Friday, April 11, 2014

The long and short(s) of it

I don't own a single pair of shorts. 

Whoa, should I have warned you to sit down first?  Ha.  I know, it's weird.  I live in Missouri, where our summers are notoriously nasty with heat and humidity.  How do I survive.  *shrug*  I just do.  I haven't had shorts in my wardrobe for...oh, at least 5 years or more.  It's not that I'm ashamed of my legs or anything; on the contrary, I think they're quite nice.  No, it's more like a combination of me not wanting to get too much sun (on any part of body) and I simply tended to stay inside when the humidity got too high.  But Sugar Cookie, that girl LOVES being outdoors.  If we're "ow-side" then life is good.  Do you think Nana is going to deny spending time with this precious child simply because she doesn't have something cool to put on?  Heck no!  So soon, maybe this weekend, I'll start stocking up on a few pair of shorts (and probably even some tank tops *gasp*)  Maybe a floppy hat, too...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Bits and Bobs

We're already four months into the year; can you believe it?  Spring has definitely arrived here in Southeast Missouri.  The birds are deliriously happy (as am I), trees are putting on buds and the early spring flowers are starting to appear.  Mornings are cool with afternoons very warm.  I'm going to do a spring cleaning this year and am taking off the week of April 14th to get it done.  It's easier for me to do a thorough clean when everyone else is at work or school.  I figure I'll just take it one room at a time--except for the basement.  Ain't touching that, oh no!  That space will have to wait until I retire!

Making my way through The Sorcerer's Stone, book 1 of the Harry Potter series.  It's not that I don't want to read more, I simply haven't had time.  My goodness, though, that J.K. Rowling has a way with words!  Listen to this:  "Harry felt a great leap of excitement.  He didn't know what he was going to--but it had to be better than what he was leaving behind."  Love that.  I absolutely understand now the mania that surrounded the release of the the new HP books at the time.  I'm sort of glad I waited until now to read them, as having to wait for the next new book in the serious would have driven me mad.  I've ordered books 2 and 3 (through and they should arrive shortly. 

Still using Pantene shampoo & conditioner most of the time, although yesterday I switched over to the Biolage my daughter bought me a couple of months ago.  Just felt like shaking things up a bit.  Measured last night at 20 inches, which is spot on with my estimate for this month.  I wash every other day, leave hair down on wash days and put it up in a clip on the off days.  Just letting it grow and be happy. 

Allergies have flared up again, one of the negatives of spring arriving, however Flonase and saline spray are helping.  At lease I haven't developed a sinus infection...yet.  *knock wood*  I gave up on the Neti pot about a month ago when it became clear its use wasn't giving me the results I wanted.  *shrug*  Live and learn. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mary Poppins Ruined

Mary Poppins is ruined for me.  *sigh*
We didn't see movies at theatres when I was a child.  Too expensive, I would guess; also a farm family is usually too busy to do much of anything except farm.  After Mr. Pale and I married, one of our first major purchases was a VCR.  What a magical contraption!  Now I could finally watch all the movies from my childhood I had missed.  Mary Poppins was an immediate favourite and also one of the first tapes we purchased for our collection.  Fast forward to last Saturday night when we watched the movie, "Saving Mr. Banks".  It's the true tale of how Walt Disney convinced P. L. Travers to grant him the rights to the Mary Poppins story.  Oh, but it is so much more.  It is about the childhood of Helen Goff (P. L. Travers) and upon who the Mary Poppins characters are actually based.  Honestly, it isn't a happy story.  I won't go into details lest I spoil it for those who haven't yet watched the movie.  But be warned, I shed tears and was left feeling a bit depressed.  The upside is that Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, two of my faves, did a splendid job with their respective roles.  Actually, all of the actors did well, I think.  It's just...I don't know that I can ever again watch Mary Poppins with a happy heart. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sometimes you have to buy a pen

I am, admittedly, a pen freak.  I have over 100.  I get most of my pens for free.  Either Mr. Pale or my daughter will take (free) pens from various places and present them to me because, hello, Pen Freak.  These are usually ones for which I can buy refills, so I tend to keep them forever.  However lately none of my pens have felt right.  They're too heavy or too light; too fat or too skinny; too draggy ink-wise or too...well, just TOO something.  So yesterday, before collecting Sugar Cookie from school, I went to our local "dollar" store, where everything's a dollar.  (I can get into SO much trouble in those dollar stores, oy vey.)  I bought three packs of pens for a total of seven pens.  (I gave 2 to my daughter, generous Pen Freak that I am.)  All blue ink--love blue ink.  I didn't even stop to consider if they were refillable or not; just chose what appealed to me.  They all write very well and feel good in my hand.  So free isn't always best, my friends.  Sometimes you have to buy a pen (or 7). 

UN International Day of Happiness

This is such a righteous song, I have to share.  Honestly one of the best songs I have ever heard.  Enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hair Post: Length Update

I snapped these shots, uh...when did I take them??  I think it was Saturday--let's just say recently, shall we? 

I appear to be at armpit length in the first pic, but notice my head is tilted back some.  I think the second pic is more accurate, so length is somewhere between shoulder and armpit.  Not happy with the condition of my length.  It feels rather dry to me.  Plus I have a lot of tangles when I get up every morning.  It's not quite long enough to braid at night and I really don't like wearing a night cap.  Maybe I'll just wait it out and keep de-tangling.  Maybe it's time to try some new product...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Bobby Pins, The Right and Wrong

I just found out there's a right and wrong way to use a bobby pin--literally just found out, and I want to share it with you.  After I googled I found tons of references but here's one of the short articles I read.  In a nut shell, "Make sure the grooved side of the bobby pin is facing down, against the skin."  Who knew?!!