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Oct 25th, 2009 at 6:54pm
 
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Reply #1 - Oct 25th, 2009 at 7:05pm
 
I am beginning to feel like Alice.  First I was an ex-member, then I was a member again, albeit with new journal, then I was an ex-member, then I couldn't log on because my password didn't match my user name when I had not changed it; two temp passwords, a name change AND a new journal later, I think I am back.  And I didn't even have any good drugs.  Sad

I would appreciate someone else replying so I know that it all works, please?  Thank you.
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Reply #2 - Oct 19th, 2009 at 7:15pm
 
I am having the hardest time choosing a new name for my journal.  It is a symptom of depression, I think.

We are having the only second sunny day this month, which is the primary cause of my down mood.  It just doesn't take very much at all to upset me and send me almost into tears.  I am thinking of going back on antidepressants, but don't want to give up the highs to lose the lows.  I like my occasional moments of euphoria.  There are other things going on in my life right now that are also stressing me out.

Thank you Sakina, Curlgirl, MichelleR and Bikerbraid for your kind messages.  I would appreciate if the old journals could be attached to this journal.

Will write more later, when I can.
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Reply #3 - Oct 19th, 2009 at 7:21pm
 
I'm glad you've started a new journal!

I wish I could do something to cheer you up.  Can you exercise at home?  That's always a good mood lifter. 

Hang in there and be kind to yourself!!!
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Reply #4 - Oct 19th, 2009 at 9:28pm
 
melusine wrote on Oct 19th, 2009 at 7:15pm:
We are having the only second sunny day this month, which is the primary cause of my down mood.  It just doesn't take very much at all to upset me and send me almost into tears.  I am thinking of going back on antidepressants, but don't want to give up the highs to lose the lows.  I like my occasional moments of euphoria.  There are other things going on in my life right now that are also stressing me out.


I sympathize with not wanting to take antidepressants.  That is exactly the reason I stopped taking them when I was fighting depression a couple of years ago.  I realized I wasn't as stressed out at work and I liked that, but I didn't like that my positive emotions (love for family, having fun with friends, etc) were dulled as well.  

I agree with Sakina about exercise.  I don't know how bad the rain is, but could you take a walk?  Even if you wear galoshes and rain gear, getting some exercise and fresh air will help.  Heck, dance naked in the rain in your backyard!  Maybe if you can embrace the weather instead of yearning for sunny days you will feel better.  Sorry if that sounds stupid or condescending.  It has helped me, but once I wrote it, it sounded silly.  Anyway, I hope you start to feel better soon!
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Reply #5 - Apr 17th, 2009 at 7:47pm
 
Tried a vinegar rinse for the first time today.  WOW!!!  I can't believe how full my hair is.  It's like a miracle.  How often can I do that?  I rinse my hair everyday, but only wash it once a week.

Bought a bone comb at Sally's Beauty Supply today, and the L'Oreal sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.  Looked at Ric's wooden combs and am thinking seriously about buying one.  If you have one, please tell me how you feel about it?  Is it worth the money?
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Reply #6 - Apr 18th, 2009 at 9:01am
 
Welcome to the world of journaling!

Vinegar - one of the wonder products of the world!  You can use the vinegar as often as you want.  It is probably most beneficial after shampooing, but there is no reason you couldn't do it more often than your shampoos.  If you do decide to use the rinse more often, you might want to add a light conditioning after the rinse.  Vinegar rinses, depending on the strength you use, can be a bit drying on the hair.  A bit of conditioner will help with that.

I am a proud owner of 2 Ric's combs.  I love them.  I also have a horn comb.   I like to use my horn comb on my damp hair (and dry the comb after use), but use the wood combs on my dry hair.  Wood and water are not a good combination.  You should also oil or wax a wood comb to prevent cracks and warping.
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Reply #7 - Apr 18th, 2009 at 2:51pm
 
Congrats on starting your journal. Smiley

It depends on the hair type, but I find that doing vinegar rinses more often than once a week can be drying.
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Reply #8 - Apr 18th, 2009 at 9:55pm
 
I have one of ric's combs and
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Reply #9 - Apr 19th, 2009 at 12:27am
 
Thank you all for your help.  Today is day 2 after the vinegar rinse and my hair is still full.  It's amazing.  Can't keep my hands away from it.  Bought my first scrunchies today and was surprised at how well they hold.  Also read the directions on how to use hairsticks and tried that and was surprised at how well that worked.   I think I am falling in love with my hair!

The bone comb is very nice.  I think I will use that quite a bit.  I am lusting after one of Ric's combs, so will probably succumb shortly.  The cherrywood, I think.

I must have always had it in the back of my mind to grow my hair out because I never threw away the leather hair buckles I bought when I was in my 20's.  BTW, I am 58 and teach college.

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Reply #10 - Apr 20th, 2009 at 2:22am
 
After reading all the discussion of hairspray, I think I will be cutting down on my usage.

When I bought my bone comb, I also bought Ion Effective Care Treatment.  The package said it is an intensive therapy protein fortifier and moinsurizer, containing Panthenol Provitamen B5 and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.  It's a 5-10 minute treatment.  Was wondering if anyone else was familiar with it.  I remember several years ago my friends and I used mayonnaise.  We applied it to dry hair under a plastic cap for 30 min., then washed it out.  It made the hair incredibly soft and shiny.
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Reply #11 - Apr 20th, 2009 at 8:30am
 
Congrats on your journal.  It looks like you're quickly finding out what works for you and I hope you'll stay encouraged to care for your hair.
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Reply #12 - Apr 22nd, 2009 at 12:02am
 
It is cold and raining here.  I hate this weather.  Last weekend was in the high 60s--sandals and short-sleeved shirts; Monday was in the 30s--back to boots and parkas.

I have been using mental imagery, visualizing my hair growing in healthy and strong.  I think it helps.  Tomorrow morning will wash it with the new sulfate-free shampoo and see how that works.

Tried the cold rinse and YIKES!  I am from further south than I am living now and can't stand being that cold.  My husband sets the thermostat at 65 at nite and the first thing I do when I get up is set it at least 70, and the bathroom is still chilly.  So the cold rinses will have to wait until July.

Can't wait for the weather to warm up.
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Reply #13 - Apr 22nd, 2009 at 5:52am
 
I took for granted that keeping a visual image of how I wanted my figure to look would help when I was losing weight but I never thought of doing the same with my hair.  Will give it a try. Smiley
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Reply #14 - Apr 22nd, 2009 at 5:25pm
 
Hi, Drear, I've used mental imagery to help a dental implant heal, to get rid of what looked like a fungus infection on my finger, so I thought I would try it with my hair.  I am on the road at least an hour each day, so use that time to visualize.

Washed my hair with the L'Oreal sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner today.  Didn't lather as much as the Matrix and Garnier, but left my hair clean and soft and curly/wavy.  Only problem is that I don't like the smell.  BTW, it is 100% vegan, for those who are interested in Vegan products.

The sun is shining today and I am much happier.  Plus I washed my hair and am happy with the result.  After discovering this site, I am completely hair-obsessed.

Wore it down to school today, which I haven't done since late August, and startled some people.  Smiley
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Reply #15 - Apr 22nd, 2009 at 6:12pm
 
I'm so glad you've had good results with the ACV rinse!

It can take 2-4 weeks for your hair to adjust to sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.  Sorry you don't like the smell-maybe you can add some essential oils to it to improve the smell.

I'm one for visualizations, too.
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Reply #16 - Apr 23rd, 2009 at 12:54am
 
Thanks, Sakina, I hadn't thought of essential oils.  Where would I find them?  At the end of the day, I am noticing that my hair didn't keep its curl as well as it usually does.  But I'll try the shampoo a few more times.  I will rinse my hair in the shower tomorrow and see how well it curls after that.

Wore my hair down to teach my night class tonite and one of my students walked in late and didn't recognize me.  Of course, it was warmer today, so I wore a skirt and pumps, rather than jeans and boots, which I have worn since the semester started in Jan., which might have contributed to his confusion.

It is a little disappointing that I always got compliments when I wore the Tony Ponies, but not when my real hair is down.  Maybe in a year, when it is 5 or more (I hope) inches longer than it is now.  Sigh.

When you measure the length of your hair, where do you measure from?  The front hairline?  My hair is layered, so my top measures about 13", but the longest layer hangs almost to bra strap level when I pull it straight.  So do I measure from the hairline to the end of the longest layer?
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Reply #17 - Apr 23rd, 2009 at 9:12am
 
Welcome Melusine   Cool  I believe most of us here measure from the front hairline to the longest point (or layer). 
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Reply #18 - Apr 23rd, 2009 at 4:21pm
 
Yep, you're doing it right. Smiley
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Reply #19 - Apr 23rd, 2009 at 6:30pm
 
Thank you both.  I thought that was probably it, but wanted to be sure.

Re: adding essential oil to the sulfate-free shampoo.  I am an idiot; the stuff is in a tube.  Roll Eyes
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Reply #20 - Apr 24th, 2009 at 3:15pm
 
I don't teach on Friday and my husband is at work, so it is laundry/indulge myself day.  The sun shining and the temp is 75. Smiley  I have all the windows open and it is wonderful.  It seems forever since the weather was this nice.  The bulbs I planted last fall are coming up: daffodils, Siberian iris, something red that I can't remember the name of, with tulips and large blue iris to follow.

Shampooed with L'Oreal sulfate-free this morning.  The smell isn't so bad the second time, so I suppose I'll get used to it.  Followed with white vinegar rinse and the ION deep conditioner for 5 minutes.  My hair looks really good: lots of curls and waves and very little frizz.  I am very pleased with it.  Had enough of the ION left to do another treatment, so sealed it in a sandwich bag.  Measured it this am before I shampooed and it comes in at 21".  Yay!  My hair hasn't been this long since I was 5 yrs. old.  It is growing quite nicely, so perhaps waist-length is possible.

My husband told me yesterday that he had read that sulfates are known to be skin irritants.

Ah, well, the washer is done, so I had better get busy.
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Reply #21 - Apr 25th, 2009 at 12:24am
 
It is the end of the day.  It was beautiful all day.  The temp hit 81!  Not a high for this date, but very nice.  Had all the windows open and the ceiling fans running.  It was a day for sandals, tank top, and capris.  Thank you, my goddess, thank you.

Did five loads of laundry and did my nails--pale pink, a summer color.  Never did put on makeup.

Got some bad news today.  My husband had promised me that we would remodel the kitchen this year.  First he said March, so I had people in and got estimates, then he said July, then he said September, now he says not this year.  I knew this was going to happen.   Angry  He is great at making promises that never are fulfilled.  #@*!#!#!#*&*!!!!

So I called Ric's toll-free # and I am going to buy at least one comb from him, probably 2  -- one for the dressing table and one to carry with me.

At least my hair looked good all day.
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Reply #22 - Apr 26th, 2009 at 8:30pm
 
Was out in the wind today.  Will see tomorrow if I have more split ends.  Didn't lose much of the curl, but I pulled it back with a scrunchie to keep it from tangling.

Found another comb at Sally's Beauty Supply that I can carry in my purse.  It is jilbere de Paris and the edges are almost unnoticeable.  Had been using brushes, but after reading everything you all had to say about brushes, realized that I do lose more hair when I brush, so I will go back to combs.

Called Ric's toll-free # on Fri.  Hope he calls me back this week.

One of the problems with my hair, besides being very fine, is that I have a cowlick just below the crown about 1" to the right of midline.  If I am not careful where my hair lies as it dries, I end up with a part all down the back of my head.  It's very annoying, and very obvious since I color my hair dark.

Now that I am using the L'Oreal sulfate-free, I am back to shampooing every 3rd or 4th day, with the vinegar rinse between the shampoo and conditioner.

My hair was very full this weekend, but that could have been because of the humidity.
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Reply #23 - Apr 27th, 2009 at 7:26pm
 
I'm glad the weather was nice on Fri, the rest of the weekend was really crappy--clouds and rain, and again today. So I indulged in shopping therapy and bought a new purse at TJ Maxx, only $30, that's not too bad.

Shampooed this AM, with a vinegar rinse before the conditioner.  Now that I am used to it, I really like the L'Oreal sulfate-free products.  My hair has never been this full.  Of course, it's never been this long, either.  Will try the Burt's Bees when I run out of the L'Oreal.  Will see my hairdresser on the 9th and wonder what she will say.

Bought 3 prs of hairsticks on EBay.  Got the first set today, came gift-wrapped in a beautiful box.  Can't wait to try them; of course, will have to wait a couple of days, 'til my hair is not quite so clean.

Have been wearing my hair down to work.  Most of my colleagues have seen it down in the past, altho' a couple of people looked surprised.  Tomorrow nite is chorale practice and they have never seen my hair down.  It will be interesting to hear what people say.  I am actually not anticipating favorable comments, but we'll see.
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Reply #24 - Apr 29th, 2009 at 5:24pm
 
It has been raining and cloudy for the last 5 days, supposed to storm tonite and pour tomorrow and Friday, and be cloudy and icky all weekend.  I just want to crawl in a hole and pull it in after me. Sad  My mother used to say that and I know what she means.  Have totally lost my appetite, even chocolate doesn't tempt me.  Oh, well, I need to lose about 30 lbs, so this is as good a way to get started as anything else.  Maybe tomorrow I'll feel like eating.

Wore my hair down to chorale last nite, and nobody said anything.  My depression and paranoia interprets that as their being too kind to say it looks bad.

I would do anything for just one day of sunshine and 70 degrees all day.

I don't quite wish to be dead, but it's a near-run thing.  All I really want to is go to sleep, but I have a nite class to teach, so will get papers and briefcase together, and trot off to class.  Being with my students usually puts me in a better mood.

Have been thinking seriously about going back on antidepressants.  Took them for about 2 yrs 10 yrs. ago.  Mybe I'll call my doctor tomorrow.

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Reply #25 - Apr 29th, 2009 at 6:50pm
 
Whew! I'd trade weather with you in a heartbeat! It's going to be in the 70's for a week where I live. Tongue And summer is only 53 days away.

And don't worry about not getting showered with compliments by your adoring hair fans. Roll Eyes Believe it or not, some people may actually have more to worry about than what another person is doing with their hair. Shocked
   Just do what makes you happy. If you rely on other people's opinions for validation, you'll only end up disappointed.
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Reply #26 - Apr 30th, 2009 at 5:16am
 
This may not be of any comfort but we tend to be more aware of what we do, say and how we look than others are and we tend to be more critical of ourselves. Smiley

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Reply #27 - Apr 30th, 2009 at 3:57pm
 
I tried to send you several PM's and it won't let me so I'll keep trying to respond...
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Reply #28 - Apr 30th, 2009 at 7:09pm
 
Thank you, Sakina and Drear and Midnite Angel and Curlgirl.  I was having a very bad day, but am feeling much better today, in large part due to your responses.  We actually saw the sun for about 5 minutes, which helped, too.  Everybody ran to the big windows in the cafeteria to look.  Smiley  I am an SAD personality, inherited it from my mother and grandmother, and two weeks of cloud, wind, rain and 50 degrees really gets to me.  But tomorrow is May 1, and things will be better, I'm sure.

My comment about the chorale members was more related to my mental state than to my expectations, altho one of my students last nite walked into class, looked at me and said she liked my other hairstyle better.  I told her that I had not asked for her opinion, and it wouldn't be good idea to insult her teacher as that could affect her grade.  She's only 17 and hasn't learned yet that it's not a good idea to verbalize everything that crosses her mind.

Talked to Ric, the combmaker, this pm.  What a nice man!  I ordered a black cherry vest pocket comb; he said I would have it on Mon and I am excited!  Of course, that depends on who delivers my mail Mon.  If it's the regular mailwoman, I'll get it; if it's either of the substitutes, I may not see it until the end of the week.

I bought 3 pair of hairsticks on EBay and have been experimenting with them.  I am amazed at how well they hold!  What fun!  My husband said my hair looked very nice with the hairsticks.

Tomorrow I going to Fruitful Yield to pick up jojoba oil and will try that.  I'll let you know how that works.
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Reply #29 - Apr 30th, 2009 at 7:32pm
 
Could only hope that the 17 year old smacks herself on the forehead or wishes she could kick herself for making that thoughttless rude comment! Roll Eyes
I think you'll like the jojoba oil.  It is light and with your hair type you'll only need a drop or two.
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Reply #30 - May 1st, 2009 at 12:57pm
 
Woohoo - new stuff! Cheesy That almost always helps boost any woman's mood. Good luck with the hairsticks!

And ughhh, teenagers. Most of them tend to be rude and idiotic by default, but that one was abusing the privilege. You had every right to check her - good for you. Wink
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Reply #31 - May 2nd, 2009 at 1:07am
 
Thank you for your support.  I was surprised; most nite students are working adults trying to finish a degree, so they have had manners knocked into them by the working world.  Smiley

Bought the jojoba oil today at Fruitful Yield, will try it tonite and let you all know tomorrow.  Also bought vitamin D softgels on the advice of a woman I work with to help with my moods.  She said it worked wonders for her.  Was looking at all the organic shampoos and was surprised to see that they all contained sulfates. 

Our concert is a week from Sat.  Men wear tuxes and ladies wear long black skirts or black trousers and long-sleeve tops, black stockings and black low-heel shoes.  So, after my shower this a.m., I tried on all 4 prs of black pumps I owned to discover that none of them fit.  Then tried on all my dress shoes.  Only one pair still fit, so I have 8 prs. of shoes to donate.  I haven't worn dress shoes regularly in the last five years.  Then off to DSW to look for shoes that were dressy, comfortable and low-heeled.  To my surprise I found a pair that were perfectly comfortable.  Hallelujah!!!  I had decided that I would only spend an hour at DSW, and if I couldn't find anything, I was going to Nordstrom's, which would have been at least twice as expensive.  Also found a really cute pair of red ballet-slipper flats that I couldn't pass up.   I always have red shoes; it's amazing how many things they go with and how often I wear them.  I do have a long black skirt and tomorrow will to go a dancewear store and get a black leotard and I am good to go.

This morning was cloudy, but the sun did peep out this afternoon.  It's supposed to be partly sunny tomorrow and into next week until Thurs when it is supposed to rain again.  It is still isn't really warm, daytime in the 50s and nites down in the 40s or 30s.  Still using the heated mattress pad.

Well, off to oil my hair and bed.  I have been using visualization, telling my self firmly that my hair is long, strong, full, healthy and beautiful.  Seems to be working, along with taking better care of it.   Wink  Talk with you all tomorrow.
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Reply #32 - May 2nd, 2009 at 4:26pm
 
Just a quick note as I am in the middle of doing laundry.  Used just 2 drops of jojoba oil last nite since my hair is fine and as Curlgirl advised.  My hair looked a little like it need washing immediately after, but went to bed and it was all absorbed when I woke up this am.  I did shampoo this a.m. as we are going to a party tonite, and my hair is not as flyaway as it usually is when freshly shampooed.  Hmm.  Will do it again tonite and gradually figure out what is the best schedule for me.  Thank you all for your help and advice.  My hair has never looked better.
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Reply #33 - May 3rd, 2009 at 10:10am
 
I can't believe I am up so early.  Actually I have been awake since 3am and up since 4:30am.  We went to a dinner party with friends last nite and the wine flowed freely.  I know that too much wine disturbs my sleep, for several reasons Smiley, but it seems churlish to refuse when everyone else is imbibing.  Oh, well, it's Sunday and I can take a nap if I need to.

