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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Shampoos I used while trying to wash out the dye job

I shared my hair dyeing adventure with you.  It was sooooo awful when I finished.  I immediately started looking for home remedies. One of the things I read was to wash your hair with dandruff shampoo which was strong enough after several applications to strip some of the color.  Another thing I read was to use shampoo with biotin to help your hair recover from the effects of hair color and stripping your hair.

My hair dye is continuing to wash out as I keep applying these two shampoos. So if you ever get in the same predicament I did, here is what I did.

I used OGX Shampoo, Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen.  The reviews said it made thin hair thicker and hair growth was faster.

Now the Biotin was also praised in pill form for hair and nails but I need hair help and fast so I used the shampoo and literally picked the first brand I saw with Biotin in it.  This turned out to be the OGX shampoo above.

I don't like to recommend things because what works for one person doesn't always work for another.  I have to say that I can see a lot of new hair growth at my front part.  Would it have grown this fast anyway?  I don't know but I feel like its working to make my hair grow faster.  Just sayin'.

So, if you want to spend a couple of dollars and try some type of Biotin, I don't think you can go wrong.  The worst case scenario is that you will have clean, short, thin hair.

The other product I used was Selsun Blue Medicated Maximum Strength Dandruff Shampoo.

I guess that the ingredients that fight dandruff are strong enough to remove color. Makes you wonder, huh.  My doctor had recommended this product for the itches I have that are some type of "dermatitis".  Well it didn't help that but I think it did help strip the color.

I have washed my hair multiple times each day rotating the shampoo.  My hair continues to get lighter.  The back of my hair which had more brown color naturally absorbed more dye than the white hair in the front so it is being stripped differently.  The front is a very light brown and the back - well who the hell knows.  I just don't look at it.

So I recommend the Biotin for anyone with thin hair or trying to regrow hair (such as after child birth).  The Selsun Blue didn't cure the itch but I think it did help strip the color.  It also feels kind of like Alka Seltzer on your head.  Kind of nice in a weird sort of way.

I'm not posting a picture because the little girls were here this weekend and I still have recovered my energy enough to fix my hair and paint my face.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Kids Say the Cutest Things

The girls were here this weekend.  The smallest one who will be 3 in June is so sweet ... except for the Terrible Two part.  She is always full of compliments which is so strange coming from such a little person.  Here is what she told me:

Kaylee:  I like your face.

Nana:  Thank you.  I like your face too.

Kaylee:  My Momma gave it to me.

If that wasn't the cutest.

More later...

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Facial A Day Keeps the Wrinkles Away - I wish

 I got a facial today.  It was heavenly.  I bought a coupon off Groupon for a microdermabrasion and collagen treatment.  I get a facial about once a year.  It is hard for me to spend my hard earned money on it.  Such a guilty pleasure.

However, I have to say my face feels really fat it is so plumped up.  Another thing that was new for me was a knee massage.  While my face was cooking, she massaged my knees and then my feet, both over the sheet.  Thank goodness because I didn't shave my legs.  Who knew I'd need my legs shaved for a facial. But I won't complain because it was really relaxing.  Thinking the rest of me may need a little TLC like that.  

Thank you Heights Retreat Salon and Spa.  I feel pretty... Oh so pretty (insert: music notes.) 

Tomorrow I have an appointment at the Beauty School for a trim and color. That should be exciting.  Thinking about blue streaks - seriously.  I  may be running out of time to run like a Wild Woman.  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pinterest and Decorating the Porch

I've been playing over at Pinterest.  You know that place is so addicting.  I accidentally did a search on porch decorating and all kinds of beautiful pictures started popping up.

I love pretty porches.  In the shade.  With comfortable chairs.  A little table. A glass of tea.  Life doesn't get better.  Unless, of course, you don't have one of those nice big screened-in porches to decorate.

I showed you my porch the other day.  It's about a half a dozen steps by a dozen steps.  Don't know how big that is in feet but it's about one chair and a dog bed in size.

I looked at some of those cute little iron patio sets but they are not "butt" size to my way of thinking.  Nope not comfortable.  But they do come in cute colors and some have lovely designs on them.

Of course if I redecorated my porch I'd have to get some moss to hang in the trees.  Seems like the natural thing to do even though I have heard moss is not good for a tree.

No.  I think I need to stay off Pinterest and keep up with my blogging. Less expensive and less work.

Monday, April 25, 2016

My Reward for Putting Up With All the Rain

While I was filling the bird feeders this morning I noticed that this Hibiscus has just burst into bloom.  I count 6 well developed buds on this one plant alone.

Then looking closer I saw 4 more buds that were just formed.  Check out the arrows.  LOL.  My first time to use them.  

So that is a heck of a lot of blooming for one Hibiscus in a shady yard like mine. I have several other larger Hibiscus that are in an area that gets more sun but they have not bloomed like this one.  

Must be getting nourishment from all the bird seed that falls on the ground.  One of the feeders is almost directly over this plant. 

Another share is my favorite yard shoes, my Sloggers.  I bought these off Amazon.  I caught a good sale and it turned out to be a great investment.  

They come in a bunch of different wild patterns.  I have a wide foot and they fit me perfectly.  I read a comment from a woman with a narrow foot and she said she just wore socks and they fit perfectly.

