Monday, September 15, 2014

hippie chick :: summer revival

Final weeks :: Capturing memories







and so it goes
the days begin to shorten
dew heavy on the blades of grass
 cool northerly winds do blow
and 
the apple replaces the peach


and i look to the sky


with its low hanging clouds
colorful changes
a shifting has occurred
once again
sneaking its way into my heart
but not without
melancholy







not without noticing
the few reminders
that linger

and inspiration takes hold
as i attempt 



to hold on



inspiration
drawn from nature
 textures around me
hand crocheted doilies
passed on to me
(thanks, mom)


handiwork
that beckons to get
noticed
macrame hammock


like tripping on a stone
catching my attention
purl bee
provides a way
for me to
capture 
hold onto a little longer
preserve
a memory


inspired by Margaret Oomen's
little sea urchin
crochet covered sea stones
or in this case
Lake Michigan
where the waves touched my toes
and the stones
called to be gathered

and came to rest
in my garden

until this day
when I took pearl cotton
and a hook
to create a wee holding basket


a little nesting spot
to house
the memory


and create a new one
as I chain along

enhancing beauty
giving it a second look
as it sits upon my desk
as a paper weight perhaps
in the middle of winter
and
remembering
a day at the 
beach


holding on loosely
for it is
the ebb and flow
of the seasons
and i will find 
joy
within each day ahead


but until then
i will revel in these
last days of
summer.

Friday, September 12, 2014

this moment


new bike

Wishing you
a weekend filled with
fearless moments.

;)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

my today

facing east


first coffee
blog rolling
planning
worship
landscaping
car show outing
 pesto
...
interruptions
(where the good stuff happens)
...
facing west.

yea...
something like that.


Friday, September 5, 2014

picnic at the park

late summer
sunny
breezy

Babysitting.

hmm
what to do...what to do?


I know...

gather a small group
together
for a picnic lunch


the real deal
with peanut butter and jelly
chocolate chip cookies from the oven
fresh fruit
lemonade


but as good as those
cookies are

 fun beckons


swings to be swung

walls to be climbed



upside-downs
 to get hung


smiles to start 
smiling


peek-a-booing
doing


the 
"watch me"
yelling



dangerous trick
teaching


as a community
of children
come together 
to show us all
how to get it done


ahhh...
these
late summer lovin' 
days.

:)

Monday, August 25, 2014

hippie chick :: summer revival

Summer Skincare :: Part 2

Have you ever stepped outside
and found yourself declaring
out loud
what a perfect day
it is

warm sun
gentle breeze 
when you need it
birds chirping
no bugs bugging
kind of perfection

You may start watering the plants
and pulling a weed here
and there
but
you end up putting the cushions
on the chairs
filling the cooler with ice
and beverages
cranking up the beach music
skimming the pool
while
sipping a berry blue beer

and finding yourself
planning an impromptu
 pool party


because this kind of day
is meant to be
enjoyed.

So I did just that.

Did I apply my sunscreen
first thing in the a.m.?
No
because I'm a big baby who
doesn't like the 
feeling of product
on my skin.

Don't get me wrong 
I use SPF on my face
everyday
I spray myself with
sport strength
before long bouts on the bike
at the courts
by the pool
etc.

but 
I'm not a fan of anything
on my skin
daily
maybe something to do with
Michigan humidity
yeah
let's go with that.

so
at nighttime
I treat myself to
Cocoa Butter Creamy Lotion 
For Face and Body
"this non-greasy, deeply moisturizing
and hydrating cream doubles as an after-sun
cream...it leaves skin 
very soft and silky..."
 Stephanie Tourles
(recipe on-line!)
from her 
Organic Body Care Recipes
book...
and she is right.

Like all recipes
I read through it completely
and began gathering/purchasing/borrowing
the necessary ingredients


Mise en place
(MEEZ ahn plahs)
to put in place
prepared and ready to go


using the rarely used
double boiler
to gently warm the oils, butters, wax
until melted
then combining
with the glycerin mixture
in a food processor
until the magic happens


and a smooth
thick
velvety lotion forms
stirring in
my choice options of 
lavender and vanilla
essential oils
then
storing in little
squat-y
wide-mouthed ball canning jars
for easy access


bedside
with all the other
nighttime essentials


an after shower
skincare
embrace.

Cooking up lotions and potions
all kinds of
good-smelling concoctions 
in my kitchen.

It doesn't get any more
natural than that.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

hippie chick :: summer revival

Weeks..."I've Lost Count" :: Love the Skin You're In



We've heard the line
like a slogan for a cosmetic company
telling us now
after years of abuse
never to go outdoors
sans sunscreen
because
white is beautiful
pale is healthy

teaching a new generation
perhaps
since I recall 
those same cosmetic companies
donning
the California look
beach blondes 
tanned and freckled

beautiful
has transformed
as it always does
defined
by new standards

unfortunately
the skin I'm in
has seen teen years
filled with summers
that came with
burns and blisters
going from fuchsia to sun-kissed red

as a blue-eyed blonde
the quest for a tan was fruitless
and yet I tried


today
I wear sunscreen
most of the time
while applying
sunless tanning lotions
that smell funky
feel yucky
like a sticky earthworm
in an attempt to
 capture 
that
 "healthy glow"
that was ingrained in me

loving the skin I'm in
has been a
challenge
when I consider the
makeup
bronzers
blushes
that i have acquired
to get

the look.

a look that is still
perpetuated


despite
the few ads that are sprinkled in
warning of
skin cancer
sunspots
(or what I affectionately call
freckles)
wrinkles
basically damage due to sun
exposure

they persist
the ads...that is

rampant images


saying one thing
showing another

which is one of the reasons
I no longer 
subscribe or purchase
"women's mags"
that are loaded with
conflicting messages

love the skin you're in

treat it with kindness

today

be loving and gentle
to those
freckles
the character lines
that were garnered as you 
soaked-up a good dose of
vitamin D

Wow...
where did that come from?

All that soap-boxing
to introduce a
natural 
handmade 
lotion
that makes my skin feel...

beautiful

but, alas
it will have to wait
since this post 
is already excessively
long
and tedious.

Check back soon
for Part Two.

xo