The last 2 times I shampooed, I used Matrix Amplify and Garnier.   I always like the effect of the Matrix, it leaves my hair very full, but the Garnier left my hair almost too soft.  I guess that is a result of the oil?  I'll keep doing it every nite for a few days and see what happens.  Every other day or twice a week may be better.  Or maybe it's the combination of oil and cones.  If that's the case, I'll keep the oil and drop the cones.  The next time I shampoo, I'll go back to the L'Oreal.

I have been thinking about not coloring my hair any more.  The only problem is that I have been coloring it considerably darker than it really is.  My natural color was mouse brown with ash tones.  And I do have some gray, which looks silver to me.  If my hair went all silver, I would like that.  I am wondering if the light brown would make my hair look thinner?  Plus, if I stop cold turkey, I'll look like a skunk for a long time.  I absolutely will not cut my hair just to get rid of the color.  It's just that at my age, having hair that is different colors at each end, seems too teen-age.

I'll talk to Kirstin and see what she thinks, but what do you all think?
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Only since you asked, I think it's entirely up to you whether you want to continue colouring or not. My hair is also a sort of "mouse brown," which I've never been terribly fond of, so I'm actually looking forward to my first grey so I have a more valid reason to colour. Grin But that's me. If colouring really isn't your thing, you're not obligated by any means. It's your hair, your life, your choice...no one's holding a gun to your head.

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Teenage, eh? I ran around with two tone hair for a year in my early 20's whilst trying to grow out a dark colour. I just couldn't justify shaving my head or shelling out $85 for a salon to ruin my hair with bleach. Roll Eyes

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What about people who never drink? What about simply knowing your limits? What if you have to drive home?
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Hi, Midnite Angel, re: the two-color hair, I am twice your age, and think it would look ridiculous at 58.  Although several years ago I saw a woman who was obviously growing her color out. Her hairdresser had styled her hair in a bubble of large curls and every curl was white edged in black.  It was breathtaking!

I know I shouldn't drink that much, but it's only 3 or 4 times a year, and my husband doesn't drink, so I don't have to worry about driving.

I was wondering if my hair would be healthier if I stopped coloring, but it isn't bad right now.  I condition regularly and use a deep conditioner about every 2 weeks.  I don't use anything mechanical.  I don't brush when it's wet.  It does have some shine and curl and a lot of body.  In a few years I will have to lighten my color, as my face ages.  Now it's so dark brown, it's almost black.  It was a little harsh when it was hanging in my face, but now that it's long enough to put behind my shoulders, the color is not so bad.

I tried the jojoba oil and apparently it's not for me.  By the third day, my hair was limp as a dishrag and had no curl.  I was only using a very small amount.  I had to lather 3 times this a.m. to get it out.  If I use it at all, it will just be the nite before I shampoo.  I'm glad I didn't buy the big bottle.  Smiley  Oh, well, live and learn.

Everything is blooming, and I have a post-nasal drip that would choke a horse, plus a headache.  It's time to double up on the allergy meds and add aspirin to the daily doseage.  Ahh, spring.  Or maybe I should say, ahh-choo, spring!  Wink
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I do much better oiling the night before washing than oiling daily.

Do you have a netti pot?  I find them very helpful for sinus allergy problems.  Hope you feel better!
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Hi, Midnite Angel, re: the two-color hair, I am twice your age, and think it would look ridiculous at 58.  Although several years ago I saw a woman who was obviously growing her color out. Her hairdresser had styled her hair in a bubble of large curls and every curl was white edged in black.  It was breathtaking!

That does sound quite artistic. Smiley
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Oh? Then I suppose it was "churlish" of him not to partake? Grin
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Reply #39 - May 4th, 2009 at 7:19pm
 
Hi, Sakina, yes, I do have a netti pot, but I broke my nose in a car wreck when I was 17, so it only works on one side, which is, of course, not the side that gets stopped up.  But I will get it out and see if it helps.

Do you also use a deep conditioner? Or does the oil take the place of that?

On another subject, we need a smiley face that expresses exasperation.  None of these do, and it is an emotion I frequently experience.

Yes, Angel, I have considered having having the colors blended, and will talk to Kirstin about that next Sat.  I wonder what color that would be?  But I suspect she will tell me that my hair looks thicker if I keep it dark.  I remember I reading that somewhere a while back.

All our friends know that my husband never has and never will drink more than a sip to see what something tastes like.  He got really sick from drinking in college and decided then that he was never doing that again.  He has a touchy stomach and can't eat spicy foods, so I imagine he was really ill for 2 or 3 days.

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Reply #40 - May 4th, 2009 at 11:29pm
 
Ouch!  Poor nose.  Are you aware that a gram of vitamin C acts as a natural anti-histamine?  You can take several grams a day, you'll get diarrhea when you've taken your limit.  Just cut back until the diarrhea goes away.  I got off of prescription allergy meds 15 years ago with the C and cutting out cheese, raisins and mushrooms (mold allergy).

I do deep condition, and use shampoo, conditioner and stylers made for curly hair so they are all moisturizing.  I try to deep treat every week but don't always get it done.  I mostly put oil on my scalp as a massage the night before I plan on washing and put a little on the ends before braiding my pigtails for sleeping.
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Cheese and mushrooms, huh?  Two foods that I really like.  I mean REALLY LIKE!  Sheesh!!  I quit a 2 pack-a-day cigarette habit cold turkey.  That's enough self-sacrifice for any lifetime.  (Imagine a highly indignant smiley face here.)  The vitamin C will bear looking into.  I guess I will add it to my collection of pills.  I have tried several prescription meds and am currently taking Zyrtec (generic) and Mucinex DM.  They seem to work as well as anything else right now.  The only thing that really was effective for me  was Triaminicin, which is no longer manufactured.

For those who are interested, InStyle has a special spring issue out focused on hair.  Lots of celebrity shots, and critiques of many products, some designer, some natural.  Oh, yes, one article stated that hair color, permanent or demi-permanent, does make the hair thicker because it swells the hair shaft, and is particularly effective on fine or gray hair.  Now there's a good reason to color your hair.

I checked out henna caravan.  Very interesting site; however, 12 hour applications????  Even if I put it on and went to bed, I don't sleep that long.  Plus, I am a restless sleeper (I keep turning over, trying to clear my head so I can breathe thru my nose), and would have to put on a shower cap and tie a ribbon under my chin to keep it on.  Smiley
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Reply #42 - May 5th, 2009 at 1:41am
 
Well, if you don't have a mold allergy you can keep eating cheese and mushrooms!  I like them too, and they were hard to give up and after while I could eat them again in small amounts without triggering a sinus problem.

Wow!  Kudos to you for quitting smoking!  Cool

I use only cassia on my hair.  At first I left it on for 1 hour, the last time I left it on for 3 and got a really good result.  I had a shower cap on (I pay a hairdresser to apply the cassia-I have a lot of hair so this is easier for me), put a towel on the pillow and read a book and took a little nap before rinsing it out.  I don't know of anyone who leaves their henna on for 12 hours.  8 maybe.

I sleep with my head elevated when I'm having sinus issues.  Funny mental pic of you with a shower cap w/a ribbon tied under your chin.  Grin
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Hey Sakina,please send your hairdresser over here to help me with my henna/idigo application,please!!  I totally relate to lota hair thing and having someone else apply it is half the battle!!
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Ha!  Curlygirl64, I invite you to Arizona so you can enjoy the sun and warm weather.  Then I'd set you up with Leslie.


So, Melusine, how are you feeling?  I hope your sinus problems are gone!
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I am feeling somewhat better; thank you for asking.  Started taking Emergen-C, which really does help and tastes good to boot.  Actually slept last nite, which I hadn't the last two nites.  Went to chorale practice last nite, but had to leave early.  Just felt lousy, and started sneezing and nose running, so decided to throw in the towel.  Came home and went to bed around 10pm.  Dug out the Netti pot and started using it again.  The problem is getting my head at just the correct angle due to having broken my nose years ago.  I'm afraid I'm going to drown before I figure that out.  Smiley  Bought some Werther's hard caramels for the cough.  One of my students turned me on to those last year when I had bronchitis.  She said they're fewer calories than Halls, taste better, and don't upset your stomach.  She was certainly right about the last two items.

This is so the wrong time for this.  Dress rehearsal is Fri nite and the concert is Sat nite.  I'll be damned if I miss it after rehearsing since January.  Between mega-doses of C and positive visualization, I am planning on making it.  I absolutely REFUSE to allow this to turn into a sinus infection or bronchitis or pneumonia.

As I do have a mold allergy, I guess I will cut out cheese and mushrooms for a while.  After all, there's always lobster and crab cakes and creme brulee.  Roll Eyes

On top of everything else, I came home Mon to ants all over the countertop.  I killed at least 40 of the little buggers.  So my Orkin man was here Tues, which doesn't help with the sinus problems, either.   Tom says they're coming indoors because we've had so much rain.  So he drilled holes in the kitchen and bathroom walls inside the cabinets and sprayed between the walls.   And it's supposed to rain tonite and for the next 2 days.  Yuck.  You know, it's pretty sad when you're on a first-nam basis with the exterminator.

Can I come to Arizona with Curlgirl64????



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Reply #46 - May 6th, 2009 at 9:18pm
 
I'm glad you're feeling better!!!  While I was doing "The King and I" for 30 shows I kept a small altoid (or 2) tucked in my cheek to keep from coughing.  The stage was pretty dusty and when the fog machine went off during the ballet-I was singing the ballet, not dancing-it would set of a cascade of coughing.

If its any consolation, I have to monkey with my position with the netti pot if I do it when I'm congested. 

I do like your attitude about having to give up some favs-there are so many yummy foods in the world.  Plus, so much variety and high end restaurants in Chicago!

Sorry to hear about your ants!  There's a recipe in Valerie Wormwood's essential oils book...http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Essential-Oils-Aromatherapy/dp/0931432820/re...; I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Of course you can come, too!  Be prepared for triple digits...we don't have a pool but we do have AC!  We'll call it the Solar Therapy Retreat.
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Reply #47 - May 6th, 2009 at 11:35pm
 
But all the hotels have pools, so the three of us can split the cost of a room and spend our day beside and in the pool.   Smiley
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Reply #48 - May 7th, 2009 at 5:10am
 
I've nearly stopped drinking all together and I won't be pressured or make apologies.  However, explaining that Asians often lack some enzyme to break down alcohol is usually enough to get most people to back off.  Good luck with rehearsals.
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Hi, Drear, nice to hear from you.  Re, what that woman said to you a while back, I think I would have said something along the lines of "I may not be as white as you, but I certainly have better manners."   What is it that makes people think they can say things like that and get by with it?  Just remember that what goes around comes around and she'll get hers.  With luck, you'll be there to see it.  Wink

Re: drinking, I really only drink at parties 5 or 6 times a year.  It's just that one of our very good friends is a wine connoiseur (had to look that one up  Smiley) and judge, and serves the most delicious wines at his parties.

I feel much better today and it is looking good for the rehearsal and concert.  The congestion goes away for much of the day and the cough is settling down.  I guess the mega doses of C are working.

So, I guess I will go shopping for a black leotard or some kind of top tomorrow to wear with the black Indian gauze skirt.  I'm thinking a lightweight fitted sweater would be nice, and I would wear it more than a leotard.  I will wear or take the skirt with me so the blacks will harmonize.

Tonite I will oil my hair and shampoo tomorrow with the L'Oreal sulfate-free, followed by a vinegar rinse and deep conditioning.  I'm getting color on Sat.  I have noticed that with the wood comb, I don't lose as much hair.  It's really nice.
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Reply #50 - May 8th, 2009 at 4:59pm
 
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and I feel much, much better, almost back to normal.  Slept for 12 hrs. last nite, only woke up a couple of time to use the bathroom and get something to drink.  Have doubled the allergy & sinus meds until I am over this and they make me thirsty.

Tried on the long black silk cardigan with the black Indian rayon skirt and it looks very nice.  Very slimming, as the sweater is close-fitting and long, and both button down the front.  The skirt is full, but drapes nicely, just to my ankles.  I will leave the bottom 2 buttons on the sweater unbuttoned so it won't pull and the top 2 buttons unbuttoned because that's sexy.  Smiley  Shows off my jewelry, too.  We were told not wear sparkly jewelry, so I don't know what to wear, as I don't have anything else.  Probably the black baroque pearl enhancer with diamonds on the bale, on a 16" rope chain, with the 8mm black pearl studs, the diamond studs, and the black pearl ear cuff, also the black pearl bracelet.  Understated, but elegant, I think.  For shoes, either the black pumps or the black hi-heel platforms if the skirt is too long for the low-heel pumps.  Will put my hair up under my biggest Tony Pony.  Might as well look like a diva.  Cool

Oiled my hair with jojoba last nite, and shampooed with the L'Oreal sulfate-free, with a vinegar rinse.  Meant to do a deep conditioning, but forgot to take it into the shower with me, so that will wait until next weekend.  My hair looks really good, very full and curly on the ends with waves.  Tomorrow I get color and trim.

Well, I had better do my makeup and get ready for dress rehearsal tonite.
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Dress rehearsal went well.  Sounded like a frog when I got up this am.  Couldn't talk well, but could sing and my voice got stronger as rehearsal went on.  I need to e-mail my voice teacher and tell her that I have mastered head voice.  Smiley  So, it looks like a go for tomorrow nite.

Wore my hair down since I washed it today, and one women asked if the curl was natural and seemed impressed that it was.  Does that count as a compliment?  I think I will count it as one.
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Reply #52 - May 10th, 2009 at 7:23am
 
Glad the dress rehersal went well.  Your outfit(costume?) sounds lovely.  Pics?  All the best for the show!
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The concert went very well.  Thank you for the good wishes, Curlgirl64.  No pics, I'm afraid.  I never think of that and never take any myself.  However, I will make a new dress for the concerts next year.  I had intended to do it for this concert, but didn't find a pattern I liked, and then I didn't feel well enough to sew.

One of the pieces we did was the debut of music written by the director.  He was very pleased with our performance of his piece, and after we sang it, he turned his back to the audience and laid his hands over his heart.  My husband said this chorale was a better group than the one I used to sing with.  It is a bigger group, about 50, with better singers--many are voice students or teach voice and/or music.

Saw the new Star Trek movie at the IMAX tonite.  Wow!  It was great!  Any other Trekkies out there?

Got color and trim yesterday, so my hair looks good and shiny.  My hairdresser was surprised at how long it was.  She told me that Bed Head was a new sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner that is also an amplifier.  I will look for that tomorrow.  Also saw an ad in either Glamour or Lucky for E-sen-cia, organic  products that are sulfate & paraban free, with no phthalates, propylene glycol and no articial colors.  Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kroger, among others, have full value rebate offers, so I will be trying these products also. 

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Also saw an ad In Lucky for Global Goddess Coconut Amla revitalizing hair treatment.  Was going to try it until I saw the cost--$45.  A little rich for me.  Oh, well.
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Reply #55 - May 11th, 2009 at 5:53am
 
melusine wrote on May 11th, 2009 at 2:37am:
Also saw an ad In Lucky for Global Goddess Coconut Amla revitalizing hair treatment.  Was going to try it until I saw the cost--$45.  A little rich for me.  Oh, well.


Wow that is alot!  I get my amla oil for $2 my coconut oil for about the same.
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Saw the new Star Trek movie at the IMAX tonite.  Wow!  It was great!  Any other Trekkies out there?

Here!  I am a Trekker! I cannot wait to see the new movie! Cheesy
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*raises hand* Cheesy

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Hope you enjoy it, Isabeau.

I agree with you, Angel, altho' I have always had a soft spot for Scotty.  Won't say anything more because I don't want to spoil it for anyone.  LL&P to you both.

Have been wearing my hair down most of the time.  I am afraid of putting too much tension on it with the Tony Ponys.  So far, there is no damage, from the hairpieces or the hairspray, but I will use them less often.

FYI, that $45 for the Global Goddess treatment was for a 6 oz. bottle!  Shocked

This is finals week, then summer school starts next week.  I have finals to give at 7:45am Tues and Thurs.  My students don't particularly like that time and neither do I.  I will teach one class on T/Th from 1-4:35pm, and have the rest of the week free.   Smiley

This coming weekend is the first weekend of the Renn Faire in St. Louis.  I will be working there for Pendragon Jewelers for 4 weekends.  Have to try on my garb and make sure the skirts still fit in the waist.  The bodices have more give because they lace, and the chemises are big anyway.  When I made the skirts, I cut the waistbands extra long, so all I will have to do is sew on another eye for the hook.  Then I will definitely start dieting.  Roll Eyes  I always drop 8-10 lbs in the summer anyway, so it shouldn't be a problem.  I hope the weather channel is wrong and it doesn't storm all weekend.  That would be a bummer.

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*flashes Vulcan sign...'cause I'm a geek like that*

Scottish accents can be sexy. Wink

It's always been about Spock for me though. Leonard Nimoy is the freakin' bomb.
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Reply #60 - May 13th, 2009 at 12:55am
 
Okay, in original Trek, I could never choose among Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty. They were all sexy, in different ways.  In this movie, Spock is the only sexy one, Scotty is cute enough to eat, McCoy is just strange (too much curmudgeonly overacting for a man his obvious age), and Kirk is too......self-centered and teenage smart aleck.

Some bad news, my oldest kitty died last nite at 3am.  Kelly had been ill, but we thought she was getting better.  I knew when I got home that she wouldn't last the nite.  I cried myself to sleep and am still tearing up.  I miss her so dreadfully.  She was the most affectionate of the three.  She always sat in the front window waiting for us and greeted us at the top of the stairs.  We took er to bed with us last nite in her kitty cup between us, and left her curled up in it on the bed today.  When I got home, I wrapped her in 2 of my husband's old t-shirts with just her cute face and 2 front paws showing, and found a nice box to bury her in.  We buried her tonite after work and planted a double pink rose of sharon over the grave.  I had to open the box and stroke her head one last time before we put her in the ground.  This is the bad part of having pets.  I get so attached and it breaks my heart when they die.
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Reply #61 - May 13th, 2009 at 2:53am
 
I'm so so sorry for your loss.  She was a lucky kitty to live with such a loving mommy.  The rose sounds lovely, such a nice memorial.  We planted a lime tree for my Magus, who passed several years ago.

Reading your post made me cry.  (((hugs))) to you and yours.
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Grin I never thought any of the original series guys were sexy. But Spock has to be the most iconic figure in ST history. He definitely stood out to me the most, as I'm sure he did to most kids of my generation. My dad even dressed as him one year for Halloween. Grin

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I'd totally buy that. Wink Grin Zachary Quinto is the only reason I ever watch Heroes. Roll Eyes

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Scotty is cute enough to eat, McCoy is just strange (too much curmudgeonly overacting for a man his obvious age), and Kirk is too......self-centered and teenage smart aleck.

