Friday, July 21, 2017

FMM - Toes and More!

I finally got my first pedicure of the year - yes, YEAR, thanks to losing a toenail in January after running the Houston half marathon.  I was very paranoid about exposing the skin on that toe to anything that might cause an infection, and it took this long for enough of the nail to grow back.  In the meantime, the place where I used to go did a big renovation and got all new massage chairs, so that was a pleasant surprise when I went in.  Here's my feet, looking sandal-ready (not that I haven't been wearing flip-flops - this Cali girl will always be wearing flip-flops):
A woman at the drying table complimented me on the blue and asked what the name of the polish was - I said I didn't know, I just picked it because it matched my car.
Wasn't even kidding...and if OPI made a Mini Cooper colors set, I'd probably buy it!

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I was sitting and knitting on Tuesday afternoon when the power went out.  It was 97 degrees, but it felt even worse:

I checked the city's online power outage map (thank goodness for smart phones - we now have access to the rest of the world even with no electricity) and there was a pretty big area out...turns out a pole was knocked down during some construction happening down the road from us.  Two hours later, our power was restored, whew!  Not only was it getting warm because of no A/C running, but not having the ceiling fans to move air was especially bad.  We ended up leaving to have dinner in a cool restaurant and then ran some errands to give the house time to cool down before we came back home.  Times like this are when I cannot fathom how people used to live here before the invention of air conditioning...they did this all the time, for months on end.  Heartier stock than I, that's for sure!

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This isn't blooming anymore, but a week ago, it was spectacular:
Texas Mountain Laurel
This year it must have gotten enough rain at just the right time, because it bloomed like crazy!  

In other news, my bougainvillea still isn't blooming, despite fertilizer, full sun, and plenty of water:
Lots of leaves.  Pay no attention to the overgrown grass; our yard guy is coming today.
New growth, but no blooms.  What.The.Heck.

This would look so pretty with the green leaves and pink blooms next to the white brick post - never has a plant let me down so much.  I swear, if this thing doesn't bloom, I'm going to write off bougainvilleas - at least while we live here.  There's still a few months remaining of full sun for it to redeem itself, but if it's not blooming in July, I don't think there's much hope.

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We have no plans for the weekend beyond our usual running and breakfasting with friends, although we need to weed the front flower beds.  Of course, it's a wee bit hot, so finding time to do that when the sun isn't burning down on us will be a challenge; there's probably a small window between sun baking and mosquito biting in the evening that we'll have to jump at.

Have a great weekend!

20 comments:

  1. Holy moly that is hot! I can't even imagine having to sit in that with no a/c or at least a fan to move the air.

    How long have you had that bougainvillea? Just wondering because I've had some plants that didn't bloom for a couple years after they were planted.

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    1. We bought the bougainvillea this spring, WHEN IT WAS BLOOMING ::glares in direction of plant:: I think I'm going to move it to one more spot and see how it does there.

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  2. I do my own toes but have my nails done every month or so (ANC French).

    Good luck surviving the TX heat!!

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  3. I've been into blue and purples for my toes. I go once a month for a pedicure. The few times I've lost a toenail, the tech just polishes the space for me.

    We've had really bad storms lately and I fear the loss of power aka AC!

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  4. It was a "feels like" of 97 yesterday and I thought that was bad but 107, geeze!

    I use to get pedis all the time but I started doing them at home and they look just as good. I do feel the need to get a professional one soon though because I've been doing a lot of painting and outside work and I just need to get my feet and nails a good cleaning!

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  5. I am so over this heat. It is ridiculous and it is making me cranky. I've often wondered also how people survived before air conditioning - I'd just be a puddle on the floor if I had to suffer this heat day after day. Ugh.

    I love that you put your foot on your car to take that picture! Cracked me up! :)

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    1. I'd be a puddle as well. I was outside watering the plants and it was just burning hot...yes, I sprayed my feet down while I was out there, LOL.

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  6. I made plans to leave work in time for a 4:40 movie. The blackout had other plans.

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    1. We had those same plans for Jeff - were you planning on seeing The Big Sick? We ended up seeing it on Wednesday at 4:40 - OMG, loved it so much!

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  7. Our temps are very close to yours. Our "feels like" yesterday was 109. And not only did they not have ac, but think about those long layered dresses! I've always wanted to live in the pioneer days but woukd definitely miss the ac.

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    1. Oh I'd forgotten about their clothing - holy moly, how did more people not croak??

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  8. That mountain laurel is gorgeous! Wow! Wonder if I could grow that here...

    I, too, cannot fathom how people existed before AC. But they did. Maybe they were just used to it since that was all they knew?

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  9. No AC? NO WAY! I have no clue how people used to do it! Glad it didn't take too terribly long to come back on!

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  10. my feet are still SO SO SO BAD from the marathon almost four months ago!!
    no pedicure for me.
    YET :-)

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  11. I love your polish color! I STILL haven't had a pedicure this year :( I really need to make time for that.

    I can't believe that "feels like" temp when your power went out! That's horrible. Thank goodness it came back on within a couple of hours. Our new place doesn't have central a/c - only window units. Even that's been a big adjustment (that some in my household are dealing with better than others :-P)

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    1. Good to hear I'm not the only one who waited this deep into summer to get a pedicure!

      Window units, hmmm. That would be different, but at least there is A/C!

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  12. OMG, I love the pic of your toes with your car. So fun! I am happy you got to go and that they had the new chairs!!! I am getting one this week (first of the year, too) and looking forward to it!

    Gah, I can't imagine if your power had been out longer than that! You never would have been able to fall asleep with the AC out and no fans! I don't understand how people live without AC either. Like my friend in SF... don't get it. LOL (I am sure there is a lot they don't get about where I live).

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    1. SF as in San Francisco? Well it's cool there, so you don't need A/C, except for the one hot week each year, LOL. Then, THEN, you suffer.

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  13. I've been into blue and purples for my toes. I go once a month for a pedicure. The few times I've lost a toenail, the tech just polishes the space for me.

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