Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Giggles 2017

Hope you are planning a great and giggly Labor Day!  The beautiful Hot Springs and Lake Hamilton area is where I will be. Many years have been spent on these waters. In fact, you're not living right if you're not taking advantage of Arkansas's fun filled, Hot Springs attractions. Our family traditions include fresh and always delicious seafood at Fisherman's Wharf Steak & Seafood, boating (day and evening) on gorgeous Lake Hamilton , and above all, do not forget your daily bath and massage on Bath House Row. Try the cool sorbet recipe pictured below for a super easy Labor Day dessert which will give you more time on the lake!






Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day...

My dad died in 2013 at the age of 88. He had suffered from several strokes the previous 25 years. Having been a strong man all his life, his declining mobility and frailty were extremely hard to experience through that passage of time. However,  his brilliant mind was left beautifully intact.  

He was a machinist for the Mo Pac RR in NLR for over 50 years and was well known and respected for being able to repair anything brought before him. They would say, "If Bill can't fix it, you just as well throw it away."

He taught me many valuable lessons in life like the value of hard work, money, and the importance of family to name a few. However, the best thing he transferred to me was his shining example of perseverence and doing the best he could at everything he would ever do.

Declarations such as always, never, and everything are often mistakenly used but hardly ever true. But, in the name of Bill Montgomery, these words are always correct. I will always love my Daddy and never forget him ever. He was everything to me. 

 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Living a Tortoise Life in a Hare Fueled World

I was once a hare long, long ago. But, somehow I've evolved into a wonderful, hard shelled, slow as molasses tortoise. I cannot explain how this happened. Actually, science, Bible study, and evolution are fascinations of mine. Being the Bible (greatest Book in the world) thumping, devoted Christian that I am, I do believe you can have both science and Christianity in the same realm of thought. 

In fact, well informed paleontologists are searching diligently for that one skeletal fossil that will finally (Hah!!!) be the scientific evidence that will link us to our primitive ancestors. (Carry on Dr. Peter Ungar , I'm betting on you.) I do digress. Back to my strange predicament. Don't know how it happened but, I do love the new ME...

Life, as a tortoise, is a lot more simple now days. During the evolvement, I lost my ability to muktitask and run around like a harried rabbit, doing things that I really had rather not. I don't miss these primitve ways. Instead, they have changed into an uncanny ability to do one thing at a time, do the best I am able, not mind what others say, and do only what is important to me. Miraculous! My linguistics have also evolved.  I am now able to say NO. Yes, NO has replaced antiquated terms like OH, SURE, BE GLAD TO, and CERTAINLY to name a few. 

It's really nice being a tortoise in a harried world. There are some pesky growing pains, though.  Like when I'm lolligagging (or is it dilly dallying) down the road and those crazy hares are everywhere. Hope they get to where they are going. I've already arrived. 

 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Giving To The St Francis House

For many, many years the St. Francis House at 2701 S Elm in LR, Arkansas has been doing a great service for veterans and their families as they re enter back into home life. 

As a member of The North Little Rock Woman's Club our #GFWC Domestic Violence Signature Program responded to this charity with a collection of pajamas and toiletries. Jacqie Travis and Dianne Hocut delivered to Ken Mace, assistant director at the House, a box full of pjs and personal items yesterday. The graciousness and hospitality we received from these gentlemen was very rewarding and, knowing that our gifts will go to good use, we are happy to have started a continuous relationship with this wonderful charity.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Put A Little Light On The Subject

Found a great article this morning from the largest charity in the U.K., Breast Cancer UK. It has a wonderful visual aid to help us decide what to slather and soap up all over our bodies.
 
 
Just know that everytime you choose to use a product with carsinogen (cancer causing agents) known ingredients probably means that “your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it,” and “anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream within 26 seconds,” #DitchTheJunk check it out!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How 'Bout Some Handmade Soaps and Lotions...

Every once in a while I tend to go on and on about how we are applying way too many chemicals, harsh detergents, and other harmful ingredients to our skin! Yuck!  And double yuck to those red pimply looking bumps that sometimes appear all over your body parts (way too often) after you've used a new product. You might think you have rosacea or some dreadful skin condition like eczema.

That's what I thought. Then I checked with my dermatologist and he set me straight. Straight to using quality organic and super expensive products without all those harsh preservatives and ingredients. Check your product labels and you will see what I mean. That was many years and much money ago. No red bumpy skin reactions for a long time. No swollen eye areas. Thank goodness but, hard on the pocketbook.

These days I save a lot of money and make my own soaps and lotions. (Yes, goggles, lye and soap molds.) And, my own deodorant and face creams, exfoliates, and laundry cleaner. I use only the best ingredients for my handmade products like olive, coconut, palm, and essential oils. There are no preservatives added which means bacteria could creep in unless you use the product quickly and wisely. For instance, my GMG All-Natural Facial and Body Cream w/ Zinc Oxide 4 fl oz/1.80 ml $10 per jar lasts for a couple of months with daily use and application with a wooden craft stick prevents germs from creeping in. My body sucks this stuff up. I cannot live without it.


I love to share. So, I mainly donate my sweet and luscious handmade items to non-profit causes but, I do sell to a group of close friends. If you have a need for a donation (or want to become a close friend customer-Hallelujah) please email me and state your cause! I'm making a delivery soon to the new Arkansas State Veterans Nursing Home in North Little Rock Have you seen that place yet? Wow! What a great way to serve our Vets! Check it out, it's a beautiful place in our neighborhood.

Email me for a detailed price list of my soaps and lotions DianneHocut@gmail.com
And, also if you have a cause or need for my soaps and lotions at your non-profit organization. 

 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Retirement on the Lake

I've never had a real job. The fact is, I've been dependent on someone else to bring the bacon home pretty much all my life. Ok, all my life. My daddy, my husband(s). I'm not complaining. Actually, I'm very thankful for all the blessings I have continuously received and taken well care of all these years (please Trump, don't blow it for me, now). It's been a rough way to go, but I believe we all have it rough no matter what our situations.


The reason I'm now able to retire comfortably and live the lake life is because I have educated myself, saved for that rainy day (and many more days as well) and cut corners all my life. Teach your kids the value of a (fluctuating) dollar, the necessity for higher/further education, how to do handy work around the house, the value of home ownership, saving more than spending, and for all you girls out there how to have 'economic security' in a man's world. 

Almost forgot the common denominator in all of the Never give up and always start your day with a giggle and a prayer! See ya on the lake..
 
 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Loving Living In NLR

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce know how to through a great party. The inaugural event of the season was electrifying last night in the Downtown Argenta area. The Fashion Event was hosted by the beautiful KATV Melinda Mayo and Buzz 103.7 Justin Acri . The models all stole the show, even the Mayor Joe Smith! Wow, oh what a night! Check out the pics...