Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Day Dinner: Southern Style

Here's a typical Southern New Year's Day dinner that will be served all over the South this Sunday:

Yummy Baked Ham!

Collard Greens - Slurpin' Good!

Candied Yams!  (Do NOT ruin them with marshmallows!)

Blackeyed Peas!  Gotta have 'em for Good Luck all Year!

What meal is complete without Sliced Tomatoes?

Hot Cornbread right out of the oven!

And, of course, Iced Tea with Lemon!

Ya'll Come!


Monday, December 26, 2011

Cat Caught in Cat Trap!

Isn't she Pretty?

These cat traps work every single time!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes

for a Very Happy New Year!

To one and all


The Prettiest Ornament

This is the prettiest ornament I've ever seen in a Christmas tree.

In truth, I miss seeing these fabulous birds and hearing their sweet "chink! chink! chink!" as the pair of mates call to each other every morning and evening just before dusk.  There are none of these birds in Washington state, alas.  But I found this photo this morning and thought I would share it with you.

Such a lovely ornament.  How could man ever hope to compete?


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

AngelMay's Tips: Never Buy Shampoo Again

My hair used to be dry and lifeless.  You would not believe how dead and dry it looked.   And I wondered how on earth that could be.  After all, I was spending a fortune on every brand of shampoo touted in every commercial on the planet.  They all promised miracles and delivered nothing.  In fact, they stripped the natural oils from my hair and scalp such that my scalp constantly itched and I had to used conditioners on my hair to try to "save" it, somehow.  The conditioners simply made it overly oiled.  Why all this expense for no results?

Now I have discovered the answer.  One day I was surfing the 'net and discovered someone else who was doing this.  At first, I wasn't sure it was going to work and so I have waited until now to reveal my little "secret".  For months now, I've been shampooing my hair in nothing but baking soda and water.  I haven't spent a cent on regular, commercial shampoos.

I have found the most wonderful little bottle (you could use any bottle you like, of course).  I found this bottle at the Whole Foods Market here in California where we are currently on a vacation in our RV.  This little bottle is SO marvelous that I have bought FOUR of them.  Well, if one is good.... four would be even better, right?

I put about 1 level Tablespoon of the baking soda into this 3 oz. bottle and then fill it the rest of the way with warm water.  Shake it up to dissolve the baking soda - and that's my shampoo.  I use all of it each time I shampoo.  First I "shampoo" with about half of it, and then rinse.  Then I use the remainder of it for the second cleaning and rinse.

This is absolutely the cheapest "shampoo" you will ever use.  It cleans your hair and scalp beautifully and does not strip the natural oils.

Next, I use a "conditioner" made of aloe vera gel and water.

This one I mix about half gel and half water.  I want it to still be gel-like after it's mixed.  I squeeze out a good palm-full of this mixture and put in all through my hair and let it stay in my hair while I shower the rest of me.

It stays in for about two or three minutes.  I don't dawdle in the shower.  :)

Then, I rinse the aloe vera gel out of my hair and give it the final treatment.

This rinse consists of apple cider vinegar diluted with water.  You can dilute to whatever strength you like.  I usually dilute about half vinegar and half water.  I put the diluted vinegar into a spray bottle and have it ready in the shower.  Once the aloe vera gel is rinsed out I give my hair a good spritzing with the apple cider vinegar.  I run my fingers through my hair to be sure the vinegar covers all the hair, and then I rinse it out clean.

That's it.  You won't find a cheaper way to have beautiful hair.  I can't even begin to tell you how dry and awful my hair looked before I started doing this.  And, even though I'm not so young any more and my hair is getting rather thin, I think it has never looked more beautiful or healthy.

What do you think?

And that's AngelMay's tip to save you money and let you in on how to have healthy, shiny hair - whatever your age.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Theme Thursday: Inside

Such a lovely word:  Inside.
It’s where you yearn to be when it’s raining or snowing or just really cold outside.

The warmth of the lights from the windows through which can be seen all the happy friends and families gathered to decorate the tree and share in food and laughter.

Snug and safe against the world of dangers that lurk “out there.”

Heaven when you are cold.
Heaven when you are homeless.

Heaven when you are friendless.
Heaven when you are standing in the dark looking in.

Heaven when you are always outside.