Some things never change. Roll Eyes

On a more sombre note, I'm so sorry about your Kelly cat. Cry
It's strange how they die just as they seem to be improving. That happened with my sister's cat too. Sad
    But at least you got to be with her when she passed. With my cat, I wasn't so lucky...she died in the ER while I nervously awaited news of her condition. And in my bereavement, I forgot that I'd wanted to have her cremated, and buried her instead. Shocked Oops. Embarrassed My only consolation for that is that she's at least laying next to her son (my sister's cat) in my backyard and I can visit her anytime. God, she passed away 9 years ago and there's a lump in my throat even as I type this. Believe me, I know how difficult all of this is for you. Sad

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My dear, the whole point of having pets is to get attached. Of course it breaks your heart when they die - that happens with anything you're attached to, whether pets or people. They were part of your life, spirits that you loved, and that has an eternal impact.
    Losing them never gets easier...nor should it. If it does, there's something wrong.
A line from one of my favourite movies says, "the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them." I hope that fond memories of Kelly and the relationship that you had with her will be what endures...and I hope it will be a comfort to you in your grief. *hugs*
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Thank you, Sakina and Midnite Angel, for your kind words.  It's a little better today, altho' I tear up at times.  Sitting down at the computer tonite, I remember lifting the blinds at the window over the desk, so she could get onto the window ledge and lie in the sun.  That was just a week ago.  Taylor and Cleo are more stand-offish, not as loving as she was.  I miss that the most.  It doesn't help that it is just over 2 yrs since we lost Frisbee, my grey tiger male.   He was one those very personable, affectionate cats, almost a dog, and he was my cat.  I had him for 17 yrs.  It also doesn't help that the weather is cloudy and rainy today, and it is finals week, so instead of teaching, I am watching my students take their tests, trying desperately to think of anything else so I won't break down in front of them.  Just one more test tomorrow, then I can let down my guard.

My husband had a dinner to attend and was getting home late tonite, so I went to WalMart and indulged in a little shopping therapy: Burt's Bees sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, 3 new bras, and material for 4 skirts and 1 bodice for the faire.  I just didn't want to come home and see that empty front window.

So tomorrow nite I leave for the St. Louis Faire.  Andi will drive down from Milwaukee, pick me up and we will drive to Springfield, IL, and spend the nite with my mom.  We will drive to St. Louis Fri am and set up the booth in the pm.  The Faire opens Sat.  TWC is predicting occasional showers and possible thunderstorms in St. Louis on Fri and Sat, but sun on Sun.  Outdoor theater is no fun in the rain, to put it lightly, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.
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Today is much better; the sun is shining.  The rose of sharon is looking good; it's leaves are visibly bigger since Tues.  I hope the ground isn't too wet for it.  It is still squishy, but we watered it well when we planted it and there was a lot of rain last nite.

The house still feels oddly empty.  I just hope the other two cats become more social.

Gave the last final and turned in all the grades, so now I am free until Tuesday, when summer school starts.

I don't know whether the alarm didn't go off or I slept thru it, but I woke up barely in time to make it to school.  Didn't have time to rinse my hair, and am surprised at how good it looks: plenty of body, altho' most of the curl has fallen out.

Angel: re the men in OST, just think how intelligent, intense and driven they all were.  Now imagine that intelligence, intensity and drive focused on you.  Yeah!    Wink
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I am home after 4 days in Mo. at the St. Louis Renn Faire.  The days were cool, Sat cloudy and Sun sunny, but never warm enough that I felt like abandoning my cloak.  Several folk camp on site and even those in RVs were complaining how cold it was Sat nite.   The women in the booth next to us have a permanent structure in progress, no roof yet and only two walls completed on the second story.  They live in no. Wisc., so spend 3 wks. camping on site in their uncompleted second story.  They were really cold.  Slept under every blanket they had and all their colthes.

Took the L'Oreal shampoo and conditioner and the damned tubes leaked.  Luckily I was smart enough to pack them in sealed plastic bags, but had a mess to clean up.  Twice.  Think I will rustle up my indignant consumer persona and write the company about their cheap packaging.  Next time I will pack the Burt's Bees.  It's in bottles and not likely to leak.

Had my hair braided in one of the fancy 'dos.  I won't do that again.  My hair is so fine that it packs down and I look almost bald on the sides; thank heavens it's dark.  She used those tiny rubber bands on the ends and they did snarl the ends a bit.   I had to be really careful undoing the braids to avoid tangles.  Live and learn.  It did feel good to have my hair securely up off my neck, but I will go back to lined snoods and hats.  It's better for my hair, and more becoming.
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Reply #66 - May 18th, 2009 at 3:11pm
 
Forgot to say that I saw some lovely hair at the Faire.  One woman was walking away from me and the view was breathtaking:  wood-brown hair past her waist with a slight wave and some ringlets on the ends against a leaf green gown.  Sigh....
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Reply #67 - May 18th, 2009 at 8:12pm
 
Your hair sounds so lovely.  Do you have a picture of it?  Preferably one in your Ren Faire outfit.  Smiley I love those costumes; they are so pretty.  

I loved the Star Trek movie too!  I disagree with you on Bones though; I loved him!  Smiley  

Sorry to hear about your kitty.  I know how much it hurts to lose a beloved pet.  I know she will live on fondly in your heart though.   *hugs*

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Where did you get your lined snoods?
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Reply #69 - May 18th, 2009 at 11:49pm
 
Thank you, Michelle, and hugs in return.  It has been a week, and I am getting used to not seeing her at the top of the stairs.

I make lined snoods, Sakina.  The fabric base is like a bag cap, with an opening in the back of the band, tied with ribbons for a custom fit.  I usually use a small, or monochromatic design calico that looks solid from a distance.  I hand-crochet the snoods, using old doily patterns and tack them to the base.  They can be solid-color, multi-shades of the same color, or ombre.  The effects are really  pretty.  I will have try to post some pictures.  The advantages of a lined snood are that it keeps your hair clean, and prevents it from tangling.  Last year, one girl at Bristol wore a crocheted snood with beads, and her hair was so entangled that it took three of us 30 min. to work the snood off and out of her hair.
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Reply #70 - May 19th, 2009 at 1:28am
 
I'd love to see some pics of your lined snoods!  I have 4 or 5 snoods from Lady MacSnood.  A few of them have beads/pearls and I have never gotten my hair caught in them.  Yikes!!!  That poor girl-lucky you were there to help.

Do you sell your snoods anywhere??
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Reply #71 - May 20th, 2009 at 12:40am
 
Yes, Sakina, I do sell my snoods.  $35 for unlined and $45 for lined.  As I said, I'll try to get some pictures up.  I know Lady MacSnood; she has a booth at St. Louis.  Very nice person.  She also makes hair sticks, and resells for Likely Lotus, among other garb vendors.  Likely Lotus makes very nice bodices with adjustable shoulders and steel boning.

The girl who got her hair tangled in the beaded snood had very curly hair, so that's probably why it snarled so badly. 

Oiled my hair last nite and shampooed and conditioned today with the Burt's Bees Pomegranite volumizing formula.  Did a vinegar rinse between the shampoo and conditioner.  My hair is soft, shiny, and full.  I really like the BB products.  Have discovered that I need to wait a week or so after I color to use the vinegar rinse.   It's too drying right after color.

Does anybody besides me love to wash her hair?  I look forward to shampooing.  It's relaxing and I love the way my hair looks when it's freshly shampooed.

I did e-mail L'Oreal about their tubes leaking and got a form reply today.  Whoopee.
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For me, it's not so much the mechanical process of it, but the sensory experience. All the different textures, fragrances, etc. I wash my hair every day, so it's not a big nuance or revelation each time. Just time well spent on daily maintenance. Wink
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Well, I certainly love it when it's newly washed.  I prefer my hair right before it's completely dry.  Don't know why.  I hate the feeling of an unwashed scalp.  This is the main reason why I keep my hair simple; I'd hate to spend time on a nice style and then have to take it out the next day because I can't stand it if I don't get my hair washed daily.
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Reply #74 - May 20th, 2009 at 7:59pm
 
Angel: I agree with you, it's mostly the sensory experience:  the texture, fragrance, scalp massage, as well as my expectation of how my hair will feel and look.  I thought it was bad for your hair to shampoo every day.  My hairdresser told me years ago not to do it.

Today's weather is summer-like!  I have all the windows open and the ceiling fans going.  I live for summer!  Love the sun and the flowers and green grass and summer breezes, shorts, tank tops and sandals, the scent of sun screen, cookouts on the deck, drinking wine at the picnic table!!  Oh, bliss!!!
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Reply #75 - May 22nd, 2009 at 12:36am
 
Today was a beautiful day.  Sunny all day, 80 degrees, gentle breeze.  All the bulbs I planted last fall are coming up and the iris are starting to bud.

Put my hair in a bun with a hairstick and it is staying very nicely.  If I were going to wear it up all day, I would put it in a loose pony first, then bun it.  If I put it in a pony first, it will leave a kink in my hair when I take it down.  If I just twist it up, then I will have curls, which I would rather have.

My hair seems to be growing nicely, and getting thicker, but I know that is because the shorter layers are finally getting longer.  The top measures almost 13 in. now.  I am using visualization, and think it is helping.

Tonite I will oil before I go to bed and tomorrow I will shampoo, vinegar rinse and deep condition.  Will use the Burt's Bees again, it smells wonderful.

I will be leaving for St. Louis around noon tomorrow and will be back around the same time on Monday.  Hope it is a better weekend than last week.  Andi's ex was giving her a hard time, and she was upset, which made the whole weekend tense.  I will be wearing blue this weekend.  Spent some time this evening trying on garb to make sure everything fit.

Have start to diet; fasted today, and haven't been hungry at all.  Took my vitamins, and made sure I stayed hydrated.   I will probably eat tomorrow, but will eat protein and vegetables, no carbs.  Yesterday was my last blast of comfort foods.  Now that the sun is shining and I am feeling happier, I will lose weight.  Would like to lose about 30 lbs.  After I get back from St. Louis, I will get out the weights and start working out again.

So I won't be writing again until Mon pm.
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Reply #76 - May 27th, 2009 at 5:13pm
 
The long weekend at St. Louis Faire was interesting.  Weather was lovely Sat & Sun , but started raining with a thunderstorm at 3am Mon, woke me up.  Rain had petered out by the time we left for the site at 8am, but showers off and on all day, then started to rain in earnest about 5:30.  We started putting things away and closing up the tent, and I changed to street clothes to make the 1/4 mi. walk to get the van.  I was not going to walk down the hill in soaking wet ankle-length skirts.  I did wrap up in my hooded cloak and got to the van pretty dry.  Waited in the van for 20 min, waiting for the gates to open, so it was really pouring by the time I got on-site and we could load the van.  We had to yell at each other to hear over the pounding of the rain.  Outdoor theatre can be so much fun. Roll Eyes

Drove to Springfield, IL, about 100 mi, thru thunderstorms and hard rain.  Saw several accidents, and had to slow down to a crawl a couple of times because the rain was coming down so hard.  Left at 8am Tues so I could get home in time to teach my 1pm class.  Drove thru rain again, but not as much as Mon.  Skies were clear when I drove the 30 mi to Morris to class, but started to rain just as I left the building to come home.  So drove thru rain AGAIN and got home to find out the power was off and the garage door wouldn't open.   Angry  Hiked my books and briefcase up the front steps thru pouring rain, unlocked the door, and immediately got on the phone to ComEd to scream about the power loss.  I was FURIOUS!!!  That was the second time in 3 days and has been an ongoing problem every summer for the last 6 yrs.  I wish their customer service people would quit saying they understand.  Unless they have lived with the continuous power outages, they don't understand!

I hate this town, I hate Com Ed, I hate this weather!!!

My hair at least likes the weather.  Very full and very curly.  I have been using the Burt's Bees Volumizing shampoo and conditioner, along with jojoba oil treatments and vinegar rinses, and my hair is very happy.  I bought the deep conditioner yesterday and will try it tomorrow.

A woman at Faire told me I was beautiful.  How nice.  Smiley  That was on Mon when I was wearing my hair loose because it was too humid for putting it up under a snood and hat.

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Reply #77 - May 28th, 2009 at 7:28pm
 
Oiled my hair last nite with jojoba and shampooed this am with Burt's Bees Pomegranate & Soy Very Volumizing Shampoo, which smells wonderful!  Good enough to eat.  Did a vinegar rinse, using distilled white vinegar, then used Burt's Bees Shea & Grapefruit Deep Conditioner.  Left my hair shiny and curly.  I really like the Burt's Bees line.  My hair is wavy/curly and very fine, and these products don't weigh it down at all.  I noticed yesterday that I was getting a little bit of breakage, but after the deep conditioner that seems to have stopped.

I look at the shine serums and frizz control products, but am afraid to try them because it doesn't take much to weigh my hair down.  If you have fine hair and have tried these products, I would be interested in your experience with them.  Thanks.
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Reply #78 - May 28th, 2009 at 9:57pm
 
Hi, Melusine!  I also look at those products, but my hair does not like cones.  I keep my hair well moisturized to keep frizzies at bay.  I deep treat once a week (most of the time) and oil my scalp at least an hour before shampooing, if not overnight. 

Do you have a copy of this book?:

http://www.amazon.com/Curly-Girl-Lorraine-Massey/dp/0761123008/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF...

How you handle your curly hair when wet and as it drying contributes largely to frizz.
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Reply #79 - Jun 1st, 2009 at 10:54pm
 
Thank you, Sakina, I will look for the book.

Let's see, I condition every time I shampoo, try to remember to deep condition every other shampoo. use jojoba oil the nite before I shampoo, use sulfate-free shampoo. blot my hair damp dry, never use heat,  comb it with a wide tooth comb, then scrunch to encourage the curls and waves.  I have accepted that it will frizz when the humidity is high, which is often in Chicago in the summer.  Besides, it makes my fine hair look thicker.  Smiley

Am back from St. Louis, this weekend the weather was almost perfect.  It did rain Fri nite, but cleared off by 10am Sat morning.  We were very busy Sat and Sun, had very good sales.

Andi found a tick on the back of her knee Fri nite and totally freaked out.  I tried to get it out, but had no tweezers, so we ended up in the emergency room.  While I waited for her, I was beginning to wonder if there was a full moon, because the waiting room was a complete zoo.  One lady was delusional (schizophrenic, I think) and giving her daughter, husband, the receptionist and all the nurses a fit.  Her daughter was trying to get her admitted, and momma was having nothing to do with that.  Apparently mom had stopped taking her meds.   Then there was the drunk, a woman about 60 who lay down on the floor right in front of the door, then kept getting up and running down the hall to the bathroom.  A young man came in and went to the desk, and when the receptionist asked the nature of his ailment, he replied that it was personal and he would rather tell the doctor.    Huh  While all this was going on, a very pregnant young woman was sitting on the other side of the room, holding 2 pillows.  I don't know if she was there for Lamaze class or to be admitted.  By the time we got back to the hotel room, I was ready for a Valium myself.

Only one more weekend of the St. Louis Faire, then Bristol Renn Faire starts the weekend after July 4 and runs for 9 weekends.

I am getting in the mood to sew again.  When I got home today, did 5 loads of laundry and worked on a bodice.  I sewed it about 2 yrs ago and if never has fit well.  I should have checked the critique of that pattern before I used it; it said that the pattern was a pain in the tookus to work with.  I had tried to alter it twice before, but never got it right.  This time I removed the decorative ribbon, opened the lining, removed all the boning, took in the front princess seams, cut the seam allowance smaller, and boned just the fronts with heavy-weight boning, and thank the Mother, it finally fits.

So now I have 2 more bodices to alter, and am planning to rebone all of my bodices with heavier boining, and about 8 skirts to make.  I think I can get all that done before Bristol opens.
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Reply #80 - Jun 2nd, 2009 at 9:18am
 
Where is the Bristol Faire?

I wanna come to your house and make costumes!!!
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Reply #81 - Jun 2nd, 2009 at 9:20am
 
Ticks can be scary so I think you did the only right thing.  I've heard that some burn them out.  *ouch!*  I couldn't allow anyone to do that. Shocked  
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Reply #82 - Jun 2nd, 2009 at 9:06pm
 
Hi, Sakina, Bristol is in WI, just over the border from IL.  If you have a sewing machine, bring it and I'll clear the dining room table and we can make garb together.  Smiley I've been doing it for about 5 years and have gotten pretty good at it.

Drear:  Thanks for the support.  Andi is on antibotics for the next 2 wks.  The emergency room doc said that virtually all ticks carry Lyme disease now.

I am teaching summer school, the short 6-wk semester, and have mid-terms to grade, so had better get to it.  The scantrons look good, so hopefully I won't have to curve the grades.   Roll Eyes
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Reply #83 - Jun 2nd, 2009 at 9:21pm
 
Hi!  Guess they've got some good cheese booths at Bristol.  Thanks for the offer...I think my machine is portable.  Yeah, I'd need a lot of help.  Embarrassed

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Reply #84 - Jun 4th, 2009 at 12:43am
 
Hi, Sakina, the only cheese you can buy at Bristol is cheese fritters, which are cheese balls battered and deep fried.  They taste wonderful, but you know they are full of calories.   Sad

Finally today is sunny.  The only day this week that we will have sun.  I hope summer is better than spring has been.
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Reply #85 - Jun 4th, 2009 at 7:32pm
 
Sunny again today, but we set a record low temp last nite - 41 degrees.   If it doesn't get warm soon, I am moving south.  I was born in Springfield, IL, and I am used to sun-bathing in April, admittedly you had to find a sunny spot sheltered from the breeze, but I did it more than once.  I can't believe that the heat is still on in June and I don't like it one damned bit!  Angry  I want summer and I want it RIGHT NOW!!!!  I am not in a good mood.
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Reply #86 - Jun 10th, 2009 at 1:17am
 
Shampooed yesterday with Burt's Bees Volumizing shampoo and conditioner, with vinegar rinse, and jojoba treatment the nite before.  My hair really seems to like these products.  I will be getting color on Thurs, so will shampoo and deep condition tomorrow.  Went thru the bathroom and threw away old products that have been hanging around for years, in some cases.  I am now using only sulfate-free products, and my hair is stronger and fuller.  Thank you, everyone for what I have learned here.

Last weekend was the final weekend of the St. Louis Renaissance Faire.  It is always a happy/sad occasion.  We are glad that all the work is over, but sad to be leaving friends that we won't see until Sept.

So I am now in sewing mode.  Bought material for 3 new chemises, all of mine are at least 3 yrs. old.  Have decided to up my social status and bought embroidered fabrics.  After all, I work for the queen's jeweler.  Togay, I altered 3 skirts for Andi; tomorrow I will pre-wash some fabric and do some sewing for myself.   Haven't decided just what yet because I have so much on hand.  I do need 2 new bodices, so may work on those.
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Reply #87 - Jun 10th, 2009 at 7:03am
 
I love home sewn, knitted, etc. clothes.  Can't sew a button on to save my life.  Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration but it's not far off.
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Reply #88 - Jun 10th, 2009 at 5:04pm
 
Renn garb is really easy -- no darts, zippers or buttons and almost everything is cut on the square.  Skirts, breeches and chemises are no problem.  Bodices and doublets require more fitting and angles, but still no darts.  They are much easier to do than comtemporary clothing.  I taught myself to sew, just buying easy Simplicity patterns and inexpensive fabric.   I have made wedding gowns and evening gowns and those are really fun to do, and not as difficult as you might think.  I've always thought it was like magic.  Smiley There's a swatch of fabric laying on the table, and 3 or 4 hours later, there is a beautiful dress or blouse!

