Wednesday, August 24, 2016

No Cucumbers This Year

 My husband went to the garden yesterday morning before the sun was too high in the sky, and began picking tomatoes and bell peppers.
 So far it's been a good season for the garden when it comes to growing tomatoes and bell peppers.
 but he has planted cucumbers from three different times, from three different seed packets
and they have refused to grow, which is a first for our garden.
We have cucumbers every year since starting our garden in 2013.
It's disappointing, but this has been an extremely hot summer with vast amounts of rain during June and July...
possibly too much rain, and the cucumbers seeds could not take root or simply washed away.

He built a drainage system around the garden so that heavy rains will now drain around or under the garden, I guess next year will be another chapter in our garden's history.
Hoping for cucumbers!!
 We can tomatoes each summer.  This year he has been busy with doing coding work for a client, so his hands are full.
So this morning I had a neighbor over who's husband is out of town a lot, but will return tomorrow.

 We sent her home with some of these red, round beauties after a lovely visit on the screened porch.
With the harvest we have had thus far, my husband will soon be filling the picking basket once again.
Summer bounty is a good thing and we enjoy sharing it with those around us.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Ho Hum Heated Days Of Late Summer

 Mid August and the crepe myrtle is nearly at the end of her beauty as the heat and humidity drag the weight of the branches to the ground.  It may be time for a trim job on that mophead of hers.  LOL
 The pups hang out near the front porch,
 and the gloomy dead potted flowers have served their summer needs, no longer looking like flowers at all, but rather dead, brown weeds needed to be pulled and tossed into the forest.
*Izzy, as always, interested by a bug*
 The local preying mantis hangs onto the outside of the screen hoping to snag a hornet or two in the nest nearby.   Of course it could be a hornet that wins the battle as well.

And last but not least.... a butterfly seeking shelter from the heat in the shade of the front porch.
Summer at it's worst.
Summer at it's best.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thinning Hair

 Thinning hair.  It's a sore subject with me since I have lost at least one third of the hair on my head over the past couple of years.
I first attributed it to a medication I am on, and my pharmacist said medications can and in many cases DO cause hair thinning and loss.  My hair loss started six months after starting the medication. My doctor does not seem too concerned about it since blood tests show nothing is wrong with me.
I know that my grandmother on my mom's side of the family and her sisters all had very thin hair as they aged, so genetics most likely play a role in all of this as well, and there is no changing our genes.
Still.... the hair thinning and watching strands and strands of hair wash down the drain of my shower, and show up in the brush, comb, or simply in my hands as I run through my hair after shampooing, well, it's just downright annoying.
It's annoying, disheartening and even heartbreaking that I can now see a lot of my scalp at the crown and widow's peak on my head.
I finally decided to read up on all of this and see if there was anything I could do, if not to grow the hair back, but at least slow the loss.
I found a website discussion about shampoos that have law suits against them because they are causing womens' hair to fall out, but since I was not using that particular shampoo I knew that my choice of hair product was not the problem.
I have long been a user of Paul Mitchell products and I noticed that one woman was touting Paul Mitchell's Scalp Care Anti-Thinning shampoo, Conditioner, and Tonic, so I purchased all three products a week ago.

After only a few days I noticed that less hair was falling out.
The product packaging on the tonic says that it will reduce falling out by 71%.  It's working for me, and I have no affiliation with Paul Mitchell, nor am I being compensated to say nice things about the product.

The thing is, you are supposed to use the Tonic twice a day... this has not been a problem for me since I don't use any mousse, or hair management products on my hair.  I only use the shampoo and conditioner once every other day in the shower.  I apply the tonic after towel drying my hair in the morning, and I apply the tonic in the evening sometime before going to bed.

I think if any of us has the idea that we are going to grow our hair back... we are dreaming....don't look for that kind of remedy ladies..... it's a pipe dream and probably a rip off if someone tries to sell you a miracle hair grower.
Wigs are hot.  I have one and I don't wear it because it's highly uncomfortable, especially during the summer months of the year.  
BUT, if I can stop the loss or at least slow it down by 71%, then that's the route I'll take.

There are numerous reasons we can have hair thinning and loss as we age, and I won't list them all here.  You can Google the problem and many articles listing the many reasons are available for you to read.
Thyroid, genetics, diet, illness, medications.  Talk to a doctor and perhaps the reason for you hair loss can be determined. 
This product may not work for you and decrease your hair loss, but I've noticed a big difference.

P.S.  The video shows that they use a large amount of product... I probably use a third as much shampoo as they do.  

