Look at this crazy thing. It's a trumpet vine pod. This is the first year our trumpet vine has bloomed and when the bloom is spent it leaves behind this green bean looking pod and it's hard as a rock. Nature continues to wow me on a daily basis. Also, please know that if you are considering planting trumpet vine, it will make every attempt to take over your yard. I'm pretty sure it is slowly digesting our pergola. Just saying.
So, here I am again! My goal is two blogs a week; Monday and Wednesday. Goals and I have not always had the best track record in the past, but that never stops me from making them. I feel like this is a cousin of that insanity definition about doing the same thing over and over and getting the same result. Oh well. It's all about intention.
I've got a few favorites to share. One would be a dog door since Samten is having a crisis of door indecision today. I'm pretty sure a dog door would change my life, but then there is that "teaching an old dog new tricks" problem.....
ANYWAY, first up are a couple of products from local stores that I am completely loving. We'll begin with Woodstock Goats Milk with Shea Butter lotion.
This is the perfect lotion in every way. The fragrance is just the right amount of patchouli to spark memories of summer nights in the 60's, but not so much to bring Halloween witches to mind. The lotion itself is light, but effective and I want a bottle by every sink in the house. LOVE this stuff. It comes from a shop called One Love Candle and Bath located here in Rockford on Riverside next to Hachi Hachi. They just moved and I think might have limited hours while they are getting things organized. They have many other fragrances and products available.
Again with the body products and also locally purchased...
.....this body butter is less about the fragrance (which was divine) and more how freaking amazing this stuff works. I love body butter, but don't always love the time it takes to soak into my skin. This product soaks in quickly and leaves soft, silky skin. I love showering at night and then applying this butter. Makes me feel all soft and happy. I am embarrassed to confess that I haven't yet been in this store, but I need to because this jar is (sigh) empty. Santa gave it to me for Mother's Day and I need more ASAP. It comes from Bath and Body Fusion downtown on State Street. They also have a product called Dream Cream that I will never be without of again. A real beauty game changer. Shop local, folks!!!
In the category of killing time or how-I-turned-into-a-game-addict....
.....hidden object games. Somehow, I can't recall exactly the circumstance, I stumbled upon Big Fish games and their hidden object category. I have a sort of strange need to put things in order (I don't do clutter, but don't look in my closet) and these games just feed that particular neurosis in a big way. I could literally play these games all day long. I have to set a timer on my phone so that I can get anything done. Not free, nor should they be. The artwork is spectacular. Excellent for rainy days or insomniacs.
And just so you don't think game playing has eroded away important brain cells, a couple of good books:
I am in the middle of America's First Daughter and man, am I loving this book. It tells Thomas Jefferson's story from his oldest daughter's point of view. It is doing exactly what I love a book to do; make me want to learn more. Now I must read a Jefferson biography and would love a vacation to Monticello. Excellent read, especially if you love history.
Currently listening via Audible...
....Gates of Thread and Stone. From the wonderful world of the YA genre, a fantasy novel that I enjoyed very much. I've now moved on to its sequel, The Infinite. If you are a Kindle Unlimited member, these books are free to read and listen to. Great perk of KU, the audio option.
Finally, some excellent television options, first from Netflix...
If you have not yet found the little jewel, Stranger Things, I urge you to do so. Yup, it's strange, but such good television. Both Tom and I agreed that it's some of the best television we've watched in ages. Really makes you care about every single character. Can't wait for season 2.
From Amazon Fire and Masterpiece Theater ...
I'm pretty sure I'd watch Julie Walters in anything, but Indian Summers is having the same effect on me as America's First Daughter....I want to learn more. Set in India during the English occupation. Beautiful and sad.
Funny conversation during family dinner last night. I have a habit of calling the littles endearing names like love, or sweetheart or darling>
Me: Yes, darling.
Callum: Did you just call me darling?
Me: I did.
Callum: Don't call me that.
Me: What would you like me to call you?
Calllum: Callum Arvidson
Me: Well ok, Callum Arvidson.
Love that kid!!!