The Library

This Throwback Thursday, let’s talk about the library.  When I was little, I used to love to go to the library.  I loved books (still do) and the library was always an adventure – activities, story time and all those lovely books just waiting for me.

Today’s library is a very different place from the hushed haven I remember.  Today, my local library has a coffee bar and serves as a meeting place buzzing with activities.  It’s a multimedia hub and still fabulous – but I miss the hush and smell of books and carpet that was such a part of my childhood visits to the library.

Last week, this photo from my childhood was posted on Facebook – it’s during story hour at the library and I’m the 4th child from the left.  I’m guessing I was around 3 years old.


Do you have any favorite memories of the library?  Let me know in the comments!


Not my nails but close to what mine look like!

I have Onychoschizia.  Sounds horrible doesn’t it?  Well don’t worry – it’s just a fancy term for splitting fingernails.   The term onychoschizia includes splitting, brittle, soft or thin nails and the condition is more common for women than men.

According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the cause is usually rooted in how often women have their hands in and out of water.  I scrubbed floors yesterday so the Spic & Span in the bucket of water probably didn’t help anything either.

My new friends at the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology say I should be wearing gloves when I do housework – but that isn’t happening.  They also recommend taking supplements including biotin.  Apparently if you take a 1mg tablet 2 or 3 times a day, 1/3 of people see improvement in their nails in about 6 months.  Wow!  Not great odds for help for my nails any time soon!

I’m falling back on my old faithful remedies – trim my nails back and shape with a good file, a coat or two of Essie Grow Stronger polish, and Aveda Hand Relief hand lotion as often I can remember to use it.

If any of you have a good remedy, let me know – I’d love to try it!

Take a break Tuesday.

downloadTake a breath people – it’s almost October so the end of the year is coming at us fast now.  So today I challenge you all to take a little “me” break and do something nice for yourself.  Can’t think of anything?  Try one of these:

  • Stop by the drugstore and get yourself one of those facial masks.  Most of them are less than $5 and a little pampering never hurt anyone.
  • Make a cup of tea and sip it while staring out the window.  Bonus points if the window is open and it’s sunny where you are.
  • Treat yourself to a candy bar or ice cream cone.  Chocolate is always a lovely indulgence.
  • Get a pedicure.  Enough said.  (On a budget?  Giving yourself a pedicure counts too!)
  • Turn up the radio and dance to a good song.  It doesn’t matter if someone sees you – DANCE!

That should get you started – let me know how you indulged yourself today in the comments!

The first alarm clock…

clocksI’m currently in a love-hate relationship with my alarm clock.  I’m not a morning person.  I’ll never understand people who wake up cheerful even before the alarm rings.  And while I am not one of the people who hits the snooze multiple times, I do not enjoy the alarm.  Especially on Monday morning.

Did you know the ancient Greek philosopher Plato had an alarm clock?  It was a water clock that was devised to make a sound with a pipe at dawn.  The Roman armies also used water clocks to sound gongs to wake them — although personally, I think maybe having the water splash them might have been more effective.

Mechanical alarm clocks date back to 15th century Europe.  Americans waited until the late 1700’s to put our own particular spin on the device.  According to Wikipedia:

The first American alarm clock was created by Levi Hutchins, of New Hampshire in the United States, in 1787. This device he made only for himself however, and it only rang at 4 AM, in order to wake him for his job.

Digital alarm clocks came into vogue in the 1970’s and often included an AM/FM radio element that started showing up with clocks in the 1940’s.  Many people use their cell phones or tablets as alarm clocks now but I’m old fashioned.  I still have a digital alarm clock – that goes off at 5:35AM these days.  Ugh….



OK – maybe I missed it.  Maybe I’m just incredibly non-observant.  If you have an iPhone, an iPad or a Macbook did you know that Apple serves up albums of pictures called Memories?  I didn’t – and I’m having big fun looking at how they grouped and labeled some of my pictures.  I’m not sure how they determine how to group/label everything but flipping through the albums is very entertaining.   They even play a slide show for you when you click on the albums!   Here’s a picture from the grouping they labeled “Furry Friends through the Years.”  Enjoy!


Want to know more about Apple’s Memories feature in Photos?  Check out this link: Apple Photo Memories.