Friday, August 31, 2012

Blue Moon Friday

Another month is about the finish and the beginning of September is almost here. 

We are also half way through hurricane season which is a major part of the year for those of us who live in the Caribbean, and today we also have another event to celebrate...

To me it's impossible to celebrate the "Blue Moon" without my favorite version of the song with the same title but the version by Canadian band "Cowboy Junkies" and the amazing voice of Margo Timmins...
here's a very nice video of it I found via YouTube.

"Blue Moon, you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
Blue Moon, you knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for..."

Now this song and its lyrics come with a special meaning for me today, specially the part of 
"I will also be saying a prayer for someone I really care for"
in my case I will be praying for my husband, who has a job interview this afternoon. 

I would appreciate if you want to join me in sending him your prayers and good vibes, thanks!

In unrelated news, we have yet another new cactus flower on our back deck blooming for the first time...

This was yesterday getting ready to open
Today's flower completely open!
Pretty nice flower, eh?

Well, hope everybody has a nice weekend and that wherever you are you'll be able to enjoy the Blue Moon!

Happy Friday and weekend to come!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Inside my studio

I learned to live without TV when I lived for 3 years (from '02 to '05) in "remote" Tulum, Mexico.

While there, I lived and worked at a Yoga Retreat Resort that didn't have electricity 24hrs and operated mainly on generators, so specially during the night the lights went off at 12 midnight and came back on at 5am.

A few months after I moved there, my boss bought some batteries for the generator so he offer to put a 24 hour outlet. So, out of that one outlet I survived with my one fan, a lamp and my little stereo... always connected.

Years later I moved back to a bit more "civilization" to Cayman Brac and although I had TV, the island only has about 6 channels so there wasn't much of a choice.

When I finally moved to Grand Cayman, having a TV or cable was not on my "must have" list to survive and since my husband (boyfriend at the time) didn't have cable (although he did have an actual TV), I just continued life without it.

Of course it's not that I don't like TV, as there are some good shows and channels out there, but there's also a good share of crappy ones (like some of the "reality shows" nowadays). So, to make it clear we do own a TV but we mainly use it for movies and we have it connected to our computer to watch from there.

Now, lately I've been kind of hooked on a show called "Inside the Actor's Studio" which airs on Bravo Channel (although I watch it on my TV from this YouTube channel)... and it's a "one on one" interview kind of show with famous actors and actresses.

As the host (James Lipton) says, "it starts at the beginning" meaning where the actor/actress was born, raised, who are their parents, siblings, schools, career begin, and then off to pretty much every project and movie they've been involved with.

So far, I've watched the show with; Betty white, Robin Williams, Jude Law, George Clooney, Myke Myers, Will Smith, John Cousak and Salma Hayek.

Well, my favorite part of the show is at the end when Mr. Lipton would ask a set of ten questions that I find very interesting so I decided to share them with you and also give you my answers.
The ten questions Lipton asks are:
  1. What is your favorite word? wicked
  2. What is your least favorite word? mucus
  3. What turns you on? charm
  4. What turns you off? self pity
  5. What sound or noise do you love? the ocean surf
  6. What sound or noise do you hate?  mosquitoes buzzing when I am trying to sleep
  7. What is your favorite curse word? fuck
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Vet
  9. What profession would you not like to do? Mortician
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Welcome home, we've been expecting you!

Now, what about you? Would love to hear your answers and if you've never seen the show perhaps you might wanna check it out.

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Scrub that!

Perhaps this is old news for you, but not so much for me.

A few days ago I found (via a friend of mine) about a natural, easy and specially effective face (and body if needed) scrub. The best part of it (like I said before) is that it's natural and made with (easy to find at your own kitchen) only 2 main ingredients: Lime/Lemon Juice and Sugar.

photo source the idea room

Main ingredients:
1/2 fresh lemon
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
Optional ingredients:
1 Tbsp of olive oil/coconut oil/almond oil
Benefits of the Ingredients:
Lemon – A natural source of Vitamin C; an ingredient commonly used to lighten sun and age spots and even out skin tone; A natural astringent that tightens pores and brightens the complexion.
Sugar – A natural exfoliator; a natural source of glycolic acid which evens out skin tone, cleans pores, and improves overall skin texture by removing dead, dull skin cells.

If using any of the oils, add lemon juice and oil in to a bowl (I like to use tupperware as it is easy storage) until they mix together. Add in the sugar and mix. If you sense that there is not enough sugar to get the scrubbing done, add a bit more. Again, this is a personal preference.
As a face scrub: The lemon and sugar scrub is also great for the face, but use with gentle circular motions. This scrub is ideal for people who suffer from breakouts and acne as all of the ingredients are highly beneficial to acne prone skin. Lemon tightens pores and evens out the skin tone, sugar removes dead skin cells and cleans pores, olive oil heals acne scaring, and honey prevents future breakouts.
As a body scrub: Apply to body, paying extra close attention to elbows, knees, feet and hands (nails and cuticles especially) and rub in circular motions for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse. Enjoy the silky softness of your impossibly smooth skin.
To use, follow the same recipe instructions then apply to clean face in gentle, circular motions. Be cautious of using on open wounds as the lemon may sting. Leave on for 7-10 minutes and rinse with cool water.
Believe me, this really works and I am living proof. 
Lately I have been getting lots of blemishes in my forehead (partly related to "that time of the month" and partly because of what I've been eating and stress), but by using this 3 evenings in a row before going to bed, I can already start to notice a big difference.
So, go ahead, try it, it's easy and the ingredients are a no brain-er for any kitchen, your welcome!
Please tell me all about your results (if any), good or bad! Thanks.
Have a great Wednesday : ) 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Weekend @ Barkers

Yesterday we got our beach stuff together, grabbed the dogs and took them for a nice walk at Barkers Park (which is a protected Mangrove/Beach near where we live).

For the dogs, riding in the car is one of the top most exciting activities ever!
Oh boy, do they love it...Even if it's just a ride around the block, they go nuts with excitement...

Well, yesterday was no exception. 

Yesterday for the first time ever (well, at least with me around), my husband decided to take
Sheba off the leash!!!
He has done it before and says she is very good and doesn't run away or even goes far,
well he was right! 

She walked around and in front of us all the time without getting to far and paying attention that we were there right behind here....

Ditto on the other hand is a runner and I worry he will get lost- so he stayed on the leash!

Just last weekend my husband didn't close the house front door properly and Ditto did one of his "escaping acts" to go hunt chickens, luckily he came back...

He is getting old so I worry about him getting hit by a car (like he did a few years back!).

We had a great time at Barkers, got to take some photos and the dogs seems to enjoy themselves!

Here are some extra random photos of the area...

pretty sand flowers
nice big clouds around
We found this abandon picnic table along the beach (see it on the above photo?)... and of course I took advantage of the "Kodak" moment!

On unrelated news, Tropical Storm Isaac did not affect us at all... Now all we can hope and have faith that no other storms will come our way...

Have a wonderful week!!!


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