Woman vs Wild

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Although I was home for a week and wanted to work on my projects,  my toe surgery was still an issue, so climbing ladders or moving heavy crap was not on my radar.  I DUD have the place looking rather spiffy with every nook and cranny decorated for fall, but I wanted the house to look extra good because I was actually getting ready to have COMPANY.   This was the first time in a very long time to fuss around and I was having a ball.  My sister-in-law and brother-in-law were visiting from Vermont, and we were planning BIG FUN!

As usual, however, it was a major clean up to get ready and there were a few things that didn’t get finished.  I was kinda bummed that it wasn’t perfect, but I had to remember my own advice and try not to sweat the small stuff.

The good news is, my sister-in-law is a wild woman too and the home renovation project got a little shot in the arm when she demanded a power drill and climbed up on top of a conglomeration of chairs and stools to reach the top of the sun room. She is a tiny little woman, so this was quite a feat!   I dug screws and various items from the deepest scary parts of my garage, and I held the damn rack while she drove it home!

I now have my beautiful wrought iron rack proudly displayed over the windows where I can see it from the kitchen and my metal wall art that looks like a quilt, positioned over an old bench on the porch (don’t even ask how she did that!)

Thank you, Faith, for being YOU, and helping out in my “Woman vs. Wild” Home Improvement project!  You Rock!

 

Fiesta Time

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Delicioso!  Checkout this Keto friendly lunch spot we found while chillin’ with my visiting fam.   We rolled into a food truck wagon train after showing off the various tourist attractions in my fair city of Memphis.  I was a little anxious about what I would scrape off of what to keep Keto, but no worries Amigo!  The Chile Verde vendor had a low carb version for most of their mucho menu, so my biggest problemo was to figure out which one I would order!

I was really happy with my choice of the Chorizo “taco” served in a lettuce wrap, and as you can see from the photo, it came with wedges of limes and radishes.  There was also a great selection of different types of salsas.  They had everything from Habanero to sweet pineapple, which I hear is great on the Carnitas, but I stick with the traditional tomato salsa or the tomatillo.

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What an awesome lunch.  The Keto diet is really so easy once you get the hang of it.  There is always a low carb option, so never fear about trying new restaurants.  If you’re still wondering what to order when you are out, be sure to look for my upcoming eBooks where I visit Southern restaurants, ethnic restaurants and other surprising places where you can enjoy yourself, but keep the Keto lifestyle!

Fiesta Time!

 

 

Video Interview with Bob Magowan, Dulcimer Artist

Check out Bob’s video at the end of this post!

Let me introduce, Bob Magowan, who enjoys his AWESOME Red Shoe Life, by designing and INVENTING dulcimers.  He has always been involved in music, but has really embraced his folk side by creating beautiful stringed instruments and teaching students, like me, how to play them!  Check out other musicians on YouTube by putting Bob’s name in the search bar and you will see how famous this guy is!

Bob plays in several groups around town, but has spent time in workshops all over the US, continuing to learn his craft and grow as a musician.

Thanks again, Bob for hanging out with me and sharing your gift!

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Too Cool for School

Shout out to the most awesome group of people on the planet.  Not only do I get to have the a ridiculously fun job, but I get to do it every day with this bunch of bananasimage

Today we showed off our manic bartending/dancing skills to the sizzlin’ hot Blues jams of guitarist, Steve Johnston!

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The Blues, Brews and BBQ-fest started off with free beer and ribs and ended with a Mustang Sally conga line through the packed house Dining Room!  I must say that my conga was truly stylin’ on the scooter… just sayin’

Many thanks, Wack-tivities Team.  You make every day a Red Shoe day!

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Exorcise Your Pumpkin Butt

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Hopefully, your September posture challenge will finish up strong this week. I can say that my neck and shoulders have never been so traumatized, but after almost 30 days of lifting, stretching and flailing my arms around like I’m on fire, I do actually seem to be standing up a little straighter.  Posture Coach Challenge 

I am planning to continue the posture torture and as we go through our Red Shoe Life exercises, will  add the new exercises each month to our routine.

This next challenge will begin in October and I wanted it to have a Halloween theme.  Should it  feature exercizes for Bat Wings? Goblin Guts? Witches T*ts? No!! It suddenly became obvious ( uh for OBvIOuS reasons). October’s challenge will be all about the Base, or should I say our Pumpkin Butts!