If you look on Amazon you will see the different patterns have different prices. I, of course, bought the ones on sale.  I keep them right by the door and try to put them on every time I go to fill the feeders because I will inevitably taken a wander and possibly do a few chores around the yard.

I hear the pitter patter of rain drops.  I don't mind but I think of all the places that need rain and wish we could share.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

More Bird News and Videos

I've been in the habit of saying Red Bird and Blue Bird because that is how the little girls and I discuss them.  But let me be correct.

This is the type of Blue Jay that comes to my feeder.

Below that are two interesting videos from a Backyard Birder that I enjoyed. 

How to Tell Blue Jays Apart (Youtube)

Feeding Blue Jays (Youtube)

Maybe I'll get set up to record one day.  Sure would beat grabbing my phone and running to the door when I hear them.  

This is the type of Cardinal that comes to visit.  

This  little bird below is a Ruby Red Finch.  I also get frequent visits from her.  I say her because she looks so delicate and small.  Fact is I need to bone up on my male vs. female markings so I'll know.

This is a picture of my view from my recliner.   I pull the red wicker chair out of the garage and put it on the porch when the weather turns nice.  When it is too cold or too hot the chair goes back in the garage so Buddy has more room on the porch.

This is the view from the porch looking in.  I keep one of those mesh curtains over my door.  Keeps the bugs out and Buddy and the little girls can go in and out with ease.  Also allows me to see and hear the birds. 

You can see when I say I have a tiny place, that I really do.  Works just fine for me and Buddy.  

Friday, April 22, 2016

Birds and Cat Food

I'm sorry if the bird stories have become boring but I find them so interesting.  (And I wonder why the Grandson finds my life so boring!)

I haven't put out bird feed for several days.  Of course, with all the rain we had that wasn't a hard decision to make.  

Yesterday, I was sitting in my recliner playing on my laptop when I saw a blue bird steal food from the cat's plate on the porch.

I usually pick up the plate when the cat is through so Buddy won't eat what's left.

I used to put the left over food plate on the porch rail so I could put it down again when the cat came back.  That was until I caught doves and squirrels coming to eat off the plate while on the rail.  Now I just have to bring it in.

By the way, the vet told me that cat food is full of salt and since Buddy is having "a little weight issue," I should be sure to keep it from him.

Back to the blue bird.  I saw him a time or two at the empty feeders but I was determined to wait the doves out.  However, when he came all the way up to the door looking for feed, I decided it was time to fill the feeders.

I filled them late yesterday afternoon and didn't see a lot of traffic.  Today as I was sitting here I heard the music and looked out to see a big red bird at the feeder.  He came and left several times.  He is a pretty big guy and I probably could have gotten a good picture but I didn't try.

I'm tired today.  Some days hit me like that.  My blood sugar is always highest in the morning so that makes me pretty sluggish from the get go.  Usually I rebound by the afternoon but this is one of those days that I'm going to have to work the program (also known as exercise) to feel better, I think.

I have several chores that need to be done and will get done if I feel more energetic later.  I'll let you know.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Blogger has outsmarted me again.

I guess the last time I changed my header I must have changed my comments section to the pop-up form.  I do like the pop-up form but I have never figured out how to respond to comments when they were posted using that form.

Long story short.  I changed it back to embedded comments so I could reply back.  Sometimes time is in really short supply and I don't get to respond to all the nice comments - like when the little girls are here and I have to sleep for a week afterwards.

So if I haven't responded to any comments you posted lately, I apologize but Blogger outsmarted me again and I couldn't figure out how to respond.

Also I found a bunch of comments floating around the ethernet that I apparently had not published.  So if you sent me a comment and it never appeared, I don't know what I did, but I sent it to the cloud or somewhere like that.  

Dang.  It's not enough I have to figure out Windows 10 and my new cell phone. Now my blog is giving me trouble in a way that makes me look like a snarly ingrate.  I'm not.  Bloggerettes and dudes - I love your comments.

Here is a little smile that says it all.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Knitting Fail

I told you I ordered a new/old book with stitch instructions for knitting patterns. I had no idea there were so many shared patterns out there.

So I started a test run with some pretty variegated yarn I had left over from another project.  The name of this pattern in the book is simply Diagonals I.

You can see above that there are 4 distinct raised rows.  Ok.  Those are done right.

The 5th row (left most brown row) goes about half way up and then seems to double-back on itself.  In other words, I lost count or somehow turned the stitches around and headed back in the wrong direction. 

This is why I only knit scarves.  When I knit plain scarves I can watch tv and not worry about messing up my stitches.  

This was good practice though and I am very pleased with the part I got right. I'm going to pull it apart and reuse the yarn.  I will start again with a solid color yarn to see if the pattern shows more clearly with a solid rather than variegated yarn.  

You know what knitters always say:  

Source: GGmadeit.com

Monday, April 18, 2016

It Is Flooding in Houston

It didn't seem to be raining that hard during the night so I was totally shocked to wake up to severe flooding.  I heard very little thunder and lightning.  Buddy, however, was very agitated during the night. School was cancelled, airport closed and everyone urged to stay home. This is the only solution if you have to get out today.