This and That.

Right now, I have the dishwasher running, the laundry going, cleaned out the cat litter boxes, juiced a bunch of lemons for juice freezing, and I just finished making Guava/Passion/Orange homemade popsicles.

My swims this weekend have been peaceful and at 45 minutes each, feel like accomplishments. In addition, the pool is now being heated to 85 degrees. I know this because when I swim in the early morning hours, the pool thermostat reads 84 and the heat is kicking on. I was told the pools in our community would only be heated to 75 this summer. I’m sure not going to ask about it, I’m just going to count it as a blessing.

Particularly since we invited the Steve/Marigold/Huck/Milo Show over for the 4th of July, with enticements of a swim in the pool, since it’s so warm — 1st time for Milo. Oh my, it was good to see them and I enjoyed observing Milo’s analytical approach to the whole pool thing — he stared it down, not even splashing until he’d been in there for at least 15 minutes. At that point, he started making noises and pointing at pool toys — like, “Hey you, bring me that so I can drop it to the bottom again!” And THEN, finally, the smiles, the hard earned smiles came forth from Milo when his brother’s silliness became too irresistible. This is really their mom’s story to tell, I suppose, but it was just so good to see them! You can’t be focused on serious grown-up stuff when the littles are around.

When they went home (the kiddies were tired), we went down the street to see the fireworks over the lake. Every year they do this show, but this was the first time we’ve attended. It was kind of a spontaneous thing, staying home, because normally we head over to a city where we can legally set off our personal fireworks (I think the plan is to save what we bought on Thursday and didn’t use for New Year’s). The fireworks show here at home was a fun experience and quite a production for such a small town event. I climbed a low slung tree for seating and viewing comfort as lots of people turned out for it, even double parking along the street!

I hate that my husband has had to work this weekend, particularly in this heat. It’s been hot, nearing 100 in the shade. Exactly the type of weather one would expect for the 4th of July weekend. But he works outside on the weekend, on asphalt and dirt — doubly hot. Please keep my man in your prayers and/or thoughts. I don’t know how he manages to keep going sometimes…

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Hair Update — Week 7, no shampoo.

I think I pretty much have this thing figured out. I only use the Baking Soda Rinse (BSR) every 2 to 3 days now. I use the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse (ACV) every day.

I adjusted my ACV recipe a bit this past week. It’s now as follows:

1/4 c ACV (reduced from 1/3 c from last week)
1/2 c aloe vera (increased from 1/3 c from last week)
10″ sprig of rosemary (no adjustment)
In 1 QT bottle with tap water (no adjustment)

I’m just playing with the mixture to maximize moisture. Chlorine is very drying, ACV acts as a clarifier — which removes chlorine, but also moisture… at least that’s what it seems to be doing to my hair. Thus the increase in aloe vera and decrease in ACV. I used Scalpicin once this week, due to my scalp feeling inflamed. My hormones have been a bit more dramatic in their changing this cycle, and the inflammation coincided with that, so I think that was probably the problem.

Ohhh, I keep meaning to mention that I’m now only using baking soda to cleanse my face. I keep a container of dry baking soda by my sink. When I wash my face, I rinse my face, then pull some baking soda out and make a paste of it. It’s very effective at removing makeup and is gritty enough to exfoliate dry skin and cleanse pores. I’m on week 3 of that, so things may change as hormones change… we’ll see.

Taken today, natural lighting (no flash).

This week is work, of course, but it’s another 4-day work week for me since we’re taking Friday off to go to San Francisco next week. My mom will meet us there and we’ll go to Alcatraz at Night, and then Alcatraz Morning Garden Tour. Probably some other stuff, too.



Filed under Hair Can Be a Topic of Conversation, I did something Special, I have Family, Mermaid Envy

7 responses to “This and That.

  1. Grasshopper used to be like that around pools. He’d take FOREVER to get in. Now he cannonballs right in.

    The hair looks quite lovely. I, for one, appreciate those “behind” shots.

    Glad you guys had a nice holiday!

    It’s very important to figure things out beforehand, you know! Milo is little enough that his parents just take him in, but I could totally see in the future that he would take forever to do things, I don’t think he’ll be a hasty decision maker.

    You’re supposed to be looking at the hair…

    Weekends are good. I need more of them.

    ~Jammie J.

  2. Your first sentence made me think of my Dad. He was a crazy stickler about not running two major appliances at once, not to mention running two water things at once. He swore it used more energy. It doesn’t make any sense to me, but I still never run the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time. I think I’m going to go wash my face with baking soda now. It sounds good. Tell Tony to stay hydrated and best of luck with that other thing.

    It’s funny the effect our parents have on us, isn’t it? When my mom visited me a few years back, she unhooked bananas from each other and laid them flat on the counter (instead of using the banana hook), taking up much needed counter space. I asked her why she was doing that. Her response was, “I don’t know, because my dad always did it?” I thought that was so funny…

    Running two major appliances at the same time takes no more energy in the long run than running them separately at different times. The only thing I can think of is maybe in his house they were on a smaller fuse, so “large” draws would take “more” electricity than what he had available? Also, if the hot water heater has a small tank, he might have run out of hot water.

    Baking soda on my face is wonderful. Craving it now.

    Thanks for the advice and good wishes.

    ~Jammie J.

  3. tony

    :mrgreen: YES!! S.F. here we come…hehehe

    Can’t wait!

    ~Jammie J.

  4. Can I help it if your hair is sort of arrow shaped and pointing down? I did notice the hair, though. Really I did.

    One word = Incorrigible.
    You can’t even see anything!!

    ~Jammie J.

  5. Cat

    Hi!! I am so happy to have seen your comment – thank you! I have missed your blog – I thought you had vanished. But you’re here! Yay!

    1) Great fireworks shots!

    2) That photo of you and your hair? You look so very goddessy! Wow! Beautiful!

    Hope you’re well, Jammie J! And now I can bookmark your blog again!!

    I’m here! πŸ™‚
    Just hid for awhile, is all. πŸ™‚
    Good to see you in these parts!

    ~Jammie J.

  6. grrrace

    sounds like a really nice weekend πŸ™‚ even if tony DID have to work… i hope that he survived the heat, poor guy. give him a hug for us…

    and yay! another 4 day work week! πŸ™‚ have a wonderful time in SF! πŸ™‚

    He survived. Poor Tony. (sigh) I gave him a hug from you and from the entire world when he got home! *sappy look*
    One day done…

    ~Jammie J.

  7. WOW! your hair looks lovely!

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

    ~Jammie J.