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I was worried there for a minute...I thought I'd been left behind...LOL!

 

I've been really busy with guests for the Grammy Show. I was driving up and back from the airport several times and making huge breakfasts every morning as I hosted the DS and his new "girlfriend that isn't a girlfriend", one of his fraternity brothers, and one of my BFFs that came from AZ to go to the Grammy Show with us.

 

Next up is a trip to AZ for the DS's fraternity's "Mom's Weekend". Then it's off to San Diego in early April for my niece's Engagement Party and dress fitting. I'm hoping to go back to FL for Mother's Day in May.

 

So what is everyone else up to?

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While we're waiting for Laurie's cruise pics, here's what I chose to take to PB. The color in the pictures is not good because I had to take them in the evening and the light is bad.

 

First, my travel outfit. It's going to be in the 30s when we leave, and only mid-60s in FL. I'm wearing jeans and my sneaker/boots. When I get to FL I'll change to the brown sandals for lunch:

 

 

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That night I'll change into a prettier top and jewelry, wear the same sweater with some skinny capri pants, and the brown suede sandals again:

 

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Saturday morning I'll either do Zumba or rent a bike, so I'm bringing workout clothes. DH likes to sleep in. Shocking, right? Then we'll have lunch with his cousins at their condo dining room. I'll wear this outfit with the bronze flats in case she wants to walk after lunch. This is yet another Pleione top with my fave taupe ankle pants:

 

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For Saturday night out I had nothing, so I bought this rich NAVY dress. I wanted something simple but elegant that could dress up or down, since she'll probably be in pants and a very dressy jacket plus jewelry, and we're going somewhere VERY nice. It doesn't look like anything on the hanger, but it is so nice on, it's all about the detail in the tailoring. I had some very specific jewelry of my own in mind when I bought it. I'll wear it with my tan platform pumps and a matching lacy sweater:

 

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Anita, I wanted to show you the detail on the top because the sewing is divine. The top is a very thick, heavy satin, and I think the rest is rayon. It has that lay flat stitch you were talking about which gives detail to the front and the borders. And the fabric just drapes so nicely:

 

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For Sunday brunch I'm wearing this purple Pleione top and blue capris with the brown sandals. I'll change into my jeans and boots at the airport:

 

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Here are the shoes. The ones on the left are my traveling boots:

 

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For me, this is a lot of clothes for just three days. But, it's not a beach trip, and there will be lots of socializing. In fact, I'm not even bringing a bathing suit since it won't be very warm.

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Those all look like Palm Beach clothes! I'm not familiar with the brand Pleione, where do you find it? Melody

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PB = Palm Beach

 

I'm glad you named the colors Margaret because they didn't photograph well at all. I would never have guessed that dress was NAVY. The stitching in fabulous on that dress...actually, it looks like the raw edge was finished with a rolled hem stitch using a fancy thread and then the normal straight stitch to attach the panels of fabric.

 

I love the beautiful finishing of the neckline and the arm holes too. Is that the same fabric as the upper bodice on the dress? It seems to have a bit more shine to it, but that could just be because it is likely cut on the bias to be more flexible to wrap the edges. It is so well done though, you can't even see the stitching to wrap the edges... I think they must have used a technique called stitch in the ditch where they sewed the bias edge to the dress with right sides together, and then turned it under and sewed again in the seam (to hide the presence of the stitching), hence the name stitch in the ditch.

 

Can you tell from my description?

 

I think it is these techniques that elevate the quality of home sewing.

 

I love all your shirts. Are they all woven fabrics? I've decided that ultimately, I need more woven fabric tops. I think the structure of the fabric and it's ability to better skim the body and have better drape will be more flattering than the knits that I have been wearing.

 

Also, you can get such better prints in wovens...at least, it seems to me to be that way.

 

I agree that it seems like a lot of outfits for a shorter trip, but when you are going to be doing as much socializing as you are...it's very fitting.

 

I like your jewelry choices too...but they are a bit hard to see. The pop of color with the blue top and the purple multi-strand are really nice touches.

 

I know you are used to your heels, but still, my toes cringe just seeing those pumps! :rolleyes:

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Those all look like Palm Beach clothes! I'm not familiar with the brand Pleione, where do you find it? Melody

 

They are at Nordstrom's, but I've gotten the majority of mine at the Nordstrom's Rack where they are usually at least half off. They're 100% polyester with enough weight that they aren't at all sheer, but still light enough to drape nicely. I wash them in the sink and they dry quickly with no wrinkles, so great for travel too.

