Beware! Learning Curve Ahead

I suppose most everyone has heard of jumping the broom—well, I’ve jumped the gun! I’m traveling up a steep “create your own WordPress blog” learning curve right now. Chances are that I’ve jumped the gun in trying to launch into a new blog but I was motivated to do something at the beginning of 2014 to just start the blog. I realize that it will take time to get things cracking at full speed, so while I’m working on some of the behind the scene blog activities—like developing a Disclosure Policy, an About Me page, and a few other goodies—I’ll be providing some tips, links, and other information for those stopping by that will hopefully entice you to stop back for another visit. If nothing else to see how much progress [or lack of progress] that I’m making!

Okay, let’s start with a few of my favorite blogs–these are bound to give you some new ideas and inspiration for a jumpstart on ideas for cooking or creating in 2014.

Tip #1: I normally always check out blogs with a pencil and my “Ideas” notebook by my side for those things that I want to be sure to remember—after about 30 minutes of blog surfing—if you’re anything like me you’ll never remember where you saw that adorable coffee filter wreath or the recipe for Christy Jordan’s Butter Caramel Puff Corn! There are so many great, creative blogs and I’ll be sharing some of my favorites from time to time. If you’re stuck watching another Monday Night Football Game that you really don’t give a hoot about get out your laptop or iPad and go on an amazing adventure to explore new recipes, organizing tips, decorating ideas, and start making the most of your retirement years ahead!

Tip #2: Find just one thing that you can try in the next seven days–just one–it may be a new recipe, a simple decorating or organizing idea, or maybe you can start trying to memorize Scripture–believe me you’re never too old to start memorizing Scripture!

I found this sign while blog surfing today on “Greige: Design as Intended_Unfinished” [link below] blog. I don’t know who to credit for saying this but I love it! I think this is a great motto/slogan for what I want this blog to represent–I hope it will inspire you to do a few of those things you’ve been putting off until you had time–when you retired!

do it5


A Beautiful Mess

A Holy Experience

Tip#3: Start your day here for an inspiration note from Ann Voskamp.

You’ll receive a blessing from Ann’s beautifully written blog.

Bliss Ranch

Graphics Fairy

Chipping with Charm

Cedar Hill Farmhouse 

Jennifer Rizzo

Knick of Time

Lark & Linen

Miss Mustard Seed

My Soulful Home 

Greige Design

My Sweet Savannah 

Pine Cones and Acorns 

Primitive & Proper 

Savvy Southern Style 

Southern Hospitality 

Tatertots and Jello

The Collected Room 

Check out Kathryn Greely’s blog for the 2014 Color of the Year!

Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, has named Pantone 18-3224 Radiant Orchid as their 2014 Color of the Year! I’ll probably not be jumping on this bandwagon anytime soon.

 Thistlewood Farm 

Yellow Bliss Road 


It’s Time for a 60+ Revolution in the Blogging World

Before jumping on the blogging bandwagon I’ve spent literally hundreds of hours “Doing My Homework” checking out the blogging world. Here are just a few of my findings insofar as arts & crafts, cooking, homemaking, table designs, weddings, raising a family, and organizing blogs and bloggers are concerned:

  • most are written by women under 50 years old. This is generally speaking, of course–there are always exceptions.
  • most blog daily with weekends off or just a bare bones post.
  • most of these bloggers according to their blogs have busy lives that includes husbands, kids, jobs, and community activities.
  • all of the blogs include fabulous photographs.
  • some of the bloggers make money blogging–they advertise shops [Etsy, eBay, etc.] where they sell their tools, paint, books–they get free stuff from retailers to blog about their products–they get speaking engagements in which their travel and expenses are paid, plus they get paid!

So, my thinking goes like this–I’m a retired 60+ year old wife, Mother, and Grandmother–with a few brain cells remaining! When I compare my list to the above it looks like this:

  • I’m a female [over 50, though]
  • Not sure I can blog daily due to the demands of my 3 sons and 6 grandchildren, plus my Hardworking Husband’s 4 children and 16 grandchildren–let’s see that 7 children and 22 grandchildren! However, due to the change in my sleeping habits this shouldn’t be a problem.
  • I continue to have a busy life that revolves around family, community, and church activities.
  • I own a nice camera.
  • I already have an eBay shop and an Amazon shop–that should count for something! No glitzy book, though. And no retailers have sought me out to give me their stuff. The reason that I’ve even mentioning this is that I need FOLLOWERS–that would be YOU! I need you to tell EVERYBODY you know about Life in the Afternoon. Especially those in the over 60+ age group! Do you know of a 60+ woman who is successfully doing her own thing but doesn’t have a blog? Let me know about her, okay? Does she have an eBay storefront, an Amazon store, or just creating her heart out in your community–they simply don’t have the skills to create their own blog or the money to pay to have one created for them. Please send me a quick note and I’ll do the rest. I’d like to highlight these creative women at Life in the Afternoon! See the Comment Form at the end of this post to send me your story or the story of a friend or neighbor that you’d like to see on Life in the Afternoon.
  • I’d love to enhance my retirement income–which right now is zero–by blogging! My Hardworking Husband insists we live like paupers now, so I can reap the Social Security benefits windfall that will supposedly come my way when and if I live to my 70th birthday. I’m sure that there will be more about this later.

I just got my first like before I had a chance to make a few revisions–yeah–she tells me that her Mom is her hero! That’s the sweetest thing ever–I sure hope that I’ve lived a life that my children would want to say that about me! Come on now, don’t be shy–be the first!

Finally, I haven’t a clue where this blog is going to lead me over the course of the next few months. What I do know is that with God’s amazing grace for a sinner like me coupled with a desire to finish well by helping others achieve their goals and glorify God through this blog then I think I’m well on my way to living life in the afternoon at its best!