You are going to Wash YOUR hair with WHAT??!!!?!

Yes. That’s right! I am using BAKING SODA and VINEGAR to wash my hair this week… maybe longer if it doesn’t fall out and all goes well!  I have color treated, wavy hair. I am not going to be coloring my hair anymore, letting it go dark and using lemon in the sun to allow for natural highlights. It’s not thick or thin, but there’s alot of it. I would also say it’s pretty dry, BUT some would argue that is because of shampooing!

Shampoo strips the hair of natural oils with its lathery ways! I try to get a shampoo with little lather and use small amounts, but then it doesn’t feel clean! 😕 Hurumph!! Plus the shampoo tends to stay in the hair as residue and I cannot untangle my hair with out then using a conditioner….

So let me get this straight… I am stripping my hair of natural oils to get it clean and then adding stuff back from the outside with a cream to be able to comb this hair.  Sometimes I just want to SHAVE the head and say, FORGET YOU HAIR!”

but I do kind of like being able to have long hair and be girly… so back to the experiment….

I have been wanting to try this since reading a post from this blog….
After carefully reviewing the article and the comments (there are many!) On my next lunch break I went to Whole Foods for my usual salad bar snack AND got regular baking soda and White Vinegar….

There is another blog site I also looked at pertaining specifically to the vinegar rinsing!!!

Looking closely at the Vinegar Label, I started to get excited!

 HAHAH Vinegar is your friend!
So I took all of the advice and prepared my mixtures. I made the baking soda part, three to one, 3 tablespoons of water to one tablespoon of B.Soda. This fit in a travel sized bottle.
For the Vinegar Rinse I did four to one.  In a twelve ounce old Agave Squeeze Bottle, I mixed 9 ounces or water and three ounces of Vinegar. I added some drops of Cool Hottie and Peppermint Oil.
( Looking back: Once I was in the shower I realized the Vinegar smell was strong and would have added more of drops or mixed it more along the lines of the Vinegar Rinse Link…. will do next time. Although, my hair did not retain the vinegar smell, it is personal preference.. girl wants to smell GUUUD 🙂
So I get in the shower and wet my hair and used up the baking soda mixture pretty quickly. And I wonder if I needed more. As I start moving it from root to end, I can see why I am doing this… It is an abrasive and I am actually scrubbing my hair! How cool!!!  It is really neat and I even rub some on my dry elbows.  I think I will try with a larger mixture for my next batch. One of the tips is to make it right before you are going to use it, do not store it in the shower, as the water ACTIVATES the B.Soda.
Not so for the Vinegar. You can premake batches of that according to the Herbal Rinse Post.
I left the B.Soda on for about a minute and a half. Then washed with warm/hot water.

Then I carefully apply the Vinegar rinse, tilting my head back and then flipping over to get the ends…. next time I will do that the other way. Not that any got in my eyes, but I was worried about it and it makes more logical sense to work it backwards.

You want to be done with your shower when you add the vinegar, Because you wash this out immediately and with SUPER–COLD, AS YOU CAN STAND IT, WISH I HAD A WET SUIT–WATER!

Whallla! I’m out of the shower and still have hair! I start to comb it out and am surprised that with zero conditioner it is pretty easily untangling.
I didn’t need to but I did add a tiny bit of
Miracle Ten to the ends, just because I had some and was unsure if it was going to be frizzy… I will try to not do that next time.
It was late so I didn’t dry my hair, but I am excited to try this again and see what it will look like with it blown dry! Today, I had a lot of bounce and natural curl to my hair. I used a large barrel curling iron to tame the waves a little, plus I got up WAY too early so I had to do something at dawn….
It would be more full on top if I had not slept on it. 🙂
Truth  be told I don’t like messing with much of a beauty regiment and all that, but do like to look nice, stay out of the poor house, and not use toxic crap on my body.
I am pleased with this hair care bit so far and will keep you updated.


To Retreat is to Converge- reconnect with Sun Star Moon Earth Water Wind Fire Rain.

To feel equal measure, of pleasure and pain.

To sit, stay, play and grow.

To sing, dance, remember and know.

To see a sunset and a moon rise on the shortest day.

To voice praises of humanity and be human in this way.

This the divine gift, wrapped in this Present.

This the divine gift, birthed in this moment.

and the next.

and so on..

until Breath ends…

I am in my Car; camping, sleepy.

I am hard to rope.

I look up and see fog and haze.

I look up and see clear sky and stars for days.

I look up and moon full with a cloud angel parade.

Wistfully they race by at a mindful pace; flying dancing and blessing this new space.

Cattales 124

Cattales 124

Last night while enjoying the night air on the front porch… I got my scaredy Girl cat and brought her outside. She loves to be outside but can get tweaked out before she gets there. She freaks and then adjusts and relaxes and then starts wandering around.
Yay, Sucess…. Then she goes down the front walk, to the edge and I think surely she wont… Cross the street!!!!

OMG!! shes across the street. Its dark and I follow her and try to see her and get her, but she wants to play hide under the truck in someone’s driveway. So rather than get arrested for stalking, I go back to my porch and wait…..
……………………………and wait…. and she’s not coming home. I look over and see her sitting under the light of the porch directly across at their red front door. I go over and calling to her, and we’re chatting and she goes left and I get closer and then Bam I have her in my arms!

Yay… she’s clingy and will claw a bit to hang on, but will relax after a second. WELL she wasnt relaxing and she seemed tense and heavy. She’s fighting back a little too much and trying to escape my hold by going over my head and man shes digging those claws into me pretty good, I better let go!!!! The cat runs away from me back to the dark truck.

I shake it off, shake my head and head back across the street, muttering ok fine, stay out all night then missy!
!!!As I turn around, on the sidewalk, about three feet to my left, patiently watching me is WINDY.

Omg THAT WAS NOT WINDY,  I had just tried to KATNAP the neighbors cat.

I scoop her up and now that I have her I realize what a huge beast that other cat was and that I am lucky he did not beat me up. She and I go across the street, happy to have each other and ready for a nap =^..^= ‪#‎cattales‬


In honor of my Grandfather, T. Ben Howard’s Birthday Anniversary (he would have been 98); I am re-posting this, my favorite poem. 

One summer evening, after my grandfather had passed, I was sitting outside on a very high deck in a magical place with a very dear friend and was talking about him. 

      After awhile we sat in silence and I felt his presence visit me and wrote this



through the 
you merge into my field


sit atop my monkey mind...


 flowing like a broken honeycomb.

sweet night air 
gaining thickness and depth.

you whisper a comforting quilt of words; 
in the language that goes without saying.

swaying with the angel’s song; 
we sit for a momentous moment.

 in the blaze of truth.

the exchange complete. 

there is a soft exiting,
 on fallen leaves.

tears fall to wash
a heart
open wide
shining as though it were dawn.






May we all bask in the sun of our souls

Meditation Sunset

may you be uplifted by the unseen force of life that runs in your veins and reignites in every breath.

as a veil is lifted, a layer peeled back; I am raw with awareness.

may you know how magical your presence is.

may you know your own beating heart.

may you feel release and renewal each exchange of inhale and exhale.

may we all bask in the sun of our souls.

hammock moon

Hammock moon beckoning, drawing me near.

Searching for a seat on the peek-a-boo moon,

wandering in an aimless nameless valley.

 I know the prize is just beyond the next ridge,

I know this in the deep place. 

Sit with the power, not fully arrived.