Friday, July 27, 2012

Leap Frog

A bit of Louis Armstrong Leap frog Nostalgia to exercise with, on these lazy, hazy days of summer.

Some of you may not have such good weather but this music is bound to lift up your spirits as
nothing is so lively as a trumpet band.
Louis Armstrong always puts a smile on my face.
He came from New Orleans, Louisiana a 1901, 4th of July,
success story. He played jazz till 1971, when he passed away.

"The woman he loved
Lived in Cincinatti and she wouldn't write to him.
She was a tailor made gal and had her feet on the ground.
She was no hand me down.
He had a gal he loved.
With a mouth full of gold.
Every time she kissed him it made his blood run cold.
When he had money to spend, every time he left home,
 he had a brand new friend."

Armstrong was of poor upbringing and at times had to survive on left over restaurant food and a paper route. He also hauled coal to Storyville and worked for a Jewish family with a junk hauling business.They treated him like a son.
Louis loved music and listened to bands that played in brothels.
He went to Fisk school but dropped out at 11 to sing with a quartet of boys on the street for money.
This got him into trouble so he was happy when Bunk Johnson picked him up and taught him how to play the trumpet and it changed everything in his life.

Armstrong said:
Every time he closed his eyes playing his trumpet, he'd look right in the heart of good ol New Orleans.
He sure loved his town and his music showed it.
I hope I could visit New Orleans one day. They must commemorate Louis Armstrong every where out there and it would be nice to learn more about him.
 Maybe one day.

ANOTHER LEAP FROG to the past.

I often wondered how people did things way back when.
In Kamloops, I found a product called dry shampoo.
  I haven't seen this in years.
For what ever reason, if shampoo is not the answer,
How would you wash your hair?
Well I found a blog with the answer.

Recipe #1: The Paste Method

1. In a small dish or ramekin, mix 2T of baking soda with a couple of tablespoons of warm water, until it forms a thick paste. Add more water as needed – it should be a bit thinner than toothpaste. (Note: I have medium-length hair, so you may need to adjust the amount of baking soda if you have shorter or longer hair.)

2. Taking the paste into your hand, massage it into your dry scalp. Massage your scalp all over, for at least 30 seconds. (This will probably feel pretty good!)

3. Leave on your hair for a minute or two. Then rinse well.

4. In an old (and well rinsed) shampoo bottle, mix 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 4 parts Water. You can add essential oils or herbs if you like.

5. Coat your scalp and hair with the vinegar, and allow to sit for at least 30 seconds.

6. You can either rinse or leave it in your hair. (I rinse.)

Recipe #2: The Simple Method

There are two reasons why I switched to this recipe: 1. The paste idea was a bit messy for my taste, and 2. The apple cider vinegar smelled too strong for me. I’m much happier with this version!

1. Use an old shampoo bottle (well-rinsed) or a squeeze bottle of some variety (I reused one we’d bought from a local kitchen supply store). Mix 1 part aluminum-free baking soda to 3 parts Water. Each time you use this solution, shake well to mix.

2. Squeeze the baking soda solution onto your dry scalp, then massage your scalp for several seconds.

3. Leave in for 1-3 minutes, and rinse completely.

4. In an old shampoo bottle (well-rinsed) or a squeeze bottle, mix 1 part Organic White Vinegar to 4 parts Water. You can add essential oils or herbs if you like – I add 1 cinnamon stick (which lasts through several bottles of mixture) and 1/2 t vanilla. This masks the vinegar smell, and leaves your hair smelling spicy and lovely.

5. Leave on hair for several seconds, then rinse.




Lydia Kang said...

Those shampoo alternatives are fascinating! I hope you do get to go to New Orleans someday. It's such a culturally rich city.

A Lady's Life said...

Lydia - lots of things they did in the past are interesting.

Life 101 said...

What's not to love about old Louie? I can close my eyes and hear him play even now.

A Lady's Life said...

Louie was not just a trumpeter. He is a legend.Some music is a fad but this will never die.

Akelamalu said...

You must go to New Orleans, you would absolutely love it! We went last year and really didn't want to leave. The music, the atmosphere, the history, we loved everything about it. :)

A Lady's Life said...

akelamalu - you are getting me excited lol

George said...

I've always loved Louis Armstrong's music and sunny personality. These alternative shampoos are very interesting. I hope you're having a great weekend.

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks George - you too.

Gattina said...

I also spent the day at the beautiful beach here, but I had to keep my coat on, lol ! 17°C is not a lot for July !

A Lady's Life said...

gattina - brrr At least there are other things to see and do in england