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Thanksgiving Day

It's Thanksgiving Day - Denise Thanksgiving Day

It’s very early on Thanksgiving Day. My husband snores softly in our bed.   I snuggle close to him thinking of all I have to do today. I lay there, warm and cozy, enjoying this time of peace. The house is quiet. Thirty minutes later I slip out of bed to start my day.  I gather a pile of laundry and tiptoe out of the room. Quietly, I go downstairs to start the wash and check on the turkey. I set it to brine last night and I just want to check on it. It remains as I left it – floating in a bath of salt water, herbs, and spices. I walk around the house making mental notes of all that needs doing before guests arrive.

It’s early on Thanksgiving morning.  My husband is up. He’s rearranging the family room — pushing the sofa back, making space.  Impromptu tables and chairs will be set up to accommodate those guests who want to eat their meal watching football on television. He’ll clean the bathroom and mop the kitchen floor. Then, he’ll wait to see what else I might put on his “honey-do list.” While he waits, he’ll get his paper off the porch and read the news of the day.

It’s Thanksgiving morning. I lift the turkey out of the brine, rinse it, pat it dry, and prepare it for roasting.  When I’m done, my husband puts the roasting pan, now filled with a 15 pound, stuffed turkey, into the oven. I wash the dishes and disinfect the kitchen counter.

It’s noon on Thanksgiving. I get the tablecloths out, run the iron over them, and dress the tables. I count out flatware, set out glasses, and make ice tea and lemonade.  The turkey sits cooling on the counter while I gather serving dishes, serving bowls, and serving forks and spoons. Fresh rolls of tissue are placed in the bathroom and paper hand-towels are put out for guests. A quick walk through my house shows that all is in place.

It’s 3 o’clock on Thanksgiving Day. Two of my sisters arrive to help put the finishing touches on dinner. We greet each other noisily and offer hugs and kisses. I make space for  potato salad in the refrigerator and direct them to put the sweet potatoes in the oven with the macaroni and cheese.  We move quickly but not hurriedly.  We’ve danced this dance many times and we know what to do. One gets the cranberry sauce out of the fridge and spoons it into a bowl. Another arranges vegetables and side dishes on the counter.The doorbell chimes as we work  More greetings. More hugs. More food.

It is 4 o’clock on Thanksgiving Day. We gather in a circle, hold hands, and say a prayer of thanks. We ask God’s blessing upon the food and upon us. We give thanks for all we have and all that we are. We recognize those that are no longer with us or, for various reasons, could not join us. We shed a tear, share a laugh, then grab a plate.

Happy Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving Quotes

It is Thanksgiving Day.  My house is overflowing with family, with laughter, with love.  I am joyful.  It is Thanksgiving Day.

Happy Thanksgiving from Makeup on Aisle 64.

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Health on Aisle 64… My Weight Is Out of Control


Health On Aisle 64... Getting My Weight Under ControlMy weight is out of control

I need help!

I’ve been paying attention to everything and everybody but myself.  What happens when I get into this routine?  Well — I tend to stress eat.  I eat, and eat, and eat some more.

What kind of foods?  Comfort foods.  Mashed potatoes and gravy.  Macaroni and cheese.  Chips and salsa.  Coffee with lots of cream and sugar.  Dutch apple pie.   Snickers Ice Cream.  Dairy Queen’s Pecan Mud Slide.  None of this is in moderation so it’s not good for my health.  It’s wreaking havoc with my cholesterol level (it’s much too high) and I’ve gained weight.  My clothes don’t fit and I just don’t feel myself.  I decided enough was enough.  I had to get back on track.  Weight Watchers here I come.

Health On Aisle 64... Getting My Weight Under Control-- Back to Weight Watchers

I tried to sabotage myself by missing the 7:30 AM weigh in.  I woke up at 8, laid there, and debated whether or not I should go to the next class.  At 8:15, I jumped out of bed, scurried around, and got myself to the 9:30 class at 9:35. I am so glad I went.


Health On Aisle 64... Getting My Weight Under Control Weighing InThe weigh-in was ugly but I did not expect anything different.  I hadn’t been eating or acting in a way to get different results. What I did get was a warm and encouraging words that let me know I was in the right place to get the help I needed.

Health On Aisle 64... Getting My Weight Under Control - Welcome KitI also got a welcome kit that included a What to Eat booklet. I will use it to take control of my eating.  I will use it to plan healthy meals for me and my husband to enjoy.  No more rush rush and eating on the fly.  We’ll spend more time sitting on the porch enjoying a meal and less time with a plate in front of the television.  It’ll be nice.  Very nice.


Health On Aisle 64... Getting My Weight Under Control - My Calorie-Free TreatSooooooo, what calorie-free treat did I pick up to reward myself for getting to the Weight Watchers meeting?  I got the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown.

Ulta Beauty is just about three shops down from my Weight Watchers meeting and everything in there was plan friendly.  And, whereas I can have a latte on my Weight Watchers plan, I know that coffee is one of my trigger items.  It doesn’t end with the coffee – it’s all the cream and sugar or the lemon pound cake or the apple cinnamon muffin that I like to go with it.  On this day, so as not to be tempted, I decided Ulta was a better bet.

Why Medium Brown and not Ebony as the display literature recommended?  The aesthetician tried a couple of different shades on me and we decided the Medium Brown worked best.  One of the things I notice is that as I age, if I use too dark a color on the brows, lids, or lips, it can add a few years to my face, so I’m a bit cautious about this.

What are you doing for health or fitness?

Have you set any goals in that direction?  Tell me about it in the comments section.  I’ll keep you up to date on what I’m doing.  You keep me up-to-date on what you’re doing.

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National Wear Red Day 2015!

Denise Jordan from Makeup on Aisle 64 Go(es) Red for Women's Heart Health

Denise Jordan from Makeup on Aisle 64 Go(es) Red for Women’s Heart Health

National Wear Red Day is today.

Friday, February 6.

Today, women across the country will be donning their red dresses to bring awareness to women’s heart health.  I am one of those women.  Why? Because the Go Red movement is important.  It’s important to me and its important to women.
Why all the fuss about women’s heart health?


Well this is what we know.
  • We know that just about every minute, a woman dies from heart disease.  Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.  To make it plain, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease.  1 in 3.
  • Heart disease is largely preventable.  If we control our risk factors, maybe, just maybe, heart disease can be avoided. Controllable risk factors include smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, poor eating habits, diabetes, and cholesterol levels.  Flip the script by quitting smoking, losing weight, engaging in physical activity, and eating a healthy diet or work with your health care provider to manage diabetes or high blood pressure.  By doing these things, you can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Denise Jordan from Makeup on Aisle 64 Go(es) Red for Women's Heart Health

Join me in the Go Red movement.
Join me and Go Red for women’s heart health because when women Go Red, they begin to make choices for a healthier lifestyle.
Take action.
  • Know your numbers.  Know  what your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels are.
  • Get a health assessment.  Make an appointment to see your doctor or nurse practitioner for a check up.  If you don’t have one, check out the free clinics in town or take advantage of the free health screenings that are offered at local health fairs like Focus on Health.
I’m taking action.
My action plan includes limiting butter and coffee and resuming my daily Pilates routine. What’s your three? What three things will you do for heart health?
What action are you taking for your heart health?
Tell me about it in the comments section below.  And, if you enjoyed this post, I would really appreciate it if you would subscribe.  Put your email address in the email box on the right and click Sign Up.  And please, Like me on Facebook.  Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pintrest and check me out on Makeup on Aisle 64 TV on YouTube.

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