It’s the Heat Talking . . .

We’re havin’ a heat wave so today I have one of my “a little bit of this and a little bit of that” kind of posts! Some of it silly, some of it helpful, and hopefully none of it boring!!! You’d let me know, wouldn’t you?


Would you believe I just put a snowflake cloth on the table? Yes, snowflakes!!! It is so darn HOT here that I’m hoping it will have us imagining that we’re cool! 😉

Oh and I’m so excited about something I’ve just figured out! You may have read about my saga at the hair salon, (see it here). Recently though, I tried a new tactic! Next time you want a haircut, bring a photo of YOU – one that was taken on a day when your hair looks just the way you like it. No explaining for you to do and no guesswork for the stylist. I just tried it and it worked!!!

Have you noticed that fortune cookies don’t really tell your fortune anymore? I miss that! Lately they all seem to have pithy little sayings but no predictions for the future!

I‘d also like to weigh in on this week’s questions . . .

Pampering at a hotel or camping under the stars?

I’d have go with the hotel stay as opposed to camping. I love the “idea” of sleeping under the stars – but I’d rather do it from the balcony of a penthouse suite in a fancy hotel. Hey! I can dream can’t I? Since I married for love and not money – I fear the penthouse suite will forever be a pipe dream, though! You see, I didn’t listen to my grandmother. She used to jokingly say, “It’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich man!” You would have loved my grandmother – she was a riot!

What would I find hard to live without besides family, friends, and pets??

Definitely indoor plumbing. I know this because we have a well for our water, and of course the pump is run by electricity. Whenever there’s a surprise storm and we lose our power; it’s not just a matter of worrying that food will spoil or that we don’t have enough candles. No, no. Our problem when a power line is down is that we can’t . . . flush! Having had that experience several times over the years has convinced me that I could never live without indoor plumbing.

So, if it’s hot where you are, put out that fabric snowman!

It couldn’t hurt. 😀


Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!

If you’re a lady who wears her hair long, you probably don’t spend much time looking for a good haircut. Lucky you!

I used to be in your position many years ago. I could simply ask my husband to take an inch or so off of my length now and then. After all, it was just to trim any ragged ends. Then one day (I think it was during a summer heat wave!), I decided that I wanted a short style.


I went to the salon and came home pleased with the novelty of hair that would dry in minutes. It was quick to style, too – I could just jump out of the shower, give it a quick towel-dry, run my fingers through it a little, and done!

hairbrushesI didn’t realize that I might be saying goodbye to long hair forever though. The thing is, once your hair is short, it’s not easy to have it long again – mainly because living through that “grow-out” stage is almost impossible!!! A couple of months after a haircut, the layers that looked great when your hair was short, begin to look scraggly and they’re hanging in your eyes. You find yourself trimming the front just to be able to see! After several more weeks of suffering with a series of bad hair days, you’ll finally give up, dial the hair salon, and whimper something about not being able to take it another minute! You’ll get it cut short again and be locked into the cycle once more. You’ll try to grow it out, but give up before it ever gets close.

shampoo1 It’s ok though! Short styles can be cute, IF you can find a good cut, that is. In our area, hair stylists are nomads. They never stay planted in one salon for any length of time. Just when I have someone that knows what I’d like and does a great job on my hair, she’s gone – vanished! One day I’ll call for an appointment and be told:

“Oh I’m very sorry, she’s no longer working here!”

Then I begin what I call the “trial and error phase”. Usually it will take a few so-so haircuts with a couple of different people, before I am able to find a new favorite stylist. It’s such a relief when I eventually do, though! I feel on top of the world and full of hope that I’ll be getting great haircuts from then on!!!

hairdryerBut, several months later, when I call for another appointment . . .

You guessed it!

“She’s no longer with us.”

The salon never wants to say where these stylists have gone. They simply want to assure me that they still have a whole bunch of people who are every bit as good as my favorite who has flown the coop. < Sigh >

The moral of this story?
Keep your hair long if at all possible!

There are fewer haircuts.
No awkward growing out phases.
No need to constantly search for a new stylist!

hairdressingscissors Anyway, last Saturday, I had my hair cut. New stylist. I love it! I’d be so happy if she would stay long enough for me to get a few more haircuts. Please cross your fingers for me; won’t you? 😉