Add a Little Razzle Dazzle

Hand painted snow flake
A number of years ago, I lost a very good friend to cancer. In the late eighties, when she was losing her hair because of her treatment, she discovered nails. She found that lovely nails made her feel better about herself. I have very fragile nails and I do housework so glamorous nails have never been part of the equation. Sunday, as I was facing more domestic upheaval, I skipped church and drove myself to the local nail bar. I intended to have just a manicure but I now have gel nails. My fingers look so long and lovely to me. The technician was like an artist with a tiny brush and actually painted snowflakes on on my nails.

I have been recording my food (and drink) on My Fitness Pal for 2 weeks and have lost 5 pounds and 2 inches off my tummy. Button blouses are buttoning without the little wiggle. I have had a number of social occasions and some sad days so I am feeling positive about my results. I have been very much inspired by The Hostess' amazing results and realize that it is all about perseverance not magic.

Tomorrow, Maman and I are going to a Blue Christmas Advent service. Our local Anglican and United
churches are holding a service for those who may be a little sad in the holiday season.  What a great idea! I do believe that there are many opportunities for support whether church-based or community-based. Tonight, I am going to another carol singing party at the home of one of my travelling partners.
I haven't seen her since we parted company and I went to Tucson. It seems like a lifetime ago.

If you have noticed disappearing posts on my blog, it is because I am uncertain. Right now, I am dealing with somebody else's mood disorder. I have dealt with it before and cannot be sure of the outcome this time. Part of me wants to write about this illness that destroys families and relationships but I have a concern because mood disorders often come to a head with hypomania and then a hospitalization. Everything settles back down, drugs are tweaked and on we go until next time. No one knows why or when. If this sounds familiar to you, you are not alone!

In the meantime, I have snowflake nails.


  1. Your nails look fun and festive! I believe that we all need some pampering from time to time and nails are on display all the time. You must keep looking at them, I know I would. Keep up the good work on your fitness pal. You can do anything that you set your mind to.
    I think there are pressures felt at Christmas that make anxiety disorders and mood swings much worse. Hang in there and if you need to vent feel free. After all it is therapeutic and if you don't want to go public, write in a journal. Buy yourself a beautiful book and pen and add inspiring quotes beside your thoughts.
    Take care.

  2. Hostess took the words right off the end of my fingers - a beautiful journal - write there what you can't write here.
    Congratulations on sticking with your fitness/weight loss plan. I've been going to WW since the summer and the 15 pound loss feels very good!

  3. I can only echo the wisdom Hostess and Pondside offer. . . and the congratulations at sticking to your Fitness Plan as a busy and stressful time of year. Your focus on the positive is inspiring, and your determination to find or make the positive through small steps -- a festive manicure, a carols service, celebrating weight loss. . .


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