Wine, Women & Shoes

Wellmont Health System hosted its third annual Wine Women & Shoes event on Saturday, April 29th to raise money to help improve access to and affordability of breast cancer screenings for women…


Navy With Bold Color

Color can certainly help you look your best. I enjoy dark colors on my top half to minimize that area, but I love to add a pop of color with a satin…


Color In The Sun

Do you wear bright, cheerful colors on a cold rainy day? Color seems out of place to me when the weather is bleak. I feel more appropriately dressed in dark neutrals such…


Support Your Symphony

On Friday evening we attended a fundraiser for our beloved Johnson City Symphony. We have been season ticket holders for many years and often participate in fundraisers to keep our fantastic Symphony…


Bright Colorful Pattern!

Shown below is one of my favorite looks from last summer. Classic shapes in solid colors, lightweight fabric, and great fit are my summer wardrobe heroes. Wearing solid basics on their own…


A Girly Girl

I sincerely enjoy hearing from readers. Your positive comments, questions, and topic suggestions give me ideas for new content. After more than nine hundred blog posts here and on my old blog,…


Keeping The Weight Off

We enjoyed another perfect dining experience at Rowland’s in the Westglow Resort in Blowing Rock on Saturday. Rowland’s is consistently voted one of the best restaurants in the state of North Carolina.…


Enjoy The Journey

Being with friends and family surrounded by the stillness and beauty of nature is a perfect day for me. Since very early childhood, a trailhead has been one of my most favorite…



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  1. Susan, I’ve been following you since Fifty Not Frumpy and love and appreciate all you and Mr Mickey share I’ve been battling some sort of autoimmune problem for years and am about to have MRI of brain. I desperately want to learn to Eat To Live as you have. I’m married but husband doesn’t comply with his own diabetic diet and our adult daughter and grand baby are living with us. I’m retiring early on 4/30 at age 55 because I can’t tolerate working any longer. I was diagnosed in 1999 Fibromyalgia and now possibly MS. I want to focus on my health at retirement to hopefully get stronger and able to return to part time work. I’m wondering if you would post more/ current how you “transformed”? You’re an inspiration especially because I don’t have very supportive people around. Thanks so much!

    1. Eat food as close to the way it grew in the ground as you possibly can. Do not ever eat fast food or packaged convenience foods or snacks. Avoid beef, pork, and all processed meats. Eat beans, greens, grains, seeds, nuts, vegetables, and fruit in small quantities. Drink only filtered water. Walk and move around as much as you can during the day. Go to bed at the same time and rise at about the same time each day. (This is my lifestyle in a nutshell.) I hope you have success in your pursuit of better health. Best to you, Susan

  2. Susan, Thank you for being the bright spot in my email in box! You always offer usable information and beautiful photos. I appreciate your disclosure and judicial use of advertising in your blog. You are successfully maintaining your “brand” by doing so. Its disappointing when a blog turns into just one more piece of advertisement.
    I have a difficult shape (ie: short waisted, long legs and arms, and hips that are fuller immediately below the waist). So I need to camouflage the short torso and high hip issue when I dress myself. Never able to find an of the rack dress, never a belted waist. I dress in separates always. I’m 5′ 4″, 135 pounds and 68 yo. I would appreciate additional ideas for dressing my specific issues. Thank you Susan and Mr Mickey.

    1. I have the same short waist, high hip situation! I never fully tuck in a shirt. I also never show more than the bottom half of my behind. We might think the answer is to cover up with oversized or long clothes, but that always makes me look larger than I am. Now that I wear more low heeled shoes, I am still re-evaluating what I can and cannot wear.

  3. Susan, your website is great! I have shared it with friends and we all love it. I especially like when you show outfits and compare which is better, like the recent utility jacket. You are very informative, clear, and offer valuable tips for consideration – whether shopping or evaluating what to keep in my closet. Right now, I am debating about shrugs! What are your thoughts?

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