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Checked Off One More Thing on My 50 Before Fifty List! WW

Quite a while ago, I made my 50 Before Fifty list.  Since I've made it, I've decided that there are a couple things that I'm going to have to take off the list or move to a "sometime" list.  There was ONE thing on the list that I finally did this week!  I went to Chuck e Cheese and played $10 worth of Skee Ball without the kids.  Haha.. My arm is a little sore today and I figured it would be!

$10 = 40 games.  On my next to last game. . . . . yep. after already playing over 304 balls, I finally made it over 30,000 points.  Never did hit that darn 10,000 hole, though!  I've done it before years ago, but I'm sure it was an accident.  After everything was over and I took my tickets to the ticket muncher, I had a whopping 132 points. . . . . which I could switch in for 13 tootsie rolls.  Too funny!

I was going to give the candy to my kids yesterday since I'm trying not to eat sugar, but those darn kids walked in the door yesterday arguing about candy.  I'm not even kidding!  One of them was accusing the other of stealing her candy.  As if they don't have anything better to talk about.  Such is life with sugar obsessed pre-teens.

I didn't get many photos of my jaunt to the skee ball lanes, but here you go. Proof that I can check another thing off my list.  .  .  .  .  . 'cause I'm pretty sure I won't be doing a split this year!  That might take me the rest of my 3 years left to stretch enough to be able to do that!  That and those 20 real pushups!

Woo Hoo!  More than 30,000 on skee ball!  

When was the last time you played Skee Ball?

Also I need ideas for things to do since I'm going to be taking these OFF the list!

  • Read every book on my shelves~~NOT gonna happen. I've already de-cluttered some of them, anyway
  • Drive Historic Route 66
  • Learn how to use a DSLR camera
I need 3 NEW Ideas!

Wordish Wednesday | Photos from the 'pause

Welcome to the first Wordless Wednesday at my new blog!
This photo will be known as the beginning of the end.

 It was September last year (2016).   Right around this time was the beginning of the final year leading up to actual Menopause OR the beginning of the last year of Perimenopause, although of course I didn't know it at the time.  (Sorry Men! I assume most of you have wives, though. . . . . . and you know what. . . . . if your wife is around this age, be nice for goodness sakes!) 

 I was all like,  "Look out 47!  I'm coming for you at midnight!"  and my friends and I were headed for Oktoberfest for my birthday.  Luckily, I didn't break my hand again that year.  Little did I know it would be my last "normal" year.

THIS next picture will forever be known as the last weekend my life was normal.  This one is from June 2017.  It's right before all of my not very fun symptoms started to appear.  Luckily, it only took me about 4 months to kind of, sort of, figure out what was going on and put some protocols in place to deal with it.

I hope you all have a blessed Wednesday and enjoy the rest of your week.  And just to remind you,

Don't take everything too seriously, because life is short!

Welcome to Quirky's Mixed Up Midlife

Hello there!  I'm the Quirky Homemaker.  
Quirky Homemaker and her new blog about menopause, midlife, gray hair, fitness, fashion and food in the +40 Year old age group | Quirky's Mixed Up Midlife

Welcome to Quirky's Mixed Up Midlife

Some of you may know me from my original blog Heartfelt Balance Handmade Life.  

I started this new blog because I felt like I needed a place where I could meet and talk to like-minded women who are going through the same things I'm going through right now and although I intend to keep this blog completely appropriate, because I just don't have it in me to be otherwise (unless I've had one too many glasses of wine and that's just not happening right now because I'm trying to see if it will help with these dang menopause symptoms!!!), I wouldn't usually use words like vagina on my other blog.  And let's face it, there's a lot going on with our girl parts that a whole bunch of nobody is talking about.  Otherwise, I would have expected the things that are going on right now.  I would have already known about them!!!  It's time for people to start talking about it, even though it's completely embarrassing (for me at least), so that we can help each other and all of our sisters who are coming up behind us.

If you're a middle-aged woman, give or take a few hormones, who is in need of a friend to talk to about all of the ways our body is changing during menopause, the feelings we are having, the physical issues AND 

you also enjoy fashion, fitness and trying to figure out this whole FOOD thing during menopause,

Then YOU might be:


Got gray hair???  Bonus points for you.  
I won't hold it against you though, if you don't!  

Still have tweens and teens at home, DOUBLE BONUS POINTS . . . . YOU are TOTALLY my Flippin' People!

But if you don't have kids at home, it's okay. I started having kids kind of late and started menopause kind of early.  

If you have anything you'd like to talk about, let me know.  I hope that we can help each other through this thing we call