This week found me in the dermatologist's office having little pieces removed. One from my left ear and one from my right hand. (Nothing from my abdomen, hips, or thighs......sigh.) The place on my left ear - was a rough place that kind of felt like a scab. That's my cell phone ear and I noticed that the spot corresponds exactly with the area where I place my ear to listen on my iPhone. It was sore when I placed the phone to it. This concerned me enough to go see about it. The little place on my hand was just a raised area that never went away. This one is probably nothing but I'm just not sure about the ear piece. I'll be anxious to hear back from the doctor. He said it could be from the phone or pillow friction (I'm a left-side sleeper so that ear gets pressure all night). He explained about the cartilage in the ear reacting to friction in this manner so let's hope that's all it is. Daddy - so funny - once said that he didn't think his dermatologist got paid unless he took a piece off of him at every appointment.
It's been a wintry week here in Southwest Ohio and promises to be more of the same this week. According to the extended forecast, there's chance of snow ten days out of the next fourteen. The temperature for the next couple of days is supposed to be single digits with lows at night in the double digits. Brrr! The worst morning of this past week, Andy's old truck (that he drives to work in bad weather) died on I-75. It had to be towed and then fixed. The ground wire to the gas tank was almost broken in two.
Gracie, who has a typical tortoiseshell kitty personality, has become very loving in the last several months. She's gotten into the habit of coming in to eat and then, once finished, she heads straight to the bed I made for her on the sofa. There, she'll sleep for hours curled up in a tight little knot. Lately, when I sit in the chair at night and unfurl the lap blanket, she is RIGHT there! Hops up on top of my legs and immediately starts "making biscuits". She doesn't like to be held or sit on my lap but she LOVES to be rubbed. Earl Gray doesn't get to come inside much because he just won't settle down. And, there was that one incident with Andy's favorite hat but we won't go into that! Earl is quite happy in the garage where his bed is heated and we run an electric heater when it's this cold outside. In warmer temps, the kitties are able to come in and out as they please.
This fountain is on Highway 48 just past Mom and Daddy's place. We've watched it going from having a little ice around it to almost the whole pond being frozen and the fountain having this mountain of ice around it. (You'll have to click on the picture to see it better.)
The problem we've had has largely been due to the blowing snow. The snowdrifts on the roads - you just
have to drive/plow through them. You can't get too close to the edge or the drifts will suck your tires right
off the road.
Buck Naked is my fragrance and colorant free goat's milk soap. I use my skin-nourishing recipe and add goat's milk. Without any fragrance or colorant, this soap is great for people with
respiratory or skin sensitivities.
Hearts & Kisses is fragranced with Loving Spell Type. It also contains coconut milk, silk, and shea butter.
Mardi Gras is so colorful and fun! Scented with Summer Melon Spritzer, this soap contains coconut milk, silk, and shea butter. Friends on Facebook had lots of great suggestions for names for this soap. One of them was Mardi Gras. The colors and the time of year - this name stuck! It's perfect!
I LOVE making soap! It's such a creative process - from developing recipes to planning colors / fragrances to deciding on what technique to use. Using it is the ultimate reward. It's a sense-tastical experience! Feels wonderful, smells terrific, and is pleasing to the eye.
One of my many favorite things about a snowfall - I can see all the tracks of the creatures - great and small - who come to visit. We've had SO many birds this week that I've had to fill the feeders almost daily to keep up with their consumption. These little birdie tracks were right outside the garage door. I would love to set up a video camera to see exactly what does come around during the night. We hear coyotes almost every evening and they sound SO close! We haven't actually seen any in our yard, though. We do see deer frequently - sometimes one or two and sometimes more. I think a video would be fun to watch!
Tomorrow is the beginning of another week. Last week of January. Wow! The month sped by.
Hope you all stay warm this week and thanks for reading!