If you think you would like to try it, get a medium-priced machine, a portable is fine, an easy pattern, and some pretty fabric and go for it.  Skirts are easy to start with.
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Reply #89 - Jun 15th, 2009 at 12:57pm
 
Was cruising new member intros and found the web-site for Fia's hair system.  I always wondered what those codes meant, but not enough to ask.  Smiley  So now I know that I am a 2afii, and blissfully happy to know that.  I always thought that my hair was thin as well as fine, and was jealous of all of you with thick ponytails.  But now that my bangs are grown out enough to include, it measures average density.  Yay!!!  Now all I have to work on my self-consciousness about my hair.

My aunt is visiting my mom for the summer, and she has the same cowlick at back right of the crown that I do.

Got color Thurs nite after teaching my class and when I walked in, Kirstin looked at me and asked, "What on earth happened to your hair?"  I had shampooed that morning, and with the very high humidity, it had frizzed out to enormity.  After the color was done, she used a Redken curl activator that I really liked.  She said that Herbal Essence made one similar, so I bought it, but either I bought the wrong one, or it doesn't perform like the Redken does.  Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I used the HE before and didn't like it then either.  So I guess I will visit Sally Beauty supply this pm and get the Redken.  Apparently my hair is just like the rest of me, just different enough from average, that the most available thing doesn't work for me.

Worked at Duckcon this weekend.  It's a SciFi convention in Naperville, IL.  Met some nice people, saw some wonderful, and some weird, costumes.  One guy had a South African tortoise, 5 yo, very people-oriented, and had constructed a discworld supported by 4 elephants on its back.  He had a quite a crowd following him and his tortoise.  How he got her (the tortoise is female and her name is Sheila) is another story.  He had found her by the side of a country road in Indiana, and knew enough to know both that she wasn't native to the area, and that she had been kept, and abandoned, i.e. "released into the wild," by humans.   Angry  That is so inhumane!  She would never survived the winter or been squashed by a car.  But now she is living with humans who know how to take care of her, and goes to sci-fi conventions.   Smiley  She moved really fast, so I asked how he got her to hold still when he installed the discworld on her shell.  He grinned and said he waited until she was really tired.   Roll Eyes

Bid on and won two lovely prints by Randolph Ryan in the silent auction.  One is a view of a sun-dappled valley with a castle atop a hill visible in the distance.  The other is of two corsairs sailing past a ruined castle on a cliff overlooking a river running thru a wooded area on a sunny day.  They make you feel that you could walk into them.  And since sunny days have been in very short supply this year, I had to have them.

Am doing laundry today, and it's time to do something about that, so I will sign off.
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Reply #90 - Jun 15th, 2009 at 1:23pm
 
Forgot to say that I saw a man with the most beautiful hair, just past collar length, full, with a lot of body, the wave over one eye, dark seal brown.  He was about 30 and very good-looking.  When he walked up to booth, I said, "You have have gorgeous hair.  But I suppose you hear that all the time."  He smiled (very nice smile!) and said that he did.  So he shopped a little, didn't buy anything, but came back the next day and brought his sister and 2 friends, and they all bought something.  Grin  Giving people compliments generates results.   I always try to find something to compliment when I am talking with a person, esp. for the first time.  It makes people feel good.
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Reply #91 - Jun 16th, 2009 at 11:40pm
 
My students did persuasive speeches today. I love teaching this particular class in the summer.  I teach it Tu & Th afternoons at the Grundy County Community Center and always get the most wonderful students--they study, do the homework, and try really hard.  It is a joy to teach a class like this.  This week and next are the last 2 weeks of class; it is the short 6-wk semester.  I will teach another 6-wk. class starting immediately after this one, then have about 2 wks. off before the fall semester starts.  the next 6-wk class will be M & W from 9am to 12:30pm.  I'll have to get up earlier, but at least it's at the North Campus which is only 10 min. away.

We are having a party on Sat. nite, so my husband vacuumed tonite.  I have to dust, so will do that tomorrow.

Made another chemise tonite of embroidered cotton gauze.  That gives me 3 new chemises, which I needed since it has been 2 or 3 yrs. since I made the last ones.   They are beginning to show the wear a little bit.

My hair is looking really good since I got color last week.  Will oil tonite and shampoo tomorrow.  I used the Herbal Essence curl mousse when I shampooed last and didn't like it, so rinsed the next two mornings.  The mousse seemed to be gone, but my hair didn't frizz, despite the humidity, so that seems to be the routine to follow.  Of course, I could have used too much, but it seems difficult to control how much comes out of the nozzle.  I'll have to experiment.  I didn't get the Redken, but may do that after I use all of the HE.
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Reply #92 - Jun 17th, 2009 at 11:05am
 
Make sure you do not do any hot oil treatments, it will lift color.

I want to see a pic of your new chemise!

I have a like/hate relationship with mousse.  I don't know if its because of living in the desert that gel or curl creme works better for me.  Of course, I go awhile without it and forget, then buy some mousse and just try to use it up.  I did better with the mousse when I lived in Michigan.
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Reply #93 - Jun 17th, 2009 at 10:09pm
 
Hi, Sakina, thanks for the reminder about hot oil treatments, altho' I haven't used them so far.  I saw sweet almond oil in Wal-Mart today and thought about trying it.  Have you used it?  Of course, with the ant problem we are having, I'd probably wake up in the morning to find ants on my pillow, which would totally freak me out.  Roll Eyes  I would be out of the house so fast, you wouldn't see me for dust.

I used the mousse again this am, but a smaller amount and thinned a little with water.  Still not happy with it, so I guess I will look for gel or curl cream.

If I can figure out how to get the camera to take pictures, instead of showing me all the old ones, and how to upload to a host site, and how to find a host site   Huh, you will see pictures.   I was trying to take a picture of my hair yesterday, when the camera started showing me all the old onesand wouldn't take a picture.  Sometimes I really hate digital thingies.
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Reply #94 - Jun 19th, 2009 at 12:03am
 
Gave up on the Herbal Essence mousse and bought the Redken Crystal Curls defining shine gel today that Kirstin used on my hair.  It was $14 at Ulta for a 5-oz tube, but I had a $5 off coupon.  However, I would have paid full price without a blink for what it does for my hair.  The package blurb says it prevents frizz, defines curls, makes hair shiny and had "lasting curl memory."  It does all that, and smells scrumptious!!  I didn't have to rinse my hair every day, just put it up in high bun while I showered, then combed it out and it was still shiny and wavy/curly!  I think I'm in love!!!  I especially like the "moisture-rich...flexible control," meaning I can comb thru it and not damage my hair.  I would give up any number of things for this product.  Sometimes you do get what you pay for.  Smiley  Oh, bliss!  Thank you, thank you, whoever invented this fabulous product.
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Reply #95 - Jun 19th, 2009 at 11:34am
 
Wow!  With that glowing review, I may have to pick some up!  I need to go to Ulta anyway...so thanks for sharing!

When I first started to grow my hair long, I had color stripped twice and my hair was in scary shape.  At that time I used oil frequently.  I have used almond oil, and it is a good light oil.  I think my favorite is Camelia oil, which can get quite expensive.  I've moved away from regular oiling of my length-usually when I oil I do my scalp to moisturize and encourage growth with a massage.  Then I comb the oil through the length and leave it on for an hour or possibly overnight when I would do pigtail braids and wear a sleep cap to protect my silk pillow case.

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Reply #96 - Jun 21st, 2009 at 5:30pm
 
It has rained quite a bit and the ants are showing up in the bathroom and kitchen again.  I will put out new traps.  I haven't really had ants on my pillow, but will put off the sweet almond oil until winter, I think.

I realized that when I went to the hairdresser and my hair was so wild, I had used the L'Oreal sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.  It does seem to make my hair frizzier than the Burt's Bees, even tho' it is supposed to be moisturizing, so I won't buy that again.  However, I did try something new that my hairdresser recommended: BedHead Superstar Sulfate-Free for Thick Massive Hair.  Am very impressed with it.  My hair is very full and curly, but not frizzy.  It is somewhat pricey--$14.95 for an 8.45-oz tube of shampoo at Meijer.  I like that the conditioner comes in a smaller portion; I never use as much of it as I do shampoo.

Have realized that I like my hair better without leave-ins.  So, will save those for really humid days.  Or after using the L'Oreal products.  Used the Crystal Curl yesterday, and think I used too much.  I'll have to ask Kirstin how much to use.  The package blurb doesn't say.  So shampooed again today to get it all out

Which brings me to another thought.  Am almost out of make-up base and was thinking of trying L'Oreal.  Hmm.  If my hair doesn't like it,  I bet my skin won't like it either.  Wink
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Reply #97 - Jun 22nd, 2009 at 12:35pm
 
Am doing laundry today and will do some sewing this pm.

We had a party Sat. nite, a cookout/potluck.  The weather was good, thank the goddess.  We had quite a storm Fri.  I thought we were going to lose big branches from the trees in the back yard, but didn't.  A friend had a tree come down and take out his deck, and a big willow tree came down a few blocks away.

Spent yesterday doing nothing, watching movies and reading the paper.  After the major pre-party house cleaning, I was tired.

Well, the dryer is buzzing, so off I go to hang up shirts.  Later.
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Reply #98 - Jun 22nd, 2009 at 11:14pm
 
Well, laundry is done, except for the sheets waiting in the dryer to be folded.

Spent the pm working on a bodice I made a couple of years ago.  Replace the lightweight boning in the front with heavier boning, put peplums at the waist as I hadn't done that when I made it (the pattern didn't call for them), and made modesty panels for each side (it's a side-lacer).  Am very pleased with the way it looks now.  I hadn't worn it last year, partly because I gained weight and didn't like the gaps on the sides.

I have material for 3 more bodices, which I will make with patterns I have drafted from previous bodices that I bought, and for at least 9 more skirts.  I will have to find another closet for all my garb.   Huh  As it is, I have pretty much given up one closet to garb.  I have been cleaning out clothes that I haven't worn in several years, and will have to work harder at that.  Sad  We just have to move to a house with more closets.  Smiley

Washed my hair yesterday with the BedHead, rinsed it this am in the shower and it is still full and curly.
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Reply #99 - Jun 23rd, 2009 at 3:03am
 
*sigh!*  If I lived near you, I'd employ you to make five tulle crinoline petticoats, circle skirts and maybe a shirt waist dress for a long term project.  Oh, and some Swirl style wraps *dreams on*.
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Reply #100 - Jun 23rd, 2009 at 7:32pm
 
Hi, Drear, If you lived near me, I would be glad to sew for you, and would teach you, too, if you wanted to learn.

Investigated my stash of fabric, looking for dark green moire satin, which I thought I had more of (I didn't), but found lots more projects.  I really went crazy last year.  That's 2 more bodices, and 3 or 4 more skirts.  The green satin was to re-do a bodice I made 4 yrs. ago as part of a court set that is now too small.  I did find dark green cotton velveteen, so will salvage the satin from the old bodice to embellish the shoulder rolls.  Have decided to change the ribbons, too.  The old ribbon was a light blue/green paisley, which really limited what I could wear with the outfit.  The new ribbon is a metallic with forest green, fuschia and wine against a black background.  Much more in the color palette I usually wear.  I salvaged it from the green corduroy bodice I re-did last week.   Smiley

I'm all about re-using and re-doing my garb.  I'd say that it saves money, except that it doesn't stop me from buying new stuff. too. Roll Eyes  No wonder my husband sometimes complains about my shopping at the fabric store.  Grin
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Reply #101 - Jun 24th, 2009 at 3:50am
 
Started the green velveteen bodice and all is going well.  Have the bodice pieces put together and the lining pieces together, and bodice and lining pinned together.  Will sew them together, put the shoulder rolls on, put boning and grommets in tomorrow and it will be done!  Then will take the old ribbon off the skirt and put on the new ribbon and braid and the whole set will be done.  Then I will make at least one skirt.

Will oil my hair before I go to bed and shampoo tomorrow.  It's time for deep conditioning, so will use the Burt's Bees shampoo and deep conditioner.

Am very pleased with how my hair has been behaving and looking.

It's almost 3am here.  I am going to bed.
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Reply #102 - Jun 24th, 2009 at 7:37am
 
He shouldn't complain about you shopping at the fabric store.  He should just be darned proud that his wife posesses a skill that is quickly being lost.  I really would enjoy learning to sew.  I did take a sewing class and bought the book they recommended but I just don't learn practical skills well in a class environment.  Failed cooking and typing too but do those things just fine now.  There's just something about home sewn and home knitted stuff I've only come to appreciate with maturing.
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Reply #103 - Jun 25th, 2009 at 1:05am
 
Hi, Drear, you don't know how much of a fabric stash I have.   Roll Eyes  Neither does he.  He only knows about the fabric laying on the dining room table, as I start laying out and cutting things.

The bodice took longer than I expected.  Of course, I could have gotten out of bed earlier, too.  I didn't start working on it until after 1pm.  The shoulder rolls were the problem.  I decided to stuff them with old nylons, since I had cleaned out my collection a few weeks ago.  That did not work.  To get the proper fullness, I had to stuff them so full that I couldn't machine-sew them on to the shoulder straps.  Tried hand-sewing, but didn't like the effect.  So took out all the stuffing, sewed them closed and ran a gathering thread along the seam.  Then I could machine-sew them on, so I have sleeve caps, rather than shoulder rolls, which look just fine.  Part of the problem was that I appliqued material, ribbon and braid to the velveteen, and I think that made the material too bulky.

It sounds so simple here, but it was frustrating, and took considerable thought and time, and several attempts to get it right.

Shampooed with Burt's Bees Volumizing and deep conditioned today and my hair looks fabulous!

Am going home to Springfield to spend the weekend with my mom, aunts, sister, and nieces.  Will leave tomorrow after I teach my class and won't be home until late Sun.
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Reply #104 - Jun 29th, 2009 at 8:03pm
 
I am back.  Had a good time on the weekend, shopping, visiting, playing cards.  The weather was sunny every day, almost too much so; the heat index Sat was 103.

Will oil my hair tonite and shampoo and deep condition tomorrow.  Found some Goldman Shine and Vitality Leave-in Volume Spray at a discounter, so will try that tomorrow.

Have been very pleased with how my hair is behaving.  But then, I always like how it behaves in the summer.  It seems to be really growing right now, about 1/2" a month, even with a mini-trim each month.  I am still lusting after waist-length hair, but will just have to wait and see.
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Reply #105 - Jun 30th, 2009 at 12:01am
 
Glad you're back and had a good time!
Isn't nice when you have hair growth and your hair  is behaving the way want? Smiley
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Reply #106 - Jun 30th, 2009 at 7:00pm
 
Hi, Curlgirl, yes. that is very nice.  My hair has been growing continuously since I decided to grow it out, and I am very pleased with that.  It has always grown fast.  When I wore it very short that was really a problem.  I have always wished it would grow twice as thick, and would settle for half as fast.  Smiley
Oiled last nite, shampooed with Burt's Bees Volumizing shampoo, did a vinegar rinse, and finished with Burt's Bees deep conditioner.  Then applied the Goldman Shine and Vitality spray.  My hair seems curlier and fuller and shinier.  I think I like it better than the Redken gel because I can comb my hair with no breakage.   With my hair being so fine, the gels and mousses are too heavy, unless I am really sparing with the application.

I think I like the Burt's Bees best of the 3 sulfate-free shampoos I have tried.  I liked the effect of the BedHead, but my hair seemed really dirty on the third day, and I don't like to shampoo oftener than that.  I am going to get the L'Oreal deep conditioner and see if BedHead makes a deep conditioner, too, as I like to use matching products when I shampoo.   They are designed to work together, so it just makes sense.

Weather is really crappy today.  Cloudy and not over 70.  That really depresses me.  I like summer.  I want sun and temps of at least 80.   We have had maybe 5 days of summer weather so far this year.   I hate living in this climate.
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Reply #107 - Jun 30th, 2009 at 7:05pm
 
Sunny and 110+ here.

I've never tried Burt's Bees shampoo or conditioner.  Have you ever tried a curl creme?  They can be very light weight.
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Reply #108 - Jun 30th, 2009 at 7:09pm
 
Can I come live with you??  Huh
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Reply #109 - Jun 30th, 2009 at 7:17pm
 
I visited AZ in July several yrs. ago and thought it was fascinating.  I don't know if I would miss grass and trees, but I absolutely wouldn't miss cloudy days.  Wish I could have stayed longer.
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Reply #110 - Jul 1st, 2009 at 6:33pm
 
We are having really crappy weather.  20 to 30 degrees below normal, clouds and some rain.  I hate it.  I miss summer like I used to have in Springfield, which pretty much has the same weather as St. Louis--hot and humid.  I can cope with that; I lived with it for 38 yrs.  I can't cope with this.  It really puts me in a bad mood.  I want sun, soon and lots of it.  Angry

Shampooed yesterday and used Goldman's Shine and Vitality spray and think I really like it.  Rinsed my hair in the shower this am, and it still looks full and curls nicely.  I probably could have skipped rinsing, but the cats kept waking me up last nite, and I didn't have the energy to put it up before I got in the shower.

Am sewing a new bodice this pm.  Coming along just fine, except that I sewed the linings for the peplums wrong sides together.   Roll Eyes  Took me about 30 sec. to calculate that it would take less time just to cut new pieces, which I did.   Oh, well.
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Reply #111 - Jul 1st, 2009 at 10:15pm
 
Sounds good!  Thank God for seam rippers when you need them!  I've been caught between a rock and a hard place when it came to either ripping something out or just cutting a new piece.
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Reply #112 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 12:15am
 
Thank God for seam rippers when you need them!

You're not kidding.  I buy them 3 and 4 at a time.  They're like needles, if you have only one, it will break when you are on a sewing streak late at nite and the stores are closed.  I just bought 2 packages of denim needles for the machine.  I was down to one in the machine and one in the drawer, so judged it to be time.  I had jammed a needle in the machine the day before and had to cut it with pliers and take the machine apart to get it out.  That isn't the first time that has happened.  Renn garb requires a heavy needle, the fabrics are heavy and you are sewing anywhere from 2 to 6 or 8 lyers at a time.

The bodice is finished except for putting in the grommets and sewing tape over the edges of the sleeve caps.  Will do that tomorrow, then decide what I will do next.

Rearranged my closets today to make room for more garb.  Counted up all the material I have on hand and it comes to 4 more bodices, 1 chemise, and 13 skirts.  Roll Eyes  Sacre bleu!!  I must have been crazy last year.
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Reply #113 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 3:04am
 
I miss seam rippers and I don't know why I haven't done anything to rectify the situation.  There are so many little details in different garments I could quickly do with seam rippers, thread and hand needle.