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I'm glad you named the colors Margaret because they didn't photograph well at all. I would never have guessed that dress was NAVY. The stitching in fabulous on that dress...actually, it looks like the raw edge was finished with a rolled hem stitch using a fancy thread and then the normal straight stitch to attach the panels of fabric.

 

I love the beautiful finishing of the neckline and the arm holes too. Is that the same fabric as the upper bodice on the dress? It seems to have a bit more shine to it, but that could just be because it is likely cut on the bias to be more flexible to wrap the edges. It is so well done though, you can't even see the stitching to wrap the edges... I think they must have used a technique called stitch in the ditch where they sewed the bias edge to the dress with right sides together, and then turned it under and sewed again in the seam (to hide the presence of the stitching), hence the name stitch in the ditch.

 

Can you tell from my description?

 

 

What you describe sounds very accurate. You are right, the armholes are done in the same satin-like fabric as the top. The label says it is viscose, which surprised me because it has such a soft, smooth hand. I took some pictures of it wrong side out. If you'd like to see them, I'll email them to you. If I post them here, I'll have to shrink them and lose some of the detail.

 

I also love that it has pockets. They are so beautifully done and lay so flat that they don't affect the fall of the dress at all.

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Thinking about all the work that went into this "simple" dress got me thinking. So, I dug the price tag out of the trash to see what the original price was. I was able to peel off several layers of stickers...

 

$345.00 :eek:

 

I got it for $75, no tax. Score!! :D:D Now I love it even more!

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Margaret, I would love to see the more detailed photos! If you are able to send them to me (don't know how big the files really are)...send them to that most recent email address.

 

It makes sense that dress would be in that price range! The work on it is very fine and clean. It's that attention to detail that makes such a simple dress into something that actually is just easy to wear, but not truly simple at all...it's very sophisticated.

 

And to hear it has pockets! LOVE!!

 

My latest sewing project is breaking my "rules" for this year regarding purchasing new projects. We did find a beautiful brocade for DS' waistcoat. I found him a suit (Alfani Black Label at Macy's) on a huge discount on President's Day. It's a great quality suit, especially for the price...I'm SO happy about this purchase. It's black, of course. I'm making the waistcoat out of this fabric:

 

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Then we may or may not bring in some coordination with his GF's dress coat with his tie and pocket square.

 

I've been thinking that a silver pocket square might be really nice...nothing too gaudy...a very white silver. The dress still hasn't been purchased...she's thinking it might be this navy one she tried on.

 

I happen to really like navy and black together. I'm still debating about the tie. I think it could just be a nice classic look to have a solid black tie.

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They are at Nordstrom's, but I've gotten the majority of mine at the Nordstrom's Rack where they are usually at least half off. They're 100% polyester with enough weight that they aren't at all sheer, but still light enough to drape nicely. I wash them in the sink and they dry quickly with no wrinkles, so great for travel too.

 

 

Awesome, thanks Margaret! Nordstrom Rack arrives here in Colorado Springs in early April!!! I like the look of those blouses & I've been known to buy a few pair of shoes in Nordstroms [emoji6]. Melody

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Anita,

 

Don't worry...we'll fill up this thread soon...and it won't be lonely anymore! LOL!

 

Laurie,

 

Sorry to hear that she got the shingles! Hope it's a slight case and not adversely affecting her trip. Such a bummer! But knowing Laurie...she's making the best of it.

 

Margaret,

 

Love your outfits for Palm Beach and I agree with others that given your social schedule...you're not taking too much.

 

I especially liked the top in your travel outfit to Palm Beach. I like the whole outfit...but the top really caught my eye!

 

Hope you have a great trip to FL.

 

In General,

 

I can't remember...is any of our posters here from Virginia or in any of the other places where these tornadoes are tearing things up? I have some friends in Virginia that I haven't heard from though I've e-mailed them a couple of times! I'm getting worried. I'll have to look up their phone no. and give them a call. I've been corresponding with them via e-mail almost every day since we met them on our cruise back in 2012. Gotta dig up that phone no.

 

We've been having summer weather here for two weeks now. We're loving it but it just seems weird to have 86 degree weather in Feb.!!!:eek: Not complaining though given what the folks back East are going through!

