January started with me keeping my promise to make my mum´s new perm. We actually wanted to do this in late October but had to change plans because she didn´t feel so well.
It´s quite an ordeal really – about 4 hours of putting in the curlers, then adding the chemicals, letting them do their magic, and finally undo all the curlers again. All in all it takes about 7 hours.
My mum used to go to a very skilled hair dresser but ever since Wonder Woman (that´s what she called her) went in early retirement, I ended up doing the job after she tried out a new one and wasn´t happy at all with the result. This we do now about once or twice a year.
I´ve become quite good at putting in the curlers, even broke my own record last time by half an hour, but just can´t stand the horrendous smell of the chemicals, so I always take my leave before she puts those on herself. How she bears it remains a mystery to me, but I guess that´s the price women are willing to pay in exchange for beauty… 😉
Next time I´ll hopefully add a pic of her with her new hairdo. 😀
The Llama and the Fox
Having already started with my little crocheted Llama Amigurumi in December, it only took a few more days to get finished.
I also made a new fox, this time for myself, which is now keeping me company, happily dozing on my desk.
Birds of Prey
Even though it´s a bit cold for that, I went to the Zoo twice this month, which was heavenly deserted of tourists at this time of year! But only two pics for now, as I plan to write a separate post about it soon.
On a day I decided to stay home because of the ugly weather (cold and nasty sleet), I was actually rewarded for my idleness by a surprise visitor, a kestrel.
I literally had only time to grab my camera and shoot before it took off again. Even though I had no time for any kind of settings, I was happy to see that I literally caught it in time for take-off.
It´s slightly out of focus because I had to crop it in order to make you see the kestrel in more detail.
Books and Cookies
My reading spree hasn’t quite stopped yet – winter is just perfect for snuggling up in bed and reading a book! – and out of the seven that I managed to read in January, these two stood out:
When I picked up the latest novel – or rather novella – by Stephen King, „Elevation“, at my local library I was both thrilled and slightly disappointed: thrilled because it´s a new one and looked like no one had read it before me, and disappointed because it was such a slim volume.
As expected, I finished reading the 132 pages in one sitting. 😉 Short as it may be, it´s also another example of King´s brilliant story-telling.
I only began reading Nora Roberts last year, though I didn’t even know then that it was her, because she writes the „In Death“ series under her pseudonym J.D. Robb. When I found out, I was slightly embarrassed as I´m not much a reader of romance and always associated her with those kind of novels. But even though romance does make an appearance in that series, her tough ass-kicking main character Lt. Eve Dallas mainly does exactly that – kicking villain´s asses. 😉 Having always had a soft spot for strong female character, I can´t help but admit, that I really love these books. It also helps that Dallas has a weakness for coffee and chocolate, something I can only too well understand. 😉 Also her side-kick, Detective Delia Peabody, is a very fun character to read, because she shares my love for colorful clothes and is a ferocious knitter. 😉
So when I saw her latest novel in the library, „Year One“, I wasn’t as biased against her work as I used to be and, reading the summary on the back, noticed that this was another no-romance book of hers, but an end-of-the world story, so it happily joined the dozen or so other books already assembled in my basket.
It´s the first in her new Series „Chronicles of the One“ and it was so good that I can´t wait to read the next one!!
And here are the guidelines for The Changing Seasons if you’re interested in participating:
The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
- Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
- Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
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The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):
- Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
- Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
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