The days I call JOPLINS. Bittersweet. Rough. Raw. Edgy. Vulnerable. Stripped.
The days that bring out the fighter, the lover, the broken and the beautiful in me.
Ahhh Monday. I love Monday. Monday is a fresh start day.
This particular pep-in-my- step Monday has been so sweet and so nostalgic.
By now, unless you were completely unplugged from the tech, social media, and television world, you have seen this clip of Kevin Bacon.
I know I am showing my age by saying that while everyone else is over there saying I heart bacon… I’m over here saying I heart Bacon, Kevin Bacon.
I didn’t jump on the Baconwagon when Footloose came out. I’m a way back Baconator from his soap opera days when he played a troubled teen to a T. And who could forget him in Friday the 13th. I’ve so enjoyed KB putting his mischievous grin to use in great character roles through the years. I loved the first season of The Following, and although it is so dark this season, I enjoy seeing Mr. Bacon once again play a troubled character, just as much as in the soap opera.
The dance clip from The Jimmy Fallon Show sparked such nostalgia. Footloose came out my sophomore year. A year of big hair and awkward braces, teen heartache and fun school sockhops, an obsession with jellybeans, every color Keds, a great summer tan and fun days at the pool.
I still love jellybeans, and music and dancing. I still love Kevin Bacon and Keds. Days at the pool are always fun, and, of course, I still love the Footloose soundtrack and movie.
I must have really been feeling nostalgic while food shopping yesterday. I had to laugh when I was unpacking my goods. Bendy straws, jellybeans, a fun summer ruffled shorty pool dress, Noxema and my favorite pool snack, Gold-n Cheese. So reminiscent of sophomore year.
I didn’t get new Keds, but I did wear my gray ones.
What smells more fresh and sweet than an orange? That sweet smell of happiness in a fresh juicy edible package.
I love oranges. I eat one almost every day, the “almost” because they are usually gone by grocery day. The last bag of oranges I bought had an almost salty taste. The juice was so good. I wish I had kept the package so that I could pass along the name to you.
The sweet and slightly salty taste reminded me of a trip to Florida many years ago. I was traveling with a friend’s family. We took a day trip to visit friends, who offered us oranges… and a salt shaker. It stuck in my mind because I had always associated oranges with sweet juice. A sprinkle of salt was such an experience.
Orange marmalade, candied orange peel, orange juice, orange and pork chop skewers, honey orange glaze, orange fluff salad… mmmmm. I heart oranges.
I got up early this morning. I need to work a few hours today, so I’m feeling like an energizing combination of essential oils in the diffuser is going to perk me right up. A lemon drop here, a grapefruit and an orange drop there…
I’ve been working with essential oils off and on for years. We made our own potpourri mix for our gift shop. It was a wonderful mix of oils and cinnamon sticks, rose hips and dried botanicals. By the time we mixed our oils and botanicals (in a huge lawn and leaf bag) we smelled wonderful thru and thru.
Essential oils are exciting to work with. I’ve been sharing the health benefits, recipes and diffusing mixes with my friends. I know I am just scraping the surface so far, but the results are plentiful.
Funny story: A few evenings ago, I rubbed frankincense oil on a scratch, and as I was finishing up my to-do list, I could not hold my eyes open. Bedtime was a joyous strike of the clock. The next day, I researched frank and not only is it good for skin irritations, it helps induce sleep. Now we know.
It’s no coincidence that oil from this happy orange fruit is so beneficial. Here is a great article on the benefits of orange oil and it’s many uses:
I’m thrilled to announce that I am joining the Young Living team as an oil consultant. Their dedication to quality and pure oils is amazing. I am studying a wealth of essential oils, and teaching workshops. It is my joy and pleasure to care for my friends in private consultations, and also host fun group workshops. I am available to host Saturday workshops for you, too. Make it take it classes are very popular, as we all love to pamper ourselves with luxurious creams and potions.
Cheers to an aromatherapy can-do atmosphere I just created for myself! I’m looking forward to sharing oils with you so that you can create wonderful aromatherapy in your home, too.