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I have friends in Virginia that lost 3 over 100 year old trees, their gazebo & an old truck (that they were getting ready to take off their insurance). Just property damage & fixable. They said it was unbelievable to watch the tornado rip thru their property. Melody

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mousey, I was thinking of you when I watched the Grammys. I always tape it because I fast forward through everything but the live performances. It was especially helpful this time so I could skip Justin Bieber. :) Poor Adele. It's mortifying to perform poorly before colleagues, let alone on national TV.

 

I had another basal cell carcinoma removed from my arm today. Wear your sunscreen, ladies! It's your best fashion accessory. ;)

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Mousey, fully concur. I had a squamous cancer removed from my ring finger a couple of weeks ago, just found out that they're going to have to do a considerable bit more surgery on it. Luckily I was finally able to get my wedding ring off (have never had it off before, over 46 years). Doc is now going to micro goggle every freckle on my hands/arms as he didn't think this was anything, didn't have any "cancer" characteristics, but removed it because it was hurting (another nonchacteristic). Ladies, check yourself, if anything looks (or feels) off, get it checked. See a dermatologist once a year for a full body check. I was a redhead that lived in & loved the sun. Now I wear big hats, SPF50 clothing, sunscreen that I reapply once an hour. I do spray tan when we cruise as I like the glow. Sorry for the soapbox Melody

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Melody, my husband had to have reconstructive surgery on his ear. They removed skin from his neck to make his ear look better. So, I know a bit about what you are talking about. He now wears large brimmed hats when in the sun instead of ballcaps. I hope all goes well.

 

Large leap here to another topic, but I'm super excited and need/want input from any of our EARTH/FIRE ladies wanting to join us for a MeetnGreet Cruise! If you'd be interested in joining us for a talk-giggle-talk-some-more cruise, send me a quick email at aoknkentucky at gmail dot com. I will send you a reply and we will begin compiling data. I'll respond to emails on Monday, February 29 since my weekends are pretty hectic. Thanks ya'll.

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Hey everyone! I'm at the airport and thought I'd send a quick note. We had a lovely vacation. The shingles didn't stop me, nor the minor cold mid week. We had wonderful weather. We didn't get to Grand Cayman though as they were expecting bad weather and closed the port to tendering. Our captain steered clear of it so we just ended up with wind in the afternoon. Can you believe we are on part two of this thread? Wow!

 

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Laurie, welcome back! So glad you had a good time and the shingles didn't interfere too much. Hope you have some photos to share with us.

 

We got a sweet upsale offer on our cruise and were able to move up two decks and into a balcony stateroom.

 

Debbie, awesome idea! :D

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Laurie, so glad the shingles didn't impact you too much. Glad you had fun!

 

Margaret, great deal!

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I'm doing some odds and ends today, but I plan to start my pictodiary later today. I've got laundry going, we're cleaning house, the pictures were sent to Walgreens to be printed, and I'm going to pick up a few things at the store!

 

Melody, how is your husband doing?

 

I will say that I do like the packing cubes. I think I need a variety of sizes for my needs, and for my husband as well. I also know that I need some new luggage. Mine has really been taking a beating, and when we arrived in Tampa, I was surprised to see that our largest suitcase looked pretty bad! When we opened it, we also found that it was apparently searched. Everything was there, just messed up.

 

It's funny, I'm very focused now and have a good idea of what I want when it comes to luggage and packing cubes. I hope to get this squared away before the next cruise in June. I've never had two vacations so close together! The sad thing is, since we are looking at Alaska, I don't think my next vacation will be until around July of 2017.

 

Here is one picture for you all. You remember me talking about trying things on, the accessories and the whole outfit? To make sure it was what you had in mind? Well, I forgot to wear my shoes when I tried it on at home. This was a dress that was too small at the time I sent it to be hemmed. I was excited when I got it back because it fit, and tried different necklaces on with it. I failed to try it on with my sandals, or I would have had it hemmed again! It's that thing where the dress lays differently and is looser... I will find a picture of the purse I carried, and then you will see why I chose the necklace I did. But for now, here is a picture that I thought was flattering. It took a lot of pictures for me to realize that the way they have you stand doesn't work well for my figure. I think this picture was pretty nice, overall.

 

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Laurie, after the second stay in the hospital DH is doing much better.