 You may also read a 'hair loss' discussion on Brenda's blog, Cozy Little House.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

An Exclusive Star

 Our mornings have been a wee bit dreary in the weather department,
stymied by a fog that seems to hover over our little mountain each day for a few hours due to heavy humidity, late afternoon showers and warm over night temperatures.
 Even by eight o'clock in the morning after a steaming cup of coffee, toast and eggs, the sidewalk lights and those atop the columns at the driveway's entrance, are still lighting the way for the deer and their fawns who have been out and about, very active in late summer.
 If not for looking forward to that cup of coffee with a tasty splash of flavored coffeemate, 
I would probably stay in bed until nine, because THAT and the morning sunshine are my main reasons for rising early.
 They both put a bit of sparkle in  my day....
so today I headed out and bought some sparkle.
It's the Roanoke VA Star dangle charm commissioned by the Penelope store and sold exclusively by their store.
If you are a fan of Roanoke, VA, and looking for one, well.... you won't find it online, or in any of the Pandora mall stores.  You will have to visit the Penelope store in Daleville and come buy one.  I don't think they will mail you one either, so if you are intent on having one let me know and I'll see what I can do about getting one for you.

I know you Roanoke girls that live out of state are soooo jealous.

P.S.  It's made for their bracelets, but I choose to wear mine on a chain.  
Loving my exclusive sparkle!

Cute Phone Cases

We FINALLY purchased Smartphones this year a few months ago, and although we chose to use Otterboxes for the safety of our phones, here are a few cute phone cases if that's your phone cover of choice.

Like llamas?  Here are a few choices, and I think they are adorable.

*image credit*

Into giraffes and their infectious smiles?

Pressed Flowers? 

Feeling like a thug?




Cute Mother Nature?

this website has some super cute covers!

Of course you also need to google your phone model, and many of these come to fit a multitude of phone styles.

Don't forget that you can always choose a boring but safe case for your phone with an Otterbox.  I have, but still, I totally want a fun one too.
Have fun looking and shopping.

Rouge Cheeks

 A few days ago I found myself at the local shopping mall, and after an hour found that I was a bit hungry since I had neglected to eat lunch before leaving the house.  Generally I eat at home so that eating junk food will not be necessary when shopping... but I digress.  So, I ordered a cup of those tiny weenies with cheese wrapped up in some dough.  A VERY greasy choice of snack, and I sort of regretted buying it and EATING every last one in the paper cup.  Ugh.
*note to self: do not make that choice again*

After ordering the tiny weenies in a cup, I wandered over to a bench and sat down next to a woman older than myself and we struck up a conversation, her asking what I had ordered.  I showed her what was in the cup and offered her a few, of which she declined.

She was quite a bit older than I am.
She had a few teeth missing and LOTS of rouge in the shape of circles on her delicate-skinned cheeks.
There was a cane at her side.
She was the loveliest person I had seen in some time.
Somewhere in our conversation I learned that she is 86 years old; was there with a friend who was walking the mall for exercise; has a daughter, because she mentioned her son-in-law; and she loves cats.
 I told her that we have dogs and she asked me what kind.... so I shared that we have two boxers and I told her that although I love the dogs that I am over having pets, but my husband says he will probably have at least one dog even if he lives to age 80.  She asked me how old he is and I shared that he is now 65.
She then said that she had cats until she was 80 but that after her two cats died, which she loved to watch because they acted like an old married couple, she decided that she would not have any more pets.

Next she shared that she had at one time had a black cat.
The cat lived twenty years and then one day it was a cold, icy winter day, and she didn't know what to do with the dead cat so she phoned her son-in-law.  He told her that it was too cold and icy to dig a hole and that they would have to wait until it warmed up outside for him to be able to stop over and take care of the deceased cat....
She asked him what she should do with the cat and he told her to put it in a box outside on the porch so it would stay cold.
She told him she couldn't do that and he asked her why.
She told him that the cat was an indoor cat and had never been outside.
He said.... MOM!  The cat is dead.

I guffawed at her story as did she, tossed my weenie cup in the trash, told her I had enjoyed talking with her and walked away as her 'walking the mall' friend returned to sit with her.

Don't you just love talking to people you have never met before?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Moist And Nutty

 When I buy bananas, I try to find a bunch of three that are somewhat green.
 BUT, last week I was stuck with six quite yellow bananas, and I couldn't eat them fast enough.
 And so it was that we found ourselves with quite a few old, blackening bananas on our countertop yesterday,
 and my husband decided that he needed to make banana nut bread.
I am not sure what recipe he used, but it's pretty darned delicious!
 Quite moist and nutty.
 I'll ask him for the recipe if anyone wants it.
Guess what's for breakfast today?