Will you post photos of your sewings when you're done?  I've been lurking on some other ladies sewing photos and it's just incredible what women of all ages can make.  I had two friends in pre-school who were already sewing all their own clothes.  I wish my mother had taught me.
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Pics,please!
Just curious,Melusine,what kind of sewing machine do you have/use?
I change my needles after each project or if a project has two different fabrics being used that need two different needles,I change accordingly. 
When things are settled here,I will post pics of the three tunics I made. I didn't follow the pattern or fabrics as per the instructions,but am pleased with the outcome for all three.  I never made a shirt of any kind before so this was fun and a learning experience!
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Reply #115 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 6:40pm
 
I will try to get pics, as soon as I figure out the camera.  It just hasn't had made my priority list, but it will.  Smiley

I use a Husqavarna Huskystar 207. It is a portable, and, I think, next to the smallest machine they make.  I really like it.  Before I used Kenmores and Singers, but like it better than either of them.  However, if and when I replace it, I will buy a Pfaff.  My sis-in-law has one and it is wonderful!  I used it 2 yrs ago when I made the Shakespeare in Love Elizabeth gown for her and was very impressed with it.  Runs very quietly and smoothly, purrs like a cat, and feels very powerful.  My sis has the top-of-the-line Pfaff that is computerized and does embroidery!   Hmm...think what I could do with cuffs and collars with that?  Grin  Oh, yeah!!  I may to get one of those sooner than I planned.   But before that, I need a bigger sewing area to have room for 2 machines.

I go back and forth between denim and sharp needles--denims for skirts and bodices and sharps for chemises.   I use needles until they break, which they do, long before they get dull or start snagging things.  Sewing over pins and working with boning doesn't do much for the life of a needle. Roll Eyes

You know, Drear, I pretty much taught myself.  My mom sewed when we were kids, but didn't teach us, in particular.  I started out with Simplicity Easy patterns and inexpensive fabric and went on from there.  I never did master making pants or trousers to fit.  That is hard to do, but I've made skirts, dresses, blouses, evening and wedding gowns, as well as Renn garb.
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Reply #116 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 10:40pm
 
It has been one really awful day.  One hour of sun, and that is all I have seen all week.

Running errands this pm, a local cop pulled me over because he said I ran a stop sign, which I did not.  Okay, it may have been a rolling stop, but I didn't go thru it at full speed.   He gave me a warning ticket.  With all the gang and drug problems in this town, why does he have time to give out warning tickets??

Then later I was waiting to make a right turn out of a parking lot into traffic, when the woman behind me started honking!  I nearly got out of the car to ask her what her problem was.  Instead, I frowned at her in the rearview mirror, and gave her the famous one-finger salute.  When we got into traffic and she sailed past me, I saluted her again.  Smiley  Sometimes, I wonder what is in some people's heads.   Huh

Okay, just venting makes me feel better.

Went to WalMart and bought the L'Oreal deep conditioner and Smooth Frizz-Free Serum.  Tomorrow would be shampoo day, but we are going to a party Sat. nite, so I will wait 'til Sat. to shampoo and condition and try the serum.



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Reply #117 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 11:29pm
 
Sorry your day was so crappy!  (((hugs)))
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Reply #118 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 11:46pm
 
Thank you, Sakina.  Hugs to you, too.
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Reply #119 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 4:34am
 
*Hugs*  It's so frustrating when you're accused of doing something you don't think you did and that lady.....well, we don't know what kind of a day she had.
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Reply #120 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 8:35am
 
My mother sewed my sister's and my clothes when we were young,too!  She still has her Singer in the walnut table case after alll these years.  She did not teach me to sew either.  I'm self taught except for a 6 week Home Economics period in 7th grade.  That was 30 years ago!  I had a Singer,still do, but don't use it.  My honey bought me a Brother  and a Brother Serger a year ago and there has been no stopping me since!!!!
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Reply #121 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 10:17am
 
(((hugs))) Some drivers are such twits!  My dad was a truck driver and my boyfriend is tow truck driver.  So you can imagen how they would tell them off. LOL!!  My fav is the "two finger" salute threw the sunroof!  lol!!
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Running errands this pm, a local cop pulled me over because he said I ran a stop sign, which I did not.  Okay, it may have been a rolling stop, but I didn't go thru it at full speed.   He gave me a warning ticket.  With all the gang and drug problems in this town, why does he have time to give out warning tickets??

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Then later I was waiting to make a right turn out of a parking lot into traffic, when the woman behind me started honking!  I nearly got out of the car to ask her what her problem was.  Instead, I frowned at her in the rearview mirror, and gave her the famous one-finger salute.  When we got into traffic and she sailed past me, I saluted her again. Smiley

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Reply #123 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 6:15pm
 
Thank you, Sakina, Curlgirl, Drear, Isabeau and Mindnite Angel.  And hugs to you all.  I really needed all the virtual hugs yesterday.  It just wasn't a good day.  Being pulled over by a cop just does something to your day, doesn't it?  Sad

What is the two fingered salute, Angel?  I am always up for learning a new, rude gesture.  Grin

Today is better.  The sun is shining at least part of the time, and I am feeling more cheerful.  My husband only worked 1/2 day, so we went to Red Lobster for lunch, which was very nice.  I love their cheese biscuits.  I could make a meal out of those.

I finished the flowered bodice, sewed tape over the edges of the sleeve caps, and put in the grommets.  It is easier to finish the bodice completely and apply the shoulder rolls or sleeve caps, then finish the raw edges, than it is to enclose them in the shoulder seam.  It's just too many thicknesses of material and too constricted an area.

I have laid out a red and gold brocade-ish fabric to cut.  It isn't bright red, more a brick with old gold flowers and vines incorporated into the design.  Really pretty.  I will make the shoulder rolls in black velvet.  It will be very striking.  I will have to wait to finish it until the grommets I ordered from Greenberg & Hammer arrive.  I used almost all that I had on the flowered bodice.

Today would have been shampoo day, but since we are going to a party tomorrow nite, I decided to wait until tomorrow.  Surprisingly, my hair looks pretty good.   Must be due to all the haircare expertise I learned here.  Smiley
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Reply #124 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 6:16pm
 
Whoops, the salute question was for Isabeau, not Angel.  Sorry.
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Reply #125 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 6:50pm
 
I loooove Red Lobster's cheese biscuits!!!  Now I'm totally craving them!!!

Your new bodice colors sound great!  I love black and deep reds, usually with silver.  However, old gold w/brick sounds very period appropriate!  Will you wear it with a black velvet skirt?
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Reply #126 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 8:49pm
 
melusine wrote on Jul 3rd, 2009 at 6:16pm:
Whoops, the salute question was for Isabeau, not Angel.  Sorry.



Heheh!  The two finger salute is very popular in England.  First finger and middle finger held up with the palm facing you.  Just as rude as the one finger bird! Ah the things one learns on Canada... Grin
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Reply #127 - Jul 4th, 2009 at 12:52am
 
Hi, Sakina, I will wear it with a black skirt, but not velvet.  It isn't washable.  Smiley  Also with wine, and old gold overskirts, probably with homespun plaid and/or striped underskirts.  Homespun, after it is washed, looks like lightweight wool, so is period appropriate.  I make most of my skirts interchangeable to be worn as over- or underskirts, so many combinations are possible.  I usually use a lightweight cotton/poly blend for skirts because it can be so hot and humid here in July and August.  Or it can rain, which mandates that skirts be washable.  I had a beautiful blue silk skirt that got stained when I got caught in a heavy rain.  It was ruined.  I've still got it; I think I can salvage enough material to make a hat.

So, Isabeau, what do the two fingers stand for?   Huh  My imagination is running wild.   Roll Eyes

I cut out the new bodice and got all the preliminary sewing done.  I just have to turn everything and press it, then do the assembly.

Well, I guess I will oil my hair, then go to bed.

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Reply #128 - Jul 4th, 2009 at 1:27am
 
I've never seen homespun.  Is it cotton?  I'm allergic to wool so can only wear it if its lined.  I made a blue heather cloak that is wool with a black satin lining.  I think that's the most layers I've ever sewn together at one time!  Sorry about your silk skirt, what a bummer!!! 

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I'm really looking forward to seeing some pics of your garb!!!
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Reply #129 - Jul 4th, 2009 at 5:29pm
 
Homespun is cotton.  Hmm....it looks sort of gauzy, but is not see-thru, and after washing it is very soft.  It is always a simple plaid or stripe and the colors are usually muted.  It looks like the fabrics women made at home 150 yrs. ago.

I use a Husqvarna Huskystar 207.  It is not a serger.  I actually don't like sergers.  If you ever have to alter a garment, it is impossible if it was sewn on a serger.

Shampooed with Burt's Bees shampoo and conditioner, with vinegar rinse between, and used Goldwell Definition Shine and Vitality leave in.  I found it at TJ Maxx and it is a totally new product to me, too.  It is a salon product.   Anyway, my hair is curly, has some lift and shine, and minimal frizz, considering it has been drizzling all day.

Was going to wear white capris and a green summer top with fluttery sleeves, but it is so chilly, I am re-thinking that wardrobe choice.

This is miserable weather for July 4th.

My siamese cat yowled all nite.  I have no idea that her problem is.  I slept in the guest room where the window fan is because it drowned her out and my husband wouldn't let me put her downstairs in the laundry room.  He had finally had enough at 5am, so put her in the downstairs bathroom with food, water and her box.   Smiley
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Reply #130 - Jul 4th, 2009 at 6:26pm
 
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Aw!  I would've traded with you.  There's even someone or some people having a BBQ party on my street.
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Reply #131 - Jul 5th, 2009 at 10:55pm
 
The miserable weather cleared up about 6pm and we actually saw some sun!  For the first time in a week.  But thank you, Curlgirl, for the offer of trading. 

Went to a very nice party on the 22nd floor of a condo building overlooking Navy Pier.  Bob has a large outdoor terrace, so we all went out on the terrace to watch the fireworks.  Lots of nice people, some from outside the USA, fabulous appetizers, very good meal, delicious wines, nice conversation.  I wore the long black Indian rayon skirt that buttons up the front with tiny buttons, a black long-sleeved T, and the new top I bought last weekend, and hi-heel sandals.

Shampooed in the am with Burt's Bee's volumizing shampoo, vinegar rinse, conditioner, followed by Goldwell's Definition.  Thought my hair looked pretty good, altho' one woman there had beautiful, thick BSL hair that made me a little envious.  However, I was better dressed, had a better figure, and was a better conversationalist.    Cool  So there.   Roll Eyes

Found some soft claw clips that don't have exposed springs, Goody is the mfr and I got them at Meijer.  Went there to buy birthday cards for my hubby, tomorrow is his big day, he will be 54, 3.5 yrs younger than me.

Made lasagna today, after sleeping until noon.  Cleo behaved last nite and didn't yowl all nite, so I guess whatever was bothering her is over.
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Reply #132 - Jul 7th, 2009 at 12:53am
 
Today was another beautiful day.  I am so glad to finally have good weather.   Smiley  It is wonderful.  Thank you, my goddess, thank you.

My students did their first speeches today.  Nobody failed and most were pretty good.  I graded them as soon as I got home and posted the grades on-line.  The class is shaping up well and most students are relaxing as they realize that as long as they do the work, they will do well in this class.  There is nothing mysterious about it; I tell them just exactly what I want them to do; and give them examples to go by.

My hair is looking good.  I will oil tonite and use the L'Oreal tomorrow.  I bought the deep conditioner and anti-frizz serum, so will try that and see if my hair is bushy.  Am due for color, so will get that Thurs.

I am over the envy of the woman with the thick beautiful hair.  Sigh.  My fine hair will never look like that.

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Reply #133 - Jul 7th, 2009 at 8:18am
 
I am over the envy of the woman with the thick beautiful hair.  Sigh.  My fine hair will never look like that.

Me too.  I have always had thin hair but it has thinned out even more after years of coloring and flatironing it when I worked as a beauty advisor for Shopper Drugmart. At least we do not have to struggle with tons of unruly hair! ...  Iknewl a girl in highschool who had very thick curly red hair and if she did not oil and twist it back each morning she would look like Carrot Top on dope! Tongue
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Reply #134 - Jul 7th, 2009 at 2:17pm
 
At least we do not have to struggle with tons of unruly hair!

That is true, and my hair air-dries in just a little over an hour even at this length thanks to waves and curls.

Did laundry yesterday and am redoing part of it because I left it in the basket on the dining table to fold this am and one of the cats peed in it.   Angry  I know better, but am always hoping that it won't happen.

Shampooed with L'Oreal moisturizing, then vinegar rinse, followed by deep conditioner, and one drop of Smooth Frizz-Free Serum.  It does suppress the frizzies somewhat and does not weigh my hair down.  So all is good today.
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Reply #135 - Jul 7th, 2009 at 2:19pm
 
Carrot Top on dopeGrin  The image certainly is arresting.
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Reply #136 - Jul 7th, 2009 at 8:03pm
 
Oooh, bad kitties!  I had a cat once that would do that.
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Reply #137 - Jul 8th, 2009 at 4:52am
 
melusine wrote on Jul 7th, 2009 at 12:53am:
Today was another beautiful day.  I am so glad to finally have good weather.   Smiley  It is wonderful.  Thank you, my goddess, thank you.

My students did their first speeches today.  Nobody failed and most were pretty good.  I graded them as soon as I got home and posted the grades on-line.  The class is shaping up well and most students are relaxing as they realize that as long as they do the work, they will do well in this class.  There is nothing mysterious about it; I tell them just exactly what I want them to do; and give them examples to go by.

My hair is looking good.  I will oil tonite and use the L'Oreal tomorrow.  I bought the deep conditioner and anti-frizz serum, so will try that and see if my hair is bushy.  Am due for color, so will get that Thurs.

I am over the envy of the woman with the thick beautiful hair.  Sigh.  My fine hair will never look like that.



Do you teach that terrifying subject called speech?!  First I tried to argue my way out of speech and debate or whatever it was called.  I finally got my way partially by being allowed to take a speech class for second language students.  That's the most rewarding class I've ever taken. Smiley  We did more oral presentations in all subjects in the schools I've attended here in Denmark than we did in high school or comm.coll. in CA.
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Reply #138 - Jul 8th, 2009 at 3:53pm
 
Yes, Michelle, bad kitty, indeed.  Smiley  It was really my fault.  I know she will pee on the clean clothes in the laundry basket if I leave it out overnite.  At least, it was only underwear, and I could easily re-wash it.  And you can bet that I folded it all and put it away as soon as it was out of the dryer this time.  Grin

Drear:  Yes, I teach speech.  It as actually a combination course in communication theory and public speaking.  My degrees are in Communication Theory, which is what I really prefer to teach, but I always end up teaching public speaking.  It's better than teaching English, which I have taught, no papers to grade.  Smiley

Tried to put my hair up in a high pony tail yesterday, but had little wispy curls sticking out of the sides, so tried smoothing them down with a little Lubriderm hand cream.  Ha!  They just stuck out like little wet springs, right above my ears.  (We need an emoticon expressing exasperation!)  For being baby fine, my hair definitely has a mind of its own.  The only process that tames it is pinning it flat while it is drying and lots of hairspray.

The Lubriderm was interesting.  My hair absorbed it and was not at all greasy.  Hmmm....methinks there are possibilities here.

Tomorrow I am getting color.  I was thinking about oiling tonite, but probably should not.

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Reply #139 - Jul 9th, 2009 at 12:00am
 
I finished the brick red bodice, grommets and everything.  The only problem is that I am not sure it goes with the skirt I wanted to wear it with.  So I am pre-washing black, brown, old gold, and dark olive green material to make skirts tomorrow.  I know the black and old gold will coordinate; I think the brown will coordinate; I'm not sure about the dark olive green, but I meant that color to go with a different skirt, so it won't matter.

Friday I will be at Bristol helping get the store ready for the season, which opens this weekend.  I am staying at a motel with a friend, rather than driving back and forth.  It's more than an hour from home to the faire.  I am looking forward to it, but am not too hopeful about the weather.  It drizzled and rained all day here, and thunderstorms are predicted for Fri, with rain on Sat, but Sun is supposed to be nice.  We'll see what happens.
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Reply #140 - Jul 9th, 2009 at 2:10pm
 
Do you scotchgard your garb?  Just wondering...
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Reply #141 - Jul 9th, 2009 at 10:11pm
 
No, I never have used it.  Have you?  How does it affect the fabrics and trims?  I use a lot of braid and ribbon.

Got my hair colored today and a very light trim.  Looks pretty good right now.

Made a black skirt and have the gold skirt in process.  Pleated the black skirt and didn't do a very good job, but the waistband will be hidden under the peplums of the bodice, so I am not too concerned.  Tried a different way of gathering the gold skirt (zigzag over heavy thread) and wasn't really pleased with how that turned out either, but again, the peplums of the bodice will hide it, so it doesn't matter.

This will probably be my last entry until Sun. nite or Mon, as I will be at Bristol for the opening weekend.  I just hope it doesn't rain.
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Reply #143 - Jul 10th, 2009 at 12:35pm
 
Thank you, Michelle.

There are storms on the way, the sky is dark grey and I can hear thunder.  If it rains all weekend, I am not going to Bristol.  The Faire is no fun in the rain.

Right now I would like to crawl into a hole and pull it in after me.  I can't take much more of this awful, awful weather.  It rains or is grey most of the time.   I need sun desperately.  There aren't enough anti-depressants in the world to make me smile.  A week of this brings me to tears, a month leaves me contemplating slitting my wrists.   This is worst summer I have ever seen.
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Reply #144 - Jul 13th, 2009 at 3:21pm
 
Okay, I am back from Bristol, and it was wonderful!  I stepped onto the grounds Sat @ 9am and just stood there and breathed.  It was like coming home.  I was very happy to be there.  Saw many friends that I only see at Faire, lots of hugs and kisses.  The weather was good both days, alth' hot on Sat. and I think I lost 5 pounds from sweating, altho' all the gentlemen say that a man sweats, a lady glows.

It is amazing how much better everyone looks in Renn garb, including the men  We dress so casually.  I really get tired of it.  Last year, I heard one woman say if she could wear her bodices to work, she would be married by now.  Smiley

Didn't wash my hair until Sun nite, before I left the hotel.  Couldn't stand driving home without taking a shower.  Didn't oil the nite before, partly because I had just gotten color and partly because it was very late and I forgot.  Had been partying with friends.   Wink  Those who saw my hair down, commented on how long it had gotten and how much they liked it.  Yay!!

I am beginning to wonder if I am bipolar, since I was so down Fri am.  But the weather was really bad, had been for a while and I do have SAD.
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So glad the weather cooperated for your weekend!
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MIchelle:  Thank you very much.

Angel:  You go, girl!!!
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Reply #148 - Jul 15th, 2009 at 1:35pm
 
It has been several days since I wrote.  With Bristol opening and 25 students in my current class, I am pretty busy.  Plus, I sit down at the computer and draw a total blank.

Shampooed this AM with the BedHead volumizing.  Really does give body and volume, but I have to shampoo every other day.

Wore one of my new bodices that I copied and was very pleased with it.  The heavy-weight cable straps do very well for boning, and are less expensive.  Have got to shorten my bloomers.  They keep tangling my skirts between my knees.  I think if I shorten them to just above the knee, that should solve the problem.