 

I know what you mean about not liking how the photographer poses you. I normally say, let's try this & pose the way I know is most flattering, which is almost always one foot in front, putting the hip at an angle. That being said, that dress really shows how much work you've been putting in at the gym. Lookin good, good definition in those arms. Melody. Here's what I mean by an angle shot ImageUploadedByForums1456685927.284310.jpg.078e8aee32a4d23e439d0b14a88deb14.jpg. All very different

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Melody, I'm so happy to hear that your husband is doing better. I wish him a speedy recovery.

 

When is your Hawaii trip?

 

When I pose, I don't have a tremendous amount of flexibility at the waist. I'm rather short waisted, so what happens is that you miss the waist altogether in a photo. I'm learning!

 

I really liked that picture, and found it flattering. At one point, the photographer had me turn my chest outward like, and tip my head back a bit...that was awful. With my measurements and lack of flexibility, I looked ready to fall over, I was imbalanced.

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So, we had a very early flight out of Syracuse, so I got up at 4:00 AM. This was the first time flying with American Airlines. I planned this cruise out later, and decided to use ChoiceAir through RCI because our weather can be iffy, and they will guarantee getting you on the ship. I checked, and the price was the same as if I booked it independently. I couldn't get a decent flight time to use Jet Blue. I would say the experience was good, in that the flights were either right on time, or even early. I do miss the TV, and the little snacks. They provided beverages though.

 

We go to Tampa around 1:00, I think. The weather was nice. If you were in the sun, it was warm. If you were in the shade, it was a bit cool, but not bad. We stayed at the Residence Inn downtown. They had a nice staff, and our room was spotless and in very good condition. The outside of the hotel isn't overly appealing, so I was a bit concerned at first. The hot tub and pool area looked good. It had the typical buffet breakfast.

 

We also ask the people at the hotel where the locals go. We found ourselves much more tired than we expected. We thought it would be a good idea to walk somewhere and get some fresh air and exercise, to see if it would wake us up. The nice lady at the front desk recommended us to a little pub a few blocks away that I believe was called Taps. We ate outside in the fresh air, and the food was fabulous. We then walked around this park that I just loved. There were kids running through a sprinkler type fountain that was set up for them, and there were families playing catch, frisbee, etc.

 

There was also a nice area to walk.

 

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Those pictures were taken with my phone, so they were a bit to the small side.

 

We walked back to the hotel, and I have to admit, we were still really tired, so we hung out and watched the rest of the Daytona 500. It's vacation, so I have always felt that we should do whatever appeals to us, even if it is nothing.

 

The hotel provided a shuttle to the port. I couldn't contain myself, I always want to be there soooo early, but my husband says we shouldn't leave until noon. He did agree to leave at 11:30, and I have to say, between the ride, dropping off the luggage (I needed new luggage tags - short story is that I left them at home, and brought the wrong ones.) going through the usual lines, and getting sailaway photos, we were onboard by noon. It was incredibly fast. It is a smaller ship, but it was sold out, from what I could see online.

 

I think they took 6 or 7 pictures before we even stepped foot on the ship, lol. I'm not thrilled with my sailaway pictures. I did not try on my shirts, just my existing and new shorts. I figured the tops were fine. Some were, some were not. I had some bloating issues for the first few days from the shingles medicine, and then tucked in my shirt because it was baggy and past my hips. But I was happy, and it showed!

 

This is a scan, and Photobucket won't let me rotate it, for some reason.

 

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Our room was nice. I love having a balcony. It has that rounded bed end that Pam and I have spoke of before. Some of the RCI ships have regular beds, but a lot the ships have these.

 

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We sailed under this bridge. The captain didn't announce it or anything, but I don't think we had a lot of room to spare. It was very beautiful.

 

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We have always had the drink in hand, out on the top deck sailaway routine, but we did things a bit different this time. We actually had a drink while meeting the bartender in the Schooner Bar, and then we were on our balcony for sailaway. We were far from alone - it seems to be a very popular thing. I really enjoyed that, in a very different way than the party type of atmosphere. I will say that I missed having a fruity adult beverage in my hand!

 

We had My Time Dining, which I'll abbreviate as MTD going forward. My husband and I typically ask for late seating at a large table. We like having people to talk to and becoming friends with. Unfortunately, we had to choose between early seating and MTD, and we chose MTD. I should say I chose it, and then let my husband know! I could have changed it if needed, but he said to leave it and we would see what we thought.

