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Get Ready, Ladies. It's Going To Be A Bumpy Ride

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-or- "Pour yourself a cuppa, snuggle in with your favorite sweater, and then get ready to pour your heart out, Sweetie." We all go through seasons - I know this.  As The Byrds sang (after lifting it right out of the Book of Ecclesiastes) "To everything {turn, turn, turn} There is a Season {turn, turn, turn} And a Time to every Purpose Under Heaven"  The season I am currently experiencing is a VERY rough one, however - a time to look inward and try to figure out just what the heck is going on inside. Once you decide upon a definition of a situation, the next step is you have to LIVE with that definition.  I have long stated that I understand myself to be a "hetero male to female crossdresser". I'm not looking to transition full time to female.  I'm not a woman trapped in a man's body. I have 2 sides that I enjoy expressing at different times. In the past, I would look ahead to planned "Julie Time" - and those who know me know how much

Playing Hookey

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  Last Monday, I woke up thinking, "This feels like a good day to stay home from work and just pamper myself."  Now, I have felt that way many times before, but this particular Monday I actually followed through on it!  One phone call later, and I was planning a shopping trip. I chose a casual/dressy look -- skirt and hose but denim skirt and nude, almost undetectible, pantyhose.  In fact, so undetectible that a dear friend saw one of these photos and asked why I was NOT wearing hose. Venturing Out Again I started at a shopping plaza that included TJ Maxx and Target, and eventually ended up at the large Mall on the northside of town.  I realized that I had not been in a mall for over a year, and this one was definitely showing signs of Covid Effect.  But some highlights of the mall were still in operation. Oooooo, Cinnabon! While at the mall, I visited Marshall's and found a fantastic red dress for $10.  In my size!   With a Duster, and without This dress is probably goin

Far Too Long Since We've Chatted . . .

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Much has happened in the past 6 weeks since my last post. But, then again, not much happened at all. Thanks, Pandemic! I have taken to dressing when and where I can, which usually means getting all pretty to do the grocery shopping . . . . . . or the household chores. The saving grace has been getting together with Sarah and Linda -- The Sister Friends have talked, cried, laughed, and encouraged each other a few times. Each Coffee Date bringing enough mental serenity and uplift to carry me to the next one. If the past year has taught me nothing else, it has shown me that no matter what happens, no matter the trials and hardships, keep moving forward. And do it in great company! Stay Safe and Pretty, Sweeties!

Brief Encounter - Lasting Impression

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  OK - have to share this story because I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I was on my lunch break the other day (I work in drab) and popped into Mod Pizza. There in line in front of me was a young couple - I'm guessing early 20's. And she was . . . a Julie. I first noticed that her red shoulder length hair was too perfect, She was wearing a pretty floral dress (even downtown during the work day, a little over dressed) fucia sling back pumps and a matching fucia wrist bag, and a nice tan top coat over it all. She caught my attention, so I observed closely. Her voice was pitched high, but maybe too high. Her hands were not large, but borderline "man hands". I took the step and complimented her on her cute bag. She looked at me (mask on) and said Thank You. Her eyes were smiling, but I could tell her brows were not being taken care of. On my way out with my salad, I passed her as they waited for their pizzas. I stepped up again and told her I liked he

Short Story

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  Not a novel - not a tome - not an essay.  Just a short story that happened to me on my last outing. My time out and about has been greatly hampered this past year (I can't understand why) so the few times I DID get out, I chose not to indulge in my favorite wardrobe - skirts and heels -  and tried to blend in with the other "soccer moms" - leggings and flats. I always am concerned about how I am presenting when dressed like that, so I tend to take extra care with wardrobe selection. My Outfit for Grocery Shopping I was concerned about the purple top with the rose leggings, but they looked good together - even with the blue fleece vest.  The hat was an afterthought as the wind was REALLY picking up. And of course, pantyhose under the leggings. (I never feel REALLY dressed without hose) As I wandered around WinCo, I was conscious of everything going on around me - were people looking? Was I blending in? Was anyone even noticing me?  As I walked down the breakfast aisle, a

Sisters, Sisters, There Were Never Such Important Sisters

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  As we approach the 1 year Anniversary of the Pandemic Lockdown, I find myself missing many things.  Going to a nice restaurant, a movie, and of course The Theater - not only attending but (for those who do not know) acting in and directing plays.  But the thing that leaves the biggest hole in my heart is not being able to meet with my Sister Friends.  Not being able to sip coffee (or something stronger!) and chat about life, the universe and everything.  It took me SO long to come out to friends and to build up a super support network of loving, caring ladies.  Now, with that unceremoniously pulled away from me, I have found myself bouncing back and forth between lonliness and depression.   Original Sister Friend Sarah Going shopping, grabbing a coffee and walking through the park, sitting on the back porch, sharing a meal . . . not only are all these things better when wearing a cute skirt and heels, but much more so when you can share them with a person who knows you, cares about y

"I STILL Love Dressing" Memes

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  The most popular entry in this Blog has been, by far and away, the article about my series of posts on my Facebook page called The "I Love Dressing" Meme Of The Day.  In fact, it is SO popular that I am doing something here that I've never done before -- I am posting a sequel! This all started years ago when I was posting memes about crossdressing. I noticed that a lot of them used photos of GG women - seriously? If the topic is CDing, why use GG women?  So, I was challenged to use my own photos. I have put together well over 100 of these thus far, and am still adding new ones. For more of these, check out the previous Blog Entry, "I Love Dressing", or go to my FB page for daily updates! Stay Safe And Pretty, Sweeties!