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You Can't Have Too Many Friends

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  As my Great Aunt Mae used to say, "You can't have too many friends, unless they all want to borrow money." Yesterday I had a wonderful experience - added a new friend to Julie's Circle, a wonderful brunch, AND road tested a new hair style. My dearest BFF Sarah has been after me to add new Sisters to our Sister Friends. She suggested a lovely lady (who is friends with my male side) and after MUCH consideration I finally agreed to the meeting.  While getting ready I had to use my "back up hair". (Long story - maybe for another Blog Post) Deciding on wardrobe is ALWAYS a chore, especially when balancing between making a good first impression and dressing for the weather.  It was a cool and rainy morning, and since I wanted to wear my denim skirt I broke out the tights. I met Sarah at the restaurant and then we greeted new Sister Friend Theresa.   Theresa, Me and Sarah She was so supportive and wonderful and (no surprise) caring. We ate, talked, I answered all

A Few Quick Refletions . . .

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  Today has been a day full of reflecting (which is weird because it all happened between 5 and 7 AM!) Between the random "I Love Dressing" meme that popped up for today . . .  . . . to a memory that popped up on FB . . . " I have always felt that I was simply a man who enjoys women's clothes. I have no desire to transition, I don't feel I am "trapped in a man's body" - I simply enjoy the elements of feminine wardrobe. I have encountered some folk on line who seem to make it their mission in life to tell me that I'm "in hiding", "in denial", or that I'm not "being true to who I really am". How do THEY know who I really am? In this community, why can't we accept people for who they are and not try to make them who we think they should be? ~~sorry, rant is over ~~" . . . to an article in a newsletter I subscribe to . . .  https://feminizationsecrets.com/dos-donts-male-to-female-transformation/  . . . it g

Look Who I Almost Bumped Into

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I have been out the last 2 afternoon/evenings solo — visiting a local casino, a restaurant, and a few shops – and it got me thinking about past “Close Calls”. You know, those times when you were out dressed to the nines and saw a friend or work associate who doesn’t know about your “softer side”. I have faced that close call a few times, but it was usually with a Girl Friend or 2 by my side. Grocery Stores are usually tricky places The first time was at our local casino.  We were headed to the bar when one of the ladies with me (Sarah) stopped in her tracks and turned to me, blocking the aisle.  She had seen a couple we both knew and positioned herself between me and them until they passed. (Had they seen her, I’m sure they would have approached us, but thankfully they didn’t)  "Galentines Day" 2017 The exact same incident took place at a restaurant, this time with 3 GF’s, and watchful Sarah stepped in and ran interference again. (She is SO protective of Julie!)  Merry Crossd

Ain't No Cure For The Summertime Shaving

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 All I want is to wear a cute sundress. Sleeveless, scoop neck, lightweight sundress.  Is that too much to ask?  Well, due to my "Mediterranian Heritage", apparently it IS too much to ask!  Unless I want to spend 2 days shaving my entire upper body (front and back), arms, hands, and Who Knows What Else!  Let me start at the beginning . . .  My typical Summer Outing ensemble.  T shirt with a Duster Since shaving is such a pain in the . . . everything . . . I try to avoid it if I can.  Most summers it's easy - stick to T shirts (or tank tops with high neck lines) and light weight dusters. This combination keeps me cool enough in the summer heat here in the Pac NW.  But when temps hit over 100F, even this combination can be a bit oppressive.  And when I see ladies walking around town in very lightweight, sleeveless, tank top, "Oh So Cute" ensembles -- it makes me feel so jealous.   Sometimes a VERY thin material makes it more bearable But unless I want to soak in a

To Applebee, Or NOT To Applebee

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 That is NEVER a question!  Not when I am out of town on my bi-annual business trip to the thriving Western Washington metropolis of Chehalis.  It's not a question mostly because by the time I'm done with my work and can get dressed, Applebee's is about the only place still open! All Dressed Up and Only ONE Place To Go I posted a video on my TikTok (sisterfriendjms) about an encounter I had on my first night at Applebee's. Summary - a young lady sitting at the next bar table with her BF would occasionally look back in my direction. I couldn't tell if she was looking AT me or PAST me. (I added the video here, but in case you can't play it, the story continues below)  After 3 or 4 times of this happening, I finished my wine and snack and went to the Ladies room.  On my way back, I was walking right toward her, and she made eye contact with me.  So I went up to her and complimented her on her dress. (it IS cute).  She got a big smile on her face and said, "Tha

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