Haircare(s)

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Lately, I find myself spending more time staring into the mirror. To be more precise, staring at the top of my head. You know…at the part with new growth. As odd as this may sound, I am – and there is no better word for it – baffled.

About ten years ago, my naturally curly hair friendly stylist, Nikki, wondered, aloud, if I would like to add some highlights to my hair. I had never colored my hair. My hair tends to be dry so I didn’t want to do damage plus I liked the color; a nice warm brown that suited my skin tone. On the other hand, I have a great stylist and there’s nothing wrong with a little change. (Or a lot of it for that matter!) Over time we decided on a lovely auburn shade with highlights here and there. Love it.

On March 19, the governor closed all beauty salons.

On April 23, I am baffled.

In March, I had to postpone my hair appointment. Today, I am looking at about two months of new hair growth. A couple of things here: First, it is just not fair to be this much grayer… But second….what is that other color growing out?? Did recessive black hair genes just kick in? Did this happen at some point in the last couple of years and I just never realized? I’ve heard of stress causing biochemical changes, but hair color? Not gray mind you, but the actual shade?

I’ve been pondering what to do. Obviously, I won’t be able to go to my dear Nikki for.. don’t know.. a month? Two? Three or more? In the meantime, this really isn’t the time to dither in the Kroger hair care aisle to select a color to experiment with at home. (It takes me an hour just to pick out mascara.) So I guess I just answered my own question. Nothing to do. On the bright side, I am a bit curious to see what color eventually appears. In the meantime, at least I found my products on Amazon. And there is plenty of time for me to plan a welcome back to work gift, party, parade, (you get the idea), for Nikki.

As always, thanks for reading and stay safe. We’re in this together!

Exercise and wine.

I’ve gone back to basics.

A few years ago, I admitted to myself it was time to start exercising regularly. It wasn’t that I never exercised, I just never found an exercise I liked well enough to do on a daily/weekly basis. My unofficial hobby became searching for a likable activity.

I tried gyms. Hmmm. I approached my first gym membership with enthusiasm: stationary bike, tread mill, mixed with weights, right? Great… but there were a few things… like the time it took to get the place and back home was almost as long as a workout! And working out in a gym, for me, was okay but I disliked waiting for machines, wiping away someone else’s sweat, and having other people impatient for me to clear off. Next I tried various exercise classes. The dance workouts. I drew the line at the paramilitary stuff. Nothing struck a chord.

So.

What did I like? Walking briskly. I love riding my bicycle although I can’t stand a stationary bike. And yoga. Perfect. Cheap and easy, I can walk or ride my bicycle daily – weather permitting. As for yoga, I adore YogawithAdriene.com. My new goal(s): keep sane, healthy, and finally lose that pesky last ten pounds, through daily basic exercise.

And a bit of wine always helps.

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Little things

Like after a sad day and wanting nothing more than to turn it off for just a bit, coming across a Harry Potter movie marathon.

Or a nearly full candy dish:

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My grandparents kept a candy dish of hard candies in their living room. Grandpa would tuck some in his pocket and carry them everywhere he went. (Looking back, I think his hard candies were his habit – especially after he gave up his cigars.) Sometimes he would have those sweets that were hard on the outside with gooey centers. Not my personal favorite. During the holidays, Grandpa would have Christmas mello cremes, my very favorite. I never saw these delightful treats outside of my grandparents’ house. I didn’t even know they were called mello cremes: I referred to them as ‘like candy corn but in Christmas shapes’. Until recently.

Last Christmas, I decided these candies needed to be in my home. I searched and searched and finally found them. A perfect addition to the holiday! These, which are better than I remembered, are by Sweet Gourmet and, of course, can be found on Amazon. Dave and I agreed mello cremes should make seasonal appearances in our house. So why am I showing Christmas shapes in March? Because the Easter shapes were sold out and I wanted my sweet treat! I took a gamble these would not be too stale and happily aren’t. Well. Come what may, a short break, all thanks to J. K. Rowling, SyFy, and Sweet Gourmet!

Thanks for reading and stay safe.

Happy Bunnies

I was watching our governor’s daily Coronavirus update when I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. Two bunnies were racing across the yard:

I guess we have some truly yummy weeds growing outside my kitchen window.

Anyway….

Like most everyone else, a lot of my extra brain space is used up with our pandemic. I’m making every effort to find those little happy moments, like these two visitors. In that vein, I’m thrilled to report my stitches from my oral surgery have been removed!

My periodontist took out the stitches yesterday and declared me healing. Not “healed” mind you, but on my way. He said it will still be a month before I can eat anything crunchy and six months before the graft itself is completely healed. Drat. Still, it is great to be another step further along. My craving for popcorn increases.

Thanks for reading and stay safe and healthy!