Well, have midterm exams to grade, so had better get to it.  More later.
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Reply #149 - Jul 16th, 2009 at 9:49am
 
Apologies if you've already answered this question; but what do you teach?   Smiley
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Hi, Trisha, I teach communication theory and public speaking for a community college.  I am adjunct faculty and also tutor in the Speaking Center.
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I have had a very busy day.  Made 2 open-front skirts for Andi.  It is all machine sewing and since she likes elastic waistbands and I do narrow machine-sewn hems because she isn't too careful with her garb, they only take about 90 min. to do.  Also repaired 2 pr. of bloomers for her; she had split the crotch seams.  I think the bloomers are too small for her and that is why the seams split.  Put a gusset in one pr, which should help them fit better, but couldn't find any fabric to go with the fabric in the other pair, so just sewed them up and reinforced the seams with cotton twill tape.  It would have been nice if she had washed them before giving them to me.  Phew.

Then made a new skirt for myself.  Pink plaid homespun with a small glittery fuschia stripe in the plaid.  Just gives the fabric a little sparkle when the sun hits it.  Will wear it with a dark green split skirt garded and bordered with black corduroy embroidered with flowers and vines in shades of pink and rose.  There is a matching bodice in the embroidered corduroy.  The chemise is white with black embroidered stripes.  I think it will be smashing.

I did shorten all 3 pair of pantaloons to just above the knee and edged them with very pretty point lace that looks handmade altho' it is polyester and made in China.  At least is machine washable and dryable.  My skirts do look fuller with pantaloons beneath them, which I like.  Working in the store, I can't wear hoops, so anything that makes the skirts look fuller I like.  Except for bum rolls.  They make me look like I have a shelf in back.

Will shampoo and condition tomorrow before I drive up to Bristol.

Temps are supposed to be in the 70s, so should be nice weekend.
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Reply #152 - Jul 17th, 2009 at 6:49am
 
The outfit does sound smashing!!
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I've been thinking of making a pair of bloomers off and on for a couple of years now--just haven't totally made up my mind to do it.  But I'm wondering...could I simply use the pattern for a pair of elastic waist shorts and stick some loose fitting elastic in the leg hems?  --Do you think that would work?
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Hi Trisha, sorry to be so long replying.  Got back from Bristol late last nite, then taught this am and this is the first time I have sat down at the computer.

Yes, that pattern should work just fine.  However, if you are wearing 2 or more skirts and a hoop, historically accurate pantaloons (i.e., no crotch seam) might be more convenient.  It's difficult to hold up 2 voluminous skirts and a hoop and pull down elastic waist bloomers.  Pulling them up again is even more fun.  You need a third hand  Grin  Or an assistant.  No wonder court ladies had maids.
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Reply #155 - Jul 21st, 2009 at 11:40am
 
I am shedding quite a bit.  I think it is my normal spring shed, just delayed because of the late spring.  I suspect that my hair has entered a resting stage.  I measured and was surprised to see no growth at all.  Of course, I was jumping the gun.  I'll wait until Aug 1 and see what it looks like then.  I hope it's just a resting stage; I really want longer than 23 in.  I know I should have done this years ago, when I was younger, but will still be disappointed if I can't have more length than this. Sad

I am pre-washing all the homespun I bought last year.  Would like to get a couple of skirts made, but have some repair work to do for people I work with at the shop.  I get paid in jewelry.  Smiley  That's fun.

The weather was beautiful on the weekend.  Sunny and in the 70s.

Wore the chemise with the black embroidery and got many compliments.  Yay!!  I knew that would be a hit.

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melusine wrote on Jul 21st, 2009 at 11:40am:
Wore the chemise with the black embroidery and got many compliments.


Pictures, please!!!
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Reply #158 - Jul 22nd, 2009 at 7:26pm
 
When the class I am teaching now is over, I will get some pictures on-line.  I have to figure out how to do it, as I am newbie in that area, and with Faire in full swing and all the sewing I want to do, it sort of takes a back seat.

Made an alternating navy and wine narrow stripe on dark oatmeal homespun skirt yesterday and a navy and white small windowpane plaid homespun today.  Have decided to put narrow machine-sewn hems in these skirts because the 2" hems keep catching on the buttons of my boots since I am not wearing hoops.  So now I have to re-do the hems in all the skirts I made last year.  (Sigh) Fortunately, it doesn't take long.

Ants have reappeared in the bathroom, so I put out new traps today.  We'll see if that works.  I yearn to live in a high-rise.  Smiley  I don't think ants climb that high.  And skunks definitely don't.  Now that's food for thought.
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Reply #159 - Jul 28th, 2009 at 5:25pm
 
It appears that the leave-ins I have been trying to tame the frizzies are causing the breakage I have been noticing.  Mousse, gel or serum: they all cause breakage.  I looked at the ingredients on the two serums I have tried and both have denatured alcohol, which I had read was a no-no.

So hair care is now: condition and rinse every morning, shampoo every 3rd or 4th day, only use the vinegar rinse every 2nd or 3rd shampoo.  The daily conditioning does tame the frizzies to a degree.

I think my hair has stopped growing.  I hope 23" is not terminal length, altho it is an attractive length for me, I really did want waist-length hair.  Sigh.

On a good note, a male friend said that without his glasses, he always recognized me because I had a lot of long, dark hair.   Smiley  Yay!!

Bristol was interesting last weekend.  Business was really slow Sat, but quite brisk on Sun.  Weather was good both days, we had a tiny sprinkle on Sun and ended the day with a rainbow!!  I bought a necklace and pin from a woman who does fimo clay.  The brooch is a portrait of Princess Elizabeth.  I also had two new ear cuffs made with Swarovski crystals and bought one with a goldstone bead.  I have ordered a goblet that looks like a tree from Hearthstone Arts, as well as a bodice cooler, both of which I will pick up next weekend.
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Reply #160 - Jul 28th, 2009 at 7:06pm
 
Sounds like Bristol was a good thing for you! Wink
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A bodice cooler??   Huh
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A bodice cooler is a cone-shaped piece of glass or pottery aboput 5" long that is filled with ice and slid down the front of the bodice between the breasts.  It will cool your core temp a good 10 degrees.  You just have to remember not to bend over as the ice melts.   Grin  I have watered my skirts, my boots, the jewelry and the counters.  Gentlemen find them fascinating and you make friends with the bartenders really fast.  Wink
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Reply #163 - Jul 30th, 2009 at 12:26am
 
My students did persuasive speeches today and I could see a real improvement from the first speeches they did.  It's amazing how much better they get in only 5 weeks.  Of course, the book shows them just exactly what to do, and I go over it with them and try to give them in-class time to practice.  We were a little short on in-class practice time this semester because it was a big class.

Shampooed my hair today and used the L'Oreal.  Came out pretty nice, not frizzy.

Redid all the hems on my skirts last week, didn't take long at all. About 20-30 min. per skirt.  Mon. pm after I got home from school, altered the bodice I made last week.  Took about 3 hrs.  When I tried it on for sizing, I forgot that my skirts would push it higher, so adjusted the shoulders incorrectly.  The straps kept falling off my shoulders and it was too wide across the top back.  So out came the seam ripper.  Removed the shoulder rolls and the bias tape I sew over the raw edges, opened the shoulder seams completely, and about 2" in the center of the back neck seam, and opened the lining seam from side seam to side seam.  Turned it inside out as much as possible and sewed long darts as close to the waist seam as I could in both the lining and the right side, then sewed the back neck seam and turned it right side out.  Sewed the right sides of the shoulder straps together, then hand-sewed the lining seams, reattached the shoulder rolls and hand-sewed the bias tape and the lining.

Yesterday I cut out a new bodice which I hope to make tomorrow.  Have to do some repair work, and grade speeches, so may or may not have time for the bodice.
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Reply #164 - Jul 30th, 2009 at 12:53pm
 
melusine wrote on Jul 29th, 2009 at 3:04pm:
A bodice cooler is a cone-shaped piece of glass or pottery aboput 5" long that is filled with ice and slid down the front of the bodice between the breasts.  It will cool your core temp a good 10 degrees.  You just have to remember not to bend over as the ice melts.   Grin  I have watered my skirts, my boots, the jewelry and the counters.  Gentlemen find them fascinating and you make friends with the bartenders really fast.  Wink


Very cool!  (literally   Grin   )  I figured it was something like what you described.  Now, did women back in the day really wear those or is this a new invention?  Either way, it's tres smart!
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Reply #165 - Jul 30th, 2009 at 7:43pm
 
It is a modern invention.  England in 16C was in the grip of a minor Ice Age, and the Thames even froze solid one winter, so the ladies then had no need of bodice coolers.  I don't know who came up with idea.  I have one in blown glass in shades of red, pink and purple, and the new one will be hand-thrown pottery in shades of blue and green.  Mike told me last weekend that his daughter came into his studio and asked him why he was making pottery penises.   Grin

Just got up from a nap.  Have had a raging sore throat since Mon am.  It may or may not be followed by a head cold, depending on which version of the virus I got.  Between teaching summer school and going to Bristol every weekend, I had no chance of escaping this.  My husband says it is going around at work.  Was really bad on Mon and Tues, had to take aspirin every 4 hrs so I could swallow.  The soreness started subsiding yesterday and I hope will be gone tomorrow.  Have been feeling more and more tired as the week went on, so gave in and went to bed at 3:30.  If the doorbell hadn't rung, I would still be asleep.

Since I have been rinsing and conditioning daily, my hair has been calmer, despite the humidity.  I guess that was the key.  I am using a bodifying conditioner, which leaves my hair full, and not greasy.  I am still concerned about the no growth, but will discipline myself not to measure again at least until September.  On good note, the shedding is slowing down and almost stopped.
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Reply #166 - Jul 30th, 2009 at 7:47pm
 
On rereading this, I am really obsessing about my hair.
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Reply #167 - Aug 4th, 2009 at 2:39pm
 
Okay, I caved and measured.  Still at 23".  Arrgh!!!  But my hair is behaving better now that I am rinsing and conditioning every day.  Still have some breakage, but the shedding seems to have slowed down.  If it isn't measurably better next week,  I will do a mayonnaise treatment.

Have been franticly busy.  This is the last week of the class I am teaching now.  So have speeches and finals to grade and all the paperwork from the one student who waited until the last minute to turn in everything.  I will not give him full credit, so I don't know if he will pass or not.  He needs to learn the lesson that things are due when they are due, but if I fail him, he might be in my fall class again.   Undecided  Hmmm.....I will just add the numbers and see where he falls.

Bristol was pretty nice last weekend -- good weather, but I still had the sore throat on Sat.  Finally it went away Sun, which was good because we were very busy.  It was the first good sales day we have had this season.

Have not been happy with my garb.  Working in the store, I don't get a chance to wear my Court garb, and haven't been really pleased with my merchant garb.  Figured out on the way home Sun nite that it's because I don't like tucking up my overskirt.   Eureka!!  So will put center slits in all the overskirts and things should be good again.  Read in someone's blog that she puts her underskirts on grosgrain ribbon waistbands to reduce the bulk.  That sounds like a really good idea, so will try that.  I  didn't do it before because I switched skirts a lot, but have been making some skirts specifically for underskirts, so it would work for those.  Have also decided to redo the sleeves on the chemises I made.  I just put elastic in the wrists, but found some really good lace that looks handmade so will move the elastic up 1" and sew the lace on the ruffles.   I always have to wear things a few times before I know if they are comfortable and if I like them.
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Reply #168 - Aug 6th, 2009 at 2:16pm
 
Okay.  Grading is all done.  (Large sigh of relief.)  In a class of 21, 7 A's, 9 B's, and 2 C's.  I can never remember whether plural letters take the apostrophe before the "s", but it looks right, so I'll go with it.

Now I can sew!!  Grin  Last nite put center slits in all my merchant skirts.  Bound the edges with double-fold bias tape to stiffen them and give them some weight.  Also am replacing the waistbands on my underskirts with grosgrain ribbon.  Did 2 of them and they are so much more comfortable.

Had an appointment with my stylist tonite, but her boy is in the hospital, so put it off 'til next week.  Since my hair isn't growing anyway, it isn't like I need color or a trim.  Asked the other stylist about that and she said that it often happens in the summer, and is often the result of a change in medication or diet.  Now that I think about it, I always lose my appetite in the summer, and haven't been eating as much, so I hope that is the cause.

Hmmm....does that mean that I have to choose between being slim and having good hair???  Bummer.  Undecided
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Reply #169 - Aug 6th, 2009 at 2:33pm
 
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That's a tough one. Undecided  But if you're only having problems in the summer, I wouldn't worry about it. Smiley 
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I,too experience a loss of appetite in the summer and when the season's are about to change.  Not so with the growth,but I shed more in the summer. Sad
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Reply #171 - Aug 6th, 2009 at 11:29pm
 
Thank you both for the reassurance.  I needed that.  It's nice to have friends who share my concern for hair.  Love this salon and all the people in it!  Smiley

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You're welcome. Smiley  It is nice to have a place to visit with other people who share the same hair values. Cheesy
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I find that to be a difficult balance too.  I don't have an answer.  My hair's in better condition than it's been for a long while but I've also gained a few unwanted lbs.  I'm trying to tell myself that if I eat healthy and varied and just the amount of food someone of my height and built needs to stay within a healthy weight range, then I shouldn't worry about not getting enough of something.
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Reply #176 - Aug 11th, 2009 at 2:41am
 
Got beck from Bristol this am.  The weather was awful.  Woke up Sat am to pouring rain, fortunately I had packed a big plastic dry-cleaning bag, so put all my garb in that, my hat in another plastic bag, put on my boots and went in in mundane clothes.  The humidity was at least 100%.  It rained all morning, then the sun came out and the heat and humidity went to the moon.  Temps in the high 80's with 95% humidity.  By the time I got back to the hotel, all I could think of was a cold shower.  I mean a COLD shower.

Sun was no better.  I started the day not feeling well from the day before.  It was unbearable well before noon.  Temps in the high 80's with high humidity and a strong south wind that was scorching.  I got a big dill pickle about 11am and ate that to make sure my blood chemistry stayed normal.   Later in the pm I went to the Friends of Faire garden to use the privy, get ice for my bodice chiller and some Gatorade.  Sat down with a friend who said I didn't look good at all (didn't feel good, either), so she fanned me for 10 min. while I drank the Gatorade.   Rain was  threatening, and we had a downpour later while I was out of the shop on a shopping break, so took refuge in the FoF garden just in time.  Thought I was going to be sick or pass out before the day was thru.

When I got back to the hotel and undressed, discovered I had a bad heat rash around my waist and "down south."  I could barely walk.  Was exhausted.  Took a cool shower, annointed my rash with vitamin E cream, then called my husband to tell him I wouldn't be home until this am.  Was just too tired to do the 2-hr drive.  Not to mention that the only clothing that didn't hurt was my nightgown and I wasn't really enthusiastic about driving home in that.  About 10pm there was another storm.  I could not have driven in that without being in danger of wrecking the car.

I hope next weekend is better.   Since we have had such a cool summer, this sudden heat was really dangerous.   I saw the medics take several people off-site in their little medical cart
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Reply #177 - Aug 11th, 2009 at 8:23am
 
Shockedbe careful with that humidity and heat!!  It's no joke!  Can you wear one of the neck cooling bandanas?  The coolness is right on the carotid arteries so it helps tremendously.  You can make your own,too.  The cooling gels cn be found in a nursery,you just add one teaspoon to the bandana before you sew it up.  Too much and your seams will rip open from the expansion of the gel crystals.  There is a pattern and info at Sewing.com for all info on it.  If ya can't find it,p/m me and I'll help look.
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Reply #178 - Aug 11th, 2009 at 8:33am
 
Curlgirl64 wrote on Aug 11th, 2009 at 8:23am:
Shockedbe careful with that humidity and heat!!  It's no joke!  Can you wear one of the neck cooling bandanas?  The coolness is right on the carotid arteries so it helps tremendously.  You can make your own,too.  The cooling gels cn be found in a nursery,you just add one teaspoon to the bandana before you sew it up.  Too much and your seams will rip open from the expansion of the gel crystals.  There is a pattern and info at Sewing.com for all info on it.  If ya can't find it,p/m me and I'll help look.


I have one of these neck/gel things and they are great! A total life saver!
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Reply #179 - Aug 13th, 2009 at 12:37am
 
Thank you both.  It was the first bad weekend and, I hope, the only one.  We usually get just one really hot weekend, and coming after a very cool summer, it really hit some people hard.

A bodice chiller lowers your core temperature about 10 degrees, as long as it is kept full of ice.  The big dill pickles fix your blood chemistry by resupplying potassion and sodium you lose in sweating, as well as liquid.  Staying hydrated and not drinking anything alcoholic is another tactic for avoiding heat stroke.  I could stay in the shade, altho' it was hot in the shop with the lights on the jewelry.  We did keep them turned off most of the day to keep the temperature down.  I used my pewter mug, so when filled with ice and placed against my wrists and temples, it really helped cool me down.  We do have electric fans running to keep the air moving, which helps.

Next weekend is supposed to be better.
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Reply #180 - Aug 13th, 2009 at 9:16am
 
Already sounds like you know what to do! Wink
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Reply #181 - Aug 24th, 2009 at 10:36pm
 
Well, I am back.  Have been very occupied.  Last week, we went to Galena, Ill. for a mini-vacation.  Lovely resort town in northwestern Ill, just off the Mississippi.  We stayed in a bed and breakfast, in a cabin.  We were there last Dec, when it sleeted and snowed all the time we were there.  The breakfasts were fabulous, the surrounding countryside is glorious.  Saw hawks, humingbirds, finches, cardinal, and blue jays.  Our cabin was 750 sq. ft. with a hot tub in the corner.  We shopped in the town both days and ate out for lunch and dinner.  Haven't had the courage to weigh myself.  Smiley

Week before last, my mom and aunt drove up to spend 4 days with me.  We shopped all day and played canasta in the evenings.  It was a lot of fun.  My mom is 78 and my aunt is 86, but you'd never know it.  They both look and think at least 10 yrs. younger.

After the last weekend I wrote about at Bristol, the next weekend was hot, too.  Had heat rash again, burt not as bad,so I did drive home Sun nite.  Invested in Gold Bond powder on the advice of my FoF friends, who said it was the best thing for chafing.

This weekend was cooler and we were very busy.  Lots of customers and lots of sales.

My hair seems to be behaving better.  The shedding seems to be slowing down.  Have been rinsing and conditioning every day.  Will measure at the end of this month and see where I am.

School starts tomorrow.  I am teaching an 8am class, so will sign off.  I am NOT a morning person.  Roll Eyes
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Have a great day at school Smiley
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Reply #183 - Aug 25th, 2009 at 2:12pm
 
Thank you, Isabelle.  It was a very good day.  I have 2 classes of 22 each that meet at 8am and 9:35 am.  They all seem like good kids and one student is back in my class after dropping out last semester.  I always take that as a compliment, as he could have taken someone else's class.

Tonite I will go to the first Chorale rehearsal.  That will be fun.  I do love to sing.
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Reply #184 - Aug 26th, 2009 at 4:56am
 
Sounds like you had a really nice stay.  I hope this class job works out for you.
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Reply #185 - Aug 27th, 2009 at 1:54pm
 
Just got back from teaching the second day of classes.  Kids are loosening up and contributing more, so things are going well.  The only thing I was dissatisfied with was that someone had rearranged the desks in the room I teach in at 8am.  That annoys me.  Angry Now I will never learn the students' names because they were in different seats.
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Reply #186 - Aug 27th, 2009 at 2:09pm
 
Granted, I have only been a teacher's assistant, but as far as learning the students' names, it might help to look at who raises their hand or says "here" during roll call.

