Monday, September 8, 2008

Fall Fashions in 107 degrees

I was leafing through the latest issue of Instyle Magazine for the fall fashions. The good news is color. Lots of color. Rich russets, glowing gold, burnished browns instead of black, charcoal and that green that hasn't decided whether it's really grey, beige or green.

The bad news is that fall fashion means heavy fabrics and while the rest of the country is looking forward to crisp autumn mornings it's still reaches over 100 degrees as the high in September in the Southwest Desert. And the upper 90's is not unusual for October.

Fall fashions aren't wearable here until late November at the earliest and then it seems we should be moving on to winter fashions.

One compromise is to take the colors of fall but not the fabrics. Take the idea of layers but use lightweight cottons, short sleeves, and vests rather than heavy sweaters and long sleeves.


Monday, September 1, 2008

NOT one of my favorite things

Housecleaning. It is such a pointless waste of time because it never stays done. You dust and a week later you have to dust again. You make the bed in the morning just to unmake it at night. You wipe out the sink and counters after breakfast and then have to do it all over again after dinner.

Now I like a clean house as much as the next person I just don't like cleaning the house. I don't think anybody really does. Except of course the women on the cleaning product commercials on TV. You would think, given the look of absolute adoration on their face, that they would prefer scrubbing the bathroom shower to a day at the spa. And does anybody wash their kitchen floor in a dress and high heels? Is that a mop she's pushing around or is she practicing to be on Dancing with the Stars?

There is one cleaning tool I can't imagine being without and that's my Bagless vacuum cleaner
It gets up the puppy fur, removes dust from the drapes, dirt from the floors, and gets the yucky stuff up and out of the carpet. What did people do before the vacuum cleaner?