Go For A Stroll

Having grown up on a farm in western North Carolina, going for a walk in the woods is a symphony for my soul. In the spring time, when wildflowers are everywhere, it…


Birth Of Spring

Spring is a breathtaking time here, as flowers burst forth in gardens, meadows and along roadsides. I always look forward to visiting the Biltmore Estate to see the tulips in bloom in…


Packing For Travel

I receive many requests for tips on packing for a weekend getaway, a cruise, or a three-week visit to Europe. When I travel, a mini version of my wardrobe comes with me.…


The Summer Wardrobe

I appreciate questions from readers because finding helpful answers challenges me. “Show me how to build a basic summer wardrobe if I do not wear dresses, skirts, shorts or sleeveless tops.” This…


Dressed For Dinner

Rather than taking a vacation for two weeks, we enjoy occasional long weekend getaways. Both Mr. Mickey and I own businesses that require our constant attention. Going away for more than a…


A Celebratory Weekend

We spent a perfect restful weekend away at Primland Resort to celebrate our eleven years of dating anniversary. Friday was our travel day, so I wore a jacket over a scarf and…


Bring on Spring!

At lunchtime on Wednesday, it was warm enough to wear one of the new jackets I added to my wardrobe for spring. The white jacket is by IC Collection from ShopMyFairLady.com. Even…



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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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