It helps to try and memorize what they look like, how they typically dress, or to isolate a specific feature...ie. that's the girl with the beautiful, long, blonde hair, that's the skater kid with the glasses, etc. etc. That way you have a visual to associate with a name.

Also, if someone has a name that's difficult for you to pronounce, remember what they look like while you're asking them, and write their name down phonetically somewhere if you have to. You will most likely not forget after that. Wink

Lastly, you should make a conscious effort to say the student's name when calling on them instead of just saying, "yes" or "you." That will definitely help when many students raise their hands or talk simultaneously. If you can't remember, they'll remind you, but eventually you'll be on more familiar terms. HTH
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Reply #187 - Sep 2nd, 2009 at 1:17am
 
Okay, I am back.

Thanks, Angel, for the suggestions.  I do all those things, and call the roll every day for the first 2 or 3 weeks, being sure to look at every face.

Measured my hair yesterday and still at 23".  Have been eating better, and taking vitamins, and using only sulfate-free shampoos.  Have tried conditioning every day, oiling, and cut down on the vinegar rinses, and still no growth.  I am not happy at all with the way my hair looks and is behaving right now, so have been putting it up under the Tony Pony pieces.  To hell with it.  If I didn't know that it looks like hell short, I would cut it.
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Reply #188 - Sep 8th, 2009 at 10:27pm
 
Bristol is over and I don't know how I feel about it.  It was a lot of work, since I worked 10-hr days every day of the last 9 weekends, but I miss all the people I didn't get to talk with as much as I would have liked to.  One of the oldest participants and a friend to all died Mon am, which made the last day somewhat surreal.

My hair is behaving somewhat better.  I have gone back to vinegar rinses and oiling, and stopped conditioning every day.  It is long enough for a decent ponytail, now that the top layers are growing out and doesn't look too bad.  The problem is that now that the top is long (14") I have to be careful of the cowlick at the right crown.  If it doesn't lay just right when drying, it looks like a small bald spot.

I have been wearing the Tony Ponys because of the cowlick, but will see my stylist and ask her about what to do on Sat.

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Reply #189 - Sep 9th, 2009 at 12:57am
 
I'm sorry your friend died, Melusine.

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I'm sorry your friend passed. 
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I am sorry to hear about the death of your friend.
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Thank you Sakina, Curlgirl, Isabelle and Angel. Uncle Ho will be sorely missed.  He was a longtime member of FoF (Friends of Faire) and one of the founders, so to speak.  All the FoF member were teary-eyed on Mon.  He had a heart transplant about 9 mos. ago and was doing really well until 4 wks ago, when he picked up a drug-resistant infection that his doctors coudln't pinpoint.  I saw Sheila (his wife) on Sun (she was at Faire for a couple of hours, not garbed) and could see in her eyes that he was dying.

My classes are going fine.  The students are making their first speeches this week and doing surprising well.

Washed my hair this morning and thought that it seemed longer, so measured and it was!!  Only 1/4", but that is a good sign.  And a great relief.  Waist-length is still a possibility!  I threw out the L'Oreal shampoo and conditioner; my hair wasn't liking it all.  The Burt's Bees seems to be the best product and my hair behaves well with it--lots of body and curl.  So that it what I will stick with.
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Reply #194 - Sep 13th, 2009 at 11:40pm
 
Saw my hairdresser yesterday for color and trim.  Asked her about the cowlick and she said that it is a natural part and since my hair is fine, it might be weighty enough now to always fall in that part.  So she layered the back a little, and my hair is looking better.  Of course, it always looks better just after I get it colored.
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Reply #195 - Sep 15th, 2009 at 12:49am
 
Hi, Melusine.  I'm glad your new trim is working for you.  My hubby has a lot of cowlicks.  I'm getting a little layering in the back on Wednesday.  I hope it makes my hair look better!

How's the choir rehearsals going?
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Reply #196 - Sep 15th, 2009 at 11:55pm
 
Hi, Sakina, choir rehearsals are going well.  I missed last week because after 3 10-hr. days on my feet at Bristol, I couldn't do a 15-hr. day at school.  So I taught my classes and did my hours in lab, then went home and took a long nap.

Tonite was rehearsal nite again, and it went well.  Even Messiah made sense, with all the trills.

It's late and I am going to bed.  Write more tomorrow.
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I forgot.  How did your audition go?  I am all agog with curiosity.
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My audition is this coming Saturday, the 19th.
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Reply #199 - Sep 16th, 2009 at 6:17am
 
I'm sorry about your friend's passing.  I'm glad to read that classes are going well.  I don't know what your hair color(s) look like now.  Could it just be the contrast between hair and scalp?  If it didn't look really unnatural and unflattering in contrast to the rest of my hair, I'd definitely want a lighter top.  I don't know if I'm too old for this but I try to hide my parting with ½ updos and alice bands if I want my hair down.
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Reply #200 - Sep 16th, 2009 at 10:42pm
 
Hi, Drear, my hair is very dark brown, so it probably is the contrast.  But I still don't like it.  If it really doesn't look good, I put it up, sometimes with a claw clip and sometimes with a Tony Pony.

So tomorrow after classes, I leave for St. Louis to work the weekend at Pirate Fest.  It is only for this weekend, so that will be a lot of work to set up the big tent, set up all the tables and arrange all the jewelry, then take it all down and load the van Sun nite.  I am not looking forward to that part of it.

Just finished decorating a black felt pirate hat.  Sewed wine bias tape aroung the brim and antique gold braid next to that on the underside of the brim.  Then I pinned up the brim on the left with a pirate ship pin and a red ostrich plume.  With a red snood and red crystal slave drape earrings, it will look quite pirate-y.  Will tell you all about it on Mon.

Will think good thoughts for you, Sakina, on Sat.  Break a leg!
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Reply #201 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 12:49am
 
I am back from St. Louis, which was good on Sat, we had good sales, and good weather.  I wore the new black suede bodice I bought the last day of Bristol with the wine damask panel tied on to cover the lacing, a wine skirt with gilded ribbon outlining the plum unwaled corduroy border and guards, and an ivory chemise with gilded black ribbon ruching the length of the full sleeves.  It all looked good with the pirate hat and a red snood.  Sun we were rained out.  The site has a stream running through and it flooded after heavy rains in the early am.  We couldn't get in to the site to tear down until the pm.  It looks like we won't do Pirate Fest next year.  Altho' sales were good, it's a lot of work for one day's sales, and when you take into consideration gas and the driving time.....

My hair has been behaving better since I got color and cut a week ago Sat.  Today it curled very nicely all by itself.  Of course, it has been pretty humid.  I shampooed yesterday in the am, and by the time I got to school, I looked like a demented dandelion.  Grin
So put it up with a claw clip.  We'll see how it looks tomorrow.

Fri I leave for Rock Island, IL to work at Four Kingdoms.  It's a small fair that runs only one weekend, so will be a new experience.  It's supposed to rain off & on on Fri and Sat, but will be clear on Sun.  Of course, any weather person who is really honest will tell you that any forecast looking further ahead than 4 hrs. is guessing.   Roll Eyes
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Reply #202 - Oct 2nd, 2009 at 1:43am
 
Well, I am back.  Four Kingdoms was a bust.  A small fair, very nice people, but may not happen next year.  Our sales were really bad, so we won't be back.  Just before the fair, I re-sprained my left foot and ankle, and had a really bad time.  Wore my ren boots and that was a mistake.  Could barely walk by Sun nite.  Tomorrow I leave for Stronghold, a weekend fair in Oregon, IL north and west of here.  It is supposed to be chilly, so will take my flannel petticoat and cloak.  I have a pair of very lightweight maryjanes that I can wear with socks, so will take those and hope for the best.

My hair has been behaving well.  I am back to using the Burt's Bees Volumizing products with vinegar rinses.  When I started shedding so much in the summer, I panicked and stopped using the vinegar rinses and switched to the L'Oreal moisturizing products.  Left my hair limp.  I won't make that mistake again.

Life has been very problematic lately.  On the way home from 4 Kingdoms,  I was really tired, but wanted to fill the tank before I got home so I wouldn't have to do it in the am on my way to teach my classes.  Ran into a high curb and blew a tire and ruined the rim.  $1100 later I have the car back, but the mechanic says there is a little noise that may indicate the bearing is going.   I have a huge bruise on my left leg, which isn't helping the swelling around the foot and ankle.  On Tues I was changing my password on the college computer system, when I hit a wrong key and got locked out of the system.  Today I lost my cell phone, but very furtunately found it where I had left it on a desk in the Speaking Center.  So maybe things are looking up.  I absolutely wouldn't have wanted to tell my husband I lost the phone after the car expense.  Roll Eyes
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Reply #203 - Oct 2nd, 2009 at 2:14am
 
(((hugs)))


Wow.  That sounds like the crappiest week ever!

Arnica gel will heal bruises really fast and take the pain away.  Where's the chivalrous men?  Surely someone has a horse they can give you a ride on to and from your shop! Huzzah!

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Reply #205 - Oct 3rd, 2009 at 9:13am
 
Aw,feel better!!  That sounded like a week you wished didn't happen!
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Reply #206 - Oct 8th, 2009 at 12:23am
 
Thank you, Sakina, Curlgirl and Drear.  The week is over, thank heaven.  It ended with a weekend at Stronghold Renaissance Faire in Oregon, IL.  I was working for Pendragon.  Drove thru rain to get there and it rained off & on all Fri pm, so Andi & I checked into the hotel and went out to dinner.  Got up really early and got to the site by 7am to set up the tent and displays.  Started raining again at 10am and rained all damned day.  We had little streams running thru our tent.  And it was COLD. We were freezing.  Had to keep putting stuff out and bringing it in, had to change the tablecloths and some of the displays.  The gates shut at 4pm and we closed up everything and went back to the hotel for warm DRY clothes.  Then out to dinner for big steaks and drinks.

Sunday was better--sunny most of the day, altho' still chilly.  I wore jeans, kneesocks and gym shoes under my skirts for warmth.  Had to wear the gym shoes as the shoes I wore Sat were ruined.  They were absolutely soaked and the soles came apart when they dried.  Discovered when I got to my car that I had lost my bodice knife.  That irritated me.  This is the second one I've lost.

My hair has been behaving quite well.  I am back to using the Burt's Bees volumizing shampoo and conditioner, with jojoba oil the night before and vinegar rinse.  It seems thicker, and curlier and doesn't part so easily over my cowlick.  So, I like it again.  I wasn;'t liking my hair at all this summer, but realize now that it was my own fault.  I panicked over how much I was shedding and totally changed my hair care routine--conditioner every day, no vinegar, and moisturizing shampoo, which left my hair limp and did nothing for the shedding. Roll Eyes  That's a lesson learned.
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Reply #207 - Oct 8th, 2009 at 3:35am
 
How's your shedding now?  I don't know if I've noticed a change.  I'm not conscious of it now.  Just normal loss but still short sticking ends. Sad  Hmm...you ladies are making me curious about these Burt's Bees products.  My dad can buy them at fx. Target for me.  He knows of their lipbalms, but I worry about the shipping cost.  Well, he's gonna start by sending me their lipbalms.  That's a start. Grin
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I just saw on the index page that it said that Mel was an "ex-member"?!??!??!  Everything ok?
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Reply #209 - Oct 8th, 2009 at 4:52pm
 
I don't know why it says "ex-member".  We had an issue with that awhile back, though I don't know what the solution is.

Melusine, what's a bodice knife???
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Reply #210 - Oct 12th, 2009 at 1:21am
 
Hi, I have not quit Longlocks!  I don't know why I got listed as an ex-member.   Huh  It just happened last week.  I had to re-register and used all the same info as the first time.  Thanks for asking, Michelle.

My mother-in-law died last Thurs. and I just got back from Philadelphia.  We flew Fri. to meet with the family and make some decisions, sign paperwork, start cleaning the apartment and things like that.  Her ashes will be interred at Arlington along with her husband's and we must wait for Arlington to notify us when that will be.  She was 93, and had been slipping mentally for the last year, then had a fall, and a mini-stroke, we think.  She just slipped away last Thurs pm.  We knew she was failing, but didn't espect it quite so soon.

Sakina, a bodice knife is a small knife that is carried in the bodice.  Many are functional: i.e., have sharpened blades, and are sheathed and carried against the skin, with just the tip of the grip showing.  Some are decorative, but not functional, so are not sheathed and often have flowers or figures rather than a traditional grip.  The first one I lost last year was brass and had a rose instead of a grip; the one I lost last Sun, was a good knife with a leather sheath.  I am really perturbed about that.  It will cost me a pretty penny to replace it.

Drear: My shedding stopped about 5 wks. ago.  I always shed in the spring, it was just late this year, I think because we had such a late, cold spring.  It usually lasts for 4 or 5 wks.
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Reply #211 - Oct 12th, 2009 at 1:27am
 
Now that I think about it, getting de-listed irritates me somewhat.  Angry  I lost all my correspondence, and I don't like being "Amethyst" again.

BTW, my sprain is getting better.  I have been trying on my shoes and boots and finally found a pair of boots I can wear that support my foot and ankle, don't hurt, and look much better than my old gym shoes.  Smiley  Things are looking up.
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Reply #212 - Oct 12th, 2009 at 1:44am
 
I'm glad you haven't quit LongLocks!  

I'm sorry for your loss.  

Sorry about your bodice knives, they sound really cool.  Could you recommend a site for me to check one out-a functional one?  I understand they'd serve as a weapon, but would you also use one to eat with?

I'm glad you're healing, and that you've got footwear that works for you.

My costume will be Italian renaissance, scoop necked and an Empire waist with a solid dress or split to show the underskirt.  May not have a petticoat.  Do you make your own split bloomers?   Talk last Wednesday is my color might now be blue.  Ahhh!  I think I will buy some windwalker boots, but won't get them in time to wear for much of the season.  What color are yours?  How many buttons?

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Reply #213 - Oct 12th, 2009 at 2:31am
 
Hi, Sakina, I am sorry, but I don't know any sites to buy knives.  You might check the various renfaire sites for lists of vendors and their links.  I always buy mine in person.  I think you could use one for eating.  Small knives were a pretty versatile item, according to what I've read.

I do make my own split bloomers because I have never found anyone selling them at faires.  The style is 18C, not 16C, but so convenient.  McCalls and Simplicity both had patterns.

My Windwalker boots are 3-button and wine with a leaf design in navy blue.  Mary told me that taller boots would be really hot, and Bristol can be in the 90's with high humidity in Aug., altho' that didn't happen this year.  I bought them 3 yrs ago, I think, and they look just as good as new when I clean them up.
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Reply #214 - Oct 12th, 2009 at 5:26am
 
I was shocked too when I saw you listed as an Ex-member.  I'm glad you're not gone.  Sorry about your loss.  Hope things keep looking up.
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Oh Mel, I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL.  It's good to hear that your ankle is getting better though, and I'm glad you're still here!
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Thank you, Drear and Michelle.  It's nice to know that you all care.
 
On another note, could my listing in Journals be changed from ex-member to whatever is appropriate?  Thanks.
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Reply #217 - Oct 13th, 2009 at 12:16pm
 
I think you have to start another Journal,but anything on the old one will not be lost.
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It's been so long since I started this journal, I don't remember how to do it.  Hints????
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I'll get back to ya tomorrow with details!
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Reply #220 - Oct 19th, 2009 at 12:48am
 
I am really feeling unwanted being listed as an "ex-member" in the "Started by" column next to my journal.  I am having enough of a problem dealing with the coldest, darkest, wettest October in this area in 113 years.  You only have to tell me to go away once.  Are you seriously telling me that no one can fix that?
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Reply #221 - Oct 19th, 2009 at 1:47am
 
(((hugs)))  I'm sorry you're feeling that way.  I personally do not know how to fix it.  If you want to start a new journal you can at the thread page, on the right hand corner where it says "start new topic".

Don't go away!!

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Reply #222 - Oct 19th, 2009 at 7:27am
 
Melusine,
You are not unwanted.  We love to have you here.  Unfortunately the software that is used to manage this forum has limited utilities for us to use to fix things that have gone astray.  I'm not sure what happened that would have set you to the status of ex-member.  This sometimes happens when we are doing a membership cleanup of inactive members.  If a member is deleted, they can re-register using the same name, but the posts that were made under the original user ID will remain with the ex-member notation.  We don't have any way to change that.

You could start a new journal and we could move all your posts from the original into the new journal.  That way you at least would not have the ex-member notation on the name of your journal. 

I hope this helps explain things a bit.

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Reply #223 - Oct 19th, 2009 at 10:27am
 
Mel,I just sent you a p/m,please read.
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Aw Mel, don't say that!  Sounds like you are having a rough time.  We love you!  *hugs*
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Hi, Curlgirl, I would love to send you a PM, but I can't.  I see that I am back to being an ex-member again, not to mention that when I tried to log-in this pm, I got a notice that my password and user name didn't match.  So now I have a string of random letters as a password, that I will NEVER be able to remember and considering the way way things have been going, I don't dare try to change it.  WHAT the h--- is going on?  I am verging on p----- off!
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Okay.  I am sort of simmered down.  I will try to change that stupid password to something that makes sense to me and I MIGHT be able to remember.  Wish me luck.
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Okay. It worked and I am in.  So do I have to change my user name too to get rid of that ex-member designation?
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How about Capitalzing the whole name?
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I am looking at the last two posts and the ex-member notation is gone.  Are there problems with the software?
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It's a possability that there is a glitch.  As long as it's gone,good!!! I'm thinking to move your old journal onto your new one.  Makes it easier to look back and reference stuff when you're looking at it.
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Reply #232 - Oct 25th, 2009 at 7:46pm
 
So this is my third journal.  The journey has been very long and strange, a la Alice, and I haven't even had any good drugs.  Huh

I am feeling much better.  I think the depression was because of exhaustion and too much time out in the cold rain.  I am thinking that I will not work for Pendragon next year.  I miss seeing my friends and just wandering around faire.  I don't think the pass and free parking is worth it.  I worked every weekend from the second weekend of July until 2 weeks ago while teaching all summer and into the start of the fall semester which is really busy.

Not to mention not having time to post here or read your posts.  I have missed you all!

We spent this weekend in Springfield with my mom for her birthday.  We drove down Fri nite, leaving after 8pm and the weather was really strange.  Very low clouds, some rain and it was pitchblack in places.  A couple of times we could see no cars in either direction and it was really weird!!

My hair is behaving well and seems to be thicker.  The top is finally getting long enough to add to the volume.  I have found a new style:  It requires a large scrunchy, one hairstick and one of those little circle of curls on a elastic band that you can get at the drugstore for $5.  Make a ponytail with a big scrunchy, and when you pull the hair thru the scrunchy the last time, don't pull it all the way thru, leaving a loop of hair.  I twist the loop once and bring it around and over the top of the scrunchy, ending with the "eye" of the loop at a 10:00 position.  Insert a hairstick thru the "eye" and under the scrunchy, stopping just as it comes out the opposite side of the pony.  Loop the little curly piece under the hairstick. Slide it down to and over the pony/bun, then insert the hairstick all the way thru the pony and over the elastic of the curly piece, until it is properly positioned.  You end up with a bun surrounded by curls, held in place with the hairstick.  I have fine hair that really packs down when I bun it and doesn't hold hairsticks well. This is really cute, very secure, and makes a small bun look bigger.  I have very dark brown hair and use a black scrunchy, but I guess you could use a color if you wanted more ooomph.
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I'm so glad you're feeling better Mel.  Your hair trick sounds really cute!
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Glad you're feeling better.  You've had an awful lot going on.  I hope the load gets lighter.
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Reply #235 - Oct 30th, 2009 at 12:13am
 
So this is the new software.  Interesting.  Seems slower but that could be because it is pouring rain here and my equipment and software could be slow.

