jackets (no luck), but when shopping at thrift stores you always have to keep an open mind -- and open eyes -- because you never know what you are going to find.

I love all three pairs but I have to say that I don't necessarily have anything to wear with them (although I have already worn the brown suede pair with the tiny bows).  I am far from a fashionista, and other than church I have a very minimal social life.  But I can afford to be less than practical at the thrift store, and take a little more style risk.

If I want to be totally practical, these are the kind of shoes I really need for my day-to-day life:

In my real life I mostly wear jeans and tops and I am mostly busy doing work around the house, grocery shopping, and running kids hither and yon.  I also spend a lot of time cleaning up messes.  When you live in a house with this many people and two horribly-shedding dogs, it's a job.  This past month has been particularly busy.  My mom had emergency heart surgery, so I flew east to stay with her a little over a week, and since I've been back it's been hard to catch up with everything. (I do have to give my kids credit:  they kept everything going while I was gone and actually did a great job:).

Also this time of year is fraught with birthdays at our house and holidays that have to be prepared for.  My kids requested we have Thanksgiving here this year (last year we went to a friend's house), so I will be doing all the cooking (you people with all the relatives nearby don't know how good you've got it during the holidays).  And I am just not great with the holidays because no matter how old I get, I am always slightly surprised they are already here.  While many of you are happily working on Christmas gifts, I'm still not finished with my summer projects.  Sigh....

 I have to remind myself not to compare, because the reality is I have to make sure there is something to eat and something clean to wear and somewhere semi-clean to be for seven people every day.  And try to keep everyone on an emotional even keel.  It is unrealistic of me (and others) to think that that is not going to take a lot of time.  And that is okay.

Anyway, despite being a perpetually-behind kind of person, and despite being envious of you people who are always prepared :), I have mostly kept up with exercise, I have still done some sewing, and still am plodding along.  I have a little more leisure this week, so I will try to catch up on blog posts and blog reading.  I look forward to seeing what you all have been up to.

I was going to say that my mom is now doing pretty well, but I just got a call that she is back in the hospital.  Prayers are appreciated.  Thanks.

***Update***  11/20/2012 -- My mom is now out of the hospital.  All her heart tests came back good and they think her pain was caused by abnormally tightened muscles in her back, probably due to her surgery and recovery period.  Thank you so much for your prayers. -- Angela


  1. Angela, I will certainly pray for your mom...and for you, for medical issues are difficult for loved ones as well!

    Sometimes I think that we in Blogland put our best foot forward and inadvertently leave the impression that everything is "together" at our house. I can't speak for everyone else, but you can rest assured that, although I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner for 19 this year, you would not be able to tell it by looking at my house this afternoon!! My energy lags the older I get, so right now I am taking a break (with coffee!)...macaroni and cheese for the weekend baking in the oven...all the dishes piled on the counter...sheets in the wash...bed bare...crumbs still under the kitchen table from yesterdays lunch with five grands...piles here, piles there...a mountain of laundry to be folded. But we are so excited about our son and his family coming for Thanksgiving! We'll be ready by Thursday, and if something is undone...well, it will just have to be okay.

    As far as Christmas projects...yikes! I love autumn so much that I try to eke as much out of it as I can. I always focus on fall and Thanksgiving the entire season, and then the week of Thanksgiving I realize that Christmas is right around the corner and I am nowhere near ready. You'd think I'd learn. Nope.

    Anyway, my break is over. I must clean up my dishes and get out the vacuum. :)

    Remember, I'll be praying for you...


  2. Great shoes! Now you just need some fabrics to whip up some new autumn/winter dresses. My favorites are the ones in the middle.

    I'm sorry to read that your mother is not well. I had not known.

  3. Dear Angela lovely to see a post from you again! So sorry about your Mom. Prayers of course - for her and you and all the family. It's so worrying too when one is at a distance. So glad you could fly east to be with her. Don't worry about keeping the domestic juggling going - from what I can see you do a grand job and you know just when other things need to take priority. Doesn't get much more impressive than that and the fact that your family held the fort so well while you were away means you've passed on essential life-managing skills pretty efficiently too. So give yourself a pat on the back and only worry about your Mom. I send a hug as well as the prayers. E x

  4. Keep up the good work, and I'll be praying for your mother.

  5. Good for you on the exercising, I have slacked some in that department. I'll keep your mother in my prayers.

  6. Praying for your mom...and hey, I walk in shoes like you, I always fix Thanksgiving and have for decades now, I don't even remember ever going somewhere else, that would be a change! So glad you found such good enjoy them and enjoy life! Each of us has a very different journey...I can say I really far behind according to others standards, but hey they are walking in my shoes! you!! Come see me some time!
    Would your crew like to come play football with us...Bill works until 3:30 so it would need to be in the afternoon and mine love playing Thanksgiving football?

  7. Angela, so glad to hear your Mum is fine after all. And lovely to have you back. x


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