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Yes, I have multitudes of friends who do everything in their power to make their butts BIGGER.  Sorry guys, that is just not the look I’m after and before I get in trouble, that’s all I’m going to say.   At this time, I am not shooting for buns of steel here… just a little less lead!

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So, Pumpkin Butts, be prepared to get BAKED!

Give these three exercises as often as possible throughout your day.  I have selected these three because they are relatively easy, do not require gymnastics, and can be done in the privacy of your own home (if you choose… I know what exhibitionists you all are!)

I have not listed a determined amount of repetitions, as it is different for everyone.  If you are after some “beaut glutes”, than do more.  If you haven’t budged from the Barcalounger for decades, than start slow…

Here ya go:

1. The squeeze…. And yes, if you are doing this in line at Walmart, people can tell!  Wait until no one is looking and tighten the muscles in your ass several times.  Done and done.

2. The lift.  Standing while holding on to a sink, bar stool or other stationery object lift your leg (one at a time) directly behind you with a straight knee  (no pun intended).  Increase reps each day.

3.The Badonkadonk Bridge. This one is done on the floor or while your still in bed, lying flat on your back with bended knees. Now hoist that derriere straight up with your arms at your sides for extra umpf!  Every morning and every night with increasing repetitions should just about do it!

There are a million other exercises for beautiful booties, and some look pretty damn ridiculous.  Check out a few videos that I recommend on my Pinterest Board under Health and Fitness. (see link) What do you have to lose except your Oh Lordy, Gourdy!

Red Shoe Life Transformation    Pinterest

Change the Way You Kiss!

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Leave it to my friend, Debra Parmley, the Romance novelist, to throw a sexy afternoon party!  I had previously posted that I had gotten away from visiting my friends and particularly meeting new people, so when Debra’s invitation to a LipSense party showed  up on Facebook, I gleefully puckered up, put on my best sock (remember, foot in a boot) and rolled over to her house.

This soiree was being sponsored by Penny Stein, who did a wonderful job displaying, explaining and letting us try on stuff   This product is really long lasting and I truthfully have had it on for hours with it looking exactly the same as when I first put it on.

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Debra was trying out her “Red Shoe Life” by wearing bright red lipstick for the first time!!!  It looks FABULOUS!

I did get a little crazy and try on the black lipstick with the gold glitter, but I’m not sure you all are ready for this jelly!

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I will say that this party was a new one on me in more ways than one as half the guests were “live” on Facebook, and others were Face Timing…. poor Penny didn’t know where to look!  Haha!  Technology!  Amazing!

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This is Maxie.  She Face Timed the party and is ready for her close up! (See, I think the black looks better on her!)

If you are interested in checking out this amazing lipstick and all of their other no smear products, here is Penny’s info.:  Pictureperfectlips@bellsouth.net.   If you are interested in finding out more about Debra’s romance novels, here is her website: http://debraparmley.com/  These ladies were so much fun, and I really enjoyed being out there in the world again!

So, BTW, the tagline for this line of lipsticks says that it offers to “Change the Way You Kiss” since it won’t come off until you take it off.  (Hmmm.. I’ve heard that before in a hotel room…”  just kidding…  This is great stuff.. so Boys, hold onto your lips… here I come!

Home Alone with Keto

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With some time on my hands (or should I say my foot) while I wait for the “GO” signal from my doctor, I thought that I would chat a little bit about the type of foods that I have been making to help with my ALMOST 50 lbs weight loss.  And NO, I didn’t cut off a toe for a coupla of pounds, but I did lose six while I’ve been sitting on my ass.  Apparently, my new bionic toe joint weights less than the old one?  What does that say about my long walks and hectic work schedule?????

Today, as you can see, I had a lovely lunch of leftovers, but delicious just the same.  I heated up some chicken legs to go with  raw spinach, guacamole, salsa, parm cheese and black olives for lunch.  There are some awesome Southwestern spices on that chicken, and I did contemplate getting my sombrero out for the pic, but honestly, my toe hurts and my garage is a dangerous place.

If you are looking for more KETO ideas, check out my Pinterest pins “Red Shoe Life Transformation”