Speaking of rain, I have been running around in it all day.  I am thinking that the Sahara desert sounds very attractive.

Thank you, Michelle and Drear, for the kind words.  Life has been very hectic for the last several months and there have been some devastating events.  I think I will take it slower for a while.  Quite a while.  No more working at the renn faires.  I just want to dress up and party with my friends and see the shows.

Now my husband is sick.  He has a very bad cold with a high fever.  I hope it is not H1N1.  He is sleeping in the guest room.  He didn't go to work Wed or today and probably will not work tomorrow either.  I sincerely hope I do not catch it from him.  I am taking Emergen-C morning and night, washing my hands religiously and trying to refrain from touching my face.  Several of my students have been ill, 8 were missing from one class today. H1N1 is ravaging the dorms.

Washed my hair with Burt's Bees Volumizing with vinegar rinse yesterday and it looked really good.  Today not so good, but it is very humid which makes my hair collapse, so I put it up with a Tony Pony curly ponytail.  Tomorrow I will do my "bun surrounded by curls" style.  I think it is the updo I like the best right now.

We were supposed to go to a costume party Sat. nite, but it looks like I will be going by myself.  I hope it doesn't rain as I am wearing renn garb and hate long skirts in the rain.  We are supposed to have my birthday party a week from Sat, Nov. 7, which is my birthday, but that remains to be seen.  He may not be well enough and I could be sick by then, too.  If he is not well to help prepare for the party, I will cancel it because I will be damned if I am going to do it with no help.  Once is enough for that, especially as he is one who likes to give parties, not me.

Anyway, it's really nice to be back.  I have missed you all.
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Reply #236 - Oct 30th, 2009 at 1:15pm
 
Sorry your husband is sick!  I had some nasty bug myself and it took me a month to get over it.  Who knows if it was H1N1, but it has been pretty prevalent here in north Texas.  If he has a fever for 3 days, or if it gets up to about 102, take him to the doctor!  Also, it seems like a lot of the H1N1 deaths have been caused by secondary pneumonia, so if he has any trouble breathing he should go right away.  Hope he feels better soon and you don't get it as well!
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Thank you, Michelle, you are a sweetie.  He is feeling better today, altho' he did not go to work, which is just as well.  He works in downtown Chicago and has an hour drive (at least) each way.  He said he was still feeling really tired and a little lightheaded.  He had a fever yesterday, but not today, and his appetite is back, so he is on the mend.  He did go on-line to his office computer for a couple of hours.  So far, I seem to have escaped it, but am keeping my fingers crossed.

I have been playing with Renn garb all day.  Went thru all my bodices and weeded out those that didn't fit or I wasn't really pleased with (some were sewing experiments that didn't turn out quite as well as I had hoped).  Will donate them to the theatre department at my college. Have been repairing and altering others--shortening and/or lengthening straps as needed, making new straps and modesty panels, re-binding edges, reboning, etc.  It was fun to try on all the stuff I wasn't able to wear the last 2 yrs because I was working.

Tomorrow is the costume party and I just have to decide what to wear.  I am leaning towards a blue and gold skirt and bodice with a plum underskirt and an embroidered white chemise.  I don't know if my husband will go or not.

Well, I think it is bedtime.  Goodnight, all.
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Went to the party by myself.  Hubby didn't feel well enough to go.  It was okay, lots of kids having a great time, but I was kind of bored.  Then a couple arrived about 10pm, and the talk turned to religion, which bores me to screaming, especially since I practice Wicca, and certainly can't say that among a group seriously discussing Christianity.

Finished the new straps and modesty panels for the bodice that goes with blue and gold skirt.  It has guards and borders of a paisley corduroy in shades of blue from navy to blue gray, with plum and gold, and the bodice matches the guards and borders.  Turned out very well.

Would have shampooed today as I normally shampoo every third day, but my hair didn't look bad, so will do it tomorrow.  I think because I have a humidifier in the bedroom, my hair behaves better longer.

My husband says he now feels like he is getting a cold.  I will keep taking Emergen-C morning and nite and hope for the best.  I have added at least one cup of tea with honey to that regimen.  Between that and my usual vitamins and reasonable health precautions, I should be okay.
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Sounds like you're prepared if a cold tries to attack you!  Glad you're feeling ok.   
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I hope hubbies feeling better soon Smiley  I am wiccan too and hate those seroms (((hugs)))  There are many different ways up the mountain.  We all take our own path...just some talk too much about it! lol!!!
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Isabelle and Drear:  My husband now thinks he is getting a cold.  He caught this at work and it lasts about 2 or 3 weeks, extreme fatigue, general body aches, headache and cough for 5-7 days, then a cold for another week or so.  He is going to work tomorrow, and I will keep an ear out for bronchitis.  Thank you for your kind thoughts.

Curlgirl:  The bodice I made about 4 yrs ago and is now 2 sizes too small.  Roll Eyes  Since I had the good sense to make it a side-lacer, with longer straps and modesty panels, I can still wear it.

Spent today working on other bodices.  Reboned one with sturdier boning and moved the straps so they wouldn't keep falling off my shoulders, lengthened the straps on another, and took up the shoulders on a third.  I am not sure about that one.  It tended to wrinkle at the waist, which I interpreted as being too long, and the shoulders had always been a little big, but now think I may have taken too much out.  At least, the wrinkle around the waist is much minimized, but it seems tight under the arms.  Sigh.  I will have to take the lining loose at the waist and make the armholes deeper, if it is.  It feels a little snug, but I won't know until I wear it if it needs altered again.

It is really nice to have time to do my own sewing.  I am having fun designing and redesigning.  Have got lots of projects in mind.  Wil keep you all posted.

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Isabelle wrote on Nov 1st, 2009 at 3:25am:
I hope hubbies feeling better soon Smiley  I am wiccan too and hate those seroms (((hugs)))  There are many different ways up the mountain.  We all take our own path...just some talk too much about it! lol!!!


...and judge too much! Roll Eyes  I'm not wiccan, but I haven't been quite sold on Christianity either. In a family like mine, that sort of revelation creates lot's of concern...and gossip. Roll Eyes

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Mel, I have wondered if you practiced Wicca as I thought I had seen your screen name before in my own explorations.  I don't practice Wicca but my spiritual leanings run to paganism.   Smiley
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Hi, Michelle, I have been a solitary for 20 yrs.  Occasionally I go to rituals, but haven't found a group near me that I am comfortable with.

My husband is back at work, but still feeling tired.  We were going to have party this Sat for my birthday, but postponed it.  Now it looks like it will be the first weekend in Dec.

I found 1 skirt and bodice set, and 6 other bodices that I donated to the theater dept.  The director is fitting the madrigal singers with costumes, so these will come in handy, I am sure.

Just got back from Chorale rehearsal.  This is my second semester singing with the college chorale.  We are doing Messiah, among other selections.  The concert will be about 2 hrs. long.  I sing soprano.  If you want to see an interesting interpretation of Messiah, search for "Silent Monks singing Halleluia" on YouTube.  It is hilarious!

Put my hair up in the bun with curls today.  I really like that style.  It stays very securely and is very gentle on my hair.  No hairpins, just a scrunchie and hairstick.

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Happy Birthday!!!


Sorry you have to postpone your party.  That's a bummer!

Ooh, I love to sing madrigals!!  That costume department is very lucky!!!
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I love to sing madrigals too!  I sang tenor with the boys in high school choir since there were too many girls and not enough boys in our tiny school.  Then in college my voice teacher got it in her head that I was a soprano...I never was comfortable singing that high - it hurt!  Anyhoo, I miss being in a choir. 

We sure are a bunch of musical gals on this site.  Wouldn't it be neat if we could all get together?
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I haven't sung choir since elementary school, but I do remember my teacher making sure I knew that I wasn't very good at it.  Tongue
So now I mostly stick with instruments. We should all get together and make the long-haired ensemble. 

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Thank you, Sakina and KNS, for the birthday wishes.  We are putting the party off until 12/12, and I plan to have the tree and all the decorations up by then.  So it should be quite festive.

I sang in my high school chorus, second soprano, because the director needed a strong voice there.  There were 2 competing firsts, so I didn't have a chance.  My range then was 3 octaves.  Didn't sing for several years after that, mostly due to lack of opportunity, and I had also started smoking.  I quit in 1988 (cold turkey!) while I was writing my master's thesis, then started singing again with a chorus while I was living in Iowa City working on a Ph.D.  Got to sing first soprano and do solos then.  Didn't finish the Ph.D. because you can't do a divorce at the same time.  So now I sing first with the JJC Chorale although I have lost the top 2 notes of my range, due to lack of practice, I hope.  I haven't gotten the courage to audition for a solo yet.  Will wait until next year, I think.  So, yes, we should put together a long-haired ensemble.  Smiley

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Happy Birthday!!  I think it's the 7th,correct?
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Grin Former choir girl here too. First soprano, 4 octaves, whistle register into baritone, yada yada. Is there room for one more?

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Thank you, Curlgirl and Michelle for the birthday wishes.  Yes, it is the seventh, so tomorrow is the big day.  Getting good wishes from all of you makes up for having to put off the party.  Smiley

Angel, of course, there's room for one more.  Glad to have you.  Should we wear our hair loose for concerts, or in fabulous updos?  We can wear red and call ourselves The Rapunzel Chorus!  Wink

When people tell me I should give up this or that, like sugar or chocolate, I tell them I quit a 2 pack/day habit cold turkey and that's enough self-sacrifice for one lifetime.  Roll Eyes

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Speaking of WalMart, the one closest to me is under construction and is being turned into a SuperWalMart.  I am not pleased.  There was a little parking lot on the side of the store where I always parked because I could get into the store without getting blown to bits on a windy day, and it is often windy here.  So when they are done, that parking lot will be gone and I will have to park out front and brave the elements.  At least the store will be on a north-south axis, so the prevailing west winds won't be turned into a gale blowing past the store front, which is the case with the other store close to me.  It is oriented on an east-west axis, you can never get closer to the door than 50 ft., and the wind just shrieks past the doors.
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I give my husband all of my shampoo and conditioner and styling product cast offs.
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I so relate to you quiting cold turkey!!  I just passed my 25 year anniversary of being smoke-free.  I like you quit cold turkey.  Started when I was 10  years old Shocked Roll Eyes and quit when I was 22.  One of the best things I ever did for myself.
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melusine wrote on Nov 6th, 2009 at 7:06pm:
When people tell me I should give up this or that, like sugar or chocolate, I tell them I quit a 2 pack/day habit cold turkey and that's enough self-sacrifice for one lifetime.  Roll Eyes


*Cheer*  I agree!   Grin  Give up chocolate!?  Perish the thought!

My husband gave up smoking a few years ago.  He'd just had his wisdom teeth out and was told by the dentist he couldn't smoke for two weeks.  He wanted patches to get him through and I ever so gently suggested that if he was going to stop for two weeks and go through with using the patches and everything that he might as well not start back up again.  So that's how he quit. 

Kudos to you guys for being able to do it cold turkey!
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Reply #257 - Nov 7th, 2009 at 10:23am
 
Hah! You best not be taking my chocolate away from me! I've never personally smoked, but my sister and best friend did. Best friend tried quitting several times, and had to have doctor prescribed drugs in the end to fully quit. She's much happier now.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday, even if you had to postpone your party! Hope your husband is feeling better, too.
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Thank you all for the birthday wishes.  You are really sweet.

My husband took me to Allgauer's at the Hilton for dinner.  With a coupon, of course, as it is a pricey restaurant.  We split a crab cake appetizer, which was within a hair of being as good as what you can get on the east coast.  I had a fabulous salad with bleu cheese dressing, a 10-oz medium rare filet with herbed mashed potoatoes, and creme brulee for dessert.  And I splurged and ordered a vodka collins.  The effect of that was interesting as I had taken my allergy meds about 2 hrs. before dinner.  Came home, went to bed at 9:30 and slept until noon today.

It has been a beautiful weekend.  Sun every day and temps in the high 60s and 72 today!  We have the windows open for fresh air. Apparently we had November's weather in October and are now getting October's weather in November.  Actually it was sunny pretty much all of last week.

Had a handyman working in the house last week.  He re-plumbed the toilet in the downstairs bath. The valve was corroded shut and it wouldn't flush.  He re-installed the rod in the entry closet and hung the folding door that fell down, regrouted the tile floor in the entry, and replaced the molding at the top of the stairs that my husband dragged off getting the tree downstairs last Christmas.  He re-caulked around the tub in the main floor bath and got the light over the kitchen sink working again.  It is nice to have all those things fixed, but I am used to a having lot of time to myself.  Having someone strange in the house, especially early in the am makes me cranky.

Will oil my hair tonite and shampoo tomorrow with the Burt's Bees.  It behaves better with Burts, I think.  After using the Garnier Fructis, it is both flyaway and limp.  So down the drain it goes.  I would offer it to my husband, but since it is for curly hair, he won't touch it.
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Your birthday dinner sounds scrumptious!!!

Mu husband doesn't care what shampoo or conditioner he uses, just as long as he has some.
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That sounded like a lovely birthday dinner! Just reading what you ate made me hungry.  Cheesy

And I completely agree about having strangers going bump in the morning. I hate it when strangers are futzing around in my house and I can't see what they are doing. I'd probably sit there and watch him the entire time.  Grin

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I didn't think of putting it in the guest bathroom.  I have a basket of toiletries in the guest bedroom--sample shampoos and conditioners, tooth brushes, toothpaste, hand cream, moisturizers, all the things I often forget when I travel.  Smiley

I am afraid to get on the scale, as I think I have gained back at least 5 of the 20 lbs. I lost last spring.

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Reply #263 - Nov 16th, 2009 at 6:51pm
 
Shampooed this am with my usual: Burt's Bees Volumizing with vinegar rinse.  Actually remembered to oil last nite, which I have been forgetting lately.  Was supposed to get color and trim on Sat but had to cancel and will have to reschedule the reschedule for next Sat. because I will be busy then, too.  I can't go 6 wks between colorings.  I will look like a skunk with a blond streak.  Smiley

Speaking of hair   Roll Eyes, since last July the top and sides of my hair have grown about 3"  but there is no increase in overall length.  I will have to ask Kirstin (my hairdresser) if she is trimming the back shorter and letting the back and sides catch up. If she is, that is okay with me, although I don't recall having that conversation.

I looked at the sock bun video and it looks interesting.  I think I will try that, but am not sure how it will work since my hair is very fine.  I am not sure it will cover the sock.  If you have tried it with fine hair, I would appreciate your telling me how it worked.

Spent the weekend working for Pendragon at WindyCon, a science fiction convention.  This year's theme was Steampunk.  Saw some lovely Victorian dresses and met some very nice people.

Weather has turned cold and cloudy and is supposed to rain off and on thru Thursday.
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Reply #264 - Nov 17th, 2009 at 11:48am
 
melusine, I haven't tried the sock bun video version yet, but I'm willing to bet that if you have decent length hair, the extra wraps around the sock as per the video instructions will adequately cover the entire sock.
If it doesn't, you could always try lining the sock in a color that matches your hair, or using a colored hair donut.
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Reply #265 - Nov 18th, 2009 at 2:16am
 
Hi, KNS, I think you are right.  I'm sure my husband has an orphan black dress sock that I can use.

My husband is in the hospital.  Woke me up a 3am because he was so dizzy he couldn't stand up.  Took him to the nearest hospital and spent 6 hrs. there because our doctor had left the practice and we didn't know who the new doctor was, so had to wait until the office opened at 8:30 to find out.  Finally got the doctor, who wanted him admitted, but to a different hospital.  So off he went by ambulance, while I went home to sleep for a few hours.  I was just too tired to drive to the other hospital, then home again.  So far he has had 3 anti-vertigo meds, and none of them are effective.  The only thing that helps is valium which puts him to sleep. I went to the hospital for a couple of hours this evening and he said he will see a neurologist tomorrow.  The diagnosis is benign vertigo.  Which is good, but something has to stop it.  He can't even sit up without the room spinning.

I am going to bed.  Will write more later.
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Reply #266 - Nov 18th, 2009 at 2:41am
 
I really feel with you and your husband and I hope that he soon receives the help/treatment needed for this.
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Yeesh. Hope your husband gets better soon. Sad
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Reply #268 - Nov 18th, 2009 at 10:46pm
 
Poor hubby!  I hope they find an appropriate treatment for him.

Please take care of yourself, too!!!
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Reply #269 - Nov 19th, 2009 at 12:10am
 
Poor thing!  I hope he starts to feel better soon.
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Reply #270 - Nov 19th, 2009 at 10:45am
 
Oh,poor thing!  I hope your husband gets a fast acting medicine to help him!  Hopefully the hospital will be able to get him back on his feet w/o the spinning very soon.
Hope you're ok and are getting the needed rest and sleep.
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Reply #271 - Nov 19th, 2009 at 11:53pm
 
Thank you, Curlgirl, Michelle, Sakina, Angel and Drear.  It has been a harrowing three days.  He is home now with 6 different meds and a lot less dizziness.  The diagnosis is viral infection of the inner ear, so Physical Therapy gave him some exercises to relieve the pressure in his ear.  George, a friend of ours, had something similar a couple of years ago and ended up deaf in one ear.  2 of the meds are for high blood pressure, as his initial pressure when he got to the first hospital was 176/120, which is stroke range.

I had expected him home tomorrow, but he threw some kind of fit about a blood sample this am, so the hospital released him.  Of course, this is my busiest day of the week, when I leave at 7am, teach until 4pm, come home for a nap, then go back to teach my nite class, getting home at 10:30pm.  He called me at 8:10am to say he was being released.  I was teaching class, so told him to call George to drive him home, as I couldn't cancel classes again.  Got home at 4:45pm to find that they hadn't bothered to get the prescriptions filled on the way home, so I had to do it, instead of getting the nap I sorely needed.  I was very tired and really angry.  Right now I am flying on sugar and caffeine, so will probably get to bed in a couple of hours.

I am really furious with his boss who came to work very ill with the same virus and a fever and infected several people, including my husband.  If he says one censorious word, he will have me to deal with and neither one of us will be happy.  Angry

We were supposed to go home to my mom's for Thanksgiving and I had told him to tell his boss that I was insisting that he have Friday off.  Now, I don't know what will happen.  I suspect that I am not going to be happy with whatever that turns out to be.
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Reply #272 - Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:32pm
 
I hope all turns out well.  Fingers crossed!
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Reply #273 - Nov 21st, 2009 at 12:31am
 
It's sad how behavior, like showing up sick to work, is seen positively as "dedication" or what-not, when all it does is aid the spread of disease!  Angry
Hope your husband feels better soon, and that you