Thought for the Day [03.01.16]

March 1, 2016



Don’t mind if I do [01.12.16]

January 12, 2016


Thank me later [09.24.15]

September 24, 2015

I have a pair of black suede flats I adore. The heels have gotten scuffed up to the point of looking whitish. To make them look black and like new, I colored them using a black, fine point Sharpie. Voila! I just extended the life of my shoes!


Ah, The Class Reunion [08.06.15]

August 6, 2015


  • We’re dangerously close to 60.
  • I was never with the “in” crowd and the “in” crowd still exists.
  • Conversation: “We haven’t talked yet.” No reply. “I’m Diane Staudt.” “I know.” End of conversation.
  • It took me three “I’ll help plan the next reunion”s before I was recognized.


  • I saw the people I wanted to see.
  • It was an open bar.
  • Who gives a rat’s ass.
  • I missed out on having my picture taken a million times as illustrated below.


Here comes the sun [08.04.15]

August 4, 2015

I wear bifocal eyeglasses and have sun-sensitive eyes. Sunglasses are a must. When you wear glasses you have several options for sun protection:

  • The baseball cap. It messes with my hair.
  • Prescription sunglasses. They mess with my budget.
  • Clip-on flip-ups. If you get a pair with rubber-coated clips, they don’t scratch your lenses but do leave smudge marks.
  • Sunglasses that fit over your eyeglasses.

Introduced to me by childhood peep and frequent commenter, DJ Carney, there are several brands. Google, “sunglasses that fit over eyeglasses.” D’oh. I got the appropriately named, Fitover brand. Deals can be found on various websites.

Love them! They…

  • have just the right degree of protection
  • are polarized to reduce glare
  • have side lenses for your peripheral vision
  • are less expensive than prescription glasses
  • make me look cool

blog pic

Tell ’em, “Diane sent me.”

Thank me later. [05.15.15]

May 15, 2015

Let’s face it. teeth discolor. Coffee. Wine. Aging. It happens.

I found a trio of Crest whitening products that beat all. They’re all  available on Amazon Prime, which is a blog in and of itself.

You, too, can have a brilliant Hollywood smile!

bright white teeth

And, remember to floss. But, only the teeth you want to keep.

George’s Southern Road Trip Dinner [05.13.15]

May 13, 2015

The Dinner
1 invitie

The Diner
7 happy camper

The Details

Amuse Bouche – Fried Green Tomato
Google tells me this is a small complimentary appetizer in addition to the meal, sort of like a pre-appetizer appetizer. I’m in!
I don’t know food but I know what I like. And I liked this.
2 tomatoes

First Course – Deviled Crab Cakes
“I need a cigarette!” Moist and tasty with a little bite.
3 crabcakes

Second Course – Kilt Greens with bacon Dressing.
You had me at greens bacon. A warmish salad with a light bacon drippings dressing. Topped with cherry tomatoes, bacon and Parmesan. Another winner.

4 kilt salad

You alert readers have noticed a theme. Everything was spectacular!

Third Course – hold on to your seats: Southern Fried chicken, black-eyed peas, summer succotash, a genuine George Formaro biscuit and macaroni & cheese.
5 dinner

  • Chicken: Brined in a mixture of kosher dill pickle juice and seasonings. Dipped in buttermilk then dredged through flour and fried in lard. It doesn’t get any better than this!
  • Black-Eyes Peas: Prepared southern-style with smoke ham hocks.
  • Summer Succotash: Lima beans, okra, corn, grape tomatoes, smoked ham, heavy cream, et al.
  • Macaroni and Cheese: Not your school-lunch macaroni and cheese. It was so creamy. Creamy and dreamy!

Fourth Course: Chess pie.
it reminded me of a pecan pie but without the nuts. Topped with a thin layer of chocolate, it will be my go-to pie from now on. For eating, of course, not baking.
6 chess pie

Refreshing adult beverages were served as well.

If you get a chance to participate in one of George’s dinners, run, don’t walk.

Thank me later.