Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weird Wednesday ~ Skin's Sense of Smell

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Your skin has scent receptors similar to your nose. But instead of triggering memories, alerting us to danger or causing us to relax, the skin's scent receptors can cause the skin to repair itself. 
Scientists in Germany have discovered that the scent of Sandalwood can cause the skin to repair damage. Aromatherapy anyone?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review ~ The Devil Drinks Coffee

The Devil Drinks Coffee by Destiny Ford

Kate Saxee has returned to her hometown of  Branson Falls, Utah to take the job of editor of The Tribune. Being a small rural farming community, Branson Falls never has a lot of newsworthy happenings. If it wasn't for Kate's accident prone mother, there might not be any news to report. Until the body of a girl is found in the local lake.
Kate launches her own investigation in regards to the cause of death and in the process, meets a handsome and mysterious local, becomes reaquainted with an old high school crush, and becomes the center of innumerable threads of gossip. With the help of the mysterious local and a desire to find out the truth, Kate solves the mystery behind the girl's death. 

The Devil Drinks Coffe is a fun read. Angela Corbett has written a book that rivals those of Janet Evanovich. Branson Falls is a typical small rural town with a variety of characters that you love to hate - all very real. The plot moves along well with no slow spots. The perfect murder mystery with a hint of romance.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Roadtrip ~ Crites Peak

Crites Peak can't be found on any map. It is a unique home located west of Florissant, Colorado and it was sculpted to mirror its neighbor Pikes Peak. This unique abode was created by an interesting man by the name of Don Crites. Hubby and I were recently invited to tour his home. We gladly accepted the invitation!

The day started out blustery but we drove topless anyway. {now just what were you thinking? Remember, the trusty roadtrip car is a convertible!} The further west we went the clearer the skies became. It was a gorgeous day! 

When all of a sudden, we spied a rare flock of Rocky Mountain Flamingos grazing near the road. There was even one in a nesting box! Wow! We were sure to put that on our Life List! 

Mr. Crites met us with a welcome smile. But he wasn't alone. His friend and companion, Peanut, came to see us as well. Peanut is a sweet female mule deer who has lived in the area for several years. Mr. Crites has found her inside the house on more than one occasion when he has left the door open.

Crites Peak is a melding of old and new. An old log cabin with an addition created from concrete with a metal infrastructure. Mr. Crites sculpted the roof line to look like the nearby mountains with special hollows to catch moisture for the birds.

The interior is as beautiful as the outside is unique. Cedar boards were salvaged and used to make steps. An indoor water feature was incorporated into the walls of the foyer. The texture of the walls of the new section mimicked a rock's surface. A lot of thought and love had been put into this home. 

Mr. Crites has led an interesting life and concrete has always been a part of it. His winter home in Virginia is the site of a mountain and waterfall that Mr. Crites built. He has also constructed large rock and water features for others in Virginia. 
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As we were getting ready to leave, a Herbert Squirrel came out to grab a peanut and say Bye!     

The rain caught up with us on the way home. Seems like all our good adventures involve rain.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Weird Wednesday ~ Precious Metal Weight Loss

Inspired by research which utilizes GOLD nanoparticles as a cancer treatment, scientists are applying the same principle to melt fat cells. In cancer treatments, gold nanoparticles collected near tumors are 'excited' by shining an infrared laser light on them. These gold particles become so active that they destroy some of the malignant tissue.
By injecting the same type of gold particles in the desired fatty area and then heating it up with an infrared laser, the fat cells will melt. The 'liquid' fat, along with the gold, is then sucked out with a small needle.