April 11, 2021

Monday Musings on the Scent of Figs

Monday Musings on the Scent of Figs

Monday Musings on the Scent of Figs

Happy Monday ladies. Are you ready for a new week? Does one day seem like every other for you too? A reader wrote to tell me she knows what day it is when Monday Musings shows up in her email so grab a cup of tea or coffee and let’s go…

These are a few things on my mind this week-

Blue Light

How much time do you spend on your cell phone, smart device, laptop, or watching TV? I spend too much on both my laptop and phone so I’m apparently putting myself at risk for Digital Eye Strain. Experts don’t agree on whether this is bad but I don’t think it can hurt to try and protect your eyes. I have a blue-blocking film on my progressive glasses but I often reach for cheaters to use with my laptop, and they have no coating so I ordered these Peepers that do have it.blue light filtering cheaters

blue light filtering cheaters

I also found this phone screen blue light filter which seems like a very good idea.

These devices all emit blue light which is a form of high-energy visible light (HEV). A 2010 study published in The Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that blue light can produce dark pigmentation and contribute to melasma in some people. Dermatologists suggest the best defense is a mineral sunscreen with zinc or titanium dioxide plus antioxidants to fortify your skin.

Some of the best antioxidants are good old Vitamin C serum, Vitamin A, (retinol or Retin A), Vitamin E, Reservatrol, Niacinamide, CoEnzymeQ 10, Glutathione, and Flavonoids such as green tea. I haven’t found one product that contains them all but I am on the hunt because it would sure simplify things.

Lake TahoeFashion blogger Jennifer Connolly wearing Eric Javits hat at Lake Tahoe

My husband has decided that he’s recovered enough to feel up to a short trip with our little trailer. He spent hours on the phone and was lucky enough to snag a cancellation at a campground in South Lake Tahoe. We had the most amazing time there last year. Even though it’s only 2 hours from our house, it feels like a whole other world. We may do nothing but reading and hang on the beach, which is just perfect for us. It makes me realize how much I take for granted on a daily basis which I need to appreciate more.


While harvesting our tomatoes last week, my daughter and I were struck by the amazing scent coming from our fig tree. I can’t quite explain the fragrance other than soft and somewhat sweet to me.

At any rate, I went hunting for some perfumes with fig and discovered it’s a very popular note in perfumes. There is an overwhelming number of perfumes with fig in them which has me wondering where I’ve been all this time? I focused on cruelty-free versions and ordered this one which arrives next week. Some online fragrance forums describe fig as a disgusting odor so I will let you know:)

My hand therapy has turned the corner into a new level of torture. It turns out that I am making thick, ropey, Keloid scars along all of my incisions and they need to be broken up. Oh, joy! They had me order this little massager torture device and since they used it with this Cocoa Butter, I ordered it too.Palmers Cocoa Butter and hand massager

Palmers Cocoa Butter and hand massager

This cream is not free of petroleum products, or cruelty-free but its scent brings back vivid memories. I used this Cocoa Butter every day during both of my pregnancies because my mum told me it would prevent stretch marks. I’m sure that’s an old wives’ tale, but I didn’t get any.

Scents are a lightning-fast route to memories for me. Are they for you too?

Thanks for being here ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.


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