20 years ago

My tiara on a vintage mannequin head
20 years ago today I had my last drink! I am a person in long term recovery, something for which I used to feel like I needed to keep a secret out of shame. Today I am proud and grateful and not afraid to say who I am and what I've overcome. I'm also wearing a tiara all day. I can be a Diva for a day, no?


  1. Congratulations! And yes, you can be a diva for a day. Your accomplishment is worth the diamonds and glitters on your head. Way to go!!!

  2. Diva for a day!! Congrats, Averyl, way to go!!!!!!!! :D

  3. What a wonderful way to celebrate! Congrats on your accomplishment.



  5. Kudos to you. What an accomplishment. I have been following you for a few years learning bits here and there. I bought the ebooks but haven't taken the time to read it. My mom passed away in March after battling alcoholism for many years. I will be getting to your book soon (finishing up the eighth in a series "Outlander" right now). Popped in to remind myself of things you have said as I have started something I think I can do for the rest of my life and I think it must be similar to the way you eat. It isn't what you eat but when and how. Eat what makes you happy and pleases your mouth (except limit sugar to an amount similar to what was eaten by the average American in the 40s and 50s), eat extremely slowly, eat about 1 cup chewed food at a meal, and only eat when hungry, no snacking. There are other things but I am only three weeks in (for the rest of my life) and have very easily lost over 10#. I have a lot more to lose and am anxious to get to your book soon to compare notes. Wanted to tell you that 1. About vintage beauty - my lovely grandma used nothing but baby oil and witch hazel on her face - and a very large brimmed hat. She was lovely till the day she died. 2. I am using nothing but olive oil, coconut oil, and dove (dove for 45 years) on my face - with a large hat. 3. I may have a vintage cookbook to send you. I am purging my 1957 home and if I find this cookbook I would love to send it to you some day. I'll contact you if I find it.

    1. Kimmie, thank you. I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing and her battle with alcoholism. It's a heartbreaking condition that affects so many people, including family.

      I have to agree with you about the wide-brimmed hat. I stay out of the sun as much as possible except for the early morning and late afternoon/evening.

      I wish you well on your new 50s eating and weight loss journey. I still, to this day, have kept off my weight and am enjoying eating more than ever.

      Thanks for the cookbook offer, that is very kind. : )


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