Friday, June 23, 2017

6/23/2017 Rainy Jumpy Squirrel Day

We are inside on this rainy day and Aidan keeps staring out the window longingly.

The rain has ushered in a cool front that feels fabulous. We are both very grateful.

Right now:

I tried to open another "window" to a sunny spot with "jumpy squirrels" for him to enjoy


but, but, ma . . . they don't smell

Still, it's something.

And one year from today: June 23, 2018

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Post Solstice

Now that the tide has turned and this is the earliest time we have to get out to make sunrise, we managed to get up and out ahead of time today. Usually I hit snooze at least once, sometimes twice and have been missing the early morning color. I knew it was, literally, a matter of time, before it would swing back around. 

Aidan and bunnies on the walk are a perpetually amusing affair. Here's a few snippets of him spotting them, and them spotting him. And the inevitable stare down that ensues. I'm not sure if he things creeping along is going to give him some advantage, but if I let him, we'd be standing out there all day, not moving, just willing those bunnies to run TO us instead of away.




so close, and yet, so far

Meanwhile, overhead and such:

I like how the pano mode captures the blues so much better, closer to what I'm seeing than the standard view.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bath Bomb Day

Ordered some new fancy-schmancy stuffs for a little in-home spa action. 
Back at Christmas Ali gave me a Fragrant Jewels bath bomb and I finally used it.

It turned the water a deep blue and made it beautifully fragrant.

Inside each of their bath bombs is a ring. Mine was a moonstone that catches the candlelight

My bath company and a reminder to myself that I have yet to replace the floor moldings under the cabinets.

So, anyway, one bath bomb down, I took a look online and chose an assortment of 10 from the #3 ranked seller of bath bombs on Amazon at $2 a piece. (The Fragrant Jewels were running $15 plus shipping per bomb!)

Part of the fun was wondering which ones I'd get.

Today was arrival day!

Yay! They included the most discussed one among the reviews: Monkey Farts! "top notes of fresh bananas and juicy grapefruit, middle notes of kiwi, juicy bubblegum, and strawberries; and a hint of vanilla as a base note"

Also quite excited with almost all of my other random draws: Snickerdoodle, Lavender Mint, Cool Fresh Aloe, Cucumber Melon, Mother Earth, Blueberry, Kiss Me, and Grape Soda. The only one I'm on the fence about is the Glitter Bomb. All have organic shea butter, sunflower oil, and Vitamin E. They make a lovely fizz in the water as well as color it. 

And they threw a bar of lovely scented handmade soap! Cinnapear.

And that led me to their website, which led me to discover the list of all the possibilities of scents! 

Almond Coconut
Asian Pear
Black (Aloe and Oakmoss)
Cherry Almond
Chocolate Mint
Cool Fresh Aloe
Cool Water
Crazy Love
Cucumber Melon
Gold & Glitter
Grape Fruit Tangerine
Grade Soda
Harvest Apple
Kiss Me
Lavender Mint
Monkey Farts
Moonlight & Roses
Moroccan Vinalla
Oatmeal Milk and Honey
Orange Aloe
Petal Dance
Pina Colada
Pink Sugar
Pumpkin Spice
Rasberry Vanilla
Red Clover and Tea
Spearmint Rosemary
Sweet Pea (hyacinth, lily of the valley, violets and wild jasmine)
Tiara Flowers (Gardenia)
Tie Dye (patchouli scented, of course)
Very Valentine
Wild Passion

Plus, I discovered they're happy to mix and match, which means if I order directly from them, no Glitter bomb inclusion. (Only catch is with  Amazon Prime I can get free shipping on the small order of 10, whereas shipping is free direct only past a $75 order.)

Guess who's off for a soak?

Edited to update: went with Mother Earth, which must be a retired scent since it doesn't make it into the list on their website. Very earthy and grassy, definitely something akin to chamomile and sandalwood. Left the water a vivid turquoise. And my skin, super soft.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Yoga on the Rocks 2017 from Elevated DJs on Vimeo.

You can spot Amber and I at :35 and 1:07 (just don't blink!)

Solstice Scenes

Fisher, who plays the old decrepit cat around the house, is faking. 
She's back on house arrest and not allowed out on the deck for the rest of the summer until the babies get bigger and faster.


the first sunflower bloom appears

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Family of 6 Photos

 We coordinated colors and everything!

 But mostly, we just had fun being silly.



Nick suggested they do the Super Mario jump. He got a little out of frame with his hops.

Take two (or ten, I can't remember)