Tuesday Treasured Tidbit #9 – Snapdragons

Tuesday Treasured Tidbit #9 – Snapdragons

Thanks to computer issues (quite possibly pilot error), I’m posting my Tuesday Treasured Tidbit on Wednesday but better late than never, right?

Last week, I was delighted to see my first snapdragon blooms of the season!


It’s a little thing but to see these lovely ladies appear after a winter of erratic weather, when I was fairly certain I had doomed them to an early death by planting them in late September, was a treasure indeed.

Enjoy your 24 hours!

Writing101 – Unlock the Mind

Writing101 – Unlock the Mind

Our first assignment for this course is to ‘free write’ for 20 minutes – about anything – anything at all.

So, of course, this is the time that I have nothing going through my mind! Me – the one of the racing thoughts keeping me up all night, distracting me all day – now I have nothing to say.

Wait! There’s a thought – it’s April! My favorite month of the year is April. Yes, it’s my birthday month but that’s not the only reason it’s my favorite month. Yes, I like birthdays because the alternative (not having a birthday) really sucks! This year’s birthday was really special to me because I came close to not making it to this one.

Besides all that, April has the prettiest name of any month. When I was a child, and even into early adulthood, I often dreamed of changing my legal name to ‘April.’ It has such a lyrical, fantastical sound to it – is that a word? Fantastical? Anyway, it’s a pretty name that churns up all kinds of amazing images in my mind of worlds and characters that could be, should be and may be somewhere, sometime…

April is also the month when Spring truly seems to arrive although logically I know that scientifically Spring arrives in March. April is when Spring ‘springs’ in the form of so many blooms and the nurseries are full of gardening potential. I love to roam the aisles looking for the next masterpiece lying in wait just hoping to be chosen for my garden. Well, at least I used to do that…these days with the health issues, I only dream of roaming the aisles like I used to. On a good day, I can manage a few minutes but nothing like the hours of years gone by. I miss those times but know that things change and I have to make the adjustments to save my sanity and that of those around me.

April is the month of young love, just check out all the nests of baby birds and litters of kitties and puppies and skunks and who knows what else in the wild! Love is in the air! Isn’t there something about springtime in Paris too? April is simply a magical time and forever reigns as my favorite month of the year so I don’t just celebrate on my birthday, I make every attempt to celebrate the month every day of the month – to enjoy it in all its glory.

April showers also bring May flowers but that’s a conversation for another day.

Friday Frolics #9

Friday Frolics #9

The weather has been so nice here in New Mexico this week. I am starting to feel a lot like spring and summer are almost here. Last week for our Friday Frolic we were in the garden setting up some top soil planting beds. This week, let’s move back inside and play with our hair for a bit.

This week I’m sharing a couple of home hair remedies that have saved me buckets of money through the years. Now that I have very short hair, I don’t need them as much but they still come in handy in a pinch.

The first is the ever suspicious ‘dry shampoo.’ Many people suspect that it doesn’t do anything, but a good one will actually absorb excess oils and product build up extending the time between shampoos when needed. In addition to the suspicion that they don’t work, if you’ve ever tried one of the store bought kind, they stink (my opinion). Literally, they have an odorous quality to them so I was always self-conscious about using them. So, after much trial and error with various brands, I went back to a tried-and-true recipe my mother used on me as a child – simple, effective, and affordable.



¼ cup corn starch

¼ cup baking soda

5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (depends on how strong you want the fragrance)

Mix ingredients together well. Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it.


Apply to scalp and roots of hair in sections with a big, fluffy makeup brush.

Let it sit for a few minutes to soak up the oils. Brush out thoroughly with a natural boar bristle brush.

Style your hair as usual. This process adds body to fine, limp hair too so it can be added to clean hair as well.

This second recipe is for ‘surf spray.’ This product helps make your hair have the ‘beachy’ waves like you’ve been playing in the surf all day. This works best on hair that has a bit of natural wave or curl but also works if you just want a scrunchy effect.



3 squirts water-based hair gel (this can be the cheap stuff)

3 teaspoons Epsom salts

¼ cup (4 ounces) warm tap water (warm to dissolve Epsom salts)

Spray bottle


Mix ingredients together in the spray bottle, making sure the Epsom salts are well dissolved.

Shake before each use. Spray on hair and scrunch to achieve the desired effect. If your hair tends to be on the straighter side, you can scrunch, then gently twirl sections to create the wave effect. Let your hair air dry.

Enjoy your weekend!


Tuesday Treasured Tidbit #5

Tuesday Treasured Tidbit #5

This time of the year is my favorite time of the year, bar none, because of the theme of renewal. Keeping with that theme, I started my garden late last week by planting baby lettuce in bags of top soil.


I chose this method because I’m living in a rental property for the time being so I don’t want to invest a great deal of time and energy (back labor) into digging compost into the not-so-lovely soil that exists. Using bags of top soil will suffice for the season and at the end of the season, I’ll remove the bags, spread out the soil and leave a parting gift of much improved soil for the next tenant.

Thus, this week I have two tidbits of joy – my lettuce and knowing I’m paying it forward.

Photo101 – Color

Photo101 – Color

Honestly, I don’t know that either of these photos fit the bill for the exact spirit of the assignment. However, when I opened my front door and saw my first pansy blooming it ‘popped’ for me so I snapped a picture. I cropped it two different ways to play with the colors and here we have them.

Spring is coming, spring is coming!!!

color2 color

Photo101 – Nature

Photo101 – Nature

My backyard is fairly barren yet this soon-to-be Spring. But, what I do have available are beautiful seedpods.


This is just a common weed leftover from the fall but I love the star like shape of the burst open pods and the fluffiness of the yet-to-empty-out pods. I know I’ll pay the price for leaving it in place through the winter, but the birds have loved picking at it through the season. Enjoy.