 

I have mixed feelings. I missed getting to know table mates, and so did my husband. I missed having the same waiters. We did ask if we could request the same waiter each night, but they indicated that it might mean waiting longer. We could see that the system could get a bit complicated at times, with people saying "table for two only" and so forth.

 

We also learned that you have to pay attention to the photo times. We would normally go down for dinner about 20-30 minutes early, have our pictures taken, and maybe get a pre-dinner drink. As a result, we couldn't find the photographers just before dinner. I didn't get any pictures the first night, but my husband took a picture of me.

 

I really like the dress. It's very comfortable. I thought it was more muted when I saw it online, but I like the dress enough to keep it. I think everyone would probably agree it is more a fire color, although it lacks a tiny bit in brightness.

 

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Do you find yourself taking pictures of your toes? I do. I went with this glittery gold. This isn't the best picture, but you will get the idea.

 

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There are no pictures of most of my daytime outfits. I brought some baggy tops, simply thinking they'd be loose but not sloppy. Fortunately, most things worked out. They just weren't...me? Does that make sense? I really like to be pulled together and to find tops with some interest that aren't just basic knits, but I'm still working on that. You can see the shoes I chose to wear though. Those are so comfortable!

 

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It was a sea day, and we did a lot of exploring and relaxing. It was formal night, and you saw one view of my dress already. Here are a few more pictures. You will see what I mean about trying to stand a certain way. But we have some beautiful pictures. I want to point out that my husband is doing so well too. He's lost weight and goes to the gym with me all the time.

 

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This will probably be my last post for the night, since I'm still getting myself organized and ready for work tomorrow. (booo....)

 

The next day was Nachi Cocum day. This really is a relaxing, beautiful place to go. I had downloaded a new book to read, and I had trouble putting it down. But we did spend time wading in the water, drinking margaritas and snacking. Here are some photos.

 

Once again, I haven't been able to rotate these. I will keep trying.

 

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They do space people out, so you feel like you have privacy. It's very peaceful.

 

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So this is night we decided to go to Chops. We have always went to a specialty restaurant for one night, and we've always treated it as date night. This is where I planned to wear the aqua/turquoise/jade dress. I'm describing it that way because it's been viewed differently by different people, in different lighting.

 

I struggled to get a good picture of the dress with the poses, but you have all seen it on me when I was trying to decide to keep it or not. What do you think of the color? Like the orange dress, is it heading more towards fire?

 

I can get away with that sometimes, it seems.

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Oops, forgot this pic from arriving at Nachi Cocum:

 

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And this one, from when we first arrived in Mexico:

 

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Notice the bit of color? Since I was wandering in and out of the sun, I was covered more than I wasn't. Doesn't matter - next time I'm there (and I plan to go again, for sure!!!) I'll make sure I put the sun screen on.

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Oh, and one more thing - those are the earrings and bracelet my husband got me for Christmas. Boy, do I ever love that bracelet. I loved having it in the photos.

 

I will scan and post a picture that shows more of the dress tomorrow, but they aren't the best ones.

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Laurie, the closeup of you & hubby on formal night is awesome & I really like all of the pictures in that turquoise dress (stunning dress). Love Nachi Cocum, I think I have the same pictures! did you have the grilled grouper?

 

We leave for Hawaii on 22 April & cruise 26 Apr from Honolulu, Maui, Kona & Hilo & end up in Vancouver on 6 May. Melody

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Laurie , The lace dress is so pretty but so is the blue one and I love the bracelet . The picture of your husband at the beach is so perfect . He looks so relaxed.

 

Melody , Glad your husband is doing better .

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Laurie, So glad that the shingles didn't interfere with your vacay!!

 

I just love Nochi Cocum. Such a peaceful easy day. Looks like your weather was perfect. Your DH looks so relaxed!

 

I, too, love the headshot of you and DH, with you behind him and arms around him. Such a good one.

 

Your bracelet is beautiful!

 

The thing that's coming across to me in your photos is how good you are feeling (I know you were dealing with shingles, but I mean in general)...I sense a feeling of accomplishment and happiness at your progress in health and fitness. THAT is what I'm seeing clearly. It's pretty fab to see...because you do look lovely, Laurie.

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