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I'm now blogging at Serene New England!

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After a long run I have retired my vintage diet and retro lifestyle blog, Outdated By Design. You can now find me at my new sober, spiritual, simple living blog, Serene New England! I also have a new Instagram account @serenenewengland. I hope to see you there!

Retirement and Renewal on Easter 2017

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Hi there! Thank you for leaving such lovely and warm comments and messages in response to my last post! I am fortunate to have such thoughtful and sensitive readers like you!

After a difficult six months--Wayne's best friend passing away unexpectedly, the passing of his mother and ex father-in-law within a few days of each other, losing Timmy, my car accident, the passing of my paternal grandmother, living with a sleep disorder--I have re-prioritized how I expend my energy. Approaching fifty is also a motivator to be more discerning about how I live in each day.Because of that, I do have some good news to share. If you want to go straight to it, you can simply skip over the blue text where I explain more of what is no longer working for me which is what specifically led to my decision.
Blogger is clunky and buggy as all get-out. I don't understand why an internet giant like Google, which owns blogger, doesn't invest in it. I'm all about retro, but this circa 1990s (that…

Time To Reflect

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I need time to grieve the passing of my Nana, and also want to take time to reflect during this Holy Week.

Something I'm contemplating is whether or not I will continue blogging here. I'm thinking about starting anew at Wordpress with a new name and more of a focus on sobriety, recovery from addictions, living with mental illness, the healing powers of spirituality, religion and mindful eating. I would explore a lot of the same things I do here like the beauty of Maine but the emphasis would not be on vintage diets and "eating retro." I'm working behind the scenes on a downloadable booklet or two with complete vintage eating plans, something that people have stated they would really appreciate. Ideally I'll find a publisher so I could do a full second vintage diet book. Right now I can't afford to invest the time to write a full-length diet book without an advance, editor, etc. So booklets, one at a time, seems like a nice alternative.

I welcome your tho…

RIP My Beautiful 100 Year Old Nana

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I'm so grateful I was able to spend time with her a couple of weeks ago and she got to meet Wayne. I'll miss her dearly!

A Long-Term Recovery PSA

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"Why can't you have just one sip/bite/puff?"

Maybe I could today. And maybe I could again tomorrow. Then not again until next year. Then I'd think: Hey! I'm cured! I had just a few sips over the past couple of years! I'll just have a very small sip/bite/whatever. Wow! That tasted great and I really like this moderation thing!

And soon after, or maybe even a slow soon, like months later, I'd be back into it.

Thankfully this hasn't happened to me with drinking for almost 23 years, smoking for 18 years or bingeing on junk food for seven years and I intend to keep it that way. For me that means no experiments. No exceptions. It doesn't matter if it's a "special occasion," "just a toast" or "you'll hurt their feelings." Even a religious setting like a Seder or Communion doesn't change the above for me and countless others.

If this makes me a rigid freak I'm good with that.
"I know people who ar…

Outside My Window & Neighborhood News

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We are having an April Fool's Day snowstorm! However, all week they were predicting 8"-10". Then last night and early this morning they revised the totals (in earnest, not a prank) to only 4". Yet we have about 8" and it's still coming down! Plus, to make it more fun, we lost power for forty minutes due to a downed tree on the power lines in my neighborhood. I'm really glad I hadn't yet started to bake that loaf of bread! 
Every year around this time I question my sanity for living in Maine. That's it! This is nuts! WHY AM I LIVING IN THIS CRAZY STATE? Then in the "spring" (aka practically early summer here, ha!) there's no place I'd rather live and that lasts until around this time of year. Also, the little kids across the street help me keep my bad attitude towards the snow in check. They are outside playing and I can hear them giggling and shrieking. They don't need to check in with the calendar to see if their window …